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Top 10 Foolish Firings of Head Coaches

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College Coach Carousel Keeps Turning

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Top 10 Players Who Never Played for Title

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Reports indicate that the Houston Texans will be featured on the 2015 version of "Hard Knocks," the hit HBO program that follows one NFL team through training camp. Although the Te...(full article)

Just this week, Real Madrid released coach Carlo Ancelotti. And Ancelotti's crime? Finishing outside the top two in La Liga for the first time in a decade. Forget that in 2014 An...(full article)

Player dissatisfaction with existing contracts and frustration with the negotiation of new deals occurs regularly every offseason. My experience as an agent is that players are kee...(full article)

The college football coaching carousel never really stops spinning. Fifteen FBS jobs changed hands last year, which was actually a somewhat low number compared to recent history. N...(full article)

Legend-building in sports comes with trophies. No matter how great someone was, if he never won a title, sports fans and media will never let him forget it. And that's exactly what...(full article)

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