The reaction to my piece on Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy yesterday was stronger than I thought it would be. There are takes, there are Skip Bayless’ takes and then there are takes about the two coaches involved in Bedlam. So I decided to put it to a vote. Straight up, who is a better college football coach?I realize the results here will be skewed towards the north, but I thought it would be fun to throw it out there. As always, I will follow up on Wednesday with the results and commentary (if it’s not vile and ridiculous) in a post.Tuesday poll question is simple: Who is a better college football coach?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 30, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Former Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein, who is set to be selected later this week in the 2015 NBA Draft, has a number of tattoos covering his body. While all surely have significant meaning for the future NBA star, one – his most recent addition – surely means a bit more than the rest. This past weekend, Cauley-Stein got a massive neck tattoo to honor his late friend Blake Hundley, who passed away from cancer in May at the age of just nine years old. Cauley-Stein and Hundley had developed an incredible friendship in a short time. Cauley-Stein even wore “Team Blake” wristbands during games this past season.Cauley-Stein posted an Instagram photo of the design for his fans. He made no mention of where on his body he’d be getting inked.Cauley-Stein is regarded as one of the most likable players in basketball, so his decision to honor Hundley doesn’t come as a surprise. Whichever teams drafts him this Thursday will certainly be getting a high-character person.
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is encouraging farmers in sections of St. Elizabeth to employ beet army worm management strategies to counter the increase in the pest’s population.The beet army worm affects crops such as scallion and onion, and typically impacts the southern region of the island.The Rural Agriculture Development Authority (RADA) says its latest assessment indicates the possibility of an outbreak of the pest in Junction and Southfield if preventative action is not taken by farmers.As such, farmers are being encouraged to implement beet army worm management strategies once the threshold of one worm per five plants monitored is observed.Farmers are also advised to increase field monitoring to at least twice per week (every three days) looking for egg sacks and young worms.The Ministry is recommending that farmers delay expansion of scallion fields during this period and ensure that beet army worm pheromone traps are in place to help detect any changes in the pest’s population.The beet army worm favours crops such as pepper, pumpkin or melon, so farmers should avoid planting them as the threat of the pest looms. Waste crop should also be removed immediately after scallion stripping activities.The Ministry is also urging farmers in the surrounding areas of New Forest, Cross Keys, New Port and Malvern in Manchester, and Pedro Plains, St. Elizabeth to exercise vigilance in monitoring their fields.For further information, farmers are encouraged to visit their nearest RADA office 1-888-ASK-RADA or the Research and Development Division, Plant Protection Unit (Bodles Research Station) in St. Catherine. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is encouraging farmers in sections of St. Elizabeth to employ beet army worm management strategies to counter the increase in the pest’s population. Story Highlights The Rural Agriculture Development Authority (RADA) says its latest assessment indicates the possibility of an outbreak of the pest in Junction and Southfield if preventative action is not taken by farmers. The beet army worm affects crops such as scallion and onion, and typically impacts the southern region of the island.
