Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 1/8/13
While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Former Indian Jody Gerut. Good for him- “Gerut’s compassion for this particular issue led him to an industry that, fairly or not, is not always known for compassion. He never set out to become an agent; in fact, his goal was to start a consulting firm. But he quickly discovered that the best way to work with players was to represent them, and he joined Wasserman last fall. “My life’s work,” he says, “has become the reduction of athlete bankruptcy down to zero percent. As much as I want to be an agent that pushes the market appropriately, I also want my identity to be the anti-bankruptcy agent.” His goal is to better educate today’s athletes, particularly those in Latin America, about life after sports, and this means educating himself as well. He’s considering a position on an advisory board for a nonprofit dealing with athlete bankruptcy, and he’s also studying up on franchising — a popular investment for current and former athletes — so that he’ll be able to provide proper counsel to clients considering that course.” [Castrovince/MLB.com] —- Q and A with Kyrie Irving (keep scrolling)- “How would you assess year two? Kyrie Irving: It’s been definitely a learning experience, regardless of my finger injury, and my face. It’s been going pretty well, just learning on the fly, becoming a leader on this team. It’s a process.” [Aldridge/NBA.com] —- “Until told otherwise, I’ll believe this was about Kelly’s trepidation about the difficulty of building a consistent winner in Cleveland (which is on the verge of hiring its seventh coach in 13 years), or rebuilding one in Philadelphia. We’ll see. But good for Kelly in not taking the $6 million a year (or more) in Cleveland or Buffalo if his heart wasn’t in it. That’s an honest decision to make now. And as for those who believe Kelly has blown his last shot to coach in the NFL, that’s ridiculous. Sure, he’s going to have to convince an owner and GM, someday, he finally wants the gig and is all-in. But he’s 49, he’s the most intelligent offensive innovator in the college game, and smart people like Tony Dungy (who has a son in the Oregon program) swear by him. “The level of detail in their program is incredible,” Dungy said over the weekend, “and his teams will out-pace, out-hustle and out-think you.” When Kelly’s ready, the NFL will be.” [King/SI] —- “By Sunday, the Browns had soured on Kelly pursuit and declared that they would “reboot” their coaching search — a fitting metaphor for a franchise always facing a blue screen of death. The Eagles hit the elliptical runner to burn off that nine-hour lunch and began pursuing coaches who don’t prompt an all-points-bulletin before every meeting. Kelly returns to Oregon with more name recognition than ever, which will boost recruiting, which will make his program even more successful, which will further increase his profile and NFL demand. Everybody wins, especially those who work on commission. Not every team strikes suddenly like the Bills, lingers over dessert like the Eagles, or hits CTRL-ALT-DEL the moment one thing goes wrong like the Browns. Phil Emery and the Bears are acting like an actual organization, conducting multiple interviews for what is essentially an upper-management position in a corporation.” [Tanier/Sports on Earth] —- “In Roby’s mind, Ohio State, not Alabama, should be playing Notre Dame this evening for the national championship. Instead, he can take solace in a 12-0 record, a top-3 final ranking and knowing he played an integral role in all of it. Now he becomes one of the most seasoned members of the defense. The Ohio State secondary will feature three players who have been in the program four seasons – Roby, Christian Bryant and CJ Barnett. The odds-on favorite to start opposite Roby, replacing Travis Howard, is rising junior Doran Grant.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors] —- “And the hot rumor of the moment involves none other than Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who may be the best all-around big man in the game at the tender age of 22. Kings GM Geoff Petrie said last week the Kings aren’t looking to trade Cousins. Kings coach Keith Smart played along, saying Cousins is too young, large and talented to simply “put on the curbside.” Now NBC Radio in Boston is reporting the Celtics may be nearing a deal for that very man. According to the report, Celtics such as forwards Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger, and guard Courtney Lee, “are among the players who could be packaged in an offer for Cousins.” Sullinger, by the way, is the rookie from Ohio State who the Celtics drafted with the No. 20 overall pick. He’s averaging 5.5 points and 5.5 rebounds coming off the bench behind Kevin Garnett.” [Amico/FSO]
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