Ryan Giggs Giggs admits to having counselling after Manchester United exit Nicholas McGee 16:38 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Wales Manchester United Premier League The Red Devils icon saw his life change dramatically after leaving Old Trafford, a situation he felt therapy would help with New Wales manager Ryan Giggs revealed he underwent counselling after his career at Manchester United came to an end.Giggs spent his entire 24-year playing career at Old Trafford, winning 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three EFL Cups, two Champions League titles and one Club World Cup.He then spent two years on the coaching staff at United before Jose Mourinho’s arrival as manager forced his exit, which took a psychological toll on the former winger. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I saw a psychologist when I left United because I had been straight from school into being an apprentice,” Giggs said.”It was the same thing every day, going into Manchester United with a structure, and that was no longer going to be the case.”I was about to start a new chapter where some of my days I wouldn’t be doing anything.”I sought someone’s help regarding that and it was just about managing your week or day.”I had never needed a psychologist while I was playing. But it was little things. You don’t just go to the gym around the corner.”It helped because I was going into the unknown.”It opens your eyes because there is a big old world out there other than football.”Rather than fearing it, I enjoyed it, but I missed football and am glad to be back.”Giggs’ first match as Wales boss comes in March in the China Cup and he added: “I can’t wait to get started – it is frustrating I have to wait until March for my first game.”
Arsenal ‘Arsenal need a manager like Pochettino’ – Wright feels time is up for Wenger Sacha Pisani 14:42 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League League Cup Tottenham Hotspur With another underwhelming season under the veteran Frenchman tapering out, one of his former charges feels a younger coach needs to be brought in Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright struggled to make a case for under-fire boss Arsene Wenger to continue at the Emirates Stadium next season and called on the Gunners to target a manager like Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.Arsenal crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final to increase the pressure on Wenger amid the club’s woes.The Londoners have endured another difficult season under Wenger, whose side are sixth and a staggering 27 points adrift of Premier League champions-elect City, while they avoided an embarrassing Europa League exit despite a shock 2-1 loss at home to Ostersund. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wenger, who signed a new two-year deal last May, has been in charge since 1996, but Wright believes time is fast running out for the long-serving 68-year-old Frenchman.”There are excuses [from Wenger] and he is mollycoddling a team,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live . “Whether he stays at the end of this season, I could not make a case.”I am not sure anyone can. This development of mediocrity has to be arrested.”Wright said: “I want Arsenal to challenge again, for them to sign players who will get you excited. I want someone in the boardroom who will lay it down. A few of the players are on easy street, own properties and are renting them out.”How long would it take Arsenal to get back? It will take them a few years. Everyone is progressing and moving forward in that top five. Arsenal are going the other way. They need to stop it, get a successful manager then get players to go forward. It is a long road.”Former Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti and Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri have been linked with the Arsenal job, while Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim and Germany tactician Joachim Low are also candidates, but Wright suggested the team’s next manager should be in the category of Pochettino.”The club need to start looking for somebody who is not old,” he continued. “They are talking about Ancelotti, but they need to find the next one like Mauricio Pochettino, who built his way up.”[Former Watford boss] Marco Silva stepped on his own ambition. Somebody like that is good and can build, have a philosophy and be enthused with drive; someone who can bring in a player that can see his philosophy through, like we are seeing at Manchester City.”
Transfers Monaco reject reports of Jardim, Glik, Fabinho departures Jamie Smith 05:30 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AFP Transfers Monaco Ligue 1 PSG v Monaco PSG Coupe de la Ligue The Monaco manager has been linked with taking over from Arsene Wenger, but Vadim Vasilyev rejected claims the coach is leaving the club Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has rejected claims Leonardo Jardim will leave the club at the end of the season.Reports have linked Jardim with a switch to Premier League side Arsenal, where he would succeed former Monaco coach Arsene Wenger.Kamil Glik and Fabinho are also reportedly ready to leave Monaco following the conclusion of the campaign, but Vasilyev questioned the timing of the speculation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Monaco face Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue on Saturday, with Jardim’s men having the chance to gain revenge for their 4-1 loss in last year’s showpiece.”I heard the rumours about Jardim, Glik and Fabinho yesterday,” Vasilyev told RMC Sport. “That such rumours should be spread two or three days before a cup final seems strange to me. Still, everyone works in their own way.”I can assure you that we do not work like that. We are all focused on the final, including the players.”Despite Vasilyev’s denials, Fabinho previously indicated this is his last season playing for Monaco.The midfielder, reportedly a target for Manchester United and PSG, described moving to Atletico Madrid as a “possibility” in December.
