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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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Pep unfazed by first defeat

first_imgBayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says he is not overly concerned after his side suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.Dortmund took the lead early on after Bayern keeper Tom Starke was unable to keep out Marco Reus’ diving header to take a 1-0 lead into the half-time break.Shortly after the start of the second-half, the Bavarians were level when Arjen Robben capitalised on a fantastic cross from Philipp Lahm. However, their joy was short-lived as a mix-up in defence ended with Daniel Van Buyten heading into his own net just minutes later.Die Borussen then extended their lead when Ilkay Gundogan stunningly curled his shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.Robben added his second of the game to reduce the deficit, again linking up with Lahm down the right-hand side, but it would mean little at the end.The game was decided as a contest in the 86th minute when Reus scored an easy tap in after some great dribbling by new-boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the counter-attack. The loss is Bayern’s worst since their 5-2 reverse to the same opposition in the 2012 German Cup final, but Guardiola is confident his side will be much more fluid by the time the 2013/14 Bundesliga campaign kicks off on August 9.“Overall, I am happy with the performance,” the former Barcelona boss said. “We played well and what happened came down to individual situations.“Even though we lost, I didn’t get the feeling that Dortmund were better than us.“We still have ten days to get ready for the Bundesliga restart and to correct our minor errors.”last_img read more

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Oakland suing Raiders, NFL for antitrust violations, breach of contract

first_imgThe city of Oakland is suing the NFL and the Raiders, claiming the team’s relocation to Las Vegas violated federal antitrust laws and led to a breach of contract.City Attorney Barbara Parker said in a statement that the move, scheduled for 2020, also violated the league’s own relocation policies. The league’s 31 other teams are named as codefendants in the suit. Steelers on ‘brutal’ 3-game losing streak: ‘We have to stop BS-ing around’ “The defendants brazenly violated federal antitrust law and the league’s own policies when they boycotted Oakland as a host city,” Parker said. “The Raiders’ illegal move lines the pockets of NFL owners and sticks Oakland, its residents, taxpayers and dedicated fans with the bill.”The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold the defendants accountable and help to compensate Oakland for the damages the defendants’ unlawful actions have caused and will cause to the people of Oakland.” Related Newscenter_img The Raiders’ decision to move to Las Vegas, announced last year, infuriated fans; in fact, two fan groups lobbied the city to sue. But it also placed a financial burden on Oakland, which has around $80 million in debt remaining to pay for renovations at the aging Oakland Alameda Coliseum.The Raiders are scheduled to begin play in Las Vegas in 2020. They have been negotiating with Coliseum authority officials to extend their Oakland lease through 2019, with an option for 2020 in case the new $1.9 billion Vegas facility isn’t ready.But Coliseum authority Executive Director Scott McKibben told The San Jose Mercury News the team “made it very clear” it would not sign a lease extension if the city sued the team. Where this lawsuit leaves the Raiders next season is unknown. The team’s options elsewhere, either in the Bay area or Las Vegas, are limited to substandard college facilities.While legal experts told The Mercury News most similar antitrust lawsuits against the NFL have failed, one of the outside firms Oakland has hired had success earlier this year in a similar case when a Missouri judge ruled in favor of St. Louis officials suing the Rams for their move to Los Angeles.last_img read more

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Watch your waistline! Top five Christmas coffees that contain HUGE calories

first_imgOne thing that is very popular at this time of year is the Christmas themed coffees.It should be said, that most of these aren’t actually coffee and are more of a variety of calorific hot chocolates that sell by the thousands.So, which of these are the worst for your waistline? As with anything, it is usually the ones that taste the best.COSTA GINGERBREAD LATTEThis is a Christmas favourite.Costas Gingerbread Latte.This is hugely popular over the festive period and for good reason.  🎅It tastes great. Advertisement But, this does come at a cost, and that cost is almost 400 calories.323 calories7g of carbs24.2g of sugar14.9g of fat.This is almost a meals worth of calories in one drink. Gingerbread FrappuccinoAs I only drink coffee in Starbucks. I didn’t know there was a difference between a Gingerbread latte and a Gingerbread Frappuccino.Turns out there are almost 100 calories of a differenceThe Gingerbread Frappuccino comes in at 480 calories while the gingerbread latte comes in at 392 calories. Advertisement The carbs and sugar are almost DOUBLE of the latte also.Coming in at 80g carbs and 79g sugar, compared to 42g carbs and 39g sugar in the latte.Billionaire Hot Chocolate from Costa CoffeeThis is going to be very popular this year.Coming in at 528 calories with 63g of carbs and 52g of sugar.It is a whopper, to say the least.If you are still planning on treating yourself, go for a small to save yourself some calories.  Advertisement Café Neró’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. Again, it’s another seemingly innocent Christmas themed drink and you wouldn’t think it could do that much damage.Unfortunately, you’d be wrong.A large version of this comes in at 623 calories and has 5g of carbs.77.7g of this is sugar and has 25g of fat also. Advertisement While this is higher in calories, there are higher to come.Hot chocolate with everything on it.We look at Costa Coffee Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows and Whipped cream.Basically, it’s the works.Everything is on this, the ultimate indulgence, and the calories show this.This is the largest number of calories out if all the drinks I looked at. Advertisement Coming in at;750 calories 4g of carbs68.5g of sugar34.2g of fatIf you were to have a Christmas cookie along with this, you’d be taking in over a thousand calories for a snack.There you have it. The top 5 Christmas themed drinks, that are the highest in calories.Could you make them fit into your diet?Anything is possible, but you wouldn’t be indulging too often on this if you were looking for weight loss or to just maintain a bit of control over the festive period. Again, as with everything moderation is key.#Leanin2019If you would like to focus on getting in shape for Christmas, we can help you to get Christmas party-ready.Click the link below and get signed up to our Christmas workouts.8 weeks to get you in the best shape of your life for the Christmas Party season. LADIES CLICK HEREMEN CLICK HEREWatch your waistline! Top five Christmas coffees that contain HUGE calories was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho equalised for Liverpool in the final seconds of the first half at Stamford Bridge, where Ramires had put Chelsea ahead after just four minutes.Ramires, who signed a new four-year contract this week, got in front of Alberto Moreno to head home Cesar Azpilicueta’s left-wing cross – his fourth goal of the season.The Brazilian lined up in midfield alongside John Mikel Obi, with Cesc Fabregas dropped to the substitutes’ bench where he was joined by Nemanja Matic, who was left out despite being available again after a ban.Diego Costa was passed fit for the Blues, having hobbled off during the midweek defeat at Stoke after taking a knock to his ribs.Liverpool on the other hand are playing without a recognised striker but have looked a threat and Asmir Begovic had to be alert to deny Adam Lallana after the Reds midfielder had been found by James Milner’s cross.Begovic also gathered a header from Lucas – again after a cross by Milner – as Jurgen Klopp’s side continued to press.But the Chelsea keeper was beaten when Coutinho collected Roberto Firmino’s pass and cleverly evaded Ramires before curling into the far corner despite John Terry’s desperate attempt to block the shot.Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Ramires; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Amelia, Baba, Matic, Fabregas, Kenedy, Falcao, Remy.Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino.Subs: Bogdan, Lovren, Benteke, Allen, Ibe, Teixeira, Randall.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Bilic likens West Brom youngster to Rice after win at QPR

