Dayton to induct three into athletic hall of fame

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

Chris Rolfe of D.C. United kicks the game-winning goal against FC Dallas at the ATX Pro Challenge at Myers Stadium on Sunday February 15, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
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Chris Rolfe of D.C. United kicks the game-winning goal against FC Dallas at the ATX Pro Challenge at Myers Stadium on Sunday February 15, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Jay Janner)

Former Major League Soccer player Chris Rolfe will join the University of Dayton Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 17 along with track and field athlete Mallory Barnes and football coach Dave Whilding.

The three will be honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Fordham at UD Arena.

Rolfe, a Fairmont High School graduate, ranks sixth in Dayton history in goals (31) and first in assists (25) despite missing time with injuries in two of his seasons with the Flyers.

» LOOKING BACK: Rolfe returns to MLS in 2012

Rolfe scored 63 goals in 11 seasons in Major League Soccer. He was the Chicago Fire’s MVP in 2012 and D.C. United’s MVP in 2015. He retired following the 2017 season. Rolfe completed his degree at UD last fall and now lives in Denver, Colo.

Barnes, a graduate of Winton Woods High School who now lives in Huber Heights, placed sixth in the weight throw at the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Indoor Championship meets. She helped lead the indoor team to Atlantic 10 titles in 2010 and 2011 and was a five-time winner of the Most Outstanding Field Performer award at the A-10 championships.

Whilding is the first assistant coach inducted into UD’s Hall of Fame. He spent 35 years with the program (1977-2011

Dave Whilding, a Xenia native who lives in Jamestown, spent 35 seasons as an assistant football coach, the last 29 as offensive coordinator, from 1977 to 2011. Dayton was never shut out during his tenure. Dayton hasn’t been shut out in the last 465 games, the longest ever streak in Division.

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SI predicts ‘contentious seeding’ for Sooners in NCAA Tournament

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:15 PM

No matter where the Oklahoma Sooners land when the NCAA Tournament seeds are announced, someone’s going to be mad about it.

At least, that’s what Michael Beller of Sports Illustrated predicts. Because the Sooners have had such an up-and-down season — beating Kansas, Texas Tech and TCU to reach No. 4 in the nation before losing six straight games — they’re one of the hardest teams to evaluate. When the selection committee convenes, it’ll have a difficult decision to make.

“We are duty-bound to discuss Oklahoma, by virtue of this being a bracket projection column, coupled with their suffering through one of the most glaring tailspins in recent memory,” Beller wrote. Still, the Sooners do have great wins on their resume, as noted above. And when Trae Young is cooking, he’s one of the best players in the country. The committee doesn’t take recency of losses into consideration, Beller noted, so Oklahoma won’t be penalized for having a late-season meltdown.

For all of these reasons, he foresees Oklahoma landing comfortably in the NCAA Tournament, even if its seeding might not be as high as some would expect.

“The recency of Oklahoma’s precipitous slide may have you rethinking how far you’ll have them going in your bracket pool, with good reason, but it won’t have the committee debating whether they should be a tournament team,” Beller wrote. They remain safely in the field of 68.”

That’s good news for the Sooners. But if they don’t start building some momentum soon, they could be looking at an early exit when March rolls around.

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Report: Texas DC Todd Orlando’s salary now 1.7 million

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:10 PM

Todd Orlando’s defense was incredibly strong in Tom Herman’s first year as the head coach of the Longhorns, and Orlando is being rewarded for his performance.

His new salary will be 1.7 million, plus a car.

Needless to say, that is a literal truck-load of money. The Longhorns were No. 41 in the nation in total defense during Orlando’s first year, No. 29 in scoring defense, No. 8 in rushing defense, and No. 108 in passing yards allowed.

If those stats seem a little ridiculous, also consider that Texas played Maryland when the Terrapins had their starting quarterback, USC, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, TCU, and West Virginia during the 2017 season. It’s definitely understandable to not have your defense be high in traditional metrics when facing off against those offenses.

Orlando is now faced with the challenge of replicating or improving that performance without some of his brightest stars. DeShon Elliott, Holton Hill, Malik Jefferson, and Poona Ford are all lost to graduation or the NFL. Texas has talent coming in recruiting and they should have talent on campus, but losing that much in one year will be tough for the Longhorns to recover from in 2018.

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USC offers 2019 No. 1 Tight End, brother of Chargers Tight End Hunter Henry

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:01 PM

The USC Trojans have offered a scholarship to Hudson Henry, the No. 1 ranked Tight End in the 2019 recruiting class. Hudson Henry is the younger brother of Los Angeles Chargers Tight End Hunter Henry.

Hunter Henry, who played college football at Arkansas, was drafted 35th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft by the then San Diego Chargers. In two years in the NFL, the 6-foot-5, 250 pound TE has caught 81 passes for 1,057 yards and 12 TDs.

