Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Oct. 22

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionProblems with Nisky Democrats’ robocallsOver the past few weeks I have received several robocalls from the Niskayuna Democratic Committee, asking for my vote.There are four problems. 1. I live in Glenville. 2. The caller ID says, ‘Lake Placid.’ 3. I sent an email some time ago, requesting that these mistakes be fixed, especially because hundreds if not thousands of calls to residents outside Niskayuna might be going out. Nothing was done and I received no response. 4. I tried to use the NDC’s website to contact them today. The email didn’t work.Dave DuncanGlenvilleGo after scofflaws to recover moneyIt would seem that the governor’s plan to raise $70 million from us New Yorkers has slowed down. The complete story is still to be written, I guess.I have been looking at the news and wondering if my license, that is due in April 2020, was going to cost me another $70 to replace my “perfect” plates.I was in Central Park recently and I walked up and down a row of cars. I observed that the greatest number of plates were perfect for another 10 years, except on one car that I noticed was wrecked more than the plate and should be replaced — the car, I mean.The main reason for this letter is that if the governor wants to raise some big bucks, for whatever purpose he has, he should have someone look into the scoffers that owe the state more than $70 million in fines that they have not paid on their violations of vehicle misuse. These scofflaws in New York state and Schenectady also should pay up or have their licenses taken away. Let’s collect from these law breakers and maybe reduced taxes.James A. WilsonSchenectadyDo test scores really indicate proficiency?The recent Scotia-Glenville school district newsy bits mailing included the overall assessment of student performance on the state standardized tests: 48 percent of students achieved level 3 or 4 (proficient) scores on the ELA (readin’ and writin’) test; 54 percent achieved proficient scores on the math (‘rithmetic) test.The first score was on par with last year. The second was six points better than last year.The numbers are consistent with a multiple-year check based on the district’s website report.The Scotia-Glenville school district, on its website, likes to buff its nails on this topic. And indeed, the scores are better than the Education Department’s (rather modest) expectations.On the other hand, if on average, student proficiency is about 50 percent across the board, that means that half the students are not proficient. Ooopsie.The story gets better. These students go on to high school, and most, around 95 percent, as I recall from the website report, seem to get the Regent’s Diploma.That is to say, youngsters who have notable problems with readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic miraculously (what else could it be?) manage in grades 9 through 12 to, um, remediate themselves.I find this all very puzzling.Donald JennerScotialast_img read more

Bill to ‘crack down on unscrupulous lenders’

first_imgOneNews 17 Sept 2013A Bill to strengthen protections for borrowers and make wide-ranging changes to consumer credit and repossession laws passed its first reading in Parliament today.Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss says the Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill is the largest overhaul of consumer credit law in a decade.“The Bill will crack down on unscrupulous lenders who leave borrowers and their families trapped in a spiral of uncontrolled debt,” Mr Foss said.The changes will require all lenders to act responsibly and provide consumers with the information they need to properly consider any loan agreement, he said.The Bill makes it illegal to lend money to someone whose loan repayments would be likely to result in substantial hardship.It also requires lenders to properly consider applications by borrowers for hardship relief.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/bill-crack-down-unscrupulous-lenders-5586220last_img read more

Local lawmakers want your input as General Assembly approaches

first_imgBatesville, In. — Local lawmakers are looking for your input as preparations continue for the latest session of the General Assembly.Here are links to 2018 Legislative Surveys:State Senator Jean Leising Indiana Senate District 42State Senator Chip Perfect Indiana Senate District 43 State Senator Jim Smith Indiana Senate District 45 State Senator Jeff Raatz Indiana Senate District 27 District 67 State Representative Randy FryeDistrict 66 State Representative Terry GoodinDistrict 57 State Representative Sean EberhartDistrict 68 State Representative Randy LynessDistrict 55 State Representative Cindy ZiemkeDistrict 69 State Representative Jim Lucaslast_img read more

Chivita Rewards Consumers with Man Utd’s Jerseys

first_img Loading… She said, “Thanks to Chivita 100%, I can now proudly say I own an authentic Manchester United jersey. It is always a welcome development when brands reward their loyal consumers. While I enjoy watching Manchester United play, this was an extra incentive for me to support the club, as well as get the very best of nourishment that Chivita 100% juice gives me.” Brand Manager, Chivita, Ademola Mafikuyomi, stated that the tremendous response from social media users to the promo and their enthusiastic participation in the competition was a reflection of the affinity Chivita 100% fruit juice enjoys amongst consumers in Nigeria. read also:Keep your eyes on Shoretire, Newcastle great Clark tells Man Utd fans “We congratulate winners of the Chivita-United social media promo. We realize that football is the number 1 sport in Nigeria, and as such, this consumer promotion presented us with an opportunity to reward Nigerians for making Chivita 100% their favourite brand for everyday nourishment. “We will continue to identify the best platforms to connect with, engage, reward, and delight our numerous consumers whilst providing them with products that contain all the essential nutrients and vitamins the body needs. Consuming natural, high quality, healthy, and nourishing foods and drinks is especially important during this pandemic to enable the body stay well nourished, build strong immunity, and stay protected against infections and diseases.” he stated. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chivita 100% fruit juice has rewarded winners in its just-concluded Chivita-Manchester United social media promotion with exciting prizes including jerseys of the English Premier League club. The Promo drew excitement from enthusiastic soccer-loving fans and consumers across Nigeria as they participated to get rewarded. The month-long promo which began on June 15, 2020, created a platform for soccer-loving fans to express their passion for the team they love, Manchester United while enjoying healthy nourishment from their favourite fruit juice brand Chivita 100%. Participants were required to follow Chivita Juice on all social media platforms, and predict the final scores of the Manchester United matches one hour before they commenced. The first six fans with the correct predictions were selected as winners and rewarded with authentic Manchester United jerseys signed by some of the club’s top stars. The competition saw over 1,000 participants taking part throughout its duration. One of the lucky winners, Elizabeth Isaiah, expressed gratitude to Chivita 100% for the promo and its exciting reward.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 10 Historical Mysteries That Still Haven’t Been SolvedWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?15 Extremely Surprising Facts About Disney Princesses5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?San Francisco Runner Makes Art With GPS-Tracking5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports The Panthers first announced the move to Rock Hill last June during a celebration with Panthers owner David Tepper and several South Carolina politicians including Gov. Henry McMaster.In other NFL news:— The Bills have picked up the fifth-year contract option on cornerback Tre’Davious White, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. White’s salary will bump up to about $10 million, based on an average of the top 32 salaries at his position. White was taken in the first round of the 2017 draft and tied for the league lead with six interceptions.— Kicker Zane Gonzalez has signed a one-year contract to stay with the Cardinals. The 24-year-old Gonzalez was a restricted free agent and was offered a one-year tender in March. He was 31 of 35 on field goals last season and 34 of 35 on extra points.NCAA-ATHLETE COMPENSATION — The European track and field championships in Paris have been canceled. Local organizers and the French track federation say the biennial event scheduled for late August could not be postponed for one year. They cited uncertainty about the sport’s 2021 calendar and the French economy.— German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan. The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said the date would be acceptable, but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May. League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.” Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area.— Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party and will be broadcast on NBC. The day will be highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief. The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945.NHL-BLUE JACKETS-MERZLIKINSJackets extend netminder He retired after the 2016 season, ending a 67-year run in the Dodgers’ broadcast booths.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR teams can restart car preparationsUNDATED (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says NASCAR teams can work in their race shops if they maintain social distancing guidelines, clearing a potential hurdle to resuming the season in coming weeks.Cooper extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 8 Thursday and said he would gradually open it in three phases, adding he’s still considering NASCAR’s request to run the Coca-Cola 600 as scheduled on May 24 without spectators. MLB-DODGERS-SCULLY HOSPITALIZED92-year-old Vin Scully hospitalized after fall at homeLOS ANGELES (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully has been hospitalized after falling at his Los Angeles-area home.The team says the 92-year-old fell Tuesday and was taken to the hospital for observation. Scully is resting comfortably and is expected to be released soon.Scully jokes that he won’t be doing anymore “head-first sliding,” which he never liked. Associated Press NFL-NEWSIncentive deal to move Panthers to S.C. approvedUNDATED (AP) — A county in South Carolina has approved a deal loaded with tax breaks for the Carolina Panthers to move their headquarters and practice site.News outlets report that the York County Council approved the deal in a 4-3 vote after listening to public comments during their virtual meeting on Monday. It follows a series of moves the state has made to attract the team’s headquarters. They’ll continue to play their games in Charlotte, North Carolina.The approved deal will give the Panthers relief from all property taxes in the City of Rock Hill for 20 to 25 years, according to the York County Council. The Jaguars went for a cornerback with the ninth choice, taking Florida cornerback CJ Henderson.The Browns used the 10th pick to take offensive tackle Jedrick Wills, who allowed one sack in 39 games for Alabama.Not since the draft became a televised event in 1980 has it been stripped to the basics like this one. Scouts and general managers are working from their homes as a safeguard against the coronavirus. Prospects are homebound as well, giving Commissioner Roger Goodell no one to hug after each of the 32 first-round selections are made. Goodell is overseeing the festivities from his basement.The draft was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas before the pandemic turned it into a virtual selection show. The league announced during the first round that Vegas will host the draft in 2022. The Cincinnati Bengals have taken the LSU quarterback with the first selection in the NFL draft. It’s the third straight year in which the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was taken first overall in the draft.Burrow just led the Tigers to the national championship in a record-setting season. He completed an outstanding 76.3% of his passes for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and just six interceptions.Burrow played his last two seasons at LSU after transferring from Ohio State. He joins a team that went 2-14 in 2019 under first-year head coach Zac Taylor. The Bengals scored 279 points last season, third worst in the league.The Buckeyes produced the No. 2 second as defensive end Chase Young was taken by the Redskins. Young made life miserable for quarterbacks as a junior last season, recording 16 ½ sacks and 21 tackles for loss.The Lions grabbed the highest-rated cornerback in this year’s draft by taking Ohio State All-American Jeff Okudah (oh-KOO’-duh) with the third selection. He is the highest-drafted cornerback since Shawn Springs was selected from the same school by Seattle in the 1997 draft. NCAA moves toward allowing athletes to be paid sponsorsUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving closer to allowing Division I college athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorship deals they can strike on their own.Recommendations that would permit athletes to earn money for their names, images and likeness are being reviewed this week. A decision could come as soon as next week. The issue has dominated college sports for several years. California recently passed a law clearing the way for athlete compensation, prompting the NCAA to take a fresh look at its regulations.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSGonzaga junior Kispert makes himself available for NBA draft For any racing to be done, the North Carolina-based teams need access to their shops to prep the cars.The governors of both Florida and Texas have already said NASCAR is welcome to race in their states without fans. South Carolina and Georgia are gradually easing restrictions.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck is taking an unpaid week, along with about 200 other leaders in the university system in response to the budget crunch caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joan Gabel announced the furloughs earlier this month. Fleck confirmed Thursday on a video conference call with reporters he’s taking part. Fleck’s 2020 salary is $4.6 million.— Colorado athletic director Rick George said he and 11 head coaches will take pay cuts for the upcoming fiscal year in light of the budget impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The salaries for George along with football coach Karl Dorrell, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle and women’s basketball coach JR Payne will be reduced by 10%. The other eight varsity head coaches will have their salaries reduced by 5%. The first offensive tackle in a strong group went off the board fourth overall when the Giants selected Georgia’s Andrew Thomas. He started 41 games for the Bulldogs in three seasons, the last 26 at left tackle.The Dolphins took Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-uh tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) with the fifth choice. Tagovailoa threw 76 touchdown passes in 24 starts the past two seasons, but a dislocated and fractured hip ended his 2019 season in mid-November.Oregon’s Justin Herbert became the third quarterback selected, going sixth overall to the Chargers.The Panthers selected Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown with the seventh selection.Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons was taken by the Cardinals after he surprisingly fell to the No. 8 pick. The study of the worldwide Olympic bureaucracy’s finances concludes there’s far more money available for athletes than what they receive. It says the IOC averages $1.4 billion a year in revenues and spends only about 4% of it on athletes. Leagues such as the NFL and the Premier League spend between 40% and 60% of their revenue on players.The study was a collaboration between the Global Athlete advocacy group and the Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 24, 2020 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed rookie goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season.Merzlikins has been solid for the Jackets this season, recording five shutouts, a 2.48 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He is tied for second in the league in shutouts and fifth in both save percentage and goals-against average.OLYMPICS-COLLECTIVE BARGAINING SURVEYStudy: Olympians should push for collective bargainingUNDATED (AP) — A study of Olympic spending patterns concludes that athletes who compete at the games are woefully underpaid. It says they would be best served by banding together to create the sort of collective-bargaining arrangement commonly found in the pros. UNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga star Corey Kispert has entered his name in the NBA draft but has left open the possibility of returning for his senior season. Kispert announced Thursday on Twitter that he doesn’t plan on hiring an agent, which would allow him to return to the Bulldogs.Kispert was a finalist for the Julius Erving small forward of the year award last season. He averaged nearly 14 points per game last season and led tIn other college basketball news:— Michigan guard Franz Wagner says he is returning for his sophomore season. Wagner started 27 games last season, averaging 11.6 points and leading the team in steals. The 6-foot-9 German missed the first four games because of a fractured wrist. Isaiah Livers is testing the NBA draft waters, but Wagner decided not to go that route. Michigan also announced that forward Austin Davis had surgery on Monday on his right shoulder and is expected to recover fully. He could be ready to return in early October.— Purdue graduate transfer Matt Haarms has chosen Brigham Young over Kentucky and Texas Tech. He will be eligible to play basketball immediately. Haarms was one of the top transfers after announcing he was leaving the Boilermakers after his junior season. He narrowed his choices to BYU, Kentucky and Texas Tech earlier this week. The 7-foot-3 center from Amsterdam averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game while shooting 63% last season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTBurrow goes to Bengals with top pick…Redskins take YoungUNDATED (AP) — Joe Burrow’s the one.last_img read more

