Sports Outside the Beltway

JJT Nails it Again (Dallas Cowboys)

I noted the other day over at my place that the DMN‘s Jean-Jaques Taylor hit the nail on the head in regards to the Cowboys’ disastrous season. He does so again in a column today regarding Wade Phillips’ claims that he is going to “change.” The whole piece is worth a read (if this is an issue that is of interest to you), but the last two paragraphs sum it up:

These days, though, Phillips wants you to believe he’s ready to embrace change. Frankly, the fact he’s willing to make substantial changes is the biggest indication that Jerry should’ve fired him.

It’s obvious the owner believes this team needs a different approach. It’s foolish to think Phillips can provide it.

Indeed. If Wade acknowledges that “change” is needed, what does that say about the way he has coached this team for the last two years?


Update: Tuberville Resigned


WSFA 12 News has confirmed through a person close to Tuberville that the coach resigned and was not fired.

The University will still honor Tuberville’s buyout clause and he will receive his $6 million severance package.

Of course, if they are honoring the buyout, one has to wonder if the resignation wasn’t a negotiated one…


Auburn Fires Tuberville

I just received a news alert from WSFA in Montgomery, AL stating that Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville has been fired.

I am not an Auburn fan, but rather just an observers of the world of Alabama college sports. This strikes me as a horrible move, given that he has really only had one bad season (i.e., this one).

Here are the basics: Report: Auburn Fires Tuberville

Tubberville was 85-40 in his decade with Auburn, including a 13-0 season in 2004 when the Tigers finished No. 2 in the nation.

But Auburn went 5-7 this year and was routed 36-0 by rival Alabama, currently ranked No. 1.

Apparently no official word from Auburn as yet, just a report out of the Birmingham News


CB Glenn Cut

Via the FST: Cornerback Glenn doesn’t make cut

Cornerback Aaron Glenn, 35, was among 22 players released as the team trimmed its roster to the mandatory 53-player limit.

A mild surprise. Given his age and the fact that reports from camp were that he had lost a step or two, I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise at all. Still, the assumption was that he could play nickel, and given the questions about Newman’s foot, one would have thought the Boys would need all the help at DB it could get.


Appalachian State Upsets Michican!

The Mountaineers bested the Wolverines 34 to 32, which means that Michigan’s season is largely over before it started.



HGH and the NFL

Are we on the cusp of a big story about HGH and the NFL? First Tim Couch admitted to using the substance in the past and now these two stories today:

It makes one wonder what is coming next.


Reid Sons in Trouble

Details here.

This is a very sad situation.


VY to the Pro Bowl

Bevo Sports reports: Vince Young to the Pro Bowl.

Yet more salt in the wounds of Houston Texan fans, I guess.

At any rate, VY is getting in because Philip Rivers is hurt and is bowing out and Steve McNair declined the invitation to allow Vince the slot (so reports

The protege is going to the Pro Bowl because of his mentor. Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Vince Young has been named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad as an alternate because Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair, his close friend, opted to let the rookie go in his place.

McNair was the second alternate quarterback up, but contacted Young, the third alternate, and decided to pass up his fourth Pro Bowl appearance.

The NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year takes injured San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers’ spot after Tom Brady decided to withdraw to play in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament.

Granted, it took Rivers’ injury, Brady’s withdrawal and McNair’s graciousness to get Vince to Hawaii, but it’s still pretty cool for a rookie who only started part of the season.

[Cross-posted to PoliBlog’s Deportes]


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