Video: Former Michigan Star Chris Webber Discusses Fab Five, Thinks Ex-Teammates Exaggerate Their Importance

first_imgdan Patrick talks with Chris Webber about a Fab five.dan patrick chris webber fab fiveFormer NBA and Michigan basketball star Chris Webber went on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday morning. The current NBA analyst for Turner Sports discussed a number of things with Dan Patrick, including, most notably, his time with the Wolverines and ESPN’s 30 for 30 “Fab Five” documentary, which Webber was not a part of. While on that topic, Webber seemed to criticize some of his former teammates, who he says exaggerated their importance in the film. “My whole thing has been it’s always been about us five,” he told Patrick. “And so when one guy has a million highlights in there of himself like he was the leading scorer, like when the stories are all after and embellished it’s just a little hard for me. But I think it was entertaining, there was a lot of truth in it.”Here’s the full interview: last_img read more

Are The Toronto Raptors Finally Eastern Conference Favorites

By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (April 5, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the Eastern Conference ahead of the playoffs.First, the Philadelphia 76ers have clinched a spot, but the team has also lost star center Joel Embiid to injury. Embiid may miss the beginning of the postseason. How will the Sixers function without him?Next, the Toronto Raptors are on track to be the No. 1 seed in the East, but the team’s past several playoff runs have been disappointing. The crew takes a look at why Toronto is playing better this season. Plus, a significant digit on Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN reported on Embiid’s surgery to fix his fractured orbital bone.Sports Illustrated took a look at how the 76ers are surviving without Embiid.Foreshadowing? The Cavs took down the Raptors on Tuesday.Significant Digit: 8. According to, Victor Oladipo is on track this season to become the eighth player in the past decade to have a usage rate of 30 percent or higher and a true shooting percentage of 57 percent or higher while 25 years old or younger. read more

Ohio State mens soccer falls to Notre Dame in 2nd round of

OSU sophomore defender Tyler Kidwell (12) battles for possession of the ball with Notre Dame senior forward Vince Cicciarelli (21) during a Nov. 23 game in South Bend, Ind. OSU lost, 2-1. Credit: Kevin Sabitus / The ObserverA valiant effort against the No. 1 seed and defending champions came up short Sunday night, as the Ohio State men’s soccer team saw its season come to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.OSU (9-8-5) battled Notre Dame (12-4-4) for all 90 minutes, but ultimately the firepower of the Fighting Irish was too much for the Buckeyes to handle. OSU outshot Notre Dame, 12-10, but fell by a final score of 2-1 in rain-soaked South Bend, Ind.OSU came out firing, looking to build an early lead against the defending champs. Five different Buckeyes fired the first five shots of the game, including two that came in on Notre Dame redshirt-senior goalkeeper Patrick Wall. The Buckeyes were unable to break through with their early attacks, though.The Fighting Irish did not register their first shot of the game until the 23nd minute, when OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov knocked away a chance with a dive.However, about seven minutes later, it was a penalty kick that put OSU in a 1-0 hole.Junior defender Kyle Culbertson was whistled for a foul in the box, earning him a yellow card and Notre Dame a penalty shot. The penalty was then converted by Notre Dame sophomore defender Brandon Aubrey, for his third goal of the season.Refusing to back down, OSU made sure that deficit did not last long.About three and a half minutes after Notre Dame took the lead, OSU sophomore forward Danny Jensen netted his sixth goal of the season.Jensen received the ball in front of the net off a corner kick from freshman defender Hunter Robertson, and put it past Wall to knot the game at one.OSU appeared to take the lead just before the half with a goal off a free kick, but it was waved off because of a handball. Jensen was then issued a yellow card, and the game went into the break tied at one.For the opening half, OSU outshot Notre Dame, 7-4, controlling the action throughout. Wall made three saves for the Irish, while Ivanov contributed two of his own.OSU continued to control the pace to open the second half, and had two close calls with shots from senior midfielder Yianni Sarris and Culbertson within the first 10:09.However, that trend turned around in the 69th minute, when Notre Dame freshman forward Brandon Gallagher received a through pass and beat the OSU defense and Ivanov, depositing the shot into the far corner of the net to put the Irish up, 2-1.OSU attempted to answer right away, but sophomore forward Christian Soldat’s shot about 90 seconds later was saved by Wall.The Buckeyes tried one last desperate measure to find the equalizer in the final minutes, as OSU coach John Bluem substituted the defender, Robertson, in favor of an extra attacker. Notre Dame clamped down defensively, however, only allowing OSU one shot in the final 10 minutes, despite four OSU corner kicks.Rain poured down throughout the entirety of the contest, with large puddles forming all over the Alumni Stadium pitch.Aubrey’s goal marked the third-consecutive game for the Buckeyes in which a penalty kick broke a tie. On Nov. 14, a late penalty kick won the game for Indiana in the Big Ten semifinals, and Akron went up 1-0 with a penalty kick Thursday.Notre Dame advanced to take on No. 16 seed Virginia with the victory.The loss concluded a successful season for OSU after going 5-8-4 last season. The Buckeyes received an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2010, after being picked to finish last in the Big Ten in the conference’s preseason coaches poll. read more

Womens Basketball No 14 Ohio State clinches outright Big Ten title with

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell dribbles the ball during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorJust one month ago, the odds were stacked against the No. 14 Ohio State women’s basketball team. Having lost three-straight games to Michigan, Iowa, and No. 13 Maryland, the Buckeyes sat two games behind the conference-leading Terrapins.But Ohio State took advantage of Maryland’s unexpected three-game losing streak down the stretch and a weak end-of-season schedule to finish the season with eight conference wins in a row, concluding with an 89-64 victory against Penn State on the road Sunday afternoon, to claim the outright Big Ten regular-season championship.The Buckeyes had not claimed sole possession of a regular-season title since 2010. The win against the Nittany Lions (15-14, 6-10 Big Ten) also gives Ohio State (24-6, 13-3 Big Ten) the top seed in next week’s Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. Once again, Ohio State rode its high-scoring trio of guards Kelsey Mitchell and Linnae Harper and forward Stephanie Mavunga to victory. Mitchell led the team with 22 points and the three players combined for 60 points. She added six assists and five rebounds.Mitchell and Mavunga combined for 15 first-quarter points to pull the Buckeyes ahead 23-12 after the opening quarter. Penn State sophomore guard Jaida Travascio-Green hit the first shot of the second quarter, a 3-pointer to pull her team within eight points. But the Nittany Lions fell behind by 10 points after a Mavunga layup less than three minutes later and trailed by double-digits the remainder of the game.Mavunga had a double-double by halftime and finished the game with 21 points and 14 rebounds. She made 9-of-11 shots and helped give her team a 40-28 edge in points in the paint. Harper had 17 points and 10 rebounds. She, along with the rest of her team, shot well from beyond the arc. Harper hit 3-of-4 triples and the Buckeyes combined to shoot 10-for-22 from 3-point range.Junior guard Teniya Page and sophomore guard Jaida Travascio-Green paced the Nittany Lions with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Travascio-Green made 6-of-11 shots, but the team overall struggled to knock down shots and combined to shoot 38 percent from the field. The Buckeyes, who start four guards and just one post player, have been haunted by rebounding issues the entire season. But they cleaned up on the class, holding a 48-29 rebound advantage against Penn State, which had the worst rebounding margin in the conference entering the game. Ohio State had more offensive rebounds (18) than the Nittany Lions had defensive rebounds (17).Ohio State’s win sweeps the season series against Penn State. The Buckeyes beat the Nittany Lions 94-64 at home on Jan. 31.Ohio State will begin Big Ten tournament play at noon Friday. Its opponent will be the winner of Thursday’s game pitting the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds against each other. Purdue is the eighth seed, but the ninth seed has yet to be determined. read more

