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Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

Published: Monday, March 06, 2017 @ 11:34 AM

WATCH: Dayton's Kyle Davis talks about all the adversity his team overcame to win A-10 title

Welcome back from a weekend jam-packed with sports. Here is what you’ll want to know about a busy weekend of basketball also full of NFL news and, of course, those pesky Cincinnati Reds. 

While the NFL Scouting Combine provided all kinds of nuggets, we have to defer to basketball season around here. 

It was a great weekend for Dayton, so-so for Wright State and pretty bad for Ohio State. 

Archie Miller’s Flyer men lost their regular season finale at George Washington. The game had no impact on UD’s status as Atlantic 10 champs, but it could hurt their seed in the NCAA tournament. 

WATCH: Dayton's top plays from an 87-81 loss to George Washington.

Our David Jablonski rated it the third-worst performance of the season by the Flyers

Far more consequential: The Dayton women’s basketball team won the Atlantic 10 tournament, removing any doubt they will be part of the field of 64 when it is announced a week from tonight. 

Back from a knee injury that sidelined her late in the regular season, point guard Jenna Burdette was named tournament MVP. 

Flyers headed back to NCAA Tournament

As for WSU, the regular season champion Raider women play Detroit (in Detroit) this afternoon in the Horizon League tournament semifinals. They’ll get regular season co-champion Green Bay or Milwaukee in the final if they win. 

The men are done after losing to Northern Kentucky yesterday in the quarterfinals. The 82-77 defeat is particularly stinging because the bracket had opened wide with the first five games of the tourney ending in upsets before the Raiders took the floor… 

Turnovers doom Raiders vs Valpo

The Ohio State women’s basketball team had a shorter-than-anticipated stay in Indianapolis over the weekend. Kevin McGuff’s top-seeded Buckeyes had a bad shooting afternoon and were knocked out of the Big Ten tournament in the semifinals by Purdue, robbing them of the chance to beat Maryland again and pad their NCAA tournament resume. 

It’s easy to forget Ohio State still has a men’s basketball team, too, but they managed to make history while losing their regular season finale to Indiana Saturday. The Hoosiers, who have actually had an even more disappointing season than the Buckeyes, won 96-92, setting a record for points at the poor excuse for a basketball arena the Buckeyes currently call home… 

The NFL Scouting Combine continues today in Indianapolis with defensive backs working out. 

Malik Hooker isn’t able to work out as he continues his recovery from a postseason surgery, but the All-American safety reportedly impressed teams already during the interview process over the weekend. 

Others who have already strutted their stuff include Curtis Samuel, Raekwon McMillan. 

Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore are working out today…  

As for the Bengals, Yahoo Sports confirmed something they probably expected: Retaining guard Kevin Zeitler won’t be cheap. 

Marvin Lewis told reporters Friday the team is optimistic it will be able to re-sign veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth, but Zeitler still seems like a crucial piece of the puzzle as well considering the offensive line was already shaky last year. 

Lewis also had good news about Gio Bernard’s recovery from a torn ACL while the team’s coordinators talked about adding speed on offense and an impact player somewhere on defense

Marvin Lewis at Combine

 

While former Buckeyes continue the biggest job interview of their lives, the players still in Columbus are set to get back to work tomorrow

There will be time to jump deep into that later, but needless to say this should be another interesting spring for the Buckeyes, who haven’t scored a point since November but have a new offensive braintrust and lost their long-time defensive coordinator, too…

 

Leave it to the Reds to wait until all that stuff was going on to start doing good things this spring, right? 

After losing their first six spring training games, the Reds have won four in a row. 

Again, wins and losses don’t matter at all at this point, but outscoring opponents 34-16 over four days is nice. 

Rotation candidates Robert Stephenson and Tim Adleman both had strong appearances Friday after Amir Garrett tossed three shutout innings Thursday to get the first win of the spring for Cincinnati. Cody Reed gave up two runs on four hits but struck out four in 2 1/3 innings Sunday. 

Jumbo Diaz, who has been rocked in all three of his appearances so far this season, is among four Reds playing in the World Baseball Classic, which starts today. He will pitch for the Dominican Republic while RHP Scott Feldman is on Isreal’s team, Shawn Zarraga is catching for Spain and outfielder Sebastian Elizalde is on Team Mexico… 

And in case you missed it, Ohio State won the Big Ten wrestling championship over the weekend. 

