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Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young issued an apology one day after the club hired former Baylor coach Art Briles and then released him amid intense public and league pressure.

Young apologized via the club’s website for the decision to bring in the disgraced coach:

We made a large and serious mistake. We want to apologize to our fans, corporate partners and the Canadian Football League. It has been a difficult season and we are searching for answers. This is clearly not one of them. We have listened, we are reviewing our decision-making processes and we will learn. We will go on. We want to thank our fans, partners and the CFL for their help and support.

Briles was dismissed by Baylor in May in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that rocked the institution. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie convinced the Tiger-Cats to drop the 61-year-old last night, just hours after they announced the hiring, according to Drew Edwards of 3DownNation.

Hamilton is winless on the season and sits dead last in the CFL in a number of offensive categories. Briles’ offense regularly ranked among the best in college football, and his familiarity with new head coach June Jones likely led to the move to bring him in.

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Al Pacino is in line to play former Penn State coach Joe Paterno in an HBO movie about the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, according to a report from Kate Stanhope of the Hollywood Reporter.

Barry Levinson, director of “The Natural” and “Rain Man,” is attached to direct.

Paterno served as the Nittany Lions head coach from 1966 to 2011 but was fired as the allegations of sexual abuse of children against his former assistant Jerry Sandusky became public. Paterno died Jan. 22, 2012 just over two months after he was dismissed.

It won’t be Pacino’s first time playing a football coach on film, although the genre of movie will be quite different. He portrayed Tony D’Amato, head coach of the fictional Miami Sharks in 1999’s “Any Given Sunday” which included the famous “Inches” pregame speech.

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Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will be going overseas this weekend when his team takes on the Washington Redskins in London, and by the sounds of it he’ll be drinking a Guinness or two.

Eifert relayed a story of how he and a few teammates attempted to get their hands on the frothy stout on a trip to Ireland when Notre Dame took on Army in 2012.

“Me and a couple of guys were like, ‘We can’t leave here without trying a Guinness,'” Eifert said, according to Jay Morrison of Dayton Daily News. “We got caught trying to order Guinness to the room. We even thought we outsmarted them by going and getting our money exchanged. We told the people ‘Hey, we have exact change. We’ll just give it to you.'”

“We were thinking we were being all sneaky,” Eifert continued. “Our operations guy calls and he’s like ‘You are so dumb.'”

Eifert and his teammates didn’t get the Guinness they wanted at their hotel, but on their way out of the country they made a point to sample Ireland’s most famous brew.

“We waited for everybody to go by and we hurried up and ran up to the bar and grabbed one and downed it, just to say we had a Guinness in Ireland,” Eifert said. “We were so afraid of getting caught, we drank it so fast I don’t even remember what it tasted like.”

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A presidential poll in the state of Ohio revealed voters are wise when it comes to football.

According to Public Policy Polling, 62 percent of voters believe the NCAA’s second-ranked Buckeyes would beat the NFL’s 0-5 Cleveland Browns. Only 23 percent think the Browns would prevail.

The Browns may be historically bad this season, with the front office seemingly employing a tanking strategy in order to build for the future. They’ve played 17 rookies through four games.

The Buckeyes had 12 players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, and are expected to send another big haul to the pros in 2017, so it’s not that far-fetched to believe they could compete with the worst team in the pros.

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SALT LAKE CITY – Suspended Utah receiver Cory Butler-Byrd is facing a criminal mischief charge after authorities say he damaged a university police patrol car and building.

Police say in charges filed Tuesday that officers on July 27 found a window to the campus police office shattered and a patrol car outside with a broken rear windshield and dented roof. The senior was outside and told police he damaged the car and building.

Court documents did not offer any explanation for the damage and a message left with police was not returned.

Butler-Byrd does not have a listed number or attorney to comment on his behalf.

Coach Kyle Whittingham announced last week that Butler-Byrd was indefinitely suspended for personal issues but did not offer further details.

The Salt Lake Tribune first reported the charge Tuesday.

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WACO, Texas – A woman who said she was raped by two Oregon State football players and two other men in 1998 shared her story with the Baylor football team Monday.

Brenda Tracy’s talk with the Bears came two months after a 13-page report said Baylor failed to properly handle accusations of sexual assault, including some against former football players.

After hearing about Baylor’s case, Tracy had called for the NCAA to shut down the football program.

Tracy told ESPN Central Texas radio that Baylor football and basketball players were engaged and paying attention, and that she told them that they have an opportunity to exact real change and be an example to follow. She was invited to campus by Baylor acting head football coach Jim Grobe, who replaced Art Briles within days after the report from the Pepper Hamilton law firm.

”One thing I try to do is make this real for people. Look at me, I’m a human being, I could be your neighbor, I could be your mother, I could be the person behind you at the grocery store,” she said. ”But I spent all these years wanting to kill myself and hating myself because someone else took my body and I did not give it to them.”

Tracy said what she tries to do is put a ”face and a person and a human experience to rape.”

A month ago, Tracy shared her story with Nebraska’s team. The Cornhuskers are coached by Mike Riley, who was Oregon State’s coach in 1998.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify sexual assault victims, but Tracy has spoken publicly about her experience. She has met with NCAA officials and said she will be speaking to other college teams, with expectations that she will be contacted by more.

According to her Twitter profile, she is a ”Single mother, Registered Nurse, DV/SA Survivor turned Activist, Speaker, & Civilian Lobbyist. I believe one person can change the world…”

In a post on her Twitter account ((at)brendatracy24) after the talk, which was closed to the public, Tracy described Grobe as ”a good man with a good heart” while thanking Baylor for hosting her. She also thanked Baylor players who had tweeted her afterward, responding that she appreciated them and telling them to remember the pledge they made to each other.

Grobe told the AP before Tracy’s visit that he had spoken with Riley, who told him it was a hard thing to hear but educational.

”We’ve got a great group of guys here, not good guys, great guys, great kids that would never be involved in these kinds of situations, but I think educating the good kids is just as important as educating the edgy guys,” Grobe said earlier this month.

”The number one thing that I hope is that it brings home that these are real issues. It does pertain to you because you are your brother’s keeper. … It’s your responsibility to make sure that not only are you behaving well, but that your teammates are behaving well, and we can take care of each other.”

Tracy said she talked to good men and called them out, asking them what can they do ”and how can we change this together.”


BOSTON – Boston College will retire the jerseys of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly in separate ceremonies during the 2016 season.
Kuechly’s jersey will be retired at the Eagles’ Oct. 22 game against Syracuse. Ryan will be honored at the Nov. 19 game against Connecticut.
Kuechly was the most decorated defensive player in BC history after leading the nation in tackles for two seasons in a row. With Carolina, he has recorded more than 100 tackles in each of his first four NFL seasons. He as named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 and AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.
Ryan led BC as high as No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 in 2007 and its first appearance in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. In eight NFL seasons with Atlanta, he has thrown for 32,757 yards and 202 touchdowns.