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Jaguars owner Weaver fires Del Rio & sells team


Jack Del Rio during training camp July 2008 (photo by Nichos via wikipedia commons)

Jack Del Rio knew the stakes when he went to training camp this season with his Jacksonville Jaguars. His job security became week-to-week once two things occured: 1) when he cut veteran quarterback David Garrard to go with rookie Blaine Gabbert and 2) when owner Wayne Weaver said he needed to make the playoffs to keep his job for a 10th season.

At 3-8 this season, Weaver fired Del Rio. He leaves the North Florida city with a 69-73 record, including 1-2 in two playoff berths. The Jaguars were not able to win the NFL’s AFC South in any of his nine seasons. The division also has Indianapolis, Houston and Tennessee.

Weaver also announced that he was selling the franchise to Illinois businessman Shadid Khan, who was born in Pakistan and is the owner of Flex-N-Gate bumper systems company.

The franchise, born in 1993, is worth $760 million according to Forbes magazine.

The 77-year-old Weaver named defensive coordinator Mel Tucker the interim head coach and gave general manager Gene Smith a three-year contract extension. Smith will head the coaching search.

The 61-year-old Khan’s purchase of the team is subject to NFL approval. League owners will be voting on December 14. If it is approved, the sale will become official January 4.


Info courtesy of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Radio & TV news

OSU AD Smith says Buckeyes will not turn down bowl bid


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Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says if the Buckeyes football team gets a bowl bid and are allowed to play by the NCAA, they’ll accept to matter the bowl.

Smith says that OSU will not penalize itself as most schools do to soften NCAA possible sanctions.

The Buckeyes are 6-5 under interim head coach Luke Fickell and are bowl-eligibleheading into Saturday’s annual border battle with #15 Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Currently, its tough to tell where the Buckeyes might play in regards to a bowl. They are looking at the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston, the Ticketcity Bowl in Dallas or the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit. Gator Bowl officials were in Columbus last week to watch Ohio State against Penn State.

Ohio State is still waiting for the NCAA’s ruling on players accepting imporoper benefits and former head coach Jim Tressel’s not revealing his knowledge of those violations and playing ineligible players.


Info compiled from Radio, TV & Twitter

Mother of OSU AD Gene Smith dies at 84


Gene Smith (courtesy of

The mother of Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, Elizabeth D. Smith, died Friday afternoon in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio at age 84.

Mrs. Smith worked for 30 years as a licensed registered nurse at University Hospital in Cleveland before her retirement in 1988.

Gene Smith was in attendance at Ohio State’s game against Penn State on Saturday but was not as visible as he usually is at home games.


Info compiled by staff, Radio & TV news

TOLEDO-OSU RECAP: Luke Fickell escapes embarassing loss;discusses game outcome


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Luke Fickell (file photo)

Most of us who cover the Ohio State Buckeyes on a regular basis, were sitting in the press box during Saturday’s 27-22 win over the Toledo Rockets wandering several things aloud, on Twitter and Facebook.

What if Luke Fickell loses this game and why isn’t he playing Braxton Miller when it was obvious Joe Bauserman was struggling badly at times.

If Toledo had won that game, it would’ve been the first time in 90 years that an in-state opponent would’ve beaten the Buckeyes. Believe it or not, Oberlin won in 1921.

A loss like this would not look good when Coach Fickell and Gene Smith get together at the end of the season to decide whether he keeps the job or not.

Toledo is a good football team, but they are not Wisconsin, Miami of Florida, Nebraska or Michigan.

The first-year head coach also could not be happy with his special teams inconsistent play. Toledo blocking a punt to set up its first TD and Drew Basil missing two field goals, one that counted and one that was nullified due to a penalty.

In his postgame press conference with the media, Fickell talked about Carlos Hyde, the blocked punt, Chris Fields’ 69-yard punt return for a TD, Philly Brown, Rod Smith’s fumbling and the state of the team after two games.


Smith, Fickell say players will be watched closely on memorabilia


OSU football coach Luke Fickell (photo by

From this point forward, the Ohio State football program will be watched very closely by the NCAA and that’s why athletic director Gene Smith and interim head coach Luke Fickell have put in a management plan to combat anymore allegations of athletes selling memorabilia and items given to them by the athletic department.

The items in question are jerseys, championship rings and watches have been sold and exchanged for cash and tattoos.

In the future, the players will be more accountable for all of their team-related items.

Freshman will be allowed to keep one game jersey and the ones for the rest of their eligibility will go into a storage locker with their name until their college career ends.

Players will still be given championship rings and watches, but on a yearly basis, they’ll have to prove to the athletic department that either they have the items or a family member is in possession of it.

The other new rule will be tighter rules on cars and living arrangements.


compiled from staff, Radio, TV & internet reports

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