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Art Briles Sues Baylor Officials I'm Not Your Rape Scandal Scapegoat

12/8/2016 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1208-art-briles-getty-01Art Briles claims he did NOT hide knowledge of alleged rapes by Baylor football players while he was the head coach ... and now he's suing 4 Baylor officials claiming they conspired to throw him under the bus. 

Briles -- who was fired back in May -- just sued 3 school regents and a vice president for libel and slander.

In his suit, Briles says he was not made aware of the numbers the regents released to the Wall Street Journal ... that 17 women reported domestic violence or sexual assaults involving 19 football players. 

Briles claims the school officials intentionally went public with the numbers to expose him to "public hatred, contempt, ridicule and cause him financial injury."

He essentially claims they made him the fall guy ... unfairly.

Briles says the allegations have made him college football poison -- severely hurting his chances to coach again. 

"By their actions, [the Baylor officials] are allowing the alleged rapists and assaulters to walk free, thereby confirming that they are more interested in ruining Coach Briles' name, reputation and career than they are bringing criminals to justice."

Michael Westbrook Shocked, Heartbroken Over Rashaan Salaam's Death

12/7/2016 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Westbrook says he's devastated over the death of his U of Colorado teammate, Rashaan Salaam ... saying he's in "utter shock" and wishes he could've helped his friend.

Westbrook and Salaam DOMINATED as a WR, RB combo in college -- especially during their 11-1 season in 1994 (the year Rashaan won the Heisman). 

Michael says he's been an emotional wreck since learning about Rashaan's death this week -- and says looking back, there may have been a warning sign.

Westbrook says Salaam missed an event at the Colorado Hall of Fame last month -- and teammates scrambled to get in contact with him. Teammates were puzzled at his absence but didn't think much of it.

"I think that maybe should've been a sign or something for us." 

(Obviously, Westbrook couldn't have known he was in as bad of a place as he was)

Westbrook goes on to share his favorite memories with Rashaan ... from always having a smile on his face to giving his offensive line all the credit for his 2,000 yard season.

R.I.P. 

Troy Brown No Gronk? No Problem ... Pats Will Dominate Playoffs

12/4/2016 8:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Take a deep breath, Patriots fans!! Losing Rob Gronkowski isn't the end of the world ... so says New England legend Troy Brown, who thinks the Pats are still Super Bowl bound THIS YEAR.

Gronk had season-ending surgery on his back Friday ... leaving the folks in Foxborough worried about their chances at the team's 5th Lombardi trophy.

But Brown -- a member of the Patriots Hall of Fame -- says New England is so used to players like Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo coming off the bench and dominating, the "next man up" concept is part of the team's DNA.

"That football team was great before Gronk, it was great with Gronk, and they're probably going to be great without him."

#HopeSpringsEternal #BelieveInBelichick

Super Bowl Champ Walter Thurmond Oregon Needs Chip Kelly Back ... He's The Best Option

12/3/2016 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Chip Kelly claims he's not interested in returning to Oregon ... but that's not keeping Walter Thurmond from hoping his old coach returns to Eugene ... 'cause the ex-Ducks star says "he's the best candidate."

Thurmond -- a member of Oregon's 2009 Pac 10 champion team -- disagrees with the decision to fire Mark Helfrich after a 4-8 season, but says Kelly would be the best fit to come back to Oregon's sidelines.

"I think knowing the coach, knowing the atmosphere, knowing the people, I think that would be the best candidate to be able to bring him back."

Kelly went 46-7 as Oregon's coach from 2009-12, and told reporters earlier this week that he wasn't interested in the gig ... but Thurmond thinks it could be all talk.

"He did the same thing before he said he was coming out to the NFL, so you never know with him."

LaVar Arrington College FB Rankings Are 'Moronic' ... Penn State > Ohio State

11/30/2016 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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It's that time of the year again when nobody can agree on the College Football Playoff rankings ... so here's LaVar Arrington explaining why he believes the whole system is messed up.

TMZ Sports spoke with the former Nittany Lion about the most recent CFP rankings (Penn State is currently #7), and Arrington questions why conference champions might be left out of the Top 4.

"Why even have conferences? There's no reason to have conferences. If we wanna get down to it, it's money."

Arrington points out that #2 Ohio State's only loss came at the hands of Penn State, so if the Nittany Lions beat #6 Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game on Saturday, he thinks they should be bumped into the Top 4.

Be sure to check out the whole clip ... LaVar drops a whole bunch of knowledge. 

Eric Dickerson Blasts Jeff Fisher Don't Compare Me to Britney Spears!!!

11/29/2016 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1129-dickerson-spears-fisher-tmz-getty-01Eric Dickerson says he will NEVER go to another Rams game as long as Jeff Fisher is the coach ... and part of it has to do with Britney Spears

The Rams legend finally revealed it was Fisher who called him up and told him the team doesn't want him on the sidelines at games ... over public criticisms Eric has made about the team.

So, what does Britney Spears have to do with it? 

Fisher apparently tried to tell E.D. he wanted more positivity from sideline VIPs -- like Eddie George and Britney Spears, who was on the sidelines at Rams practice earlier this month. 

