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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.
- Nathan
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?
  1. Gus Malzahn
  2. Pete Carroll
  3. Brady Hoke
  4. Charlie Weis

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Money to Burn
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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 season
  • 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.

NFL
What's Up, Russ?
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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:
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Las Vegas Raiders
  • Chicago Bears
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 of control.
Let’s remember, head coach Pete Carroll is 70. We doubt he wants to rebuild such a talented roster.

QUICK HITTERS
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.

WEEKEND WATCH
NBA
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
NCAAM
#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
NCAAW
#3 South Carolina (19-3) vs. #5 Texas A&M (20-1) - Sun. 2:00 ET on ESPN2
NHL
Boston Bruins (11-4-2) vs. New York Rangers (6-8-3) - Sun. 12:00 PM ET on NBC

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.

ANSWER
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.
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