Manchester United defender set for Hertha Berlin loan move

first_imgManchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 20, is close to joining Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.The Dutchman spent the entirety of last campaign at Crystal Palace and made 21 appearances in the Premier League as the Eagles avoided relegation.Fosu-Mensah played in Manchester United’s friendlies in the United States but has once again been deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho.He will look to continue his development under Hertha manager Pal Dardai and the club that finished 10th in the Bundesliga last season.Fosu-Mensah is a utility player and can comfortably slot in either as a central defender or at full-back.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.He has been on the books of Manchester United since 2014 when he joined the club’s youth setup from Ajax.Jose Mourinho has moaned about the lack of transfer activity despite signing the duo of Fred and Dalot. Reports claim the United hierarchy informed the Portuguese gaffer to raise cash from the sale of players to fund his transfer.Manchester United are in action against Bayern Munich in their final pre-season friendly before they commence their Premier League campaign against Leicester City on Friday.last_img read more

Handanovic urges Inter to bounce back

first_imgInter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanović is looking ahead after their Champions League exit on Tuesday night.Inter Milan were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night after failing to beat PSV at San Siro, and Handanovic has called on his teammates to bounce back from the disappointing result as soon as possible.“Today is a new day and we’re now looking ahead. We’re back in action on Saturday, and playing and winning is the best medicine in situations like this,” Handanovic told the club’s website.We knew we had to win our game without thinking about what was going on elsewhere, but unfortunately, we didn’t manage to do so.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We have missed out on our objective, but come February we’ll be treating the Europa League as a new opportunity, as will the other teams with a chance of winning it.“We have a team that can go all the way. We haven’t even reached the halfway stage of the season and we’ve still got targets we want to achieve.“We’ve played well in recent games, but unfortunately, we haven’t managed to pick up the results we wanted. We need to find that spark again.”last_img read more

Critical Consultation launched by Govt for Immigration Status laws

first_img Canadian company hired to upgrade immigration system Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Residents not affected by US ESTA Notice Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Aug 2015 – A magnanimous helping of documentation has been released into the public domain as a slew of ideas for the Turks and Caicos Islander Status and Immigration Bills make their way to the House of Assembly. Government yesterday revealed that from August 7 to September 4 is assigned as the public consultation period for the two bills which aim to among other things formalize the pathway to TCI citizenship. Residents are strongly encouraged to be engaged as we review the consultations papers for both bills, the bills themselves, studies and reviews conducted by groups including the former Consultative Forum and the Constitutional Review Commission and included in the package is an electronic version of the TCI Constitution. It will make for some serious investment in reading time, but as immigration and Belonger status issues are among the most contentious in the nation; government leaders expect us all to get involved. It was in June that the PDM Party explained to media that they took exception to the presentation of the Immigration Bill in the House of Assembly before, because it lacked a sensible consultation process – in their view – and was limited to electronic contributions only. While it is not completely clear that this has changed; it does appear that there will be opportunity for both e-mailed and face to face encounters on the two bills. Magnetic Media has posted the entire set at our website, look for it at Related Items:immigration, status, turks and islander status Mainly Haitians flock to TCI Immigration after D-Daylast_img read more

Time Inc is Really Really Excited About Tablets

first_imgMagazine publishers are jumping on the Apple iPad app bandwagon in droves and arguably for good reason. It’s a sleek, nifty device that not only has captured the attention and imagination (and dollars) of consumers but also is a vibrant new platform for distributing content.At Time Inc.—which already has launched apps for Time and Entertainment Weekly—the vibe among upper management is of sheer enthusiasm. By upper management, I’m referring specifically to CEO Ann Moore. During parent company Time Warner’s “Investor Day” Thursday, Moore updated attendees on the division’s recent performance (it reported an operating income of $50 million during the first quarter 2010, versus a loss of $32 million during the same period last year) and gushed about providing paid content through mobile and portable devices. In addition to the Time and Entertainment Weekly apps, Moore said the company is readying several more from its other magazine brands, including a People app and food, beauty and cleaning apps for Real Simple.Here’s a sampling of soundbites from Moore’s presentation and the Q+A session that followed, in no particular order:At my lunch table today, I was shocked that not one of you had an iPad.We see the next flood of new portable color touchscreens headed to market in the next 18 months as a game changer. It will be the opportunity that content producers like Time Inc have been waiting for to reestablish value for quality digital content. It’s argued that it will be impossible to get consumers to pay for digital content since they’ve grown up getting everything for free. We disagree.It’s become increasingly clear that customers will pay for trusted quality content that’s easy to access and fairly priced.The tablet restores something we lost when we went to the Web. Our readers can once again literally touch our content while still having that familiar “lean back” experience of a magazine. In real time, they can link in instead of linking out to the rest of the story on’ve spent decades perfecting the craft of making magazines. Now we can apply all that experience to the new virtual magazine, letting consumers feast on incredible images … as well as the stories behind them with just a little flick.The advertising can be so good it can become content itself. It can help you evaluate products. And when you’ve made your decision it can help to find you a place to buy them.As more and more hardware manufacturers come in with these e-readers there is just huge demand for our product, for our video product, for my print product—it’ll all be combined. We think very healthy business models will be coming out of it. We’ll be making more money in those businesses than we’ve been making with our traditional dot-coms.We have a great deal of work to do over next 12 to 18 months, to develop business models, evolve products and talk to consumers and advertisers.People are paying. We know people will pay for it … it’s a business model that is just really very delicious.Oh, and one other thing that came up during Time Warner’s Investor Day: the possibility of a Time Inc. sell-off. Company chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said (again) that it won’t happen, indicating that it is in an “attractive” position in relation to the competition and in a good growth mode for 2010. “It’s a good business, and we’re good at it,” he said.last_img read more

Dominos Comeback Hits Its Stride

first_imgIn terms of scale, Brenner admits that the brand doesn’t have lofty goals of expanding its reach to pre-recession totals. “This is a whole different strategy,” she says. “Bigger isn’t necessarily better. We don’t have to go more than double from where we’re at now.”What she means is the approach is more targeted now, and to a degree, more premium. The commerce model showcases shelter products, which requires no physical inventory. The print component is a quasi-hybrid magazine, meaning it has the look, feel and higher price point of a SIP, but with ad-supported pagination you’d find in most regular issues.Brenner feels that for the time being there aren’t any natural competitors in Domino’s space. But she can foresee other publishers adapting a similar model–one rooted in advertising and commerce. However, she also makes it clear that it’s not something a brand can develop on a whim. “I think we had an advantage of starting over,” she says. “It can be hard to have something and add on to it. It’s not always a benefit to be first, but it’s [e-commerce] a game changer.”Looking ahead, Brenner is candid on how she sees the future of digital ad dollars, which is why she thinks print is still such an important component. “I don’t think CPMs will improve,” she says. “Print is an art and digital is about analytics and measurement.” Nevertheless, she confesses she sees a lot of promise in native advertising and its ability to organically blend editorial and advertorial content. Still, she isn’t counting on that avenue alone, which is why Domino has been discussing branded product opportunities. Domino magazine was one of the unfortunate victims of “The Great Recession,” but the brand returned in 2013 with a new model and a new strategy. That is, now it’s mixing traditional and emerging strategies like print advertising and e-commerce while targeting a niche audience. Although Condé Nast essentially shuttered the title in 2009, it kept the brand alive through quarterly SIPs. Today, Condé Nast has a minority stake, and Domino Media is operating independently. When Domino relaunched last year it introduced its audience to a robust e-commerce site with more than 30,000 products. And its first quarterly print issue was a single sponsor promotion with Target, which was a carryover partnership from when the dormant brand was producing SIPs. Beth Brenner, publisher and chief revenue officer, suggests that the commerce model is strong and growing, but more than that, the brand retooled its print strategy and locked in 36 advertisers for its April issue. “That was our strategy from the beginning,” she says. “Advertising is definitely important because we are a commerce company rooted in advertising.”last_img read more

Russia assures no more US strikes against Assad regime

first_imgSyria’s presidential advisor Buthaina Shaba’an said on Wednesday that her government’s main ally, Russia, assured the Syrian government that there will be no more US strikes on Syrian military positions.Her remarks came a couple of weeks after the US launched 59 Tomahawk missiles on the Shayrat Air Base in central Syria, in retaliation for an alleged toxic gas attack by the Syrian army on a rebel-held town in Idlib province, Xinhua news agency reported.The Russians “stressed to us that they are standing by Syria, and we understood from them that the American aggression will not be repeated,” Shaba’an told pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV in an interview.Further slamming the strike, Shaba’an said the US missile strike was a “reckless aggression that took place without investigation,” adding that what the United States is doing today reflects “confusion.”The official said that the alleged chemical attack was a setup, citing what she described as western specialists as saying that there was no aerial bombardment on the targeted area in the Khan Sheikhoun town.Shaba’an said the US strike wasn’t a military, but a political message, adding that the alliance between Russia, Syria and Iran is “stronger than ever.”Meanwhile, the presidential advisor said that the US is in a state of declination, while Russia, China and India are rising high.She said her country was expecting an investigation team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), stressing that the Syrian government is in no possession of chemical weapons.last_img read more

US Set To Decide In Trade Dispute Threatening Booming Solar Industry

first_img Share Mark Lennihan/APA rooftop is covered with solar panels at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York last February. The Trump administration is considering whether to impose tariffs on imports of solar materials.The Trump administration must decide by next week whether to impose tariffs on the imports of solar panel components.Some U.S. manufacturers have complained that cheap imports are forcing them out of business, while domestic installers oppose tariffs because cheap, imported solar panels have driven the industry’s recent growth.If President Trump decides to move forward with tariffs, the decision would represent a critical step in his trade agenda and help fulfill his campaign promise to revive U.S. manufacturing, says Julia Pyper, senior editor at Greentech Media. But the decision has caused a sharp divide in the U.S. solar panel industry, pitting manufacturers against installers.“The solar case happened to be one of the first opportunities for the Trump administration to roll out their tough on China, tough on trade kind of campaign promise,” she tells Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd. “But it happens to be a very complex case with people on all sides coming out against this.”The new tariffs would be in addition to those imposed on Chinese solar products in 2012, which led to a decrease in Chinese imports by 45 percent in a year, according to Forbes. Two American solar panel makers, Suniva and SolarWorld, sparked the potential for new tariffs after filing an official complaint with the International Trade Commission last year.“These are the last two surviving companies,” Tim Brightbill, the lawyer representing SolarWorld in the case, told NPR in October. “We documented more than 30 U.S. solar cell and module manufacturers who were driven out of business in the last five years.”The companies argue that tariffs would allow them to better compete with international manufacturers. About 95 percent of solar cells and panels sold in the U.S. come from China, Malaysia and the Philippines, according to SVP Market Research.But only about 14 percent of the industry’s 260,000 jobs are in manufacturing, with the majority of employees working in the installation sector, according to Reuters. Solar installers have been stockpiling panels in case prices rise. Some estimates say new trade protections could double the price of imported panels. Since the case was brought under a unique section of trade law, Pyper says new tariffs could be much higher than expected.“It’s totally up to the president on this, so that’s why a lot of the industry just doesn’t know what to think because he could actually hike the tariffs much higher than anyone has proposed so far,” she says.Trump told Reuters on Wednesday that he would announce his decision soon, suggesting that imports have negative consequences for American panel manufacturers. The president must decide by Jan. 26, according to a process set out by the U.S. International Trade Commission.“You know, they dump ’em — government-subsidized, lots of things happening — they dump the panels, then everybody goes out of business,” Trump said.Opponents argue that the decision to impose tariffs could have devastating consequences for the U.S. solar industry, which has boomed in part due to a rapid drop in prices — more than 70 percent since 2010, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.Companies in other sectors of the industry outside manufacturing and installation are also expressing concern, as the anxiety around new tariffs has fueled market uncertainty, Pyper says.“Things have already started to slow down just around the uncertainty of this trade case,” she says. “It’s hard to make deals just not knowing what the prices will be.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Sports Monday Astros Look to Advance and Texans Edge Out the Cowboys

first_img Listen David J. Phillip/APAlex Bregman celebrates after hitting a solo home run against Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Trevor Bauer in Game 2 of the ALDS Saturday. 00:00 /05:26 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img X Dallas Keuchel starts for the Astros this afternoon in Game 3 of the ALDS as they look to sweep the Cleveland Indians and advance to the ALCS for the second consecutive year. Behind strong pitching from Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the ‘Stros took the first two games of the series at Minute Maid Park.Meanwhile, the Texans squeaked out another win by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 19-16 in overtime on what some think was a conservative late-game decision from Dallas coach Jason Garrett. The Texans improved their record to 2-3.And the Rockets continued their preseason Sunday with a 108-93 win over the San Antonio Spurs as rumors continue to float around the team aggressively pursuing Tomball native Jimmy Butler. We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. Sharelast_img read more

