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West Virginia University working on new contract for Huggins


Bob Huggins (courtesy West Virginia athletics)

Word out of Morgantown is that West Virginia University is working on a new contract for men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins.

Mountaineers’ athletic director Oliver Luck said the new pact should be completed in the next few months.

West Virginia has participated in the NCAA Tournament in each of Huggins’ five seasons at his alma mater.

In 2008, the former Cincinnati Bearcats and Kansas State coach signed a contract that currently pays him at least $20 million in guaranteed income through the year 2019.


Info compiled from Radio & TV news

Bulger, former Rams QB retires

Marc Bulger of St. Louis Rams in November 2008 (photo by GMO66 & Blueag9 via wikipedia commons)

It has been reported all over the internet, radio and television today that former St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger has retired after 11 NFL seasons.

After leaving the Rams after the 2009 season, Bulger spent 2010 with the Baltimore Ravens but did not play.

Bulger played in two Pro Bowls and passed for 22,814 yards, 122 touchdowns and 93 interceptions.


He threw for more than 3,800 yards three times, including a career-best 4,301 in 2006, the only season he played all 16 games.

Bulger was drafted out of West Virginia University by New Orleans in 2000, but never played for the Saints. He did become a star until Mike Martz brought him to the Rams where he eventually replaced Kurt Warner as the starting quarterback.


compiled from staff, Internet, Radio & TV news

OSU football communications director changing jobs


Shelly Poe (courtesy of OSU athletics)

I’ve been covering Ohio State football since the early 1980′s and  have dealt with several Sports Information  staff members during that time. In the media we know them as SID’s but the public knows them as athletic spokesman or spokeswoman.

This past Friday when I heard that Ohio State was replacing Shelly Poe, who handled all of the communications and public relations for the football program for the past four years, my reactions were sad and one of confusion.

Ms. Poe is one of the nicest, professional SID’s in the business. She is very fair with the media, does not play favorites, asks everyone who they would like to interview for stories and let’s us all know what is going on with the football program.  She’s is likeable and very approachable. I was surprised once when she told me that she remembered me from all of the times that I would write her for media guides when she was the Sports Information Director at West Virginia University. She will be missed by all of the football beat writers.

This is not an indictment against her replacement, Jerry Emig, because I have the same feelings about him. I’ve known Jerry for a number of years and he will do a good job as well. Emig handled all of the sports that Poe will now manage.

Poe, will now oversee women’s soccer and softball, men’s and women’s swimming and all on-campus championships. She was inducted into the college sports information directors Hall of Fame in 2006. As mentioned before, she was athletic communications director at her alma mater, West Virginia from 1988 until she arrived at Ohio State in 2007.

Assistant atheletic director for communications, Dan Wallenberg announced the changes.

Findlay Oilers hire Rob Keys to lead football program

Rob Keys (photo courtesy of & Findlay athletics)

The University of Findlay, a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, has chosen Rob Keys, former co-defensive coordinator and special teams coach for the Oilers from 2000-2004, to head its football program in 2011 and years to come.

The hiring was announced on Thursday by Findlay athletics director Steven Rackley.

“We are very excited to announce that Coach keys has accepted the challenge of leading our football program,” said Rackley. “Following an extensive search, we found the man to lead our program, one that knows Findlay and what needs to be done to get this program back on track. He has an impressive vision for our program and he takes pride in developing the young men under his guidance.”

During the 2010 season, Keys served as the defensive backs coach at the University of New Hampshire. He helped coach the team to an 8-5 record in 2010 and a spot in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Playoffs. The Wildcats, who were ranked #10 in the nation, were then upended by the #5 University of Delaware Blue Hens 16-3 in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Keys had a very successful playing career at West Virginia University where he earned the special teams MVP award in 1995 (the same season in which he served as a team captain), was selected as the top walk-on player in 1994 and was named to the Mountaineer Club (the highest honor a WVU player can achieve) in 1994 and 1995.

Keys was a member of the Mountaineer teams that won the 1993 Big East Conference championship and played in the 1994 USF&G Sugar Bowl and 1994 Carquest Bowl games.

Info courtesy of Findlay athletics

Bengals bring in Pacman Jones for second tryout

compiled from staff and wire reports

Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has received a second look from the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday, a strong indication that the team with a history of trying to rehabilitate troubled players might be considering its next  project.

Cincinnati had not make a formal contract proposal as of Tuesday night, agent Tom Hunter told media outlets.

The Bengals are a handful of teams that have shown an interest in Jones, who was released by the Cowboys after the 2008 season and didn’t play in 2009. Only 26 years old, Jones has seen his career hit rock bottom because of his repeated arrests.

Adam "Pacman" Jones (nfl)

Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season and for six games with the Cowboys in 2008 for violating the NFL’s conduct policy.

Jones went to West Virginia University along with late Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry. He and Henry got into so much trouble with their teams, that commissioner Roger Goodell toughened the league’s disciplinary policies

The Cincinnati Bengals have one of the best cornerback tandems in the NFL  in Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall, who had six interception apiece last season. The defense finished fourth in the league, one of the main reasons Cincinnati won the AFC North with a 10-6 record.