|SPORTS UPDATE 1/4/13|
College Football: WPSD-Paducah reported on its website Thursday that Murray High defensive end LaBront Scott decommitted from Western Kentucky University. Scott said new coach Bobby Petrino took his scholarship offer off the table. Scott admitted that he thought about decommitting himself.
Scott tore an Achilles back in October, but said he didn’t think the injury had anything to do with Petrino taking the scholarship off the table. Scott still has offers from Murray State, UT Martin and Arkansas State. The national signing day takes place in about a month.
College Basketball: Two games of note this evening as Tennessee hosts Memphis and Manhattan takes on St. Peter’s.
NFL: The Kansas City Chiefs have apparently landed their new head coach. ESPN—citing league sources—says former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid will replace Romeo Crennel. In addition, the Chiefs and general manager Scott Pioli have mutually agreed to part ways.
In a statement, Pioli said he didn't accomplish all the things he set out to do. He added, quote, "I truly apologize for not getting the job done." The Chiefs had a rough season. They were 2-14 for the year and had to deal with the suicide of Jovan [[ jo-VAHN ]] Belcher.
NHL: The National Hockey League appears to be ready to scrap the current season next week if the league and the players can't come to a labor agreement. The "Winnipeg Free Press" reports the drop dead date is next Thursday. The two sides have been holding extensive meetings in the last few days in hopes of salvaging a shortened season.
Commissioner Gary Bettman had said January 11th was the deadline for a deal to get done, putting the players on the ice January 19th. That would mean a 48-game season. The players have been locked out for months while the two sides try to hammer out how to divide up league revenue.
PGA Tour: The 2013 season gets underway today with the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker is in the field, where Steve Stricker is the defending champion.