New season changes look of numerous conferences

first_imgThe new college football season promises to be another year of fierce competition with teams ready to give their fans something to cheer about. As in recent years, it also means a changing landscape for many programs.Conference realignment has increased dramatically in the past few years. Since 2010, 32 universities with football programs have shifted to a new conference or become independent. This season is no different, and it’s making way for new competition but also passing by the rich history some programs share and fans have come to love.However, one aspect of college football has gone unchanged and has even grown with the changes: the dominance of the SEC.The kickoff of the 2012 season marks the entrance of Missouri and Texas A&M to this powerhouse conference, bringing its total membership to 14 teams. With six consecutive national championships, one would think it would be hard for the SEC to make a bigger statement about the quality of talent it produces. The addition of these two teams can only produce an even larger pool of top-notch programs hoping to capture a national title.Texas A&M is leaving behind the Big 12 conference, which holds some of its oldest rivalries, for the opportunity to play with powerhouse teams LSU and Alabama in the SEC West. While this transition will be tough, it will also mean its new opponents will play at Kyle Field and face the intimidating Aggie atmosphere it is famous for, a place where fans call themselves the “12th Man.” Unranked going into the start of the season after a disappointing 7-6 record last year, a new conference, head coach, starting quarterback and systems both on offense and defense mean plenty of questions for the Aggies, but in the SEC success is usually rewarded with a more prominent bowl game.Adding Missouri to the SEC mix also brings an end to the great Border War rivalry with Kansas that has roots dating back to the Civil War. A geographical outlier to the rest of the new conference, Missouri is just one of several teams to choose the perks of a top conference. Boasting an 8-5 record in 2011, the Tigers face a much easier schedule than the Aggies. Missouri will likely see a bowl game in the coming years. While neither Texas A&M nor Missouri are favorites in the SEC, both will have an impact in the nation’s most competitive conference.The Big 12 took a big hit this year, but picking up West Virginia and TCU keeps the conference afloat. The move has questionable implications for both teams. Leaving the Mountain West for a conference that puts opponents in a much closer proximity to TCU means better attendance and more ticket sales. However, the program has also dominated its weaker Mountain West opponents in recent years, so the move could very well lead to less overall success on the field.Likewise, the West Virginia Mountaineers would have been a season favorite to win the Big East and qualify for another BCS bowl. Quarterback Geno Smith and 14 other starters returned this year but will face an entirely new set of challenges in the top tier of the Big 12 pack.The conference that appears to be losing most out of this year’s changes is the Big East, which has only managed to retain two of the original programs from the conference’s inception in 1991. One of those teams, Temple, will rejoin the conference after being kicked out in 2004 for underperformance.Also of note, though it will not likely have any big time bowl implications, is the addition of Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada to the Mountain West. Boise State should run away with the MWC title, but next year they will also be running away to the Big East with the Broncos’ departure set for next season (note the geographical irony here, which leaves the door open for the newcomers down the road). Texas State and UTSA will join the deflating WAC, the former home of the Mountain West’s newest members. It will be a just a temporary stay as the teams will jump to the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA, respectively, in 2013.The Big Ten and Pac-12 come into the season unchanged externally and could present the only real roadblock to another SEC national championship. The offensive production at USC and Oregon could give Alabama and LSU a run for their money, and Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State have the potential to earn a spot in the top 10. But it is questionable whether their talent is worthy of a trip to the national title game.So what does this continued migration of teams away from their historic conferences mean? Continued SEC domination, and the strengthening of its name for the possibility of even more additions in the future. But it also means confusion, with the only certainty being added confusion and change in the years to come.Caroline is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Do you like the recent nonstop rearrangement of college football teams, or would you prefer everyone stay put? Let her know at [email protected]last_img read more

Suspended Michigan RB Chris Evans won’t play in 2019, Jim Harbaugh confirms

first_imgI am going through some academic issues right now. I’m working through it now. I will still continue my career at the University of Michigan ! #GoBlue— Chris Evans (@Kidnplay_abc123) February 5, 2019Evans later told The Detroit News in March the issue was “an academic mistake. Not my grades. I’m on pace to graduate.”While he’s no longer enrolled at the school or on a football scholarship, Harbaugh left the door open for Evans to work his way back to the roster.Evans, 21, rushed for 423 yards and four touchdowns last season, becoming the team’s second-leading rusher in 2018 behind Karan Higdon. SEC will allow stadiums, arenas to sell alcohol beginning this season “Chris Evans is suspended for the year,” Harbaugh told The Detroit News.The decision ultimately was made by the university rather than the football program. Evans had appealed it with the hope of having it reduced from a full year to a half year so he could still play in the fall, but the school upheld the verdict. Related News Don’t expect to see Chris Evans on the field for Michigan in 2019.While speaking Sunday at a football camp at Grand Valley State University, Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed the suspended running back won’t play this season. Urban Meyer ‘thinks’ he’s done with coaching: ‘I learned my lesson long ago’ It was reported in February that Evans was no longer a member of the team, though he took to Twitter to explain he was dealing with academic issues and had no intention of leaving the university. Ohio State lands top wide receiver Julian Fleming for 2020last_img read more

