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Former NBA guard Mo Williams named Alabama State Head Coach

Fourteen-year NBA veteran Mo Williams has been named men’s basketball coach at Alabama State.

Williams has spent the past two seasons at Cal State University Northridge as an assistant with Mark Gottfried, his former coach at Alabama.

“It’s a great day to be a Hornet,” Williams said in a school release Tuesday. “I am extremely excited to become part of the family, and I am looking forward to the challenge. Go Hornets!”

Williams takes over Lewis Jackson, who resigned in March after 15 years as coach of the Hornets. “We are excited about the direction of our men’s basketball program as we moved forward into this new era,” Alabama State athletic director Jennifer Lynne Williams.

“Mo Williams checked the boxes that we were looking for in the next head coach of Alabama State men’s basketball, and his passion and leadership speak volumes. He is no stranger to the South, having played high school basketball in Mississippi and college basketball in Alabama.”

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Williams was a Parade All-American at Murrah High in Jackson, Mississippi.

Williams, a 6-foot-1 guard, was a standout at Alabama from 2001-03 and helped the Crimson Tide to the SEC regular season title as a freshman and earned Sporting News National Freshman of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year in 2002.

Williams averaged 16.4 points per game during his sophomore season.

After two campaigns at Alabama, Williams was selected No. 47 overall in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz.

He is best recognized for the time he spent in Cleveland — two stints from 2008-11 and back again for the 2015-16 season when the Cavaliers won the NBA title. 

He averaged 13.2 points per match during his career which also included stops with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets.

Williams will take over a program that won 207 matches during Jackson’s tenure and made three NCAA tournament appearances. However, the Hornets were 8-24 this past season and struggled with an early out-of-conference schedule that included Gonzaga, Tennessee, Kansas State, Oregon, Houston and VCU. 

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Redskins hire Ron Rivera as new head coach

Over Daniel Snyder’s time as the Redskins’ owner, Washington is where good coaches land to die. Since 2000, when Snyder made Norv Turner the first coach he fired, not one coach has left Washington with a winning record. Even coaches with great résumés like Marty Schottenheimer, Mike Shanahan and Steve Spurrier couldn’t do it.

Rivera is up next. The two-time NFL Coach of the Year with the Carolina Panthers agreed to be the next coach of the Redskins, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Rivera’s career with Carolina started slowly, but he eneded 76-63-1 as Panthers coach. He won NFL Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2015. In 2015, his 15-1 Panthers made the Super Bowl, only to come up short versus the Denver Broncos. Rivera was fired during the 2019 season as the Panthers slumped without quarterback Cam Newton.

Rivera’s abilities as a leader might give him an opportunity to succeed in Washington. He was a great representative of the Panthers franchise, especially during the Jerry Richardson scandal that led to the Panthers’ founder selling the team.

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When Snyder announced he had fired team president Bruce Allen, he said Washington would “reevaluate our team leadership, culture and process for winning football games.”

If anyone can reshape that in Washington with Snyder still owning the team, maybe it’s Rivera. It’ll be a big job, and he’s reportedly going to bring in the big guns to get it done.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Rivera is expected to target Jack Del Rio as his defensive coordinator, who has proven results in defensive improvements when he was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos.

Washington went 3-13, which wasn’t fun, but it means they get the second pick of the 2020 draft. Expect that to be Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young, who looks like a phenomenal prospect. The rest of the roster has a few interesting players. A key is if 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins can develop at quarterback.

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