Wakeup Call: Don't expect a TheoYouk reunion

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Wakeup Call: Don't expect a TheoYouk reunion

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, November 8:

BASEBALL
Don't look for a TheoYouk reunion. (CSN Chicago)

It was, indeed, medical concerns that prompted the Cubs to back out of their trade for subsequent free agent Dan Haren. (CSN Chicago)

Not many high school coaches get hired as major league managers, but Walt Weiss broke the mold. (AP)

The Phillies, like the Red Sox, are looking for outfielders, and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is "intrigued" by what he's seeing in the trade market. (CSN Philly)

One outfielder who's not going anywhere: Hunter Pence. (CSN Bay Area)

The guys who cover the team aren't buying the reports that the Orioles are in the mix for Josh Hamilton. (CSN Baltimore)

As for Hamilton's old team, the Rangers say they can't tell whether he'll return to them or not. (AP)

Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal will sit out the first 50 games of next season after testing positive for excessive testosterone. (AP)

MLB is looking to expand its use of video reviews, which ought to make Joe Girardi happy. (AP)

It's also looking into a cap liner for pitchers, to protect them against line drives to the head. (AP)

And to a change in the rule allowing teams to expand their rosters to 40 after Sept. 1. (AP)

Mark McGwire says the opportunity "to live at home and work at home" is what led him to leave the Cardinals and become the Dodgers' hitting coach. (AP)

Everything's a TV extravaganza these days. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The NCAA is accepting Texas Tech's self-imposed penalties in the Billy Gillispie fiasco. (AP)

Just like old times for Oklahoma: The Sooners played an exhibition game in McCasland Field House, their home from 1928 to 1975. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
R.I.P., Darrell Royal. (AP)

The job at Kentucky hadn't even been open for a day when Bobby Petrino started sniffing around. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Since the USC defense couldn't stop Oregon, the team manager tried to take it upon himself . . . but he got caught. (AP)

HOCKEY
Bobby Ryan is the latest to warn that the NHL can't afford to lose the season. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

If you get traded to the Canucks, don't ask to wear No. 10. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
LeBron James is happy that his two swing states -- Ohio and Florida -- pushed President Obama over the top in Tuesday's election, though how much his support helped Obama in Ohio is, ah, questionable. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Lakers are now 1-4 after last night's loss at Utah . . . (AP)

. . . and it's time to start getting concerned . . . if you're a Laker fan, that is. Me, I'm loving every minute of it. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Even so, Mike Brown's job is safe. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Indiana may be without Danny Granger for the next three months. (AP)

Somehow, I just can't envision Larry Bird in a Google Hangout were it available back in the day. (CSN Houston)

PRO FOOTBALL
Rex Ryan is delighted to beat Bill Belichick at something. (AP)

Like the Giants, the Dolphins are donating 500,000 to New York's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. (AP)

Jimmy Johnson's pushing back, and strongly, at what he's calling a bit -- okay, a load -- of revisionist history from Jerry Jones. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

For whatever struggles RGIII and the Redskins are going through, they've had a good influence on Pete Carroll and the Seahawks. (Pro Football Talk)

That'll teach the Chargers' equipment guy not to jump when a referee snaps his fingers. (AP)

Brady Quinn admits he was so anxious to prove himself after three years on the bench that he tried to play through a concussion . . . to his (and the Chiefs') detriment. (AP)

You can understand fans claiming everything bad in Raider Nation is PalmersFault . . . but an ex-player? And an ordained minister, to boot? (CSN Bay Area)

SOCCER
The MLS passed on a chance to hold its own Snow Bowl last night. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 

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The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability. 
 

Monday, Jan. 15: Matthews jersey sells for big money

Monday, Jan. 15: Matthews jersey sells for big money

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering what Claude Julien would do if one of the Bruins players was running Facebook Live during his postgame comments.
 
*Auston Matthews is obviously making a huge impression in Toronto as his Centennial Classic jersey sold for over $11,000 at a charity auction.
 
*Clark Booth knows it’s time to talk about the NFL, but instead he wants to talk about Milt Schmidt. I agree with Clark.

*Sabres goalie Robin Lehner says that his Buffalo teammates need to start doing their job as the season circles down the drain.

*Pierre McGuire talks with TSN sports radio about the Ottawa Senators, and the tough road trip coming up for them.
 
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has more bad news for the Tampa Bay Lightning as Ryan Callahan is going to be out for another four weeks with a lower body injury.
 
*As the Detroit Red Wings continue to round up the bottom in the Atlantic Division, Thomas Vanek may become trade bait.
 
*Peter Budaj is giving the Kings the saves that they need with Jonathan Quick out long term with injury.
 
*For something completely different: Tom E. Curran points out some togetherness issues with the Pittsburgh Steelers based on Antonio Brown’s Facebook post.