England Alli hopes World Cup injury is not serious after England start with win Lewis Oldham 17:17 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images England World Cup Harry Kane Tunisia v England Tunisia The midfielder was replaced late on against Tunisia and could be a doubt for the second group fixture against Panama Dele Alli is hopeful the injury which forced him off late into England’s opening World Cup group game against Tunisia is not too serious.The midfielder appeared to suffer the injury late in the first half, but after it initially looked like he was going to be replaced immediately, he stayed on before eventually being substituted in the 80th minute.Alli’s movement off the ball was a key component of England’s impressive first-half performance in the 2-1 win over Tunisia, but his influence faded as the game wore on. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move He could now be a doubt for England’s second game of the tournament against Panama on Sunday, but the Tottenham star is optimistic the problem is not too bad.”Hopefully I am OK,” Alli said post-match. “It’s my quad.”England manager Gareth Southgate revealed that the decision to keep Alli on was made because he ‘was still causing a problem’ for the Tunisian backline.Southgate said: “We had to keep monitoring Dele, he was feeling a little bit of an issue just before half-time, but he felt he could carry on and I thought the runs that he was making and the way he was pressing the ball was still causing a problem.”He had a half chance with a lovely ball Jordan Henderson played to him, lofted over the top.”But we have good options on the bench and we felt to put the freshness of Marcus (Rashford) and Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) would both bring fresh energy but also a different sort of threat to the one that we’d posed.”England’s victory over Tunisia puts them joint top of the group with Belgium, who beat Panama 3-0 earlier on Monday.With Panama next up at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Southgate could decide to rest Alli and bring Loftus-Cheek into the starting line-up rather than take any risks on his fitness.
Australia have claimed the Youth Trans Tasman series winning five of the six divisions contested. High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant is estactic about the result. Grant said “To regain the Numer One status in such an emphatic fashion is a wonderful achievement”.Australia won swept the 18’s Girls 3-0 and winning the 18’s Mixed and 18’s Boys after loosing the opening game. The 20’s Girls and 20’s Boys also won their series with the 20’s Mixed gogin down 2-1 in a very tight three contests.Grant expressed his gratitide to those who had contributed to the victory “I would like to thank the players, their parents, their coaches, officials and all others who had made this moment possible”.After loosing the 2005 Youth World Cup to New Zealand, many changes have been made to the Youth Program to assist achieve future results and it was indeed satisying to witness the Australian capatins receive the Youth Trans Tasman trophy off the New Zealand Prime Minister.Full Results:18’s Girls (3-0)Game 1 – AUS (11) defeated NZ (4)Game 2 – AUS (7) defeated NZ (2)Game 3 – AUS (9) defeated NZ (5)18’s Mixed (2-1)Game 1 – AUS (4) lost to NZ (6)Game 2 – AUS (7) defeated NZ (6)Game 3 – AUS (6) defeated NZ (5)18’s Boys (2-1)Game 1 – AUS (6) lost to NZ (7) in drop-offGame 2 – AUS (6) defeated NZ (5)Game 3 – AUS (10) defeated NZ (5)20’s Girls (2-1)Game 1 – AUS (5) defeated NZ (2)Game 2 – AUS (5) defeated NZ (4)Game 3 – AUS (3) lost to NZ (4)20’s Mixed (1-2)Game 1 – AUS (4) defeated NZ (3) in drop-offGame 2 – AUS (5) lost to NZ (6)Game 3 – AUS (10) lost to NZ (11)20’s Boys (2-1)Game 1 – AUS (10) defeated NZ (6)Game 2 – AUS (8) lost to NZ (9)Game 3 – AUS (9) defeated NZ (5)
Mixed Open – Australia 20 defeated Switzerland 0Men’s Open – Australia 23 defeated Scotland 2Men’s 40’s – Australia 13 defeated Ireland 0 Senior Mixed – Australia 9 defeated South Africa 4 Mixed Open – Australia 20 defeated Switzerland 0Men’s Open – Australia 23 defeated Scotland 2Men’s 40’s – Australia 13 defeated Ireland 0 Senior Mixed – Australia 9 defeated South Africa 4 Men’s 30’s – Australia 14 defeated Japan 2 Mixed Open – Australia 18 defeated Catalonia 1Senior Mixed – Australia 14 defeated England 3Men’s 30’s – Australia 11 defeated England 4 Men’s 40’s– Australia 18 defeated Wales 1 Men’s 35’s– Australia 9 defeated South Africa 3 Men’s Open – Australia 4 defeated by New Zealand 5 Women’s Open – Australia 16 defeated England 1Mixed Open – Australia 12 defeated South Africa 2Stay tuned to the website for a summary of all of Australia’s day two action.
Following the weekend’s training camp in Sydney, Australian Women’s Open player, Sarah Peattie, tells us about how the camp went and her excitement around the 2014 Trans Tasman Series which starts next Friday in Mudgee. Our camp started on Saturday morning with most of the girls arriving at Bankstown ready for a big weekend of tip. There was plenty of banter going around in the morning as we hadn’t all got together properly since our last camp in January. Belly had a little chat with us all and introduced some new faces in the squad who would be training with us over the weekend – Kirstie ‘Dot’ Jenkins, Hannah Dyball, Kim Sue See, Maddie Studdon and Laura Peattie who had all impressed massively at the recent Elite Eight tournament in Coffs Harbour. We hit the paddock straight after for a very thorough warm up with the world’s best manager, Marto. Next came left-hand passing practice with Karley. It looked like an equestrian event at the Olympics with all of the cones and poles set up all over the field, but Karley’s drills gave us a lot of practice to improve our passing. Danielle Davis got a warm welcome into her first Australian Open’s team in the next session having to suffer the wrath of attacking coach Phil and his line attack plays until Belly joked and told her to ‘get back on the wing’. Swingers set all of the girls straight and made it very hard to score again. Day one also saw us go through all of our rucking and transitional patterns. The day was a little interrupted with poor Leah getting stuck in Melbourne and Jess off to see a musical which she recounted for us all the next day. The day ended with a bang with Lizzie tripping over her own feet and face planting during an opposed session – Karley I hope you got that on camera! Day two meant the arrival of Sarah Spacie and Claire Tandek who phenomenally made 6.00am interstate flights after a couple of weddings and the girls were pumped for our last day of training before Trans Tasman. We briefly went through the previous day’s sessions with the CWA (Country Women’s Association) a.k.a. Belly, Swingers and Phil, astoundingly making it through the sessions with minimal conferences. Day two ended with several scenario-based games between the Cows and Ducks with the mighty Ducks victorious (it didn’t matter that we only won 1/6, I heard last scenario wins)! We also played an awesome group of Sydney players who gave us a great hit-out in preparation for the Kiwis next week. Personally I am looking forward to this Trans Tasman more than anything, because of the incredible group of players and coaches that we have involved in this series and because my whole family will be there cheering on myself and my younger sister Laura who is making her debut in the Mixed team. The last Trans Tasman before next year’s World Cup is bound to be an incredible contest and I think that all of the Australian teams are looking well-prepared to take out this final title. A huge thank you to Cathy and Grunta for all of the preparation for the camps last weekend. Also to the physios who kept us all strapped and massaged, I know the Women’s team kept you very busy! We are looking forward to next week in Mudgee and hopefully bringing home another championship before World Cup!Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 Trans Tasman Series: Website – www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#transtasman2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksCamp Diary – Sarah Peattie
