Michigan Expected To Name Jim Harbaugh As Their New Coach

Jim-HarbaughSan Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is set to become the next football coach of the Michigan Wolverines.

When asked about Michigan following the 49ers‘ game against Arizona on Sunday, Harbaugh didn’t deny anything. The team announced Harbaugh had mutually agreed to part ways with the franchise.

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.

Michigan officials were in the San Francisco Bay Area over the weekend to meet with Harbaugh in the hopes of securing his services as the Wolverines‘ next head coach.

Penn State Beats Boston College In OT

We Are Penn StateAfter 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.

Rex Ryan Prepares To Be Fired

RexRyanAccording 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.

Cleveland Browns Suspend Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns HeadquartersJosh Gordon will end his troubled season just as it began – suspended.

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.

Penn State v Boston College: Pinstripe Bowl Preview Press Conference

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AFC and NFC Playoff Picture

55/365 ~ Dallas Cowboys HelmetThe playoff picture is a lot simpler than we expected heading into Week 17. Ten of 12 spots are decided, with the NFC South champion and final wild card spot in the AFC still up for grabs.

The official Week 17 scenarios have been released, but let’s take a look at how each conference is shaping up.

AFC
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?)

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