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Mobile bowl will pit interim versus outgoing coach

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Mobile bowl will pit interim versus outgoing coach

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) The news conference promoting the GoDaddy.com Bowl was a coach-free zone.

Darrell Hazell, who will be leaving No. 25 Kent State after the Jan. 5 game to take over at Purdue, wasn't available Thursday. Neither was Gus Malzahn, who has already left Arkansas State to lead Auburn's program.

Defensive coordinator John Thompson will be interim coach for the Red Wolves, but wasn't here either.

Hazell couldn't bear to miss Kent State's first bowl in 40 years, and is busy pulling double duty.

``It's a great thing for our team because he has such great respect with our team and our community and our university,'' Golden Flashes athletic director Joel Nielson said. ``There was an outpouring (Wednesday) from our team and our community that if we had the chance to have coach Hazell in our bowl, they wanted me to make the right decision.

``I give Purdue a lot of credit allowing him to have dual roles here for about a month and allow us to have that for our student-athletes. That was really important to our team. I talked to the team and the captains and it was real important to have this staff involved.''

This is the fifth straight year that at least one of the head coaches has not coached in the Mobile bowl game because they have taken another job. It's the first time other schools have hired both coaches.

The Boilermakers will be led by receivers coach Patrick Higgins against Oklahoma State on Jan. 1 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

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Washington football fan creates obituary for former team name

Washington football fan creates obituary for former team name

With the Washington franchise embarking on a new era of football after announcing it will retire the former name of the team, fans are reacting in different ways. Some are ready for the future, while others are not ready to let go of the past.

One man, Michael B. Fannon, has created an obituary to mark the retirement of the name, signifying that it is the "death" of what the franchise once was.

"Washington Redskins (1933-2020) died after a long illness on July 13, 2020. Born in Boston to George Preston Marshall in 1933 after the death of his older son Boston Braves, Washington Redskins won 5 national championships including three Super Bowls under the NFL," the obituary says. "Beloved by all in DC even after the Redskins fell ill in 1993 following the retirement of coach Joe Gibbs. Redskins lived in Washington, DC and nearby Maryland since 1937."

"Washington Redskins are predeceased by many including parent George Preston Marshall also William Henry Dietz, Jack Kent Cooke, Sammy Baugh, George Allen, Jack Pardee, Joe Bugel, and Edward Bennett Williams. Survivors include 78 players, 26 coaches, management, and thousands of former players and other team members," the obituary says.

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Sticking with the theme, the obituary states that a funeral service for the former name will be held on July 25 at McLean Community Church in McLean, Va. Additionally, a burial service will take place at RFK Stadium, the former home of the team.

A new name for the franchise has yet to be determined, but there are reports that a decision on the re-branding could be finalized heading into training camp at the end of July. 

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ESPN's Jackie MacMullan wonders if NBA players will use the tip line for competitive advantage

ESPN's Jackie MacMullan wonders if NBA players will use the tip line for competitive advantage

With the NBA season restart officially underway inside the Orlando bubble, the league has implemented a tip line to take anonymous reports on players and officials who might be disobeying the bubble protocol. 

The bubble is reserved for authorized personnel only in order to decrease the chances of coronavirus spreading within the quarantined community.

While the line is active for immediate use, Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Monday that the line has yet to be utilized.

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Wednesday, on ESPN's "Around The Horn," Jackie MacMullan pondered the idea that players would offer tips to the anonymous line in order to gain a competitive advantage.

"Here's what I worry about -- what about using this tip line as a competitive advantage?" MacMullan said. "What if I plant a seed that may or may not be true about Player X because I'm Player Y?"

"I will say this: The bubble will be penetrated because money talks and these players have more money than most of the world," MacMullan said.

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The NBA was very specific in how violators of bubble protocol will be disciplined, however they haven't stated how false tips, or those deemed used for a competitive advantage, will be treated. 

"Violations, of course, are a big no-no, which could lead to disciplinary action," the NBA's bubble protocol reads. "No one will be stopped from leaving the campus, but players and staff should not do so unless there are extenuating circumstances.”

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