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Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 11:07 AM
— He was gone, until he wasn’t.
Bengals fans began perusing coaching candidate lists for the first time in 15 years. But Marvin Lewis said nothing was decided yet.
Turns out, he was telling the truth. The Bengals extended Lewis for two more seasons and announced the deal on Tuesday.
That brought out the responses:
Marvin Lewis is the 2nd longest tenured coach to Bill Belichick.— theScore (@theScore) January 3, 2018
Let's compare how it's gone for the two 👀 pic.twitter.com/a0TKLfQMCy
Anybody who has a problem with the Bengals extending Marvin Lewis should look at what the Bengals were before he got there.— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthPFF) January 3, 2018
Who woke up this morning thinking Marvin Lewis was getting a contract extension and Rich Rod was getting fired?— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 3, 2018
Sky blue— Dave Rappoccio (@DrawPlayDave) January 3, 2018
Marvin Lewis coaching the Bengals
"The Bengals just signed Marvin Lewis for two more years." pic.twitter.com/zjOE3u6QJk— pittfan (@pittsburgh926) January 3, 2018
BREAKING: Marvin Lewis rewarded with contract extension after getting Bills to playoffs for first time in 17 years— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) January 2, 2018
Funniest thing about this Marvin Lewis extension is when that reporter asked him weeks ago if he wanted to continue coaching the Bengals and he answered "Sure".— Beyonce has an uncle named Larry Beyince. Bruh.... (@DragonflyJonez) January 2, 2018
Cincinnati could go 0-16 next season and the Bengals will give Marvin Lewis a 5 year extension— Lala🇲🇽 (@Mulan719) January 3, 2018
Here is the head coaching record that earned Marvin Lewis a two-year extension with the Bengals: pic.twitter.com/N8T82RHvjw— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) January 2, 2018
the year is 2199. nuclear warfare has ended the world. from the distance, through clouds of smoke, marvin lewis emerges from the rubble, wearing a bengals cap, clipboard in hand.— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) January 2, 2018
We all have a friend who drives an old beater because it's somewhat reliable and too much work to get a new one.— Adam Rank (@adamrank) January 2, 2018
That's the Bengals and Marvin Lewis.
Incredible. Marvin Lewis survived in Cincinnati longer than Carson Palmer’s entire career. pic.twitter.com/bFSFu6Mw13— Damon Amendolara (@DAonCBS) January 2, 2018
RT if you’re a Bengals fan and you’re pissed about Marvin Lewis returning.— Matt Allaire (@AllaireMatt) January 2, 2018
I want a sense of how many of us are actually livid about this. I’m PISSED.
Knowing the Bengals, it is possible they fired Lewis, did a wide-ranging search for a new coach and decided the right man for the job was Marvin Lewis.— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) January 2, 2018
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:49 PM
DAYTON — Erin Whalen, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward from Charlotte, N.C., is transferring from Vanderbilt to the Dayton Flyers women’s basketball program.
Whalen said she told Dayton coach Shauna Green of her decision on Thursday. Dayton has not officially announced the news.
“I am super excited about the opportunity,” Whalen told the Dayton Daily News on Friday.
» RELATED: Green excited about Dayton’s future
Whalen will have to sit out the 2018-19 season. She has two seasons of eligibility remaining. She averaged 7.4 points and 1.8 rebounds last season at Vanderbilt. As a freshman, she averaged 9.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game and made the All-SEC freshman team.
With another award, and this time it's for Most Improved, Erin Whalen! pic.twitter.com/aNcWCYWB0C— Vanderbilt WBB (@VandyWBB) April 19, 2017
Whalen started 10 games as a freshman and two as a sophomore. Vanderbilt finished 7-24 last season and 14-16 in Whalen’s freshman season.
» PHOTOS: Dayton vs. Marquette in NCAA tournament
Whalen was a five-star recruit in 2016, according to the ESPN HoopGurlz rankings. She ranked 46th overall in the class. She was the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior at the Providence Day School.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 8:41 AM
CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds, who are off to their worst start through 18 games since 1931, fired manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins on Thursday.
“At this time, we felt a change needed to happen in order to begin the process of getting this team back on the right track,” said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dick Williams in a statement. “We realize it is early in the season but feel it is important to be proactive. In addition to these staff changes, we will continue to examine all aspects of Baseball Operations to ensure we are doing everything we can to improve."
Bench coach Jim Riggleman will serve as interim manager. He has managed 12 seasons in the big leagues with the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals. His career record is 662-824.
