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Please take note Assistant Coaches have been added to the pool.

You know the drill. 10 most likely to get fired. 1 least likely to get fired. If one of your choices gets fired before New Years Day, you are allowed to replace the pick.

Picks out all out in the Open. Yes you can pick the same person as somebody else.

My picks for 2013

10 Andy Reid
9 Norv Turner
8 AJ Smith
7 Ken Whisenhunt
6 Pat Shurmur
5 Romeo Crennel
4 Mike Munchak 
3 Scott Pioli
2 Mike D'Atoni
1 Mike Tice

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Norv Turner : 10 pts
Jeff Bzdelik : 9 pts
Rod Gardenhire : 8 pts
Jim Schwartz : 7 pts
Andy Reid : 6 pts
Ned Yost : 5 pts
Bobby Hauck : 4 pts
Lovie Smith : 3 pts
Pat Shurmer : 2 pts
Bud Black : 1 pts

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Sticking with the NFL.

10 Andy Reid
9 Norv Turner
8 AJ Smith
7 Romeo Crennel
6 Mike Munchak
5 Scott Pioli
4 Ken Wisenhunt
3 Pat Shurmer
2 Ron Rivera
1 Chan Gailey

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10. Norv Turner
9. Andy Reid
8. Romeo Crennel
7. Scott Pioli
6. Pat Shurmur
5. Mike Mularkey
4. Chan Gailey
3. Ken Whisnehunt
2. Dennis Allen
1. Ron Rivera

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Hymie Itsu wrote:
Lovie Smith : 3 pts

Good Pick. Hopefully Tice goes with him.

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I guess Andy Reid's going to be shit-canned tomorrow.

If this is the case, I'll take Mike Mularkey for a alternate pick.

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If it's ok with claw, I'm going to submit my list and add several subs to add in, in order, should anyone on my list get canned. I won't be around to check who gets shit-canned from late afternoon until tomorrow.

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clawmaster wrote: Hymie Itsu wrote:
Lovie Smith : 3 pts

Good Pick. Hopefully Tice goes with him.

Don't see it. 10-6 is still 10-6. Every team they lost to made the playoffs.

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10- Andy Reid

9- Norv Turner

8- Romeo Crennel

7- Pat Shurmur

6-Chan Gailey

5- Mike Mularky

4-Ben Howland (UCLA)

3- Charlie Manual- Phillies

2- Bud Black-Padres

1-Dwane Casey-Raptors

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Considering the New Year's eve shitcans, should I go ahead and just revise a whole list today?

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I'd just do like I'm doing, everyone just bumps up as the firings happen today. (As long as Claw is good with this system, of course...)

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10 pt: Andy Reid (Phila Eagles)
9 pts: Norv Turner (San Diego Chargers)
8 pts: Pat Shurmur (Cleveland Browns)
7 pts: Ken Whisehunt (Arizona Cardinals)
6 pts: Mike Mularkey (Jacksonville Jaguars)
5 pts: Monty Williams (New Orleans Hornets)
4 pts: Terry Collins (NY Mets)
3 pts: Lawrence Frank (Detroit Pistons)
2 pts: Chan Gailey (Buffalo Bills)
1 pt: Dennis Allen (Oakland Raiders)



SUB PICKS: Whoever gets fired before the deadline, everyone moves up a spot and the guys on this list, in order, get moved into the main list.

Mike Dunlap (Charlotte Hornets)
Clint Hurdle (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Ned Yost (KC Royals)
Randy Wittman (Washington Wizards)
Mike Yeo (Minnesota Wild)
Jason Garrett (Dallas Cowboys)
Rex Ryan (NY Jets)
Mike Munchak (Tennessee Titans)
Mike d’Antoni (Los Angeles Lakers)
Brian Burke (Toronto Maple Leafs GM)
Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks)
Alain Vigneault (Vancouver Canucks)

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..so with Andy Reid, gone, for example (just saw that), Norv moves to my 10 point pick and Mike Dunlap moves into my 1 pt pick.

Only way to keep up with what promises to be a shit-ton of firings today, IMO

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khawk wrote: ..so with Andy Reid, gone, for example (just saw that), Norv moves to my 10 point pick and Mike Dunlap moves into my 1 pt pick.

Only way to keep up with what promises to be a shit-ton of firings today, IMO

The Bills fired Chan Gailey.

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There ya go. Lots more to come, I'm sure.

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So far fired.

Crennel
Gailey
Shurmur
Lovie Smith
Jax GM Gene Smith
Jets GM Tannenbaum
Andy Reid

Needs conformation on Norv Turner & AJ Smith.

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Norv is confirmed.

Add Ken Wisenhunt and Rod Graves from Arizona.

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clawmaster wrote: So far fired.

Crennel
Gailey
Shurmur
Lovie Smith
Jax GM Gene Smith
Jets GM Tannenbaum
Andy Reid

Needs conformation on Norv Turner & AJ Smith.


 

from ESPN

 

San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith were fired Monday, the team announced.





"I thank A.J. and Norv for the determination and integrity they brought to the Chargers each and every day," team president Dean Spanos said in a statement.



"Both Norv and A.J. are consummate NFL professionals, and they understand that in this league, the bottom line is winning. My only goal is the Super Bowl, and that is why I have decided to move in a new direction with both our head coach and general manager positions. I am committed to our great fans, and we will do whatever we possibly can to achieve that goal."



The Chargers have hired former Packers general manager Ron Wolf as a consultant to help them on their GM and coaching searches for the next month or two. Wolf's first day with the Chargers will be Tuesday.



Turner told reporters after Sunday's game that he expected the team would begin looking for a new coach.



"Obviously, we're going to meet with the team, and I'm sure they'll start looking for a new coach," said Turner, who has one year left on his contract at $3 million.



After the Chargers flopped in 2011, Spanos gave Turner and Smith a reprieve. But in 2012, the Chargers finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season.



Turner got the Chargers to the AFC Championship Game in his first season before losing at New England. Since then, though, there's been a steady decline.



Turner, 60, was 55-40 in seven seasons with the Chargers after being hired in 2007. Turner, who also has coached the Redskins and Raiders, has a 114-122-1 career record.



From the beginning, many outsiders believed Smith wanted a puppet of a head coach after butting heads with Marty Schottenheimer for two years before Spanos fired the coach because of what he called a "dysfunctional" relationship with the GM.



Schottenheimer was fired after a 14-2 season and a home-playoff pratfall against New England and replaced by Turner in February 2007 in what was an unpopular hire among the team's fans.







 






Smith, 63, has come under fire for the erosion of talent from a roster that at one time was considered among the NFL's best.



Smith's best draft was in 2004, when he took Eli Manning with the first pick despite Archie Manning's request that he not do so, then swapped the player's rights to the New York Giants for Philip Rivers and additional picks he used on kicker Nate Kaeding that year and Shawne Merriman the following year.



Besides his tiff with Schottenheimer, Smith's iron-fisted dealings with players have turned off some people. He mocked LaDainian Tomlinson toward the end of the running back's time in San Diego and used hardball negotiating tactics against tight end Antonio Gates in 2005 and wide receiver Vincent Jackson and left tackle Marcus McNeill in 2010.



The Chargers in 2012 suffered their first losing season since 2003. San Diego's current three-season playoff drought is its longest stretch out of the postseason since a drought that lasted from 1996-2003.

 

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8795549/san-diego-chargers-fire-norv-turner-aj-smith

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clawmaster wrote: If one of your choices gets fired before New Years Day, you are allowed to replace the pick.

10 Andy Reid
9 Norv Turner
8 AJ Smith
7 Ken Whisenhunt
6 Pat Shurmur
5 Romeo Crennel
4 Mike Munchak 
3 Scott Pioli
2 Mike D'Atoni
1 Mike Tice

Romeo on up got fired already.

My new picks.

10 Lane Kiffin
9 Scott Pioli
8 Mike Munchak
7 Mike Tice
6 Ron Rivera
5 Mike Mularkey
4 Dennis Allen 
3 Rex Ryan
2 Jason Garrett
1 Mike D'Antoni

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Benlen wrote:
10. Norv Turner
9. Andy Reid
8. Romeo Crennel
7. Scott Pioli
6. Pat Shurmur
5. Mike Mularkey
4. Chan Gailey
3. Ken Whisnehunt
2. Dennis Allen
1. Ron Rivera


switching mine to:
10.Scott Pioli Chiefs
9. Mike Mularkey Jags
8. Dennis Allen Raiders
7. Ron Rivera Panthers
6. Jim Schwartz Lions
5. PJ Carlesimo Nets
4. Alvin Gentry Suns
3. Keith Smart Kings
2. Randy Wittman Wizzards
1. Monty Williams Hornets

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Count Grog wrote: 10- Andy Reid

9- Norv Turner

8- Romeo Crennel

7- Pat Shurmur

6-Chan Gailey

5- Mike Mularky

4-Ben Howland (UCLA)

3- Charlie Manual- Phillies

2- Bud Black-Padres

1-Dwane Casey-Raptors


Ok redone picks

10-  Mike Mularkey-Jaguars


9-  PJ Carlisimo-Nets
8-  Terry Collins-Mets

7-  Ned Yost-Royals

6- Keith Smart-Kings
5- Lawrence Frank-Pistons

4-Ben Howland (UCLA)

3- Charlie Manual- Phillies

2- Bud Black-Padres

1-Dwane Casey-Raptors

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Hymie Itsu wrote:
Norv Turner : 10 pts
Jeff Bzdelik : 9 pts
Rod Gardenhire : 8 pts
Jim Schwartz : 7 pts
Andy Reid : 6 pts
Ned Yost : 5 pts
Bobby Hauck : 4 pts
Lovie Smith : 3 pts
Pat Shurmer : 2 pts
Bud Black : 1 pts


Jeff Bzdelik - 10
Rod Gardenhire - 9
Jim Schwartz - 8
Ned Yost - 7
Bobby Hauck - 6
Bud Black - 5
Fredi Gonzalez - 4
Eric Wedge - 3
Charlie Manuel - 2
Terry Collins - 1

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10 – Ron Gardenhire
09 – Bryan Coangelo
08 – Dwane Casey
07 – Brian Burke
06 – Jason Garrett
05 – Dale Sveum
04 – Ben Cherington
03 - Terry Collins
02 – Rex Ryan
01 – Charlie Manuel

 

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HBF wrote:
Sticking with the NFL.

10 Andy Reid
9 Norv Turner
8 AJ Smith
7 Romeo Crennel
6 Mike Munchak
5 Scott Pioli
4 Ken Wisenhunt
3 Pat Shurmer
2 Ron Rivera
1 Chan Gailey



Switching mine to the following. Most will come at the end of next season:

10.Lane Kiffin
9. Mike Munchak
8. Scott Pioli
7. Ron Rivera
6. Mike Tice
5. Rex Ryan
4. Mike Mularkey
3. Jason Garrett
2. Dennis Allen
1. Ned Yost

That what you want HBF?

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I can't edit but can I please change my final (1)-Mike D'Antoni to that idiot in Detroit, Jim Schwartz?

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New request-can I make Lane Kiffin my 10 point pick and bump everyone else down one (until the 1-Mike D'Antoni is not the 1 any longer)?

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Here are my revised picks based on my subs from yesterday posted earlier in the thread. The only variation is that I moved Jason Garrett up to be my 1-point pick as he was lower on my original list:

10 pts:Mike Mularkey (Jacksonville Jaguars)
9 pts: Monty Williams (New Orleans Hornets)
8 pts: Terry Collins (NY Mets)
7 pts: Lawrence Frank (Detroit Pistons)
6 pts: Dennis Allen (Oakland Raiders)
5 pts: Mike Dunlap (Charlotte Hornets)
4 pts: Clint Hurdle (Pittsburgh Pirates)
3 pts: Ned Yost (KC Royals)
2 pts: Randy Wittman (Washington Wizards)
1 pt: Jason Garrett (Dallas Cowboys)

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My final revised:
10 Lane Kiffin
9. Mike Munchak
8. Ron Rivera
7. Mike Tice
6. Mike Mularkey
5. Scott Pioli
4. Rex Ryan
3. Jason Garrett
2. Dennis Allen
1. Jim Schwartz

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Finally got my picks done:



10 points - Mike Mularkey ( Head Coach - Jacksonville Jaguars )
9 points - Dennis Allen ( Head Coach - Oakland Raiders )
8 points - Jack Capuano ( Head Coach - New York Islanders )
7 points - Scott Pioli ( GM - KC Chiefs )
6 points - Ron Rivera ( Head Coach - Carolina Panthers )
5 points - Dwayne Casey ( Head Coach - Toronto Raptors )
4 points - Terry Collins ( Manager - New York Mets )
3 points - Joe Sacco ( Head Coach - Colorado Avalanche )
2 points - Keith Smart ( Head Coach - Sacremento Kings )
1 point - Bryan Colangelo ( GM - Toronto Raptors )

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Do I get points for Greg Knapp ? He was fired Monday but it wasnt announced until Wednesday.

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Benlen wrote: Do I get points for Greg Knapp ? He was fired Monday but it wasnt announced until Wednesday.
I've gone back and forth on this in my mind. So I decided to google Greg Knapp.

http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders/ci_22289569/oakland-raiders-fire-offensive-coordinator-greg-knapp-three

Oakland Raiders fire offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, three other assistants

By Jerry McDonald

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Posted:   12/31/2012 03:25:59 PM PST
Updated:   12/31/2012 10:04:13 PM PST


ALAMEDA -- Greg Knapp preached patience, but the patience of coach Dennis Allen ran out.

Knapp, the Raiders' offensive coordinator, was one of four assistant coaches fired Monday after a 24-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers that completed a 4-12 season.

Allen, who had backed Knapp and his offensive system throughout the season, cited the bottom line.

"I think what happened is you realize that it wasn't working," Allen said at his season-ending news conference. "We weren't getting the production that we needed to, and I felt like we needed to make a change."

Also let go were offensive line coach Frank Pollack, linebackers coach Johnny Holland and special teams coordinator Steve Hoffman. Allen said he didn't expect any more changes on the coaching staff.

Knapp's dismissal means the Raiders will once again start over with a new offensive system. Allen said there is no timetable for hiring a new coordinator and said senior offensive assistant Al Saunders is under consideration.

Saunders was the offensive coordinator for the Raiders in 2011, although head coach Hue Jackson was the play-caller.

Among the head coaches with experience as an offensive coordinator who were fired on the NFL's "Black Monday" were Norv Turner (San Diego), Pat Shurmur (Cleveland), Ken Whisenhunt (Arizona) and Chan Gailey (Buffalo).

"We'll try to start the process as soon as we can, and we'll go until we get the right guy," Allen said.

Knapp was hired by Allen specifically to implement an offense with a zone blocking scheme and a moving pocket, tearing apart an offense that had been relatively successful under Jackson, who was the offensive coordinator in 2010 and the head coach in 2011.

Because of the Raiders' prior success and that running back Darren McFadden had flourished once Jackson cut back on zone scheme plays in favor of gap and power blocking runs, Knapp's selection was unpopular among much of the fan base.

It got even more unpopular as the Raiders struggled to run the ball and score points. After generating the most rushing yards in the NFL in 2010 and 2011, they dropped to 28th in 2012 at 88.8 yards per game with only four rushing touchdowns.

McFadden gained 707 yards on 216 carries with two touchdowns for a career-low average of 3.3 yards per carry. As a team, the Raiders dropped from 4.5 yards per carry to 3.8 yards per attempt.

The Raiders ranked 26th in scoring offense at 18.1 points per game and Sunday's total of 21 points was the most since Nov. 4 in a 42-32 loss to Tampa Bay.

Knapp compared the offense to a "start-up company" and expected it to take off in the second year of the system.

"I believe the zone running scheme is a productive running scheme," Allen said. "Obviously we didn't have the success we needed and there are a lot of factors that contributed to that.

"I'm not tied to a specific system. I'm tied to trying to find out what our players can do really well and try and put them in those positions to give them a chance to have success. I'm looking at production and execution, and that's where we have to be better."

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, one of the few players in the locker room after Allen's news conference, said he was "sad" that Knapp was gone.

"I really loved the guy as a coach ... that's the business," Pryor said. "Coach Allen said at a team meeting he made the best decision. Whether we agree with it or not doesn't matter. We have a great leader in D.A. ... everybody in the locker room believes in him."

Pollack, with extensive experience in zone blocking, came from the Houston Texans, where he worked with Knapp.

Hoffman's special teams units struggled to get any traction in the return game and surrendered a 99-yard kickoff return to Michael Spurlock in Sunday's season finale in San Diego.

Holland was the lone defensive coach let go from a unit that gave up 27.7 points per game, ranked 28th in the NFL, but improved considerably over the final month of the season after a horrendous November.




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So no points because the column is dated 12/31 but you are allowed to replace Knapp on your list.

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KC GM Scott Pioli got whacked. Must mean the Andy Reid signing is imminent.

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Updated standings

benlen 12
claw 11
CH 9
HBF 7

There are bonus points involved here. Two extra points for first coach/GM fired.

benlen,

You still need to replace your 6 point pick.

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http://www.kansascity.com/2013/01/04/3994506/chiefs-fire-gm-scott-pioli.html

Posted on Fri, Jan. 04, 2013 09:32 AM

By ADAM TEICHER and RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star

Scott Pioli is out after four seasons as Chiefs general manager.

The move clears the way for the Chiefs to hire Andy Reid as their head coach. Reid will likely bring a general manager of his choosing, perhaps Tom Heckert, who formerly worked with Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement released by the team. “Scott has been an invaluable member of the Chiefs family since joining us in 2009, and we sincerely appreciate his tremendous contributions over the last four years.

 “I know that this was a difficult decision for Scott as well. He has a great deal of appreciation for the history of this franchise, for our players, coaches and employees, and especially our great fans.

“There is no way to overstate the level of respect and admiration I have for Scott on a personal level. His character, loyalty, integrity and commitment to a team are extraordinary, and throughout the last four years, he has consistently put the best interests of the Chiefs ahead of his own. I know he will go on to enjoy further success in the National Football League, and I certainly wish him the best in the future.”

Pioli said in a statement released by the Chiefs,

“I would like to thank Norma, Clark and the Hunt Family for the opportunity that they gave me four years ago. I’d also like to thank the players, coaches, scouts and countless other employees, throughout the organization and at Arrowhead Stadium that have worked so hard during my time here. I would also like to genuinely thank Chiefs fans.

