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The Bracket Yard Daily, March 16, 2021: CBB Coaches, Brees, MLB Rules

The hot seat burns.

The hiring and firing of college basketball coaches is well underway, and job well done, Drew Brees, in today’s Daily.

Top Sports Stories

[CBB] Coaching Carousel Turning in College Hoops

Not one day after Selection Sunday did we start to see some big moves in the coaching landscape. The big one was Indiana’s dismissal of head coach Archie Miller, one that most could have seen coming following the Hoosiers’ ugly collapse late in the season.

Boston College hired Charleston’s Earl Grant to be the new head man. Penn State has picked up Micah Shrewsbury, an assistant at Purdue, to be their next head coach. Finally, DePaul let Dave Leitao go and Richard Pitino is out in Minnesota. Expect more movement in the weeks to come, but these coaching carousels do not usually tilt too late into the offseason.

[NFL] Drew Brees Moving to Broadcast Booth

Just after retiring from the NFL after a sterling, Hall of Fame run, Drew Brees announced he will be joining NBC Sports. He will not be in the booth with Al Michaels – yet – but will be part of NBC’s Sunday Night pregame show.

If you don’t think Brees will be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, consider getting professional help. He’s a Super Bowl champion and MVP, a 13-time Pro Bowler, and (for now) is the all-time NFL leader in passing yards, at least until Tom Brady passes him next year. Brees is also one of only four quarterbacks in NFL history to throw over 500 touchdown passes. He was an all-time great, but fans will still get to see him every week during football season. In a suit.

[MLB] More Experimental 2021 Rule Changes

We mentioned last week in the Daily how the so-called robotic umpires will be calling balls and strikes in low-A ball this year. There will be other trial balloons going out from the home office and landing on Minor League squads. These include, but are not limited to, larger bases and setting rules on defensive shifts that limits how a team can align its players.

It’s one thing to increase the size of the base and another to put a pitcher on a “shot clock,” but when you start tinkering with the shift, that’s where you lose me. An electronic strike zone makes the game more accurate, and a clock does not impede the ability of a team on defense to do its thing. Putting rules in force that restrict where the infielders can go (and how many there are) takes some hit and run-prevention power out of their hands.

Games of the Day

[NHL] NY Islanders at Washington: Two teams beating each other up for the division lead.
[NBA] Utah at Boston: Will the West-leading Jazz get a cross-country win?

5 Good Sports Links

  1. [NFL]Report: JuJu Smith-Schuster tells Steelers teammates he’s likely gone,” ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio)
  2. [OTH] Dallas Seavey wins record-tying 5th Iditarod championship,” Anchorage Daily News (Beth Bragg, Marc Lester)
  3. [NBA]Ben Simmons fires back at broadcaster who called him overrated: ‘He’s a 5-foot-5 commentator’,” USA Today (Matt Eppers)
  4. [CFB]ACC eliminates intraconference transfer rule as NCAA debates one-time transfers for college football,” CBS Sports (Barrett Sallee)
  5. [NHL]NHL could net over $600 million for rights package, but it needs NBC,” CNBC (Jabari Young)

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