Women Return to Protest

first_imgLeaders of the Women’s March, which attracted millions of protestors after the presidential inauguration in Jan., organized another march to combat the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). On July 14, hundreds of protestors gathered at the headquarters of the NRA to protest an advertisement which activists called divisive and aimed against minority and progressive groups. Then, on July 15, activists held a vigil and rally at the DOJ.On July 14 and 15, protesters stood against the Department of Justice and the National Rifle Association in protest of countless deaths from gun violence. (Insert) Tamika Mallory speaks to marches on July 14. (Photos by Lauryn Hill)The March included an 18.6 mile trek from the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Va. to the Department of Justice in D.C.Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March, told protesters if the NRA believes no one will fight for human rights, then women will. “Guess who’s going to lead it? We are,” Mallory said during her speech before the group marched to the DOJ.”The women are leading the fight against the bigotry and hypocrisy against the NRA.”Mallory was joined by other leaders who helped organize the Women’s March including, co-President Bob Bland, Treasurer Carmen Perez, and Assistant Treasurer Linda Sarsour.Adriana Dominguez marched the entire way. She described how her body was sweating a lot of the water she constantly consumed. Dominguez, 22, said the afternoon storm brought relief from the high temperature for marches.“[Organization Leaders] wanted us to take a bus to meet up with some of the other people who went ahead, but we were like no. We are going to march every single mile of this thing,” Dominguez told the AFRO. “And we finished it. We caught up with them.”The march primarily sparked from the acquittal of former Officer Jeronimo Yanez, the policeman who fatally shot Philando Castile in Minnesota in 2016, and an NRA ad which featured conservative television host Dana Leosch. The ad, which was released on June 29, seemed to address left-wing protestors by showing clips of looters and vandals destroying property during a protest that was unnamed.Mallory slammed the ad by issuing an open letter to NRA’s CEO, Wayne LaPierre. Mallory called on the NRA to remove the ad and apologize for the “recent irresponsible and dangerous propaganda videos” which she said she sees as “a direct attack on people of color, progressives, and anyone who exercises their First Amendment right to protest.”On July 14 and 15, protesters stood against the Department of Justice and the National Rifle Association in protest of countless deaths from gun violence. (Insert) Tamika Mallory speaks to marches on July 14. (Photos by Lauryn Hill)Mallory also called on the NRA to defend Philando Castile’s Second Amendment right and to demand that the DOJ indict Yanez for Castile’s murder.According to media outlets, NRA commentator Grant Stinchfield, personally addressed Mallory in another ad, telling her to “get over it, and grow up.”Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, did not attend the rally, but provided a written statement that was read by civil rights lawyer, Nekima Levy-Pounds. The letter expressed her outrage with the NRA’s reluctance to release a formal statement on behalf of Castile’s Second Amendment rights. “I want Black men who have a license to carry, to be treated the same way, that a White man would be treated,” the lawyer read to the crowd on June 14. “The NRA should be ashamed of themselves for waiting a whole damn year to issue a statement about my son . . . my son followed all of the rules.”Jennifer Adu, 29, who lives in Fairfax, Va., said she believes in her Second Amendment right but knows many people have abused it. “People have used it in the wrong ways and they have taken the right and transformed it for their own agendas to do things that aren’t fair,” she told the AFRO. Adu mentioned that some police are among the people who have abused this right and she said she hoped the NRA would remove the ad from their website.Other protestors who saw the NRA ad said they were caught off-guard and felt unsafe by the statements spoken by Leosch. Maribel Pizarro, who is from Miami, said she was “taken aback” upon seeing the NRA ad. “I was immediately defensive when I saw the video mainly because it incites a second civil war,” Pizarro told the AFRO. “Without directly calling people out by names, they called out groups, and to me that’s just so much worse, because now you’re not just attacking an individual, you’re attacking a society, a culture, a community.”Pizarro, 38, was accompanied by Alberta Jean, who was there to show her support for her Black son. “Whenever he goes out the house, it’s a concern,” Jean, 43, told the AFRO. “And I don’t want to have to continue living like this. We shouldn’t be living in America, and be scared that our sons are going to get killed.”Mallory, who has an 18-year-old son, said she hopes her son and other Black and Brown men and boys “get the message that someone cares.”“It’s important against all the hate that we see out of the country, the amount of times they see that Black lives don’t matter to many people, that they also see the resistance; that there are people of all views on the other side of the conservation telling them that their lives do matter, that they count, and that we are prepared to put our lives on the line in order for them to live in what we believe is one day going to be the beloved community of this country,” Mallory told reporters.last_img read more

