Lewis touches on his future, Mixon, Pacman on radio show

Published: Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 4:24 PM


            HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis watches his team from the sideline during the NFL game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans on December 24, 2016, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Appearing on the NFL No Huddle show today with host Brian Webber and former Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Mark Carrier, Marvin Lewis touched on his future, the team’s decision to draft Joe Mixon and the antics of cornerback Adam Jones.

Carrier brought up the subject of Mixon, the controversial running back the Bengals selected in the second round of the draft

“There’s two people I have high respect for in your organization that I still talk to today,” Carrier said. “Rusty Guy, who is head of security, and Eric Ball, who is part of players programs. I believe if they don’t sign off on this, it doesn’t happen. Knowing those two guys and knowing how well they are and how well of a job they do, if they said hey this is a good kid. He’s worth it. I’m sure you’re good with it.”

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Lewis confirmed that he is and said the choice ultimately was team owner and president Mike Brown’s.

“It’s obviously a lot of people that had to make this determination, and ultimately it’s Mike’s call,” he said. “It was something he had decided that we would go ahead and do. It’s done, and Joe had a good (rookie camp) weekend with us a week ago and he will be back working again next week and all the way through the off-season as our rookies join us moving forward now.”

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On the subject of Jones, Lewis said the veteran needs to address the issues with his public persona.

“He’s got to continually work at that, his words,” Lewis said. “He’s a passionate teammate for these guys. A diligent pro. He’s got to just continue to handle himself within the scope of day to day and be a great pro. He’s overcome his background, and it’s a day-to-day process. Most importantly, he’s at the point in his career where these things have to stay pointed towards football.”

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In terms of his own career, Lewis is entering his 15th season. He’s signed through 2017, so if Lewis doesn’t sign an extension before the Sept. 10 opener, it will be the first time since 2010 he’s gone into a season in the final year of contract.

Webber asked Lewis if there is a chance some of the players might wonder about his future?

“Most importantly, what people don’t get is in the NFL, the players worry about their future every day,” Lewis said. “So there is no parallel with myself and them. And yes I have gone into the last year, three or four times here and that’s part of the process. No, they don’t have any concern for me.

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“Their concern is themselves and us winning football games,” he continued. “That’s what’s important. As I tell them all the time, if they win then good things will happen for them and that’s the thing that’s most important for an NFL player. Don’t be concerned with the things you can’t control. You just handle your business, take care of your things and great things will happen. That’s the best thing for the players to always understand moving forward. As coaches know, we get into this business all the time and that’s what takes care of it.”

Dayton called ‘sleeper team’ for Dane Goodwin after OSU decommitment

Published: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 12:59 PM


            Dane Goodwin of Upper Arlington (with ball) is verbally committed to Ohio State University. He scored 34 points in a 62-34 defeat of Garfield Heights in Day 3 of the Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena in Kettering on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Ohio State basketball has lost another verbal commitment for 2018 as Dane Goodwin has re-opened his recruitment according to multiple reports.

The son of Dayton Flyers Hall of Famer Damon Goodwin, Dane is a four-star guard prospect at Upper Arlington High School.

He scored 34 points for the Golden Bears in a 62-34 win over Garfield Heights at the Flyin’ To The Hoop event in Kettering last season.

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Zach Fleer of Columbus-based 270Hoops.com broke the decommitment story and called UD a potential suprise player for the senior-to-be.

Goodwin told this news outlet in January he had not received a scholarship offer from then-UD coach Archie Miller, who left to become head coach at Indiana in March. He was replaced by Anthony Grant, a temmate of the elder Goodwin.

“Growing up we spent a lot of time (at UD),” he said. “Obviously, with my dad going there it’s a special school. We play (basketball) all the time. We post up and go one-on-one. He’s a good mentor to me and helps out a lot with my game. He’s my role model.”

Fleer also reports Ohio State will remain in the mix while Villanova and Notre Dame have begun pursuit of Goodwin, who is the fourth-rated prospect in a loaded 2018 class in Ohio.

The highly regarded three-man class Thad Matta assembled at Ohio State has now completely disintegrated.

Versailles guard Justin Ahrens decommitted earlier this month after Matta was fired. The Tigers star received a UD offer the same day.

