Two-thirds of Americans back Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court, poll shows
Senate Democrats hope to hold a final vote on Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to the Supreme Court before Easter as a poll shows wide support.Two-thirds of Americans said that if they were senators they would vote to confirm Jackson, according to a Marquette Law School poll. Nearly half of the poll's respondents described the appellate judge as "very qualified" to serve on the nation's highest court.
The college football and NFL community lost a member of their family on Sunday as Wisconsin running backs coach Gary Brown passed away at the age of 52. A former Penn State standout and nine-year pro, Brown also spent seven years as a running backs coach with the Dallas Cowboys before joining the Badgers in 2021. © Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Wisconsin Badgers running backs coach Gary Brown passed away at age 52.
According to DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer Nick Eatman, Brown died in Williamsport, Pa. and had been in hospice care for a few weeks.
"I am deeply saddened by Gary's passing," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said, per uwbadgers.com. "Though he was only on our staff for a year he had a profound impact on our players and our program. We are all better people for having known Gary. He was a tremendous person, a terrific coach and a joy to be around. He had great energy and passion for life and that showed every day. My deepest condolences go out to his wife, Kim, his children, Malena and Dorianna and Tre, and his entire family, his friends and everyone who loved him."
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Dick Vitale says he has received texts regularly from Coach K during his cancer battle. The two have been friends for more than four decades.That's led to a meaningful friendship with Mike Krzyzewski, who is poised to coach his final home game at Cameron Indoor Stadium vs. the archrival Tar Heels on Saturday before a plethora of his former players.
Brown was a running back for the Nittany Lions from 1987 to 1990, racking up 1,321 rushing yards and 11 scores on the ground via 260 carries over 44 games while contributing 24 receptions for 264 yards and one touchdown through the air as well. Brown was selected by the Houston Oilers in the eighth round of the 1991 NFL Draft and spent the first five seasons of his career with the franchise.
He produced a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons, first with the Oilers in 1993 and then with the New York Giants in 1998. Brown concluded his playing career with 1,032 carries for 4,300 yards and 21 touchdowns, as well as 84 receptions for 631 yards and three scores across 99 games.
Prior to joining Dallas in 2013, Brown had stints as a running backs coach with Lycoming College (2003 to 2005), Rutgers University (2008) and the Cleveland Browns (2009 to 2012). He also served as the offensive coordinator for Susquehanna University in 2006 and 2007.
Rams expected to hire TCU RBs coach Ra'Shaad Samples for same role
Samples served as an offensive assistant for the Horned Frogs in 2019, before earning the running backs coach in 2020 and being promoted to running backs coach/assistant head coach in 2021. Thomas Brown was the Rams running backs coach in 2020 and 2021, but moved to the role of tight ends coach in the offseason after Wes Phillips left to join the Minnesota Vikings as their next offensive coordinator. Brown also held the title of assistant head coach last year and interviewed for the Vikings gig before deciding to come back to head coach Sean McVay's staff.
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College coaches who successfully made the leap to the NFL
Urban Meyer is the latest college coach to attempt an NFL replication of his previous success. He would not be the first one. The Pro Football Hall of Fame features a few college leaders who made the leap, and the NFL has seen others succeed as well. Here are the top coaches who transitioned from the college ranks.
Having established a reputation as a winning high school and college coach in Ohio, the latter run at Ohio State, Brown became one of the NFL's most important figures. Launching the Browns as part of the All-American Football Conference in 1946, Brown ushered in advanced film study, play-calling, and a host of other innovations that moved football forward. In Brown's first 10 years as Cleveland's coach, the team made 10 championship games and won seven titles -- including two wins over Cleveland's former team (the Rams). After Art Modell fired Brown in 1963, he launched the Bengals and coached them for eight seasons (three playoff berths).
Carroll enjoyed a notable NFL life before Seattle. He coached the Jets and Patriots for a combined four seasons. But Carroll's nine-season USC stay immersed him in the college game, providing a rebirth that carried over to his third NFL act. The two-time national champion has guided the Seahawks to their franchise peak. He and GM John Schneider assembled one of the 21st century's best roster nuclei, and the Russell Wilson- and Legion of Boom-driven teams were one play-calling mistake from back-to-back titles. The defensive guru has kept the Seahawks an upper-echelon outfit, despite roster turnover, in the years since.
A head coach at Kansas in a 10-plus-year college coaching career, Clark took over the Portsmouth Spartans in their second year of existence (1931). At 37, Clark guided the Spartans (later the Lions) to an 11-3 season. After losing to the Bears in the strangest championship game in NFL history -- on a makeshift 60-yard field inside due to weather -- the following year, the Spartans became the Lions. Potsy and Hall of Famer Dutch Clark led the Lions to their first title in 1935, when the team routed the Giants. Potsy Clark went 64-42-12 in 10 pro seasons.
The fiery leader's first coaching job came with the Raiders under Bill Callahan, but Harbaugh spent seven years as a college head coach in California. The 49ers' trajectory radically shifted when the Stanford HC took over in 2011. Harbaugh revived Alex Smith's career and turned the 49ers from a team that missed the previous eight playoff brackets into one of this century's few squads to book three straight championship-game berths. Some bad breaks -- Kyle Williams' fumbles, Super Bowl XLVII's pass interference no-call -- denied the 49ers, and Harbaugh fell out of favor with team brass. But his four-year stay marked the team's 21st-century apex.
Jim Lee Howell
A Giants player for eight seasons, Howell became better known for his work as their coach in the 1950s. The World War II veteran did not have a losing season in New York and assembled a preposterously talented staff, hiring Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry as coordinators upon arrival in 1954. This crew restored the Giants to an NFL power. The defense-driven squad routed the Bears for the 1956 title and made two more championship appearances -- losses to the Colts, the first a rather famous game. Howell's .663 win percentage is the highest in Giants history. He is not in the Hall of Fame.
Although the Johnson-Jerry Jones era stopped at five years, creating a major what-if, the ex-Miami Hurricanes championship-winning coach with tremendous hair talent made them count. The Cowboys, who fell off their 20-year contender perch in the late '80s, went from 1-15 in 1989 to in the 1990 playoff race -- in an era when rapid rises were tougher -- to assembling a superpower. Johnson's next three years: 36-12, seven playoff wins, two Super Bowl titles. The guts of the largely Johnson-built team later won Super Bowl XXX. Johnson's Dolphins stay lacked dominance, but he took them to three playoff berths and two divisional rounds in four seasons.
McKay left a 16-year tenure at USC, leading the Trojans to three national titles, to helm the modern NFL's ultimate fixer-upper. McKay started his Buccaneers tenure 0-26, with his first Bucs team generally regarded as the worst in league history. McKay's NFL record of 44-88-1 does not scream success story, but the quotable head coach led the 1979 Bucs to the NFC Central crown -- behind a No. 1-ranked defense -- and conference championship game. Two more playoff berths followed in a nine-year tenure more remembered for losses, but McKay architecting the initial Bucs rebuild was quite the accomplishment.
Neale crafted one of the more interesting careers in sports history, holding an outfield job with the Cincinnati Reds -- a starter on their 1919 World Series team -- and moonlighting as a football coach. After his baseball career ended in 1924, Neale spent nearly 20 years as a college coach. The Eagles hired him in 1941 and ascended to their franchise peak. Philly won back-to-back championships under Neal, with Hall of Famers Steve Van Buren and Pete Pihos leading the way, and remains the only team to win consecutive titles by shutout -- the first in a legendary blizzard. Neale (63-43-5) also became a Canton inductee.
A short-tenured Chiefs assistant, Ross was a 10-season college head coach from 1982-91. His Georgia Tech team shared the 1990 national title with Colorado (long live the UPI poll). Ross immediately reeled in an astray Chargers team. The '92 Bolts remain the only team to go from 0-4 to the playoffs, and despite the team not having an A-lister quarterback (Stan Humphries), Ross had the Chargers in their first Super Bowl two years later. While Ross did not offer a similar turnaround in Detroit, his late-'90s Lions teams were competent; they made the playoffs twice. After his 2001 firing, the Lions became quite bad for a long time.
Nick Saban's distant cousin won two AFL championships, steering the Bills to their zenith. After a three-year run at Western Illinois, Lou Saban's career detoured through Boston. The Patriots fired him during his second season (1961), but he caught on as the Bills' head coach in 1962. Two years later, Buffalo halted Sid Gillman's would-be dynasty and beat the Chargers in a championship rematch in 1965. The latter game represents the most recent time an AFL or NFL title happened via shutout. Saban's Broncos hurt his record (95-99-7), but he returned to Buffalo and was there for O.J. Simpson's run to stardom in the mid-'70s.
The Eagles resurfaced as a power under Shaw. Spending 20-plus years at Nevada, Santa Clara, and Cal, Shaw also landed at Air Force after being fired by the 49ers in 1954 -- despite a 71-39-4 record in San Francisco. Shaw made his second chance count, guiding the Eagles to the most significant win in team history. Fifty-seven years before Nick Foles stunned the Belichick-Brady empire, Shaw, Norm Van Brocklin, and Co. became the only team to defeat Vince Lombardi's Packers in the playoffs. Shaw only coached the Eagles for three years, retiring on top alongside Van Brocklin. The stay proved eventful.
Known more for memorable soundbites, Stram made an atypical jump to earn the job that carried him to the Hall of Fame. Never a college head coach, Stram parlayed two years at Notre Dame and one season at Miami into being the Dallas Texans' first HC. Lamar Hunt's hire led the franchise to the AFL title in 1962, and after they became the Chiefs soon after, Stram's teams featured a storied talent collection. A six-Hall of Famer defense dominated the favored Vikings in Super Bowl IV, which came after the Chiefs' Super Bowl I cameo. Stram struggled with the Saints, but his 15-year Texans/Chiefs run proved Hall-worthy.
Responsible for some of the NFL's most memorable coaching press conferences, Switzer is known more for his wishbone-fueled Oklahoma dominance. But the Cowboys tabbed the three-time Sooners national champion to replace Jimmy Johnson following his 1994 breakup with Jerry Jones. While credit for the Cowboys' Super Bowl XXX title often eludes Switzer, who inherited a strong team, the jovial leader went 45-26 in four seasons before resigning. Johnson's coordinators were gone by 1995, and Switzer steered the Cowboys through some turmoil to help the team secure its most recent championship.
Poll: Most Americans see politics over substance in Supreme Court confirmation process .
About a third of Americans say the current process of confirming nominees leads to better justices getting on to the Supreme Court, a new poll shows.With Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's historic confirmation in the books, a new poll suggests a majority of Americans are uncertain whether it's worth all the fuss.