Just got the sad news that former San Francisco 49er coach Bill Walsh died of leukemia. He was a pioneer in the league bringing in the West Coast offense, started what was known as the coaching tree, won three Super Bowls and took the 49ers from what was a bad team into a dynasty. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Ray Ratto remembers Walsh. Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News also gives his thoughts on Walsh. Ann Killion also of the Mercury News says Walsh changed the NFL and the Bay Area’s image forever. There will be more on Walsh as the night wears on. Certainly one of the best coaches of all time. He did work on NBC in the early 1990′s with Dick Enberg, a move that really didn’t work and also led to him taking the head coaching job at Stanford, a job he enjoyed. I’m sure the 49ers will be dedicating this upcoming season to him.
Turning over to the Big Ten Network, Kyle Nagel of the Dayton Daily News says the channel is putting on a big publicity blitz with a month to go before launch.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle profiles the four sports radio stations in the market.
I’ll have more later.