Monday, February 18, 2019

When I first came to Chicago in 2001 to be the Scouting Director for the Chicago Bears, each club had the NFL-run World League of American Football (later renamed NFL Europe), in which to send young players for development. It was a costly propositio…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Former Sabino High School and UA pass-rusher Brooks Reed, an All-Pac-10 defensive player in 2010, signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals last week. Life in the NFL has been good to the 31-year-old Reed. He previously signed a $22 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons also got married while in Atlanta. Brooks and Natalie Reed are expecting their first child, a boy, in July.

In its diligence to hire an offensive line coach, Arizona turned some heads by acquiring 34-year-old Kyle DeVan, a four-year NFL lineman who coached at Ball State last year. DeVan, who played at Oregon State, previously served on the staffs at his alma mater and USC, giving him valuable recruiting contacts in the region. After Arizona hired DeVan, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy hired Arizona alumnus and 12-year UA offensive line coach Charlie Dickey, who is a top hire anywhere. Gundy did it one day after it was reported that the Cowboys had an opening. “I’ve tried to hire coach Dickey before but was unsuccessful because of his loyalty to Coach (Bill) Snyder at Kansas State,” Gundy wrote in a Twitter message. In this case, Arizona and OSU both appear to have hired the right guy.

Former Canyon del Oro softball standout Alexis Kaiser made her college debut at Syracuse a memorable one, hitting a home run last week against Grand Canyon in the San Diego State kickoff tournament. Kaiser is the daughter of former UA and NFL linebacker John Kaiser, a member of the Tucson Conquistadores. Kaiser batted No. 4 in the Syracuse lineup Friday, with a run-scoring double against Penn State.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

In a back-and-forth game with nine ties and 13 lead changes, it was Louisiana Tech who made the winning plays in the end, coming away with a 72-67 victory on Saturday afternoon over UTSA to remain undefeated at home this season in the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

Former Ironwood Ridge and UA linebacker Jake Matthews last week was accepted to medical school Still University of Health Sciences in Kirksville, Missouri, an established medical school that has been in business for 127 years. Matthews joins at least four other UA football players of the modern era to go to medical school: All-WAC lineman Jon Abbott, an academic All-American at Arizona, is now an orthopedic surgeon in Oro Valley; Ivan Lesnik, a second-team All-Pac-10 defensive lineman in the early 1990s, served as a surgeon for the Navy Surgeon General before opening a pain management center in Seattle; Kevin Schmidtke, a former UA running back, attended Boston University for dental school and now runs a practice on La Cholla Boulevard; and Tucson orthopedic surgeon William “Billy” Prickett, a starting UA quarterback in 1991 who has returned to be part of the UA’s football medical staff.

Tre'Davious White earned legend status with his viral "Tre White Goalie Academy" video and the Mudbugs extended an invitation to the former LSU Tiger and current Buffalo Bill to drop the puck before Shreveport's game against Amarillo, Saturday.

Friday, February 15, 2019

A pair of Quad-City area high school football players are scheduled to be part of a group of nearly 50 prospective recruits attending Iowa’s first "junior day" of 2019 this weekend in Iowa City.

Thursday, February 14, 2019