Top Five Michigan football Coaching candidates


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The Florida Gators will lead the coaching carousel this silly season, but the Michigan football head coaching job will likely be next. Then Illinois, Kansas and Virginia will battle for third choice. (Indiana will be next after them).

Basically, Brady Hoke can’t be fired until after the new year, because of financial concerns. They could likely fire him on January 1, 2015, but it probably won’t be before then. According to Hoke’s contract, signed on March 28, 2011, he will be owed $2 million to buy out the remaining two years (2015, 2016) left on his contract. The second to last year of his deal begins on January 1. Firing him at any time in 2014 would cost that $2 million, plus the buyout amount.

Still the Michigan football program can just do all of this back-channel. And they likely will. So Wolverines supporters should be ready for a new regime.

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Jets vs. Bills could be played in Detroit, Toronto or New Jersey


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There’s a lot of snow at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, and the winter weather is expected to get much worse in the coming days. As reports indicate, most of Buffalo is under more than six feet of snow, so according to a recent announcement, if Jets and Bills can’t play in Buffalo on Sunday, Week 12 game could be moved to Detroit, Toronto or New Jersey.

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Peyton Manning will likely play one more year, not two


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The Denver Broncos shocking upset loss to the St. Louis Rams this past weekend reminded us all that the championship window is closing soon for Peyton Manning and company. It’s time to start thinking about Manning’s future, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network gave us a report on that very topic. “Broncos people expect Peyton Manning to play at least one more season,” Rapoport said.

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Oakland Raiders more likely for Jim Harbaugh than Michigan


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Jim Harbaugh to the Michigan Wolverines next year? Not so fast. It turns out the Oakland Raiders could actually be the landing spot for the man forever in pleated discount khakis. There are sports books taking bets on where Jim Harbaugh will coach next season. (Here are the latest odds). Also, the Bob Stoops to Michigan rumors are starting to gain more momentum. (Here’s the latest on that)

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Seahawks looking at drafting Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon


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Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks are parting ways; that’s the conventional wisdom. The Hawks will need to find his replacement and the draft could be the place to do it. Seattle could likely end up drafting a lot higher up than previously thought. This draft class is a great one for running backs, and Todd Gurley might not be in play now. With the torn ACL, Gurley could be best served returning to Georgia for his senior season.

That leaves Melvin Gordon all alone as the top amateur back in the country.

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Marshawn Lynch definitely leaving the Seahawks after the season


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So much comes to mind when doing free association exercises with star running back Marshawn Lynch.

Skittles. Beast Mode. Media Day Silence. Super Bowl Champion. Seattle Seahawks.

Well, scratch that last one.

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The reason Robert Griffin III has become so polarizing


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If you don’t like Robert Griffin III it’s probably because you got sick of him appearing on SportsCenter everyday last season. RG3 developed into the Jessica Simpson of sports- lots of publicity, few accomplishments. However, you can’t blame Robert Griffin III. Just like you can’t blame Jessica Simpson. They great PR machines on their side- good for them.

So, not RG3’s fault; don’t blame him.

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Russell Wilson addresses the “not black enough” allegation


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The search engines went crazy this morning over Colleen Dominguez (here’s the Dominguez dossier). It was no doubt due to her sit-down with Russell Wilson in which he finally answered the allegations that he’s “not black enough.” Whatever that means or supposed to mean. His answer is of course very Russell Wilson. Meaning it’s something that was obviously run through and cleared by the Seattle Seahawks Public Relations team first.

Because everything Wilson says publicly sounds like it’s been tested on a focus group beforehand.

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Rayvonte Rice: what Illini basketball fans should expect this year


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Up until mid January, Rayvonte Rice was the leading scorer in the Big Ten last season. However, the season went downhill for both him and his Illinois Fighting Illini at Northwestern. An adductor strain slowed Rice down for awhile, and the Illini offense had major issues. However, Rayvonte Rice and the Illini finished strong. Had it not been for that loss at NU, and probably the home loss to Purdue that happened next, Illinois could have been a NCAA Tournament team.

So this year, can the Illini be a couple games better to get the big dance? I had an exclusive with Rice at Big Ten Media Day and we discussed that topic, as well as other issues.

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Latest odds on Oregon QB Marcus Mariota becoming NFL #1 pick


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Can the Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota pull a Cam Netwon? By becoming the Heisman Trophy winner in December and then the #1 overall draft pick the following April? Mariota certainly has all the tools to and statistics to do both. The 6’4″ 212 pound signal caller from Honolulu, Hawaii has an INSANE 24-1 TD to INT ratio. To go with his 192.2 QB Rating and 69% completion percentage.

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San Diego Chargers: collapse is their middle name


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Heading into their Thursday Night showdown against the Broncos just a week and a half ago, the Chargers were considered a team that could outlast Peyton Manning for the AFC West title. After blowing a fourth quarter lead to the Cardinals, who own the leagues best record, the Chargers beat the Seahawks and won five straight games.

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Houston Texans unhappy with Jadeveon Clowney thus far


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It’s way too early to call Jadeveon Clowney a bust. However, his rookie season has been awful so far. Everything that people were concerned about in the lead-up to the NFL Draft has manifested himself. Is he healthy? Is he all that interested? How truly motivated to play is Jadeveon Clowney? In college it was easy to dismiss those concerns because it was pretty clear- he needs to look out for himself to make sure he doesn’t get hurt, and that he gets paid.

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