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Sport Shorts – What the hell is going on here?

Typically, this is a down time in the world of sports. The NBA is finally over, most of golf’s majors are done, the chance of a triple crown winner has once again vanquished, and we as a nation are desperately waiting for the upcoming football season. Usually, the only thing that keeps our sporting interest this time of the year are a few MLB pennant races. But lately there have been several intriguing stories to occupy our time.

sports news and UpdatesThe NBA had has it’s share of headline news the past few months. The Sterling nightmare is a soap opera/black eye for the league and just won’t go away. Please Donald, sign the sale papers and go to some nursing home where you belong! The summer of big name player movement perked our interest for the last few months. Melo did his dog and pony show only to remain in the Big Apple. I thought it was about winning for him? Let’s be real. The only thing that matters to 99.9% of all players is the check! Stay in NY where it is all about you. ‘Bron toyed with the media for months and finally said adios to the fun in the sun to return home to sunny, warm, rich, titletown…..CLEVELAND! OK, he has a sense for family, home, and giving back to his community. I admire that. He has his rings now and the thought of winning an NBA title in C Town will certainly add to his legacy. Even if he does win an NBA title there, he will still be behind MJ…SORRY! Cleveland is in the midst of making a huge move by shipping off their #1 pick this year, their #1 pick from last year, and possibly their #1 pick in ’15 or ’16 to bring in Kevin Love. With LeBron, Irving, Love, and a mix of other off season free agent pick ups, Cleveland has gone from the outhouse to the penthouse in just a few months!

Staying with the NBA, I can’t believe Kevin Durant walked away from Team USA citing being tired and worn out. Was he afraid of being injured like team mate Paul George? Look, these guys play year round, they have to so they can stay in shape. The chances of getting hurt on the playground is much higher there than on the court with world class athletes. This just smells like the build up of his summer of 2016 dog and pony show whens he becomes a free agent and the world will be kissing his…..I want to go home….to Washington for a BRINKS truck full of $$$$!

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College Football: 60 Days To 2001!!!

College FootballFinally, the countdown can begin! It’s officially 60 days until Steve Superior and the South Carolina Gamecocks host the Johnny Manziel less Texas A&M Aggies at the rocking Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina!

It will be an electric atmosphere with “Cocky” getting the Gamecock faithful jacked up and 2001 blaring – the greatest opening in all of college football. ESPN will be there, a national audience will be watching, and the greatest game in the land will start another season. And what a season it shapes up to be! Many of the Talking Heads have penciled in Oklahoma as the pre-season #1. Some have FSU repeating while many others see the Tide in the top spot. And then there is Auburn, loaded and ready for year 2 under Gus Malzahn. What about the high flying Ducks out west? Baylor should be right behind Oregon averaging 52 points per game!

This truly could be one of the most unpredictable years in recent memory. Our national champion could have ( and probably will have ) 2 losses. The only certainty this year is that it will be decided on the field of play, not by a biased vote or some computer ranking. Even though only 4 teams get to be in the playoff, that is a starting point for an eventual 8-12 team playoff structure.

Scheduling is the biggest factor in having a chance to win a national championship. The reason why I say this years champion may have 2 losses is so many of the top programs have tough schedules this year. In years past, a soft Ohio State like schedule got you in prime position to hang around the top of the polls week after week. Win and hope someone at the top losses. Keep winning with some style points along the way and you can back door your way to the title game. Not in 2014! Let’s look at some of the top programs and their schedules for 2014.

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Lane Kiffin Interviews for Alabama Offensive Coordinator

Lane Kiffin is stirring up “red tide” in Tuscaloosa.

Former USC coach Lane Kiffin, fired midseason after a 62-41 loss to Arizona State, will interview at Alabama Kiffin,  former  University of  Southern California head coach from 2010 to 2013, who was released by USC in late September following  a 62-41 loss at Arizona State, was reportedly interviewed for Alabama’s offensive coordinator job today.

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Kiffin, who also  served as offensive coordinator for the University of Southern California Trojans college football team from 2005 to 2006,  visited with Alabama coach Nick Saban prior to the Sugar Bowl “to share  and exchange ideas … [for] professional development.”

Following Kiffin’s initial meeting with the Bama head coach,  Saban said “Lane is a really good offensive coach, and I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for him.  Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit to get some professional ideas with our guys is a really positive thing.”

If hired, Kiffin who was also head coach of the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders from 2007 to 2008 and head coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteers college football team in 2009 would fill the position vacated by offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier .

Nussmeier  left the Crimson Tide on Thursday to join Brady Hoke’s staff  as the Michigan Wolverines offensive coordinator.

A number of names have entered the discussion to be Nick Saban’s fourth offensive coordinator at Alabama.

Layla Kiffin…Lane Kiffin’s Wife PHOTOS

Alabama loses four to the NFL draft…Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard and defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan all announced they would forgo their remaining eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL draft.

Phil Savage, the analyst on Alabama’s radio broadcasts and executive director of the Senior Bowl, mentioned two names on his Twitter account. Crimson Tide receivers coach Billy Napier and former UCLA/Washington/Colorado head coach Rick Neuheisel made the list “to keep an eye on.”

More Lane Kiffin Alabama Buzz…

Sources are reporting that Alabama fans aren’t exactly thrilled to hear of the possibility. While a small percentage of the fan base seems open to the idea, the majority on Tide supporters on Twitter are asking their program to abstain.

Alabama Post-Game Statement Head Coach  Nick Saban:
 
Opening statement…
“First of all, this is a tremendous rivalry. Great tradition. A lot of great fans. It was a great atmosphere for our team to play in today. For the seniors we have on our team I feel really badly because they have had a great career here. Our fans have done a fantastic job. I am really proud of how this team came along and improved throughout this season and created the opportunity that we have for ourselves here today. We told our team that this is like March Madness. Coming into this game that if you want to keep playing in the tournament you have to keep winning. I was really proud of the way our guys competed out there today, but the fact of the matter is that we did not make plays when we needed to. Whether it was a made field goal with a penalty or a missed field goal after that. Going for it on fourth and less than a yard and not being able to make it. Making the decision to do what we did at the end of the game. Not being able to cover the kick. We knew they had a guy back there and that we had to fan and cover it. That was not a great way to lose the game, especially for a team that I have a tremendous amount of respect for. It is my responsibility. I think our coaches did a great job this year with this team. We just did not make the plays when we needed to make them on third and fourth down today to get this chance to win. I think you have to give Auburn’s players a lot of credit. They have had a great season. They played a great game. The made the plays they needed to make today and that is probably the difference in this ballgame.”
On the coverage of the final play kick…
“It just looked like we did not have anybody down on the right side. The right wing and the right tight end, everybody is supposed to fan the field. We covered to the left; that is why he went to the right. I could not see it that well down their sidelines. First time I have ever lost a game that way, first time I have ever seen a game lost that way. We had the wind behind us, but he still should have covered it. The game should not have ended that way.”
On the short field goal…
“Well we missed a couple field goals. We had fourth down and less than a yard. I do not ever like to say I do not have confidence in our players but we have been a very good short yardage team all year. It did not work out that way. So myself and a lot of other people will probably say that we should have kicked a field goal there, but we had a field goal from that same spot that we missed. You cannot take it for granted that we could have made it. That is the game. But it goes back to being able to make plays and execute them in critical situations of the game. We have been a really good short yardage team but it just did not work out properly this time.”
On lack of defending the last touchdown pass…
“We were playing man to man coverage on the X. The quarterback runs his own pull. We actually had bracket coverage on the guy, but the safety is supposed to come out of the top on an outside release and the corner is supposed to stay with the guy. The corner did not stay with the guy. You have to have tremendous discipline to play against this offense. You have the zone, you have a quarterback that can run the ball, and they have a pass off of it most of the time. We made a mental error in coverage that cost us a touchdown.”
On addressing the team after the loss…
“I told the team that I was proud of the way they played all season long and the way they have improved as a team. We are very proud of our football team to win eleven games. I still think we have one of the best teams in the country. I do not think we played our best game today. Everyone knew what was at stake and we did not make the plays when we needed to make them. That responsibility starts with me and every player on the team and every coach in terms of how we contributed to what we did today. The ultimate responsibility is mine. I am very, very proud of this team, the improvements they made, the way they competed and played all year, and the way they competed today. We just did not make the plays when we needed to make them. This team will have another opportunity to play a game and we are going to try and do it the right way.”
On Auburn’s running game…
“Their running game has had a lot of success against everybody all year long. They are a very difficult offense to defend. Like I said, it takes a lot of discipline. There were times when we did not play the plays properly, especially on their second drive to score fourteen points in the second quarter. We did not close and do the things we were supposed to do and they hit us for a couple of big runs. We had some big stops and have every opportunity to win the game, we just came up a little short. You certainly have the stop the run a little better than we did today to have a chance to beat a team like this because that is what they do extremely well.

