Commentary: How Nike Transformed the University Of Oregon

by George Leef   While money is not the root of all evil, it is undeniably responsible for the transformation of the University of Oregon (UO). It changed from a typical state flagship where athletics were a nice diversion for some students and alums into a sports powerhouse where the…

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More NFL National Anthem ‘Kneelers’ at Titans Opening Game, Kaepernick Tweets Praise

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The Tennessee Titans opened their NFL season with an away game in Miami Sunday, where three members of the Dolphins protested the playing of the National Anthem. Two were ‘kneelers’ and one raised a fist. NFL ratings were down as the league kicked off another season three days earlier on…

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Ohio State’s Meyer Put on Leave, Inquiry Opened

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer’s job appears to be in jeopardy. Ohio State placed Meyer, one of the most successful coaches in college football history, on paid administrative leave Wednesday while it investigates claims that his wife knew about allegations of domestic violence against an assistant coach years before the staff member was…

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Phillip Fulmer Reveals More Details About Top Assistant’s Sudden Departure

Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer confirmed that the football program’s decision to part ways with former running backs coach Robert Gillespie wasn’t mutual, but both sides handled it professionally. Fulmer, who was speaking at the Big Orange TipOff Club in Knoxville via GoVols247 on Wednesday, revealed that Gillespie “didn’t like”…

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Report: Memorandum of Understanding Signed by Former Tennessee AD and Greg Schiano ‘A Non-Binding Document’

The memorandum of understanding signed by former Tennessee athletic director John Currie and would-be head coach Greg Schiano on Nov. 26 lacked the signatures of Chief Financial Officer David Miller and Chancellor Beverly Davenport, therefore, making it a non-binding document, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. The University of Tennessee…

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Tennessee Reportedly Set to Hire Alabama Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as Vols’ New Head Coach

Tennessee is expected to hire Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its new head coach, multiple outlets reported on Thursday. Pruitt, 43, has been the defensive coordinator with the Crimson Tide for the past two seasons. Alabama is ranked first nationally in scoring defense this season and second in total…

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Official Diagnosis Comes in on Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald’s Brutal Injury on Thursday

The bad news: Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is out for the rest of the year after suffering a brutal leg injury on Thursday night against Ole Miss. The good news: it appears he won’t be off the field for too long. According to the Clarion Ledger, Fitzgerald’s recovery timetable…

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Despite Plunging NFL Ratings, Goodell Contract Extension Expected to be Completed Soon

A proposed contract extension for commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly is on track to be completed soon despite Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently threatening to sue the NFL if the extension is approved. Goodell’s proposed extension is expected to be completed at or before the NFL owners’ Dec. 13 meeting…

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NFL Owners Rebuke Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones for ‘Detrimental Conduct’

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been informed by other NFL owners via letter that he is engaging in “conduct detrimental to the league’s best interests,” the New York Times reported on Thursday. The letter was sent to Jones through his attorney, David Boies, on Wednesday, one day after Jones…

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Report: Tennessee Has Given Jon Gruden an Ultimatum on Open Head Coaching Job

It appears the “Grumors” surrounding the Tennessee head coaching position have reached an apex. According to Grant Ramsey of 247Sports, Tennessee athletic director John Currie flew to Tampa on Wednesday night, where it is believe that a pitch was made to Gruden on the now open head coaching job. Ramsey’s…

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College Football Writer Doesn’t ‘Think There’s Any Doubt’ Bret Bielema Will Probably Be Gone

Things haven’t gone well for the Arkansas Razorbacks on the gridiron this season and, frankly, it feels worse around the program than the team’s 4-6 record would indicate. With that as the backdrop, athletic director Jeff Long was relieved of his duties on Wednesday and that shined a (very) bright…

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CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee Calls Potential Tennessee Coaching Candidate ‘Home Run Hire’

