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Path: /nba/matt-barnes-talked-trash-james-harden%E2%80%99s-mom

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. You should think of the woman who brought you into this world fondly: Give her a call, send her some flowers, perhaps even have a meal with her if she’s not too far from your area code. Be a nice son or daughter.


Whatever you do, though, don’t bring her near Matt Barnes. The Los Angeles Clippers forward crossed the trash-talk line this past Wednesday, when he had some crass words for the mother of MVP runner-up James Harden of the Houston Rockets.


What exactly was said? Who knows. It did spark some nostalgic moralizing from Rockets head coach Kevin McHale, though. "I heard about some of that stuff. You don't say anything to [mothers],” he said following the contest. “If you got something to say, say it to the guy you're playing against. I never thought of talking bad to Magic [Johnson's] mother. It's hard enough talking trash to Magic. 


“We all talk smack. But my goodness, that thought never even crossed your mind… from what I heard, that's just not right. I came from an era where everybody talked smack and there was a lot of stuff going on. Not like that. It was much more: 'I'm going to kick your ass, what are you going to say about that?' Go from there.”


The last time a second-round rumor circulated about somebody’s mother at this level, it involved LeBron James, Delonte West, an affair, and a Cleveland Cavaliers season that ended on a strange, sour note just months before James infamously took his talents to South Beach.


While the tension between Barnes and Harden certainly hasn’t gotten to that intense of a place, this subplot does make the Clippers-Rockets showdown all the more heated and interesting. How the two players relate in Game 3 of their 1-1 series in Los Angeles, tonight, will be worth observing.


— John Wilmes


Post date: Friday, May 8, 2015 - 15:20
All taxonomy terms: NBA
Path: /wizards-coach-randy-wittman-michael-lee-article-john-wall-washington

It's safe to say Randy Wittman won't be reading a Michael Lee article anytime soon.


The Wizards coach called the Washington Post journalist out for his article about John Wall and the team. In the article, Lee wrote that Wall was clashing with team doctors. Those accusations didn't please Wittman.


"What was reported today by Micahael Lee was a flat-out lie," Wittman said.




Post date: Friday, May 8, 2015 - 14:57
All taxonomy terms: NBA, Overtime
Path: /tim-duncan-skydiving-las-vegas-san-antonio-spurs

Tim Duncan is usually still playing basketball this time of the year. To see him off the court is a odd sight.


The Spurs early playoff exit is causing "The Big Fundamental" to do things he wouldn't normally do. Duncan went skydiving in Las Vegas to ease his pain. It's odd seeing a man his size doing any kind of extreme activity, but he does still play competitive basketball so what do we know?



We can throw out that "Duncan is old" idea now.

Post date: Friday, May 8, 2015 - 14:13
All taxonomy terms: NFL, Overtime
Path: /keith-olbermann-tom-brady-suspend-year-patriots-new-england-alex-rodriguez

Keith Olbermann never one to hold his tongue.


The late night host recently unloaded on Tom Brady and the Patriots, as everyone seems to be doing, about the Deflategate scandal. Olbermann suggests a year suspension for the Patriots quarterback.


"They should suspend Tom Brady for a year ... they should suspend him for 24 hours for messing with ball, inflation, and then suspend him 364 days for stupidty," Olbermann said.



Perhaps Olbermann's take is a little harsh, but that's always been his style.

Post date: Friday, May 8, 2015 - 12:26
All taxonomy terms: John Wall, Washington Wizards, NBA
Path: /nba/john-wall%E2%80%99s-season-might-be-over

It’s not a good day for Washington Wizards fans. After All-Star point guard John Wall led them to a sweep of the Toronto Raptors in the first round, and a judicious 1-0 lead over the Atlanta Hawks in the second, he’s been all but called for the season.


Thursday, the team announced the severity of Wall’s wrist injury, sustained in Game 1 against the Hawks. Wall has five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand. The Wizards have made no official ruling on their star, but it’s becoming easy to see a grim version of events in the short-term future: Without Wall for the next week or so, they’ll be too overwhelmed by Atlanta to win another game, and their season will end swiftly.


Wall’s team reports that his wrist swelled up substantially after he fell on his hand, and that the swelling has yet to even go down enough for them to make a proper evaluation. It would seem that the only reason Washington is not saying Wall’s out for the season is because of how hard of a pill that news would be to swallow. After looking like dark-horse title contenders for weeks, the Wiz are now facing the prospect of having their hopes dashed by a prickly twist of fate.


In Wall’s place, Ramon Sessions started Game 2, and will presumably maintain the role of his replacement going forward. Sessions performed admirably, scoring 21 points, but he cannot be expected to terrorize defenses and offenses alike the way one of the very best players in the game was doing. Atlanta tied the series in convincing fashion Tuesday night, 106-90.


So while it may be too early to say that Wall and his team’s season are over definitively, such a conclusion does seem like the most likely course over the next week or two. Nobody, not even the Hawks, likes to see a promising playoff run end this way.


— John Wilmes


Post date: Friday, May 8, 2015 - 11:51
Path: /college-football/ranking-big-12s-college-football-coaches-2015

Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.


This is not simply a list of coaches ranked by accomplishment or wins. While those aspects are important, it doesn’t provide a complete picture of how successful coaches are. Winning 10 games at Alabama is different than winning 10 games at Kentucky. Also, every program has a different amount of resources available. Hierarchy in college football also plays a vital role in how successful programs are. It's always easier for programs with more built-in advantages to contend for a national title on a more consistent basis.


A couple of other factors to consider when ranking coaches: How well are the assistants paid? A staff with two of the nation’s top coordinators could be a sign the head coach is better as a CEO and may not be as strong in terms of developing gameplans. How is the coach in the X’s and O’s? Can the coach recruit? Are the program’s facilities on par with the rest of the conference? Much like assistants, a program needs good facilities to win big. If a team is winning at a high level with poor facilities and a small budget, it reflects positively on the head coach. Is the coach successful at only one stop? Or has that coach built a solid resume from different jobs?


Again, wins are important. But our rankings also take into account a blank slate. If you start a program from scratch, which coach would you hire knowing what they accomplished so far and their career trajectory? Remember, you don't get the assistants - only the head coach. And head-to-head wins do not matter for this ranking.


Ranking the Big 12’s Football Coaches for 2015


1. Art Briles, Baylor

Record at Baylor: 55-34 (7 years)

Career Record: 89-62 (12 years)


Briles has completely changed the perception of Baylor football over the last seven years. Prior to Briles’ tenure, the Bears did not play in a bowl or post a winning record from 1995-2007. Baylor went 8-16 in Briles’ first two years, but has played in five consecutive bowl games and tied or won the conference championship in back-to-back years. The Bears are 22-4 over the last two seasons and have three double-digit victory totals in three out of the last four years. Prior to taking over at Baylor, Briles went 34-28 at Houston. Briles is a Texas coaching lifer and has changed this program from one of the bottom teams in the Big 12 into a conference championship contender. The talent level on this team has improved with four consecutive top-40 signing classes, and the program just opened brand-new McLane Stadium in 2014. Momentum at Baylor is at an all-time high with Briles at the controls – and it doesn’t appear to be slowing anytime soon.


2. Bill Snyder, Kansas State

Record at Kansas State: 187-94-1 (23 years)

Career Record: 187-94-1 (23 years)


There’s not a coach in the nation doing more with less every year. Kansas State is not an easy job, yet Snyder continues to keep the Wildcats in contention for the Big 12 title on a yearly basis. Kansas State won only three games in the four previous years prior to his hire in November 1988, and after a 1-10 record in his first season, Snyder’s teams have won fewer than six games only four times and claimed double-digit victories in seven years. Don't forget that following his retirement after the 2005 season, Kansas State went just 17-20 in three years under Ron Prince before Snyder returned in November 2008. Regardless of how much talent or key personnel Kansas State loses, the Wildcats are always a threat to win the conference championship and finish among the top 25 teams in the nation. Developing and finding talent in the junior college ranks is one of Snyder’s biggest strengths. Kansas State doesn’t recruit at a high level, so it’s important to develop talent and find ways to win games with less. That’s exactly what Snyder has accomplished, as from 2011-14, the Wildcats have the best record in Big 12 games (27-9).


