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Reports: Mark Richt Will Be Miami Hurricanes Coach

Mark Richt will be the next head coach at the University of Miami according to multiple media reports.

Richt played for Miami in the late 1980s where he was a backup quarterback.

Richt was the head coach at the University of Georgia for 15 seasons where he compiled a 145–51.

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So When When Will The Warriors Finally Lose A Game?

The Golden State Warriors have started the season 19-0. They own the record for the best start to an NBA season. They are the defending champions and they have the reigning league MVP.

But every team has to lose some time, right?


Well, in a bit of news that won’t shock many and will rouse the haters, if Golden State doesn’t lose soon, they are going to go to celebrate New Year’s still perfect.

How soon are we talking? The next six games.

The Warriors just started a 7-game road trip with a gutsy 106-103 win over the Utah Jazz. They were trailing in that game as late as a minute left in the 4th quarter before Steph Curry started doing Steph Curry things, nailing a three over Rodney Hood in a play that you have probably already seen at least four times.

But it’s not just Curry.

Draymond Green, owner of two triple-doubles already this season, laid out a 20/9/7 line.

Not to mention that the Warriors did this without Harrison Barnes, a key component in the small-ball offense that no team has been able to stop so far this season.

However, all that being said, Golden State is not going 82-0. That is crazy talk. But if the Warriors are going to end 2015 at anything other than 32-0, which team is going to hand them a loss?

Well, as previously mentioned, Golden State is currently on a road trip. And they are playing a few teams that gave them problems earlier in the season. They defeated Toronto 115-110, and they needed overtime to put away the Nets. However, you have to look a little further down to find the team with the best odds.

And that team is the Indiana Pacers. Granted, they are on their own West Coast trip this week, but they have two full days off before they play the Warriors on Dec. 8.

The Pacers also have the comeback player of the year so far in Paul George. George is playing the best basketball of his career, and he certainly has the ability to out-score Curry. The Pacers would have to play defense like the 2013-2014 version of the team, but it’s not impossible.

If Golden State gets by Indiana, the next game to look at for their first loss would be when they face LeBron and the Cavaliers on Christmas Day. You can never count out King James against any opponent, after all.

Get past the Cavs on Christmas? Then the discussion has to turn to 72-10.

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For Kobe: The Spirit is Willing, But the Flesh is Weak

Five-time NBA champion and former MVP Kobe Bryant announced Sunday that he will retire at the end of this season.

The 20-year veteran made his decision public with a published piece in The Player’s Tribune. In the post, which reads like a free-verse poem, Bryant thanked the fans, not just of the Los Angeles Lakers, but basketball fans in general for giving him as much back as he gave to them.

However, the poem also contained Bryant’s personal reasoning behind calling it a career saying, “My heart can take the pounding/My mind can handle the grind/But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”

There is little to argue with Bryant’s self-assessment, as his previous two seasons had been riddled with injuries. He missed the first 19 games of the 2013-2014 season with an Achilles injury, which was followed by a fracture in his left knee which sat him six weeks. This same knee issue kept him out of the final 18 games as well.

Bryant fared little better on that front during the 2014-2015 season. Although he started the first 27 games, inconsistent play led to him being benched for a short time. Then, in January 2015, he tore the rotator cuff in his left shoulder which sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

So far, 2015-2016 has not been kind to the veteran either. Though he has started every game so far this season, he is shooting only 31.5 percent from the field, including a 1-for-14 performance against the Golden State Warriors. This has contributed to the Lakers current record of 2-14, worst in the Western Conference.

Those numbers notwithstanding, it is doubtful that NBA fans will look back on Bryant’s Hall of Fame career and think of his final 82 games.

Instead, they will think of him as the 17-time All-Star and the two-time Olympic Gold Medal-winner. They will think of him as the man who hit game-winning shots. They will think of him as a man who called it a career, not when all the pundits said he should, but when he decided it was time.

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Report: Barry Bonds Could Be The Miami Marlins’ Hitting Coach

Barry Bonds is not quite Pete Rose in the eyes of baseball purists. But he’s damn close.

That’s why it would it would be pretty earthshaking if the tainted all time home-run king landed a job as a coach in Major League Baseball.

A report by CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman indicates that Miami Marlins brass have been trying to woo Bonds to serve as a hitting coach in South Florida.

From CBS Sports:

“Bonds, known as a brilliant tactician, has worked as a special spring instructor for the Giants on occasion. It isn’t known whether he’s willing to move across the country for such a hitting coach job, but he has been working on brandishing his image and has a keen love of coaching.”

According to Heyman, the Marlins would maintain current hitting coach Frank Menechino and bring Bonds on as a second hitting coach.

For the Marlins, it makes total sense. The Fish finished 29th (out of 30) in terms of overall offensive production, home runs, and runs last season while finishing 9th in hits. The Marlins couldn’t drive in runs to save their lives but they still have some really great talent on the team, especially superstar Giancarlo Stanton.

Could this be the way Bonds gets back involved in the MLB? Could it even help lead to a future reconciliation that Rose and other controversial players have never received?

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Kobe Bryant Announces That He Will Retire At End Of Season

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In a post on the Players Tribune website, Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest players in NBA history announced that he would retire at the end of the season.

In a poem like post titled “Dear Basketball”, Bryant said that he would be forever grateful to the sport that gave him so much.

“I’m ready to let you go.
I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have.”

Bryant is an investor with the Players Tribune.

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Ezekiel Elliott Bashes Ohio State Play Calling Again On Twitter

Ezekiel Elliott, the Ohio State Buckeye running back who led his team to a 42-13 victory over the Michigan Wolverines earlier in the day has found himself back in controversy on social media.