Scott Satterfield Introductory Press Conference Quotes

first_imgStory Links A conference championship with the team I talked about… his great balance between offense and defense which we talk about, I know we’ve been offensive focused and I’ve talked about that, I love putting points on the board as much as anybody, but when it comes to what he’s done on the defensive side, Bryan Brown is their defensive coordinator, ranked fourth overall in passing defense in FBS and ranked fourth overall in defense, period. Top-25 in the red zone, which is important. And then on the offensive side, in scoring offense ranked 17th – and the rushing attack was 14th in the country. So he’s got a great balance of that running and passing that we like to have.And I think that when I look at some of the team he’s had, particularly this comparison, some of you may remember the 2004 team. They had a very similar attack, in terms of run-pass ratio and we had four future NFL running backs on that team that was led by our local Stefan LeFors at quarterback. We accomplished a lot, we were averaging, I believe, 49 during that time – not that I’m putting that pressure on Scott, but it’d be nice… I knew he’d agree, it’s his first day. But over the last four years, Appalachian State was ranked 16th in offense and 26th in defense and I think there’s been a good balance and it’s only been improving. And when you look at all the metrics that are available today, there’s so much analytics available, third-down conversions, efficiencies and so forth… they kept sticking out. Not just in the conference, but in the FBS. So I happened to witness the game – and I hate to bring it up – that he lost to Tennessee in overtime and then obviously had a tough one get away at Wake Forest where they missed some kicks, and at Penn State, so he’s competing with these teams well. That game against Penn State this year was at Penn State.I can continue to wow you with the stats and a lot of analytics, but in talking with Scott, learning more about how he developed the Appalachian State program, it became clear he was our Louisville man. And this is what we needed, where the program is. In my ability to look at my own diagnosis and use the old belly, the old gut intuition, it just felt like I kept coming back to the same guy while we entertained a number of people in this process.So our next steps are to work hand-in-hand and finishing out this recruiting process and put together a staff – a great one at that – and tack it on to what we’ve had last year and the year before. We’ve had great recruiting in here and we’ve had a lot of players. However you want to look at it, fortunate or unfortunate, we had 16 true freshmen play a fair amount this year. And that’s something that we’ve got to think about as we bring in these future classes – how many should play and how many are really ready versus how many should redshirt and we’ve had that discussion as well.To the fans that are here and showed up and the ones that aren’t here today, I generally run our business here as one that has discussed and decided and support as I talked about before and while I know you didn’t get to participate in the discussion and the decision here, I certainly expect you to participate in the support. I’ve inherited an amazing stable of coaches and facilities from which to succeed and I’m thankful for it and now we get to add one more to our stable here with the most recent ones in Holly Aprile and Scott Teeter and Chris Mack. I’m proud of all those hires and I hope you are as well and I’m equally proud to introduce our new head football coach, Scott Satterfield.” (About being a tough sell for the family) “I think transition is always tough, no matter what it is. It has been tough for our players here. They have had a transition. If we could create continuity, that is what I want.  I have done that with my career. If you have been in one place that long that is continuity. That is what I want to do here: create that same kind of environment. We want continuity. We want a coaching staff that wants to be here and be here for a long time. Any time you change – change is tough. It will be particuly hard on Mama (Beth Satterfield) right here. She has it hard. When I am here coaching and I have a lot of stuff going on, it is hard on these guys. They have been very supportive.  We have had a lot of success over the last four years and there have been opportunities and this is the right one. We have talked about it as a family over the years. It just so happens that this is the one and the door is open and we are here.”(Why Louisville) “I think with the leadership we have in the University, that is No. 1.  I think you want somebody to believe in and he (Vince Tyra) did. He believed in me and that is huge. That is all I needed back in 1991 to walk on a football team and prove what I have. That is where I am right now. I am ready to go prove with the kind of staff we are going to put together, the kind of team that we are going to put on that field that everybody is going to be proud of. I think the footprint of where it is located and what we are going to have to recruit in the southeast is what I am familiar with as opposed to going out west or up north. This fits the footprint of what I am familiar with. I grew up in ACC country. I am familiar with all the teams. I have visited a lot of the teams in the Carolinas over the years. I am just trying to learn more. I am very familiar with it. I just think of all those reasons and this university is poised to bust with some great things that I think will be happening right here at this university. The thing that we have in this stadium and the support we have – the ceiling is very, very high and I think we are going to get there.”(About his priorities in the coming days) “It has been a whirlwind to say the least.  This time yesterday, I was in New York City. I got on a plane last night at 9:55 p.m. and got back to Boone at 2:30 in the morning and got with my team at 7:30 this morning and then came down here today.  Not had much sleep – zero sleep to be quite honest. The next few days, I will be working on staff and talking about that. We will be trying to get the right guys in here.  We recognize that Signing Day is coming right up in a couple of weeks, so we want to do that.  Then we will slowly build this staff out over the next few weeks. I think for me, probably today or tomorrow, I will be just talking recruiting and looking at rosters and seeing exactly what the needs are and then get on the road and start recruiting.”(About the ASU staff that might follow him coaching in the bowl)  “I think there are a couple of guys that we will probably bring immediately.  The rest of the staff will stay back and coach the game. We will see where we are after that and start building our staff out. The good thing about that is, they play in a week and a half. So it is not like it is a month from now.  We have some other guys throughout the country that we will be targeting.  We will see where that leads in the next few days.”(About his routine) “I think initially, this year, the calendar here is a bit different here the way they have their school and when they get out of school.  We want to get to where throughout the year this is what we are doing.  I think when you have routine, everybody loves routine. Our players love it and here is what to expect and what we are going to do. That is what we got to in the last four years at App. The guys really bought into that.  We want to get there.  I want to look at the calendar and really look at that and figure it all out. Yes, we will definitely get to that routine and they guys will feed off that.”(On emotions of leaving Appalachia State) “It’s very emotional for me because I knew everybody. I was one of the older tenured guys there. Our chancellor was there the last two to three years, our AD had been there three years. A lot of the board members, Board of Trustee members, I knew a lot of those people that had been there for years. You’re really just kind of engrained with those guys. You’ve been there through everything, so it was very emotional. I love those guys. They’re awesome, they gave me a chance, they gave me an opportunity. I’m forever indebted to that, but this is a great opportunity. This is an unbelievable opportunity to be able to coach at this kind of university to compete for championships. I can’t turn that down at this point of my career. This is what we’ve been shooting for. In six years at App (State), we’ve won 40 games in the last four years, three straight conference championships, three straight bowl games, it’ll be four straight in a week-and-a-half. ‘What else can you accomplish there?’ I think comes into play. The only thing we didn’t do is go to a New Year’s Six Bowl. And for App, I think that’s going to be very close. I want to compete for national championships one day and that’s what we’re going to be gunning for. It starts with competing in the ACC, but it’s going to start with us getting our staff together and players headed in the right direction this offseason. I’m excited for that the most.”(On his message to the fans) “You go back and look at the track record of what we’ve been able to accomplish, it’s not like I haven’t been a head coach. It’s not like I haven’t faced adversity. We started out 4-8, we’re in the Southern Conference and we’re not playing for anything and that was extremely difficult. The next year, we’re working on our culture at that point, we start out at 1-5. So as a head coach I’m 5-13. So I remember the story of going to Troy, Beth went with me. Some of you may have heard it.  We’re 1-5 and we walk down to the river and I said, ‘This head coaching thing is ok, we’re 5-12. We may not be around here much longer, let’s enjoy this, you know?’ We went out the next day and we beat Troy, dominated the game, won our last six games. Our very first year in the Sun Belt, we went 7-5 and turned it around. And the rest has been history after that. We killed it. There’s four other programs with better records than us, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Oklahoma then Appalachian State. That’s pretty good company. We’re going to do it here and there’s no question about it. You’ve got to believe and that’s been a big slogan of our program. It’s a deadly process and we’re going to get it done.”(On picking job and analyzing the program) “We recognized the fact that there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. Usually if you want to look for a new head coach, there is promise for more to be done. I do recognize that, but I also recognize the potential. I think that the potential outweighed the work that needed to be done. I think we got a great opportunity here. We got some hungry young men in that locker room right now. I mean hungry. Starving for discipline, starving for success. Like I told them today, they’re going to have to trust. It’s going to come down to that. We’re going to have to trust each other. They’re hungry for that and I can’t wait to get them back here.”(On seeing Louisville this past season and what has stuck out) “I think it starts with discipline. I think that’s the first thing and culture. The reason that we had success, there at App, before any of the wins, we worked on culture. That’s whjat you have to work on. You have to get all that stuff straight first before you can start winning football games. That’s what this offseason is going to be about, this summer is going to be about. When you get that stuff straight, then the wins will start coming. I didn’t watch many games last year. Obviously tried to wins some games, last year. I did glance at scores and I saw scores that were extremely high, given up. There’s a lot of work to be done, obviously, offensively, defensively, kicking game. The thing I was most proud about our football team, this past year at App, is that we’re solid on all three phases. You go back and look, special teams, our blocked kicks, kick returns. Then defense, one of the best defenses in the country. Then obviously offense. We’re solid in offense too, with a first year starting quarterback with a very young football team. There are 19 starters coming back on that team next year that’s probably going to win 11 games this year. That’s the culture that we had. That’s what we are creating here, and I can’t wait to get started on that.”(On players recruiting from App State and on recruiting a different kind of athlete)  “I think that there are players that last. In the beginning of this year’s process of recruiting, there were several players that we went in on early there. We had them on campus, we were in good with them, and then they started getting power five offers. We still got great relationships with some of those players. In the early process of recruiting, yes, we are going to tap back into those players that we feel like can come here and help compete for a championship. Then there are other players, that are out there, that we are going to tap into. That we have relationships with, that are looking forward to coming visiting here, within the next two weeks.”