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco in talks with Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembeleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco are in talks with Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele.Off contract in June, the Belgium international is preparing to leave Spurs in 2019 – whether that’s January or June.Le 10 Sport says ASM chiefs have sounded out Dembele’s camp about his plans and the prospect of a move to Ligue 1.And the 31 year-old has been told ASM would be happy to cough up a fee to buy him immediatley.Dembele is currently injured and not expected to play again until February.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: My role in Hudson-Odoi contractby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has spoken of his role in convincing Callum Hudson-Odoi to sign a new contract.Lampard was understandably delighted Hudson-Odoi’s future has been decided, and in his Cobham press conference he explained what role he had in the process.”As soon as I got the job I made contact with him to make him aware I want him to be part of the plans,” said Lampard.”The only conversations I had with him were not persuasion, it was how I see it at the club. He’s a young lad who has come through the Academy here. The club has worked hard with him. He has worked hard to get one foot in the first team.”Then it was away from me slightly in terms of the club dealing with the contract itself, but I wanted to make it clear I wanted him at the club because I believe in his talent.”Now the five-year contract is signed is when the hard work really starts for him. He has got everything in front of him. We know the talent he has, he has shown his talent on occasions when he has had his opportunity, but I think there is a lot more. It’s pure hard work getting there.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jordan Henderson: Liverpool not bothered about anyone elseby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJordan Henderson says Liverpool aren’t worried about any other team.The Reds made it six from six in the Premier League with a 2-1 away win over Chelsea on Saturday.”It’s about what we need to do, all our focus is on ourselves, we can’t worry about anyone else, our focus is on our next opponent, not any other team,” Henderson said.”The next game will always be the biggest game, we’ll not worry about any other team. I’m sure the neutrals will look at other results and obviously it was a good performance by Manchester City.”But, for us, it’s about performing well and picking up points, as many as we can and see where we are at the end of the season.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth defender Cook: Danjuma a potential starby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteve Cook says Bournemouth signing Arnaut Danjuma is a potential star for the club.The winger, brought in from Club Brugge this summer, has been limited to two substitute appearances after injuring his foot in preseason.But Cook has seen enough to be impressed by the 22-year-old.He told the Daily Echo: “I’m really pleased for him. He’s obviously come in and got injured in his first game and it’s not easy when you’re a new player, especially when you’re getting injured.”He’s shown good mental strength and I think he’s got a lot to give. It shows how good our squad is when we’re getting players back, it’s nice.”He’s a sharp boy. He’s only young as well, so he’s got a lot of potential for us.”
West Ham boss Pellegrini confirms Fabianski injury absenceby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski could be out for up to three months with injury.Fabianski tore a hip muscle during the first half of the Hammers’ 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday.”The staff will decide probably today or tomorrow whether he will have surgery on his muscle or he will recover without surgery,” said Pellegrini.”But I think in the both cases less than three months will be difficult for Lukasz to return.”Asked whether the club will consider bringing in a free agent to provide cover during Fabianski’s absence, the boss said: “For the moment we have Roberto as a goalkeeper and I trust a lot in him… I am confident he will have a good performance.”Also David Martin is a goalkeeper with experience in the league. So, for the moment, we are going to keep things the same way.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tyvis Powell Lawn MowerTyvis Powell is a part of the starting defense for the No. 1 college football team in the country. He’s a national champion. And, potentially, he’s a future NFL player. The Ohio State starting strong safety still has to listen to his mother, though. So he had to cut the grass today. Told moms I’m the starting SS for the preseason #1 CFB team. No way I’m cutting the grass. U see who won that convo pic.twitter.com/ubvgxNyOwl— Tyvis Powell (@1Tyvis) June 7, 2015Cutting the grass is the worst.
