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Friday Flakes: Power Five Head Coaching Job or NFL Coordinator Job — Which Would You Choose?

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In case you missed it, Jeff Hafley has left his position of the head coach of Boston College to go to the Green Bay Packers to be a defensive coordinator.

My first thought was that it feels like it would be a demotion. To go from the head of an organization to then choose a different position in which you are no longer the boss.

However, today’s college football landscape surely makes things difficult to be a college football coach. I am of the mind that most football coaches, though not all, would gladly take a “lesser” position so they can simply just coach football.

I have no experience in the NFL or College football coaching but I do have experience in coaching and most coaches would prefer a situation in which they just have to coach the players and not have to deal with external situations like NIL and the transfer portal.

I think that unless college football gets fixed that the coaching will continue to go down hill as there will be a talent drain. That is, unless, the salaries take such a jump that it is worth the headache that NIL and the transfer portal bring in college football.

SPORTS! SPORTS! JORTS! SPORTS! SPORTS!

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The 3-2-1: Closing the book on Nebraska's 2024 recruiting - On3
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We hit on that and more in this week’s 3-2-1 column with three things we learned, two questions and one prediction.

2025 QB Dillon Duff talks about offer from Nebraska and what Huskers see in him
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Then, slide that 5.25-inch-by-4.75-inch cartridge into a console that looks like it could be an extra in the 1986 animated flick “The Transformers: The Movie.” It’s big. It’s boxy. It’s two-toned gray with black trim and red lettering.

Caitlin Clark's quest to break Division I women's scoring record: Clark moves to No. 2 in dominant win over Northwestern - Yahoo Sports
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The 6-foot Iowa point guard is now second on the all-time list with 3,424 points. Kelsey Plum, who has two WNBA championships with the Las Vegas Aces, set the mark with 3,527 points at Washington from 2013-17. Clark, who is averaging 32 points per game in her senior year with the Hawkeyes, trails that mark by 103 points. She also became the Big Ten conference's all-time leading scorer on Jan. 31 in their win over Northwestern.

Tony Snell’s mission to return to NBA is bigger than just basketball - Yahoo Sports
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“STICK TO SPORTS!” Nah.