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Report: Jim Harbaugh not interested in returning to the NFL

Various reports over the past several weeks have suggested that NFL teams are highly interested in Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh returning to the pros. Up until now, there has not been any indication that Harbaugh himself is looking to leave Ann Arbor.
Now, according to this report from Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, any talk of Harbaugh heading to the NFL is premature. That information comes from those close to the Wolverines head coach. The speculation regarding Harbaugh’s status at Michigan isn’t too surprising. Considered an enigmatic personality, each of his past three coaching stops have lasted four seasons. That started San Diego years back before Harbaugh ultimately moved on to Stanford.
After four seasons with the Cardinal, Harbaugh spent four often rocky and successful years with the San Francisco 49ers.
For their part, Michigan has been one of the biggest disappointments in college football this season.
Following a 24-10 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday, Michigan sits at 8-3

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CIF Southern Section alums (very) prevalent at Coliseum during Trojans’ victory over Bruins


The CIF Southern Section produces some of the best high school football talent in the nation.

And, thankfully, most of those players stay close to home when they continue their careers at the next level.

During USC’s 28-23 win over UCLA on Saturday night, 24 of the 44 total starters on the field were alumni of the CIF-SS. Of the game’s seven total touchdowns, five were scored by CIF-SS products.

Yeah, impressive to say the least.

And a few of those fellas had some huge moments at the Coliseum.

But more on that in a minute.

First, the stars of the game … before the ball was even snapped … were the quarterbacks — Josh Rosen (St. John Bosco) of UCLA and Sam Darnold (San Clemente) of USC. Being that both are local kids, legends at their high schools and will be high NFL Draft picks at some point, it was sure to be an entertaining matchup.

And it was.

Rosen looked sharper, passing for 421 and three scores, but had more than double the amount of attempts of Darnold (52 to 28). Each QB threw an interception while Rosen lost a fumble.

Now, to the moments.

Tyler Vaughns’ (Bishop Amat grad) coolest fake-punt-coverage-but-return-it-for-a-touchdown-anyways touchdown you’ll ever see.

Jordan Lasley (Serra) had a monster performance for UCLA, catching 10 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns.

None of his grabs were as awesome as this one …

On the defensive side, USC safety Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga) and defensive tackles Josh Fatu (Lakewood) and Malik Dorton (St. John Bosco) added a sack and tackle for loss. Marvell Tell (Crespi) for USC and Jaleel Wadood (St. John Bosco) for UCLA provided the contest’s two interceptions.

With the win, the Trojans extended their winning streak vs. the Bruins to three straight (after losing three in a row from 2012-14).

Oh, yeah, this guy showed up, too.

The Trojans (10-2, 8-1) will face Stanford for Washington State in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Dec. 1 in Santa Clara on ESPN starting at 5p.

 

The CIF-SS playoffs continue on Prep Zone, Prime Ticket at FOX Sports GO on Friday night. St. John Bosco hosts Centennial in the highlight of our semifinals coverage.


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Report: Broncos QB Trevor Siemian inactive Sunday

At 3-6 on the season and after losing their past five games by a combined 97 points, things are not going swimmingly for the last-place Denver Broncos.
More than anything, it’s been the quarterback situation that’s held this team back. Trevor Siemian started the first seven games, only to be benched after throwing nine touchdowns and 10 picks during that span.
Denver then turned to former Texans free agent bust Brock Osweiler, who has since lost his two starts by a combined 53 points. All the while, former first-round pick Paxton Lynch has been sidelined the entire season with a shoulder injury.
Things are changing in Denver with the team set to take on Cincinnati Sunday. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Siemian will be a healthy inactive after being passed up on the depth chart by a now-healthy Paxton Lynch. The second-year quarterback will back up Osweiler in Week 11.
“Brock Osweiler will start again for the 3-6 Broncos, Paxton Lynch will be his backup, and original starter Trevor

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are headed to the Super Bowl. Here’s why


– The Pittsburgh Steelers are the team to beat in the AFC. And I don’t want to hear about the Colts game last week. Tomlin, historically, coming out of a buy has been very bad. 0-3 coming in. And they didn’t show up in the first half against the Colts. But if you look at the metrics, their defense vastly improved.

– Yes.

– And they get the Patriots at home in December. They win that game, they’re going to have home field advantage. And here’s where it gets fun. Tom Brady— do you know what his post-season record on the road is in the playoffs?

– Uh, the all time? No.

– Three and four. Under 500 on the road in the playoffs. Tom Brady has not won a playoff road game in a decade.

– Is that right?

– Look at the numbers. A decade. 2007 his last road playoff win. If the Patriots don’t get it. And remember, no Edelman. They are, I believe, 32nd in the league against the rush average, giving them five yards to carry. You’re telling me Le’Veon Bell isn’t going to destroy that Patriots defense in the postseason?

– It is funny. They play a lot of home games, So Brady is 17 and 3–

– –at home in the playoffs. Sees the lights out, right?

– And three and four. I wonder how many of those losses are to Denver?

– Well, they’re two of them to Peyton Manning. And I believe the other road playoff– all three are to Peyton Manning, actually. Indianapolis was the other one.

– Yeah.

– So again, I’m not saying Brady struggles on the road in the playoffs.

– But he’s not the same.

– Small sample size. But again, look at that– and the defense. I mean, we’ve established that the Alabama Crimson Tide are injured badly on defense, and they’re hurting, and they’re limping, and I think they’re susceptible. Nobody’s saying it, Colin, but I’m telling you, New England, defensively, is very vulnerable right now. Dant’a Hightower’s out. They can’t stop the run.

You give a heavy dose of Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown on the outside. I believe, remember, Tomlin gets them up for big games. Go back to that Kansas City Chiefs game. The Chiefs were undefeated. They went in there, ran Le’Veon Bell. Just trucked that Chief’s defense all afternoon and won. I believe the Steelers are going to the Super Bowl from the AFC.


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Report: Tyrod Taylor could generate a lot of interest on trade market

The Buffalo Bills’ decision to bench Tyrod Taylor this week probably signaled the end of the quarterback’s time with the franchise, but that does not necessarily mean he will be released during the offseason.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports was told by several NFL executives that the Bills should find plenty of suitors for Taylor if and when they decide to shop him around. Taylor has a $6 million roster bonus due on the third day of the league year in March, but his $10 million base salary is more than reasonable for a starting quarterback.

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Buffalo has a $6M roster bonus due to Taylor in the first week of free agency in March, but, with just a $10M base salary other GMs see that as a trade-able contract with some value, given Taylor’s productivity, age, upside and unique athleticism. Other GMs identified the Jaguars, Broncos, Cardinals and Saints (if Drew Brees leaves as a free agent) as possible destinations. Those teams have strong defenses and other parts in place who are very likely to be on the market for a quarterback upgrade next season

Taylor only turned 28 in August, and he has not been bad in 2017. He has a passer rating of 91.4 and has thrown 10 touchdown passes compared to just three interceptions. His worst game came against the New Orleans Saints last weekend, but the Bills allowed nearly 300 yards rushing and were dominated in every phase of the game. There’s no way Taylor could have made a difference with how poorly Buffalo’s defense played.

The Bills will almost certainly release Taylor if they can’t find a trade partner, which is why teams may be content to just wait it out. However, if a team values him enough, it may be worth spending a low draft pick to prevent him from hitting free agency.


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Florida Panthers at Anaheim Ducks game preview

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ANAHEIM, Calif — The Anaheim Ducks will honor two legends of the franchise Sunday at Honda Center for “Hall of Fame Night.”

After that, two hockey teams will square off in a game that both clubs need to win.

Former Anaheim stars Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya will be honored after their Hall of Fame inductions before the Ducks and Florida Panthers drop the puck.

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Anaheim (8-7-3) is coming off a 4-2 victory over Boston on Wednesday and going into a stretch of three games in four nights while Florida (7-10-2) took a 4-0 beating at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday afternoon to continue a three-game California road trip.

Defenseman Mike Matheson tried to describe what happened to the Panthers in downtown Los Angeles as they get ready to move south to Orange County.

“From our point of view, I don’t think we played hard enough in the crease,” Matheson said. “There were times we could have got to the net, gotten pucks to the net and made it a little harder for them. I think that’s the difference maker from our point of view.

“Like I said, we know what they have every game we play them in here, they’re tough to play against. We know we have to match that intensity. I thought we had a good 40 minutes then kind of fell through there.”

The Ducks, meanwhile, continue to manage without center Ryan Getzlaf, right winger Jared Boll, center Ondrej Kase, right winger Patrick Eaves, center Ryan Kesler and defenseman Cam Fowler.

Still, they are treading water because goaltender John Gibson has been on his game all season. He is coming off a 42-save effort against Boston and is 6-6-1 on the season with a 2.84 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.

“Knowing he is back there making those saves gives us confidence,” said rookie winger Kevin Roy, an AHL San Diego call up who scored his first career NHL goal against Boston. “He is back there making saves and that allows us to play our games. He is an excellent goalie and we are lucky to have him.”

Florida counters with goaltender Roberto Luongo, who recorded the 74th shutout of his career Thursday in a 4-0 victory at San Jose to move two shutouts behind Tony Esposito and Ed Belfour for ninth on the NHL’s all-time list.

And the Ducks? Well, they can’t wait to honor Selanne and Kariya, who came to southern California and helped make hockey cool.

“I mean, you are talking about two legends right there, two guys we all grew up watching,” said Roy, who grew up in Greenfield Park, Quebec, watching Selanne and Kariya work their magic. “The building is going to be electric for sure. We’re all going to be skating with a little extra for those guys.”


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