The Daily Outkick: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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Urban Meyer “Retires” At Ohio State (Outkick) Look, everyone knew Urban Meyer’s time at Ohio State was coming close to an end because he’d gone all Urban Florida on us. You know the signs — program is in decline, off field issues become all encompassing, suddenly his health is in question and he has to “retire.”

Urban Meyer Just Became the Biggest Free Agent in College Sports (Wall Street Journal) Coach said he is retiring after seven years at Ohio State, but that doesn’t mean he’s finished.

The Texans Have Won 9 In A Row — And We Still Don’t Know How Good They Are (538) After starting the season 0-3, the Houston Texans are riding a nine-game winning streak and writing one of the greatest comeback stories in NFL history. But there’s one question left unanswered by their streak: Are they actually any good?

Clay Travis: Washington Redskins Should Sign Colin Kaepernick (Outkick)

Why Mike McCarthy and Josh McDaniels Are Still In Demand (Sports Illustrated) McCarthy was just fired by the Packers, while McDaniels still carries a stigma after last year’s drama with the Colts. Yet, when NFL teams start hiring head coaches in January, both are likely to have their choice of jobs.

As Urban Meyer Makes His Exit, Big Ten Breathes Sigh of Relief (Yahoo Sports) At Ohio State, Urban Meyer coached 62 games against Big Ten opponents, including four appearances in the conference title game. He won 57 of them, including all seven against hated and supposed-peer Michigan.

TV’s Next Commercial Break Might Be the Pause in Your Binge (Variety) TV viewers may dislike commercial breaks, but Madison Avenue soon hopes to get them to watch ads during a very different kind of interruption.

Clay Travis: Urban Meyer is Not Retiring (Outkick)

CBS Chief Creative Officer David Nevins Promises Bigger Investment In Streaming in 2019 (Deadline) Nevins said that CBS’ streaming services — CBS All Access and Showtime — are well on their way of reaching their goal of 8 million subscribers by 2020.

Mizzou lands Clemson QB transfer Kelly Bryant (St Louis Post Dispatch) Kelly Bryant, college football’s most prized free agent, will use his final season of eligibility at Missouri next year after winning 16 of his 18 starts at Clemson. Bryant made his decision public Tuesday night with a video on Twitter, reading the poem “Test of a Man.”

2019 NFL Draft Underclassmen Tracker: Who Should Declare, Who Should go Back to School (CBS Sports) Tracking underclassmen draft declarations and suggestions for whether or not they should stay in school.

Clay Travis: Jason Witten’s Insanely Awkward Reuben Foster Commentary (Outkick)

Netflix Is Willing to Pay a Premium for ‘Friends’ (The Ringer) Even as the streamer looks to emphasize original content, it reportedly shelled out $100 million to keep the sitcom through the end of 2019

Help Wanted: An Offensive Mastermind to Work With a Franchise Quarterback (The Ringer) It’s shaping up to be the most consequential coaching carousel in years. Will the Packers find someone to maximize Aaron Rodgers’s greatness? Will the Browns’ next hire unlock Baker Mayfield’s potential?

Super Bowl 53: Exact Matchup Odds; Patriots, Rams Favored to Meet in Atlanta (OddsShark) 5Dimes is offering odds on the exact matchup of Super Bowl 53, with the New England Patriots vs the Los Angeles Rams (+765), Kansas City Chiefs vs the Rams (+775), Patriots vs New Orleans Saints (+830), Chiefs vs Saints (+845) and Los Angeles Chargers vs the Rams (+1450) making up the top five.

Les Moonves Obstructed Investigation Into Misconduct Claims, Report Says (New York Times) Facing multiple sexual misconduct allegations and fearing his career as an entertainment titan was over, Leslie Moonves, the chief executive of CBS, destroyed evidence and misled investigators in an attempt to preserve his reputation and save a lucrative severance deal, according to a draft of a report prepared for the company’s board.

Clay Travis: “Retired” Urban Meyer Will Coach Again at USC (Outkick)

Tennessee’s Search For Offensive Coordinator is Stalling (Saturday Down South) As the Vols look for an offensive coordinator it seems unlikely that they will get their top choice as each day passes. That sounds like UT’s past three forays into trying to find a head coach. It’s not hard to target a top choice. It’s hard to hire one.

Bob Dole Pays Emotional Tribute to Bush at Capitol (Mediaite) In a stirring tribute, Dole was helped to his feet by an aide. The 95-year-old former senator then saluted Bush’s casket, as the crowd gathered in the Capitol stayed completely silent.

Seattle Expansion Odds: What Will the NHL’s 32nd Team Be Called? (The Action Network) As of right now, Totems is the odds-on favorite. Why Totems? The Seattle Totems were a professional hockey team that played in the WHL (1958-1974) and CHL (1974-75) that expected to join the NHL in 1976-77 but never quite made it due to ownership issues.