- The NFL is investigating the Browns for allegations of using electronic devices on the sidelines for play calling. The rules prohibit smartphones and cellphones from being used in team areas, including sidelines and coaching booths from 90 minutes before kickoff and in locker rooms after kickoff. The restrictions on the devices end after games end.
"We are reviewing internally and will fully cooperate with the NFL on this matter.”, said a Browns spokesman on Friday.
- Former Browns head coach and current 49ers tight ends coach Eric Mangini will interview with the Washington Redskins for their open defensive coordinator position. Mangini was the Patriots’ defensive coordinator in 2005 after several years as a defensive backs coach and then was hired as the Jets head coach the next year. Randy Lerner then hired Mangini in 2009 after the firing of Romeo Crennel. Mangini spent time with ESPN a few years then, he joined the 49ers staff in 2013 as an offensive assistant and then moved to the tight ends job for the 2014 season.
Here is a copy of the tweet that Hess used to Mit Shah who is a former chairman at Wake Forest board of trustees and now a hotel mogul: Karl Hess to me at the Wake-Louisville game tonight..."When I'm older, I want to sit in your seat & watch your Egyptian ass ref a game" #Wow
Roy Tarpley, whose star fizzled due to drug and alcohol problems, died Friday afternoon. He was 50. Cause of death was not immediately known although when the Mavericks arrived in Los Angeles for their game Saturday against the Clippers, several members of the traveling party had been informed that liver failure was at least partly to blame.
The 6'11" Tarpley was the seventh pick in the 1986 draft by the Mavericks out of Michigan. In his second season, he was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, before drugs and controversy clouded the rest of his six seasons in the league. Tarpley would spend most of his career battling personal problems. He was suspended by the NBA after five games in the 1989-90 season after being arrested for driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest. In 1991, he drew another suspension after a second DWI arrest and, a few months later, had a third violation and was banned from the league for violating the NBA’s drug-use policies. He returned to the Mavericks briefly in 1994 but then was permanently barred in December, 1995, for violating terms of his aftercare program. Tarpley’s abilities on the court were never a problem. In 280 games, he averaged 12.6 points and 10 rebounds. In the 1987-88 season, he averaged 17.9 points and 12.9 rebounds in 17 playoff games before the Mavericks lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference finals in seven games.
Here is a full list of inductees:
Youngstown State and Ohio State coach Jim Tressel
Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder
Nebraska linebacker Trev Alberts
Arizona State linebacker Bob Breunig
Millsaps defensive end Sean Brewer from Division III
Pittsburgh offensive tackle Rugen Brown
Florida split end Wes Chandler
Notre Dame split end Thom Gatewood
Yale running back Dick Jauron
Michigan state halfback Clinton Jones
Washington offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy
Michigan running back Rob Lytle
Marshall quarterback Michael Payton
Texas Tech linebacker Zach Thomas
Kentucky defensive lineman Art Still