Chelsea boss Sarri on Brighton win: We could’ve played betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri felt they weren’t at their best for victory at Brighton.Eden Hazard set up Pedro’s opener and then scored the second in a deserved victory at Brighton, which ended in a closer game than it looked like it would for much of the afternoon after Solly March pulled a goal back.”We could have won better because we played very well for 60 minutes,” said Sarri.”We conceded a goal in a moment in which we were in full control of the match. My mind was clear in that moment that we had to suffer in the last five minutes with long balls into our box. We are not a physical team.”With the substitutions I tried to have more physical impact in the last five minutes, but it was clear it was really very difficult in the last five minutes. But we could have won better.”Sarri added: “When we have the feeling of being in full control of the match, we are dangerous to ourselves. We know that we suddenly lowered the level of application and attention.”Their goal was the first situation in our box for 30 minutes. We were a bit unlucky, but the feeling when we have confidence and are sure we are in control of the match, is that we are dangerous to ourselves.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Leeds send Samuel Saiz to Getafeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United have announced midfielder Samuel Saiz is returning to Spain at Getafe.Saiz travelled to Spain for a medical at the weekend and will not be returning to Yorkshire.He will instead stay in the country before his stint with high-flying Getafe begins, Leeds confirmed on Monday.Saiz will join LaLiga side Getafe on loan in January, with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.The 27-year-old joined the Championship club from Huesca in 2017.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Mane avoids FA action after Lichtsteiner clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Sadio Mane has avoided action after grabbing Stephan Lichsteiner around the throat during victory over Arsenal.Mane put his hands around Lichtsteiner’s neck during the first half of Saturday’s 5-1 home win at Anfield.However, The Sun reports referee Michael Oliver saw the incident at the time and duly awarded a free-kick which means there will be no further action.The clash summed up a feisty, frustrating evening for the Gunners as they fell five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.There was even a tunnel bust-up involving Arsenal defender Sokratis and Liverpool top scorer Mo Salah.
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd academy chief Butt: We must blood youngsters under Solskjaerby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNicky Butt believes that his Manchester United youth players must make the step up to the first team.Butt is of the belief that a United youth player should always get a shot with the first team.And with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge until the end of the season, Butt hopes the likes of Angel Gomes will get their chances.”If you ask any Manchester United fan, or Ed Woodward, or the owners, or the manager, they want players in the first-team,” Butt said to the Daily Express.”That’s my job. That’s the job of the academy coaches – to get players into the first-team.”I think it’s something that fans will demand, the club will demand, the owners and the board will demand and the manager as well.”The academy is the lifeblood of the club and the home-bred players are the ones that help the superstars all around the world embed themselves into our culture and become Manchester United people.”I think that’s the most important thing.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd scout Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonaliby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have been linked with Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali.Tonali, 19, has been dubbed ‘the new Andrea Pirlo’, although the Brescia star himself has expressed that he’s trying to emulate his idol Gennaro Gattuso.Fiorentina negotiated for the Italy international last summer, but Brescia eventually chose to keep the midfielder.Now, Calciomercato.com says Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax scouted Tonali for Sunday’s meeting with Bologna.The three clubs are interested in acquiring Tonali for the upcoming January transfer window.
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Champions League final was world’s biggest annual sporting event on social mediaby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis year’s all-English UEFA Champions League final has broken a record of over 1 billion social media interactions, cementing its place as the world’s biggest annual sporting event, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukAvailable and comparable data showed that the final of the world’s premier football club competition outperformed all other major events in 2019 by more than 30%, while according to the video optimisation and online video analytics company Conviva, “the UEFA Champions League final is now the biggest sports event ever on Instagram stories from a single account” with 177 million impressions. The stand-out figure of 1.09 billion social media interactions includes all engagements (likes, shares and comments) and video views, 110% up from the final a year ago. Interactions were tracked across all of UEFA’s social accounts as well as the official accounts of the participating teams, players and various media organisations around the world. Almost half – 486 million – of the interactions were generated from UEFA’s social media platforms, with the remaining 604 million coming from other sources. “For years, the UEFA Champions League final has been the biggest one-day sporting event in terms of the media coverage it gets, and the results from the Madrid final corroborate that this is also true on social media,” said UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein.The UEFA Champions League competition itself – from group stage to semi-finals (1 September 2018 to 9 June 2019) – drew over 6.5 billion interactions originating from UEFA’s own social media channels, including 3 billion cross-platform video views.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd manager Wilder leaps to defence of McGoldrickby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United manager Chris Wilder has leapt to the defence of David McGoldrick.The 31-year-old was criticised for his wastefulness in front of goal during last weekend’s loss to Southampton.He missed Saturday’s win over Sheffield United with a groin strain, and Wilder stuck up for the 31-year-old when speaking after the game.He said: “So what does he do? He has a finishing session on his own and then goes back out to have another finishing session, because he’s trying to improve his skills and get that aspect of his game out of his system. It was then, he tweaked his groin. “But that tells you what kind of boy he is. An international player. Any sort of negativity or criticism towards him is ridiculous, because he gives everything for this football club and is brilliant for us.”I think we’ve got to be careful as a football club, because of the results and the way we’ve played, that we don’t put too much pressure on our players.”A couple of things got flagged up to me (after losing to Southampton). This team, where they’ve come from, they don’t deserve 70 per cent report. They deserve 100 per cent support.”
