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Take advantage of Nike sale and get up to 50 percent off new gear

Being stuck at home might have inspired some to add more workouts to their daily routine. So since at-home workouts are helping to pass the time, add some extra gear to your closet. Nike is having a sale this weekend where shoppers can up to 50 percent off on some items.

The sale ends on Sunday, so be sure to check out what they have available before it ends.

One of them is the water-repellant Nike Air Jacket for women. Things are still fairly chilly, so it’s probably best to have a layer that will keep the body comfortable when out for runs. It’ll also keep things dry should a spring rain catch you while out for a jog. The currently has jackets available in black and blue and it is currently 50 percent off the original price at $54.97.

The Nike Sportswear Heritage Windrunner is a unisex option that is also priced at $54.97.

A number of kids’ shoes are also on sale like the Nike Air Max Axis or the Nike Air Max 200. Since they are on sale there may be a limited number of sizes.

There also a number of jerseys are marked down. So if you’re looking for a Michigan jersey, there are a couple of options available for half the price. The Jordan College Dri-Fit jersey is available in both white and navy for $49.97.

New Jersey’s college coaches want basketball back, so they’re fighting coronavirus

It wasn’t yet official, but Steve Pikiell had basically coached Rutgers to its first NCAA tournament berth in 29 years. The drought was over. At the same time, Pikiell’s daughter, Brooke, had just helped Northwestern capture the Big 10 tournament in women’s basketball. She was looking forward to her first NCAA tournament as a junior.

Then boom. Coronavirus shut down the operation, shattered their hoop dreams.

“I really felt for my seniors at Rutgers,” Pikiell told the Daily News. “And my daughter was devastated. We had that with my team, and then in my own home.”

Despite everything lost, Pikiell believes the NCAA made the right move by canceling the tournament. He assumed the TV commitments would force the NCAA to hold a tournament without fans, but public health took priority over money.

Now Pikiell is trying to help ensure that next year’s tournament also won’t succumb to this resilient virus. The 52-year-old, along with the 15 other men’s and women’s Division I coaches in New Jersey, joined TEAM NEW JERSEY, an initiative dedicated to teaching methods of mitigating the coronavirus’ spread. On Thursday evening, each New Jersey coach will share public health guidelines on their various social media platforms.

It’s a growing movement for basketball coaches, with New Jersey following identical programs in New York and New England. Participating coaches include Iona’s Rick Pitino, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, UConn’s Geno Auriemma and Rutgers’ Vivian Stringer. Andy Borman, the executive director of AAU powerhouse NY RENS, and Ben Horwitz, a graduate assistant at Syracuse, devised the idea.

Dan Klores, the Peabody award-winning filmmaker, then created the campaign that has united rival coaches.

“David Stern would always ask can a ball change of world?” Klores said. “And our answer is that it can.”

Kevin Willard, the Seton Hall men’s coach, is also part of TEAM NEW JERSEY and is anxiously hoping the mitigating guidelines will help retrieve a level of normalcy. The New York native said some of his players don’t own the proper equipment to train in isolation, so his program shipped over basketballs, jump ropes and resistance bands.

Willard also wonders whether his team had already been infected by the coronavirus since a flu-like illness spread through the roster in late February. The illness wasn’t yet on the radar so they weren’t tested.

Now, 32 days after Gov. Phil Murphy announced a stay-at-home order, Willard revealed he’s struggling with the detachment from his players and staff.

“I’m going to be honest with you, I really miss my team,” he told the Daily News. “I struggled with that the last couple weeks. FaceTime is great and texting is great, but I just miss being around my guys. Every day is not peachy with roses. I really struggle with not being around my team, not having that interaction with my team, with my players, my staff. We see each other every day when it’s normal, and we’re around them every day. Some days are better than others right now for me. That’s just the truth.”

What gets him by?

“Red wine,” he joked.

Willard’s message against the pandemic is to protect the most vulnerable. He wants health and hoops.

