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What Had Happened Was: 11/29/17

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  • Geno Smith will be the first black quarterback to start for the New York Giants in franchise history on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. By replacing Eli Manning under center, the Giants became the last team in the NFL to start a black quarterback, and Smith will become the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to start for both the Giants and New York Jets. Manning has started 210 consecutive regular-season games, which is second all-time to only former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre’s 297.
  • For the first time in his 15-year career, spanning 1,082 games, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was ejected from a game. In Tuesday night’s 108-97 win over the Miami Heat, James complained to referee Kane Fitzgerald over the lack of a call on Heat forward James Johnson when James drove to the basket. With 1:59 left in the third quarter and Cleveland ahead 93-70, Fitzgerald issued James a double technical, which meant he was immediately booted from the game. James ended his night with 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and he had attempted one free throw at the time he was bounced. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Tony Parker (1,144) and Pau Gasol (1,139) of the San Antonio Spurs are the only two players with a longer active streak of not being thrown from a game.
  • Former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards confirmed that he is interviewing for the head coaching job at Arizona State. The former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs coach has emerged as a serious candidate to replace recently fired Todd Graham, who went 46-31 in six seasons in Tempe. Two of the 13 black coaches who started the 2017 college football season have been fired in recent weeks, so Edwards’ hiring would be significant, as he’d be one of the few African-American coaches at a Power 5 school. Edwards, 63, will interview with the school this week, he confirmed Tuesday. The former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback has not coached since 2008 and has not coached in the college ranks since 1989 with San Jose State.

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On this day in sports history

On Nov. 29, 1980, Georgia freshman running back Herschel Walker rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-20 win over rival Georgia Tech in the regular-season finale. With that total, Walker set the NCAA season record for yards rushed by a freshman (1,616) and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting. In three seasons at Georgia, Walker was top three in Heisman voting, the first and only time a player has done so. He also finished top 10 in the nation in rushing yards each of his three seasons, which was also the first and only time a player has accomplished such a feat. In 1980, Walker also became the first true freshman to be selected as a first-team All-American.


Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.