HOUSTON -- Bum Phillips, the folksy Texas football icon who coached the Houston Oilers during their Luv Ya Blue heyday and later led the New Orleans Saints, died Friday. He was 90.
"Bum is gone to Heaven," son Wade Phillips tweeted Friday night. "Loved and will be missed by all -- great Dad, Coach, and Christian."
Phillips died at his ranch in Goliad.
Wade Phillips is the Houston Texans' defensive coordinator.
Born Oail Andrew Phillips Jr. in 1923 in Orange, Phillips was a Texas original in his blue jeans, boots and trademark white Stetson -- except at the Astrodome or any other dome stadium because he was taught it was disrespectful to wear a hat indoors.
"Mama always said that if it can't rain on you, you're indoors," Phillips said.
Phillips loved the Oilers and when coaching the team in the 1970s, he famously said of the Cowboys: "They may be 'America's Team,' but we're Texas' team."
He took over as coach of the Oilers in 1975 and led Houston to two AFC Championship games before he was fired in 1980. He was responsible for drafting Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell, the player who was largely credited with the success of the franchise.
Hoyer has surgery: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has had successful surgery on his right knee.
Hoyer had the operation on Friday at the Cleveland Clinic to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. A team spokesman said the surgery went well and that the 28-year-old Hoyer is expected to make a full recovery.
Hoyer led the Browns to two wins after replacing injured starter Brandon Weeden. Hoyer got hurt when he slid awkwardly at the end of a scramble on Oct. 3 against Buffalo. His cleat got caught under him following an 11-yard gain, which ended with his slide and a hit by Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso.
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he hopes Hoyer can re-join the team for workouts next spring.
Redskins debate: The national debate over whether the NFL's Washington Redskins should change their nickname isn't resonating at Fort Wayne North Side High School, which has the same nickname.
Fort Wayne Community Schools spokeswoman Krista Stockman tells The Journal Gazette there's been previous discussion about changing North's team name but not recently. North High senior Jared Youngs says the mascot is a sign of strength and the school isn't downgrading the Redskins name but instead promoting it.
Indiana High School Athletic Association Sports Information Director Jason Wille says 44 of its 412 members use American Indian names for their sports teams.
Miller activated: The Denver Broncos have activated All-Pro linebacker Von Miller following his six-game drug suspension. To make room, the Broncos waived wide receiver Tavarres King, whom they'd promoted from their practice squad earlier in the week to keep him from joining the Green Bay Packers.
The speedy King was a fifth-round draft pick from Georgia. He had vowed to make the most of his promotion, saying he'd learned his lessons after failing to make the final cut in camp.
EMU player killed: Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed was found shot to death early Friday and authorities have launched an off-campus homicide investigation.
Ypsilanti Police Sgt. Thomas Eberts tells the Ann Arbor News that a man's body was found in the hallway of an apartment complex about 7:15 a.m. by his roommate. The victim appeared to have been shot to death.
Gronkowski cleared: Rob Gronkowski's agent says the New England Patriots' star tight end has been cleared to make his season debut today.
Drew Rosenhaus says Gronkowski has been cleared by all his doctors to play against the New York Jets (3-3).
Russell arrested: Hall of Fame center Bill Russell was arrested this week at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after Transportation Security Administration officials found a loaded gun in his luggage.
Russell was arrested Wednesday night as he attempted to go through security. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper confirmed Friday night that Russell was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area. Russell's gun was confiscated and he was released.
Noah out: Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will be held out of all basketball-related activities for about a week in hopes that the rest will clear up his lingering groin strain. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Noah still has a little soreness before the Bulls played the Indiana Pacers in a preseason game on Friday night and that the team wants him to be completely healthy before he returns.
Auburn player may not be tried: Former Auburn University basketball player Varez Ward, who is accused of point-shaving during a game, may not be tried.
Ward came off the bench in a game against Arkansas on Jan. 25, 2012, but crumpled to the floor with an apparent leg injury after playing only 19 seconds. Arkansas won 56-53. He was arrested in June on bribery and conspiracy charges, accusing him of trying to fix the game. He pleaded not guilty.
A-Rod denies report: Alex Rodriguez reportedly paid $305,000 for evidence that could be used in litigation involving the anti-aging clinic in Florida.
The report in Saturday's Daily News was denied by a spokesman for the Yankees third baseman. Ron Berkowitz said in an email to The Associated Press that "certain parties" are "leaking false information."
The paper said Rodriguez and his representatives confirmed the payments during testimony this week in the grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension.