Brian Kelly Leaving Notre Dame

Brian Kelly is leaving the program to take the head coaching job at LSU. That left the Notre Dame coaching job vacant for the first time since Charlie Weis was fired exactly 12 years ago to the day on Nov. 30, 2009.

Notre Dame is in the hunt for a College Football Playoff spot or one of the best New Year’s Six bowl games out there. 

Notre Dame finished its regular season with a strong 11-1 record.

Hartford Remain Winless

The Hartford men’s basketball team could never get over the hump. The Hawks dropped a 69-59 decision to App State on Monday.

The Hawks fall to 0-2 against App State, previously dropping the inaugural meeting in West Hartford in 2016. Overall, they are 0-6 this season.

Hawks senior Austin Williams, who accounted for seven of the Hawks’ 10 makes from the free-throw line, recorded a season-best 19 points for his fourth straight game in double figures.

Hawks will take on Winthrop on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. 

Photo Credit to: Steve McLaughlin

Sunday Sports Shorts

After nearly two decades of almost complete domination, heartbreak and humiliation, the University of Michigan finally found a way to beat its archrival Ohio State. The win sends the Wolverines (11-1) to the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis for the first time ever and keeps the school’s bid for a first-ever College Football playoff berth alive. It was also coach Jim Harbaugh’s first victory over Ohio State since returning to his alma mater in 2015.

The New York Yankees should consider changing the “shave your beard” policy. The “Yankee Way” just feels so outdated. Players are more outspoken than ever. And that’s not always a bad thing. Recently, there’s a picture with Aaron Judge with a beard and it looks great on him. Yankees need to give some freedom and change these rules.

It’s early in the season, but Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls are the best team in the East so far. Also, they are very exciting to watch. Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, perhaps the NBA’s most potent fourth-quarter duo. Kyle Lowry, one of the craftiest point guards still making life miserable for you and your coaching staff. Heat defeated the Bulls 107-104 on Saturday night.

Edmonton Oilers defeated the Las Vegas Knights, 3-2. Oilers got goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zach Hyman, and Jesse Puljujarvi — all on rapid counter attack plays — to open a 3-0 lead. Mikko Koskinen took care of the rest with a top notch display of goaltending. With the road win coupled with Calgary’s home loss to Winnipeg, the Oilers moved back into first place in the Pacific with 30 points in 20 games.

Navy vs. Temple Preview

Temple (3-8) returns to Lincoln Financial Field for the final game of the 2021 regular season to take on the Navy Midshipmen on Nov. 27 at 12:00pm. 

The Owls lost a tightly close game in last year’s season opener when they faced off against the Midshipmen, falling 31-29.

The last time Navy traveled to Lincoln Financial Field to take on Temple was four years ago in 2017, when the Owls defeated the Midshipmen 34-26. Quarterback Frank Nutile threw for 289 yards and four touchdowns. 

The Owls are trying to snap a 6-game losing streak.

Tim DeMorat Named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year

If you’re a Fordham fanatic, you would be very proud of one of your favorite players. His name is Tim DeMorat.

For the second straight season, Fordham Rams senior quarterback Tim DeMorat was named the 2021 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year.

DeMorat is the first Patriot League player to win back-to-back Offensive Player of the Year honors since Fordham’s Mike Nebrich received the award in 2013 and 2014. It is just the fourth time in Patriot League history that a player won back-to-back Offensive Player of the Year honors. Look at all of these impressive numbers by DeMorat:

• Completed 234 of 400 passes for 3,214 yards and 31 touchdowns
• Also rushed for 92 net yards and four scores
• The 31 passing touchdowns is the third-most in a season for a Ram, while the 3,214 passing yards is fourth-best
• Leads the Patriot League and is seventh in the NCAA FCS in passing touchdowns
• Leads the Patriot League and is eighth in the NCAA FCS in passing yards
• Leads the Patriot League and is ninth in the NCAA FCS in passing yards/game (292.2)
• Leads the Patriot League and is eighth in the NCAA FCS in passing yards/completion (13.7)
• Leads the Patriot League and is 18th in the NCAA FCS in passing yards
• Leads Patriot League and is 20th in the NCAA FCS in completions/game (21.3)
• Leads League and is eleventh in the NCAA FCS in total offense (300.5 yards/game)
• Named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
• Seventh among active FCS quarterbacks in passing yards/game (238.1) and tenth in passing yards (8,570)
• 2019 and 2020-2021 First Team All-Patriot League
• Second on the Fordham career completions (707) and passing yards (8,570) lists
• Third on the Fordham career passing touchdown list (67)

2021 WWE Survivor Series Reaction

The 2022 WWE Survivor Series took place last night in Barclays Center. Two things stood out the most from last night’s event: Roman Reigns defeated Big E, and Randy Orton broke Kane’s record.

Randy Orton, also known as “The Viper” and “Legend Killer,” broke Kane’s record for most PPV matches in WWE history tonight at Survivor Series. Orton made his Survivor Series debut in 2003, and we have watched him grow into an incredible star in the business. A future Hall of Famer has accomplished so much in his career, and this one is even more special. Randy Orton surpassed Kane, The Undertaker, Triple H, John Cena in the list.

In the main event, Roman Reigns defeated Big E to close out the night. Roman is just flat-out exceptional as a heel. It fits him so well, and he proved it once again last night against the crowd. We need to recognize the Roman Reigns vs. The Rock teaser throughout the show. It made things even more enjoyable when Roman Reigns delivered a Rock Bottom to Big E, causing Barclays to chant “Rocky!” However, the night came to a close without any sign of Dwayne Johnson. A future match between two cousins would be fun to watch. The match might not be great, but it could be part of WWE history if it gets made.

Photo Credit to: The Indian Express

Sunday Sports Shorts

Major League Baseball could be heading to a lockout in the future. Why? There are three significant issues. The three issues are the following:

-getting players paid earlier
-tanking and competitive balance, and future of the on-field product
-future of the on-field product

Miami Heat continues to lose late leads in the fourth quarter. Miami led as many as 16 over the Washington Wizards. The Wizards rallied back to beat the Miami Heat, 103-100. Kyle Kuzma hit 4 of 6 free throws in the final minute for the Wizards.

Utah was in complete control against Oregon on Saturday night. Utah clinched the Pac-12 South with a 38-7 victory. Oregon finished with just 294 total yards, averaging only 2.7 yards per rush. Quarterback Cam Rising completed 10 of his 18 passes and threw for 178 yards.

Edmonton Oilers defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2 on Saturday. The Oilers’ three stars of the game were Kailer Yamamoto, Warren Foegele, and Philip Broberg combined for 3 points. Oilers improve to 13-4.

Friars Improve to 4-0

On Thursday, the Providence College men’s basketball team defeated the University of New Hampshire, 69-58. The Friars improve to 4-0 in the season.

Three players finished in double-figures for the Providence Friars – Guard Al Durham finished with a game-high 19 points. Center Nate Watson contributed 17 points and four rebounds in the game. Forward Noah Horchler registered a double-double, with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Friars travel to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., for the Roman Legends Classic. The Friars face Northwestern University in their first match-up on Monday, Nov. 22. Tip-off is at 9:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

Photo Credit to: Ryan Feeney

Rams vs. University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks on ESPN+

The Fordham University Rams continue the 2021-2022 season by hosting the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks in the historic Rose Hill Gym on Friday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m.

The game will be streamed live on ESPN+. Fordham enters the game with a 2-1 record after an 84-78 win over St. Thomas (Minn.) in the Rose Hill Gym on Monday night, while UMES is 1-2 on the season after a 91-42 win over Bryn Athyn at home on Saturday.

Chuba Ohams leads the Atlantic 10 and is second in the NCAA in rebounding (15.0 RPG).

Friday night’s contest will be the third meeting between Fordham and UMES on the hardwood. Fordham is 11-3 all-time against teams currently in the MEAC.

Photo Credit to: Fordham Athletics