Butch Jones has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Colorado job.
Ouch: UC ahead of only Temple, among BCS schools, in athletic revenue
Tennessee coaching search update: Day 18
Cincinnati coach Butch Jones. Jones could be coach at Purdue or Colorado right now, but he's decided to wait for a bigger prize. (That's not a bad idea, given that his predecessor, Brian Kelly, went from Cincy to Notre Dame). Tennessee and Wisconsin are the only elite jobs on the market.
Hue Jackson interested in Tennessee job?
Big 10 eyes further expansion
If the Big Ten did expand, it could set off a domino effect in other leagues. Would the SEC also want to get to 16 teams? Would the Big 12 expand beyond 10? How would the Pac-12 and ACC react? What would all those moves do to the future of the Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA and others?
The possibilities are endless.
"I don't think (conference realignment) is over," Missouri athletic director Mike Alden said. "There's more coming."
Bengals sign K Josh Brown, waive Jeff Faine
* Signed free agent K Josh Brown, a 10th-year NFL player from Nebraska. Brown (6-0, 202) has scored 962 career points over five seasons with Seattle and four with St. Louis. He has made 220 field goals in 272 attempts (80.9 percent), and he also has 60 points in eight career postseason games, with a 14-for-17 reading on field goals. He played in all 152 possible games of his career from 2003-11, including postseason.
Brown entered the NFL in 2003 as a seventh-round draft choice with Seattle and played for the Seahawks through 2007. He signed with St. Louis as an unrestricted free agent for 2008 and played four seasons (2008-11). He was released by the Rams on April 30 of this year. He signed with the New York Jets on May 2 and made three of four FG attempts in preseason, including a 42-yarder against the Bengals on Aug. 10 at Paul Brown Stadium. He was released by the Jets on Aug. 27.
* Waived C Jeff Faine, a tenth-year player from Notre Dame. Faine joined the Bengals as a free agent on Aug. 29. He played in Games 1-8 this season, with seven starts.
Danny Rosenbaum (Xavier/Loveland) was the 3rd pick in today's Rule 5 Draft. He was selected by the Rockies, from the Nationals. If the Rockies keep him, he must stay on their MLB roster for the entire 2013 season, or be offered back to the Nationals for $50,000. Congrats.
Did you miss him?
Boomer Esiason joined me on Sports Talk last night. He was in rare form. Great stuff on what he makes of this Bengals team, Dalton, Green, the DL, the Steelers and Ravens.
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Butch Jones timeline Wednesday night
5:55pm: REPORT: Butch Jones accepts offer to be Colorado coach.
6:03pm: I texted Jones asking for confirmation of the report.
6:12pm: I received a text reply from Jones in the middle of my interview with Boomer Esiason: Reports False. Have made no decision. Have not spoken to anyone!
6:30pm: Jones called me on my cell. He again indicated he had not accepted the job or made a decision. He was having dinner at The Cracker Barrel, in Charlotte, North Carolina with a member of the UC Sports Information Department. He said his phone started blowing up when the report was posted. He added that his wife was even calling, wondering 'what the $%& was going on?". At the time of our talk he was headed to the airport to fly back to Cincinnati Wednesday night. I asked if he was close to a decision, he told me, "at some point, not now".
What they are saying in Boulder
Jones, above all, knows how to play the money game
Mark Kiszla, Denver Post
The Buffaloes believed Wednesday they had a solid verbal from Jones to become the next CU football coach, entrusted with the daunting task of rebuilding a program that buried the careers of Gary Barnett, Dan Hawkins and Jon Embree.
Now we shall see just how solid any man's word can afford to be in a sport where the stakes are so high, it can crush a notion as quaint and old as integrity.
Jake Roth/US Presswire
Time to start taking the Bengals seriously
The baffling Bengals are at it again. Just when you think you know where Cincinnati is headed, this team makes an unexpected U-turn.
Kin spirits: Jerry Jones, Mike Brown
Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Jones' Cowboys and Brown's Bengals are both family-run shops. They are the only two owners in the NFL who call the everyday football shots for their organizations.
"I have a high regard for Jerry," Brown said. "He's one of a kind. A super salesman. That part of it is far beyond anything I've ever been up to. What we both have in common is that we both run our football teams as a family business.
Reedy: Three kickers in for tryouts on Thursday
What a rush
Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
The Bengals lead the NFL sacks with 39 and with his guys racking up 31 of them, Hayes had a bit of a smile when asked about his speech Saturday before the game in which he cited a report in the local paper that said the Bengals defensive line is overrated.
