Shafer publicly introduces new coordinators, assistants from past jobs at Northern Illinois, Western Michigan

first_imgScott Shafer reached into his coaching past to build his new staff at Syracuse. The Orange’s new head coach hired coaches who share his football values and philosophies, but also on-field systems and schemes.Shafer introduced the bulk of his staff at a press conference Monday in the Iocolano-Petty Football Wing of Manley Field House. He hired George McDonald as his offensive coordinator and Chuck Bullough as his defensive coordinator. Shafer also named DeAndre Smith as his running backs coach, Tim Lester his quarterbacks coach and Clark Lea his linebackers coach.“It’s great to get the band back together with people that have the same philosophical view on how you develop a young man through this great sport,” Shafer said.McDonald worked with Shafer at Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. McDonald was hired as Arkansas’ wide receivers coach in December after spending two seasons at Miami (Fla.) in the same role, but left the Razorbacks only a few weeks later to join Shafer.“I’ve been chasing this dream for a long time. I’m very excited to be here,” McDonald said. “This has been my dream, to be an offensive coordinator.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFormer Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett left the Orange early this month to join Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills, but his system will remain in place. McDonald and Hackett worked together at Stanford and developed a philosophy together on how to learn offense.McDonald said Hackett was in town last night to visit his family, and they had a chance to speak. But McDonald said they’ve always spoken about once a month.While he’ll have a new-look offense with the Orange, McDonald said Hackett brought the assistants here for a reason.“There’s really good wide receivers here, maybe some that nobody knows about. There’s really good quarterbacks here, maybe some that nobody knows about,” McDonald said. “I think this is exciting to me because you actually get to come in on the ground floor and develop a quarterback, develop a receiver.”McDonald said he’ll keep the up-tempo offensive approach, but will also build an offense that’s physical.McDonald also brings a strong recruiting background to Syracuse. With his coaching at Miami, he knows the coveted South Florida area well, a place where the Orange has recruited in the past. McDonald was also named a top-25 recruiter by Rivals.com, and Miami’s Class of 2012 was ranked eighth nationally by ESPN.com.Bullough spent the last two seasons as a defensive assistant with the Cleveland Browns. He was the linebackers coach at UCLA from 2006-2008 and the Bruins’ defensive coordinator in 2009 and 2010.The Bruins’ defense struggled in 2010, giving up an average of 30 points per game in UCLA’s 4-8 season. Rick Neuheisel fired Bullough after the season, and told reporters he wanted the Bruins to use a 3-4 scheme, not Bullough’s 4-3.Bullough was also the linebackers coach at Western Michigan in 2005, when Shafer was the Broncos’ defensive coordinator. He said his defensive scheme will look a lot like the one Shafer has run for the last four seasons.“It’ll be very familiar. We’re both 4-3. We both have the third-down package, it’s going to look very familiar,” Bullough said. “ … It’ll look the same, but there will be little things in there obviously.”Lester, Syracuse’s new quarterbacks coach, spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Division-III Elmhurst College in Illinois. Lester was the quarterbacks coach at Western Michigan in 2005 and 2006.He said Monday he hasn’t seen much of the quarterbacks already on the roster, but is planning on calling Hackett to get more information about them.One of Lester’s first tasks will be to develop the Orange’s next starting quarterback, with Ryan Nassib graduating after a record-breaking season.“Playing a first-time starter is not easy, but it can be done. It can be done successfully. You see it in the NFL, you see it in college,” Lester said. “I’m excited to get to work with those guys physically and mentally as soon as we get done with recruiting.”Shafer and his new coaches have been on the road recruiting, which will wrap up with signing day Feb. 6. They’ll get to know their players better after that, and perhaps most importantly, learn the Atlantic Coast Conference.“Obviously, going into the ACC, we’re going to have our work cut out for us,” Bullough said, “but we’re going to be ready for that.” Comments Published on January 22, 2013 at 2:00 am Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

MTN gives yellow boys KCCA FC Sh1.2 billion boost

first_imgMTN CEO Wim Vanhellepute (L) and KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi unveil a dummy cheque after both parties entered a three year partnership on Friday in Kampala. PHOTO KCCA FC MEDIAKampala, Uganda | KCCA FC MEDIA | Kampala Capital City Football Club (KCCA) and telecommunication giants MTN on Friday July 28th, 2017 entered a Sh1.290 billion partnership for the next three years.The treble winners from the 2016/2017 season KCCA FC and MTN unveiled a Sh430 million annual package to support the club’s football ambitions and to raise its profile.“This money is meant for the players and the club at large, it takes off a lot of weight off the club in so many areas. As KCCA FC we are proud to be partnering with a big brand like MTN” said club chairman Kabugo at the launch of the partnership in Kampala.KCCA FC was represented at the launch of the partnership by number one fan, KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi, acting CEO Josephine Namukisa. They were joined by board members Aggrey Ashaba, Davies Othieno, George Opio and Tom Lwanga.MTN CEO Wim Vanhellepute expressed the company’s gratitude to KCCA’s efforts to excel in football. “As MTN we are extremely proud to be working with a big yellow brand like KCCA FC. KCCA FC are champions and we are a big brand, together we can grow and take the game to the next level,” he said.KCCA ED Musisi promised that KCCA FC will put the funds to good use. “Our commitment is to make sure that the funds we receive from our sponsors are used in the best way possible.”KCCA FC already have StarTimes as main sponsor in a four year deal worth Sh3.2 billion. They are joined by Prime Media and Britam.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Serena sweeps Hopman Cup singles ahead of Slam record bid

