Archbishop Hoban senior quarterback Danny Clark has had a change of heart with regards to his commitment to play football at Ohio State University.
Clark announced Tuesday on his Twitter account that he plans to play college football elsewhere. He pledged to the Buckeyes in December of 2013 during his freshman year at Massillon, and has a block O tattoo on his left arm.
“I never for one second pictured a scenario where I wasn’t wearing the Scarlet and Grey,” Clark wrote. “But sometimes God has a funny way of putting us in situations only he knows we are strong enough to handle. In the past few months I have been forced to accept the fact that as a pro style QB, maybe my style of play would be a good fit elsewhere. At first I couldn’t accept it. I spent a lot of nights crying and praying for an answer I thought I already knew.
“But sometimes the writing is on the wall, and you just have to see through the tears to read what it says.. It is with a very heavy heart, and with a clear conscience that I am officially decommitting from OSU, and will now open up my recruitment for the first time since this all began. I want every single Buckeye fan to know how much I truly love and appreciate you with all my heart!”To read more or comment...
Michael Beaven and Scot Fagerstrom are back to preview the best games of Week 5 of the high school football season. That includes a big rivalry game at InfoCision Stadium on Friday night.
Find all of their picks, and the picks from Rich Stallsmith, below the video.
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In an interesting turn of events, the Massillon Tigers are set to welcome a big addition to the football team in three weeks.
Ohio High School Athletic Association and Massillon Washington High School lawyers agreed to make highly regarded senior lineman Thayer Munford eligible to play in 2016.
The Massillon Independent first reported a deal was struck Wednesday in the courtroom of Stark County Common Pleas Judge John Haas. It was a deal proposed by OHSAA counsel Steve Craig, which makes Munford, a Cincinnati La Salle transfer, able to play for Massillon in Week 8 against visiting Firestone on Oct. 14.
The Independent reports the OHSAA agreed to the deal on the condition that Munford scores at least a 2.0 grade-point-average in the current grading period. A subsequent check-in will take place when the grading period ends on Oct. 21.To read more or comment...
The Ohio High School Athletic Association will announce Tuesday its plan to sanction Archbishop Hoban football coach Tim Tyrrell.
The Akron Beacon Journal received an advanced copy of the OHSAA’s decision on Monday. The press release is five paragraphs and states that “While the investigation into the football program at Akron Archbishop Hoban on a number of allegations is still ongoing, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the initial findings and penalties against the school.”
The penalties stem from a violation of OHSAA Bylaw 4-9-2 – Recruiting. The OHSAA says that “Tyrrell initiated contact in the fall of 2015 with a student at St. Hilary Elementary School.”
There are three initial penalties listed –a postseason coaching suspension for Tyrrell if Hoban qualifies for the 2016 playoffs, Hoban is placed on probation for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year and all of the 2017-2018 school year, and Tyrrell will be limited to a total of five days of contact with the Knights football team during the summer of 2017 instead of the usual 10 days.To read more or comment...
Archbishop Hoban has been notified by the Ohio High School Athletic Association that its football coach, Tim Tyrrell, will be suspended if the Knights qualify for the playoffs in 2016.
Tyrrell guided Hoban to a Division III state championship victory over Toledo Central Catholic in Columbus in 2015, but he might be on the sidelines this postseason.
Hoban President Todd R. Sweda sent a six paragraph email to parents, students, staff and alumni on Thursday informing the Knights faithful “that head football coach TimTyrrell was found in violation of a recruiting regulation.”
“We firmly believe that there was no intent to knowingly violate any rule. The contact occurred at a local grade school in an open, public place during a visit that was authorized by the grade school administration. Upon review shortly after the meeting, the administration and coach Tyrrell recognized how it could be interpreted as a violation and immediately accepted responsibility for the mistake.”To read more or comment...
Senior Thayer Munford will remain ineligible to compete on the Massillon football team in 2016 following an unsuccessful appeal to the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
Tim Stried, the OHSAA’s Director of Communications issued a statement that said: “Representatives of a student-athlete from Massillon Washington High School met with the OHSAA Appeals Panel on Sept. 8 to appeal the penalty previously handed down to the student-athlete. Today, the appeals panel announced it has denied the appeal and will uphold the penalty that declared the student ineligible for the 2016 season. None of the other penalties levied against the school’s football program were appealed on Sept. 8.”
The OHSAA penalized Massillon’s football team for recruiting violations in August just before the 2016 season started. The investigation involved several football players who were recruited to attend Massillon by its coach, Nate Moore, along with assistant football coaches and booster club members.
Massillon was fined $5,000, placed on probation through the end of the 2018-2019 school yearand Moore is suspended from coaching the Tigers in the 2016 playoffs if the team qualifies.To read more or comment...
Week 4 of the high school football season is loaded with several good games. Beacon Journal reporter Michael Beaven and editor Scot Fagerstrom are back to preview the best action. Find all of their picks for the week below the video.
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Ellet High School senior Marquise Bridges is staying local for college following his commitment to play football on scholarship at the University of Akron.
Bridges is a running back and defensive back standout for Ellet. He is 5-foot-10 and 180-pounds.
Stay tuned to the Akron Beacon Journal and ohio.com for more on this developing story.To read more or comment...
Michael Beaven and Scot Fagerstrom are back to preview the third week of high school football. Find all of their picks below the video.
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Todd Sibley of Archbishop Hoban has been selected to play in the 2017 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla.
Sibley, a senior running back for the Knights, will make the trek from Ohio to play in the 10th annual all-star game at the Citrus Bowl. The game is set kickoff at 1 p.m. and to be televised live on ESPN.
The American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game is scheduled to come to Akron and visit Hoban on Friday at 11:15 a.m. and present Sibley with an honorary game jersey.
Sibley, a University of Pittsburgh recruit, helped lead Hoban to a Division III state championship victory over Toledo Central Catholic in 2015 as a junior. The Knights beat the Irish in Ohio Stadium in Columbus and finished the season with a 14-1 overall record.To read more or comment...