Pat Kelly was promoted from Triple-A Louisville to serve as interim bench coach. Double-A Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin will be the Reds’ pitching coach.
The Reds have announced they are replacing manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins. Effective immediately, bench coach Jim Riggleman is interim manager, Louisville manager Pat Kelly is bench coach, and Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin is major league staff.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 19, 2018
The Reds announced they “will conduct a thorough managerial search for a permanent replacement.”
The Reds fell to 3-15 on Wednesday with a loss in Milwaukee. They are off today and start a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday. They have the worst record in baseball. This is their worst record through 18 games since they were 2-16 in 1931.
This was Price’s fifth season as Reds manager. His final record was 279-387. The Reds never had a winning record in his tenure, finishing 76-86 in his first season and then 64-98 in 2015, 68-94 in 2016 and 68-94 in 2017.
Price, 55, replaced Dusty Baker after the Reds won the wild card in 2013. Price served as Reds pitching coach from 2010-13.
On Sunday at Great American Ball Park after the team fell to 2-12 with a loss to the Cardinals the previous day, Price expressed confidence the Reds would turn the season around.
“It’s not fun,” Price said. “It’s not comfortable. It always turns; it will turn. When you’re in it, you feel, ‘When is it going to turn?’ You get impatient. We’re all impatient and frustrated, but inevitably, it will turn.”
Last September, Price talked about his job prospects, knowing the Reds would have to improve if he wanted to remain manager.
“You should get what you earned,” he said. “Since I’ve been the manager here we haven’t been real competitive. That shouldn’t put me on sound footing as the manager. What should is that from 2017 to 2018 we make significant improvements or they’re going to have to look at the direction of the club. One thing we do is we play hard. I don’t feel like I’m getting questioned a ton about managerial decisions, bullpen usage, lineup issues, etc. The last thing I’m going to worry about is the contract, because All-Star break 2015, the baseball community had me out of here – but I’m still here, and that’s really a credit to our ownership and front office to understand what we’re doing and what’s ahead of us. You get what you earn here. Until we show signs of great improvement, I’m in exactly the position I should be in.”
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:57 AM
COLUMBUS — Former Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach Earle Bruce, the man who succeeded Woody Hayes and served as a mentor for Urban Meyer, died early Friday at 87 at his home in Powell, Ohio State announced.
Bruce, who was hired in January 1979 after Hayes was fired, coached the Buckeyes from 1979-87 and had a record of 81-26-1 in nine seasons. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
“He was a great man, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and a respected coach to many,” a statement by his daughters (Lynn, Michele, Aimee and Noel) read. “Our family will miss him dearly, but we take solace in the belief that he is in a better place and reunited with his beloved wife, Jean. We thank you for your prayers and good wishes.”
» HARTMAN: Bruce one of most influential Buckeyes ever
Bruce won four Big Ten championships (1979, 1981, 1984, 1986). He won his first 11 games in 1979 and was named national coach of the year. Only a 17-16 loss to Southern California in the Rose Bowl kept him from winning a national championship in his first season.
Bruce was 5-4 against Michigan in his career and 5-3 in bowl games. He began his coaching career at Iowa State (1973-78) and coached four seasons at Colorado State (1989-92) after he was fired by Ohio State in 1988. His career record in 19 seasons was 139-82-2.
“I’m proud of about three things in my career,” Bruce said in 2001. “One is the Michigan record: 5-4. And the only games they won were because there wasn’t a fifth quarter. If there had been a fifth quarter, we would have kicked their butts. We just ran out of time, that’s how I look at it. And I went against Bo Schembechler, the best coach they ever had, no question.”
Bruce remained close to the program. In 2016, he dotted the “I’ in Script Ohio before a game against Rutgers at Ohio Stadium. He attended Ohio State’s spring practice on March 8, the day he turned 87.
Meyer was a graduate assistant at Ohio State in the 1986 and 1987 seasons, Bruce’s final two years with the program, and often credited Bruce for teaching him about the importance of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.
“I’ve made it clear many times that, other than my father, coach Bruce was the most influential man in my life,” Meyer said in a press release. “Every significant decision I’ve made growing up in this profession was with him involved in it. His wife (Jean) and he were the role models for Shelley and me. They did everything with class. He was not afraid to show how much he loved his family and cared for his family.”
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:09 AM
— For the second day in a row, we had some breaking news first thing in the morning. Here is my tribute to Earle Bruce, who passed away this morning after 87 years of filling the world with passion and energy for football and Ohio State.
Here’s what else is going on…
Cincinnati Reds general manager Dick Williams said pretty much exactly what I wanted to hear in regards to the firing of Bryan Price.
