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Coach reportedly fired after trying to celebrate one of his players

Eugene Rogers, a high school football coach, has apparently been fired for celebrating national signing day.

If that sounds weird and confusing, that’s because it is.

North Crowley High School head coach Eugene Rogers was shown the door because, at least partially, after he held a NSD ceremony for a player who was only a preferred walk-on.

One of the reasons stated Coach Rogers was reassigned was "misrepresenting a student athlete signing" this student athlete was given a ceremony for signing as a preferred walk-on sad CISD would use this as a reason for reassigning a Coach #txhsfb — Matt Stepp (@Matt_Stepp817) February 21, 2018

It isn’t uncommon for preferred walk-ons to still have a ceremony to sign their national letter of intent.

As Stepp continued to relay on Twitter, it does appear Rogers was likely fired for a different reason — the sort the school was apparently too cowardly to come out and flatly say.

If you want to reassign a Coach or let him go just say " You didn't win enough games or we want a new voice" most coaches know its part of the biz..but some of the stuff I have seen recently is silly #txhsfb @dctf — Matt Stepp (@Matt_Stepp817) February 21, 2018

North Crowley went 4-6 this season and 2-5 in District 4-6A.

Rogers, 51, was a member of the first football staff after North Crowley’s 1998 opening. Basically, he helped bring the program to life. Furthermore, in 2003 he helped the school win a state championship as defensive coordinator.

Seems like a legend to me, to be honest. The Stone Cold Steve Austin of North Crowley football.

There might be other things going on here that we aren’t aware of. Without entering the realm of speculation, there is obviously a possibility of some previous history leading up to this event.

That being said, as information comes to the surface, we will keep you posted.

Two programs pushing to sign Super Bowl champion legacy

Four-star cornerback Joey Porter Jr., the son of legendary former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker and current assistant coach Joey Porter, revealed to 247Sports that he’s received the strongest interest from Pittsburgh and West Virginia early in his recruitment.

“They stay in contact with me every day, text me, sending me messages, it’s motivation,” Porter Jr. said.

Of course, the Panthers have a geographical advantage with Porter growing up nearby the Pitt campus while his father played for the Steelers. He’s also kept in constant contact with head coach Pat Narduzzi, offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman.

“I like their defense,” he said. “I like where they’re going with that. It’s a good program, they’re always putting people in the league.”

But the junior has also found similar intrigue in West Virginia, as well as his primary recruiter, cornerbacks coach Doug Belk.

“I like their defense,” Porter said again. “I like the players on the team. They have a lot of good people going there.”

Porter revealed that he’s also received some interest from Ohio State and Penn State, but hopes to hear more from the programs in the future.

It’s likely that the NFL legacy will receive a boost from recruiting websites after switching over from wide receiver to cornerback. Similarly, his father switched from offense (H-back and wide receiver) to defense (outside linebacker) in college.

Though the younger Porter is already rated as a four-star prospect, according to 247Sports, he’s yet to reach his full frame, according to his father.

“It’s an unfinished product,” Porter Sr. said. “We’re steady molding him. I don’t know what his body type is going to be. He might be my size (6-2, 249-pounds during his playing career). He’s steady growing, but his body size right now allows him to play corner so he’ll play corner.”

Porter currently ranks as the No. 67 cornerback, No. 15 player from the state of Pennsylvania and the No. 717 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite.

NASCAR team hit with suspension, fine after strong Daytona showing

Ben Rhodes had an impressive day at Daytona in the Camping World Truck Series. After starting 24th, he piloted his number 41 Ford ThorSport Racing truck to a fourth place finish. Unfortunately, the post race inspection didn’t go nearly as well.

According to NBC Sports, Rhodes’ truck was found to be too low after the race, which resulted in an L1 penalty. Crew chief Eddie Troconis will be suspended for one race and was fined $5,000. The team’s top 5 finish will also not count toward playoff tiebreakers later in the season plus 10 driver’s and owner’s points were taken away.

The next NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is at Atlanta Motor Speedway Feb. 24th.

Related: Dale Earnhardt Jr’s team gets good news ahead of the race in Atlanta

Mel Kiper still has a controversial name at the top of his ESPN mock draft

Mel Kiper is still the conductor of the Josh Allen hype train.

Kiper released his latest top-10 list for the upcoming NFL Draft on Wednesday, which once again has the former Wyoming quarterback listed as the No. 1 overall prospect.

Baker Mayfield is in and Josh Rosen is out in Mel Kiper's latest top 10. — NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 21, 2018

Coincidentally, Allen remains atop Kiper’s “big board” one day after a video of him hitting a goalpost crossbar from 50 yards away while kneeling went viral.

this is exactly the type of thing that's gonna get him drafted entirely too high, but damn it, it's cool to see Josh Allen hit the crossbar from the 50 on his knees — Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) February 20, 2018

Allen has been dubbed as both the best quarterback prospect and biggest potential bust in this year’s draft depending on who you ask, sometimes for the same reasons.

