Riley: “Especially want to say hi to my great friend Mike Leach. Awesome having you back. Everybody there, if you don’t know Mike, you’re definitely in for a treat. You’re going to hear things you never heard before and you’re going to laugh a lot.”So both Stoops and Riley had either long or longlasting football relationships with Leach. But Leach might have grown closest with Barry Switzer, who was gone from OU coaching 11 years before Leach’s arrival. Switzer and Leach grew close with late-night dinners at Othello’s in Norman during the year Leach was OU’s offensive coordinator, and it was Switzer who called Leach and asked him to take part in the Sooners Helping Sooners benefit.And their stories about each other were something to behold.“The thing that was wild was … part of the reason that a lot of people when we were younger wanted to be coaches was because of people like coach Switzer. Coach was at the top. That … [Read more...] about Why Mike Leach considers Barry Switzer to be John Wayne
Donahue, 74, guided the Bruins to a 151-74-8 record and five Pac-10 championships in his 20 years as head coach, taking his teams to 13 bowl games and winning three of his four appearances in the Rose Bowl. He became the first coach in NCAA history to win a bowl game in seven consecutive seasons, winning the 1983 and ’84 Rose Bowls, the ’85 Fiesta Bowl, the ’86 Rose Bowl, the ’86 Freedom Bowl, the ’87 Aloha Bowl and the ’89 Cotton Bowl. … [Read more...] about Legendary UCLA football coach Terry Donahue is battling cancer
“We wanted to start with teams that are in our own backyard,” Gragg said. “It’s something Mike (Holder, OSU’s athletic director) and I have been discussing for several years.”Gragg said the arrangement came together rather quickly. Holder made two trips to Tulsa to settle the contract. The latter, Gragg said, was to finalize dates, a mission that was accomplished in 30 minutes. Took longer to drive over.Gragg said getting teams to Tulsa is not easy, and not just for financial reasons (Chapman Stadium seats 30,000, so big paydays are feasible). Many of the other American Conference locales are either recruiting hotbeds (Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa) or destination cities that appeal to visiting fans.“This is a game-changer for us,” Gragg said. “I had a trustee call after we announced this. He says he feels it’s the most significant thing that’s happened to us in years.” The OSU series guarantees … [Read more...] about OSU-Tulsa football series a ‘game-changer’ for TU
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will have "no limitations" when the team begins organized team activities Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Wentz, 26, is coming back from a stress fracture in his back that forced him to miss Philadelphia's last three regular-season games and both playoff contests. "The team will be smart with him, of course, but he's expected to be involved in the majority of all work," Rapoport tweeted. Wentz, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft from North Dakota State, is 23-17 through three seasons with 10,152 passing yards, 70 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. He finished third in MVP balloting in 2017, although he missed the Eagles' Super Bowl run because of a torn ACL. "I get it. I get it," Wentz said last month about concerns of his durability. "I'm looking forward to putting those behind me. I understand it's a part of … [Read more...] about Eagles QB Wentz has ‘no limitations’ for OTAs
He was suspended in 2013 with the Jets for violating the league’s performance-enhancing-drug policy. That same year, he was arrested after a woman told police she saw him masturbating in a parked car outside of a New Jersey department store. Winslow was arrested on suspicion of possession of synthetic marijuana; the charge was dropped after he completed court-ordered terms. … [Read more...] about Rape trial begins for former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr.