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Before college football stardom, Nick Saban brought intense style to Syracuse

first_imgShortly before Nick Saban’s first game at Syracuse as a coach, Art Monk and Bill Hurley looked at each other, puzzled. Monk, the future NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver, shook his head as he stood next to Hurley while Saban instructed Syracuse defensive players to tackle one another. There was Saban, 25 years old, pacing the field at Parker Stadium in Oregon as players tried to bring down one another, just minutes prior to kickoff of the 1977 season opener.“I remember watching those guys on defense go through a few drills and me just shaking my head,” said Hurley, then-Syracuse starting quarterback and current wide receivers coach at Albany. “I was like, ‘What the hell are they doing? Why would somebody be live-tackling at pregame warmups?’ I was glad I didn’t play defense.”The drills before his first game on the job reflected Saban’s nature. They embodied the unsparing, unsmiling disposition possessed by one of the most successful figures in all of college sports. On that mid-September afternoon four decades ago, Saban illustrated the unwavering, persistent coaching style that has propelled him from defensive ends coach at Syracuse to arguably the best coach in the history of college football.Saban, who coached at Syracuse 40 years ago this fall, roamed the halls of Manley Field House and Archbold Stadium before several stops on his rise to coaching stardom, including his current role as head coach at Alabama, where the undefeated Crimson Tide appears poised for another national championship run.Saban, who turned 66 on Tuesday, brought to Syracuse meticulous micromanagement, few smiles and similar intensity to what he now shows at Alabama, where he has won three national titles since 2007.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“All business,” said Glenn Williams, an offensive lineman on the Syracuse 1977 team. “I remember him exactly the way he is today. When I see him on TV, I think back to him at Syracuse. His stature, his demeanor was exactly the same.”Saban could not be reached for comment on this story.Nick Saban, with his whistle on the right, drilled Syracuse’s 1977 team hard, players said. Courtesy of SU ArchivesSaban grew up in West Virginia’s coal country. After Syracuse, he coached for West Virginia, Ohio State, the Cleveland Browns, LSU, the Miami Dolphins and Alabama, among other destinations. His reputation is an excellent defensive coach, top-notch recruiter and cutting-edge leader, said former SU players.In 1999, Saban arrived at LSU and in four years rebuilt a struggling program into a national champion in 2007. After leaving the Tigers, Saban turned Alabama back into a national powerhouse. This year, he will make more than $11 million for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, according to USA Today’s salary report.But Syracuse was where Saban took a step toward that hefty payday. A whistle always hung around his neck, former players said. He wore white socks high to the mid-calf and often wore a Syracuse collared shirt. He gave impassioned locker room speeches, players said, even though he was only about 5-foot-9, 170 pounds and four years removed from college.“He was very boisterous,” Williams said. “When he spoke, he got his voice across, loud and noticeable.”Since Saban departed Syracuse, New York, he has won three national titles at Alabama, one at Louisiana State and has become one of the most recognizable college football coaches in the country. Courtesy of Alabama AthleticsWhen he arrived in central New York, Saban wasn’t a stranger to Syracuse football. He served as a graduate assistant at Kent State in 1974, when the Golden Flashes pulled out a last-minute win over SU at Archbold Stadium.Though he wasn’t much older than the players, Saban did not shy away from speaking up. One afternoon at Manley Field House, Syracuse defensive back Warren S. Harvey was walking toward his locker. He nodded as Saban walked by. That was not good enough.“What’s the haps?” Harvey recalled Saban asking.The coach thought Harvey wasn’t acknowledging him properly, and he didn’t fully pass by until Harvey said something. Harvey nodded again and asked how Saban was doing, then they continued walking in opposite directions.“He was just as demanding as he is now,” said Harvey, who added that players were disappointed when Saban left Syracuse for West Virginia after only one season.Frank Maloney, Syracuse’s head coach from 1974 to 1980, interviewed Saban for the position at SU. Dennis Fitzgerald, Kent State’s head coach, played college football with Maloney at Michigan. When a position opened at SU, Fitzgerald recommended Saban to Maloney. Saban impressed him in the interview and earned the job, Maloney said.Maloney did not recall specifics from that year, but he said he found Saban to be more forthcoming with players than most other coaches with whom he had worked. Saban spoke up in team events and practices, often giving his opinion during coaches meetings. He “didn’t have a single smile in him,” Maloney said.Syracuse finished 6-5 in 1977 under head coach Frank Maloney. Quarterback Bill Hurley attempted 201 passes and 200 rushes on the season.Courtesy of SU ArchivesOne day in the fall of 1977, on the steps of Goldstein Alumni & Faculty Center, Ron Cavanagh was chatting with Saban. Cavanagh, then a professor at SU and member of the Athletic Policy Board, assisted with Syracuse football recruiting. During an encounter with Saban, they exchanged ideas about high school players they wanted to bring to SU, as well as defensive ideas.Cavanagh recalled being impressed with Saban’s foresight. Within months on the job, he had already recruited several players for the following year, despite being only an outside linebackers coach. Based on that brief conversation near Watson Hall, Cavanagh described Saban as “unusually energetic” and a brilliant defensive coach for his age.“He appeared not only serious, but he had an energy and an intelligence about him,” Cavanagh said. “He carried himself with a sense of mission. He just had that presence about him that you knew he was going to go somewhere. It’s gratifying Syracuse had a role in shaping him.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 2, 2017 at 12:56 am Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

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Adell hits first two HRs, Trout drives in 6 in Angels’ rout

first_imgLast Updated: 30th August, 2020 11:03 IST Adell Hits First Two HRs, Trout Drives In 6 In Angels’ Rout Jo Adell hit his first two major league home runs, Mike Trout drove in six and the Los Angeles Angels set a season high in runs as they routed the Seattle Mariners 16-3 Saturday night Written By Associated Press Television News First Published: 30th August, 2020 11:03 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Jo Adell hit his first two major league home runs, Mike Trout drove in six and the Los Angeles Angels set a season high in runs as they routed the Seattle Mariners 16-3 Saturday night.Angels right-hander Dylan Bundy (4-2), a subject of speculation ahead of Monday’s trade deadline, returned to early season form after giving up four runs in each of his last two starts. He allowed only one run, four hits and three walks with three strikeouts for his fifth quality start in seven games.The 21-year old Adell came into the game batting .175 and in the midst of a 4-for-28 slump. Justin Upton led off the second with a walk before Adell drove Justus Sheffield’s curveball an estimated 437 feet into the left field stands to give LA a 3-1 advantage.Adell became the fifth player in franchise history to hit his first two big league homers in the same game when he lined one just over the wall in right-center to lead off the seventh and extend the lead to 7-1. Before Adell, the last Halos player to do it was Tom Brunansky in 1981.It is the third time in Trout’s career he has had six or more RBIs in a game. The reigning AL MVP had three hits, including a three-run homer in the seventh inning to extend the lead to 14-1. Trout has homered in the first two games of the series and has 297 for his career. He also had a two-run double in the sixth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth.Shohei Ohtani, Albert Pujols and Anthony Rendon each drove in two for the Angels, who have their first three-game winning streak since July of 2019. Pujols had a two-run single in the fifth to make it 6-1.Shed Long Jr. homered for Seattle in the ninth inning. Tim Lopes’ RBI double in the second evened it at 1. When Braden Bishop’s single drove in Dee Gordon in the eighth, the Mariners were down 14-2.Sheffield (2-3) allowed six runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander also had four walks and six strikeouts. Mariners’ pitchers had 11 walks, including two with the bases loaded.YOUTH GONE WILDAdell is the fourth player to homer for the Angels before turning 22. The others are Trout, Dick Schofield and Brunansky.STREAK SNAPPEDSeattle’s Sam Haggerty did not have a hit for the first time this season. The left fielder came in batting .297 and had hit safely in his first nine games.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: 1B Evan White (right shoulder) was out of the lineup for the second straight game. Manager Scott Servais said White did some pregame workouts and could be ready to go on Sunday.Angels: LHP Hoby Milner was placed on the 10-day injured list due to right back spasms. The move is retroactive to Wednesday. … INF Franklin Barreto, who was acquired from Oakland on Friday, is on the COVID-19 injured list while he completes testing protocols.UP NEXTMariners: Justin Dunn (2-1, 5.57 ERA) went six scoreless innings and allowed just one hit in his last start on Aug. 23 against Houston. The right-hander has 0-1 mark with a 6.43 ERA in two previous starts vs. the Angels.Angels: RHP Griffin Canning (0-3, 4.88 ERA) has allowed three-or-fewer runs in four of his six starts this season.Image credits: AP center_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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AccorHotels has announced the signing of a hotel m

first_imgAccorHotels has announced the signing of a hotel management agreement (HMA) with New Mauritius Hotels Limited, one of the oldest and largest owning and management hospitality companies based in Mauritius. The new agreement will see AccorHotels relaunch the existing property under the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts brand in May 2017. The reflagging will mark a major step for the luxury brand in Africa.Located just 12 kilometres from the bustling city of Marrakech, Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech is nestled within the heart of a century-old olive grove, spanning 231 hectares with uninterrupted views of the Atlas Mountains. The hotel also boasts unmatched resort amenities including an expansive 6608-metre, 18-hole golf course created by architect Cabell B. Robinson.Olivier Granet, COO and MD, AccorHotels Middle East & Africa said: “We are delighted to have the first Fairmont hotel in operation in Morocco, a unique brand that represents some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world.” He further added: “Morocco is a strategic market for us and one in which we are witnessing solid growth and momentum. With 37 hotels currently within our portfolio, we look forward to complementing the country’s already robust tourism development plan, and to reinforce our global development objective for Africa overall by doubling our network to reach 200 hotels.”Gilbert Espitalier-Noël, CEO, New Mauritius Hotels Limited said: “We are delighted to have signed this management agreement with the luxury division of AccorHotels. The Royal Palm Marrakech is an exceptional resort which we are proud to have developed. We are confident that the management and commercial strength of the AccorHotels Group, with its newly acquired Fairmont brand, will contribute to establishing the Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech as Morocco’s premier resort.”Featuring 134 guest rooms including five Presidential Suites, one Penthouse Suite, and 10 Prince villas, the resort currently also offers 94 private residences consisting of two, three and four-bedroom villas. Subsequent phases of the development will include both Fairmont Royal Palm Residences and Fairmont Royal Palm Estates, joining Fairmont’s exclusive portfolio of branded private residences. Currently under development, the branded residences will be serviced by Fairmont, enabling residents to enjoy the full benefits of a resort lifestyle. Each Residence is elegantly designed, ranging from 200 square metres for a two-bedroom to over 500 square metres for a four-bedroom villa. Optional furniture packages will be available, featuring inspired designs that reflect local heritage and cultural influences, as well as high quality materials, fabrics and appliances.Hamid Bentahar, Executive VP, Luxury & Upscale Brands, Africa & Indian Ocean, AccorHotels, added: “We’re delighted to announce this new mixed-use property that combines luxury residences and a five-star hotel. Our exceptionally strong residential expertise means we offer one of the most attractive hospitality options to guests. Fairmont Royal Palm is the latest step in our journey to becoming one of the premium luxury operators in Morocco.”The resort currently features four restaurants and lounges including Le Caravane, an international restaurant on the terrace; L’Olivier, overlooking the swimming pool and serving Mediterranean cuisine; Al Ain, a traditional Moroccan restaurant; and Le Bar, offering an evening respite with its own cigar cellar. Due to open shortly, The Golf Course Country Club will add even more options for guests. Serving also as the club house for residence owners, The Country Club will comprise a lounge, restaurants, and a health club and swimming pool.Leisure options include a 25-metre year-round heated, ozonized swimming pool as well as a 3500-square-metre spa including a bespoke private area. In addition to its own golf club, highlighted by an expanse of 75 hectares, Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech is surrounded by three of the 11 golf courses in the city. It is also the nearest resort to the acclaimed Assoufid Golf Club, award winner of the World Golf Awards 2016 in Morocco.The vast estate, which lies at the foot of the Atlas mountain range and only a 10-minute drive from Menara Airport, is within close proximity to the mythical Red City offering travellers a culturally enriching and quaint experience with a range of local attractions.The addition of a landmark hotel in a strategic African market supports AccorHotels’ goal of brand growth and expansion, particularly in the luxury sector. With more than 70 hotels worldwide, Fairmont continues to expand globally with recent openings including Fairmont Quasar Istanbul, Fairmont Chengdu in Western China and Fairmont Fujairah the Middle East. New luxury hotels scheduled to open later in 2017 include the 317-room Fairmont Amman in Jordan, the 298-room Fairmont Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and the 1048-room Fairmont Austin in Texas. Beyond that, other hotels in development include Fairmont Kuala Lumpur, Fairmont Jeddah Hotel & Resort and Fairmont Costa Canuva in Mexico’s burgeoning Riviera Nayarit region, to name a few.last_img read more

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