“The bottom line is that I did not accomplish all of what I set out to do. To the Hunt family -- to the great fans of the Kansas City Chiefs -- to the players, all employees and alumni, I truly apologize for not getting the job done.”

Pioli, 47, was a right-hand man to coach Bill Belichick with three Super Bowl champions at New England during 2000-08, was hired as Chiefs general manager in January 2009, replacing Carl Peterson.

"With his proven track record of success, Scott is the finest player personnel executive in the NFL,” Hunt said when introducing Pioli, “and we look forward to his leadership in building a championship organization."

Pioli, a five-time winner of NFL Executive of the Year honors as vice president/player personnel with the Patriots, spoke of finding “the right 53 players” in restoring the Chiefs as a competitive franchise. But it never happened.

Pioli was 23-41 in his four years running the Chiefs with just one winning season when the club won the AFC West with a 10-6 record but was blown out by Baltimore in a wild-card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium.

In addition, neither of his two coaching hires panned out. He hired Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley as head coach in 2009 after Haley had just helped the Cardinals to the Super Bowl. But the hot-tempered Haley had never served as a head coach at any level and as an assistant was known for clashing with players on the sidelines at games and in practice.

It didn’t take long for Pioli and Haley to butt heads and with three games to go in the 2011 season, Haley was dismissed, and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was promoted as interim head coach. Crennel coaxed the Chiefs to two wins in three games, and Pioli gave him a three-year contract as head coach despite Crennel’s 24-40 record as head coach at Cleveland during 2005-08.

Beyond the losing on the field, Pioli’s management style created a toxic atmosphere within the organization. Haley told The Star a few days before he was fired in December 2011 that he suspected rooms at the team facility were bugged so that team administrators could monitor employees’ conversations. Haley also believed his personal cellphone, a line he used before being hired by the Chiefs, had been tampered with.

Meanwhile, the stunning firing of club president Denny Thum, a 37-year employee of the organization, was one of many departures in a purge of former Chiefs associates who had worked for the previous administrations. During the next three years, more than half the workforce had been turned over, and an atmosphere of fear and insecurity permeated the environment among holdovers from the Peterson years as well as the newcomers.

Typifying the micro-managing and misguided priorities of Pioli’s, he once noticed a candy wrapper in a back stairwell at the Chiefs’ facility and waited to see how long it took to be picked up. About a week passed, and it remained in the stairwell. He placed the wrapper in an envelope, and during a meeting of department heads, club president Mark Donovan brandished the wrapper as evidence that Chiefs employees neglected attention to detail.

Little would have mattered had Pioli restored the winning ways of the Chiefs, who were an NFL power during 1990 to 2006, winning four AFC West titles and advancing to the playoffs nine times.

But Pioli’s performance in the draft and in acquiring players through trades and free agency was as poor as it was in hiring head coaches.

Pioli’s first major transactions backfired horribly. He traded tight end and Chiefs icon Tony Gonzalez to Atlanta for a second-round draft pick, and Gonzalez has added to his Hall of Fame resume by helping Atlanta to three playoff berths in four years, while the player taken with that pick, cornerback Javier Arenas has made no impact.

Before his first draft with the Chiefs, Pioli traded a second-round choice to New England for Patriots veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel and backup quarterback Matt Cassel, who received a $63 million contract.

Vrabel retired after two seasons, and Cassel, who was a Pro Bowl injury replacement in 2010, was benched as the starter last October. He finished his Chiefs career with a 19-21 record, 59 touchdown passes, 44 interceptions and a mediocre 77.5 passer rating.

While always speaking of bringing in competition at all positions, Pioli never backed up those words at quarterback, the most important position on the field. The Chiefs claimed Kyle Orton on waivers after Cassel suffered a season-ending injury in 2011, and Orton helped Crennel get the head-coaching job by leading the Chiefs to wins over Green Bay and Denver in the last three games of the season.

But Orton, a free agent at the end of the season, opted to sign as a backup with Dallas rather than return to the Chiefs where he would get little chance to compete with Cassel. Pioli, Crennel and Hunt all paid lip service in saying they would pursue Peyton Manning in free agency last winter, but Manning never considered Kansas City and signed with AFC West rival Denver, which won the AFC West this year.

Instead, the Chiefs signed Brady Quinn, who hadn’t appeared in a game in two seasons for Denver, and performed no better, if not worse, than Cassel, in his eight starts this season.

Except for center Casey Wiegmann and guard Ryan Lilja, who were signed in 2010 and helped the Chiefs go 10-6 that season; and offensive tackle Eric Winston, who helped the Chiefs rank fifth in the NFL in rushing this season, Pioli had little but embarrassment to show for his dealings in free agency.

Just as Pioli traded Gonzalez as way to divest the team of players from the Peterson era, he ran off five-time Pro Bowl guard and team leader Brian Waters after the 2010 season. Waters signed with New England as a free agent and helped the Patriots to the Super Bowl in 2011.

Pioli also failed to retain cornerback Brandon Carr, who signed a five-year, $50 million contract with Dallas during the off-season and had a brilliant season with the Cowboys. Meanwhile, Stanford Routt, whom Pioli signed to a three-year, $31.5 million contract last spring, was released at mid-season. And the major free-agent signing of 2011, wide receiver Steve Breaston -- who signed for five years at $22.5 million -- has been healthy but inactive for several games, even though the Chiefs were thin at the position.

The four draft classes under Pioli’s watch failed to produce consistent playmakers. It took four years for the Chiefs to realize defensive end Tyson Jackson, the third overall pick in 2009, could be a three- down player, and he’ll likely be a free agent in 2013.

While a two-time Pro Bowl pick, Eric Berry has proven that taking a safety with the fifth overall pick in 2010 was a reach. And the biggest bust of all was wide receiver Jon Baldwin, taken in the first round in 2011 despite all kinds of red flags. Baldwin has caught two touchdown passes in two years.

Pioli’s tenure ended with tragedy. On Dec. 1, he was called from his office at the Chiefs training complex to the parking lot and encountered linebacker Jovan Belcher, who had just killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and was brandishing a Beretta .40-caliber handgun. Pleas from Pioli, Crennel and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs failed to prevent Belcher from taking his own life right in front of them.

More off-field headaches would follow when Adam Zimmer, an assistant coach, was arrested on a DUI charge on Dec. 23, the night of the final home game of the season, a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

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clawmaster wrote: KC GM Scott Pioli got whacked. Must mean the Andy Reid signing is imminent.


Does a mutual parting of the ways count as a firing ? ESPN is reporting that
Pioli's departure was mutual.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8812387/scott-pioli-general-manager-kansas-city-chiefs

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lobo316 wrote: clawmaster wrote: KC GM Scott Pioli got whacked. Must mean the Andy Reid signing is imminent.


Does a mutual parting of the ways count as a firing ? ESPN is reporting that
Pioli's departure was mutual.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8812387/scott-pioli-general-manager-kansas-city-chiefs


Reads like a firing to me. What do others think?

"After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities," Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. "Scott has been an invaluable member of the Chiefs family since joining us in 2009, and we sincerely appreciate his tremendous contributions over the last four years.

"I know that this was a difficult decision for Scott as well. He has a great deal of appreciation for the history of this franchise, for our players, coaches and employees, and especially our great fans."


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lobo316 wrote: clawmaster wrote: KC GM Scott Pioli got whacked. Must mean the Andy Reid signing is imminent.


Does a mutual parting of the ways count as a firing ? ESPN is reporting that
Pioli's departure was mutual.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8812387/scott-pioli-general-manager-kansas-city-chiefs


Reads like a firing to me. What do others think?

"After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities," Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. "Scott has been an invaluable member of the Chiefs family since joining us in 2009, and we sincerely appreciate his tremendous contributions over the last four years.

"I know that this was a difficult decision for Scott as well. He has a great deal of appreciation for the history of this franchise, for our players, coaches and employees, and especially our great fans."





He was canned.

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HBF 7

There are bonus points involved here. Two extra points for first coach/GM fired.

benlen,

You still need to replace your 6 point pick.

I'll replace Greg Knapp with Jim Schwartz as my 6 point pick.

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Benlen wrote: clawmaster wrote:
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There are bonus points involved here. Two extra points for first coach/GM fired.

benlen,

You still need to replace your 6 point pick.

I'll replace Greg Knapp with Jim Schwartz as my 6 point pick.

Done.

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It doesn't look like anybody picked him but the Associated Press is reporting that Scott Skiles has been fired as Head Coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.

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The New York Jets have fired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who was informed of his dismissal Monday night.

The move was made after a meeting between Jets owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan.

Ryan announced he had dismissed Sparano at a news conference Tuesday. Ryan also announced he would name a new defensive coordinator this offseason. Mike Pettine has an expiring contract and will interview with the Bills and new coach Doug Marrone on Tuesday.

The Jets were ranked 30th in total offense in Sparano's first and only season in the role, doomed by their unsettled quarterback position.

News of Sparano's firing comes one day after the Jets parted ways with quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh.

Cavanaugh, whose contract is set to expire, was Mark Sanchez's position coach from the moment he was drafted fifth overall in 2009. Sanchez regressed in 2012 under Cavanaugh and offensive coordinator Sparano.

Sanchez ultimately was removed from the starting spot for Greg McElroy in Week 16, although Sanchez started the finale after McElroy was ruled out with a concussion.

And Tim Tebow didn't have much of an impact after he was acquired in a trade with the Broncos as New York's Wildcat package was ineffective and the team wasn't sure how to use him in other packages.

