YSU creates Wathen Scholarship
Dan and Sharon Wathen have established a scholarship for the Youngstown State University Athletics Scholarship Endowment Fund.
Wathen was a trainer for YSU athletics from 1976 through 2008 when he was head trainer. Sharon Wathen, a CPA, was a partner in Thomas, Wathen & Ziegler, Inc., a local CPA firm before retiring in 2008.
J.T. Barrett to hold signing in Niles
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett will be at an autograph signing at Everything Buckeyes in the Eastwood Mall on Saturday.
Photos will be available for prepurchase and the day of the signing. Prices are: $49 for flats, mini helmets and football; $55 for full-size helmets, jerseys and jersey numbers; $20 for inscription; and $80 for five Inscriptions on a single item.
For more information, call, 330-349-9014 or visit the website everythingbuckeyes.com.
Browns to interview Sean Ryan for OC job
The Cleveland Browns have received permission to interview Houston quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan to be their offensive coordinator.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien confirmed Cleveland’s interest in Ryan on Tuesday, a day after Browns coach Hue Jackson said he would consider hiring a coordinator after handling the play-calling duties over the past two seasons.
The 45-year-old Ryan spent last season working with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was having a Pro Bowl-caliber season before tearing a knee ligament.
Lewis, Urlacher among Hall finalists
Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are among four first-time eligible former players selected among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.
Receiver Randy Moss and guard Steve Hutchinson also made the cut to the finals as first-year eligibles.
They join center Kevin Mawae, tackles Joe Jacoby and Tony Boselli, receivers Isaac Bruce and Terrell Owens, safeties John Lynch and Brian Dawkins, guard Alan Faneca, running back Edgerrin James and cornerbacks Ty Law and Everson Walls for consideration.
The seniors committee has nominated guard Jerry Kramer and linebacker Robert Brazile. The contributor’s nominee is Bobby Beathard, a former general manager and administrator for five franchises. .
Voting by the Hall of Fame selectors will be Feb. 3 in Minneapolis. Inductions will be in August at the Canton, Ohio, shrine.
Bengals extend Lewis’ contract
Coach Marvin Lewis got a two-year contract extension Tuesday, yet two more chances to try to get the Cincinnati Bengals that playoff victory that has eluded him for 15 seasons.
The agreement came after a second straight losing season and two days of discussions with owner Mike Brown. Lewis has the second-longest active coaching tenure in the NFL, behind Bill Belichick’s 18 seasons with New England.
Unlike Belichick, who has won five Super Bowls and made two other appearances in the title game, Lewis is 0-7 in the playoffs, the worst such coaching record in NFL history. The Bengals have yet to win a playoff game since the 1990 season, the sixth-longest streak of futility in league history.
Cardinals QB Palmer retires
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is retiring after 15 NFL seasons.
Palmer, who turned 38 last week, made the announcement in an open letter released Tuesday by the Cardinals. Palmer missed the last nine games of what would be his final season with a broken left arm.