Temple's Geoff Collins adds offensive, defensive analysts to coaching staff

Temple's Geoff Collins adds offensive, defensive analysts to coaching staff

Geoff Collins continues put his imprint on Temple's coaching staff as he added two more coaches on Tuesday afternoon.

Robert Calabrese has been named the Owls' offensive analyst and Josh Linam has been named the Owls' defensive analyst, the program announced.

Calabrese comes from Wagner college, where he served as the running backs coach. From 2009-12, Calabrese was a quarterback at Central Florida, where he met Collins, who was the Knights' linebackers coach at the time.

Linam comes from the University of Florida, where he was a graduate assistant for the Gators' defense under Collins' tutelage. Like Calabrese, Linam played at UCF. He was a linebacker for Collins there from 2008-11.

Tuesday's coaching staff additions come less than a week after Collins added three others, including new offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude, to the Owls' staff.

The Collins era at Temple begins on Sept. 2 when the Owls visit Notre Dame.

West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

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West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

West Chester University baseball is moving on to the 2017 NCAA National Championships.

The Golden Rams won the Division II Atlantic Regional Final on Monday with a 12-7 decision over Winston-Salem State at Russell Diethrick Park.

Sophomore first baseman Jared Melone reached base six times, going 5 for 5 with a walk and four RBIs, while shortstop Nick Ward scored four runs and collected three hits to help West Chester capture its fourth regional title in program history.

Senior right-hander Josh McClain picked up the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball, as the Golden Rams scored five in the eighth inning to win their first regional crown since 2012, the year they won the national championship. 

West Chester is now 40-11 overall and will open national championship tournament play on Saturday at 3 p.m. against North Georgia in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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Mohamed Bamba picks Texas over Duke, Kentucky

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Mohamed Bamba picks Texas over Duke, Kentucky

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart has won the recruiting sweepstakes for highly-ranked forward Mohamed Bamba.

The 6-foot-11 Bamba signed with the Longhorns on Thursday, picking Texas over Duke, Kentucky, Michigan and Harvard. Bamba is ranked by national recruiting services as one of the top players in the country and already projected by some as an early 2018 NBA draft pick.

Signing Bamba is a huge boost for Smart after a 22-loss season, Texas' worst in more than 30 years. Freshman center Jarrett Allen has entered this year's NBA draft and freshman guard Andrew Jones is still considering whether to return to Texas.

Bamba average 12.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks as a high school senior in Westtown, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, and was a McDonald's All-American.