What NFL coaches and GMs are likely to be fired today?


Today is the day the axe will fall on numerous NFL coaches and GMs. If it were happening on Christmas Eve, and not New Year’s Eve, these acts would be Dickensian. Actually, that has happened in the NFL- the late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis canned Mike White on December 24th. Let’s take a look at who’s likely to be cut loose and those who will stay.

Not all will be dismissed today, it may take a couple days for some of these moves to be made.

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Ohio State leadership preaches respect in Penn State game







Perhaps no game in the history of college football has been under more intense scrutiny or scandal than the upcoming Ohio State game against Penn State. The Buckeyes are facing serious NCAA sanctions yet to be determined, but those woes pale in comparison to the situation in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions are dealing with a sex abuse scandal that goes far beyond football. [Read more…]

Ohio State A.D. Gene Smith Discusses Jim Tressel Resignation (Video)

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The Ohio State Buckeyes are in the midst of a NCAA investigation. Its a scandal of epic proportions, that will rock the world of not just the Big Ten but college football at large. Today brought the expected but still huge news that Coach Jim Tressel is stepping down.

This prompted OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith to give a statement to the media. But this is no PR flak hand-crafted letter. He talked directly via video. His YouTube statement is embedded below.

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Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel resigns


The Ohio State University announced today via a press release that it has accepted the resignation of head football coach Jim Tressel.  Tressel who went 106-22 in his 10 years at the helm fought back tears this morning as he told his players he was stepping down, according to Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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Gene Smith Gives Rational Behind the 2011 NCAA Tournament Field of 68

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Every year there seems to be controversy surrounding the NCAA tournament field. The selection committee, just like referees, receive the most attention when a poor decision is made. This year, with the field expanding by three teams, the scrutinization is at an all-time high.

Once the brackets were revealed Sunday evening, Gene Smith held a teleconference to give rational to the committee’s final decisions.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Conference Call with Gene Smith on NCAA Tournament Selection Process

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With the annual mock tournament selection taking place in Indianapolis on Thursday and Friday, Gene Smith, Athletic Director at Ohio State and chair of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee, held a conference call on Wednesday to discuss the tournament selection process.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Ohio State A.D. Debunks Jim Tressel is Fired Rumors


Tis the season for rumors and innuendo! Hark the herald bloggers sing of what could be, might be but probably isn’t.

Earlier today, according to Chicago Now’s Daily Sports Tab

two sources that are very close to recruiting at prominent universities confirmed that Jim Tressel will no longer be the head football coach at Ohio State University after the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas.

Despite Tressel’s phenomenal record in Columbus (well, his record vs. everyone not in the SEC anyway) this story was believable considering that 1.) The number one public relations rule for releasing “bad news,” is to do it at times when most people are likely to distracted by the weekend 2.) Big changes like this often occur at times of crisis (the “Shock Doctrine.”) and we all learned on Thursday about the Ohio State Buckeyes being rocked by harsh suspensions to their star players for 2011.

However, this college football bombshell, this sure to be a media sensation of a story has already been refuted.

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In Sunday’s Colts-Jaguars showdown, premier GM with Jacksonville?

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Bill Polian has long been regarded as one of the NFL’s premier team architects, and rightfully so.

The Indianapolis Colts President’s accomplishments with his current franchise alone are remarkable, but not to be forgotten from Polian’s illustrious career are overseeing a Buffalo Bills team that went to four consecutive Super Bowls and building the Carolina Panthers into a NFC finalist in the organization’s second year of existence.

At this point, it’s pretty clear that Polian is arguably the best NFL executive of his generation and a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. However, recent history within the Colts’ division, the AFC South, shows that Polian might very well have a challenger in the near future or perhaps the present, whether the rest of the sports world realizes it or not.

His name is Gene Smith, the first general manager in Jacksonville Jaguars history. His first-place team will be on display Sunday when the Jaguars attempt to clinch their first division title since 1999 in a huge matchup with the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

By Drew Allen

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