Amuneke Drops Six More Players from Camp

first_imgHead Coach of the Nigeria U-20, Coach Emmanuel Amuneke has finally pruned the number of players in camp to 31 after Saturday’s friendly match with Nigeria National League side, Supreme Court FC.The match ended 1-0 in favour of the Flying Eagles but it also afforded the technical crew an opportunity to further assess the ability of the fringe players ahead of the May 22, CAF U-20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Burundi in Bujumbura.Midfielder Kingsley Michael scored from the penalty spot in the 65th minute for the only goal of the match that is the fifth in a series of games played so far by the U-20 boys. On Saturday, Amuneke fielded a completely new team against Supreme Court FC but was left disappointed at half time as the Flying Eagles failed to exhibit what they have learnt in over three weeks of intensive training. The second stanza saw the introduction of ten new players as the U-20 boys began to dominate play, leading to a 65th minute penalty converted by Michael.With twenty minutes left on the clock, the coaches introduced star players Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze to further pile pressure on the Abuja based team but their effort did not add to the scoreline as the match ended 1-0 at full time. Amuneke thanked the dropped players for their perseverance and endurance during the screening and advised them to stay fit as their services may still be required in the near future.One more player will be dropped next week to further reduce the number in camp to thirty. The Flying Eagles have so far played five matches, including defeating Sia-One Academy 4-1, Dabo Babes 5-0, Ace FC of Kaduna 6-2 and drawing 0-0 with Dreams FC of Makurdi.Nigeria must beat Burundi over two legs to advance to the final round of the qualifiers in July this year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Big Ten absent from Sweet Sixteen for 1st time in decade

first_imgWhen the NCAA tournament began last Thursday, the Big Ten boasted six teams in the field of 64. After four days, which included nine games by those teams, none of the six teams remain.Third-seeded Iowa and sixth-seeded Michigan State were upset and bowed out of the tournament in the first round, along with Wisconsin. Then, with Illinois and Indiana unable to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in Saturday’s action, the second-toughest conference in the country in terms of RPI was relying on second-seed Ohio State to come through Sunday afternoon.Georgetown took care of those hopes, trouncing the Buckeyes 70-52. It marked the first time since 1996 that the Big Ten failed to get a team into the Sweet Sixteen.The Illini and Hoosiers got the conference off on the right foot when the Big Dance started Thursday. Illinois took care of Air Force 78-69, while Indiana used some last-minute heroics to advance past San Diego State 87-83.And the Buckeyes, despite struggling early against 15th-seeded Davidson, came from behind to win 70-62, starting Friday off right.It was all downhill from there.While Arizona dominated the Badgers in Philadelphia, Iowa struggled against 14th-seeded Northwestern State. While Wisconsin never really gave itself a chance thanks to a dismal start, the Hawkeyes had a two-point lead with just 10 seconds remaining in the game.Unfortunately for Steve Alford’s team, the Demons pulled off perhaps the play of the tournament so far when Jermaine Wallace hit a 3-point jumper from deep in the corner with a hand in his face and less than a second remaining on the clock.”I’d like to say I had it all drawn up, but we were just trying to get the guys in the game who could create havoc on defense and score on offense,” Northwestern State coach Mike McConathy told the Associated Press.Later in the day, George Mason took out the Spartans and found its way to the Sweet Sixteen with an upset over North Carolina Sunday afternoon.”The disappointing thing is they took it at us early and kicked our butts inside,” Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo told the AP. “I’m disappointed, saddened. On this night, they brought it, and we didn’t.”Fifth-seeded Washington’s Brandon Roy scored 21 points Saturday as the Huskies came back from an 11-point deficit against Illinois and the Illini bowed out one year after reaching the championship game.Indiana then couldn’t solve Gonzaga, despite hitting 13 3-pointers in the second half, with Marco Killingsworth on the bench in foul trouble. The Hoosiers took care of Adam Morrison, but the nation’s leading scorer got plenty of help from his supporting cast, as the Bulldogs ended Indiana’s season and head coach Mike Davis’ career in Bloomington.”My first thought was, I was just proud of the boys,” Davis told the AP. “Don’t be sad for me. You should be happy for me because I had a great opportunity to coach one of the greatest schools in college basketball.”The Hoyas then ended the Big Ten’s season Sunday evening despite the fact that just four of them scored in the 70-52 rout.The conference will now be forced to watch the rest of the tournament field, which includes four teams from the Big East and a pair each from the SEC, ACC, Missouri Valley and Pac-10 conferences. Even the Colonial Athletic Association boasts one team in a regional semi-final. George Mason became the first team from that conference in the Sweet Sixteen since 1988.And perhaps the most doubted conference — the Missouri Valley Conference — showed it was worthy of its four NCAA berths, as both Wichita State and Bradley made it through the first weekend of play.There is a reason they call it March Madness.— The Associated Press contributed to this report.last_img read more

McCatty: Refs to blame for basketball foul up

first_imgVeteran basketball official, Howard McCatty, has agreed with the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association’s (ISSA) competition’s director, George Forbes, that the referees are to blame for the incident which forced game one of the ISSA Southern Conference under-19 basketball final to be ruled null and void and ordered replayed.McCatty, a former basketball president and currently a referees’ trainer and technical commissioner, said the match officials erred by not ensuring that the teams were checked, even though others are sometimes assigned to fulfil this task.”They (referees) should have checked the identification cards before the game started. But, here in Kingston, we usually have someone checking it, and they (refs) thought it was checked by the table,” he explained.CHECKING ID’S”But I would put the blame on the referees because a technical commissioner should be at the table to check all IDs. In Northern (Conference), I check all IDs before the games starts,” he added.Calabar won game one of the series, only for Camperdown to launch a protest against their opponents for not having their IDs available for the game.However, ISSA investigations revealed that Calabar had no IDs. Camperdown did not have their full complement either and, as a result, a replay was ordered. Forbes blamed the match officials for not upholding the rules.”Our rules are quite simple, and that is you must have an ISSA-issued ID. The referees are the ones causing the problem. How do they know that a player has an ID? If I am the referee and I know you and I say you can play, that does not mean you satisfy the criteria,” Forbes said recently.McCatty admitted that sometimes schools have ID issues when they come to games, and insists that once it can be verified that a player is legitimate, they try to accommodate the schools as best as they can. However, he says next season, there will be no room for such leniency with the regulations.last_img read more

How to Simultaneously Edit Multiple Internal Camera Audio Files

first_imgSave time and energy by using this method to edit multiple internal camera audio files simultaneously.Top image via ShutterstockWhen editing in Premiere Pro, oftentimes the built-in audio tools simply fail to live up to the fantastic audio features found in Audition. In the following post, we’ll take a look at how to edit multiple audio files from internal camera audio. It’s a handy trick that is guaranteed to save you time.If you’re more of a watcher, the following video tutorial outlines everything covered in this post:Before you begin your edit, you can easily bring all of the audio recorded into the camera to a comfortable volume level so you aren’t constantly riding the master volume on your computer. By bringing the audio clips offline and replacing them with temporarily (or permanently) mastered audio, you can work more efficiently as an editor because you will have better sounding content to analyze.1. Unlink the Audio in the TimelineBring all of the clips from your bin that need audio editing into a new timeline and unlink the audio from the video. I like to name the sequence “Interview Pool,” as it will be the sequence from which I will later choose all of my content for the final edit. Select all of the clips in the sequence, right-click on them and choose Unlink. This will allow you to select all of the audio clips in the timeline separately from the video clips.2. Send the Clips to AuditionHighlight all of the audio clips and send them to be edited in Adobe Audition. Once you have highlighted all of the audio clips you can right-click on them and select Edit Clip in Adobe Audition. By using this method, you will be editing from an entire clip instead of a truncated version after you’ve already begun editing.3. Apply Apply Your EditsDouble-click on any of the files listed in the window on the upper left to apply your edits to them… but don’t save your work just yet. Although you may have very specific things you would like to do to each file, at this point I am typically applying a limiter, normalizing the clips, and applying some light compression.However, it is very important that you don’t save your work just yet. Instead, we will save the files in a new location so they are more easily accessible in a unified location.4. Save Your Files in a New FolderChoose Save As in the file menu and save in a new folder called “Edited Audio.” On the first file you are saving, you will be given the option to save in a specific location and to create a new folder. Hit Save As, select Browse, and browse to an easy-to-find location such as where you store your footage files, etc. Create a new folder called “Edited Audio” by clicking on the New Folder button on the lower left of the dialogue box.Repeat this process for all of your files. To further streamline your process, learn how to create batch commands so your audio edits and save locations can be automated by your computer while you take a break from staring at your screen. Once you’ve completed all of your edits and saved them in the “Edited Audio” folder, you can close Adobe Audition and return to Adobe Premiere.5. Offline Your FilesTake all of the audio clips in your timeline offline in Adobe Premiere. With all of the clips (which now have the new suffix, Audio Extracted) highlighted in your project window, right-click and select Make Offline.A dialogue box will appear and it is important to select Media Files Remain on Disk so that Adobe Premiere doesn’t delete your unedited audio! Click OK and notice that the clips in the timeline are now red and there are question marks for icons in the project window — this is normal.6. Relink the Offline Audio FilesRelink all of your offline audio files to the edited audio files in the “Edited Audio” folder. With all of your offline audio clips selected in the project window, right-click and select Link Media. In the dialogue box that appears, click Locate and browse to the “Edited Audio” folder. Click on the file name in the folder (it is helpful to have Display Only Exact Name Matches selected so it only shows files with the exact same name as your first file) and click OK.7. Edit Your SequenceReturn to Adobe Premiere and use all of the clips in your sequence as a source from which to choose content for your edit. I like to keep my final edited sequence separate from my interview pool so I can easily see which portions of clips I have used and what is still left as an unused option. Now that the audio is intelligible, you will be able to make more accurate decisions on what was a good take and you can focus on content instead of your volume buttons. Have any tips for editing multiple camera audio on your projects? Share your workflow in the comments below.last_img read more

39 stranded families rescued in Kashmir

first_imgThirty-nine families, including two residing in a houseboat, were rescued on Saturday in two separate operations here following heavy snowfall, an official spokesman said. District administration of Srinagar along with police personnel rescued 37 nomadic families stranded in the Panthachowk area of the city, the spokesman said. He said the families were provided accommodation at Panthachowk, apart from blankets, ration and assistance for basic needs. The nomadic families along with livestock were on their way to Poonch district when they were caught in heavy snowfall, he said.Rescued from houseboat In another operation, the spokesman said at least 12 members of two families residing in a houseboat in Jhelum river were rescued. The houseboat owned by the families sank on Saturday evening in Kothibagh area of the city leaving the families in distress, he said. Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary along with senior officers from departments, members of flood control, State Disaster Response Force and police reached the spot, the spokesman said.He added that Srinagar district administration also provided assistance to 11 families whose houses were damaged in two separate fire incidents in Habbak area of Ganpatyar and Tibetan Colony.Fresh snowfall was experienced in parts of Kashmir as a thick layer of fog engulfed the Valley, affecting air traffic here, officials said. Kokernag town in south Kashmir recorded 3.8 mm of snow, while the highway township of Qazigund along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway registered 0.2 mm of snowfall, he said. Pahalgam tourist resort recorded 2.2 mm of fresh snowfall, the official said. He said there are reports of snowfall in some other areas in the higher reaches of the Valley. The official said a thick layer of fog engulfed most parts of the Valley on Saturday morning as the temperature dipped to freezing point. The fog affected the flight operations at Srinagar airport as most of the flights were delayed, while two were cancelled.Highway blockedA fresh landslide blocked the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district, leaving thousands of commuters stranded at various places, officials said. The traffic on the 270-km highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, was restored in the morning after remaining closed for two days due to heavy snowfall and landslides at several places.“A massive landslide occurred on the highway near Mahar, 2 km away from Ramban town, around 2 pm,” a traffic department official said. A clearance operation was immediately launched but, given the volume of the debris, the road is likely to be thrown open for traffic only on Sunday, according to the official. Power supply restoredPower supply to all hospitals in Kashmir has been restored after heavy snowfall caused massive damage to power infrastructure, officials said. At a meeting, Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan took stock of electricity restoration works in each district and was informed that power supply has been restored at all hospitals and various parts of the valley, a spokesperson said.last_img read more

Bali Pure stays alive in PVL Finals, forces Game 3

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Missing two chances to close the match out, the Water Defenders woke up just in time as they crawled their way back from a 9-6 deficit in Set 5 and tied the game at 10 to set up the cardiac finish.Keddy engaged in a battle on the net against the duo of Michelle Strizak and Rivers in the next sequences, before Soltones imposed her will late and found the open space to put the nail in the coffin for Bali Pure.“We’ve lost a number of games that we were behind. We’ll crawl our way back and then, we’ll lose. That was the case again, and that happened for two sets. But I’m glad that whatever happened, I’m proud because we didn’t lose like a bunch of kids,” said coach Roger Gorayeb.The Water Defenders rebounded from their tough four-set loss to Pocari Sweat in Game 1, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24 last Saturday.Game 3 is on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage The three-time NCAA Most Valuable Player finished with 11 points, all of which came off attacks.Jeng Bualee pumped 20 markers, 19 coming off hits to go with a service ace, while fellow guest player Jennifer Keddy also had 20 points, 10 from kills, six blocks, and four aces for the Water Defenders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith no recourse but to fight back after losing Game 1, Bali Pure started like a house on fire, dominating in the first set, 25-15, and edging a furious Pocari Sweat squad in the second set, 26-24.But the Lady Warriors didn’t go down without a fight, leaning behind the excellent showing of Krystal Rivers and Jessey de Leon in the third and fourth sets to drag the grueling two-hour match to a do-or-die Set 5. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Semerad’s hot shooting lifts TNT past Ginebra for 2-0 leadcenter_img View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rivers captained Pocari Sweat with 26 kills, while Strizak had 15 markers, 14 of which came from spikes.Myla Pablo got 14 points in the losing effort for the Lady Warriors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBali Pure lost hold of a two-set lead but recovered just in time to come away with a thrilling five-set Game 2 win over Pocari Sweat, 25-15, 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 15-13, Tuesday in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division Finals at Philsports Arena in Pasig.Grethcel Soltones took matters into her own hands in the fifth set as she scored four kills in the decider, including the match-clinching spike to send the best-of-three series to a winner-take-all Game 3.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidelast_img read more

Filipino Kingad puts win streak on the line against Hexigetu in ONE

first_imgGilas banners young team for Jones Cup Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino wushu artist Danny Kingad is putting his unbeaten record on the line as he faces Mongol fighter Hexigetu Hexigetu in ONE Championship: Conquest of Kings in Surabaya, Indonesia.Kingad, who owns a 5-0 MMA record, 3-0 in ONE, hails from the famed Team Lakay that produced ONE Lightweight champion Eduard Folayang.ADVERTISEMENT Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments The flyweight fighter stopped two of his three opponents in the promotion with his last foe, Muhammad Aiman, the lone matchup to hear the final bell during the ONE: Kings of Destiny last April.Looking to break Kingad’s streak is Hexigetu (4-2), who will be making his debut in the Asian fighting promotion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsReigning ONE Championship flyweight champion Kairat Akhmetov (20-0-0) will face interim champion Adriano Moraes (15-2) in a unification bout for the main event of the Surabaya card. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Dowrich rescues West Indies in 3rd Test

first_img\R Bridgetown, Jun 24 (AFP) Shane Dowrich led yet another West Indies rearguard with an unbeaten half-century as the West Indies rallied from 53 for five to reach stumps at 132 without further loss on a rain-hit opening day of the third and final Test match. Almost half of the scheduled overs were lost to intermittent showers as day/night Test cricket came to the Caribbean for the first time, three years after the first such fixture was played between Australia and neighbours New Zealand in Adelaide. Having already played a vital role in the series with an unbeaten 125 that rescued the West Indies in the first innings of the series in Trinidad two weeks earlier, the wicketkeeper-batsman’s rich vein of form continued on his home ground Saturday at the Kensington Oval. His assured innings of 60 not out was well supported by Jason Holder, the West Indies captain contributing 33 not out in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 79 and going some way towards justifying his decision to bat first on a green pitch, notwithstanding the struggles faced by the home side’s top order against a Sri Lankan attack spearheaded by stand-in skipper Suranga Lakmal. Appointed to lead the tourists with regular captain Dinesh Chandimal suspended for the match after being found guilty of ball tampering during the second Test in St Lucia, Lakmal swiftly dispensed with openers Devon Smith and Kraigg Brathwaite on a grassy pitch. Lahiru Kumara, Sri Lanka’s top bowler of the series, then removed Kieran Powell cheaply as well to have the home side reeling at eight for three. A one-hour break for rain offered some respite to the home batsmen but when play resumed Kasun Rajitha followed up on an encouraging debut in the second Test by dismissing Roston Chase immediately upon coming into the attack.advertisement When Rajitha accounted for Hope at the start of the second session, West Indian prospects of a decent first innings total looked grim, especially with the trend over the previous nine day/night Test matches in other parts of the world for bowlers to hold sway with the pink ball during the twilight period. But Dowrich and Hope batted with relative ease and will be looking to extend what has already been a productive partnership deep into the second day.Lakmal, the first seamer ever to lead Sri Lanka in a Test, wasted no time in making the most of the sporting track earlier in the afternoon when play got underway in bright sunshine. Smith stabbed at the last delivery of the first over of the match and Dhananjaya de Silva showed a safe pair of hands to come up with the catch at third slip. Danushka Gunathilaka, brought in effectively as Chandimal’s replacement in the middle-order, then showed good athleticism in sprinting in from cover-point and diving forward to take the catch millimetres from the turf as Brathwaite could not control a delivery from Lakmal which lifted sharply at the batsman. – Fielding support – ==================== Kumara was also grateful for the support from his fielders when Kusal Mendis held a good low catch at second slip when Powell pushed at a full-length delivery without covering the ball properly. Then after impressing with an expansive cover-driven boundary before the rain-break, Chase was bowled in Rajitha’s first over, dragging a delivery onto his middle stump. Off-spinning all-rounder Dilruwan Perea, who has replaced Akila Dananjaya in Sri Lanka’s other change from the drawn second Test, bowled the final over of the session but, as expected that the visitors relied heavily on their three seamers in between the showers in seeking to lay the foundations for a series-levelling victory. Those expectations would have been boosted when Hope fell to Rajitha via another sharp Mendis slip catch. However the Sri Lankans were left frustrated deep into the night both by the resistance of Dowrich and Holder and the frequent interruptions by inclement weather. With Chandimal already ruled out, any thoughts of recalling Rangana Herath for this must-win final match of the tour ended on Friday when the experienced left-arm spinner split the webbing in his bowling hand during catching practice on the eve of the Test. (AFP) ATKATKATKlast_img read more

NFL Draft: Jordan Sterns, Ashton Lampkin Sign as Free Agents with Kansas City Chiefs

first_imgKansas City thank you ??— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) April 29, 2017 Like their fellow teammate Blake Jarwin, neither Jordan Sterns nor Ashton Lampkin heard their names called from a podium in Philadelphia this weekend. But both have already found opportunities to prove themselves at the next level—and with the same team, no less.Sterns and Lampkin have come to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs as undrafted free agents, as the two announced on their social media.All the teams that passed on me thank you??— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) April 29, 2017 God never said it would be easy. Wanna thank the @chiefs for the opportunity to ball again at the next level. Major chip on my shoulder ???? pic.twitter.com/Ym2AmY53gE— Ashton Lampkin (@OSU_DB6) April 29, 2017The Chiefs won the AFC West in 2016 before losing in the divisional round to the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Kansas City, Sterns will get to learn under 5-time Pro Bowl strong safety Eric Berry. Lampkin will compete with, and alongside, former Washington cornerback Marcus Peters. They will join former teammate Tyreek Hill, who was drafted by the Chiefs last season out of West Alabama.center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

League Wide: Million Dollar Assistants and the Future of the Big 12

first_img“I don’t disagree with the whole thought that it’s in our interest that the Big 12 succeed,” Boren said before telling reporters how famously OU gets along with conference rivals Oklahoma State and Texas. “So, no, we’re not desperate to go anywhere else … While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 10Horned Frogs Let’s take a look at some news around the league from this week. Million-Dollar MenTexas and Oklahoma became the first Big 12 schools to pay coordinators $1m plus this week.Just a day after Texas formally approved a record-setting $1 million annual salary for defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, Oklahoma countered Thursday with a contract making offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley the highest-paid assistant in the Big 12 and one of the tops in the country.Riley will be paid $1.3 million per season in a new three-year deal. [Austin American-Statesman]Two things stick out here, first: its interesting to see Texas finally start throwing their wallet around a little bit.Now, paying top-dollar for the former Houston defensive coordinator? Eh, not that splashy. It’d be more impressive to see them throw a stack of bills taller than the Texas bell tower at the Texas A&M defensive coordinator (or poach from someone).The Riley extension was a well-done, big boy move. The Sooners pay a premium and basically ensure that Riley will only leave for a better than average head coaching job.Stoops mentioned it’s been in the works for months, the timing feels a little responsive to their rival’s big payout to an assistant. Lord knows they’ve been a bit chippier than usual lately.Railroad from Raider LandIt’s hard to put a finger on what’s going on in Lubbock but a pair of receivers have left over the last few weeks.Texas Tech receiver Tony Brown announced he plans to leave Lubbock and transfer from Texas Tech via Twitter on Thursday afternoon.Brown is the second receiver to announce an intent to transfer after leading receiver from last year Jonathan Giles said he was leaving the program on April 28. [SportsDay]More troubling, a Texas Tech All-Transfer team is in the making. “I would just say that we’re, at this point in time, hoping the Big 12 will improve and succeed.” [TulsaWorld] Rebuilding the JayhawksForget Texas, apparently Kansas may be getting (a twinge) of buzz.I’m willing to make such a — cough — bold, risky statement based on the simple fact that, for the first time in quite a while, KU has options.Beaty has mined the transfer market for talent, and at least a few of his recent five-year recruits have shown promise. The result: some loose approximation of depth and position battles, particularly on an offense that has been destitute for years. [SBNation]We’ll spare you the details but a couple of Bama transfers on offense (wide receiver and tackle) to go with the Texas A&M transfer that followed David Beatty in Doug Meacham’s offense could mean something.They’ve had (somewhat) stingy defenses over the last few years but anemic offenses plagued hungry Kansas squads.center_img Gary Patterson (3): Patterson is in a similar situation as Dantonio. We all believe he’s a great coach, but he’s coming off a sub-par season. That recency bias has an effect on where he stands in these rankings, but his history suggests that he’s capable of another huge season with the Horned Frogs. [CBS Sports] In a perfect world: Texas Tech would be starting: Mayfield, Dauphine, Giles, Fehoko, Mitchell & Bethel in 2017. #WreckEm pic.twitter.com/xTnH6fNyIl— Ben Rosas (@Benjamin_Rosas) May 11, 2017That’s a two-time Heisman finalist, a Biletnikoff finalist and four four-star recruits. When a coach is under pressure (as Kliff Kingsbury undeniably is), recruiting takes a toll. But internal exits?Could be anything. Generally it’s over playing time or discipline. Either way, impact players leaving heading into year five isn’t good.KingmakersIn CBS’ most recent ranking of Power Five coaches, the Big 12 found four within the top twelve. One was interesting. Not quite the reassurance Big 12 fans are looking for from one of their bell cows.The article looks at how the realignment will fire up a bit when the Big Ten’s media contracts expire in the early 2020’s. Concerning OU’s landing spot, here’s a good question.Key question: Oklahoma pres David Boren is 76. Will he hold the reins in 3-5 years, when/if (by his estimation, too) realignment cranks up?— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) May 12, 2017 Patterson threw the Frogs on his shoulders and carried them into the Big 12, securing the financial viability of the program for the immediate future.  But No. 10 in the country?Either way, Stoops was at sixth, Snyder at ninth, Patterson at tenth and Gundy rounded off the group at twelfth. It’s been said but this guys do it as well as anybody with very little NFL talent.No Place Like (A New) HomeOU and Texas are the Big 12’s trophy brands. Much ado is being made this off season about one of those school’s options.last_img read more

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