Irish football coach Brian Kelly said his program was “in a state of disbelief and incredible sadness” following the tragic death of top recruit Matt James, who fell from a fifth-floor hotel balcony and died while on Spring Break in Panama City Beach, Fla., on Friday.Police said James, 17, was “drunk” at the time of the fall, which occurred around 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Days Inn Motel in Panama City Beach. An autopsy showed James died of brain injuries. He was vacationing with six parents and 40 fellow students from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, police said.“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Matt James in this most trying of times,” Kelly said in a statement Saturday. “On a personal level, I got to know Matt quite well over the past few years, and he was a wonderful young man from a great family. Matt was an extremely talented person who was very bright and possessed a great dry sense of humor. He could not wait to join the Notre Dame family.”Visitation will be held at St. Xavier High School on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and a funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Xavier Church in downtown Cincinnati, according to a Tuesday press release from the high school.“We are united in our grief over Matt,” St. Xavier president Fr. Tim Howe said in the release. “Our community is strong, and I know that the strength we receive from our faith in Jesus’ resurrection will help us get through this difficult time. Our love and prayers are for Matt and his family as we accompany them in the coming days of shared mourning.”James, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle, was set to enroll in the fall as Kelly’s first major recruit at Notre Dame. The All-American chose the Irish on National Signing Day over Ohio State and Cincinnati.“We would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this tragic time, particularly the family at St. X,” James’ parents, Jerry and Peggy, said in a statement Saturday. “Matt was a very special young man, and it is gratifying to us that you all could see that as well. We are touched by this outpouring of love.”James’ high school classmate and quarterback, Luke Massa, is an Irish commit and was also on the Spring Break trip, according to the Associated Press.“This is just such a tragedy because he was just a wonderful, wonderful kid,” Massa’s mother, Mary, told the AP. “It’s heartbreaking.”
First Lady Frances Wolf Unveils New Art Exhibit at the Governor’s Residence March 03, 2020 First Lady Frances Wolf, Governor’s Residence, Press Release First Lady Frances Wolf has unveiled “Bill Hutson: Selections from the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College,” a new collection of art on display at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg throughout the spring and summer. In the works chosen for this exhibition, Hutson masterfully creates depth and space in a two-dimensional study, preparing to translate his architectural vision to a three-dimensional finished canvas.“I am personally honored to share this historic collection, as Bill was my teacher when I attended Franklin & Marshall College, a place where I was nurtured, encouraged, and inspired,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “We are so proud to share this work, and we are grateful to the Phillips Museum and Franklin & Marshall College for making this exhibit possible.”Born in San Marcos, Texas, in 1936, Hutson has traveled to more than 22 countries throughout his career and spent significant time living abroad in England, France, Italy, Holland, Senegal, and Nigeria. His journeys introduced him to influential abstractionists such as Edward Clark and Sam Middleton and sparked an interest in African culture and philosophy that often translated into his work.Often incorporating symbols, shapes, and numbers, Hutson’s work conveys a sense of magnetism while alluding to sacred space, history, or experience. Many of the works featured in this exhibit reflect the architecture and location where Hutson was working at the time of creation, from the rooftops seen in an Indian neighborhood to the skyline visible from his Paris apartment window.“The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College is delighted to share selections from Bill Hutson’s important collection,” said Director of the Phillips Museum Amy Moorefield. “As a Pennsylvania-based artist, Hutson’s work connects us with his love of Lancaster as well as his inspiration and deep experiences from around the globe. The Phillips is both honored to share Hutson’s work with the Governor’s Residence and excited for our friends in Harrisburg to see such excellent examples while emphasizing our mission of sharing the collection with various communities.”Today, Hutson lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 2010, the Phillips Museum of Art received a large collection of his life’s work, while his archives are housed in the Franklin & Marshall College Library.The Governor’s Residence, located at 2035 North Front Street, offers tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the tour line at 717-772-9130 or by submitting a request form here.For more information and to view photos of the exhibit, visit the Governor’s Residence website here. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Press Association Sport understands the final touches have been put to the deal that will extend Ferdinand’s time at Old Trafford into a 12th season. “I am delighted to have signed for another year and I am looking forward to working with the new manager,” said Ferdinand. Rio Ferdinand has signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United. Press Association It has been obvious Ferdinand wanted to remain at United for a while now. The 34-year-old last week called time on his international career in order to concentrate on club matters and has spoken openly about David Moyes’ impending arrival as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement. Nevertheless, the commitment of someone who has just won his sixth Premier League title is a further seal of approval for Moyes, who is facing a tough baptism at United given he has never won any major silverware despite his impressive reputation. It also represents good news for Ed Woodward, who will replace David Gill as chief executive in the summer. Woodward has been responsible for negotiating with Ferdinand’s team as he also gets used to the demands of his new role. Ferdinand has been on a friend’s stag celebrations in Marbella this week. However, he will be present for the start of pre-season training ahead of this summer’s tour to Australia and the Far East.