First call: UConn fans soak up Dan Hurley; Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free
In First Call this morning, we check in on happy UConn fans, Terrelle Pryor’s new home, new NFL rules and more.
That coulda been us!
While Pitt fans are mourning the swing and miss of Dan Hurley coming to Pittsburgh, it’s the Days of Wine and Roses in Connecticut.
“I am honored and excited to become the head coach of the UConn men’s basketball program,” Hurley said in a statement released by the school, “and I would like to thank President (Susan) Herbst and David Benedict for this tremendous opportunity. This program, which is part of one of the top public universities in the country, has a championship history and wonderful support from a passionate fan base. I look forward to continuing this proud tradition.”
Few things in the world are worse than when UConn fans have reason to be happy.
New home for Pryor
Former Jeannette star Terrelle Pryor has a new home. He’s a New York Jet. You may have heard this signing was coming close. It happened late last night. Newsday had the story.
— Newsday Sports (@NewsdaySports) March 23, 2018
Funny thing? Pryor may still be the best quarterback on that team.
No charges in bloody, naked rampage
So Bills receiver Zay Jones won’t be charged with naked, bloody vandalism.
BREAKING: LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Los Angeles prosecutors say they are declining to bring charges against a Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones days after a naked, bloody argument with his brother.
— John Wawrow (@john_wawrow) March 22, 2018
Jones had been arrested and charged with felony damage to property after an incident that involved his brother, Vikings wide receiver Cayleb Jones, on Monday night at a Los Angeles apartment building.
TMZ had video of the incident.
Police shooting protests delay Kings-Hawks game
Protests over last weekend’s fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark reached Golden 1 Arena in Sacramento on Thursday night.
Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé after the game addressed the crowd, which was diluted after police shut down entry into the arena amid the protests, calling Clark’s death a “horrific, horrific tragedy in our community” and saying “we at the Kings recognize your people’s ability to protest peacefully, and we respect that.”
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 23, 2018
NFL scouts watch Manziel
Thirteen NFL scouts come out to see Johnny Manziel throw.
Were the Steelers among them? No. No they weren’t. I’m not even … look, not even I would stoop to click baiting you like that.
But you can find out which half of the league is dumb enough to think he can actually play in the league.
Beyond Jesse James
It’s not just the Jesse James rule. Team owners are voting on a number of resolutions, rules, etc.
Among the changes are 10 new playing rules, 12 new bylaws and five new resolutions.
Here’s the full look from Pro Football Talk.
Best news this week
As a broadcaster and a coach here in Pittsburgh and beyond, Ed Olczyk has been a wonderful guy to know. We’ve heard about his cancer battle. And last night during his broadcast in Chicago, Edzo announced he is cancer free.
‘All the cancer is gone. We beat this thing.’We love you, Eddie O. Best news we’ve heard all day. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pNjkkt9t4k
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) March 23, 2018
We’re aware that Olczyk is a big horse racing fan. So congratulations to him on this winning ticket. Glad he is doing better.
They lost by … how much!?
The Memphis Grizzlies lost by 61 points to Charlotte last night.
It’s the sixth-worst loss in NBA history. The final score was 140-79.
The record deficit is 68 points.
That’s the biggest defeat and largest win for each team. And the Hornets stink! They are nine games under .500. But Memphis is the worst club in the league and they proved it last night.
Here’s your stat of the game: Kemba Walker had 46 points … in just 28 minutes!
Take a look at the ugly box score .