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Posted on: March 10, 2012 5:35 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2012 12:42 am
 

Browns Draft List

The Cleveland Browns draft board. The picks are organized on the round, need, and want by the Browns. Therefore, RG3 would start off the list. Write ins will be added based on my and Anthony Gianvito's opinion. current measurables, pro days, combines, and transactions.

Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
(Washington Redskins traded for #2 pick from the St. Louis Rams)
Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
Trent Richardson RB Alabama
Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
Mike Adams OT Ohio State
Reuben Randle WR LSU
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
Zach Brown OLB North Carolina
Bobby Massie OT Mississippi
Vontaze Burflict MLB Arizona State
Malik Jackson DE Tennessee
Jeff Fuller WR Texas A&M
Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
Derek Moye WR Penn State
Lamichael James RB Oregon
Emmanuel Acho OLB Texas
Marcel Jones OT Nebraska
Chaz Powell CB Penn State
Keith Tandy CB West Virginia
Dan Herron RB Ohio State
WRITE INS
Brock Osweiler QB Arizona State
Nick Foles QB Arizona
Chase Minnifield CB Virginia



Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:19 am
 

Battle and Brooks successful starts

The great Penn State point guard, Talor Battle, signed a one-year contract with Cholet Basket of the French Pro A League this past summer. Cholet has won the regular season title the past two seasons, and won the 2010 Pro A League championship, but fell just short last season, losing in the league finals. Battle averaged 16.5 ppg in his four year career at Penn State and finished as the all-time points leader in Penn State history. He debuted with his new team on September 29 and continues to put up great numbers. In his first two games Battle has averaged 18 pts 1.5 TO 2.5 Rebounds shooting 80% from the free throw stripe, 45% from the 3-point range and 55% overall. Cholet and Battle's next game will be October 15, 2011 against Nanterre.


The other player who was a major contributor to the Penn State 2011 tournament birth is Jeff Books. Brooks also signed with an Eurpeon team. Brooks signed with Aurora Basket Jesi also known as Fileni BPA Jesi, in the Italian Lega2. He scored 27 points in his new team debut. Brooks next game is October 9th, 2011 against Texenis Vero.



Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Build Up the Youth

Now, that the NBA officially has started a lockout, it is time to ponder ways to improve the old Collect Bargaining Agreement structure. While implementing “flex” caps and revenue sharing are very necessary for the new CBA, I believe changing the eligibility for college players to enter the NBA draft would improve the college talent, keep teams from losing money, and ill-advised management.

Since 2006, the NBA draft has lacked a depth of talent. If it hasn’t been apparent through Oden/Durant and Rose/Beasley, look at the 2011 NBA draft it was one of the worst draft classes. As a result, more international players were picked. Some people may say just say allow high school players entry the draft again. I strongly disagree with that way. The best way to make sure the NBA draft has high quality players is to make college basketball players stay in school until their junior years. 

Forcing college players to wait until their junior will benefit them by allowing their bodies to fill out and mature. Also, it would help the players improve their game. Not only will this time benefit the players, it will also benefit the NCAA. More rivalries would be ignited. The same players will have to play each other, year after year. Imagine, if UNC and Duke Rivalry also involved the two of the NBA top prospects for two-four years (Harrison Barnes vs. Kyrie Irving). Imagine how much smarter and harder the players would play if they had at least two years of college. Examples: Joakim Noah, Kemba Walker, Al Hortford, etc… Not to mention, players learning the fundamentals for their position.

Along with keeping players in college longer, I believe the NBA, NCAA and the college conference should pay for each/their Division 1 college conference to play an international club league. It would work like the conference challenge, each team plays one international team in the same league. For example, the Big 10 vs. the Euroleague. This would help the college players play against some of the best players in the world. As a result, it will lead to a better scouting report on comparing college and international players. From these new regulations the NBA draft will contain elite rookies which will lead to lottery teams to compete and improve.

All these ideas being said, we do have the FIBA Under-19 World Championship to evaluate college talent. However, this is only taking the under 19 players, not college.

Category: NBA
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:40 pm
 

UFL Needs 1

The United Football League (UFL) has finished its second active season. The UFL has been constantly growing by both relocating and creating teams. Furthermore, the addition of new uniforms and the participation of NFL-experienced players and coaches (Dennis Green, Jim Fassel, Dante Culpepper, Jeff Garcia, Dominic Rhodes, etc.) have aided the development of the league. Omaha and Hartford, the two expansion teams of 2010, have garnered excitement and substantial crowds. The Virginia Destroyers is the next new team entering the league in 2011.

            I am an avid follower and fan of the United Football League. The UFL has the opportunity to become a bridge to the NFL for college and ex-NFL players. However, the NFL lockout this off-season caused the UFL to take major hits. As a result, they [the UFL] could not find a TV deal. If the UFL wants to stay around a while, the league will have to make a huge splash this year with long term investors and a TV deal with many stations. Along with investors, the UFL needs to keep attracting profiled players and coaches. This off season in the UFL has been very exciting with the signings of Marty Schottenheimer and Jerry Glanville. In addition, the UFL still need more qualified coaches. Here are some potential coaches, and general managers the UFL should think about hiring in the coming seasons.

