|SPORTS UPDATE 12/14/12|
College Football: The Courier Journal reports Kentucky coach Mark Stoops will keep a former Wildcat on his staff. Andre Woodson, who worked as a grad assistant with Joker Phillips, will stay on board and work with quarterbacks.
A new fan poll from ESPN.com indicates of the four Southeastern Conference schools that made football coaching hires in the off season, Arkansas hiring of Bret Bielema is the best hire. Kentucky’s Mark Stoops was tied for second in the balloting with Gus Malzahn of Auburn, with Tennessee’s Butch Jones last.
That same story also indicated that Arkansas has hired former Tennessee assistant Sam Pittman as its new offensive line coach. Tennessee’s offensive line only allowed a league low eight sacks in 12 games this past season.
ESPN.com reports that Skip Holtz is set to become the new coach at Louisiana Tech. Holtz would replace Sonny Dykes who went to Cal. Holtz was fired after three seasons at USF and replaced by Western Kentucky and Tampa native Willie Taggart.
The bowl season gets underway with two games on Saturday. The New Mexico Bowl sends Nevada against Arizona, while the Idaho Potato Bowl has Utah State going against Toledo.
College Basketball: Florida coach Billy Donovan says he may coach in the NBA someday. In an interview with a Miami radio station Wednesday night, Donovan was asked that question and said right now he loves what he is doing at Florida, but said the fact that makes him interested in coaching in the NBA is that it’s all basketball and not other things that coaches do at the collegiate level.
Donovan if you remember, left Florida for the Orlando Magic in 2007, but returned to Florida six days after taking the Magic job, according to the story in the Gainesville Sun.
MLB: It appears Ichiro Suzuki will stay with the New York Yankees. Several reports indicate Ichiro will sign a contract for two years today worth between $12-$13 million, some $2 million less than he was offered over the same period by the Philadelphia Phillies. Suzuki was traded by Seattle to the Yankees during the 2012 season.