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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jerry Remy says MLB pitchers shouldn’t get translators during mound visits 06.07.17 at 9:45 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Toronto at Oakland, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at NY Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
WNBA: Atlanta at New York, 11 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m. (ABC)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Jerry Remy caused a stir Tuesday night when he said it should be illegal in baseball for translators to accompany trainers and coaches on mound visits for foreign pitchers. He believes foreign pitchers should “learn baseball language.”

Remy made this comment during the NESN broadcast of the Red Sox-Yankees game when Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild visited starter Masahiro Tanaka on the mound and and was accompanied by Tanaka’s translator.

“I don’t think that should be legal,” Remy said.

Dave O’Brien replied, “Seriously?”

Remy: “I really don’t.”

O’Brien: “What is it you don’t like about that?”

Remy: “Um…Learn baseball language. It’s pretty simple. You break it down pretty easy between pitching coach and pitcher after a long period of time.”

O’Brien: “I would say that probably they’re concerned about nuance being lost in some of these conversations.”

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Report: Rex Ryan made the moves on a bachelorette party, told woman she has ‘nice feet’ 06.06.17 at 10:15 am ET
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Rex Ryan's foot fetish reportedly lives on.  (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Rex Ryan’s foot fetish reportedly lives on. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Rob and Rex Ryan spent their weekend in Nashville throwing fists and complimenting feet.

The brothers, who were seen fighting people in a Margaritaville restaurant, also reportedly made the moves on a bachelorette party. Busted Coverage interviewed a woman, Jess, who says she was the recipient of the Ryans’ flirtations. Apparently, Rex Ryan told her she had “nice feet,” before winking and saying, “You know what I like.”

According to Jess, the Ryan bros also found a stealthy way to get her number. After the group posed for a picture, she says Rex Ryan requested she send the photo to him. The only to do that, of course, is via text message. And what do you need to text somebody?

Their number.

The Ryan brothers may no longer be able to draw up effective defensive schemes. But they sure know how to get them digits.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning plays golf with Donald Trump 06.05.17 at 7:52 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
St. Louis at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Washington at LA Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Nashville, 8 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Peyton Manning was spotted playing golf with Donald Trump and Republican Senator Bob Corker at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on Sunday before visiting the White House later that day. 

Manning was in town to receive the Lincoln Medal at Ford’s Theatre on Sunday night. The medal is awarded to the person who “exemplifies the lasting legacy and mettle of character embodied by the most beloved president in our nation’s history, President Abraham Lincoln.” 

Trump has spoken in the past about his friendship with the retired quarterback. During an interview with CBS last year, he spoke highly of Manning, calling him a “very good guy.” 

“I very much have always liked Peyton Manning,” Trump said. “He is a very good guy. I know him. And he is a very, very good guy. So, I have to go with the person I know and I like. … But I will stick with Peyton, because he is a very good guy.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bills owner Terry Pegula says firing Rex Ryan ‘an executive decision’ ; Ben McAdoo not concerned about Giants wide receivers partying in Miami 01.03.17 at 7:39 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Utah at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Memphis at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Los Angeles at San Jose, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Mississippi at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Carolina at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s at URI, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: East Carolina at UCF, 7:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Kansas State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oklahoma at TCU , 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Texas Tech, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNews)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In a phone interview with the Associated Press on Monday, Bills owner Terry Pegula explained why he fired coach Rex Ryan last week.

“None of us were happy with the season,” Pegula said.

The Bills finished the season on Sunday with a 30-10 loss to the Jets and a 7-9 record for the year.

This interview came just a day after Bills general manager Doug Whaley held a news conference during which he said he didn’t know Ryan’s job was in jeopardy and was not a part of the decision to fire him.

Pegula backed this up on Monday when he said he made “an executive decision” to fire Ryan.

“(Whaley) had input on the basis of conversations throughout the year, what the problems were,” Pegula said. “But did Doug ever say, ‘Are we firing our coach, are we keeping our coach?’ We never had that conversation. I took it upon myself to tell Rex on the basis of conversations about the games and the aftermath of certain games that, hey, things aren’t going well.”

Pegula said he fired Ryan during a call with the coach and Whaley.

He said as the call ended, Ryan asked Pegula about his future with the team after this season. Pegula then told Ryan he would not be returning and the team’s offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn would take over as interim head coach.

