Though he has denied the decision has been made, Mack Brown will be stepping down as head coach of the Texas Longhorns football team by end of week, according to sources.
If Brown is out, then it would allow Texas to officially court Alabama coach Nick Saban, as the world knows they want to do. We will just have to wait and see what the week brings.
After letting us know that benching RG III was a definite possibility, head coach Mike Shanahan went through with the decision.
It has been announced that Robert Griffin III will not be the starter for Sunday’s game versus Atlanta. Quarterback Kick Cousins will be the started and Rex Grossman is scheduled to back him up. In Wednesday’s practice, RG III took no reps as quarterback. There is also speculation that RG III could be deactivated for the rest of the season for health reasons.
Shanahan seems to be doing everything he possibly can to get run out of DC. It is widely known that owner Dan Snyder is an avid supporter (reportedly to a fault) of the second-year quarterback who seems to have been butting heads with his head coach since the end of last season. Reports have run all through these last few weeks of drama with the team, and issues between the three men. Press conferences are often very entertaining as the head coach and his star quarterback outdo one another with subtle insults and jabs.
This has been a miserable season for the Washington Redskins, and I’m sure everyone in the organization is praying for the end of week 17.
The 2013 Heisman finalists have been named. Though a couple names are different than what we expected going into the season, quite a few are not new to us.
Jameis Winston — Florida State
Jordan Lynch — Northern Illinois
Johnny Manziel — Texas A&M
Tre Mason — Auburn
A.J. McCarron — Alabama
Andre Williams — Boston College
He was only back for a portion of the season, but Rob Gronkowski is already done for the rest of 2013, and likely well into 2014.
After a very legal hit in the Patriots game against the Cleveland Browns yesterday, Gronkowski went down in a lump. And this morning many fears were confirmed when sources admitted the explosive tight end had torn both his ACL and MCL in his right knee.
The injury effectively ends Gronk’s season which started with him missing the Patriots’ first six games due to back and forearm injuries. His return from those was quite helpful in turning around the offense of the Patriots. It will be interesting to see how the team moves forward now.
From Nelson Mandela’s passing to Mike Tomlin’s hefty fine…you’ll find it all in this week’s Hardwood Diva Sports News.
Houston Texans have fired head coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak had been head of the Texans for 8 seasons, but the team’s historic collapse this season made it clear the coach would not make it out of this season.
An 11-game slide brought about the inevitable, especially 2 losses to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. Kubiak will be replaced by Wade Philips through thee end of the 2013 season.
Father of modern South Africa Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. President of South Africa Jacob Zuma made the announcement to his country, and the world, late Thursday evening at a national press conference. Mandela had been gravely ill since mid 2013, and family members had recently let outsiders know that the former South African president’s life was coming to an end.
Nelson Mandela is known throughout the world for his commitment to the ending of apartheid in his native South Africa, as well as his efforts for social issues throughout the continent of Africa and the world. After years of fighting social and racial injustice, he was jailed for more than 26 years. Upon his release in 1990, he helped move the country along with F. W. de Klerk, towards free and democratic elections for all South African people. He was elected president in 1994, and worked to establish a Government of National Unity. He believed in reconciliation, and was adamant about all races coming together for a better South Africa.
In the sports world, Mandela often explained that he believed in using the “power of sports to unite people.” As an ex-boxer, he understood how sport was essential in bringing people together of all races. In 1995, he extended one of the most memorable gestures in sports when he walked out to congratulate the South African team during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. At the time, many whites were unsure of their place in the new South Africa, but with his gesture, Mandela let them know that he was their president too, and that he saw a place for all people of South Africa. He was also very influential in the country receiving the honor to host the 2010 World Cup, and made a key appearance at the event’s closing ceremonies.
Nelson Mandela lived a life that shall be remembered long after he is gone. Rest in Paradise, Madiba
Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexual assault in the case brought against him.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Florida state attorney Willie Meggs explained that an exhaustive investigation was performed, and that the state attorney’s office concluded there was not sufficient evidence to charge anyone in the case.
Prior to the press conference, many had speculated that charges were not on the way as Winston’s attorney had scheduled a press conference to follow the state attorney’s presser. It is common courtesy in the law community that if a suspect is to be charged the defense attorney is notified ahead of time, and Winston’s attorney indicated he had received no such communication.
The sports world had been waiting on the findings of the investigation since it was announced that the case was being reopened back in November. Winston is a current Heisman hopeful, and his Florida State Seminoles are the leading team for a spot in this year’s BCS championship.
Mike Tomlin’s pockets are definitely a bit lighter this morning. After careful review of Tomlin’s sideline interference during last Thursday’s game versus the Ravens, the NFL fined the Steelers head coach $100,000.
Tomlin, if you’ll recall, just so happened to find himself on the field as Jacoby Jones attempted to run back a kickoff in the Thanksgiving night game. Jones was forced to alter his run, and was eventually tackled. The Ravens, of course, took serious issue with the move, and believed it to be intentional. Though Tomlin stated he merely wasn’t aware of his position on the field at the time, when reviewing the film he seems to know exactly what he is doing.
The large fine comes as no surprise as many sources confirmed the NFL was considering a sizable fine earlier in the week. Also according to those sources, the league is still considering draft penalties. Reportedly the league sent out a notice the day prior to Thanksgiving reminding teams to stay away from the restricted sideline areas. Guess Mike and the Steelers missed that one.