1. NFL QB Hall of Famer Steve Young (Head Coach or GM): Once a part of the USFL, Young is now an NFL Hall of Famer and ESPN Monday Night Football broadcaster. He began his career with the Los Angeles Express. After two years, he moved to the NFL. As many football fans know, Young finished his career in 1999 as a two-time Super Bowl champion,  two-time NFL MVP, seven-time Pro Bowler, and Super Bowl MVP in 1994. The highest rated passer in NFL history, Young has career totals of 33,124 passing yards, 232 passing touchdowns, 4,239 rushing yards, and 43 rushing touchdowns. Even though he has not had coaching experience, he knows what it takes to excel as a player, win games, and keep a developing league from going bankrupt. He brings NFL wisdom and a keen eye for talent.

2. New England Patriots Scout Jonathon Robinson (GM):  Robinson was recruited by head coach Jay Thomas out of high school when Thomas was an assistant at SEMO, but chose to attend the Air Force Academy instead of going to Southeast Missouri State. After one season, Robinson transferred to SEMO to play for Coach Thomas. After two seasons on the defensive line for the Indians, Robinson suffered a career-ending injury during his senior season, and the coaching staff allowed him to assume a student assistant position.

Robinson followed Coach Thomas to Nicholls State University and coached linebackers from 1999-2002. Through the course of his three seasons at Nicholls, Robinson became the liaison between the NSU Colonels and the NFL. Then in the summer of 2002, Robinson became an area scout for the Patriots, where he helped engineer two Super Bowl wins and three Super Bowl appearances.

His résumé speaks for itself. Robinson would help lure young talent and spread Super Bowl wisdom to the players.

3. SMU Head Coach June Jones (Head Coach or GM): Jones led his Hawaii teams to: 76 wins, the most by any Hawaii coach; two Western Athletic Conference Championships; and six bowl-game appearances. In 1998, Hawaii suffered its first-ever winless season. The following year, the first under Jones, the Warriors went 9-4, marking the biggest turnaround in NCAA history. He developed six All-Americans and produced 17 NFL draft picks, with a school-record of five players drafted in 2007. In the five years before Jones' arrival, Hawaii combined for 12 wins and not a single draft pick or bowl game berth. Jones catapulted the Warrior program into the national rankings in his nine seasons, with Hawaii ranking in the top 40 in seven of his nine years, including a top-10 ranking in 2007. For his efforts, Jones was ranked as the top non-BCS coach in the nation by The Sporting News in the spring of 2008.

            In 2008, Jones took over an SMU program that had not been to a bowl game in nearly a quarter century. Despite its rich tradition, SMU had struggled since the early 1980s and the days of the "Pony Express."

Jones and the Mustangs changed all that misfortune in 2009, snapping a 25-year bowl drought while claiming a Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Championship and earning a share of the Conference USA Western Division Championship. SMU finished the season with an 8-5 mark, the largest turnaround in the nation in 2009 (+7 wins). A winner of three National Coach of the Year Awards in his career, Jones was named Conference USA Coach of the Year by The Sporting News in 2009, marking the fourth Conference Coach of the Year Award for Jones in his 11 seasons as a head coach. Following SMU's 45-10 destruction of Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl, Jones was also named Coach of the Bowl Season by College Football News.

With June Jones in the UFL, the league would be getting a coach who knows how to build success and produce a winning atmosphere. He would also teach how success is not just given, but rather it is earned by hard work and patience.

STATS: http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb
/coaches/june-jones-1.html

4. Former New York Jets and Kansas City Chief Head Coach Herm Edwards (Head Coach): Edwards has over 20 years of coaching and scouting under his belt. He has been a part of ESPN since 2008 as a broadcaster and NFL analyst. Edwards has an all-time record of 54 wins and 74 losses. He is currently available, and he would help secure more promotions for the UFL and prepare the UFL players for the meaning of “you to play to win the game” The former coach isn’t looking to return to coaching anytime soon, therefore, it gives the UFL more time to enhance their offer to Edwards.    

STATS: http://pfref.com/pi/share/mcRWT

            5. Former Detroit Lions Head Coach Steve Mariucci (Position Coach or GM): Mariucci has been around football for a long time, leading the 49ers in the mid 90s to many playoff berths. His coaching career was a respectable 72-67 and a 3-4 post-season mark in both San Francisco and Detroit. He as also had spent time in the USFL. Now he is a broadcaster for the NFL Network.

STATS: http://pfref.com/pi/share/trZuH  

These potential coaches and general managers will be hard to lure away from their current jobs, but if the UFL can build off of this last season and keep improving, the league should definitely try to attract these candidates. All it takes is one big name with accolades to bring followers. The UFL should try as soon as the 2012 season to start enticing and contacting these prospects. In articles to come, I will discuss possible UFL investors, TV partnerships, players, and cities.

 
 
 
 
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