So much for rumor mongering. Tom Coughlin will remain the head coach of the New York Giants, agreeing to a one-year extension today. ESPN.com has more.
Archive for January 10th, 2007
Quentin Richardson and Nate Robinson will be in uniform for the Knicks’ matchup tonight against the 76ers, whom recently hired former Knicks (and Nuggets, and Nets, and Spurs, and Clippers, and Pacers, and Sixers, and Pistons) coach Larry Brown as Executive Vice President.
Richardson had missed the last 11 games with recurring back spasms, a chronic problem for QRich throughout his career. Robinson is returning from his 10-game suspension – the longest suspension dealt to a Knicks player in the aftermath of the December 16th brawl with the Denver Nuggets. Denver Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony is still serving a 15-game suspension as a result of the melee.
The Newark Star Ledger is reporting that the Miami Dolphins have asked permission to speak to Jets’ offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer about their vacant head coach position. Schottenheimer, just 33 years-old, is the son of Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer, and drew rave reviews during his first year coordinating an NFL offense. The Dolphins could be looking to take a page out of the Jets’ playbook by taking a chance on a neophyte harvested from a division rival. The move would be a risky one, but extremely ironic given the Jets’ recruitment of former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini last offseason, and would no doubt be a costly blow to the Jets’ long and short-term plans.
Join them? That must be Jeremy Shockey’s mantra if Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown is to be believed. According to the Newark Star Ledger, Brown told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Shockey would like to play in Philly, and that the Giants’ Tight End had relayed this to him. Shockey issued a swift denial, stating that he wants to play his entire career in Giants’ blue.
According to the Daily News, Bill Parcells is “irate”(see photo) at yesterday’s reports that he could be leaving the Cowboys to take over as Giants General Manager. Of course, as Nick Saban demonstrated last week, nearly everyone in professional sports is a bold-faced liar, not to mention the compulsive fabricators that cover them. The rumors will likely continue to swirl until A) The Giants appoint their next GM, or B) Parcells commits to a return to Dallas, which he must do by February 1st. The Giants, for their part, apparently scrapped plans for a late afternoon announcement on Tuesday confirming Tom Coughlin’s return as head coach, and naming Jerry Reese the team’s GM.
After another embarrassing defeat to the arch-rival Islanders last night (their 4th in 4 tries this season), Rangers head coach Renney seems to be losing patience with his struggling team. After tearing into his team in a closed-door locker room meeting, Renney proceeded to rip into his guys in front of the assembled members of the media, describing the team as “brutal,” “awful,” and lacking any “concept of team play.” After a season-worst 7-game losing streak, the Rangers had appeared to have rebounded, winning four straight and playing sound, fundamental-even dominating at times – hockey throughout the brief winning streak. The team seemed primed to erase the smear of the three losses they’d already suffered this year at the hands of the Isles. Instead, the Blueshirts played some of their most uninspired hockey of the season, and it sounds as if Renney has seen enough.
“Look at our season. It hasn’t been stellar…And we just finished losing …
In a development that you can file under “weirder than fiction,” Peter Vecsey of the New York Post is reporting that the Knicks are currently discussing a contract buyout with Steve Francis, who supposedly is rehabbing knee tendinitis in Houston. Francis was acquired at last year’s trade deadline from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Trevor Ariza and the expiring contract of Penny Hardaway. Whereas the Knicks could have held on to a young talent in Ariza while excising a huge chunk of change from their bloated payroll, they instead find themselves on the hook for the remainder of $15 million owed to Francis this season, as well as an additional $34.24 million owed over the next two seasons.
The story gets stranger, as Vecsey also reports that should a buyout be worked out, Francis could join the Philadelphia 76ers, reuniting with Larry Brown. Such a development would lend credence to the claim by Jim Dolan and Isiah Thomas that it was Brown who urged for Francis’ …
Matthew Cerrone debates the argument over on MetsBlog. Conclusion? “While Mattingly was a better hitter, keith was a better fielder…however, keith had the better mustache, which should break the tie…
Nets point guard Jason Kidd and his wife Joumana are at it again, only this time the tables seem to have turned. According to the New York Post, Kidd – who was charged with spousal abuse in 2001 while with the Phoenix Suns – plans to file a domestic violence complaint and restraining order against his wife. The Bergen Record goes one step further, reporting that a domestic violence complaint filed Monday accuses Mrs. Kidd of mistreating the couple’s three children.
At the time of the 2001 assault, Joumana Kidd called the event “good in a sense, because it’s brought us a lot closer together.” Reporters for the Post were unable to reach Joumana for comment last night.
UPDATE: Kidd has filed for divorce, citing “extreme cruelty.”
Giants’ fans hoping for their own savior pirated from the New England organization will have to look elsewhere. Unlike Jets’ head coach Eric Mangini, who bolted from mentor Bill Belichick’s staff after just one season as Defensive Coordinator, Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli will not be headed to the Big Apple.
While the Giants had received permission from the Pats to speak with Pioli, the team was shot down before those plans could get off the ground. Said Pioli: “I am very honored to be granted the opportunity to discuss a potential position with the New York Giants. I have tremendous respect for the Kraft family, the Mara family, the Tisch family and the Giants organization. After careful consideration, and for personal reasons, I am continuing in my current role with the New England Patriots.”
With Pioli out of the picture, speculation has remained within the family, turning toward Pioli’s father-in-law, former Giants and Jets head coach and current head coach of the Dallas Cowboys Bill Parcells. …
Not so much. As expected, Mark McGwire fell far short of the required votes to enter Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame. The AP reports that McGwire only garnered 23.5 percent of the votes in his first opportunity on the ballot. In contrast, Cal Ripken Jr. received 98.53% of the votes, while Tony Gwynn pulled in 97.6 percent.
Ripken’s vote total was the third-highest percentage ever – only Tom Seaver (98.84) and Nolan Ryan (98.79) received more – while Gwynn’s percentage was seventh-highest. Former Yanks’ great Goose Gossage finished third in this year’s voting, while Jim Rice, who played his entire career with the Boston Red Sox, finished fourth. Both fell short of Cooperstown.