Fiammetta: Leuer lacking dominance for UW

first_imgPlayer X averages 19.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring and seventh in rebounding.Player X is a 6-foot-10, 228-pound forward who also has the ball skills of a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard. He leads his team in three-point shots made, and his .463 percentage from behind the arc is seventh in the Big Ten.Player X entered the 2011 season on the Naismith preseason watch list, and he has been projected as a NBA Draft lottery pick. His aforementioned statistics are impressive, but Player X has not played like a Naismith Award candidate or a NBA Draft lottery pick.Player X is Wisconsin Badger Jon Leuer.In his three and a half years at UW, Leuer has gone from heralded recruit to standout freshman to honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2010. Last season, despite the presence of senior captains Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon, Leuer proved himself as the team’s most important player when he went down with a broken wrist in early January. Head coach Bo Ryan compensated for his loss by moving to a three-guard lineup, inserting Jordan Taylor into the starting five.Wisconsin did go 6-3 with Leuer out of the lineup, but the loss of its top big man left them undermanned and undersized. The Badgers finished a game behind regular season conference champions Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan State and lost to Illinois in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.This year, Leuer started off the season with a bang. His knack for knocking down outside shots early in the first half of games frequently set the tone for the Badgers in non-conference play. Leuer averaged 19.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in that portion of the schedule.Yet, those non-conference games featured the likes of Prairie View A&M, South Dakota and Coppin State as opponents. In the Badgers’ first loss of the season, game five Nov. 20 at UNLV, Leuer was saddled with foul trouble for most of the first half. He finished with only 10 points on just 3-ofj-11 shooting. The Badgers’ next loss to a strong Notre Dame squad can’t be put on Leuer, though, as he led all players with 19 points.Thus, as it is in the world of college basketball, conference play is where it starts.The day after the Rose Bowl, when most Badgers were seemingly too drunk with sorrow (or actually just too drunk) to care, Leuer led his squad into Champaign, Ill., to take on the Fighting Illini in the second game of Big Ten season. UW fell, 69-61, mainly due to ice-cold second-half shooting. Wisconsin shot 28.1 percent (9-32) from the floor in that half, 20 percent (4-20) from three-point range and 35 percent from the floor for the entire game (21-60). Ice, ice cold.Leuer himself contributed 19 points and five rebounds, shooting 7-18 from the field and 2-8 from behind the arc. Those shooting percentages – 38.9 and 25 percent, respectively – are disappointing. Remember, Leuer is currently shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from three-point land.But, as sage-advisor-of-all-things-college-basketball Ken Pomeroy would tell you, simple shooting percentages are quite often useless. Who knows what factors into each shot? Could be fatigue, defensive pressure, etc. Maybe Leuer and the Badgers had one eye closed each time. Regardless, KenPom and others have devised a seemingly infinite number of advanced statistical measures to evaluate athletes’ aptitude more accurately.Yet, this isn’t about the numbers. Jon Leuer has good numbers. This is about something that’s perhaps less quantifiable – Leuer’s apparent hesitation to dominate.On a team that’s had 17 games to deal with the departure of Hughes and Bohannon, Leuer has naturally emerged as one of the Badgers’ two statistical top guns (Taylor being the other). However, those 17 games really haven’t been enough. Bo Ryan’s opening day starting five consisted of Leuer, Taylor, Keaton Nankivil, Wquinton Smith and Tim Jarmusz. The next game, after freshman guard Josh Gasser scored 21 off the bench in the first, had Gasser and Mike Bruesewitz in for Smith and Jarmusz. The lineup stayed like that until Jan. 5 against Michigan, when Jarmusz and Rob Wilson replaced Bruesewitz and Gasser, who were struggling offensively.Badger fans will tell you – and it’s really not hard to see for yourself – Jarmusz offers little outside of his ability to keep the offense swinging (quite literally). No, he’s not a defensive liability. Yes, if he saw more playing time, he’d lead the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio. Bruesewitz is a fan favorite, mostly for his red-orange afro-thing but also for his shooting range and ability and rebounding prowess. Gasser stormed onto the scene with the second-highest scoring freshman debut in UW history and boasts impressive confidence for a freshman, but he’s cooled off.Thus, the fact remains, outside of Leuer, Taylor and Nankivil (who finally seems to have found some offensive consistency, averaging 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 50 percent from behind the arc), Wisconsin’s roster raises far more questions than the answers it does provide.Simply put, the Badgers’ Big Three need to be even bigger, and none more than Leuer. Taylor has emerged as one of the nation’s top point guards and a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, and he’s averaging nearly four full points more in Big Ten play (17 ppg for the year, 20.8 in conference games). Nankivil has been spoken for. Now, it’s Leuer’s turn.His aforementioned non-conference stats are impressive. He plays well at home too, averaging 21.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in games at the Kohl Center. But then again, everyone wearing red plays well there.Leuer is currently averaging just 14 points in Wisconsin’s four road games, which included UNLV, Marquette, Illinois and Michigan State. His rebound numbers are also way down, to 5.5 per game, as are his shooting percentages (52 percent at home, 37.7 on the road; 53.1 percent from three-point range at home, 37.5 on the road).At Michigan State Jan. 11, the Badgers held a nine-point lead with 2:37 left in regulation. Yet, UW collapsed, and the lead wasn’t far behind. Turnovers, forced shots, poor clock management – all evident of a loss of composure; unheard of from a Bo Ryan-coached team, but it happens. Michigan State needed that game badly, and their home crowd reminded them of it all game long. The Spartans won in overtime, 64-61. Leuer touched the ball once in the extra period. Just once, at the top of the key, on a quick handoff.The Spartans ratcheted up their defensive intensity – quite intensely – and the Badgers had no answer. Leuer had absolutely no answer. He finished with just 10 points on 3-9 shooting (only 1-2 from behind the arc) and seven rebounds.Meanwhile, MSU’s big men essentially won the game for the Spartans. Draymond Green led all scorers with 26 points and pulled down nine rebounds, and Delvon Roe shut Leuer down defensively.Yes, just one game. In fact, Leuer may have made a statement the next game against Illinois, scoring 26 points on 9-16 shooting while pulling down nine rebounds. But the trends are there, and the facts remain the same. Jon Leuer is, and has been, good, great and everything in between. For the Badgers to reach their full potential, though, he needs to be dominant.Mike is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. What are your thoughts on Leuer? Let him know at mfiammetta@badgerherald.com and follow him on Twitter @mikefiammetta.last_img read more

