March 20, 2008
Highly regarded prep quarterback Terrelle Pryor is headed to Ohio State. The two-sport star announced his decision yesterday at Jeannette High School, about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh, where he had one of the greatest prep careers in Pennsylvania history. Flanked by his parents, brother, sister and other supporters, the 6-foot-6 Pryor wasted no time with his decision: "If everyone's here," he said, "University of Ohio State." He picked Ohio State over Michigan, Penn State and Oregon.
January 7, 2008
June Jones spent last night trying to decide whether to accept an offer to coach Southern Methodist or return to Hawaii, where the governor is among those trying to keep him. "It's been a wild day," agent Leigh Steinberg said. "I haven't seen anything like this before. It's emotionally wrenching for June." Jones was in Dallas meeting with SMU officials and the search committee that has been working since late October to hire a replacement for Phil Bennett. Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle called to see what she could do, and the president who oversees the entire University of Hawaii system called with an updated contract proposal.
December 24, 2005
Central Florida (8-4) vs. Nevada (8-3) Site -- Aloha Stadium, Honolulu Time -- 8:30 TV -- ESPN Line -- Nevada by 2 Key stats: -- Nevada is 22nd in the nation in total offense (433.6 ypg). Central Florida is 84th in total de fense (403.6 ypg). Central Florida -- Playing in its first bowl, Central Florida again will be without leading receiver Mike Walker, which proved to be key in the Confer ence USA championship game loss to Tulsa. Defensive end Paul Carrington has a key matchup against Nevada tackle Tony Moll, as both were first-team all-conference players.
November 20, 2005
Changing the tone Milestones Army coach Bobby Ross, who also coached at The Citadel, Maryland and Georgia Tech, won his 100th game. ... Minnesota became the first team in NCAA history to have two 1,000-yard rushers in three consecutive seasons when Gary Russell (1,045) joined Laurence Maroney (1,355). Maroney and Marion Barber III each reached 1,000 yards in 2003 and 2004. This and that Central Florida (8-3, 7-1) earned a spot in the Conference USA title game a year after going winless.
November 3, 2005
DR. CHRISTOPHER G. RAFFERTY passed on All Saints Day, November 1, 2005. Dr. Rafferty was born October 28, 1951, in Washington, D.C. to John Rafferty, Winter Park, FL and the late Dorothy M. Rafferty (nee Melling). Chris graduated from Univ. of MD Dental School and later completed his specialty training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at University of Texas Parkland Memorial Hospital. He has practiced in Orlando since 1983 and was founder of Orlando Oral and Facial Surgery which serves Central Florida in four locations.
May 22, 2005
When I lived in Orlando, friends and relatives from the snowy regions flocked to my one-bedroom apartment like migrating birds. At the rate of $0 per night, I offered the cheapest lodging within a half-hour of Walt Disney World, a shrine to technology and efficiency that attracts more visitors per year than there are people in Maryland. But by the end of each day spent shepherding friends through that pricey, imagined land, I longed for an amusement that didn't push its own merchandise or sell $4 sodas.