“I was asked a point-blank question and based on the discussions we’ve been having all year, I felt it was better to tell Rex that we were going in a different direction,” Pegula said.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, father of Rex Ryan, dies at 82 06.28.16 at 8:33 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: World Series, Coastal Carolina vs. Arizona, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Wings at Sparks, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, the father of Bills coach Rex Ryan, has died at the age of 82, his agent confirmed to the media Tuesday morning.

Buddy Ryan was the architect of the famed “46” defense of the Bears, who routed the Patriots in the 1986 Super Bowl. Ryan was carried off the field by his players after that game.

Also a member of the defensive staff of the Super Bowl-champion Jets in 1968, Ryan went on to become a head coach of the Eagles and Cardinals, posting a 55-55-1 record. He also served as defensive coordinator of the Vikings and Houston Oilers. Known for his brash ways and issues getting along with his fellow coaches, Ryan punched Oilers offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride during a sideline skirmish in 1993.

Rex Ryan was on his father’s staff with the Cardinals for two years in the 1990s. Last fall, despite his declining health, Buddy traveled to Buffalo to watch Rex make his debut as Bills coach. Buddy’s first NFL job was as a Bills assistant in the early 1960s.

Rex’s twin brother, Rob, is a former Patriots assistant who was fired as Saints defensive coordinator late last season and was hired by his brother in January to be an assistant head coach/defense with the Bills.

— As the problems in Rio de Janeiro continue to mount, the state’s acting governor acknowledged that the Olympic Games could be a “big failure” unless a huge investment is made immediately.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan declares Bills have ‘won the offseason’ 06.17.16 at 8:16 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Mariners at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Copa America quarterfinals, Peru vs. Colombia, p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: European Championship, Italy vs. Sweden, 8:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship, Czech Republic vs. Croatia, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship, Spain vs. Turkey, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Golf: U.S. Open, 10 a.m (Fox), 5 p.m. (Fox)

AROUND THE WEB:

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Rex Ryan

— Even if it were true, it would seem to be a silly statement to make: “We’ve won the offseason.” But Rex Ryan’s reputation is not as a coach who takes the time to think through his statements.

The Bills boss, who earlier this week brushed off a comment that he was on the hot seat, predicted Thursday he would be ridiculed for his latest statement of bravado, especially considering two key players — first-round pick Shaq Lawson (shoulder surgery) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (broken foot) — are dealing with injuries, running back Karlos Williams showed up to minicamp overweight (blaming pig-out sessions with his pregnant wife) and cornerback Stephon Gilmore is unhappy about his contract situation.

Ryan said he normally is eager to go on vacation when minicamp ends, but this year is different.

“I can’t wait to get the season started,” Ryan told the media Thursday. “I’m just telling you right now: Forget the vacation. I wish it was shorter. And I mean it. I’m excited about this team. Obviously a lot of things have to happen and we’re a month or so away. I told our players today to ‘win July.’ We’ve won the offseason. I would challenge any team. I think we’ve won the offseason. But we need to win July. That’s when everybody is by themselves, on their own but doing the things to be in great shape when we get to camp, let’s avoid those injuries we had last year.

“I think we’re committed as a group. That ‘All in’ mantra, I know it gets used a bunch but I feel it’s appropriate for our team.”

Added Ryan: “That’s one of those things I shouldn’t say because they’re going to kill me anyway. But we’re on vacation so nobody’s going to read it anyway.”

Ryan is coming off an 8-8 season in his first year in Buffalo after leaving the Jets, and the Bills have not made the playoffs in 16 years. But Ryan — never one to lack confidence — made it clear he wasn’t just comparing this team to past Bills squads.

“I’ll challenge other teams, too,” he said. “I’ve been on a lot of teams. But I’ve been blown away by this group. I really have.

“I don’t know about these other teams. I’m sure they’ve had some great camps, too. But I’ve been really impressed with this group.”