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Darius Bazley, a wing player from Cincinnati Princeton, had previously decommitted as his recruiting profile began to rise.

The news of Goodwin’s defection comes two days after new Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann’s program got a huge boost with the signing of Kyle Young, a four-star forward from Massillon Jackson who originally signed with Holtmann at Butler but was released from his scholarship.

Dunbar RB Thomas commits to Oklahoma

Published: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 7:25 PM

Tavion Thomas anchored Dunbar to the best finals qualifying time in the 4x100 relay (42.20) during the D-II state track and field meet at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus on Friday, June 2, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Dunbar senior running back Tavion Thomas announced his commitment to the University of Oklahoma on Tuesday, just two hours before Darran Powell, his high school coach, was not retained.

Thomas said on Twitter he selected the Sooners after narrowing his choices to seven programs earlier this month. He thanked his family, coaches, teammates, teachers and God. “It’s been a rocky road,” he tweeted, “but couldn’t have done it without y’all support and love.”

Later Tuesday night the Dayton Public Schools board of education voted not to retain Powell as Dunbar’s head coach. Needing a majority four yes votes, the board fell one yes vote short — 3-2 — with one member abstaining and another missing the meeting.

Neither Thomas nor Powell returned requests for comments.

Dunbar already had been rocked by the transfer of standout senior linebacker Antwuan Johnson last week to Wayne. He remains uncommitted after de-committing from Michigan.

Another Dunbar standout, senior receiver Joseph Scates, also has multiple offers. Thomas and Scates had offers from Alabama, but apparently none from Ohio State.

Johnson was an imposing sight last season. At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds he was an offensive hammer with breakaway speed. He rushed for 1,606 yards on 137 carries (11.7 average) and scored 22 touchdowns.

He also rarely played in the fourth quarter of blowout wins. Dunbar was 9-1 on the field last season, losing only to Princeton. However, the Wolverines forfeited Weeks 9-10 games for using an academically ineligible player and missed qualifying for the Division IV playoffs by one spot with an adjusted 7-3 record.

As a junior Thomas was first team Division IV All-Ohio, first team D-IV All-Southwest District and the Southwestern Ohio Public League offensive player of the year.

He also anchored Dunbar’s 4x100-meter relay to its only event win in the D-II state track and field meet this month at Columbus. The Wolverines won their 10th boys outdoor state track championship and fourth in six years.

Scout.com ranks Thomas the No. 2 running back in the Midwest and No. 256 prospect overall nationally. He chose Oklahoma over Alabama, Cincinnati, Louisville, USC, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Lincoln Riley is the new Oklahoma coach, promoted after Bob Stoops’ surprising recent retirement. Riley, 34, is the youngest head coach among the BCS ranks.

Former Dunbar teammate Terrance Landers is a sophomore receiver at Purdue and 2012 Dunbar grad R.J. Williamson, a defensive back, finished his career at Michigan State in 2015.

Dunbar opens the upcoming season Aug. 25 against Belmont at Welcome Stadium.

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CLASS OF 2018 AREA FOOTBALL COMMITS

Tyler Bentley, DL, Lakota West / Kentucky

John Dirksen, OL, Marion Local / Notre Dame

Jack McCrory, RB, Spg. Shawnee / Ohio

Alex Reigelsperger, DE, Wayne / Kentucky

Jadon Rucker-Furlow, DB, Belmont / Miami

Tavion Thomas, RB, Dunbar / Oklahoma

Malik Vann, DL, Fairfield / Cincinnati

Franklin’s Kennard takes his best shot at NBA draft

Published: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 9:31 PM

Luke Kennard sits with Air Kev team players during a celebration for the players and parents Friday, June 5, 2015, at Kingdom Sports Center in Franklin. Kennard, basketball trainer Kevin “Air Kev” Duncan, rapper and motivational speaker L.G. Wise and the Kingdom crew spoke to the young basketball players and their families promoting good decisions and work ethics. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

There’s no telling when Luke Kennard, Franklin’s favorite son, will go in the NBA draft Thursday night. The only sure thing is the impact it’ll have on his family.

