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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville assistant David Padgett was named http://www.officialauthenticsaintsstore.com/Nike-Jahri-Evans-Jersey.html acting head coach of the program Friday, just two days after Rick Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave after being linked to a federal corruption investigation that has rocked college basketball. Interim president Greg Postel announced the hire during a late-afternoon news conference on campus. Padgett, a former player who returned to the program as director of basketball operations in 2014, averaged 11.2 points per game as a senior at Louisville during the 2007-08 season. The former prep All-American played overseas for two seasons before joining IUPUI's staff and commencing his coaching career"David is known by all as a hard worker," Postel said. "These are the kinds of things that will allow him to be extraordinary in this role." Louisville players wanted Padgett to take on the acting head coach role, according to a source close to the program who said the team met Wednesday after a conditioning workout and agreed to back him as a possible Pitino replacement. Padgett acknowledged the challenges the program has faced this week. He said he accepted the role because of his commitment to the players on the roster. Padgett said players had an enthusiastic workout Wednesday after Pitino and former athletic director Tom Jurich were placed on leave. He said their attitude confirmed "they're a special group" that he expects the team's supporters to rally around this season. Padgett said he's unsure who will be on his staff; he'll wait until an interim athletic director is named next week to finalize the pool of assistants who will join him. He said he hasn't talked to assistants Kenny Johnson or Jordan Fair"It's gonna be a challenge," he said. "No question about it." On Tuesday, 10 people tied to a corruption scandal unveiled by the FBI, including four assistant coaches at four separate Division I programs, were arrested. Staffers Amos Youth Jersey at Louisville, Miami and Alabama also have been mentioned in the aftermath of the investigation. The FBI documents cited two coaches on Louisville's staff as working with Adidas executive Jim Gatto to funnel $100,000 to five-star recruit Brian Bowen. On Thursday, ABC News confirmed that Pitino is the "Coach-2" mentioned in the FBI documents as the coach who spoke to Gatto multiple times and "requested" the transaction that allegedly sealed Bowen's commitment. Bowen has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities, but he's still on campus, Padgett saidPadgett said he still has a relationship with Pitino. When they spoke after Wednesday's final team meeting, Padgett said the former coach was "heartbroken." Pitino http://www.authentichurricanestore.com/riley-nash-jersey_c-437.html a statement Friday, thanking players from his time at Providence, Kentucky and Louisville, and his friends and family. He also complimented Jurich. He denied knowledge of any payments to any recruit or their family, but said he "will take ownership of my decisions." "I can't deny my relationship with Coach Pitino," Padgett said. "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him." But Padgett said coaches don't have to cheat to get top talent. He said he can promise supporters he will not be named in the documents connected to the FBI investigationOn Porzingis specifically, Mills added: "I think we're really good at building relationships with people, and I'm very confident that we will make him feel good about being a Knick and make him feel good about the environment here." One litmus test for the Knicks will be whether Porzingis decides to sign an extension this summer or next. But that's an issue for another time. For now, after the first week of camp, things have been unusually quiet around the team. For starters, there haven't been any controversial tweets or mixed messages about the triangle offense. All of this has brought a sense of normalcy to the Knicks this week -- one that Hornacek hopes is here to stay. "Can our Sebastian Aho Womens Jersey guys now handle distractions? I don't know," Hornacek said. "Hopefully we don't do [have to do] that. We just play the game, and the focus is on the New York Knicks
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In late February, a few weeks after being released from the Knicks, Brandon Jennings sat in the visitors locker room of Madison Square Garden and reflected on his brief time in New York amid the Amos Youth Jersey ongoing Phil Jackson-Carmelo Anthony drama. "It definitely took a toll on the team," Jennings said then. "Because it wasn't even about basketball anymore, it was more about what was going on with Melo." Whether it was Anthony's free agency, Jackson's critiques of Anthony's play or Jackson's wishes to trade Anthony, the drama between the All-Star forward and team president enveloped the KnicksThat's why some of Anthony's biggest supporters in the locker room knew trading Melo would be best for both the club and the player. "It just has to happen," one player said. The hope, among some players, was that the end of the constant Anthony-Jackson drama -- most of which was brought on by Jackson himself -- would help lift the cloud hanging over the franchise. And, if the first week of training camp in preparation for the 2017-18 season is any indication, that appears to have happened already. "It feels totally different," one person who spent time around the team this week said. "There's just a lighter feeling around here nowCoach Jeff Hornacek was a bit more diplomatic earlier this week. "For us, it's a new start," he said. "The young guys are enthusiastic about the new beginningThe Anthony trade and Jackson's ouster give the Knicks a chance to start over again. New York now has seven potential rotation players at age 25 or under and could have significant cap space in two summers, when the Knicks hope their young core could attract attractive potential free agents. The Knicks also own all of their first-round draft picks going forward. Assuming they make their first-round selection in the 2018 draft, it will be the first time they've drafted in the first round http://www.authenticducksstore.com/carl-hagelin-jersey_c-431.html in consecutive seasons since 2008-09. "Obviously now we have the opportunity to turn the page a little bit," Knicks general manager Scott Perry said. The plan now is to build around Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., first-round pick Frank Ntilikina and big man Willy Hernangomez. For a team that has chased ill-fitting pieces or stars on the down slope of their careers in the past, this seems like a strangely rational approach. Combine that with the idea that the Jackson-Anthony drama is in the rearview mirror, and the Knicks actually have a chance to function as a "normal" NBA franchise. "Part of my job," team president Steve Mills said, "is to try to add some sense of calmness to what had been a little bit of a crazy environment that we've been going through." Mills, of course, has been in New York for much of the craziness since the turn of the century -- the Anucha Browne Sanders civil suit, the ill-fated Larry Brown era, the Charles Oakley incident, and more. Perry, the man Mills hired as general manager, is optimistic that better times are ahead"I feel really good about the narrative about the New York Knicks being a Amos Youth Jersey positive one going forward in terms of ... functionality," Perry said in an interview on SportsCenter. "I just really feel good about the situation." Of course, there are still reasons to be skeptical. There's the presence of owner James Dolan, who was heavily involved in major decisions before Jackson came aboard in 2014. During that span, the Knicks won just one playoff series. Dolan, however, gave complete control of basketball decisions to Jackson upon his hiring and said in a statement after Jackson's ouster in June that he'd remain uninvolved with basketball decisions going forward. There's also the Porzingis situation. The third-year forward skipped his exit meeting with Jackson and Mills last April over frustration with dysfunction surrounding the team. Porzingis said earlier this week that he wasn't angry with the team, deflecting questions about the past by saying he wants to focus only on the present. Mills, for what it's worth, is confident that any ill feelings between Porzingis and the club will be sorted out. "Whatever issues there were last year, we'll make sure those aren't a part of who we are moving forward," Mills said. "And [we'll] make sure that our players understand http://www.nflbengalsofficialshop.com/Nike-Cedric-Ogbuehi-Jersey.html exactly what we expect from them and that they understand what to expect from us as management and make sure we have a good environment moving forward
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In late February, a few weeks after being released from the Knicks, Brandon Jennings sat in the visitors locker room of Madison Square Garden and reflected on his brief time in New York amid the ongoing Phil Jackson-Carmelo Anthony drama. "It definitely took a toll on the team," Jennings said then. "Because it wasn't even about basketball anymore, it was more about what was going on with Melo." Whether it was Anthony's free agency, Jackson's critiques of Anthony's play or Jackson's wishes to trade Anthony, the drama between the All-Star forward and team president enveloped the KnicksThat's why some of Anthony's biggest supporters in the locker room knew trading Melo would be best for both the club and the player. "It just has to happen," one player said. The hope, among some players, was that the end of the constant Anthony-Jackson drama -- most of which was