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Published: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 10:19 AM
— The likely last chapter of the Cincinnati Bengals’ Marvin Lewis era took another strange turn Monday when he would be interested in returning next season.
Lewis is coaching in the final year of his contract for the first time since 2010, and after falling to 5-9 and officially being eliminated from the playoffs with Sunday’s loss, the Bengals will fall short of the postseason in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2007-08.
Asked if he wants to be back next year, Lewis said, “I want to coach football.”Asked if he wants to coach football in Cincinnati, he said, “Sure,” before asking the reporter if he was making an offer.
I wasn’t there, but this did not sound too convincing on the radio.
He was probably just trying to say whatever he had to in order to get the topic out of the way.
Lewis is definitely a football man first. He doesn’t like to deal with the media, which is his prerogative, and he definitely doesn’t like to talk about things other than football or the present.
I believe he wants to keep working in the NFL. I believe he could have already decided he would rather do it somewhere else.
I also don’t know why the Bengals would have him back.
This season has obviously spiraled out of control. Even if Lewis came into it on good footing, a change would seem to be in order.
The way the whole thing was reported is still a little odd to me.
I don’t doubt the veracity of Adam Schefter’s report. I’m sure he got it from good sources. I just don’t quite understand why anyone who would have this information would be willing to share it at this time.
Maybe Lewis told the wrong person and that’s how it got out. Maybe he really did want to stick it to the Bengals by quitting before he could be fired, but the way he is acting since the reports was published I tend to doubt that.
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One of the things I’ve learned about how news breaks is this: A lot of stuff is out there before it’s finished. Before something is finished, there’s always a chance it can change, so publishing it too early brings some risks.
What is right today could be wrong tomorrow if someone changes their mind.
Maybe Lewis has made his decision but just doesn’t want to talk about it, or maybe he really told some people he is ready to leave then had second thoughts.
(Hue Jackson telling reporters in Cleveland, “I’ve kind of known about Marvin,” lends some credence to this.)
Either way, this was a pretty safe report to file because, again, it’s basically inconceivable Mike Brown is bringing back Lewis no matter what Lewis wants.
There’s going to be a fan mutiny if he’s the coach next year.
While I defended Lewis for a long time — and still think he’s a good football coach and a fine man — everyone who is ready for something new is now certainly justified.
I guess the only question now is if Lewis falls into that group, but I also don’t think it really matters in the long run…
Moving on to teams whose season is not over: The Dayton Flyers have a big game tonight on the West Coast.
David Jablonski is on the scene and reports this St. Mary’s team is like most — good and heavily Australian.
» ROAD TRIP: Behind the scenes with the Flyers
The Flyers don’t have much to lose in this game.
They can pick ups a huge win but strengthened the schedule either way.
One thing to note for this 10 p.m. tipoff: Since the game is on Fox Sports Ohio, it could run into conflict with the broadcast of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks.
UD sports information reports the game will be live on the FOX Sports Ohio alternate channel if the NBA game is still going at 10. The Dayton game will then carry over to the main channel in progress. It will also be shown on ROOT Sports Northwest and Spectrum Sports Net…
Do you want to see highlights of last year's Dayton vs. Saint Mary's game? Why not. Here they are. See all your old friends, and stay for the end https://t.co/od4Ri8Kyp0— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) December 19, 2017
As Wright State works on trying to reach a new level under Scott Nagy, he’s an indicator he probably has an idea what he’s doing.
Guard Justin Mitchell agrees an early-season benching has set him on the right path to providing the performances the Raiders need.
“I think that was a big part (of the problem) with me — focusing on my stats. Me not getting my stats affected my attitude, and that went into me not playing. If I’m not scoring, that’s OK. I just want to win. When I look up at the scoreboard and see we’re winning, that’s a good feeling.”
Meanwhile, he should also benefit from the addition of Cole Gentry, the transfer point guard who became eligible over the weekend.
The Raiders play Missouri State tonight..
Lastly, did you see the news about the possible return of the XFL?
I don’t know if this is the answer, but the NFL needs a developmental league.
I’m pretty sure there could be a market for spring football, and I thought the XFL kind of got a raw deal.
It seemed like since ESPN didn’t have a piece of it, they weren’t interested in seeing it succeed (sort of like the NHL now).
Ratings took a steep decline as the league’s only season progressed, but I’m sure the relentless negative coverage didn’t help it get a foothold.
The media landscape has changed significantly over the last dozen years.
While ESPN is still dominant, it’s no longer a monopoly as far as sports content goes.
Something doesn’t have to do well on broadcast television (or be one an ESPN channel) to succeed anymore, so the XFL 2’s chances would seem to be much better than the original.
And another professional football league’s presence might tell us a lot about how badly Roger Goodell and the rest of the NFL’s leadership are hurting the game in the present.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL Draft 2018 is close, especially with the NFL Playoffs set with its conference championship games next. Find a 2018 NFL mock draft below.
Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10.
Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the internet, plus Land of 10’s own projection.
|1||Cleveland Browns||Sam Darnold||USC||QB|
|2||New York Giants||Connor Williams||Texas||OT|
|3||Indianapolis Colts||Saquon Barkley||Penn State||RB|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Mike McGlinchey||Notre Dame||G|
|5||Denver Broncos||Baker Mayfield||Oklahoma||QB|
|6||New York Jets||Josh Rosen||UCLA||QB|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Quenton Nelson||Notre Dame||G|
|8||Chicago Bears||Bradley Chubb||NC State||DL|
|9||San Francisco 49ers||Derwin James||Florida State||DB|
|10||Oakland Raiders||Minkah Fitzpatrick||Alabama||DB|
|11||Miami Dolphins||Roquan Smith||Georgia||LB|
|12||Cincinnati Bengals||Orlando Brown||Oklahoma||OL|
|13||Washington Redskins||Courtland Sutton||SMU||WR|
|14||Green Bay Packers||Joshua Jackson||Iowa||DB|
|15||Arizona Cardinals||Mason Rudolph||Oklahoma State||QB|
|16||Baltimore Ravens||Denzel Ward||Ohio State||DB|
|17||Los Angeles Chargers||Calvin Ridley||Alabama||WR|
|18||Seattle Seahawks||James Washington||Oklahoma State||WR|
|19||Dallas Cowboys||Christian Kirk||Texas A&M||WR|
|20||Detroit Lions||Ogbonnia Okoronkwo||Oklahoma||LB|
|21||Buffalo Bills||Josh Allen||Wyoming||QB|
|22||Buffalo Bills||Arden Key||LSU||DL|
|23||Los Angeles Rams||Rashaan Evans||Alabama||LB|
|24||Carolina Panthers||Maurice Hurst||Michigan||DL|
|25||Tennessee Titans||Sam Hubbard||Ohio State||DL|
|26||Jacksonville Jaguars||Marcus Davenport||UTSA||DL|
|27||Atlanta Falcons||Vita Vea||Washington||DL|
|28||New Orleans Saints||Harold Landry||Boston College||LB|
|29||Pittsburgh Steelers||Malik Jefferson||Texas||LB|
|30||Philadelphia Eagles||Tremaine Edwards||Virginia Tech||LB|
|31||Minnesota Vikings||Billy Price||Ohio State||OL|
|32||New England Patriots||Derrius Guice||LSU||RB|
|1||Cleveland Browns||Sam Darnold||USC||QB|
|2||New York Giants||Josh Rosen||UCLA||QB|
|3||Indianapolis Colts||Minkah Fitzpatrick||Alabama||DB|
|4||Cleveland Browns (from Texans)||Saquon Barkley||Penn State||RB|
|5||Denver Broncos||Baker Mayfield||Oklahoma||QB|
|6||New York Jets||Connor Williams||Texas||OT|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Bradley Chubb||NC State||DE|
|8||Chicago Bears||Courtland Sutton||SMU||WR|
|9||San Francisco 49ers||Quenton Nelson||Notre Dame||G|
|10||Oakland Raiders||Roquan Smith||Georgia||LB|
|11||Miami Dolphins||Derwin James||Florida State||S|
|12||Cincinnati Bengals||Orlando Brown||Oklahoma||OT|
|13||Washington Redskins||Josh Allen||Wyoming||QB|
|14||Green Bay Packers||Calvin Ridley||Alabama||WR|
|15||Arizona Cardinals||Lamar Jackson||Louisville||QB|
|16||Baltimore Ravens||Derrius Guice||LSU||RB|
|17||Los Angeles Chargers||Vita Vea||Washington||DT|
|18||Seattle Seahawks||Marcus Davenport||UTSA||DL|
|19||Dallas Cowboys||James Washington||Oklahoma State||WR|
|20||Detroit Lions||Maurice Hurst||Michigan||DT|
|21||Buffalo Bills||Mason Rudolph||Oklahoma State||QB|
|22||Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs)||Harrison Phillips||Stanford||DL|
|23||Los Angeles Rams||Joshua Jackson||Iowa||CB|
|24||Carolina Panthers||Anthony Miller||Memphis||WR|
|25||Tennessee Titans||Taven Bryan||Florida||DT|
|26||Atlanta Falcons||Da’Ron Payne||Alabama||DT|
|27||New Orleans Saints||Tremaine Edwards||Virginia Tech||LB|
|28||Pittsburgh Steelers||Malik Jefferson||Texas||LB|
|29||Jacksonville Jaguars||Mark Andrews||Oklahoma||TE|
|30||Philadelphia Eagles||Denzel Ward||Ohio State||CB|
|31||New England Patriots||Ogbonnia Okoronkwo||Oklahoma||LB|
|32||Minnesota Vikings||Chukwuma Okorafor||Western Michigan||OT|
|2||Saquon Barkley||Penn State||RB|
|4||Bradley Chubb||NC State||DE|
|6||Quenton Nelson||Notre Dame||G|
|7||Mike McGlinchey||Notre Dame||OT|
|9||Denzel Ward||Ohio State||CB|
|11||Derwin James||Florida State||S|
|14||Harold Landry||Boston College||DE|
|18||Tarvarus McFadden||Florida State||CB|
|22||Christian Kirk||Texas A&M||WR|
|23||Sam Hubbard||Ohio State||DE/LB|
|25||Chukwuma Okorafor||Western Michigan||OT|
|26||Dre’Mont Jones||Ohio State||DT|
|32||James Washington||Oklahoma State||WR|
Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Denver Broncos
6. New York Jets
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Cincinnati Bengals
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
21. Buffalo Bills
22. Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs)
23. Los Angeles Rams
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 6:41 PM
No. 10 Kansas secured one of its most valuable wins of the season to date on Monday night, beating No. 6 West Virginia on the road 71-66.
