Has Lane Kiffin restored his tarnished reputation?


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Lane Kiffin polarizes.

Period. Point Blank.

The internet obviously has a creepy obsession with his wife Layla Kiffin, but we’ve already discussed that enough in posts prior. Layla Kiffin is SEO gold and Lane Kiffin is probably SEO silver because calling him a polarizing figure is an understatement.

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Chip Kelly wants to stay in the NFL, not return to college


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Sorry Thornton Mellon (Rodney Dangerfield), but Chip Kelly is not interested in going “Back to School.” He’s apparently graduated beyond a return to the “amateur” ranks and wants to stay at the pro level. To do that, he’ll no doubt have to adopt a more decentralized power structure within his next regime.

Kelly was about as right-wing as a pharaoh in Philly, and he’ll have to be more democratic in his next gig.

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Zach Randolph tops 10 best interviews of 2015


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As we continue our 2015 “best of” series, The Sports Bank counts down the ten best interviews we did this past year. As I’ve said repeatedly, 99% of media interviews and press conferences are utterly worthless and completely pointless.

However, I probably did well over a thousand or two thousand media opps this past year because everything that follows is pure gold.

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Poinsettia Bowl Preview, Prediction: NIU Huskies vs Boise St


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The Poinsettia Bowl might be the first bowl in the cycle that’s truly worth watching (at least on paper). Of course, “The Holy War,” featuring hated in-state rivals BYU and Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl was pretty cool; especially the unintentional comedy of placing a lot of Mormons in Las Vegas! Cue the Ned Flanders in Sin City episode of The Simpsons.

However, that bowl is too local, just like Arizona versus New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl was way too regional.

The Poinsettia Bowl, matching the NIU Huskies versus the Boise St Broncos, thus begins the cycle of entertaining/meaningful bowls.

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2016 NFL mock draft 12-8-15


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This 2016 NFL mock draft order is loosely based off the order derived at SB Nation. They took current record plus strength of schedule into account. We then made a few changes based on how current injuries could impact the team and their final season record.

Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account. We played fast and loose with that because it’s still quite early. So many of these picks are “Best player available.”

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College Football Bowl Games: actual origin story


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The following college football news story began during a casual conversation with a friend, and culminated with an official press release from the Sugar Bowl. It’s something to keep in mind upon viewing bowl projections and hearing rumors about where your team is going for the holidays. This story is the reason most of the projections and rumors end up being wrong.

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P.J. Fleck will be a hot commodity next coaching carousel


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Western Michigan Coach P.J. Fleck finally got his signature win this holiday weekend as he knocked off nationally ranked Toledo. Entering the contest, Fleck had not been on fleek versus the MAC’s big three. P.J. Fleck was 1-6 combined versus NIU, Toledo and Bowling Green.

This was his first signature win, and it did a solid for Fleck’s alma mater- NIU. The Broncos upset of Toledo gave the Huskies the backdoor into the MAC Title Game in Detroit Friday night. It also added some steak to the P.J. Fleck Coaching stock sizzle.

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Pat Fitzgerald calls out Playoff Committee, Stanford ranking


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It certainly bothers Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald that Stanford, a team NU beat 16-6 in the season opener, is ranked so much higher than his team is in the latest College Football Playoff ranking. To his point, NU did dominate that game, in a fashion that is not truly conveyed but the 16-6 final score. Both Stanford and NU are two loss teams so I would say that Fitzgerald is on fleek with this argument.

“I don’t know who’s watching, (but there’s) a team ranked X spots ahead of us who we beat, I don’t get it,” Pat Fitzgerald said about the College Football Playoff Committee rankings.

“Maybe they’ll get it right,” he said obviously referring to Stanford, but not using the name Stanford, who at #9, are ranked 7 spots ahead of Northwestern, who are #16 in the latest set of rankings.

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Chip Kelly to USC would make a lot of sense


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Chip Kelly has been to Disneyland. It’s part of the itinerary for the Rose Bowl. Kelly has won a couple of those. Maybe Kelly is just in the Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier mold. His methods and tactics are ingenious in college, but easy to solve in the pros. When you lose 45-7 to the LOLions, and your seat was warming already to begin with…well, we can see where this might be headed.

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Bret Bielema’s wife, Jen Bielema, inspires CFB QOTY


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The wife of Bret Bielema, Jen Bielema, whose maiden name is Jennifer Hielsberg, inspired the quote of the year this college football season. Following his game on November 14th, the Arkansas Razorbacks Coach said in his post game press conference that he was excited about “hopping on his wife,” before correcting the Freudian slip, to what he really mean to say:

“hop on a plane with my wife.”

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USC football coaching search: Chip Kelly, Sean Payton in mix?


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The USC football coaching search will have consequence on the rest of the college football coaching searches this offseason. USC will be the first domino to fall, ahead of Illinois, Maryland, South Carolina (Miami and Virginia could be next) and everybody else.

Even though he whiffed very badly on his last two hires, USC A.D. Pat Haden will get the opportunity to make the next head coaching hire.

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How will USC QB Cody Kessler adjust amidst chaos


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Maybe USC Trojans QB Cody Kessler will continue to flourish under interim Coach Clay Helton? The signal caller has been pegged to be a future NFL first round pick by scouts and draftniks everywhere. It will be interesting to see how Cody Kessler continues to develop within the @#$storm and cluster#$% that is USC football right now. (here’s more on that)

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