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Browns benching Kizer, starting Hogan produces strong reactions

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 2:29 PM

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 23: Kevin Hogan #8 of the Cleveland Browns is sacked by Carlos Dunlap #96 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 23: Kevin Hogan #8 of the Cleveland Browns is sacked by Carlos Dunlap #96 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kevin Hogan worked his way from third string afterthought to starting quarterback.

Browns coach Hue Jackson named Hogan the starter on Wednesday. He’ll face a Texans defense that, while depleted, should still be among the league’s best on Sunday.

The decision has warranted reactions across the board.

Billy Preston: Kansas ‘will always hold a special place in my heart’

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 7:52 AM

Kansas fans will be left wondering what could have been after it was announced Saturday that Billy Preston was leaving the program without ever playing in a game in Jayhawk uniform.

The suspended freshman signed a contract with Bosnian professional team BC Igokea, forgoing his eligibility with Kansas. Preston had been held off the court due to an NCAA investigation surrounding an on-campus car accident he was involved in last November.

Though Preston never experienced the thrill of taking the hardwood at Allen Fieldhouse on gameday, he won’t be forgetting the impact the Jayhawks had on him anytime soon.

Preston issued a statement through his personal Twitter account Saturday, confirming his decision before thanking the Kansas coaching staff and fans.

“I appreciate the support from Coach Self, Coach Townsend, and the entire staff and fan base at KU,” Preston wrote. “You will always hold a special place in my heart.”

The 6-foot-10 forward from Los Angeles, Calif. was recruited by Kansas as a 5-star prospect per the 247Sports composite rankings. He was additionally named a McDonald’s All-American.

Kansas head coach Bill Self said in a press release that “Billy’s attitude has been tremendous” through the entire situation over the past three months.

The Jayhawks return to action with a home game vs. Baylor Saturday night. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. CT.

Government shutdown affects Oklahoma men’s gymnastics meet

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 7:51 AM

The Oklahoma men’s gymnastic team was scheduled to open its 2018 season with a meet in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday.

That will not be the case, however, according to Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione.

The Sooners, who’ve won three-consecutive NCAA national championships, were scheduled to compete with Air Force Academy. But due to the government shutting down, all Air Force Academy intercollegiate athletic events are cancelled until further notice, per a release.

The government shut down on Friday amid a failed attempt from the Senate to push forward a vote on a short-term spending bill that would have funded the government for 30 days. This is the first government shutdown since Oct. 2013, which lasted 16 days.

Air Force will try to reschedule as many missed events as possible, according to a release.

For now, the defending NCAA champions will head home to Norman, Okla. The Sooners’ next meet is scheduled for Jan. 27 against Michigan.

The government shutdown should not affect Oklahoma’s Feb. 24 vs. Navy, because the Naval Academy Athletic Association is separate from the United States Naval Academy.

Michigan reportedly makes offer to former Ohio State OC Ed Warinner

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 7:44 AM

Jim Harbaugh has reportedly offered a spot on Michigan’s staff to former Ohio State offensive coordinator and current Minnesota assistant Ed Warinner. FootballScoop reported the offer Saturday afternoon.

Michigan reportedly makes offer to former Ohio State OC Ed Warinner

Warinner was let go by Ohio State following the 2016 campaign as Urban Meyer hired Kevin Wilson to run the program’s offense in 2017. Warinner spent five seasons on Meyer’s staff with the Buckeyes, and he had a co-offensive coordinator role in each. He also had duties as offensive line coach from 2012-15 and tight ends coach in 2016.

Warinner, who began his coaching career at Akron in 1984, joined P.J. Fleck’s staff at Minnesota ahead of the 2017 season as the Gophers’ offensive line coach/running game coordinator.

It’s unclear what kind of role Warinner would have at Michigan if he does join Harbaugh’s staff. Michigan currently has 10 assistant coaches, though there have been rumors that Michigan passing game coordinator  Pep Hamilton may leave for an NFL job.

In another Big Ten connection, Warinner’s son, 2018 linebacker Edward Warinner, signed his letter of intent to play for Michigan State in December.

Iowa-Purdue basketball: Live updates, score, stats

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 6:30 AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa Hawkeyes (10-10, 1-6 Big Ten) play host to the No. 3-ranked Purdue Boilermakers (18-2, 7-0 Big Ten) in a Big Ten game pitting teams from opposite ends of the standings.

Purdue holds an 88-76 lead in the series, which dates to 1908. Iowa has won five of the last seven games, including the last four in Iowa City. The teams split last season’s games.

Iowa will celebrate former player Chris Street, who died 25 years ago in a car accident. Many  of Street’s former teammates and coaches will be in attendance and there will be a halftime presentation.

