EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 14, 2012

Under the Lights: Calipari's excess

Michael Muldoon
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Kentucky excess

The NCAA thought it had legislated against Kentucky basketball players living like oil tycoons. The rule was at least half of a dorm had to be comprised of non-athletes. But John Calipari and Co. still built a $7 million “dorm” right out of MTV Cribs. His players share the palace with some lucky normal students.

Cakes are baking

UTL birthday wishes go out ex-Haverhill and Merrimack basketball star Keri Guertin Ryan (turns 38 tomorrow), ex-Pentucket star and current Tufts football coach Tommy Beaton (turns 25 tomorrow), Merrimack hockey coach Mark Dennehy (turns 45 Thursday) and ex-Pinkerton football star Bryan Farris (turns 25 Friday), who is now working on Wall Street.

UNique Football player

Milford (N.H.) High senior Morgan Andrews had quite a weekend last week. The 2011 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year had five goals Friday including the 100th of her career.

That same night, the returning first-team All-Division 3 kicker booted a 30-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to beat Nashua North 24-21. Then Columbus Day the Notre Dame recruit scored three more goals.

Nelsen’s options

North Andover’s 6-6 senior Isaiah Nelsen has received scholarship offers from Merrimack and Assumption. UMass Lowell had offered, too, but is likely out of the picture after it received a commitment from another forward.

Jewish ballplayers

Martin Abramowitz is introducing the video, “Jews and baseball: An American Love Story,” next Sunday at 9 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 541 Main St., Haverhill. Abramowitz has created 150 Jewish player baseball cards and was honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fish story

Windham’s Rich Campiola, who was the 2007 Eagle-Tribune Golfer of the Year from Central Catholic, is also a talented fisherman. He won the Herman Lucerne Memorial Tourney in the Florida Keys.

Foreign legion

Twenty-nine of the 31 players in the Maine-Fort Kent men’s soccer program are foreigners.

Betcha didn’t know

N.Y. Giants coach Tom Coughlin’s residence advisor (RA) his senior year at Syracuse was a young basketball coach by the name of Jim Boeheim. ... Add to the All-Name team Rice University football coach David Bailiff.

Athletic browns

Ted Brown (N.C. State ‘79) still holds the ACC career rushing record and went on to star with the Vikings. His son, J.T. Brown, took a completely different path. The 2011 Frozen Four MVP for Minnesota-Duluth will be playing for the Lightning when the lockout is over.