• Travis Tyler

January news updates (updated weekly)

NFL

  • Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has let his contract expire and will consider retirement

  • All head coach & GM openings have been filled.

  • Philip Rivers has announced his retirement.

  • Saints WR Michael Thomas is expected to have surgeries in the offseason after playing through injuries

  • Referee Sarah Thomas will become the first female to officiate the Super Bowl

  • Texans QB Deshaun Watson has demanded a trade but the franchise is not willing to give in.

  • Here's who will sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

  • The NFL has announced a "new format" for the 2021 Scouting Combine.

  • Buccaneers DT Vita Vea has been designated to return from IR

  • No official announcement has been made, but reports surfaced during the divisional round that Saints QB Drew Brees will be retiring. It was later clarified that, for now, he is "thinking about his future."

  • After almost becoming defensive coordinator for LSU, Ryan Nielsen will remain defensive line coach for the Saints and add assistant head coach to his title.

  • Teams have begun making changes to their coaching staffs. Of note: Darrell Bevell becomes Jacksonville's OC, Pittsburgh promotes Matt Canada to OC, Joe Lombardi becomes the Chargers OC, and Aaron Glen becomes Lions' DC.

  • The Lions have added several executives to a restructured front office.

  • The Rams have lost several executives and coaches this offseason already.

  • Seahawks OL Chad Wheeler will not return to the team after disturbing sexual assault allegations emerged

  • Bucs' WR Scotty Miller thinks he's the fastest player in the NFL.

  • DK Metcalf says teams figured out Seattle's offense last year.

  • Bills' WR Cole Beasley played through part of the AFC Championship with a broken leg.

  • Aaron Rodgers has made some interesting comments about his future

  • The Pro Bowl was played virtually

  • The Lions traded QB Matthew Stafford to the Rams for 1st round picks in 2022 & 2023 plus a 2021 3rd round pick and QB Jared Goff

  • Stafford's only condition was reportedly that he did not want to play for New England.

  • WFT head coach Ron Rivera has been declared cancer-free

  • Veteran tight end Jason Witten has retired for a second time


College

  • After drawing interest from several NFL teams, Iowa State's Matt Campbell and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald appear to be staying put. Fitzgerald has signed an extension through 2030.

  • Players have been declaring for the NFL Draft

  • Alabama defeated Ohio State for the national title

  • Notre Dame has hired Cincinnati defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman as its new defensive coordinator. Michigan State safeties coach Mike Tressel will replace Freeman.

  • Ohio State got big news as WR Chris Olave, DT Haskell Garrett, and TE Jeremy Ruckert all announced they would return for 2021. Several other Buckeyes were among those to declare for the draft

  • Michigan has named Ravens linebackers coach Mike Macdonald and Cowboys defensive backs coach Maurice Linguist as co-defensive coordinators.

  • Ex-Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone is joining Alabama's staff as offensive line coach.

  • Tennessee has fired head coach Jeremy Pruitt after a recruiting scandal surfaced. He is being replaced by UCF's Josh Heupel.

  • Texas has hired Steve Sarkisian as its next head coach.

  • Northwestern has landed another transfer QB

  • Mac Jones was named the winner of the Manning Award for the nation's top QB.

  • SMU has hired Jim Leavitt as defensive coordinator.

  • Tate Martell is transferring... again

  • Nebraska has lost several players to the portal

  • Tennessee reportedly reached out to ex-NFL head coach Jeff Fisher about its head coaching opening

  • Bill O'Brien has been named Alabama's new offensive coordinator.

  • The PAC-12 and commissioner Larry Scott have parted ways

  • The ACC and SEC have released their schedule for the 2021 season

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