“The biggest thing is getting younger people to understand it’s not you, it’s you going home to your elder parents or your grandparents,” Willard said. “Those are the people who are really struggling with this.”

Holy Spirit football star E’Lijah Gray chooses D-I Merrimack College

E’lijah Gray had a familiar feeling the first time he stepped onto the campus of Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts.

“It was just like Holy Spirit,” Gray said. “Everybody there is to do one job and one job only — win a championship.”

The Holy Spirit High School senior running back will continue his football career at Merrimack on an NCAA Division I scholarship.

“It’s just amazing,” said Gray, of Somers Point. “I don’t have to worry about mom paying for college at all. It’s just great.”

Merrimack is a Football Championship Subdivision program that competes in the Northeast Conference. Under seventh-year coach Dan Curran, the Warriors finished 6-5 last fall.

Gray plans to major in health science and minor in business. He wants to own a training facility for younger football players when his playing days are over.

The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Gray led the Spartans to the state Non-Public II title last fall, rushing 168 times for 1,203 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was a first-team Press All-Star.

Gray may not be the biggest or fastest running back, but few high school athletes can match his career. Gray ran for 1,223 yards as a junior and 1,479 yards as a sophomore.

“E’lijah kind of has a chip on his shoulder right now,” Spirit coach A.J. Russo said. “That’s going to bode well for him. I’m not doubting him in one way shape or another.”

Gray was bit overlooked by some schools during the recruiting process, according to Russo.

“A lot of the college coaches look at (physical) measurables,” Russo said. “E’lijah doesn’t have a lot of the measurables that some of the bigger schools are looking at, but when steps on that football field, he has a lot of heart, and he’s a tremendous football player. Sometimes kids like that get missed. and they end up having great careers at other schools.”

Illinois gets two players in College Football’s 150th Anniversary Top 11 roster

There have been thousands of players who’ve put on the pads and jerseys over the course of 150 years in college football, with each leaving their own imprint on the game.

Some people’s contributions are minor while others are major, with a select few becoming an icon of the game itself.

An even more exclusive group was announced on Monday night at the National Championship game at the Superdome in Louisiana in conjunction with the sesquicentennial of the college sport. While they haven’t been in the title conversation for a long time, Illinois was well represented on this most exclusive list.

At halftime, ESPN announced that Illini legends Dick Butkus and Red Grange were named to the Top 11 list for the last 150 years in college football. That made Illinois the only school with two players on the list, with Grange coming in at No. 6 and Butkus No. 8.

Illinois was the only school to have multiple players on the list.

Jim Brown (RB, Syracuse, 1954-56)
Herschel Walker (RB, Georgia, 1980-82)
Bo Jackson (RB, Auburn, 1982-85)
Archie Griffin (RB, Ohio State, 1972-75)
Jim Thorpe (RB, Carlisle, 1907-12)
Red Grange (RB, Illinois, 1923-25)
Earl Campbell (RB, Texas, 1974-77)
Dick Butkus (LB, Illinois, 1962-64)
Barry Sanders (RB, Oklahoma State, 1986-88)
Gale Sayers (RB, Kansas, 1962-64)
Roger Staubach (QB, Navy, 1962-64)

One of the most iconic players in the history of the game who aided in the birth of the modern college and pro football game with his exploits on the field, Grange was a three-time All-American at Illinois. The Wheaton native famously scored accounted for six touchdowns against Michigan in the Memorial Stadium dedication on October 18,1924, which is regarded as one of the greatest athletic moments in the history of the university.

After winning the first-ever Silver Football Award as Big Ten MVP, the “Galloping Ghost” went onto have a Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bears.

A native of Chicago, Butkus was an elite player for the Illini at two different positions from 1962-1964 as he played center as well as his iconic linebacker position. He was the Big Ten MVP in 1963 and in 1964 finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, the highest in Illinois history, while also being an All-Big Ten selection in both seasons.

Butkus helped the Illini to the Big Ten championship in 1963 and their last victory in the Rose Bowl over Washington on January 1, 1964, with Butkus coming up with an interception and fumble recovery.

ACC basketball rankings: Virginia slides, Syracuse moves up, Clemson won a game and North Carolina is deplorable

Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, we welcome you back to another edition of the proud and preeminent TNIAAM ACC basketball rankings.

It’s been another interesting week of basketball in the conference as Duke continues to roll, North Carolina continues to play anything but basketball and Virginia Tech fans are so pissed that I ranked Cassell Coliseum No. 1427 in ACC venues they actually think I give two sh*ts about their team beating Syracuse.

To make amends, I will say this: If there were a fourth NCAA Tournament team in the conference right now, it might be that one team in the state of Virginia. THAT’S RIGHT (Dickie V voice), I’M TALKING ABOUT THE HOKIES, BABY! That, and Mike Young has already locked up the ACC Coach of the Year award. How’s that?

Anyway, let’s dive into the rankings below. You’ll have to do some scrolling to find the ACC basketball trivia question this week. As always, these rankings are backed by an undisclosed methodology.

1. Duke (15-1, 5-0)

Last week: Wins over Georgia Tech and Wake Forest

Duke struggled somewhat earlier in the week against Georgia Tech, but edged the Yellow Jackets on the road and rolled Wake Forest at home. Jordan Goldwire was out there defending like he was Gary Payton or something.

Tre Jones read my comment last week on how he could post single digit points in every game from here on out and still be in consideration for ACC POTY. That was clearly the motivation he needed to go out a record 39 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds and 8 steals in two games.

Aside: Yay or nay on the black Duke jerseys?
2. Florida State (14-2, 4-1)

Last week: win over Wake

Florida State was off Saturday, but the Seminoles took down Wake earlier in the week. Ham Sauce rolled out the balls and played 11 guys in the win. The big three of Devin Vassell, Trent Forrest and MJ Walker combined for 46 points. Forrest hauled in 10 boards, too.

All Leonard Hamilton does is stack wins.
3. Louisville (13-3, 4-1)

Last week: wins over Miami and Notre Dame

Jordan Nwora had a heck of a week. It’s going to be fascinating to watch he and [insert Duke player here] jockey for ACC POTY honors.

Dwayne Sutton was just one point shy of posting two double-doubles. Sutton is the ultimate glue guy and one of the most underrated players in the conference.

Ryan McMahon tied Nwora in made 3s (seven) last week too, by the way.
4. Virginia Tech (12-4. 3-2)

Last week: wins over Syracuse and NC State

Congratulations to Virginia Tech fans. Your team is now No. 4 in the conference after your in-state rival sh*t the bed.

Jalen Cone came into the Carrier Dome and gave Syracuse buckets. He continued his play against NC State by scoring 10 points.

Oh, and Landers Nolley posted 29 points and 7 rebounds against the Wolfpack. Nolley and Vernon Carey will both compete for Freshman of the Year, but Nolley should be getting more recognition on the POTY front.
5. NC State (11-5, 2-3)

Last week: win over Notre Dame, loss to Virginia Tech

NC State earned an important victory over Notre Dame last week, but couldn’t generate enough offense to take down VT.

The Wolfpack got half of its scoring off the bench against the Hokies and Kevin Keatts only played seven guys. That’s not going to get it done on most nights.

6. Virginia (11-4, 3-2)

Last week: losses to Boston College and Syracuse

Virginia somehow only slides down to six due to Notre Dame taking two losses and all other teams being absolutely deplorable beyond that.

Virginia seems destined to finish as the worst 3-point shooting team in the league. Nothing is standing in its way and by that I mostly mean that Virginia can’t get out of its own way. The Hoos had many open looks last week but they just can’t make shots!
7. Notre Dame (10-6, 1-4)

Last week: losses to NC State and Louisville

Nothing to see here, but John Mooney posts double-doubles like nobody’s business. He’s easily on my first-team ACC Guy I’d Like to Have a Beer With.

