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NCAA denies Nate Harvey a fifth year

NCAA denies Nate Harvey a fifth year

By Tom ShanahanGREENVILLE -- East Carolina announced Saturday that the NCAA has denied Nate Harvey’s waiver request for a fifth year of eligibility.New ECU coach Mike Houston had been optimistic Harvey, the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, would...

Bowman defies NFL with NBA draft promise

Bowman defies NFL with NBA draft promise

The smart NFL teams -- ones that find prospects in college basketball dating to Dallas Cowboys scout Gil Brandt converting Pete Gent and Cornell Green in the early 1960s from the hard-court to the gridiron -- safely tucked away their file on Ky Bowman. That meant once Bowman...

Dan Fouts on Don Coryell and Hall of Fame

Dan Fouts on Don Coryell and Hall of Fame

John Madden, Joe Gibbs and Dan Fouts sat together as Don Coryell disciples for their mentor’s 2010 memorial on San Diego State’s campus. They shared the same thoughts delivering eulogies, but Fouts admits Madden said it best. “All three of us are in all Hall of the Fame because...

Air Coryell influence on Pro Bowlers

Air Coryell influence on Pro Bowlers

Before Fred Dryer played the TV detective "Hunter," he was a 12-year NFL veteran and All-American defensive end for Don Coryell at San Diego State.“Hunter” had a detective hunch about Coryell’s Pro Bowl influence on his Chargers and Cardinals players. Dryer believed comparing a...

What Brees could have meant to San Diego

What Brees could have meant to San Diego

As the ageless Drew Brees continued his milestone tour, his NFL records overlapped with the historic Navy-Notre Dame series visiting San Diego.  It reminds me fate prevented Brees from saving his city’s NFL franchise. I mean San Diego, not New Orleans – the one he actually...

The lost San Diego legacy of Alex Spanos

The lost San Diego legacy of Alex Spanos

Alex Spanos died on Tuesday at age 95 and reports across the nation identified him as owner of the Los Angeles Chargers. What a complicated yet fittingly sterile final chapter to his legacy as a National Football League franchise owner.He should be remembered for the team's...

Paying back a mentor who opened doors

Paying back a mentor who opened doors

A light drizzle fell midway through the 12th annual Jimmy Raye Youth Foundation free football camp as NFL coaches and players ran kids through drills Tuesday at Raye's alma mater, E.E. Smith High in Fayetteville, N.C.Then-Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, a...

Blake Proehl motivated to face North Carolina

Blake Proehl motivated to face North Carolina

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentGREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s players thrive on chances to show ACC schools they were overlooked, but the Pirates were beaten last week by another team motivated by the desire to prove themselves.North Carolina A&T, a Football Championship...

Concussions and urgency of new safety rules

Concussions and urgency of new safety rules

The football gap separating the old-school game and its new era adapting to the times was revealed as wide as the Grand Canyon at the Atlantic Coast Conference media days last month in Charlotte, N.C. The concussion subject of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was teed up...

My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

By now, the slicing and dicing of Frank Ragnow's measurables is complete.The Detroit Lions examined the height, weight and quickness of the 6-foot-5, 312-pound center from Arkansas. They used their first-round draft pick on him. ... Click here for the Detroit Free...