Crouch: Spurs just suffering blipby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham striker Peter Crouch insists their poor start to the season is just a “blip”.He wrote for the Daily Mail: “(Mauricio) Pochettino is the best thing that has happened to Tottenham in 20 years. I say that as someone who was at the club in the late 1990s and, again, 10 years later when Harry Redknapp took charge: I’ve seen good and bad times first hand and I know what I’m seeing now.”This is a blip, nothing more. I was at Leicester seven days ago and I didn’t see too much wrong with their performance. “They should, really, have won that game and I will argue with anyone who thinks VAR was brought in to decide offside calls like the one which went against Son Heung-min.”
Chelsea send Makelele to check on Gallagher at Charltonby Freddie Taylor16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have been stunned by the form of Conor Gallagher at Charlton.The midfielder was shipped out on loan after featuring for the Blues over preseason.He has starred for the Addicks since then, having added four goals and one assist to his name.The Sun says youth loan coach Claude Makelele has been making regular visits to watch the 19-year-old in action.Manager Lee Bowyer has confirmed Makelele’s presence at the Valley and believes he is one to watch for the future. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe excited over Diego Rico contributionby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe is pleased with the progress that Diego Rico is making at the club.The Spanish star is starting to show his quality for the Cherries in the Premier League.He played 90 minutes in four of the past Bournemouth league games.He was disappointing last term, but Howe believes the penny has dropped with Rico.Asked about Rico’s recent impact, Howe told reporters: “I have been very impressed in recent weeks.”He’s had a decisive say in a lot of games. If you look at the assists he has made for the team, his corners and free-kicks have been really valuable to us.”You look at the Southampton game, the Everton game and the West Ham game. He has played a key role in goals for us which have changed the game at that moment.”Tight games have been swung in our favour because of it.”I think he has grown into the position, is growing in confidence all the time. The challenge for him is to maintain that progression.”If he does with his qualities, he is going to be an important player for us.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard dead against Champions League expansionby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard is dead against the expansion of the Champions League.Lampard – who lifted the trophy in 2012 – does not think that more matches will fit into the calendar.A proposed reform of the Europe’s elite competition – led by Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli – seeks to expand from 17 to 21 matches for the finalists.”The feeling is that you’re in the ultimate club competition, and the reason for that is because you have the best teams from each league, and the best team from the year before that deserve to be there,” he said.”The year we won the Champions League we came second the year before. We know the format, we know what it is, but whenever you play in the Champions League you know you’re playing against the best and for me that is the format and the beauty of it.’ “As a manager I actually feel weight of games more than I did as a player, even though I was running around as a player,’ he explained. “As a manager you’re thinking about how can you keep the team fresh, and it’s a challenge with all the competitions we have now.”I have a soft spot for the League Cup because we won it a couple of times at Chelsea, and it was the first competition I ever won. Domestically it gives teams a feeling you can compete on a level in a cup at home, which is important.”If you ask me can we play more European games, I personally don’t believe you can fit them in amongst our busy schedule. “I would find it hard to keep the quality level and the freshness within the players. If you did do that there would be a lot of discussion about how that would work practically. At the minute I think the level is about right. I like the format personally.”
Aaron Connolly grateful to Brighton boss Graham Potterby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Connolly is grateful to Brighton boss Graham Potter for his first team chance.Potter seems committed to blooding academy graduates, fielding nine in the recent EFL Cup game against Aston Villa.Connolly told the Daily Mail: “The previous manager [Chris Hughton] gave me my debut against Barnet and I will never say a bad word about him. But this new gaffer is a breath of fresh air. “He has looked after me and Steve. We were hoping for that chance to impress. He showed a lot of faith in us by letting other players leave the club. It’s all about repaying that trust now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd No2 Phelan offers explanation for form slideby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant Mike Phelan has argued it was inevitable that the club’s form would dip last season.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as caretaker manager in December brought about a run of 11 wins from 11 games.However, after Solskjaer’s permanent appointment, the Red Devils were unable to win any of their last six matches.”We’d taken them from nothing to sky high, but they bottomed out because it was just too much, they weren’t prepared for it,” Phelan told The Athletic. “So we had a lot of things to work on.”Ole relates well with the players, he understands what Man United is. It is definitely a difficult moment, but Ole hasn’t got his team yet.”He’s had three players (signed), you need more than three to be the manager of your own team.”We can build on something, I think. Ole just needs that opportunity to create the culture again.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@Karlos_SrDuring a College GameDay segment about Ohio State’s high profile quarterback battle, Desmond Howard made it very clear who he believes will come out on top. Citing Cardale Jones’ Twitter antics, which he does not appreciate, Howard thinks that J.T. Barrett is a lock to win the job. Desmond Howard on J.T. Barrett: “He’s not really about the foolishness” Tell us what you really think— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 5, 2015Desmond Howard just called Cardale Jones’ tweets to Ronda Rousey “foolishness” and cited it as a reason J.T. should start. So there’s that.— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 5, 2015Former Florida State running back Karlos Williams, of all people, was very upset with Howard.Desmond Howard is a hater.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, 2015He don’t know nun bout what players do in the personal time. He just talking.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, 2015@JameisLover Bruh be hating.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, 2015We probably wouldn’t have guessed that Karlos Williams would be a Cardale Jones defender this morning, but here we are.
Manchester City have the opportunity to go top of the Premier League on Wednesday when they travel to face Everton.Liverpool have slipped up in their last couple of matches, and while Pep Guardiola’s side have also proven vulnerable, losing to Newcastle, what might have been a seven-point gap could be totally eradicated.City are playing this fixture in advance due to their raft of commitments in the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and it gives them the chance to launch a pre-emptive strike on the Reds, though their city rivals are unlikely to make life easy for them at Goodison Park. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Everton vs Manchester City Date Wednesday, February 6 Time 7:45pm GMT/2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can watched on NBCSN or UNIVERSO. It can be streamed via NBC Sports Live or UNIVERSO NOW. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN / UNIVERSO NBC Sports Live / UNIVERSO NOW In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast or available for streaming. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Everton squad Goalkeepers Pickford, Stekelenburg Defenders Keane, Zouma, Browning, Digne, Baines, Galloway, Coleman, Kenny Midfielders Schneiderlin, Gomes, Gueye, Davies, McCarthy, Sigurdsson Forwards Richarlison, Lookman, Bernard, Walcott, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin Everton make five changes to the side that were beaten by Wolves last weekend.Seamus Coleman, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison are all on the bench.Jonjoe Kenny, Lucas Digne, Idrissa Gueye, Bernard and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all start.Confirmed Everton starting XI: Pickford; Kenny, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Gomes, Gueye, Davies; Walcott, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin Position Manchester City squad Goalkeepers Ederson, Muric Defenders Stones, Laporte, Otamendi, Sandler, Mendy, Walker, Danilo Midfielders Fernadinho, Gundogan, Delph, Zinchenko, Foden, D. Silva, Diaz, B. Silva, Mahrez, De Bruyne Forwards Aguero, Jesus, Sterling, Sane Pep Guardiola has made two changes from the team that beat Arsenal on Sunday, with John Stones and Leroy Sane returning to the starting XI.Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are both on the bench.Confirmed Manchester City starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Laporte, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva (C), Sane, Bernardo, AgueroBetting & Match Odds Manchester City are 3/10 favourites to win this game at bet365. Everton are a 9/1 shot, while a draw is 21/4.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview All eyes will be on Manchester City on Tuesday as they attempt to go back to the top of the Premier League table. Liverpool have stumbled in their quest for a first English crown since 1990, and while they still remain in the driving seat, if Pep Guardiola’s men were to win on Tuesday in response to two Reds draws, the psychological edge would surely have swung in their favour.City overcame a stern test from Arsenal at the weekend, winning 3-1 thanks to a treble from Sergio Aguero, and though there was controversy over his third goal, in which he admitted to a handball, the Citizens were resounding and deserving winners.It was an impressive way to bounce back from a stunning loss against Newcastle, which threatened to end their title challenge.Guardiola, however, is still aware that City’s hopes balance on the edge of a knife.“The pressure is when you’re behind. If you lose points, it’s tougher. When you’re top with distance you can lose points and still be there,” he said, but denied he is trying to play mental warfare with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.“I’m not in the mind of Jurgen and the players. Every press conference you say: ‘Put pressure on Liverpool.’ I don’t know. We have to be ourselves. That’s the main target we want to achieve. And win our games.”City will now aim to put on the kind of commanding display they managed at Goodison Park last season, when they ran out 3-1 winners but in truth were far more comfortable than that.“You could see it in their faces in the first half that they didn’t know what was happening … and that’s why you feel in so much control I guess, when you see it on their faces,” Kevin De Bruyne commented in the aftermath of that encounter. The same scoreline was repeated shortly before Christmas, when the clubs last met, and since then Everton’s form has largely been disappointing.The Toffees went down 3-1 against Wolves on Saturday, despite Andre Gomes drawing them level in the first half.Europe is not out of the question for Marco Silva’s side, but pressure is mounting on the manager, whose side could be in the bottom half of the table by the weekend if results go awry.Guardiola and City will, however, show little sympathy. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Tennessee fans and alums are celebrating in style Saturday night. Former Vol Robert Ayers Jr. is making sure his NFL teammates know about it.Tennessee, after 11 years of misery, finally knocked off Florida Saturday night – staging a huge comeback after it faced a 21-3 deficit at halftime. Former Vol Robert Ayers Jr., who played for the school from 2004-2008 and now suits up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, posted an awesome video of his celebration. He’s driving his orange McLaren to his team meetings, wearing an all-orange outfit. Check it out:It’s party time in Knoxville. Stay safe, everyone.
