Urban Meyer-to-Cowboys rumors go from wild to real for Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett

first_imgFrom Jones’ perspective, there’s much less convincing needed with Meyer. He’ll go out of his way to make a return to coaching comfortable, including taking a lot of the pressure of personnel decisions off Meyer. Jones also covets experience, and all other things being equal, Meyer, 55, has the big edge over Riley in that department.Tony Elliott may not seem as big of a name for the Joneses, but the 40-year-old coordinator would be a way to tap into another championship machine, Dabo Swinney’s Clemson juggernaut.Before Slater’s report, Meyer seemed like more of an Urban legend for the Cowboys. Now, it’s very real indeed. Jerry Jones is getting closer to replacing Jason Garrett as head coach of the Cowboys. Urban Meyer wasn’t hired as the head coach at USC. That makes Meyer working for the Cowboys and Jones less of a wild rumor and more of a strong possibility.Meyer, whom BetOnline.ag made the early favorite (3/1) to be the next coach in Dallas, has drawn “very real interest” from Jones, per well-connected Cowboys reporter Jane Slater of NFL Network. Jerry Jones says Jason Garrett will remain the coach but I can confirm a very real interest in Urban Meyer. In fact, I’m told Stephen Jones spoke with him recently. Lincoln Riley remains a strong candidate & file this name as a possibility Clemson OC Tony Elliott per sources.— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 6, 2019This is no surprise, because Meyer is the best former coach, at any level, available, with his three-national-championships resume. He’s doing well as a college football analyst for Fox Sports.NEXT IN LINE: Ranking possible replacements for Jason GarrettJones went a similar route with Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer back-to-back 30 years ago, and the Cowboys won three Super Bowls. Jones can pay Meyer whatever he wants and doesn’t need to wrangle him from another coaching job.Meyer wins quickly wherever he goes, and the Cowboys, with their talent, are built to win a championship now. One of his specialties is also special teams, something that needs to be cleaned up big-time in Dallas. His direct connection with his former Ohio State stud running back Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t hurt, either.Lincoln Riley is already a superstar offensive-minded coach at 36 and has picked up where Bob Stoops left off in Norman. He’s making $6 million, or as much as Garrett gets now, and is in a cushy spot as he churns out College Football Playoff contenders and Heisman Trophy-caliber quarterbacks annually.VIDEO: Jerry Jones on Cowboys’ latest loss | Game highlightslast_img read more

French ref who kicked player banned

first_img0Shares0000Tony Chapron, who kicked Diego Carlos and then showed the player a red card, faced his own punishment on Thursday © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCEPARIS, France, Feb 2 – The French referee who kicked out at a player during a Ligue 1 game was Thursday handed a three-month ban by disciplinary chiefs with a further three months suspended.Tony Chapron, 45, kicked Diego Carlos of Nantes towards the end of the match against Paris Saint-Germain on January 14 after being knocked over when the pair collided. Chapron sent the player off before apologising the next day, saying Carlos had bumped into him but that his own reaction had been “clumsy” and “inappropriate”.The French Football Federation (FFF) suspended Chapron “until further notice” and the league’s disciplinary commission met Thursday in Paris with Chapron attending the two-hour proceedings with his lawyer.“The meeting took place in a calm atmosphere which was in contrast to the media lynching (around the affair),” said Samuel Chevret, the referee’s lawyer.At the time of the affair, the FFF said in a statement that Chapron had reviewed video footage of the incident and “noted that his fall had been caused accidentally”.Chapron apologised, saying in a statement to AFP: “The Nantes player, Diego Carlos, crashed into me.“At the time of the collision, I felt a sharp pain where I had recently suffered an injury. My unfortunate reaction was to stick my leg out towards the player.”Several weeks before the incident, Chapron had announced that he planned to retire from refereeing at the end of the season.He has been refereeing in France’s top flight since 2004 and has taken charge of more than 400 matches, including the French Cup final in 2014. In October, he refereed a game in the Chinese Super League.Before Thursday’s hearing FFF president Noel Le Graet said: “He’s someone who has done a beautiful job. He has made a small mistake, that he clearly recognises. Killing him at this point achieves nothing. He’s someone who deserves respect.”Tony Chapron attended a disciplinary heading in Paris on Thursday © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREThere are almost no precedents for Chapron’s offence in France. In 2015, Philippe Kalt lost his chance of refereeing the League Cup final for elbowing away Adamo Coulibaly while showing a card to another Lens player. But he was back refereeing in Ligue 1 before the end of the season.Footage of Chapron’s kick went viral across the world.Nantes president Waldemar Kita, who was seen laughing incredulously after the red card was shown, said he spoke to Chapron at the end of the game.“He told me that he had never wanted to kick the player and that he had felt himself pushed in the back,” he told French television.“It’s a joke. I got 20 text messages from across the world telling me this referee is a joke.”Nantes midfielder Valentin Rongier had a good view of the incident and called for the referee to be given a long ban.“He says he slipped, but I know he kicked him,” Rongier told Canal+.“I know it’s very difficult to referee but you have to question them from time to time… We do that, we get a 10-match ban.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more