This column originally appeared in the Dec. 5, 2016 edition of Sports Illustrated. People often ask me about my calls of Jack Nicklaus's win at the 1986 Masters, Christian Laettner's miraculous shot against Kentucky in the '92 NCAA tournament, Tiger Woods's chip at the 16th hole at the 2005 Masters and Chris Davis's game-winning, 109-yard return of a missed Alabama field goal that gave Auburn the win in the '13 Iron Bowl. Younger folks probably don't know that I called figure skating with Scott Hamilton at three Olympics, including the 1994 Lillehammer Games that featured the highly publicized showdown between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, still the highest-rated non--Super Bowl sports telecast.
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich was fired Tuesday. When San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly said earlier in the week that he wasn’t a candidate at Oregon, he said the only person he’d talked to at the school was now-former coach Mark Helfrich. Helfrich said on ESPN Radio’s Russillo and Kannell on Friday that his conversation with Kelly came as rumors were swirling regarding Helfrich’s job status.
Staff writer Bill Nichols projects landing spots for area schools and matchups for local and regional bowl games: Alamo: Oklahoma State vs. Colorado Armed Forces: Baylor vs. Navy Boca Raton: Houston vs. Western Kentucky Cotton: Western Michigan vs. Penn State Heart of Dallas: North Texas vs. Army Liberty: TCU vs. Georgia New Mexico: UTSA vs. New Mexico Sugar: Oklahoma vs. Auburn Texas: Texas A&M vs. Kansas State