The Sixers Are Going on a Second Date with These Four Coaching Candidates

The Sixers Are Going on a Second Date with These Four Coaching Candidates

Look, you know how it is. You move to a new town, you're trying to find a place, get settled in at work, meet some new people, your mom -- who in this case may be Rhea Hughes -- keeps asking when you're going to meet somebody...

But so far, Sam Hinkie has seemed rather content to host the NBA version of The Bachelor, where he just keeps checking to see if everyone is here for the "right reasons." Four assistant coaches just got roses for next week's show.

Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday night that the Sixers are calling back the following candidates for second meetings this week in New York:

Four assistant coaches – Atlanta's Kenny Atkinson, San Antonio's Brett Brown, Chicago's Adrian Griffin and Boston's Jay Larranaga – are scheduled to meet with, Sixers managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, among other team officials, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Another assistant coach, Portland's David Vanterpool, is still a possible candidate to join the group in New York, sources said.

Michael Curry, a holdover on the staff of ex-head coach Doug Collins, is considered a candidate for the job too.

Poor Michel Curry, getting the perpetual "Oh yeah, he's still a candidate, too! *shifty eyes*" treatment or perhaps the eventual "Hah! We were going to hire him all along, you punks should have listened to Marc Stein!" treatment.

For what it's worth, PBT seems really into Larranaga -- Doc Rivers' former assistant and the son of University of Miami head coach Jim.

Of course, they once again make the reasonable point that if the Sixers are looking to hire a semi-under-the-radar assistant, and they're the only ones with a head coaching vacancy, then they have no reason not to take as long as they want in the process.

That said, I think some commenters yesterday were trying to resurrect Frank Sinatra and get him to take the job, which, frankly, we should all be on board with, especially after the team went out and hired those in-arena lighting consultants.

Plus, when they get down 40 next season, and Kwame's about to come in off the bench, we just hand Ol' Blue Eyes a microphone right in the middle of the game and...

Now that, Adam Aron, is how you improve the in-game experience.

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

WACO, Texas -- New Baylor coach Matt Rhule has made some immediate Texas connections by hiring the president of the state's high school coaches who is a former Bears receiver.

Rhule announced his first five hires with the Bears on Friday, three days after being named Baylor's coach. They include four members from his staff at Temple and David Wetzel, the head coach and athletic director the past 13 seasons at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio.

Sean Padden will serve as Baylor's director of football operations, similar to his role at Temple the past four years.

Rhule didn't immediately announce the titles and job duties for Wetzel, Francis Brown, Mike Siravo and Evan Cooper. There was also no indication of when the rest of his staff would be completed.

Brown and Siravo were defensive assistants at Temple, and Cooper was director of player personnel for the Owls.

Wetzel, who has coached in the state high school ranks for 25 years, was serving as president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association. He lettered at Baylor in 1990 and 1991 while playing for Grant Teaff, and also earned a master's degree from the school in 1994. Before Reagan, he was head coach at schools in Killeen and Austin.

Wetzel told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he expects to play a major role in recruiting, but didn't know yet if he'd be coaching offense or defense.

"Given the opportunity, it's really a unique deal," Wetzel told the newspaper. "I feel like it's God's timing for me to be in the right place at the right time."

When Rhule was introduced Wednesday in Waco, he said he had already received about 480 text messages, many from coaches. He also didn't rule out the possibility of some of the current Baylor assistants staying, but said he hadn't had a chance to meet with them. Those assistants were retained from former coach Art Briles' staff with Jim Grobe as acting head coach this season.

Note
Baylor announced Friday that Jalen Pitre, a defensive back from Stafford, Texas, signed a financial aid agreement that will allow him to enroll for the spring 2017 semester after graduating from high school early. Before Rhule was hired, Pitre was the only player verbally committed for Baylor's recruiting class in February. He had 83 tackles, six interceptions and four forced fumbles as a senior.

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham didn't support any charity with his cleats last Sunday.

In reality, he was funding the NFL.

The Eagles' receiver was fined $6,076 by the NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats (Kanye West's shoes), which had no affiliation to a charitable organization or cause, CSNPhilly.com has confirmed. Players around the NFL last weekend wore decorative spikes supporting a charity or cause they felt passionately about as part of the league's My Cleats, My Cause promotion. Green-Beckham was fined because his cleats were unapproved by the league; earlier this season Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins was fined for wearing Yeezy cleats. 

Green-Beckham told NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks he was supporting the "Yeezy Foundation." ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the fine on Friday. 

Bradham fined for tackle
Speaking of fines, Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was hit with a $18,231 fine for his horse-collar tackle last Sunday on Bengals running back Jeremy Hill in the third quarter.

The first-year Eagle finished the game with five total tackles and a forced fumble.