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After stating his desire to create a college football playoff system, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has set up a limited liability company, called Radical Football, in an effort to start the process, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday. In an email to the paper, Cuban said the company’s goal is “to impact college football so that the last two teams playing are the best two teams.” Radical Football was officially registered in Texas on Dec. 28. Cuban, who made billions by selling his internet company Broadcast.com to Yahoo in 1999, announced in December that he intended to use his fortune to try to create a college football playoff system to replace the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). The BCS has long been reviled by fans because it uses a combination of polls and computer models to come up with the top two teams for the championship game. But schools from smaller conferences, like TCU, Boise State and Utah, have been left out despite going undefeated in recent years. Cuban has referred to the BCS as “an inefficient business where there’s obviously a better way of doing it,” adding the whole country was in favor of killing the system. Cuban says that over the next year Radical Football intends to “advance towards that goal.” It is unclear how large the staff will be, but Cuban already hired Brett Morris, a former Los Angeles-based digital media consultant. “He’s real engaged in this,” said the 40-year-old Morris, who once worked in the Notre Dame athletics department as promotions coordinator. Last weekend, Morris was in San Diego to judge a competition in which dozens of college students presented their ideas for a viable playoff system. The winners from Oxford University will make their pitch to Cuban for a 16-team playoff later this year. Cuban, who has owned the Mavericks since 2000, has suggested offering financial incentives to universities as a way to persuade presidents and athletic directors to agree to participate in the playoff system.
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Vicksburg natives Butler and Harris shined in the NFL Sunday

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Tennessee Titan Malcolm Butler and Indianapolis Colt Demichael Harris (Butler photo by Chipermc - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83245134; Harris photo via social media, used with permission)

Vicksburg natives Malcolm Butler and DeMichael Harris had impressive games Sunday for their NFL teams, leading to victories for both.

Butler, who is a former VHS standout, led the Tennessee Titans in tackles yesterday as they finished with a 42-36 overtime win over the Houston Texans. He finished with a total of eight tackles, the most for the team.

Harris, who is a former St. Aloysius player, got his chance to get on the field for the first time in the NFL when the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in a close 31-27 win. He finished the game with three catches and 29 yards in his first game as a player on the active roster.

In less than a month, both Harris and Butler will play each other when the Titans and the Colts are scheduled to meet Nov. 12.

 

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Williams, Riggs, Jefferson lead their teams in touchdowns Friday

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Three Warren County athletes led their teams in touchdowns on Friday night in district games.

Vicksburg High School freshman running back Alex Jefferson led the Gators in touchdowns in their last game against Ridgeland High School. He finished the night with 2 rushing touchdowns in the 49-32 loss.

St. Aloysius running back Brennan Williams led the Flashes in touchdowns in their big 43-28 win over Washington School. He had 3 touchdowns on Friday, including a 75-yard kick return in the opening of the second half.

Porter’s Chapel Academy quarterback Jace Riggs scored the most touchdowns for the Eagles on Friday in their 48-13 loss to Glenbrook. Riggs had a passing touchdown along with a 3-yard touchdown run.

Warren Central had an off week so there were no recorded stats for the Vikings last week.

 

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Former VHS coach Tavares Johnson Sr. to coach in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game

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Tavares Johnson Sr. (courtesy of Ced Tillman)

Former Vicksburg High School football coach Tavares Johnson Sr. has been selected as a coach for the 2020 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game.

Johnson will be coaching the wide receivers on the big game where top Mississippi athletes will play against Alabama high school players on December 12 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Johnson first became the head coach of VHS in 2012 after the retirement of Alonzo Stevens. He suffered a tough 1-10 season in his first year, but quickly turned things around in his second year, 2013, when he lead the Gators to a 6-6 season and a playoff appearance.

Johnson left VHS after two seasons and became the head coach of Simmons High School where he led the team to  two state championships.

Johnson is now the head coach of Northside High School, where he finished last season with a 14-1 record. He currently coaches alongside his son, Tavares Johnson Jr., who was the starting quarterback for VHS in 2013.

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