Former USC Trojan Joe McKnight Killed In New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, LA- The USC family is mourning the loss of former star Running Back, Joe McKnight, who was killed in his native New Orleans on Thursday, December 1st in a road rage incident that turned tragic. McKnight was 28 years old.
The story is getting attention outside the sports world. McKnight and Ronald Gasser, 54, got into an argument, and Gasser shot and killed an unarmed McKnight. Although Gasser admitted to shooting McKnight multiple times, he was released by the authorities. This has caused an outrage nationwide and has eerily similar circumstances involving other high-profile murders.
McKnight was a star for USC at Running Back from 2007-2009. In 09, he rushed for 1,014 yards and ranks 15th All-Time in USC Rushing history. He was drafted by the New York Jets in 2010 and had three productive seasons.
“We were very proud of him, he was a humble family man,”said Angela Franklin, McKnight’s grandma.
An eyewitness told the authorities Gasser stood over McKnight, and told him,”don’t F@$& with me,” before firing three shots killing McKnight
On Monday, Gasser was arrested and charged with manslaughter.
A Bolt of Lightning Is About To Hit Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES- The San Diego Chargers have exercised their option to relocate to Los Angeles in 2017. The Chargers were granted the option to relocate by January 15, 2017. It looks as if the Chargers will accept Stan Kronkes, Rams owners generous offer, after all, to share the brand new stadium in Inglewood. The stadium will open in 2019.
A last ditch effort to keep the Chargers in San Diego fell flat. Measure C, the team’s plan would have raised taxes on hotels. Measure C received only 43 percent of the vote, yet it required a two-thirds approval. The Rams and Chargers will jointly share revenues such as suites, sponsors, and advertising.
However, it is a huge gamble. First, Chargers owner Dean Spanos would owe the NFL a whopping $650 million relocation fee over 10 years. Another question is does L.A. have the fan base and patience required for supporting two mediocre teams? The Rams are strugglIng at 4-8, regardless of the opulence of the stadium, if there is a lousy product on the field, no one’s going to bother to show up.
The Chargers will have a meeting in Dallas later this month to hammer out the remaining details.
Rams Coach Fisher Given 2 Year Extension
Every Rams fan must have been shocked and confused when it was announced Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher was given a two-year extension through 2018. Why?
The ineffective coach, who is burnt out and goes through the motions half-heartedly deserved a pink slip, rather, he was given an extension on some grounds, I cant find any supporting evidence.
Look at the past week, shall we. First, he caused a distraction with his immature and awkward spat with legendary Rams Running Back, Half of Fame inductee, Eric Dickerson. Fisher called Dickerson to revoke his sideline access at Rams home games for criticizing the team. Dickerson is allowed to voice his frustration, Fisher needs to grow a thicker skin. Next, he got into it with Defensive Coordinator, Gregg Williams’s on the sideline during the Saints game, in which the Rams gave up an ungodly 49 points at the Superdome.
The icing on the cake hands down is his mumbling scouting report leading up to the New England Patriots game. Disecting the game plan, figuring out how to pull off the giant upset, Fisher mumbled incoherently about the Pats running game. One problem Jeff, the guys you mentioned aren’t even on the roster any longer, or in some cases, play a different position. News flash: Danny Woodhead hasn’t played in New England in four years and Danny Amendola is in fact, a Wide Receiver. With that brilliant insight, it figures the Rams were crushed, 26-10 against the Patriot’s.
This guy is the worst. That’s not some general complaint, it’s math. Jeff Fisher has lost the most games for a head coach in NFL history.
We’ve wrapped him up for another two years.
In four plus seasons, his record is 31-43-1,Fisher hasn’t had a winning season since 2008. In his 22 seasons as a Head Coach, he has only posted a .500 record or better six times. The Los Angeles Rams will host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, December 11th at the Coliseum at 1:25 p.m. on Fox 11.
USC To Face Penn State In Rose Bowl
The theme of the 2017 Rose Parade is,”Echoes of Success,” well, the tagline applies to the football game as well. When the NO. 9 USC Trojans face the NO. 5 Penn State Nittany Lions in the 103rd Rose Bowl presented by Northern Mutual, on Monday, January 2nd at 2:00 p.m. on ESPN it will be the third time USC and Penn State face off in Pasadena, most recently, in 2009, where USC rolled to a 38-24 victory.
Both programs have risen like a Phoenix from the ashes to reclaim their status as elite, gridiron institutions. Who would have imagined these teams would smell the roses in October when their combined record was 3-5.
The game will not be played on New Years Day, due to the steadfast, “Never on Sunday” policy.
The Trojans have recovered from a dismal 1-3 beginning, and have reeled off eight straight victories to finish the season with a 9-3 mark. The Men of Troy are making their unprecedented 34th trip to the Granddaddy of them all. Thanks in part, to Freshman Quarterback Sam Darnold, his 26 TD passes will make him a Heisman hopeful one day.Head Coach Clay Helton deserves credit for the spectacular turnaround.
“It is a great honor for our team to have the opportunity to represent our university and the Trojan family in the Rose Bowl, a bowl in which we have such a long tradition,” said Helton.
At 11-2,Penn State is led by third year coach James Franklin. The Nittany Lions have moved forward from the horrendous, sickening Jerry Sandusky saga, and are writing a new chapter in their legacy.
The Nittany Lions have a chip on their shoulder playing in the Rose Bowl, seeing how they won the BIG-10 Title, and knocked off Ohio St, who is playing in the College Football Playoff. Happy Valley isn’t pleased with the committee. Who left them out in the cold in Pasadena!