From the Reds
Today the Reds named Ronnie Ortegon Major League assistant hitting coach, Ryan Jackson minor league hitting coordinator, Jim Riggleman manager at Louisville, Delino DeShields manager at Pensacola, Ken Griffey Sr. manager at Bakersfield, Jose Nieves manager at Dayton, Pat Kelly manager at Billings and Eli Marrero manager at AZL Reds; promoted Nick Krall to Director of Baseball Operations, Jeff Graupe to Director of Player Development, Sam Grossman to Director of Baseball Research and Analysis, Jeff Taylor to Special Assistant to the GM and John Morris to Special Assistant to the GM; named Reed MacPhail Baseball Operations Assistant and Will Harford professional scout...in 2012, Riggleman managed at Pensacola, DeShields at Dayton and Nieves at AZL Reds...Marrero was the hitting coach at Bakersfield...Jackson had been the hitting coach at Louisville...Griffey will manage his third season at Bakersfield and Kelly his third at Billings.
Ronnie Ortegon - Hitting Coordinator Stats/Bio
Ronnie Ortegon begins his seventh season with the Reds organization. He came to the Reds following a 2-year stint as a coach for the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate in Frisco (2005-06). Prior to his role with the Texas, Ortegon served 3 seasons with the Philadelphia organization. He made his professional coaching debut in 2002 as manager of Batavia of the New York-Penn League. Ortegon was a coach for Double-A Reading in 2003 and for the Rookie GCL Phillies in 2004. He was the head baseball coach at Forney (TX) High School for 8 years. In 1989 and 1990 Ronnie played professionally as an infielder in the Angels organization. Ortegon, 46, resides in Dallas, Texas.
Opportunistic Bengals storm back
Leon Hall did not have to do much besides turn and wait for Nick Foles’ painfully underthrown pass to land in his hands. It was as uncomplicated an interception as you’ll see, and yet it may go down as one of the most important plays during this Cincinnati Bengals season.
Wow.....a new plan for UC?
UC, UConn talk of new all-sports league, could leverage ACC offer
Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News
Sources close to the discussions told Sporting News on Friday that one possibility to give the Bearcats and Huskies a home, which is at the early stages of discussion, would be a cross-continent all-sports league involving disenfranchised members of the Big East as well as the most prominent members of the Mountain West.
The proposed entrants would be UConn, Cincinnati, South Florida, Memphis, Temple, Boise State, San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico and possibly BYU or Central Florida. Such a league would include football programs that are comparable and competitive, as well as extraordinary basketball featuring eight teams that reached the NCAA Tournament last season. NBC Sports Network is likely to be approached to gauge its interest in such a property.
6:05, Sports Talk
Rick Walls, Reds HOF, brick campaign, 6:33
Chris Mack, XU, 7:05
Jack Hannahan, Reds 3B, 7:33
Big East implosion: impact on UC, XU
Short week+road+prime time.........win
A win is a win...right? No style points or BCS computers
In control of own destiny with 2 games to go
Had been 16-57 when trailing at half under Marvin.
Seemed like they should have been up by a lot more early, and they
should have been down a lot more by halftime.
2nd quarter was hideous
Had been outscored 77-43 in 3rd quarter going in, outscored Eagles 14-0
Concerns: Not exactly peaking, lack killer/put away instinct/ability,
Whit's concussion, Pressley injury
Still can't believe 71-second sequence when Eagles fumbled a run play,
a pass play and then a kickoff
Penalties: 11 more for 94 yards..lack of discipline from Adam J and
Dunlap. 27 penalties last 3 games.
Went through a horrific 7 drive stretch from 2nd quarter into 3rd: 4
three and out punts, 2 turnovers and took a knee
Wow, how poor was the OL? Looking like playing at a different speed
than Eagles DL
Andy seems to make a ton of throws that should be picked off
NFL Network stat: Dalton/Green have more catches and yards than any
NFL duo in 1st years together...2nd in TD (Marino/Clayton)
BJGE goes over 100 for game (4 last 5) and over 1,000 for season
ESPN stat: BJGE has 6 runs 20+ yards last 5 games, had 6 in previous 62 games
Love the TE screen, wish they'd do it more often
Leon Hall's pick turned the game, his 1st since injury last year vs Steelers
Two HUGE stops at 3 and 1 yard lines to force FG
Continue to love Wallace Gilberry
Nice strip by Dunlap and recovery by Peko
Burfict can simply be dominant
How about Boom Herron?
I just don't get Tate and the continued acceptance of his poor decisions.
What they are saying
Video: Marvin's post-game speech
Video: Boom Herron blocks Eagle into punt
Jamison Hensley, ESPN The Bengals didn't win this game. They leave with a victory because they were lucky enough to run into a team that played sloppier than they did. This was was an early holiday present from a dysfunctional Eagles team.