MBB : Relentless pursuit: Rice’s fiery attitude earns him respect as he attempts to build RU program

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments The first time Andrew Toole met Mike Rice, he thought he was a little bit crazy.Playing pickup basketball at Normandy Park in Middletown, N.J., in the summer of 2001, Toole, at the time a standout guard at Pennsylvania, only knew Rice as the older man who competed much harder than he should have on the court.Little did Toole know he was matching up against his future boss and mentor.‘Mike was overly aggressive and probably argued every call that was made in the entire game,’ Toole said.The two formed a bond soon after when they both worked for the Hoop Group Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp. Rice built an extensive web of connections in the Northeast at the high school, AAU and junior college levels while serving as the director of Hoop Group from 2001-04. And the relentless recruiter used those connections when he got back into coaching as an assistant at St. Joseph’s (Pa.) and Pittsburgh, before landing his first head coaching job in 2007 at Robert Morris, where Rice brought Toole on as an assistant.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe three years Rice spent at RMU transformed him from a coach’s son and former collegiate point guard into a hot coaching prospect known for bringing in talented recruits.Now in his second season as the head coach at Rutgers (12-14, 4-9 Big East), Rice has brought in the best recruiting class in the Scarlet Knights’ history. And he has motivated that talent to buy into his intense approach.‘Every day you have to go in with that same mindset, that focus: ‘OK, we’ve got to get everybody going in the same direction, focus and get improved,” Rice said during the Big East coaches’ teleconference Feb. 9. ‘And if we don’t, you really can go crazy because of the fact that there’s just so much to work on with this team.’Headlined by 6-foot-9 forward Kadeem Jack, the No. 33 overall prospect, Rutgers’ 2011 recruiting class was 24th-best in college basketball, according to Rivals.com. Jack turned down offers from West Virginia, Miami and Arkansas.‘He’s relentless,’ St. Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli said. ‘… Mike’s not afraid to get his hands dirty in recruiting. He recognizes the fact that you have to coach your current team and recruit your future teams.’Working under Jamie Dixon at Pittsburgh, Rice helped assemble a 2007 recruiting class highlighted by DeJuan Blair and Brad Wanamaker. As the lead recruiter for Wanamaker, as well as 2008 signees Tray Woodall and Nasir Robinson, Rice utilized relationships built from his time at the Hoop Group, former Panthers assistant Orlando Antigua said.Through it all, he has always been the same exuberant, passionate pickup player Toole matched up against on the New Jersey court and went on to learn from at RMU.‘He doesn’t bullsh*t you,’ said Toole, Rice’s successor as RMU’s head coach. ‘He tells you exactly how it is, and I think that people appreciate that when they really get to know him because the way that he is in recruiting is the way that he is when he coaches you is the way that he is with everything.’And while Rice is known for being animated on the sidelines and chastising referees, his passion is complemented by compassion toward his players.In 1987, Rice, then a freshman point guard at Fordham, went to the Brooklyn home of assistant coach Jack Armstrong for Thanksgiving dinner.Surrounded at the table by Armstrong’s boisterous Irish family, the 18-year-old Rice fit in perfectly, Armstrong said.He always does.‘What you see is what you get,’ Armstrong said. ‘Some of it is sometimes overly enthusiastic, occasionally a bull in a china shop when he was a young player. But when you get to know him, how could you not love him?’Mike Deane felt the same way.After coaching at his alma mater for three seasons, Rice was hired as a ‘restricted-earnings coach’ in 1994 by the former Marquette head coach.Deane had already completed the interview process for the open assistant position when he received a call from former Fordham head coach Nick Macarchuk on a Friday night toward the end of training camp. Macarchuk convinced Deane to give Rice a shot.Deane had a ticket waiting for Rice at LaGuardia Airport the next day. And on that Sunday, Deane offered him the position.‘He was a guy that you had to kind of lasso and hold back a little bit, but he’s a very intelligent guy,’ Deane said. ‘He’s very well-spoken. He could interact very well with anyone, whether it was the biggest benefactor for the university to the common guy on the streets that delivered a pizza to him.’After his time at Marquette, Rice would go on to be an assistant coach at Niagara and Chicago State before working for the Hoop Group and ultimately rejoining the coaching ranks at St. Joseph’s.At St. Joseph’s, Rice entered Martelli’s office fired up every morning. He continually broke down opposing matchups to the finer details — how the Hawks should defend opponents’ ball screens and offensive sets.‘Whether it would be with a blocking pad when guys are taking power layups, whether it was in making sure they knew exactly their defensive assignment, it was every day,’ Martelli said.‘There were no days where Mike’s personality wasn’t on display. That’s the beauty of Mike. He’s always on. He’s always engaged.’Rice then took his madness to Pittsburgh in 2006 and finally earned his first head coaching position in Moon Township, Pa., where he turned Robert Morris into a consistent postseason participant.The Colonials went 46-40 in the three years preceding Rice’s tenure. They went 73-31 in the three years under his leadership, reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and 2010.As a No. 15 seed in the 2010 tournament, the Colonials took second-seeded Villanova to overtime. The Wildcats escaped — earning some questionable calls along the way — but former RMU guard Gary Wallace, who plays professionally in Norway, said in an email to The DailyOrange that the oft-animated Rice was not mad at his players in the locker room after the game. Looking back, it is clear Rice has improved the programs at which he has been employed. And in doing so, he hasn’t changed a bit.His success in transforming the Colonials program led to his hiring at Rutgers. Heading to Piscataway, N.J., Rice maintained his fiery personality on the bench.Armstrong, the former Fordham assistant coach, saw that firsthand last year when Rutgers took on Syracuse on Feb. 19. Calling the game for ESPN, Armstrong met with Rice on the Carrier Dome floor before tip-off.‘Mike came up to me, and he says, ‘Jack, you should be proud of me. I haven’t gotten a (technical) this year,” Armstrong said, already beginning to chuckle. ‘So during the game, he gets a tech, and he looks right over at me, and he’s just shaking his head like ‘Oh, man, you’re going to kill me after the game.”This time around, it is the Orange who will be visiting The RAC, a hectic, insanity-driven environment that Martelli said matches Rice’s personality perfectly.The Scarlet Knights have compiled a 10-5 record at The RAC this season, including wins over No. 14 Florida, No. 23 Notre Dame and Connecticut, despite battling through numerous injuries and working with an inexperienced roster. ‘These guys have talent,’ Rice said during the teleconference. ‘We have a number of guys that on any given night can help us win. We just lack the consistency.’But Rice makes up for it. At each of his stops, he has established a name for himself as both a tremendous recruiter and coach with his consistent, energetic approach.That mindset is the same he had while playing against Toole a decade ago at Normandy Park in Middletown. It’s the same mindset he carried into men’s leagues, in which he often referred to Toole as the Scottie Pippen to his Michael Jordan. It’s the same mindset he has taken into work every day for the past 21 years.And, after growing to be both colleagues and close friends, Toole still thinks he’s nuts.‘That’s part of his greatness, is that he is crazy,’ Toole said. ‘He is so intense, so energetic and so passionate about the game.’sebail01@syr.edu center_img Published on February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

