Jets get upgrade at center with Redskins free agent
The Jets filled another need on Wednesday, agreeing to a deal with free-agent center Spencer Long on a four-year deal, according to a source.
Long was selected by the Redskins in the third round of the 2014 draft. He has played guard and center, starting 18 games over the past two seasons at center. Pro Football Focus graded him as the 19th best center last year.
But current Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban knew what was possible when he left the NFL and entered a world in which the crowd determines the value of life on every down.
When Avery Johnson arrived as men’s basketball coach in 2015 leaving his job as an ESPN analyst and returning to the sideline for the first time since being fired by the Nets more than two years earlier and took over a team that had made the NCAA Tournament just once in nine years, the first-time college coach understood the inherent rebuilding issues attached to a long-suffering basketball team at a football school.
Even though it’s challenging, it’s a good challenge, and it’s one that I wanted to embark on,Johnson said Friday. We talked about Year 3. Sometimes people are sick of me talking about it, but we always talked about Year 3 being in this position.
After many seasons falling even further into the shadows at its own school, No. 9 Alabama (20-15) has emerged on the country’s biggest stage after winning an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in 12 years Thursday against No. 8 Virginia Tech.
The Crimson Tide will try to extend their first appearance in six years as double-digit underdogs against No. 1 Villanova (31-4) in Saturday’s second round at PPG Paints Arena.
I’m enjoying this tournament,Johnson said. It’s a little bit different. It’s win or go home. It’s like the seventh game of a seven-game series.
I think the college coaching is different because you’re responsible for a longer period of time for your student-athletes,Johnson, a former Nets coach, said. We wear a lot of different hats. Practices are longer. They lean on us to be father figures and teachers and mentors. We’re responsible for them 24 hours a day.
Hopefully I’ve been a positive role model to set an example for them, whatever they do in the future of their lives. So, I like that part of it.
The Crimson Tide’s rebuilding sprinted towards reality on Nov. 10, 2016.
He was placed on IR in November last year after suffering a quad injury.