Mooney put up 14 and 14 against NC State and 15 and 19 against Louisville.

Did I mention John Mooney?

8. Miami (10-5, 2-3)

Last week: Loss to Louisville, win over Pittsburgh

Miami didn’t put up much of a fight against Louisville, but it did secure an important win at home over Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

Miami’s role players are working through some injuries, though Chris Lykes and Kam McGusty are playing at a high level.

As I am legally obligated to say in every rankings post: DJ Vasiljevic is the best shooter in the ACC.
9. Pittsburgh (11-5, 2-3)

Last week: win at North Carolina, loss at Miami

North Carolina let an awful shooting Pittsburgh team make 40 percent of its shots from deep inside the Dean Dome last Wednesday. That’s hard to fathom when considering the Panthers followed that up with an 18 percent shooting effort from range at Miami last night.

Still, Jeff Capel has forged an identity for his Pittsburgh team as a tough, gritty team that isn’t afraid to play in the mud. That’s how Pitt is going to win games in the ACC.

Trey McGowens is one of the toughest guards in the league.
10. Syracuse (9-7, 2-3)

Last week: loss to Virginia Tech, win at Virginia

Syracuse gonna Syracuse.

Orange fans everywhere now think their team can make an NCAA Tournament appearance.
11. Boston College (9-7, 3-2)

Last week: Win over Virginia, loss to Georgia Tech

Big thanks to Virginia for extending Jim Christian’s tenure at BC.

Mark my words. There is absolutely no chance that Boston College wins at Syracuse this Wednesday. What could go wrong?
12. Georgia Tech (8-8, 3-2)

Last week: Loss to Duke, win at Boston College

Georgia Tech looks like a different team with Jose Alvarado back in the fold. Don’t be surprised to see them start to climb in the rankings.

We interrupt these rankings to bring you ACC basketball trivia, brought to you in part by Bojangles sweet tea and every milkshake offered at Back Yard Burgers.

13. Clemson (8-7, 2-3)

Last week: win at North Carolina

Clemson basketball picked up its first ever win in Chapel Hill against North Carolina. That says a lot more about the season the Tar Heels are having than it does the Tigers.

Clemson was still celebrating that victory in the Dean Dome like they a National Championship in football or something.
14. Wake Forest (8-7, 1-4)

Last week: Loss at Florida State and at Duke

No real shame in losing a pair of road games to the two best teams in the conference, but the margin at Duke left much to be desired.

What’s a Wake Forest fan to do?
15. North Carolina (8-8, 1-4)

Last week: losses to Pittsburgh and Clemson

Is that right? After all these years at the top, North Carolina has plunged all the way to the conference basement? When did UNC become a cellar dweller?

The Tar Heels lost back to back games at home this week to Pittsburgh and… Clemson.

Roy’s team had a seven point lead over the Tigers with 90 second left but still found a way to let a team led by a guy whose mother dresses him force OT.

I’m not saying the rest of the league is reveling in North Carolina’s failures this season, but what I will say if there ever were a time to insert this video below, now would be that time.

First Look At LSU’s National Championship Jersey

LSU, the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff, will wear its traditional white uniform tops with gold and purple trim for Monday night’s national championship game against Clemson.

Today, we got a first look at the jerseys, which will once again have “One Team One Heartbeat” stitched inside the collar. The 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship patch is over the right side of the chest, even with the SEC and Nike logos.

Here’s a look at the tops.

LSU has shown it is willing to deviate from its traditional uniform (white tops, gold pants) in recent years. The program has worn purple jerseys, white helmets and white pants and even gold alternates on occasion.

However, there is no doubt that the jerseys shown above are the best ones the Tigers own. We’ll see them in primetime on Monday night.

Former Tomahawks ready for Johnstown homecoming in College classic

The line of Luke Lynch, Cameron Hebert and Roman Kraemer skated into the offensive zone at 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial on Friday afternoon.

The trio, wearing red jerseys and dark blue helmets made a few passes and took a shot on the net.

The scene was similar to many that unfolded over the past few seasons at the War Memorial.

Only this time, the three players wore the Colonials logo of Robert Morris University across the front of their practice jerseys instead of the familiar Johnstown Tomahawks threads.

“These three guys meant so much to our program,” Tomahawks coach Mike Letizia said after the Colonials concluded a practice session in preparation for Saturday’s College Hockey Classic game against Ontario Tech at 7 p.m. at the War Memorial.

“They’re at various stages of their careers,” Letizia said. “To see them first-hand back at the arena is really a special moment for me as a coach.

“They were a big part of the community and everyone is excited to see them back.”

All three former Tomahawks used their time in Johnstown to earn a spot with the Colonials coached by Derek Schooley, who also is familiar with 1st Summit Arena from his time as an ECHL player with the Huntington (W.Va.) Blizzard team that played against the Johnstown Chiefs in 1994-95.

Because of the Tomahawks connection, the Pittsburgh-based Colonials program saw an opportunity to play in front of a different hockey-loving audience. The Tomahawks are billing the game as “the first NCAA Division I game played on the ice since the doors opened in 1950.”

“Having three Tomahawk alumni here and with college hockey really on the rise, we wanted to expose central Pennsylvania with another game with Robert Morris and get our brand out there to this neck of the woods,” Schooley said after Friday’s practice.

“We feel we have a really good college hockey program and we wanted to take it on the road to the rest of the state.”

Robert Morris plays in Atlantic Hockey.

The Colonials are 7-5-3 in the conference and 7-8-3 overall.

Lynch is a senior from Pittsburgh who has played in all but one game since his arrival at the Moon Township campus. This season he has a goal and six assists in 18 games.

“It was pretty surreal coming back,” said Lynch, who has 36 career goals and 95 points with the Colonials.

“It’s the only way really to explain it.

“Nobody really gets to play their college games in their junior hockey home arena.”

Hebert and Kraemer were two offensive catalysts on last season’s record-breaking Tomahawks team that produced 47 wins and 98 regular-season points while advancing deep in the Robertson Cup playoffs.

Hebert has a goal and two points in 12 games as a freshman at Robert Morris. Similarly, Kraemer has adapted to college game with one goal in 16 games.

“It’s been a pretty big adjustment,” said Kraemer, who is from Moon Township and is quite at home on campus. “The speed was hard to get used to.

“The game was a lot faster.

“The guys are older. Everyone is stronger now.”

Hebert is from St. Andrew’s West, Ontario, Canada.

But he has enjoyed a family reunion at Robert Morris, where his brother Grant and sister Ally are part of the Colonials men’s and women’s programs, respectively.

“I see my brother every day,” Hebert said. “It’s fun having my sister around too.”

Hebert said the speed and physical side of the game has been elevated at the college level.

“It’s been a big adjustment,” Hebert said. “The biggest part is the strength of all the older guys. Even the first practice instead of going against 18-year-olds, you’re going against 23- and 24-year-olds.

“That was the biggest adjustment for me.”

The former Tomahawks won’t have to adjust to the reception they’re likely to receive on Saturday night.

“Crazy excited,” Hebert said.

“The way it ended last year, with all the fans, who were crazy. They’re the best fans in junior. I’m excited to be back.”

Kraemer said even the practice session stirred emotions.

“I kind of got goosebumps pulling back into the rink,” Kraemer said. “Being here for the past two years, it’s amazing playing here. It’s fun playing here as a kid and it’s fun playing here as a college player too.”

