UK assistant Tee Martintaking job with Southern Cal
University of Kentucky spokesman Tony Neely confirmed late Wednesday night that wide receivers coach Tee Martin is leaving Kentucky to take the same job at the University of Southern California.
In a text, Neely said, "The landscape has changed. Coach Martin is confirming that he has taken the job."
Not only did Martin tell Ben Jones of Cats Illustrated that he took the job, but also Matt Barkley, USC's starting quarterback, tweeted "Excited to welcome @TeeMartin17 to the Trojan Family as our new WR coach! Gonna be a great year!."
Martin, who quarterbacked Tennessee to the 1998 national championship, joins Lane Kiffin's staff after two years at Kentucky. He was hired at UK to replace Joker Phillips, who coached the wide receivers before being promoted to head coach.
Four TCU players arrested in drug bust
Authorities arrested 17 students at Texas Christian University on Wednesday as part of a six-month drug sting, an especially embarrassing blow to the school because it included four members of the high-profile football team. Arrest warrants painted a startling picture of the Horned Frogs, with a handful of players who allegedly arranged marijuana sales after class or around practice and who told police that most of the team had failed a surprise drug test just two weeks ago.
According to police, players sold undercover officers marijuana during the season and as recently as last week.
"There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days," Coach Gary Patterson said in a prepared statement. "As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I'm mad."
The 17 people arrested were caught making "hand-to-hand" sales of marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs to undercover officers, police said. They said the bust followed an investigation prompted by complaints from students, parents and others.
TCU has an enrollment of about 9,500 students, but the athlete arrests drew the most scrutiny. The bust came just one day after a thrilling overtime victory by the men's basketball team over a ranked opponent and less than 24 hours after TCU released its football schedule for next season, its first in the Big 12 Conference.
Three prominent defensive players on the team were arrested: linebacker Tanner Brock, the leading tackler two seasons ago, defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey and cornerback Devin Johnson. The other player is offensive lineman Ty Horn.
While school Chancellor Victor Boschini said he didn't think TCU had a "football problem," the arrest affidavits raise the possibility that other players were involved.
In November, a Fort Worth police officer was informed that Horn was selling marijuana to "college students and football players at Texas Christian." The officer allegedly bought marijuana that day, Nov. 3, two days before a road game at Wyoming, from both Horn and Yendrey.
Officers during the next several months allegedly set up drug deals with the players outside restaurants, a grocery store and other areas around campus. On Jan. 19, Brock allegedly sold an officer $200 worth of marijuana after Yendrey ran out.
"After a short conversation about the marijuana, Brock and I exchanged phone numbers, telling me to come to him from now on instead of (Yendrey)," according to the affidavits.
Horn and Johnson scoffed at the Feb. 1 team drug test ordered by Patterson, police said. Brock allegedly told an undercover officer that he failed the surprise test "for sure," but that it wouldn't be a problem because there "would be about 60 people screwed."
Jaworski dropped from MNF booth
Monday Night Football is switching to a two-man booth. Analyst Ron Jaworski has signed a five-year contract extension to appear on other programming on ESPN and will no longer join play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico and color commentator Jon Gruden on Monday nights, the network said Wednesday. Jaworski, the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, will work various ESPN studio shows year-round, often focusing on his specialty of breaking down video. "With him doing one game each week, we don't necessarily believe we were getting the best Ron Jaworski had to offer to the network," executive vice president Norby Williamson said. Jaworski called Monday Night Football games the past five seasons.
Buccaneers release Haynesworth
Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who signed him after injuries decimated their roster midway through last season. General manager Mark Dominik announced the move Wednesday, saying he appreciated Haynesworth filling in for seven games and that he wishes the 350-pound tackle the best moving forward.
Maddon, Rays agree to 3-year extension
The reigning AL manager of the year isn't going anywhere. That is, unless you're counting spring training, where Joe Maddon is eager to get to work after agreeing to a three-year contract extension that could keep him in Tampa Bay's dugout through 2015. The Rays formally announced the deal with the 58-year-old manager during a news conference at Tropicana Field on Wednesday. Maddon has led the team to the playoffs three of the past four seasons.
Gwynn's tumor, facial nerve removed
Doctors who operated on Tony Gwynn say it appears the Hall of Fame outfielder's cancer has not spread. But they say it will take up to 18 months for him to regain movement in the right side of his face. The UC San Diego Health System said Wednesday that surgeons removed a facial nerve because it was intertwined with the tumor. They grafted a nerve from Gwynn's neck to make sure he will eventually regain facial movement. The hospital system says Gwynn is in good spirits and that Tuesday's surgery went "extremely well."
Evernham returns as ESPN analyst
Ray Evernham is returning to the broadcast booth in NASCAR, rejoining ESPN as an analyst after taking a year off. Evernham, who won three championships as Jeff Gordon's crew chief and later started his own team, was an ESPN analyst from 2008-10. He didn't work for the network last season, instead becoming a consultant to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick.
Wheaties to feature Ali, Jenner, Retton
Muhammad Ali, Bruce Jenner and Mary Lou Retton are appearing on new Wheaties boxes featuring retro images of the Olympic champions. The boxes were unveiled Wednesday in Los Angeles and will be available on store shelves nationwide. Wheaties marketing manager Betsy Frost says fans have been asking for the trio to be featured on cereal boxes again. Ali won a gold medal in boxing at the 1960 Rome Olympics; Jenner was the decathlon champion at the 1976 Montreal Games; and Retton won the all-around gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
The last word
Jim Stallings of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, on the possibility of Randy Moss succeeding Plaxico Burress as a Jets wideout:
"Makes perfect sense. Replace a player known for shooting himself in the leg with a player known for shooting himself in the foot."