Lane Kiffin’s college record

Year School Rec.
2009 Tennessee 7-6
2010 USC 8-5
2011 USC 10-2
2012 USC 7-6
2013 USC 3-2

Alabama Head Coaches

Alabama has had 28 head coaches since organized football began in 1892. Adopting the nickname of the Crimson Tide after the 1907 season, the team has played more than 1,100 games in their 114 seasons. In that time, 12 coaches have led the Crimson Tide in postseason bowl games: Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Harold D. “Red” Drew, Bear Bryant, Ray Perkins, Bill Curry, Gene Stallings, Mike DuBose, Dennis Franchione, Mike Shula, Joe Kines, and Nick Saban.

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Heisman Trophy Winner Jameis Winston

Florida State Quarterback, Jameis Winston is the winner of the 2013 Heisman Trophy.

Jameis Winston Heisman TrophyThe most prestigious award in college football was announce on Saturday.

Winston, a freshman, is a  prototypical 6-foot-4 pocket passer with a rifle for a right arm is the fourth straight quarterback to win the Heisman, and the 12th in the past 13 years to take home the honor.

Winston becomes the third Florida State player to win the prestigious award, joining quarterbacks Charlie Ward (1993) and Chris Weinke (2000).  At 19 years old, he is the youngest winner.

Winston’s 2013 season has been nothing short of incredible. He has thrown for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns and his brilliant freshman season isn’t done.

He will lead the Florida State Seminoles to play for  it’s first national title since 1999, 23 days from now in Pasadena, Calif., against No. 2 Auburn and Heisman finalist Tre Mason.2013 Heisman Trophy Winner Jameis Winston

 Joining him tonight for the trophy presentation were Heisman finalists are Alabama’s AJ McCarron, Auburn’s Tre Mason, Boston College’s Andre Williams and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, who won the Heisman in 2012.

2013 BCS Bowl Schedule

Heisman Speech Video

College Football Career:

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston wins Heisman TrophyWinston committed to Florida State University on February 3, 2012,  and redshirted the 2012 college football season behind senior quarterback EJ Manuel.

In Winston’s college debut, he completed 25 of 27 passes with four passing touchdowns along with a rushing touchdown against the University of Pittsburgh. On December 14th 2013, Winston became the second consecutive Freshman to win the Heisman Trophy

Winston won the Heisman Trophy on December 14, 2013, beating out quarterbacks AJ McCarron, Jordan Lynch, and Johnny Manziel, the previous winner, as well as running backs Tre Mason and Andre Williams.  He became the second freshman to win the award, after Manziel won the previous year. Winston is also the youngest to win the award, at 19 years and 342 days.

Winston, the dual sport star — he also pitches and plays outfield for the Florida State baseball team.

Sexual Assault Allegations:

Winston was accused of sexual assault in an incident last December by a former Florida State student.

On November 14, 2013, it was announced that the Florida State Attorney’s Office would open an investigation into a sexual assault complaint involving Winston that was originally filed with the Tallahassee Police Department on December 7, 2012.

The complaint was originally investigated by the police and classified as open/inactive in February 2013 with no charges being filed. Tallahassee police have stated that the complaint was made inactive “when the victim in the case broke off contact with TPD, and her attorney indicated she did not want to move forward at that time” and then re-examined after media requests for information started coming in early November. On December 5, 2013, state attorney Willie Meggs announced the completion of the investigation and that no charges would be filed against Winston in this case.  

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