brought on by Jackson himself -- would help lift the cloud hanging over the franchise. And, if the first week of Kayvon Webster Jersey training camp in preparation for the 2017-18 season is any indication, that appears to have happened already. "It feels totally different," one person who spent time around the team this week said. "There's just a lighter feeling around here nowCoach Jeff Hornacek was a bit more diplomatic earlier this week. "For us, it's a new start," he said. "The young guys are enthusiastic about the new beginningThe Anthony trade and Jackson's ouster give the Knicks a chance to start over again. New York now has seven potential rotation players at age 25 or under and could have significant cap space in two summers, when the Knicks hope their young core could attract attractive potential free agents. The Knicks also own all of their first-round draft picks going forward. Assuming they make their first-round selection in the 2018 draft, it will be the first time they've drafted in the first round in consecutive seasons since 2008-09. "Obviously now we have the opportunity to turn the page a little bit," Knicks general manager Scott Perry said. The plan now is to build around Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., first-round pick Frank Ntilikina and big man Willy Hernangomez. For a team that has chased ill-fitting http://www.broncosfootballprosshop.com/Matt_Paradis_Jersey_Cheap pieces or stars on the down slope of their careers in the past, this seems like a strangely rational approach. Combine that with the idea that the Jackson-Anthony drama is in the rearview mirror, and the Knicks actually have a chance to function as a "normal" NBA franchise. "Part of my job," team president Steve Mills said, "is to try to add some sense of calmness to what had been a little bit of a crazy environment that we've been going through." Mills, of course, has been in New York for much of the craziness since the turn of the century -- the Anucha Browne Sanders civil suit, the ill-fated Larry Brown era, the Charles Oakley incident, and more. Perry, the man Mills hired as general manager, is optimistic that better times are ahead"I feel really good about the narrative about the New York Knicks being a positive one going forward in terms of ... functionality," Perry said in an interview on SportsCenter. "I just really feel good about the situation." Of course, there are still reasons to be skeptical. There's the presence of owner James Dolan, who was heavily involved in major decisions before Jackson came aboard in 2014. During that span, the Knicks won just one playoff series. Dolan, however, gave complete control Jordan Jenkins Authentic Jersey of basketball decisions to Jackson upon his hiring and said in a statement after Jackson's ouster in June that he'd remain uninvolved with basketball decisions going forward. 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One litmus test for the Knicks will be whether Porzingis decides to sign an extension this summer or next. But that's an issue for another time. For now, after the first week of camp, things have been unusually quiet around the team. For starters, there haven't been any controversial tweets or mixed messages about the triangle offense. All of this has brought a sense of normalcy to the Knicks thishttp://www.jetsofficialsonline.com/Julian_Howsare_Jersey_Cheap week -- one that Hornacek hopes is here to stay. "Can our guys now handle distractions? I don't know," Hornacek said. "Hopefully we don't do [have to do] that. We just play the game, and the focus is on the New York Knicks
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The Knicks also own all of their first-round draft picks going forward. Assuming they make their first-round selection in the 2018 draft, it will be the first time they've drafted in the first round in consecutive seasons since 2008-09. "Obviously now we have the opportunity to turn the page a little bit," Knicks general manager Scott Perry said. The plan now is to build around Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., first-round pick Frank Ntilikina and big man Willy Hernangomez. For a team that has chased ill-fitting pieces or stars on the down slope of their careers in the past, this seems like a strangely rational approach. Combine that with the idea that the Jackson-Anthony drama is in the rearview mirror, and the Knicks actually have a chance to function as a "normal" NBA franchise. 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#387 September 30, 3:38 am
