High School Football: Highlands and Bowling Green remain numbers 1 and 2 in this week’s Cantrall rankings in today’s Lexington Herald Leader. Scott County, Male and Trinity round out this week’s top five.
McCracken County is 13th, Henderson County 15th, Mayfield is 19th, Caldwell County is 22nd and Warren Central is 23rd in this week’s poll.
College Football: A Twitter feed indicates Western Kentucky has reportedly offered a scholarship to an Alabama high school quarterback. AISA Football tweeted Edgewood Academy senior Taylor Hawthorne received the offer today. The 6-4 200 pounds Hawthorne has thrown for 1,303 yards on 77-118 through the air with 17 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
ESPN reported Sunday Louisville coach Charlie Strong could join his quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as a coach at the NFL team that receives the number one draft pick next year. However, Strong downplayed the speculation when asked at a news conference in late September according to the Courier Journal. Strong said at that time he didn’t watch the NFL and has no interest in coaching there.
ESPN also cited NFL sources as saying a new advisory panel had been formed to evaluate minority coaches. Strong and Stanford’s David Shaw are reportedly the top candidates, with one ESPN writer stating it would be an upset if Strong is not a leading candidate for various NFL head coaching opportunities after the season. Strong last year turned down an offer to become the head coach at the University of Tennessee and remain at Louisville.
NFL: The winless New York Giants host the Minnesota Vikings this evening. The Giants are off to their worst start since the 1976 team opened with nine consecutive losses, while the Vikings aren't much better with a mark of 1-4.
Minnesota will have a new quarterback tonight, as Josh Freeman takes over under center just two weeks after joining the team following his release by Tampa Bay.
Reports indicate St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford’s season is over. Bradford suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the Rams 30-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
MLB: A report indicates that Jim Leyland won't return as the Detroit Tigers manager. According to Fox Sports, Leyland informed the team of his decision after the Tigers lost to the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series.
Leyland spent the past eight seasons with the Tigers, guiding the club to four playoff appearances and two American League pennants. The Tigers were 93-69 this past season and won the American League Central title for the third straight year. Leyland posted a mark of 700-597 during his eight-year tenure in Detroit.
The 68 years old, Leyland has a career record of 1,769-1,728 and was named Manager of the Year three times.