Author: Brooks Melchior

SABAN BLAMES ASSISTANTS FOR LOSS, TARNISHES REPUTATION

When he was 59 years old – with no connection to the state of Alabama other than having won a national championship as the head football coach of the state’s flagship university, Nick Saban was granted a statue by the University of Alabama. When last week began, thanks to five national championships in 12 seasons as the head coach of the Crimson Tide, no college football coach enjoyed a more pristine, enviable reputation inside and outside the state of Alabama than Nick Saban. But then Saban decided to recount Alabama’s disastrous defeat at the hands of Clemson in last season’s National Championship Game on the SEC Network’s SEC NOW program last Wednesday. …

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SHOOTING THE 3: MARC STEIN OF THE NEW YORK TIMES

Shooting The 3 is an exclusive SportsbyBrooks.com feature in which a sports media figure fields three questions posed by SbB. Today’s sports media figure is Marc Stein of the NEW YORK TIMES. Stein, who will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September, is a pioneering sports journalist who first began covering the NBA in 1989 for the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. In the 1990s, Stein covered the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers for the LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS before moving on to the DALLAS MORNING NEWS where he manned the Mavericks beat and served as a national NBA columnist. …

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PARENT: HARBAUGH REFUSED TO DISCUSS SON’S MENTAL STATE

On October 22, 2018, Nick Baumgardner of the DETROIT FREE PRESS reported that former star high school football recruit James Hudson had decided to leave the University of Michigan football team and transfer to another school. Prior to Hudson’s decision to transfer, he and his mother Glenda Hudson, who WTOL-TV in Toledo reported today has a “masters degree in counseling and also has a degree in social work”┬ámet with Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh and Michigan Offensive Line Coach Ed Warinner. …

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PEDOPHILE DONATED MILLIONS TO BUCKEYE FOOTBALL COMPLEX

For decades, billionaire Ohio State alumnus Les Wexner, the man behind mega retail brands Victoria’s Secret, The Limited, Bath & Body Works, Lane Bryant, Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, Pink, Structure – among others – has been the invisible hand guiding the fortunes of the Ohio State University football program. Though his association with the inner workings of Buckeye football has gone almost completely unreported in the mainstream sports media, multiple sources inside and outside of the school’s football program have over the years revealed to SportsbyBrooks.com that Wexner was personally involved in …

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SHOOTING THE 3: PETER BURNS OF ESPN’S SEC NETWORK

No can ever accuse Peter Burns of having any facet of his professional broadcasting career handed to him. His rise to become one of the primary faces of ESPN’s successful SEC Network beginning in 2014 is testament to Peter’s ingenuity, perseverance and an entrepreneurial spirit that is impossible to miss when you visit with the Baton Rouge, La., native. …

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