3. Gary Patterson, TCU

Record at TCU: 132-45 (14 years)

Career Record: 132-45 (14 years)


Coming off a 12-1 season and a No. 3 ranking in the final Associated Press poll, TCU is among the favorites to contend for the 2015 national championship. The Horned Frogs have come a long way in a short amount of time since joining the Big 12. TCU finished 7-6 in its Big 12 debut in 2012 but followed that up with a 4-8 mark in 2013, thanks in large part to a struggling offense. The The 8-1 mark in conference play last season is easily the best of TCU’s three-year stint in the Big 12. In Patterson’s 14 years, the Horned Frogs have won 132 games and claimed 10 or more victories in nine of those seasons. Winning at a high level is nothing new for Patterson in Fort Worth. In 2010, TCU finished No. 2 nationally with a 13-0 mark, No. 7 in 2008 and No. 6 in 2009. With Patterson at the helm, TCU will be a consistent threat to win the Big 12 title.


Related: TCU's Trevone Boykin Ranks as the Big 12's No. 1 QB for 2015 


4. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

Record at Oklahoma: 168-44 (16 years)

Career Record: 168-44 (16 years)


With 16 seasons at Oklahoma, Stoops is the second-longest tenured coach in college football. The Sooners have consistently ranked among the Big 12’s best under Stoops, winning at least 10 games in 12 of his years in Norman. Additionally, Stoops has guided Oklahoma to eight Big 12 titles and one national championship (2000). Winning at a high level and competing for a spot in one of college football’s top bowl games has become the norm for the Sooners under Stoops. However, Oklahoma finished 8-5 in 2014, which was the worst mark under Stoops since 2009 (8-5). Maintaining success at one job for a long period of time is no easy task for any college football coach. Stoops will try to get the program back on track with a few staff changes, including new offensive play-caller Lincoln Riley. There’s no question Stoops is among the best in the nation, and it will be interesting to see if 2014 was just a small blip on the radar or if it’s the beginning of a down period for the program. 


5. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

Record at Oklahoma State: 84-44 (10 years)

Career Record: 84-44 (10 years)


Oklahoma State took a step back in the win column in 2014, needing a late punt return for a touchdown to beat Oklahoma and secure bowl eligibility for the ninth consecutive season. The win over Washington in the Cactus Bowl gave Oklahoma State its ninth winning season in Gundy’s 10 years. The Cowboys have won at least 10 games in three out of the last five seasons and finished No. 3 nationally in 2011. Gundy consistently has Oklahoma State finishing in the top half of the Big 12, and the Cowboys are poised to return to the top 25 after last year’s 7-6 mark. Gundy’s name popped up in the rumor mill for other jobs over the last three offseasons, but the former Oklahoma State quarterback seems to be reenergized headed into 2015. 


Related: Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph is a Player on the Rise for 2015


6. Charlie Strong, Texas

Record at Texas: 6-7 (1 year)

Career Record: 43-23 (5+ years)


As expected, Strong had to reset the foundation at Texas. The Longhorns finished 6-7 last year and won five games in Big 12 action. However, Texas beat only two teams with a winning record and was thoroughly dominated by TCU and Arkansas in the final two games of 2014. The Longhorns only went 16-11 in Big 12 games over Mack Brown’s final three years and recorded just one finish in the final Associated Press poll in that span. The program clearly slipped in Brown’s final four years, and Strong needs a little time to rebuild the talent and get Texas back into contention for Big 12 championships. It’s only a matter of time before that happens, as Strong went 37-15 in four years at Louisville, including a 23-3 record from 2012-13. 


Related: Texas Ranks as the No. 1 Coaching Job in the Big 12


7. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

Record at West Virginia: 28-23 (4 years)

Career Record: 28-23 (4 years)


Under Holgorsen’s direction over the last four years, West Virginia has made the successful transition from the Big East to the Big 12. The Mountaineers won the Big East title in Holgorsen’s first season and finished 7-6 in their Big 12 debut in 2012. After stumbling to a 4-8 record in 2013, West Virginia rebounded with a 7-6 record in 2014 and claimed its first winning mark in conference play since joining the Big 12. And with 15 starters back for 2015, West Virginia should have a good chance to improve on last year’s record. Holgorsen is a highly regarded offensive mind and is settling into his role as the head coach. With Holgorsen stabilizing the program and competing in the Big 12, the future looks bright in Morgantown. 


8. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech

Record at Texas Tech: 12-13 (2 years)

Career Record: 12-13 (2 years)


Kingsbury was one of the nation’s top assistants when he was tapped to replace Tommy Tuberville at Texas Tech in 2013. And the Red Raiders started Kingsbury’s tenure on a high note, winning their first seven games and jumping as high as No. 16 in the Associated Press poll. But Texas Tech lost its last five regular season games and used a bowl victory over Arizona State to finish 8-5. 2014 was a step back for Kingsbury, as the Red Raiders slipped to 4-8 and recorded three wins by seven points or less against Central Arkansas, UTEP and Iowa State. There’s no doubt Kingsbury is one of the Big 12’s top offensive minds and will have his unit performing at a high level. However, fixing the defense has to be a priority after allowing 42.8 points in Big 12 games in 2014. Hiring David Gibbs should pay dividends for the defense, which should allow Texas Tech to return to the postseason in 2015.


Related: Texas Tech Needs David Gibbs to Reverse Defensive Woes


9. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State

Record at Iowa State: 29-46 (6 years)

Career Record: 29-46 (6 years)


Iowa State is one of the nation’s toughest Power 5 jobs. The in-state recruiting base is small, the Big 12 slate isn’t easy and you have to be good at developing talent or mining the junior college ranks for quick fixes. As an Iowa native, Rhoads knows all about the challenges of coaching in Ames. He also served as an assistant with the Cyclones in 1995-99. In six years as the program’s head coach, Rhoads is 29-46 overall with three bowl appearances. Iowa State has slipped after earning back-to-back bowl bids in 2011-12 with a 5-19 mark over the last two years. Rhoads is a good coach that can squeeze the most out of his roster. However, after a winless record in Big 12 play, Rhoads needs to get the program back to qualifying for a bowl game.


10. David Beaty, Kansas

Record at Kansas: First Year

Career Record: First Year


Beaty is a former Kansas assistant and comes to Lawrence after a three-year stint at Texas A&M. He has never been a head coach, but the Jayhawks hope his recruiting ties to Texas and previous experience at Kansas help to turn around a program that has not won more than three games in each of the last five years. Beaty retained last year’s interim coach Clint Bowen but isn’t inheriting much to work with going into 2015 and just getting to three or four wins would be a good year for the Jayhawks. With a lack of head coaching experience and only two years as a coordinator on the collegiate level, Beaty is still largely an unknown.

Ranking the Big 12's College Football Coaches for 2015
Post date: Friday, May 8, 2015 - 11:00
All taxonomy terms: Overtime
Path: /bill-simmons-espn-leaving-contract-grantland-basketball-hour-jalen-rose-john-skipper

Bill Simmons will be leaving ESPN at the end of his contract.


According to Richard Sandomir of The New York Times, the relationship between the Grantland founder and the worldwide leader in sports has reached its peak.



ESPN president John Skipper issued a statement following the news. Simmons and the company couldn't agree on terms of a new contract.



Simmons' contract with ESPN expires at the end of September. No word on whether he'll end up at another media giant, or stay independent and call all the shots. 

Post date: Friday, May 8, 2015 - 10:45
Path: /college-football/top-25-big-ten-2016-nfl-draft-prospects-watch

The 2015 NFL Draft is over and more than 400 players have begun the next chapter of their football careers.


So what better time than now to look ahead to next spring and the 2016 NFL Draft. Here are the top 25 prospects that could be drafted from the Big Ten:


1. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State (6-4, 230)

He got no support from his running game or offensive line last fall, but Hackenberg has all the NFL tools to be the best QB prospect in the draft next year. He's a more athletic version of Eli Manning. It's hard to keep elite QBs from being the top pick.


2. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State (6-4, 265)

The best pure pass rusher in this class, Bosa has already proven himself as one of the best in college football. He is likely to be avoided by most offenses in '15 so the numbers may not improve, but his stock won't go anywhere. He's one of the best players in the nation period.


3. Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State (6-2, 235)

The freakish redshirt sophomore had a coming-out party in the College Football Playoff, earning MVP honors of the Sugar Bowl. He could blossom into the best linebacker in the nation due to elite speed, instincts and physicality.


4. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State (6-3, 218)

He's got the size, the arm and is an above-average athlete. He wins games and takes care of the football as well. He's a pure leader who could be on the only team capable of knocking off Ohio State.


5. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (6-0, 225)

The top Heisman Trophy candidate entering the season was an absolute monster in the Playoffs. He carried his team to a national championship and should be the top back taken if he can stay healthy.


Related: Top 32 2016 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch


6. Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State (6-4, 255)

There is a good chance he's the starter for Ohio State when the season opens, and his overall arm talent is what makes him the best QB prospect on the OSU roster. And a second national title could cement his first-round status.


7. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State (6-5, 255)

Calhoun could have left school early last fall but elected to return. His stock can't change much but as long as he continues to deliver on his tremendous ability on a championship-level defense, he will be a first-rounder.


8. Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (6-6, 317)

He struggled some with Shawn Oakman (a potential first-round pick from Baylor) in the Cotton Bowl but has been Cook’s blindside anchor. He’s solid against both the run and the pass and will have a chance to lead MSU to a Big Ten title.


9. Joshua Perry, OLB, Ohio State (6-4, 254)

The tackling machine isn’t the flashiest or most explosive player on the Buckeyes' defense but he’s one of the most consistent. He led the national champs in tackles last year with 124 and added 8.5 for a loss and 3.0 sacks. There are few players at his position with his size.


10. Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska (6-2, 300)

Randy Gregory got all of the headlines but Collins developed into a star in his own right last fall as just a sophomore. The disruptive tackle posted 45 tackles, 10.5 for a loss and 4.5 sacks — arguably a better season than Gregory. The sky is the limit for Collins.


11. Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State (6-7, 315)

He’s a massive guy with a long frame who has excelled against some of the best in the business. This offensive line dominated in the national title game and against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.


12. Adolphus Washington, DL, Ohio State (6-4, 290)

With Michael Bennett and Steve Miller gone, more of the D-line onus will fall to this former big-time recruit. He’s got great size and length and makes more plays than the average tackle. He needs to prove he can be the focal point after 48 tackles, 10.5 for a loss and 4.5 sacks.


13. Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State (5-11, 205)

The former five-star recruit finished second on the team in tackles last year (92) and has proven himself a playmaker in short order. He doesn’t have great size but has the elite athleticism that NFL pass defenses are looking for and he elevated his game in the Playoffs.


14. Anthony Zettel, DT, Penn State (6-4, 278)

Getting Zettel back this season was a big win for defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and company. The big fellas clogged the middle for one of the best defenses in the league last fall, posting 42 tackles, 17.0 tackles for a loss and 8.0 sacks.


15. Kyle Carter, TE, Penn State (6-3, 240)

A trio of talented wide receivers and the departed Jesse James took the spotlight from Carter last fall. But make no mistake, he’s got NFL ability. He only caught 16 passes last season but fans in Happy Valley (as well as Mr. Hackenberg) are expecting a big leap forward in ’15.


16. Tyler Marz, OT, Wisconsin (6-5, 321)

The next in a long line of UW blockers with NFL upside. Guards and centers from Madison have had better careers in the NFL but Marz will lead what is once again one of the best running games in the nation.


17. Theiren Cockran, DE, Minnesota (6-6, 257)

He’s rangy and versatile. He can play outside backer in a 3-4 but has excelled as a true end for Jerry Kill. Should the Florida native blossom into an All-Big Ten player, his stock could soar come draft day.


18. Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin (5-11, 210)

Wisconsin knows how to run the ball and the next guy in line is Clement. He’s not as gifted as Melvin Gordon but could be just as productive. He’s rushed for 1,496 yards and 16 touchdowns on 7.0 yards per carry as a backup over the last two years behind Gordon.


19. J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State (6-2, 225)

Scouts aren’t sure what to make of Barrett. He’s a solid athlete with a solid arm and has great size but does he do anything at an elite, NFL level? There is no doubting his leadership and production, however, after 45 touchdowns in 12 games as a redshirt freshman starter last fall.


20. Dan Voltz, C, Wisconsin (6-3, 311)

The highly-touted center prospect enters his redshirt junior year as a Rimington Trophy watch list member. The former freshman All-American missed the second half of the season last year and if he can prove he’s fully healthy, he will move up this list quickly.


Related: Grading the First Round of the 2015 NFL Draft


21. Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota (6-0, 196)

Murray is an incredibly productive cornerback for the Gophers. He totaled 69 tackles last fall for a team one half of football away from winning its division. All Minnesota players are well-coached and he could be the best player on the team in ’15.


22. Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State (6-1, 200)

He’s smart, savvy, hard-working and very athletic. He’s long and rangy as well. Apple proved to be a big playmaker from the corner position. He registered 5.5 tackles for a loss, 10 pass breakups, three interceptions and 53 tackles.


23. Darius Hamilton, DL, Rutgers (6-4, 255)

He can play in multiple schemes but likely projects as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 system. Hamilton was one of the top recruits in school history and he delivered with 45 tackles, 11.5 for a loss and 6.0 sacks last fall. A step forward in ’15 could push him into the top three rounds.


24. Wayne Lyons, DB, Michigan (6-1, 193)

Folks in Ann Arbor will learn his name quickly after transferring in from Stanford. Lyons played in 41 games with the Cardinal, posting 126 tackles and three interceptions before coming to Michigan. He instantly makes this defense better and he is a potential All-Big Ten selection.


25. Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State (6-1, 212)

If Miller wants to put together a year of tape for NFL scouts, he will likely have to play wide receiver. He might be able to play QB for another college program, but he’s not an NFL signal-caller. But should he prove he can make the transition, his stock could rise quickly.


Best of the Rest:

26. Jordan Lucas, CB, Penn State (6-0, 198)

27. Leonte Caroo, WR, Rutgers (6-1, 205)

28. James Ross, LB, Michigan (6-1, 225)

29. Kyle Kalis, OL, Michigan (6-5, 292)

30. Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State (6-3, 210)

31. Blake Countess, CB, Michigan (5-10, 185)

32. Jack Allen, C, Michigan State (6-2, 295)

33. Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana (6-6, 300)

34. Michael Caputo, S, Wisconsin (6-1, 212)

35. Nick VanHoose, CB, Northwestern (6-0, 190)

36. Chris Carter, DT, Ohio State (6-4, 342)

37. Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska (6-3, 320)

38. Nyeem Wartman, OLB, Penn State (6-1, 236)

39. Sojourn Shelton, CB, Wisconsin (5-9, 180)

40. Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska (6-6, 290)

Top 25 Big Ten 2016 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch
Post date: Friday, May 8, 2015 - 10:00
All taxonomy terms: Funny, NFL, Overtime
Path: /jon-stewart-rips-tom-brady-daily-show-deflategate-patriots-gronkowski

Everyone is pretty tired of Deflategate at this point. Tired of talking about it and that it ever happened in the first place.


"The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart went the more emotional route when talking about Tom Brady and the Patriots. Stewart laid into the MVP quarterback as only he could. 


(Warning: This clip contains language that may be offensive to some viewers)


It's safe to say Brady lost a fan in Stewart.

Post date: Friday, May 8, 2015 - 09:34
Path: /college-football/everett-golson-braxton-miller-trevor-knight-quarterbacks-transfer-college-teams

Everett Golson has announced that he will transfer from Notre Dame with one season of eligibility left.


Golson isn’t the only talented quarterback who could decide to leave school in the coming weeks knowing that he isn’t likely to start.


And there are plenty of big-time teams with conference championship aspirations that need starting signal-callers to put them over the top.


So it got me thinking. Who are the best quarterbacks in the nation who won’t be starting this fall, what are the best teams in the nation in need of a QB and which ones fit the best?


Here are nine quarterbacks and teams that need to get together:


Everett Golson, Notre Dame: Florida

Jim McElwain needs a guy who can run his system quickly and efficiently. That’s Golson. He’s got a great arm, great wheels and was the best player on the field for the Irish in the BCS title game drubbing against Alabama. This makes Florida the top challenger to Georgia in the East.


Related: 15 Teams That Could Land Everett Golson


J.T. Barrett, Ohio State: Texas

The Wichita Falls, Texas, native likely isn’t going to beat out Cardale Jones and should return home to the Lone Star State. The Horns could be a Big 12 contender along with Baylor and TCU if they could just get quality QB play. Barrett gives them that and more. Try 45 touchdowns in 12 games as a freshman last season.


Trevor Knight, Oklahoma: Alabama

Oh, the irony. Jake Coker clearly isn’t taking control of the job like he was supposed to — this year or last. But with elite talent and a coordinator who loves to chuck it around, Knight could return to prominence at Alabama. He isn’t likely to beat out Baker Mayfield and he's very accustomed to Crimson and Cream color schemes.


Braxton Miller, Ohio State: Ole Miss

Hugh Freeze might be one player away from winning an SEC title and Miller could be the guy. He fits the spread offense Freeze wants to run and might be relegated to third string in Columbus. This would be a blast to watch.


Max Browne, USC: Louisville

Bobby Petrino has been churning out NFL Draft picks but is a big-armed quarterback away from contending in the ACC this fall. The tall, pocket passer from USC isn’t going to start and would be a perfect fit in Louisville’s system.


Kyler Murray, Texas A&M: LSU

Talk about fun to watch. Murray is just a freshman but isn’t likely to beat out future pro Kyle Allen anytime soon. Why not ship him next door to LSU and give the Tigers an instant playmaker at a position they been lacking for nearly a decade?


Drew Barker, Kentucky: Nebraska

It’s no secret that Mike Riley wants a pro-style, pocket passer running his offense. But he doesn’t have that on his roster right now. The highly-touted and rocket-armed Barker won’t beat out incumbent Patrick Towles and has all the tools to excel in Lincoln.


Davis Webb, Texas Tech: Michigan

Webb looks to be the odd man out in Lubbock but knows how to chuck it around in a big way. The lanky pocket passer would fit well into Jim Harbaugh’s system and gives him a better option than Jake Rudock entering the year. Michigan is good quarterback play away from being a very dangerous team in the B1G.


Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina: Georgia

Possibly the best backup quarterback in the ACC, Trubisky has been beaten out by Marquise Williams multiple times. Georgia needs a tall, strong-armed, pro-style passer. This marriage could result in Mark Richt’s first SEC title in a decade.

9 Quarterbacks Who Need to Transfer and 9 Teams That Need Them
Post date: Friday, May 8, 2015 - 09:00
All taxonomy terms: Tennessee Titans, NFL
Path: /titans-receivers-marcus-mariota-kendall-wright-justin-hunter-nfl-draft-tennessee

Not everyone in Tennessee was happy about the Titans taking Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 pick. 


Titans receivers Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter looked less than pleased about hearing the former Oregon quarterback's name.



In all fairness, they could've been wondering about this "Marcus Marioto" character.

Post date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 15:49
All taxonomy terms: NBA
Path: /allen-iverson-practice-rant-speech-throwback-thursday-philadelphia-76ers

Very few rants have the power to still be relevant more than 10 years later.


Allen Iverson's infamous "practice" rant took place 13 years ago today, and what better way to celebrate Throwback Thursday than to remember it in all it's glory. After this day, no one ever dared to ask the 76ers guard about practice again.



The speech is often imitated, but nothing is quite the same as the original. 


Santa Claus did his best when he was asked about presents.



This little girl came dangerously close to the epic rant, but she was too cute to take seriously.



KABOOM. Goodbye, Internet.

A video posted by Steve McPherson (@steventurous) on


Perhaps one of the best, in terms of direction and editing, goes to this black and white version that's borderline inspirational.



Post date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 14:46
Path: /college-football/15-teams-land-notre-dame-transfer-qb-everett-golson

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has decided to transfer with one season of eligibility remaining. The senior is eligible immediately as a graduate transfer, so there will be plenty of suitors for his services.


Golson threw for 5,850 yards and 41 scores during his two years at Notre Dame. Additionally, he tossed 20 interceptions on 745 attempts. While Golson had his share of ups and downs during his career in South Bend, he guided the Fighting Irish to an appearance in the national championship game in 2012.


Where will Golson land? Here are 15 teams to watch:


15 Teams That Could Land Everett Golson for 2015



Alabama has options to replace Blake Sims, including Florida State transfer Jacob Coker and talented freshmen Blake Barnett and David Cornwell. Coker was expected to push for the starting job last year, but Sims started all 14 games for the Crimson Tide. Although Coker finished spring at the top of the depth chart, did he play with enough consistency to ease the concerns of the coaching staff with a new quarterback taking over?



First-year coach Jim McElwain’s biggest concern on offense isn’t at quarterback, as the offensive line is a major question mark for 2015. However, the Gators have plenty of uncertainty here, as redshirt freshman Will Grier edged Treon Harris for the top spot in the spring. Harris threw for 1,019 yards and nine scores last year, but Grier is a better fit for this offense. McElwain’s offense at Colorado State averaged 321.6 passing yards per game in 2014.


Florida State

It’s probably a longshot for Golson to end up in Tallahassee, as Sean Maguire finished spring with a clear hold on the No. 1 job. However, replacing Jameis Winston is no easy task, and Maguire has only one previous start. Coach Jimbo Fisher is one of the best quarterback and offensive minds in the nation, which has to be appealing to Golson with one year of eligibility and an opportunity to impress NFL scouts in 2015.



The Tigers struggled mightily on offense last season and averaged only 162.9 passing yards per game. Uncertainty remained for LSU in the spring, as neither Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris staked a clear claim for the No. 1 spot. Jennings led the team with 11 passing scores last year, but there’s more upside with Harris. The Tigers aren’t lacking for talent at receiver but quarterback play remains a big concern for coach Les Miles. LSU has to be one of the early favorites for Golson’s services.



Just like Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Louisville’s Bobby Petrino has no problem adding numbers to the quarterback position. The Cardinals aren’t in bad shape at quarterback for 2015, as sophomore Reggie Bonnafon is promising, and Tyler Ferguson is eligible after transferring from Penn State.



Jim Harbaugh is a quarterback guru, but the Wolverines already added Iowa transfer Jake Rudock to the team this spring. Michigan also has freshmen Zach Gentry and Alex Malzone competing with Rudock and Shane Morris for time in the fall. There’s more competition in Ann Arbor than some of the other teams on this list.


Ole Miss

The Rebels have three candidates vying for the starting job, including junior college recruit (and former Clemson quarterback) Chad Kelly. DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan are also in the mix this fall, but Kelly is believed to have an edge over both for the starting job. Golson would be an upgrade over the three options on the roster. However, how quick can he pickup the offense and get acclimated to the supporting cast?


Miami, Ohio

Golson will probably end up at a Power 5 team, but Miami, Ohio is a wildcard program to watch. Former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin finished his first year as the program’s head coach, with the RedHawks finishing 2-10 last season. With Andrew Hendrix expiring his eligibility, Martin is expected to hand the offensive controls over to redshirt freshman Gus Ragland. Golson would be a key pickup if Martin can recruit him to Oxford.


South Carolina

Golson is a native of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the Gamecocks have an opening at quarterback after Dylan Thompson expired his eligibility this offseason. Connor Mitch finished spring at the top of the depth chart, but he has attempted only six passes in his career at South Carolina. Would coach Steve Spurrier be willing to take a chance on Golson for one year? It certainly makes sense.


South Florida

Third-year coach Willie Taggart is squarely on the hot seat entering 2015, and the Bulls are switching to an up-tempo attack that would seem to fit Golson’s strengths. Mike White transferred in the spring, leaving Quinton Flowers (8 of 20 in 2014) as the favorite to win the job.



