Midseason update American and ACC

Midseason update American and ACC

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Central Florida (3-2, 1-0): When they aren’t traveling to Ireland or Columbia, Mo., George O’Leary’s Knights are undefeated. UCF has won 14 straight against non-Power Five competition.Houston (3-3, 1-1): The insertion of Greg Ward, Jr., into the starting lineup led to a 28-24 upset of Memphis – he produced 283 total yards and two touchdowns on 45 total touches – and preserved the Cougars’ season from total collapse. For a team that was picked to compete in the American to start 2-4 (and 0-2 in the conference) that… wouldn’t have been good.Memphis (3-3, 1-1): The best part about what Justin Fuente has done at Memphis is that the Tigers are 3-3 through the first half of the season, and can be legitimately upset they aren’t 4-2. A team that runs with UCLA for four quarters and Ole Miss for three and blows out Cincinnati should not lose at home to Houston.South Florida (2-4, 1-1): South Florida’s scoring output since beating Western Carolina 36-31 to open the season: 17, 17, 10 and 17. The Bulls are 1-4 against FBS competition, and rank 104th or lower in every major offensive category.Tulsa (1-5, 1-1): The fact that Tulsa, at 1-5 overall, is technically tied for second place in the American tells you all you need to know about the state of this conference. There are 11 teams in this league, and two are above .500.Tulane (2-4, 1-1): Continuing the theme of American teams that can’t score, Tulane beat Southeastern Louisiana 35-20 on Sept. 13, and has scored 28 (in regulation), 21, 13, six and 12 points. The Green Wave are 64th in rushing, and 94th or lower in every other major offensive category.Cincinnati (2-3, 0-1): Have you seen the rest of this conference. Cincinnati can’t defend anyone – 124th in scoring and yards per play allowed, dead last in total defense – but the Bearcats can move the ball and they can score, which means they fall into at least seven wins.SMU (0-1, 0-5): Same song, different metropolitan university. While ranking 99th nationally in its specialty category – passing – the Mustangs are 115th or lower in every other major category, and dead last in scoring, third downs and plays of 10+ yards, and third to last in rushing. Beyond this sunken season, SMU’s next head coach needs to campaign with his superiors to lighten his load in non-conference. The Mustangs could be a legitimate AAC contender and still be 1-4 thanks to the Ponies’ suicidal scheduling strategy. While it’s nice to keep the memory of the Southwest Conference alive and playing local programs is the best way to drum up interest, there’s no reason to schedule Baylor and Texas A&M in the same season, especially when SMU already plays TCU every season. And that longterm home-and-home with North Texas is a bear trap as well.Connecticut (1-5, 0-3): Bob Diaco’s first (and, so far, only) win came by a 19-16 final over Stony Brook. Thank goodness for that and Diaco’s defense, because UConn may have the American’s worst offense. Considering the sludge we’ve already trekked through, that’s saying something. The good news for UConn? Temple was 0-5 at this point last season and finished 2-10. This ship can be turned.ACC AtlanticFlorida State (6-0, 4-0): Do teams that rank 65th in pass efficiency defense, 54th in rush defense, 44th in yards per play allowed, 98th in rushing, 78th in turnover margin, 74th in sacks allowed, 107th in sacks, 53rd in first downs allowed, 96th in third down defense, and 51st in plays of 10+ yards allowed usually go undefeated?Clemson (4-2, 3-1): The end of the Florida State game and the second half of the Georgia game will always stick in Clemson’s craw, but the Tigers have a very real chance to finish the season at 11-2 with a win over South Carolina and rank in or around the top 10 for the third straight season, all with an absolute star in true freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson. The future is bright in Clemson.Louisville (5-2, 3-2): Charlie Strong and Vance Bedford are gone, and Todd Grantham is the new sheriff in town. And the Louisville defense has gotten better? Louisville is third in scoring defense, first in rushing defense, second in yards per carry allowed, second in pass efficiency defense, first in interceptions, third in yards per attempt allowed, first in total defense, second in yards per play allowed, first in opponent first downs, tied for third in sacks, first in tackles for loss, second in passes defended, first in third down defense and a mere eighth in red zone defense. Whew. The Cardinals host Florida State two weeks from tonight. How weird is it that Louisville would be an easy Thursday night home upset pick if only Bobby Petrino could get some good play out of his quarterbacks?Boston College (4-2, 1-1): No Andre Williams, no problem. If not for preventable home losses against Pittsburgh and Colorado State, B.C. would be undefeated. The Eagles have moved up from 20th to fifth in rushing offense, and if not for the misfortune of living in the same division as the conference’s three best teams, Steve Addazio’s bunch may be headed for the ACC title game.Syracuse (2-4, 0-2): The Orange beat Villanova (by one in double overtime) and Central Michigan to open the season, and haven’t come within 14 points of victory since.Wake Forest (2-4, 0-2): The Demon Deacons have beaten only Gardner-Webb and Army and haven’t scored more than 24 points this season, but none other than Jimbo Fisher is the president of the Wake Forest defense fan club. I’d buy stock in Dave Clawson and company.N.C. State (4-3, 0-3): Through one quarter on Sept. 27, N.C. State was 4-0 and held a 24-7 lead over No. 1 Florida State. Since that moment the Wolfpack have been outscored 120-31 and have slid to 4-3. Dave Doeren is 7-1 against non-ACC competition and 0-11 against the ACC.ACC CoastalVirginia (4-2, 2-0): Two months ago Mike London was everyone’s favorite hot seat candidate. Now he’s alone in first place in the ACC Coastal and has the conference’s second-best defense.Georgia Tech (5-1, 2-1): With the parity in the ACC Coastal, I wouldn’t be shocked if Georgia Tech won its next four to win the division and stood at 9-1 before finishing with Clemson and Georgia, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Yellow Jackets finished 6-6.Duke (5-1, 1-1): The Blue Devils miss Kurt Roper. If not for quarterback play that ranks 103rd nationally in pass efficiency – starter Anthony Boone is not among the nation’s top 100 – Duke would be an easy choice to repeat as ACC Coastal champions. Duke at Virginia on Saturday is Week 8’s most interesting game that you won’t watch.Virginia Tech (4-2, 1-1): Virginia Tech went on the road and gave Urban Meyer his only regular season loss at Ohio State, ending the game on a 28-14 run, and then promptly gave it back and then some with consecutive home losses to East Carolina and Georgia Tech.Pittsburgh (3-3, 1-1): Pittsburgh started 3-0 with a pair of wins that were more impressive now than they seemed at the time, winning at Boston College by 10 and hitting FIU for 42 points and 422 yards, and have since dropped three straight to Iowa, Akron and Virginia. Pittsburgh is the only ACC team sitting even at .500, and that feels entirely fitting.Miami (4-3, 1-2): You would never guess it to be true, but the friendly confines of Whatever They’re Calling The Dolphins’ Stadium Now Stadium provides a significant home-field advantage for Miami. The Hurricanes are 4-0 at home with average scores of 40-17, and are 0-3 on the road with losses via an average score of 33-20.North Carolina (2-4, 0-2): North Carolina’s defense has to be the most disappointing unit in the country, dropping a team that started the year ranked in the top 25 to last place in its own division. The Heels have lost four straight while allowing 70, 50, 34 and 50 points. CollegeFootballTalkIn day three of our midseason roundup, it’s time we take a look at the American and ACC. If you haven’t done so already, make sure to take a look at our midseason updates for the Big Ten and Pac-12, Mountain West, Conference USA and FBS Independents, and MAC and Sun Belt.AmericanEast Carolina (5-1, 2-0): No one thought of it that way at the time, but South Carolina’s 33-23 upset of East Carolina is the only thing barring Ruffin McNeill’s Pirates from a shot at a perfect season. You know about Lincoln Riley’s passing attack, but did you know the Pirates rank 11th nationally at 6.11 yards per carry, 14th in rushing defense at just over 104 yards a game and 15th in yards per attempt allowed at 5.8?Temple (4-1, 2-0): For my money, the hands down winner of “Best Unit You Didn’t Know About” over the first half of the year goes to Temple’s defense. The Owls are one of four teams to allow less than 10 touchdowns to this point in the season, rank fifth in passing defense, sixth in pass efficiency defense, third in turnover margin (3-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio), and are top 20 in yards per attempt allowed, opposing completion percentage, third down defense, and lead the country in red zone defense. East Carolina’s trip to Philadelphia on Nov. 1 is no gimme.last_img read more

