Terry Orr is the patriarch of what might be the busiest football family this fall. His oldest son, Terrance, is the wide receivers coach at DeSoto High School, a highly-touted prep team in Texas. Zachary, a backup inside linebacker for the Ravens, is entering his second NFL season. Nick is a sophomore defensive back at Texas Christian University. Their youngest son, Chris, has a chance to start at linebacker as a true freshman for the University of Wisconsin.
The NFL has announced that Sarah Thomas has been hired as its first permanent female official. Thomas joins the NFL as a line judge, along with eight other first-time officials who are all graduates of the league's officiating development program.
Student-athletes and coaches with ties to Laurel will take part in Division I conference tourneys in the coming days. And a conference tourney title means an automatic bid to March Madness and the national tourney.
With four consecutive wins, Navy (8-4) now wants to do something it hasn't done since 2009 — win a bowl game. The Midshipmen will get that opportunity when they meet Middle Tennessee State (8-4) on Monday in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas.
Shouts of "We are Marshall!" rang out in the lobby of the team's downtown Washington hotel, where fans of the Thundering Herd had gathered on the eve of Friday's Military Bowl matchup against Maryland in Annapolis.