Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Southern Illinois Head Coach Barry Hinson Begins the Airing of Grievances Early

It's been a while since we've done this, but sometimes things just fall into your lap.  Southern Illinois basketball coach Barry Hinson unloads after another disappointing loss to Murray State.  Hinson is in his second year at Southern Illinois, where he is 16-25 and in the midst of a 2-8 year.  It was simply too much for him to handle.  Fast forward to the 3:00 min mark where he really gets going. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Cam Dolan Signs with the Northampton Saints

While the move is not a surprise, (it's been rumored since the conclusion of the fall test series) it's finally official.  Cam Dolan has signed with the Northampton Saints of the Aviva Premiership. 

In the release Northampton Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder was quoted as saying: “We’ve kept a close eye on Cam for a while and have been impressed by what we’ve seen. He’s a player who has a lot of natural talent and the physical attributes it takes to succeed, something he showed during the Autumn Internationals and against the Maori."

Cam was a four time All-American with Life University, where he was part of the first undergraduate recruiting class to sign with the program in 2009.  Since then he has transformed into one of the top players in the country.  Even with missing most of the 2012/13 campaign with a torn ACL, Dolan was able to come back and pick up where he left off before the injury.

It must be noted, the transition from American Club rugby to a full time professional setup is a major step, and it will take Dolan some time to adjust to the new environment.  Northampton is not expecting him to step in right away and start alongside fellow American Samu Manoa.  However, judging from his work habits, and natural skill I don't think it will be long before we see Cam  break the starting XV.

Good luck.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Chris Petersen Accepts Washington Head Coaching Job

It finally happened.  Some of us thought this day would never come, but Chris Petersen, has accepted a new job and will leave Boise State.  Next week Chris Petersen will be calling the shots as the University of Washington's new head coach.  The deal was signed late Thursday night.

A private flight from Seattle landed at the Boise Airport at 8:02 p.m. Thursday. The people on board immediately got into a black car headed to a Boise hotel, according to airport sources. Woodward and a woman returned to the plane 2 hours, 10 minutes later and left — without Petersen. The meeting lasted about 90 minutes.

Chris Petersen has been a hot commodity for the last five years.  Ever since Boise State shocked the college football world by knocking off Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, Petersen has been a hot topic.  However, to his credit he stuck to his guns and remained in Boise where he was employed for the last 12 years.

Perhaps the biggest change occurred this year when the Broncos went 8-4 the worst in Petersen's tenure as head coach.  Petersen would remain in high demand as long Boise was competitive, but as the team's record began to drop Petersen saw the handwriting on the wall.

For Huskie fans who were gutted on Monday when Steve Sarkisian left to go to USC, they have found an upgrade with Petersen coming to town.  You can expect he will bring his open style and excitement to the Northwest.

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston Will Not Face Arraignment

According to sources close to Walker-Sports who  in the prosecutor's office in Tallahassee, and they said no arraignment forthcoming against Jameis Winston.

Legal experts in Tallahassee have said they believed it was unlikely that Winston would be charged. However, the decision of State Attorney Willie Meggs won’t be known with certainty until he announces the results of his investigation later today.

If Winston is charged, he would most likely be suspended by Florida State - the school’s athletic conduct code requires it in all but the most extraordinary cases.