If LSU is the early favorite to land Golson, Texas might be No. 2. The Longhorns had only two scholarship quarterbacks in the spring, with true freshman Kai Locksley arriving this summer to compete with Jerrod Heard and Tyrone Swoopes for snaps. Heard closed the gap on Swoopes this spring, setting up an intriguing battling for the No. 1 spot in the fall. If Golson transfers here, his first game of 2015 would be against…Notre Dame.



Cyler Miles is not expected to return to the team in 2015, leaving coach Chris Petersen with three inexperienced candidates competing for the No. 1 spot. Jeff Lindquist is the team’s most experienced option, completing 10 of 30 passes for 162 yards and one score last year. However, the Huskies got a good look at freshmen K.J. Carta-Samuels and Jake Browning this spring, and both players are squarely in the mix to start. 



Former Notre Dame assistant Bob Diaco is entering his second year as UConn’s head coach. The Huskies ranked No. 10 in the American Athletic Conference in passing offense last year, with NC State transfer Bryant Shirreffs finishing spring at the top of the depth chart. Golson would be an immediate upgrade and starter if he transfers to UConn.



Quarterback play is arguably the biggest concern for coach Mike London’s team this season. Matt Johns edged Greyson Lambert for the No. 1 spot in the spring, but this job is still up for grabs. Johns and Lambert combined for 18 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions last year. And just an interesting side note: Virginia’s second game of 2015 is against Notre Dame.



New coach Paul Chryst inherits an offense that averaged only 148.7 passing yards per game last season. The Badgers have a strong rushing attack and defense to lean on but improving in the win column and pushing Ohio State or Michigan State for the No. 1 spot in the Big Ten depends on improved quarterback play. Joel Stave is back as the starter, but he only threw nine touchdown passes to 10 interceptions last year.

15 Teams That Could Land Notre Dame Transfer Everett Golson
Post date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 14:41
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If you ever wanted to see Charles Barkley dress up as Bruno Mars, today is your lucky day.


The "Inside The NBA" cast participated in a lip sync battle and it was even better than expected. Barkley was a little more coordinated than most would have guessed, and Kenny "The Jet" Smith showed off his incredible moves as well.



This is without a doubt the best sports show on television.

Post date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 13:07
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Oregon Ducks, Pac 12
Path: /oregon-football-turns-page-emotional-ending

How does a program react to a historic season that includes a win in the inaugural College Football Playoff, a Pac-12 Conference championship and a Heisman Trophy?


“Initially, a lot of tears,” Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich said, referring specifically to the way the Ducks’ 2014 campaign ended: with a 42-20 loss in the College Football Playoff championship round to Ohio State.


“A lot of emotion with a really special team,” he added. “That was a team that was unbelievably close, and a lot of great people that will never be together again...When you get that close, with that group, it's certainly more emotional."


There is more sweet than bitter for Oregon to take away from 2014: Marcus Mariota winning the Heisman, Helfrich claiming the Pac-12 title and the Ducks’ 59-20 thrashing of defending national champion Florida State in the Rose Bowl are all program-defining moments.


But the championship game loss to Ohio State is the last memory Oregon made heading into the 2015 season, giving the program something on which to marinate for the eight long months between the playoff’s end, and September’s start to a new season.


“It’s a good problem to have,” Helfrich said. “We’d certainly like to have that problem every year.”


Having that problem of playing in another national championship game this season hinges on Oregon replacing several key pieces from last year’s “special team.”


Mariota is the most obvious: a three-year starter who smashed Duck records, running the offense for which the program has become synonymous with expertise.


The man Mariota played behind – center Hroniss Grasu – was integral in the Ducks' offensive line becoming more physical last season, after a heavily scrutinized 2013. Grasu and tackle Jeff Fisher were both selected in last weekend’s NFL Draft, along with All-American cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, who missed the College Football Playoff with a torn ACL.


Oregon isn’t just replacing talented playmakers. The departing corps featured the Ducks’ emotional leaders, which explains the scene Helfrich described immediately after the title game.


Ultimately, however, the 2015 Ducks were afforded very little time to lament their losses.


“It’s different, new…in that the [national championship] game was considerably later not just on the calendar, but just how our academic calendar falls,” Helfrich explained. “It also affects your weight room and everything [when] you go through that phase in winter. Some adjustments had to be made.”


Winter term began at the University of Oregon on Jan. 5, and the national championship game was played a week later. For Helfrich and his staff, the next month was dedicated to finalizing the 2015 recruiting class.


Spring practices — which just ended last Saturday with the intrasquad scrimmage—opened on March 31.


The Ducks haven’t had much chance to breath, so the coming lull before fall camp begins in August is the first significant opportunity for Oregon football to take stock of its successes in 2014, and how it can possibly be improved upon in 2015. Jumping right back in with the Ohio State game still fresh could be a blessing for the Ducks. Helfrich said Oregon’s coaches used the shortcomings and successes as teaching tools the same way they would any other game.


Then, once those lessons extracted and applied in practice, Helfrich said of the next step: "Flush it."

Oregon Football Turns the Page from "Emotional" Ending
Post date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 12:00
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Shaquille O'Neal always gives people what they want.


The NBA on TNT host took a tumble during the telecast, and the internet quickly jumped on the old meme generator.



Even O'Neal couldn't help but to laugh at himself.


Post date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:44
Path: /college-football/ranking-pac-12s-college-football-coaches-2015

Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.


This is not simply a list of coaches ranked by accomplishment or wins. While those aspects are important, it doesn’t provide a complete picture of how successful coaches are. Winning 10 games at Alabama is different than winning 10 games at Kentucky. Also, every program has a different amount of resources available. Hierarchy in college football also plays a vital role in how successful programs are. It's always easier for programs with more built-in advantages to contend for a national title on a more consistent basis.


A couple of other factors to consider when ranking coaches: How well are the assistants paid? A staff with two of the nation’s top coordinators could be a sign the head coach is better as a CEO and may not be as strong in terms of developing gameplans. How is the coach in the X’s and O’s? Can the coach recruit? Are the program’s facilities on par with the rest of the conference? Much like assistants, a program needs good facilities to win big. If a team is winning at a high level with poor facilities and a small budget, it reflects positively on the head coach. Is the coach successful at only one stop? Or has that coach built a solid resume from different jobs?


Again, wins are important. But our rankings also take into account a blank slate. If you start a program from scratch, which coach would you hire knowing what they accomplished so far and their career trajectory? Remember, you don't get the assistants - only the head coach. And head-to-head wins do not matter for this ranking.


Ranking the Pac-12's Football Coaches for 2015


1. Todd Graham, Arizona State

Record at Arizona State: 28-12 (3 years)

Career Record: 77-41 (9 years)


It’s a close call between Graham and Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez for the No. 1 spot among current Pac-12 coaches. The Sun Devils enter 2015 as one of the favorites for the conference title, and Graham has guided the program to 28 wins over the last three seasons. The Sun Devils won the South Division in 2013 and tied for second in '12 and '14. Under Graham’s watch, Arizona State has clearly removed the label of a program that struggles to reach expectations. And the Sun Devils are in the midst of a stadium renovation that will only help Graham and this staff sell a program that has inked back-to-back top-25 signing classes. Graham’s success isn’t just limited to Arizona State, as he helped Rice make a six-game improvement in the win column in 2006, won 36 games in four years at Tulsa and went 6-6 in his only season at Pittsburgh.


Related: Arizona State is a Team on the Rise in 2015


2. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona

Record at Arizona: 26-14 (3 years)
Career Record: 146-98-2 (21 years)


Rodriguez is in the process of elevating Arizona into a yearly contender for the Pac-12 title. The Wildcats claimed the South Division championship last season with a 7-2 conference record and won double-digit games (10) for the first time since 1998. Additionally, the 10 wins last year was only the third time in program history that Arizona has won more than nine in a season. Rodriguez only went 15-22 in three years at Michigan, but he won 60 games in seven seasons at West Virginia and guided the program to three finishes in the final Associated Press poll from 2005-07. The bad news for the rest of the Pac-12: Rodriguez is really just getting started and this program is only going to get better in the coming years.


3. David Shaw, Stanford

Record at Stanford: 42-12 (4 years)

Career Record: 42-12 (4 years)


For the first time in Shaw’s tenure at Stanford, the Cardinal are coming off a season with fewer than 11 wins. After winning 34 games through Shaw’s first three years, Stanford regressed to 8-5 but still finished second in the North with a 5-4 conference record. Under Shaw’s direction, the Cardinal has finished inside of the top 11 of the final Associated Press poll three times and played for the conference title in back-to-back years (2012-13). Additionally, Shaw and his staff continue to do an excellent job on the recruiting trail, signing top-25 classes in four out of the last five years. The biggest challenge for Shaw in 2015 will be improving an offense that averaged only 23.8 points per game in conference play last year (11th in the Pac-12). Even with significant departures on defense, Stanford can push Oregon in the North if Shaw is able to find the right answers on offense. 


4. Chris Petersen, Washington

Record at Washington: 8-6 (1 year)

Career Record: 100-18 (9 years)


After one of the most successful stints by a coach during the BCS era, Petersen decided to make the jump to a Power 5 job and replaced Steve Sarkisian at Washington. Petersen went 92-12 at Boise State and led the Broncos to double-digit win seasons in seven out of his eight years. But Petersen didn’t quite find the same success in his first year with the Huskies. Washington’s defense had three first-team All-Pac-12 selections on defense, but a struggling secondary and offense dropped Petersen’s first team to just 8-6 overall and 4-5 in Pac-12 play. Petersen and his staff will be tested even more in 2015, as Washington returns only nine starters, loses standout defenders Shaq Thompson, Danny Shelton and Hau’oli Kikaha, and could have a true freshman start at quarterback. 


Related: Washington safety Budda Baker is a Player on the Rise for 2015


5. Kyle Whittingham, Utah

Record at Utah: 85-43 (10 years)

Career Record: 85-43 (10 years)


Whittingham has successfully transitioned Utah from a Mountain West team to a solid Pac-12 program in just four years. The Utes don’t have the resources or recruiting base of a UCLA or USC, but Whittingham’s team knocked off both programs last year as well as Stanford and Michigan en route to a 9-4 record. Utah also finished No. 21 in the final Associated Press poll – it’s first top-25 finish since 2009 – and claimed its first winning mark in Pac-12 play (5-4). In his 10-year tenure in Salt Lake City, Whittingham is 85-43 overall and has led his team to eight bowl games. 


6. Gary Andersen, Oregon State

Record at Oregon State: First Year

Career Record: 49-38 (7 years)


Andersen’s move from Wisconsin to Oregon State came as a surprise, but the Utah native is a great hire for this program. In two seasons at Wisconsin, Andersen went 19-7 and guided the Badgers to a Big Ten West Division title in 2014. Prior to Wisconsin, Andersen guided Utah State to a 26-24 record in four years. To show how big of an impact Andersen had on the Aggies – in the four years prior to his arrival in Logan, Utah State won only nine games. Utah State won 26 during Andersen’s four years, including 18 over the last two. Andersen is a proven winner at two different jobs and was a successful assistant at Utah prior to becoming a head coach. Oregon State is rebuilding in 2015, but Andersen’s hire will pay big dividends for the Beavers.


Related: Gary Andersen is one of the top coaching hires for 2015


7. Mark Helfrich, Oregon

Record at Oregon: 24-4 (2 years)

Career Record: 24-4 (2 years)


Helfrich is the only current Pac-12 coach to play for the national championship and has picked up where Chip Kelly left off by guiding Oregon to a 24-4 record over the last two years. The Ducks finished No. 2 in the final Associated Press poll after a loss to Ohio State in college football’s national championship in January. Helfrich and his staff navigated several injuries and overcame an early loss against Arizona to win the Pac-12 title and finish 13-2 overall. Prior to his promotion from offensive coordinator to head coach with the Ducks, Helfrich was an assistant at Arizona State, Colorado and Boise State. Helfrich won’t have Marcus Mariota in 2015, but the third-year coach has this program in great shape and poised to continue finishing near the top of the Pac-12. 


Related: Oregon is the No. 2 Coaching Job in the Pac-12


8. Jim Mora, UCLA

Record at UCLA: 29-11 (3 years)

Career Record: 29-11 (3 years)


A case could be made Mora should be higher among his conference peers. In three seasons at UCLA, the Bruins are 29-11 under his watch and have won six Pac-12 games each year. Mora guided UCLA to the Pac-12 South title in 2012 and finished (or tied) for second in the other two seasons. High expectations surrounded this program last year, but the Bruins were easily handled by Oregon in mid-October and on Nov. 28 lost to Stanford 31-10 with a berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game up for grabs. Mora has recruited four consecutive top-20 classes, so talent isn’t an issue for this program. Contending for the South Division in 2015 should be a reasonable expectation, but the Bruins have to replace quarterback Brett Hundley.


9. Steve Sarkisian, USC

Record at USC: 9-4 (1 year)

Career Record: 43-33 (6 years)


By this time next year, Sarkisian could rank higher on this list – if USC ends up winning the Pac-12 as the early odds for 2015 suggest. Sarkisian’s first year with the Trojans had its share of ups and downs. USC beat Stanford 13-10 in Week 2 but lost 37-31 at Boston College the following Saturday. The Trojans lost on the last play of the game to Arizona State and in the final seconds to Utah. With better depth due to the end of NCAA scholarship sanctions, USC should have the manpower needed to close the door in tight games. Prior to taking over at USC, Sarkisian went 35-29 at Washington and guided the Huskies to four consecutive bowl games from 2010-13. The challenge for Sarkisian is simple: Get USC back among the nation’s elite and contend for national championships. Is he the right coach to do so?


Related: USC's Cody Kessler Ranks as the Pac-12's No. 1 QB for 2015


10. Mike Leach, Washington State

Record at Washington State: 12-25 (3 years)

Career Record: 96-68 (13 years)


Entering his fourth year in Pullman, Leach is still looking to elevate Washington State into a consistent winner and a bowl team every season. At Texas Tech, Leach guided the Red Raiders to an 84-43 record in 10 years and never finished a season with fewer than seven victories. But winning at a high level has been much tougher at Washington State. The Cougars are 12-25 over the last three years, and a 6-7 team from 2013 is bookended by 3-9 records in '12 and '14. Offense is Leach’s specialty, and Washington State has ranked in the top 10 nationally of passing offense from 2012-14. But fixing the defense has to be a priority after allowing at least 36 points in Pac-12 games in each of the last three years.


11. Sonny Dykes, California

Record at California: 6-18 (2 years)

Career Record: 28-33 (5 years)


The depth of the Pac-12’s coaching prowess is on full display when Sonny Dykes ranks as the No. 11 coach on this list. After a successful 22-15 stint at Louisiana Tech from 2010-12, Dykes is 6-18 in two seasons at California. The Golden Bears went 1-11 in 2013, but showed marked improvement last fall. California finished 5-7 overall and lost four games by eight points or less. Dykes has this program trending in the right direction, and the offense should be among the nation’s best in 2015. If Dykes can solve the defensive woes, California will make a bowl game this year.


Related: California's Jared Goff Ranks as the Pac-12's No. 2 QB for 2015


12. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado

Record at Colorado: 6-18 (2 years)

Career Record: 22-39 (5 years)


MacIntyre didn’t inherit much to work with when he replaced Jon Embree after the 2012 season. The Buffaloes are 6-18 over the last two years and have won only one contest in conference play. While the overall record isn’t pretty, MacIntyre has this program on the right track. Colorado lost four Pac-12 games by five points or less last season, and with an experienced roster returning in 2015, the Buffaloes should show progress in the win column. Prior to Colorado, MacIntyre went 16-21 at San Jose State, including a 15-9 mark over the final two years. MacIntyre should move up this list in the coming seasons. 

