It is understood the relationship between Tutumlu, who has worked with 48-year-old Laudrup since his playing days at Barcelona, and Swans chairman Huw Jenkins has broken down since the end of the season with reports suggesting the agent has attempted to sell Wales defender Ashley Williams. The 28-year-old centre-back has been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool but Jenkins and the Swansea board are understood to be opposed to any potential sale. As a result, the Barclays Premier League club are thought to have decided to have no more involvement in any transactions or dealings with Tutumlu or any players connected to him. A report published in the South Wales Evening Post suggested Tutumlu has also tried to recruit players including St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Wigan forward Arouna Kone “behind the club’s back”. It is, however, understood that Laudrup’s close connection to Tutumlu does not mean the Dane’s position at Swansea, with whom he is under contract until 2015, is under threat. Swansea have severed ties with manager Michael Laudrup’s agent Bayram Tutumlu following a dispute over transfer policy, Press Association Sport understands. Press Association
Press Association Aaron Lennon has insisted he is “buzzing” to be at Everton despite posing for a series of glum-looking photographs for his new club. The England winger joined the Toffees from Tottenham on loan for the rest of the season on transfer deadline day. The 27-year-old is hoping to revive his career after falling out of favour at Spurs but the official pictures released by Everton after his signing were not flattering. “Everything about Everton made me excited to join. I’ve always liked the club, the way the manager (Roberto Martinez) has got the team playing and the squad that they have – it was the most attractive to me and it was an easy decision for me.” Martinez has indicated Lennon could be thrown straight into action in Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Goodison Park. Martinez said: “We need to see where he is physically and his match fitness but he has been involved in 17 games in half of a season which is a good return. “He is a player that will look forward to these games and, from our point of view, it’s the perfect baptism at our club – to go into a Merseyside derby is a really interesting start. It’s not going to faze him.” The club’s website posted a gallery of pictures following his arrival, including an image of him holding up a shirt and others of him at various points around the training ground, in which he did not appear very happy. Those underwhelming shots attracted much attention on social media but the player has spoken out to put the record straight. He tweeted: “Even though i may not look it in the pics ?? I’m buzzing to be here,enjoyed my 1st day at training and everyone made me feel really welcome. Can’t wait for the next few months now!!!” Lennon, who has 21 England caps, went further in an interview with the club’s website, saying Everton were his first choice once he knew of their interest. It was thought the former Leeds trainee was close to joining Hull while he was also linked to Stoke. Lennon told evertonfc.com: “I’m delighted. It’s obviously been a tough start to the year for me, but I was over the moon when I got the call. “It was a hectic day yesterday and it was a busy weekend, too. I was speaking to a lot of clubs, a lot of managers, but this was the one I wanted. “Finally, when I got the call from Everton, there wasn’t really a choice, I just couldn’t wait to get up here and I’m glad it was all sorted.
