Leading Off

Leading Off: 10 pressing questions in the world of sports

10 pressing questions in the world of sports

▪ With Jim Harbaugh’s departure all but certain, will the 49ers be able to find any other coach who can lead them to three NFC Championship games in three seasons?

▪ When you read John Harbaugh’s comments that he and other family members haven’t talked to Jim Harbaugh about his future, did you wonder if they ever talk?

▪ A report surfaced this week that in 2007 Harbaugh reportedly smeared a Stanford player’s blood on his face to motivate his team, so is that what Michigan wants?

▪ If the 49ers insist on receiving compensation in a trade for Harbaugh, what could Michigan possibly offer other than a new Ford?

▪ And if Michigan lands Harbaugh, will Zingerman’s Deli on Ann Arbor’s Detroit Street add a “Mighty Manwich,” full of bologna, in his honor?

▪ Speaking of coaches, how much time will the Kings give Tyrone Corbin before they call George Karl, who has made it clear he’s available and interested?

▪ Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 23.9 points and 12.3 rebounds, so why is he seventh in All-Star voting for the Western Conference front court?

▪ Speaking of Cousins, is it a sign of disrespect for the Kings’ big man or the popularity of the NFL that a Google search of “Cousins stats” displays a bio of the Redskins’ backup quarterback in the prominent top-right position?

▪ Raley Field will kick off the Giants’ World Series trophies tour Jan.7; isn’t it cool Giants fans already are benefiting from the River Cats’ decision to change their Triple-A affiliation?

▪ Quarterback Jake Browning set a national high school record for touchdown passes and led Folsom to the CIF Division I title, but is beating out incumbent Cyler Miles (who will be a junior) to be Washington’s starter raising expectations too high?

– Tom Couzens


What to do

Sacramento Bee 58th Optimist All-Star Classic, Folsom High School, 12:30 p.m.: Many of the region’s best seniors play their final high school football game, with some still trying to impress college coaches.

What to watch

Men’s college basketball, No. 1 Kentucky at No. 4 Louisville, 11 a.m., ESPN2: If Rick Pitino’s Cardinals can’t beat John Calipari’s Wildcats, can any team?