Robert Griffin III is probably done in D.C. Yes, the RG3 era in Washington seems to be coming to a close come the end of the season. All the NFL experts and pundits are piling on with this opinion, take a look.Follow paulmbanks
Within a week, a record belonging to Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon was gone.
Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine, with 427 yards rushing against a Kansas team that has packed it in for the season. (Actually, I’m not sure KU even really tried that hard at the beginning of 2014). Gordon held the single-game FBS rushing record for seven days. However, he has something Perine does not- a near certain invitation to the downtown athletic club in New York City.Follow paulmbanks
Said Illini Head Coach Tim Beckman at yesterday’s news conference: “It’s almost like a playoff game, you got to keep winning to keep playing.”
“It kind of comes down to a one game season,” said Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald.
That’s right, 5-6 Illinois at 5-6 Northwestern. This year, the LOL Trophy game isn’t just LMAO or ROTFL, it’s also meaningful. It’s for more than the Land of Lincoln hat. It’s for a bowl berth. Probably a bowl you’ve never heard of. The Foster Farms Bowl is in a great location (the San Francisco 49ers brand new home in Santa Clara). If the winner of this game doesn’t get some “California Love,” then they’re relegated to Detroit. (That’s what the Quick Lane Bowl is called this year)Follow paulmbanks
Jahlil Okafor gives the Duke Blue Devils a very different look this year. They run their offense from the inside-out, and as we’ve seen through the first few games, they’re light years more efficient. There’s a dramatic difference between points per possession when Okafor touches it, versus times that he does not. He is the best true post player, a real inside presence that Coach K. has had since Elton Brand.
He’s not a big that will be buried in the corner to shoot baseline jumpers like Jabari Parker sometimes was last season.
Jahlil Okafor is a totally different kind of Duke player. He can play in the low lost like Carlos Boozer. Both Mike Krzyzewski and Jay Bilas have already compared the Whitney Young high school product to both Brand and Boozer. And Brand came out in 1999, so technically the headline is not hyperbole.Follow paulmbanks
Here are the latest Liverpool transfer rumors that have been circulating in the Twitterverse, blogopshere and media world. The “A block” story is of course Manager Brendan Rodgers being on the hot seat. It turns out the boss’ sacking is likely not drawing near. Rumors of his demise have been exaggerated. Rodgers has acknowledged that his job his not completely safe.
And we’ve already had heard stories that Jurgen Klopp was being groomed/prepped as his replacement at Anfield. Well, I guess it’s time to the slow the roll on those narratives.Follow paulmbanks
Here are the latest Arsenal transfer rumors that have been circulating in the Twitterverse, blogopshere and media world. The “A block” story is of course Manager Arsene Wenger being on the hot seat. Is it time for him to go, finally? Is the boss’ sacking now drawing near?Follow paulmbanks
Illinois football deserves so much better than what it currently has. The Fighting Illini were 63-48-4 (.565) during the 1980s. However, they’ve gone just 110-165-2 (.401) since John Mackovic left town to go Coach Texas. Mackovic’s name is critical because he is the most recent Illinois football head coach to leave on his own accord.
Memorial Stadium in Champaign has become a career graveyard for everybody else since (Lou Tepper, Ron Turner, Ron Zook….Tim Beckman???). With this inconvenient truth in mind, Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas is going to have a hard sell on candidates with recent head coaching success.Follow paulmbanks
Beyond Ws and Ls, Q Rating is a severe issue for Illini football. As awful as Tim Beckman’s 10-24 (2-23 versus the Power 5) record is on the field…take a second to think about the program’s non-existent brand awareness.
Nationally, the Fighting illini do not even register. In their biggest stronghold (Chicago), Illini football is way down in the pecking order. The next hire needs to win games first and foremost, but he also needs to win hearts and minds- immediately!Follow paulmbanks
The Illini football fanbase is pretty much split evenly when it comes to what they’d rather have: a coaching change, or a bowl berth. You already know where I stand. I’ll let you make up your mind, by voting in the poll here. I’ve watched the poll results since Saturday, and they swing 45-55% both ways. Meaning Illini football fans are limbo right now. A win on Saturday will please as many as it will disappoint.Follow paulmbanks
Here are the latest Liverpool transfer rumors that have been circulating in the Twitterverse, blogopshere and media world. Everyone seems to talk about Mario Balotelli being on the move soon, but where? According to one Italian outlet, you can rule out one destination.Follow paulmbanks