Belichick praises O'Brien hire


Belichick praises O'Brien hire

The outward reaction from former Penn State players and alumni to the hiring of Bill O'Brien has not been good. O'Brien, introduced Saturday morning as the man taking over the embattled program stained by the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal, said his hiring was "unbelievable." Some in the Penn State community felt the same way.And Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, in a statement that seemed designed to meet those criticisms, had this to say, "Over the course of his long coaching career, Bill OBrien has met every personal and professional challenge head on with great passion and competitiveness."I expect Bill to draw on his deep background in college football and the NFL to continue attracting and developing top players. "For five years, Bills outstanding work with our quarterbacks and entire offense has led to record-setting performances. His presence and command before our team has grown into that of a inspirational leader. This is a great match between a storied program and a old-school football coach. Bill will be up to the task and I couldnt be happier for him, Colleen and the OBrien family."A few interesting takeaways from that. 1) Belichick giving a nod to his ability to recruit and develop. 2) His praise of O'Brien as a leader, important as he steps in Joe Paterno's spot. 3) The uncharacteristic noting of "record-setting performances". 4) Describing O'Brien as an "old-school football coach" knowing that would be an embraceable image for Penn State.

Francona misses second game this month because of health issues

Francona misses second game this month because of health issues

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona missed Tuesday night's game against Texas after his second trip to the hospital this month.

The Indians said doctors for now have ruled out major health issues and Francona will be monitored the next several weeks.

Francona, 58, left Monday night's game because he wasn't feeling well. He spent several hours at Cleveland Clinic and underwent a series of tests.

Francona was released from the hospital on Tuesday and spent the rest of the day at home. He was expected to return to the dugout Wednesday when the Indians host the Rangers. Cleveland lost to Texas 2-1 on Tuesday.

Bench coach Brad Mills ran the team in Francona's absence. Cleveland began the day in first place in the AL Central after rallying for a 15-9 win Monday.

"Tito actually wanted to come back to the ballpark today," team president Chris Antonetti said Tuesday. "I told him he can't come back to the ballpark today. He only got a couple hours of sleep last night, so despite his desire to want to be here, I thought it was best that he gets some rest tonight and just come back tomorrow. His plan when he was getting released from the hospital was to come over here."

"I don't think he was exceedingly happy with me," Antonetti said with a laugh. "That's OK."

Francona was hospitalized June 13 following a game at Progressive Field. He underwent tests and was released a few hours later, returning to work the following night. Last August, he missed a game after experiencing chest pains but was back the next day.

"Thankfully, we've got some great doctors that are coordinating his care," Antonetti said. "They've done every test they can possibly imagine. They've all come back clean. They're now working to try to figure out what are some of those things that are causing him to not feel so well."

Francona, a close friend of Mills for several years, has retained his sense of humor through his health issues.

A statement released by the team Tuesday read, "Mr. Francona also wanted to express that medical personnel have not yet ruled out an allergy to Bench Coach Brad Mills."