Unfortunately, there was not a ton going on in the world of sports on Monday, but "The Stack" is back with a few of the bigger stories from Tuesday. So let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, March 27:
1. Bill Parcells a possible replacement for Sean Payton?
So maybe the Saints won't completely fall apart this season after all. Reports are that Saints head coach Sean Payton, suspended for one year as a punishment for failing to stop the bounty program or let anyone know, has been in talks with current ESPN analyst Bill Parcells to coach the Saints this year in Payton's absense. Payton is a branch off the Parcells coaching tree, so it makes sense that Payton reach out to his mentor. The Saints are loaded with talent. They resigned wide receiver Marques Colston and signed linebacker Curtis Lofton away from the division rival Falcons. Yes they lost guard Carl Nicks and Drew Brees still doesn't have his long-term contract he's been aiming for, but the Saints are still in great position to make a run in the NFC. Brees is practicly a coach on the field himself. He is a big time leader that won't let the Saints get distracted. But Parcells would add stability to the franchise during this very difficult time. Does Parcells really want to do it? My guess is he would think about it, but just like he left the Miami Dolphins front office, I don't know if he wants all of those long hours.
Don't get me wrong, this would be a great move for the Saints, but will Parcells have the heart to be all in for this one year? I think he could be, but given his age, I just don't know. Maybe if he had the head coach title, but had more of a limited role. There are a lot of different ways to work this out. It's just a matter of whether or not Parcells really wants to do this. Sports Illustrated's Peter King asked Parcells if he had the bug to coach again. Parcells response, "I don't think so." Payton and him will surely be in talks the next day or two as Payton's suspension begins April 1. Stay tuned.
2. Tim Tebow introduced by Jets this year.
The New York Jets press conference to announce their backup/wildcat/do it all quarterback Tim Tebow was interesting to say the least. Tebow was all smiles throught the thirty-plus minute press conference. He was frequently asked questions about Mark Sanchez and the quarterback situation, how his relationship would be with Sanchez, etc. To his credit, Tebow did a good job of not saying anything that would give the papers in New York a big headline. He said that Sanchez and him will work together. Jets head coach Rex Ryan hinted on Sunday that the Jets may use Tebow up to twenty plays a game.
Sanchez held his own conference call later in the day and said he remains confident that he will be the team's starting quarterback and that he has the support of the coaching staff and the front office. While that may be the case at the moment, one bad game and a loss from Sanchez and Jets fans and the New York media will be banging on the doors wanting Tebow to start. If you thought Denver was bad, think how bad it will be in New York. The chants, the headlines, the begging. Will the coaching staff give in? Remember what happened to Kyle Orton after a 1-4 start. If that happens for the Jets, they may resort to that, a situation neither them nor Tebow would really want to happen, at least not that I think they want to have happen. Tebow can help bring together a fractured locker room, part of the reason I believe he was brought in. In a poll on espn.com, the question was asked whether or not the Jets bringing in Tebow was a football move or a publicity move. The overwhelming majority, almost three to one said it's a publicity move. Hard to argue considering what all came spilling out of the locker room after the season ended. Wonder what Joe Namath thinks about Tebow going to the Jets. He's been very outspoken and critical of what the Jets have been doing recently. The mahem in New York is just beginning. And Tebow will handle it all with class, just like he did in Denver. And it won't be surprising if the same situation unfolds in New York like it did in Denver last year.
3. Frank Martin is now a gamecock
In a rather shocking move, Kansas State men's basketball coach Frank Martin has left the program to go coach at South Carolina. The move doesn't make a ton of sense. Yes Martin is closer to his native South Florida and reports are that he was intrigued by a university that has Steve Spurrier as its head football coach and a national championship baseball team, but let's face it, South Carolina is not very good at men's basketball. The Big 12 is a tough basketball conference, tougher than the SEC in my eyes despite how good Kentucky is, but the South Carolina men's basketball program may be second worst in the conference only to Auburn or Georgia. Martin had built a solid program at Kansas State that consistently competed and was one of the best teams in the conference. Now he goes to a bottom dweller in hopes of climbing to the top. Maybe he just wanted a challenge. The money was better, no doubt about that, about $600,000 more. But K-State surely would have ponied up to keep Martin wouldn't they? Martin may be what South Carolina needs to turn their program around. He is a fierce worker, one that will get the most out of his players both on and off the court. I guess the saying is true. We aren't in Kansas anymore. At least that is what Martin is saying right now. Only time will tell if this is a good move for him. My initial thought though is that it's not and he's making a big mistake.
In other college coaching news, Alabama and head football coach Nick Saban have agreed to a two-year extension and a raise of $5.62 million a year. Considering he brought back the national championship to Alabama this past year, and has won two national championship overall in his tenure at the university, I'd say both the extension and pay raise were warranted.
Coming up Wednesday: Reaction to the biggest sports headlines from Tuesday.
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