Harvard: Five observations from the spring game

April 24, 2022

CAMBRIDGE – On a beautiful spring afternoon Saturday, the Harvard football team took the field inside the stadium one last time until camp in August. With finals rapidly approaching, members of the Crimson had one chance to hit some moving targets and apply what they’ve learned throughout the last month or so before hunkering down in a library or dorms to study. The mens lacrosse team earned a massive win…

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Harvard: Ahead of head coach Tim Murphy’s 28th season, Crimson fully committed to quest for an Ivy League title

April 5, 2022

CAMBRIDGE – As winds whipped around and the sun barely started to rise on Monday morning, there were loud echoes rolling throughout Harvard Stadium. It wasn’t the sound of 22,000, but the noise coming from the football team as they began the first padded practice of the spring could be heard all the way from Fenway. Just about every one of the 15 Division 1 teams in New England are…

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NFL Draft: Harvard’s Shampklin hopes road from California to Cambridge leads to the NFL

March 24, 2022

Growing up, Harvard running back Aaron Shampklin dreamed of playing Division 1 football for an SEC or Pac-12 school. Living in California, playing football in the frigid Northeast never even crossed his mind, then life happened. “Growing up I actually envisioned myself playing at LSU or USC because those are the schools I loved to watch and wanted to be part of,” Shampklin told NEFJ following a very good Pro Day performance at…

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College: McGowan brothers building family legacy in Massachusetts

October 18, 2021

PHOTOS: Harvard/Boston College/CM If you’ve heard the name McGowan over the PA system a lot over the past several years while attending high school and college football games locally, that’s because there are three brothers establishing a family legacy in the Commonwealth. Jack, Owen and Brady McGowan are all products of the Catholic Memorial system and while Brady is still at CM this season as a junior linebacker, Jack is…

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Harvard: No. 22 Crimson remain unbeaten with gritty 24-10 win over Cornell

October 10, 2021

BOSTON – A week ago, Harvard head coach Tim Murphy was most proud of his team’s resilience in a road win over Holy Cross. On a beautiful but blustery Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium, the Crimson once again found themselves staring adversity in the face and once again, the team responded. Held to just three points in an ugly first half, Harvard outscored Ivy League rival Cornell by 18 points…

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Harvard: Crimson roll to a 38-13 win over No. 24 Holy Cross, spoiling the Crusaders’ homecoming weekend

October 3, 2021

WORCESTER – The Harvard football team wasn’t planning on going to Worcester just to help Holy Cross celebrate homecoming on Saturday afternoon, the Crimson were coming to completely spoil the party. That’s exactly what they did too, blowing out the Crusaders 38-13 at Fitton Field, upsetting the 24th-ranked team in the country in the process on what was an absolutely perfect fall afternoon. Harvard (3-0) got contributions in all three…

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Opinion: Ivy League does the right thing in canceling sporting events and spring practices

March 12, 2020

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Ivy League announced on Tuesday that all tournaments and spring football practices would be canceled for the remainder of the school year. The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported earlier in the day that spring practices could resume April 5th depending on the status of the virus. The Ivy League is shutting down all spring football practices as of this morning I'm told until April…

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Harvard Preview: Penn Quakers (4-4) at Harvard Crimson (4-4)

November 16, 2019

Harvard will look to bounce back from a tough loss last week at Columbia. The Crimson offense in particular has struggled of late and those struggles have come to the forefront in their last two losses. Here are three keys to the game for the Crimson. 1. Get the running game back on track: Harvard needs to find a way to get their ground game going. It is the catalyst…

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College: Ten Thoughts on the week that was in D1 football in New England

November 14, 2019

Dartmouth’s upset win over Princeton all but locked up the Ivy League title for the Big Green. 1. While Steve Addazio‘s seat is getting warmer at the Heights after Saturday’s loss to Florida State, the Eagles still have a shot at going 6-6 or 7-5 (long shot) and gaining a bowl bid. It will be a fascinating three weeks in Chestnut Hill. 2. Harvard suffered a terrible 17-10 loss in…

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College: Ten thoughts on the week that was in D1 football in New England

October 30, 2019

1. Boston College looked like an FCS team Saturday night against Clemson. I want to believe that the 59-7 score was not indicative of the talent difference between these two programs right now but I am afraid it is. B.C doesn’t have the athletes to match up with Clemson. 2. The Globe’s Julian Benbow wrote a story on Sunday that Rutgers might be interested in hiring Eagles coach Steve Addazio….

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