On Easter morning Blake Anderson raided the houses of his assistants

On Easter morning Blake Anderson raided the houses of his assistants

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix At Arkansas State, Blake Anderson has preached about creating a family atmosphere since his introductory press conference back in December of 2013. But it’s not just words with Anderson, as this tweet illustrates.Head Ball Coach pulled a pre-dawn raid at Assistant Coaches houses on Easter! Kids woke up to Easter eggs! pic.twitter.com/5elBWaGF5W— A-State Football (@RedWolvesFBall) April 8, 2015 That’s right, on Easter morning (apparently before dawn) the head ball coach raided his assistant coaches homes and woke their kids up to Easter eggs and decorations. Leave it up to a guy like Blake Anderson to be cooking this up before the sun rises.How many other major college head coaches would do something like this for their assistants?Props to coach Anderson on taking the “family environment” every coach talks about and making it a reality in Jonesboro. It’s stuff like this that makes assistant coaches want to stick around when other schools show interest. Well done.last_img read more

Report SEC banks nearly half a billion dollars in 201415

Report SEC banks nearly half a billion dollars in 201415

first_imgThe league is up $382 million from 15 years ago, $344 million from a decade ago, and an unthinkable $165 million from just two years ago. The point here isn’t to belittle the Big 12’s haul – nothing wrong with $25 million per school minus the conference office’s cut, especially considering the numbers don’t include Tier 3 deals like Longhorn Network or OU’s deal with Fox Sports Southwest – but to stand in awe at the SEC’s revenues. Nearly half a billion dollars. Even giving the Birmingham office a full cut, each of the 14 SEC schools will take home north of $30 million this year.And the SEC Network revenues haven’t even fully hit yet, either.While football will always receive the bulk of the attention, this new money will help the rest of the conference’s sports the most. See Mississippi State’s hiring of Ben Howland as its basketball coach, or five of this year’s eight Women’s College World Series participants hailing from the SEC. Look at the explosion of growth of late: SEC reportedly handing out $31.07 million per school and $455m total compared to last year’s record of $20.9/309.6m pic.twitter.com/tTIh2HcJMz— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) May 29, 2015 SEC and Big 12 spring meetings wrap up Friday, with each athletics director bringing home a big Publisher’s Clearinghouse check from this year’s revenue haul. While we don’t know the final figures yet, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy got his hands on this year’s revenue totals:SEC made $455M in revenue, Big 12 “little north of $250M” past year, sources told @ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 29, 2015center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

Dont expect James Franklin to take an NFL job anytime soon

Dont expect James Franklin to take an NFL job anytime soon

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix In an interview with Fight On State – Penn State’s Scout site – Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin was asked how long he expects to stay in State College. It’s a natural question. Franklin is 43 years old and already has a stronger resume than the previous head coach, who left Penn State after two years to take an NFL gig.“You know what’s funny is, I don’t even necessarily think that’s a question for me. I think when you follow Joe, the assumption at Penn State is that the next guy is going to stay here forever, as well. So when that guy leaves (quickly), people are kind of shocked by that. So I think it’s more of a question that people were shocked … that a head football coach at Penn State is supposed to stay 80 years. That’s how we expect it to be done. That’s what we know. That’s what we’re comfortable with,” Franklin told the site. “I’m excited because I’m finally at a place that we can stay and we can build it the right way,” he said. “I’ve never (had) that. I’ve always showed up at a place and it was kind of a mess and then we had to clean up the mess, and right when we got it cleaned up, ended up having to leave to go to the next job for a number of reasons — more than anything an opportunity.”Then again, what do you expect him to say? Does anyone really think the head coach at Penn State is going to tell a Penn State fan site, “Yep, I’m leaving at the first opportunity that comes my way”? I don’t think this is lip service, though. Let’s examine what Franklin said in an entirely different context, this time to a group of young coaches at the AFCA Convention in January: “When I worked for the Packers, my wife and kids never saw the office. Families weren’t allowed up there. My kids are at Penn State every day. It’s important for us and our own families, but we’re raising kids (on our teams). I want them to see me with my family. There are a lot of a–holes in this business.”He expanded on that with Fight On State, explaining how he left skid marks on his way out of Green Bay following Mike Sherman’s firing. “Literally, the press conference for Coach Sherman was at 9:00 (a.m.), him being let go, and I was on a plane flying to Kansas State by 11 and never went back,” he said. “Packed up two bags, got on the plane and went.”Beyond that, Franklin says, he likes coaching – and specifically college coaching – because it provides the opportunity to help him turn boys into men. “I know what (college) did for me,” he said. “I was a really immature kid that didn’t appreciate the value of an education until I went to college, to be honest with you. And I really grew up and matured during my time in college and ended up getting a degree and doing pretty well and then the same thing with my master’s degree. So I know what the game did for me and my family, and the opportunities it created for me, and I wanted to be able to provide that opportunity to other people.”Read the full story here.last_img read more

