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Archives for: April 2009, 02
Apr 2 '09
On the same day the Chicago Bears added a new quarterback, they got someone to protect him.
The Bears have agreed to a three-year deal, $15 million deal with free agent Orlando Pace, a source told ESPN.com's John Clayton. His first-year payout, according to the source, is $6.1 million.
ESPN's Michael Smith first reported the signing.
Moments after acquiring quarterback Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos, the Bears reached an agreement to sign former Rams left tackle Pace.
L8N and I were just talking about Orlando Pace a few days ago --- funny this should all come about after such a long time with little mention of Pace in the news.
Tim Floyd will be named basketball coach at Arizona, Mark Asher of Sports 620 KTAR, ESPN's radio affiliate in Phoenix, is reporting according to multiple sources.
Floyd met with Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood on Wednesday night to work out the final details of the deal and an announcement is expected Thursday, according to sources.
Floyd, 55, has spent the last four seasons at USC with an 85-50 record. He led the Trojans to three NCAA tournament appearances -- including the Sweet 16 in 2007.
Floyd previously coached in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls in 1999-2002 and the New Orleans Hornets in 2004.
He was also the head coach at Iowa State, New Orleans and Idaho.
Lute Olson retired as coach at Arizona prior to the start of the season. Arizona advanced to the Sweet 16 with interim coach Russ Pennell.
An 85-50 record doesn't sound very "Arizona-esque" to me. I thought the Arizona job would go to Rick Pitino of Louisville, Mark Few of Gonzaga, or even Jeff Capel of Oklahoma. A few rumors were that the position was going to be offered to Capel. Floyd could be a good coach, he has recruited a few talented players at USC (OJ Mayo) but are those guys "program guys" like Arizona is used to getting from Lute Olson? Mayo wasn't, he was a one and done. Obviously the talent level at Arizona has dropped the past few years and they did lose a good high school recruit in Jennings to the European league this past season, so time will tell if Floyd is the right man to resurrect the Arizona program.
Lots of changes this season. Follow the link to read the article and view the changes. Some are neat, some are not so neat. I sometimes wonder if these changes are a marketing move just to get people to buy new gear to match the team. It's been a while since I've updated my baseball collection of jersey's and hats, so their plan might have worked. Comments if you have them.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in conjunction with The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) are pleased to announce this years winner of the 2009 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford, an honor presented annually to the nation's top collegiate point guard. Ty Lawson of the University of North Carolina was chosen from a pool of over eighty top candidates and seventeen finalists from NCAA Division I, II and III institutions across the country.
Lawson is the second Tar Heel in 5 years to win the award. Raymond Felton won the award in 2005, and then went on to win the national championship. Here's hoping Ty repeats the pattern.
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