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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets QB Geno Smith apologizes after swearing at home fan 09.29.14 at 8:09 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NFL: Patriots at Chiefs, 8:30 p.m. (ABC, ESPN)
NHL preseason: Flyers at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL preseason: Coyotes at Canucks, 9 p.m. (NHL Network)
Soccer: Premier League, Newcastle at Stoke City, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)


— Jets quarterback Geno Smith was not pleased Sunday after his team dropped a 24-17 decision to the Lions at MetLife Stadium, New York’s third straight loss.

When a fan heckled Smith as he walked off the field, Smith responded with a glare and some choice words: “[Expletive] you!”

During his postgame press conference, the normally even-tempered Smith apologized for yelling the fan, who was seated in a section behind the Jets bench that chanted “We want Vick!” during the game. Smith completed 17-of-33 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown, but he threw an interception and lost two fumbles.

“I want to apologize if any kids saw me saying any negative remarks walking off the field,” Smith said. “I kind of let my temper get the best of me in that situation, and it’s part of my learning process. I’ve got to get better with that. I’ve got to let that stuff roll off my back. But today I didn’t do well with that.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Geno Smith be punished for swearing at a fan?

  • Yes, that's inappropriate and he should be fined (37%, 81 Votes)
  • No, it wasn't that big of a deal (33%, 73 Votes)
  • Are you kidding? He should be rewarded for putting a Jets fan in his place (29%, 64 Votes)

Total Voters: 218

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Coach Rex Ryan, who was fined $75,000 by the league for swearing at a fan who heckled him during halftime of a game against the Patriots in 2011, stood by his quarterback.

“I believe in him,” Ryan said. “I know he’s a hard-working guy. I think he’s got the tools to be really good, In my opinion, it’s not a question of if it’s going to happen, it’s a question of when. He’s going to be that kind of guy. I think he’s a good quarterback. I think he’s going to have a chance to really be something one day.”

Added Ryan: “I’m not going to replace him. I feel good about Geno, and again, I think he’s going to get it turned. I know he’s a tough, resilient young man. I think we’re going to win, and we’re going to win soon.”

Smith’s teammates voiced support as well. Defensive end Sheldon Richardson suggested that the critical fans “shut up.”

Added offensive lineman Willie Colon: “Just a frustrated quarterback. I cuss a lot, too. I’m trying not to cuss right now.He’s just passionate. There’s a lot put on his shoulders. A lot. Day to day, he hears it. So I feel bad for the kid, but I stand up for him.”

— Former Patriots assistant coach Charlie Weis was fired as head coach at Kansas on Sunday, a day after a 23-0 loss to Texas on homecoming day in Lawrence.

Weis was 6-22 in 2 1/2 seasons with the Jayhawks, who will be coached on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Clint Bowen.

“I normally do not favor changing coaches mid-season,” Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement, “but I believe we have talented coaches and players in this program, and I think this decision gives our players the best chance to begin making progress right away.”

Weis previously struggled in five seasons at Notre Dame before being fired in 2009, then served as an assistant with the Chiefs and as offensive coordinator at Florida.

— The aunt of Kevin Ward Jr., who was killed after being struck by a sprint car driven by NASCAR star Tony Stewart, defended her late nephew and called for Stewart to be punished in an open letter to USA Today.

Wendi Ward questioned the toxicology report that indicated Kevin was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death, noting: “Seems to me the wrong man was on trial. Tell me why Tony Stewart was not taken in for testing, why his car wasn’t impounded? Tell me how a man the size of Kevin can make a sprint car turn to the right on impact. Tell me how a lap before [the incident] everything was fine, but the following lap was poor lighting. Tell me how a NASCAR star totally forgot what caution means.”

“Maybe he should get a different headset so he is able to hear on the radio that the car in caution is up high, so go low. Or was he low until he rounded the corner and saw Kevin Jr. standing up for himself?

“I guess we will never know why all of this was not taken into consideration. Or will we never know why a fellow driver did not check on this young man or his family? Or do we know why? I do, because I have seen the video. It’s there, and it’s real.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 29, 1968, the Red Sox closed out the season with a 4-3 loss to the Yankees. Despite going 0-for-5, Carl Yastrzemski won the American League batting title with a .301 average. Which Sox player finished first in the AL with 109 RBIs?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “A lot of fans told me that they came a long way to see these last games and I felt it was right to play here. Don’t think I didn’t think about it, I thought about it.” — Retiring Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, on playing at Fenway Park over the weekend

STAT OF THE DAY: 75 — Consecutive games with at least three catches for Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne, an NFL record

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Nationals left fielder Steven Souza Jr. makes a diving catch for the final out of Jordan Zimmerman’s no-hitter against the Marlins.

The Athletics clinch a postseason berth on the season’s final day behind a complete-game shutout from Sonny Gray.

Dodgers manager for the day Juan Uribe wears Don Mattingly‘s jersey to start the game, then switches to the jersey of Tommy Lasorda.

Ohio State assistant football coach Anthony Schlegel destroys a fan who runs onto the field during Saturday’s game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ken Harrelson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Suzzy Roche of The Roches was born on this day in 1956.

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Notre Dame paid Charlie Weis millions to leave 05.20.11 at 4:51 pm ET
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Notre Dame was willing to pay former football coach Charlie Weis millions to just go away, according to the Chicago Tribune. The university fired Weis in November 2011, but that was just the beginning. The school made a “termination payment” of over $6.6 million and will be paying Weis in smaller, annual increments until December 2015.

After earning Bowl Championship Series bids in each of his first two seasons, Weis’ team floundered in its last three seasons, recording a mediocre 16-21 record. The former Patriots offensive coordinator spent one year in the same position with the Chiefs and is now the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida.

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University of Florida confirms hiring of Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator 01.03.11 at 11:40 am ET
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The University of Florida confirmed Monday morning that Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis will join the Gators as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Florida also announced Frank Verducci will be offensive line coach and running game coordinator, while George Wynn will be director of football operations under new head coach Will Muschamp.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN suspends announcer, anchor at 7:54 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)


‘™¦ ESPN announcer Ron Franklin was pulled from the radio broadcast of Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl following his sexist comment toward a female sideline reporter. Franklin, 68, reportedly referred to Jeannine Edwards as “sweetcakes” during a production meeting when she attempted to join a discussion he was having with another announcer. When she complained, Franklin allegedly then swore at her. ESPN did not have time to find a replacement for Friday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl but made the move for Saturday.

The move comes just days after an ESPN anchor was suspended for plagiarizing a newspaper story. Will Selva admitted to copying all but a few words of a column on the Lakers written by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register and using it on air.

‘™¦ With Charlie Weis apparently headed to the University of Florida to be offensive coordinator, Sam Mellinger in The Kansas City Star looks at the alleged cold relationship between Weis and Chiefs coach Todd Haley. Writes Mellinger: “Haley looks like an impossible man to work for, ego and insecurity driving two veteran offensive coordinators away in a 16-month span.”

‘™¦ The University of Pittsburgh fired coach Mike Haywood two weeks after making the much-criticized hire, moving on after Haywood was charged with domestic battery. In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ron Cook writes that Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson now is the one on the hot seat.

‘™¦ Ryan Bourque, the 19-year-old son of former Bruins standout Ray Bourque, is leading the U.S. team at the IIHF World Junior Championship. In The Buffalo News, Bucky Gleason writes about the younger Bourque’s contributions to Team USA.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: [Note: Updated with a correction.] On Jan. 3, 2000, Pete Carroll had coached his final game with the Patriots a day earlier with a win over which team?

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Report: Charie Weis will join University of Florida to run offense 12.31.10 at 4:31 pm ET
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According to an ESPN report, the University of Florida is interested in having Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis take the same position with the Gators under new coach Will Muschamp. The report indicated Weis, the former Patriots offensive coordinator who more recently served as Notre Dame’s head coach, is expected to take the position, although no agreement is in place.

Chiefs coach Todd Haley said Friday he did not know of any deal between Weis and the Gators. “It’s news to me,” Haley said.

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Broken Branches on Belichick Coaching Tree 11.24.09 at 1:32 am ET
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A week ago, Bill Belichick was not in the most cheerful of spirits after his failed decision to go for a fourth-and-2 from his own 28-yard line. Now, seven days later, Belichick can sit back in his office in jollier spirits after the Patriots overpowered Rex Ryan’s Jets, 31-14, in a Sunday afternoon showdown in Foxboro.

Yet, while Belichick may be able to put on a merry Monday morning quarterback face this week, a few of his former coaching pupils find themselves either in the losing column, on the hot seat or just plain out of work.

Since Belichick first became a head coach for the Cleveland Browns in 1991, there have been multiple coordinators, assistants, scouts and other personnel who have sought to create their own legacy to follow in the footsteps of their great mentor. Although some have fared better than others since leaving Belichick’s staff, the majority of his coaching family tree has experienced a degree of difficulty making the transition from acting behind-the-scenes to manning a franchise of their own. Here is a look at how the five most prominent graduates of Belichick’s Coaching Academy have performed since departing from their teacher.

Charlie Weis

When Belichick left the Jets to be named head coach of the Patriots in 2000, Weis followed him from New York to New England. Serving as the offensive coordinator until 2004, Weis engineered the initiation of the Erhardt-Perkins offensive system. Assisting in Tom Brady‘s development as the franchise quarterback, Weis helped guide the team to three Super Bowl titles before leaving the Patriots to take over as Notre Dame head coach in 2005. Since then, Weis has not enjoyed the same success as he did in New England. With a 35-26 mark and a 1-2 record in bowl games, Weis has recently come under massive scrutiny, allowing many to speculate that his days as the Fighting Irish coach could be numbered. Indicating a 6-5 record was not good enough when he replaced Tyrone Willingham, Weis has already stated he would not argue with a firing if that is the end result.

Eric Mangini

Hired as the Patriots defensive coordinator in 2005 after serving as the defensive backs coach, Mangini left New England for the Jets in 2006. Accepting the job Belichick had turned down seven years earlier, Mangini instantly became Belichick’s nemesis, causing their relationship to sour. From avoiding postgame handshakes to refusing to acknowledge each other’s success, these two coaches spiced up a rivalry for three years. Referred to as “Fredo” (the disloyal son in “The Godfather”) by Patriots defensive lineman Ty Warren, Mangini opened the door for New England fans to detest him even further after accusing Belichick of recording the Jets’ defensive signals in 2007 during the infamous Spygate incident. In his three years overseeing the Jets, Mangini struggled, including a late-season collapse in 2008 that ultimately cost him his job. Mangini’s tenure in New York ended with a 23-25 record along with a 2006 AFC wild card playoff loss to the Patriots.

Now guiding the Browns, Mangini’s coaching career has gone from bad to worse. With a 1-8 record in the first year of a three-year deal, Mangini has drawn criticism for his strict coaching mechanisms and his inability to earn respect from his players.

Romeo Crennel

Winning three Super Bowls as defensive coordinator with the Patriots from 2001-04, Crennel was unable to carry his success over to the Browns. As Browns coach from 2005-08, Crennel failed to deliver a playoff berth, compiling a 24-40 record in four seasons. Entering 2008 with high expectations after a 10-6 2007 season, Crennel watched his young, talented team fall to a 4-12 record that led to his firing at year’s end, making way for Mangini to take over. Even though he is currently unemployed as a coach — opting to sit out this year while recovering from hip surgery — Crennel still can be seen on Sundays — in Coors Light commercials, that is.

Josh McDaniels

Starting out as a personal assistant with the Patriots in 2001, McDaniels assumed several coaching roles with the Patriots before becoming offensive coordinator in 2006. Agreeing to take over in Denver following the Mike Shanahan firing, McDaniels wasted no time sparking controversy in his new organization.

After reports were leaked indicating McDaniels had tried to aquire Matt Cassel from the Patriots to serve as his quarterback, an offended Jay Cutler requested a trade from the Broncos. The disgruntled quarterback was eventually dealt to the Bears.

The bickering did not end there. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall demanded to be traded during training camp after clashing with McDaniels. While McDaniels only suspended Marshall instead of granting him his request, he seemed to temporarily calm the storm as the Broncos began the season 6-0, including a Week 5 defeat of the Patriots by an overtime score of 20-17. With Denver having lost four straight since then, many wonder if McDaniels finally has become exposed. With the Broncos set to host the Thanksgiving night game against the Giants, only time will tell.

Nick Saban

In 1995, Saban was named defensive coordinator of the Browns under Belichick. After a successful tenure with Louisiana State University when he led the Tigers to a 2003 BCS national championship and was named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, Saban started his NFL head coaching career following the 2004 season, when he agreed to fill the Miami Dolphins‘ vacancy. In his two seasons with the franchise, Saban showed he had difficulty transitioning between the collegiate and professional level, going 15-17 before leaving the Dolphins to return to college. His decision to do so generated a significant degree of controversy. For the past three seasons, Saban has coached the Alabama Crimson Tide, who are 11-0 and ranked No. 2 in the AP poll behind the University of Florida.

While Saban’s college history is decorated, his NFL career — like those of many of the Belichick coaching progeny — is remembered only for its mediocrity and controversy.

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Just because I was bored … 11.26.08 at 9:58 am ET
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Here you go, links, links, and more links … thanks to in large part our man in the catacombs Jesse Pugh (who is making me send readers to his ‘Bugs and Cranks’ the minute I wake up in the morning). Short and sweet, we’re going to be bombarding this thing with as many at least semi-interesting links throughout each day. So if you have anything, send it along because it’s a big intraweb out there I can’t live in every corner of it.

(And yes, the name ‘Leeinks’ was my idea and I’m sticking with it. So there!)

I found it! Kevin Youkilis cameo in the movie ‘Milk Money’. Best part: He’s the bouncer for the school cafeteria. I love it!

I can’t imagine that when Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel and Bill Belichick were simulating their walk-off home run hug on the sidelines in Jacksonville that scooping up the domain name, “” as a preemptive strike would be a priority. Best part: The site’s slogan — “Helping Charlie Weis find a new job since 2008″

Jed Lowrie entering the Parrish Middle School is like Billy Dee Williams entering a Star Wars convention (or Colt 45 convention). Best part: One student asked about staying healthy. “One of the most important things to do is to eat right,” he said. “Once in a while, I might have ice cream. But you have to take care of yourself.” That’s what the Red Sox were talking about when they took out the ice cream machine from the players’ lounge last season. I wonder if Lowrie will be brazen enough to pull a Josh Beckett if the soft serve is ever pulled again, and ask to be traded if it isn’t replaced?

Good for these kids. Good for the Pirates. Good for the ‘Million Dollar Arm’ contest. Best part: Neal Huntington’s quote: “We are intrigued by Patel’s arm strength and Singh’s frame and potential.” Wait a second, Patel, OK. But how do you come out on top of a ‘Million Dollar Arm’ contest because of your frame and potential? It’s like — ‘Come for the arm, stay for the frame and potential!’

Our man Ken Rosenthal starts out with some Andy Pettitte being wooed by the Dodgers talk and then comes in with a Mark Teixeira update. He reminds us that David Ortiz does, in fact, have 10-5 rights, thereby allowing him to veto any trade (just in case you were going down that path. Best part: The info from one GM regarding the Red Sox potentially trying to trade Mike Lowell —  “I don’t think anybody will take a chance on Mike Lowell until you see him play next spring.” By the way, here is the latest from our good friend Scott Boras’ camp on Teixeira. He said they have offers … Good times with Boras. Here is our man Ken Davidoff also checking in on the Pettitte and Teixeira front.

(Courtesy The Big Lead) Now all UMass needs are the wins and the good old days will officially be back in Amherst. Best part: “Douglas Edward Wiggins Jr., 20, of East Hartford, Con., was arrested Saturday at 3:49 a.m. at a Puffton Village home on a charge of breaking and entering to commit a misdemeanor, police said. Wiggins was arrested after he was found inside the bathroom of another person’s home, police said.” Aaahh, the Amherst Police Log, how we missed hearing from you.

I don’t know how fun these facts are, but they are facts … about Thanksgiving and football. Best part: “1962: STARR-BURST: The only loss for the eventual NFL champion Packers that season came on Thanksgiving Day when Bart Starr was sacked 11 times.” And he still is upright enough to do commercials for metal buildings.

David Ortiz’s charity golf tournament is almost here, coming Dec. 4. And he not only plays golf, but is an instructor, as well. Just ask Deion Sanders.

For more of the day’s real Boston sports links head over to Boston Sports Media Watch.

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