Good morning. Let's get your Monday started off right (unless you're a Minnesota Vikings fan). Here's Kirk Cousins trying to take the snap from the wrong offensive lineman, causing the Vikings to waste a timeout in the 4th quarter.
-- Nathan & Blake
In today's Sprint:
🥊 The Notorious gives a timetable.
🏈 Lincoln out.
🏀 Down goes #1.
Trivia:Which AFC East team had the oldest starting QB this past weekend (week 12)?
New England Patriots
New York Jets
*Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
🏀 Celtics center Enes Kanter, who's originally from Turkey but has openly criticized his home country for years, officially became a US citizen.
He also legally changed his name to 'Enes Kanter Freedom.'
The Notorious also tweeted he’ll face whoever has the lightweight title at the time of his next fight, likely longtime foe Dustin Poirier or Charles Oliveira.
⚾️ Three of the MLB’s stars signed massive new contacts:
Byron Buxton agreed to stay with the Twins on a seven-year, $100 million deal that’s loaded with incentives.
Marcus Semien agreed to a seven-year, $175 million deal to move to the Texas Rangers.
Max Scherzer, the 3x Cy Young winner, is expected to sign with the NY Mets on a 3-4 year deal worth up to $40 million annually.
🏈 Billy Napier, the head coach at Louisiana, agreed to take over the job at the University of Florida.
Napier went 39-12 with the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (what a nickname) and has previous stops as an assistant at both Clemson and Alabama.
The big jobs still open are LSU, Virginia Tech, and now Oklahoma...
Live Look At Oklahoma Recruits
Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley shot down rumors tying him to the coaching vacancy at LSU… because he accepted the position at the University of Southern California.
To be fair, nobody asked him about the USC job.
His time at Oklahoma: Riley will leave immediately, leaving massive shoes to fill for whoever comes next. His five year stay was impressive:
Four Big 12 championships
Three College Football Playoff appearances
Two Heisman Trophy winners
Riley becomes the first coach to (willingly) leave Norman for a new school since Jim Tatum in 1947.
Looking ahead: The first job for whoever becomes the new head coach? Convincing the recruits in OU’s 7th ranked 2022 and 1st ranked 2023 classes to stay committed.
The top three recruits for 2023 already decommitted, including top-ranked quarterback Malachi Nelson, and are rumored to follow Riley to USC.
As for who the new coach may be, early rumors point to either Bob Stoops or Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables despite him turning down head coaching jobs each of the last five years.
The bigger picture: Riley leaves Oklahoma just months after the program announced its move to the SEC. At USC, he’ll find much less competition, more beaches, and a football program desperate to get back to the national conversation.
It’s Their Year, They’re Having Fun
The wildest weekend in college football saw Michigan beat Ohio State for the first time in nine years, Auburn lose after having a 99.9% chance to win, and the Pokes beat Lincoln Riley’s Sooners for the first time:
(11-1)#5 Michigan42vs. (10-2) #2 Ohio State 27
Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines beat the Buckeyes and punched their ticket to the Big 10 Championship game for the first time in his Michigan tenure.
Michigan dominated Ohio State on the ground, leaning on Hassan Haskins (169 yds, 5 TD) to help them rush for 297 yards and 6 TDs.
Michigan plays Iowa in the Big 10 championship game.
(11-1)#3 Alabama24vs. (6-6) Auburn 22 - 4OT
Through 85 matchups, the Iron Bowl had never gone to overtime. On Saturday, there were four.
A 20-point favorite, Bama’s offense was shut out through three quarters but finally broke through in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 in the final period (including this back shoulder cacth to tie it) and 14 in OT.
It's safe to say Auburn blew this one - according to ESPN, they had a 99.9% chance to win with 1:30 left on the clock in the fourth quarter.
After starting out 1-3, the Suns notched their 16th straight win. They never trailed and led Brooklyn by as much as 22.
Next up for the Suns, the top-ranked Warriors in a battle of the league’s best teams.
Highlight: Speaking of the Warriors, Steph Curry got a technical last night and proceeded to drill three straight threes. He gave the ref a "T" after the last one en route to 33 points and a route of the Clippers.