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Harbaugh to USC rumor seems more like fantasy than fact

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Harbaugh to USC rumor seems more like fantasy than fact

Here’s a rumor that seems a safe bet not to happen – John Harbaugh leaving the Ravens to coach at USC. It has been floated by radio personality Dan Patrick, who said Harbaugh was “high on USC’s short list” to become the Trojans’ next head coach.

It’s understandable why Harbaugh would be high on USC’s list. What’s not so understandable is why Harbaugh would want to leave the Ravens, even at 1-4 for the first time in his career, to coach at USC. Signed through 2017, Harbaugh has made the playoffs six of his seven seasons with the Ravens, including a Super Bowl victory less than three years ago. He is generally regarded as one of the NFL’s top coaches. He has spent the last 18 seasons in the NFL as either a head coach or an assistant coach.

Going to USC would mean leaving one of the NFL’s most stable organizations. It would mean going back to recruiting high school players. It would mean moving across the country to coach at a school Harbaugh has no previous connection with.

Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, did leave the 49ers to coach at the University Michigan. But Jim Harbaugh is a Michigan grad and the school’s former star quarterback. The allure to return to Michigan was natural for Jim Harbaugh, and his relationship with the 49ers front office had reportedly deteriorated.

John Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome, and owner Steve Bisciotti had enjoyed great success together. USC’s program has taken a step back since Pete Carroll left to coach the Seahawks.

It makes sense for USC to target an NFL coach for its next hire, and expect Harbaugh to be asked about it Friday when he meets with the media. But Harbaugh to USC sounds like a rumor that misses the mark.

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Here is the video of Dan Patrick drawing the Harbaugh-USC connection:
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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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