In recent years, it’s become clear that sports has entered its Age of Data, with dueling analytics departments vying for breakthroughs and proprietary metrics increasingly shaping how teams are built. And perhaps there’s no better confirmation of that trend than the inevitable bombshell on Tuesday: The FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals over allegations that they stole data from the Houston Astros in a computer-hacking scheme.According to The New York Times, the FBI found evidence that Cardinals team officials broke into the Astros’ “Ground Control” information network by using the old passwords of Jeff Luhnow, currently Houston’s general manager and formerly the vice president of scouting and player development for St. Louis. Investigators told the Times that the breach compromised Houston’s internal data regarding player evaluation — both scouting and statistical in nature — and potential transactions. (Part of the same database was leaked last June as well.)It was, in essence, the first known case of corporate espionage between sports teams. In some ways, it’s surprising that it took so long for such an incident to surface in the supercompetitive world of sports. During the 1980s and ’90s, the rise of computing — and, consequently, data collection and analysis — led to a rapid proliferation of industrial espionage cases in the business world. (It’s estimated now that the number of corporate hacking incursions doubles every year.) Just as the digital age offered far easier, more systematic methods of data storage than ever before, it also made information theft an efficient means of gaining a competitive advantage.Baseball has had its own long history of dishonesty, from sign-stealing to doctoring the ball. (“If you’re not cheating,” former Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace once said, “you’re not trying hard enough.”) And it’s not uncommon for team officials (and players) to switch franchises, presumably taking whatever knowledge they acquired at their old job with them when they go. According to Baseball-Reference’s historical database, 28 percent of all top-level baseball executives — general managers, scouting directors and farm directors — held the job for multiple teams over their careers.That’s why it’s a little hard to believe that, as the FBI suggested, the motive here was “retaliation” against Luhnow for leaving the Cardinals and starting a new database system with the Astros. Because it’s so widely acknowledged that everyone’s front-office lifespan is mind-bogglingly short, comings and goings between front offices are almost always matters of business, not fuel for personal vendettas.It is easy, however, to understand the story as the latest step a team is willing to take to gain an edge. While the Astros weren’t the earliest adopters of sabermetrics, there’s plenty of evidence that they’re in the current vanguard of advanced statistical thinking.1The list of Baseball Prospectus alumni in the team’s front office is staggering. In other words, if you were going to begin spying on MLB teams for their proprietary data, Houston might be the one to start with.If this scandal deepens, the Cardinals may well see the legitimacy of their recent accomplishments questioned, much like the New England Patriots in the wake of Spygate (and, subsequently, Deflate-gate).St. Louis won three National League pennants and two World Series with Luhnow in its front office, and the team also has the best record in baseball since he departed. Over that span, the Cardinals have exceeded expectations, beating their projected wins by the fifth-largest margin of any team in baseball. In that department, they’re not outliers like the Patriots are at avoiding fumbles, for instance, but it will be interesting to watch how much their transactions and personnel decisions will be scrutinized for signs that they used the hacked data to their advantage.In the meantime, this might be the opening salvo in baseball’s era of cyber espionage — a fate that, in retrospect, seems like an inevitable consequence of the game’s widespread adoption of data analysis over the past decade and a half. Hot Takedown On Big Data And BaseballSubscribe to the full podcast on iTunes.
Two weeks removed from serving a two-game suspension, junior running back Jordan Hall has been named a captain for Saturday’s game against Michigan State. Hall, along junior defensive back and sophomore defensive back Corey Brown, was suspended for the games against Toledo and Akron for receiving impermissible benefits in the form of $200 from a former booster at a Cleveland-area charity event. The NCAA reinstated his eligibility before the Sept. 17 game against the Miami Hurricanes. “He’s a big leader in the locker room; he does a great job,” Fickell said. “He’s handled everything that we’ve asked him to handle with class and dignity.” Hall was all smiles when discussing his captain status with the media. “It’s definitely an honor,” Hall said. “It’ll be one of my greatest memories at Ohio State and it’s definitely exciting.” Hall has improved since his return to the field, rushing for 87 yards in an otherwise-offensive disaster against Miami. He followed up that performance with 84 yards and a touchdown against Colorado. Hall also had a 90-yard kickoff return against the Buffaloes to set up a touchdown. Fickell said Hall’s competitive nature on offense and special teams is what sets him apart from other players. “There’s guys with all types of abilities. When you get to college … those abilities becomes closer and closer,” Fickell said. “I think that’s the one thing I would say about Jordan. Yes, he’s very good in the things that he does, but he’s a competitor.” He added, “I’ll tell you right now, if we took him over on defense, he’d start somewhere on defense too because of the competitor that he is.” Hall said he was appreciative of Fickell’s support. “It feels good because he’s the head coach, he makes all the decisions,” Hall said. “If he feels that way about a player, then you obviously feel good about yourself.” Fickell alluded to the team’s current suspended players, senior wide receiver DeVier Posey, senior offensive tackle Mike Adams, senior running back Dan “Boom” Herron and defensive end Solomon Thomas as potential future captains as well. “We understand that we learn from our mistakes, but we’re not gonna throw guys away,” Fickell said. “That’s kind of the reason we wanted to have game captains the whole season, so that we could make sure we could bring everybody … whatever their situation.” Posey, Adams and Herron are set to return next week against Nebraska, and Hall said they have been leaders throughout the season. “They are still full-fledged members of the team,” Hall said. “We look at them as leaders.” Ohio State will face Michigan State this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
Diogo Dalot is eager to work hard in training to impress Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and earn a first team spot.Diogo Dalot was signed by Jose Mourinho this summer for £20million from FC Porto.Dalot was injured when he initially joined United this summer but has worked very hard to regain match fitness and made his debut for United’s Under-23 side last week.The Portuguese defender has now set his sights on earning selection to United’s first team this season.“If the manager thinks I’m ready and he wants me to play, I will play, for sure,” he told ESPN, via Team Talk.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I’m going to prepare myself for that and as soon as he wants me, I’ll be ready.“For sure, I’m going to become a better player here. The team have already helped me a lot and I’ve learned a lot in a short space of time from Antonio [Valencia], Matteo [Darmian], Ashley [Young] and Luke [Shaw].“I’m looking forward to learning more. I think I can get better. We always think we can do better and I have to keep improving.”
Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl believes Marco Reus’ impressive return to action is exemplaryThe Borussia Dortmund captain has put a long-term knee ligament injury behind him by scoring 11 goals in 17 games this season.Reus’ brilliant performances both domestically and in Europe have convinced Joachim Low to recall him into the Germany squad.While the forward will not feature in tonight’s friendly with Russia, Eberl remains full of praise for Reus’ progress.The Monchengladbach chief knows Reus well, from his time with Die Fohlen between 2009 to 2012, and he reckons people are seeing the best version of him right now.“The best Marco Reus of all time? Yes, but no only in terms of his football, but also as a leading player,” Eberl told Sky.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He has become a captain – and impressively so. I didn’t think he would back then at Gladbach.“With the way he always comes back after injuries, he must have set an example for many people.”“For me, Reus is a role model. He was lying on the ground and then came back with such character.“He is an important factor – not only on the pitch, but also as a representation of the club and the team.“That, for me, is extraordinary, and that’s why the best Reus of all time is the full package.”The Germany and Russia game will begin at 20:45 (CET) at the Red Bull Arena.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has raised concerns over Paul Pogba’s long-term future at the club.Ever since returning to United in the summer of 2016 for a then-world record transfer of £95m from Juventus, Pogba has been a mere shadow of the player he once was in Italy.But, under caretaker coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Pogba appears to have begun consistently delivering the kind of performances that justify his price tag.The French midfielder has delivered nine goals and six assists in 12 appearances and has played a vital role in United’s climb back into the top four of the Premier League along with booking a quarter-final spot in the FA Cup.But Neville is worried that the influence of his agent, Mino Raiola, will have a poisonous effect on Pogba’s long-term future at Old Trafford.“To be bang honest on Pogba, for two years, for £95m he gave United nowhere near enough in terms of performance levels and contribution,” Neville told Sky Sports.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“In the last two or three months, he’s playing like the player that, to be fair, was bought for £95m. And he’s an outstanding player when he is playing like he is doing at the moment.“If he plays for Manchester United for the next five years at the levels he’s playing now, there will be no one happier than us two [Neville and fellow pundit Nemanja Vidic] watching him out there because he’s absolutely outstanding.“But in the back of my mind, the problems that we witnessed in the first two years will emanate again at some point. Because I think his agent will be onto him, he’ll be wanting his little move away, he’ll be wanting his next pay-off and that’s my problem with it. His commitment to the club has got to be long-term.“At the moment I love the way he’s playing. He’s brilliant, he’s outstanding. He could tear Liverpool apart on his own today if he makes those runs into the box. But this is only three months of football out of two and a half years, nearly three seasons.“So let’s keep it in balance. If he’s playing like this in two years all of us will be saying wonderful, fantastic things.“My personal view is his agent will be onto him in the next transfer window or two or three and be saying to him ‘come on, we need to get over to there now. I need to get over to there.’ And that’s my worry with him. Can he be trusted for the long term at the club? We trust him at the moment. Can we trust him for the long term?”LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Hearst Magazines Digital Media has made a couple major changes to its leadership. Brooke Siegel was appointed to VP of content and Kristine Brabson was promoted to executive director, content strategy.Most recently, Siegel served as executive director, editorial strategy for Hearst Magazines Digital Media, but in her new role, she will be responsible for content strategy across the company’s digital portfolio as well as directly overseeing the brand’s luxury sites, including HarpersBazaar.com, ELLE.com, MarieClaire.com, and Sweet, a straight-to-Snapchat Discover publication. She will also add oversight of HMDM’s centralized features department and the newsroom to her responsibilities.Brabson most recently held the title of site