“We’re very focused on creating a sense of urgency for these guys to perform now,” Williams said yesterday. “We talk about rebuilding, and there’s things going on away from the field and in the farm system and investments in the franchise that are part of that rebuilding process, but when guys show up to work every day, they need to have a sense of urgency to win that day. They need to take care of the details on the field. They need to play hard. They need to play smart. They need to play it right. That we can control, and we need to get this team playing that way because we know they have the ability to do it. That is the short-team immediate focus.”
Beyond that, I have seen the argument made that firing Price was pointless because the team wasn’t really good enough to win.
That’s a pretty dumb way to look at it.
For one thing, it ignores just how terrible the Reds have been since the start of the season.
It’s not as if we’re talking about a squad that is a few games under .500.
They have not been below average.
They have been dreadful — historically bad.
Cincinnati’s record is 3-15, and there’s no reason to think the Reds should have many, if any, more wins the way they have played… except if like me you think Price botched a handful of chances to win games with head-scratching late-game decisions.
I’ve also seen it suggested the whole organization is rotten and they need to start over.
This isn’t completely out of the question, but it’s a pretty big overreaction at this point.
Yes multiple people — players, managers, management, ownership, etc — had to make mistakes for the team to be in this predicament, but many of them are already gone.
Walt Jocketty blew the end of the last era of good times with help from Dusty Baker, his scouting department and at least some on the development side.
Several years of terrible drafts and an inability to find cheap options to fill out the bench and the bullpen at the major-league level were major issues, and Baker’s attempts to maximize a flawed roster were generally inept.
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Jocketty badly misplayed the start of the rebuild, perhaps because ownership wouldn’t let hims start it as soon as he needed to.
Whatever the reason, the Reds waited too long to start the rebuild at the major-league level.
That prevented them from maximizing the return on players like Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman and Jay Bruce and exacerbated the effect of those bad drafts.
(They were able to sell high on Todd Frazier and got surprisingly good returns on some other players who weren’t as high-profile, like Mike Leake, Alfredo Simon and Dan Straily.)
More recently, they seem to have figured out a few things in the draft. The past two efforts have been rated very highly.
Help is on the way, and there are good pieces in place already.
Health remains an issue, of course. Figuring out if anything can be done about that is not easy.
Williams has only been in the big chair for about a year and a half, and I’m willing to see how his early moves play out.
Waiting on young pitchers to develop can be maddening, but it is also pretty clearly their best option given their market and the ballpark.
They talked about accountability when Baker was fired.
Price never answered that bell.
As he was shown the door, a need to create a winning culture was identified.
Will anything change?
It couldn’t have gotten much worse…
Meanwhile, the firing of Price yesterday morning obscured a few other noteworthy items.
Chief among them was Hunter Greene’s second start.
Watching this talented young guy develop is already fascinating.
The South Bend Cubs were clearly sitting on his fastball, and they hit it hard a few times.
He didn’t hesitate to go to his secondary pitches, working curves and changes to varying degrees of success.
Having to pitch through a pretty hard rain for 10 minutes or so seemed to frustrate him, but that’s understandable.
He still hung in there and showed his competitiveness.
It was less than three innings, but it was encouraging to see his mental makeup and tools despite his inexperience…
Ohio State held spring exit interviews with its assistant coaches Wednesday, and the most noteworthy local development regarded Josh Myers.
Coach Greg Studrawa revealed the Miamisburg product overcame some struggles early in the spring to turn in a strong final two weeks as he learns to play center.
He might have to settle for the backup job to fifth-year senior Brady Taylor, but that’s not a bad place to be for an offensive lineman still only a year out of high school.
Defensive line coach Larry Johnson also had great things to say about Wayne grad Robert Landers, a tackle who has shown a lot of growth as a leader...
This slate looks tougher to me than the NFL’s calculation of last year’s winning percentages indicates it should be.
Maybe that’s just a function of being unsure of how good the Bengals will actually be.
#Bengals sked— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) April 20, 2018
Wk1: @ Indy
Wk2: BALT (Thurs)
Wk3: @ Car
Wk4 @ Atl
Wk7: @ KC
Wk11; @ Balt
Wk14: at Chargers
Wk16: @ Cle
Wk17: @ Pitt
The Browns and Colts are rebuilding, but those AFC West teams and the Dolphins all have the potential to be playoff contenders with the right moves so there is a high potential for variance.
Of course, last season I was incorrectly optimistic about the Bengals based in large part because I thought their schedule was pretty easy.
That’s not exactly how it worked out.Follow @marcushartman