Even though the World Cup just ended, the search for the next U.S. women’s national team manager will have to begin as soon as possible following Tuesday’s news that Jill Ellis will step down this fall. Ellis will be a tough act to follow, having won back-to-back World Cups, but there is a promising crop of coaching talent both at home and abroad that could step in and ably fill her shoes.No head coach will be hired until the USWNT general manager position is filled, but U.S. Soccer says there will be a GM in place imminintely. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? From there, the GM will need to immediately get to work, with the Olympics now one year away and the USWNT hungry to atone for their shocking quarter-final exit to Sweden in 2016. Here are some of the candidates who could step into the soon-to-be-vacant USWNT role. Paul Riley – North Carolina CourageRiley has been linked with the USWNT for years, with his name cropping up in 2014 before the position ultimately went to Ellis. Riley is the back-to-back NWSL Coach of the Year, presiding over the league’s best team over the past three seasons. The Liverpool native has won two of the last three NWSL titles and finished runner-up the other season. Riley also has familiarity with many of the current player pool, having coached a number of USWNT players during his time with the Courage and the Portland Thorns before that. The 55-year-old does prefer a variation of the 4-4-2 formation, which would be a shift from the team’s current 4-3-3 setup.Mark Parsons – Portland ThornsParsons would have an interesting challenge that none of the other USWNT candidates would: He’s actually younger than some of the players he’d be coaching. Despite his youthfulness, the 32-year-old Parsons is actually quite experienced as a high-level coach. He’s been an NWSL manager since midway through the 2013 season, and took over the high-profile Thorns job in 2015. Parsons has demonstrated an ability to create a team-first environment with a collection of high-profile individual talent, a skill that would obviously serve him well with the USWNT. He’s turned the Thorns into one of the NWSL’s top teams and won a championship in 2017. Laura Harvey – Utah RoyalsHarvey, who had previously served as USWNT U-23 coach, appeared set for an expanded role with U.S. Soccer following her departure from the Seattle Reign in 2017, but that appointment eventually fell through. Some said that Ellis was uncomfortable with her apparent successor getting a role so close to her during a period when her job was on shaky ground. Whatever the case, Harvey, now 39, landed on her feet in Utah. Harvey is vastly experienced for her relatively young age, having already coached Arsenal and Birmingham City in her native England before spending five seasons at the helm of Seattle. Harvey has long been seen as a future USWNT manager, but her teams have actually underachieved in NWSL in recent seasons. Will that be held against her?Vlatko Andonovski – Reign FCAndonovski took over FC Kansas City in 2013 as a virtual unknown, but quickly established himself as one of the country’s managerial up-and-comers by leading FCKC to back-to-back NWSL titles in 2014 and 2015. When the club folded, Andonovski took over for Harvey in Seattle. Andonovski is renowned for his ability to develop and incorporate youth talent, a trait that would serve him well with a USWNT side that still heavily relies on several players on the wrong side of 30. The 42-year-old has no experience outside of the U.S. or at the international level so moving up to the USWNT would be a major step up, but Andonovski has proven up to the challenge at every stop he’s made thus far. Tony Gustavsson – USWNTAnyone who’s watched the USWNT sideline in recent years will have noticed a ponytailed blond man shouting instructions at players constantly while actively communicating with Ellis on a regular basis as well. That’s Gustavsson, who’s been something of the second head coach for the U.S. during his time with the team.Gustavsson has returned to his native Sweden and is reportedly not in the running for the head coaching job, but the 45-year-old would be the ideal selection as a continuity candidate. He’s also nearly secured the position in the past, having been a finalist in 2014 only to see Ellis get the job instead. Sarina Wiegman – NetherlandsThere arguably has not been a more successful coach on the international level over the last few years than Wiegman, and that includes Ellis. Wiegman led the Netherlands to the 2017 European title and took her side to the 2019 World Cup final, continuing a rapid rise that has seen the Dutch quickly establish themselves as one of the world’s best sides.Wiegman usually employs the same tactics, but showed her flexibility in the World Cup final against the USWNT and successfully frustrated her opponents for the first hour of the match before a conceded penalty began her side’s unraveling. Wiegman also has familiarity with the American game, having played collegiately at the University of North Carolina. But after all her recent success, would Wiegman leave the Dutch project now?