Elliott tweeted a comment referencing Alabama running back Derrick Henry’s 46 carries in the Crimson Tide’s victory over Auburn.

After the Tide beat the Tigers, Elliott took to Twitter:

Elliott had previously ripped Ohio State coaches for the lack of touches that he received last week when the Buckeyes lost to Michigan State. 

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer refused to suspend Elliott after last week’s comments. 

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Football Players Drop To Ground After Gunshots Heard Near High School Football Game

A Miami area high school football game was briefly interrupted Friday night after gunfire was heard outside of the stadium.

The incident took place at Traz Powell Stadium in North Miami where two area high schools were competing in a playoff game.

Player for both Miami Central High and Miami Carol City High hit the ground after hearing the shots in an attempt to seek cover according to the Miami Herald.

A local TV station employee was at the game and claimed that fans in the stands were running for cover as well.

From Local 10:

“A Local 10 News employee who was at the game said everyone in the stands were running, as well witnessing football players on the field hitting the ground. Some people at the game claimed they heard gunfire, but this has not been confirmed.”

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Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel With Resign At End Of Season

In a press release, University of Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel announced that he will stepping down from his position at the end of the season.

Pinkel said that the decision was due to his health. He was was diagnosed in May of 2015 with lymphoma. He received multiple treatments in May and June, and has decided to step down at the end of the year.

“I made the decision in May, after visiting with my family, that I wanted to keep coaching, as long as I felt good and had the energy I needed,” Pinkel said.  “I felt great going into the season, but also knew that I would need to re-assess things at some point, and I set our bye week as the time when I would take stock of the future.  After we played Vanderbilt (Oct. 24), I had a scheduled PET scan on Oct. 26th for reassessment, and then visited with my family and came to the decision on October 27th that this would be my last year coaching.  I still feel good physically, but I decided that I want to focus on enjoying my remaining years with my family and friends, and also have proper time to battle the disease and give full attention to that.”

Pinel has come to national prominence lately after he supported his players after they refused to play until university president Tim Wolfe would resign.


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Could Nick Saban Really Leave Alabama For The Indianapolis Colts?

This story was published on Nov. 13, 2015.

There are few constants in sports. The dominance of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The annual collapse of Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. The solid play of Tim Duncan. The low payroll of the Miami Marlins. The weird fetish that Nick Saban is destined to ditch Alabama for another NFL job.

Yep the rumors have returned after Pro Football Talk relayed a conversation had on Mad Dog Talk Radio that claimed that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay may try to lure Saban away from the Crimson Tide.

Saban is without a doubt, the greatest coach in the college ranks right now (although Urban Meyer is not far behind) and is seemingly the desire of most NFL owners.

Bob Kravitz, a highly respected Indianapolis journalist said that he has heard that Irsay wants to make a big change at the head coaching position.

“Jim Irsay does not believe that Chuck Pagano is the guy who can take him to where he wants to go,” Kravitz said in the interview with Mad Dog Radio. “He’s talking about not just one Super Bowl, but multiple Super Bowls in the Andrew Luck era.”

Kravitz also said that Irsay would be willing to fire the Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson in order to offer Saban a high level of ultimate power over the team’s on the field product.

“Jim Irsay is going to make the next coaching hire,” Kravitz said in the radio interview. “If he brings in a guy who demands full power like say, a Nick Saban, who I think he’s going to go after, if he brings in a Nick Saban, he’s going to have full power and that means that Ryan Grigson will either be kicked to the curb or he’ll have a different role in the organization.”

Saban was an NFL head coach for two season with the Miami Dolphins where he posted a disappointing 15-17 record. His tenure was marked by a decision to take Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees, a decision that has had great impact on the NFL landscape.

Saban has been with Alabama since 2007 where he has won three national titles in six seasons and posted a 99-18 record.

Saban was also rumored to be considering going to coach the Texas Longhorns two seasons ago. He didn’t go even after seriously considering it– in part because the Alabama boosters helped make Saban the highest paid coach in all of college football. He now makes nearly $2 million more than the average NFL coach.

Alabama is currently ranked #2 in the college football playoff rankings and has control over their destiny to play in the SEC championship game. The Colts are 4-5 at the halfway point of the season.

For Saban at age 64, the real question is whether he wants to start over again especially at the pro level.

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PEOPLE POWER: Mizzou System President Resigns After 7 Day Campus Hunger Strike, Football Team Strike


Tim Wolfe, the president of the University of Missouri system has resigned after a 7 day hunger strike led by graduate student Jonathan L. Butler.

The mass protest, organized by the #ConcernedStudent1950 movement was given support by a large number of football players and coaches who refused to practice or play until Wolfe resigned.

Original story:

A day after over 30 African-American football players at the University of Missouri announced their intention to strike until university system Tim Wolfe resigned, the rest of the team and coaching staff has joined the effort.

Head Coach Gary Pinkel announced the solidarity of the team via Twitter in a message that quickly went viral:

By using the #ConcernedStudent1950, Pinkel and his team linked themselves to a growing campus movement that is demanding change.

A graduate student and campus activist named Jonathan L. Butler has been on a hunger strike for the past 5 days. He is a leader of the #ConcernedStudent1950 movement.

Butler has demanded that Missouri system president Tim Wolfe resign or Butler will starve himself to death.

Wolfe has been the target of a large protest over the past week due to perceptions among some students that he does not care about recent racially charged incidents that were reported on the campus.

“There is no reforming him,” Butler told Rise News of Wolfe. “With him as a leader, he has not taken a firm stance on these issues or tried to make it a more inclusive campus.

Read this: University Of Missouri Student Starts Hunger Strike To Oust System President From Office

Last night, over thirty black players on the Mizzou football team announced that they would not participate in any further football related activities until Wolfe left office.

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