GUYANA’s national road race champion Geron Williams and fellow Guyanese Romello Crawford found themselves on the podium in the 2016 edition of the Tobago Cycling Classic which concluded on Saturday in the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.According to reports, Williams, Guyana’s only professional cyclist, competing for Team Foundation of the United States,placed second overall after placing ninth in the first leg on Tuesday last, third in the third leg on Friday and third again in the final leg on Saturday.Crawford on the other hand, representing Team PSL of Trinidad and Tobago,placed second overall in the Division Two category after placing second to Team Southclaine’s Jabari Whiteman of Trinidad in the 20-lap race on Saturday.CRL’s Arno Van Der Zwet of the Netherlands won the Overall Division One title after riding consistently throughout the four-stage event and placing fourth in the final leg (60 laps) on Saturday. The final stage was contested around Market Square-Wilson Road.Williams’ team Foundation teammate Norlandy Sanchez of the Dominican Republic edged him (Williams) to win the final leg, but Williams’ performance throughout the four-day event earned him the podium spot ahead of Sanchez in the overall standing.Jamaican Marlo Rodman,who won the overall title last year and was tipped to make a repeat this year,was nowhere among the top four overall finishers.He won the 60-lap criterium on Friday, finishing ahead of his PSL team-mate Nick Stopler of Netherlands and Williams (Guyana/Team Foundation).FINAL overall ResultsDivision One (60 laps)1—Norlandy Sanchez (Dom Rep/Team Foundation)2—Gerron Williams (GUY/Team Foundation)3—Arno Van Der Zwet (NED/PSL)4—Louis Diaz (VEN/The Braves)Overall: Arno Van Der Zwet (NED/PSL)Sprint Prime: Marlo Rodman (JAM/PSL)Division Two (20 laps)1—Jabari Whiteman (T&T/Southclaine)2—Romello Crawford (GUY/PSL)3—Tremayne Forde-Catwell (BAR/Swift)Overall: Jabari Whiteman (T&T/Southclaine)Division Three (5 laps)1—D’Angelo Harris (T&T/Unattached)2—Tariq Woods (T&T/Team Woods)3—Dexter Henry (Tobago/Unattached)(CAPTION) Guyanese Geron Williams (second left) trails his Team Foundation teammate Noriandy Sanchez of the Dominican Republic across the finish line during the fourth stage of the Tobago Cycling Classic.
According to the website of the Quebec-based company, its customers include 28 NHL clubs, 16 in the NFL, and six in MLB.___West Ham has become the latest Premier League club to announce its players will defer some wages as the competition is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.The percentage of the wages being held back was not disclosed by the London club on Friday.West Ham did say manager David Moyes, vice chair Karren Brady and finance director Andy Mollett are taking a 30% pay reduction. Associated Press The Latest: Orlando Magic arena becomes distribution center Co-owners David Sullivan, David Gold and fellow shareholders are also injecting 30 million pounds into the club.West Ham says “the savings created by the measures above will support the entire infrastructure of the club and enable us to retain jobs and continue to pay 100% of staff salaries.”Southampton said Thursday that its players would defer three months’ wages.Premier League clubs as a collective had hoped squads would all cut wages by 30% but the players’ union rejected the proposal.___ ___The Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League has loaned two sanitation machines to a local hospital to see if they could help clean personal protective equipment worn by hospital staff.The Crunch uses one of the machines in its locker room and the other to clean equipment but doesn’t need them right now with sports on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Turns out they’re a good fit at Upstate University Hospital.Chief executive officer Dr. Robert Corona thought of the idea. He says after careful analysis of tests performed by the hospital’s infection control team, infectious disease specialists, microbiology team and other clinical experts, the hospital has developed a process for collecting used shields, decontaminating them with the Sani Sport sanitation machines, and re-using the shields.Crunch chief operation officer Jim Sarosy says the AHL has been in touch with the other teams in the league, and he says a firehouse in Boston and the State University of New York at Cortland also have reached out to the team. The family of Kenny Dalglish says the former Liverpool player and manager has tested positive for the coronavirus but “remains asymptomatic.”The 69-year-old Dalglish was hospitalized on Wednesday as an infection required intravenous antibiotics.A COVID-19 test unexpectedly showed he had the disease despite previously displaying no symptoms.Dalglish’s family says “prior to his admission to hospital, Sir Kenny had chosen to voluntarily self isolate for longer than the advised period together with his family. He would urge everyone to follow the relevant government and expert guidance in the days and weeks ahead.”The family statement concluded by saying Dalglish “looks forward to being home soon.” __Portuguese officials have defended Cristiano Ronaldo after he left home and was seen training with other people at a soccer pitch amid a national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak.The incident occurred on the island of Madeira, his birthplace. He was observed shooting a ball at a goal with someone playing goalkeeper, along with two other people. They all appeared to be several meters apart.“Cristiano did solely a few minutes of exercize and from that comes no harm to the world,” regional health authority Carlos Ramos said.“All citizens can go out and do some physical exercize as long as they do not gather in big groups and keep their distance from other people they may encounter while exercizing,” Ramos said. “So I think that Cristiano did only what we have seen.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Orlando Magic’s home arena will become a distribution center for medical equipment and supplies as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September.___Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19.The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days. The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.”Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus.Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.”___Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___The nationwide lockdown in Italy has been extended through May 3 but Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora is urging the country’s sports federations to develop health protocols in order to resume activity on May 4.Spadafora urges sports authorities “not to let these weeks be lost” and to urgently make plans for when the lockdown expires.Previously, the lockdown was set to expire on Monday.The extension came as the number of people in Italian hospitals and intensive care wards eases and the growth in the number of new cases and deaths is narrowing. Experts have said it will take a decrease in the number of cases to enter a so-called Phase II, allowing more freedom of movement to individuals but with precautions to guard against any new outbreaks. Italy has suffered the most deaths of any nation, nearly 19,000, and is nearing 150,000 cases, hitting 147,577 on Friday.___The Milwaukee Bucks have established an emergency relief fund for part-time employees of FiServ Forum, the team’s home arena.The Bucks Emergency Relief Fund will provide financial relief for part-time employees of the arena’s food and beverage provider, housekeeping employer and parking partners. The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games.Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus.___The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic. Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested.He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.According to Rizzo, the employee who got the illness was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home and his quarantine has ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.Rizzo did not identify the person who was sick other than to say it is not someone who plays for the Nationals — “and we’re going to keep it at that.” The GM said the person tested positive “well after” the Nationals already had shut down their facilities in Florida and Washington.Rizzo also said Friday on a conference call with reporters that the Nationals are partnering with chef José Andrés to distribute tens of thousands of meals per day to people in need in parts of Washington. April 10, 2020 ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter.ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. ___ The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis. Portugal has been under a state of emergency for three weeks. People are confined to their homes, but they can leave to exercize individually. The country has more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 435 deaths. ___Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic.The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training.King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other — during this unprecedented time.” The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis.Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement.He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.”Matytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes.___ Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on YahooSports.com.___On what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers.The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday.This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Arizona Coyotes will furlough half of the organization’s employees with the NHL season on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak.The furloughs began Friday and will last through June 30.The Coyotes said all furloughed employees will continue to receive 100% of health benefits.Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo said the furloughs were necessary because it doesn’t appear the NHL will resume play in the immediate future.Meruelo and Gila River Arena will continue to support the team’s arena’s part-time and hourly employees who were scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. Similar support for the Tucson Roadrunners, the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate, will also continue. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the plan Friday, along with the Magic. The Amway Center, which includes the AdventHealth Practice Facility that serves as the Magic’s training home, will be used as a staging space for as long as is required. There are contingencies to continue if the need is still there when NBA play resumes.Dyer says the arena will be a hub for equipment and supplies that will go to 50 hospitals in Central Florida as well as facilities in seven other states.Magic CEO Alex Martins says conversations with AdventHealth and the city alerted the team to the need for such a space. “It is our honor to partner with the city of Orlando to provide assistance in the use of the Amway Center to meet AdventHealth’s and our community’s needs,” Martins said.The Magic have been very active in responding to the pandemic, with several players donating money to various causes and the DeVos family — which owns the team — pledging up to $2 million to assist Amway Center hourly workers for lost games.___ The relief fund also will assist part-time employees at the Menominee Nation Arena. That’s the home arena for the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ NBA G League affiliate.So far, the Bucks have provided $500,000 in financial assistance to the part-time employees, and an additional $500,000 is on the way through the relief fund.NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and All-Star forward Khris Middleton have contributed $100,000 each. All their Bucks teammates have committed to donate to the cause. Bucks ownership is matching all player donations.___Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says one team employee — not a player — tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.”
