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Football teammates and roommates shape lives

Football teammates and roommates shape lives

Dino Babers and Duane Coleman met as wide-eyed college freshmen in 1979 at the University of Hawaii. They were football teammates and roommates that formed a fast and enduring friendship.“My kids call him uncle and his kids call me uncle,” Babers said. “They look at us and ask...

Truck driver father keeps rolling along

Truck driver father keeps rolling along

Semi-truck drivers know all the best places to stop across the country. If you accept that axiom, Steve Rochell is an authority on a visiting fan attending college football games.Rochell owns a semi-truck as an independent contractor. Whenever it’s possible, he combines work with...

North Carolina future in place

North Carolina future in place

This time six years ago North Carolina widely gained rankings among the top 20 in preseason polls.Optimism ran high in Chapel Hill as the Tar Heels, then coached by Butch Davis, prepared to open against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The ACC hoped for credibility...

NC State lineman mentors third grader

NC State lineman mentors third grader

Back in 2015, Tony Adams and his North Carolina State teammates wrapped up spring drills when he was asked to meet with a Raleigh first-grader. He was exceptionally large for his age yet struggling with behavior and academics.Adams, a 6-foot-2, 315-pounder offensive lineman,...

Montgomery values high school coaches

Montgomery values high school coaches

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina’s Scottie Montgomery estimates he interviewed Antonio King 15 times before the Pirates’ new head coach hired him as his running backs coach.The same applies to naming Sedrick Irvin as the Pirates’ Coordinator of Football Operations....

Tony Dungy thanks Jimmy Raye and other pioneers

Tony Dungy thanks Jimmy Raye and other pioneers

Jimmy Raye coached 37 years in the NFL. He worked for 10 different teams and helped several players get to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he had never been to Canton, Ohio, for an enshrinement ceremony until last weekend.Sitting in the crowd, he listened as former Bucs coach...

Indiana swimmer Lilly King sets example

Indiana swimmer Lilly King sets example

Bravo, Lilly King!Whatever they’ve taught the 19-year-old swimmer at the University of Indiana or as a kid growing up in Evansville, Ind., grown men in all sports need to follow her example. ... Click here for the rest of my FanRag Sports.com story

Summers a man for positions

Summers a man for positions

GREENVILLE, N.C. – A glaring sign that James Summers is no longer East Carolina’s quarterback was unavoidable at the Pirates’ recent media day.He sat alone at table in the Murphy Center. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U story

Philip Nelson and his roads taken

Philip Nelson and his roads taken

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The term “limited knowledge” best described new East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery regarding transfer quarterback Philip Nelson. At first he had only Minnesota game film to go by, and then spring drills.Now that fall camp is underway and Montgomery has...

Babers forces Syracuse to pick up pace

Babers forces Syracuse to pick up pace

The first day new Syracuse head coach Dino Babers ran his Orange players through spring drills, the workout ended the same way as his first practices with Eastern Illinois and Bowling Green:with beet-red-faced players tossing their lunches into trash cans. ... Click here for...