Northwestern LB Paddy Fisher Poised to Rack Up Plaudits this Season

Northwestern’s best player this season will be their middle linebacker, a downhill, run-stuffing All-America first team candidate. Stop us if you heard this one before.

Yes, Paddy Fisher, a freshman All-American, has drawn plenty of comparisons to who his head coach, Pat Fitzgerald, who won both the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik award (which honor the nation’s top defensive player) twice. Both men shy away from the “Baby Fitz” label being applied to Fisher. The coach will tell you that he never had his pupil’s athleticism and natural ability while the student makes it known how much he needs to do in order to match his mentor’s accomplishments. 

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QB Hunter Johnson on Clemson to Northwestern Adjustments, Differences

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In Dabo Swinney’s Clemson football program, every week of practice has a striking similarity to the world of pet Instagram accounts. In both spheres of influence, each day has a theme. At Clemson, there’s “Mental Monday,” “TANOGA (takeaways, no giveaways) Tuesday,” “Working Man Wednesday” and “Team Thursday.”

In the world of cat Instagram accounts you have “Tongue out Tuesday,” “Whisker (or Wicked Cat) Wednesday,” “Purrsday,” “Friday Night Box Pawty,” “Caturday” and “Sunday Funday.” In other words, there’s a theme every week that must be adhered too, and you will conform! It was exactly one year ago today that Northwestern officially announced the incoming transfer of quarterback Hunter Johnson from Clemson.

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 6-4-19

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We have 2020 vision, NFL Draft style, for the first time, right here, right now. It’s our first ever 2020 NFL mock draft, and the order, for now was simply replicated from 2019. Team needs, nor the 2019 NFL mock draft (which you can view over at this link), were taken into account.

As we have a whole draft, and two rounds of free agency to go through, it’s just too early to factor in team needs. Obviously this will be modified and reworked hundreds, if not thousands of times between now and 2020 NFL Draft day. Enjoy!

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Purdue Football’s First Coach, Albert Berg, Coached One Game and Made $1

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The first head football coach in Purdue history was a man named Albert Berg, who coached the team to an 0-1 record in the inaugural 1887 season. He was paid $1, which is about $25 in today’s money to do so. The result was not good for Purdue, as they lost to Butler 48-6.

Still Albert Berg was an incredibly talented and unique man who overcame the obstacle of deafness. Yes, he was able to become Purdue’s first ever football coach despite being deaf.

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Sports Bank Founder to Give Talk at Fulbright Alumni Conference at Univ. of Arkansas

Building Bridges: The Fulbright Legacy and the Future of International Exchange” will be taking place next weekend, May 17 to 19, 2019 in Fayetteville, Arkansas and I will be on hand, hosting a round table on the state of journalism in the world today.

Hosted by the German-American Fulbright Commission, in partnership with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, it’s a chance to discuss the Fulbright legacy and alma mater and reconnect with the Fulbright community. As a Fulbright alumni myself, I will be leading and moderating a World Café on Saturday, May 18, from 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm. The details are as follows.

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John Beilein to Cleveland, Michigan May Need to Elevate Assistant Coach

Shocking news broke early Monday morning- Michigan Wolverines basketball coach John Beilein is leaving the program to become head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to various reports, with Adrian Wojnarowski being the first, Beilein will sign a year deal with the Cavaliers.

This obviously leaves Michigan in a very tough spot, having to a find a new head coach this late in the cycle. They could do an outside coaching search, but it would have to be very quick and extremely aggressive. More likely, the Wolverines will have to go the internal route.

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Both Michigan and Michigan State on National Title Odds Boards

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Both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University are riding high right now in both of the revenue sports. The Spartans and Wolverines traditional, and also recent, prowess in both football and men’s basketball has created quite a buzz in the state.

In the state of great lakes splendor, fans are very excited about college sports, and that interest should only rise as the state moves towards possibly legalizing sports gambling soon. A current package of state House bills would permit online sports wagering, poker and casino gambling as well as live in-person sports betting at state casinos.

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Notre Dame Football: 2019 NFL Draft Synopsis, Recap and Outlook

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Notre Dame football has produced more NFL players than any other college, with 495 athletes going on to play for the National Football League. Notre Dame, USC, and Ohio State are the only schools that have produced more than 400 NFL players in the history of the league. If you’re doing NFL Draft betting at a us online casino then the smart money is on prospects from those three schools.

Six Fighting Irish were selected in the 2019 NFL Draft, meaning that ND has now had at least six players drafted in four of the last seven years (2016, 2014 and 2013).

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Liverpool FC News and Notes: Klopp, Summer Preseason Tour, Huddersfield Preview

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There is a whole lot going on with Liverpool FC this week! The Reds are getting ready for the run in and the chase for the Premier League title. Liverpool also announced the three preseason friendlies that they will stage in the United States this summer, and the trio of matches will all take place in massive, iconic cathedrals of sport.

First off though, here are your Liverpool FC vs Huddersfield Town A.F.C. FYIs for the match tomorrow night.

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Miles Boykin: Notre Dame WR Could Still Go Round 2 of the NFL Draft

It remains to be seen whether Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin will be a day two or day three guy in the upcoming NFL Draft, but the second round is a definite possibility for him. It may also be his ceiling, given how deep and talented the wide receiver class is this time around. 

Having emphatically answered the number one question NFL teams had about him, his speed and ability to separate, there seems to be a strong, perhaps bordering on certain, sentiment that he’ll go within the first four rounds. Wednesday was Notre Dame Pro Day, and Miles Boykin caught passes from from former Fighting Irish QB and current Quarterbacks Coach Tommy Rees:

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Julian Love Improves 40 Time, Augments NFL Draft Stock at Notre Dame Pro Day

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When it comes to the NFL Draft stock of Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love, his body of work on the field speaks for itself. The Jim Thorpe award finalist was, many would argue, the best cover corner in college football this past season. 

You can see that in just how much the trajectory of the Cotton Bowl semifinal against Clemson changed when he left the game due to injury. 

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2019 NFL Mock Draft 4-25-19 Final Edition

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It’s 2019 NFL mock draft update time! It’s our second update since the NFL Draft night invitees list was announced. It’s all starting to fit into place now with the Scouting Combine, free agency, pro days all behind us. We made a few more more changes this week, and the big night in Nashville will soon be upon us.

(Also, here is our very first 2020 NFL mock draft over at this link) Have issues with the picks? Of course you do. Many often bones to pick, so have at it in the comments section.

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