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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Staff Writer | October 10, 1992
No sooner had Mark Orlando set foot on Towson State's campus than he had an impertinent question.Turning to another player during that first day of football camp in August 1990, Orlando asked, "Who's that old guy over there talking to everybody?"Phil Albert, he was told. Football coach Phil Albert, then just 46 years old.Clearly, Orlando arrived at Towson with as little knowledge of the coaching staff as the coaching staff had of him. He considered himself a "preferred walk-on," or, as new coach Gordy Combs calls such a marginal player, "a recruited non-scholarship player."
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2011
The last time Towson hosted a football playoff game, current head coach Rob Ambrose was 6 years old and in first grade at Lewistown Elementary School north of Frederick. Legendary Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas was three years removed from his 17-season NFL career that had ended sadly in San Diego. The Tigers were in their eighth season of playing football, their fifth under Phil Albert, but were by then a burgeoning Division III power that two years before had gone undefeated.
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By From Sun staff reports | June 14, 2011
Terrance Brooks, a first-team All-America offensive guard and football team captain who played for the Towson State in its NCAA Division II glory days and later returned to the university as its strength coach, died Monday during surgery at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., his alma mater announced. He was 47 years old. For the past two years Brooks, a native of Union Bridge in Carroll County, had served as the director of strength and conditioning at Sacramento State.
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By From Sun staff reports | June 14, 2011
Terrance Brooks, a first-team All-America offensive guard and football team captain who played for the Towson State in its NCAA Division II glory days and later returned to the university as its strength coach, died Monday during surgery at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., his alma mater announced. He was 47 years old. For the past two years Brooks, a native of Union Bridge in Carroll County, had served as the director of strength and conditioning at Sacramento State.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2011
The last time Towson hosted a football playoff game, current head coach Rob Ambrose was 6 years old and in first grade at Lewistown Elementary School north of Frederick. Legendary Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas was three years removed from his 17-season NFL career that had ended sadly in San Diego. The Tigers were in their eighth season of playing football, their fifth under Phil Albert, but were by then a burgeoning Division III power that two years before had gone undefeated.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Staff Writer Mike Preston of The Baltimore Sun's sports staff contributed to this article | February 25, 1992
Phil Albert, who built Towson State football into an NCAA title contender at two levels and raised the program to a third only to see it recently downgraded to non-scholarship status, resigned as Tigers coach yesterday.Albert, who in 20 years compiled a 117-91-3 record, informed his players of his decision yesterday afternoon. He will remain at Towson State as a faculty member. Longtime assistant Gordy Combs, who played for Albert, will replace him as head coach."I've invested a lot of my life in Towson State," said Albert, who plans to discuss his resignation at a news conference this morning.
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By Bill Free | August 30, 2003
Today's games Bowie State (0-0) at West Virginia State (0-0) Site: Lakin Field, Institute, W.Va. Time: 1 p.m. Series: 2-2 Outlook: Expect the same kind of bone-crunching, big-play defense that carried Bowie to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Eastern Division title last season. S Atcheson Conway and 330-pound NG Torrey Gatson are the defensive headliners entering the season opener against an apparently overmatched West Virginia State team that went 1-10 last season and lost to the Bulldogs, 34-7.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN REPORTER | November 9, 2007
Gordy Combs' long-running affair with Towson University football just got longer. Combs, who has been in the Tigers' football program since he transferred from the University of Dayton as a player in 1970, has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Towson through 2010. The extension was announced yesterday by athletic director Mike Hermann. "I feel like Gordy has done a great job and is the right guy to lead our program to the top of the league," Hermann said. The announcement comes with the Tigers (3-6)
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By a Sun Staff Correspondent | September 30, 1990
INDIANA, Pa. -- Indiana University of Pennsylvania's 42-0 rout of Towson State was not the worst that the Tigers have experienced in their school's history -- it only seemed like it.It was Towson State's second-worst loss, exceeded only by a 48-0 loss to West Chester University in 1971."
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Evening Sun Staff | November 1, 1990
When Towson State upgraded its football program to Divisio I-AA status in 1987, the Tigers had grand plans.They were going to expand Minnegan Stadium. Improved attendance would mean more scholarships and make Towson State attractive to the Yankee Conference. Athletic director Bill Hunter had a tentative schedule for 1992 that included Navy.It's safe to say those plans won't be realized any time soon.This is homecoming week at Towson State, but the Tigers aren't talking about Saturday's game against New Haven.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Staff Writer | October 10, 1992
No sooner had Mark Orlando set foot on Towson State's campus than he had an impertinent question.Turning to another player during that first day of football camp in August 1990, Orlando asked, "Who's that old guy over there talking to everybody?"Phil Albert, he was told. Football coach Phil Albert, then just 46 years old.Clearly, Orlando arrived at Towson with as little knowledge of the coaching staff as the coaching staff had of him. He considered himself a "preferred walk-on," or, as new coach Gordy Combs calls such a marginal player, "a recruited non-scholarship player."
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Staff Writer Mike Preston of The Baltimore Sun's sports staff contributed to this article | February 25, 1992
Phil Albert, who built Towson State football into an NCAA title contender at two levels and raised the program to a third only to see it recently downgraded to non-scholarship status, resigned as Tigers coach yesterday.Albert, who in 20 years compiled a 117-91-3 record, informed his players of his decision yesterday afternoon. He will remain at Towson State as a faculty member. Longtime assistant Gordy Combs, who played for Albert, will replace him as head coach."I've invested a lot of my life in Towson State," said Albert, who plans to discuss his resignation at a news conference this morning.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Evening Sun Staff | November 6, 1990
Organizers of an emergency fund-raising effort to save Towson State football got what they wanted at a meeting of the school's University Senate yesterday.The University Senate had received from the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee a proposal to suspend football at the end of this season. Yesterday, however, that motion was withdrawn from the agenda at the request of IAC chairman John Connolly. He asked that his group be given a month to judge the feasibility of the fund-raising plan, but athletic director Bill Hunter said decisions can be made before then about the football program's future.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Staff Writer | February 25, 1992
Gordy Combs, Towson State's new head football coach, will go into spring practice in April knowing a great deal about the available talent, and less about the Tigers' future plans.When 20-year head coach Phil Albert resigned yesterday, Combs was offered the position. He accepted, and after nine seasons as an assistant to Albert, Combs will try to reverse a program that began declining when it moved to Division I-AA in 1987.The Towson State administration has announced plans to downgrade the sport, and Combs has no scholarships to offer high school seniors or transfers.
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