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The slugger signed a three-year, $60 million deal as a free agent in the offseason and has been Cleveland's principal cleanup hitter, leading the team with 38 home runs, 107 RBIs and a .377 on base percentageCleveland had a 3-2 lead after two innings in Game 2 of the best-of-five series against the YankeesNew USC coach Steve Sarkisian didn't pull Sills' scholarship, but he made it clear Sills was no longer in the Trojans' plans. USC had already http://www.authenticducksstore.com/frederik-andersen-jersey_c-426.html landed a commitment from ESPN 300 quarterback Ricky Town. The Trojans were also heavily pursuing another ESPN 300 prospect -- Sam Darnold. "The communication went from slim to none," Sills IV said. "David went out there to meet with Steve. David said the body language was, 'You're not my guy, and I don't want you.' That's when David decommitted." To compensate for his diminished passing skills, Sills attempted to become more of a running quarterback his senior year. 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Lane Kiffin entered the picture three years later. Clarkson was in Miami for Super Bowl XLIV, and Kiffin had just left Tennessee for USC. Clarkson called, and at the end of their http://www.nflbengalsofficialshop.com/Nike-Giovani-Bernard-Jersey.html conversation, asked if Kiffin would watch a YouTube clip. "No explanation given," Clarkson said. "Just asked his opinion." "I thought I was looking at a 10th or 11th grader," Kiffin recalled, in a phone interview about Sills with ESPN.com. As impressed as he was, Kiffin couldn't figure out why Sills was so skinny. "That's because he's 13," Clarkson told him, prompting an expletive of disbelief from Kiffin. "He just seemed so far advanced for a kid that age," Kiffin said. "It just seemed if he stayed on that track, he was going to be an elite kid, an elite player. If the kid kept growing, he could end up being as big as [USC Heisman winner] Carson Palmer, who we'd had a few years before." Putting aside the prudence of evaluating a quarterback off a single YouTube video, it wasn't - and still isn't - against the rules to offer a middle-schooler. But it certainly was taboo. An unspoken rule of recruiting. It didn't take long, however, for the notion to pop into Kiffin's head. In a follow-up phone call that same day, Kiffin broached Clarkson with the idea of offering Sills a scholarship. "Of course, I know you're going to be offering him when he's a junior," Clarkson joked back. "No," Kiffin retorted. "I mean like right now!" "We thought about [Sills' age]," Kiffin said. "At the same time, we had never http://www.nflbengalsofficialshop.com/Nike-Jake-Fisher-Jersey.html seen anybody look like that. ... We thought he could be a great quarterback." By that time, Sills had already fallen in love with USC. Working out with Clarkson in California, he had gotten to meet Trojans quarterbacks Leinart, Matt Cassel and Matt Barkley. "His childhood dream was to go to USC," Clarkson said. The Sills family discussed the offer. That same evening, they called Kiffin, and Sills committed. "His opinion kind of was, 'That's where I'd want to go anyway, so why wait?'" Sills IV said. "But we didn't know anything about football recruiting. Being as na?ve as we were, we just said, if that's where you want to go, sign up. "Then the world decided to have an opinionAt a Super Bowl party, Clarkson tipped off ESPN's Shelley Smith about the commitment. Soon, the news was on the ESPN crawl, and before long, seemingly everywhere else. Overnight, Sills became a household name. Soon, the hot takes followed: Why would Kiffin do this? How could the parents allow it? Was Sills really this good? "It just Mark Ingram Jersey went viral," Clarkson said. "I'm walking down radio row the week of the Super Bowl, and the whole row is talking about, not the Super Bowl, but about this 13-year-old accepting an offer from USC. It took off like a wildfire. It went crazy." As crazy as it got, Sills IV said his son never wavered. "What the media, TV, radio said about him, it never fazed him," he said. "Didn't change him, didn't change who he thought he was." But just as Sills' fame was taking off, his quarterback shine began to lose lusterThe next season as an eighth grader, Stills started for the Red Lion varsity squad, and he continued to thrive as a freshman, totaling 28 touchdowns. From there, Sills' high school career began to tumble. Red Lion was purchased by a group that sought to de-emphasize football, prompting Sills IV to help start a new online school based out of Maryland for Sills and his teammates. Eastern Christian Academy, however, was unable to gain accreditation initially in Maryland, and Sills played only three games as a sophomore. Then in November of his junior season, he broke his knuckle, which Clarkson believes forever changed Sills' passing technique. "It organically created this funny wrist motion," he said. "And he never got it back to where it was when people thought http://www.officialauthenticsaintsstore.com/Nike-Max-Unger-Jersey.html he was the perfect passer. He just couldn't get over the hump for whatever reason." Meanwhile, back in Los Angles, Kiffin had already been fired on the tarmac of LAX
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