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November 11, 2008 | Larry Gordon
Harvey Mudd College, the science- and engineering-focused school in Claremont, has received a $25-million donation, the largest in its 53-year history, officials announced Monday. The donors are R. Michael Shanahan, a Harvey Mudd trustee and mutual funds executive, and his wife, Mary. The 738-student college recently received the first $12.5 million of the Shanahan pledge, and the rest will be paid over the next five years. The donation will not be restricted to any single campus cause.
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December 30, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
As expected, the Washington Redskins have fired Mike Shanahan. Shanahan, whose teams were 24-40 in his four seasons, had fallen out of favor this season with Redskins owner Dan Snyder and star quarterback Robert Griffin III. The team finished 3-13 this season, losing its final eight games. "Redskins fans deserve a better result," Snyder said in a written statement released Monday by the team. "We thank Mike for his efforts on behalf of the Redskins. We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team, and my pledge to this organization and to this community is to continue to commit the resources and talent necessary to put this team back in the playoffs.
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October 5, 2008 | Dave Goldberg, Associated Press
Two decades ago, Al Davis and Bill Parcells were chatting during an NFL owners meeting when Davis' new coach strolled by. "I want you to meet Mike Shanahan," Davis told Parcells. "He's going to be a great head coach." Shanahan, 35 at the time, has indeed distinguished himself, but not with Davis' Raiders. Twenty games into his tenure, he was fired, the same point that Davis fired Lane Kiffin this week. So what happened to Kiffin isn't new. But it's sad. Because given recent history, it's easy to overlook the many contributions Al Davis has made to the NFL. They include moves that led to the AFL-NFL merger, making the league into the multibillion dollar corporation it is today.
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December 30, 2013 | Sam Farmer
NFL teams turn to the familiar at this time of year. Green Bay, New England, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and others prepare for the playoffs. Teams such as Detroit, Washington and Tampa Bay fire their coaches. Cleveland cycles through coaches with such gusto, in fact, that "Black Monday" should really be called "Browns Monday. " By way of comparison, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had three coaches since 1969. The Browns will have had three coaches since 2012. So it wasn't surprising that the Browns were the first to dump their coach, Rob Chudzinski, after the regular season ended, even though he had been in the job for less than a year.
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December 24, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday upheld the 15-game suspension of Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton that had been imposed by the league on Dec. 14. Bettman said he found “clear and convincing evidence” to support the ban, which was issued by NHL Senior Vice President Brendan Shanahan after Thornton slew-footed and punched Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on Dec. 7. Orpik suffered a concussion and has not played since...
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December 11, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
It takes quite the sales job to explain why a medically cleared Robert Griffin III won't play for the rest of the season. Embattled Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan realized that and gave it his best shot Wednesday, speaking passionately at times in a 28-minute news conference that included references to the team's "circus atmosphere" and insistences that the move isn't a ploy to get himself fired. The upshot is that Griffin will be the inactive third quarterback for the Redskins' final three games, behind starter Kirk Cousins and backup Rex Grossman.
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October 31, 2011 | SAM FARMER
False start, Miami Dolphins. You built an 11-point lead against the New York Giants on Sunday, made it look as if you would win your first game, then collapsed to lose, 20-17. False start, Arizona Cardinals. You frittered away a three-touchdown lead at Baltimore, giving everyone the impression you would finally win a road game. The Ravens rallied to win, 30-27, the biggest comeback in their history, and the Cardinals picked up their 11th consecutive loss away from home. False start, Denver Broncos.
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September 24, 1996 | Associated Press
Left wing Brendan Shanahan, pegged by the Hartford Whalers as a scoring star who was going to help save the franchise, said he has asked to be traded and no longer wants to be the team's captain.
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January 25, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Denver Broncos have offered the team's coaching job to San Francisco 49er offensive coordinator and former Raider coach Mike Shanahan, two newspapers reported Sunday. But the Boston Globe, quoting "informed sources," reported Shanahan might not take it. The Rocky Mountain News said he was offered the job, but that contract talks were still going on. Bronco owner Pat Bowlen offered Shanahan a multiyear contract that would pay him an about $350,000 to $400,000 a year, the News reported.
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December 8, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Broncos quarterback coach Mike Shanahan is a leading candidate for the head football coaching job at Kentucky, a Denver newspaper reported today. The Denver Post reported that Shanahan, 37, who returned to the Broncos in October after being fired by the Raiders, has talked to Kentucky athletic director C. M. Newton about the position. Kentucky is looking for successor to Jerry Claiborne, who resigned after the past season.
