NIU Coach Thomas Hammock on Ravens Transition From Ray Rice (Exclusive)

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Newly minted Northern Illinois football coach Thomas Hammock spent the past five seasons as running backs coach of the Baltimore Ravens, and his first year on the job was tumultuous to say the least. During Hammock’s third month on the job, the video of Ray Rice beating his fiancee was released, and the team promptly terminated the contract of the franchise’s all-time second leading rusher.

On Friday, Hammock, a NIU alum, was introduced to the Chicago media as the next head football coach. During the media session, Hammock was asked about how he grew and developed as a person during his time in Baltimore.

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2019 NFL Mock Draft 1-21-19

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It’s 2019 NFL mock draft time! The order is now set, up until the divisional round of the playoffs. Team needs were sometimes, but often not taken into account, as it’s still early for a 2019 mock draft in the purest sense.

A true 2019 NFL mock draft can’t really be composed until after 2019 free agency. Have issues with the picks? Of course you do! Many often bones to pick, so have at it in the comments section. Just try to not be like the others who hurl insults and instead keep it classy and professional. Sure, this disclaimer will go completely ignored, as it always does, but I’ll say it anyway- “THERE IS NO NEED FOR NAME CALLING!”

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L.A. Chargers Have a Better Chance of Upsetting the Patriots than You Might Think

To quote the franchise’s iconic disco-era fight song, San Diego Super Chargers, “The time has come, You know we’re shooting for number one. With thunderbolts and lightning, We’ll light up the sky.”

While the song is now outdated due to the Chargers’ having since moved to Los Angeles, the message of the rouser that sounds like something which would end up on a Kool & The Gang outtakes album still applies. The time is here for the Chargers to shoot for another AFC championship, and the only to become #1 in the conference is to dethrone the New England Patriots.

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Four Clemson Football Players Who Could be First Round NFL Draft Picks

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Clemson football is the program that comes closest to matching Alabama’s dominance in recent years. At least in the College Football Playoff era. In this the fifth season of the CFP, the 20 berths so far break down like this: Alabama 5, Clemson 4, Oklahoma 3, Ohio State 2, Notre Dame, Oregon, Florida State, Georgia, Washington and Michigan State all have 1. 

So of the 20 berths, 60% have gone to just three teams, and Clemson football is one of them. Dabo Swinney’s program beat Alabama for the 2016 national title, but lost to them in the 2015 national championship and 2017 Sugar Bowl semifinal. The odds makers have both teams as double digit favorites to win their semifinal games and play for the national title again; which would make it the third time in five years.

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Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence Should Be the #1 Overall Pick in His Draft Class

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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the kind of player that could hypothetically force a conversation about applying the NBA “one and done” rule to football. Much has been made in basketball about the extremely talented kids who shouldn’t be forced to go to school, ply their trade and not get paid, when they have the ability go pro and make money doing what they love right now. 

No one talks about in football, and yes these players are rare, but the 6-5, Cartersville, Georgia native has a NFL caliber arm right now. Beyond the arm talent, he has the whole package in the eyes of NFL scouts. (Just needs to add a few pounds of muscle) 

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Pat Fitzgerald Emphatically Shoots Down Green Bay Packers Rumors

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So much for the Pat Fitzgerald to the Green Bay Packers rumors. In celebrating a record setting come-from-behind Holiday Bowl victory over the #17 Utah Utes, the Northwestern head coach made an emphatic statement.

It was reported by multiple outlets on Sunday that Packers CEO Mark Murphy, who elevated Fitzgerald to head coach in 2006 when he was NU athletic director, was interested in interviewing Fitzgerald for the open Packers head coaching position.

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Green Bay Packers Want to Interview Pat Fitzgerald for Open Coaching Position

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According to multiple reports, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald is on the list of candidates to potentially fill the Green Bay Packers head coaching vacancy. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the ball is in Fitzgerald’s court right now too. The Packers have contacted Fitz about scheduling an interview, but the NU mentor is currently focused on preparing his team to take on #17 Utah in the Holiday Bowl tomorrow (full game preview and prediction at this link).

We won’t know until after the bowl game whether or not Fitz will hear their Packers out on their offer, but he “has shut down countless interview requests from the NFL in the past,” according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

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Four Ohio State Football Players with First Round NFL Draft Stock

Ohio State football has become like a gridiron version of the Kentucky Wildcats, at least in regards to the draft, these days. We’ve seen plenty of Buckeyes “succeed and proceed” lately, leaving school early with eligibility still on the table in order to cash in. American online bookmakers are handicapping the first player selected in the NFL draft race, and one Ohio State player, DL Nick Bosa, has very favorable odds.

Let’s take a look at what 2018 Ohio State football players, underclassmen or other wise, could be drafted in the first round come April.

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Roman Abramovich, Bob Kraft Staging Chelsea-Revolution Match to Combat Antisemitism

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Chelsea football club and the New England Revolution have announced an exhibition match that will be played in the spring of 2019 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The purpose of the friendly, which has been branded the “Game for Change,” is to help combat antisemitism.

“I am proud of the work Chelsea does to promote equality and tackle discrimination all over the world,” said Chelsea owner and Jewish Russian business man Roman Abramovich in a club official statement.

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Ryan Leaf EXCLUSIVE: Former QB Opens Up About His Addiction and Recovery

In the first college football game I attended as a student, the visiting team scored an 80-yard touchdown pass on the very first play from scrimmage. The visitors, Washington State, would go on to win and play in the Rose Bowl against that year’s eventual national champions, Michigan. The home team, my alma mater of Illinois, wouldn’t even win a single game that year.

More than 20 years later, I’m sitting in a Cadillac Escalade, rolling down Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and the quarterback who threw that 80-yard TD pass, Ryan Leaf, is now granting me an exclusive interview; and the topic of football is ancillary to the purpose of our discourse.

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Tottenham Hotspur Release NFL Style Harry Kane Jersey (Photos, Videos)

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Football meeting football (American style) is trope that is more and more common these days. Maybe the strongest marriage between the two sports exists between the NFL and Tottenham Hotspur. The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, whenever it finally opens, will replace Wembley Stadium as the new home of the National Football League in London.

Tottenham, and their talisman Harry Kane, got in on the ground floor of the NFL’s expanding their presence in the United Kingdom market. Kane, a huge fan of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, modeled this new Spurs, NFL style jersey.

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Roman Abramovich, Bob Kraft in Talks for Chelsea-Revolution Match Combating Antisemitism

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Say what you want about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, as they are two extremely rich, prodigiously powerful and extremely polarizing men, but they are on the right side of history with this initiative.

As part of Chelsea’s aggressive antisemitism initiative, the west London club is in talks with Major League Soccer club New England Revolution, another team owned by Robert Kraft, to stage a friendly where the proceeds raised will go towards fighting antisemitism.

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