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COACH KURT AT LARGE.....T, 1/14/14
Posted on: 01-13-2014

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    Last week I wrote:  "If
the Detroit Lions do not name
a head coach this week,that
means the job belongs to Ken

    Well, a week has come and
gone, Whisenhunt became
available when the San Diego Chargers were eliminated from the playoffs
Sunday, and after conducting exit interviews for the Chargers Monday,
the Bolts offensive coordinator took the head coaching job...with the
Tennessee Titans.

     The Lions had William Clay Ford's private jet fueled and ready to go
pick-up Whisenhunt on Monday, but he chose to fly elsewhere.

    Last week I also wrote:  "Two others on the supposed Lions short list
were Bill O'Brien of Penn State and Lovie Smith, former head man of the
Chicago Bears. Both accepted other jobs, O'Brien with the Houston
Texans and Smith with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, without ever sitting
down and talking with Detroit.
   "Just maybe, in spite of what some TV commentators have suggested,
the Lions aren't the most attractive head coaching opening in the NFL."

    Well, make that three potential Lion head coaches who hired on
elsewhere. Whisenhunt went south just as I learned how to spell his

    So, whoever the Lions hire, will be the second or maybe their fourth
choice for the job.

    Supposedly the new Lion target is Jim Caldwell, the first candidate
the Lions interviewed for the Jim Schwartz job opening.
    Like Whisenhunt, Caldwell has prior head coaching experience, took
a team to the Super Bowl (Indianapolis in 2009) and is adept at working
with quarterbacks. Currently the Baltimore Ravens OC, Caldwell was
14-2 with the first Colts team he inherited from retired Tony Dungy but
2-14 by year three in 2011 when QBack Peyton Manning sat out injured.
    Dungy reportedly spoke with Lions Vice Chairman Bill Ford Jr. on
Monday touting Caldwell's credentials.

    It would be ironic if the Lions hired another one of the candidates
they've already interviewed, namely fired Tennessee head coach Mike
    Munchak said he had a "great" interview with the Lions last week.
    Monday Munchak interviewed for the Cleveland Browns head coaching

    Fired Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak also interviewed with


    Alex Rodriguez declared war on Major League Baseball when he fought
the 211 game PED suspension handed down from Commissioner Bud Selig
last summer.
    Monday A-Rod also declared war on his own union.

    Saturday's ruling by independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz in the
A-Rod/MLB dispute reduced the ban to all of 2014, both regular and
    Monday Rodriguez's attorneys filed suit in federal court to overturn
the arbitration finding and that suit named both MLB and the MLBPA,
the Major League Baseball Players' Association, as co-defendants.  
    In blaming the union,  Rodriguez's suit claimed the MLBPA "completely
abdicated its responsibility to Mr. Rodriguez to protect his rights."

    The union wasted no time in publicly firing back at A-Rod. Former
Detroit Tiger Tony Clark, the newly promoted Executive Director of the
MLBPA, released the following statement:
    "It is unfortunate that Alex Rodriguez has chosen to sue the Players
Association. His claim is completely without merit, and we will aggressively
defend ourselves and our members from these baseless charges.
    "The Players Association has vigorously defended Mr. Rodriguez's rights
throughout the Biogenesis investigation, and indeed throughout his career.
Mr. Rodriguez's allegation that the Association has failed to fairly represent
him is outrageous, and his gratuitous attacks on our former Executive Director,
[the late] Michael Weiner, are inexcusable."

    A-Rod now has nobody, except his expensive legal team, in his corner.

    Meanwhile, the Rodriguez lawyers were busy doing an about face Monday.
    At first the A-Rod reps wanted portions of the suit sealed from public view.
After US District Judge William H. Pauley III rejected that request an A-Rod
lawyer suddenly said they were happy with that decision.
    One of the Rodriguez attorneys, Jordan Siev, told ESPNNewYork.com's
Andrew Marchand: "We want the entire record to be public."



    For years Detroit-Mercy blocked Metro Detroit rival Oakland University
from joining the Horizon League.
    Not exactly a premier conference, the HL is nevertheless a good home
to midwest urban universities like Cleveland State, Wright State (in Dayton),
Illinois-Chicago, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and more.
    When Indianapolis-based Butler, the HL's marquee team, bolted to the
more prestigious Big East, the Horizon needed a replacement and Oakland
finally got its chance.
    Although this appears to be a down year for the Golden Grizzlies, longtime
coach OU Greg Kampe has done a marvelous job of taking Oakland from DIV-2
to solid mid-major status (a journey HL members Cleveland State and Valparaiso
have also made).    
    Saturday night Oakland and Detroit-Mercy met for the first time as Horizon
LGE basketball foes. The Grizzlies staged a mighty late second half comeback to
outscore UDM 30-10 in the last 8:10 including an 11-1 closing run for a thrilling
77-69 victory on enemy territory.
   The first meeting on the hardwood between the Titans and the Grizzlies in
over 10 years drew the largest Calihan Hall crowd in almost 13 years. The
audience of  6,976 was the most since UDM hosted Cleveland State and attracted
7,231 on 2/18/2001.
    Afterward everybody on both sides said it was fun to be part of.
    Due to the short-sightedness of UDM's inept administration, it was way too
long in happening.



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