While many have looked at his ideal frame and strong arm as a plus, critics have viewed it as a distraction from the fact that he completed less than 60 percent of his passes.

Some have compared him to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz due to their shared ties to Wyoming coach Craig Bohl and having played at a smaller program. Others believe that his lack of elite competition may be less enticing, while his sudden draft hype and ability to “throw well in shorts” is comparable to former draft busts like JaMarcus Russell and Kyle Boller.

Either way, Allen is sure to remain a hot topic leading up to April’s draft. Only time will tell if the Cleveland Browns, who currently hold the No. 1 overall pick, share Kiper’s view on the quarterback prospect.

WWE superstar discusses an important aspect to Ronda Rousey’s new career adjustment

With Ronda Rousey joining the WWE, everyone has their own opinion on the matter. For current superstar Nia Jax, she instead has some advice.

As a guest on Busted Open Radio to promote her match against Asuka at this Sunday’s WWE Elimination Chamber, Jax did give Rousey a raving review about how she aided in changing how people consume women’s sports.

She also said the former UFC star needs to enter the pro wrestling culture knowing the respect that needs to be had in the locker room.

“Respect is number one in this business. You definitely have to walk into the door with a lot of respect: a lot of eye contact, a lot of handshakes, introducing yourself. We are a very tight-knit family at WWE. We are very protective of our family. When an outsider comes in, you want to make sure the outsider is worthy to step into the family. When Sasha Banks says she had nothing nice to say, it’s not necessarily that she wants to go out and be mean, but rather making sure that this outsider is worthy to step into her family.”

The entire episode is good. You should listen to it.

Some WWE talent have already voiced their frustrations over Rousey receiving plenty of national attention despite the former UFC champion claiming to be in this for the long haul.

Rousey will be back in a WWE ring for the first time since the Royal Rumble at Monday Night Raw’s exclusive Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

As for Jax, she will be fighting Asuka at Elimination Chamber for a chance to enter the WrestleMania title picture.

Before making the jump, Rousey was the pioneer of the women’s UFC division, rattling off 12 consecutive wins before two KO/TKO losses to likely end her career.

For those interested, here are WWE’s reported backstage plans for Rousey at WrestleMania 34.

Giants captain says former first-rounder Eli Apple “needs to grow up”

New York Giants captain Damon Harrison believes cornerback Eli Apple needs to show more maturity.

During an appearance on  “Speak For Yourself” with Colin Cowherdthe defensive tackle discussed Apple’s recent antics and said he believes the former first-round pick will “figure it out” and “learn from his mistakes,” but still needs to make improvements in order to have a successful NFL career.

“A young guy, another one who has to grow up,” Harrison said of Apple. “He’s got to learn from his mistakes and his experience. It isn’t college anymore, nobody’s here to hold your hand. But I think he’s a good young man with a good head on his shoulders. And I think he’ll figure it out.”

In December, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that the Giants will likely part ways with Apple this offseason, despite entering the third year of his rookie contract

Even though the new #Giants GM & head coach are not in place– thus nothing is certain yet–one team source remains very adamant on their feelings about CB Eli Apple: "He will not be in an NYG uniform next year. Dude is done with NYG. Done." — Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) December 27, 2017

On Tuesday, ESPN‘s Jordan Raanan also predicted Apple would be traded, which could provide a potential savings of $4.1 million in cap space.

Per Raanan:

“Apple is traded. He still has value, even if it’s not equitable to the first-round pick the Giants used on him just two years ago. He should be able to bring a midround pick back in return.”

Apple was suspended by the Giants prior to the team’s final regular season game in December, which occurred one day after Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins called him a “cancer” during a radio interview with Bob Wischusen.

The former No. 10 overall draft pick called out interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo after playing zero snaps from the cornerback position and only seeing action on special teams in Week 16.

“It was a coach’s decision. That’s all I have to say. Ask the coach, man. Have a good one,” Apple told reporters when asked about being benched on Sunday.

Apple led all defensive backs with nine solo tackles and played 60 of 68 snaps during the Giants’ Week 15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, which led to initial speculation that his benching was due to off-field issues.

“He was going to get in there on some dime situations,’’ Spagnuolo told reporters after the game, via the NY Post. “The guys that have been in there have been playing together for a little bit, the continuity has been good, so we just kinda of left it at that. Probably need to get him in there.’’

It seems inevitable that Apple’s days in New York are numbered, despite the vote of confidence from his captain.

Denny Hamlin fans the flames of a NASCAR feud by clueing in the “idiots”

The Denny Hamlin / Bubba Wallace feud won’t die just yet. At the end of the Daytona 500, Hamlin and Wallace had contact and Wallace ended up in the wall after the finish line. Both drivers were upset about the incident, but neither agreed on exactly what caused it.

Then, video of Bubba Wallace and Denny Hamlin squaring off  surfaced after the Daytona 500.

