Crystal Palace 1 Liverpool 2: Salah marks Klopp milestone with late winner Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 21:23 3/31/18 Getty Images Liverpool scored twice in the second half to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in Jurgen Klopp’s 100th Premier League game in charge. Mohamed Salah struck a late winner as Jurgen Klopp marked his 100th game in charge of Liverpool with a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Crystal Palace.The Egyptian scored his 29th goal of a hugely impressive debut season in England, his 84th-minute finish completing Liverpool’s turnaround at Selhurst Park.Luka Milivojevic converted a13th-minute penalty to give the hosts a half-time lead after Loris Karius’ decision to rush out and confront Wilfried Zaha had resulted in a blatant foul on the Palace player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Sadio Mane equalised four minutes after the break to draw Liverpool level, steering home James Milner’s low cross from the left.The goal was the highlight of an eventful game for the Senegal international, who had a first-half effort chalked off, was booked for diving before the break and then somehow avoided seeing a second yellow card for deliberate handball.Salah sealed the comeback with a composed finish, controlling the ball neatly before prodding beyond Wayne Hennessey to lift Liverpool up to second in the table.679 – Liverpool have now won 679 top-flight away games – no side has ever won more (level with Arsenal). Pillar. #CRYLIV— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 31, 2018The visitors had started brightly too, controlling the opening stages only to fall behind when Zaha’s clever burst in behind Trent Alexander-Arnold led to Karius conceding a penalty.The Palace winger had already caught out the teenage full-back in the opening minutes with a similar run in behind, only for Liverpool’s goalkeeper to block his attempt with his chest.Karius wasn’t required when the two faced each other for a second time soon after, but his late arrival saw him spectacularly take out Zaha and gift spot-kick specialist Milivojevic the chance to break the deadlock.Liverpool’s attempts to respond prior to the break centred around Mane, with the forward seeing a close-range header rightly ruled out for offside.He inadvertently helped the hosts by diverting Virgil van Dijk’s on-target header wide of the target before picking up a booking for simulation, his theatrical fall following a tackle by James McArthur failing to fool referee Neil Swarbrick.Yet a switch of ends resulted in a change of fortunes for Mane and Liverpool, who lost second-half substitute Adam Lallana to injury just 324 seconds after his arrival off the bench.James Milner sold Aaron Wan-Bissaka a dummy to create space for a low cross that left his team-mate needing to just apply the finishing touch from close range.Benteke failed to take two glorious chances to put Palace back in front, first lobbing wide with only Karius to beat before spooning over Andros Townsend’s pass, and Salah made the Belgian pay for his profligacy.The winger showed great composure to tuck home Andrew Robertson’s cross from the left, his 37th goal in all competitions securing a morale-boosting result ahead of the mouth-watering Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City in midweek.Key Opta stats:- Liverpool have now won 679 top-flight away games – no side has ever won more (level with Arsenal).- Mohamed Salah has now scored in 21 different Premier League games this season; a joint-high for a 38-game season in the competition (Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007-08 and Robin van Persie in 2012-13).- Salah has been involved in 38 Premier League goals this season (29 goals, 9 assists), the most by any player in the competition since Luis Suarez in 2013-14 (43).- Crystal Palace are the first team to lose three consecutive Premier League home games thanks to goals conceded in the final 10 minutes (88th vs Tottenham, 90th vs Man Utd and 84th vs Liverpool).- Sadio Mané became the joint-highest scoring Senegalese player in Premier League history, equalling Demba Ba’s haul of 43 in the competition. read more
Transfers ‘Any club would want Buffon’ – PSG president hints at deal for Juventus legend Tom Webber 17:49 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers PSG Juventus Serie A Caen v PSG Ligue 1 Alphonse Areola’s place as PSG’s number one has been backed by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, but the Ligue 1 champions have not ruled out a high-profile arrival Any club would want Gianluigi Buffon, but Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists Alphonse Areola will remain the first-choice goalkeeper at Parc des Princes.Buffon bid farewell to Juventus as an illustrious 17-year stay in Turin came to an end on Saturday when he made his final appearance for the club in a 2-1 victory over Verona.The 40-year-old was given an emotional send-off by team-mates, opposition players and fans before Juve celebrated their seventh successive Scudetto at Allianz Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now A move to PSG has been touted for Buffon – with Goal revealing that the Ligue 1 champions are prepared to offer him a lucrative contract – and while Al-Khelaifi admitted the veteran keeper would be a benefit for any club, he stated PSG will keep the faith with youth product Areola next season.”Buffon is a fantastic goalkeeper. But Areola is our starter and he will be next season as well,” Al-Khelaifi told L’Equipe.”You know me well – do you really think I’d tell you which players we are monitoring?”Now we have Areola. He is our number one for the coming season.”Buffon is a fantastic goalkeeper, charismatic, a great guy. I’m sure that any club would want him.”
Transfers Favilli completes Juventus return in €7.5m deal Alex Fisher 21:48 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Juventus Serie A The Ascoli striker is heading back to Turin, where he spent the 2015-16 season on loan, with a permanent agreement having been put in place Juventus have completed the signing of former loanee and Italy Under-21 international Andrea Favilli from Ascoli for an initial €7.5 million (£7m/$9m).Having impressed at Livorno, Favilli spent the 2015-16 campaign on loan at Juve, making one first-team appearance against Frosinone as a replacement for Alvaro Morata.Favilli also scored 22 goals for Juve’s youth side during his season-long loan before returning to Livorno. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The 21-year-old was loaned to Ascoli in 2016 and made his move permanent 12 months later, Favilli netting five times in 12 Serie B appearances in 2017-18.He returns to Juve having signed a five-year contract with the Bianconeri that will see Ascoli receive a hefty initial payment, with €1.25m in add-ons should certain conditions be met before June 2021.”This is the team that gave me a great opportunity a few years ago,” said Favilli.”Coming home is always nice.”Last season was a bit unlucky, but I worked hard and now I’m fine and I’m ready for the new season.”
TFA are pleased to announce that people can now purchase copies of the 2006 NTL Open Finals package that was shown on Fox Sports, including the commentary and skills sections.With commentary from Australian Mens Open Coach Tony Trad and also Fox Sports commentator Steve Hart and then 3 fantastic finals, the DVD is a must-have!Credit must be given to each of the players involved in the matches, who all displayed excellent skill, agility, speed, teamwork and sportsmanship to help produce an extremely successful package.This DVD is available for just $20 (inc GST), with postage another $5.In addition, TFA are selling a DVD which contains the raw footage of each of the 3 Open Finals in full. This DVD does not contain any replays, close-ups, interviews or commentary…it is simply the raw footage taken from the tower camera during each of the 3 Open Finals, with the referees microphone in the background.While this DVD may not be professionally packaged, it will no doubt be an extremely useful resource for coaches, referees and players involved with the sport. It is also extremely good value, with all 3 finals on the one DVD!This DVD is available for $30 (inc GST), with postage another $5. To purchase either the package that appeared on Fox Sports or the raw footage package, contact Rachel at TFA on (02) 6285 2703 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Berg insists Solskjaer can handle Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHenning Berg insists former Manchester United teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can handle the job.Jose Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday morning after meeting with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.And Solskjaer, who flopped at Cardiff City, is set to leave Molde to take charge of United to the end of the season.“It was a completely different type of job. This will be one similar to training Molde. It’s a team to win,” Berg said.“It’s great for Norwegian football, but first and foremost it’s great for Ole himself.”United’s next game is away to Cardiff this Saturday.“He has a very big status in the club and trained the reserve team with great success,” Berg added.“He has good contacts in the club so it seems logical as a transition solution, and maybe it’ll go so well he’ll carry on.“It’s rare that there’s smoke without fire. He has the profile, the experience and status that makes him fit to lead the team until the end of the season.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini on Brighton draw: Absolute frustrationby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini admitted frustration after their 2-2 draw with Brighton.The Irons came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 thanks to Marko Arnautovic’s brace.Pellegrini said, “I’m absolutely frustrated. “The most important way that Brighton scores is from set pieces, they had seven goals form corners, and we allowed them to score two goals this way. I don’t remember any other chances for them, but we didn’t create in the first 45 minutes.”
Real Madrid coach Solari frustrated after Villarreal draw: We had it in our handsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari admitted frustration after their 2-2 draw with Villarreal.Santi Cazorla scored twice as Villarreal denied Real Madrid a chance to reduce the gap to La Liga leaders Barcelona.Cazorla’s curler earned the hosts an early lead before Karim Benzema’s header made it 1-1 after seven minutes.Raphael Varane’s header put Real ahead, but Cazorla’s late header moved Villarreal out of the relegation zone. Solari said, “We had it in our hands, we had to kill the match, then they pressed and scored the equaliser, they squeezed a lot, they are at home, they need the points. They attacked very well and we lacked depth.”On his decision to substitute Luka Modric, Solari explained, “He has given everything, Modric played with flu and has given us a lot of energy, everything he had, he made a great effort and a great match, when you leave everything you do not have energy for 90 minutes. “There are other players that can play, they are not Ballon d’Ors, but (Fede) Valverde at the moment he entered gave us energy and control, he has that stride and we are happy with the contribution of the youth.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Valencia in contact with unsettled Man Utd midfielder Andreas Pereiraby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are watching the situation of Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira.The Mirror says he could walk away from Manchester United on a free transfer this summer with Arsenal and Valencia both linked.The Brazilian’s current deal concludes at the end of the season and the Red Devils are stalling over offering the 23-year-old a new deal. Two major clubs linked with midfielder are Arsenal and Valencia.Pereira spent last season on loan at the Mestalla and featured in a reasonable 29 appearances for La Liga giants.However, with just two Premier League starts to his name this season and only 17 minutes of action under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there are fears his progression could plateu.Valencia president Jose Carlos Peres recently revealed: “He is a player that interests us a lot. He is a santista and wants to play for Santos. The family is trying. His father wants to see him at Santos for at least a year.”The problem is that Manchester are playing hard. We know the end of the contract is in the middle of the year, but we want the player now. With his father, I’ve been speaking, but we have not yet entered into the details of values.”Esporte UOL says three Premier League clubs have already made official approaches for Pereira.Among those teams are Arsenal, with Everton and West Ham also keen to recruit the player’s services.
Everton winger Vlasic: Big Sam’s football was awfulby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton winger Nikola Vlasic has taken aim at former manager Sam Allardyce.Now on-loan at CSKA Moscow, Vlasic found himself out of favour and struggling for playing time under Allardyce last season.”Everything changed after (Ronald) Koeman left,” Vlasic told Sportske Novosti.”The football played under Big Sam was awful, if it could even be called football.”In such football I do not have a place. The football team was terrified by everything – the fans mostly.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Neville tells Man Utd to sign five playersby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United star Gary Neville believes the club has to sign FIVE players if they want to compete at the top end.United have endured a difficult start to the new season, with their latest setback being a 2-0 loss to West Ham United on Sunday.It leaves the Red Devils trailing in the pursuit of a top four finish. Now they face off against Arsenal at home in their next Premier League game.And Neville believes they will not be good enough unless they make significant investments in the transfer market.The ex-England defender said: “Ole will realise that that’s a really poor performance and that he has a lot of work to do.”This team is not ready. There will be lots of pain and it was painful today.”They were lethargic. When you let games drift and pass by, other teams gain confidence.”I’m not panicking but they need to really quickly and efficiently identify five or players to go alongside [David] De Gea, [Harry] Maguire.”They need a couple of midfielders, a striker to carry the frontline, a wide player and a left back.”
Allegri learning English as he targets Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Juventus boss Max Allegri has been learning English as he targets a switch to Manchester United.Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure after a slow start to the season, with his team sitting in tenth on the Premier League table.The Guardian says Allegri would be keen to replace Solskjaer at Old Trafford if the Norwegian is sacked.The Italian, who left his role at Juventus, would be willing to take the job at United even if the club do not quality for next season’s Champions League.He has been taking English lessons in preparation and would be placed on a two or three man shortlist by United should Solskjaer be sacked.However, the club do not have any plans to part ways with a coach they only recently signed to a three-year extension. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane hails Benzema leadershipby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has hailed the leadership Karim Benzema is showing this season.The French striker shone in victory at Champions League opponents Galatasaray last night.On Benzema’s performance, Zidane said: “The leadership role of Benzema? It comes naturally to him. “He knows he’s a captain and he takes it naturally. We are all in the same boat and everyone has to contribute in their own way. “Karim does it in his way of playing and giving instructions.”
Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel cannot stay out of the headlines. Friday night, according to TMZ, Manziel was involved in a fight at Jewel Nightclub in Las Vegas just before a Drake performance was scheduled. Manziel was later kicked out of the club for the incident.Here’s more, via TMZ.Witnesses inside Jewel Nightclub at the Aria tell TMZ Johnny was in a VIP booth near the stage Friday night. Drake showed up for a surprise performance and club goers started to push and shove to get up front. Our sources say Johnny got pushed and turned and slugged the club goer.TMZ also obtained video of a small portion of the incident.Manziel appears to be struggling big time right now. Let’s hope he straightens his life out sooner rather than later.
Kyrgyzstan gave themselves a great opportunity of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup knockout phase as one of the best third-placed teams after Vitalij Lux’s hat-trick secured a 3-1 win over Philippines on Wednesday.Defeats in their opening two Group C games left Kyrgyzstan in a difficult position, but they rallied against Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men to secure third, finishing with three points and a neutral goal difference, which will likely be enough to see them through.Kyrgyzstan were on top for most of the first period and were good value for their lead when Lux found the top-right corner, doing so again at the start of the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The striker completed his treble late on, and although a fluke Stephan Schrock free-kick pulled one back for Philippines, Kyrgyzstan were worthy winners and must now wait and see if they have done enough to reach the last 16.The battle is heated on the stands between Filipino & Kyrgyz fans at Rashid Stadium! #AsianCup2019 #BringingAsiaTogether pic.twitter.com/EXTc6OwkZu — #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 16, 2019 Kyrgyzstan took a deserved lead in the 24th minute, as Lux received a well-placed Akhlidin Israilov pass and struck a first-time effort into the top-right corner from 12 yards.Israilov continued to be a nuisance, forcing Michael Falkesgaard into a save from distance 10 minutes later, before Lux struck the post from close range following a cut-back from the left.Lux did double his tally early in the second half, sending an unstoppable strike into the net from 16 yards after a clever turn.A close-range finish after a shot came back off the post allowed Lux to get his third of the day 13 minutes from time, though Eriksson’s side did claw one back late on – Schrock’s long-range free-kick going all the way in. read more
Everton are keen to secure a permanent deal to sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma following his successful loan spell at Goodison Park last season.The France international played a key role under Marco Silva last term, and Goal can confirm the former Watford boss wants Zouma to return so as to retain continuity in his backline.Chelsea are likely to ask for upwards of £30 million ($38m) for the 24-year-old, who has four years left to run on his current contract at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare He has spent the past two years out on loan, plying his trade for Stoke City in 2017-18 before moving to Everton, but his future will not be decided until a new manager is appointed in west London.Frank Lampard remains in talks with Chelsea over the position after being excused from pre-season training by current club Derby County.Chelsea will have to pay £4m to release Lampard from his contract at Pride Park and they are locked in talks to bring up to eight people in from his backroom staff at the Rams from last season.A deal is expected to be completed in the coming days, and several previous loanees, including Zouma, are waiting on the outcome of those talks before their futures are decided.With Gary Cahill having been released following the expiration of his contract on Sunday, there is a slot open within Chelsea’s squad for a centre-back that Zouma may be required to fill.Lampard, though, could opt to promote one of Wales international Ethan Ampadu, England Under-21 captain Jake Clarke-Salter or Fikayo Tomori, who won Derby’s Player of the Season award under Lampard, to the first-team squad.Meanwhile, Chelsea have announced that Gonzalo Higuain has returned to Juventus after they opted not to pay the £15.7m ($20.5m) required to extend his loan for another season nor spend £31.6m ($41m) to make the move permanent.That means that Mateo Kovacic will be Chelsea’s sole incoming signing in the transfer window, with a deal in place for him to leave Real Madrid permanently for £40.3m ($51m).The Croatia international, who spent last season on loan with the Blues, was accidentally unveiled on Saturday on the club’s ‘Fifth Stand’ app, though he is to be officially announced as a Chelsea player via the club’s traditional media channelsThe deal gets around the club’s two-window transfer ban due to the Blues already holding the registration for Kovacic from last season.
