Another day, another shorter blog post for The Stack today. As the NFL season winds down, there just aren't a ton of major stories and headlines out there. Thank goodness the Olympics are coming up in February. Let's take a look and see what made "the stack" for today, Wednesday, January 15:
Jim Caldwell new Lions head coach
They may have lost out on Ken Whisenhunt to Tennessee, but the Detroit Lions didn't wait long to name their new head coach. The team hired Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell as head coach, a move that isn't all that surprising. They were impressed when he interviewed with them and they had spoken with Tony Dungy who had given Caldwell a ringing endorsement. It was between Caldwell and former Titans head coach Mike Munchak. Caldwell coached Indianapolis to the Super Bowl in 2009 when they lost to New Orleans and some think he was fired a little to quickly in Indy after the team went 2-14 the year Peyton Manning had neck surgery. With no good alternative quarterback plan in place, the Colts were doomed to have a bad year. Caldwell also was the offensive coordinator on the Super Bowl winning Ravens team last season. He's had plenty of success. Now he gets the keys to a team with a ton of weapons in quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Calvin Johnson, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and the like. This is a very talented team. They are just slightly undisciplined from time to time and Jim Schwartz's message must have been getting lost on them. Caldwell is a calming influence and he should be able to do good things in Detroit. This is a pretty good hire.
Big games in college basketball from last night
Crazy night on the court yesterday. One of the four undefeated teams remaining in the game went down. #3 Wisconsin went into Bloomington to take on Indiana and they lost 75-72. Hoosier guard Yogi Ferrell was having a bad game, taking ill-advised shots that landed him on the bench. Head coach Tom Crean wouldn't even look at him. Once Crean put Ferrell back in, Ferrell didn't let the benching get him down. It ignited him. Ferrell began making shots. He made a clutch three to put the Hoosiers up by three. And in the end, his 25 points were enough to lead Indiana to an upset 75-72 win over Wisconsin. Don't worry about Wisconsin though. They'll be just fine.
It should be noted that another undefeated team was playing yesterday. No not Arizona and not Syracuse. Wichita State. Yes, the #5 Shockers are undefeated and remain that way following their 72-50 beatdown of Bradley. This team is legit. They've built on the momentum of their Final Four run last year and could make a return trip this year. Don't be shocked (OK, pun intended) when it happens.
The game of the night took place in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where the Razorbacks knocked off #13 Kentucky 87-85 in a game that took quite some time thanks to a combined 81 free throws between the two teams. There was some questionable officiating from time to time, but both teams battled right until the very end. Arkansas was up three late when Kentucky drained one to force overtime tied 74-74. With time running down in overtime, this time it was Arkansas who had the last laugh as Michael Qualls slammed home a missed three pointer with 0.2 seconds left to lift Arkansas past Kentucky. What a game. The place was going nuts. Arkansas may be a tournament team when the season is over.
Coming up Thursday: Reaction to top stories in sports