Kylian Mbappe appeared to push Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar out of a team photo after the club’s Trophee des Champions victory over Rennes on Saturday. Mbappe was on the scoresheet as PSG came from behind to beat Rennes in China and secure that particular title for the seventh season in a row.AdChoices广告The underdogs led at half-time following an early goal from Adrien Hunou, but World Cup winner Mbappe and Angel Di Maria scored in the second half to turn the game around. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Neymar was unavailable for selection due to a suspension carried over from last season, a punishment he received after he appeared to take a swipe at a fan who was accused of aiming abuse at several PSG players during the Coupe de France final.PSG were beaten by Rennes in that game, but Neymar had to be pulled into the team celebrations by midfielder Marco Verratti after gaining revenge in the season’s annual curtain-raiser.But as the team were posing with the trophy, the Brazilian was stood to the side of the group talking to a team-mate lying on the pitch and Mbappe then seemed to grab him by the arm and usher him away from the photo being taken.Quite how serious Mbappe was being, only he will know, with the Frenchman having spoke only this week about how keen he is for Neymar to stay at the club.But rumours linking the Brazilian with a sensational return to Barcelona aren’t going away, with a reporting Spanish newspaper SPORT claiming on Saturday that Neymar and PSG are now at ‘total war’.The third member of the club’s famed front three, Edinson Cavani, also made a plea for Neymar to remain in Paris , despite there having appeared to be issues between the two in the past.If Neymar does return to Barcelona, it would represent a sensational display of power in the transfer market following the Liga champions’ huge move for Antoine Griezmann already this window.For some, it would be an unnecessary one. Neymar is 27 and Griezmann 28, both coming towards the end of their peak years as forwards.Earlier this week, a former Barcelona board member told Goal that he believes there are “many reasons” to avoid the signing, with the club’s finances already in less than perfect shape .
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to throw a pass in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)If there’s one college football game worth circling on the calendar, look no further than the battle between Michigan and Ohio State. Despite the two programs trending in opposite directions, the regular season finale could change the entire landscape of the Big Ten.The Wolverines are coming off a much-needed victory over the Michigan State Spartans. As for the Buckeyes, they were dismantled by Purdue on the road.Whichever teams wins this game would put themselves in tremendous shape to reach the College Football Playoff. Of course, Michigan and Ohio State will have to take care of prior business before this showdown.As for the game itself, ESPN released its early prediction. According to the FPI, the Buckeyes have a 52.9 percent chance of winning. This would be a heartbreaking finish for the Wolverines, especially considering the way they rebounded after a season-opening loss to Notre Dame.For the Buckeyes, defeating the Wolverines would help erase the pain of losing to the Boilermakers in blowout fashion.Ohio State and Michigan will play on Nov. 24 from Ohio Stadium. The game will be broadcast on FOX.
MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 15: A general view of play between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Once again, the College Football Playoff rankings have shown that conference championships are not actually a huge part of the equation, as was once thought. For the third year in a row, we will likely have a non-conference winner in the field, with Notre Dame joining 2017 Alabama and 2016 Ohio State.Neither of those teams even won their divisions, but made it into the field. The selection committee looks for the “best four teams,” which is probably the correct standard, but it has turned the conference championship games into additional data points more than anything else.Many, if not the majority of, college football fans would like to see an expansion beyond the four team system that has been in place since 2014.Six and eight-team College Football Playoff fields using the same committee set-up, or a move towards automatic bids for Power Five champions with at-larges filling the other slots. Either would be a fairly simple change.One Nebraska football writer has a far more radical idea for a major overhaul to the College Football Playoff, and the sport as a whole.Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World-Herald proposes for a new 12-team playoff, not unlike the NFL set-up. To go along with it, he wants the entire current conference system to be blown up, and reorganized into smaller, regional leagues with full round-robins, and prearranged non-conference scheduling arrangements.From his piece:We know conferences were the foundation of college football tradition. So let’s not scrap them. Let’s make them stronger. How do we do that? By shrinking them and re-emphasizing geography and rivalries. Kinda like the old days, only with a modern postseason bracket.Thus, a proposal: nine conferences with eight teams apiece.The season structure is simple. Play seven games in your league. Play four opponents from other major leagues (preferably determined a few years in advance not by the schools but by a non-partisan system which takes into account traditional strength, geography, etc). In other words, teams shouldn’t be able to cherry-pick their opponents.Finally, you get one game against anybody you want. If you want to schedule Alabama, great. If you want to play Akron, fine.For the Huskers, he drew up the “Great Plains” conference, with rivals from the old Big Eight and current Big Ten. The full league breakdown:DESERT: USC, UCLA, Stanford, Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego State, Fresno StateNORTHWEST: Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, BYU, Boise State, ColoradoLONE STAR: Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU, Texas A&M, HoustonGREAT PLAINS: Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, MinnesotaGREAT LAKES: Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue, IndianaEAST COAST: Penn State, Maryland, Pitt, West Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Boston CollegeSUN BELT: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi StateSUNSHINE: Florida, Florida State, Miami, UCF, USF, Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia TechBASKETBALL ONLY, PLEASE (I’m kidding, but I’m not sure what else to call it): Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, Wake ForestSome of these are much more difficult than others, but he notes that with a bunch of at-larges, there could be situation where four teams from the same league make it, if they are the best options.Of course, this is a very hypothetical, and the current conference structure will be stable until media rights deals start to expire in the next 5-10 years. From there, we could see a big shake-up, but it doesn’t seem super likely that these smaller leagues will be the direction in which teams go, even if there are serious advantages.Still, there is a lot to like here, and the effort is appreciated, even if we can only imagine how it would play out.[Omaha World-Herald]
ESPNKyler Murray took home the 2018 Heisman Trophy, beating out season-long favorite Tua Tagovailoa. The Alabama quarterback will certainly be gracious in defeat, with a chance at the national championship coming up.The trophy loss may offend less than what came immediately before Murray’s win.Heisman trustee Vasili Krishnamurti came out to announce the award winner, and mentioned the three finalists: Murray, Tagovailoa, and Dwayne Haskins.Now, I realize that Tagovailoa is not an easy name to say. Most of us didn’t know how to correctly pronounce it before last year’s national championship, when he became a superstar.Still, with basically a year to practice, I think most could manage a reasonably close attempt.Ahead of awarding the Heisman trophy to Kyler Murray, the trustee both mangled Tua Tagovailoa’s name, and also said that the year was “218.”It was a pretty tough moment overall, and fans online are not thrilled with the effort.Dr Evil announcing the Heisman said “you know my name” and can’t pronounce Tua’s?— Future soccer champion (@JasonKirkSBN) December 9, 2018It would’ve been great if the heisman trustee rehearsed his speech ahead of time. Idk tho.— steph (@slick_steph) December 9, 2018This guy….THIS GUY can’t pronounce Tua’s last name? pic.twitter.com/g62ravXMFZ— Patrick Flynn (@insulinshots) December 9, 2018Can we not let Fowler or Ronaldi do the intro for #Heisman or at least go over names with the Heisman trustee beforehand, it’s embarrassing— Seth Wilson (@sethwilson44) December 9, 2018You know as soon as that trustee couldn’t pronounce Tua’s name he wasn’t winning the Heisman. Pretty disrespectful for someone with a name as difficult as his to not even learn a name for his 48 seconds of screen time. If half of us “dumb rednecks” can a Heisman trustee can too.— Alex (A and E’s Adventures) (@kingrichard256) December 9, 2018How is it FREAKING possible that the guy handing out the Heisman didn’t know how to pronounce Tua’s last name? He butchered it. And know this: In Samoan culture, name is EVERYTHING.