Treatment of USC has never been ‘fair’

first_imgNCAA bylaws require that a successful appeal of sanctions proves an “abuse of discretion.” But fans understand that doing so is challenging. The odds are bleak. College athletics’ governing body must acknowledge its previously rendered decision was incorrect. In essence, it must admit failure.Since the NCAA amended its procedure for appeals hearings in 2008, just one in 11 cases has been successful. USC athletic director Pat Haden, as a result, has exercised caution when asked about the Trojans’ chances of softening penalties handed down on the football program last June, which infamously include a two-year bowl ban and a loss of 30 scholarships over three years.“I’m just realistic,” Haden told reporters earlier this month. “I’m just going with the odds — 10 percent of appeals are successful.”Haden, along with other school officials, such as President C. L. Max Nikias, met with the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee on Saturday in Indianapolis to present USC’s case that the same organization had erred in its initial ruling last summer.“All I will say is that I want to thank the NCAA for giving us an opportunity before the appeals committee to have a good and fair hearing,” Nikias said after the meeting at an Indianapolis hotel. “Now we have to wait for the ruling.”In spite of Nikias’ remarks, however, it’s important to note that when it comes to USC and the NCAA, things have never been “fair.” In many respects, since the inception of sanctionsgate about a year ago, the Trojans have been dealt a rather unfavorable hand.When the university initially met with the 10-member Committee on Infractions in February 2010, the staff’s inclusion of certain members jeopardized the integrity of the investigation. Heading the committee was chairperson Paul Dee, the former athletic director at the University of Miami.Under Dee’s watch, the Hurricanes’ athletic program was cited by the NCAA for a “significant lack of institutional control” in 1995 and further sanctioned after a myriad of gun, drug and sexual abuse scandals plagued its football team.Fifteen years later, Dee applied the same term to the USC football program in dolling out the harshest penalties since the 1987 SMU death penalty, a title that had previously been reserved for Dee’s Canes. Since then many have speculated that the former athletic director was influenced by a desire to have another modern-day football titan carry a distinction that had once been reserved for Miami: dirty.Other members included Melissa L. Conboy, the deputy director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame, one of the Trojans’ fiercest rivals. For the better part of 22 years, Conboy has worked in the Irish athletic department, creating a possible conflict of interest.But the decision to replace James O’Fallon, a University of Oregon law professor representing the Pac-10, on the committee with former COI member Josephine Pututo of the University of Nebraska, might have been the most irresponsible action taken. O’Fallon was forced to recuse himself because of Oregon’s conference affiliation with USC, and Dee opted to replace him with Pututo despite having already used up her limit of three three-year terms.In spite of a puzzling collection of committee members, however, NCAA representatives insisted that the Trojans, who had been fighting allegations regarding improper benefits received by former tailback Reggie Bush since 2006, would be treated fairly and given due process.During a 2004 hearing in front of Congress, Pututo explained that the NCAA’s enforcement, infractions and hearing procedures not only met due process standards, but in certain cases exceeded the 14th Amendment’s procedural protections. In short, USC was expected to be granted an opportunity to refute claims of a “lack of institution control,” suggesting that former coach Pete Carroll and his staff were fully aware of Bush receiving thousands of dollars in extra benefits.But in the initial case USC was not afforded such an opportunity. The committee instead found that USC was guilty of a “lack of institutional control” on the basis that it “should have known” of Bush’s dealings with sports marketers Lloyd Lake and Michael Michaels.“The real issue here is, if you have high-profile players, your enforcement staff has to monitor those students at a higher level,” Dee said in a June teleconference announcing the sanctions. “High-profile players merit high-profile enforcement.”The rendered decision, however, varies from other, more recent rulings in which such similar logic seems to have been ignored, raising the question that if it’s applicable to USC, then why not other similar collegiate institutions?When Auburn declared its Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton ineligible in December amid allegations of Newton’s father seeking composition for his son to sign a letter of intent to play at Mississippi State, the NCAA appeared far more lenient.In a span of 48 hours, it ruled Newton eligible, citing insufficient evidence to take action. By contrast, its investigation of USC and Bush took approximately four years — or 35,040 hours.“Based on the information available to the reinstatement staff at this time, we do not have sufficient evidence that Cam Newton or anyone from Auburn was aware of this activity,” said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs in a news release.Despite far too little evidence in the Bush case, the committee punished USC while giving Newton and Auburn the benefit of the doubt.Similarly, when five Ohio State football players were ruled ineligible in December for selling awards and exchanging autographs for tattoos, their five-game suspensions were postponed until the 2011 season since “the student-athletes were not aware they were committing violations.”USC was punished for alleged ignorance in relation to Bush yet conversely the Tattoo Five’s penalties were softened due to ignorance.This past weekend, Nikias cited fairness during his two-line description of USC’s appeal hearing, a largely optimistic outlook considering how events have transpired over the past 11 months.We can only hope he’s right, because at this point in time we’re all still waiting for the NCAA to do anything “good and fair” in regard to USC.“The 19th Hole” runs Mondays. 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Trojans travel to take on unbeaten Arizona

