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Tychicus Tibbs: The Adversity He Faced In Life Made Him Stronger

Tychicus Tibbs, is a young man who has had to deal with a lot in his life. Some would crumble and let all of the bad consume them. Tychicus (tie-chu-cuss) has chosen to respond to adversity with positivity.

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Tychicus Tibbs is a young man who has had to deal with a lot in his life. Some would crumble and let all of the bad consume them. Tychicus (tie-chu-cuss) has chosen to respond to adversity with positivity.

As a young boy, after his first year of peewee football, he had to deal with drug-related family issues. His mother went to prison a number of years for drugs and Tychicus was also homeless.

His mother, fortunately, has been sober six years now and Tychicus said that his family is doing well. He is now a junior offensive guard at Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland, Texas.

As someone who started playing football at four years old alongside six and seven-year-olds, football became a safe haven and he said it chose him.

It also helped him make friends, overcome being bullied and cope with his family issues. In addition to all of the aforementioned, Tychicus has a physical disability. He has pes cavus which according to physiopedia.com is a condition where a person’s feet have “…an abnormally high plantar longitudinal arche.” In Tychicus’ case, he has both the unusual high arch and flat feet. He has had trouble walking properly. Football helped him to do just that and function well in everyday life.

He was able to overcome all of this through his belief in God and has found success because of it.

His mom is his biggest supporter. He said that even when she wasn’t sober, she still made the effort to be there for him and show love. She is his motivation for playing the game.

“…Even though she was on drugs and everything, for birthdays she would be there, she would show love. I’ve heard other people’s stories about people who were on drugs that just don’t care and go all haywire. She’s been there for me every single day. Even when she was gone and everything she’s been there and loved me,” Tibbs said.

Tychicus Tibbs calls Garland, Texas home and he loves the way football has brought community support and views it as a blessing to the community.

On the field, Tibbs is a force to be reckoned with at six-foot-five, 320 pounds. Run blocking he says is a strength of his and his film shows it. He needs work with pass blocking he did say.

“Well, I’ve been needing to work on my pass blocking but my run blocking is great. I’m six-foot-five, 320 pounds so people who I usually go against are not bigger than me. It’s just easy to push somebody. Pass blocking I need to work on my feet more but I’m getting better at that.”

Lakeview Centennial Patriots head football coach Kendall Miller said that Tibbs showed the most growth between his sophomore and junior year and turned into a force and a smart player on the Patriots offensive line.

“Any lineman can always be ─ the better feet you have, the better you are as a lineman. Feet and mobility, even though he’s a pretty mobile kid that’s something you can never have too much of,” Miller said.

Miller knew that Tibbs was going to be something special in only a short time as a freshman player.

“…I’ve done this for a long time now and I’m kind of able to pick out a kid that has that ability to possibly play beyond high school. Right away in watching him play his third high school game as a freshman, on the freshman team, here’s somebody that has a chance,” he said. “You have those intangibles: the size, the feet and the aggression, you got those three things then you have a chance, so we’ve known it since he got here. He has it. He’s been somebody that has been a very good player for us.”

Tychicus Tibbs is unranked on the major recruiting services (247Sports, Scout, Rivals) and has no scholarship offers. He has, however, received interest from Stephen F. Austin University and Purdue University.

Southern Methodist University is his dream school because they’re close in Texas to where he’s from so his family can see him play, they have a great community he said, they provide a great education and have a football team that he’d love to be a part of.

Tibbs believes that he can bring leadership to a university on and off the field because of what he has gone through in his life.

“Leadership and I’m not trying to brag but a quality [individual]. After the drug hassle in my life, I was taught to treat people, no matter what’s happening in their life, the same because you never understand what’s fully going on with them. I just want everybody to feel loved and appreciated no matter what’s going on with them or how they feel,” he said. “I don’t like when people pick on other people as I used to be picked on. I used to be obese as a little kid and I hated people who picked on [others]. I’ve just tried to bring up people instead of put them down, as usually jocks sometimes do.”

Also, off the field, Tibbs would like to become a lawyer which fits with his view on leadership and wanting to help others in any way possible.