Detroit Mercy to retire jersey of former Pistons player Earl ‘The Twirl’ Cureton

Earl Cureton, who helped get Detroit Mercy to the NCAA tournament in the 1978-79 season and played three seasons with the Pistons, will have his jersey retired by the Titans on Jan. 23.

Cureton, whose nickname was “The Twirl,” will be honored at halftime of the 7 p.m. game against IUPUI.

The 6-foot-9 center/forward is a Detroit native and attended Finney High School (since closed). He played two seasons at Robert Morris before transferring to Detroit Mercy, where he played from 1978 to 1980.

“This is a long time coming to honor Earl with this great moment of appreciation for everything he has done, as a Titan, as a professional and, more importantly, as a great member of the community,” athletic director Robert C. Vowels Jr. said in a news release. “His career speaks for itself, helping get the Titans back to the NCAA Tournament and then as a member of two NBA championship teams, but his work in the community and his commitment to earn his college degree speaks to his high morals.”

The 76ers took Cureton in the third round of the 1979 NBA draft, but he did not play his first pro game until 1980. He spent 12 years in the NBA, winning a championship with them in 1983 and with the Houston Rockets in 1994.

He was with the Pistons from 1983 to 1986.

Cureton averaged 11.7 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds with 1.3 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals per game in 1978-79. The next season, he led the team in scoring (20.0) and rebounding (9.1).

Cureton has been a Titans game analyst for more than 10 years, and also is the Pistons’ community ambassador.

Cureton also was an assistant coach in the WNBA (Charlotte Sting, Detroit Shock and Phoenix Mercury).

D.J. Durkin hiring shows coaches care more about each other than players

We go through this strange dance every time a football coach feels compelled to rehabilitate one of his disgraced colleagues: The surprise hiring, the pop of social media outrage, the prepared statement touting the “thorough background check” and the hope that fan tribalism will trump common sense and the truth.

In this case, new Ole Miss athletics director Keith Carter even tossed in a reference to D.J. Durkin being a “proud and committed family man,” in announcing the hiring of Durkin as assistant coach.

Carter’s statement Thursday attempting to diffuse criticism of Ole Miss adding Durkin, who was fired from Maryland in 2018 amid dual investigations into the death of a player during a workout and accusations of a toxic culture in the program, is loaded with so many laudatory clichés that by the end of it you might halfway believe Durkin would be more suited to sainthood than coaching football.

And because Ole Miss fans are so energized about recently hired coach Lane Kiffin, they are more than willing to provide cover for a football coach who can’t help himself from reaching into the fire and a young administrator who is too much of a novice to pull his hand away.

In a sense, it’s hard to blame them for going down this path. In a world where athletic department decisions are largely fueled by social media comments, Kiffin and Carter are saved by the insular nature of a fan base that is so starved for relevance that it would find a way to justify hiring anyone short of Art Briles on the scale of coaching miscreants (and maybe even him, too).

But let’s be clear about why Ole Miss’ decision to recycle dysfunction and hope for a different result here is so problematic: Football isn’t going to change until coaches like Durkin are out of the sport and the tactics he allegedly used at Maryland are placed into the trash bin of history.

If you believe what some players told investigators and journalists in the wake of Jordan McNair’s death, it is clear Durkin should not be entrusted with the care of the most precious resources in college athletics.

Even though Durkin was technically fired because of public relationships backlash and not the explicit contents of the investigative reports commissioned by Maryland, their contents were still damning. At minimum, it’s clear that Durkin oversaw a program that empowered his strength coach Rick Court to use humiliation and bullying as motivational tactics and consistently engaged in outdated methods that most people wouldn’t want their son subjected to.

From homophobic slurs and fat shaming to showing serial killer videos at team meals, it was all over the line — even if the culture wasn’t directly responsible for McNair pushing himself through a workout to the point where he suffered from heatstroke that wasn’t recognized and treated quickly enough, which ultimately caused his death.

