The NFL's compensation committee has denied Jerry Jones' request that the league's owners be allowed a final vote of approval on commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The committee also reiterated Monday that Jones should drop his threat to sue the league over Goodell's deal, saying in a letter obtained by the Journal that the Dallas Cowboys owner's dispute with the commissioner "reflects conduct unbefitting an owner and is damaging to the League."
Rick Pitino hasn't ruled out a return to coaching, but he told ESPN that he needs to move on with his life in case another opportunity doesn't present itself. Pitino, 65, was fired by Louisville a little more than a month ago despite maintaining he wasn't aware of an alleged payment from a Cardinals assistant to the family of Brian Bowen, a freshman who hasn't been cleared to play by the school. Pitino said he is working out three times a day in Miami, where he has moved full-time since leaving Louisville. He told ESPN he plans to attend a few upcoming games at Minnesota -- where his son, Richard, is a coach for the Golden Gophers -- including a couple of home Big Ten games.
The Miami Hurricanes are undefeated, and their 10-0 record is helping fuel sales of their gear, especially that of the "Turnover Chain." A spokesman for Fanatics, the largest online sports retailer in the world, said sales of Miami merchandise is up 580 percent this year over a year ago, and sales over the past two weeks were double the entire month of November last year. And the demand for the merchandise keep growing. Former Hurricanes linebacker D.J. Williams, founder of Dyme Lyfe, a clothing retailer that licenses only Miami gear, said he used to feel his phone buzz every time a sale went through on his website.