Friday, June 22, 2018
Sports

Kiffin, 76, now in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE — The Jaguars hired Monte Kiffin as a defensive assistant.

Kiffin, 76, the former longtime Bucs defensive coordinator, worked with the team in the 2015 offseason and helped coach Gus Bradley this year during his search for a new defensive coordinator. Now, Kiffin will be more involved.

"His wealth of experience and knowledge about the game will be a tremendous asset to our entire coaching staff," Bradley said.

The Jaguars also hired John Benton as assistant offensive line coach and John Donovan as offensive quality control coach.

Kiffin enters his 50th year of coaching, with 28 years of NFL experience and 21 in college. He was Tampa Bay's defensive coordinator from 1996 to 2008, first under Tony Dungy then Jon Gruden. Bradley and Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash worked under Kiffin in Tampa.

Kiffin most recently served as defensive coordinator for the Cowboys in 2013, then assistant head coach for the defense in 2014. Before that, he was defensive coordinator at USC and Tennessee on his son Lane's staffs at both schools.

Deflategate: Patriots owner Robert Kraft asked the league to reinstate the draft picks the team lost in the deflated footballs investigation stemming from the 2014 AFC title game. Kraft said Monday at the owners' meetings that he sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell more than a month ago seeking a return of the two picks — a first-rounder this year and a fourth-rounder in 2017. He did not say if Goodell responded. But Kraft didn't sound optimistic that the picks would be returned, or that quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension would be rescinded should an appeals court rule in favor of the league in the "deflategate" saga. New England also was fined $1 million.

Moves: The contract for 49ers defensive tackle was changed from up to $27.5 million over five years to a one-year deal because the team has concerns about his ankles, multiple sources reported. CSN Bay Area reported that the original deal was never signed and submitted to the league. … Running back James Starks returned to the Packers on a two-year, $6 million deal after spending more than a week on the market as an unrestricted free agent, the Associated Press reported. … The Lions signed wide receiver and punt returner Jeremy Kerley. … The Panthers signed former Redskins free agent safety Trenton Robinson to a one-year deal. … The Vikings signed former Browns and Raiders tight end Brian Leonhardt.

Comments
Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

The local favorite for USF's athletic director job said Friday that he is not a candidate.In a three-paragraph statement, Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks said his commitments to Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, his charities and fam...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Chris Godwin on SiriusXM: Bucs have confidence in backup QBs

Chris Godwin on SiriusXM: Bucs have confidence in backup QBs

Bucs receiver Chris Godwin, who has had as good an offseason as any Tampa Bay player, was on SiriusXM NFL radio for a scheduled interview on Thursday night, talking about a range of subjects, including the news of Jameis Winston's suspension to start...
Updated: 2 hours ago
With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With news that Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of 2018, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has an interesting decision to make for training camp and especially in preseason games: How does he split reps between Winston and backup Ryan...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Bucs QB Jameis Winston’s suspension: What they’re saying

Bucs QB Jameis Winston’s suspension: What they’re saying

There are so many sides to the Jameis Winston suspension, and it will continue to be a major Bucs story line through September and beyond. Here's some of the reactions and notes that have already emerged in the first 24 hours since news broke Thursda...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Support growing for Tom Jurich to become Bulls’ next AD

Support growing for Tom Jurich to become Bulls’ next AD

This dispatch comes at you from a remote south Georgia lake shore, where the waters remain far more pristine than the waves being made in USF athletics circles.Which is to say, a number of prominent folks are clamoring for Tom Jurich to become the Bu...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Welcome back to the dark side, Bucs fans

Welcome back to the dark side, Bucs fans

TAMPA — Thursday was not the end of Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay, but it is in sight.Me? I was sitting at home. I was tired of the NBA draft, even with Tampa's Kevin Knox going to the New York Knicks.So I switched to the NFL Network. An episode ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Winston aftermath: Report says Darby wasn’t in car for whole ride

Winston aftermath: Report says Darby wasn’t in car for whole ride

There's no telling how much detail will be disclosed in what the NFL learned in its investigation that led to Jameis Winston being suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season, but some have already been reported in the first 24 hours s...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

There are many questions in the aftermath of Thursday's news that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season, but even before the suspension is officially announced, he is drawing support on social ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Kevin Knox brushes off crowd reaction to take center stage

Kevin Knox brushes off crowd reaction to take center stage

New York Knicks fans are a boisterous bunch. They voice their displeasure at just about everything. Four years ago, the fans booed the team's first-round selection of Kristaps Porzingis, who became an all-star this past season.So it was widely assume...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls basketball team

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls basketball team

Hillsborough Player of the year: Kaliah Henderson, Jr., RobinsonWhy we picked her: Henderson is the type of player opponents know they have to stop. That has proven easier said than done. The Knights went 22-3 and that record would be much worse with...
Updated: 6 hours ago