Graham High School’s Bo Jordan was among four Buckeyes to win an individual title. 

LSU football podcast: Why Les Miles will not coach again, but Bielema & Sumlin will

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 5:05 AM

LSU football is the No. 1 topic of discussion every day on SEC Country’s  One Team, One Podcast. Host  Carter ‘The Power” Bryant has found one stat that says the chances of Les Miles coaching again are slim. Also, Bryant is joined by national college football and basketball columnist Aaron Torres to chat about why Miles has yet to find another coaching job, can he still coach and if Tiger fans should be sad Jimbo Fisher is at Texas A&M instead of LSU.

Les Miles’ age is working against him

Miles is one the most accomplished unemployed coaches in the history of college football. Nick Saban, Bear Bryant and Paul Neyland are the only SEC coaches (min. 140 games) to have better career winning percentages than The Mad Hatter.

Bryant goes into detail as to why he thinks Miles is not being pursued by open vacancies. The one trend he found was the age of coaching acquisitions has decreased over the past decade. Miles is currently 64, which is 19 years older than the new hire average in 2017.

Jimbo Fisher’s future at Texas A&M

Bryant is joined by college football contributor to The Athletic and national Fox Sports Radio host Aaron Torres, who says LSU fans should not be sad Fisher never made it to Baton Rouge. Torres points on the challenges ahead for Jimbo on the recruiting trail.

Also, Torres shares his thoughts as to why Miles remains unemployed in the coaching world.

Fact of the Day

Bryant unleashes vicious hot takes that burns holes into the Internet every day. This one fact proves why everyone’s takes are actually hotter than the boiling point of drinking water.

Have something you want discussed on the podcast? Let us know! Tweet any questions you have to  @CarterThePower. Listen to this episode of One Team, One Podcast below. We also can be followed  on SoundCloud and you can find past episodes  right here.   

NFL Network suspends several after sexual harassment allegations

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 11:51 PM

A former NFL Network employee has come forward claiming that she’d been sexually harassed by a former network executive and several former players who are either current or former NFL Network employees, according to a report from Bloomberg sports business reporters Scott Soshnick and Jordyn Holman.

Jami Cantor was a colleague Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp, Donovan McNabb, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans when she was an NFL Network employee. Cantor alleges all five former players sexually harassed her during her time at the network.

Cantor also claims that Eric Weinberger, who has gone on to become president of Bill Simmons’ media group, sent nude photos of himself and explicit messages while she was with the company. Weinberger was an executive producer at the time.

An amended complaint details the nature of the harassment by all six of the individuals mentioned and Holman and Soshnick detailed nude photos and videos along with lewd text messages. Cantor also claims that she informed talent coordinator Marc Watts of the issues and that he told her, “Its part of the job when you look the way you do.”

NFL Network issued a statement claiming that Faulk, Taylor and Evans, who are still employed by the company, have been suspended.

Cantor is suing NFL Network for wrongful termination after she was terminated in Oct. 2016. She was a wardrobe stylist for the company. The lawsuit originated in California Superior Court.

Oregon forward MiKyle McIntosh reaches 1,000 career points

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 11:46 PM

Oregon senior forward MiKyle McIntosh joined the 1,000 career point club on Monday night during the Ducks’ home game against Texas Southern.

The 6’7” forward, a graduate transfer who played his first three seasons at Illinois State before joining Oregon this year, reached the milestone with 17:31 left in the second half on a 3-point play. That gave the Ducks a 39-31 lead, part of a 14-0 run to break open a game that was 32-31 at halftime.

McIntosh is the third Pac-12 player to reach 1,000 career points this season after USC’s Elijah Stewart and Colorado’s George King. Next in line to hit that milestone is Stanford’s Reid Travis, who has 962 points.

Devon Matthews commits to Indiana: Hoosiers add 3-star safety from Florida

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 11:17 PM

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On Monday night, the Indiana Hoosiers received a boost to its 2018 class.

Via Twitter, 3-star safety Devon Matthews gave a verbal commitment to Indiana.

Matthews, a 6-foot-2 safety, is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 107 safety in his class. The play-maker in the secondary was offered by the Hoosiers on Sept. 14 and took an official visit on Dec. 1. He was once committed to USF, but de-committed on Nov. 20.

The Jacksonville, Fla. native will add to what was the No. 8-ranked class in the Big Ten and No. 41-ranked nationally. He has offers from Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi State and Cincinnati, among others.

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