first_imgHer form was patchy across the three matches, but Williams said the round robin format of the event was ideal preparation for Melbourne.“It was definitely good to play three singles matches here, not to mention the mixed,” she said after her singles match.Williams cruised through the first set against Boulter, but found a more competitive opponent in the second.Not for the first time this week, the frustration of the American grew as Boulter was able to match her for winners, with the Brit claiming an early break in the second game.Williams immediately broke back, but then enjoyed a slice of good fortune when her forehand dropped over the net on a Boulter break point in the fourth game.The set remained on serve until the tie-break, which Williams dominated.In the men’s singles, the struggling Tiafoe led 5-3 in the first set, but won just one more game in losing 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 to Cameron Norrie.The Brits claimed the tie with victory in the mixed doubles.Share on: WhatsApp Perth, Australia | AFP | Serena Williams completed a clean sweep of her singles matches at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth Thursday as she prepares for her bid to make Grand Slam history at the Australian Open.The winner of 23 Slam singles titles, Williams was made to work a little harder than expected by young Brit Katie Boulter in the United States’ final group tie, but prevailed in straight sets to make it three victories from as many outings.However, the 37-year-old’s perfect singles record this week wasn’t enough to keep the USA in contention at what is expected to be the last Hopman Cup, where she has twice been a winner.Williams and Frances Tiafoe were already eliminated after losing their opening two ties.Watched by her daughter Alexis Olympia, Williams’ 6-1, 7-6 (7/2) win over the 97th-ranked Boulter followed victories over former top 10 player Belinda Bencic and Greece’s Maria Sakkari earlier in the week.Currently ranked 16th, Williams needs just one more Grand Slam singles title to equal the record of Australian Margaret Court, but hasn’t won a major since the Australian Open in 2017.She gave birth to her daughter in late 2017 and was beaten in the Wimbledon and US Open finals last year.It was at the latter that she had a major meltdown during her loss to Naomi Osaka.With the Australian Open in Melbourne less than two weeks away, Williams dropped just one set in her singles matches, although at different times she seemed to be troubled by a right shoulder problem and had both ankles strapped.last_img read more

Rep. Lois Frankel Calls for Investigation into Epstein “Sweetheart Deal”

first_imgA Florida Democrat wants Congress to investigate the sweetheart deal given to financier Jeffrey Epstein.U.S. Representative Lois Frankel has joined with the Democratic Women’s Caucus in a letter to the House Oversight Committee.They want a probe launched into the 13 months of work-release that Epstein spent under the watch of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.There have been reports that he was allowed to arrange for sex while he was serving time, much of which was spent at his office and allegedly his home. The sheriff’s office has also launched both internal and criminal investigations into the matter.Frankel also wants Congress to look into Epstein’s so-called “sweetheart deal” with prosecutors back in 2008.The multi-millionaire now faces several federal sex trafficking charges in connection to underage girls and is being held without bond in a New York jail.last_img read more

Marine Toxins Delay Razor Clam Digs this Fall

first_imgFacebook62Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeElevated levels of marine toxins have prompted state shellfish managers to postpone the start of razor clam digging on ocean beaches this fall.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will not schedule razor clam digs on any of the state’s ocean beaches until tests show the clams are safe to eat.Domoic acid levels on Washington beaches have dropped significantly since last spring, when the department was forced to curtail digging early, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW. However, concentrations of domoic acid are still above the threshold (20 parts per million) set by state public health officials.“If levels continue to decline, we could potentially open some beaches in mid or possibly late November,” Ayres said.WDFW will continue to work with the Washington Department of Health to monitor regularly marine toxin levels in razor clams, Ayres said. Test results are posted on WDFW’s webpage.“We know diggers are anxious to get out onto the beaches, but public health is our primary concern,” Ayres said.Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. Cooking or freezing does not destroy domoic acid in shellfish.Since 1991, when the toxin was first detected on the Pacific coast, outbreaks of domoic acid have prompted the cancellation of three entire razor clam seasons in Washington – the last one in 2002-03.Any new information about razor clam digging will be posted on WDFW’s razor clam webpage.last_img read more