College Football: Multiple reports indicate new Texas coach Charlie Strong is bringing one of his former Louisville assistants to Austin. Vance Bedford—who was the Cardinals defensive coordinator—will serve in the same role at Texas. Bedford is scheduled to be in Austin today, with a Texas spokesman telling the Austin American Statesman no offer has been made to Bedford yet.
Under Bedford’s leadership, Louisville was second in FBS in scoring defense in the just completed season and first in yards allowed.
Meanwhile, it appears the finalists to replace Charlie Strong at Louisville are Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narudzzi and Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris according to WAVE-TV in Louisville.
U of L’s Athletics Association is scheduled to meet tomorrow morning at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to discuss athletic director Tom Jurich’s recommendation for the new coach.
ESPN citing two sources reports Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is expected to announce today he will forego his last two years of college and place his name in the 2014 NFL draft. Manziel is expected to be a first round selection.
Meanwhile, the Houston Chronicle reports Manziel will sign with marketing firm LMNR, which is run by a group which includes NBA star LeBron James. Manziel is also reportedly signing with Houston based Select Sports Group to handle his contracts.
College Basketball: There’s a slew of Top 25 games coming up this evening. 4th ranked Wisconsin hosts Illinois, 6th ranked Wichita State takes on Illinois State, 10th ranked Villanova is at Seton Hall, 11th ranked Florida hosts South Carolina, 12th ranked Oklahoma State welcomes Texas.
15th ranked San Diego State hosts Boise State, 17th ranked Colorado travels to Washington State, 19th ranked UMass hosts St. Joseph’s, 20th ranked Kansas goes to Oklahoma and 21st ranked Missouri hosts Georgia.
NFL: ESPN New York reports NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league could potentially expand the playoffs. Goodell says league owners are considering adding two more teams, but doesn’t have a timeline on when that may occur.
In regards to holding another Super Bowl in a cold weather city, Goodell says the league will evaluate that at a later time. This year’s Super Bowl will be at Met Life Stadium early next month.
MLB: The 2014 inductees into Baseball’s Hall of Fame will be announced later today. Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux is expected to be the front runner and could be joined by former teammate Tom Glavine along with former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas.