The Bracket Yard Daily, March 30, 2021: 1/2 Final Four, Urban Meyer, MLB Protocol
60-something teams gone.
Two out of the Final Fout ain’t bad, and where is Urban Meyer NOT going in the future? Let’s dig into the Tuesday Daily.
Top Sports Stories
|[CBB] Houston, Baylor Off to 2021 Final Four|
It’s been a few weeks since Selection Sunday, and after some fantastic 2021 NCAA Tournament action, we know two of the four teams that will advance to the Final Four. Both Houston and Baylor cut down the nets on Monday night.
For Houston, it’s their first trip to the Final Four since Phi Slama Jama in 1984. As for Baylor, it’s been a much longer wait, making their first Final Four appearance in 61 years.
|[CFB] Urban Meyer Says He’s Done With College Football|
Urban Meyer is a legendary college football coach. He won three national championships, two at Florida and one at Ohio State. Now, he sits in the NFL as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. When he was hired, we brought up the comparison to another titan of college football, Nick Saban, unfair in some cases though it may be. It came up again while Meyer was interviewed, and he made it clear that there is no possibility of him returning to college football.
On one hand, that may just be the safe answer, like Joe Biden saying he is planning to run for re-election when not everyone believes it. However, that could be the truth. Meyer has accomplished just about everything one can accomplish at that level. He heads to the NFL more successful than Saban was when he left LSU, but post-NFL Saban became a college juggernaut. If Jacksonville proves a tough haul, there will always be that nagging sensation to go back to a premier program as a heroic savior. It’s going to take more than just Trevor Lawrence to win in Jacksonville, but if Blake Bortles can get to an AFC Championship Game, anything is possible.
|[MLB] League Begins Loosening COVID-19 Protocols|
During the shortened 2020 MLB season, a number of teams had games postponed and/or went on pause as a result of COVID-19 protocols. It makes what the NFL did, eventually playing their complete slate, all the more impressive. Nevertheless, baseball got through that season. As for the one about to begin? The league is ready to give its 30 member clubs some slack, provided that the vast majority of the players and staff are vaccinated. USA Today has a comprehensive list of what players and staff will be able to do if they meet the qualifications. Compared to what tight restrictions they were under last season, this is going to be a major shift for teams that can get there.
Expect all 30 MLB clubs to find a way to get this done soon to ensure that they get in all 162.
Games of the Day
[CBB] The remaining Elite Eight action: USC vs. Gonzaga and UCLA vs. Michigan.
5 Good Sports Links
- [NBA] “Two-time All-Star center Andre Drummond signs with Lakers after clearing waivers,” CBS Sports (Jasmyn Wimbish and Sam Quinn)
- [NHL] “NHL’s referee problem goes way beyond Tim Peel debacle,” New York Post (Larry Brooks)
- [CFB] “FCS spring football: Weber State shocks Northern Arizona on wild Hail Mary as time expires,” Yahoo Sports (Nick Bromberg)
- [GOLF] “Despite just one birdie in Match Play championship round, Billy Horschel wins event in Texas,” ESPN (Associated Press)
- [NFL] “Report: NFL teams believe 49ers are ‘bluffing’ about not trading Jimmy Garoppolo,” Niners Nation (Kyle Posey)