Josh Freeman may not have been on the field Sunday, but that doesn't mean he ducked the headlines. Bucs coach Greg Schiano said the team and [Freeman] came to a 'mutual decision,' that the inactive quarterback watch Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Cardinals from a suite at Raymond James Stadium. But Freeman's agent, Erik Burkhardt, said Schiano's claim was a 'Lie. Obviously,' in a text to the Tampa Bay Times. Freeman went into the locker room for several minutes following the game but declined comment on his way to the players' parking lot. "I'm not commenting at this time," Freeman said. The Bucs led 10-0 until the fourth quarter when rookie Mike Glennon threw a pair of interceptions in the final 3:12. (Tampa Bay Times) Comment
From playing for a national title to falling out of the AP poll -- all in the span of a handful of games. A freshman class that is teeming with promise, a strong recruiting push in the 2014 and 2015 cycles and head coach Brian Kelly's track record of late-season surges all suggest that in the long-term the Irish may indeed trend away from slipping into a full-fledged rebuild. But in the short term, following Saturday's 35-21 loss to Oklahoma, this is a team and a program at a crossroads. ... Kelly's coping mechanism for himself and his team is focusing on the little picture. "They've been to the national championship game," Kelly said. "They've been to Florida for bowl games. What they're more interested in is playing well the next game and for the rest of the season. (South Bend Tribune) Comment
What a difference a few years makes for the pair. They burst into the majors as hard-throwing, high-ceiling pitchers. When Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain arrived, it was hard not to think they would be a significant, and probably permanent, part of the Yankees' future. Now that the 2013 season has ended, the former phenoms are free agents and it seems unlikely either will ever don pinstripes again. Both pitchers have enjoyed success, including the high of the 2009 World Series title, and endured injuries and stinging failure -- Hughes was yanked from the rotation at one point this season, his worst in the majors, and Chamberlain was little more than a mop-up man late. When it all started, it was easy to assume it would be different. (New York Daily News) Comment
Knowshon Moreno celebrates a touchdown, as the Denver Broncos beat the Philadelphia Eagles and stay perfect this season. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
USC athletic director Pat Haden addresses the news of head football coach Lane Kiffin's firing following the Trojans' 62-41 loss to Arizona State on Saturday.