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Trend of college-to-NFL coaching busts is robust

waters of the NFL, or whether Kelly or Schiano — or perhaps both — soon will PRESS BOX join a long list of those who tried and failed in the pro game. Carroll had a big advantage over both men, and his success with the Seahawks, who are 4-0 and considered a genuine Super Bowl contender, isn’t entirely unexpected. After all, he had been limited to only a couf anyone knows the chalbeen intimately familiar ple of years in the league? lenges of making the with the NFL after spending Welcome to the risk-requantum leap from colyears as a defensive assislege head coach to the NFL, ward ratio the Philadelphia tant and a combined four it’s Pete Carroll. After all, the Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently are experi- years as head coach with Seahawks’ coach has been encing with Chip Kelly, who the Jets and the Patriots. So at both ends of the speccoached at Oregon last year, it wasn’t the culture shock trum. for Carroll that it’s been for and Greg Schiano, more “It’s a difficult transition others. than a year removed from for someone who hasn’t “There’s some stuff about Rutgers. been in the NFL,” said CarWith both men getting off it that calls for savvy and roll, who had been an NFL understanding of what the to slow starts with their coach with the Jets and Patriots and built a successful teams this season, and with league is all about,” said program at USC before going Schiano’s Buccaneers at 0-4 Carroll, who left USC just and nearly in revolt after the before the school was heavto the Seahawks in 2010. ily sanctioned because of “Certainly if you’ve coached drama-filled sequence of improper gifts that were events involving quarterin the NFL, the transition given to some of his playback Josh Freeman, the doesn’t need to be a big ers, particularly former question remains whether deal.” Heisman Trophy winner college coaches can sucAnd if you haven’t, or if cessfully navigate the tricky Reggie Bush, who ultiyour NFL experience has




mately surrendered the award. “It’s not always easy at (the NFL) level.” Other than former University of Miami coach Jimmy Johnson, who built the Cowboys into a dynasty in the early 1990s, the NFL is filled with examples of former college coaches who flopped: Former Florida head coach Steve Spurrier signed the richest contract in the NFL when he agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal with Washington in 2002. But he won only 12 games in two seasons and resigned with three years remaining on the deal. He now is coaching at South Carolina. Nick Saban was lured by the Dolphins from LSU in 2005, but he, too, left after only two seasons. Saban became the coach at Alabama, where he has been ever since. The Falcons hired Louisville coach Bobby Petrino in 2007, but he coached only 13 games before leaving the team and accepting the job at Arkansas.

He informed the players of his decision by leaving the identical four-sentence statement in each of their lockers, and was ripped by several Falcons for quitting on the team. Mike Riley was lured to the Chargers from Oregon State by highly regarded general manager Bobby Beathard in 1999, becoming the first person with no coaching or playing experience in the NFL to become a head coach at that level. He lasted only three seasons before being fired and has returned to Oregon State. Riley was asked in July at the Pac-12 media day in July whether he would have done anything differently during his tenure with the Chargers if he had another chance. He replied, “I wouldn’t have done it.” He explained in an interview last month with the San Diego Union-Tribune, “I realized I had taken the job not being prepared for it. I hadn’t coached in the NFL. I hadn’t

been a coordinator — I hadn’t even coached in the league.” Kelly now is the second coach with no previous playing or coaching experience in the NFL to become a head coach. He started off quickly in the opener, building a 33-7 lead over the Redskins before holding on for a 33-27 victory, but his Eagles have lost three straight heading into today’s game against the New York Giants. His name already is being mentioned in connection with the vacancy at USC, which fired Lane Kiffin last week. Kelly said he does not have an interest in the job at this time. But given the history of college coaches striking out in the NFL, would it surprise anyone if Kelly left? No, it would not. Nor should it. The body of evidence is simply too strong to suggest that the trend will end anytime soon. ——— Bob Glauber writes for Newsday.



Klitschko beats Povetkin to retain WBA, IBF titles
MOSCOW >> Wladimir Klitschko retained his WBA and IBF heavyweight titles Saturday night, unanimously outpointing previously undefeated Alexander Povetkin. Klitschko knocked down Povetkin three times in the seventh round. All three judges ruled 119-104 for Klitschko (61-3). Povetkin lost for the first time in 27 fights. “Povetkin is a fighter with high spirit,” said Klitschko’s older brother, Vitali. “He fought till the end. I do not think the bout could have finished earlier. If Wladimir could do it, he would have certainly done it.”

I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things.”
President Obama Who thinks the Washington Redskins should think about changing their nickname because it is offensive to a “sizable group of people”

Cotto stops Rodriguez in the third round
ORLANDO, FLA. >> Miguel Cotto stopped Delvin Rodriguez in the third round Saturday night in a junior middleweight bout at Amway Center. Cotto improved to 38-4 with his 31st knockout, working quickly in his first fight since being outpointed by Austin Trout in December. Rodriguez dropped to 28-7-3. Cotto attacked Rodriguez from the sound of the bell, going after him with left hooks to the body. Near the end of the second round, Cotto landed a strong combination, finishing with a left hook to the head that staggered Rodriguez. The Puerto Rican star finished off his opponent with a flurry of head shots that put Rodriguez to the canvas, with referee Frank Santore Jr. stopping it 18 seconds into the third round.

Rafael Nadal smashed a serve to Tomas Berdych during a semifinal Saturday at the China Open.


De Silvestro is third woman on IndyCar podium
HOUSTON >> A season that started with so much promise for Simona de Silvestro finally delivered a payoff after a long wait for the Swiss driver. She scored the first podium finish of her career Saturday with a second-place finish in the Grand Prix of Houston. It moved her alongside Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher as the only women in IndyCar history to earn a podium finish. For de Silvestro, it came in her 63rd career start, and few thought it would take this long. Her previous best finish was fourth at St. Petersburg in the 2011 opener. “I’m just really happy to be here. We’ve been waiting a really long time for this podium and everybody on the team and all my sponsors that have supported me all these years — it’s really cool we can be together and celebrate this,” she said Saturday.

BEIJING >> Rafael Nadal was assured of taking the No. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic after advancing to the final of the China Open on Saturday when Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic retired with a back injury. The Spaniard was a break up at 4-2 in the opening set of their semifinal when Berdych retired soon after taking an injury timeout. Djokovic, the defending champion, earned a comfortable 6-4, 6-2 victory over fifth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the other semifinal. Even if he loses to Djokovic in the final today, Nadal will sit atop the rankings. Nadal, who improved to 27-0 on hard courts this season, will return to the top ranking for the first time since July 2011. Djokovic has been No. 1 for 101 weeks. In the women’s draw, top-ranked Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic of Serbia advanced to the final with contrasting wins. Serena earned a straight-forward 6-2, 6-2 victory over Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, while Jankovic rallied for a 6-7 (7), 6-1, 6-1 win over Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.


The record of FBS college football teams from Florida on Saturday. No. 8 Florida State, No. 14 Miami, No. 18 Florida, Florida Atlantic, Central Florida, Florida International and South Florida all notched wins.


U.S. women take double in vault
ANTWERP, BELGIUM >> The United States won a second gold-silver double in as many days at the gymnastics world championships on Saturday, with defending champion McKayla Maroney beating all-around champion Simone Biles in the vault. Earlier, 17-year-old Kenzo Shirai of Japan twisted his way to the floor gold medal, becoming the first athlete to perform a quadruple twist at a major event final. On Friday, Biles edged teammate Kyla Ross for a 1-2 finish in the all-around. Biles has two more chances at gold in the final of the floor and balance beam today. ——— Associated Press

Kenseth wins Nationwide race in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, KAN. >> Matt Kenseth is proving to be unbeatable at Kansas Speedway. The winner of the last two Sprint Cup races at the track, Kenseth got into his Nationwide car and drove it to victory Saturday, taking advantage of a controversial late-race wreck that involved Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch to conserve enough fuel for the end. “I thought it was the best car we had all year at an open track,” Kenseth said. Kenseth crossed the finish line well ahead of Paul Menard, who got around Regan Smith on the final lap.

The points for and against the seven Florida college football teams Saturday.

Del Potro and Raonic advance in Japan
TOKYO >> Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro overcame Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7), 7-6 (1) on Saturday to reach the final of the Japan Open. Del Potro hit 12 aces to dispatch the sixth-seeded Spaniard and set up a final with third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada, who beat Ivan Dodig of Croatia 7-6 (4), 6-1 in an earlier semifinal. “I played well in the tiebreak and at the important moments,” del Potro said. “In this kind of match, one or two points can be the difference, so I was just trying to stay focused until the end.” ——— Associated Press

Times this season the Fresno State (5-0) football team has scored 40 or more points. The Bulldogs beat Idaho 61-14 on Saturday.

John Force takes Funny Car points lead
MOHNTON, PA. >> John Force took the Funny Car points lead Saturday at Maple Grove Raceway, topping qualifying in the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals. The 15-time world champion moved into the points lead for the first time this season when his time of 3.987 seconds at 323.50 mph from Friday held up through two qualifying sessions Saturday. ——— Associated Press


>> 1991: British Columbia’s Doug Flutie breaks Warren Moon’s CFL record for yards passing in a season with a 582-yard game in a 45-38 loss to Edmonton. >> 2008: Arizona becomes the first team in NFL history to block a punt to score the winning TD in overtime in their 30-24 win over Dallas. >> 2008: For the first time since 1970, the winning points are scored in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter in four games in a single NFL weekend.

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