spoiler alert: i linked this
It appeared as if Branden Dawson threw a sucker punch at Travis Carroll during the MSU/Purdue game, and the incident is under review by the B1G conference. Michigan State has released a statement saying they have reviewed the play, and they have concluded no punch was thrown ... case closed. But is it? You be the judge. It looks like a punch from the angle provided, but the video quality is poor.
Nothing has been substantiated yet, but there are reports that Illinois has fired co-OC Chris Beatty. Given the tire fire that was Illinois football, it's probably no surprise that someone from that staff was going to be let go.
Edit: As BrownJuggarnaut pointed out in a post below, the story is now confirmed.
Here is a story from the Daily Illini: http://www.dailyillini.com/sports/men_sports/football/article_dcaa024a-578c-11e2-8ab8-001a4bcf6878.html
Key bits from the article include that the Illini were 119 out of 120 NCAA teams in total and scoring offense and that this is their fifth OC change since 2008.
For those in the mood for some manner of football, ESPN has graciously decided to air the BBVA Compass Bowl. We have a battle of 6-6 teams in Pitt and Old Miss. As we tune in, Sunseri just threw his third interception of the season. Ole Miss ball at the Pitt 21...
I don't think there's going to be an OFAAT post for the Outback Bowl, but this obviously needs to be posted somewhere:
One of my offseason projects is putting together an MGoGifs page—eventually there will be a place on the blog where you can look all of these up.
U.S. Army All-American Bowl - Saturday, January 5th, 1pm ET, NBC, Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
- Jake Butt TE #87
- Dymonte Thomas DB #14
- Chris Fox OL #73
- Jourdan Lewis CB #27
Other prospects to watch
- Derrick Green RB #27
All-Star Game Primer Thread - http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/high-school-all-american-games-primer
Yesterday evening local Cleveland radio reported that Kelly to the Browns was a virtual certainty and while he's going to talk to both the Eagles and the Bills today, by tonight there will be an announcement of his hire. Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland said he would be very surprised if this doesnt happen today and that the team is "backing up the brinks truck" to make this happen.
But even if Chip doesn't end up here it seems a virtual certainty he'd coming to the NFL next year and he's going to run "his" offense in the pro's. Lots and lots of discussion around here concerning his system and if it can work given the roster size he'll have to work with and the potential for QB injury. And in Cleveland the roster will need to revamped (Brandon Weedon is NOT a spread QB) to function properly but it sure looks like the Brownies are about to take the plunge.
Personally I think it will work - at least at first - simply because it will be so radically different than anything the other teams practice for each week. The Patriots have incorporated elements of his tempo and the Redskins and Panthers run variations of the spread but no team yet has gone "all in" on the uptempo spread offense. Until now. Spread QBs can be had pretty cheap (I'm thinking Alex Smith running the show) and other spread-type players (linemen/slot receivers) are also not terribly valued in the NFL so putting together the roster on offense shouldn't require a lot of cap space. Leaving lots of room for spending on the defense where it will be surely needed.
Will it work? I think so and for the first time in the last 10 years or so I'm actually excited about Cleveland Browns football. My only question is if he comes will we have to start wearing alternate jersey's and helmets every week?
EDIT: Cleveland Plain Dealer Browns beat report Mary Kay Cabot is now reporting that the Browns and Kelly are meeting again tonight and has been told by sources inside the Browns organization to expect an announcement tonight. For those of you unfamiliar with Grossi or Cabot they are NOTHING like the Detroit sports media and if they report something like this you can generally count on it actually happening.