Terry Saban: ‘We’re not going anywhere’
If Terry Saban gets her way, Alabama football fans might soon be celebrating a victory off the field.
The wife of Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban told the Wall Street Journal that rumors of relocation — namely Saban being linked to the University of Texas by boosters — were “rumors with absolutely no foundation.”
“We’re staying,” she said. “We’re not going anywhere.”
Alabama is No. 1 in the nation and two wins from returning to the BCS national championship game for the third consecutive year. A three-peat, some have speculated, might be enough of a springboard to send Saban looking for a new challenge. One like the Longhorns present as a long-storied program falling well short of its expectations.
NHL suspends Hurricanes’ Westgarth 2 games
Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth has been suspended two games by the NHL for boarding Sunday on defenseman Mark Borowiecki of the Ottawa Senators, the league announced Tuesday.
The incident occurred at 7:55 of the first period. Westgarth received a two-minute minor penalty for the hit.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Westgarth will forfeit $7,435.90. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Westgarth had a hearing Tuesday morning with Brendan Shanaham of the NHL Player Safety Department.
Seahawks sign CB Cox as Thurmond drops appeal
The Seattle Seahawks signed cornerback Perrish Cox shortly after Walter Thurmond officially dropped his four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse police.
Thurmond will miss Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints, road games at the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants and will be eligible to return the day after Seattle’s home game against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 22, making him available for the regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams and the postseason.
Thurmond was the Seahawks’ nickel back before taking over in Week 11 for injured starter Brandon Browner, who is reportedly facing a one-year ban of his own for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Browns sign QB Tanney to be backup
The Cleveland Browns signed quarterback Alex Tanney off the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad, the team announced Tuesday.
Tanney, 26, will be on the active roster and will likely serve as Brandon Weeden’s backup Sunday when the Browns (4-7) host the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9). Weeden is expected to start in place of Jason Campbell, who suffered a concussion in Sunday’s 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A 6-foot-3, 223-pound player in his second NFL season out of Monmouth (Ill.), Tanney spent all 12 weeks this season on the Cowboys’ practice squad.
NFL upholds Titans S Griffin’s suspension
The NFL denied Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin’s appeal on Tuesday, upholding his one-game suspension as a repeat violator of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.
The suspension without pay will cost Griffin $205,882.35, which is one-seventeenth of his $3.5 million base salary.
Griffin cannot practice this week nor play in the Titans’ game this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
Griffin was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of last Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders for delivering a blow to the head of Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera.
The violation was Griffin’s second this season and fourth since 2011, all for hitting a defenseless players in the head and neck area.