Nearly 35,000 people have died in Italy from the coronavirus. The Campania region that includes Naples has accounted for 431 of those deaths.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press The Latest: FIFPro wants soccer players to get breaks June 19, 2020 FIFPro warns of a “first spike in injuries because of insufficient preparation time and congested match schedules” since soccer restarted last month.The Netherlands-based union says “the impact of COVID-19 means the match schedule will be even more intense over the next two years.”The union asks for vacation periods of at least three weeks before starting preseason practice and a “mandatory mid-season break of between 10 and 14 days.”FIFPro says “now is the time to apply this to player health.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Soccer players’ union FIFPro wants players to be given mandatory breaks because match congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic is likely to last through 2022. Thousands of Napoli soccer fans who poured into the streets to celebrate the team’s Italian Cup title without social distancing have been criticized by health officials as being “reckless.”World Health Organization assistant director general Ranieri Guerra says he was reminded of Atalanta’s Champions League game with Valencia in February. That match is believed to have been a key factor in why the virus has been so deadly in Bergamo.Guerra says “we can’t allow this.”Deputy Health Minister Sandra Zampa says the celebration amounted to “dangerous behaviour.”Fans in Naples flooded into central piazzas and set off fireworks to celebrate shortly after Napoli beat Juventus in an empty stadium in Rome on Wednesday.
Yemisi Olatunji “This tournament is indeed another opportunity for me to prove my mettle in the game of squash,” she said.Her opponent, Ebifemi who sustained an injury in a 9-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-6 strenuous quarter -final contest against Udeme James, also looks forward to the cracker against Olatunji, hoping to make a point by stunning bookmakers with a remarkable upset.In the male category, there were also two walk-overs as highly rated Adewale Amao was walked over by sensational Lanre Pratt, while Del Pratt also walked over his opponent, Victor Daniel.It was, also a victorious day for fourth-seeded Sodiq Taiwo, who registered a 13-11, 13-11 straight sets scoreline against a resilient Nasir Abdulrahman to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament.The semifinal matches of the tournament will take centre stage on the squash courts of the O’Trafford Squash Club today as the four-day tournament approaches its grand finale on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Top ranked Nigerian squash players cruised to victories in their respective games at the ongoing O’Trafford PSA National Closed Satellite Tournament at the 82 Division of the Army Officers Mess, Marina, Lagos.Nigeria’s women’s Number One player Yemisi Olatunji sailed through to the semi-finals of the tournament after defeating Omolola Ajayi to set up clash with Taiwo Ebifemi in what is expected to be a showdown in the semi-final today.Olatunji, fresh from the just concluded National Sports Festival, where she won gold for Lagos State is confident of booking a place in the final as she aims to clinch the $500 prize money at stake.
The USC Interfraternity Council has decided to implement a new office hours requirement, replacing the mandatory study session that many saw as ineffective.Traditionally, IFC has held weekly, on-campus study sessions, which were mandatory for new members. The new-member grade point average, however, has been noticeably lower than the overall IFC GPA for a number of years and IFC decided it was time to find a solution.Beginning this semester, IFC is requiring all new members to attend each of their professors’ office hours at least once a month and verify their visits with signatures.Ben Gallant, the organization’s vice president for scholarship, said he saw the need for a change based on his own experiences and feedback from the fraternity presidents.“Study hours was not a productive use of my time,” Gallant said. “When you’re sitting in a room with your friends, not much will get done.”Gallant said the IFC opted for the office hours program because it gives new members an opportunity to review with their professors and ask questions.IFC is hoping this new system will put the new-member GPA on par with the overall IFC GPA. Last semester the new-member GPA was 2.91, while the overall Greek male GPA was 3.29.Parker Adams, vice president for public relations, said office hours should provide new members with a more valuable learning experience.“Study hours didn’t create an environment that is focused on studying. We decided this system was more useful,” Adams said. “We’re also encouraging new members to go get firsthand knowledge from the people that actually give them that information.”IFC President Eric Ronan said he has seen the rewards of establishing a student-professor relationship.