DAILY LINKS: UC San Diego To Move To Division I Athletics, Big West Conference

VIDEO: UC San Diego To Move To Division I Athletics, Big West Conference
UCSD Athletic Director Earl Edwards discusses the Tritons move to Division I college athletics, joining the Big West Conference, future renovations to RIMAC Arena, and the new rivalry with SDSU and USD.

Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib Suspended Two Games for Fighting – Sports Illustrated
The NFL has suspended Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib for two games after they fought in Sunday’s game, the league announced Monday.

Crabtree and Talib have animosity carrying over from Week 17 of last season, when Talib ripped Crabtree’s gold chain off his neck. Talib again snatched Crabtree’s chain on Sunday and went after Crabtree following another play.

AUDIO: Philip Rivers: “You Gotta Give Credit To Coach Lynn For Turning Things Around”
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers joined Jim Rome on Monday morning to discuss the team’s turnaround and his own concussion last week.

VIDEO: Gregg Rosenthal On 3 Reasons Chargers Will Win AFC West & 3 Reasons They Won’t
NFL Network’s Around The NFL Editor Gregg Rosenthal discussed with Marty Caswell 3 reasons why the Chargers will be in the playoffs and 3 reasons they won’t.

Aztecs special teams coordinator Bobby Hauck interviewing for Montana head coach opening – San Diego Union-Tribune
Hauck, 53, has deep roots in the state. He was born in Missoula, grewup in Big Timber and is a Montana graduate. He was head coach there from 2003-09, compiling a record of 80-17.

Hauck guided the Grizzlies to at least a share of the Big Sky Conference championship all seven seasons and took them to the FCS national championship game three times He left Montana in 2010 to become head coach at UNLV, where he spent five seasons before resigning.

As Tennessee again finds itself engulfed in flames, Lane Kiffin waits by his phone
Tennessee’s lack of judgment may continue to set the program back for years. Whoever becomes the permanent guy better not have so much as a parking ticket. Vols fans these days tend to vote with their picket signs.

AUDIO: Chip Kelly On Joining The UCLA Bruins And Why It Was The Right Fit
New UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly on why going to Los Angeles was the right fit, expectations and aspirations and what he told his new players, including quarterback Josh Rosen.

Donald Trump calls NFL ‘weak and out of control’ in latest tweet about protests – USA Today
President Donald Trump continued his months-long criticism of the NFL with another tweet Wednesday morning.

“At least 24 players kneeling this weekend at NFL stadiums that are now having a very hard time filling up,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “The American public is fed up with the disrespect the NFL is paying to our Country, our Flag and our National Anthem. Weak and out of control!”

It is the fourth time in eight days that the president has tweeted about the NFL.

AUDIO: Jerry Rice: “I Got Everything I Wanted Out Of The Wonderful Sport Of Football”
NFL Hall of Famer and one of the greatest to ever play the sport, Jerry Rice joins Dan Sileo on Monday to reflect on his career, talk about life after football, the current state of the NFL, and much more.

Grizzlies Fire David Fizdale As Head Coach – Sports Illustrated
The Memphis Grizzlies have fired head coach David Fizdale after a 7–12 start to the season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The decision comes just one day after Fizdale benched Marc Gasol for the entire fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets, which the team lost 98–88. Gasol leads the Grizzlies in scoring, assists, rebounding and shot blocking. Gasol told reporters after the game that he was frustrated and mad because of the decision.

Clippers hold their breath; Griffin’s season in jeopardy – Los Angeles Times
Just when the Clippers had regained their footing on the way to winning their third consecutive game, just when power forward Blake Griffin was becoming surprisingly effective as their de facto point guard by displaying uncanny vision while he directed their offense, Griffin’s knee was twisted into an uncomfortable and untenable position in a collision Monday night and their season threatened to unravel again.

Tiger Woods shocks Patrick Reed with his distance before latest comeback – USA Today
Reed, who last played with Woods a year ago in the first round of the Hero World Challenge, said this year is different. This comeback, he added, could be far different than his aborted return to the game last year, when he only made three starts before ultimately having his fourth back surgery since 2014 — this time a spinal fusion procedure on April 19.

San Diego Sockers Trade Defender Victor Quiroz To Sonora
The San Diego Sockers have traded longtime defender Victor Quiroz to the Soles De Sonora for future considerations. As per Club policy, terms of the deal will not be announced.

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