Hudson, who is 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, attends Pulaski Acadamy in Little Rock, Ark. and is ranked as the No. 43 prospect in the 2019 recruiting class. He is the No. 1 ranked TE and the No. 1 player in the state of Arkansas. He is rated as a 4-star recruit, per 247 Sports.

While Hudson may choose to attend Arkansas and follow in his brothers footsteps, perhaps his older brother will convince him that Los Angeles is a great football town and he should attend college there.

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Nebraska recruiting: Huskers’ recent offers heavy on tight ends, JUCO linemen

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

Stay updated with Nebraska Cornhuskers football recruiting in the latest edition of The Harvest, which posts at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Be sure to check out previous editions of  The Harvest here.

Nebraska offers 4 tight ends in 24 hours

Nebraska brought in two tight ends in the 2018 class: 4-star prospect Cameron Jurgens and 3-star prospect Katerian Legrone. Both offer slightly different skill sets. Jurgens can operate as more of a H-back in the offense, while Legrone can function better in the slot and as a pure receiving threat.

It’s clear the Huskers are seeking diversity at the position in the 2019 class, too. In the span of 24 hours, Nebraska offered four tight ends. Let’s take a closer look at them.

Hudson Henry, 4 stars, Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy 

Henry is the No. 1 tight end in the class and the No. 43 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Arkansas is the heavy favorite to land the 6-foot-5, 225-pound prospect. Notre Dame, which hosted him for a junior day last month, also is considered a contender. Henry holds 21 offers, including ones from Big Ten programs Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin, where he took an unofficial visit last month. He unofficially visited Vanderbilt this month.

Jalen Wydermyer, 3 stars, Dickinson, Texas

The 22nd-ranked tight end prospect in the class, Wydermyer stands 6-4 and weighs 225 pounds. Miami and Texas A&M are thought to be the leaders for his commitment. His recruitment has picked up quite a bit this month. Ole Miss and Georgia joined Nebraska in offering on Wednesday. The Aggies, Florida and North Carolina offered in February.

Elijah Mojarro, no rating, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran

Mojarro has measurements comparable to Henry and Wydermyer, checking in at 6-4 and 225 pounds. The Huskers became his fourth offer Wednesday, joining Duke, Fresno State and Northwestern. He can be a factor in the passing and running games. Mojarro is a 3-star prospect on 247Sports, but does not have an industry-generated composite ranking yet.

Brayden Liebrock, not yet rated, Chandler, Ariz. 

Another big body, Liebrock is 6-5 and 230 pounds. He held 10 offers before Nebraska jumped in, with Notre Dame, Texas and Ohio State involved. Arizona and Arizona State also have offered. The Huskers have taken an interest in Arizona high school prospects in the 2019 cycle, and it will be interesting to see if they can land a few.

Huskers offer trio of JUCO ofensive linemen

Offensive line will be another priority in the 2019 class. Running backs coach and junior college recruiting coordinator Ryan Held has been busy recently, offering three JUCO tackles. The expectation here is that if a JUCO lineman does wind up with the Huskers, he would be able to make an immediate impact.

Here’s who was on the receiving end of those offers:

Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, Henderson, Nev. 

Aumavae-Laulu does not have a composite rating, but 247Sports has him as a 4-star prospect and the top junior college tackle in his class. Southern California is the favorite for Aumavae-Laulu, who attends Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. Aumavae-Laulu has a massive frame at 6-7, 365 pounds.

Corey Luciano, Danville, Calif. 

Luciano, 6-4 and 265 pounds, holds seven offers. Minnesota, Syracuse, USC and Maryland are among the interested schools. He is playing his JUCO ball at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif.

Anthony Whigan, Great Mills, Md. 

Whigan attends Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa. He is 6-5 and 290 pounds and holds offers from West Virginia, Cincinnati and Maryland. Whigan plans to check out all three schools this spring and hopes to attend Penn State’s spring game.

Wrapping up other offers

Nebraska also offered a running back, a wide receiver and a defensive end this week:

DE Justin Eboigbe, 4 stars, Forest Park, Ga.

The Huskers appear intent on wrangling as many pass rushers from Georgia as possible. Eboigbe is the No. 9 strongside defensive end in the class and the No. 117 overall prospect. He’s an impressive physical specimen, at 6-5 and 260 pounds. Eboigbe has taken unofficial visits to Georgia and Tennessee.

RB Kenan Christon, 3 stars, San Diego (Calif.) Madison

Nebraska became Christon’s seventh offer. He’s a small, shifty back who is 5-10 and 185 pounds. Christon does not have a composite ranking, but 247Sports sees him as a 3-star prospect. USC is considered the favorite for him.

WR Drake London, 3 stars, Moorpark, Calif. 

Scott Frost’s offense favors speed, but there’s also a necessity for size among the receivers. That’s where London, who is 6-4, would fit in. He is the 72nd-ranked receiver in the class and the No. 558 overall prospect. Arizona State, Oregon, USC and Virginia are all in contention for London.

Missing out on Nebraska recruiting? Check out previous editions of  The Harvest here.

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