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Kentucky loses out on five-star C and son of an NBA legend in latest commitment

The son of NBA legend Manute Bol has officially made his commitment. Bol Bol is headed to play for Oregon just a little north of where he plays his high school ball in California.

2018 California Supreme F Bol Bol (@bolmanutebol) has committed to Oregon #FightingDucks #PAC12 @CalSupremeBball — D1 Circuit (@D1Circuit) November 20, 2017

The 7-foot-2, 220-pound center out of California is headed north and he actually chose the Ducks over the likes of Kentucky who was in his top two with Oregon. The Mater Dei High School standout is ranked as the No. 4 recruit in the country for the class of 2018 and the top center according to ESPN.

One of the top candidates for open Pac-12 job responds to rumors about him taking it

Oregon State’s head coaching job has been open for much of the season as former coach Gary Anderson and the school decided to part ways. One of the names mentioned to replace Anderson has been current Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall and he has been mentioned as a “person of interest” in the search. However, he would appear to have no interest in the job as he responded to those reports on Monday:

Here's Bronco Mendenhall's full answer when asked about the Oregon State job, which he interviewed for the last time it was open. Mendenhall is an OSU alum. (about 23 minutes in) — Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) November 20, 2017

When asked about potentially being contacted after the bowl game for UVA, here was Mendenhall’s answer:

That I’m not interested. That job came open a number of years ago and there will be rumors that are accurate that I was a finalist or on the shirt list. I was contacted, and so I’ve moved on since then. This is exactly where I want to be. It’s just getting fun. We’re just starting to do some cool stuff. I haven’t seen this to fruition yet or even close and I’m anxious and excited to do that.”

He sounds like he’s enjoying the Virginia job a lot and that he expects the Cavaliers to start getting better under his watch as well. It’s a good job for anyone looking to make a program their own and build it up as even a semi-contender in the ACC.

There’s one coaching scenario that reportedly ‘won’t happen’ with Jim Harbaugh any time soon

On Saturday, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit took to the air on College GameDay and unearthed the notion that Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh could potentially be looking to flee Ann Arbor after just three seasons. Hours later, the Wolverines imploded on the way to a double-digit loss in Madison at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers and, if anything, that performance did nothing to quiet the whispers that the former 49ers coach could head back to the NFL in the near future.

However, Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report indicated on Monday that a source tells him that “won’t happen.”

Source close to Jim Harbaugh: "Don't even start that NFL talk. Won't happen." Meaning Harbaugh won't be returning to NFL anytime soon. — mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) November 19, 2017

Michigan supporters have been (predictably) yelling this kind of stance for quite some time, but there is different weight when it arrives from a respected NFL voice like Freeman. Harbaugh would, of course, be in high demand at the NFL level given his past success, but his decision to return to his alma mater to engineer something of a rebuild seemingly remains fresh.

Beyond all of the external hype, the 2018 season was always viewed as “the one” for Michigan under Harbaugh’s watch, as the 2017 roster was gutted by defections to the NFL and the quarterback position was always in flux. If things don’t come together next year in Ann Arbor, the whispers could turn to screams but, for now, it appears Harbaugh will be staying put.

Jerry Jones names exactly what he wants from Roger Goodell in their ongoing feud

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants one thing to stem from his ongoing battle with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — “accountability.”

“To sum it all up, what I want of all is I want accountability, more accountability [from the Commissioner],” Jones told media members after Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, via Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News . “I want unprecedented accountability to the ownership. That simple.”

Jones and the rest of the league’s owners voted in order to have the Compensation Committee decide on the salary for Goodell’s next contract.

The Cowboys owner criticism of the commissioner followed the league’s final punishment of starting running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is currently serving a six-game suspension for an alleged role in a domestic violence incident with an ex-girlfriend, despite having not been punished by police, although Jones has denied that his disdain has anything to do with Elliott’s suspension.

“It’s unfortunate that motives are being pressed: ‘It’s all about Zeke. It’s all about that,’ which questions your motive, but Zeke is done. Zeke is over,” Jones said. “But some of the things that make that happen are still around.”

A recent report by ESPN claims that Jones threatened Goodell after the handling of Elliott’s case, comparing himself to New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft and his handling quarterback Tom Brady’s suspension for his alleged role in the infamous “Deflategate” incident.

“If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard, Bob Kraft is a p—y compared to what I’m going to do.”

It’s worth noting that the Cowboys are 0-2 since Elliott began serving his suspension, which is sure to keep Goodell in Jones’ crosshairs.

AP Poll Week 3: Kentucky slides after Champions Classic loss

The AP Poll for week 3 has been released and there is a little bit of movement. Thanks to a great double header at the Champions Classic, we were given two phenomenal games featuring top 10 teams in Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and Kentucky. Duke beat Michigan State while Kansas beat Kentucky and that has caused both the losers to drop some spots in the poll this week. Most of the rest of it is unchanged with the biggest mover being Alabama getting into the rankings after being previously unranked.

1. Duke 2. Arizona 3. Kansas 4. Michigan State 5. Villanova 6. Wichita State 7. Florida 8. Kentucky 9. North Carolina 10. USC 11. Miami 12. Cincinnati 13. Notre Dame 14. Minnesota 15. Xavier 16. Texas A&M 17. Gonzaga 18. Purdue 19. Louisville 20. Seton Hall 21. Saint Mary’s 22. Baylor 23. West Virginia 23. UCLA 25. Alabama

Terry Glenn, former NFL wide receiver, dies in car wreck

Former New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terry Glenn has passed away at age 43, according to reports.

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Sports Illustrated reported Monday morning Glenn was killed in a crash in Irving, Texas. He is survived by a fiancee, according to fellow former Dallas Cowboys star Tony Casillas.

Glenn was the No. 7 overall pick by the Patriots at the 1996 NFL Draft after playing collegiate football at Ohio State. He made an immediate impact in New England, catching 90 passes for 1,132 yards and six touchdowns in his rookie season.

He went on to play six seasons with the Patriots, making his first and only Pro Bowl in 1999. After spending a single season with the Packers, he finished his career by spending five seasons with the Cowboys.

Glenn had two more 1,000-yard seasons with the Cowboys, bringing his career total to four. A knee injury ended his career, and he was officially released in the summer of 2008.

He was a member of two AFC Championship squads with the Patriots and also caught Tom Brady’s first touchdown pass. However, he only played in four games during that 2001 season and never got a ring.

Glenn is survived by his fiancee and three children.

Boston25News contributed to this report.

Ole Miss player opting to transfer after reportedly being misled by the school

Ole Miss safety Deontay Anderson has reportedly filed paperwork to request a full release from his scholarship and plans to transfer away from the program, according to USA Today‘s Dan Wolken.

Anderson claims he was misled by the program about its investigation status, as well as the termination of former head coach Hugh Freeze.

The former four-star prospect, who famously announced his commitment while skydiving, hopes to be eligible at another FBS program next season based on his plea with the NCAA, rather than sit out a full season, which is likely given his situation with the Rebels.

Anderson redshirted during the entire 2017 season, which makes his case even more likely to be granted.

Ole Miss imposed a voluntary postseason ban in 2017 — which eliminates any potential bowl berth with a sixth win in Thursday’s Egg Bowl game against Mississippi State — in order to possibly receive a much less serious punishment from the NCAA as it continues to place sanctions on the football program.

Freeze resigned just before the 2017 season. Phone records that were obtained during a defamation lawsuit by former Rebels coach Houston Nutt revealed that Freeze contacted a female escort service, which coincided with the NCAA’s ongoing investigation of the program, leading to his termination.

Former BCS rating says Alabama now has the weakest strength of schedule among Playoff contenders

Only three Power-5 teams remain with unblemished records in 2017 and the Alabama Crimson Tide act as the headliner of a group that also includes Wisconsin and Miami. By nature of the Tide’s affiliation with the SEC and its extensive history of success, Alabama has earned the benefit of the doubt as a largely unquestioned No. 1 team in the country this season but, at least according to one advanced rating system, the Crimson Tide have navigated a schedule that isn’t exactly impressive.

Jeff Sagarin of USA Today operates a system that was once part of the BCS mix and, after this week’s schedule of events, Alabama’s schedule now ranks at just No. 63 overall nationally. That isn’t a shock considering the way that Florida State (Alabama’s headliner in non-conference play) has fallen apart, but the presence of Mercer on the schedule did not help things this week.

In fact, the Sagarin Ratings now indicate that Alabama has the easiest schedule of any College Football Playoff contender and the path for Nick Saban’s team rates as the easiest of any top-25 program outside of the undefeated UCF squad led by Scott Frost. Of course, not every system rates Alabama’s schedule this poorly but, before the Crimson Tide face Auburn on the road in the Iron Bowl, the resume of wins doesn’t scream as particularly impressive.

Context matters and Alabama is a very, very good football team. With that said, the Crimson Tide’s profile becomes a lot shakier should they lose to Auburn, especially without the presence of top-tier wins elsewhere on the schedule.

Broncos pull the trigger and fire one of their coaches midway through the season

The Denver Broncos produced an encouraging start to the 2017 season, riding their strong defense to a 3-1 record. Since that time, though, the wheels have careened off the wagon for head coach Vance Joseph and company, as the Broncos have lost six consecutive games while averaging only 14.1 points per contest.

As of Monday morning, it appears that offensive swoon was enough to cost offensive coordinator Mike McCoy his job.

Source: The #Broncos have fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 20, 2017

It is probably unfair to place the lion’s share of blame on McCoy’s shoulders, especially given the fact that Denver’s quarterback situation is unsettled. Trevor Siemian entered the season as the entrenched starter before falling apart and, since then, Brock Osweiler has taken the reins to mixed success.

The Broncos do have quite a few talented skill players, headlined by Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, but the offense certainly does not look the part of a legitimate contender at the moment. It will be interesting to see what the reaction will be to McCoy’s firing across the league but, as of now, Denver will have a new voice captaining its offense. It remains to be seen as to whether anyone wearing a headset can override the damage done by faulty quarterback play at the highest level of the sport.

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