Video Cincinnati has drastically reduced their concussions with a vision training

Video Cincinnati has drastically reduced their concussions with a vision training

first_imgIn the four seasons before Cincinnati was doing the vision training (2006-2009), Bearcats players suffered a total of 35 concussions. When 2010 started, Cincinnati began their vision training program and in the four years that followed, the number of concussions has dropped dramatically to just 6 in the four year span from 2010-2013.Before the training program, the Bearcats were averaging around 9 concussions per year. With the new program in place, that number has dropped to about 1.5 concussions per year.“What we learned is that if we create an environment, or give them an opportunity to gain strength in their eyes, it increases your peripheral awareness,” associate AD for Sports Medicine Bob Mangine explains in the clip. “Every year we add a new game or a new gimmick, and we went from simply trying to prevent the concussions to, now, trying to improve performance.”Players are doing everything from interactive iPad games for help, to wearing special glasses on the field to help focus and concentration.Take a closer look at Cincinnati’s vision program below. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Every strength training program in the country has a major emphasis geared toward keeping players healthy for the upcoming season.Cincinnati has seemingly found a way to take that a step further with vision testing that is improving players’ peripheral vision. The idea with improving a player’s peripheral vision is that if you can see a hit coming sooner, you can better prepare for it.But does it actually work?last_img read more