Tibbs also was a part of Lakeview Centennial’s track and field team doing the shot put as a sophomore. In the 2016 outdoor track & field season, he put up impressive numbers in the shot put. During the season, he had six throws in eight competitions register at 40+ feet. His personal best of 43 feet was recorded at the Lakeview Centennial Patriot Relays on March 18, 2016.

“I just love shot put and I have an amazing coach, Coach Swain. He’s probably one of the best coaches anybody could hope for and he drew me into shot put. I still love it to this day and I’m still going to do it this season in my junior year.”

He said that doing the shot put helps with football in terms of footwork.

“Yeah, I still have the same competitive streak and it’s like another technique that [is] able to help me with my feet. You have to kick slide, land perfectly and [a] whole bunch of other things. It’s just another great tool and I feel like it also helps you with football.”

Back on the football field, the best part of his game he said is his mentality because he never lets the player across him see him sweat, no matter how big they are or what college they are committed to.

“Some people get scared and are like ‘oh this guy is going to this college or that guy is going to that college.’ I ‘m like you’re just a football player, just go play football,” he said

Tychicus Tibbs is going to be a team captain next year and the Patriots 2017-18 varsity squad is going to consist of freshman and sophomores, so Tibbs wants to be the guy to bring them along as a veteran leader.

“…I want to show them what it means to be a varsity player, not just a junior varsity or freshman player. How to act like a varsity player on and off the field. I don’t want to continue the trend of people talking about how Lakeview is ghetto and how their football team is trash. I want to leave a legacy of where people can actually say ‘wow, I’m a Lakeview player and I want to hold myself up to that standard.’”

When his time is all said and done at Lakeview Centennial High School, Tibbs said he is going to miss the fan base for their support.

“I’m basically going to miss our fans. Our fans are so amazing and the football players, when we come together as a team, we went all the way to Palestine, [Texas] to go play and we still had a filled school crowd. It’s just amazing, I’m going to miss my hometown fans. I hope my legacy is that we keep up the Lakeview tradition of being something better, setting the trends and keeping to it.”

Update 3/19/2018: It was previously reported that Tychicus was born with clubbed feet. The statement was changed to reflect his actual condition.

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Ex-Oregon Duck Doug Brenner Sues Willie Taggart, NCAA, University for $11.5 Million

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Former Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Doug Brenner has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA, University of Oregon, former Ducks’ head coach Willie Taggart, and former Ducks’ strength coach Irele Oderinde, for $11.5 million in alleged damages, according to The Oregonian’s James Crepea.

Per the report:

“Brenner’s attorneys allege the University of Oregon was negligent for failing to prohibit, regulate or supervise the workouts, which they describe as ‘physical punishment regimens.’ The lawsuit also alleges that Taggart and Oderinde, both now at Florida State, were negligent in imposing and carrying out the workouts, and that the NCAA has failed to regulate such practices by coaches of its member institutions.”

Brenner was hospitalized last year, January 2017, with “rhabdomyolysis and subsequent injuries” after a series of intense offseason workouts, and is seeking damages for the medical bills he accrued due to the workouts, along with the “severe injuries, some of which are permanent, permanent renal injury, a shortening of his life span by upwards of 10 years, increased susceptibility of kidney failure, kidney disease, and death, severe physical and emotional pain, [and premature death] and an impaired opportunity to play football in college and thereafter.”

The report goes on to say that offensive lineman Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick were also hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis, but neither player has been named as being a part of the lawsuit.

Taggart is now the head coach, and Oderinde is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Florida State Seminoles.

One of the lawyers representing Brenner, Mark McDougal, said the following about the workouts referred to in the lawsuit:

“The drills were done in unison, and whenever a player faltered, vomited, or fainted, his teammates were immediately punished with additional repetitions. A key goal of this lawsuit is to force the NCAA to ban these kinds of punishing, abusive workouts. These workouts are contrary to NCAA guidelines for protecting players from injury and death. The NCAA needs to enact and enforce regulations that outlaw these practices.”

 

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Hurricane Florence Could Impact A Number of Games

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Hurricane Florence could threaten a number of games scheduled this week as the major storm system continues to threaten the United States Eastern Coast.

According to USA Today Sports, here are the games that could be impacted by the pending storm:

NFL

Sunday, Sept. 16

Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Washington, 1 p.m.
New England at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.