(On being on the FIU staff when playing at UofL) “That’s really the only time I’ve been here. We had a great day that day, it wasn’t good for Louisville, but it was good for us. T.Y. Hilton was unbelievable, and we just got him the ball and let him work. We ended up coming out with a big victory. That was a big win for us, at the time, at FIU, but while we were here, I thought it was just great. I was just looking around the stadium and being in the environment, it was a great environment. Everything that I’ve heard, ever, has been positive about this university. Everything. You start hearing a lot of that and it just gets inside of you. You start really believing it. I think this place is destined to be great, I really do.”(On the idea of ‘we’ and patience) “You have to have a sense of urgency and you have to be patient. It’s not going to happen overnight, we all know that. You can’t change a culture overnight. Usually changing cultures take a year or year and a half to change that. We’re going to work extremely hard on a daily basis to make that happen. What we are going to bring in here are going to be culture changers as well. We definitely are going to have a little bit of patience. It’s not going to happen overnight, but it will happen, and I’m very confident in that. Our coaching staff that we bring in will do that as well. It’s going to be about the process that we will have to go through. Obviously, we all want it to happen very quickly, that are in this room we know that.  The sooner the better I think.  But who knows how long it will take, but it will happen.”(About the defense) “We are trying to run the same defense that we did.  I don’t know if you know, but (Nate) Woody got hired at Georgia Tech two years ago and I hire Bryan Brown last year and really kept our staff, who had opportunities on the defensive side of the ball to go places … Power Five places … who decided to stay and put together a top ten defense in the country. So we are going to run that style of defense and we will see about the names. It will probably happen here in the next couple of days and fill out staff out for the next week or two. Defensively, what we do is unique on defense. It is an aggressive defense that creates turnovers and it does not give up big plays. We are going to run and hit and stay on top. Match the numbers and chase the football. It’s very simple and I will think will be a great product defensively to have here.”(About knowing any of the Louisville players) “There are a couple of guys (that he knew) because you start recruiting these guys early on but then kind of outgrow where I was at before and they get to the Power Five level and like most young people, they are going to go to those Power Five schools. When we go out recruiting, we are going to look for kind of players who fit what we want as far as character and they are going to be great football players too.”(What are you looking for as part of the change and turn around) “I think obviously, we gave up a lot of points last year and that is going to be a No. 1 priority, to be able to slow teams down and keep them out of the end zone.  Offensively, what I have always tried to do gear to the talents that we have.  So once we get in here and see what talent we have, we are going to get the ball in the hands of the playmakers wherever they are. We  want to be balanced. We want to be able to run the football because I think if you have a bad day passing, you can lean on that run and still be able to win football games. If we need to throw 350 yards a game to win a game, that is what we are going to do or if we are rushing 350 yards, we will do that.  We are going to win football games. At the end of the day – and it is crazy if you go back and look offensively at us for the past five years – it’s pretty balanced. I am throwing and running.  I think it will come down to the playmakers and how we get the ball to them.”(On rivalry with Kentucky) “I can’t wait.  That’s going to be awesome. I grew up in North Carolina so the Duke/North Carolina rivalry was huge.  Then I went to coach at Toledo one year and I found out about Ohio State/Michigan, how bad that rivalry was.  So the Louisville/Kentucky rivalry, I can’t wait. I can’t wait for that.  To me it’s like at Appalachian State, Georgia Southern was our big rivalry.  We both made the jump at the same time.  That week is just a little bit more of a sense of urgency.  It’s a little bit more attention to detail.  A little bit more of everything when you’re playing that rivalry games that week.  I can’t wait for those.  Those are games that obviously the fans love.  Can’t wait to get into a lot of trash talking back and forth but going out and playing those game are huge for us because you win those games and it helps with recruiting.  We have to win the battles right here in the state of Kentucky and Ohio and then down in the southeast.  You got to be able to win those games in order to tell recruits you are coming to a winner.”  (Take me through the process of Saturday’s game to today. You mentioned it was a whirlwind and you were in New York. When did you first) “You know, I told our team last week, I didn’t really have time to talk to our team about this, but I told them I am not going to talk to anybody until we play and win a conference championship, because that was my obligation and so we won the game Saturday and Sunday I met with Vince and then for a few hours and then came back to Boone and then Beth and left for New York Monday morning so where I was at in Boone is about two hours to the airport so it is not easy.  We had to drive two hours to Charlotte, fly to New York we get to New York and we check in the hotel about four.  I get a phone call that evening of Vince and I’m like okay so we are in New York and I needed to meet with my team, so we try to get a flight out of there last night, which was at 9:55, we got back to Charlotte at midnight, we got back to Boone at 2:30 in the morning and met with our team at 7:30, hop on a plane in Hickory, North Carolina at about lunch time and we are here.  So today we have been kind of touring around, looking at facilities, meeting a lot of great people.  Everyone has been so awesome and in open arms and I can tell it is going to be a great community. We are so excited to be here to meet so many more people who are going to help us through this journey.”(How much emphasis will you place on recruiting the city of Louisville?) “Huge, it is huge for us.  There is some great talent here and again that is why I am talking to the high school coaches right here in Louisville and are welcome to come and watch us practice.  Come over here we are going to have some things this spring in spring practice that we are going to open up to high school coaches.  Become clinic and meet with some coaches it won’t cost them anything because I want our staff to get around these guys because I want these players that are playing around here in high school to feel like they have a home right here and they can come to play right here and meet all their goals and aspirations right here in Louisville.” Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Scott Satterfield, Louisville Head Coach(Opening Statement) “Thank you guys, I appreciate that. This is awesome, it really is awesome. First of all, I want to thank Dr. Neeli. After five minutes of meeting her, I love her, she’s awesome. You guys have a great leader right here at this University, I’m telling you. She’s going to be fun to work with. It starts at the top, I have learned that in a long time. You have to have great leadership at the top all the way down through to our football team and to all our other athletes here in other sports at this great University, which I’ve grown to love the success that all the other sports have had. I can’t wait to meet these other coaches, share ideas, get with them to see what’s made them successful here because that’s what we want for our football program. Really it starts from me and it starts with this crew right here. These guys mentioned them – my wife of 22 years, my three kids are great supporters of me over the time I’ve been coaching. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my mom and dad, who’re back in Hillsborough Orange County, North Carolina, which is right there in ACC country with some teams that we’re going to have on our schedule that we’ll be loving to beat one day in the near future.Then I need to thank the school that I just left, Appalachian State University, where I spent 23 years as a player, assistant coach, head coach. I had great success there. Our players – thank them, they’ve been unbelievable. We talk about culture, they have it. That culture is incredible. We made it to the New Orleans Bowl this year, so they’re going to be playing in the New Orleans Bowl in a week and a half. They’ll have no problem in that game because of the culture and what they stand for, and that’s what we’re going to build here. To the fans back at App State, who have been unbelievable to me, I appreciate their support and everything they did for me over the years.I was a walk-on football player in 1991. I remember August 3, 1991 driving up the mountain to Boone, North Carolina. They didn’t even know my name – the coaching staff didn’t. You just continue to work and build, that’s what dreams are made of. You earn a scholarship and then you’re starting, my senior year we went undefeated – 11-0 in the regular season, incredible. Then I had the opportunity to go back and coach in 1998. Beth and I were married two years and they said, ‘We want you to come coach wide receivers, but we’ve got $7,000 to pay you.’ I said, ‘A month?’ And they said, ‘That’s the whole year.’ So, $7,000 – we have a mountain there at Appalachian State, it’s Appalachian Ski Mountain. So, I had to make snow in the winter time, I couldn’t even go recruiting, I had to make ends meet. Beth said she’d give me two years with this deal right here, otherwise we’re getting out of the coaching profession. Fortunately, I got brought on full time the next year, continued to work my way up and then became the head coach at App State, six great years there.Now, here I am. It’s what dreams are made of for me. It’s incredible, and it proves the point that if you work your tail off and have a great attitude every single day, that your dreams can be met and it will come true because I’m living that dream right now at the University of Louisville, it’s unbelievable. Thank you guys, I appreciate it.  I’m extremely honored to be the head coach here. There were other schools out there, but this is the job I wanted. I wanted to be here because of the success that this program has had. Incredible success over the years – Heisman Trophy winners, NFL players that have moved on and are doing great things. There’s one for the Ravens right now that’s taken that starting role and he’s dominating now, it’s fun to watch him play. Those are the kind of players we want to get in here. I loved meeting the team today, for the first time I got to meet that team. I’m so excited, I hate that they’re going home right now for Christmas break. We’re ready to get to work with these guys.I told them, we’re going to love on them. We want to love on these guys. We’re going to put our arms around them and we’re just going to pull them up and bring them to win football games and championships. But it starts with our culture, so that’s what we’re going to work on. The very first thing I told them was that ‘guys, you have to trust me. And I have to trust you. And that’s the way our program’s going to work.’ There’s a couple core values that we have. Number one is project positive energy. In this world we’re living in, there is so much negativity out there that it drives you crazy. Everybody’s doubting you, everybody’s downing you. That fuels me, and it’s going to fuel our football team. We’re going to pump each other up. We’re going to hit them on the butt and say ‘let’s go!,’ when they’re having a bad day we’re going to put that positive energy in there and it’s just going to spread like wildfires, our culture in the locker room. The other thing we’re going to have is trust and respect that we’ve talked about already, and that’s going to go from coach to player. The other thing that we talked about is the other 10. There’s 11 guys on the football field, but I’m playing for the other 10. I’m not thinking about me, I’m thinking about the other 10. When you do that, we’ll have a tremendous amount of success. We had 19 guys out of our starting offensive and defensive players last year make all-conference and get recognized. 