Heres your 10pack of nuggets to wrap up Week 2

Heres your 10pack of nuggets to wrap up Week 2

first_img6. And now for a section we’ll call, “Yeah it’s not against the best competition, but….” a. Illinois drubbed Western Illinois 44-0 a week after blowing out Kent State 52-3.b. West Virginia held Georgia Southern and Liberty scoreless through its first six quarters of the season.c. Ole Miss has averaged nearly 75 points and 635 yards of total offense in drubbings of UT-Martin and Fresno State.d. Georgia Tech has averaged 67 points and 457 rushing yards (on 8.47 a carry) in blowouts of Alcorn State and Tulane.e. Texas Tech has averaged 64 points and 8.03 yards per play in wins over Sam Houston State and UTEP.f. Baylor has been very Baylor so far this year, totaling 1,508 yards on 163 plays (9.25 a snap) and 122 total points in wins over SMU and Lamar.g. Boston College has outscored Maine and Howard 100-3. One hundred to three. 7. This week’s happiest locker room in college football belongs to… Oklahoma. The Sooners trailed 17-3 through three at a raucous Neyland Stadium and looked very mediocre in doing so. But the Sooners owned the fourth quarter, using 11 minutes and 19 seconds to move 140 yards on 27 plays to tie the game with 40 seconds remaining. Tennessee opened the scoring in overtime with a crisp six-play drive, and Oklahoma responded with a 4th-and-1 zone-read keeper from the Tennessee 1 by Baker “So Much Freaking Fun To Watch” Mayfield to push to a second overtime. Mayfield hit Sterling Shepard for an 18-yard score to give Oklahoma its first lead of the day, and Zack Sanchez sealed the comeback win with an interception of Josh Dobbs. The following tweets will tell the rest of the story: Baker Mayfield after 3rd qtr: 8-of-25, 84 yds, 2 ints. Mayfield from there: 11-of-14, 103 yds, 3 TDs, plus TD rushing. #Sooners — Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) September 13, 2015 9. Keeping track so you don’t have to: Power Five standingsACC: 0-4 (0-2 vs. SEC, 0-1 vs. Pac-12, 0-1 vs. Notre Dame)Big Ten: 4-4 (3-2 vs. Pac-12, 1-1 vs. Big 12, 0-1 vs. SEC)Big 12: 2-2 (1-1 vs. Big Ten, 1-0 vs. SEC, 0-1 vs. Notre Dame)Pac-12:  3-4 (2-3 vs. Big Ten, 1-0 vs. ACC, 0-1 vs. SEC)SEC: 4-1 (2-0 vs. ACC, 1-0 vs. Big Ten, 0-1 vs. Big 12, 1-0 vs. Pac-12)10. Odds and Ends:a. Georgia State earned its first win ever over an FBS opponent, holding on for a 34-32 win at New Mexico State. A hearty congratulations to Trent Miles and the rest of his program.b. In light of Jay Norvell using Jerrod Heard to spark Texas to a much-needed 42-28 win over Rice, this quote from Malik Jefferson raises an eyebrow: “All the guys wanted to see him play. He’d been held back, like in a prison cell.”c. The biggest win of Florida State’s season came in a Tallahassee courtroom. Dalvin Cook, acquitted of battery charges in August, rushed 30 times for 266 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-14 win over South Florida. It was the second-most rushing yards ever by a Seminole.d. Eastern Michigan earned its first road non-conference win since 1988 with a 48-29 triumph at Wyoming.e. Temple! A week after stuffing Penn State 27-10, Matt Rhule and the Owls won at AAC favorite Cincinnati, 34-26. The Owls should be ranked on Sunday. Their next five games: at Massachusetts, at Charlotte, Tulane, Central Florida, at East Carolina.f. In “The Game Someone Had To Win,” Washington State rebounded from one of the worst FCS losses of the decade to travel cross country to beat Rutgers, 37-34. Washington State blew a third quarter 20-6 lead, only to see Rutgers turn around a blow a 34-30 lead with 1:31 to play.g. You had to leave that Notre Dame-Virginia game feeling awful for both teams. A week after losing starting running back Tarean Folston for the year, the Irish lost quarterback Malik Zaire for the season. Notre Dame outscored two Power Five teams 64-17 over the first seven quarters of its season and is now faced with its umpteenth “rally the troops” moment over the past 25 years. Virginia, meanwhile, led until the final 12 seconds of the game and now sits at 0-2 with Boise State coming to town later this month.h. Steve Spurrier spent his month of July saying, essentially, “If you can talk up Tennessee and Arkansas after 7-6 seasons, then you’ve got to give us some love, too.” Turns out he was right, in exactly the wrong way he intended. After the Vols, Hogs and Cocks went a combined 18-18 in the 2014 regular season, the three are a combined 3-3 with equally bitter defeats on Saturday. We’ve covered Tennessee and Arkansas, but South Carolina’s loss was just as bad. After trailing Kentucky 24-7 at the half, South Carolina fought back to run a game-tying