College football

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Campbell at Coastal Carolina, 2:00 (rescheduled from Saturday)

Thursday, Sept. 13

Boston College at Wake Forest, 7:30

Saturday, Sept. 15 

Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson, 3:30
Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia, 7:15
No. 13 LSU at No. 7 Auburn, 3:30
East Carolina at No. 11 Virginia Tech, 12:20
No. 15 West Virginia at North Carolina State, 3:30
No. 18 Central Florida at North Carolina, 12:00
Ohio at Virginia, 3:00
Southern Miss at Appalachian State, 3:30
Colorado State at Florida, 4:00
Old Dominion at Charlotte, 6:00
Norfolk State at Liberty, 6:00
Marshall at South Carolina, 7:30

MLB

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 4:10, Game 2 TBA
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Washington at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Thursday, Sept. 13

Chicago Cubs at Washington*, 4:05
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Friday, Sept. 14

Chic. White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 7:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 7:10
Washington at Atlanta*, 7:35

Saturday, Sept. 15

Washington at Atlanta*, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 4:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 4:05
Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05

Sunday, Sept. 16

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 1:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 1:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 1:35
Washington at Atlanta*, 1:35

*- games with playoff implications

Minor League Baseball

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Carolina League: Potomac (Va.) at Buies Creek (N.C.), 1:05

Thursday, Sept. 13
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.). 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

Friday, Sept. 14
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.) 7:05

Saturday, Sept. 15
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 6:35
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

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Braylon Edwards Apologizes for University of Miami Tweets, Stand by his Stance

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Former NFL wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who currently works for the Big Ten Network, has been suspended by the Big Ten Network for tweets he made on Saturday night after the Wolverines lost 24-17 to Notre Dame.3

Edwards, a former All-America wide receiver at the University of Michigan, heavily criticized Wolverines’ offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz, calling him “weak,” and called Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson “scared.”

Edwards played wide receiver for Michigan from 2001 to 2004, and then was drafted to the NFL.

Edwards then went on to target the Michigan team as a whole, tweeting  “f—ing Michigan offense so predictable … Michigan football is sadly one thing … Trash.”

Edwards was criticized by Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday for his tweets and then was officially suspended indefinitely by the Big Ten Network.

“Effective as of Sunday, Sept. 2, Braylon Edwards has been suspended indefinitely from his role at the Big Ten Network due to a violation of the network’s social media guidelines”, the Big Ten Network wrote in a since deleted tweet, according to Chris Vannini of The Athletic.

“No. 1, first of all, it’s not true. It’s not factual,” Harbaugh said of the comments. “There’s nobody in our program who thinks those things about any player on our team, let alone the two players he describes. On the other level, I was disappointed a member of the Big Ten Network would choose to attack the character of two of our players. That’s disappointing.

“We’ll handle things within the program,” Harbaugh said. “That’s all we control.”

“And, I would say, if somebody wants to attack the character of anybody on the ballclub, then come after me. I don’t think it’s right. It’s not true. And nobody in the program thinks that about any player on our team. Just so you know that’s not coming from anybody inside the program.”

While Edwards admits that his tweets were “excessive”, he stands by his criticism of the Wolverines, and says that he plans to reach out to Ruiz and Patterson through his brother, Berkley Edwards, who is a running back for Michigan.

Edwards added that former Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr “called me out in the media” and he realizes now he shouldn’t have done the same to Ruiz and Patterson.

“I admit I was excessive and emotional and inebriated. Mix those together. But the focus of my tweets remains intact. I stand by that. I was over-excessive Saturday night at 10:29, but I don’t back down on my overall stance as an alum and a fan. I’ve always defended Michigan. Even this year, I was high on Michigan,” Edwards said according to the Detroit News.

“I’m a man. We make mistakes. I’m sorry. I should not have gone that way. I still agree with the overall message — what do we do now (as a program)? But I apologize — shouldn’t name individual players. They’re still kids. That’s what I apologize for,” Edwards told the media outlet.

Now that there is Legal sports betting in the USA it will be interesting to see what happens when Edwards returns. Some sportsbooks have started taking wagers on whether or not he will keep his job in the end and for how long.

For now, Edwards has a lot of time to sit at home and reflect before his return to the Big Ten Network.

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