“From my experience, I’ve enjoyed getting to know my professors. I’ve gotten internship opportunities through visiting their office hours,” Ronan said. “We just like the idea of giving new members a little push toward connecting with professors.”The office hours initiative will only apply to classes that are three or four units, Ronan said.Though Adams recognizes that some students might abuse of the system, he said the new program is still better than study hours.“Students faking signatures from professors — that’s the risk we are taking,” Adams said.Nevertheless, Adams still believes it’s a better system than mandated study hours.Gallant, aware of this potential problem, has come up with a solution.“I will randomly select professors’ e-mails to check to see if students have visited them. The main target will be bigger-sized classes,” Gallant said.In addition to raising the new-member GPA, IFC is hoping to accomplish long-term goals as a result of this initiative.“If we can improve freshman grades, then the overall GPA will improve,” Adams said. “This will better reflect the Greek system. By requiring new members to enhance their learning outside the classroom, we will improve the student-professor relationship.”Sergio Calix, an undecided freshman who was a new member last semester, said he sees pros and cons in both the old and new systems.“The study hours were effective because it took two hours out of the day I needed for studying, and they also had tutors,” Calix said.Still, he said the system was ineffective because most new members just spent the time socializing.Calix said he thinks the office hours initiative could help improve new-member GPA.Yet Calix said the IFC should go even one step further in reorganizing the system.“Office hours in addition to tutors would be a great combination,” Calix said, “That would have helped me a lot during my pledge semester.”Ronan added that this is the best system to date, but he is open to alternate solutions in the future.“We are hoping this idea works, but, if we find after a semester or year from now that nothing is really changing, I’m okay with having a new idea,” he said.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 19, 2015 at 11:52 pm Contact Chris: email@example.com | @ChrisLibonati Syracuse announced Friday evening that Mark Coyle will become its new athletic director beginning on July 6. Coyle most recently served as the athletic director of Boise State. Here’s 10 things to know about the incoming director of SU Athletics.1. 32-9That’s the record of the Boise State football program during Coyle’s tenure. In three seasons, the Broncos won two conference titles and hired head coach Bryan Harsin to replace Chris Petersen. This past season was Harsin’s first at the helm and BSU won 12 games, a Mountain West Conference Championship and the Vizio Fiesta Bowl.2. Kentucky basketballCoyle served as the deputy director of athletics at Kentucky when UK hired head coach John Calipari, who has lead the Wildcats to a 190-38 record in his tenure and won an NCAA Championship, in 2009.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text3. Fund RaiserAt Boise State, Coyle helped raise more than $40 million in capital gifts and annual donations —including a $12.5 million naming gift for the football stadium — and negotiated a multi-media marketing rights agreement with Learfield Communications. The agreement will rake in $42 million in guaranteed revenue for BSU’s athletic department.4. MarketerCoyle has also bargained on the other side of marketing rights agreements. He worked with HOST Communications, Inc., a college sports media company, as a liaison to several NCAA schools, including Tennessee, Florida State and Notre Dame. HOST was acquired by IMG, which currently works with Syracuse.5. Previous experience with sanctionsCoyle replaced long-time Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymeier, who was fired after an NCAA investigation at BSU. Penalties were levied against the school less than three months before Coyle was hired as the AD in December of 2011. BSU was put on probation for three years from 2012-2014, and the football program operated with reduced practice time and three less scholarships.6. Hot commodityCoyle was rumored as a candidate for Pittsburgh’s and Oregon State’s director of athletics vacancy, per Syracuse.com and the Portland Tribune. Pitt used DHR International to fill its vacancy, the same company SU used in hiring Coyle.7. Ties to Florida StateIn addition to earning his masters degree at Florida State, Coyle served as FSU’s liaison at HOST Communications and worked in ticket operations.8. FacilitatorWhile Coyle was at Boise State, the athletic department added facility improvements. BSU built a