Grinding Gears: Meyer decision doesn’t solve problem

first_imgSeveral days have passed since Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was given a three-game suspension for his mishandling of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant coach, a verdict that reflects negatively upon the entire sports world.There was evidence revealed in an investigation conducted by the university that Meyer — who won the national championship at Ohio State in the 2014 season and is up next to Alabama’s Nick Saban among the elite coaches in college football — failed to act in 2015 upon allegations that Zach Smith, the former assistant coach, assaulted his now ex-wife Courtney Smith. There were the lies that Meyer spewed during Big Ten media day in July, when he pretended he knew nothing of Smith’s past, despite his history of questionable behavior. And there was the fact that, as the story went public earlier this month, Meyer asked a staffer how to delete old text messages. Curiously, when investigators went through Meyer’s phone, they found no texts dating back longer than a year. But worst of all, following his suspension last Wednesday, Meyer held a press conference and delivered a pathetic performance. He was unapologetic, unremorseful — seemingly offended that he was even in this situation. He could not even bring himself to mention Courtney Smith’s name or talk about her until near the end of the presser.“I have a message for everyone involved in this,” he said when a reporter finally asked if he had a message for Smith. “I’m sorry that we are in this situation. I’m just sorry we are in this situation.”That was it. On Friday, in the face of public backlash, Meyer finally released a statement online apologizing to Smith and her children. But Wednesday’s presser revealed more about Meyer’s character than an after-the-fact apology. He couldn’t say her name out loud, couldn’t even apologize to her. Instead, he said “we,” like she, the victim, was at fault. It was as if, Smith just had inconvenienced him because he was now facing repercussions for covering up domestic abuse by one of his former employees when there were important football games to prepare for.By slapping Meyer on the wrist with a three-game suspension, Ohio State is sending the message that winning football games is more important than taking the moral high ground. The university had two options for two scenarios with its investigation: Clear him of wrongdoing and not punish him at all, or find fault and fire him. It found fault, and then did nothing. There is no middle ground when it comes to domestic violence or any type of  mistreatment. There is no amount of games — let alone three — that Meyer should miss that will atone for the abuse that Courtney Smith went through, abuse that he took no action to stop.It’s sad is that this comes as no surprise. We have seen this type of story time and time again in sports, where prominent athletes or coaches are given a pass because the value of their contributions to the team supersedes the desire to do right by survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence. This has to change. Brandon McCarthy, a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves who is active on social issues, tweeted about the hypocrisy of sports fans who are willing to accept their star players retiring but keep rooting for their favorite player even in the face of negative revelations.“Sports fans are used to the loss of their favorites and are always excited to see what’s next,” McCarthy wrote last Wednesday. “Why doesn’t this apply when their favorites turn out to be bad people?”I am not passing judgement on whether or not Meyer is a bad person. I am saying that based on what we know, he should not be the head football coach at Ohio State. But that is not up to me, or anyone else who thinks this situation is outrageous. It is up to people within the university and determined by the culture surrounding Ohio State. Apparently, the culture of football, of bringing in money from winning games, of satisfying boosters and donors and the fanbase took precedence over showing contrition for a victim. We may never hear Courtney Smith’s name again. But we will hear all about how Meyer’s legacy was tarnished and how the Buckeyes will carry on for three games without their head coach, as if this “adversity” is even in the same stratosphere as what Smith went through.And let’s not pretend for a second that this exact scenario wouldn’t play out the same way at any other big-time college football program. College sports isn’t about doing what is morally right. The NCAA insists on its athletes being amateurs so it can profit off their success. College athletics are about one thing: making money. Urban Meyer does that for Ohio State, so he gets to keep his job. And as a sports fan, that makes me sad. Eric He is a senior majoring in journalism. He is also the managing editor of the Daily Trojan His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Mondays.last_img read more

Trio selected for Nations Cup team

first_img29 Feb 2012 Trio selected for Nations Cup team The trio of Holly Clyburn, Charley Hull and Meghan MacLaren will represent England in the Nations Cup event at this week’s Spanish amateur championship. Trio selected for Nations Cup team The event, at the El Valle golf resort, starts on Wednesday, 29 February, with two days of strokeplay qualifying, when the players’ scores also count for the Nations Cup. The top 32 players in qualifying will go forward to the matchplay knockout stages with the final played on Sunday, 4 March. Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) and Charley Hull (Woburn) are both England internationals and members of the GB&I Curtis Cup squad. Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) is an England girl international. Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

All Deals Are Not Created Equal

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now All the deals you make are not created equal. In fact, some are far more valuable than others. Some are worth far less than you might imagine, even if your client spends a lot of money.Sales with no profit: These deals are empty calories. They have no nutritional value. You can’t execute for your clients without being a profitable business. Revenue is vanity, and profit is sanity. If you can’t make money, there is no reason to take the client. Listen, I know the logo may be great, and you may believe that they serve the strategic value of allowing you to win more clients, but you can net a few bucks and still land the client. If you can’t, that’s a sales problem.Sales to nightmare clients: There is no reason to do business with bad people. There is no reason to work with people who do things that are illegal, immoral, or people who are generally miserable. They’ll mistreat you and your people, and they destroy your culture in the bargain.Sales where the client didn’t really agree to change: There are some people who agree to move their business to you specifically because your competitor is terrible. Well, that’s what they tell you. What you will discover is that some people blame their partner for not being able to produce the results they need because they are unwilling to make the changes they need to make on their end. You pick up your end of the stick, and they refuse to pick up theirs.Sales that take time and energy away from quality sales: There are some sales that take more time and more energy than they are worth. They prevent you from devoting your time and attention to bigger, better, more meaningful opportunities. You can spend as much time and energy winning a small deal as you can winning a big deal. It can also take the same resources to serve small clients, resources that will then be unavailable to your dream clients, once you win them.Notice that transactional sales did not make this list. Even though you should be strategic, and you should be growing as a trusted advisor, transactional sales are not negative—only transactional behaviors are, and only when something else is needed. There are very high quality sales that are nothing but transactions, and there is some portion of transactional sales that are of low quality.If you are going to sell anyway, you might as well invest your time and energy in high quality sales. You are a reflection of the clients that you serve.last_img read more

Rahul, Yechury demand action on Chandigarh stalking case

first_imgLeader of various parties have condemned the stalking of a woman in Chandigarh by the son of the president of the BJP State unit.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “Condemn attempt to kidnap & outrage modesty of young lady in Chdgrh [Chandigarh]. BJP Govt mst [must] punish the guilty; not collude W/ [with] culprits & mindset they represent.”Congress leader Manish Tewari said that under political pressure, steps were being taken to safeguard the accused, while adding that irrespective of the fact that the legal process in the case was being stymied, strict action should be taken and an example needs to be set by bringing the guilty to justice. “The law was tightened in wake of the Nirbhaya incident. There is a need to apply it without fear or favour,” he said.CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah were “silent” over the incident. He tweeted that “someone” was helping the accused.last_img read more

Sparks extend Aguilas, Younghusbands’ winless spell

first_imgLATEST STORIES Minniecon struck from close range in the 53rd minute, scoring from the edge of the area after skipping past a couple of challenges, before Morallo sealed the win with a firm header past Marko Trkulja six minutes from time.Kaya moved to within six points off the Sparks after a 4-0 spanking of Stallion Laguna at University of Makati Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fernando, Paz seize underbone, scooter top spots Counsels of 8 convicted coast guard personnel to appeal court decision PLAY LIST 02:30Counsels of 8 convicted coast guard personnel to appeal court decision00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary FC Meralco Manila gave Phil and James Younghusband a rude homecoming last Saturday at Rizal Memorial Coliseum, posting a 2-0 victory over the Davao Aguilas that extended the Sparks’ lead at the top of the Philippines Football League to six points.Goals from Tahj Minniecon and Jake Morallo lifted the Sparks to 44 points for the season, while leaving the Aguilas winless in 17 matches, despite a massive roster buildup during the transfer window that saw them acquire the Younghusband brothers, who faced their former team for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Antoine Griezmann we should have won

