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March Madness: Archie Miller answers inevitable Indiana question

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 5:22 PM


            Players huddle around Dayton coach Archie Miller after practice on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. David Jablonski/Staff
Players huddle around Dayton coach Archie Miller after practice on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. David Jablonski/Staff

A day before the NCAA tournament, the last thing Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller wanted to talk about was his future. Of course, that’s what he had to talk about Thursday in a press conference before the Flyers practiced at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Indiana fired head coach Tom Crean earlier in the day, meaning Miller was bound to get a question about it, just as he did earlier this season about the job open at his alma mater North Carolina State. He did. In fact, it was the first question he had to answer.

Reporter: “Archie, one of the challenges of being an accomplished coach is your name gets attached to some of the openings that are out there. Illinois is open. Indiana opened today. How do you handle that, the buzz of being attached to some of those things?”

Miller: “I’m not attached to any of that. I think everybody else attaches me to them. I think it speaks volumes about how we do things at Dayton. That’s the only thing I concern myself with. Growing up as a player, we were taught to eliminate noise and distractions and bring your best to the floor every day and sort of treat that with our players the same way. It wouldn’t be right as a coach if you were thinking about anything other than them. That’s all I really concern myself with.”

Texas Tech relives LB Dakota Allen’s impact in heartfelt tribute video

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:41 PM

The road to success has been a long and eventful one for Texas Tech linebacker Dakota Allen.

Originally a Red Raider, Allen was kicked off the team ahead of his junior season for his role in a residential home invasion that involved guns theft, and thus, spent the 2016 campaign at East Mississippi C.C. which was famously featured on the Netflix documentary, “Last Chance U.”

Of course, Allen made the most of his last chance and found himself right back in Lubbock, closing his collegiate career out as a Red Raider, as detailed by a Texas Tech football feature on the senior star.

“The way he approaches the game day in and day out, the energy he brings, the focus, the appreciation for what he has now coming from where he was, he’s been huge for that defense,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said of Allen.

“Texas Tech football is everything to me,” Allen added. “When I wake up every day, I think Texas tech football.”

With just one game left in his collegiate career — the Birmingham Bowl against South Florida — Allen’s senior season was spent leading the Red Raiders in tackles with 92, while also racking up 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 4 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery.

As a result, Texas Tech is 6-6 and headed back to a bowl game after missing the postseason in 2016.

Allen will lead the Red Raiders against South Florida at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 23. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Broncos have “rookie dinner” that hopefully the young guys planned for

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:41 PM

Just because the Denver Broncos are having a tough season on the field doesn’t mean that the rookies were getting out of paying for a dinner for the veterans.

Broncos right tackle Menelik Watson posted the event on his Instagram story, and the bill was equal to about the price of out-of-state tuition. The meal cost $30,000, per The Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala.

That is a lot, but Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant would laugh if he saw that bill. When he was rookie in 2010, the Cowboys stuck him with a bill for $55,000—not the entire rookie class, just Bryant.

This was before the rookie wage scale, so as the 24th-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Bryant signed a contact that guaranteed him $8.3 million. However, $55,000 in one night is quite excessive. Especially since the reason for the huge bill was due to the fact that he didn’t carry then Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams’ pads.

The entire rookie class splitting a bill for the veterans, if one person didn’t get stuck with the bill, could be seen as simply a gesture of respect. However, that is still a lot of money.

LOOK: Vanderbilt lights up Dudley Field for the holiday season

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:07 PM

After going bowling in 2016, the Vanderbilt Commodores are staying home for the holidays in 2017 after finishing 5-7, with their only SEC win coming against lowly Tennessee.

So what is the football program doing with all of that extra time? Evidently, getting into the holiday spirit a little bit early. On Friday, the team revealed an awesome-looking set of lights around the logo at midfield at Dudley Field:

Definitely, a cool look, though it’s unclear just how visible that setup is for anyone actually on campus. Either way, it looks great on social media, and is sure to get Dores fans in the mood for the holidays.

Baylor adds pledge from 3-Star OG Princeton Pines

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:06 PM

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Matt Rhule’s 2018 class has added yet another key piece.

On Friday night, Tara (La.) offensive guard Princeton Pines brought his recruitment to a close and committed to the Baylor Bears, according to a report fro Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports

Pines holds 18 offers to date, including invitations from Mississippi State, SMU, Arkansas, Houston, Memphis, TCU and Texas Tech, among others.

Pines officially visited Baylor on Dec. 8 and needed only one more week to decide that Waco would become his new home.

With Pines now on board, Baylor’s 2018 class is up to 21 members and ranks No. 30 in the nation and No. 6 in the Big 12.

A 6-foot-5, 327-pound prospect, Pines is ranked as the nation’s No. 1,101 player, No. 45 offensive guard and the No. 45 player in Louisiana, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

 

This story will be updated. 

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