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Baltimore Sun staff | February 28, 2013
UMES president Juliette B. Bell today announced her acceptance of a task force recommendation that the university not restart its football program, which has been dormant since 1980. Bell had commissioned a task force to evaluate a study conducted by an independent consultant that weighed the pros and cons of adding a football program at UMES. “The university is not currently in position, with either human or fiscal resources, to reinstate football at this time,” the task force report said.
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By Edward Lee and Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Marquese Meadow, an 18-year-old freshman at Morgan State University and defensive lineman on the Bears football team, died early Sunday morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital two weeks after becoming disoriented at practice, school officials said. Meadow, a Washington native, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital, and then to Hopkins, following practice on Aug. 10, according to Clinton Coleman, director of public relations and communications at Morgan. Coleman said Meadow was hospitalized since then, and was showing signs of improvement before his condition began to deteriorate Saturday.
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By Steven Petrella and The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2012
NCAA president Mark Emmert brought down the proverbial hammer on Penn State Monday morning, imposing severe sanctions that will likely cripple the program for at least a decade. The school received a four-year bowl ban, 10 less scholarships per year until 2014-15, a $60 million fine, and all wins from 1998-2011 will be vacated in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal.  The program will not cease operation or receive the so-called 'death penalty,' which many in the national media called for. Some experts have said the sanctions imposed are actually worse than the suspension of a season.
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The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Spencer Myers, a Maryland wrestler who in high school was named Pennsylvania's defensive player of the year , is joining the Terps' football program, coach Randy Edsall announced Wednesday. The senior from Selinsgrove, Pa., will continue to wrestle and will join the football team as a defensive lineman. "This is something I have been contemplating since coming to Maryland," Myers said in a statement. “It was one of the best decisions in my life to wrestle. But an opportunity arose to get a scholarship to play football and it's something I've really wanted to do. It's a great opportunity for me. I love both sports and I didn't want to give up one for the other.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association on Tuesday endorsed USA Football's Heads Up Football safety program. The association, which includes public high schools from Maryland's 24 school districts, is the first state high school sports assocation to endorse the program. A press conference to formally announce the endorsement is planned for Monday at the Maryland State Department of Education in Baltimore. Maryland had already been active in the program.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2011
Maryland's football program has been docked practice time during the 2011 season for NCAA secondary violations that occurred under former coach Ralph Friedgen, according to documents and school officials. The Terps violated NCAA rules by exceeding practice-time limits during the 2010 season and allowing graduate assistants and interns to monitor summer workouts. Maryland self-reported the violations and recommended penalties — which the NCAA has accepted — that will include the loss of 2 ½ hours of the normal 20 hours a week maximum for practices and games.
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By Andrew Bahl, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
As Franklin marched toward the 3A state football title last season, coach Anthony Burgos noticed a significant decrease in head injuries suffered by his players. "We had two concussions last year," Burgos said. The Indians coach attributed the improvement to his staff's adoption of techniques promoted by the Heads Up Football program, designed to teach better tackling technique, equipment fitting and player safety to combat concussions - and declining participation - in youth and high school football.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2011
Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson plans to meet with football coach Randy Edsall Saturday night as part of a "top to bottom" review of a football program that ended the season with a 2-10 record that Anderson called "unacceptable. " Edsall's job is safe. "There's no question in my mind I got the right guy here," Anderson said Friday in an interview. But neither Anderson nor others connected to the program would rule out the possibility of changes to Edsall's nine-member staff following a season in which Maryland lost its last eight games.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,special to The Sun | October 22, 2006
The Harford-Baltimore County Youth Football League is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, and there's no question that the times are changing in local youth football. This league covers all of Harford County along with parts of Baltimore County, plus other areas nearby where teams can easily travel to play. It now covers 28 areas and 319 teams along with more than 8,000 players in nine different age groups, and it has become one of the biggest recreation football leagues in Maryland.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Evening Sun Staff | November 2, 1990
Villanova's football program was living on borrowed time. Telltale signs were the red ink that flowed over financial statements, the apathy that infiltrated the student body.Reports of the program's demise may have been premature at the start of the 1980s, but by the spring of 1981 they proved numbingly accurate.It was in April of that year when the university's board of trustees unceremoniously turned thumbs down on football. The decision was made in the early afternoon on a Tuesday. It wasn't until 8 that night that coach Dick Bedesem found out. And as legend has it, he was in the home of a recruit at the time.
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By Andrew Bahl, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
As Franklin marched toward the 3A state football title last season, coach Anthony Burgos noticed a significant decrease in head injuries suffered by his players. "We had two concussions last year," Burgos said. The Indians coach attributed the improvement to his staff's adoption of techniques promoted by the Heads Up Football program, designed to teach better tackling technique, equipment fitting and player safety to combat concussions - and declining participation - in youth and high school football.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association on Tuesday endorsed USA Football's Heads Up Football safety program. The association, which includes public high schools from Maryland's 24 school districts, is the first state high school sports assocation to endorse the program. A press conference to formally announce the endorsement is planned for Monday at the Maryland State Department of Education in Baltimore. Maryland had already been active in the program.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
After a short stint in Florida, Baltimore native Lance Clelland returned to Maryland in 2011 to coach the South River football team citing the opportunity to be closer to family. The McDonogh graduate again cited family on Thursday when he announced plans to leave the Seahawks' program to become a teacher and football coach at St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Va. “I am both honored and humbled to become the next head football coach at St. Christopher's School,” Clelland, 34, said in a statement.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Calvert Hall football coach Donald Davis and 20 other coaches and former players will participate in a USA Football safety workshop this weekend in Indianapolis. Instructors at the the two-day Heads Up Football program will teach Davis and others concussion recognition and response, heat and hydration protocols, proper equipment fitting and Heads Up tackling techniques. "The health and safety of every youth and high school football player is our No. 1 priority,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said in a statement.
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By Katherine Dunn | March 14, 2014
Former Bowie State coach Michael Lynn has been named football coach at Annapolis Area Christian School. Lynn, a Morgan State graduate, coached the Bulldogs to a 26-25 record between 2004 and 2008. They finished 8-4 in 2005 and made their first bowl appearance in 36 years, falling to Tuskegee, 28-26, in the Pioneer Bowl. Since then, Lynn served as football team coordinator at Maryland for two years and director of football operations at Morgan State for two years. Last fall, he was an assistant coach at Dunbar.
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By Erica L. Green and Alexander Pyles, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
Baltimore school officials are investigating hazing allegations involving the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School football program, and parents are protesting the possibility that the school's celebrated coach might be removed. School officials declined to give details about the allegations or the investigation's status, saying the inquiry is continuing. "As the CEO, my job is to come to the aid of children," interim schools CEO Tisha Edwards said in an interview. "If a child is hurt, disrespected, harmed in any form or fashion, it's my job to find out. " Edwards declined to elaborate.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland | April 6, 2003
Negotiations continued into this weekend to settle a dispute that includes allegations of financial irregularities and other issues that have two parent groups fighting over the youth football program that competes as the Columbia Bulldogs. "When this sorts out, there'll be two organizations - that's become definite," said Mike Milani, who as the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks' community sports supervisor has been mediating the dispute. "It means, though, there'll be more opportunities for kids to play football," said Milani.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | June 27, 2009
As part of its continued campaign to increase the size of its student body, specifically by adding more male students, Stevenson University said Friday that it will field a varsity football team next fall and begin to play games in the fall of 2010. Stevenson, which changed its name from Villa Julie College in 2008, was founded in 1947 as an all-women's school and didn't admit its first male student until 1972. In recent years, it has attempted to attract more male students in various ways and found success by adding sports such as lacrosse to its stable of Division III athletic programs.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
The professional organization for NFL athletic trainers has endorsed USA Football's Heads Up Football program, which teaches kids safe tackling technique. The Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society on Thursday announced its plan to partner with USA Football in an effort to prevent concussions in youth football. "Athlete safety is advanced through education, and that is the heart of USA Football's Heads Up Football program,” society President John Norwig said in a statement.
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