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Sports Today: There’s never enough football talk

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

J.T. Barrett and new Ohio State quarterbacks coach Ryan day talk about how to make more plays without taking more risks.

Are we too obsessed with the Ohio State passing game? 

Nah. 

This is football. That’s how it works. 

One of several reasons the game became the preeminent spectator sport in America decades ago was that it provides not only a lot to talk about but a lot of time to do it. 

Yeah, it’s a brutal ballet and all, but it’s also weekly like our other favorite TV shows. 

Beyond that, building a winning team is complicated. 

So is writing a winning game plan. 

Even once those things are in place, success requires what many coaches like to call a winning effort. 

Execution is essential, too. 

Any number of things can cause the whole operation to break down, and that leads to even more questions. 

So while I don’t blame J.T. Barrett if he is frustrated about how often he is asked about the status of the deep ball in the Buckeyes offense, I also don’t think this topic is quite played out yet. 

The good news for the quarterback and his receivers: They can make all these questions go away with just a couple of big hits down the field. 

Along those same lines, I got the impression yesterday Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor wasn’t very interested in hearing any more about the struggles of their running game. 

Jay Morrison examined the issue in-depth, but at this point it’s not unlike the situation Ohio State faces. 

They’ve fallen behind, and now there are only so many opportunities to show off however much improvement they can make. 

And in both cases, the defense might not cooperate. 

Opponents love to take away the deep ball from Ohio State, preferring to make them march down the field in small bursts. The Buckeyes’ early responses to this — forget the running game and try a precision passing approach — was doubly problematic because it short-circuited the offense as a whole. 

Now they’ve come up with other ways to move the ball, but the deep ball still needs to be part of the equation. 

Meanwhile, the Browns seemed intent on winning up front last Sunday even if that meant committing people to stopping the run and leaving the secondary out to dry. 

Andy Dalton took proper advantage of that, leaving something new for us to focus on as Cincinnati tries to be a well-rounded offense again. 

See how this works? 

In other news, I am encouraged by some of the early Reds talk generated by Monday's column

Bringing back Zack Cozart and making sure there is a spot for Scooter Gennett were suggested. 

Someone mentioned trading Adam Duvall for an ace pitcher. 

Others questioned if one more established pitcher would be enough. 

This is good stuff, people. Let’s keep it up! 

I don’t think Duvall is going to bring back a true ace, but there is a case to be made for selling him high. Would he bring back a guy as good as Mike Leake, for whom he was acquired in the first place? 

Regardless, you have to feel good about the fact they can trade an outfielder without creating a hole. That says something about what better shape they are in this year compared to last even though they had the same record. 

Of course the pitching discussion is still tricky because they might be set there with Homer Bailey and a plethora of young arms…. but we know how the best-laid plans of mice and GMs can quickly go awry. 

At any rate, I think it’s going to be a fun October for MLB fans and an interesting hot stove season for Reds followers, too… 

Also covered Monday but worth repeating because I have been critical of Ohio State and others for not playing more in-state games: Kudos to the OSU and Cincinnati for agreeing to a home-and-home series

This is a fantastic chance for both teams to get attention during a time when football would otherwise be sucking most of the air out of the room. 

The potential downsides are either inflated or nonexistent. 

The only issue now is that the season starts too early, but maybe doing a marquee game like this will help alleviate some of the problems that come from that. 

Namely that there’s less reason to pay attention when the first opponent is some team most fans have never heard of. 

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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