first_imgAthletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann feels they should have defeated Valencia but didn’t execute the perfect game plan.Angel Correa showed brilliant composure inside the box to fire into the bottom right corner in the 26th minute after he was put through by Griezmann.But on the 56th minute, Rodrigo with a great touch controlled a beautiful cross inside the box and thundered the ball into the roof of the net.Valencia came close to claiming all 3 points on the 67th minute when Gabriel rose high and headed past the goalkeeper only for the ball to hit the right post. The game ended 1-1.Sports 360 reports that Griezmann, however, believes they should have gone home victorious.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Speaking after the game, Griezmann said: “It was a match that we should have won, but we didn’t do things perfectly. We played a good first half, we were fine in the first 20 minutes in the second half but then we lost a bit of order.“We had a chance, we didn’t do well enough and they levelled the match, we have to watch the match and improve.”“We want to improve on last year, we’ll see how far we can go,” he said.“We want to win all of our matches.“At the end of the season, we’ll see where we are.”last_img read more

Mourinho would have quit Man Utd had they been any other

first_imgJose Mourinho would have reportedly quit this summer if he had been in charge of any other club than Manchester UnitedThe Portuguese coach has had perhaps the most frustrating transfer window of his career following chief executive Ed Woodward’s failure to support him in pursuit of his main target of a new central defender.United have signed only Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant this summer.Woodward’s reluctant to support Mourinho has caused a breakdown in their relationship with United supporters reportedly preparing for a plane to fly a banner over Turf Moor in Sunday’s away trip to Burnley in protest towards the club board.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Not the Daily Mirror reports that Mourinho is still fuming over the club’s lack of ambition in the transfer market.The 55-year-old fears that United’s chances at overhauling champions Manchester City in the Premier League have been compromised by Woodward’s refusal to spend the money needed for a new centre-back.Apparently, Mourinho has told friends that had United been any other club than he would have already left.Centre-backs Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Diego Godin and Yerry Mina had all been linked with moves to Old Trafford.last_img read more

Collina VAR strictly for match officials not coaches

first_imgFormer referee and ex-UEFA chief Pierluigi Collina has reiterated his stand that VAR must remain at the discretion of match officials and not football managers.Collina recently made it clear football was a unique case compared to other sports despite calls from so many quarters to reform the VAR with its application coming under scrutiny in Serie A this season.“We can’t consider giving Coaches the chance to consult the VAR like in other sports,” he said from the Festival of Sport in Trento according to Football Italia.gareth southgate, englandEngland and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“Unlike volleyball and basketball, where the vast majority of infractions are objective, in football, there’s more interpretation by the referee.“Once a pool of people analyses all the images available, this pool will have a better view of what happens on the field than a Coach.”The VAR is currently used in the Bundesliga, La Liga, the Serie A and there has been a lot of controversy surrounding it.last_img read more

IMPRESSIVE TURN OUT FOR IMPRESSIVE NEW PRIVATE AIRPORT IN TCI

first_img Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Recommended for you Related Items:airport, blue heron aviation, louis jennings, premier rufus ewing Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jan 2015 – It was an impressive unveiling at the new FBO or private airport adjacent the Provo International Airport last night. Written on the faces of those attending the late day ribbon cutting ceremony was delight and approval which let tourism, business, police, civic and government leaders in for a tour of the fixed based operation which opened in November. The country’s leader and Tourism Minister, Hon Dr Rufus Ewing said he believes the addition of Blue Heron Aviation will help the Turks and Caicos to go from number three in the region for private air arrivals to number one. Louis Jennings, General Manager of Blue Heron and overseer of the 21 staff and 6,200 square feet of building space said the plan has always been to add to the luxury image of the TCI… his team he explained is the face of continuing that high standard. The FBO, financed by millions raised locally and which is a Signature Flight Support project, can accommodate as many as 40 medium to large corporate and private aircraft on the 12-acre tarmac. It also shows off a new side of Five Cays; taking visitors along a winding road just off South Dock road adjacent to CBMS, with a now cleaned up wetlands exposed. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Servicelast_img read more