Fans fume as ‘absolute joke’ VAR takes more than TWO minutes to award City penalty

first_imgFANS were left fuming after it took more than two minutes for VAR to award Manchester City a penalty after Serge Aurier fouled Sergio Aguero.The delay in the decision was not received well, causing more debate on whether the technology is good for the game.After awarding the penalty, Ilkay Gundogan stepped up and missed with Hug Lloris saving his Spurs teammates.There were calls for another penalty immediately after, with VAR checking a potential foul from Lloris on Raheem Sterling but nothing was given. VAR not fit for purpose it’s killing the game . 2 minutes to go back for a decision farce— Chris Mcgrath (@yehkunning) February 2, 2020 Regardless of the fact that both decisions were right, how is VAR is making the game better? Over 2 minutes to for a foul to be reviewed, anything could have happened in that time and wouldnt have counted. Trust refs and accept mistakes. VAR is not making the game better.#VAR— Wayneatron (@WPage14) February 2, 2020 VAR is a farce, what would happen if we scored during those minutes from the foul to the VAR check? The officials in Stockley Park need to be communicating to Mike Dean straight away.— Kalan Coupar (@KSCMedia) February 2, 2020center_img Imagine a goal had been scored in that two minutes it took to work out it was a penalty. Worse thing to ever happen to football. #VAR— Dave Nash (@davenash77) February 2, 2020 MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesThe decision to award the penalty did not go down well with Jose Mourinho who sat on the bench smirking in disbelief.Replays showed Lloris off his line when the penalty was taken but VAR never checked that for a possible retake.After Sterling went down, it got heated between the two sets of players with Toby Alderweireld and Oleksandr Zinchenko picking up yellow cards.Tottenham vs Man City – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Premier League clashlast_img read more

Essequibians walk out of meeting with GPL

first_imgProlonged power outagesIrate residents of the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Wednesday walked out of a meeting with officials from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) which was held at the Regional board room, Anna Regina.Reports are residents accused the personnel from the company of stonewalling them but not facilitating proper answers to their questions.The Essequibo Coast has been plagued with prolonged power outages for almost one month now.The power company on August 18, 2018, had admitted that the region has been experiencing frequent service interruptions as a result of two of its units – the Number 3 and Number 8 with an aggregate capacity of 2.8 MWs –becomingResidents and regional officials walking out of the meetinginoperable, due to major mechanical and electrical issues respectively.Over two weeks now, GPL along with Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, had assured residents that the situation will be rectified soon. However, after this was not forthcoming weeks after assurances, residents were forced to protest in front of the GPL’s Anna Regina sub-station as they express their frustration over the situation.Representatives from the regional administration joined in protest action on Friday to demand answers from GPL. According to residents, GPL has left them in the dark and has been reluctant to give answers about the power woes in the region.The protest led to a team of GPL officials from the city visiting the region on Wednesday for the meeting. At that meeting, GPL’s Public Relations Officer Shevion Searswas was present but was unable to answer the questions which several residents, regional officials and members of the business community posted.The meeting was attended by the acting Chairman of Region Two, Nandranie Coonjah; Councillors of the Regional Democratic Council, as well as the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils; members of the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI); and residents.However, after not getting sufficient answers, the group walked out of the meeting.Residents holding up placards during the meeting“This meeting was a waste of time,” one regional official remarked after leaving.According to officials, the PRO could not give answers and as such they are demanding to meet with senior management of GPL. “The senior management needs to be here. Where is Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo? He needs to be here,” a resident demanded.Another protest is planned for Friday if no senior Government or senior GPL official mets with regional officials and residents.Last week, the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce called on the Government to immediately intervene and bring some relief to the residents of the region.According to Chamber President, Suean Seewnarayan, the region is suffering tremendously due to the failing power company.She added that the region’s commerce is collapsing due to the poor service offered by GPL.On Tuesday, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GPL, Albert Gordon told this publication that every effort is being made by his technical team to address the situation, which he described as unfortunate.However, the GPL head said a permanent solution to the issue may take until December, as the company is now in the process of acquiring new units to replace those that are currently not in operation due to several reasons.“We (are) actually in the process of getting new plants to replace these, which are medium-scale diesel that are more suited for (this) operation. But that is not expected until mid-December,” Gordon told this newspaper, while explaining that the GPL has been working around the clock to address the situation.The GPL CEO said the team is also working to repair the other units, and hopefully by today there could be some significant improvements.last_img read more