The ’83 Wolfpack, nicknamed the “Cardiac Pack,” put together one of the most thrilling, memorable championship rides in NCAA history, pulling off upset after upset in a series of nail-biting games that spanned the end of their regular season all the way to the championship.
They then went on to face a top-seeded Houston team stacked with two eventual NBA Hall of Famers, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler.
Mike Sielski is a sports columnist for the Inquirer and Daily News. Injuries already strewn throughout his career – everything from a ruptured Achilles tendon to a concussion — Quinn suffered another last May, this time to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He tinkered all season with it, never getting comfortable, losing confidence.
The Associated Press Sports Editors named him the top sports columnist in America in 2015. Was it so unreasonable to think that they would be among the candidates to start in the Phillies’ 2018 outfield? Over their rises up the Phillies’ farm system, Quinn had been dazzling people with his varied skills — his speed, his strong throwing arm, the pop in his bat — and Cozens still has as much pure power as any hitter in the organization. There were expectations, for both of them, and it was fair to have them. He appeared in just 45 games at triple-A Lehigh Valley. In 135 games, he had 27 home runs but batted just .210, with a sickly .710 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, and struck out 194 times in 476 at-bats. Rhys Hoskins unfurled his remarkable 50 games with the Phillies and handled the defensive responsibilities of left field well enough that the Phillies felt comfortable signing Carlos Santana to play first base.
Cozens, a former Division I football recruit, is 6-foot-6 and nearly 270 pounds, and he has spent these early weeks of camp working closely with Charlie Manuel and the Phillies’ new hitting coach, John Mallee.Their goal is to get Cozens to ease up on his swing, to maintain more control of his bat through the strike zone, to see better results at Lehigh Valley and take things from there.He went 1-for-2 Sunday, striking out in his first at-bat and lining a double to right field in his second.The author of two books, he lives in Bucks County with his wife and two sons. — There was a time not too long ago, and maybe that time was as recent as last year, when someone could have thought that the Phillies’ starting outfield Sunday, in their 8-3 spring-training loss to the Yankees, would be their starting outfield for the foreseeable future. Aaron Altherr did enough to indicate that, if healthy, he, too, could be a mainstay in the lineup.On manager Gabe Kapler’s lineup card, Nick Williams was in left field, and one would have expected, by now, that Williams would be in consideration for one of the team’s three regular outfield spots. But it was the players in the other two positions who gave you reason to wonder what might have been. Odubel Herrera had another plus-production season in center field.If you've ever sat down to fill out an NCAA tournament bracket you know how maddening it is when virtual unknown up-ends a contender and completely trashes your predictions. There are almost always upsets but only a few are particularly shocking. The Bruins then went to defeat another overachieving Purdue team by a score of 67-62, led by an efficient 24-point effort from Kiki Vandeweghe (9-of-12 shooting, 6-for-6 from the line).