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Towson Wins Lawsuit Against Former Football Player

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Two years ago, Towson University football player Gavin Class almost died in practice. Now, he wants back on the team.

O’Malley Loses Horribly Lopsided Bet to North Dakota Governor

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What was he thinking?
What was he thinking?

Okay, so Towson University lost Saturday’s college Football Championship Subdivision title game to North Dakota State. That means Gov. Martin O’Malley owes North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple a case of crab cakes from Faidley Seafood. Fair.

But if Towson had won, all O’Malley would have gotten out of Dalrymple was a case of low-carb pasta from Dreamfields. O’Malley spokeswoman Nina Smith said O’Malley is “definitely disappointed … about the pasta and the loss.”

Towson Cheerleaders Appeal Unprecedented Suspension for Hazing

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Jim Lord, executive director of a national cheerleading group, has never heard of an entire cheerleading team being suspended at once. But that’s what happened last week at Towson University.

After an investigation into allegations of hazing — the school won’t say what exactly is alleged to have occurred or how many were involved — the entire squad of more than 30 cheerleaders has been banned from competing, cheering at games, or participating in “any Towson University related activities” for a year.

Towson University Athletic Director Resigns

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In just 2 1/2 years as Towson’s athletic director, Mike Waddell grew the men’s football and basketball programs so big they ate up men’s soccer and nearly devoured men’s baseball. Or at least that’s my unfair version of it.

The man whom many blame, along with university president Maravene Loeschke, for turning Towson’s baseball program into a statewide political issue is leaving the position to join the athletic department at Arkansas.

Towson Tigers Meet Some Knights in Shining Armor

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Most halftime games feature a marching band, or maybe some cheerleaders doing flips. If things are really crazy, then the mascot gets involved. But the Towson football team has decided to take halftime shenanigans to the next level:  They’re bringing in a couple of knights from Medieval Times for a live sword fight.

“Worst Team in Basketball” No Longer? ESPN Gives Towson Some Love

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For the past few years, the Towson Tigers have been so bad at basketball that it’s almost admirable. They were dubbed “the worst college basketball team in America,” with “the worst stretch of futility in Division I history.” They didn’t win a single game in the entire 2011 season. Their longest losing stretch was an admirably awful 41 games long. But when you’re that bad, there’s really nowhere to go but up.

“For the first time in a long time,” an ESPN blogger wrote recently, “the Towson Tigers men’s basketball program has hope.” Okay, so “some hope” is still faint praise — but we’ll take what we can get. And we’ll also take Four McGlynn, the America East Rookie of the Year last season, who’s transferring to Towson from Vermont next year. McGlynn (as well as a couple other promising transfers) was persuaded by Pat Skerry, the team’s new (and driven) coach. Basically, all the signs are pointing to a Towson basketball renaissance:  The school is building the team a brand-new arena. Bill Murray’s son is an assistant coach.

And while we’re happy to hear the Tigers begin to roar again, we’re also a little… nostalgic for the era of extreme awfulness. They’re no longer on ESPN’s “Bottom 10” list of embarrassing teams. When next year’s season begins, they’ll probably be pretty decent — but not necessarily decent enough to cause any waves. Which makes us wonder:  is it ever better to be extravagantly bad than mediocrely good?

Towson’s Newest Football Recruit is Five Years Old

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Tyler Bloom helps out with the coin toss at a Towson football game. Photo by Brendan Cavanaugh.
Tyler Bloom helps out with the coin toss at a Towson football game. Photo by Brendan Cavanaugh.

Tyler Bloom doesn’t necessarily have the physique you’d expect from a football player. He stands less than 4 feet tall and weighs less than 50 pounds. Also, he’s five years old.

Tyler’s involvement with the team begins in one of the scariest ways possible. After his parents noticed that Tyler was acting oddly clumsy and walking strangely, they took him to Johns Hopkins Hospital. A CAT scan showed that a tumor was encroaching on the right side of his brain. Bloom was rushed into surgery, where surgeons successfully removed the tumor — but a stroke during the surgery left Tyler paralyzed on the right side of his body. The travails didn’t end there; his particularly aggressive form of brain cancer required 33 doses of radiation in six weeks.

Tyler got involved with the Tigers through an organization called Friends of Jaclyn, which works to improve the lives of children with pediatric brain tumors. Through connecting children and their families with local teams, FOJ hopes to foster new support networks — and also help the team’s members to see the world with new eyes. Towson is one of 100 teams nationwide that’s adopted an honorary team member through the organization.

Even better news:  Tyler’s cancer treatments concluded in August, 2011 — and all his scans have come back negative since then.

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