The Jayhawks were paced in scoring by Svi Mykailiuk’s 17 points, while Devonte Graham added 16 and Udoka Azubuike dropped 10 despite playing in foul trouble for most of the night.
Here’s what Kansas head coach Bill Self had to say after the 16-point comeback win:
“It’s one of the toughest wins we’ve ever had since we’ve been here. We didn’t play well early, we were on our heels.”
“I thought we got some great looks in the second half. We’ll have to make some shots to be good offensively. We didn’t shoot a lot of free throws early, but we got there in the second half.”
“That was a huge play. If I’m not mistaken, that was Jevon Carter’s fourth foul. He’s terrific. For him not to be in the game was huge for us. For him having to go to bench for 3 or 4 minutes, we went up 3 or 4.”
“We didn’t look smart taking it at Konate early in the game. But over the course of time, our mindset is what won us the game.”
“Silvio gave us some good minutes in the first half. He’s just not ready to have that poise late.”
“You have to have some fun coaching. I told him if he brought me something, I’d wear it and sure enough…” – Coach Self on his non-traditional game day attire tonight #KUbball pic.twitter.com/PEsvBKfI0c
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) January 16, 2018
“We’re happier than when we walk out of here with an L but it’ll be just as hard to win against them at our place.” – @CoachBillSelf on being pleased with the win but also aware of how hard every league game is #KUbball
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) January 16, 2018
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 6:39 PM
Nebraska hoops got a 64-63 win in a wild one with Illinois on Monday night thanks to a last-second 3-pointer from James Palmer Jr.
Trailing 63-61 after a four-point play on a three and a free throw from the Fighting Illini’s Michael Finke, Palmer took a pass from Glynn Watson Jr. and lofted up a contested three that fell with .03 seconds left in the game.
Watch it and some reactions here:
JPJ BUZZER BEATER!!! pic.twitter.com/QAO9VA4CYg
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 16, 2018
Here’s the radio call for it:
— Husker Sports (@HuskerSports) January 16, 2018
And some fan/media videos:
— Dana Czerwinski (@danacz) January 16, 2018
— Hail Varsity (@HailVarsity) January 16, 2018
And here are final stats between the two teams. Palmer Jr. Finished with a team and game-high 24, but none were as important as the last bucket.
— Jeremy Werner (@JWerner247) January 16, 2018
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Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 6:21 PM
A furious effort from Devonte Graham and Co. pushed No. 10 Kansas back from a 16-point deficit to beat No. 6 West Virginia 71-66 on Big Monday.
The win moves the Jayhawks to 15-3 overall and 5-1 in Big 12 play, while West Virginia fell to 15-3 and 4-2 respectively.
Svi Mykhailiuk led the Jayhawks with 17 points, 9 coming from behind the arc. Graham added 16 pints on an efficient 5-of-9 shooting, while Udoka Azubuike dropped in 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Here’s 3 things we learned from the Jayhawks’ biggest win of the year, as well as their first win in Morgantown in their last 5 tries:
Kansas had looked shaky against Iowa State and Kansas State at home last week, leading many to believe the Jayhawks were due for a loss in Morgantown. Through the game’s first 30 minutes, that looked to be true.
It was a steal, followed by an old-school 3-point play from Graham in the second half with 8:02 to play that cut a 10-point deficit down to 7. That was the spark Kansas needed, and it was only going to come from their leader.
Graham is one of the nation’s best point guards. His ability to overcome a hostile environment and deliver a signature moment was the biggest reason Kansas earned its most significant win of the year.
For the second-straight game, Udoka Azubuike was an unsung hero for the Jayhawks. He finished the game a perfect 5-of-5 form the field while seemingly being the only player capable of handling Sagaba Konate in the paint.
Over the last 2 games, Azubuike is 13-of-14 from the field for 28 points. That efficiency alone hedges the struggles Kansas’ halfcourt offense experiences at times.
The big man fouled out of the game late, but played a long stretch of Jayhawks’ comeback with 4 fouls. Kansas needs him to stay on the floor without having his hands tied in big games.
On paper, West Virginia is more talented than Kansas. So is Texas Tech, and so is Oklahoma.
But none of those teams has 13 consecutive Big 12 titles to its name.
Kansas has won each of its last 3 games by a combined 10 points while remaining atop the conference standings. No matter how well Trae Young plays, or how complete a roster Texas Tech has, or how furious the Mountaineers’ defense is, the road to a Big 12 title still runs through Lawrence.