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)For a while now, Nebraska football has played games on the Friday after Thanksgiving. During the program’s time in the Big 12, Oklahoma and Colorado were the standard match-ups for the Huskers. In the Big Ten, Iowa has become the annual rivalry game for that date.The Big Ten was set to undo that in the next few years, however. The 2020-2021 Thanksgiving week games are scheduled against Minnesota. They were originally scheduled to be played on Saturday.Meanwhile, Iowa is now playing Wisconsin that weekend during those two games. However, both schools clearly want to return to playing each other on “Black Friday.”Recently, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said he spoke to his Nebraska counterpart Bill Moos about the issue. Both sides seemed interested in pushing the Big Ten to get the schedule back to the way it has been.“We were at a meeting at the time, and at one of the meetings, he just pulled me aside and asked where I stood and where [football coach] Kirk [Ferentz] stood,” Barta, Iowa’s athletic director, recalled after the first day of the Big Ten’s spring meetings wrapped up early Monday evening.“And we said we always like, and still like, that Friday matchup. We love playing Nebraska in that series.“So who knows? No updates. It isn’t done, but it’s something that Kirk and I remain interested in.”Now, Bill Moos has made a big announcement about the 2020 and 2021 Nebraska football schedules.Those two Minnesota games are being moved up to Friday. From there, Moos hopes to get Iowa back as an annual Black Friday game.Bill Moos confirms that #Huskers’ two games against Minnesota on the last week of the season in 2020 and 2021 will be on Friday. Then working for it to be Iowa indefinitely, “long after I’m gone.”— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) May 22, 2018That may not be all that changes for the Big Ten. Earlier this week, Moos hinted at a large change to help the Big Ten guarantee a spot in the College Football Playoff.It is unclear to what he is referring. However, the prevailing theory is a move back to an eight-game league schedule.The Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12 have all missed at least one College Football Playoff. All play nine-game conference schedules.The ACC and SEC are four-for-four in making the playoff, with the SEC getting five teams in the field in four years. Those leagues play eight conference games each.
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 21: James Carville speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Politicon )Political operative and commenter, and diehard LSU football fan James Carville appeared on this morning’s episode of College GameDay and man, it was bizarre.Carville hopped on set, and pretty much immediately started espousing a conspiracy that the SEC is helping Alabama, by disqualifying other teams’ defensive stars from their games.Obviously, this week there is the extremely controversial first-half suspension of Devin White, after what was a brutal call during the Tigers’ win over Mississippi State.Because of the targeting call, he missed the remained over that game and the first half of tonight’s. The decision was appealed, but upheld by the SEC.A string of top SEC defenders that have been ruled out for their teams’ games against Alabama football, and James Carville wanted to make that known on ESPN.From his appearance:? James Carville suggests there is a conspiracy in the SEC to benefit Bama. pic.twitter.com/4zes5Vkw6K— The Go Big Redcast (@GoBigRedCast) November 3, 2018SB Nation transcribed part of Carville’s rant:Tennessee’s best defensive player couldn’t play against Alabama because of the SEC, Missouri’s best defensive player couldn’t play against Alabama because the SEC kicked him out. A&M’s best defensive player couldn’t play against Alabama because he was taken out.And now, the best defensive player in the conference is not going to play the first half for nothing, he did nothing wrong.ESPN went so far as to apologize to the SEC for having Carville on, and deleted the clip after initially posting it on their social media channels.ESPN just apologized to Greg Sankey for the James Carville take this morning. Lol. pic.twitter.com/PG9WTeLvew— Belle Es You (@SouthernbeLLSU) November 3, 2018Carville is definitely not alone in promoting this conspiracy. He’s not backing down either.He took to Twitter to blast what he called a “gutless” decision by ESPN:Grabbing bite to eat @philsoysterbar and I see gutless ESPN cut in their show to bow down to the SEC. well I got documentary evidence they knew what they were gonna get on air but still can’t help but suck up to power. #GeauxTigers #speaktruthtopower #releasethetexts pic.twitter.com/G29ew5mf9K— James Carville (@JamesCarville) November 3, 2018Honestly, based on last year, it is hard to buy that the SEC would rather have Alabama steamroll the whole conference. In 2017, Alabama falling to Auburn opened the door for an all-SEC championship game.LSU beating Alabama today could very well do the same thing. The SEC would love for that to happen two years in a row.
EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts on the sidelines while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan won the game 32-23. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)In 2018, Michigan boasted one of the best defenses in the entire country thanks in part to defensive coordinator Don Brown. Now, it looks as though Brown’s could be on the verge of landing a head coaching job.According to Philly.com’s Marc Narducci, Brown is being interviewed for the Temple Owls head coaching job – along with “8-10 other candidates.”The news comes on the heels of a report that Texas A&M DC Mike Elko – a Temple target – would be returning to the Aggies next year.Source: Mike Elko will return to Texas A&M as defensive coordinator.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 12, 2018Brown has previous head coaching experience, having coached Plymouth State, Northeastern, and UMass. He recorded a 95-45 record as a head coach at those three stops.In 2006, Brown led UMass to the 1-AA (now FCS) national championship game, where they lost to Appalachian State.Brown took over the Michigan DC position in 2016, following the departure of D.J. Durkin. Prior to being hired by Jim Harbaugh, Brown served as DC of Boston College from 2013 to 2015.Last year, Brown reportedly turned down an offer to take over as Mississippi State’s DC.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A detail view of a Notre Dame Fighting Irish players helmet showing the CFP logo during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the Clemson Tigers at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tight end Michael Mayer is exploding. The four-star Notre Dame commit was dominant at The Opening, and sounds like he may be the next great Fighting Irish star at the position.The Covington Catholic star is ranked No. 77 overall, and is the top tight end in the country.Naturally, others may gravitate to playing with a weapon like that. For some, the chance to play at Notre Dame sells itself as well, thanks to the program’s history, recent success, academic reputation, and other factors.Michael Mayer is happy to help in the Notre Dame recruiting effort, but he knows the school also presents challenges that aren’t for everyone.He says that he wants other stars to come play with him, but he doesn’t feel the need to beg anyone who isn’t in to what Notre Dame brings to the table. He wants other guys to be as invested as he is. From 247Sports:“I’m more of a guy where I’m not going to really push someone really, really hard to come play with me at Notre Dame,” said Mayer, when asked about his efforts on the recruiting trail. “You go visit there and it’s either the place for you or it’s not. If it’s not the place for you, I’m not going to beg you to come and then you don’t like it or that type of thing. It’s not like the other colleges. It’s for you or it’s not. You fit in or you don’t. It’s Notre Dame. Challenge yourself. It’s worth it. If someone visits there and they really like it, I’m going to try to get them to come play with me. If they didn’t really like it, I’m not going to keep texting a guy and begging him to come.Mayer has been committed to Notre Dame since last July, and his stock continues to rise.With it, Notre Dame is building an incredibly strong class. Brian Kelly’s staff currently has the No. 5 class in the country.[247Sports]
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scrambles in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)FOX analyst Joel Klatt has been on the call for two Ohio State games so far this season and he’s come away very impressed.“That’s one of the best teams in America, folks. Make no bones about it. They have a great quarterback, an elite coach, and an unbelievable defense,” he said after Ohio State’s blowout win at Indiana.Klatt has been so impressed with Ohio State that he’s jumped the Buckeyes up to the No. 2 spot in his top 10 rankings.The FOX analyst has Ohio State at 2A and Alabama at 2B.His complete top 10:ClemsonOhio StateAlabamaLSUGeorgiaOklahomaWisconsinTexasNotre DameUtahMy Top 10 1) @ClemsonFB 2a) @OhioStateFB 2b) @AlabamaFTBL 4) @LSUfootball 5) @GeorgiaFootball 6) @OU_Football 7) @BadgerFootball 8) @TexasFootball 9) @NDFootball 10) @Utah_Football— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) September 15, 2019Week 3 featured a couple of upsets at the bottom of the top 25. Week 4 should bring changes at the top.Notre Dame is set to play at Georgia on Saturday night. Michigan travels to Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon.Next week’s top 25 polls should look fairly different to this week’s.