Though some Maryland players certainly backed Durkin, an ESPN report in August of 2018 detailed several disturbing episodes, including one former player who claimed that they were called “thieves” for being on scholarship, another who allegedly was forced to watch workouts while eating candy bars because he was overweight and another who said he was belittled for passing out during a drill.

Did Ole Miss’ super duper thorough background check into Durkin talk to any of those players, or was it fashioned to fit the conclusion that he needed to be hired because Kiffin wanted him? You can probably figure that out for yourself.

And there’s no doubt Durkin has his fans. One of them, former Congressman and current Lead1 Association president and CEO Tom McMillen, e-mailed Thursday to tout what a “decent person” Durkin is. (McMillen, it should be noted, was a member of the commission that cleared him of overseeing a “toxic culture.”)

You’ll find that sentiment throughout the football world. Last year, Nick Saban brought Durkin to Alabama as somewhat of a consultant before the College Football Playoff. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, who previously employed Durkin as the defensive coordinator at Florida, immediately defended him after the damning stories at Maryland surfaced. Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who had Durkin with his staff as an intern this year, relied on his first-hand knowledge of Durkin’s character in making a decision he felt was best for the team.

But this is sort of the fundamental problem with the structure of college football: Millionaire coaches vouching for their buddies while the damning words of the powerless amateur players go unheeded.

In a sport where there’s no union that sets the standards for how players are treated, no recourse for violating best practices and real fear that speaking up will cost a player his scholarship, the dynamics are forever tilted toward those coaches like Durkin.

In a sane competitive environment, Durkin would be a bad hire just on the merits. Everything we know about his time at Maryland suggests his philosophy on how to run a program is bad. Instead, the decision whether to hire him is just a game about how much political capital a coach and an athletic director have to get away with it.

Because Kiffin has that kind of stroke right now, it would be difficult for Carter to say no. As long as the positive tweets keep flowing, Kiffin will basically be able to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Carter created that monster, and now he has to feed it.

It may not be a healthy way to run an athletic department, but it’s very much how college football operates. Everyone is so wrapped up in how to sell a second chance they don’t even consider the idea that someone like Durkin just doesn’t deserve it.

Josh Allen wears Buffalo Braves jersey to Bills’ season finale

Make sure to file this under ‘things you didn’t expect to see in 2019.’

Ahead of the Buffalo Bills’ Week 17 matchup with the New York Jets, quarterback Josh Allen rolled into New Era Field rocking a Buffalo Braves jersey.

One could say that he’s exiting the 2019 season in (literal) style.

If the jersey seems a bit foreign to you, don’t worry, you’re likely not alone. The Braves, Buffalo’s sole foray into the world of professional basketball, played in the NBA from 1970-1978, bolting for the sunny beaches of San Diego a full 18 years before Allen was born.

The team rebranded as the Clippers after moving to Southern California, ultimately moving 120 miles up the coast to Los Angeles in 1984.

Though the Braves only played in Buffalo for eight seasons, the team was relatively successful. They made the playoffs on three separate occasions and even employed a league MVP, with franchise player Bob McAdoo winning the prestigious award in 1975.

Despite league-average fan support and relative financial stability, the Braves left the City of Good Neighbors in 1978 after they were unable to achieve higher priority at Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium.

The team had long been an afterthought in the basketball zeitgeist, an answer to trivia questions such as ‘Where did the Los Angeles Clippers originate?’ and ‘Which team did Hall of Fame forward Moses Malone play two games for in 1976?’

It regained some notoriety earlier this year when the Clippers introduced a vintage Braves jersey as an alternate uniform for the 2019-20 season. Los Angeles has worn the jersey a few times this season, giving Buffalo basketball fans the opportunity to see players like Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in Braves’ uniforms.

It was this jersey that Allen wore to the Bills’ 2019 season finale. In a time in which Buffalo’s other professional sports team, the NHL’s Sabres, consistently finds ways to disappoint, perhaps reminding Western New York that it once had a professional basketball team is the pick-me-up the region needed.