— Thursday was a tough day for Stephen Curry. Not only did his Warriors lose Game 6 of the NBA Finals, he was thrown out of the game after barking at an official and throwing his mouthpiece. Then after the game he found out that his father-in-law nearly had his credential confiscated when he arrived at Quicken Loans Arena in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Bills’ Rex Ryan brushes off speculation about being on hot seat, insisting, ‘I’m a hell of a coach’ 06.15.16 at 8:13 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rockies, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Nationals, 6 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: European Championship, Russia vs. Slovakia, 8:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship, Romania vs. Switzerland, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship, France vs. Albania, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan

— During an appearance on a national radio show last week, Bills legend Jim Kelly predicted that Rex Ryan would be “probably looking for another job” if Buffalo did not make the playoffs this season.

Ryan responded Tuesday in typical Rex Ryan style, joking, “I don’t like him anymore,” before declaring his job safe.

“You know what, I think if you ask Jim, I think Jim knows I’m a hell of a coach and a good coach for this team and this community,” Ryan said. “I think he’d tell you that, I hope he would. I’m going to call him first.”

Ryan said the media appears too focused on the negative, but he’s confident the team will be successful.

“I’m definitely the [glass-is-] half-full guy,” he said. “I expect some great things out of this team, and I’m going to be shocked if it doesn’t happen. I think our whole division has improved. I don’t know how much New England’s improved. Obviously, they’re right at the top every year, so I hope they don’t improve much. I think Miami’s gotten better, I think the Jets have gotten better.

“But it’s amazing the focus is on [Ryan’s future if the Bills don’t reach the postseason]. I don’t know. My focus is on, let’s go get every one of them. … When I go to bed at night, I’m thinking about bigger and better things than 8-8, I can promise you that.”

One of things Ryan was thinking about Tuesday was the condition of running back Karlos Williams, who has been gaining weight this offseason. Williams said it was because his wife was pregnant and he ate alongside her.

“It definitely is a first, but I like to eat and then her being pregnant gave me an excuse to eat, so eating anything and everything,” Williams said. “She’d wake up, 1 or 2 o’clock, ‘I want a snack.’ Well, I’m not going to sit here and watch you eat because I don’t want you to feel bad, but it’s back to football. She’s getting back to working out herself, so kind of motivating each other, feed off each other’s energy, and we’re getting ready for camp.”

Ryan said Williams was “clearly overweight” but would not give a number. Williams skipped team drills Tuesday to work with a strength coach on the sideline.

“Obviously he’s not anywhere close to where he needs to play at a high level,” Ryan said. “So we’ve got to get some weight off him and he certainly understands that.”

— Seahawks coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that former NBA player Nate Robinson tried out with the team Monday, adding that it’s highly unlikely the onetime Celtic will fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL despite his athleticism and determination.

“I think it’s all but impossible,” Carroll said. “It’s as hard as you could possibly get. He’s 32 as well. I don’t know if anybody could do it. But if anybody could, it might be Nate. He’s that versatile an athlete and that great a competitor.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bills coach Rex Ryan introduces Donald Trump at Buffalo rally 04.19.16 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Twins, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Celtics at Hawks, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, TNT)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Red Wings, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Predators, 9:30 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Blackhawks, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester City at Newcastle United, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft aren’t the only ones in the NFL who are friendly with Donald Trump. Bills coach Rex Ryan introduced the Republican presidential candidate Monday night at a rally in advance of Tuesday’s New York primary.

Ryan has not endorsed Trump, instead saying he is 100 percent behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who dropped out of the race and threw his support behind Trump.

Nonetheless, Ryan took the stage at a rally in downtown Buffalo that drew a crowd of about 10,000 people.

“There’s so many things I admire about Mr. Trump, but one thing I really admire about him is, you know what, he’ll say what’s on his mind,” Ryan told the crowd. “But so many times, you’ll see people, a lot of people want to say the same thing. But there’s a big difference. They don’t have the courage to say it. They all think it, but they don’t have the courage to say it.

“And Donald Trump certainly has the courage to say it, and that’s why I respect him. And you know what? So do the people of New York. This man, he’s one of the greatest businessmen, obviously, that we can ever remember. There’s no question about that.”

After being introduced, Trump made a misstatement about Ryan, saying the loud-mouthed coach “won championships in New York — the AFC, I think, twice.” In actuality Ryan led the Jets to two AFC championship games in his previous stop but lost both times.

Added Trump: “I’ve been watching, and I’ll tell you, you’re going to have a very, very good season this year, you watch. It’s going to be good, and it’s because you have a good coach, you really do. And he’s also a terrific guy. … I’m going to be rooting for the Buffalo Bills this year. Believe me.”