two-point conversion, which was promptly fumbled and returned for two points for the Wildcats. South Carolina’s next drive ended in an interception at the Kentucky 23-yard line. It was Kentucky’s first road win in 23 tries.i. This is why you never go to bed on Saturday nights. Just stay up all weekend.Tanner Mangum did it again! TD #BYU. #MangumStyle https://t.co/gGwHgLTjoS— Stephen Nelson (@Stephen__Nelson) September 13, 2015j. The Mountain West went 0-for-10 this weekend. Go ahead and pencil in the American for that Group of Five bowl bid. Or the top seed in Mid-Major Madness.k. We’re only two weeks in, but it feels like we’ve got a somewhat clear pecking order in the SEC. It’s Georgia and Missouri and everybody else in the East. The West is a little murkier. There’s Alabama on top, then Texas A&M, Ole Miss and LSU (21-19 winners at Mississippi State Saturday night) next, then Arkansas, Auburn and Mississippi State, still capable of beating anyone on any given Saturday but clearly not capable of beating everyone on every given Saturday.And with that in mind, this feels like a good nugget to end on: Ole Miss at Alabama next week. College football, everyone. Even on weeks that are supposed to be light and boring, this sport never lets up. #Sooners first 12 possessions at Tenn: 3 pts #Sooners final 4 possessions: 4 TDs— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) September 13, 2015.@OU_CoachStoops – “In my 15 years, I have never been part of a come back like this.” pic.twitter.com/kbLyxU7NHo — Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 13, 2015 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix 8. #karma. Bret Bielema on Wednesday:“It’s wonderful. I love it. I say that with a smile, as it’s a major statement to the nation. Ohio State has one game on the schedule against a ranked team, we have eight left on the schedule. To get through this conference, it’s unprecedented. Any argument (against the strength of the SEC) is complete nonsense.”Bielema on Saturday:“I’m embarrassed for our fans and the people that traveled today — all the people here in Little Rock that this game means a lot to. It means a lot to us, and to not play well here for the second year in a row is very frustrating and something that I know that we are going to have to correct.”Arkansas rushed for only 103 yards on the day, managing to lose a game in which it posted a 197 yardage edge and doubled Toledo’s first downs. And here we all thought this week was going to be a big, fat letdown after last week’s marquee openers. Here’s a 10-pack of nuggets (which is really like a 37-pack squeezed into 10 points) to wrap up a fantastic Saturday:1. Michigan State holds off Oregon. And, boy, do I mean holds off. After throwing incomplete twice inside of two minutes to go, Michigan State gave the ball back to Oregon with a slight 31-28 and plenty of time for the Combat Ducks to erase it. But Vernon Adams missed a wide open Royce Freeman for what would have been a walk-in, go-ahead touchdown. The Spartans sacked Adams on the next play, then forced him to throw incomplete on 4th-and-16 to hold on for the win.Sparty’s schedule gets pretty breezy from here: three straight at home against Air Force, Central Michigan and Purdue, trips to Rutgers and Michigan, home against Indiana, at Nebraska, then back home for Maryland before that clear-your-schedule Nov. 21 trip to Ohio State. Michigan State – probably – will be undefeated for that one. And while we’re out on this limb, will a one-loss Michigan State with a win over Pac-12 North favorite Oregon and only a loss at Ohio State be enough to get in the Playoff? I’d like my chances if I was Mark Dantonio.center_img No doubt. #HTownTakeover https://t.co/O5fbS17cWH— #HTownTakeover (@UHCougarFB) September 12, 2015 Mike Stoops on Striker’s SEC blast: “What he said was nothing out of the ordinary. Paul Finebaum slanders us every time he’s on radio.”— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) September 13, 2015Oklahoma could single-handedly revive the journalism industry if it played exclusively SEC teams in nonconference. — David Ubben (@davidubben) September 13, 2015 Oh, and there’s this: Michigan State is now 5-1 in its last six games against the AP top 10.2. Coaches, us keyboard jockeys readily admit you know more football than we do. No argument there. But it’s time we had a conversation with some of you.Just before halftime at the Big House, Oregon State faced a 4th-and-3 from Michigan’s 39 trailing 10-7. Instead of going for it, Gary Andersen took a penalty to give its punter more room to work, then couldn’t line up properly and was hit with another penalty.As if karma was determined to teach an immediate