director of Good Housekeeping with editorial oversight of House Beautiful, Redbook and Prevention. In her new management role, Brabson will have the added oversight of Country Living and Woman’s Day in addition to Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Prevention.InStyle has appointed Julia von Boehm as their new fashion director, effective April 23. She will report to editor-in-chief, Laura Brown, and will oversee fashion and styling across the brand.von Boehm has contributed to a variety of different fashion brands like Harper’s Bazaar and Porter Magazine, and has served as the creative director for Germany’s Interview Magazine. She also has recognition among the Hollywood elite, known for styling actors like Nicole Kidman.“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Julia on and off for years. She has incredible taste, brilliant relationships–in both fashion and Hollywood–and she gets it done,” says Brown.Town & Country’s former beauty director, Jamie Rosen, was tapped as ZIIP Beauty’s new director of strategy and partnerships, effective April 9. With over 15 years of experience in a beauty editor/director role, Rosen will be responsible for overseeing strategic collaborations and devising overall storytelling and messaging in her new position. She will also work to grow the company through collaborative efforts in determining brand direction and product pipeline.“I will be focused on amplifying its powerful story, partnering with like-minded brands, and helping to build what is next,” says Rosen. “ZIIP is not just the real deal, it is the future of beauty, and a manifestation of what happens when women take matters into their own hands.”The Atlantic has added The Ringer’s Hannah Giorgis to their culture team as a staff writer.Business Insider has tapped Olivia Oran as a senior editor. She most recently worked at Reuters and in her new role, she will lead a team of reporters in covering the financial industry.Mashable’s former managing editor, Foster Kamer, has joined Futurism Media as content director. Mia TramzMia Tramz will be rejoining the TIME newsroom as editorial director, enterprise and immersive experiences from her current position as managing editor of TIME’s LIFE VR. While making the transition into her new role, Tramz will continue to oversee LIFE VR and work with other brands to produce 360 video, VR and AR. In her new position, however, she will take on the responsibilities of overseeing enterprise projects across all platforms, and looking for opportunities to augment the impact of brand content.Earning two Emmy nominations in Tramz last role, including one for the first VR docu-series covering the world’s tallest peak, “Capturing Everest” for Sports Illustrated, TIME’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal said in an announcement to his staff that “Mia has repeatedly proven herself to be an outstanding digital innovator.”We agree, having just named Mia one of our 2018 Top Women in Media, Industry Trailblazer honorees.Creating TIME’s first AR-activated issue as well as its first VR hologram, Felsenthal says of her promotion, “you can expect more of that to come.”Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Army’s end strength is scheduled to drop by 30,000 soldiers by Oct. 1, 2016, including 15,000 active-duty troops, under the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill awaiting President Obama’s signature.The annual policy bill calls for the Army’s active component to shrink to a level of 475,000 soldiers. The service ended FY 2015 with 491,365 soldiers, nearly 17,000 fewer troopers than it had one year earlier on Oct. 1, 2014, reported Army Times.In recent years Congress has allowed the services to miss their end strength targets by 0.5 percent to account for short-term fluctuations in recruitment and attrition. The overage of 1,365 soldiers at the end of FY 2015 fell within the variance allowed under statute. This year’s authorization bill includes language increasing the permitted wiggle room at the end of the fiscal year to 2 percent as insurance against sharp declines in recruiting, or an unexpected slowdown in separations and retirements, reported the Times.The Army’s active-duty end strength is slated to drop to 450,000 by the end of FY 2018.The Army National Guard is scheduled to shrink by 8,200 soldiers to an end strength of 342,000 by Oct. 1, 2016, while the Army Reserve is scheduled to drop by 4,000 soldiers to a size of 198,000 by the end of FY 2016.Over the next two years, the Army plans to eliminate 2,400 civilian positions, with further cuts possible afterward, an Army spokesman said last week.