NFL.com: The Cincinnati Bengals didn't look ready for prime time, much less the playoffs on Thursday night. And it really didn't matter during a 34-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dan Hoard: Bengals ditch script, dump Eagles
The700Level.com: This was the definition of giving a game away. Every single point the Cincinnati Bengals scored in a 34-13 win against the Eagles was the direct result of a hilariously unacceptable mistake – and the act went on just one minute into the game
ESPN: What it means: Capitalizing on five Eagles turnovers, the Bengals improved to 8-6 and moved a half-game ahead of the Steelers (7-6) for the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. This also ended a nine-game losing streak in prime time for the Bengals. Cincinnati is now 5-2 on the road and secured back-to-back winning road records for the first time since 1975-76. The Bengals won for the fifth time in six games.
Joe Reedy: This was an extremely ugly game but the Bengals were able to take advantage of turnovers and found a way to seize momentum in the second half. However, if they have a 15-minute stretch in Pittsburgh like they did against the Eagles, they won’t have a chance to come back.
AJ Green juggles
Big East winners and losers
Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News
The Bearcats have a big market, a football program with four league titles in five years, a basketball program with six Final Fours, two NCAA titles, a fresh Sweet 16 appearance and a No. 11 national ranking — and now they have no viable home.
Butler and Dayton likely will be invited to join the Big East Seven in a new league, but it’s certain the Musketeers will get the call. Of all potential candidates, Xavier’s success has been the most consistent over the years, its facilities are the freshest and it has built something of a national brand.
The Musketeers have lost more than a few top recruits over the years because someone — the player, a family member, perhaps even a friend of the prospect — balked at the notion of that young man competing in the Atlantic 10. Especially if these schools can maintain the Big East name, Xavier won’t face that problem as often.
Seven schools agree to leave Big East
It's unknown who would keep the Big East name. The conference name typically stays with the members that remain in a league. However, the seven schools could argue the name should go with them because four of the seven Catholic schools (Georgetown, Providence, St. John's and Seton Hall) were founding members in 1979.
Big East Catholic memebers to leave
At this point, the Big East for 2013 would include holdovers UConn and Cincinnati, plus new all-sports additions Houston, SMU, Memphis, Temple, Central Florida and South Florida. Boise State and San Diego State agreed to join the Big East as football-only members in 2013. Rutgers and Louisville, departing for the Big Ten and ACC, respectively, are not supposed to join their new leagues until 2014, though the current instability could help them go earlier.
No sympathy for Big East
The football schools could have showed backbone. They could have forged ahead united, taken Louisville, Cincinnati, USF and when things got crazy in the BCS could have hunted down the likes of Boise State, Utah and TCU. Some of it would have worked. Some of it wouldn't. Some might disagree, but I submit they would have been just as strong as the ACC in football, kept a terrific basketball conference and girded for the changing landscape. They could have hired former Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg instead of Marinatto. They could have fought together formidably. They didn't. Instead one by one, they chose to flee. Almost all of them can sit back today and laugh at the mess they left behind. Not UConn. The music stopped on what used to be the Big East. They are left standing. Alone. Humiliated.
Marquette prepares to leave
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Golden Eagles will join six other former members of the Big East: Georgetown, St. John's, Providence, DePaul, Seton Hall and Villanova. Butler and Xavier could leave the Atlantic 10 to join the new unnamed league.
Creighton, Virginia Commonwealth, Dayton or St. Louis could become the 10th team, or the conference could begin play with 12 teams if three schools vying for the 10th spot are all worthy candidates.
Tuberville names Gran offfensive coordinator
"I'm pleased and excited Eddie has agreed to join us here in Cincinnati," Tuberville said. "We have a lot of history together and have won a lot of football games at Auburn and Mississippi. He's has proven himself to be a great coach and outstanding recruiter. He knows this area well from his previous coaching stop here so it was a natural fit."
Tuberville could not have done a worse job at Tech
Dallas Morning News
Sherrington: “Tommy Tuberville, who I thought was a great hire, did nothing to heal that rift. He only made it wider. He couldn’t have done a worse job not so much from a standpoint of what they did on the field but because of his actions of the field and the way he conducted himself and his sniping at West Texas and Lubbock and the whole atmosphere out there. It was like you didn’t know this coming in. I think that was a real problem.”
Former Xavier golfer wins on NGA Tour
Pope, a former Xavier University standout from Glen Ellyn, Ill., carded a 67 in the final round to best Joe Affrunti, Chris Ross, Sam Ryder and Lanto Griffin by a single shot en route to his first NGA TOUR victory.
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