Patriots to sign defensive end Smith
The New England Patriots reached a contract agreement with free agent defensive end Will Smith, ESPN.com reported Monday.
The Patriots hope the former New Orleans Saints veteran will provide a boost to their pass rush.
Smith, 32, missed last season after tearing his ACL in August and had been the longest tenured member (10 seasons) of the Saints before his release Feb. 12. He ranks fourth in Saints history with 67.5 career sacks.
The 6-foot-3, 282-pound Smith was due $11.55 million in salary and bonuses in 2014, which contributed to the Saints’ decision to release him.
Oregon State fires President Obama’s brother-in-law
Oregon State announced Monday that it fired coach Craig Robinson.
Robinson went 93-104 in six seasons without making an NCAA Tournament or NIT. He still had three years left on his contract. The school will pay him a $4 million buyout.
“I want to thank Coach Robinson and his family for their contributions to Oregon State University,” athletic director Bob De Carolis said in a statement. “This was a difficult decision, but after further evaluation, I believe it is in the best interests of our student-athletes, our basketball program and our University.”
Robinson, who is President Barack Obama’s brother-in-law, and his coaching staff were out on a recruiting trip last week.
Maryland transfer Nick Faust committed to Oregon State last week. However, the team is losing its top five scorers. Guard Roberto Nelson, forward Devon Collier and center Angus Brandt graduated. Forward/center Eric Moreland declared for the NBA draft and guard Hallice Cooke decided to transfer.
Also, starting point guard Challe Barton intends to play professionally overseas.
Jernigan among failed combine drug tests
Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger were among more than 10 prospects who were red flagged to NFL teams as having failed drug tests at the Scouting Combine for either testing positive for a banned substance or having a diluted urine sample, according to FOX Sports.
Jernigan is the No. 24 overall prospect and No. 3-rated defensive tackle in the 2014 class by NFLDraftScout.com, and is projected as a first-round pick. He’s viewed as a rare athlete for his size who can shed blocks and penetrate the backfield. Jernigan’s agent, Sunny Shah, declined comment when contacted by FOX Sports.
Mettenberger is projected as a third- to fourth-round pick. His agent, Joe Linta, confirmed that Mettenberger was found to have a diluted sample, but that it was due to treatment for cramping. Linta provided a letter from a doctor at the time that outlined the course of treatment.
“The kid didn’t do anything wrong,” Linta said. “He was doing what the doctor told him to do.”
Carter-Williams named Rookie of Year
Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams was named NBA Rookie of the Year on Monday.
Carter-Williams is only the third rookie since 1950-51 to lead all first-year players in scoring, rebounding and assists. He received 104 of a possible 124 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, finishing with 569 points.
Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds, joining Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76) as the only players since 1950-51 to pace all rookies in those three categories.