March 26, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - The death this week of Ralph Wilson, founder and sole owner of the Buffalo Bills, was but half the heartache of the NFL franchise and its fans. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who led the Bills to four Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s, found out two weeks ago that the oral cancer he was originally diagnosed with in June has returned. His wife, Jill, wrote on her blog that "the cancer's back, aggressive, and starting to spread. " The 54-year-old Kelly, an icon in western New York, is hospitalized in Manhattan, and has been visited by a steady stream of Bills teammates.
December 27, 1992 |
Sometimes Steve Walsh finds himself standing in front of the team photo hanging in his Kenner, La., home. It is the 1986 University of Miami football team and, frankly, it is amazing. "I look at that picture, and I think about what kind of team we were," says Walsh, now a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. "There were a variety of races, from a lot of different places. I was from St. Paul (Minn.
August 15, 1997 |
Charges were not filed against three San Diego State football players and a university student who were wanted for investigation of sexual assault. Azzahir Ali Hakim, Lonny Rochad Mitchell, Tyrone Curtis Evans and Damon Carter will be released from custody, according to Gayle Falkenthal, a spokeswoman for the San Diego District Attorney's office, who said their $1-million bail would be exonerated. The evidence in question concerned DNA and the investigation will continue. . . .
September 11, 1994 |
It took a week, but 20th-ranked Texas has found its defense. After giving up 489 yards, including 251 to one running back, in a season-opening victory against Pittsburgh, the Longhorns figured out how to stop the run Saturday and defeated Louisville, 30-16. Texas, a once-powerful program that has struggled over the past decade, is 2-0 for the first time since 1985. "Last week, we came out nervous and tense and didn't play up to our potential," linebacker Kevin Watler said.
December 26, 1993 |
A dispute over travel expenses that led to a walkout by several players of Louisville's Liberty Bowl-bound football team was resolved Saturday. A dozen players, including starting defensive players Anthony Bridges and Joe Johnson, skipped the team's practice Friday. "Nothing has changed because of the players missing a workout," Louisville Coach Howard Schnellenberger said. "Our policies, the monies they will receive and the reimbursement plan is exactly the same as it was going to be."
January 4, 1987
Georgia Tech Coach Bill Curry declined to say Saturday whether he has agreed to become the football coach at Alabama, but a Crimson Tide player said he was told by university officials that Curry has accepted the job. Joab Thomas, the school's president, has called a news conference today at the Tuscaloosa, Ala., campus. "I can't say who, but somebody from the school called me and told me Bill Curry is our new coach," Alabama tailback Gene Jelks said.
December 30, 1994 |
John Walsh made Gary Gibbs' last game as Oklahoma's football coach a nightmare, passing for 454 yards and four touchdowns Thursday night in leading No. 22 Brigham Young to a 31-6 victory in the Copper Bowl. Gibbs announced his resignation in November but chose to coach through the bowl game. Walsh may have made him wish he didn't stick around. He threw a 43-yard completion on the first play of the game and didn't slow down.
December 22, 2007 |
NEW ORLEANS -- Howard Schnellenberger's reaction to having a bucket of icy sports drink dumped on him showed precisely why Florida Atlantic chose him to build its fledgling football program. The 73-year-old coach didn't flinch. He'd been there before. Now so has the team he started from scratch. Rusty Smith threw for 336 yards and a New Orleans Bowl-record five touchdowns to lead Florida Atlantic to a 44-27 victory over Memphis (7-6) on Friday night.
December 23, 1995 |
Oklahoma athletic compliance officer Larry Naifeh interviewed players and athletic department personnel about Howard Schnellenberger's personal habits in the days before the coach abruptly resigned, the Tulsa World reported Friday. The newspaper said two high level sources who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the interviews, which included questions about the consumption of alcohol on university property and while representing the school in official business.
January 1, 1988
Oklahoma Coach Barry Switzer, appearing at the Orange Bowl luncheon with Miami Coach Jimmy Johnson, hinted that he was the victim of a conspiracy. Switzer complained that he had been awakened by a phone call from former Miami Coach Howard Schnellenberger, who is in Miami as a member of the NBC radio crew. "It was 1:30 in the morning and the phone rings in my hotel room and I kind of fumble for the phone, and then I hear this voice at the other end," Switzer said. "This guy says, 'Hello, Barry?