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December 24, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday upheld the 15-game suspension of Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton that had been imposed by the league on Dec. 14. Bettman said he found “clear and convincing evidence” to support the ban, which was issued by NHL Senior Vice President Brendan Shanahan after Thornton slew-footed and punched Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on Dec. 7. Orpik suffered a concussion and has not played since...
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December 16, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Mike Shanahan had a change of heart. A day after walking out of a press conference refusing to answer questions about his job status, the Washington Redskins coach spent some time Monday talking to reporters about ... his job status. Shanahan confirmed that he has no plans to resign from his position despite the team's 3-11 record and rumors that his days with the organization are numbered. “I'll get a chance to sit down with Dan [Snyder] at the end of the season,” Shanahan said . “I'll give him my opinion on the direction I think the franchise could go. He's going to give me his idea what he wants to do, he's the owner of the football team.
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December 14, 2013 | Sam Farmer
It's a strange week when Washington Coach Mike Shanahan is rolling the dice by taking out the healthy-enough Robert Griffin III, and Chicago Coach Marc Trestman is rolling the dice by putting in the healthy-enough Jay Cutler. If Cutler doesn't match or exceed what hot-handed successor Josh McCown has done, it looks like the end of the road for him in Chicago. As for Shanahan, who has shut down Griffin for the final three games of the season - citing all the punishing hits the quarterback has endured - the paved road in Washington ended some ways back.
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December 11, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
It takes quite the sales job to explain why a medically cleared Robert Griffin III won't play for the rest of the season. Embattled Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan realized that and gave it his best shot Wednesday, speaking passionately at times in a 28-minute news conference that included references to the team's "circus atmosphere" and insistences that the move isn't a ploy to get himself fired. The upshot is that Griffin will be the inactive third quarterback for the Redskins' final three games, behind starter Kirk Cousins and backup Rex Grossman.
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December 11, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
It's official: Kirk Cousins is the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins, and star Robert Griffin III - though he feels healthy enough to play - is on the shelf for the rest of the season. “Every player wants to play,” a subdued Griffin said at a news conference Wednesday. “Any quarterback wants to finish out the season with his team when you're healthy enough to do so. But it's Coach's decision, and you have to respect that authority, just like I always have.” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said earlier this week that he was considering benching Griffin so he could head into the off-season healthy, as opposed to last season, when he stayed in a playoff game against Seattle despite his hobbling and wound up suffering a devastating knee injury.
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December 9, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The question swirling around the Washington Redskins has shifted. It is no longer, will Mike Shanahan be the coach next season? It's will he survive the week? A day after an embarrassing 45-10 loss to Kansas City, and the smallest announced crowd in the 16-year history of FedEx Field, Shanahan tried Monday to stay on the topic of his 3-10 team's upcoming game at Atlanta. Instead, he was asked about an ESPN report that he was ready to quit after last season, and even cleaned out his office before the Redskins played host to Seattle in a playoff game.
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October 5, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
If Mike Shanahan wants to become an assistant coach again, he's welcome to return to the Denver Broncos' staff. Shanahan, a former offensive coordinator with the Broncos, was fired Tuesday as head coach of the Raiders. Bronco Coach Dan Reeves said that although he hasn't talked with Shanahan since the firing, he definitely is receptive to discussing Shanahan's return to Denver. "I wouldn't rule out any possibility," Reeves said. "Mike is a great coach.
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November 22, 2003 | From Associated Press
Denver Bronco defensive tackle Daryl Gardener lashed out at Coach Mike Shanahan on Friday, a day after being suspended for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears for conduct detrimental to the team. Gardener said he doesn't believe Shanahan wants him on the team and called the coach "that little man up there" on a Denver radio station. "My future is at stake right now.
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August 21, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Robert Griffin III was ready to go -- all dressed out in full pads, brace on his knee, fully warmed up for the Washington Redskins' "Monday Night Football" exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Of course, the star quarterback had already been told there was no chance of him playing in any exhibition games as he recovers from off-season knee surgery. But that didn't stop Coach Mike Shanahan from having a little fun at RG3's expense. When backup quarterback Kirk Cousins went down with a foot injury during the first quarter, Shanahan momentarily floored Griffin by gesturing toward the field and asking if he wanted to give it a shot.
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July 9, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Even a sure-fire Hockey Hall of Fame nominee is not immune to a nervous moment or two. After all, Brendan Shanahan was considered a near lock a year ago, and did not get the phone call from the 416 area code, which would signify word from the Hall of Fame in Toronto. Former Ducks star defenseman Scott Niedermayer was doing his best to stay occupied while on vacation with his wife on Vancouver Island, knowing in the back of his mind that he could get the phone call. "I had kind of a weird moment, people saying how you should be waiting for a call and things like that," Niedermayer said.
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