Tennessee’s coaching search is officially underway following the termination of former head football coach Butch Jones on Sunday. Several names have been linked to the Vols’ coaching position for weeks, but CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee believes current Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is the best option. “Mullen would be a…

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Florida Gator’s Toney, Defensive End Polite Out with Shoulder Injuries vs. South Carolina

Florida Gators wide receiver Kadarius Toney and defensive end Jachai Polite have been ruled out for Saturday’s game at South Carolina, the team announced. Toney and Polite are nursing shoulder injuries for the Gators (3-5, 3-4 SEC). Toney has recorded 117 rushing yards and 115 receiving this season while Polite…

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Rumor: Tennessee’s Dream Option Taking Another Step in Consideration for Vols Job

Tennessee fans, take this latest GRUMOR for what it’s worth! FOX Sports Knoxville‘s Jon Reed joined The Drive on Wednesday afternoon to discuss a rumor involving Jon Gruden’s son Michael, a UT student, coming home to Tampa for a “family meeting,” this upcoming weekend. The rumor suggests that Gruden wants…

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Tennessee Reportedly Offers Dream Candidate Jon Gruden Over $10 Million to Replace Butch Jones

Tennessee has reportedly offered former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden “over $10 million a year” to be its next head coach, according to The Read Optional’s Oliver Connolly. Connolly reported that the Vols have also targeted TCU’s Gary Patterson, Louisville’s Bobby Petrino and Purdue’s Jeff Brohm as potential candidates…

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Former Long-Shot Jon Gruden Becomes New Favorite for Tennessee’s Potential Next Head Coach

Tennessee fans, this is not a drill!!! Jon Gruden, who was originally considered one of the biggest long shots listed, is now listed as the favorite for Bet Online odds rankings for the Vols’ next head coach. Gruden was originally considered at 20/1 on the website’s opening line, but moved…

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Refs Walk Off in Protest After Players Kneel During Anthem at New Jersey Football Game

Two high school football officials walked off the field in protest Friday night after players from Monroe High School in Somerset County knelt during the national anthem before the team’s game against visiting Colts Neck. The officials, Ernie Lunardelli, 54, and his son, Anthony Lunardelli, 27, stood for the anthem…

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Personal History Shapes No. 9 Oklahoma Against Texas Tech

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury have had their share of disagreements — some publicly — since Mayfield walked-on with the Red Raiders five years ago. But entering Mayfield’s final meeting against Texas Tech on Saturday in Norman, tensions have cooled and Mayfield…

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Frank Ragnow, All-SEC First Teamer and Potential NFL Draft First Rounder, Lost for the Year Due to Injury

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema announced on Monday that first-team All-SEC offensive lineman Frank Ragnow will miss the rest of the season. He suffered a high ankle sprain in Saturday’s 52-20 loss to Auburn. Ragnow had started 33 consecutive games including that game with 18 coming at center and 15…

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Former Tennessee Great Tweets Cryptic News with Butch Jones Rumors Swirling

Everything surrounding the Tennessee football program is sketchy at the moment. The Vols sit at 3-3 on the season and, after two straight losses to Georgia (by quite a lopsided margin) and South Carolina, Butch Jones’ seat has never been hotter in Knoxville. In fact, many believe that there is…

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Titans’ Rishard ‘Done with Football’ Matthews Scampers to Locker Room to Protest National Anthem

Tennessee Titans receiver Rishard Matthews said he would “be done with football” if the NFL makes it a requirement for players to stand during the national anthem. It looks like he’s taken it to another level as he went back to the locker room during the national anthem on Monday…

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Clemson QB Kelly Bryant Horrifyingly Laid Motionless on the Field after Hit Against Syracuse

Just prior to halftime against Syracuse on Friday night, Clemson starting quarterback Kelly Bryant appeared to suffer an injury after a horrifying hit on third down. Bryant laid motionless on the field for a few minutes before finally being helped off the field. Bryant was already dealing with an ankle…

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