Tony Dungy just says no to Gophers


As the rumor mill machine was working overtime late last month in regards to the status of head coach Tim Brewster, reports surfaced that, if Brewster was canned, Minnesota would once again make a run at former Gopher quarterback Tony Dungy.

Dungy subsequently denied any interest in the position, even as the reports stated he was No. 1 on athletic director Joel Maturi‘s to-do list if/when Brewster was canned.

Apparently, those reports were correct.  Just as apparent, however, is Dungy’s resolve to stay off the sidelines.

In a press conference to officially put a face on Brewster’s firing, Maturi confirmed that he had already reached out to Dungy to gauge his interest in the vacancy.  As was the case three weeks ago, the current NBC NFL analyst politely declined to have his name tossed into the mix.

“To all, I have already contacted TonyDungy,” Maturi said in quotes released by the school. “Tony Dungy shared with me that he is not interested in getting back into coaching. But the good news is Tony Dungy is willing to do everything that he can to help us find the right leader for this program.”

With Dungy seemingly out of the picture, where will the school turn to for a replacement?  Obviously, Maturi did not divulge the Gophers’ plan of attack, but he did find the time during the presser to kick Brewster square in the now-former coach’s manhood.

“You’re not following Vince Lombardi here,” Maturi said of a coach that exited with a 16-30 mark. “This is a situation where, you know what, somebody can come in and win some games and people are going to feel good about him and they win a few more games and they’re going to feel really good about him. And if we go to the Rose Bowl, we might even put a statue of them outside of TCF Bank Stadium.”

Maturi was asked specifically about former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti and former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach replacing Brewster  His response?

“You know what, that’s what we’ll all determine,” Maturi said.

While Bellotti might seem like somewhat of a long shot, the initial speculation for a replacement has centered on both Leach and former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino.

Colorado loses starting LB Kenneth Olugbode for 4-6 weeks

during the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 19, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.
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Colorado had already lost one starting inside linebacker to injury.  Now, the Buffs have lost another.

Kenneth Olugbode sustained an unspecified leg injury in the Week 5 loss to Oregon. As a result, Olugbode will miss 4-6 weeks.

At minimum, Olugbode will miss games against Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon State and UCLA, possibly returning for the Nov. 7 game against Stanford. Missing six weeks would see him miss the Stanford and USC games, returning, Nov. 21 vs. Washington State.

It’s going to be a big loss,” defensive tackle Justin Solis said according to the Denver Post. “It starts up front with us, the D-line. Not having K.O. out there is a huge loss, but it’s definitely something we accept as a challenge as a D-line. We’re going to step it up while he’s out.”

Olugbode had started all five games this season after starting all 12 games as a sophomore last season. Ryan Severson is expected to take his place in the starting lineup.

Dismissed Wolverine Logan Tuley-Tillman charged with three felonies

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Back on September 10, it was announced that Jim Harbaugh had dismissed Logan Tuley-Tillman for “conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete.”  Now we know what that unacceptable conduct was.  Allegedly.

Wednesday morning, is reporting, Tuley-Tillman was charged with three felonies stemming from a Sept. 4 incident in which he’s accused of filming a sex act with a woman without her knowledge. Tuley-Tillman was officially charged with two counts of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

From the report:

Capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person is punishable by up to two years in prison, a fine of no more than $2,000, or both. Using a computer to commit a crime, in this case, would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine of no more than $5,000, or both.

The incident occurred in the 300 block of Catherine Street Sept. 4. Tuley-Tillman is accused of filming a portion of a sexual encounter with a woman without her knowledge and then transmitting it to his personal device without her permission, according to Ann Arbor police.

Tuley-Tillman was a four-star member of Brady Hoke‘s second-to-last UM recruiting class, rated as the No. 24 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Illinois.  He played in one game as a redshirt freshman last season, the season opener against Appalachian State.

This season, he had been listed as the No. 2 left tackle and played in the 2015 opener.