first_imgThe desert will be rocking on Saturday night when the USC Trojans take on one of the hottest teams in the country, the Arizona Wildcats. The No. 10 Wildcats (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) made their season debut in the AP poll this week, riding a wave of momentum after a stunning upset of then-No. 2 Oregon last Thursday. The Trojans (3-2, 2-1) are in an entirely different position, having dropped out of the national rankings after a last-second loss to Arizona State. Amid questions about his and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox’s play-calling abilities, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian is confident in his team’s ability to compete going forward.Run for it · Redshirt junior running back Javorius “Buck” Allen leads the Pac-12 in rushing so far this season, with 576 yards in five games. – Tony Zhou | Daily Trojan“I’m always impressed by this team’s ability to respond to the things that we ask of them,” Sarkisian said. “They came right back to work and just battled and competed. We’ve made a huge point of emphasis this week on winning our one-on-one battles. The focus on the attention to details was tremendous.”The Wildcats have seemingly emerged from out of nowhere to become the Pac-12’s highest-ranked team. After an undefeated — yet somewhat unimpressive — nonconference slate, the team has turned the college football world upside down in its first two Pac-12 games. First came an improbable last-second Hail Mary from quarterback Anu Solomon to wideout Austin Hill to beat California late last month, a sour reminder for Trojan fans of the two teams’ dichotomous seasons. Then came the upset of Oregon two weeks later, sealed with a strip-sack from linebacker Scooby Wright.The Wildcats’ potent offense has been responsible for much of this success, with the redshirt freshman Solomon leading the way. The Honolulu native has quietly grown into one of the conference’s best at his position, averaging 348.2 yards per game through the air with 14 touchdowns against only four interceptions.“Anu’s a heck of a player,” Sarkisian said. “He can really throw it, which is different than they had in [last year’s quarterback] B.J. Denker. He’s much more of a thrower than a runner, but when he does run it, he’s effective.”On the ground, the Wildcats are powered by the two-headed monster of Nick Wilson and Terris Jones-Grigsby. Wilson is the Pac-12’s second-leading rusher with 574 yards, just two behind USC redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen. Jones-Grigsby has scored a touchdown in each of his three appearances this season, averaging 5.9 yards per carry along the way. The pair have effectively filled the void left by record-breaking running back Ka’Deem Carey, who raced to 138 yards against the Trojans last year on his way to a Pac-12-best 1885 yards.USC sophomore linebacker Su’a Cravens and the rest of the Trojans’ defensive unit will be tasked with stopping an athletic, multi-faceted attack. Cravens, who leads his team with 8.5 tackles for loss, has been impressed with what he has seen of the Wildcats on film.“They’re fast, they’re really fast,” Cravens said. “They don’t run as many plays as Arizona State does, but they get you tired, and when you’re tired you can’t really keep up with the tempo as such. Their plays rely on our mistakes, so those big yards that they gain, those points they put up are really from defenses getting tired and making mistakes, which is what they gameplan for.”Sarkisian admitted that given Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez’s complex offensive scheme, the Wildcats are a tough team to stop.“Arizona is very unique,” Sarkisian said. “They really call a run play and a pass play on every down, and the quarterback has a decision whether to hand it off or to throw it. I think Rich [Rodriguez] is a tremendous coach; he’s one of the pioneers of the spread offense and does a great job of executing it and then implementing it on gameday.”Allen and the USC offense will aim to keep the quick-striking Wildcats off the field, a goal that history says the team should be able to accomplish. The Trojans kept the ball for 37:18 of last Saturday’s loss to ASU, winning the time of possession battle by more than 14 minutes. Allen’s hard running, coupled with redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler’s efficiency, has given USC the time of possession edge in three of the team’s five games this season.The Trojans will line up against a talented, if inconsistent, Arizona defense. Wright, the co-Pac-12 leader with 58 tackles, anchors a front seven that put constant pressure on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, especially late in the game, while holding the Ducks to just 144 total rushing yards. Sarkisian knows that any unit that can limit the high-flying Oregon offense is no slouch.