20, we had 20 guys. It’s incredible, because they’re playing for each other. They love each other, and that’s what we’re going to create here. These guys will get big-time recognition when they start loving each other, caring for each other and playing for each other.The other things that we’re going to have, the last core value is have fun. I want our guys to be able to come to that office all the time. I want them to be there, to come there. The same with our coaching staff. We’re going to put together an outstanding coaching staff that will just be there everyday because we want to be there. It’s not one of these deals like I’ve seen throughout the country where coaches go flip the light on when they can go home. Our guys are going to want to be there because they love it that much. Our players are going to want to be there. It’s going to be that kind of culture where they can’t wait to get back there because we’re going to put some more work in. We’re going to do it day-by-day, stay in the moment. We’re not thinking about next month, we’re not thinking about next year, any of that kind of stuff. We’re going to stay in the moment and do the best job we can do. I think when you stay in the moment, do that, take it day by day, be the best you can be today, when you look back on it you’ll be breaking records. You’re going to be winning a lot of football games.So those are the kind of things we’re going to be putting together for this program. I also want to get involved with this community. I want our community to get involved with us. High school coaches, the region right here, right here in Louisville, come watch our practices. Our doors are open. The closed doors are no longer. We’re going to open it up. We have nothing to hide. I want to feed off them, the can feed off of us. We’re going to do this thing together. It’s not going to be about me. It’s not going to be about our coaches or our players, it’s going to be about all of us. The fans, the players, the alumni, everybody’s got to be involved with this. That’s how you win, when everybody’s involved. That’s how you win. It’s not one person, it’s everybody. I’m just happy to be the face of a program being the head coach, but I don’t want to be like that. It’s not ‘I,’ you’re going to hear me say ‘we’ a lot. Because it is. It’s we, it’s all of us. It’s all of us together. Cardinal Nation, that’s how we’re going to get this thing back on top, that’s what we have to do.Here in the next few days, we’re going to put together a staff, an outstanding staff, to be able to get these recruits in here. The kind of players that we’ll all be proud of. The student-athletes, they’re out there. Sometimes it’s real easy to go get a player that has marginal academics but he’s a great player. But there’s also guys that have great GPA’s, that care about the academics that are also great players. And those guys tend to do great things on the football field. You don’t have those penalties that you don’t necessarily need, you don’t have those turnovers and those mistakes, that’s how you lose football games. We’re going to recruit the right kind of student-athlete here to build this program up, so excited to do that. I’m humble. This is awesome. I’m so fired up about being here. I can’t wait to get started, my family as well. They’ll be headed back to Boone, but I’m staying here. Ready to hit the ground and get rolling. I want to thank you guys for coming out, it’s an awesome crowd right here, really appreciate it.” Vince Tyra,  Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics/Director of Athletics(Opening remarks) “Thank you, really appreciate the turnout. Obviously, it’s a very exciting day for the university, it’s an exciting day for our athletic program, and it’s certainly a very exciting day for our football program. As Neeli [Bendapudi] said, it’s been an exhaustive process. It’s maybe more my style than anything else, and certainly, pooped me out, I’ll tell you that. As you can tell from my voice, and I think I can hear out of one ear and not the other at this point. So, I’m not good when I get into these things and not get the proper amount of sleep, and thankfully, we’re at a point of closure. As I said, I’m just excited. I know it’s an easy, hyperbolic word to use, but the fact is it’s true.What’s made the hire easier is—we just completed a ULAA board meeting—the faith and trust I’ve had from our Board of Trustees to the ULAA board, the university administration has been terrific. It really has been easy for me to go through that process, and I’m certainly thankful for my staff because I’ve been away from them quite a bit, and they’ve carried on and kept the leadership meetings going and kept the athletic department going. That speaks volumes about the team we have here. The support that I’ve personally received from the ACC, and from John Swofford, our commissioner, he has stayed in touch with me on a regular basis. I’ve used him as one of my reference points in this process, and we’ve developed a terrific relationship. I really cherish what I have with John and his leadership for the conference, but his friendship, in this case, he’s been great. And I know he’s already reached out to Scott, I think either last night or this morning, to welcome him to the ACC, which is a class act. It’s important, also, that the team that’s here, and I see a lot of our team that’s here today and some of the staff, to get the trust from the current team and what we’re doing means a lot. Certainly, we’ve had some difficult conversations with them and the staff over the last few weeks, but I know they deserve a great hire and we’re delivering that today.I’d say this this in talking about the team: the season certainly didn’t go as planned. And I think we’re all clear on that. My assessment of what it would take to get us back on track and get back to those Orange Bowls and Sugar Bowls and compete with Clemson and take them down to the wire and now get over that hump, I felt like needed a change in leadership. And while I have great respect for Bobby and what he accomplished at UofL, this felt like the right time to make a change and find a head coach that fits the needs of our program today and going forward. In any search that I’ve ever done, you have to be cautious about hiring the glitz and glamour of what’s out there and maybe could be a short-term fix. I think that even though some of that may have been on resumes I looked at, it was clear that I needed to find someone that fit the criteria that I established, because we certainly did have interest from others with Power Five and NFL experience and so forth, but I’m comfortable we have the right man that’s sitting behind me.In this case, the criteria centered around an established leader. As our kids sometimes say, an ‘alpha dog,’ a ‘quarterback.’ While Scott was a quarterback and a great leader during his time at Appalachian State as a player and later a coach, he certainly has those natural instincts of leadership that we’ve all read about and I’ve gotten to know personally. The high culture of integrity that he’s brought to Appalachian State, he’ll bring to the University of Louisville, that won’t change. I’m comfortable with that. We’ve had long discussions and his references say so. The strong discipline that he has on and off the field is certainly one of the criteria that we needed. It’s creating accountability and I believe we had that in our discussions.Player development, where he is today and what they’ve accomplished at Appalachian State—they’re not running the four-stars that sometimes we’re fortunate enough to have. He’s dealing with players that they’ve developed as better players, and they’ve certainly developed them into better men and we’ve seen that in their academic progress with what he’s brought into the program, how they’ve accomplished their high graduation rate and APR. But also, in his last two recruiting classes averaging a 3.5 GPA—we both believe that the effort in the classroom does parlay into the effort on the field. His ability to recruit in our respective region was one of the criteria. Establishing continuity with the players and the staff was something I was looking for. We’ve had some turnover in our staff, we’ve had some turnover in our players. We started this class with 21 and graduated 11, and I think it’s important if you have a program that’s going to win year-in, year-out, you have to have continuity.One of the amazing stats that I found with Scott, what he’s accomplished this year in going 10-2 and winning the conference and as most know, taking Penn State into overtime—he’d probably like to have another shot at that game—should’ve been 11-2, hurricane got in the way of another win. But, he did that with the third-youngest team in FBS, and I think that says a lot for what he has and the leadership that he’s brought with his staff as well, and that was certainly key to me.The winning background that he has is there. Moving them from the FCS to the FBS and continuing to win, I think that allows to continue accomplishing our goals here and that’s competing for ACC championships and getting into that College Football Playoff like we’ve been so close to doing a couple times and would like to do.Fit with our community, I think his personality and his beliefs, and his family, sitting behind me, fit within our community. You’ll get to know them well, because they’ll be involved in our community. And I think the last point, when I think about criteria, is the excitement to be a Cardinal, and I’ve said that from day one, when we started this search, I want someone to want us as bad as we want them, and that was clear from day one. I know there was competition for Scott in this process, at this point in his career, there were some openings that came available and I was glad that we were able to position ourselves to stay in front of the competition and land him here at the University of Louisville.He met all of those expectations and those criteria that I talked about and when you go into this, in my past, as a chairman… you’ve got to have criteria and stick to them. You can’t get caught, as they say, in the glamour of the resume. And he has it. He’s been a genuine leader who establishes and empowers leadership. It’s a player-driven culture that he has, a player leadership-driven culture that happens inside the locker room and the way he establishes that with the leaders – not just the captains, but a leadership in different areas inside that locker room.As I mentioned, he’s a great family man who has high morals and integrity. I’ve got four witnesses in Beth and Bryce and Isaac and Alli behind me who can speak to that. When it comes to student conduct issues we discussed that, he has a culture of education as much as punishment. I think in dealing with situations, I’ve got five kids between 15 and 23, and stuff happens. And I think I deal with it as an A.D. here that stuff happens. And we talked a lot about that. I looked through a lot of the analytics including player arrests when I was going through this search. And, not surprisingly, he performed well.Our discussion around discipline is one that really establishes accountability and is fair when holding them to those standards. So you’ve got to establish what they always say, ‘show me how you measure me and I’ll show you how I perform.’ And that’s the way he goes about it with their accountability on and off the field. Player development is geared around trust and respect. The reason the players that he’s brought into that system is because they do have a great deal of trust and respect with the coaching staff and with their leader, Coach Satterfield. He’s shown the ability to recruit talent on the roster and in his coaching staff, and I expect we’ll see the same here. We’ve already had discussions about both of those topics and I would think over the coming days we’ll have a great game plan ready to finish out the recruiting season for the players and forming a staff that will be competitors with anyone in college football. And I think he’s a winner, as I talk about criteria, he’s definitely a winner, we’ve seen that with what he’s had. I believe he can guide us through the ACC and then through the college football playoffs. As I said, he wants to be here, he wants to be a Cardinal and that goes a long way.When considering when I hear about ‘can this guy step up’ to the Power Five and the Group of Five, if you will, he’s already stepped up. He had to take an FCS program to the FBS. He had to take it when the first year as the coach who had been there for the long term that the program was not going in the proper trajectory and stepped in and the first year was 4-8 and then the next year started off 1-5 and then won seven in a row. Then over the next four years have been in the top five in wins, over 40 wins. I think he’s stepped up already and he’ll do it again here.last_img read more

