Saturday, 31 March 2012 14:06
Payton Appeals, Hopes To See NFL Evidence, No Saints Offers To Purcells
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paytonIn filing his appeal, Payton will attempt to obtain the full reports from NFL security regarding the evidence against him.

The coach has not seen the entirety of the voluminous reports outlining the league's investigation of the Saints. However, extensive materials were made available to them when they met with NFL officials.



Payton spent several hours meeting with investigators and perused the evidence against him over a long period of time. Much of the 50,000 pages of documents in the case are extraneous. Payton, Gregg Williams and Joe Vitt were given the information that was most relevant to them in the letters initially sent to them by the commissioner. 

Sources say the process to the appeal will unlikely be more than a week, but will give Payton that much time to work on plans for the offseason and training camp.

According to NFL Network's Albert Breer De Smith, NFLPA director, and the union lawyers met individually with Saints quarterback Drew Brees, defensive end Will Smith and former Saints linebacker Scott Fugita at a player rep meeting last week in Marco Island, Fla.

Union sources told Breer that the NFLPA has been frustrated with the lack of information available in the case.

 

The NFLPA has been quiet regarding the Saints' bountygate and executive director DeMaurcie Smith believes that the league should provide all information regarding the investigation to the union. "As of yet, they haven't turned over anything that we would consider to be direct evidence of player involvement in a 'pay to injure' scheme that we could consider for discipline," Smith told ProPlayerInsiders.com, a website that essentially operates as an arm of the NFLPA.

 "It's very hard to have a productive discussion about punishment when one side has kept, to itself, all the information."

Smith hopes that the information will be provided before discipline is imposed on players.

Bill Parcells, who has been discussed as a possible candidate to be interim coach while Payton is suspended, said he still has not formally received an offer from the Saints.

The league has said up to 27 Saints players were involved in the program, but has yet to announce their punishments.

 

Yahoo! Sports columnist Jason Cole doesn't like the plan of replacing Sean Payton with Bill Parcells.

"That's like putting a Band-Aid on a hemorrhage," writes Cole. "The Saints would be far better off promoting from within and banding together than bringing someone from outside."

If Parcells takes the Saints job, he could become the first coach to ever lead three different teams to the Super Bowl .  He would have another shot to become the first to ever win it with two different teams.

But will Parcells at 70 grind it out until 2 a.m. some nights when the coaches are working on a game plan? Will he discipline a player who needs serious work?

The Saints did, to think back, when they hired an old coach with a Super Bowl victory -- Mike Ditka as Cole points out. They fired Ditka after three seasons after he went 15-33 and traded his entire draft for Ricky Williams in 1999


SOME hither, others you: David Cutliffe, who coached Peyton Manning at Tennessee, has been directing Manning's workouts at Duke, where he now coaches. "He's not in good shape, he's in great shape," said Cutliffe. Manning's still not 100 per cent yet though...Condemned man's final words after receiving a lethal injection at the Texas state penitentiary: "Go Cowboys!"... 

Former LSU  basketball standout Glen "Big Baby" Davis is a living, breathing, jump-shooting, bird-shooting example of why there's growing disconnect between fans and pro athletes. Davis, now with the Magic, was fined $35,000 earlier this week for flipping off a fan in Toronto. This comes on the heels of Big Baby being suspended for two games by the Magic for an altercation with Coach Stan Van Gundy and another spontaneous incident in which he actually pulled down his pants during a game. In the NBA he's guaranteed to make $6 million a year. In any other job, he'd be fired...

Three "adult" actresses are releasing an X-rated film about their alleged sexual escapades with Tiger Woods, just as he was coming back and winning. Ah, what a Masters foursome. In memory of some classic golf movies of the past, here are some potential names for the film: (1) Dead Solid Porno (2) Sin Cup (3) Caddy Shacking Up...The Kentucky-Louisville basketball rivalry is so intense that two elderly patients at a Kentucky dialysis clinic actually traded blows this week over a disagreement about Saturday's Final Four game between their two schools. These fans have physical and mental issues...


by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  

 

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