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesWest Brom boss Slaven Bilic likened Nathan Ferguson to England star Declan Rice after the youngster inspired the Baggies to a 2-0 win at QPR.Ferguson, 18, was outstanding at left-back and scored his first goal for the club to put them ahead seven minutes into the second half.He strode forward from his own half and sent a right-footed strike past Joe Lumley at the keeper’s near post.Matheus Pereira also scored his first Albion goal – the on-loan Sporting Lisbon man netted with a late free-kick to seal the victory.Former West Ham manager Bilic, who worked with Rice at the east London club, was full of praise for Ferguson and believes he is destined for a bright future.“Nathan has a mentality that reminds me of Declan Rice,” Bilic said.“He’s only 18 on paper but his mind is 25 or 27 – he’s not a kid. He’s only a kid in a positive way in that he’s not afraid to take the ball forward and have a shot.“It’s our job to keep him humble but there’s no doubt that he has an extremely bright future and a great career in front of him.”Albion are unbeaten in seven matches and were much the better side at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, where Charlie Austin played against his former club along with fellow ex-QPR men Darnell Furlong and Matt Phillips.Austin is still waiting for his first league goal since his summer move from Southampton but Bilic was more than happy with the striker’s contribution and the team’s display.“This is the best performance that we played so far,” Bilic added.“Straight from the start we were on the front foot. They didn’t have a sniff.“We were a bit nervous – we were getting in great situations but were rushing it.“In those situations you maybe need one moment of individual brilliance and we got that with Nathan. We were pure class afterwards.“When we got the second goal it wasn’t game over – you can always come back – but we managed the game really well.“I’m really pleased. Of course we can get better and it’s still early days but I have to say the lads have been excellent.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoSingapore Property NewsRadisson Hotel Group opens new luxury beachfront resort in VietnamSingapore Property NewsUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoLight and Charm33 Traditional Beauty recipes from Indian WomenLight and CharmUndolast_img read more

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Drug abuse ‘enemy of freedom’: Zuma

first_img18 June 2013Drug and alcohol abuse are the enemies of South Africa’s freedom and democracy, President Jacob Zuma told young people gathered in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal for national Youth Day celebrations on Sunday.“Alcohol and drug abuse in particular are slowly eating into the social fibre of our communities,” Zuma said, adding crime and gangsterism, child and women abuse, teenage pregnancy and truancy, and mob justice and xenophobia to the list of “cancers that are painfully eating our society”.“Thus our special message to the youth of the Republic today is that you must become an integral part of the struggle against all these cancers.”He urged young people to take up this fight with the same vigour that “we fought apartheid, and the zest that is displayed in our successful fight against HIV and Aids today.“Drug and substance abuse have serious implications for the millions of citizens because they contribute to crime, gangsterism, domestic violence, family dysfunction and other forms of social problems.”He said the government would respond with more determination than ever to the cries of the youth of Eldorado Park, Mabopane, Westbury, Mamelodi and other areas where drugs were wreaking havoc in communities.“As we speak today, many parents are in pain, as they watch their children deteriorating and their lives being destroyed by drugs and alcohol abuse.“I have heard tales of children as young as eight years old who are now addicted to drugs. I have heard tales of young girls who are molested in drug dens.”Drug traffickers, and those who ran illegal outlets that sold alcohol to children, should be declared the enemies of freedom, Zuma said. “They should be ashamed of running businesses that destroy children, the youth and many families.”He said the government and its partners were implementing an Anti-Substance National Plan of Action, and urged communities to play an active role in ensuring its success.He said the plan focused on enabling policy and legislation, reducing the supply and demand of drugs, as well as treating and rehabilitating addicts.He added that there were already 215 local drug action committees around the country that were helping communities to manage their own preventative work at grassroots level.“We need to work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that such people are brought to book. We must report them, so that we can stop them from destroying our communities.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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