NFL: Four coaches have been fired thus far on what’s deemed “Black Monday”. The Minnesota Vikings announced the firing of head coach Leslie Frazier after four seasons. Frazier was 21-31-and-1 in four seasons, including a 5-10-and-1 record this season. Frazier had been with the Vikings since 2007. The Vikings allowed an NFL-high 480 points this year.
The Washington Redskins have fired head coach Mike Shanahan after four seasons. The Redskins were a disastrous 3-13 this year, closing the campaign with eight straight losses, following a surprising NFC East title in 2012. Shanahan's tenure in Washington ended with a mark of just 24-40.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced the firing of coach Greg Schiano, along with general manager Mark Dominik. Schiano came to the Bucs from Rutgers and went 11-21 in two season in Tampa. Dominik spent two decades with the Buccaneers and had been general manager since 2009.
ESPN is also reporting Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz has been fired. Schwartz was 29-51 while with the Lions including a 7-9 mark this season after winning six of the first nine games. Schwartz had been the Lions head coach since 2009.
The NFL has acknowledged the San Diego Chargers should have been penalized on the final play of regulation against Kansas City Sunday. Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop missed a 41 yard field goal with four seconds remaining, but the Chargers should have been penalized five yards for an illegal formation. The Chargers won the game 27-24 in overtime, sending them into the AFC playoffs and eliminating the Pittsburgh Steelers.
College Basketball: Kentucky’s basketball game with Vanderbilt on January 11th at Memorial Gym will tip off at 2:30 local time, with pre game coverage beginning at 1 on Lite 98.7. The game will also be televised nationally by CBS.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats are off until opening Southeastern Conference play with Mississippi State January 8th in Lexington.
Four games involving Top 25 teams are on tap for this evening. 7th ranked Oklahoma State welcomes Robert Morris, 12th ranked Baylor entertains Oral Roberts, 16th ranked Kansas hosts Toledo and 21st ranked Gonzaga hosts San Francisco.