Australia to tighten immigration laws crackdown on extremists

first_img“This year, the government will consider what further legislation is needed to combat terrorism and keep Australians safe,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday said while releasing a Review of Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Machinery in Canberra.The review came after the deadly siege in December at a Sydney cafe where a self-styled extremist cleric took 18 people hostage inside the cafe and demanded he be delivered an Islamic State flag. The cleric and two hostages were killed. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenIn his National Security statement, Abbott stressed that Australia faced?a new, long-term era of heightened terrorism threat, with a much more significant “home grown” element.Abbott said the government would seek to change the laws to enable authorities to revoke or suspend Australian citizenship in the case of dual nationals.“I am announcing that the Government will look at new measures to strengthen immigration laws, as well as new options for dealing with Australian citizens who are involved in terrorism. We cannot allow bad people to use our good nature against us. “The Government will develop amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act so that we can revoke or suspend Australian citizenship in the case of dual nationals,” he said. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesman“Those could include restricting the ability to leave or return to Australia, and access to consular services overseas, as well as access to welfare payments,” he said.He said people who fight against Australia “forfeit their citizenship” and that Australian nationals would also risk losing “privileges” if they were involved in terrorism. Abbott also suggested that tougher laws to target “hate preachers”, pointing to the political group Hizb ut-Tahrir. He said the actions against such groups would include programs to “challenge terrorist propaganda” and provide online material “based on Australian values”.“It will include stronger prohibitions on vilifying, intimidating or inciting hatred,” he added. “We will clamp down on those organisations that incite religious or racial hatred. No-one should make excuses for Islam-ist fanatics in the Middle East or their imitators here in Australia.” He said that it would also include stronger prohibitions on vilifying, intimidating or inciting hatred.last_img read more

Netflix is reportedly looking at the Netherlands

first_imgNetflix is reportedly looking at the Netherlands, France and Belgium as new European launch markets, according to local reports. Belgian communications news site Bloovi reported that Netflix was gearing up for a Belgian launch before the end of the year, while Le Soir reported that France and the Netherlands were likely to go live first, followed by Belgium by the end of the year.Netflix said last month that it plans to launch in an additional European market in the second half of 2013, promising more details on the deployment in July. In a posting on the firm’s job site earlier this year, it said it was looking to hire language experts “to provide localisation for the Netflix experience in the following languages: Turkish, Dutch, Hindi, French, and Korean.”last_img