“It’s unreal,” said Mark Kennard, Luke’s father, from New York earlier this week. “I’m sure if I hear his name called it’ll be emotional.”

The draft will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (7, ESPN). There will be 30 picks each of two rounds. The top 14 are lottery picks, assigned to the 14 teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA playoffs this season. Teams maneuver and trade to land those coveted spots.

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NBA executives seem to be genuinely intrigued by Kennard. Franklin High School coach Brian Bales, whose family also will attend the draft, said at least 20 teams have contacted him, wanting to know all kinds of Kennard insights. Bales said the consensus is Kennard will be chosen between picks 8-14 and for certain in the first round.

If that happens, he’ll join Dunbar graduates Norris Cole (No. 28 from Cleveland State University, Bulls in 2011) and Daequan Cook (No. 21 from Ohio State, 76ers in 2007) as the most recent area first-rounders.

“To get drafted anywhere is a blessing,” said Bales, who coached Kennard all four seasons at Franklin (2011-15) and himself was coached by Mark Kennard at Franklin. “My goodness, it’s going to change his whole life.”

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An ambidextrous 6-foot-6 guard mostly known for his 3-point shooting, Kennard’s overall game evolved in his breakout second and last season at Duke in 2016-17.

After a series of injuries to teammates thrust Kennard into the starting lineup, he responded by becoming Duke’s most consistent player, leading the Blue Devils in scoring (19.5), field-goal percentage (.489), 3-point percentage (.438) and free-throw percentage (.856).

Just as impressive, he was the only unanimous first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick and a finalist for the Wooden Award, college’s basketball’s player of the year honor.

“I always knew he was special and had the ‘it’ factor,” Bales said. “A lot of people doubted him, said he can’t play at Duke, can’t play in the ACC. Well, yeah, he can play at Duke. Well, he can’t go play in the NBA. Well, yeah, he can. As a matter of fact, he’s going to be a first-round draft pick.”

Mark Kennard said he first spoke with Luke about the possibility of turning pro midway through Duke’s season, when they decided it would be best to wait until afterward to decide. Mark said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was certain Luke was ready for the next level and if he wanted to return to Duke the offense would revolve around him next season.

Duke coaches also shared evaluations of about half the NBA teams concerning Luke, who had nine individual workouts for as many teams. All were impressed he was more than a spot-up shooter. A lack of speed and a defensive liability were recurring concerns.

“People want to put him in a box,” Bales said. “He’s 6-6 and a white guy who they think is a shooter. The thing people don’t give him credit for and now you’re seeing it in NBA reports is they’re very impressed with his vision and his ability to play with others. They see he’s so much more than just a shooter.”

Kennard is one of 20 players who will attend the draft. He’s spent this week in New York filming pre-draft personality bits for ESPN and huddling with family and friends. Former Franklin teammates, neighbors and much of the community that embraced him during his Wildcats years will attend draft-watch parties.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” Mark said. “We’re excited and nervous.”
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NBA DRAFT

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

TV: ESPN

What: Two rounds, 30 picks each.

LUKE KENNARD

Personal: 6-6, Franklin grad.

Duke last season: 19.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

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The Dibbles have a day

Published: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

Rob Dibble, the once-upon-a-time flamethrower who comprised one third of the team's

Rob Dibble and his family appear to have had a momentous day, or at least it looks that way when checking up on the former Reds reliever on Twitter. 

Judging from his posts, and those of his wife, one of their children just wrapped up kindergarten. As you can in her Twitter post, Mom sort of wrestled with the occasion:

The dutiful dad, whom the Reds drafted in the first round out of Bridgeport, Conn., in 1983, is now in radio, helming “The Rob Dibble Show,” on stations in Hartford and New Haven, Conn. He chimed in, again on Twitter:

In his days throwing gas for the Reds, Brewers and White Sox from 1988-’95, Dibble made a headline or two for, well, plunking the occasional batter or baserunner with the ball and, um scrapping with former Reds manager Lou Piniella.

There are no signs that his competitive fire has worn off on his better half:

 Dibble, who has dabbled in media mostly via radio (his late father, Walt, entered the Connecticut Journalism Hall of Fame after a decades-long career in radio news ), appears to have softened as well: