the Redbirds got passed after Wichita State pounded them in their rubber match in the Arch Madness final.

The victory marked Enfield’s first win against a nationally ranked UCLA team, a moment he’s been building towards ever since infamously telling his players back in 2013, “If you want to play slow, go to UCLA.”

That comment was made just months after Enfield rose to fame at Florida Gulf Coast and Dunk City, leading the Eagles to a Sweet 16 trip before being hired away by the Trojans.

He took some criticism for the quote (that first USC team finished 11-21, while the Bruins went to the Sweet 16), but the reasoning behind it was sound. Enfield wanted the rivalry to be as competitive as it used to be, and after four years, it finally is.

The fourth-year coach has been a force on the recruiting trail, bringing in four-star prospects like Boatwright, Jordan McLaughlin, Elijah Stewart, and Chimezie Metu. He has also made the school an attractive place for high-profile transfers, welcoming in former Duke point guard Derryck Thornton Jr. and Louisville small forward Shaqquan Aaron.

As I expected, the Redbirds got passed after Wichita State pounded them in their rubber match in the Arch Madness final. Dan Muller’s squad still has just one Top-50 win in three tries and a 2-4 record against the Top 100. That simply might not be enough in a season where quality wins seem to be the Selection Committee’s currency. On the flip side, a 12-6 record away from Normal is a factor that will work in Illinois State’s favor.

But the Rams haven’t had one quarterback start an entire season since Sam Bradford was healthy enough to do so in 2012. Since then, the Rams have featured dynamos such as Kellen Clemens, Austin Davis and Shaun Hill behind center.12

Doug Martin has put just two full seasons together since entering the NFL

I told Nick Saban one time, I said, ‘Nick, you don’t have to stay there until midnight and your teams would be just as good and win just as many.’ He said, ‘If I could do it the way you do it, I would, but I don’t feel comfortable unless I try to cover every base, every angle, be totally prepared.’ I said, ‘Well, that’s probably why you do it.’ When I come out there, I feel comfortable we are ready to play. We have our game plan in, going to call this, call that and so forth. Everybody is different as far as when they feel they are totally prepared.

Hatin’-Ass Spurrier continued:

If he worked longer hours “would we be 12-1 instead of 11-2? Oh, you’re kidding,” Spurrier said. “I haven’t heard anybody say that really, but if you wanted to, you can find faults with anybody if they don’t win them all. How many SECs has (Saban) won there in eight years? He’s won two. He’s won three nationals, but he’s only won two SECs in eight years. Now, if you had the No. 1 recruiting class every year and so forth, I don’t know if he has maxed out potentially as well as he could.”
And in 2012, Spurrier, when asked about Saban’s accomplishments in Tuscaloosa, essentially said it’s not a very hard task to win at Alabama.

This one doesn’t seem to make sense on the surface. The Cowboys have the NFL’s leading rusher from 2016 in rookie Ezekiel Elliott and one of the best offensive lines in football, so they’re set. But having Peterson share carries would ideally extend Elliott’s career length, and make an already scary offense even more fearsome. Of course, there’s also the whole thing about Peterson being from Texas.

Doug Martin has put just two full seasons together since entering the NFL, and the Bucs could use some more stability at the position. Martin was suspended for violating the NFL’s PED policy, and just hasn’t been able to stay on the field. A bruising back like Peterson could help Jameis Winston and company in Tampa.

The Texans would seem like a good fit. Peterson is from Texas, and the team seems like a quarterback away from being a true contender. The only problem here is, Lamar Miller is under contract through 2019, and still relatively young as he turns 26 next season. Still, Peterson coupled with Miller wouldn’t be a terrible looking backfield by any means.12

Leonard Fournette ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine

Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette ran a speedy 4.51, 40-yard dash at the NFL draft combine on Friday. He ran a 4.52 on his second attempt.

The 240-pound projected first-round pick was about as quick as we thought he’d be despite weighing in a bit heavier than anticipated.

Here it is again, from another angle.

THAT ARC IS ABSURD.

The best part is Pat Connaughton standing there under the net, watching helplessly as the ball makes its way through the hoop to the floor, following it with his head.

It’s been a big week for full-court plays. Northwestern’s full court pass and buzzer beater is something we’ll remember for a long time.

Jared Sullinger: Phoenix waived Sullinger after getting him back as part of the P.J. Tucker deal. Obviously, the five-year veteran was just a fill-in for that deal, and there’s a good chance he’ll end up somewhere else. Sullinger proved he could score the basketball in Boston, but his career 27 percent three-point shooting might limit his usefulness for contending teams.

Mike Scott: Another player who briefly ended up with the Suns before being waived, Scott may be out of the league this year. However, if anyone wants to take a chance on the 28-year-old power forward who shot 29 percent from the field this season, he’s available.

As the Premier League became the hashtag Eee Pee Ell, Shearer became Shearer: surprise title-winner; serial snubber of Manchester United; and ultimately record-setter. The Sky Sportsification of English footballing history is annoying and at times vaguely sinister. But Shearer, despite his pleasantly old-fashioned playing style, is iconic not just of Blackburn and Newcastle but of the Premier League Years, and it’s futile to pretend otherwise.12

The Eagles wanted Broncos to pay an outrageous price for Sam Bradford

On the other hand, the Eagles’ need to get plenty in return is understandable. They were already on the hook for $11 million of the $22 million guaranteed they promised Bradford in the form of a signing bonus. Like, it was a already spent — they were trading Bradford and an $11 million coupon more than just the player.

This whole offseason for Denver was about Elway refusing to flinch at the quarterback market in the face of Peyton Manning’s retirement. He wouldn’t overpay for Brock Osweiler (who took $72 million from Houston and left in free agency) and he wouldn’t give up too much in a trade.

He was willing to be patiently bold and it paid off nicely when he landed Paxton Lynch in the first round. Everything isn’t solved, but the value Lynch provides with his tools and skills at his cost as opposed to the value of Bradford for a pair of second-round picks is a no brainer.

One of our favorite things to do as sports fans is compare the performance of our current athletes with those from the past to glean some sort of insight into who was better.

In the big picture it’s a bit silly because the game (especially football) has changed so much even over the past 15 years. Still, we can dig deeper into the numbers to analyze what a player with a certain profile may do in the future.

You know what else Aguayo has never done? Kick in cold weather.

Playing in Tampa certainly lessens the likelihood that he’ll now have to do it regularly, but playoff football has been known to take place in less-than-ideal environments. Having a kicker with some — even a little — experience would seem beneficial.

“The coldest I’ve ever kicked in I want to say is probably about 50 degrees,” Aguayo told PFTLive. “I mean to tell you the truth I haven’t really kicked in cold weather games . …I think I’m up for the task.

“That sucks,” Norman says. “I was looking forward to that.”

As someone who doesn’t actually host football camps, I’ve got no idea whether or not you could still manage to host a football camp in Charlotte while living in Washington, D.C. But as someone who has traveled from North Carolina to Washington fairly frequently, it’s not hard to imagine a situation where Norman could keep the football camp going even after switching teams.

We’re not going overboard with the umlaut here though, because it might break our website.

Anyway, it’s been a month of firsts for Boehringer. Not only was he the first-ever foreign-born player without any college football experience to get drafted, but he was also the first rookie to sign his contract following the NFL Draft.

On wild-card weekend in January 2014, the jig was up: Tampa’s SWAT team busted into Caldwell’s building. After the arrest, the former receiver seemed to regret putting his gambling ring next to an elementary school.

“I see now, yup, not the greatest location for that kind of thing,” Caldwell told ESPN. “Too big, too fast. I laugh at my stuff too. What else can you do? I have to laugh.”

The package from China got flagged by UPS and after that, an undercover cop was sent to deliver it. At that point, Caldwell didn’t really have an out: He couldn’t deny ordering the package because he had been tracking it on his cell phone.

The next Broncos defense? Khalil Mack says the Raiders can be that good

Mack is certainly correct that the basis of that Broncos defense was making the quarterback uncomfortable. Behind the relentless pressure of Von Miller andDeMarcus Ware, Malik Jackson and Derek Wolfe, Shaq Barrett and Shane Ray,Sylvester Williams and Antonio Smith, the Broncos racked up a league-leading 52 sacks. Their 8.1 percent adjusted sack rate (per Football Outsiders, sacks plus intentional grounding divided by dropbacks, adjusted for down and distance) led the league, as did their 42.8 percent pressure rate (sacks plus hits plus hurries divided by dropbacks, per an analysis of Pro Football Focus’ tracking data).

The Mack-led Raiders did not fare quite as well in those categories. They finished the season with 38 sacks, just slightly more than the league average of 37.1. Their adjusted sack rate was actually slightly below average at 5.9 percent, while their pressure rate of 34.0 percent ranked 21st in the NFL.

Russell Wilson, a 5-foot-11 former third-round pick who developed into a top-caliber, Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterback, recently returned to his alma mater to address the recent graduates of Wisconsin. During his commencement speech, Wilson not only gave away some valuable advice, but he also addressed how the end to his career at North Carolina State, a school he attended prior to his Wisconsin days, came to a close.

Let’s start with that advice, which is guaranteed to bring up some bad memories for the 12s.

“I am retiring from the NFL because the Fiji Rugby Sevens team reached out to me about the opportunity to join the team for the upcoming Olympics, and I simply could not pass that chance up. The Olympics has been something I have admired since I was a little boy, and it is an opportunity I feel very similar to me joining the NFL.

“It’s very pleasing to work with a guy that’s demanding and a leader like he is,” Hopkins said of Osweiler. “Demanding of your best, for you to be perfect, almost.”

But Osweiler’s role on the Broncos was minimal. His 86.4 passer rating last season — when he filled in for Peyton Manning — was actually lower than Hoyer’s 91.4 rating. There’s no guarantee that Osweiler even comes close to living up to his mega-contract, which the Texans handed to him after meeting with him for 10 seconds.

Then again, as long as the Texans can find a quarterback who can successfully hoist up jump balls down the sideline and avoid back-breaking interceptions, they should be better off than last year.

Gronk also ranks third among this group in receptions per game (4.8, trailing only Kellen Winslow and his son, Kellen Winslow Jr.), first in yards per reception (14.6) and second in yards per game (69.4, behind only Winslow’s 70.5).

Given his incredible production, it’s also worth asking what kind of pace he’d need to maintain in order to break the all-time records in catches (1,325), receiving yards (15,127), and receiving touchdowns (111) set by Tony Gonzalez. We’ve worked that out for you as well.

The chart below shows how many of each Gronk would need to average if he were to play 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11 more seasons. (We used 11 seasons as the final endpoint because that would bring Gronk through his age-37 season, which is when Gonzalez retired.)

Terrell Owens: Sam Bradford’s trade request is ‘sign of a coward’

Bradford is unimpressed; he’s skipping voluntary workouts and Condon says he won’t return to work until mandatory minicamps on June 7.

We’re not sure what the end game is here, and there doesn’t appear to be much of a market for Bradford elsewhere around the league. Worth noting: His play wasn’t even replacement-level last season, which means the Eagles don’t have much to lose by turning to Chase Daniel, who was signed in the offseason, until Wentz is ready.

Jon Bostic is on the move — again. Less than a year after the Patriots traded a sixth-round pick to the Bears in exchange for Bostic’s services, the Patriots shipped Bostic to Detroit.

The Patriots announced the trade on Monday, though they didn’t specify what the Lions sent them in return. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Lions gave up a conditional seventh-round pick.

“I think whether or not there are enough people in Las Vegas to support a team is a question,” Blank told ESPN.com Friday. “I haven’t seen the data on that to support it or not support it. It’s certainly a dynamic market. It’s a growth market. It’s got tremendous tourism, a lot of convention business. So it’s certainly a consideration. We’ll see what the facts bear.”

Terron did enough over the weekend to impress Jets coach Todd Bowles.

“He’s quicker than I thought he was,” Bowles said. “He’s quick, he studies and he’s learning.”

If Beckham were to earn a contract with the Jets, that would be a big news, especially since Terron hasn’t played organized football since he was in high school back in 2010.

On paper, Terron is a beast.

As for how Bostic will fit in with the Lions, his best-case scenario might be to simply make the final roster as a backup. And even that seems like a big unknown.

It is worth noting, however, that the Patriots gave up a sixth-round pick in September and then gained a conditional seventh-rounder on Monday, which serves as proof that even the Patriots lose sometimes.