Harbaugh’s move to Michigan was first tweeted by John U. Bacon on Saturday night. Bacon, a professor at Michigan, is the author of “Fourth and Long,” a book about college football.
After gaining 59 total yards since the conclusion of the first quarter, it didn’t look good for Penn State when Boston College took a 21-7 lead with 2:12 remaining in the third quarter of the Pinstripe Bowl.
And then the Penn State offense woke up.
Behind the arm of sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg, a slew of young receivers and senior kicker Sam Ficken, Penn State came all the way back and knocked off the Eagles 31-30 in overtime.
Following that Boston College touchdown, which came on a 40-yard run by quarterback Tyler Murphy, Hackenberg quickly led the Nittany Lions down the field on a six-play, 63-yard drive that culminated with a bit of luck.
According to NJ Advance Media, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office at the team’s headquarters. The Jets will be playing in Miami on Sunday, and it appears Ryan doesn’t anticipate his tenure with the team will last much longer than the final horn.
Jets owner Woody Johnson has reportedly solicited the assistance of Charley Casserly in seeking out new candidates to replace Ryan and general manager John Idzik, and Casserly has apparently begun that search in earnest. When word got back to Ryan, he began packing up, according to NJ.com.
The Browns‘ enigmatic wide receiver was suspended Saturday for missing a team walk-through and will miss the finale in Baltimore. Gordon, who led the NFL in yards receiving last season, served a 10-game suspension for repeated drug violations earlier this year.
A person familiar with the situation said Gordon was suspended for not showing up at a walk-through in Berea before the team flew to Baltimore. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed the reason for Gordon’s punishment.
The official Week 17 scenarios have been released, but let’s take a look at how each conference is shaping up.
1. New England: The Patriots have nothing to play for in their season finale. Bill Belichick has traditionally played to win in Week 17 regardless, especially when the team has a bye the following week. But it’s not a hard and fast rule. Matt Cassel (2005) and Brian Hoyer (2011) both played extra snaps in games that didn’t matter. (And who can forget Doug Flutie’s drop kick?)
The Thursday Night Live crew discusses the future of several coaches that could be in trouble this off-season.