While We’re Waiting aims to be the round-up of the recent WFNY-esque information for your morning viewing. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email in the sidebar.
Big Brother? “As we reported earlier in the day, Kokinis traveled to New York on Wednesday to meet with owner Randy Lerner. But once Kokinis is hired, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the work will be done. As Peter King suggested earlier this month, Lerner could hire a Parcells-type overseer of the front office. It might be news to Mangini and/or Kokinis.” [Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk]
Good thing they hit that buzzer-beater against Syracuse: “Last year Cleveland State University began floating the idea of not only changing the name of the school to the “University of Cleveland”, but also of adding a varsity football team to the school’s sports line-up. On Tuesday, however, it was revealed that the ideas have all but been shot down, at least for now.” [Cleveland Leader]
“Not until the final [WBC] rosters are set in late February will [Eric] Wedge know exactly who will be missing from spring camp. And by that point, it’s expected that right-hander Fausto Carmona — perhaps the most eye-catching name on the provisional list, given the amount of time he missed with a hip strain last season — will be removed from the roster of the Dominican Republic.” [Anthony Castrovince/Indians.com]
Apparently, the Browns are not recession-proof: “The Browns have laid off 18 people in the last two days, including Director of Media Information Ken Mather, clevelandbrowns.com staff writer Steve King and Director of Team Operations Brendan Rowe, a source close to the situation told The Plain Dealer. Browns President Mike Keenan said in an email, “We are not immune to the current economic climate and in order to ensure that our business operates in an honest, efficient and realistic manner, we were faced with extremely difficult decisions.” [Mark Kay Cabot/Plain Dealer]
And while I don’t always agree with Bill Livingston, he produced an excellent piece on the late Dante Lavelli. “He was a man of his era, so he usually respected authority. But from the day Modell sat on the dais with Maryland officials, Lavelli became the most outspoken of Brown’s players. In that dark time, he was a symbol of defiance, as well as a reminder of the team’s great years. ” [Bill Livingston/Plain Dealer]