Link – Minnesota players boycott bowl game over sexual assault case

It’s stories like this one that make it hard to defend athletes. I have no idea what actually happened in this case, but I’m betting neither do the rest of the players, they are choosing sides in a sexual assault case, and if the facts bear out that the suspended players are guilty of sexual assault, I hope Minnesota will remember what these players have done.

And if the facts bear out the they were innocent, I’ll applaud what they did, but it is their reputation at risk, not mine.

Update- As of this morning, the team has backpedaled and agreed to end their boycott. Apparently after being shown the full report, the rest of the team figured out they might be in the wrong side here. 

Syracuse Latest School to Fire It’s Football Coach

That’s the news this morning and after 3-9 last season and 3-8 so far this year, it’s hard to argue with the decision. Syracuse football has become a complete after thought in the ACC, let alone nationally.

But, before I get too excited about a new coach as a Syracuse fan, I can’t help but notice that there are a lot of opening this year, already, and quite a few of them would, quite frankly, be a much more attractive place to coach than Syracuse is right now. Yes, there are some up and coming coaches out there, but do you really think the Cuse position compares to USC, South Carolina, Missouri, and the other Power 5 teams that will be looking for new coaches next year? Heck, I’d even put Illinois, Rutgers and Minnesota right above Syracuse in terms of attractive jobs, and probably have Iowa State right alongside Syracuse, let alone the possibility that some others could be let go after disappointing seasons at the end of the year.

That is a lot of open spots for a few “star” coaches. Not sure what Syracuse could do to make it more attractive to one of them, but let the speculation begin!