A Montana basketball star is trying to be the rare American Indian player to go from life on a reservation to Division I.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Swinney’s staff at Clemson is drenched in crimson, albeit of a decidedly pre-Saban hue. His football administrator (in Swinney’s words, “My national security adviser”) is Woody McCorvey, who was Swinney’s position coach at Bama. Before that, McCorvey worked at Clemson under the school’s other national title-winning head coach, Danny Ford, who, by the way, also played at Alabama, under Bryant.

Clemson special-teams/tight ends coach Danny Pearman, safeties coach Mickey Conn, defensive analyst Lemanski Hall and recruiting coordinator Thad Turnipseed all have ties back to Swinney’s days with the Tide. Only Turnipseed has worked for both Saban and Swinney, winning NFL Jerseys Wholesale two national titles with the former and one with the latter.

“I like to remind Nick that we have a lot of Alabama people at Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike Clemson, but Clemson has always had a lot of Alabama people,” Swinney said, taking a poke at the guy he spends days on the lake with during the offseason. “And I also remind him that we were all at Alabama long before he was!”

But all of those folks who now make a very nice living in upstate South Carolina might not still have those jobs at all if not for a hire Swinney made six years ago, one that still leaves fans on both sides shaking their heads. In 2011, Swinney’s third full season, the Tigers suffered a legendarily awful 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. Barely two weeks later, he hired Brent Venables to be his defensive coordinator. Venables had been on the staff at Oklahoma for 13 years, all but one as defensive coordinator.

The Bulls have been a feel-good story. The NBA’s lottery system is ruining the fun.

Good piece from James Herbert on how Brett Brown uses schoolteacher tactics with the Sixers.

Paul George destroyed the Lakers Wednesday night in OKC’s convincing win. But he’s still tied to L.A. through rumors. As it were, PG-13 and Brian Shaw surrendered their phones to NBA investigators to prove there was no tampering between them. They have a close relationship from time together in Indiana.

This Terrance Ferguson open court dunk was incredible. Also, he hurt his wrist doing it. Welp.

Even more telling about Harris’ attitude for improvement is his humility.

Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: While Alfred Blue had a strong finish to his season — 33.8 PPR fantasy points on 50 touches in his final three games — Miller’s was comparably quiet, as he scored a season-low 3.7 PPR fantasy points on Sunday and totaled 16.5 on 30 touches in his final three games. Miller was started in 59.5 percent of ESPN leagues in Week 17.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Considering how favorable his matchup was (the Texans entered the week having allowed the fifth-most PPR fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers with 35.6), Hilton’s 4.4 PPR fantasy points on six targets were rather disappointing. After all, he scored a season-high 34.5 points against these Texans in Week 9. Hilton concluded his 2017 season with seven games out of 16 beneath five fantasy points. He badly needs a healthy Andrew Luck back throwing him the football in 2018.

Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: For the second consecutive week, Crabtree fell shy of five PPR fantasy points, with his 3.7 on Sunday representing his 13th-worst single-game total in 125 career contests. He was started in 51.8 percent of ESPN leagues, making him the 20th most-started wide receiver of Week 17.

Here’s him tooting his own horn (koff koff) post-game after that first 36-point-splosion. He fills the time talking about… Mason Plumlee.

Even more impressive about last night’s 36 was that 20 of them came in the first quarter, the best single quarter of scoring by a Denver Nugget since Ty Lawson was in town. His post game interview yet again quickly deflected the credit to his team.

He’s not the best yet, but he’s sure making progress. But that’s G. Oh, yeah… I actually don’t call him “G”, but in addition to all of the above, Gary is a pretty funny Wholesale MLB Jerseys and Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale thoughtful dude. You can see the same for yourself by checking out his twitter feed. His handle is @thats_g_, in case you thought Old man Olson was trying to get all linguistically hip before he broke one.

Johnny Manziel could soon revive his professional football career in Canada.

The CFL on Thursday announced commissioner Randy Ambrosie will approve a contract for the free agent quarterback to play in 2018 if one can be negotiated with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who hold Manziel’s rights.

Since last summer, the Canadian Football League has been engaged in a Wholesale NHL Jerseys thorough process to determine the eligibility of Johnny Manziel. This process has been conducted with the cooperation of Mr. Manziel and independent of the team which currently holds his CFL rights, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It has included an ongoing assessment by an independent expert on the issue of violence against women, a review by legal counsel, and an in-person interview of Mr. Manziel conducted by the Commissioner. As well, Mr. Manziel has been required to meet a number of conditions set by the league.

As a result of this process, the Commissioner has now informed Mr. Manziel and the Tiger-Cats he is prepared to approve a contract for Mr. Manziel should one be negotiated.

A few hours later, thanks to Alabama’s 24-6 bludgeoning of Clemson, it had become a lot more than just a chant. It was a full-blown SEC celebration that will culminate in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game presented by AT&T (8 p.m. ET Jan. 8 on ESPN and ESPN App) with an all-SEC final in the city where the SEC plays its conference championship game every year (Atlanta).

They say the SEC doesn’t dominate any more, but I beg to differ, Alabama center Bradley Bozeman said.

Even SEC executive associate commissioner Mark Womack couldn’t resist NFL Jerseys Authentic as he strolled across the field amid the Alabama confetti falling from the top of the Superdome roof.

I’m trying to figure out how a one-team league has both of the teams playing for the national championship, Womack chortled.

Yep, the collective groan heard around the rest of the college football world late Monday was reminiscent of the one heard at the end of the 2011 season, when Alabama and LSU met in a rematch to decide the BCS National Championship. That game was also in the Big Easy, and it helped pave the way to the College Football Playoff.