College Basketball: Top 25 games this evening have number two Ohio State hosting Delaware in the Gotham Classic, 10th rated Connecticut hosts Stanford, 15th ranked Baylor welcomes Northwester State, 18th ranked North Carolina hosts Texas, 20th ranked UMass at Ohio and 23rd ranked San Diego State hosts Southern Utah.
Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson’s postgame press conference following the Salukis’ 73-65 loss to Murray State last night has gone viral. Hinson was rather entertaining in his remarks about his team’s play.
Hinson said today his only regret in his comments was calling out starting guard Marcus Fillyaw, but was not upset about everything else he said. The Salukis have lost four games in a row and six of their eight losses have come by single digits this season.
College Football: Today is the first day of the mid-year junior college signing period. Kentucky Sports Radio reports one of its four JUCO commitments, defensive tackle Cory Johnson is expected to sign today.
However, there was some other good news this morning as top JUCO safety AJ Stamps from East Mississippi Community College has committed to the Wildcats and is expected to sign today also. Stamps chose Kentucky over Ohio State.
Meanwhile, Western Kentucky has had a number of mid-year JUCO signees today. Coach Bobby Petrino has announced via Twitter eight players have signed to play for WKU next year as of late this morning.
NFL: New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed today the club has signed veteran kicker Shayne Graham as a replacement for Garrett Hartley. Hartley missed two field goals in Sunday's 27-16 loss at St. Louis, dropping his conversion rate to a career-low 73.3 percent (22-for-30) this season.
The 27-year-old joined the Saints in the middle of the 2008 campaign and his tenure with the club was highlighted by three kicks of more than 40 yards during Super Bowl XLIV, helping New Orleans beat the Indianapolis Colts. The 36-year-old Graham made 31-of-38 kicks for the Houston Texans last year. The former Pro Bowl selection has converted 85.4 percent of his field goal attempts in 12 career seasons.