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College elites have often flopped

Before the good folks in Jacksonville get too fired up about the arrival of Urban Meyer, let’s review a few cautionary tales. Like Nick Saban. And Steve Spurrier. And perhaps the biggest flop of all when it comes to college coaches going pro, Bobby Petrino. Back in 2007, Petrino lasted ...

Browns guard Bitonio gives team a chance vs. Chiefs

CLEVELAND — Joel Bitonio’s neighbors set off fireworks late Sunday night after the Browns stunned the Steelers in the wild-card game. The loud bangs signified something more for the Pro Bowl guard — a second chance. Cleveland’s longest-tenured player, Bitonio was activated from the ...

Twitter deranged our politics

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden and the Democratic-controlled 117th Congress will benefit from what freshman Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., did at the end of the 116th. It and Hawley will soon recede into the mists of memory, but this should be remembered: Before Hawley immolated his brief political career ...

Trump’s moral corruption has proven infectious

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” — Lord Acton The remarkable thing about this last grotesque chapter of Donald Trump’s presidency is how much he has proved Acton both wrong and right. Few axioms are more popular among pompously earnest pundits and ...

The most ludicrous senator

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden and the Democratic-controlled 117th Congress will benefit from what freshman Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., did at the end of the 116th. It and Hawley will soon recede into the mists of memory, but this should be remembered: Before Hawley immolated his brief political career ...

Twitter deranged our politics

Donald Trump was the president of Twitter. What radio was to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and TV was to Ronald Reagan, communicating 280 characters at a time on a social media platform that is a watchword for hyperactive inanity was to President Trump. It is symbolically appropriate that the ...

Trump likely to serve out term

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives’ 232-197 vote to impeach President Donald Trump included 10 Republicans. But it would take a two-thirds majority of the Senate to remove him from office before his first term runs out on January 20, which won’t happen by then. So it’s ...

Hunt’s history with KC comes into view

CLEVELAND — Kareem Hunt’s about to face the team that drafted and developed him before deciding to push the running back away. The Kansas City Chiefs won a Super Bowl without Hunt. He wants to stop them from getting another one. Hunt, whose career briefly derailed in Kansas City before ...

Garrett up to task vs. Mahomes

CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett has only respect for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, a generational talent on another level from other players in the NFL. Reverence aside, Garrett hopes to make Mahomes remember meeting him in the playoffs. Forever. “I want him to be able to go home when ...

Steelers move on from Fichtner

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers’ playoff flameout cost offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and two assistants their jobs. The team announced Thursday it would not renew the contracts of Fichtner, offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett, and secondary coach Tom Bradley following a 48-37 ...