Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Alabama vs. Ohio State in tonight’s national championship game. NFL moves to round 2 of playoffs. Falcons closing in on new GM?

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Alabama vs. Ohio State in tonight’s national championship game. NFL moves to round 2 of playoffs. Falcons closing in on new GM?

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-through, curbside and Door Dash.
Mount Berry Mall, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (curbside, carryout, Door Dash). Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Tonight: National Championship: Alabama vs. Ohio State, Miami, 8 p.m., ESPN.

  • What to know ahead of Monday night’s game. NCAA

Big game, big coverage: With the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide fired up for their fifth College Football Playoff National Championship Game appearance, SEC Network will feature 15 hours of wall-to-wall programming surrounding Championship Monday and the Tide’s quest for their 18th national title trophy against the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (8 p.m. ET, ESPN). The schedule


NFL

What’s next in the National Football League’s playoffs: For more, click NFL

Divisional round, Jan. 16-17:

Saturday:

  • Rams vs. Green Bay, 4:35 p.m., Fox.
  • Ravens vs. Bills, 8:15 p.m., NBC.

Sunday:

  • Browns vs. Chiefs, 3:05 p.m., CBS
  • Tampa Bay vs. Saints, 6:40 p.m., Fox.

Sunday’s wild card results:

  • Ravens edge Tennessee Titans, 21-13.
  • Saints handle Bears, 21-9.
  • Browns 48, Steelers 37.

Atlanta Falcons: (From the team’s website)Terry Fontenot, the New Orleans Saints’ vice president/assistant general manager of pro personnel, is reportedly one of ‘two or three finalists’ for the Atlanta Falcons’ general manager vacancy, according to a report. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news Sunday. In the report, Schefter noted that Fontenot has also interviewed with the Denver Broncos for their vacant GM position on Saturday and team officials “came away impressed.”

Fontenot interviewed remotely with the Falcons on Jan. 6. So far, the Falcons have interviewed the following candidates for general manager:

  • Dec. 18: Anthony Robinson, Atlanta Falcons director of college scouting
  • Dec. 18: Rick Smith, former Houston Texans executive vice president of football operations
  • Jan. 5: Brad Holmes, Los Angeles Rams director of college scouting
  • Jan. 5: Morocco Brown, Indianapolis Colts director of college scouting

Fontenot is in his 18th season with the Saints organization and first as vice president/assistant general manager of pro personnel. Fontenot got his foot in the NFL door as a marketing intern with the Saints. It was in that role when general manager Mickey Loomis noticed Fontenot and asked him to join the team’s scouting staff as an intern.

Since then, Fontenot has worked his way up through the organization, spending time as a pro scouting assistant and an assistant in player personnel. Fontenot was promoted to pro scout, a role he held for seven seasons before being promoted again to director of pro scouting, which he held for the same amount of time. Fontenot was then made Loomis’s right-hand man in 2020 when his role expanded to become vice president/assistant general manager of pro personnel.

It’s worth noting that the National Football League recently approved a plan to reward teams with draft picks for developing minority coaches and general managers. Under the plan, teams who end up losing minority staff members to head coaching jobs or other high-level positions like general manager, will receive draft picks as compensation.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL/local

Berry College: The tentative plan is to have a five-game football season begin sometime in February. The schedule will be finalized soon.

  • No outside fans at Berry/SAA events per COVID concerns. Fans will be limited to only students, faculty, and staff members that are part of an SAA institution’s COVID-19 on-campus community. Please visit www.SAA-Sports.com.

Shorter Hawks: Shorter head football coach Zach Morrison says football practice will begin at the end of January with a five-game schedule slated to begin on Feb. 27 with a game at Kennesaw State University. Two of the games will be played at home including the March 20 showdown against Edwards Waters College and March 27 against Fort Valley State University. Shorter’s home games will be played at Darlington’s Chris Hunter Stadium.


BASEBALL

Atlanta Braves open spring training Feb. 27: The Braves will be based as the new spring training campus in North Port on the coast of Southwest Florida. The inaugural season was cut short by the pandemic in 2020. The first game of the Grapefruit League is Feb. 27 at Baltimore. The first “home” game is March 1 vs. the Nationals. Spring schedule

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