The Clemson Tigers have been no strangers to close games this season, and it was no different on Monday night. Deshaun Watson found Hunter Renfrow for the game-winning touchdown pass with just a second left, giving Clemson the National Championship victory, 35-31, over Alabama. The Tigers scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to snap a 35-year title drought for the school, getting revenge on the Crimson Tide after last year's 45-40 title game loss. In those two games against Bama, Watson has thrown for 825 yards and eight touchdowns. After a slow start for the quarterback got his team down 14-0, a dominant second half led the comeback. The Tide were previously 4-0 in title games under Nick Saban, 106-6 when holding a halftime lead, and 96-0 when entering the fourth quarter with a double digit lead. The comeback gives the Tigers their first win over a No. 1 team, and snaps Alabama's 26-game winning streak. After the game, the Clemson quarterback went on to announce that he will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
Rose a No-Show in Knicks' Loss
As gametime grew near at Madison Square Garden Monday night, Derrick Rose was nowhere to be found, and no one knew why. Reports say he was at shootaround earlier in the day, but team officials could not get ahold of the guard at gametime. This did not become known to the public until Brandon Jennings was announced as the starting point guard before the game. The Knicks went on to get pounded by the Pelicans, 110-96, behind Anthony Davis's 40 points and 18 rebounds. Reports say Rose was not happy about being benched in the fourth quarter of Friday's win, and the frustration may have boiled over for the former MVP. As the game went on, fans on social media expressed their concern over the whereabouts of Rose. After the game, Joakim Noah claimed that he had talked to Rose and that he was okay. That makes the rumors seem more realistic, as it is said that the 28-year-old had a blowout with head coach Jeff Hornacek Sunday night. Nothing has been confirmed from either side, and we'll see if Rose is present for Wednesday's game in Philadelphia.
Jaguars Add Marrone as HC, Coughlin as VP
The Jacksonville Jaguars made some changes at the top on Monday, hiring Doug Marrone as their head coach, and Tom Couglin as the executive vice president. Both Coughlin and Marrone received three-year deals with their new positions, as Marrone gets the gig after serving as the team's interim coach to end this past season. He went 1-1 after Jacksonville fired Gus Bradley in December. Coughlin served as the Jaguars' first head coach when they entered the NFL in 1995. In eight years with the team, he reached the AFC Championship Game twice, in 1996 and 1999. Marrone does have head coaching experience with the Buffalo Bills, going 15-17 in 2013 and 2014, including the Bills' first winning season in 10 years. The Jaguars finished 2016 at 3-13, their sixth straight losing season, and have not made the playoffs since 2007. Marrone and Couglin look to be the change that is needed to get this franchise going.