The Daily Outkick: Friday, December 7, 2018

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SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey: UCF Should Look ‘Inward’ to Address CFP Rankings Issues (Advocate) Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey recommended UCF look “inward” to address strength of schedule issues that have held back the Knights in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Derrick Henry’s 99-Yard Touchdown Highlights Record-Setting Day (New York Times) The Jacksonville Jaguars had absolutely no answer for Derrick Henry on Thursday night. The supersized running back for the Tennessee Titans bulldozed his way past a team that prides itself on defense in one of the most audacious rushing displays in N.F.L. history.

ESPN Rips Redskins For Signing Reuben Foster While Promoting Greg Hardy (Outkick) They hung Jason Witten out to dry in the hopes that no one would notice their own blatant hypocrisy on this issue.

Report: Hugh Freeze Expected to Take Liberty Head Coaching Job (Rocky Top Insider) Former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze has reportedly accepted the head coaching job at Liberty University.

Concerns Grow About Alex Smith’s Recovery as He Deals With Infection Following ‘Serious’ Leg Injury (Washington Post) The Redskins issued a statement Thursday describing the injury as “serious” and asking that “everyone please honor the Smith family’s request for privacy at this time,” while providing no specifics on Smith’s situation.

Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa Both Deserve a Heisman Legacy (The Ringer) One QB could be the greatest two-sport athlete of a generation. The other has a chance to be remembered as the most accomplished college football player ever.

Clay Travis: Hypocritical ESPN Throws Jason Witten Under Bus (Outkick)

Ari Fleischer, Former WH Secretary, Discusses Bush Family with Clay Travis (Fox Sports) The day after President George H.W. Bush’s funeral, Ari Fleischer talks with Clay Travis about the president’s legacy, what it was like being in the presence of the president in one of the most perilous events in American history, 9/11, and how important sports were to the Bush family.

Christmas Music, Twizzlers and Long Walks: The N.F.L.’s Obsession With Superstition (New York Times) Players (and officials) still cling to the pregame rituals they think will bring them success on the field.

DAZN’s First Original Episodic Series Will be “The Journey: Canelo/Rocky” (Awful Announcing) The series is going into wider distribution than just DAZN — like YouTube — which should help promote the Dec. 15 fight on the streaming service.

Ricky Williams Announces ‘Freedom Football League’ Run by Former Players Including Terrell Owens (CBS Sports) As the XFL and AAF announce uniforms and city locations, former NFL running back Ricky Williams announced on Thursday that the “Freedom Football League” will be joining the ranks.

How Much Was Incumbency Worth In 2018? (538) For decades, running as an incumbent was undoubtedly a huge advantage in electoral politics. But in this century, experts say, the incumbency advantage has significantly diminished.

Clay Travis Thinks Baltimore is in Trouble; Says Stay Away From Betting on New England (Lock It In)

Macron’s Warning to America’s Ascendant Left (Wall Street Journal) The French president thought he could steamroll the rural minority on fuel taxes. Riots ensued.

Let’s Relax With the Hype We’re Throwing at Sean McVay (The Big Lead) McVay’s hype train may have carried a little bit too much momentum on Thursday.

Mets GM Says Tim Tebow is ‘One Step Away’ From MLB Call-Up (Sporting News) Tim Tebow will start next season with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs and Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the former NFL quarterback is now “one step away” from the big leagues.

Alabama and Georgia Fans Tell Very Different Bedtime Stories (SEC Shorts)

Is the Steelers’ Season Slipping Away? (Sports Illustrated) The wildly talented AFC North power was cruising through the middle of the season and looked ready to compete for a playoff bye. Now the Steelers’ division lead is down to a half game.

Bloomberg News Sheds Senior Staff, Fueling Sale Speculation (New York Post) Bloomberg News has quietly shed dozens of experienced reporters and editors this year — including some of its most senior staff — as its owner Michael Bloomberg considers selling its parent company ahead of a possible presidential run, The Post has learned.

One Bettor’s Ridiculous Ride to a 9-Team Parlay Winner (The Action Network) An Indiana University sophomore reached out to share the nine-team college basketball/football parlay he cashed this past weekend.