The firings started last Monday with the dismissal of longtime general manager Mike Tannenbaum. Since then, the coaching staff has been in limbo as the organization conducts its GM search. After a week off, during which Ryan's vacation in the Bahamas became front-page news, the coaches returned Monday.

As for the search for Tannenbaum's successor, Falcons director of player personnel Dave Caldwell is scheduled to interview Tuesday for the second time for the Jets' open position, a league source told ESPN. Caldwell, who is a finalist for the Jaguars' GM vacancy, interviewed for a third time with Jacksonville on Monday. 

Johnson said Tuesday that Ryan will be part of the hiring process for the new GM and that one condition for the GM will be that Ryan will be the coach for the 2013 season.

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Nobody had Skiles or Sparano.

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Nobody had Rob Ryan.

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Anyone have Leafs GM Brian Burke?

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claw 11
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lobo 8
HBF 7

Lobo with the island pick of Brian Burke. 7 point pick + 1 point for being the only one to pick Burke = 8 points.

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khawk wrote: Anyone have Leafs GM Brian Burke?

 

He's my 7 pointer.

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Rumor has it Mike Mularkey is going to be fired tomorrow.

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Rumor has it Mike Mularkey is going to be fired tomorrow.


Well hello there 10 points.

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Rumor has it Mike Mularkey is going to be fired tomorrow.


Well hello there 10 points.

I will also say hello to ten points should this come to pass.

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Nobody had this fucker.

USC fires basketball coach O'Neill
By BETH HARRIS (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 33 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kevin O'Neill took over a troubled Southern California basketball team, getting the Trojans back to the NCAA tournament after NCAA issues kept them out in his first season while producing winning records twice in 3 1/2 years. It wasn't enough.

He was fired on Monday, with the Trojans 7-10 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-12 after splitting their road trip last weekend.

''We just didn't win enough last year and this year. That's what this business is,'' O'Neill told The Associated Press by phone. ''We tried to do as well as we could, tried to get the program to the highest level. My goal every day going in there was to try to win a national title.''

He had a 48-65 record at the school known primarily for its powerful football program after going 6-26 last year while setting a USC record for losses.

Athletic director Pat Haden said the program needed new leadership.

''Despite a nice road win in our last game, I felt it was best to make a change now, with most of the Pac-12 season still ahead of us, in order to re-energize our team,'' he said.

O'Neill was hired by Haden's predecessor, Mike Garrett, who said at the time, ''Hopefully he's here forever.'' O'Neill took the USC job after spending a season as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies.

''Nothing in this business surprises me,'' O'Neill said, adding that he and Haden ''really didn't have any discussions other than how the team is doing.''

Veteran assistant Bob Cantu will serve as interim coach while USC searches for a successor. Cantu took over for O'Neill during a Pac-10 tournament semifinal game against Arizona in 2010-11 when the coach was suspended after getting into a verbal confrontation with a Wildcats booster. He has remained on the staff through four coaching changes and is the longest tenured assistant in the Pac-12.

''Couldn't be more excited and anxious to get started with (hashtag) coachbobcantu,'' tweeted senior center James Blaszyk.

The Trojans lost at Colorado before winning at Utah to snap a 14-game road skid over the weekend. USC has lost nine of its last 13 games, which included a five-game skid.

''There's been a lot of challenges in it but I really enjoyed my time,'' O'Neill told the AP. ''I'm thankful for my opportunity. I'm going to cheer for them every day.''

Upon arriving at USC in June 2009, O'Neill had to deal with the fallout from an ongoing NCAA investigation and school-imposed sanctions involving star O.J. Mayo, who played one season under Tim Floyd before leaving for the NBA.

The Trojans went 16-14, including a sweep of crosstown rival UCLA, and were in the hunt for the conference title until the final two weeks of the season. Sanctions imposed by the school in response to the NCAA investigation prohibited them from postseason play.

The next season, O'Neill lost three starters and four of his top six players from the rotation, but he guided the Trojans to a 19-15 record and an NCAA tournament berth. They lost in the first round to Virginia Commonwealth. That team included Nikola Vucevic, a first-round draft pick who now plays for the Orlando Magic.

Last season, the Trojans were hard-hit by injury, leaving O'Neill with just six scholarship players for nearly half the season who managed to keep the team in most every game. The biggest blow was losing point guard Jio Fontan, who tore his ACL after scoring 57 points in two exhibition games in Brazil. Forward Aaron Fuller (shoulder) and big man Dewayne Dedmon (torn MCL) also went down with season-ending injuries at different points.

''It got really pronounced because we didn't have freshmen or sophomores when I got here. Those classes were blank,'' said O'Neill, who dipped into the ranks of junior college players and transfers to fill out the roster. ''I thought our team was starting to come around and play better.''

He had a full complement of 13 scholarship players who were healthy this season.

''It was hard for me to evaluate him as a head coach until this year when he had enough players and veterans to compete,'' Haden said.

O'Neill said he's given no thought to his immediate future.

''Take a little time off, chill out a little bit,'' he said. ''I might go to New York and visit my dad. I really don't have any regrets, none at all.''

O'Neill, who turns 56 on Jan. 24, was hired by coach Lute Olson as an assistant at Arizona before the 2007-08 season, and became interim coach when Olson took a medical leave of absence.

O'Neill led the Wildcats to a 19-15 record and the school's 24th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, at the time the nation's longest active streak. He was designated Olson's permanent successor, but when the Hall of Famer returned that spring he announced O'Neill would no longer be part of the program.

O'Neill had previous head coaching jobs at Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern. He has a 219-245 record in the college ranks.

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With the Bears hiring a new head coach, OC Mike Tice will probably get fired today. That would be points for me and HBF.

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clawmaster wrote: With the Bears hiring a new head coach, OC Mike Tice will probably get fired today. That would be points for me and HBF.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/16/report-marinelli-expected-to-stay-on-bears-staff/

Report: Marinelli expected to stay on Bears staff
Posted by Darin Gantt on January 16, 2013, 10:40 AM EST

New Bears coach Marc Trestman is already working quickly to fill his staff, and part of the work might not involve relocating anyone.

According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, multiple sources think Trestman will retain Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

Keeping an incumbent to run an already good defense makes sense, given Trestman’s focus will be on the other side of the ball.

And having some continuity might also pacify some of the players who were disillusioned with the dismissal of the popular Lovie Smith.

According to Jensen, quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates is viewed as a good bet to remain as well, though Aaron Kromer’s addition likely means the end of the Mike Tice era.


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Kromer is the new OC but Tice hasn't been officially fired yet.

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clawmaster wrote: With the Bears hiring a new head coach, OC Mike Tice will probably get fired today. That would be points for me and HBF.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/16/report-marinelli-expected-to-stay-on-bears-staff/

Report: Marinelli expected to stay on Bears staff
Posted by Darin Gantt on January 16, 2013, 10:40 AM EST

New Bears coach Marc Trestman is already working quickly to fill his staff, and part of the work might not involve relocating anyone.

According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, multiple sources think Trestman will retain Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

Keeping an incumbent to run an already good defense makes sense, given Trestman’s focus will be on the other side of the ball.

And having some continuity might also pacify some of the players who were disillusioned with the dismissal of the popular Lovie Smith.

According to Jensen, quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates is viewed as a good bet to remain as well, though Aaron Kromer’s addition likely means the end of the Mike Tice era.


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Kromer is the new OC but Tice hasn't been officially fired yet.

Fuckin' A! I have a bunch of Chicago buddies who swore that Tice was hitting the bricks!

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HBF wrote: clawmaster wrote:
clawmaster wrote: With the Bears hiring a new head coach, OC Mike Tice will probably get fired today. That would be points for me and HBF.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/16/report-marinelli-expected-to-stay-on-bears-staff/

Report: Marinelli expected to stay on Bears staff
Posted by Darin Gantt on January 16, 2013, 10:40 AM EST

New Bears coach Marc Trestman is already working quickly to fill his staff, and part of the work might not involve relocating anyone.

According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, multiple sources think Trestman will retain Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

Keeping an incumbent to run an already good defense makes sense, given Trestman’s focus will be on the other side of the ball.

And having some continuity might also pacify some of the players who were disillusioned with the dismissal of the popular Lovie Smith.

According to Jensen, quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates is viewed as a good bet to remain as well, though Aaron Kromer’s addition likely means the end of the Mike Tice era.


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Kromer is the new OC but Tice hasn't been officially fired yet.

Fuckin' A! I have a bunch of Chicago buddies who swore that Tice was hitting the bricks!

Tice is gone. Kromer will be OC and OL coach. Trestman will actually call the plays on offense allowing Kromer to concentrate on the offensive line. When I find something on  the net confirming Tice's firing, I will post it.

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Finally confirmed. Tice fired. I am such an idiot. I should have picked the entire Bears coaching staff.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/17/jeremy-bates-out-in-chicago/

Jeremy Bates is out in Chicago
Posted by Mike Florio on January 17, 2013, 9:53 PM EST

It was believed that new Bears coach Marc Trestman would keep Jeremy Bates, the quarterbacks coach whose strong relationship with Jay Cutler commenced when they were together in Denver.

But the Bears have now announced that Bates is out.

It’s the first tangible action taken by the Bears with which Cutler possibly will take issue.  And he possibly won’t resist speaking his mind about it.

