Leading off today:
The University of Notre Dame was jonesin' for another Jones brother, and they got one.
Linebacker Jamir Jones, an all-state first-team selection as a junior last fall at Aquinas, announced Tuesday that he has committed to the Fighting Irish, where his brother Jarron is a starting defensive tackle.
Jamir Jones made the decision at Notre Dame's football camp, where defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder pulled him aside after practice to make the offer. He was already holding scholarship offers from a number of schools including Boston College, Pitt, Rutgers and Syracuse.
"They were always one of the choices but there's no better place," Jones, who played QB much of last season while Penn State commit Jake Zembiec was injured, told the Democrat and Chronicle. "There's nothing better than being a student and a Notre Dame football player."
Jones is listed at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, but his frame is filling out and he will be a candidate to move to defensive end not long after arriving in South Bend in 2016.
I may have misplaced a reminder I wrote to myself about another commitment -- I sort of expect the IRS to write me a letter soon asking why I included that page in my tax return this spring -- but I believe the list of New York commitments from the Class of 2016 looks like this:
- Ahmed Bah, WR, Grand Street Campus (Rutgers)
- Brandon Barlow, DE, Shaker (Boston College)
- Jamir Jones, LB, Aquinas (Notre Dame)
- Adam Korutz, DL, Johnson City (Boston College)
- Taysir Mack, WR, Grand Street Campus (Rutgers)
- Ray Marten, TE, Poly Prep (Boston College)
- Justin Morgan, OT, Poly Prep (Rutgers)
- Elias Reynolds, LB, Poly Prep (Rutgers)
- Jake Zembiec, QB, Aquinas (Penn State)
East Meadow senior Brian Kavanagh
played in two big all-star games in as many days. He earned a spot in both the Grand Slam Challenge baseball game Monday and Empire Challenge contest Tuesday.
Kavanagh was 1-for-2 with a stolen base in Nassau County's 3-1 baseball win over Suffolk. He played cornerback for the Long Island all-stars against New York City in the Empire Challenge at Hofstra University. He plans on playing baseball at Long Island University next season and is considering an offer to also dabble in football there.
"When I first got the call about (the Empire Challenge) it was like a dream come true," Kavanagh told Newsday. "Then they called me for baseball, and I was like, 'Wow, this is even better.' I was on top of the world. I was so happy. I'm so thankful that I got the opportunity to play both."
Moving on: Justin Culligan has come to the realization he's not likely to coach again at Whitehall, having twice been passed over by the school board in recent months.
"I had planned on coaching track and football at Whitehall for the next 19 years and retiring," Culligan told The Post-Star. "They've made it pretty clear that they don't want me coaching there."
Culligan, 40, a social studies teacher at the school for 11 years (he was voted favorite teacher by the junior and senior classes in this spring's yearbook), was fired in October as head football coach for purportedly using vulgar language -- an allegation he denies, part of the fallout from an incident-filled game vs. Rensselaer. Last week, the school board promoted assistant Dick Gould to head coach on the recommendation of AD Keith Redmond.
Culligan, 19-14 in four seasons as football coach, also applied for and was passed over as head coach of the track and field team. "It's the first time I haven't coached track in 13, 14 years," Culligan told the paper.
Culligan said he is mulling over whether to coach at another school this fall, or take the year off. His 8-year-old son, Sean, is involved in youth sports.
"I haven't contacted any schools about coaching," he said. "The plan was for me to come back to Whitehall; now I'll start exploring my options, or not coach this year. I spent 21 years coaching other people's kids -- now I can coach my own."
Veteran coach dies: Tony Cavaliere winning percentage while coaching boys soccer at Middletown was barely above .500 -- his record was 125-121-27 with four Section 9 titles from 1986-2000 -- but that doesn't mean he didn't make an impact in his community.