Browns fall in overtime to Titans, remain winless

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 4:46 PM

            Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Joe Schobert (53) tackles Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Joe Schobert (53) tackles Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Ryan Succop’s fourth field goal — a 47-yarder with 1:55 left in overtime — extended his NFL record for makes inside 50 yards to 55 straight and sent the Tennessee Titans to an ugly 12-9 win on Sunday over the winless Cleveland Browns, who also lost durable Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas with an injury.

Succop’s clutch kick enabled the Titans (4-3) to get their second win in six days. Succop made five field goals in Monday night’s win over Indianapolis. The Browns tried to ice Succop with a timeout, but his kick sailed through the uprights and the kicker was mobbed by teammates.

Browns rookie Zane Gonzalez forced overtime by kicking a season-long 54-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in regulation to tie it 9-9.

The Browns (0-7) committed 12 penalties and dropped to 1-22 in two seasons under coach Hue Jackson. Their troubles worsened as Thomas, a 10-time Pro Bowler, missed his first play in 11 seasons.

Michigan State asks AG to review handling of Larry Nassar investigation

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:03 AM

Michigan State has asked the state Attorney General to do a review of the university’s handling of the Larry Nassar case, president Lou Anna Simon announced Friday.

“The testimony of Nassar’s victims this week made many of us, including me, listen to the survivors and the community in a different way. It is clear to the Board and me that a review by the Attorney General’s Office can provide the answers people need,” Simon said in a statement. “As I told the Attorney General in December, MSU will fully cooperate with any inquiry by law enforcement authorities. I hope this review will help the survivors and the entire MSU community heal and move forward.”

Michigan State asks AG to review handling of Larry Nassar investigation

Simon and other Michigan State officials have faced pressure to step down this week as many of Nassar’s victims called out the university’s and USA Gymnastics’ handling of allegations. As of Friday morning, more than 70 victims had given testimony at Nassar’s sentencing. Nassar, who will spend the rest of his life in prison, used his position as a team doctor with Michigan State and USA Gymnastics to groom and abuse many of his victims.

The Detroit News released a story Thursday detailing how 14 Michigan State officials knew about Nassar’s sexual misconduct. Michigan State’s student newspaper, The State News, called on Simon to resign in an editorial this week, as well.


Tennessee football podcast: Vols might have found a steal in the 2018 recruiting class

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:14 AM

Tennessee is looking to add at least one more wide receiver in the Class of 2018, and it might have just found the guy.

The Vols were the first Power 5 school in on and to offer Conyers, Ga., native Jordan Young.

SBNation’s Bud Elliot dives deep into Young’s highlight  in this article to discover Young looks like a diamond hidden in plain sight.

Young caught 66 passes for 1,562 yards and 17 touchdowns last season for Heritage High school.

It seems Young just got lost in the shuffle of Georgia prospects.

The coaching staff certainly hopes getting in on him before any Power 5 schools will help bring him to Rocky Top. Tennessee holds one commitment from a wide receiver in Alontae Taylor.

The Vols probably want to bring on one or two more wide receiver prospect this cycle. Even with the  supposed return of Jauan Jennings.

WMNL’s Josh Ward discusses the wide receiver situation at this point and how the Vols look in Friday’s SEC Country Podcast. He is also joined by Blake Morgan who  breaks down the official visitors this weekend. There is also some basketball talk as the Vols prepare for South Carolina this weekend after the 59-55 loss to Missouri Wednesday.

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Purdue special teams coordiator Tony Levine resigns

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:07 AM

Purdue special teams coordinator Tony Levine has resigned to “pursue opportunities outside of coaching,” coach Jeff Brohm announced on Friday morning. Levine also served as the Boilermakers’ co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach this past season.

Levine has been a college football coach since 1997 when he directed the wide receivers and tight ends at Texas State. He proceeded to coach at Auburn, Louisiana Tech and Louisville and then jumped to the NFL, where he served as the Carolina Panthers assistant specials teams and strength and conditioning coach in 2006 and 2007.

After his professional stint, Levine returned to the college ranks, eventually becoming the head coach at Houston from 2011-14. From there he moved to Western Kentucky for the 2016 season before joining Brohm’s staff.

Now, after more than 20 years of high-level coaching, Levine seems ready to pursue new challenges.

UCLA football recruiting: Latest updates with Class of 2018

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:00 AM


UCLA recruiting has been a roller coaster this season. Once ranked in the Top 10 nationally, the Bruins saw a slew of prospects de-commit following the firing of Jim Mora and subsequent hiring of Chip Kelly, dropping the Bruins like a stone in the rankings. Now Kelly is working on getting “his guys” into the program, which began with signing eight players during the early signing period in December.

UCLA’s 2018 recruiting class currently has eight signees and four commitments, with several highly ranked players still top targets for Kelly and his new staff. And there is room for as many as nine more new players.

Here’s an update on where things stand for the 2018 class:

Where UCLA’s class ranks

UCLA’s 2018 class is ranked No. 38 nationally and No. 4 in the Pac-12, according to the 247Sports composite. The Bruins have an average commit rating of 89.12, which is good for 16th in the country.

Latest headlines

In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest recruiting headlines:


Offers by the numbers

  • Reported offers: 215
  • 5-star offers: 12
  • 4-star offers: 123
  • In-state recruits offered: 68
  • Florida recruits offered: 29
  • Texas recruits offered: 29



Top uncommitted targets

Position breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of the number of signees and commits by position.

  • QB: 1 (Thompson-Robinson)
  • RB: 1 (Allen)
  • TE: 0
  • WR: 3 (Cota, Philips, Parks)
  • OL: 2 (Murray, Anderson)
  • DL: 2 (Mafi, Beckett)
  • LB: 1 (Calvert)
  • CB: 0
  • S: 1 (Blaylock)
  • ATH: 1 (Addison)

Geographical breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of UCLA commits by state:

  • California: 10
  • Oregon: 1
  • Nevada: 1

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