Freddie Kitchens Named Browns Head Coach

browns logoFormer Alabama two-sport star Freddie Kitchens was named the head football coach of the Cleveland Browns earlier this week. Kitchens played football and baseball of for the Crimson Tide form 1993-97.

Kitchens has previously coached at Glenville State, LSU, North Texas, Miss. State in the college ranks and Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals on the NFL. He has worked for Rich Rodriguez, Nick Saban, Sylvester Croom, Bill Parcells and Bruce Arians in his career. Kitchens and New York Jets head coach Adam Gase were both graduate assistant coaches at LSU under Nick Saban in 2000. Continue reading “Freddie Kitchens Named Browns Head Coach”

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East Carolina Picked to Win American Athletic Conference

american athletic conferenceAfter winning its second American Athletic Conference baseball title in 2018, ECU was chosen as the 2019 favorite by the league’s nine coaches in the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll.

The 2018 American Player of the Year, ECU junior outfielder Bryant Packard, was voted as the conference’s 2019 Preseason Player of the Year, while UConn’s All-America southpaw Mason Feole was unanimously tabbed as The American’s Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Both players earned spots on the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster. Continue reading “East Carolina Picked to Win American Athletic Conference”

St. John’s Tabbed to Win Big East Baseball Championship

big east baseball logoThe reigning BIG EAST regular season and tournament champions, St. John’s, was picked unanimously as the preseason favorite to win the league in the annual December poll conducted by the league’s seven head coaches. The Red Storm won the BIG EAST Championship for a league-best ninth time last season.

Along with the poll, the coaches selected Xavier junior designated hitter Conor Grammes and Creighton junior outfielder Will Robertson as the Co-Preseason Players of the Year; and Seton Hall junior right-hander Ricky DeVito as the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

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Jets upset Colts in Super Bowl III

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This past Saturday (Jan. 12) was the 50th anniversary of the New York Jets win over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. You know, the game where the flamboyant Jets QB Joe Namath guaranteed a Jets win!

That was not the only time Namath went out on a limb. I learned about another one in my history classes at Alabama. Continue reading “Jets upset Colts in Super Bowl III”

Championship Weekend

2019 CFP LogoThe 2018 college football season winds down with 10 conference championship games on the docket. The ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC all decided conference champions this weekend. The American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt all decided league champions this weekend.

A total of 11 AP Top 25 teams are playing on Championship Weekend. A total of five championship games feature both teams ranked in AP Top 25. The Big 12 and SEC Championship games put Top 10 teams. ACC Coastal Division champion Pittsburgh is only unranked Power 5 team playing in a championship game. The Mountain West Conference is the only non-Power 5 Conference championship with two ranked teams.

Here are capsules for all 10 conference championship games.
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The Vet: So much rich Mississippi history

Mississippi Memorial StadiumMississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium has a long, rich history of college football. The stadium has hosted home games for Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Jackson State over the years. Also, some key SWAC games were played, especially in the days of Mississippi Valley State’s Willie Toten and Jerry Rice, Alcorn State’s Steve McNair and Jackson State’s Walter Payton.

via The Vet: So much rich Mississippi history | Mississippi Today

2018 AHSAA Quarterfinal Pairings

Super 7 LogoHere are the 2018 Alabama High School Athletic Association state playoff quarterfinal pairings. All games will be played on Friday, Nov. 24. The Class 7A playoffs are in the semifinal round, with the winners advancing to the 2018 Super Seven at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Continue reading “2018 AHSAA Quarterfinal Pairings”