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Matt Leinart stars in basketball game at famous Drew League

Matt LeinartMatt Leinart is a multi-talented athlete who is apparently pretty good at basketball, in case you didn’t know.

Leinart appeared in a Drew League basketball game Saturday and came off the bench to lead his team to victory. He had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for APNG in a 76-71 win over Jug Life, according to a Drew League tweet.

Here he is in action:

Leinart even drew praise from former NBA player Olden Polynice:

Nike sponsors the Drew League, which is a highly competitive pro-am league in Los Angeles. It’s possible they got Leinart into the game. Or maybe Leinart’s game is just sharp from playing ball with Luke Walton:

Leinart played baseball in addition to football growing up, and he recently said he considered himself a baseball player entering high school. Clearly he’s talented and good at multiple sports.

And what a day for 2006 NFL top 10 picks! Leinart playing in a basketball summer league, and Vince Young pretty much saying he’s retired. At least Reggie Bush and Mario Williams are still making it happen.

Matt Leinart: Kurt Warner ran the 2008 Cardinals, not Ken Whisenhunt

Ken-Whisenhunt-ChargersOne of the main reasons Ken Whisenhunt is a respected coach in the National Football League is the success he had with the Arizona Cardinals in 2008. With Kurt Warner as his quarterback, Whisenhunt led the Cardinals to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to Matt Leinart, it was Warner who got the team there — not Whisenhunt.

Earlier this week, Leinart told FOX Sports Live that he does not believe Whisenhunt will be a good fit with the Tennessee Titans.

“I don’t think it’s a great fit, and I don’t think it’s great timing, and here’s why,” Leinart said, via Vince Marotta of ArizonaSports.com. “You look at his tenure in Arizona — only two years, he had success, and in those two years, Kurt Warner ran that football team — I was a part of it.

“Every single Monday, Kurt Warner would come in and implement 20-to-30 new plays which he would say, ‘I want these in my game plan.’ We became a spread offense and we became Kurt Warner’s offense. Then Kurt Warner retires, they go 5-11 twice and they go 8-8.”

Without Warner, the Cardinals would not have had the same success they had five or six years ago. The same could be said of a lot of teams with great quarterbacks, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the head coach deserves no credit.

Look no further than the 2013 San Diego Chargers, who ranked 5th in the NFL in total offense this season with Whisenhunt as offensive coordinator. A year ago, the Chargers finished the 2012 regular season ranked 31st in total offense. That team had most of the same pieces that Whisenhunt had to work with this season. That certainly tells you something.

Matt Leinart leads USC onto field for Stanford game (Video)

If there’s one bright side to Matt Leinart not being on an NFL team, it’s that he’s able to support his alma mater on Saturdays. The USC Trojans took advantage of that by having their former Heisman Trophy winner lead the team onto the field before Saturday’s game against the Stanford Cardinal.

Leinart was as pumped as I’ve ever seen him. He got the team fired up, and it seemed to work — the Trojans scored on their first drive of the game, though they did miss the extra point and surrender a touchdown on the ensuing possession.

I went to UCLA but, speaking honestly, seeing Leinart out there even fired me up. If that was Ed Orgeron’s idea, it was a good one. I mean look at how hyped Leinart was:

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Brynn Cameron, Matt Leinart’s baby mama, has kid with Blake Griffin

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Brynn Cameron may have two of the most athletic children of all time, and the kids each have different fathers.

Cameron, who is a former USC basketball player, has a 6-year-old son with former USC Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart. We’re also learning that she has a baby with Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin.

TMZ reported on Monday that Cameron had a child on Aug. 1. Blake Austin Griffin is listed on the birth certificate as the father. The child’s name is Ford Wilson Cameron-Griffin.

Cameron and Griffin have been dating for at least two years. Cameron, who is from Newbury Park, Calif., played basketball at USC from 2004-2008. She took the ’06-’07 season off when she was pregnant with her baby fathered by Leinart.

Brynn’s brother, Jordan, played tight end and wide receiver at USC, and was drafted in the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns two years ago. Jordan is having a breakout season for the Browns and has four touchdown catches this year.

You may recall that Griffin collaborated with Jordan to produce a pre-draft hype video for the NFL prospect two years ago. You can watch the video below:

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Matt Leinart: I deserve to start

Matt-Leinart-RaidersCarson Palmer is scheduled to miss this weekend’s game between the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers after suffering cracked ribs and a bruised lung on Sunday. That means either Matt Leinart or Terrelle Pryor is in line for his first start of the season. Rather than naming a starter earlier in the week, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has decided to let Leinart and Pryor compete for the spot.

The former USC star does not sound overly thrilled about that.

“I just think in this situation, I think I deserve to play, I deserve to start,” Leinart said according to CBSSports.com. “Not sure what’s going to happen, but that’s all you can do — just keep preparing, keep working hard, be here, be accountable and whatever happens, whatever decision is made, that’s what’s made. You can’t do anything about it.

“So if they want to start Terrelle and evaluate him and see what he can do, then I’ll support that, and I’ll help him this week and help him during the game. But if they make me the starter, I’m just going to go out there and try to capitalize on that opportunity.”

Leinart handled most of the work after Palmer went down in Carolina, and he didn’t exactly make a strong case to be handed the starting job in Week 17. He completed 16 of 32 passes for 115 yards and an interception and finished with a passer rating of 45.7. Pryor took only two snaps.

The difference between Leinart and Pryor is that we know Leinart’s days of being an everyday NFL starter are behind him. He proved on multiple occasions that he is incapable of handling that role. Pryor is in only his second season, so we can’t be certain that he won’t morph into a starter. With the playoffs out of reach and one game remaining, the Raiders have nothing to lose by giving him a chance to state his case.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Terrelle Pryor or Matt Leinart to start for Raiders at quarterback

Terrelle Pryor or Matt Leinart is expected to start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders at the San Diego Chargers in the team’s season finale on Sunday now that Carson Palmer is hurt.

Palmer got hurt during the team’s Week 16 loss to the Carolina Panthers and is out with cracked ribs and a bruised lung. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen says Palmer was in the hospital for observation after the team returned to Oakland Sunday night, and that he is out for the game.

Leinart was 3-for-3 for 31 yards passing in place of Palmer on Sunday. Pryor completed a pass, caught a pass, and ran for two yards in his action.

“I think we’ll stick with Matt and Terrelle for this week,” Allen said Monday. “We’ll get both those guys reps in practice with the first-team this week.”

Allen wants to see how the two perform in practice during the week before naming a starter.

“We’re not ready to make that decision. Our plan is to work both of them this week and then we’ll see how practice goes. Later in the week we’ll be ready to name a starter.”

Allen said that he thought Pryor “did a nice job” on the three plays he had against Carolina. He also called Pryor a work in progress, and indicated the second-year player may not be ready to lead the team.

“I think he’s still a work in progress,” Allen said of Pryor. “He’s worked extremely hard in practice. I don’t know that he has full command of everything that we’re doing, but I wouldn’t expect a lot different out of any other young quarterback. He’s got to continue to work, and he’s done a nice job.”

Allen did cite Pryor’s athleticism as an intriguing factor.

Based on what the coach was saying Monday, if I had to make a guess, I’d say Leinart will probably start the game, with Pryor still seeing plenty of action. What unfolds at practice during the week could change that. If I were Oakland, I would just give Pryor a shot. You know Leinart is only a second-string QB in the league, so why not give Pryor some game experience to see what he can do?

Below is video of Allen’s comments on Monday:

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The Bachelorette, Emily Maynard, reportedly caught sending ‘explicit text messages’ to Matt Leinart (Pictures)

Those of you who watch “The Bachelorette” (while I feel badly for you) are likely familiar with Emily Maynard. The most recent season of the show, Season 8, ended with Maynard choosing Jef Holm as her fiance. According to a report from Us Weekly, Maynard and Holm got into an “explosive fight” during a recent family vacation after Maynard was caught exchanging explicit text messages with another man. Now, the magazine is claiming that man was Matt Leinart.

The report also claims Holm had a conversation with his ex-girlfriend Kaylee Shepherd, who said he told her the story about Maynard and the Raiders quarterback is true.

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