Cotton Bowl 2011, Jim Harbaugh, Mike Tyson, and Friday's Top Stories
Cotton Bowl 2011 is here, and many are saying it could be Les Miles' final game as the head coach of the LSU Tigers. With the Michigan job available, is anybody's guess where Miles could end up.
Tyson was recently back in front of TV cameras, but this time, he isn't being arrested. The former boxing champ and ear nibbler is promoting his upcoming TV series with Animal Planet, showcasing his passion for pigeon racing.
Michigan Football is still without a head coach. Reports today say Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh has narrowed his choices down to two destinations: the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL or returning to Stanford.
With Harbaugh off the table, who will replace Rich Rodriguez at Michigan? Many names are being thrown out there, and we will try to cover them all.
All this and more in today's top sports news...
Cotton Bowl 2011 is underway, and both teams have displayed impressive offense. Thus far, Texas A&M leads the way with a touchdown that was the result of solid field position from a strong opening kickoff return.
The Aggies took the ball inside the LSU 40-yard-line to start the game, and capped a short drive with a touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Uzoma Nwachukwu for 6 yards.
In LSU's first drive, a botched long snap to the punter led to a first down, as an Aggie player roughed the punter and gave the Tigers a fresh set of downs. However, after the Tigers drove down inside the Texas A&M 20-yard-line, Jordan Jefferson threw an interception.
It is currently 7-0 Texas A&M, with just under seven minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Some surprising events are already unfolding. No one predicted the Aggies to have a strong showing of special teams, and Tannehill has nearly 40 yards rushing, while he is considered a pocket passer.
Man with the Golden Voice has become one of the most popular searches across the board in the latest news stories on the internet.
Ted Williams, a former homeless man pan-handling in Ohio, has become an overnight celebrity with dozens of job offers and a new house. Williams was discovered on the side of the road by a local newspaper representative. When a video of his amazing announcer voice when viral, Williams began receiving calls to appear on daytime TV shows, which led to job offers and a new house.
Williams has overcome years of substance abuse and attributes his discovery to his faith in God, saying without his trust in the Lord he would have never made it.
The best story in this situation is Williams' reunion with his mother. He could barely hold back tears in an interview with CBS on The Early Show, in which he revealed it had been years since he had seen her. She lives in New York and was reunited with her son the same day.
Harbaugh to 49ers is official, according to ESPN. The Stanford head coach has agreed to a 5-year, $25 million deal to leave collegiate football for the NFL.
The decision comes after days of speculations and rumors surrounding possible destinations for the Orange Bowl-winning front man. Reports had him linked to the University of Michigan, the Miami Dolphins, the San Francisco 49ers, and even returning to Stanford.
Reports this morning said Harbaugh had narrowed it down to the Niners and returning to Stanford, and shortly before 1:30 pm PT, the decision was announced as breaking news on ESPN.
Harbaugh will exit Stanford having turned around a program that won a single game in 2006, to winning the Discover Orange Bowl over Virginia Tech with a 40-12 drubbing. He will enter the NFL with a new project: Taking the 49ers from their 6-10 finish to a division championship and a playoff run.
The good news for Harbaugh? Just finished near .500 next season may be enough to get to the playoffs.
For Les Miles, in less than half an hour he may begin coaching his final game as LSU's head coach. Before Michigan hired Rich Rodriguez, Miles from the leading candidate for the position. Neither Michigan nor Miles has kept as secrets about their desires to make the union complete. If LSU wins tonight, don't expect Miles to be returning to the Bayou.
Cotton Bowl 2011 will feature the No. 11 LSU Tigers against the No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies at 8 pm ET on the FOX Network.
The match-up will pit two potential high draft picks against each other for perhaps one final NFL audition. Linebacker Von Miller will lead Texas A&M's defense against the even more stingy defense of LSU, led by Patrick Peterson.
Peterson is projected as a Top 5 pick, and may be the Tigers' answer to Ryan Tannehill and the Aggies' steady passing attack.
Meanwhile, Von Miller could staying in Texas, if indeed he is selected by the Houston Texans with the 11th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.
It seems both teams have plenty of offensive weapons, and strong defenses. This game is going to be close, but could come down to which defense shows up first. LSU QB Jordan Jefferson will need the game of his life to lead his offense to a win, and the Aggies will need several stops on defense to take this one.
This game will come down to the wire, but ultimately, I have to buck the trend of the analysts and scouts, and say LSU will squeak this one out in the true spirit of unexpected wins that has marked this college post-season.
Cotton Bowl 2011 features two very highly touted defensive standouts, Von Miller for Texas A&M, and Patrick Peterson of LSU. Both players are projected for first round selections, so don't expect the AT&T Cotton Bowl to be a barn burner.
Analysts and experts seem divided on a winner for this one. Many are saying the dynamic offensive attack of Ryan Tannehill and Texas A&M will be too much for LSU. However, LSU features a defense that ranks 11th in the country in points allowed, averaging just over 17 points per page.
LSU's Patrick Peterson is projected to be a Top 5 draft pick, and his knowledge of the field and explosive speed seem very capable of shutting down Tannehill, who came on mid-season to replace injured starter Jerrod Johnson.
Meanwhile, Von Miller is expected to be a mid-first round pick, possibly staying home to be drafted by the Houston Texans with the 11th overall pick. He is a quick linebacker with the ability to blitz or disguise himself in pass coverage in the flat.
This game may come down to which potential draft choice has the better game, and don't expect it to be a high-scoring affair.
Catch the AT&T Cotton Bowl at 8pm ET on the FOX Network
Cotton Bowl 2011 may be the final game for Les Miles as the head coach of the LSU Tigers.
Before Michigan eventually chose Rich Rodriguez as their coach, Miles was the primary target, and nearly ended up in "maize and blue."
Now, with Jim Harbaugh going to the NFL and Rodriguez officially out, the door is open for Miles to make the switch, and rumor has it he is very interested.
LSU will take on Texas A&M in a clash of the SEC and Big 12. LSU's stingy defense will face the Aggies' steady passing attack, and it should be a game of strength-on-strength. As we've seen already in BCS Bowl games, these match-ups can be auditions for coaches to obtain bigger and better things.
Harbaugh's Stanford squad stomped Virginia Tech in the Discover Orange Bowl, and within days it was announced Harbaugh was leaving the Cardinal for a job with the San Francisco 49ers and the NFL. It may be Miles' turn to show what he's made of in hopes that Michigan will once again come calling. If indeed Miles comes to Ann Arbor, former Oregon head honcho Mike Bellotti may find his way to Palo Alto and Stanford, and Mike Leach and Ralph Friedgen would experience increased attention at LSU.
Catch the AT&T Cotton Bowl at 8pm ET on the FOX Network
Cotton Bowl 2011, pitting LSU against Texas A&M, will be one of the most exciting BCS bowls this season, although it will be difficult to top the Rose Bowl, in which TCU beat Wisconsin on a failed two-point conversion attempt.
LSU will be coming in as the favored team, having an impressive 10-2 record while narrowly missing the SEC Championship game. Les Miles has his team ranked 11th in the country, and the Tigers' high-powered defense seems to match up well against Texas A&M's average offense.
Expect this one to be somewhat low-scoring, with both teams starting slow and coming on late.
For the Aggies (9-3), they will enter the contest tied for the best conference record in the Big 12, and owners of a six-game winning streak.
Had it not been for losses to Oklahoma State and Arkansas by a combined 10 points, the Aggies would have participated in a BCS Bowl arguably ranked in the Top 5. Texas A&M features a pass-heavy attack, and that may help them.
Ultimately, it seems LSU's defense is just too strong, surrendering only 17 points per game against a torrid SEC schedule. This game will be close, but it may end up being a solid audition for Les Miles and the Michigan head coaching job.
Catch the AT&T Cotton Bowl at 8pm ET on the FOX Network
NFL Playoff Predictions are running rampant, and one major conspiracy is the possibility of the Steelers getting knocked off in the second round.
While holding the No. 2 seed in the AFC, the Steelers seem to be the weakest team skipping the Wild Card round. When the Steelers open their playoff run, they could be facing the Baltimore Ravens, the very team that was chasing down their lead in the AFC North, and tied them with the same record.
The Ravens split the season series with the Steelers, but both games were close contests, and it seems the Ravens' defense has gotten even more stingy. They only gave up 27 points to the Steelers in two games, and Baltimore seems to have plenty of momentum heading into the post-season.
Joe Flacco and Ray Rice have become a steady partnership of balanced passing paced by solid running. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger has be a question mark for health concerns lately, and the Steelers will need every bit of his potential if they expect to continue in the playoffs.
NFL Playoff Predictions are here, and the Patriots are generating a large amount of the buzz this far.
Owning the best record in the NFL this season, the Patriots have locked in Home Field Advantage, and a bye in the opening round of the playoffs.
Many media reports say New England is stronger than ever. The Pats scored 31 points or more in 11 of their 16 games, including a 42-point win over the Jets, and a 29-point victory over the Bears. They are far and away the front runner in the playoffs, and for good reason.
When the Patriots won three Super Bowls in four seasons from 2001-04, they had a similar dynamic that resembles this season. Deion Branch is back, and it seems he and Brady are picking up right where they left off. Wes Welker has seven touchdowns and close to a thousand yards receiving.
Brady hasn't thrown an interception in a record number of attempts, and it seems nothing will slow them down. The Saints are still strong, but won't be able to put up the points put forth by the Patriots.
The Falcons are rough on the edges, but won't be fading anytime soon. No team in the AFC seems to be able to match up either, and this playoffs might be a runaway victory for the Patriots.
Jim Harbaugh has agreed to a 5-year, $25 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers, according to ESPN. The announcement comes after hours of rumors surrounding the Stanford head coach.
The Cardinal dominated Virginia Tech in a 40-12 victory in the Discover Orange Bowl, and the game was immediately considered a strong audition for an NFL job for Harbaugh, and those speculations were validated this afternoon.
Harbaugh will bring the toughness he demanded at Stanford to the 49ers, who will instantly benefit from his style of caching. The now-former Stanford coach has built a reputation of high standards while maintaining the ability to keep his team together harmoniously.
During his time at Stanford, Harbaugh turned the program completely around, taking them to a BCS bowl game just four years removed from a one-win season (2006).
Harbaugh will have to turn around another team, but this time the 49ers have strong promise and the luxury of playing in the worst division in the NFL.
Jim Harbaugh has agreed to a 5-year, $25 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers, according to ESPN. The announcement officially confirms the worst fears in the minds of Stanford Cardinal faithful.
Just hours after learning their quarterback will be returning for his junior season, Stanford followers have now learned their head coach will be moving on to the NFL.
Harbaugh will likely make an immediate impact in the Bay Area, bringing his NFL playing experience and strong coaching abilities to a franchise on the cusp of returning to past prominence. The 49ers by no means were competitive in 2010, but they do have several key pieces that could form a foundation for victories next season.
Frank Gore is a productive running back, and there is still potential at the QB spot. Alex Smith has yet to live up to his draft hype, and Troy Smith hasn't seen enough playing time to really get a solid grasp of the offense. Other QB candidates will be available, and under the direction of Harbaugh, could be a big turnaround.
The franchise is ready for a Championship, remembering past glories of the Joe Montana and Steve Young eras. Harbaugh could be just that coach to take them to new heights in the weakest division of the NFL.
Jim Harbaugh has agreed to a 5-year, $25 million deal to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, according to ESPN.
The announcement comes in the wake of reports that Harbaugh had narrowed his choices down to two destinations. It was believed Harbaugh would either pick the 49ers, or remain with the Stanford Cardinal.
The new 49ers head coach will replace Mike Singletary, who struggled to unify the team. Harbaugh will bring leadership and tolerance to the program, and his recent successes with Stanford were the perfect audition for the position.
Stanford's impressive blow out victory of Virginia Tech in the Discover Orange Bowl only boosted Harbaugh's resume, and producing a future No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft shows Harbaugh can contribute to any program.
The 49ers now seem to have a lot going for them. They play in the weakest division in the NFL, and just a few tweaks of the offense, coupled with the addition of Harbaugh could be all the franchise needs to return to the prominence they have experienced in the past.
The new era in the Bay Area is drawing instant comparisons to the Joe Montana dynasty in San Francisco, and it appears the time is now for the 49ers to find a QB and make a run.
NFL Playoff Predictions are in full swing, and Atlanta has locked in a first-round bye and the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
However, many are not considering them as the odds-on favorite. The defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints stand in their way. Although the Saints couldn't repeat their 13-3 performance from last season, they have an advantage: They will begin the playoffs as a Wild Card seed, and could face the Falcons in the second round.
The Saints seem to be the toughest challenge for the Falcons, having played them close in both regular season meetings, beating them by a field goal in the second attempt after losing by a field goal in OT the first time around.
It seems the Saints have the momentum, and if the Falcons don't play their best ball, the Saints could knock them out early, after Atlanta finished the regular season with a 13-3 record.
NFL Playoff Predictions are here, and it's time to speculate on the status of Michael Vick and his ability to lead the Eagles in a playoff run.
Vick is still nursing a deep quad contusion that kept him out of most of the Eagles' season finale against the Dallas Cowboys. Vick's back-up, Kevin Kolb, was largely ineffective most of the game, and Vick was brought in, while hobbled, to pick up the pace of the game.
Philadelphia will open the playoffs in the Wild Card round against the Green Bay Packers. As it stands on Friday, the Eagles are actually the underdogs as the NFC East Champs.
The story of Vick's return to football isn't complete, according to analysts and bloggers. Most feel only a strong playoff run would firmly cement Vick back into the NFL, and help bury his past indiscretions.
With Aaron Rodgers returning to start following two concussions, there are doubts the Eagles will make it past this round. He is expected to play, and is listed as probable. Much is up in the air, and much is at stake. The Eagles' fate may depend on the Vick's legs.
Vince Young is going to be traded or let go before the beginning of next season in the NFL. The Tennessee Titans have officially announced their plans to move on without the controversial quarterback.
When Young joins a new team, it will mark the first time all five QBs drafted in Young's class will have moved on from the teams that drafted them.
The Titans seemed to be a great fit when they drafted Young, needed a QB with a strong arm and good scramble abilities to fit in with a fast-paced offense and a mediocre offensive line. However, constant conflicts between Young and head coach Jeff Fisher really strained the situation.
At one point, Young even disappeared without his cell phone when the stress became too much to bare. Now, Young's statements pin most of the blame on Fisher, and the team has had enough.
Teams that could house Young comfortably include the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, and Carolina Panthers. With the Ravens, Young would once again assume the back-up role behind Joe Flacco. He would be another option in different short-yardage situations.
The Smith tandem in San Francisco is not proving successful this far, and it may be time to pull the plug as Jim Harbaugh may be taking over. Harbaugh could handle Young's persona and get more production out of him as a solid leader.
Finally, the Panthers will be missing out on Andrew Luck, as he has elected to return to Stanford, spurning an obvious No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. With Luck out of the picture, it opens a spot in Carolina, one a struggling team will be eager to fill with anyone that shows potential talent.