Former Griz Jordan Tripp re-signs with Packers
After playing for his fourth NFL franchise in three seasons last year, Jordan Tripp appears to be sticking with the Green Bay Packers.
Tripp was re-signed by Green Bay on Wednesday after the Packers initially declined to tender the linebacker a contract offer before the start of free agency. He came to the Packers as a late-season pickup in December ahead of Green Bay's postseason run in 2016.
The move was first reported by Aaron Nagler of PackersNews.com.
Tripp, a Missoula Big Sky graduate who went on to an All-America college career with the hometown Montana Grizzlies, started his professional playing days with the Miami Dolphins in 2014. He was drafted in the fifth round that spring.
After appearing in 13 games as a rookie, the Dolphins released Tripp only to have the Jacksonville Jaguars scoop him up. He enjoyed his best season in 2015, appearing in 12 games with 14 tackles.
Tripp was again waived ahead of the 2016 season and signed to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad. He made the active roster by October and played in seven games there, making one start in place of injured former Griz teammate Brock Coyle, but the Seahawks waived him from injured reserve in December.
He joined the Packers soon after, playing mostly special teams in two games with one tackle.
Washington fires coach Lorenzo Romar after 15 seasons
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington has fired coach Lorenzo Romar after 15 seasons at the school, falling short of an NCAA Tournament bid in the final six despite a steady stream of NBA talent.
Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen announced the decision Wednesday, although a split between Romar and his alma mater seemed destined as the Huskies slogged through another lackluster season — even with freshman star Markelle Fultz, a projected top-five NBA draft pick.
Romar was 298-196 in his 15 seasons with the Huskies and was responsible for reinvigorating a downtrodden program, taking Washington to six NCAA Tournaments and three appearances in the Sweet 16. But Romar's shortcoming was never getting Washington to a Final Four despite a glut of talented players.
Washington went 9-22 this season, the worst of Romar's tenure, and was 2-16 in conference play.
Cal's Cuonzo Martin resigns to take job at Missouri
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Cuonzo Martin has been named the new coach at Missouri hours after stepping down at California.
Missouri made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon and scheduled a "campus celebration" for Monday.
Cal announced Martin's resignation a day after the short-handed Golden Bears' season ended in the first round of the NIT with a loss to Cal State Bakersfield. Martin completed his third year as head coach in Berkeley.
He will take over for the fired Kim Anderson at Missouri.