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.