“I think what they did really good against Oregon last week was they won on first down,” Sarkisian said. “They put Oregon into some second-and-longs and then third-and-longs. I think that’ll be important for us here going into Tucson [Arizona] on Saturday night: first down efficiency on offense.”USC leads the all-time record against Arizona 29-8, but lost a 39-36 shootout on its last trip to Arizona Stadium in 2012. All-American junior defensive end Leonard Williams, a freshman on that team, remembers the game well.“Freshman year, we went up there and we lost,” Williams said. “We were 10th in the nation and they beat us. [But] we have a whole different coaching staff, new players, new weapons.”Interestingly, all of these two teams’ last seven meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less. This Saturday’s duel kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT.last_img read more

EFL set to broadcast remaining games whilst behind closed doors

first_img English Football League (EFL) chairman Rick Parry has emphasised in an open letter that plans are put in place to continue its Championship, League 1 and League 2 campaigns behind closed doors, with all remaining matches set to be aired either online or on TV.The plans will commence providing the government issues it is safe to do so, as the organisation has refrained from giving a specific date due to COVID-19’s unpredictability in the UK.Parry’s letter stated: “When it comes to footballing matters, I understand the desire among fans for definitive answers, particularly around the conclusion of 2019/20 campaign. As I am sure you will appreciate, the situation presents significant operational and financial challenges, including the logistics of Clubs returning to full operational status, the practicalities of playing football behind closed doors, and the possible knock-on effects for the 2020/21 campaign. Please be assured that we are working hard on these and will update you as soon as we can once decisions have been made.“Whilst we are unfortunately without the presence of the hundreds of thousands of supporters who pass through EFL turnstiles each week, we will endeavour to bring live football direct into your homes once it returns. Plans are continuing to be worked up for all games to be broadcast either via our broadcast partners, iFollow or equivalent Club streaming services. We will update you on this once we know when matches will recommence.”For some clubs, specifically in League 2, a lot of its revenue is garnered through gate receipts and so even if matches can be viewed online and sponsorship contact can be met, those sides will likely still financially struggle.Parry continued: “The contribution to football’s finances made by match-going supporters should not be underestimated. It is critical to the business model of league football. Perhaps the biggest challenge right now is not knowing when we will be able to reintroduce football in front of crowds. We can only hope that the situation develops in such a way that we will be able to do with the shortest possible break.”The EFL chairman does eventually feel that fans will be back into the stadiums to watch football, however, precautions are being made to ensure that when that does happen, no fans will be put at risk.He continued: “Aside from two catastrophic World Wars, this pandemic is arguably the most challenging issue to have affected football since the League was founded 132 years ago. Our Clubs have been left with significant outgoings while facing a sudden loss of income. With this in mind, I’m sure you will be aware of talk about wages and deferrals. Good progress is being made in these areas, with a view to this assisting in delivering medium to long-term solutions that protect our game for years to come.“One thing we can be sure of is that football, and normality, will return, and will do so more quickly if we remain united. For now, thank you for your ongoing support and, please, stay safe.”Despite the circumstances, Parry has assured fans that ‘delivering a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season remains our goal to ensure the integrity of our competitions’. Moreover, the chairman also issued that the health and wellbeing of clubs, its players and staff, along with its supporters is the organisation’s main priority. EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more