The Bears also announced that offensive coordinator Mike Tice, linebackers coach Bob Babich, tight ends coach Mike DeBord, receivers coach Darryl Drake, offensive line coach Tim Holt, running backs coach Tim Spencer, and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will not return.

 

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Updated standings with the firing of Mike Tice.

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khawk 10
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Did anybody here pick Alvin Gentry ????



from cbssports.com:

The Phoenix Suns and coach Alvin Gentry will no longer be enjoying each other's company. The two sides have agreed to part ways with the organization looking to get younger and build for the future, while Gentry was hung up on trying to win games. From the Phoenix Suns' press release:

The Phoenix Suns and Alvin Gentry have mutually agreed to part ways after his five-plus seasons as head coach, the club announced today. An interim coach will be named in the next 24-48 hours.
After four-plus years with Gentry coaching the sidelines for the Suns and compiling a record of 158-144 with a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2010, the team wants someone who is willing to play the young talent on the team right now and develop that young talent.

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Benlen did. 4 point pick plus 1 point for an island pick is 5 points.

Updated Standing with the firing of Alvin Gentry

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I need the Raptors to clean house.

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How the hell did I not pick this guy ????



from tsn.ca:


The Columbus Blue Jackets have relieved general manager Scott Howson of his duties.

The Blue Jackets have gotten off to a slow start thus far in 2013, currently sitting 13th in the Western Conference with a 4-7-2 record through 13 games.

In his five years as general manager, he was only able to lead the Blue Jackets to a winning season once, leading the franchise to its only post-season appearance to date in 2008-09.

“Scott Howson is a caring man who gave everything he had to the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past six years,” said Blue Jackets' President of Hockey Operations John Davidson. “This was a difficult decision but one that I thought was in the best interest of moving our hockey club forward. I have enjoyed working with Scott and want to thank him for his service.”

Howson was appointed as Blue Jackets GM prior to the 2007-08 season and was just the second person in franchise history to hold the title on a permanent basis. The team finished amongst the bottom 10 in the NHL in four of Howson's five seasons in charge.

According to TSN Insider Darren Dreger, Davidson expects to have Howson's replacement on the job in the very near future, perhaps in a matter of days.

The 52-year-old Howson has been responsible for several large trades that have shaped the current Blue Jackets roster, including a pair of deals including Jeff Carter as well as trading all-time franchise scoring leader Rick Nash.

Prior to the 2011-12 season, Howson acquired Jeff Carter from the Philadelphia Flyers in a surprising deal at the NHL Draft. That trade sent Jakub Voracek and its 2010 first-round pick - which the Flyers used to select Sean Couturier - in exchange for Carter, who had helped the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final the season before. Carter would last less than a year in Columbus, however, as Howson would deal him to the Los Angeles Kings prior to the 2012 NHL trade deadline.

The second Carter trade brought defenceman Jack Johnson and the Kings' 2013 first-round draft pick back to Columbus. Carter would help propel the Kings to the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship.

However, Howson's most high-profile trade came this past off-season when he dealt Rick Nash to the New York Rangers. Having long rumoured to be seeking a deal, Nash posted five-year lows in both goals and points with the Blue Jackets in 2011-12.

In July Howson dealt Nash, Steven Delisle and a conditional third-round pick in 2013 to the Rangers in exchange for Bradon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and the Rangers' first round draft pick in 2013.

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FUCK.

I would have had him as a ten or nine pointer IF I thought hockey would be played this season..

This also illistrates why the Jackets are an inept organization. They should have fired Howson before letting him get raped in the Rick Nash trade with the Rangers.

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The FAN590 is reporting that Lindy Ruff has been relieved of his duties with the
Sabres.

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The FAN590 is reporting that Lindy Ruff has been relieved of his duties with the
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TSN has just confirmed it. No replacement has been named yet.

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Nobody had Ruff.

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Guy Boucher was fired by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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clawmaster wrote: Guy Boucher was fired by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Nobody had him.

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UCLA fired head basketball coach Ben Howland.

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The University of Minnesota reportedly have fired head basketball coach Tubby Smith.

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Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice. Nobody had him.

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Sixers coach Doug Collins resigning at season's end. Not a firing.

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I don't think anybody here picked him but the Edmonton Oilers fired GM Steve Tambellini today.

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I don't think anybody here picked him but the Edmonton Oilers fired GM Steve Tambellini today.

You are correct. Nobody had him.

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In shock to nobody, Lawrence Frank fired in Detroit
Kurt Helin Apr 18, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

I officially got off the “Lawrence Frank knows how to build a team” train earlier this season, when Andre Drummond was showing real promise but was being held back so Jason Maxiell could get more minutes. Despite what owner Tom Gores thought, this was not a playoff team, it was a team that needed to take its lumps and learn.

The Pistons are off the Lawrence Frank train as well, or maybe more accurately he was tossed from the Pistons’ train.

As had been expected, the Pistons fired Frank on Thursday, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

A meeting Thursday with Pistons owner Tom Gores finally confirmed Frank’s ouster, after Gores offered very tepid public support of his coach when speaking to local reporters earlier this week. Frank was believed to be largely Gores’ choice to replace John Kuester in the summer of 2011, although NBA coaching sources maintain that Pistons president Joe Dumars preferred current Knicks coach Mike Woodson for the job.

The Pistons will confirm this later in the day. Wherever Frank is next season he will still get the $3.7 million the Pistons owe him in salary.

Frank looked like a guy trying to assert some control and save face when he told Gores recently that the team needed to pick up the option year on his contract or not bring him back. Everyone knew this day was coming.

The question is what direction the Pistons go now. For a young team a young coach coming up — Brian Shaw out of Indiana, for example — would be a good fit. But we’ll see what direction an owner who expects to make the playoffs next season chooses to go.

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Updated standings with the firing of Frank.

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Cleveland just fired Byron Scott.

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Cleveland just fired Byron Scott.

Nobody had Byron.

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Mike Dunlap fired as Bobcats coach after one season
Kurt Helin Apr 23, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

The Charlotte Bobcats were not going to win a lot of games this season if Red Auerbach and John Wooden rose from the dead to co-coach the team. There just wasn’t enough talent.

But Mike Dunlap in his one year could not seem to reach what players he did have to the satisfaction of ownership and the team has fired him after one season, it announced Tuesday.

“Rich Cho and I conducted our season-ending review and met with coach Dunlap to reflect on this season. As an organization, it was decided that we needed to make a change with the head coach position,” president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said in a released statement. “We want to thank Mike for his contribution and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Dunlap was an off-the-radar hire, he had been an assistant at St. John’s University the season before. It was hoped he would connect with the young players, but that didn’t pan out.

The Bobcats went 21-61 last season, the second worst record in the NBA. Remember they got off to a fast 7-5 start, but after that fell apart. While it was a mess, at least that was an improvement over 2012, when they won seven of 66 games, the lowest winning percentage in NBA history (.106).

As for replacements, again look for the Bobcats to go with a young coach. You may think working for Michael Jordan is a draw, but for a coach with options the things that are draws are franchises willing to pay top dollar (the Bobcats are small market and not big spenders) and those with a lot of young talent (strike two for Charlotte). Stan Van Gundy isn’t walking through that door. What they do have are some nice young players (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for one), more than $20 million in cap space and another top 5 draft pick this year. Charlotte is a multi-year rebuilding project and the Bobcats are better off with a young coach who seems to connect with his players even while they struggle. Jacque Vaughn did that in Orlando, for example — they only won 20 games but that team played hard for Vaughn.

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Updated standings with the firing of Dunlap.

benlen 26
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khawk 23
HBF 20
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Khawk was the only one to pick Dunlap and Mike was his 5 point picks. 6 points for the Thunder Bay dude.

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clawmaster wrote: Khawk was the only one to pick Dunlap and Mike was his 5 point picks. 6 points for the Thunder Bay dude.
**does Dancing Nulty jig**

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A couple of NHL firings:


- Colorado fired Head Coach Joe Sacco ( I had him for 3 points )

- Dallas fired GM Joe Nieuwendyk ( I don't think anybody had him on their list )

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Just to be official.

http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/28/avalanche-fire-joe-sacco/

Avalanche fire Joe Sacco
Joe Yerdon Apr 28, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

Joe Sacco’s run as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche is over.

The team announced they’ve relieved Sacco of his head coaching duties after four years on the job and after yet another disappointing season, the writing was on the wall.

In his tenure as the Avs bench boss, Sacco took the team to the postseason just once during his first season on the job in 2009-10 as the team piled up 95 points in the standings and lost to San Jose in six games in the first round.

Since then it’s been nothing but mediocrity as they’ve missed the playoffs in three straight seasons. The Avs have put up the second-worst record in the league in two of those years.

Sacco’s record in Colorado tops out at 130-134-14 and now he’ll head to Finland and Sweden to coach Team USA in the World Championships. The Avalanche have not announced a replacement as of yet and Sacco may not be the only one out the door as GM Greg Sherman could soon follow.


http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/28/official-stars-fire-gm-joe-nieuwendyk/

Official: Stars fire GM Joe Nieuwendyk
Joe Yerdon Apr 28, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

What was just a report last night is now official.

The Dallas Stars have fired Joe Nieuwendyk as the team’s general manager after four years in the role. It’s believed Detroit Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill will be hired to fill the position. Nieuwendyk’s contract with the Stars was set to expire after next season.

