The lighter side of sports: Tennessee, Herm Edwards and Eli Manning

By: Andrew Bucholtz

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The sports world sees a lot of funny and/or odd stories each week. Here's a look at some of the weirdest recent ones.

Tennessee can't find a coach: After firing Butch Jones, the University of Tennessee's search for a new football coach has gone anything but smoothly. The Volunteers first struck a deal with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, but then recanted after massive outrage from fans, politicians and more. Since then, the team has been turned down by Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren. Oh, and to make the story weirder still, former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge posted a DM exchange with former Vols' coach Lane Kiffin about the job, and Glenn Jacobs (also known as WWE wrestler Kane, also running for mayor in Knoxville) reported that former LSU coach Les Miles is "extremely interested." So, with past quarterbacks and current wrestlers weighing in, the situation seems destined to keep getting funnier and funnier. Just maybe not for Tennessee fans.

Arizona State apparently hires Herm Edwards: Herm Edwards has been an ESPN NFL analyst since 2009 and was a NFL head coach from 2001-08, but his only previous experience working in college is as San Jose State's defensive backs coach from 1987-89. The almost 30 years away from the NCAA game and almost a decade away from coaching overall doesn't appear to have dissuaded the Sun Devils from hiring him, though. And that led to some shade from former ESPN colleague Jason Reid, even:

To say nothing of a whole lot of "You Play To Win The Game" jokes:

Eli Manning's benching leads to meltdowns: The New York Giants' move to bench Eli Manning for Geno Smith led to a whole lot of angry reactions. In particular, New York radio host Mike Francesa yelling about head coach Ben McAdoo was notable.

“We haven’t seen a game plan all year from this guy! Since he’s been the head coach, the Giants have never scored 30 points, ever! We haven’t seen anything except ‘I’ve got to go look at the tape’ from this guy all year! And now you’re going to tell me that your plan is to go to Geno Smith, that’s the game plan that’s going to beat the Raiders this week. You gotta be kidding me! You can’t run this clown out of town fast enough!”

All in all, that's a pretty good week for entertaining sports stories.