In the wake of ESPN’s mass firings, news of which continued into Thursday, some joked that it might be easier to list network employees who weren’t fired. Others took the next step by pointing out certain ESPN figures who they would have preferred to see laid off. Given that Stephen A. Smith is arguably ESPN’s best-known personality and, less arguably, its most polarizing, it was inevitable that his would be a prominent name pointed out by those arguing that, if the network had to let some people go, he should have been among them. On his ESPN radio show Thursday, Smith took issue with one source of criticism in particular: Jeff Pearlman, an author and former writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
Ohio State lost a four-star recruit on Wednesday when in-state Class of 2018 wing Darius Bazley opted to open up his recruitment. As a rising senior who is just finishing his junior season of high school, Bazley’s decommitment isn’t going to immediately hurt the Buckeyes next season. In a story with Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch, Bazley opened up about why he decommitted from Ohio State.
It would have been understandable if San Francisco 49ers rookie general manager John Lynch had done something with the No. 2 overall pick that was aimed at making a big splash – maybe something like drafting Mitchell Trubisky, a possible quarterback of the future, to give some hope to the team’s fans. Lynch traded the second overall pick to the Chicago Bears, who moved up one spot to get Trubisky. In exchange, the 49ers got that No. 3, which they used to take Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, plus a third-round pick (67th overall), a fourth (111th) and a third-round pick in 2018.