lesson, the snap soared over Beavers punter Nick Porbeski’s head, and which he recovered at his own three-yard line. Michigan scored three plays later to take a 17-7 lead into the break. The Wolverines would go on to win 35-7.Andersen, clearly, was looking to make a conservative play and nurse a three-point deficit into halftime. But the numbers universally say the smart, safe, dare I say conservative play there was to go for it.The math says Oregon State punting there was a MUCH riskier play. http://t.co/HiGSKJndfZ pic.twitter.com/czdwoo9lpp— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) September 12, 2015    From the New York Times: Not everyone needs to be Pulaski Academy’s Kevin Kelley (though us scribes would love it if a few of you tried) but it’s time to either listen to the numbers or listen to us keyboard jockeys shout you into oblivion. 3. Execution, execution, execution. With just over three minutes remaining at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Jacksonville State defender Randy Robinson hopped on an Auburn fumble at the Gamecocks’ 13-yard line. Jacksonville State led 20-13. Here’s what happened from there:a. The Gamecocks immediately committed a personal foul, pushing the ball back to their own seven.b. Instead of throwing beyond the sticks on 3rd-and-4 from the 13, Jacksonville State called a run for the third consecutive play on that possession and eighth straight snap overall. It was stuffed for a one-yard gain.c. Punter Harnish MacInnes shanked a 17-yard boot, giving Auburn the ball at the Jacksonville State 31.d. Auburn scored in five plays, tying the game.e. After Daniel Carlson’s kickoff spun out of bounds, Jacksonville State accepted the ball at its own 35 with 39 seconds remaining and one timeout. Instead of targeting receivers Josh Barge or Ruben Gonzalez (a combined 22 grabs for 233 yards on the day), head coach John Grass took a knee.f. In the top of the first overtime, Jacksonville State allowed an Auburn first down in two plays, then forced a 3rd-and-9 at the 13. Tigers quarterback Jeremy Johnson swung the ball to running back Peyton Barber near the line of scrimmage. Barber broke multiple tackles to push the ball to the four yard-line, giving Auburn a drive-extending first down. Barber gave Auburn the lead one play later with a four-yard plunge.g. After inducing a pass interference penalty on Auburn, Jacksonville State achieved a first-and-goal from the Tigers’ eight. A touchdown would extend the game to a second overtime. A touchdown and a two-point conversion would win it for the Gamecocks. Two plays later, on a third-and-goal from the five, Gamecocks quarterback Eli Jenkins took a 16-yard sack, setting up a fourth-and-game from the 21. Jenkins’ heave to Barge was incomplete. Ballgame.Jacksonville State was the better team for much of Saturday afternoon. The Gamecocks outgained Auburn 438-401, held a 28-23 first downs advantage and forced three turnovers. But critical mistakes at unforgiving times (Jenkins also threw an interception in Auburn territory, and kicker Connor Rouleau missed two field goals) sent a deserving Jacksonville State team home empty handed. 4. Uh, Auburn? I’m a big fan of Gus Malzahn and Will Muschamp. Seeing as the Tigers were consensus favorites to win the SEC and reach the College Football Playoff, clearly this is not a one-person fan club. But since beating Ole Miss in Oxford last Nov. 1, the Tigers have lost to Texas A&M at home, been blown out at Georgia, beat Samford, lost a shootout at Alabama, dropped the Outback Bowl to Wisconsin, sneaked by a Louisville team that lost to Houston at home Saturday (more on that later) and then won that game. A trip to Baton Rouge awaits. 5. “If a dog’s gonna bite you, he’ll do it as a pup.” That quote, one of a hundred such gems of backporch wisdom to spill out of the late Darrell Royal’s mouth, was in reference to playing young football players, but it applies equally well to coaches. After watching Michigan hold Oregon State to 9-of-20 passing for 79 yards and outrushing the Beavers 225-59, is there anyone that has a shred of doubt that Jim Harbaugh will turn Michigan around? And of Tom Herman, a winner at come-from-behind winner at Louisville in his second game as head coach? Didn’t think so. When was the last time Michigan broke someone’s will? — mgoblog (@mgoblog) September 12, 2015 .@OU_CoachStoops: “Of all our wins, this was maybe my favorite.” #SoonerMagic pic.twitter.com/1RfyK0ImdM— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 13, 2015Per OU, Bob Stoops is now 25-7 against current SEC programs, including 3-0 over last three seasons. — Zac Ellis (@ZacEllis) September 13, 2015last_img read more

