CHESTNUT HILL -- Two-time All-American Luke Kuechly will forego his senior year at Boston College and declare for April's NFL Draft, Kuechly announced in a Friday night conference call.
"It's something I've wanted to do since I started playing for me," the linebacker said in his announcement. "It's right there for me."
Kuechly, a 20-year-old native of Cincinnati, took over for Mark Herzlich as a true freshman, when Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in 2009. Herzlich had to sit out the season for chemotherapy. Kuechly moved to outside linebacker, taking Herzlich's place, and his career took off from there.
Kuechly finished the season with a team-leading 158 tackles (87 solo). He also had a sack and returned an interception for a touchdown. He was named the 2009 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. In the Emerald Bowl, Kuechly was named the defensive MVP, registering 16 tackles in a losing effort. Now, he...
Bill O'Brien is expected to officially be named head coach at Penn State this weekend, but will also serve as Patriots offensive coordinator throughout the playoffs. Charlie Weis, now the head coach at Kansas, pulled off the same double duty in 2004 after being named head coach at Notre Dame.
“It was a hectic period, but all things considered I thought it went as smoothly as could be expected," Weis said in a statement released on Friday. "I had a plan of prioritizing everything that went into getting the new staff and program up and running, but I also made it clear that compromising the job at the Patriots was never going to be an option. In the end, the results turned out pretty well.”
Weis was named head coach at Notre Dame on December 12, 2004. The Patriots, with Weis as offensive coordinator, won Super Bowl XXXIX over the Philadelphia Eagles on February 6, 2005.
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Canucks goaltender and Marblehead native Cory Schneider told reporters Friday that he, not Roberto Luongo, will be the team's starting goalie when Vancouver faces the Bruins Saturday in a rematch of the teams in last season Stanley Cup finals.
Luongo is coming off a shutout Wednesday against the Wild, but he had a very difficult time playing in Boston in the postseason. In three starts in Boston in the finals, he allowed 15 goals and was chased from both Games 4 and 6. He allowed five goals in the other four games at Rogers Arena.
This season, Luongo is 17-8-3 with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Schneider, who played his college hockey at Boston College, is 8-5-0 with a 2.16 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
Things went downhill for Luongo following the Canucks' 1-0 win in Game 5 of the finals. Following the win, Luongo criticized Tim Thomas' style of play, saying the game-winning goal he allowed to...
The Patriots have received permission to talk with Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and will speak with him this weekend, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. McDaniels, who was the Patriots offensive coordinator for three seasons before leaving to become the head coach in Denver, was the OC with the Rams last season. New England would likely eye McDaniels as a replacement for Bill O'Brien, who will be leaving to become the head coach at Penn State at the end of the season. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
The San Diego Padres have announced that they have traded first baseman Anthony Rizzo and right-handed pitcher Zach Cates to the Chicago Cubs for righty hurler Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na. Rizzo and Cashner -- the 19th overall pick in the 2008 draft -- are considered the centerpieces of the deal.
Rizzo, who was traded along with pitcher Casey Kelly and outfielder Reymond Fuentes by the Red Sox in exchange for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez prior to the 2011 season, was made expendable after San Diego acquired first base prospect Yonder Alonso in a deal for pitcher Mat Latos.
The 22-year-old Rizzo was drafted in the sixth round of the '07 draft by the Red Sox, who were run by then-GM Theo Epstein, then-assistant GM Jed Hoyer, and then-amateur scouting director Jason McLeod at the time. All three executives are now decision-makers for the Cubs, with...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.
Ortiz, Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr are all MVP candidates. Chili Davis should be too.
The guys start off the show talking about the latest Deflategate news and recap a full weekend of Red Sox action against the Indians.
Joe Kelly threw 6.2 no-hit innings in his first start since returning from the DL on Saturday, and Lou gets very exciting thinking about Joe Kelly and his potential.
DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL PA spoke out about why Tom Brady and his team are filing another appeal, and the guys break down what the latest Deflategate news means for Brady going forward.
We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.
We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics options with the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft, plus talk a little NBA semi-finals as we await word on whether Draymond Green will be suspended.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
Rob Bradford sits down with both former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell and current Sox three-bagger, Travis Shaw, for an in-depth discussion on what it's like to be a 6-foot-3, starting third baseman in Boston.
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