1129-rams-press-without-banner-rams-01Dickerson didn't like that ... at all. 

"I'm thinking in my mind, I don't give a DANG dang about Britney Spears," Dickerson said on the Jason Smith Show on Fox Sports Radio.

"Britney Spears don't know anything about football! She can't run a 47 gap."

"I like Britney Spears too, but I don't care about no Britney Spears! I don't wanna hear that crap!"

Rams management says the whole thing is a giant "misunderstanding."

No word on when Britney will make her return to the Rams sidelines. 

Jared Goff's Dad Dak & Carson Have Raised Expectations ... But He's Ready

11/19/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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It's hard enough for a rookie QB in the NFL, but with Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz killing it, the expectations on Jared Goff are even higher than normal ... so says Goff's dad. 

We spoke with Jerry Goff who tells us he's super excited to watch Jared's 1st start against the Dolphins this weekend ... because Jared's been working his ass off to get to this point.

As for the other rookies, Dak and Carson are a combined 13-5 -- and Jerry says, "All of [Jared's] buddies are out there doing their thing. There's gonna be some expectations, no doubt."

It's clear Jerry is proud of his son ... and he even reveals what he told Jared when he found out about the promotion. Good stuff.

Eric Dickerson Rams Won't Make Playoffs ... So, Why Not Goff?!

11/17/2016 3:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Eric Dickerson ain't too confident in his squad -- telling TMZ Sports he doesn't believe the Rams will make the playoffs this year ... so why not start Jared Goff and get him ready for next season?

It's kind of a shocking opinion considering the Rams are 4-5 and right in the thick of things for a playoff spot ... especially with 7 more games to go. One good run and who knows what could happen. 

The Seahawks are leading the NFC West with a 6-2-1 record ... followed by the Cardinals at 4-4-1. 

For the record, Dickerson says he's not rooting against the Rams -- he just thinks it'll be a tough road to hoe. 

Meantime, he's all about getting Goff some reps -- and hopes maybe, just maybe, the QB can prove his prediction wrong. 

Tony Dorsett I Hope Ezekiel Elliott Breaks My Record 'But There's An Asterisk'

11/17/2016 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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First off, Tony Dorsett is awesome. 

Second, the Dallas Cowboys legend explains why he's a HUUUGE Ezekiel Elliott fan -- and will be rooting for the guy to break his Cowboys rookie rushing record. 

Dorsett rushed for 1,007 yards back in 1977 -- and no other Cowboys rookie has surpassed that mark ... until now. Zeke is just 2 yards short ... and still has 7 more games to go! 

The Hall of Famer says he knows his record is going down -- but says Zeke might need an asterisk next his name in the Cowboys record book. Check out the clip and see if you agree! 

Snoop Dogg Zings TMZ Photog 'USC Deez Nutz!'

11/17/2016 8:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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So, our guy was trying to talk to Snoop about the USC vs. UCLA football game this weekend -- when he did it again ... he hit us with a classic "DEEZ NUTZ" gag. 

It wasn't the first time. It won't be the last. 

Marcus Lattimore 'Leaning On Spurrier, Harbaugh' For High School Coaching Advice

11/17/2016 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-South Carolina football star Marcus Lattimore says he's got two of the best mentors EVER to help him on his new journey as a high school football coach -- Jim Harbaugh and Steve Spurrier

Lattimore's story is pretty famous ... he was a STUD running back in college -- but was forced to retire from the NFL at age 23 after suffering several devastating injuries. 

Now, he's taken the head coaching job at Heathwood Hall high school in South Carolina -- and says he's modeling his coaching style after his 2 former coaches. 

"I'm gonna lean a lot on Coach Spurrier. I'm gonna lean a lot on Coach Harbaugh."

Lattimore also says he wants to use his own story to inspire his players.

"I want these guys to know that no matter what we go through as a team -- the good, the bad, the ups and the downs -- get back up and persevere."

"I think when they look at me and know my story, that's what they see." 

Snoop Dogg Steelers Killed My Buzz ... Ain't Been the Same Since Polamalu

11/14/2016 7:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The Steelers broke Snoop Dogg's heart again -- and the rapper says it's all because his squad still hasn't been able to replace Troy Polamalu.

Snoop vented about Pittsburgh's last second loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday -- and placed the blame on the Steelers' secondary.

"Since Polamalu left, our DBs ... very, very skeptical."

Troy retired after the 2014 season. The Steelers have since retired his #43 jersey.

Peyton Manning Touches Down on 'Modern Family' Set ... Ready for My Cameo!

11/9/2016 2:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1109_Peyton-Manning_modern_family_set_akm-gsi-2Nailed it! 

Peyton Manning arrived to the L.A. set of "Modern Family" Wednesday -- where he'll be acting next to another guy who bragged about scoring 4 TDs in 1 game (#PolkHighFootballRules). 

Manning is playing a sports tutor on the show -- and will be working with the toddler son of Jay (Ed O'Neil) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara). 

The ex-QB is only slated to appear in 1 episode -- but if it goes well, you never know what could happen next. Plus, he's got a ton of free time these days ...  

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