new football complex, renovated women’s and men’s basketball practice courts and built an outdoor football practice field. A new softball stadium and track and field facility was built as well.9. Paying his duesCoyle owes BSU a $75,000 buyout fee for leaving, lowered in 2013 from $350,000 per the Idaho Statesman. He was also due to make $451,000 this year if he maximized all his bonuses at Boise State, the Statesman also reported. Former director of athletics Daryl Gross made $796,438 in 2014 as reported on SU’s Form 990.10. An athlete leading athletesSU’s new athletic director played football at Drake University. Members of the House of Representatives, including Rep. John Katko, who represents the Syracuse area, recently proposed reforms to help protect student-athletes. Coyle could have a varying perspective compared to other non-former athlete AD’s. Comments
Stafon Johnson can talk again.Just 47 days after crushing his throat in a tragic weightlifting accident, Johnson is certifiably on the road to recovery and can now speak — albeit limitedly.He did so in a meeting with the press prior to USC’s game against Stanford on Saturday.Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan“God has a plan,” Johnson whispered, reciting the last words he heard from his late grandfather. “Run, Stafon. Run.”(Click here to listen to Stafon Johnson at Saturday’s press conference.)Only seven words, yes, but seven meaningful words.Johnson was very close with his grandfather, Larry Mallory, who died of a heart attack in the spring of 2007.“Just the whisper was like he was giving an interview,” said Kim Mallory, Johnson’s mother. “That was a big thing, because it wasn’t expected to hear any type of sound for a while. [It was] overwhelming.”Dr. Ryan F. Osborne and Dr. Jason S. Hamilton of the Osborne Head & Neck Institute accompanied Johnson at the press conference, held in the Coliseum press box an hour prior to kickoff against the Stanford Cardinal.They said Johnson had in many ways beat the odds expected of him. At the time of the injury, doctors said he was lucky to have survived. Now, they credit his “gladiator-type attitude” for the speedy recovery.“I think anyone looking at him today or who heard his story would say that this is miraculous,” Osborne said. “We wouldn’t expect him to be at this state this early … but he’s an athlete, he’s determined, he’s never believed that he was the underdog — and so far you can see the results.”Johnson no longer needs a breathing or feeding tube and can eat solid food, but doctors emphasized that the journey is not complete, yet.He can still only whisper a few words at a time.“At this point in time, he does have some minor limitations,” Osborne said. “Just because we don’t want him speaking, don’t want him to do anything to strain his neck area at this point in time.”Osborne added that those limitations would be removed in the “very near future.”Mallory said Johnson has at times slipped up and uttered a few words, but she said her primary mode of communication with her son was through his laptop computer, which he uses to write notes to her.Johnson shrugged when asked if he planned to play football for USC next season, but he still seemed upbeat throughout the 20-minute conference — at least until the last question, when a reporter asked about Stafon Jr., his 15-month-old son.Johnson put his head down and appeared to be in distress. His mother understood, saying only that it was “hard,” but adding, again, “God has a plan.”
Though a shooting outside the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Wednesday night placed the University Park Campus on lockdown, USC continued its previously scheduled Thursday morning workout at Howard Jones Field.The shooting, which left four persons wounded, including one in critical condition, occurred outside a Halloween party known as “Freak or Greek.” The event was held in the ballroom of the Campus Center.When asked during his post-practice news conference if players attended the party, USC coach Lane Kiffin said, “What I know, they were not.”Less than 12 hours after the shooting occurred, though, Kiffin declined to comment further.“I really don’t have enough facts on the situation to make any other comments about it,” he said. “I think they’re still gathering all the information, so I can’t really talk any more about it, just because of a lack of information.”According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the individual in critical condition at California Hospital Medical Center was Geno Hall, a decorated former cornerback at nearby Crenshaw High School.Two current USC players, sophomore linebacker Hayes Pullard and sophomore guard Marcus Martin, were teammates with Hall at Crenshaw.“We’ll want to know all the information about it,” Kiffin added. “We’ve been in meetings all morning, since 6 this morning. So when the time comes, I’m sure that they’ll inform me.”