Who the he'll is Pat Shurmur? Seriously! Have the Browns not learned anything? They need an experienced head coach, not a first timer. I don't understand and hopefully I will have to eat my words. I guess I was hoping for John Gruden, Bill Parcels, Mike Holmgren, anyone that demands respect. To me that is what the Browns need. What do u hard core Brownies think? Comment let's go!
Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has emerged as the leading candidate for the Cleveland Browns' head coaching job, according to league sources.
The sources said Cleveland hopes to hammer out a contract with Shurmur within the next 48 hours and introduce Shurmur as coach at a news conference by Friday.
The contract should not be difficult to close, since Browns president Mike Holmgren, general manager Tom Heckert, executive vice president Bryan Wiedmeier and Shurmur all have the same agent, Bob Lamonte.
If Shurmur's deal falls through, the Browns could turn to former Panthers head coach John Fox, who spent Wednesday interviewing with the Broncos. Cleveland already has also interviewed Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, but Shurmur, 45, is the candidate that has commanded the most attention.
Holmgren likes Shurmur and what he can bring to the Browns, according to the sources.
Although he lacks head coaching experience, Shurmur's background running a West Coast offense and working with young quarterbacks is appealing to Holmgren, who set out on his search determined to "find exactly the right person for the job who can eventually someday lead us to the championship. That is my only goal."
Holmgren wants to expand Cleveland's offense, which languished under Mangini and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
Under Shurmur's guidance this season, Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford passed for 18 touchdowns and 3,512 yards -- second-most by a rookie behind Peyton Manning's 3,739 in 1998. Before joining St. Louis' staff, Shurmur coached Philadelphia's quarterbacks, and developed Donovan McNabb into one of the game's top QBs.
Buckeyes Survive Michigan
Ohio State stays unbeaten after holding back Michigan
Team Stat Comparison
Points 68 64
FG Made-Attempted 22-42 (.524) 24-46 (.522)
3P Made-Attempted 7-14 (.500) 11-24 (.458)
FT Made-Attempted 17-25 (.680) 5-7 (.714)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
Largest Lead 12 6
Points W. Buford 19 D. Morris 18
Rebounds W. Buford 9 E. Smotrycz 6
Assists D. Lighty 5 D. Morris 8
Steals A. Craft 1 Z. Novak 2
Blocks D. Lighty 1 J. Morgan 1
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- William Buford scored 19 points and No. 2 Ohio State went on a 12-0 run in the second half before holding on to beat Michigan 68-64 on Wednesday night.
New Michigan football coach Brady Hoke arrived with athletic director Dave Brandon moments after the opening tip and immediately began firing up the crowd, pointing at the student sections and raising his right fist. Hoke was introduced during an early timeout and waved to the fans.
The Wolverines (11-6, 1/3 Big Ten) rallied from a 53-41 deficit, pulling within two at 64-62 when Zack Novak made two free throws with 22.3 seconds left. Michigan then fouled Buford, who made a pair of free throws with 18.6 seconds to play.
Darius Morris scored on a drive with 12.4 seconds to go, but Aaron Craft made two more free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining and Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a 3-pointer at the other end.
David Lighty and Jared Sullinger scored 12 points each for the Buckeyes (17-0, 4-0).
Morris scored 18 points, and Novak added 16 for Michigan. Evan Smotrycz scored 14 points for the Wolverines, including a 3-pointer that tied it at 41 not long after halftime. The Buckeyes then scored the next 12 points. Jon Diebler made a 3-pointer to put Ohio State up by seven and Sullinger dunked off a quick spin move.
A 3-pointer by Craft made it 53-41.
Michigan rallied to within 58-53, but Smotrycz missed a 3-pointer in transition, and Sullinger and Lighty made two free throws apiece.
Novak made a 3-pointer and Morris added a putback for Michigan to make it 62-58. The score was 64-60 when Novak was fouled while missing a 3-pointer from the corner with under 30 seconds to play, but he missed one of his free throws, and the Buckeyes made theirs to prevent the Wolverines from having a chance to tie.
Little was expected of the basketball Wolverines this season, but they've shown some potential, taking Kansas to overtime Sunday before falling. Michigan made four early 3-pointers and took a 16-10 lead, but Ohio State made short work of that. The Buckeyes shot 62 percent from the field in the first half and entered halftime with a 35-34 lead.
Both teams finished the game at 52 percent from the field, but Ohio State went 17 of 25 on free throws for a huge advantage over Michigan, which was 5 of 7.
The Wolverines made 11 3-pointers, including four each by Smotrycz and Novak. Michigan did a good job containing Sullinger down low, but with the exception of an occasional drive by Morris, the Wolverines relied quite a bit on their perimeter shooting.
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