Hue Jackson under microscope as he falls to 1-20 as Browns coach

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 10:07 AM

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson walks off the field after the New York Jets defeated his team in an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Cleveland.
AP Photo/David Richard
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson walks off the field after the New York Jets defeated his team in an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Cleveland.(AP Photo/David Richard)

The Browns lost again Sunday, coming up short in an ugly 17-14 duel with the Jets.

That dropped coach Hue Jackson to 1-20 in his Browns tenure. Perhaps even more disturbing, Cleveland’s offense and quarterback play have been putrid under Jackson - the two areas he’s supposed to know best.

Jackson’s been criticized all year, and it picked up more steam on Sunday, especially for benching rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer.










TCU rebounds in style with signature upset of No. 7 West Virginia

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:50 PM

FORT WORTH — TCU men’s basketball suffered five of the most humbling losses one could imagine during the team’s first seven games of Big 12 play.

Monday night had a different tune for Jamie Dixon and the Horned Frogs as they stunned No. 7 West Virginia 82-73  for their first win against the Mountaineers in series history.

TCU quickly erased a 5-0 deficit out of the gate and never looked back after riding the momentum of a run in which the Horned Frogs outscored the Mountaineers 23-3. West Virginia finished the night making just 25 of 75 shot attempts from the field — a rarity for a Bob Huggins coached team.

Forty minutes later, TCU fans and students were flooding the court at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena as their team recorded its first home win against a ranked opponent in more than two years. It was the first since Dixon took over the reins of the team last season.

“I’m glad they’re happy,” Dixon said. “We’ve lost so many close games … for our guys I’m really excited, but for our fans I think I’ll be even more excited because they deserve this.”

TCU now has its first win over a ranked opponent in Big 12 play of the season, while the Mountaineers have lost for the third time in a span of four games after being ranked as high as No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll.

And plenty of faces rose to the challenge in handing the Horned Frogs their biggest win yet of the 2017-18 season.

Horned Frogs rebound on a national spotlight

TCU failed to make the most of home court against ranked opponents Oklahoma and Kansas in the past month, dropping both games by narrow margins. It was a different case on Monday.

Four TCU players finished with double digit points, including a game high 17 from guard Alex Robinson. The junior made a desperation shot at halftime from near half-court, but was seconds too late to count. The Horned Frogs ended the half on an 11-2 run.

Robinson said the shift in momentum in the middle stages of the game was a complete team effort.

“We just stuck together,” Robinson said. “Basketball is a game of runs. They’re a pressing team and we knew we were going to get opportunities on offense and we just needed to finish. Having faith in each other really helped us come back.”

Robinson wasn’t the only difference making scorer for TCU. Forward Kouat Noi sank 3 straight 3-point shots in the first half and scored 13 in the game.

But for all the key scoring runs, rebounding may have been the difference maker. The Horned Frogs recorded 46 rebounds — much to the delight of Dixon, who said he told his team to “win ugly.”

“We kept rebounding … we got loose balls,” Dixon said. “I thought we got the loose balls and if you can do that against West Virginia then you can do that against anybody. That’s what we had to do and it’s part of winning ugly.”

TCU finished the night with 12 offensive rebounds. Senior guard Kenrich Williams led the Horned Frogs with 14 rebounds in the game on top of 9 points.

Senior forward Vladimir Brodziansky joined Williams in showcasing his physicality, picking up 10 rebounds in addition to several key blocks.

“We had to match their physicality and I feel like we did that today,” Robinson said. “Big Monday is always tough because you only get a day to prepare after your last game and against a great team like West Virginia … but we rose to challenge, had fresh legs and we were ready to go.”

Mountaineers’ shooters go cold

After defeating Texas by 35 points on Saturday — West Virginia’s largest margin of victory in a league game since joining the Big 12 — the Mountaineers were simply unable to find the basket on Monday.

West Virginia made only a third of its 75 attempts from the field and was under 30 percent as late as the midway mark of the second half. The Mountaineers endured a stretch of more than eight minutes without a field goal into the second half.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said the shooting woes were self inflicted.

“The first half we stopped them seven straight times and we didn’t score,” Huggins said. “It’s not like we didn’t have shots, we just didn’t make them … when you’re wide open I don’t think it’s the defense.”

Senior guard Jevon Carter scored a team-high 16 points, but was 0 for 6 from 3-point range. Daxter Miles was 1 for 8 in the same department.

The Mountaineers finished the game shooting 26 percent as a team from beyond the arc. The team also lost the battle in offensive rebounds 17-12.

West Virginia has now lost both of its road trips to the state of Texas this season. The Mountaineers were defeated by Texas Tech 72-71 in Lubbock on Jan. 13.

Up next

TCU, after falling out of the AP Top 25 rankings for the first time since November on Monday, can further boost its resume when the Horned Frogs face Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. on Saturday. After that, it’s back to Big 12 play with a road trip to Oklahoma State before hosting No. 8 Texas Tech on Feb. 3.

West Virginia will look to regroup from another humbling defeat before hosting a huge nonconference game vs. No. 18 Kentucky at WVU Coliseum on Saturday. ESPN College GameDay will broadcast live from Morgantown ahead of the Big 12-SEC showdown.

Pac-12 leads Power 5 conferences with 29 players on Super Bowl rosters

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 7:59 PM

The Pac-12 has more of its players on Super Bowl 52 rosters for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots than any other Power 5 conference.

The Pac-12’s 29 players playing in Super Bowl 52 edge out the SEC’s 28. The Big Ten is second with 27.

Here’s a breakdown of all the players from Pac-12 teams heading to Minneapolis for the Super Bowl:

Arizona

Rob Gronkowski, New England

Marquis Flowers, New England

Nick Foles, Philadelphia

Arizona State

Lawrence Guy, New England

Cal

Mychal Kendricks, Philadelphia

Colorado

Nate Solder, New England

Oregon

Patrick Chung, New England

LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia

Kenjon Barner, Philadelphia

Joe Walker, Philadelphia

Oregon State

Isaac Seumalo, Philadelphia

Brandin Cooks,  New England

Stanford

Cameron Flemming, New England

Johnson Bademosi, New England

Jordan Richards, New England

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia

UCLA

 

Matthew Slater, New England

Randall Goforth, Philadelphia

USC

Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia

Everson Griffen, Minnesota

Utah

Eric Rowe, New England

Washington

Elijah Qualls, Philadelphia

Sidney Jones, Philadelphia

Washington State

Destiny Vaeao, Philadelphia

Former UCLA running back turned LAPD officer

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 7:30 PM

The  Los Angeles Times  has published a feature profiling former UCLA running back Steven Manfro, who just recently graduated the LAPD academy.

Manfro played at UCLA from 2012-15. He appeared in 23 games, racking up 172 rushing yards and 396 receiving yards with 5 total touchdowns in his modest career.

However, Manfro’s life has taken on a greater purpose since graduating from UCLA.

The son and grandson of New York City law enforcement officers, Manfro officially starts with the LAPD on Tuesday.

From the  LA Times: 

He believes playing football at Valencia High and UCLA helped prepare him for being a police officer.

“You never know what to expect,” he said of his new job. “That’s what I liked about football. There’s a lot of struggles. You’re physically fit. It’s a brotherhood, and we have each other’s backs all the time. I couldn’t imagine myself sitting at a desk doing the same over and over.”

Manfro will spend his first year on the force on probation, learning the ins and outs of becoming a patrol officer.

“I’m just open to learn,” he said. “I want to be the best police officer I can be.”

There’s also interest in joining the LAPD’s football team, the Centurions, on Manfro’s part. The former UCLA player hopes his playing days with the Bruins helps bridge the gap with the community.

“It was a great learning experience,” he said. “I think it will help because the community in Los Angeles is very diverse.”

What Bob Huggins said after West Virginia’s 82-73 loss to TCU

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 7:11 PM

FORT WORTH — West Virginia’s streak of perfection against TCU came to an end Monday night in a 82-73 loss to the Horned Frogs.

The Mountaineers made only 33.3 percent of their shots in the loss, going 25-of-75 from the field.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was a man of few words following the defeat. Here’s what he had to say on the Mountaineers’ lackluster performance in Fort Worth:

On preparations for the game:

“I watched pretty much all of their conference games and they’re well coached. Robinson is about as good as anybody else in finding open people.”

On lack of shooting success from the field:

“The first half we stopped them seven straight times and we didn’t score. It’s not like we didn’t have shots, we just didn’t make them….when you’re wide open I don’t think it’s the defense. You had wide open looks.”

On James “Beetle” Bolden injury:

“[Bolden] is beat up. I wish some of our other guys had his heart. He has a good heart.”

The sophomore point guard left the game at halftime after suffering a groin injury on the final play of the first half, but returned later on.

The Mountaineers are now 16-4 (5-3 Big 12) following the loss.