Mondays One Minute Warm Up

Mondays One Minute Warm Up

first_img-I find this just bizarre… Bucs’ GM Jason Licht keeping his promise to go swimming in his suit after each Tampa Bay win. https://t.co/YL6XXTpF4f — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 12, 2015-Many folks want to make a case for Baylor as the #1 team in the country, but those people probably haven’t seen this stat…There are 128 teams in FBS. Through five games Baylor has played the 117th, 121st, 123rd, and 124th best defense, and the 105th FCS school. — RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 12, 2015-This kid got bored at the Fresno State vs. Utah State game over the weekend so he started trolling passerbys. As if getting smashed by #UtahState wasn’t bad enough, this kid trolls #FresnoState fans for the lawls. @RedditCFB pic.twitter.com/F2k69Fl6mh — Andrew A. Ojeda (@AndrewOjeda) October 11, 2015– New York has a membership based coffee shop. $25 a month gets you unlimited coffee, teas, lattes, espressos and lemonades. More places should pick this up, which will ineviteably lead to situations like this…-Nice feature here from Stanford on the culture of their special teams.The best from the weekend:–Your nuggets from the weekend–Steve Sarkisian placed on indefinite leave of absence at USC by athletic director Pat Haden-The Cooper Manning Hour is back, this time with Cam Newton at the spa.-Don’t ask Dabo Swinney about “Clemsoning”–North Texas parts ways with head coach Dan McCarney.-Randy Edsall storms out of his last post game press conference.On tap tonight:Steelers at Chargers – 8:30pm EST – ESPN AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix To get the blood pumping:-Just in case you needed another reason to like LSU running back Leonard Fournette:Fournette told ESPN, about his heavy workload: “I don’t get tired. I sweat.” #LSU— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) October 11, 2015last_img read more

