The Los Angeles Daily News’ Scott Wolf says the Trojans are looking to make the hire next month and that the current Texas A&M coach is their top target. Sumlin went 35-17 as head coach of Houston from 2008-2011, including a 12-1 season in his final year. He then went to Texas A&M and went 11-2 last season and is 7-2 this season.
Sumlin has made the most of his quarterbacks at both stops; he had Case Keenum at Houston (the team went 5-7 the season Keenum got hurt), and he’s had Johnny Manziel at A&M.
Wolf says Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, Boise State’s Chris Petersen, former Raiders and Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, and Jack Del Rio have been mentioned the most as candidates.
Franklin went an impressive 9-4 last season with Vanderbilt, which is generally considered a lower-tier program in the SEC. Petersen has long been considered one of the top coaches in the country and has gone 90-11 at Boise State since 2006, but he has been reluctant to leave his current position. Del Rio used to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars and is currently the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. He’s a former USC player and reportedly would not leave his current position until after the season. Gruden hasn’t coached since being fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2008 season. He seems happy in his current role as an ESPN NFL analyst, though he recently said he would like to get back into coaching.
Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith has also been mentioned in association with the job.
Would Sumlin leave A&M for USC? He has a lot of momentum going with the Aggies. Their donations are up, their new facilities are coming, and they have been rolling. But he’s also likely to lose Manziel after the season, so it wouldn’t be a bad time to bolt. Would Sumlin want to leave the SEC — the top conference in the country — for the Pac-12? Maybe considering USC is historically a better program than A&M and would likely to pay Sumlin accordingly.
The New York Knicks are off to a 1-3 start this season, and they don’t appear to be handling it all that well. The Charlotte Bobcats, who were one of the NBA’s worst teams a year ago, beat the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. That inspired Carmelo Anthony to call a players-only meeting.
On Friday, Anthony told reporters that he and others talked about how the team needs to “want it more” than the opposition and stop doubting themselves. That will be especially true now that Tyson Chandler is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken leg.
“We shut the door after the game, talked it out a little bit,” Anthony said, via Marc Berman of the NY Post. “Try to figure out what was happening and going on. We just weren’t competing the way we know how to compete. We weren’t playing the way we know how to play. Hopefully the conversation we had after the game made everyone else realize, though it is early, there are things we need to fix and fix now.
“We got to want it. We got to want to do it. We got to believe in ourselves right now. We’re playing like we don’t believe in ourselves.”
Anthony, who is averaging 23.8 points per game so far, added that the meeting was only players because he doesn’t believe the coaches have anything to do with the team’s slow start.
“[It was] just players,” he explained. “It doesn’t really have anything to do with the coaches. It’s us out there playing. I felt we needed to sit down and talk and get that out of the way.”
Amar’e Stoudemire has played sparingly after undergoing another procedure on his knee during the offseason. He turned the ball over five times in just 11 minutes of play against Charlotte. Earlier this week, Charles Barkley said he believes Stoudemire’s talent is gone. If Chuck is right, the Knicks are screwed without Chandler. No wonder James Dolan is sick of looking at the team’s dancers.
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ESPN analyst Desmond Howard made a regrettable remark on Friday during an appearance on SportsCenter while trying to wrap his brain around what has been going on inside the Miami Dolphins locker room.
One of the more bizarre reports we have heard about the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin situation indicated that Incognito’s Dolphins teammates consider him an “honorary” black guy and some even view him as “more black” than Martin. Howard addressed that report on Friday, but the former NFL return specialist could have expressed himself more eloquently.
“What level of coonery is going on inside the Miami Dolphins’ locker room?” he asked.
Video of the comment can be seen below, courtesy of USA Today. It’s difficult to hear, so you may need to turn up your volume:
There are obviously a lot of racial aspects to this story, as evidenced by the voicemail Incognito allegedly left on Martin’s phone. Whatever is or isn’t going on inside Miami’s locker room, it was unwise of Howard to describe it using a racist term of his own. That does nothing to help the situation.
Richie Incognito reportedly held O-line meetings at strip clubs, would ‘fine’ those who didn’t attend
What started out as an investigation into whether or not Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito harassed teammate Jonathan Martin has turned into a full-blown attack on Incognito’s character. Over the past 24 hours, we have learned that Incognito was accused of sexually harassing a volunteer at a golf event by touching her inappropriately with a golf club. Now, a report claims he used to frequent strip clubs and try to force his teammates to do the same.
According to National Football Post’s Jason Cole, two sources claim Incognito “regularly held meetings for the team’s offensive linemen at a South Florida strip club.” Incognito reportedly demanded that the other linemen attend and would “fine” them if they did not.
“Richie wanted to set up Richie’s world as a way for everybody to act,” a team source reportedly told Cole. “Richie thinks everybody should act that way. He doesn’t get that some guys aren’t into that behavior. Some guys don’t want to constantly explain to their wife or girlfriend why they have to go to a strip club.”
One of the sources added that Incognito would mock any member of the team who chose not to attend and make them feel ostracized.
We don’t know for sure if Incognito was the one who sent that digesting text message about Martin’s sister, but would you be surprised? I know there are people who feel that Incognito has become a scape goat for a culture that is prevalent across the NFL, but there’s usually smoke where there’s fire. Going to the strip club isn’t a big deal. Forcing everyone to be just like you and punishing them if they’re not is obnoxious at the very least.
Full Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin history:
Many Oregon fans can still feel the sting from their 22-19 loss to Auburn in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game. It is widely assumed that Alabama will be back in the national championship game again this season, so Ducks fans have been walking around this year wearing shirts that read “We Want Bama” across the front of them. Yeah, about that.
Oregon’s chance of facing Bama — or any other team — in the BCS National Championship Game all but evaporated on Thursday night when they lost to Stanford. As if the loss didn’t sting enough, CBS Birmingham’s Jim Dunaway shared a photo of the new shirts Bama fans are selling to remind the Ducks that they should not have overlooked Stanford.
“We Forgot Stanford,” the shirt reads.
That pretty much covers it. Maybe Stanford was simply the better team. Maybe the Ducks overlooked their opposition. If the latter is true, shame on them.
Ryan Newman is looking to keep himself in the Chase for the Sprint Cup at the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway this Sunday. With only two races remaining, Rocketman will likely need very strong finishes and some help from his fellow drivers to get near the top of the standings.
Newman has raced to three top-10 finishes in his last four races. He finished 9th at the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend and raced to back-to-back top-10 finishes at Charlotte on Oct. 10 and Talladega on Oct. 20. Rocketman finished fifth at last year’s Advocare 500 after starting 12th, so the track has been kind to him in the past. His second win of the season would really make things interesting in the Chase, where he is currently ranked 12th and 118 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
Newman has partnered with Oral-B to promote the Built in the USA campaign. This Veterans Day weekend, at Driver Introduction at Sunday’s race, in honor of U.S. Veterans, Oral-B and Newman will present Robin Kelleher, President and CEO of Hope For The Warriors, with the $100,000Built in the USA check to support their Above & Beyond program, which assists U.S. service members’ reintegration into the workforce. Phoenix is the fourth and final stop on Oral-B’s Built in the USA tour, so be sure to stop by the Oral-B booth to pick up some products and join in the fun if you’re at the track this weekend. Or stop by Fry’s Marketplace in Goodyear on Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the opportunity to meet Newman and join the Built in the USA tour. Oral-B products are built in the USA, so start your day with the USA by using an Oral-B® Pro Health® All-in-One manual toothbrush.
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was actually playing pretty well on Thursday night before he suffered an injury. Ponder left the game late in the third quarter after he recklessly dove for the end zone and reportedly dislocated his shoulder.
At the moment, it’s tough to tell whether the Vikings are better off with or without Ponder. His interception on the first drive of the night against the Washington Redskins was his seventh of the season in only six games. After he exited the game, the well-known fake John Madden Twitter account poked fun at Ponder with a pretty clever tweet.
INJURY REPORT: Christian Ponder reportedly dislocated his non interception throwing shoulder tonight.
— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) November 8, 2013
Ponder’s wife Sam, formerly known as Samantha Steele, did not appreciate the joke.
@FauxJohnMadden …says the guy using a parody account who asks the injured guys wife for career help? "I'm a lil confused by ur tactics…"
— Sam Ponder (@samsteeleponder) November 8, 2013
Clearly, the person who runs @FauxJohnMadden has had contact with Sam before. I can’t imagine what type of career advice they could have been seeking from the sideline reporter, but they just got roasted nonetheless. What do you expect? Couples who dress up like this for Halloween always stick together.
More than 15 years ago, former NFL tight end Cam Cleeland fell victim to one of the most infamous hazing incidents in professional sports history. Cleeland was a rookie with the New Orleans Saints when he was forced to put a pillow case over his head and run down a hallway filled with veteran teammates. Simply put, he and the other rookies had to make it from one side to the other while they had the crap kicked out of them.
During the so-called rite of passage, Cleeland was decked in the face with a sock full of coins. His eye socket was shattered and he nearly lost his eye. Cleeland only has partial vision in the eye to this day. Needless to say, we don’t really need to explain why he feels for Jonathan Martin.
Cleeland happened to play for the St. Louis Rams the year they drafted Richie Incognito. Unlike some other former teammates who have defended Incognito as a stand-up guy, Cleeland had nothing good to say about him.
Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil took a puck to the face in the third period of a win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. Teammate Erik Karlsson went to flip the puck into the attacking zone and it caught Neil near the right eye, leaving a gash that went from above his eyebrow to the bottom of his nostril. There was a lot of blood.
In typical hockey player fashion, Neil missed only a shift and returned after getting stitched up. His new nickname could easily be “Scarface” once the wound heals.
Hey Chris Neil put on a visor. pic.twitter.com/S3RLMY5Ki4
— Dustin Nielson (@nielsonTSN1260) November 8, 2013
We thought watching players pull out their own teeth was tough, but that made me cringe. I’d probably pass out if I saw that much blood pouring from my face.
GIF via Bonk’s Mullet
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Anything can happen when two top-five college football teams square off against one another, but most people thought No. 3 Oregon beating No. 5 Stanford on Thursday night was a foregone conclusion. The Cardinal proved us all wrong by notching their biggest victory of the season and holding the high-powered Ducks’ offense to just 20 points.
After the game, several Stanford players showed up at their press conference wearing nerd glasses. Why?
“It’s Stanford,” quarterback Kevin Hogan told reporters, via Scout.com’s David Lombardi.
This was obviously a rehearsed bit, but you have to assume Stanford would not have worn the glasses had they lost. Whether Oregon’s quarterback played through a knee injury or not, the Cardinal earned the victory. And in doing so, they have suddenly put themselves in the national championship hunt.
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