The Morning Miller On Sports For January 27, 2012 | HS Sports
You Should Know – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Greg Schiano as their head coach on Thursday. Schiano, the long-time head coach at Rutgers, follows Raheem Morris, who was fired after a four-win season. To my knowledge, Schiano’s name was never mentioned publicly in the Bucs’ search for a new head coach. The team also had interest in Mike Sherman, Marty Schottenheimer, Brad Childress, Rob Chudzinski and a few others. Schiano will be formally introduced today.
Jaguars Bite of the Day – According to the Florida Times-Union, Jags linebacker Paul Posluszny had surgery on his left shoulder this month. Posluszny partially tore the labrum during the first quarter of Jacksonville’s final game. He was one of the main reasons the Jaguars defense improved vastly in 2011.
College Football Nugget – Oregon head coach Chip Kelly was extremely close to becoming the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach on Sunday night. From the Eugene Register-Guard, via a radio interview, Kelly said, “The only decision I ever made was to not accept the job. I never changed my mind; I never committed to the job and then flip-flopped.” Three words – National Signing Day.
Broadcasting Note – The Dallas Mavericks played on Wednesday night while perennial All-Star Dirk Nowitzki sat out to rest his knee. On an alley-oop play, Nowitzki commentates for Fox Sports Southwest. Probably should stick with playing basketball, Dirk.
Strange Thought of the Day – Roger Federer has 16 Grand Slams and Rafael Nadal has 10. After Nadal defeated Federer in four sets at the Australian Open, Nadal holds an 8-2 advantage in Grand Slam matches. Is that much of a rivalry?
Tweet of the last 24 hours – @jeffpearlman (Jeff Pearlman, author of “Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton) “I root for the Celtics, because their players are my age. And I dig that.”
Stat(s) of the Day – From 2001 to 2011, Greg Schiano went 68-67 as Rutgers head football coach. Five of those seasons he led them to eight wins or more. Over the last seven years, Rutgers went to six bowl games for a 5-1 mark.
Link of the Day – Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci writes about how Prince Fielder could have been a Dodger, and not a Tiger, if it wasn’t for Victor Martinez’s injury.
Video of the Day – Rudy Gay, of the Memphis Grizzlies, nailed a three-pointer past half-court to close the first quarter last night.
Question of the Day – Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, who obviously wants to play in a market that delivers more money and fame, said if the Celtics come calling, he would listen. Can Howard simply say he’s fine with nearly every team but Orlando?
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