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Sean McClelland

Sean McClelland grew up in Cleveland embedded in a losing sports culture. A childhood hero was Indians center fielder Rick Manning, which kind of says it all. After college at Cleveland State University and eight years covering the Yankees and Mets for a New Jersey newspaper chain, he started reporting on the Cleveland Browns for the Dayton Daily News. Currently night sports editor at Cox Media Group Ohio, he writes an online column called Sports Daily, which appears four times a week.

Latest from Sean McClelland

SPORTS DAILY: New Browns coach direct from central casting
 Not sure how well the Browns will do next season, but some of their press conferences sure figure to be more entertaining. Had I attended Thursday’s introduction of new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the infamous “Bountygate” guy, it would have taken the strength of every fiber in my considerable being not to burst...

Posted: a minute ago

Not sure how well the Browns will do next season, but some of their press conferences sure figure to be more entertaining. Had I attended Thursday’s introduction of new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the infamous “Bountygate” guy, it would have taken the strength of every fiber in my considerable being not to burst...
SPORTS DAILY: Reds shed a good arm, but it makes sense
 Nothing like sparking off-season interest by trading one of your more productive pitchers for three anonymous prospects. Obviously not sold on journeyman right-hander Dan Straily’s ability to repeat last season’s success and become a pillar of their rebuilding, that’s what the Reds did Thursday, and until second baseman...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Nothing like sparking off-season interest by trading one of your more productive pitchers for three anonymous prospects. Obviously not sold on journeyman right-hander Dan Straily’s ability to repeat last season’s success and become a pillar of their rebuilding, that’s what the Reds did Thursday, and until second baseman...
SPORTS DAILY: Baseball Hall of Fame voters sort of get it right
 Nice to see Tim Raines make the Hall of Fame on his final try Wednesday, even though it happened about eight years too late. I was in Raines’ orbit in 1996 when he played for the New York Yankees, who won the World Series that year. Not that he could pick me out of a lineup today, but since he didn’t curse at me (Pascual Perez)...

Posted: a day ago

Nice to see Tim Raines make the Hall of Fame on his final try Wednesday, even though it happened about eight years too late. I was in Raines’ orbit in 1996 when he played for the New York Yankees, who won the World Series that year. Not that he could pick me out of a lineup today, but since he didn’t curse at me (Pascual Perez)...
SPORTS DAILY: A Hall of Fame ballot opposite of blank
 Sportswriters using moral grounds to justify their actions always makes me chuckle. I guess I’ve known too many of them. So I couldn’t help but laugh when learning that blogger Murray Chass, formerly of The New York Times, and others had mailed in blank Baseball Hall of Fame ballots this year in protest of steroids and heaven...

Posted: 2 days ago

Sportswriters using moral grounds to justify their actions always makes me chuckle. I guess I’ve known too many of them. So I couldn’t help but laugh when learning that blogger Murray Chass, formerly of The New York Times, and others had mailed in blank Baseball Hall of Fame ballots this year in protest of steroids and heaven...
SPORTS DAILY: New fodder for Smith-Harbaugh Twitter war?
 Haven’t seen a tweet about this from Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh yet, but it’s probably just a matter of time. Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith has not yet been formally named to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, but ESPN reported it and the four-letter network is not generally known for being irresponsible...

Posted: 5 days ago

Haven’t seen a tweet about this from Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh yet, but it’s probably just a matter of time. Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith has not yet been formally named to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, but ESPN reported it and the four-letter network is not generally known for being irresponsible...
SPORTS DAILY: Browns move still the most hurtful
 Heartbreaking as it must have been for San Diego fans to lose their NFL team to Los Angeles this week, that move is nothing compared to what the late Browns owner Art Modell did to Cleveland. Not even close. Not in the same area code, same country, same hemisphere. And we shouldn’t let the passage of time dim our recollection. Modell&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

Heartbreaking as it must have been for San Diego fans to lose their NFL team to Los Angeles this week, that move is nothing compared to what the late Browns owner Art Modell did to Cleveland. Not even close. Not in the same area code, same country, same hemisphere. And we shouldn’t let the passage of time dim our recollection. Modell&rsquo...
Owner: Hockey to go ‘dormant’ in Dayton
 Dayton professional hockey will go “dormant” for the 2016-2017 season ”due to arena availability and lack of lead up time,” franchise owner and coach Joe Pace Sr. announced on the website daytonprohockey.com. “Unfortunately due to circumstances out of my control Hara Arena is unable to sign leases,” Pace...

1:10 AM Thursday, Jul. 14, 2016

Dayton professional hockey will go “dormant” for the 2016-2017 season ”due to arena availability and lack of lead up time,” franchise owner and coach Joe Pace Sr. announced on the website daytonprohockey.com. “Unfortunately due to circumstances out of my control Hara Arena is unable to sign leases,” Pace...
SPORTS DAILY: Wright State AD Grant channels his inner Steinbrenner on Donlon firing
 As you can read here, I was not a fan of the move when Wright State hired Billy Donlon as men’s basketball coach six years ago. In lieu of an actual search for the best possible candidate, the school simply passed the baton to Donlon, who had been Brad Brownell’s top assistant. Those administrators took the lazy way out, but Donlon...

4:41 PM Friday, Mar. 18, 2016

As you can read here, I was not a fan of the move when Wright State hired Billy Donlon as men’s basketball coach six years ago. In lieu of an actual search for the best possible candidate, the school simply passed the baton to Donlon, who had been Brad Brownell’s top assistant. Those administrators took the lazy way out, but Donlon...
SPORTS DAILY: Make Dayton great again, revive Gem City Jam
 It’s always amusing to hear Dayton touted as some great college basketball town. If we’re interested in the truth, it’s really just a University of Dayton basketball town, all others be damned. Were the region deserving of its overblown reputation, UD would be playing crosstown rival Wright State — if not annually...

4:37 AM Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2016

It’s always amusing to hear Dayton touted as some great college basketball town. If we’re interested in the truth, it’s really just a University of Dayton basketball town, all others be damned. Were the region deserving of its overblown reputation, UD would be playing crosstown rival Wright State — if not annually...
SPORTS DAILY: Can the Browns put their future in this guy’s hands?
 How would you like to be an NFL quarterback prospect and find out your hand, measured from pinky to thumb, is one-eighth of an inch short of acceptable? That’s what happened to Jared Goff of Cal on Thursday at the annual scouting combine in Indianapolis. His right (passing) hand measured nine inches, and people were actually suggesting...

5:09 AM Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

How would you like to be an NFL quarterback prospect and find out your hand, measured from pinky to thumb, is one-eighth of an inch short of acceptable? That’s what happened to Jared Goff of Cal on Thursday at the annual scouting combine in Indianapolis. His right (passing) hand measured nine inches, and people were actually suggesting...
SPORTS DAILY: ‘Mercy rule’ needed after 107-point blowout
 Mismatches are common in early-round high school basketball tournament games, but this is ridiculous. On Wednesday night in Cleveland, Gilmour High School beat Northeast Ohio College Prep 108-1 in a Division III girls sectional semifinal. There are ways to prevent this, of course. As the margin grows, a coach could tell his players to walk...

8:11 AM Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

Mismatches are common in early-round high school basketball tournament games, but this is ridiculous. On Wednesday night in Cleveland, Gilmour High School beat Northeast Ohio College Prep 108-1 in a Division III girls sectional semifinal. There are ways to prevent this, of course. As the margin grows, a coach could tell his players to walk...