Penn State Coaching Job Remains in Question

Published by Robert S Samuels on December 23, 2011 at 10:12PM

Over a month after Penn State began its search to replace the legendary Joe Paterno, the post remains vacant.

One name that has continued to come up in rumors surrounding the position is Harvard coach Tim Murphy, mentioned as an ideal candidate because of on-field success and a clean track record. Murphy became the winningest coach in Harvard football history this season and earned his sixth Ivy title.

But with rumors continuing to circulate, Murphy has adamantly denied any contact with the search committee throughout the process, a claim corroborated by Russ Rose, the Penn State women’s volleyball coach and one of the six members of the search committee.

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AROUND THE IVIES: Yale's Williams Resigns, Murphy Wins NE Coach of the Year

Published by E. Benjamin Samuels and Robert S Samuels on December 21, 2011 at 11:51PM

Harvard coach Tim Murphy was named the New England Coach of the Year Wednesday morning after leading the Crimson to a 9-1 record in 2011

In light of a Yale University investigation over the accuracy of football coach Tom Williams’ resume, the three-year Bulldog coach resigned Wednesday, finishing his career at the school with a 16-14 record.

In the weeks leading up the The Game—which for the fifth-straight year, Harvard won, 45-7—Yale quarterback Patrick Witt garnered national attention for having to decide between a final interview for the Rhodes Scholarship and playing in the annual Harvard-Yale contest. As the storyline unfolded, Williams remarked that he faced a similar dilemma in having to choose between his own final interview for the Rhodes and NFL tryouts on the same day.

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Ortiz Adds "All-American" to Long List of Accolades

Published by Scott A. Sherman on December 18, 2011 at 10:25PM

Hopefully, after splurging on that engagement ring, Josue Ortiz still has enough money left over to buy himself a nice big trophy case.

Because he’s going to need it.

On Friday, the Harvard senior defensive tackle added another accolade to his growing list, as he was named an AP third-team All-American for the second straight year.

The honor came one week after Ortiz won the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year on Dec. 5 and the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award for the New England Senior Player of the Year on Dec. 8.

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Leblanc Notches First NHL Goal

Published by William N. White on December 16, 2011 at 10:12PM

It didn't take very long for former Harvard hockey star Louis Leblanc to make his mark in the NHL.

Eight games into his professional career with the Montreal Canadiens, Leblanc scored his first goal in hockey's top league in front of a supportive home crowd Thursday night. Montreal lost to the Flyers, 4-3.

Leblanc, who made his debut for the Canadiens Nov. 30, knocked in a deflection at 13:24 in the second period to tie the game at 2-2. Though the crowd of 21,273 proceeded to give him a standing ovation, the fourth-liner played only 49 seconds in the third period.

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Harvard Drops Out of Top 25 Polls

Published by Dennis J. Zheng on December 12, 2011 at 10:12PM

One week after landing in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time in school history, Harvard men's basketball narrowly missed another week-long stay in the national rankings Monday.

The Crimson (9-1) received 73 points in the AP poll and 43 points in the coaches poll to fall to the first in the Others receiving votes category—essentially No. 26.

Harvard lost to No. 9/10 UConn (8-1) on Thursday before walloping Boston University on Saturday.