Ranking the Pac-12's College Football Coaches for 2015
Post date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:00
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The Cavaliers would probably want this one back.


The team released a promotional ad for the series against the Bulls and it was a little tone-deaf to say the least. In the video, a Cavaliers fan throws his significant other, who's a Bulls fan, to the ground in shock and disgust.


The Cavliers were going for an "All In" theme for their campaign, but the actual execution of it comes across all wrong.



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Post date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:49
Path: /college-football/top-25-SEC-2016-NFL-Draft-Prospects-Watch

The 2015 NFL Draft is over and more than 400 players have begun the next chapter of their football careers.


For the ninth straight year, the SEC had the most players drafted (54) of any league in college football. With a host of stacked rosters and elite talents taking the field in 2015, that trend should continue once again in 2016. Here are the top 25 NFL Draft prospects to watch in the SEC this fall:


1. Laremy Tunsil, OL, Ole Miss (6-5, 305)

He could easily be the top pick as the best offensive tackle in the draft. He has the size, the athleticism and is significantly better than any offensive lineman in the 2015 NFL Draft.


2. A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama (6-4, 320)

He won't stuff the stat sheet but tackles rarely do. Yet, Robinson is a beast in the middle who must be accounted for on every play — more often than not by more than one blocker. He's big and extremely physical.


3. Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss (6-4, 280)

From a size and strength standpoint, few players in the country can match Nkemdiche's ability. He played end early in his career and has shifted inside and dominated in both spots. Look for him to take the next step in 2015.


4. Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn (6-2, 255)

The knee injury may scare some scouts away, but Lawson can clear away all the doubt with a huge '15 campaign. He was essentially the best player on the Auburn defense two years ago as just a freshman and will become a household name in short order this fall.


5. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss (6-2, 230)

A broken leg isn't nearly as concerning as knees or hips so once Treadwell steps back onto a field, it won't take long for his elite talent to show that he's the top receiver in the '16 class.


Related: Top 25 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch in 2015


6. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida (5-11, 195)

An elite freshman All-American, teams were already staying away from VH3 last season. So he might be avoided completely this fall. That won't have much impact on his overall stock — which is the best cover corner in the nation.


7. O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama (6-6, 240)

The best all-around tight end prospect in the nation unfortunately has been extremely underused by the Crimson Tide offense. He is an elite blocker and an elite pass catcher as well.


8. Leonard Floyd, DE/LB, Georgia (6-4, 238)

The dynamic, hybrid edge player flourished in Jeremy Pruitt's system last fall and should produce another huge season for what could be the best defense in the SEC. He's rangy, athletic and productive.


9. Cam Sutton, CB, Tennessee (6-0, 190)

He may not have the flashy speed and quickness of other cornerbacks ahead of him in the draft, but few players in the nation are as instinctual and make as many plays as the Vols' star defensive back.


10. Vadal Alexander, OL, LSU (6-6, 340)

He's a massive road-grader and will produce big numbers in the running game. There is more than one solid LSU O-line prospect in this unit, but Alexander is the best of the bunch.


11. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama (6-3, 240)

He's an absolute beast. Cut from the Larry Johnson/Steven Jackson mold, few players have ever had the size-athleticism combo that Henry possesses. Now, if Lane Kiffin could just give him the ball a few hundred times.


12. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State (6-2, 230)

He may not have the arm talent of the pure pocket passers in the NFL but few have his heart, toughness, physicality and leadership. He's a great athlete who is a better thrower of the ball than scouts think.


13. Tony Conner, S, Ole Miss (6-0, 217)

The fourth member of the highly-touted 2013 Rebels' signing class could find himself in the first round alongside Tunsil, Treadwell and Nkemdiche. Conner flies around the field and makes big plays consistently.


14. Chris Jones, DL, Mississippi State (6-5, 308)

He didn’t blossom into the star last year many expected but his stock hasn’t slipped too far. He’s a monster in the middle and could develop into an All-American this fall after just 26 tackles, 3.5 for a loss and 3.0 sacks in ’14.


15. Duke Williams, WR, Auburn (6-2, 224)

From a talent standpoint, Williams could be one of the first SEC players taken in the draft. But he needs to refine his game, be more consistent with his hands and learn how to run routes on the next level to become an NFL star.


16. Eddie Jackson, CB, Alabama (6-0, 195)

The former big-time recruit has slowly developed into one of the best athletes in the Bama secondary. He posted 41 tackles a year ago and will be the leader of the Tide defensive backfield this fall.


17. Marquez North, WR, Tennessee (6-4, 220)

North could be the best wideout in the league if he stays healthy and Joshua Dobbs develops. He has elite hands, great ball skills, a huge frame and excellent athleticism. He could easily be a first-round pick.


18. Jeremy Johnson, QB, Auburn (6-5, 230)

If Auburn’s offense churns out yards and points like many expect, Johnson could fly up draft boards. He has a huge frame and a big arm with better than average athletic ability. The pocket passer could make this Tigers offense nearly unstoppable.


19. Josh Augusta, DT, Missouri (6-4, 335)

The man-mountain in the middle will continue Mizzou’s recent run of elite NFL defensive line prospects. He didn’t play full-time last year but is poised for a breakout season.


20. John Theus, OT, Georgia (6-6, 313)

Theus has been in the starting lineup from the beginning and has seen his game develop nicely over his career in Athens. He has gone from weak link as a freshman to an All-SEC performer. The former five-star recruit has all the right NFL tools.


21. Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama (6-2, 250)

The leading returning tackler for the Tide (93) will be one of the top true linebacker prospects in the draft next year. The NFL doesn’t normally take too many LBs in the first round but that doesn’t hurt his stock within his position rank.


22. Travin Dural, WR, LSU (6-2, 192)

Similarly to Robinson, Dural must get good QB play to shine this fall. That said, he’s more polished but slightly smaller than Robinson. He’s a big play waiting to happen after averaging 20.5 yards per catch last fall.


23. Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida (6-2, 200)

The physical tools have been there all along but it has taken some time for him to develop. He has an elite size and speed combination and could vault into the first round should he refine his game (and get good QB play).


24. Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas (5-11, 224)

There isn’t much difference between one Arkansas back and the other, so fans in Fayetteville could expect both to be drafted fairly quickly next fall. He’s posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons entering his third year.


25. Kendall Beckwith, LB, LSU (6-2, 245)

The rising junior blossomed midway through his freshman season and only continued to make plays last fall (77 tackles). He has a chance to rise quickly in the national conversation as one of the best tacklers in the SEC. How will he fit into Kevin Steele’s new scheme?


Best of the Rest:

26. Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia (6-3, 252)

27. Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU (5-11, 191)

28. Jalen Mills, S, LSU (6-0, 194)

29. Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama (6-4, 313)

30. Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas (6-0, 224)

31. Denver Kirkland, OT, Arkansas (6-5, 343)

32. Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss (6-3, 227)

33. Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU (6-6, 309)

34. Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M (6-5, 325)

35. Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida (6-3, 277)

36. Curt Maggitt, LB, Tennessee (6-3, 251)

37. Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn

38. Taveze Calhoun, CB, Mississippi State (6-1, 185)

39. Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama (6-3, 282)

40. Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia (5-11, 215)

Top 25 SEC 2016 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch
Post date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:00
All taxonomy terms: College Football, NBA, Overtime
Path: /cardale-jones-joakim-noah-beef-cleveland-chicago-game-2-bulls-cavaliers-sec

The battle between Cleveland and Chicago doesn't only involve the Cavaliers and the Bulls. Cardale Jones wants to get in on some of the action.


The Ohio State quarterback was in attendance for Game 2 and made an attempt to pump up the crowd by saying it's time to bring another championship to the state.



Obviously, Joakim Noah didn't want to hear any of that.



Nothing any player says ever stays a secret so when word got back around to Jones, he couldn't help but to tweet to the Bulls star.




Add this to the long list of reasons Noah doesn't like coming to Cleveland. 

Post date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 09:48
All taxonomy terms: College Football, SEC, News
Path: /college-football/sec-straw-poll-former-players-weigh-concussions-paying-players-and-more

In a poll conducted by Athlon Sports, former SEC players say Florida and LSU are the toughest road trips.


Nearly all of them said they’ve sustained a concussion at some point in their careers. But almost none of them took money from a bag man or sold an autograph.


Through the course of the 2014 football season, Athlon Sports conducted a straw poll of 11 former SEC players, active from the late 1990s through the 2013 season.


In exchange for candid answers, Athlon granted our subjects anonymity on a wide variety of subjects from coaches they’d want to see work with their kids to advice they would give to their younger selves.


We also asked about some of the most pressing issues of the day regarding concussions and amateurism.


These are the results:


1. What is the toughest road trip in college football?


Four each:




One each:


Arkansas — “because it’s a two-hour drive from the airport.”

Mississippi State


Texas A&M


2. Which active coach would you want to coach your child?


Two each:

• Mark Richt, Georgia

• Nick Saban, Alabama


One each:

• Butch Jones, Tennessee

• Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech

• Gus Malzahn, Auburn

• Dan Mullen, Mississippi State

• Will Muschamp, Florida

• Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati


Two each:

• No answer


3a. If your child could be a student-athlete at any school, which would you want it to be?


Two each:

• Alabama

• Kentucky


One each:

• “Oregon or Alabama”

• “Stanford or Harvard”

• Vanderbilt, “the Harvard of the South”

• Auburn

• Florida

• Notre Dame

• Tennessee



3b. Is this the same school you attended?


• 6 Yes

• 5 No


4. What was the biggest factor in recruiting that led you to pick the college you attended?


• “Playing the best of the best.”

• “Recruited to play WR, most schools recruited me to play D.B”

• “It was close to home and the love there was incredible.”

• “Location.”

• “Connection to the head coach.”

• “Championship contender.”

• “Starting our own tradition and winning the SEC championship.”

• “Support system, close to family and friends.”

• “Grew up a fan.”

• “Close to home, great school.”

• “Opportunity to play right away.”

• “Home state.”


5. What piece of advice would you give to yourself at age 18 before beginning your college career?


• “Enjoy every last minute. It goes by fast.”

• “Focus from the moment you get on campus.”

• “Don’t pick a school based on football alone but a school that will make you a better person.”

• “Commit earlier to film study.”

• “It goes fast. Don’t worry. It works out well.”

• “Relax. You made it to the NFL.”

• “Don’t be so hard headed.”

• “Never take it for granted. Enjoy every moment.”

• “Time flies, enjoy it.”

• “Focus.”

• “Stay away from social media.”

• “Stay humble.”


6. What change in college athletics would you want to see in the next 5-10 years?


Five each:

Pay players (“or allow them to profit from their name and fame.”)


Other responses:

• "None"

• “Expand the playoff to eight teams, top four teams get a bye.”

• “Better medical support for athletes.”

• “Hold players more accountable to academics.”

• “Eight-team playoff.”

• “Better support system for students past playing years.”

• “No more NCAA.”


7a: Did you ever sustain a concussion or other serious head injury when you played in college?


• 8 Yes (one respondent expanded: “not all concussions were documented because as a competitor you always wanted to play.”

• 3 No


7b. How long after the concussion or head injury did you play or practice again?


• “Didn’t practice all week, but played the next Saturday because we were down by 14.”

• “A day or two.”

• “One week.”

• “One or two days later.”

• “Two days.”

• “Next day.”

• “No time missed.”

• “Right after.”


8. During your college career, did you ever sell your autograph or memorabilia?


• 10 No

• 1 “I wish.”

• 1 “Well... does the barter system count?”


9. During your college career or during recruiting, did you ever receive any impermissible benefits from a booster, agent or “bag man?”


• 9 No

• 2 Yes

• 1 “I wish.”

SEC Straw Poll: Former Players Weigh in on Concussions, Paying Players and More
Post date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 09:00
All taxonomy terms: NFL, Overtime
Path: /rob-gronkowski-flex-muscles-deflategate-new-england-patriots-tom-brady

Rob Gronkowski is never one to shy away from the camera. When that camera is asking about the Deflate-gate reports, a different kind of Gronk comes out.


WBZ Boston caught up with the Patriots tight end and when asked about his thoughts on the information found in the Wells Report, he did what he does best. Gronk brought out the big guns ... and flexed them.



Post date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 18:24
All taxonomy terms: NFL, News
Path: /nfl/new-england-patriots-tom-brady-cheated-deflategate

I don’t care about Tom Brady’s balls.


But apparently the rest of the world is obsessed with the New England Patriots. So much so that attorney Ted Wells’ investigation into “Deflategate” churned out 243 pages of information about slightly underinflated footballs.


The general thesis appears to be that two team employees, Jim McNally and John Jastremski, doctored footballs and that Tom Brady “was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities.”


It also found that the Patriots and Bill Belichick had nothing to do with it.


Brady broke the rules (and lied about it). They intentionally deflated his footballs. Roger Goodell should and will punish him with appropriate force.


My concern is how the general public — or Goodell, for that matter — defines "appropriate force." The commissioner hasn't exactly been consistent in his punishments (SEE: Sean Payton and Ray Rice).


I said it when the story initially broke in January, and I’ll say it again now. Should we be quick to criticize an organization with a questionable track record when it comes to the rules? Certainly, but did the Patriots defeat the Colts by more than five touchdowns because the balls were slightly softer? Have the Patriots been the best team in the AFC for more than a decade because of slightly less air in their footballs?


No, because it’s ludicrous.


Did this “scandal” have any impact whatsoever on the outcome of the Super Bowl?


No. Take back the Super Bowl ring? Make him ineligible for the Hall of Fame? Forfeit all 2016 draft picks? 


Just stop, Internet.


For decades, quarterbacks have been scuffing, inflating, deflating, spitting on, greasing up and using every other imaginable trick in the book to get a football exactly how they want it. Sometimes, they go too far. Sometimes, they break the rules.


Sometimes, they get caught and should be punished.


Brady should be punished. Suspend him for a game or two — which would cost him roughly $500,000 per weekend — or fine him or take a late-round pick from the team. Or all three.


But let’s not for one second suggest that pigskin PSI had anything to do with the absolute beat down the Pats administered to the Colts in the AFC Championship game. That with 16-percent more air in their balls, the Patriots wouldn’t have won the AFC East or made it to the Super Bowl.


This is a multi-billion dollar industry that routinely pushes the envelope of sportsmanship across the board. When people break the rules, they get punished. Jumping offside is cheating, and it’s a 5-yard penalty.


Brady deserves to get punished, but it better fit the crime.


After that, I don’t want to hear another word about his balls.

Brady, Patriots Cheated: Punishment Should Fit Crime
Post date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 16:34
All taxonomy terms: NFL, Overtime
Path: /nfl/nfl-players-have-field-day-patriots-deflate-gate-report-tom-brady

It's hard to remember what life was like before everyone could sum up their thoughts in 140 characters.


After news of the Wells Report on Patriots and Deflate-gate broke, many NFL players couldn't help but to express their thoughts. You can read the full report here


Post date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 15:45
All taxonomy terms: High School
Path: /high-school/dj-vanderwerf-3-sport-athlete-prosthetic-leg-sweetwater-high

Not everyone has what it takes to be a quarterback. The main thing necessary is heart.


D.J. Vanderwerf has the heart of a champion and won't give up no matter what the odds are. The high school student plays basketball, baseball, and football for Sweetwater High School in Tennessee. Although there was doubt about him being able to play such a tough sport, Vanderwerf proved them all wrong.


"People doubted me at first, that I couldn't really do anything with my leg," Vanderwerf said. "The coaches had questions about my mobility, if my leg would stay on. You know, if I got hit, if I'd get hurt easily. If I'd hurt the other kids. Once I started played they realized that I can do anything that anybody else does."



Sports aren't the only thing on the young athletes mind. Vanderwerf has a long-term goal of helping others with disabilities. 


"I'd like to actually become a prosthetist, that's the person that makes the things that I wear," Vanderwerf said. "I expect to go to college. I'd like to play a sport in college, preferably football. But we'll see."

Post date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 14:50