Know your opponent....at least the cheerleaders
Wall Street Journal: What is NFL games ended at half or after 3rd quarter?
Larkin: Drug cheats don't belong in Hall of Fame
Votto wins Tip O'Neill award
The Star Phoenix
"I thank the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for recognizing my contributions to our division championship team," Votto said Wednesday in a release. "This spring, I am very much looking forward to representing our country in the World Baseball Classic and having the opportunity again to play alongside the best baseball players in Canada."
CBS: Phillies have no CF, but have discussed five options
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Bengals open locker room Wednesday
*Marvin on Dunlap:"he's just got to continue to be the new Carlos and not go back to the old Carlos
*When asked about Adam Jones playing well/healthy Marvin crossed fingers above head and laughed. Knocked on his head
*Marvin says Dre will not practice today
*Ced Peerman in boot on right foot....said hopes to be back to help teammates soon as possible.
Interviews from the locker room
Honors for Dunlap
Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap today was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week by the NFL.
The third-year pro from Florida had two sacks of Philip Rivers at San Diego last week, and on each one he forced a fumble. The Chargers recovered the first fumble, in the first quarter, but the resulting seven-yard loss was key in forcing them to settle for a field goal and a 7-3 deficit. Late in the fourth quarter, Dunlap dropped Rivers for a 10-yard loss, to the San Diego 15, and Dunlap recovered the fumble himself, returning two yards and setting up a field goal that produced the eventual 20-13 victory margin.
Dunlap totaled five tackles in the game, and was credited by coaches with four additional QB pressures.
Dunlap leads the Bengals for the season in fumble recoveries (three) and is tied for the lead in forced fumbles (three). He ranks tied for third in sacks (4.0) and third in QB pressures (17) .
Dunlap is the second Bengal this season to win AFC Defensive Player of the Week, joining DE Michael Johnson.
Overall, the Bengals this season have captured five of the league’s weekly or monthly AFC awards. With four games to play, that’s tied for second-most in franchise history, just one short of the record six garnered in 1988 and ’89.
Ryan Ludwick Stats:
Reds First 61 games: 8 HR, 27 RBI, .201 BA, .417 SLG
Reds Next 60 games: 17 HR, 42 RBI's .331 BA, .719 SLG
Reds Last 41 games: 1 HR, 11 RBI, .280 BA, .360 SLG
Playoff: 5 games: 3 HR, 4 RBI, .333 BA, .833 SLG (18 at-bats)
4192 - An Evening With Pete Rose Live
(Cincinnati Ohio) - All time Major League hits leader Pete Rose will be appearing in the theatrical two man production called ”4192-An Evening with Pete Rose Live.” The production will take place 7:30pm on April 1st at U.S. Bank Arena.
“4192-An Evening with Pete Rose Live” is a production of Sprocket Entertainment. The show will be touring 25 dates in 2013. The first date of the tour will be April 1st in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio where Pete Rose was born and raised.
The show marks the 50th anniversary of Pete’s first Major League season. Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb’s hit record of 4191 on September 11, 1985 with a single to left field off of San Diego Padres pitcher Eric Show. Rose played for the Reds for 17 years and was the manager of the Reds for 5 years. He holds the record for most hits with 4256, was a 17 time All Star at 5 different positions, won the title of 1963 National League Rookie of the Year, 1973 Most Valuable Player in the National League, 1975 World Series MVP, and was 3 Time National League Batting Champion.
Producer J.T. Stewart, President of Sprocket Entertainment, states “This is an amazing show. Pete is great and tells his story as only he can. What better way to celebrate opening day than with a Reds win followed by an evening with one of the greatest players of all time?”
The show has many visuals and hi tech audio, music and imagery created by nationally recognized creative producers ‘Planet Nashville’. The show is a journey which will take the audience through not only the playing career of Rose but into his life as a kid growing up and why he was so driven. Rose shares with the audience stories of the Big Red Machine and conversations from the field. The show leads up to the game where Rose broke the hit record. “The Hit” is relived and Rose shares what was going through his mind as he stepped to the plate.
Tickets for “4192 –An Evening with Pete Rose Live” go on sale Friday, December 7th at 10:00 am. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000 or all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets can be purchased at the U.S. Bank Arena box office. For more information, please visit www.usbankarena.com.
4192- An Evening With Pete Rose Live!
U.S. Bank Arena (100 Broadway, Cincinnati, OH 45202)
Monday, April 1st, 2013 - 7:30pm
Tickets on-sale Friday, December 7th, 10:00am
Ticket Prices: $100, $35, $25
To order tickets by phone: 1-800-745-3000