Trump was a candidate to buy the Bills in 2014, but he was outbid by Terry and Kim Pegula, who spent an NFL-record $1.4 billion. Trump said Monday that he “bid a billion,” and he praised the Pegulas as “great people.”

The Pegulas distanced themselves from Ryan’s appearance, saying in a statement: “The Bills organization does not endorse political candidates and so he is not representing the organization at [Monday’s] event.”

— Philadelphia fans, often cited as the worst behaved in the nation, added to their legacy Monday when they threw commemorative wristbands on the ice during the Flyers-Capitals game and caused their team to be assessed with a penalty.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan, Bills hire NFL’s 1st female assistant coach 01.21.16 at 8:08 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Canucks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Clippers at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Spurs at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Hofstra at Northeastern, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Iowa at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kentucky at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Memphis at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Ohio State at Purdue, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Belmont at Tennessee-Martin, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona State at California, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Rice at Alabama-Birmingham, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Utah at Washington State, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 3 p.m., 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

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Kathryn Smith

— A week after naming his twin brother assistant head coach, Rex Ryan made bigger news with his latest staff hiring. Kathryn Smith will be the Bills’ special teams quality control coach, making her the first full-time female assistant in NFL history.

Smith has worked alongside Ryan for the past seven years, including last season as an administrative assistant for Buffalo’s assistant coaches.

“She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities,” Ryan said in a statement. “She has proven that she’s ready for the next step, so I’m excited and proud for her with this opportunity.”

Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito, not known for his sensitivity, tweeted support for Smith, writing: Congrats Kathryn!! I know you will do a great job.

The Cardinals had Boston College product Jen Welter serve a six-week coaching internship during training camp last season, and Ryan said he consulted with Arizona coach Bruce Arians before promoting Smith. Ryan also noted how well Becky Hammon has done as an NBA assistant with the Spurs.

“You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to Coach [Gregg] Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization,” Ryan said.

Smith started working for the Jets in 2003 as a game day/special events intern. She became a college scouting intern two years later and the team’s player personnel assistant in 2007.

She replaces Michael Hamlin, who was not retained after this season.

— Relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman became a concern this offseason when news broke that Florida police were investigating an accusation of domestic violence against him.

While the Dodgers pulled out of a deal for the hard-throwing Cuban, the Yankees stepped in and acquired him. And Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner remains unapologetic about it.

“In this country, when allegations are brought against a person, that person is completely innocent until proven otherwise. Not the other way around,” Steinbrenner said Wednesday at baseball’s owner’s meetings in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan hires twin brother Rob as assistant head coach 01.11.16 at 7:45 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College football: National championship, Alabama vs. Clemson, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Bucknell at Lehigh, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Last month Rex Ryan hinted a possible reunion with his twin brother, Rob, saying “it is fun to be around him, there’s no question about it, and I know he’s a great coach.” On Sunday Rex made it official, announcing that Rob would be his assistant head coach for defense.

“I’m excited to have Rob join our staff and I think he will be a great asset for our defense,” Rex said in a statement. “He has a tremendous working knowledge of our schemes and I look forward to his input.”

What’s not clear is the fate of last year’s defensive coordinator, Dennis Thurman, who has assisted Rex for many years. Rex made no announcement regarding other staffing changes.

The Ryan brothers last worked together in 1995 when they were Cardinals assistants on a team coached by their father, Buddy. Rob then moved to college before returning to the pros to coach linebackers for the Patriots under Bill Belichick from 2000-03. He then served as an assistant for the Raiders, Browns, Cowboys and most recently the Saints, who fired him as defensive coordinator in November.

“On a personal note, it’s been a number of years since we have worked together,” Rex said. “And so we are both really looking forward to this opportunity.”

— Lionel Hollins’ tenure as Nets coach last just a season and a half, as he was fired Sunday following the team’s 10-27 start, second worst in the league. And general manager Billy King, in the final year of his contract, was reassigned.

Now the team reportedly has its sights set on John Calipari. According to a Yahoo! Sports report, the Nets want the Kentucky coach to be coach and team president.

“It’s clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership,” owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. “With the right basketball management and coach in place, we are going to create a winning culture and identity and give Brooklyn a team that it can be proud of and enjoy watching.”

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