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Sean McVay has adjusted his coaching style by relying more on his coordinators

After reaching the Super Bowl in 2018, the Rams missed the playoffs in 2019, and they looked like a team on the decline. But head coach Sean McVay has improved the team’s fortunes this season, in part by learning to be less of a micromanager.

McVay hired a new offensive coordinator in Kevin O’Connell (who spent last year in Washington) and a new defensive coordinator in Brandon Staley (who spent last year in Denver), and he says that with the two of them handing more of the Xs-and-Os scheming, it has improved McVay’s ability to see the big picture.

“What I wanted to try to do is just be more present with our team,” McVay said, via ESPN. “Be around defense, special teams and the offense a little bit more. Be around the staff members a little bit more.”

McVay recognizes that a head coach has to delegate, and that

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Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall defends coaching style as school investigates alleged abuse

WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita State University has ordered an independent investigation of alleged abuse by men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall, the school confirmed Friday.



Gregg Marshall et al. standing in front of a crowd: Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall on the sidelines at Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas, on January 18, 2020.


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Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall on the sidelines at Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas, on January 18, 2020.

But in the meantime it will be business as usual for the team, as Marshall and the team will continue to prepare for the upcoming season as normal, the school said in a written statement.

Wichita State ordered the investigation into Marshall’s conduct by an outside law firm earlier this year and acknowledged it only after published reports by Stadium and The Athletic, two major sports news outlets.

One of those reports was the result of a six-month investigation by college basketball insider Jeff Goodman outlining a pattern of physical and verbal abuse by Marshall that has driven away some players.

Among the

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Jill Ellis and U.S. Soccer Announce Coaching Mentorship Program

She described FIFA’s program and U.S. Soccer’s new one as important ways for women, especially coaches at the top of the game, like her, to walk the walk of supporting a new generation. “We sit on top,” she said, “and we have a responsibility here.”

Ellis knows the hurdles female coaches face: the ballooning costs of a coaching education, for one — the courses to obtain a pro license, the top level in the United States, now cost about $10,000, and the next step down is about half that — but there are also child care and family responsibilities, which regularly fall harder on women. For those reasons, many women say, their progress as coaches has lagged behind the waves of growth and investment in the women’s game over all.

The daughter of a soccer coach and the sister of another, Ellis, 54, has dedicated her professional life to teaching

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