Firing your Head college football coach a week before the season starts is a very drastic measure. So these are drastic times at the University of Illinois. Tim Beckman, who went 12-25 (4-20 in Big Ten play) during his three years leading the Illini, has been dismissed by Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United lucked out with a very favorable Champions League playoff draw. Then they were even more fortunate in their Champions League Group stages draw. There’s really no excuse for them not to advance to the knockout round, not with all their resources.
If they do fail here, then there needs to be some serious heat on Manager Louis van Gaal.Follow paulmbanks
Our Never Too Early Season Preview series continues with another NFL Network personality podcast. Earlier this summer we discussed the Chicago Bears offensive outlook with Curtis Conway. Today we break down the defense with Erin Coscarelli. She hosts of ‘Preseason HQ.’ Which airs from 5-7am pt. on NFL Network. It’s your one stop shop and everything you need to get you ready for preseason football. The football talking season is here!
Let’s get this party started:Follow paulmbanks
Many NFL scouting services/media outlets/draftniks etc. rate Notre Dame‘s Ronnie Stanley as the top offensive tackle prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft class and a near certain top ten overall pick. Many analysts see Stanley playing himself into top five overall selection territory come April.
Given how much extra value the NFL places on left tackles these days (i.e. the ability to protect the quarterback’s blind side, in a pass-oriented era), Stanley’s stock will rise further with each dominant performance he puts in at LT.Follow paulmbanks
Everyone has already known this for quite some time, but now it’s official. Hull City A.F.C. have picked up midfielder Shaun Maloney from the Chicago Fire of American the Major League Soccer. Usually, these kind of moves go the other way, a player goes from England’s BPL to the USA’s MLS. At least, when it’s a transfer of this variety which gets extensive media coverage, that’s what happens.Follow paulmbanks
It’s Man United starting XI prediction time. The match at Swansea City kicks off Sunday afternoon. Swansea City heads into their home date against Manchester United sitting in 6th place in the Premier League table. They are two points behind United who reside in fourth place with seven points. Liverpool and Leicester City also have seven, and reside in third and second while Manchester City is on top with nine points.Follow paulmbanks
What’s the Manchester United fall back option post Pedro? Well, the latest transfer gossip revolves around Brazilian star Felipe Anderson. The latest update today comes from Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb.com, who are reporting that United made an offer of €40 million (Or about £21.9 million) plus bonuses for the 22-year-old.
Sources have told ESPN FC that Ed Woodward and company are pursuing the attacker.Follow paulmbanks
Fresh off the demolishing of Club Brugge (don’t you just love the way Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal pronounces the name of the Belgian side in press conferences? I have trouble in trying to type out the sounds) the Red Devils now have their draw for the group stages of the Champions League.Follow paulmbanks
It’s now official, Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald has named Clayton Thorson his starting quarterback. Here’s the Tweet below, as well the original post we ran back on August 3rd, predicting this.
I also called it while doing a TV hit on CLTV “Sports Feed” and radio hit for 1620 The Zone Omaha right around that time.Follow paulmbanks
If Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are to get through the knockout stages of UEFA Champions League, they’ll truly really have to earn it. The selection process absolutely did them no favors today with the grouping they received. They’ll have to deal with the powerhouse of Germany, the reigning Bundesliga Champion Bayern Munich.Follow paulmbanks