Stanford football: News and notes from Shaw’s pre-spring press conference

Saturday, February 25, 2012 | 7:36 am

Cardinal coach David Shaw held a 30-minute press conference Thursday to address spring practice, which begins Monday and runs (with a break in the middle) through April 14. *** The discussion began, not surprisingly, with questions about inside linebacker Shayne Skov — his recovery from knee surgery and his recent DUI arrest. Shaw said the [...]
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La Salle’s 2012 football schedule

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 | 11:34 am

La Salle’s 2012 football schedule, according to La Salle football coach Tom Grippa:

Week 1 – Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown

Week 2 – vs. Covington Catholic

Week 3 – at Princeton

Week 4 – vs. Indianapolis Northwest

Week 5 – at Bishop Watterson

Week 6 – vs. Moeller

Week 7 – vs. St. Xavier

Week 8 – at Brother Rice (Mich.)

Week 9 – at Columbus DeSales

Week 10 – at Elder

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Action/reaction: Cal, Stanford and San Jose State football

Monday, January 30, 2012 | 12:20 am

I’d call this a signing day preview post, but so much can happen in the next five days that it’s more like a signing day pre-preview post … Before we address the specific teams, however, a few words on the recruiting rankings from Scout, Rivals, ESPN, etc., that will be cited here and elsewhere over [...]
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Ex-Giles County football star hits snag at Ole Miss

Friday, January 27, 2012 | 9:51 pm

Bo Wallace, a Mr. Football winner at Giles County and The Tennessean’s Player of the Year in 2009, has gotten off to a bit of a rough start at Ole Miss.

A midyear signee earlier this month after a record-setting fall at East Mississippi Community College, Wallace was cited on Jan. 19 for underage possession of alcohol.

As reported by the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger on Wednesday:

Wallace was issued a post-arrest citation for MIP at 10:15 p.m. Thursday at Rooster’s Blues House on the Square, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.

Wallace signed with Ole Miss earlier this month after a fantastic season at East Mississippi Community College.

He set national records for passing yards (4,604) and touchdowns (53). The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Wallace has three years of eligibility remaining.

Wallace is expected to be near the top, if not at the top, of Ole Miss’ depth chart for spring practice.

UPDATE: In a statement, coach Hugh Freeze said that we was aware of the citation and that he “will address it internally.”


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Pac-12 football: Hotline projections for the 2012 season

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | 6:44 am

Wanted to wait for the NFL Draft deadline, then needed time to absorb those developments … and scan the projected depth charts … and assess the recruiting lists … and weigh the coaching changes (or non-changes, as is the case in Eugene) … and then draw names out of a hat. OK, that last part is [...]
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Southridge hires Lamont Green as new football coach

Monday, January 23, 2012 | 4:48 pm


Lamont Green led South Miami’s football team to its first playoff victory in nearly a quarter century this past season.

Starting next week, Green will start working on returning his alma mater, Southridge, to state championship status.

Green, a former All-American linebacker at Southridge and standout at Florida State University, told The Miami Herald Friday morning he has been hired as Southridge’s new football coach.

"I always knew one day I’d be back [at Southridge]," Green said. "I didn’t think it would happen this fast though. The opportunity was there and I couldn’t pass it up."

Green takes over for Patrick Burrows, who stepped down last month to pursue an administrative position in Miami-Dade County. Burrows led the Spartans to a pair of district championships in the past three seasons and a berth in the Class 8A regional finals last season.

Green is hoping to continue to elevating Southridge to the championship status it enjoyed in the early 1990s when it won a pair of state championships under Don Soldinger.

"We have some outstanding players at that school, and if we can keep them disciplined they can be very successful," Green said. I’m going to try to bring an offense that is more conducive to the explosive athletes that are there.

"But my mentality has always been tough defense. You hit a team hard on the field and get their attention. If we can do those things, the wins will pile up from there."

Green led South Miami to a 9-3 record this season in his first season as a high school head coach in Dade. The Cobras made their first playoff appearance in six seasons, and won a playoff game for the first time since 1987. South Miami had won only three games combined over the prior three seasons.

Green said his two assistant coaches this past season – offensive coordinator Charles Rackley and offensive line coach William Campbell – will join him at Southridge. Green said he will meet the team Tuesday.

"I enjoyed my time at South Miami and I appreciate the opportunity, but Southridge is where my heart has always been," Green said. "I couldn’t wait and watch someone else get the job and then who knows when it would have ever been open again. I had to come back."


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Action/reaction: Pac-12 Network confusion, UW raids Cal football staff, Darron Thomas leaves Oregon and Stanford and Cal basketball

Sunday, January 22, 2012 | 3:01 am

Back away from the edge, Old Blues. Back. Away. From. The. Edge … Action: Update on Pac-12 TV networks posted on the Hotline, questions follow. Reaction I: I realize that there are many questions regarding the national and regional networks, including: Will fans within the league’s footprint have access to both their regional and the national [...]
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Stanford football: Thoughts on the 2012 schedule

Sunday, January 8, 2012 | 10:41 am

From the opponents to the locations to the sequence of games, Stanford’s schedule in 2011 could not have been more favorable. That’s not the case in 2012. Sure, the home-heavy September will create a comfortable environment for Andrew Luck’s replacement (probably Brett Nottingham). But one of those early home games will be brutally difficult (USC), [...]
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Action/reaction: Pac-12 football, Pac-12/Big Ten alliance, Cal crumbles and ASU hires Graham

Sunday, January 1, 2012 | 2:33 pm

The Hotline has been relatively quiet the past few weeks due partly to the holidays and partly to me taking some time off for a personal matter, but we’ll be ramping back up here … Action: Pac-12 teams open the bowl season with three consecutive losses. Reaction I: It could be worse, I suppose (but [...]
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Stanford football: News and notes from the Fiesta Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 2011 | 12:40 am

Quick hitters that I’ve collected the past 48 hours in Scottsdale: *** Right guard David DeCastro has refuted a CBS Sports report that he’ll enter the draft, but a source told me that DeCastro is almost certainly gone — and that the coaches would be surprised if he returned. The same goes for left tackle [...]
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