LSU’s Derrius Guice: ‘I’m going to give your defense hell’

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INDIANAPOLIS — Derrius Guice spent the early portion of his media availability Thursday making his case for his receiving skills, which were rarely on display during his time at LSU.

But when asked to compare himself to a current NFL player, a pitch wasn’t necessary for Guice, or those assembled around him. The answer was simple.

“Beast Mode,” Guice replied, referring to Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch. “The Skittle man.” Continue reading

Denzel Ward using Combine to honor late father, raise money for students

Much like the 300-plus 2018 NFL Scouting Combine participants, Denzel Ward is spending the early months of the new year preparing for the most important workout of his life.

However, Ward’s workout has additional meaning for those who won’t touch a weight, shuffle between cones or run a single sprint in Indianapolis. The consensus No. 1 CB prospect is pledging every inch of his vertical leap to a fundraising effort to support the Paul G. Ward Jr. Scholarship Fund, established in memory of his late father to help at-risk students offset the cost of attending college.  Continue reading

Luke Falk leaves Senior Bowl to attend Tyler Hilinski’s funeral

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Luke Falk is wrapping up his successful week early to say his final goodbyes to a former teammate.

The former Washington State quarterback withdrew from the Senior Bowl on Friday to return to Southern California to attend the Saturday funeral for Tyler Hilinski, according to a report from the Seattle Times. By leaving, Falk will also miss playing in the Senior Bowl game, which will take place Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

Hilinski died Jan. 16 in Pullman, Washington, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the Whitman County (Washington) Coroner. Continue reading

Ara Parseghian, legendary Notre Dame coach, dies at 94

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College football has lost one of its coaching icons.

Former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian died early Wednesday, the university announced. He was 94.

Parseghian, a 1980 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, led the Fighting Irish to two national championships in 1966 and 1973. The titles culminated a massive turnaround for the program, which was floundering prior to Parseghian’s arrival in 1964. Continue reading

Jordyn Adams, Greg Emerson announce commitments

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NFL Network is at Nike’s The Opening, a camp for the nation’s top high school football prospects, and some of those players are making big decisions on this holiday weekend.

Surrounded by family, Jordyn Adams kicked things off on NFL Total Access by using a pair of receiver gloves with North Carolina’s logo to announce he was committing to becoming a Tar Heel. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound receiver from Green Hope High School (Cary, North Carolina) is a four-star recruit (composite score of 0.9407 by 247 Sports) who chose UNC over Clemson. Adams transferred in December from Blythewood High School (Blythewood, South Carolina) to Green Hope to be closer to his dad, who is an assistant at East Carolina University. Adams has one more season of high school football remaining before he will sign and be off to college. Continue reading

John Ross to shut it down after UW pro day

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John Ross wrapped up his pre-draft process a little earlier than most on Saturday.

The wide receiver who set a new record last weekend for fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine is shutting it down until he hears his name called in Philadelphia during the last weekend of April. Ross told reporters at the University of Washington’s pro day that with the conclusion of Saturday’s workout, his focus will turn to shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. Continue reading

Brent Musburger to retire after nearly 50 years in broadcasting

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You are looking live at the end of one of the most storied careers in sports broadcasting.

Brent Musburger is retiring at the end of January, ESPN announced. Musburger will call two more contests before hanging up the headset for good, with his final college basketball game (Georgia at Kentucky) coming at 9 p.m. EST on Jan. 31.

Watch the Reese’s Senior Bowl on NFL Network at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Musburger, who turns 78 in May, spent nearly 50 years in broadcasting, with the last 27 coming with ABC/ESPN. Cue up any old footage from the earlier days of sports television and you’re sure to find Musburger, whether it’s courtside, in the booth or behind the anchor’s desk in studio, working for CBS or ABC/ESPN. As sports took over more and more of the American public’s consciousness, Musburger was there to call a good amount of it.

Musburger became one of the network’s go-to broadcasters for college football and basketball in the early 2000s, calling seven BCS Championship Games. Musburger also served as either the host and/or play-by-play man for golf tournaments, NBA and Little League World Series games, NASCAR and IRL races and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Musburger’s retirement is the latest departure in what has become a gradual changing of the guard at the network, which has also bid adieu to Chris Berman and Tom Jackson in recent months.