Hue Jackson: We have to be perfect to win

Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 2:09 PM

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson gestures during a press conference after an NFL football game against Minnesota Vikings at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 29, 2017. Minnesota Vikings won the match 33-16.
AP Photo/Tim Ireland
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson gestures during a press conference after an NFL football game against Minnesota Vikings at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 29, 2017. Minnesota Vikings won the match 33-16.(AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Now 1-23 in his Browns tenure, coach Hue Jackson publicly admitted a not-so-surprising revelation: His team must be perfect to win.

Following Cleveland’s 33-16 loss to Minnesota on Sunday, Jackson said at this point, the only way his team avoids 0-16 is to play a perfect game.

"Everything has to be perfect. I think that's where we are,” he said.

He continued.

"I think everything has got to be perfect for us to have a chance to win a football game. That's just where we are as a football team. We get it, and our coaching staff gets it, and our players get it, and we work that way. We try to do the best we can to get everything right, but we all know that's not how football is played.”

Losing takes its toll, though the rate Jackson is losing is near unprecedented. Recent reports indicate he won’t be fired, but baring a turnaround - or any reason for optimism - he could join the long line of coaches who couldn’t save the Browns.

Relive Ohio State football’s heart-pounding win over Penn State as a 9-minute Hollw

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 8:32 AM

You know the story from Ohio State football’s heart-pounding 39-38 win over Penn State on Oct. 28, 2017. But you haven’t experienced the game quite like this.

Ohio State released an almost nine minute-long video from the game, starting with ESPN’s College GameDay in the morning and finishing with emotional scenes from the Buckeyes’ locker room after the game.

The video’s 8:50 running time is worthy of your full attention. It feels like a blockbuster movie trailer, complete with intense music and all sorts of loud noises in high definition.

It isn’t just the same highlights you saw on television. These are up close looks at pregame speeches and sideline celebrations, plus on-field camera angles of the game’s most important plays.

It also featured the gem of Ohio State assistant Tim Hinton saying at halftime:

“This is going to be one of the greatest games in Ohio State history. I believe that in my heart. One of the greatest comebacks in Ohio State history.”

Other highlights:

  • Urban Meyer walking purposefully on multiple occasions
  • Some high-quality music that will definitely make you feel feelings and also want to play football immediately
  • Players running wild after Trace McSorley’s incompletion sealed the final result
  • The euphoria in the locker room after the game.

This was one of the best college football games of the season. Take the chance to relive it as we enter the long offseason.

Relive Ohio State football’s heart-pounding win over Penn State as a 9-minute Hollw

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 8:32 AM

You know the story from Ohio State football’s heart-pounding 39-38 win over Penn State on Oct. 28, 2017. But you haven’t experienced the game quite like this.

Ohio State released an almost nine minute-long video from the game, starting with ESPN’s College GameDay in the morning and finishing with emotional scenes from the Buckeyes’ locker room after the game.

The video’s 8:50 running time is worthy of your full attention. It feels like a blockbuster movie trailer, complete with intense music and all sorts of loud noises in high definition.

It isn’t just the same highlights you saw on television. These are up close looks at pregame speeches and sideline celebrations, plus on-field camera angles of the game’s most important plays.

It also featured the gem of Ohio State assistant Tim Hinton saying at halftime:

“This is going to be one of the greatest games in Ohio State history. I believe that in my heart. One of the greatest comebacks in Ohio State history.”

Other highlights:

  • Urban Meyer walking purposefully on multiple occasions
  • Some high-quality music that will definitely make you feel feelings and also want to play football immediately
  • Players running wild after Trace McSorley’s incompletion sealed the final result
  • The euphoria in the locker room after the game.

This was one of the best college football games of the season. Take the chance to relive it as we enter the long offseason.

Report: Former Illinois defensive tackle to transfer to Miami

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 8:28 AM

Miami is bringing back its entire starting secondary and linebacking corps from a strong 2017 defense, but the Hurricanes will lose a couple of key defensive linemen in Chad Thomas and Kendrick Norton.

Friday, the team took a step to add depth to that defensive line.

Former Illinois defensive tackle Tito Odenigbo has announced his intention to transfer to Miami, according to Andrew Ivins of 247sports.com. Odenigbo will graduate from Illinois, allowing him to be eligible to play next season for Miami.

Odenigbo appeared in 10 games for the Illini this season, starting four of them. He totaled 29 tackles and a sack on the year. Odenigbo is also the younger brother of Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo.

Odenigbo is expected to compete for playing time on the interior of the Hurricanes’ defensive front.

Wright State vs. Milwaukee: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:30 PM


            February 9,2017: The Men’s Basketball game between the Milwaukee Panthers and the Wright State Raiders at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio.
February 9,2017: The Men’s Basketball game between the Milwaukee Panthers and the Wright State Raiders at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio.

Who: Wright State (15-5, 7-0) at Wisconsin-Milwaukee (9-12, 2-6)

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: UWM Panther Arena

TV/Radio: ESPN3; 106.5

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Probable Wright State starters

Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 15.1

Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.4

Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 10.0

Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 11.2

Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.8

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Probable Milwaukee starters

Jeremiah Bell, 6-0, Jr., G, 14.3

Brock Stull, 6-4, Jr., G, 14.3

Brett Prahl, 6-9, C, Sr., 9.5

Vance Johnson, 6-8, Jr., F, 4.3

Bryce Nze, 6-7, So., F, 9.4

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Series history: Wright State has won four in a row to even the series at 28-28.

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 35-17 in two seasons at Wright State. His career record in 23 seasons is 444-257. Pat Baldwin is in his first season at Milwaukee (9-12).

Last games: Wright State won 80-67 at Wisconsin-Green Bay on Thursday night. Milwaukee dropped a 91-64 decision at home to Northern Kentucky on Thursday.

About Wright State: The Raiders have won eight in a row and are 7-0 in league play for the first time in school history. … The Raiders have won five consecutive road games, equalling the longest road winning streak since becoming a Division I program in 1987-88. The 2007-08 team also won five consecutive road games. WSU can tie the longest road winning streak in program history, set in 1972-73, with a victory Saturday night. … Gentry scored a career-high 23 points against the Phoenix by going 5 of 5 from 3-point range. He has made 13 of his last 15 3-point attempts. … WSU set a season-high Thursday night with 11 3-pointers. … Love leads the HL in rebounding (9.2 per game) and has recorded a double-double in four of the last five games. … WSU has a 60 percent chance of winning according to KenPom.com, which predicts a final score of 67-64. The Raiders are 139th out of 351 teams in the Pomeroy rankings.

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About Milwaukee: The Panthers have lost four in a row. Their 27-point defeat Thursday was the largest in league play since a 28-point setback against Cleveland State on Jan. 4, 2014. … Milwaukee is 5-5 at home, and WSU will be the opponent for the second of six consecutive games it will play at the UWM Panther Arena. … The Panthers are 236th in Pomeroy ratings. They rank eighth in the Horizon League in scoring offense (69.5) and fourth in scoring defense (72.1) despite ranking last in 3-point field goal defense (39.4 percent). … Milwaukee leads the league in rebounding defense (33.6). Nze is sixth in HL rebounding (7.5). … Bell has led the Panthers in scoring five of the last six games. … Milwaukee games are usually decided by halftime as the team is 8-2 when leading or tied after 20 minutes and 1-10 when trailing.

Next game: Wright State will return to the Nutter Center to play Detroit at 7 p.m. Friday.