@dennyhamlin and @BubbaWallace not too happy with each other after the 500 @NASCARONFOX @espn @NASCARonNBC — Ben Black (@ben_black7) February 19, 2018

Everyone assumed the altercation was in response to the on-track incident, but Hamlin took to Twitter to give his side of the story:

Let me clue the idiots on Twitter what I was pissed off about. I had no issue with how the race ended. I was minding my own business on the bottom of the track and out of the blue I get ran into, my tire blown, and perfectly straight car destroyed. I’m good with all that. — Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 20, 2018 Anyone who wouldn’t take offense to the stupid things that was said has absolutely no backbone. I have one — Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 20, 2018

Related: Bubba Wallace explains what happened during heated moment with Denny Hamlin after Daytona 500

Hamlin was clearly not thrilled with Wallace about his Adderal joke in a post-race interview:

“I want to see the replay before I say anything stupid but he may need to take some Adderrall for that one,” he said.

That’s a clear reference to Hamlin’s controversial remarks on a BarStool Sports podcast that 70 percent of NASCAR drivers were taking Adderall or some other ADD-type drug. Hamlin later backtracked and said he was joking.

Related: Kevin Harvick thinks a veteran driver should keep his mouth shut following offensive comments

On SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive” via NBCSports, Wallace seemed to confirm that the comments, not the on-track contact, are what really sent Hamlin over the edge.

“I was told I cut his tire as I was doing the interview, and I already had my mind made up about what had happened,’’ Wallace said. “Just got into the heat of the battle. At the end of the day, we’re racing and that’s what you do, you go down and sidedraft the guy through the short chute and try to suck him all the way down and get the run and pull away from him and just felt like he had turned right. That was my opinion. He had thought otherwise. He said there was more footage from in-car that I haven’t seen yet. I’ve been looking for and haven’t seen yet.

“At the garage, he was upset with me over the comments I made about something he was joking about, which shouldn’t have been joked about. All in all, that’s all right. We’re actually texting each other right now, we’re still not happy. I’m OK, he’s not. We’re racers, and we’ll go to Atlanta and be battling each other.

“I told him we’ll be racing together for a long time so I wanted to step out and reach out and clear the air. We’ll see how long it takes to officially clear the air.”

On Wallace’s end, he was just upset that Hamlin prevented him from celebrating with his team by crashing him and sending him to the infield care center.

“I told him I was just pumped up with the way we finished and just hated that I couldn’t go out and celebrate the finish with my guys,” Wallace said. “I really wanted to see them. I had Richard Petty running all over pit road and all over Daytona to the infield care center so that was just a bummer. When you have a good finish, the first thing you want to do is get out and hug your guys and give them all the praise that they deserve.’’

So far, neither driver is backing down from their feud.

Four-star linebacker Kalen DeLoach plans visit to SEC school

Four-star linebacker Kalen DeLoach confirmed to GoVols247 (subscription needed) that he’s planned a visit to Tennessee after receiving a scholarship offer from the Vols on Saturday.

DeLoach has several other visits already planned, including a trip to Tuscaloosa this weekend, but could possibly split the following weekend into trips to Tuscaloosa and either Baton Rogue or Knoxville.

“The following week, I think I’m going to Florida State on Friday and either LSU or Tennessee on Saturday,” DeLoach said. “Whatever school I don’t get to out of LSU or Tennessee, I’m going to end up going there (later).”

DeLoach has scholarship offers from 17 teams including Auburn, Clemson, Michigan and South Carolina. He has already taken unofficial visits to Michigan, Ohio State and South Carolina, while also attending Junior Day for the Gamecocks and Clemson, according to 247Sports.

The Savannah native currently ranks as the No. 24 outside linebacker, No. 45 player from the state of Georgia and the No. 365 overall prospect for the 2019 national recruiting cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Despite punishment, ESPN personality stands by calling President Trump a “white supremacist”

ESPN’s Jemele Hill stands by her comments calling Donald Trump a white supremacist on Twitter.

On Wednesday, Hill appeared on the nationally aired television show The View. There, after being prompted to discuss, she elaborated on the entire situation.

After saying her tweet came from an emotional place, and said it was a lesson learned, Hill does feel as though she was largely relaying factual information.

“I don’t think that his supporters are white supremacists,” she told Meghan McCain. “What I would say though, is that they have the privilege, the benefit of the privilege to be able to disassociate themselves from certain issues.” “I didn’t say he was surrounded by all — by everybody who surrounded him was a white supremacist,” she continued. “Obviously Steve Bannon. I could go down the list of people who have at very least played footsie with white supremacists.” “I very much understood why I was suspended,” she told the panel. “You asked me, would I do it again, and I would just do it a different way, I wouldn’t take it to Twitter.” “What I should have done, especially because we were having all these national conversations, is gone to ESPN and asked if I could write a column about it instead … with more breadth and depth explain my position.”

Hill, who is no longer on ESPN’s flagship SportCenter at Six, is one of the most talented personalities the entire network has. A gifted writer, with the ability to be both entertaining and insightful while on broadcasts, she remains a rising star in the industry.

(H/T Uproxx)

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