This weekend’s health and safety news around sports:
* Heading into Super Bowl week, the National Football Post profiled Jim Caldwell, the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. The former Indianapolis head coach, who took the Colts to a Super Bowl, wants to be a head coach again.
“At some point in time, if the Lord wills it, I’d love to be able to do it again,” Caldwell said Friday. “But it may not happen. Everybody in our profession is looking for an opportunity to run their own program, and I’m no different than anybody else in that regard.”
Caldwell might have gotten the chance to at least interview for an opening if he wasn’t so busy helping the Ravens earn a date with San Francisco in the Super Bowl next Sunday.
“I had a couple of GMs tell me, ‘If it weren’t for your guys’ success in the playoffs and continuing to play, then he would have been someone we would have interviewed,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “Hopefully next year we’re in the same spot, and it will be tough for him to get interviews again. Really, though, I can see him getting that opportunity a year from now.”
* Former San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary also told the Chicago Sun-Times that he wants to coach again. He was a candidate for the Chicago Bears opening that was filled by Marc Trestman.
Singletary said he isn’t bitter the 49ers have reached the Super Bowl. In fact, he’s still thankful to many in the organization for giving him a chance to be a head coach.
But he wants another shot.
“It was great to be interviewed,” Singletary said. “But hopefully, in the near future, it’ll happen again.”
* Speaking of coaching, the Las Cruces Sun-News questioned if anyone can win with the New Mexico State football program.
* ABCNews showed in a video what goes into training for athletes at the XGames.
* The Milford-Orange (Conn.) Bulletin wrote that high turnover in high school coaching is attributed to the changing demands of the job.
* The Associated Press reported that the U.S. Olympic Committee will name a new training facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., after the late Sen. Ted Stevens.
* Washington Wizards small forward Martell Webster talked about what he sees when another player suffers a concussion in an interview on YouTube.
* The Idaho Statesman wrote that concussions in sports can’t be taken seriously enough.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor