Baylor coach Matt Rhule is spending the rest of this week back in Philadelphia, where he will be at the NFL draft with his former Temple players while also touting the Bears. "I'm there to support my Temple kids, and I'm there to sell Baylor to future recruits, and make sure that all kids that I'm recruiting know that our process is doing things that no one thought was possible," Rhule said Tuesday.
WACO, Texas (AP) -- While the first public glimpse at Baylor's new offense was vanilla by design, there were very clear indications during the Bears' spring game that some things will be drastically different under new coach Matt Rhule. Bears fans and Big 12 opponents better get used to seeing Zach Smith and other quarterbacks line up under center at times in I-formation sets with fullbacks and tight ends.
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston University researchers will study Aaron Hernandez's brain to determine if the former NFL star suffered from the same degenerative brain disease as Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who also took their own lives. Hernandez hanged himself in prison early Wednesday, days after winning an acquittal in a 2012 double homicide case. He was already serving a life term in a 2013 killing.
2. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-14) LAST SEASON: 49ers tied franchise record for losses, leading to organizational overhaul. Longtime GM Trent Baalke was fired, along with first-year coach Chip Kelly, and replaced by first-time GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Team struggled just about everywhere in 2016.
BOSTON (AP) -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Deonte Thompson has testified in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez. The former New England Patriots tight end played football with Thompson at the University of Florida. Thompson testified Monday about a Florida party he invited Hernandez to in February 2013. Hernandez smiled when Thompson referred to him as "my guy." Thompson's team, then the Baltimore Ravens, had just won the Super Bowl.
Ultimate Panthers Highlight Reel, featuring audio highlights from every angle, including Chicago Bears radio announcer Jeff Joniak, Thom Brennaman from Fox sports, and Mick Mixon, Jim Szoke, and Eugene Robinson of the Carolina Panthers radio network.
From Charlotte's Friday Morning News: Bo Thompson is joined by Carolina Panthers radio network announcers Mick Mixon, Eugene Robinson, and Jim Szoke for a preview of this week's Panthers-Bears Matchup on WBT!
Steve Smith week has passed, at least as far as the Baltimore game went. Blood and guts turned into “mow my lawn.” And now the Panthers have to move on from the hangover that is having lost by a combined score of (75-29) over their past two games against the Steelers and Ravens.