We don’t have anything against college coaches per se. Hell,
I honestly believe Penn State’s Bill O’Brien very well might be the best
football coach without an NFL head job in all the land. That said, I couldn’t
be more ecstatic about Friday night’s news that the Eagles will no longer pursue any head coaching candidates from within the collegiate ranks.
This of course comes on the heels of the announcement that
Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly will remain at the university rather that pursue a pro
job, a development that was not entirely unexpected. As soon as it became
apparent however, the organization released the following statement:
“There is no question we spent a considerable amount of time
and effort looking at who we thought were the best collegiate candidates for
our head coaching job,” the statement read.
“We did so knowing that there was a remote chance that these coaches would
leave their current posts. We understood that going into the process, but we
wanted to leave no stone unturned while trying to find the best head coach for
the Philadelphia Eagles.
“We have no regrets about the effort we made in that direction and we will
continue to proceed as planned in our search.”
Kelly was the third college coach to interview for the
Philly vacancy after O’Brien and Oregon’s Chip Kelly, and fourth to garner
consideration along with Syracuse’s Doug Marrone, who joined the Buffalo Bills.
The Eagles have already interviewed at least five additional candidates – including
Seattle’s Gus Bradley on Saturday according to reports – and have meetings
scheduled with two more NFL assistants early this week.
But as for Brian Kelly and Chip Kelly, two coaches with
absolutely zero pro experience who were both at one time reported favorites for
the position, I can’t say I feel as if the Eagles lost out on anything. That’s not to
say great coaches can't be discovered in the college ranks, but I’d just as
soon be safe and take somebody with more relevant experience.
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After skating to their best record in four years, the Philadelphia Flyers quelled the notion that they would show the growing pains of a rebuilding franchise in 2016. A playoff berth in Dave Hakstol’s first year as head coach brought about the emergence of a new noisemaker in the crowded Metropolitan division, one that stretched the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington Capitals to six games in the Quarterfinals.
The Flyers will look to build on the success of last season by relying more on budding players Shane Gostisbehere and Ivan Provanov while veterans Claude Giroux, Mark Streit and Boyd Gordon all look to lead the team back to another postseason. And while excitement continues to build in Philadelphia, fans can find comfort in the fact that Flyers tickets on the secondary market are the least expensive they’ve been this decade.
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MIAMI — Scratch that January timetable for Ben Simmons, at least for now.
Sixers coach Brett Brown said on Friday night that he “misspoke” earlier in the day when he said that Simmons, the NBA’s No. 1 overall draft pick for 2016, is on schedule to return from foot surgery in January.
This had been the first time the Sixers put a timetable on the return of Simmons, who rolled his ankle when he landed on the foot of another player during an intra-squad scrimmage on Sept. 30.
On Friday night, before the Sixers played the Miami Heat, Brown said he misspoke on Simmons because he was “just getting excited about when he might be able to come back. There were so many dates and speculation that as a coach you sort of hear what you want to hear at times.
“I did mention a January hopeful return, and that was premature. That was a coach doing a lot more wishing than receiving instruction.”
Simmons, a 6-10, 240-pounder from Australia, was the national Freshman of the Year last season at LSU and then decided to bolt for the pros after just one collegiate year.
In six NBA summer league games earlier this year, Simmons averaged 10.8 ponits, 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists.
“We will play this out,” Brown said of Simmons. “Everything is on track with his rehab. It’s only been two weeks since the surgery. Over a short period of time, we will be better prepared to give a statement that will map out his future.”