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The Herm Edwards experiment at Arizona State just took a major blow

Herm Edwards was perhaps one of the most head-scratching hires of the college football silly season.

In fact, Edwards may be one of the most out of the blue — and potentially terrible — coaching hires in a long, long time.

None the less, Arizona State took a shot on Edwards to replace the fired Todd Graham. This despite the fact that Edwards hasn’t coached since the 2008 season when he was the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.  The last time Edwards was a college coach was from 1987 to 1989, when he was defensive backs coach at San Jose State University.

So yeah, it was a head-scratching hire for ASU, and unfortunately for the Sun Devils, the Edwards-era is already off to a tough start.

The Associated Press is reporting that ASU defensive coordinator Phil Bennett won’t be returning to be a part of Edwards’ staff. The reason, per the AP, is both personal and because of health reasons.

Arizona State defensive coordinator Phil Bennett resigns, won't join Herm Edwards' staff https://t.co/qaeK2j8sWT — AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) December 13, 2017

Here’s more info:

Edwards retained the entire offensive staff, including coordinator Billy Napier, and had hoped to keep Bennett after being hired on Dec. 3. The 62-year-old Bennett joined Todd Graham’s staff last season after working five seasons at Baylor. Graham was fired on Nov. 26, and athletic director Ray Anderson said he hoped the new coach would consider retaining at least some of the staff, mentioning Napier and Bennett by name. Edwards said a statement that he wanted Bennett to remain on the staff, but appreciates that he chose not to because of family reasons.

Bennett citing personal reasons is a bit vague, especially considering the criticism of the Edwards hire for ASU, but it is worth noting that the now former Sun Devils defensive coordinator is 62-years old.

That line of thinking holds up until realizing that Edwards himself is 63. He’s spent the past eight years as a football analyst for ESPN, so it’s not like he’s been living a rough and tumble life since then, but one has to wonder just how football-sharp Edwards will be after so many years away from the game.

Plenty of head coaches can get it done in their 60’s, but Edwards has been a talking head for a long time now, and he’s never been a college head coach.

Perhaps Bennett did truly leave for personal and health reasons, or maybe there’s a bit more behind this recent departure for ASU.

ESPN guest analyst Robert Griffin III says he has “interesting offers” on NFL return

Robert Griffin III isn’t currently in the NFL, but the former Offensive Rookie of the Year is still looking for opportunities to play in the NFL again.

Griffin made a guest appearance on ESPN’s NFL Live, and he said he worked out for the Los Angeles Chargers and almost played for the Baltimore Ravens. He also said he had “interesting offers” from other teams around the league, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

On ESPN’s NFL Live, where he is a guest analyst for next two days, QB Robert Griffin III said he worked out for Chargers last summer, almost played for Ravens, and has had “interesting offers” from other teams as well. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 12, 2017

Related: Robert Griffin III makes his case to one playoff hopeful in hopes of NFL return

NFL Live Today at 1:30pm….see you soon @espn pic.twitter.com/X5GmDCSiQ7 — Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 12, 2017

Griffin last appeared with the Cleveland Browns in 2016 where he started in five games, but he was hurt for most of the season. He threw for 886 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, but he was also the last Browns QB to win a game.

Griffin played three seasons with the Washington Redskins, but injuries derailed his tenure after he was the No. 2 overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

There have been several injuries at the quarterback position this season, and it’s still possible that the 27-year-old could find a team in the future.

WWE SmackDown Live results: Daniel Bryan officially getting involved at Clash of Champions

WWE SmackDown Live was broadcast from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 12, 2017 at 8:00PM on the USA Network.

Daniel Bryan will be the 2nd guest referee for Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens at Clash of Champions

Well this is a big deal.

Zayn and Owens were out trying to start the “Yep!” movement, a knockoff of Bryan’s own movement a couple of years ago. They even had flyers and everything!

Bryan wasn’t as amused, as he injected himself into the display and berated the two for trying to make the movement about themselves. At the same time, Bryan still tried to play fair, and announced that he would be the second guest referee — in addition to Shane McMahon — at the Clash of Champion match where Owens and Zayn are fighting for their jobs against Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura.

WWE SmackDown Live main event: Kevin Owens def. (pin) Shinsuke Nakamura (w/ Randy Orton and Sami Zayn ringside)

Daniel Bryan was also on commentary. He spent the match advocating on why he will be a fair ref at Clash of Champions.

Owens and Nakamura were having a good back-and-forth match before Owens clocked the referee with a forearm. Bryan then got up from the commentary desk to take over as referee, where he was notably late to get into the ring to call a Nakamura pin attempt. Owens kicked out at 2, and then some shenanigans ensued with Orton and Zayn getting in the ring.

.@FightOwensFight PINS @ShinsukeN on #SDLive! Will @FightOwensFight and @SamiZayn be victorious at #WWEClash of Champions? @ShinsukeN @WWEDanielBryan @RandyOrton pic.twitter.com/2mTVaeI9jY — WWE (@WWE) December 13, 2017

Eventually Owens hit Nakamura with the pop-up powerbomb, and Bryan counted the three-count for the pin. Commentary openly questioned if Bryan is really out to call the match fairly, or if he really is going to help out Zayn and Owens at Clash of Champions.

Charlotte Flair def. (DQ) Ruby Riott (w/ the Riott Squad)

Short match before the Riott Squad eventually became an issue, along with Natalya, who was ringside doing commentary. Flair tried laying everyone out ringside, but then Natalya hit her from behind to cause the disqualification.

The Riott Squad attempted to incapacitate Charlotte using the ringsteps before a returning Naomi laid out all three members of the faction. The three retreated up the ramp, only to be ambushed again by Carmella, Tamina, and Carmella.

Im back snitches! #RiottSquad #feeltheglow #sdlive pic.twitter.com/1KWVvUrMVK — Trinity Fatu (@NaomiWWE) December 13, 2017 Baron Corbin def. (DQ) Dolph Ziggler

Two straight DQs? What is this, WCW?

Bobby Roode was on commentary for this one, and it took him about a full minute to interfere and lay out both Ziggler and Corbin with the Glorious DDT. Made sense based on what happened last week with Ziggler doing this, but really? We got two disqualifications within the span of about 10 minutes, and that’s not really fun.

Rusev & Aiden English def. (pin) The Usos (Jimmy & Jey)

WHAT???

These two teams had a bit of a confrontation with The New Day and Benjamin & Gable prior to the match, all setting up the fatal four-way tag match at Clash of Champions. The New Day and Benjamin and Gable were all ringside for the match, but surprisingly, no one got involved, as English & Rusev actually got the win on what will prove to be a magnificent Rusev Day.

#TFW It's #RusevDay.#SDLive #WWEClash @RusevBUL @WWEDramaKing pic.twitter.com/ULhJjct1tZ — WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) December 13, 2017 AJ Styles opened the show before being interrupted by the Singh Brothers

Styles was touting his match at Clash of Champions, where he is defending his title against Jinder Mahal. The Singh Brothers interrupted to tell AJ that they were no longer affiliated with Jinder after a beatdown a couple of weeks ago, and “Uncle Allen” invited the Singhs to the ring to hug it out.

They did hug it out… but Styles revealed that he knew the Singhs were still with Jinder during WWE’s tour of India a week ago, and gave the brothers a quick beating in front of Mahal to send one last message before Sunday’s title match.

Best of the rest of WWE SmackDown Live
  • The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan) beat two poor souls called Colin Delaney and Joe Monroe. This included Rowan throwing Delaney OVER THE TOP ROPE FROM OUTSIDE THE RING TO INSIDE.
  • In good news, the Bludgeon Brothers take on the Fashion Police (Breeze & Fandango) at Clash of Champions!
  • Jinder (with the Singh Brothers) attacked AJ backstage late in the show. Guys getting attacked backstage seems to happen a lot in WWE, maybe they should hire some security.
  • Zack Ryder vs. Mojo Rawley was announced for the Clash of Champions kickoff show… yay?
Build to WWE Clash of Champions WWE SmackDown Live results: 12/05/2017 WWE SmackDown Live results: 11/28/2017 WWE SmackDown Live results: 11/21/2017 Fallout from Survivor Series Tweets by WWE

NFL team being sued because of national anthem protests

A season ticket holder of the New Orleans Saints is suing the team due to several players kneeling during the national anthem, according to Chris Calder of the New Orleans Advocate.

Lee Dragna is suing the team for a refund on his tickets and attorney’s fees because he claims the demonstrations that protest police brutality and racial injustice during the national anthem have prevented he and his family from enjoying the games.

Dragna last attended the team’s home season opener and said some players did not take the field during the national anthem. Once the players took the field, the suit says “they passed directly in front of where the petitioner and his guests were seated. Many of the fans in that area booed and cursed at the Saints players.”

Dragna says the protests have caused “borderline dangerous” conditions among fans near his seats after many have cursed the players and spilled their beer. The tickets were worth $8,000, but when Dragna asked the team for a refund, his request was denied. Despite it being the fans that have caused a rowdy environment Dragna says, “the Saints created that behavior by condoning it.”

Protests prior to NFL games started when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first sat and then knelt during the national anthem in the 2016 season. Dozens of players across the NFL have previously sat and knelt during the national anthem to continue the movement now that Kaepernick has yet to be signed by an NFL team.

It remains to be seen if Dragna has a serious case against the Saints, but it figures to be a case many teams across the league will be monitoring as more fans could begin to file similar lawsuits.

(h/t Sports Illustrated)

Playoff contender reportedly won’t sign Colin Kaepernick despite new found need for a backup QB

Despite a need for a backup quarterback, the Philadelphia Eagles are not expected to sign Colin Kaepernick, according to multiple reports from NFL reporters.

A need for a quarterback opened up for the Eagles after it was announced on Monday by head coach Doug Pederson that starting quarterback Carson Wentz would miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. The team will now turn to Nick Foles as its quarterback with Nate Sudfeld serving as their backup quarterback.

With the Eagles now down to just two quarterbacks, the team could look to sign a third to bolster its depth at the position, but that player won’t be Kaepernick. The team could find themselves in an interesting position should Foles become injured during one of the team’s final three games ahead of the playoffs.

Sudfeld, the second-year player out of Indiana, may not be a viable option for the Eagles if Foles would be unable to play as Sudfeld has yet to attempt a pass during a regular-season NFL game. Some have speculated that the Eagles could look to bring in Kaepernick as a backup since he has plenty of experience as a starter and led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013.

Of course, Kaepernick may not be ready to play a game as soon as this week or next week, but it could be conceivable that he’d be ready to play by the time the playoffs started and has had time to learn the Eagles’ offense. Kaepernick has not played this season, despite his agent reaching out to teams and informing them that he is interested in playing.

Kaepernick filed a grievance under the collective bargaining agreement against the NFL last month and accused all 32 owners of collusion against signing him. Kaepernick has been a controversial figure since he first sat and then knelt during the national anthem before games with the 49ers in the 2016 season as a protest to denounce police brutality against African-Americans, social injustice and racial inequality.

(h/t CBS Sports)

Patriots reportedly signing former first rounder days after he was cut

The New England Patriots are reportedly close to signing former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Kenny Britt, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Source: the Patriots are close to a deal with former Browns WR Kenny Britt. He visited them today. — Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 12, 2017

Britt was waived by the Browns on Friday as the team transitioned to a new general manager and began to clear cap space. The Browns signed Britt to a four-year, $32.5 million contract in March, but the team clearly viewed waiving Britt as an opportunity to clear cap space as they continue to rebuild.

Britt only had 18 receptions for 233 yards and two touchdowns in nine games this season with the Browns, but is coming off of a career-high 1,002 yards receiving last season with the Miami Dolphins. By adding Britt, the Patriots give quarterback Tom Brady another reliable option as the team heads into the final three games of the season.

Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso name their favorites to make National Championship Game

The National Semifinal games are almost a month away, but that hasn’t stopped people from making their predictions for each game. The guys from ESPN’s College GameDay were on Jimmy Kimmel’s show and they all shared some stories, but also made their predictions for who wins the semifinal games.

“I think Oklahoma is probably the team to beat going in just because of the offense,” Herbstreit said.

“I’d go with Alabama and Georgia (in the final),” Corso said. He went off the Vegas odds to make his decision with Alabama being given the best odds to win the title yet again under coach Nick Saban. It’s a bit of a curious prediction from Herbstreit because he did explain how Georgia might be able to slow down and possibly beat Oklahoma not two weeks ago.

Both games are being played on Jan. 1 with Clemson facing off against Alabama in New Orleans in the Sugar Bowl while Georgia faces Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl.

Here is the video in its entirety if you want to see it:

[h/t 247Sports]

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