Khalil Mack has reportedly played his last game for the Oakland Raiders. The All-Pro pass rusher is reportedly being sent to the NFC. Oakland has been considering trade options for several weeks and, according to a report, has agreed to one.ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting that Mack, a former first-round pick, is being traded to the Chicago Bears.The final details of the Khalil Mack trade have yet to be finalized, but according to Schefter, the Raiders are intent on shipping the star defender to the Bears.“Sources to ESPN: Raiders and Bears have an agreement in place to trade Khalil Mack to Chicago. Still working through it, but Raiders now planning to send Mack to Chicago,” Schefter reports.Sources to ESPN: Raiders and Bears have an agreement in place to trade Khalil Mack to Chicago. Still working through it, but Raiders now planning to send Mack to Chicago.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2018There was reportedly a big market for Mack, who’s one of the top defensive players in the entire NFL. The Raiders have reportedly been looking to trade him as they couldn’t agree to terms on a new contract with the All-Pro defender.It’s unclear what the Raiders are getting back for Mack, but earlier reports suggested that Oakland was looking for multiple NFL Draft picks. The Packers were seen as a likely trade partner earlier in August, with reports suggesting that Green Bay would give up multiple first-round picks.NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport has confirmed the news.“The #Bears have permission to negotiate a deal with star Khalil Mack, and that has been ongoing since last night. They are the one team willing to go where the #Raiders needed them to go. This is happening,” he reports.The #Bears have permission to negotiate a deal with star Khalil Mack, and that has been ongoing since last night. They are the one team willing to go where the #Raiders needed them to go. This is happening.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2018Mack has been one of the top defensive players in the NFL since he came into the league. He’ll provide a major boost for the Bears’ defense moving forward.Stay tuned for more details. The final details of the Khalil Mack trade should be released at some point today.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass in the second quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Joe Burrow may have been beaten out by Dwayne Haskins for the Ohio State quarterback job earlier this year, but the two clearly remain pretty close.The Buckeyes didn’t look terribly sharp in a 30-14 win over Minnesota, but Haskins had another huge stat day.He threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns in the home win.Burrow’s numbers weren’t as impressive, but he made numerous big plays, and picked up perhaps the best win in college football this season. LSU knocked off Georgia 36-16, with Burrow throwing for 200 yards and rushing for another 66 and two touchdowns.After the win, Dwayne Haskins congratulated his former position-mate Joe Burrow on the huge victory.Ohio State fans have to appreciate the camaraderie here.So happy for you bro! @Joe_Burrow10— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) October 13, 2018There has been some criticism of the wave of transfers in college football, but the Haskins-Burrow situation shows that it can really work out the best for all parties.Ohio State has one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the country, putting up Heisman-worthy numbers. Burrow, meanwhile, has LSU in the SEC hunt, and Tiger fans have embraced him for the player he is.A few years ago, Burrow probably would have been stuck on the bench in Columbus. There are definitely worse things in the world, but this is a better situation for everyone.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after a play against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has issued a major injury update for Saturday’s game against the Michigan Wolverines.Buckeyes’ offensive tackle Thayer Munford has been listed as “probable” for Saturday’s game against Jim Harbaugh and Co.Munford, Ohio State’s starting left tackle, left Saturday’s game against Maryland with an apparent injury.The Buckeyes are expected to have Munford back on the field against the Wolverines this Saturday, though.A healthy offensive line is a major key for Ohio State against Michigan, which boasts one of the nation’s best pass rushes.Ohio State’s ability to protect Dwayne Haskins and provide running room for its tailbacks could be the deciding factor in Saturday’s rivalry game.The Buckeyes and the Wolverines are set to kick off at noon on Saturday. The game will be on FOX.