The University of New Hampshire offered Nashua South’s David Zocco a chance to walk on to its football program and eventually earn a college scholarship. He was schedule to visit the Durham campus next weekend.
But on an official visit to the University of Rhode Island last weekend, the Rams put a better offer on the table. Zocco was offered four years of free education that will cover everything, including his books.
The consensus New Hampshire Player of the Year quickly accepted, verbally committing to URI.
The offensive coordinator at Iona College for the last two seasons and a long-time standout in the Arena Football League, John Kaleo has been named as the Quarterbacks Coach at Towson University, it has been announced by the Tigers’ new Head Football Coach, Rob Ambrose.
TAMPA, Fla. — Sometimes in the off-season, he creeps down to the basement in the middle of the night and pulls an old Franklin Planner from the stacks. Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin — reluctant intellectual — goes back to school then, flipping through the meticulous notes he has kept since he was a youngster, line after line bringing back the memories of what he did in a practice, of how a coach handled a wayward player, of the goals he hoped to accomplish that season.
For years, Tomlin tried to shield his smarts from view. When the “My Child is an Honor Roll Student” bumper stickers arrived in the mail, Tomlin threw them in the garbage before his mother could put them on the car. It was weird, he thought, when his friends first realized in 11th grade that he had gotten straight A’s. Even at William and Mary, an elite college just a few dozen miles from his home in Newport News, Va., he playfully mocked one of his best friends as Poem Boy, only to quote Robert Frost in his news conference after the Steelers won the American Football Conference championship last week.
The New Yorker has reservations about the inclusion of a third-string football player - and one season sprint football player - at the Ivy league dinner earlier this month.
By last Thursday night, with the changing of the guard in Washington complete, some star power had returned to New York, and there, in the grand ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria, sat an assortment of media and political figures in tuxedos, such as might have been found at one of the lesser inaugural balls: Stone Phillips, Iowa governor Chet Culver, “Hill Street Blues” star Ed Marinaro, Donald Rumsfeld. Ambassador Thomas Stephenson had just flown in from Lisbon. Ted Kennedy couldn’t make it, but he sent a letter to be read on his behalf by the TV newsman Jack Ford. Five hundred dollars a plate, recession be damned. The Reverend Jason Pankau, a personal life coach from Stamford, offered an invocation from Proverbs 27:17: “ ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.’ We all share the common bond of having been sharpened . . . on Ivy League football fields.”
Liberty’s Rashad Jennings dotted his collegiate football resume with one more victory last Saturday, as the running back led all ground gainers and helped his South team to a 35-18 victory at the Under Armour Senior Bowl, played at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
The William and Mary Quarterback Club announced its 2008 award winners at the year-end banquet on Sunday evening.
The 20 seniors on the 2008 University of Delaware football team were honored Friday night at the annual Blue Hen Touchdown Club Awards Banquet at Clayton Hall on campus. Aaron Love and Erik Johnson won the top Senior Awards.
Nicholls Football took time out of their schedules to go visit senior defensive back Jamal Simmons at Thibodaux Regional on Friday afternoon. Simmons has been hospitalized since a car accident on December 27.
The University of Northern Iowa’s 2009 football schedule has been finalized by UNI Director of Athletics Troy Dannen. The Panthers will play six home games in 2009 and open the season Sept. 5 at Iowa.
Junior Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) has been elected captain of the 2009 Yale football team by a player vote taken Friday morning at Ray Tompkins House. Rice is the 132nd captain in Yale’s storied history.
NORMAL, Ill. – Former Illinois State offensive lineman Joe Niklasch (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead HS) has signed a professional contract to play with the Bloomington Extreme of the Indoor Football League. Niklasch joins teammate Jonathan St-Pierre as Illinois State football players from the 2008 team that have been selected to play in the professional ranks. St-Pierre was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the 10th pick overall of the 2008 CFL Draft.
Robert Morris junior linebacker Adam Lawrence (Big Run, PA/Dubois Area) is the recipient of the NEC scholar-athlete award in football.
Eastern Kentucky University football head coach Dean Hood recently announced the addition of Dane Damron to the Colonel coaching staff. Damron will serve as the special teams and tight ends coach in 2009 while Carson Jeffers will take over the offensive line coaching duties.
The Football Championship Subdivision title game that has been held in Chattanooga for the last 11 years will move from December to the eve of the Bowl Championship Series national championship game in January for the 2010 season, NCAA officials said.
The administrative committee of the Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet approved the Division I Football Championship Committee’s recommendation earlier this month.
At last week’s American Football Coaches Association convention in Nashville, the group forwarded a proposal for an early signing day for college football recruits. But just as quickly as the proposal was sent to Division I conference commissioners, it was shot down.