‘I’m literally speechless’: Rangers’ Willie Calhoun not happy about demotion

Published 4:48 pm PDT, Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Willie Calhoun

The Texas Rangers’ outfielder was stunned that he was sent down to Triple-A Nashville, part of a series of moves that Texas made as it activated All-Star outfielder/designated hitter Hunter Pence from the injured list. “I’m literally speechless,” said Calhoun, who was Texas’ primary acquisition in the trade that sent pitcher Yu Darvish to the Dodgers on July 31, 2017. Calhoun, who started 17 games while Pence was out, has hit .277 with five homers and 13 RBIs in 26 games overall this season. “I helped the team win. I don’t know what else I would have done. At the end of the day, if that’s what they want to do, if me helping the team win is me playing in Nashville, then I guess I’m going to have to play every day in Nashville.” Manager Chris Woodward noted that the club couldn’t keep seven outfielders, but said he didn’t disagree with Calhoun. “It was a tough one,” Woodward said. “It kept us up. He really has done everything to stay here.”

Les Miles

The former LSU championship-winning football coach is glad to be a head coach again after nearly three years away. Although Kansas is a basketball school, the 65-year-old relishes the challenge of building up the Jayhawks’ football program. “I can only tell you that my focus is clean,” Miles said at Big 12 media day in Arlington, Texas. “My preparation is early to late. I think this Kansas team will be difficult to reckon with should we stay on task.” Kansas has gone 18-90 while dumping three head coaches since Mark Mangino was fired two years after leading the Jayhawks to an Orange Bowl win and a 12-1 record in 2007 — the same season Miles won his national title with LSU, which eventually fired Miles after a 2-2 start in 2016. Now, he relishes getting another shot. “I think it’s an enjoyment and a realization how much I am a football coach and how much I enjoy going to the sideline with my team,” Miles said.

Associated Press

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