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Happy Friday. Let’s start with this - Russell
Westbrook is partnering with the LA Promise Fund to start
a school in his hometown. It’ll be called ‘Why Not? Academy,’
building on the Why Not? Foundation Westbrook founded in 2012.
Growing up, Westbrook asked himself ‘Why not me?’ when pursuing his dreams.
Now, he’s encouraging kids to do the same. Pretty cool.
In today's Sprint:
🏈 A penny saved
🏀 Under the radar
🥏 Risk it for the disc-it
Trivia: Which college football
coach had the all-time biggest buyout?
The contract between the University of Texas and their new head football
coach, Steve Sarkisian, was approved yesterday. And it’s a doozy.
$250,000 in relocation expenses
A $1.2 million payout if he’s still the coach at the end of the 2024
20 hours of private jet use per year
Not a bad payday.
The risks: Coaching salaries are on the rise, and
so are huge buyouts. While big programs like Texas are willing to pay for
success, does paying a coach the big bucks guarantee a winning program?
It does not. Jim Harbaugh, for example, has gone 49-22 while earning $46
million at the University of Michigan (without beating Ohio State).
Nebraska’s Scott Frost makes a whopping $5 million per year. But his record
in Lincoln? 12-20.
Sark = success? It’s too early to tell, but so far
so good. Sark landed a
commitment from five-star QB Maalik Murphy and has fans in Austin
excited for what’s to come.
His best bet to make those fans feel like it’s 2005 again? Beating Oklahoma,
who’s beaten Texas in 5 of the last 6 matchups. With some magic leftover
from Tuscaloosa, Sark may just do it.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson insists he wants to stay in Seattle. He just happened
to send the Seahawks’ front office a list of teams he’d consider
waiving his no-trade clause for:
New Orleans Saints
Las Vegas Raiders
How'd we get here? Wilson traveled to Miami to
watch the Super Bowl, where he saw Patrick Mahomes run for his life behind
an overmatched offensive line.
Something about that must've resonated with Russ, who’s on track to pass
Brett Favre for a record nobody wants to hold - most
sacked QB in NFL history.
Where to now: Russ not officially demanding a
trade is great news for Seattle. If the team makes the right moves (namely,
improving the offensive line), it can fix this rift before things spiral out
Let’s remember, head coach Pete Carroll is 70. We doubt he wants to rebuild
such a talented roster.
For the first time ever, Michigan and Michigan State defeated AP top-10
teams on the same day.
(17-1) #3 Michigan 79
vs. (17-7) #9 Iowa 57
The Wolverines just held one of the nation’s top offenses to 57
points and have lost one game all year. We should be hearing a lot
more about the boys in Ann Arbor.
(13-9) Michigan State 71 vs. (18-6) #4 Ohio State 67
Not a great day to be a Buckeye. OSU just lost to Michigan and
Michigan State in back-to-back games.
Indiana Pacers (15-15) vs. Boston Celtics (15-17) - Fri. 7:30 ET on ESPN
Portland Trail Blazers (18-13) vs. LA Lakers (22-11) - Fri. 10:00 ET on ESPN
LA Clippers (23-11) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (20-13) - Sun. 3:30 ET on ABC
#14 Texas (14-6) vs. #18 Texas Tech (14-8) - Sat. 12:00 ET on CBS
#5 Illinois (17-6) vs. #23 Wisconsin (16-8) - Sat. 2:00 ET on ESPN
#7 Oklahoma (14-6) vs. Oklahoma State (15-6) - Sat. 3:00 ET on ABC
Must see: #9 Iowa (17-7) vs. #4 Ohio State (18-5)
- Sun. 4:00 ET on CBS
#3 South Carolina (19-3) vs. #5 Texas A&M (20-1) - Sun. 2:00 ET on ESPN2
Boston Bruins (11-4-2) vs. New York Rangers (6-8-3) - Sun. 12:00 PM ET on
WATER COOLER TALK
🥏 Professional disc golfer, Paul McBeth,
signed a 10-year, $10 million contract with Discraft. When you’ve overcome as much as
Paul, you deserve it.
🏈 Deshaun Watson met with new Texans’ head
coach David Culley and it went about as well as expected. The star QB
reiterated his desire
to leave the mess that is the Texans organization.
🏀 Bronny James underwent successful surgery
to repair a torn meniscus.
📺 Let’s wrap up with some great news - NBC Universal plans
to feature the Tokyo Paralympic Games on its primetime coverage on
NBC and on its streaming service Peacock. This is the first time the
Paralympic Games will be featured on primetime TV.
A. Gus Malzahn’s recent departure from Auburn tips
the scales at $21 million, the largest NCAAF coaching buyout ever.
Fun fact: Charlie Weis was so nice he did it twice, earning an estimated
$24.5 million in buyouts from Notre Dame and Kansas.