Draft - Football Wiretap
Glanville Ready To Run Portland State
Jerry Glanville is ready to run another football team. This time, the former NFL coach is set to take over at Portland State. Glanville, who led the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons, will be introduced by the Division I-AA school at a news conference Wednesday night. He had been Hawaii's defensive coordinator for two years.
Johnson Runs 4.35 40-Yard Dash
Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson solidified his position as one of the top prospects for the NFL Draft when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds on Sunday at the RCA Dome. Johnson, going against the advice of his agent, decided to run. He didn't participate in the pass catching drills. A sub 4-4, time is considered elite by NFL scouts.
Cal's Lynch Expects Questions About Assault Accusation
Marshawn Lynch doesn't expect a recent assault accusation to affect his draft stock. The Cal running back was accused of punching, slapping and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend in December. He maintained his innocence from the beginning, and was never arrested or charged. He feels he shouldn't have to answer questions about it this week at the NFL Scouting Combine, but said he'll gladly do so. "I'll tell them the truth," he said. "It's probably not fair, but it's something they want to know about. I've got nothing to hide."
Russell, Quinn Ready For Race To Be NFL's Top Pick
Brady Quinn isn't ready to admit defeat in the race to be the top pick in the NFL draft. Seven weeks since JaMarcus Russell shot up the draft chart after beating Quinn in the Sugar Bowl, Quinn delivered his first major rebuttal in the competition to be selected first overall in April. "I'd tell them I'm the most prepared collegiate player in the draft," Quinn said Friday at the annual NFL scouting combine. "There's not one other player in college that's had the coaching I've had in the last two years, and I feel I'm the best leader." Now it's up to the NFL scouts and coaches to make their judgments.
NCAA Proposes Rolling Back Some Football Rule Changes
An NCAA committee has proposed rolling back some football rules that were enacted last season to shorten games after coaches complained the changes were unfair. The football rules committee, meeting Wednesday in Albuquerque, N.M., recommended going back to starting the clock on the snap after a change of possession instead of when the referee signals the ball ready for play. It also suggested starting the clock on kickoffs after the ball is touched by the receiving team rather than when it is kicked. "We feel the changes in 2007 are going to restore plays and are going to provide action for the players and fans, but at the same time we're going to diminish the dead time involved in the management of games," said Michael Clark, chair of the committee and head coach at Bridgewater College.
Charlie Weis Claims Malpractice In Surgery
The lawyer for Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said Tuesday that doctors failed to recognize life-threatening complications after Weis' gastric bypass surgery, allowing him to bleed internally for more than a day. Weis' lawyer, Michael Mone, made his comments at the start of the coach's malpractice trial. Weis had the surgery in June 2002 while he was an assistant coach for the Patriots after battling obesity for years. He weighed about 350 pounds at the time. Weis alleges in the lawsuit that Massachusetts General Hospital physicians Charles Ferguson and Richard Hodin acted negligently and left Weis so close to death that he received the sacrament of last rites. He was in a coma for two weeks. The doctors maintain they did nothing wrong.
Wisconsin Gives Bielema Five-Year Extension
Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema was rewarded for his highly successful first season with a new five-year, $7.5 million contract. The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved an amended contract that will increase Bielema's salary from $750,000 to $1.3 million this year. Bielema, who guided the Badgers to a 12-1 record after taking over from Barry Alvarez, will be guaranteed a $100,000 salary increase every year under the deal. The contract will run through Jan. 31, 2012.
Florida Wins Recruiting Crown
Florida won the recruiting crown in nearly as dominating fashion as the national championship. The Gators capitalized on last month's national title win over Ohio State and down years from Sunshine State rivals Florida State and Miami to bring in the top recruiting class in the country Wednesday. "No one is even that close to them," recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CSTV said. "They got help everywhere. In the past 10 years, this has to rank right at the top in recruiting classes. Every position is absolutely loaded." The Gators also were picked as the top class by SuperPrep, Rivals.com and National Blue Chips, beating out USC, SEC rivals Tennessee and LSU, and Texas.
Report: Top Recruit Picks USC
USC coach Pete Carroll apparently has landed the next Reggie Bush. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Wednesday on its web site that Joe McKnight, the country's No. 2 recruit, signed a letter of intent with USC. According to the report, McKnight announced his decision Wednesday morning during a ceremony at John Curtis Christian High School. The speedy 6-1 running back reportedly chose USC over Louisiana State and Ole Miss. USC has not yet confirmed the report. The Trojans officially will unveil their 2007 recruiting class at 7 p.m. EST on Wednesday.