Leading off today:
A car accident Thursday afternoon in Pine Plains left two high school football players dead and injured two others.
Stissing Mountain football players Zachary Pruner, 16, and Gian Paolo Stagnaro, 17, died in the accident according to the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office. Schoolmates Dustin Hale, 16, was transported to Albany Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and Niall Johnson, 16, was taken to a Poughkeepsie hospital with non-life threatening injuries, The Poughkeepsie Journal reported.
Officials cited unsafe speed and reckless driving as factors in the crash. Hale, the only one of the four on the 2012 varsity football roster, was driving a 2000 Subaru Impreza when he lost control and the vehicle left the roadway, striking multiple trees and rolling over, police said.
Police told the paper Hale had a junior license and was not supposed to have more than one passenger under 21 years old inside his car when he drove.
The Pine Plains school district made counselors available to students on Friday.
Another year, another new coach: With Paul Pasqualoni's UConn football team opening 2013 with a thud -- a 33-18 loss to Towson State on Thursday -- this is as good a place to remember that his staffs while serving as the head coach at Syracuse University underwent constant upheaval.
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While it's normal to have turnover among assistant coaches, the frequency of change at Syracuse in those years tending to be above average. If memory serves me correctly, there was one five-year span in which the cornerbacks were coached by five different men. Predictably, that too-frequent changes caught up with SU. Watching assistants make lateral moves (or worse) to other schools sent up warning flags to prospective candidates and also had to be disruptive to current players and potential recruits.
The reason I raise this point now is because of a story Friday out of Oneonta as The Daily Star pointed out the constant change among head coaches at Unadilla Valley and Cooperstown. Mark Segina, Cooperstown’s coach last fall, left this summer to take the same position at UV, giving the Storm their fifth coach in five years.
Segina has been replaced at Cooperstown by Joe