Nieuwendyk was hired in May of 2009 and while he’s made some shrewd moves during his tenure, he’ll likely be remembered by NHL fans as the guy who lost out on a pair of deals with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The trade that sent James Neal and Matt Niskanen to the Pens for Alex Goligoski now lives in infamy after Neal became a monster goal scorer alongside Evgeni Malkin while Niskanen emerged as one of their more consistent defenders. Goligoski has done well in Dallas, but the others’ performances turned the deal into a lopsided one.

Brenden Morrow‘s performance in Pittsburgh this season is also not helping Nieuwendyk’s image as an executive while helping Pens GM Ray Shero look like a wizard.

Now it’ll likely be up to Nill to figure out how best to surround guys like Jamie Benn in Texas.

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Updated Standings with the firing of Joe Sacco.

benlen 26
claw 23
khawk 23
CH 23
HBF 20
Grog 15
lobo 8

CH was the only one to select Sacco and Joe was his 3 point pick. 4 points for CH.

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The Dallas Stars have fired coach Glen Gulutzan.

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On Monday, the Raptors will decide the fate of
Bryan Coangelo. The local media seems to think he
won't have his contract extended.
If he's fired, chances are the coach will also be fired
when the new GM comes in.

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On Monday, the Raptors will decide the fate of
Bryan Coangelo. The local media seems to think he
won't have his contract extended.
If he's fired, chances are the coach will also be fired
when the new GM comes in.


Looking forward to finally getting those 6 points.

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lobo316 wrote:
On Monday, the Raptors will decide the fate of
Bryan Coangelo. The local media seems to think he
won't have his contract extended.
If he's fired, chances are the coach will also be fired
when the new GM comes in.


Looking forward to finally getting those 6 points.



Coangelo is my 9 pointer & Casey, 8 points.

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lobo316 wrote:
CanadianHorseman wrote:
lobo316 wrote:
On Monday, the Raptors will decide the fate of
Bryan Coangelo. The local media seems to think he
won't have his contract extended.
If he's fired, chances are the coach will also be fired
when the new GM comes in.


Looking forward to finally getting those 6 points.



Coangelo is my 9 pointer & Casey, 8 points.


I was much happier with my 6 points before you pointed this out.

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Sounds like Colangelo will be staying with the Raptors in a corporate role so I'm not sure how this will effect the point system ??? No official word yet on Colangelo or Casey yet but it doesn't sound like either one will be back for next season.

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The way Beej ran this pool in the past was the person must be no longer associated with the organization. I think that's a good rule.

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The way Beej ran this pool in the past was the person must be no longer associated with the organization. I think that's a good rule.

Then I guess nobody's getting any points for Colangelo.




from tsn.ca:

Bryan Colangelo's time as general manager of the Toronto Raptors is over. However, he will remain with the team in his role as team president.

Colangelo will continue to report directly to new Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke but will no longer have the final say on the team's basketball decisions.

That job will belong to the team's new general manager, whom Leiweke is hoping to have in place within the next 30 days. Several reports have said the Raptors first choice would be to bring back Denver Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri, who worked under Colangelo with the Raptors from 2007-10 first as director of global scouting and later as assistant GM.

Other names like Ed Stefanski, the Raptors' current vice-president of basketball operations, Oklahoma City Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver and Indiana Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard have also been listed as potential successors.

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Report: The Clippers have let go of Vinny Del Negro as coach
Kurt Helin May 21, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

Clippers owner Donald Sterling created a little stir when he was near the court watching Game 1 between the Spurs and Grizzlies Sunday — he didn’t bother to attend all of his own team’s playoff games, why was he suddenly at this one? Was he scouting potential coaches such as the Grizzlies Lionel Hollins or the Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer? Did this mean Vinny Del Negro was in trouble?

Yes.

The Clippers have let go of coach Vinny Del Negro, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Del Negro’s contract was up, the Clippers will not offer him a new one. And as we all expected, what free agent to be Chris Paul wanted played a hand in this, Wojnarowski said.

Despite considerable success and progress in his two seasons as coach, Del Negro was unable to withstand a first-round Western Conference loss to the Memphis Grizzlies and a free agent-to-be superstar, Chris Paul, who wanted a different coach, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Del Negro did not have a contract beyond this season.

The Clippers need to do whatever they have to do to keep CP3. Coaches can be replaced, elite talent is much harder to find.

This opens up the most attractive coaching position in the NBA — a coach can over a team on the verge of competing for a title. A team with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and talented role players such as Jamal Crawford. While Stan Van Gundy said he was sitting this year out this is the kind of job that might change his mind. A lot of top coaches would like it — but will Sterling pay the top dollar to get one of them? You know Chris Paul will have a say in this decision (he likes Warriors top assistant Mike Malone, too).

This isn’t a huge surprise — while the Clippers won 56 games and their first-ever division title, they disappointed in the playoffs and there was a sense around the league (and in some parts of the Clippers hierarchy) that they really did that in spite of Del Negro, not because of him. The one thing Del Negro had in his corner is that Sterling liked him, but in the end that wasn’t enough.

Del Negro ran pretty basic offensive sets with the Clippers — which if you have Paul running the show is not a bad call. Defensively the Clippers threw a variety of different looks at teams, but they kind of were the jack-of-all-trades and the masters of none. Del Negro and staff had some nice plays and designs set up for the start of their playoff series against the Grizzlies, but when Hollins made adjustments by Game 3 there were no good counters from the Clippers. Then when Blake Griffin got hurt and was slowed the series was all but over.

Reportedly there was one team with an open coaching position interested in interviewing Del Negro. Which means there is one team out there willing to see how angry they can make their fan base.

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Nobody picked Del Negro.

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I doubt anybody picked him but it sounds like the Canucks are about to fire Alain Vigneault.



from tsn.ca:

Less than two years after guiding the Vancouver Canucks to within a win of a Stanley Cup championship, the team is ready to part ways with head coach Alain Vigneault.

Sources tell TSN that Vigneault will be fired today, after the Canucks were ousted in four games by the sixth-seeded San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs.

Vigneault served seven years behind the Canucks bench, compiling a regular season record of 313-170-57. He won the Jack Adams Award in 2007 and was voted a finalist on two other occasions.

He took the team to the second round of the playoffs on three separate occasions, missed the playoffs once, and most memorably led them to the Stanley Cup Final against Boston in 2011. However, the Canucks were upset in the first round in the last two seasons, sealing his fate.

The Canucks are also firing associate coaches Newell Brown and Rick Bowness.

More details to follow.

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Canucks make it official.



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Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has paid the price for his team's early exit from the playoffs.

The club fired Vigneault and assistants Rick Bowness and Newell Browne on Wednesday, as the expected fallout from the Canucks' first-round sweep at the hands of the San Jose Sharks finally came to pass.

The Canucks' all-time leader in coaching wins, Vigneault led the club to six Northwest Division titles, two Presidents' Trophy titles and an appearance in the 2011 Stanley Cup final.

But Vancouver was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in the last two seasons despite having home-ice advantage, including the four-game loss to the Sharks. It was the first time in 12 years that the Canucks were swept in the post-season.

Vigneault leaves with a 313-170-57 regular-season record over seven seasons in Vancouver.

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John Tortorella fired by the Rangers

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=424238

 

Anyone have him?

 

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Nobody had Torts.

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clawmaster wrote: Nobody had Torts.

had him last year should have stuck with him

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Count Grog wrote: clawmaster wrote: Nobody had Torts.

had him last year should have stuck with him


I wasn't sure there would be a season in the NHL and I didn't take ( I don't think?) any hockey guys as a result. Usually those are the majority of my picks.

 

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Did Keith Smart get fired yet? Or do I have to wait until Malone is officially head coach?

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Smart was indeed fired.

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clawmaster wrote: Smart was indeed fired.

yessssss....more points for me:D

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updated standings with the firing of Keith Smart.

benlen 29
CH 25
claw 23
khawk 23
Grog 21
HBF 20
lobo 8

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from ESPN

 

NBA Coach of the Year George Karl won't return to the Denver Nuggets next season, NBA coaching sources confirmed to ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

Yahoo! Sports had earlier reported the news.

Karl, who is in the final year of his contract, wanted to extend his deal but the Nuggets balked at the request, Yahoo! Sports reported, citing a league source.




NBA coaching sources told ESPN.com that the Memphis Grizzlies -- who are still deciding whether or not to bring back Lionel Hollins -- will definitely discuss their job with Karl now that he's available.

One of the newest members of the Grizzlies' front office -- Stu Lash -- worked with Karl in Denver.

Sources said that the Nuggets, furthermore, have interest in pursuing Hollins, who just lead the Grizzlies to 56 wins and the first conference finals berth in franchise history.

The Grizzlies, sources say, have current Memphis assistant coach Dave Jorger and Karl at the top of their list should they part ways with Hollins.

The Los Angeles Clippers had engaged in initial conversations with the Nuggets about Karl, league sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne earlier this week, but had yet to officially request permission to speak with him.

Karl's reported ouster follows the exit of general manager Masai Ujiri, the NBA's Executive of the Year, who left the Nuggets to become the Toronto Raptors' executive vice president of basketball operations.

Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried reacted with shock on Twitter to the news.

He tweeted: "So we lost a GM now a coach what's next!?"

Karl was named the NBA's top coach after leading the Nuggets to a 57-win season. The Nuggets were the third seed in the Western Conference but were ousted in the first round by the Golden State Warriors.

