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College coaching is place to get rich

By Glenn Mollette For the Mirror Have you ever thought changing jobs? Have you ever aspired to be a college basketball coach? Now is a great time to get your resume together. John Calipari is the University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach. His pay this year is over $8 million.He has ...

Be careful what you airbrush

L ast week our benevolent governor, Tom Wolf, relaxed the existing guidelines to permit fan attendance at indoor venues around the commonwealth, and it didn’t take long for controversy to rear its ugly head. Some 2,800 fans assembled inside PPG Paints arena to witness Pittsburgh’s ...

Only time will tell if Larson can move past tainted 2020 remarks

LAS VEGAS — He’d had a nice first month at his new job, had quickly settled in and was falling into a familiar rhythm. A win was coming, Kyle Larson could feel it, and he was right. And yet a past mistake remained the dominant narrative of Larson’s return to NASCAR. He wondered via ...

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Don’t let Penn State spending go too far I enjoyed Neil Rudel’s article on the multi-million dollar improvement project for the Penn State Lasch football complex. Rudel is pretty good about including all the details when he writes a story, so it was odd that he missed the part on how ...

Sports is all about the timing

Despite the optimism that enveloped the greater Tampa area before this past NFL season, conventional wisdom said that it would be improbable for Tom Brady to switch teams, adjust to the competition in a new conference and division, and appear on stage after Super Bowl LV clutching the Vince ...

With no DH, another year of hapless NL pitchers swinging

By Paul Newberry The Associated Press ATLANTA — Get ready for another season — hopefully, the last — of the most hapless act in sports. Pitchers trying to pass themselves off as hitters. Pity those like Atlanta phenom Ian Anderson, who’s not exactly looking forward to stepping ...

Virus should add initials to MLB

The 2021 baseball season fast approaches with pitchers and catchers reporting. The ongoing pandemic has forced league officials to adopt new safety criteria and reinstate changes adopted during the previous campaign and a few warrant further review. The popular day/night seven-inning ...

Names of Black athletes need to adorn stadiums across country

As Black History Month comes to a close, there have been myriad tributes to the accomplishments of African Americans in sports arenas across the land. That’s not nearly enough. Not after the racial awakening this country went through last summer. Not when major college athletic facilities ...

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Ferry deserves chance to stay at Penn State I’ve always enjoyed Neil Rudel’s commentaries, and I agree with his opinion that Jim Ferry should get strong consideration for the Penn State men’s basketball coaching position. Players seem to relate, look like they’re having fun, and ...

Marking passage of time: Local team’s 1957 championship provided inspiration

Like many other subscribers my age, I open my morning Mirror and immediately turn to the obituaries, yes, even prior to the sports page. In recent months, I was saddened to read two very recognizable names, which brought back a rush of special memories. First, our most sincere condolences ...

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PSU basketball needs to start with clean slate I really enjoyed Neil Rudel’s article on Penn State basketball last week. That was before the Nittany Lions lost to Nebraska, but there is tradition and it must be upheld. I think Sandy Barbour has to paint a picture to a potential ...

NBA getting it all wrong with its annual All-Star Game

By Paul Newberry The Associated Press ATLANTA — The NBA had done a lot of things right during the pandemic. Not this time. For absolutely no justifiable reason other than boosting its bottom line, the NBA is going through with dubious plans to stage a made-for-TV All-Star Game in ...

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PSU recruiting season doesn’t fuel optimism Too bad James Franklin has been badly outrecruited again. I thought recruiting was to be his strength. Down my way, Texas, Texas A&M, Houston have all made Franklin look bad, and then if you look at Alabama, which just completed its best ...

Watching Brady in person makes for memorable game

As I sat in my car last Sunday at 5 p.m. in a restaurant parking lot a mile from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, it appeared that my last second quixotic decision to drive across Florida from West Palm to Tampa in the hope of securing a Super Bowl ticket, was going to end in failure. Only ...

And you thought football season was over

ATLANTA — Are you ready for some (more) football! You see, there’s no reason to take a break from the gridiron just because the NFL season is over. A host of second-division college teams are practicing for their winter/spring season — snow-covered fields and all — after sitting ...

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Penn State looks to be settling for Ferry Is Penn State just trying to make us think they are truly interested in a national search for a new basketball coach? AD Sandy Barbour has already vetted candidates while saying that Interim Coach Ferry is auditioning for the job. She has ...

We should all feel included

If the human brain contained a filter for insensitive and inappropriate comments, more television sports broadcasters would still be employed. Mike Milbury is the latest case study on why many attempts at humor and candor are best reserved for private settings and not the public airwaves. ...

Reed’s reputation from Bahamas is ultimate penalty

The violation was so egregious that Rickie Fowler, glancing at the replay on television, quickly raised his eyebrows and said: “Whoa! What was THAT?” It was Patrick Reed. This was just over a year ago in the Bahamas, the day Reed infamously used the back of his wedge to scoop away sand ...

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Grohol’s ability, wisdom touched fellow coach I enjoyed Ted Beam’s article last week on my dear friend, John Grohol. While in the seventh grade at Roosevelt Junior High School, I remember attending Altoona High games at the Jaffa Mosque in 1966, watching point guard sensation Dick ...

NFL overgrowing its linemen

With the new year off to a rather auspicious start politically, I’d like to instead divert your attention towards an alarming trend I see taking place in professional football. This of course, is the rapid demise, the decline and eventual fall from grace of the jumbo-sized, fire-hydrant ...