Patty and Mike Street and their family poses with former coach Tom Davis before Saturday’s Iowa basketball game against Purdue. (Scott Dochterman/Land of 10)

Iowa-Purdue live updates

12:01 p.m. (Halftime) — Purdue leads 51-20 at halftime. It’s a hot mess to say the least. Purdue has hit 20 of 20 shots and 11 of 16 from 3-point range. Iowa was 8 of 32 and 2 of 12 from 3-point distance. Purdue has outscored Iowa 16-0 in points off turnovers. Iowa has had only 7 turnovers.

11:41 p.m. (1H, 3:42) — Purdue leads 40-16. Iowa is struggling at both ends. The only toughness I’ve seen out there from Iowa is from two freshman. Luka Garza going back in after his face looked like pre-cheese pizza and Jack Nunge knocking down Matt Haarms at the basket.

11:30 p.m. (1H, 7:55) — Iowa center Luka Garza has scored twice on a pair of jumpers but he was drilled in the nose on an offensive foul by Purdue center Isaac Haas. Garza headed to the locker room with a face full of blood. Purdue leads 26-10.

11:23 a.m (1H, 10:22) — Purdue extends its run to 18-0 to take a 24-6 lead. McCaffery calls another timeout. Nothing is working for Iowa on either side of the floor.

11:16 a.m. (1H, 11:46) — In traditional fashion this year, Iowa fell apart after the first media timeout. Purdue drilled three straight 3-pointers to take a 17-6 lead Iowa coach Fran McCaffery called a timeout and lit into his players. Defense continues to be a problem but even worse is Iowa has gone six straight possessions without a bucket. That won’t work against a team this efficient.

11:10 a.m. (1H, 15:22) — Purdue leads 8-6 with both teams struggling from the floor early on. Iowa is just 2 of 9 with both buckets coming from 3-point range. Purdue is 3 of 8. Iowa brings in Cordell Pemsl and Maishe Dailey for Garza and Baer.

10:50 a.m. — Neither Ryan Kriener nor Connor McCaffery are dressed out for Iowa. Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Tyler Cook, Nicholas Baer and Luka Garza will start for the Hawkeyes. Purdue’s starters are Carson Edwards, P.J. Thompson, Vincent Edwards, Issac Haas and Dakota Mathias.

10:45 a.m. — Welcome to sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena for today’s game between Iowa and No. 3 Purdue. It’s a White Out at Carver and the program celebrates the legacy of former star Chris Street, who was killed 25 years in a car accident.

Iowa-Purdue basketball game time, details

  • Time: 11 a.m. CT/Noon ET
  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 20
  • Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

What TV channel is showing Iowa-Purdue?

ESPN will air the Iowa-Purdue game. Dave Flemming will call the action while Dan Dakich provides analysis.

How can I watch Iowa-Purdue online? and the WatchESPN app will stream the game. Click here for more information.

How can I listen to Iowa-Purdue on the radio?

You can listen on Sirius 135/XM channel 195. In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes’ flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates. 

For Purdue, Larry Clisby, Rob Blackman and Ralph Taylor  call the action. In Indiana, 96.5 FM (WAZY-Lafayette) is the flagship affiliate, while Boilermaker basketball airs in Indianapolis on WNDE (97.5 FM/1260 AM). Click here for other Purdue radio affiliates.

The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.

Iowa-Purdue preview

On paper, this is the biggest mismatch in the Big Ten this season. In league play, Purdue averages 77 points a game to rank second. Iowa scores 75.3 points a game, ranking fifth. But when it comes to defense, Purdue is the league’s best in holding opponents to 60.4 points per game. Iowa is by far the league’s worst at 84.1 points per game.

The point differential translates to different courses for these long-time Big Ten foes. Purdue (18-2, 7-0 Big Ten) is ranked third nationally. Iowa (10-10, 1-6) is one spot above last in the league. Despite the Hawkeyes winning the last four home games against the Boilermakers, the numbers alone show the recipe for a potential blowout.

“We have to execute, and we have to put two halves together, which, quite honestly, we haven’t really done against good teams,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “We’ve played terrific sometimes one half versus another. And even in some of our better victories, we get down 20 to Illinois, but we won. Colorado, we blew two leads and won. You’ve got to play both halves against that team.”

Iowa might have an emotional edge with a sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a “White Out.” The program will celebrate former player Chris Street throughout the game and honor his legacy in a halftime ceremony. Street was killed in a car accident on Jan. 19, 1993 but remains one of the most popular athletes in school history.

“The fact that we’re going to honor his memory the way we are [Saturday] is special,” McCaffery said. “It speaks to who we are as a program, as an institution. And I always use the words we’re a family, and that’s what you do. You remember, and you honor. It will be good for everybody involved.”

“We all know that it’s a special day, a special game,” Iowa forward Tyler Cook said. “I think hearing the kind of guy that he was and the kind of player that he was and what he brought to this team kind of does inspire us. So I’m looking forward to it.”