Word on the Street: Rodgers has Cutler's back

Word on the Street: Rodgers has Cutler's back

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

Rodgers has Cutler's back

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got the win on Sunday, but he's still looking out for his old friend Jay Cutler.

After hearing Cutler's toughness questioned this week, Rodgers says the criticism is "very inappropriate" and "disrespectful." Rodgers also applauded Bears players for sticking up for their teammate.

Among the critics was Maurice Jones-Drew, who has since apologized for his comments of Cutler. The running back has received death threats because of his remarks, and he's upset that the media does not seem to care.

"I guess death threats towards me and my family isn't head line news but me tweeting my opinion about a person is..." Jones-Drew said on his Twitter account. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Bulls rank top 3 most valuable in NBA

The Chicago Bulls have been ranked as the third most valuable franchise in the NBA. According to Forbes, the franchise is valued at 511 million.

The Bulls fell short of the Los Angeles Lakers (643 million) and the New York Knicks. The Knicks' value rose 12 percent from 586 million to 655 million. (Chicago Tribune)

Blackhawks head to Saskatoon for preseason game

The Blackhawks are headed up north again. CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers reports that the Blackhawks will play the Edmonton Oilers in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in a preseason game on Sept. 20.

Earlier this season, the squad started off the 2010 preseason schedule against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Jonathan Toews' hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.(CSNChicago.com)

Contador banned for 1-year?

Cycling officals in Spain proposed a one-year ban for Alberto Contador. The cyclist failed a Tour de France doping test in 2010.

If banned, Contador would lose his third Tour title because of the positive clenbuterol result he blames on contaminated meat. Plus, he'd be ineligible to compete in this year's Tour.(Chicago Tribune)

Cubs introduce new team license plate

The Chicago Cubs unveiled their own permanent license plate during a news conference featuring Tom Ricketts, Ernie Banks, and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.

The Cubs are now the second Chicago team with their own permanent plates. The Chicago Blackhawks released their team plate last October.

To pre-order the 69 plate, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Colon signs with Yankees

He's been out of the major leagues since 2009, but that couldn't stop him from getting a deal with the Yankees. The former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon agreed to a minor league contract with the New York team.

The 37-year-old right-hander was released by the White Sox in September 2009 after going 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 starts. (Chicago Tribune)

Gophers tight end Brandon Lingen could miss rest of season with injury


Gophers tight end Brandon Lingen could miss rest of season with injury

Minnesota tight end Brandon Lingen has struggled to stay on the field this season, and now he might be off it for the rest of the year.

Gophers head coach Tracy Claeys wouldn't comment Tuesday on whether Lingen would be done for the year with his latest injury, but he didn't deny it either. Lingen is listed as out for Saturday's game at Illinois.

"I don’t know that for a fact, so I’m not going to comment any more than that," Claeys said, his quotes published by the Star Tribune.

Lingen has played in just one full game this season. The junior missed the season-opener before breaking his clavicle in the second game of the year and sitting out the next three games. He played the entirety of Minnesota's game against Maryland but suffered a foot injury last weekend.

Lingen started a total of 11 games in his first two seasons and last season proved an effective weapon in the passing game with 33 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns. This season, he has three catches for 28 yards.

Michigan's Jim Harbaugh is college football's highest-paid coach, per USA Today's updated database


Michigan's Jim Harbaugh is college football's highest-paid coach, per USA Today's updated database

The highest-paid coach in college football?

It's no longer Nick Saban.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is the highest-paid college football coach, according to USA Today's salaries list, the always-useful tool which was updated for the 2016 season on Wednesday.

According to the list, Harbaugh will make $9.004 million this year, an increase of $2 million from the last time the list was updated.

Saban, who's led Alabama to four national championships since arriving ahead of the 2007 season, gets paid $6,939,395 this year.

Why is Harbaugh's pay so much higher than the next highest-paid coach? You might remember Harbaugh's renegotiated contract from earlier this season. If you don't, USA Today provided a helpful explanation of that somewhat-confusing deal.

School pay includes two in what are essentially a series of $2 million interest-free loans that Harbaugh will receive. He received the first of these loans on June 3, 2016; he will receive the second only if he remains head coach on Dec. 6, 2016. The compensation actually is in the form of an annual life insurance premium payment by the university, which is entitled to reimbursement from the policy's death benefits.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer came in at No. 3 on the list with his $6.0948 million in 2016. Three other Big Ten coaches ranked in the top 15: Penn State's James Franklin at No. 10 ($4.5 million), Iowa's Kirk Ferentz ($4.5 million) and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio ($4.3 million).

The Big Ten has the second highest median coach's salary among the college football conference at $3,540,788. The median SEC coach's salary is significantly higher at $4,172,500.

Here's where all the Big Ten coaches landed on USA Today's list.

1. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan: $9,004,000
3. Urban Meyer, Ohio State: $6,094,800
10. James Franklin, Penn State: $4,500,000
11. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa: $4,500,000
14. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State: $4,300,000
28. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern: $3,350,638
42. Mike Riley, Nebraska: $2,800,000
43. Paul Chryst, Wisconsin: $2,706,200
46. DJ Durkin, Maryland: $2,412,000
50. Kevin Wilson, Indiana: $2,320,000
53. Darrell Hazell, Purdue: $2,190,000
57. Chris Ash, Rutgers: $2,000,000
60. Lovie Smith, Illinois: $1,809,179
68. Tracy Claeys, Minnesota: $1,400,000