— Lars Anderson (@LarsAnderson71) December 9, 2018For all the great efforts of everyone at ESPN and the Heisman production, I found it incredibly disrespectful of the Heisman Trustee who blew off the fact that he didn’t get Tua’s name correct. #PracticePracticePractice— Eric (@Insure_Eric) December 9, 2018Giving a speech on national television in front of millions can’t be easy, but that effort was just not good at all.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 15: The Penn State Nittany Lions marching band preforms before the start of the Nittany Lions game against the Navy Midshipmen at Beaver Stadium on September 15, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)UMass football announced a giant group of upcoming games on Thursday, including a big trip to face Penn State.The Minutemen are currently an FBS independent, which, aside for Notre Dame and Army, makes for serious scheduling challenges.Yesterday’s announcement signals that the school is serious about its long-term viability as an FBS program.The highlight of UMass’ announcement is probably the two-sport series with Penn State.On the football end, UMass is taking a one-off trip to Happy Valley in 2023.The two teams have met on the gridiron one other time, a 48-7 win for the Nittany Lions back in 2014.As part of the deal, the Minutemen and Nittany Lions men’s basketball teams will also play a home-and-home series, beginning in 2021 at UMass.From the school’s release:University of Massachusetts Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford and the UMass football program announced multiple future season schedule additions and a scheduling adjustment on Thursday. It includes series with eight FBS programs: Army West Point, Eastern Michigan, Liberty, Mississippi State, Missouri, New Mexico, Northern Illinois and Penn State.“We are pleased to be announce a number of great games with quality FBS opponents in future years,” Bamford said. “Coach Bell’s program will see a healthy mix of games versus regional and national opponents, which is an important piece of our plan to create a sustainable future for UMass Football as an FBS Independent.”The Penn State football game is scheduled for Nov. 11, 2023. The Nittany Lions also face West Virginia and Delaware in their non-conference schedule that year.UMass also announced the following football series, two of which are decade-long deals:Army: at Army in 2019, ’21, ’23, ’25, ’27 | at Massachusetts in 2020, ’22, ’24, ’26, ’28 Eastern Michigan: at Massachusetts in 2021, ’24 | at Eastern Michigan in 2022, ’23 Liberty: at Massachusetts in 2019, ’22, ’24, ’26 | at Liberty in 2020, ’21, ’23, ’25, ’27 Mississippi State: Game previously scheduled for Oct. 17, 2020 at Mississippi State moved to Oct. 19, 2024 Missouri: at Massachusetts in 2024 | at Missouri in 2025 New Mexico: at New Mexico in 2020 | at Massachusetts in 2023 Northern Illinois: at Northern Illinois in 2024 | at Massachusetts in 2025UMass was among the better Northeastern FCS teams before its move up, but has seriously struggled since joining the FBS ranks. The Minutemen were 6-18 as a MAC school for two years, and are 10-26 since going independent ahead of the 2016 season.This off-season, the school replaced long-time head coach Mark Whipple with Florida State offensive coordinator Walt Bell.[UMass]
MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)On Wednesday morning, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh met with the media to provide an update on the Wolverines. Unfortunately, he revealed some bad news.The injuries to star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and defensive lineman Michael Dwumfour may be worse than initially though.According to Harbaugh, both Peoples-Jones and Dwumfour may have season-ending injuries.“By all indications, they have more serious injuries than we previously thought,” Harbaugh said. “Concern is that it’s more serious. Can they get back to their previous form and level?”Harbaugh went on to say both players “can’t do much at all” during spring ball.Harbaugh: Donovan Peoples-Jones and Michael dwumfour have more serious injuries than we previously thought… Soft tissue injury for DPJ — Torn plantar fascia for dwumfour… Concern grows when recovery from injury takes longer than expected— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) April 3, 2019Peoples-Jones is suffering from a soft tissue injury while Dwumfour is recovering from a torn plantar fascia.Peoples-Jones finished the 2018 college football season as the No. 1 target for quarterback Shea Patterson. He caught 47 passes from the Ole Miss transfer and finished second on the team in receiving yards with 612.The former five-star recruit likely would have filled in as the No. 1 receiver yet again for the Wolverines. However, it looks like his 2019 season could be in doubt.Meanwhile, Dwumfour came into his own for Michigan during his junior season. The defensive lineman racked up 19 tackles including three tackles for loss and two sacks in 10 games.