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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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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward. 

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