On the same day Pete Carroll was introduced as the next head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, the University of Southern California named his successor in Lane Kiffin. Kiffin was previously a member of Carroll's staff at USC from 2001-06, eventually being elevated to offensive coordinator for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. He also assumed the role of recruiting coordinator for those seasons. After an unsuccessful stint as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee then came calling after Phillip Fulmer announced he would not return for an 18th season in 2009, and Kiffin guided the Volunteers to a 7-6 record and an appearance in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in his only season with the program. It was reported earlier on Tuesday that USC had offered Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio the position, though team owner Wayne Weaver squashed that rumor by saying Del Rio will remain the leader of the Jaguars.
Central Michigan has named Dan Enos its new head football coach. This will be Enos' first head coaching assignment after 19 years in various assistant roles. He will take over for Steve Stripling, who was the interim head coach for Central Michigan's GMAC Bowl win over Troy. Butch Jones was Central Michigan's head coach before taking the vacancy at Cincinnati on December 16. Enos spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Michigan State under Mark Dantonio, coaching the running backs for the past three years after one year as the quarterbacks coach.
Hours before Kiffin was announced as his succssor at USC, Carroll was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. He said during his press conference that he is a different coach from when he last tried his hand in the NFL in the 1990s. He was first the head coach of the New York Jets in 1994 and posted a record of 6-10 in his lone season, then went 27-21 from 1997-99 with New England. Carroll spent the past nine seasons at Southern California, building a powerhouse program that won seven Pac-10 titles and a pair of national championships.
Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year, as voted by the Associated Press. Woodson garnered 28 of a possible 50 votes from a panel of media members, with New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis finishing second with 14 votes. The 12-year veteran and former Heisman Trophy winner tied for the league lead with nine interceptions, returning three of those picks for touchdowns. He also had 81 tackles, two sacks and 21 passes defensed along with four forced fumbles, which helped him take home defensive player of the month in three of the four regular-season months.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will remain with the team after signing a contract on Tuesday. Zimmer is believed to have signed a three-year contract. It had been reported that he was up for the same position in Washington under new coach Mike Shanahan. In his two years as defensive coordinator, Zimmer has moved the Bengals from 27th in the league to fourth culminating in a six-game sweep of the division this season, an AFC North title and a 10-win season following a 4-11 campaign in 2008. Cincinnati allowed just seven offensive touchdowns within division play this year. The Bengals season ended in a 24-14 loss to the New York Jets in Saturday's AFC Wild Card game.
Curtis Joseph announced his retirement from hockey after 19 seasons on Tuesday. The 42-year-old Ontario native retires as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, whom he led to the Eastern Conference Finals twice during his first stint in Toronto from 1998 to 2002. He also spent last season with the club and in his time with the Leafs compiled a 138-91-27-1 mark in 270 games. Popularly known as "Cujo", Joseph has a record of 454-352-90-6 with 51 shutouts and a 2.79 goals-against average with the Flames, Coyotes, Red Wings, Maple Leafs, Oilers and Blues. He trails only Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy and Ed Belfour in all-time victories, and is the winningest goaltender in NHL history to never win a Stanley Cup.
The Houston Astros signed pitcher Brett Myers to a one-year contract on Tuesday. The deal, which has a mutual option for 2011, will pay Myers $3.1 million in 2010 plus award bonuses. He will make $8 million if the 2011 option is picked up or receive a $2 million buyout. Myers, who spent his entire eight-season career with Philadelphia, was taken by the Phillies in the first round of the 1999 draft by current Astros general manger Ed Wade. The 29-year-old right-hander suffered a hip injury that significantly shortened his 2009 campaign, as he went just 4-3 with a 4.84 earned run average in 18 appearances -- 10 starts.
A joint statement issued Tuesday by the Major League Baseball Players Association, the Commissioner's Office and the Marlins organization voiced concerns that Florida, among other teams, has been negligent in its revenue sharing requirements. No other teams were mentioned by name with the joint statement essentially reading that the three parties have come to an agreement to ensure the Marlins organization is complying with the terms of the "Basic Agreement. That agreement requires that each MLB club use its revenue sharing receipts in an effort to improve its performance on the field. The players' union accused the Marlins, along with other unnamed teams, of failing to live up to the requirements as laid out in the agreement. The Marlins responded to the accusations by assuring the MLBPA and the Commissioner's Office that they would use proceeds from revenue sharing to increase player payroll annually as they move toward the opening of their new ballpark.