DAILY LINKS: Chargers’ loss to Browns could spell end of Mike McCoy’s run

Aztecs beat USF, win Diamond Head – San Diego Union-Tribune
They are by no means fixed and their chance for an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament remains a distant twinkling star. But a team that had lost its way – along with three straight games against what it perceived to be inferior opposition plus starting forward Malik Pope to a knee injury – regained some buoyancy by beating USF 62-48 on Sunday to claim the Diamond Head Classic championship.

Chargers’ loss to Browns could spell end of Mike McCoy’s run – USA Today
If the San Diego Chargers hadn’t made a final decision to fire coach Mike McCoy, there’s a good chance Saturday’s humiliating 20-17 loss to the previously winless Cleveland Browns sealed his fate.

It was the Chargers’ fourth consecutive defeat – a span in which those in the know increasingly believed McCoy would be out after four seasons, one playoff appearance (in 2013) and a 9-22 record since the start of last season amidst a slew of key injuries.

VIDEO: Chargers Locker Room On Loss To Browns “I Let Down My Teammates”
Hear from Josh Lambo, Philip Rivers and Dwight Lowery on the Chargers stunning 20-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Bolts Suffer Yet Another Significant Injury at Running Back – Chargers.com
Head Coach Mike McCoy announced Monday that Kenneth Farrow will be placed on the Reserve-Injured list with a shoulder injury sustained in the game against Cleveland. It is the same shoulder he banged up and lost almost a month with in the preseason.

Power play fails Gulls again in home shootout loss to Tucson – San Diego Union-Tribune
The game’s deciding score was registered by Tucson’s Chris Mueller, who beat San Diego goalie Dustin Tokarski on the final shootout attempt after all four San Diego and first three Tucson attempts were stopped. Mueller also scored a pair of regulation goals and added an assist. San Diego (11-11-1-1) went 1 of 6 on the power play Monday night and is 1 of 26 in the last six games — all losses.

VIDEO: Mike McCoy On “Brutal” Loss & Wear Of A Rough Season
Chargers head coach Mike McCoy reflects on the brutal loss to the Cleveland Browns, the wear of another rough season and the challenge of a locker room of players that don’t know what it’s like to win in San Diego.

A Glimpse at New Padres’ Outfielder Rafael Ortega – East Village Times
A.J. Preller is on the lookout for quality wherever he can find it, and he is surely leaving no stone unturned. The 25-year-old Ortega is a native on Venezuela. He was signed by the Colorado Rockies at the age of 17 in 2008. He has spent time in the Rockies, Cardinals and Angels’ organization in his nine-year career and maintains a .292/.355/.405 slash line with 39 home runs and 336 RBI. He has also stole 206 bases during that time as he has excellent speed, but has been thrown out 89 times. Word is he has the speed, but lacks the instincts and ability to be successful consistently. That is an area in which this young man has to improve.

Controversy follows Minnesota into Holiday Bowl – San Diego Union-Tribune
Behind them in Minneapolis, the program left 10 players suspended by the university after it conducted an investigation into a woman’s allegations she was sexually assaulted by team members during a party in September.

In an unprecedented move, the players announced they would boycott practicing for and playing in the Holiday Bowl because they believed the suspended players, who were not charged with a crime, had not received “due process” from the university. They demanded a meeting with university President Eric Kaler and Athletic Director Mark Coyle, and asked for a reinstatement of the players.

The potential boycott put the integrity of this year’s Holiday Bowl in doubt, with officials in the difficult position of possibly scrambling to replace Minnesota with Northern Illinois, a Group of Five team with a losing record (5-7).

Two days after their boycott announcement, the players backed down after a meeting with Kaler in which they received more information, but no concessions.


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