Law minister Anisul Huq. File photoLaw minister Anisul Huq on Sunday said it was corruption that prompted chief justice Surenda Kumar Sinha to step down from his post.“The chief justice resigned as other judges refused to sit with him following 11 charges he is facing,” he said.The minister was addressing a programme at Taltala village in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria district after the inauguration of electrification of several villages, reports UNB.The minister claimed that SK Sinha had got angered when he told him that the Constitution is the supreme law.Mentioning that the next general election will be held in December next in a free and fair manner, he said Awami League will return to power.“No one will be allowed to create any chaos. Any attempt to foil the election will be dealt with an iron hand,” he added.
Response Share Debris RemovalMaps by City of Houston. Houston Moto/YouTubeFlooding in Katy, Texas from Tropical Storm Harvey as seen from the sky.You may have heard Hurricane Harvey being called the “equal opportunity hurricane” because it didn’t discriminate based on geography or income level.Now the city of Houston’s disaster web page, houstonrecovers.org, lets users toggle between a map showing how severely different areas of Harris County were affected by the storm and one showing poverty levels.Only in some instances do the dark red spots indicating high numbers of affected homes correspond with the darker blue spots, which indicate high proportions of households under the poverty line.In fact, a lot of the damage happened in middle to higher income areas like Kingwood or Meyerland.Some of the low-income areas that were hit hard include northeast Houston, including the Fifth Ward.Maps by City of Houston. Damage
Story Links Watch LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After beginning the season with three tough road games, University of Louisville women’s lacrosse (0-3) opens its home schedule against Mercer (0-2) on Saturday at noon. ABOUT THE BEARSMercer opened their season with a 13-6 loss to Oregon on the road before falling to UC Davis 16-13 in Jacksonville, Fla. just over one week later. Game Notes Last season, the Bears earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth by winning the inaugural Southern Conference Championship. Returners Audrey Robertson and Michaela Lucas were named to the preseason all-conference team after earning All-SoCon First and Second Team honors a year ago.Series History – UofL is 1-0 all-time against Mercer and has yet to play the Bears at UofL Lacrosse Stadium. The last meeting was a 21-14 win for Louisville in Macon, Ga. on March 14, 2018. The Cardinals’ road trip to open the year was no easy task as they faced two top 20 teams, falling at No. 7 Northwestern and at No. 19 Denver.”It was two tough trips for us and we took some lumps,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “We’re searching for our team identity and we need to refocus. We’re excited to get home to play Mercer.” The 21-goal performance tied for the third most ever scored by a Cardinals team. Date: Saturday, Feb. 23Time: 12:00 p.m. ETSite: Louisville, Ky.Video: ACC Digital NetworkLast Meeting: Louisville 21, Mercer 14 (3/14/18 at Mercer)Series History: Louisville leads 1-0 (1-0 on road)UofL National Ranking: –For the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLLacrosse. Print Friendly Version Live Stats Two Bears have recorded hat tricks so far this season, including Kelly Hagerty with three goals against Oregon and Hailey Rhatigan with four against UC Davis. The pair leads Mercer with five goals apiece through two games. In goal, Iseabal Cryne has tallied 23 saves for a save percentage of .442. Last season at Mercer, the Cardinals fell behind 7-1 with just over 18 minutes left in the first half. The Cards then went on a 13-0 scoring run that lasted until the 26:35 mark in the second half. Tessa Chad and Caroline Blalock each recorded hat tricks, igniting the Cards’ to a 21-14 win over the Bears. Like the Mercer game a year ago, Louisville has had issues with slow starts this season. They fell behind 15-4 at Northwestern and 7-2 at Marquette before mounting rallies late.