It was the eighth time in Karl's nine playoff appearances with Denver that the Nuggets had been ousted in the first round.

Karl worked wonders this season with a lineup that lacked an All-Star, was beset by injuries to several starters and twisted its way through a brutal early-season schedule in which 22 of the team's first 32 games were on the road.

Relying on an old-school, up-tempo offense and a deep bench that wore out opponents, especially at altitude, the Nuggets led the league in scoring, fast-break production and points in the paint with nary a dominant scorer -- Ty Lawson led Denver with 16.7 points a game, which ranked 31st in the league.

They went an NBA-best 38-3 at home, winning their last 23 games at the Pepsi Center in the regular season and going 24-4 overall after the All-Star break.

Karl is 1,131-756 in his 25 seasons as head coach and 80-105 in the playoffs. In his time in Denver, Karl is 423-257 in the regular season with three division titles and 21-39 in the playoffs. Karl's 21 straight non-losing seasons tie Phil Jackson for the longest streak in league history.

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Anybody here pick Ralph Kreuger ????


from tsn.ca:

Ralph Krueger is out as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

General manager Craig MacTavish made the announcement late Saturday afternoon.

The Oilers finished 24th in the league this season, 12th in the Western Conference and out of the playoffs for a seventh straight season.

The 53-year-old Krueger was promoted to head coach of the organization on June 27, 2012, after spending two years as the team's associate coach.

Prior to joining the Oilers, Krueger was the head coach of the Swiss National Team from 1997-2010and led the team to 12 World Championships and three Olympics.

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Nobody had Ralph. Not many hockey picks due to the strike/work stoppage.

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I don't know if this counts for any points but Colangelo is stepping down as Raptor's President.



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Bryan Colangelo is stepping down as president of the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors announced that Colangelo will remain as a consultant with the team and with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment moving forward.

Colangelo joined the Raptors in Feb. 2006 as president and general manager.

He was not extended as GM after Toronto ended its 2012-2013 season with a 34-48 record.

The Raptors did reach an agreement with Colangelo to keep him on as president, but the 48-year-old said that on further reflection stepping down was the best course of action.

Masai Ujiri, who worked under Colangelo as Toronto's assistant GM from 2008 to 2010, took over Colangelo's GM position in June.

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He would have counted if he left the organization completely. The consultant job screws Lobo and CH especially Lobo.

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He would have counted if he left the organization completely. The consultant job screws Lobo and CH especially Lobo.

If he keeps going at this pace he will probably step down from that position in a few months. I just need the bugger to leave the organization completely.

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The Phillies are supposedly holding a press conference at 2:30PM to
announce that Manuel has been fired.

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Updated standings with the firing of Uncle Charlie.

benlen 29
CH 25
Grog 24
claw 23
khawk 23
HBF 20
lobo 9
hymie 2

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Texas fires defensive coordinator after rout
The Associated Press – 1 hour 0 minutes ago

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas has fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz a day after one of the worst defensive performances in the history of the program.

Longhorns coach Mack Brown announced the move in a statement Sunday, and says that former Longhorns defensive coordinator and Syracuse coach Greg Robinson will replace Diaz.

Brown says: ''Our performance on defense last night was unacceptable, and we need to change that.''

BYU ran for 550 yards, the most ever allowed by Texas, in a 40-21 victory against the Longhorns on Saturday night.

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Doug Williams says he's been fired by Grambling
USA TODAY Sports 3:15 p.m. EDT September 11, 2013

Grambling football coach Doug Williams was fired Wednesday morning.

Williams, 58, said he received a call around 8 a.m. and was summoned to school President Frank Pogue's office. Pogue handed a letter to Williams and told him the school was going in another direction.

A school news release said the remainder of Williams' contract was bought out. He had agreed to a new three-year contract in June 2012 that paid him $250,000 a year.

"There wasn't a lot of conversation. I told him 'OK' and I was gone," Williams said.

The school said running backs coach George Ragsdale will become interim head coach.

"We recognize Doug Williams' many contributions to our football legacy and we express our deep appreciation for his service to Grambling State University and we wish him well in the future," Pogue said.

Through a Grambling spokesperson, athletics director Aaron James declined comment.

This was the second stint as head coach of his alma mater for Williams, who played quarterback for the Tigers under legendary coach Eddie Robinson before becoming an NFL first-round draft pick in 1978.

He succeeded Robinson upon his retirement from coaching in 1997 and was 53-17 with three Southwestern Athletic Conference titles until leaving to take a job as a personnel executive with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2003 season.

He returned to Grambling in 2011 and promptly won another SWAC title. But last year the Tigers slumped to 1-10, and they had started this season 0-2. The most recent loss was 48-10 to an FBS program, Louisiana-Monroe. His overall record at the school was 62-33.

Junior D.J. Williams, Doug's son, has started both games this season at quarterback for Grambling. D.J. Williams also appeared in eight games last season.

When asked if he thought he had a short leash just two games into the season, Doug Williams replied, "I was lying if I said I wasn't, but it is what it is."

"He's the president and he has the power," Williams added. "Whatever decision he makes, we have to live with it because that's his decision."

Williams said the only player he's talked to about the firing has been his son.

"I know D.J. is emotional, but I told him he has to be strong and he told me he will," Doug Williams said. "That's all I need for him to be strong. If he's strong, his daddy is going to be all right."

"I'm just going to pretty much handle what has to be handled, and the good part about it is, maybe I get a chance to see D.J. in a different way, as a dad watching his son play. He might be a better player without me being in that position."
Williams had just returned to Grambling on Monday night from a joint news conference in Missouri leading up to Saturday's game against Lincoln (Mo.), which will be played in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

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Knicks " reassigned " GM Ernie Grunfeld today.


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The New York Knicks have reshuffled their front office yet again, announcing Thursday that former executive Steve Mills has rejoined the organization as president and general manager, replacing Glen Grunwald.

Grunwald, who served as GM for two seasons, will be reassigned as an advisor, the team announced.

"I am pleased to be able to welcome Steve back to the Knicks," Knicks owner James Dolan said in a statement. " ... We look forward to his leadership and believe he is the right person to help us reach our ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship.

"We are grateful for Glen's many years of valuable service and pleased that he will remain with the organization."

The timing of the announcement comes as a surprise as training camp practices begin Tuesday.

Mills previously worked with the Knicks for 10 years as president of MSG Sports (Dolan also oversees MSG as its executive chairman) and hired Isiah Thomas. Thomas presided over the team during one of its least successful stretches, with the Knicks missing the playoffs in six of their seven seasons on Thomas' watch.

The tumultuous period of Mills' reign included a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Anucha Browne Sanders. The Knicks' former senior vice president of marketing and business operations successfully sued MSG as a jury in October 2007 ordered the Knicks to pay her $11.6 million after finding she endured crude insults and unwanted advances from then-coach Thomas.

Mills was demoted by the Knicks in the summer of 2008. Thomas was fired in 2008 as well but remains a confidant of Dolan.

"It is an honor and a privilege to work for such a storied franchise and I look forward to doing whatever it takes to make the Knicks a successful franchise and a team that fans can be proud of, both now and in the future," said Mills, a longtime sports executive who also worked for the NBA as a senior vice president of basketball and player development.

Grunwald's ouster may lead to more responsibility for Knicks assistant general manager Allan Houston, who is close with Dolan. It is unclear at this point how the move affects director of player personnel Mark Warkentein, who was instrumental in several player acquisitions, including J.R. Smith.

Grunwald's reassignment may negatively impact coach Mike Woodson. Woodson is under contract for this season with a team option for next year. He and Grunwald are close friends, having played college basketball together, alongside Thomas, at Indiana.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/09/29/usc-coach-kiffin-fired/2890701/

USC fires football coach Lane Kiffin after 0-2 Pac-12 start
George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports 8:22 a.m. EDT September 29, 2013

Hours after a 62-41 loss at Arizona State – USC's seventh in 11 games – Lane Kiffin has been fired, the school announced.

According to a release posted on the school's website and announced on Twitter, athletic director Pat Haden informed Kiffin of the decision after the team's charter flight arrived in Los Angeles early this morning. The release said Kiffin will hold a news conference later today.

Kiffin's record at USC in three-plus seasons is 28-15 and 32-19 in four-plus seasons overall. The Trojans are 3-2 but 0-2 in Pac-12 play. Kiffin took the USC job after Pete Carroll's departure for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks in January 2010, and had to deal with the impact of severe NCAA sanctions, including 30 lost scholarships over a three-year period and a two-year bowl ban, for rules violations that occurred during Carroll's era. The Trojans went 8-5 in 2010, 10-2 in 2011 and were ranked No. 1 in the preseason polls in 2012, but finished 7-6 and unranked.

Kiffin, 38, a former USC assistant, was the seventh-youngest FBS-level head coach entering the 2013 season. He was head coach of the NFL's Oakland Raiders from 2007-08 and at the University of Tennessee in 2009 before jumping to USC after one season. He drew criticism for brash actions during his tenure at Tennessee, and again last season at USC.

USC allowed 612 yards to Arizona State and committed four turnovers. Haden and USC school president Max Nikias were seen on the sidelines in what appeared to be in serious discussions in the late stages of the loss. The Trojans still must play Stanford, Notre Dame and UCLA.

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Updated standings with the firing of Lane Kiffin.

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UConn fires football coach Paul Pasqualoni
Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY Sports 10:26 a.m. EDT September 30, 2013

Connecticut has fired coach Paul Pasqualoni after a distressing 41-12 loss to Buffalo dropped the Huskies to 0-4, the university said in a brief statement Monday.

Saturday's loss dropped Pasqualoni's record with UConn to 10-18. This year's team was one of three on the automatic-qualifying level to be winless after the season's first month, joining fellow American Athletic Conference members South Florida and Temple.

"I am making this change in our football coaching staff now as we approach the conference season to see an improved performance from our football program," athletic director Warde Manuel said.

"I am disappointed in the record of our team thus far, but I am confident that our coaching staff and student-athletes will continue to work hard to improve and that will be reflected on the field of play as we start our American Athletic Conference season."

UConn also announced that associate head coach and offensive line coach George DeLeone had been relieved of his duties. The university will pay $750,000 to buy out Pasqualoni's contract.

The 0-4 start was the program's first since 1991, when UConn participated on the FCS level. In addition to Saturday's lopsided loss to Buffalo, a second-tier member of the Mid-American Conference, UConn lost 33-18 to Towson, currently coached by former UConn offensive coordinator Rob Ambrose; lost 33-21 to Maryland and ex-coach Randy Edsall; and suffered a narrow 24-21 loss to Michigan during a nationally televised game on Sept. 28.

Pasqualoni had gone 5-7 in each of his first two seasons with UConn after replacing Edsall, who led the Huskies through a transition from the FCS to the FBS in 2000 and into the Big East in 2004, eventually reaching five bowl games – including the 2011 Fiesta Bowl, where the Huskies, the Big East champions, lost to Oklahoma 41-20.

Pasqualoni's tenure was defined by the Huskies' continued offensive malaise: UConn typically had one of the league's best defenses, particularly in stopping the run, but failed miserably in moving the football with the passing game.

UConn hired former Cincinnati assistant T.J. Weist as its offensive coordinator during the offseason, but the change has yielded little improvement: UConn exits September ranked 121st in the FBS in total offense, 109th in scoring and 109th in interceptions thrown.

Pasqualoni was hired in January 2011 as UConn's replacement for Edsall, who had quickly signed a contract with Maryland after the Huskies' BCS berth. While he had spent the previous six seasons as an assistant in the NFL, working with the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys, Pasqualoni was known more for his 14 seasons as the coach at Syracuse from 1991-2004.

He went 107-59-1 with the Orange, netting the second-most wins in program history, and won at least 10 games in 1991, 1992 and 2003. Pasqualoni would reach four January bowl games, including one BCS appearance, losing the 1999 Orange Bowl to Florida 31-10.

UConn plans on naming an interim coach Monday afternoon.

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Cubs fire Sveum. He's my 5 pointer.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-chicago-cubs-manager-dale-sveum-fired-20130930,0,1975349.story

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Yep.

http://www.suntimes.com/22886948-761/cubs-fire-dale-sveum.html

Cubs fire Dale Sveum

BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter September 30, 2013 11:06AM

Let the Joe Girardi talks begin.

Only two years into Theo Epstein’s overhaul of the Cubs organization, the team president fired Dale Sveum on Monday.

It’s a move anticipated by many since Epstein left open the possibility when asked about his manager’s status two weeks ago.

Communication and player development issues were at the crux of concerns the front office had with Sveum, who had been the Boston Red Sox third base coach while Epstein was the general manager there.

Attention now turns to hometown favorite Girardi, the Yankees manager whose contract is up and who has expressed strong interest in returning home for the Cubs job for several years.

Sveum finishes his first full-time managing job with a 127-197 record and a year remaining on his original contract. The Cubs are believed to be on the hook for roughly $1 million left on the deal.

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Island pick for Lobo. 5 + 1 = 6

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No one else picked Sveum ?  Sveum was a no brainer.

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Nobody had Dusty Baker.

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lobo316 wrote: No one else picked Sveum ?  Sveum was a no brainer.
I'm almost positive that I had Sveum on mine last year. 

Not sure why I glossed over him this time around.

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I heard the Flyers just fired Peter Laviolette

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Count Grog wrote: I heard the Flyers just fired Peter Laviolette
http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/07/report-flyers-fire-peter-laviolette-craig-berube-to-take-over/

Flyers fire Peter Laviolette; Craig Berube to take over

Joe Yerdon

Oct 7, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

According to Philly Daily News’ Frank Seravalli and CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio, the Flyers have fired coach Peter Laviolette after four seasons and three games.

Seravalli reports assistant coach Craig Berube will take over. Whether that’s on an interim basis or not remains to be seen. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports John Paddock and Ian Laperriere will join as Berube’s assistants. He adds that assistant coach Kevin McCarthy was also let go.

After missing the postseason last year and getting off to an 0-3-0 start this season, rumors had already begun swirling that perhaps a trade was coming. Instead, it appears Laviolette’s time as bench boss is at an end.

Laviolette was hired during the 2009-10 season after John Stevens was dismissed as Flyers coach. That year he led Philly to the Stanley Cup Final before ultimately losing to the Chicago Blackhawks. He then led the team to the playoffs the next two seasons, bowing out in the second round each time.

According to Kevin Gibson of TSN Research, this is the quickest firing to start an NHL season.

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Falling Panthers fire head coach Kevin Dineen

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Nov 8, 2013, 10:02 AM EST

Just a couple of days ago, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon held a late-night meeting following Florida’s 4-3 overtime loss to Edmonton and decided that head coach Kevin Dineen wouldn’t be fired — yet.

One bad loss later and Dineen has been shown the door along with assistants Craig Ramsay and Gord Murphy, according to the Miami Herald and NHL.com.

“After 16 games it was clear that our team needed a change in philosophy and direction,” said Tallon.

“We have not met the expectations that we set forth at training camp and it is my responsibility to make the necessary changes to ensure that our club performs at its maximum potential.”

Peter Horachek is coming up from the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage to serve as the interim head coach. He previously worked with the Nashville Predators as an assistant and then associate head coach. It’s worth adding that the Rampage are currently the second-worst team in the AHL Western Conference with a 4-6-1 record.

Dineen spent parts of three seasons with Florida and had a 56-62-28 record. The Panthers finished 30th in the NHL last season, but added some veterans to the mix for the 2013-14 campaign, including forwards Scott Gomez and Brad Boyes and goaltender Tim Thomas. At the same time, they have a young and still-developing core.

Following the Panthers’ 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins last night, there was a players only meeting that involved a lot of “yelling and cursing.” That underscores the frustration this team is experiencing after going seven straight games without a win.

The 3-9-4 Panthers will attempt to end that streak on Saturday against Ottawa.

    Not suggesting anything is imminent, but saying Tallon has tried mighty hard to find a trade fit over last couple of weeks

    — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 8, 2013

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Buffalo shakeup: Regier, Rolston fired; LaFontaine, Nolan hired

Jason Brough

Nov 13, 2013, 10:48 AM EST

The Buffalo Sabres (a.k.a. the NHL’s worst team) announced major changes today. Longtime general manager Darcy Regier has been fired, as has head coach Ron Rolston. Hired are Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations, a newly created position, and Ted Nolan as interim head coach.

Both LaFontaine and Nolan have ties to the Sabres and have worked together in the past. The former starred for the club from 1991 to 1997; the latter coached the team for two seasons, from 1995-97. (Click here for more on that.)

Sabres owner Terry Pegula announced the changes at a press conference.

“Why now? I guess I just decided it was the time,” he said, per NHL.com. “Sometimes you get to the point where a change is needed.”

LaFontaine said he’ll be “actively searching for the next general manager” and already has a short list of candidates.

“I don’t have the experience right now in the general manager’s job,” he said. “But I know people and I know people out there who know how to do the job. I think putting together the right people to build that team and working together, that’s my strength. … I think my strengths are people and making sure everyone’s on board and doing their job. I told [Pegula], I said I could probably grow into that [GM] position but right now I think I could best serve you by building the hockey operations side of things.”

Nolan said the goal is to change the culture of the struggling team. He also confirmed that assistant coaches Teppo Numminen, Joe Sacco, Jerry Forton will remain on the staff.

The Sabres are 4-15-1 after 20 games and sit 30th in the NHL standings. Last February, they fired longtime head coach Lindy Ruff after a 6-10-1 start, replacing him with Rolston.

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Anyone have Kubiak?

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khawk wrote: Anyone have Kubiak?
Nope.

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Did we miss something back in May wasn't PJ Carlisimo fired by the Nets?

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Count Grog wrote: Did we miss something back in May wasn't PJ Carlisimo fired by the Nets?
Yep missed it.

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I had PJ too
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Benlen wrote: I had PJ too
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No island pick for Grog so benlen takes the lead.

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I'll put the 2014 Fired Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Managers, GMs Pick Em Pool thread up on New Years Eve. Post your picks after I post the thread.

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Down goes Frazier. Leslie Frazier out in Minny.

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Shanahan out in Washington

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from the Bucs' website

 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Monday that they have dismissed general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Greg Schiano.

“The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction. Mark has been a valued member of our organization for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here. We thank Greg for his hard work and effort the past two seasons, but we feel these moves are necessary in order to achieve our goals,” said Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer.

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Schwartz  is out in Motown

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lobo316 wrote: Schwartz  is out in Motown
Only guy picked.

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