January 09, 2014
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It didn't take long after Michigan announced the departure of Al Borges that news leaked of its next step. Alabama will take a little longer to replace Doug Nussmeier, who reportedly accepted the Wolverine job Wednesday night. A number of names entered the discussion to be Nick Saban's fourth offensive coordinator at Alabama. Phil Savage, the analyst on Alabama's radio broadcasts and executive director of the Senior Bowl, mentioned two names on his Twitter account. Crimson Tide receivers coach Billy Napier and former UCLA/Washington/Colorado head coach Rick Neuheisel made the list "to keep an eye on." ... Then there's Lane Kiffin. The former USC/Tennessee/Oakland Raiders coach's name was popular on the social mediums Wednesday night given his recent trip to Tuscaloosa. (AL.com) Comment

Josh McDaniels

As it turns out, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels won't be the next head coach in Cleveland. [McDaniels] took himself out of the running for the Browns job when he was told he wasn't the frontrunner, a league source told cleveland.com. McDaniels asked the Browns if he was No. 1 on their list, and was told no, the source said. It's not uncommon for coaches to take themselves out of contention when they're not sure they're going to get the job. The Browns told McDaniels, 37, that they were conducting an exhaustive search and that they planned to continue to the process. It's one that could ultimately include former head coaches, current college coaches and more NFL assistants. On Wednesday, the Browns interviewed Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo for the job in Green Bay, Wis.
(The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Masahiro Tanaka

The pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka has advanced to a new phase. [Japanese news media outlets] reported that Tanaka had arrived in the United States on Wednesday to begin meeting with teams interested in signing him. It is not known how many teams he will visit, but there is a deadline. Tanaka, 25, a highly regarded right-handed pitcher, was posted by the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles last month and has until Jan. 24 to complete a deal with a major league team. ... Several major league teams have expressed interest. The Yankees, who expect the bidding to exceed $100 million, plan to be aggressive. If Tanaka visits multiple teams, a stop at Yankee Stadium is likely to be on his agenda. Tanaka is represented by Casey Close, Derek Jeter's longtime agent. (The New York Times) Comment

Must-See Photo

The Olympics rings have been erected outside Sochi International Airport in Sochi, Russia, the site of the Winter Olympics beginning on Feb. 6. (Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

A band called PerkyWasted from the Philippines has penned a song called "Metta World Peace" about ... you guessed it, Metta World Peace. It even includes a nice reggae breakdown (h/t The Big Lead).

Game To Watch

College basketball: No. 12 Louisville vs. No. 24 Memphis, 7 p.m. ET

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Oakland's first Super Bowl cover
  • 1977 -- The Oakland Raiders took home their first Lombardi Trophy, beating the Vikings 32-14 in front of an NFL record audience of 103,348.
  • 1991 -- A special committee within Major League baseball barred Pete Rose from being elected to the Hall of Fame.
  • 1997 -- Bruce McNall, former owner of the LA Kings, was sentenced to nearly six years in prison and issued a $5 million fine for convictions on bank fraud and conspiracy.

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