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Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Orgeron said he'll make changes to LSU's offense, which ranks 119th in passing among 128 FBS teams. Orgeron said the Tigers will still run the ball a lot, but will use quick, short passes to move the ball down the field. "I want to see our players win again," he said. "I want to see them happy."


Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben McAdoo says about CBs Eli Apple (hamstring) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin): "We're not going to rule anybody out right now." Giants have a long week. They don't play until Monday night in Minnesota.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says team has to learn how to win games in crunch time, to develop attitude of killer instinct.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst's praise for Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was effusive. "He's got to be the best player in college football right now," Chryst said. Chryst noted Peppers' ability to impact the game in three phases and said he is a natural at all three.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien on Brad Marchand's new contract: "Well, I think it's great for everybody. To me, that contract was a win-win situation for both sides. It's a well-deserved contract for Brad. The way he's grown as a player, as a person and everything else, he's become an elite player, so he's been rewarded for it. At the same time, I really feel it's a friendly cap hit for our hockey club for the type of player he is, so I think both sides won on this, I really do. You hope that's a great example of more of those to come."


Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

"Coach O" takes the podium as LSU's interim coach. "What's up fellas?" Orgeron said. "It's a great day at LSU." Orgeron said tweaks will be made to the staff. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is associate head coach; Steve Ensminger is OC and QBs coach and Pete Jenkins is returning as DL coach. "We spent all morning trying to figure out how to turn this thing around," Orgeron said.


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Guess who is back?

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

LSU athletics director Joe Alleva introduced Ed Orgeron as the Tigers' interim coach on Monday, one day after longtime coach Les Miles was fired after a 2-2 start. Orgeron, 55, was USC's interim coach in 2013 after Lane Kiffin was fired. The Trojans went 6-2 under his watch with quarterback Cody Kessler running the offense. It figures to be more difficult at LSU, which has five games left against ranked does, including a Nov. 5 home game against No. 1 Alabama.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says they want to be a team that is still able to run the ball in situations where the defense knows they are going to run it.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Speaking on sports radio WEEI on Monday, Patriots WR Julian Edelman said he had yelled at his father, Frank, for "about 20 minutes" for sharing a scouting report on him as a quarterback to ESPN.com senior writer Ian O'Connor last week. "Who do we think we are, Sal Paolantonio here? Maybe John Madden?" Edelman cracked.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Le'Veon Bell just talked. Apologized for the distraction he's caused, wants to show people "what I can do" over extended period, on and off field.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Shane Vereen's loss is a significant one for the Giants' offense. Ben McAdoo has a clearly defined role in the offense for him as the running back in the two-minute drill and on third downs. No other back on the roster offers what he does in terms of receiving and pass-protection ability. Orleans Darkwa likely gets a larger role, but not an equivalent one. Scheme changes likely will be necessary.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

"There's a chance he'll be out there this week." -- Andy Reid on whether Jamaal Charles will play on Sunday night against the Steelers.

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

A day after LSU fires Les Miles, Nick Saban calls Miles one of his more respected colleagues. "I kind of hate it that a man wins a national championships, wins two SEC titles and doesn't make it through the season. It is what it is, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for Les Miles and what he was able to accomplish there."

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Giants announced RB Shane Vereen tore his tricep and is out for the season.


Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon landed a commitment from the nation's No. 217 overall prospect, athlete Jaylon Redd. Redd has the ability to play cornerback or receiver in college and gives the Ducks another speedy athlete on that roster. He is the fourth ESPN 300 prospect to commit to Oregon in this class, joining cornerback Deommodore Lenoir, tight end Tre' McKitty and defensive end Langi Tuifua. It's also another recruiting victory in Southern California, as the Ducks now have five commitments from that area.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers' Joel Embiid: "If you look at tape from me two years ago, I'm a much better player." He expects to play in the team's preseason opener.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Shane Vereen has a triceps injury. He will be sidelined for the season.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Canada coach Mike Babcock on Team Europe: "Everyone doubts them and they keep winning."


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers' Joel Embiid on his excitement about finally playing: "I've gone through a lot. It's been two years. The fact that I'm healthy and getting back on the court, I can't wait."

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike Babcock on Joe Thornton: "Joe is an elite player. He's a big man... His energy is contagious. He loves life. He doesn't have many bad days."


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers No. 1 pick Ben Simmons deflects questions about the future and Rookie of the Year, saying he just wants to get better.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State LB Chris Worley is feeling a different level of intensity with conference play opening Saturday for the nation's No. 2 team "Big Ten, that's the real deal," Worley said. "There's a lot of good teams coming up. This is one of the best conferences in the country, if not the best right now."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said "missed opportunities" jumped out on film review.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford said they've had internal discussions about how they might react to protests here in Charlotte, and moving forward, any potential silent protests of the national anthem. Clifford said our democracy was built on the rights of its citizens.