A dualsport student athlete shares The Untold Story about student athlete

A dualsport student athlete shares The Untold Story about student athlete

first_imgWhen it comes to juggling classes, practices, workouts, and sometimes a job, college athletes have a full plate (and then some). Though it’s rare, some student athletes make the decision to take on second sport at the college level as well, complicating matters even more.Richard Carthon is one of those rare two-sport college athletes down at Tulane, playing both football and baseball for the Green Wave, so he knows a thing or two about the sometimes overwhelming time demands student athletes face. Carthon recently took the stage at TEDxTU to talk about the lessons that he has learned being a dual-sport college student athlete, and his message is something that people from all walks of life can take something from.Carthon’s objective in taking the stage was to “be a voice for student athletes,” by sharing his stories and perspective. Below are some of his highlights from the five points he touches on:-Wherever your feet are is where your focus should be“When you’re on the football field, your focus should be on football. When you’re in the classroom, it should be on your studies.”-Remain disciplined so you can be time efficient“I’ve done the math. Every one in this room has 168 hours in a week. But in my week, after you account for eating, sleeping, mandatory and ‘voluntary’ practices, working out, playing games and traveling, studying, going to class, and everything else, on a good day, I have about 3-4 hours of ‘free time. So if I want to take a nap, or just go hang out with friends, I have roughly 3-4 hours a day to get that done.”“Within all of these time constraints, I am expected to be successful by producing results.”“Everyday that I wake up, I make a list of items that I have to get done, and as I check off each of these lists of items, I have a little bit more time for things that I want to do, as opposed to things that I have to do.”-Produce results, not excuses“It’s challenging for my teachers to understand what it’s like to come from a three-hour practice, followed by strength and conditioning, and then go to a three-hour night class and stay alert and attentive. There are no excuses.“My coach doesn’t want to hear about how I stayed up all night studying for a test, or writing a paper, and that’s why I’m going through the motions the next day at practice. Organizations don’t want to hear how I couldn’t attend their meeting because I’ve been averaging three hours of sleep for the past four nights. There are no excuses, they all want results and production.”-Success comes in cans, not in can nots“I am a huge advocate in the power of your word. If I say that I’m going to get something done, it’s getting done. Period.”“One of my life mantras is that you make time for what is important to you, not excuses.”-Build trust with others so you can become a part of the ultimate team“You build trust when you turn a weakness into a strength.”“Building and maintaining trust in your relationships will do nothing but benefit your life.”“Whether you’re and athlete, or just a regular person, it doesn’t matter because when you think about your accomplishments at the end of the day, you don’t think about what you did, you think about what you did with those people. You think about the times and accomplishments you had with the people around you.”We could argue for days about whether college student athletes deserve to be paid, or if they should be able to sign endorsement deals, but put all of that aside for a moment and listen to Carthon’s full message below. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

Nebraska WR coach Keith Williams suspended four games for DUI

Nebraska WR coach Keith Williams suspended four games for DUI

first_imgHe was arrested just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning after being involved in a car accident in downtown Lincoln. His blood alcohol content measured .150, nearly twice the legal limit. This was Williams’ third DUI arrest, but Huskers head coach Mike Riley said this week they were aware of Williams’ past arrests during the hiring process.“Keith has initiated counseling and he has pledged to assist the department, University and greater community in educational and outreach efforts to prevent drunk driving,” Riley said in a statement. “This has been a very difficult week for Keith, for his family, for our football program and for our Husker community. Keith has admitted his error in judgment and completely recognizes the harm that he could have caused with his reckless actions. Since his arrival in Lincoln, he has been an outstanding coach, mentor and leader, and I know that Keith will work hard to move beyond this incident and to regain the trust of those he has disappointed. We continue to educate our student-athletes throughout the year not only on the dangers of alcohol but also on the consequences of bad decision-making and I know that the events from this weekend will serve as powerful reminder of that lesson.”As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest. Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams has been suspended four games for a DUI arrest last week, the Huskers announced Friday.In addition to missing the Huskers’ first four games — Fresno State, Wyoming, Oregon, at Northwestern — Williams will be suspended from team activities without pay through Aug. 31.Williams will earn $400,000 this year, according to the Omaha World-Herald. This two-week suspension will cost him in the neighborhood of $15,000.“Words cannot fully express my deep regret and profound remorse for my actions this past weekend,” Williams said in a statement. “I want to apologize to my family, the Nebraska family, the young men in our football program, Coach Riley, Shawn Eichorst, Chancellor Green and President Bounds for any harm that I may have caused this phenomenal institution. Over the coming weeks, I plan to begin to make amends and to engage in personal counseling to assist in my journey. I understand there is no room for error for me at Nebraska and I am going to work hard every day to prove that I am worthy to represent the Huskers.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

Thursdays One Minute Warm Up

Thursdays One Minute Warm Up

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix To get your blood moving…Today’s motivational quote isn’t really a quote but a passage.The fire is necessary pic.twitter.com/wxDP1XUAja— Terrance Orr II (@COACHORR) September 21, 2016 Here are the throwbacks Texas A&M will wear this week against Arkansas. Classic or boring?Winners aren’t born, they’re molded. Texas A&M will be drenched in tradition on 10.1.16. #12thMan #teamadidas #TAMUvsSC pic.twitter.com/qmwfTKPqTC— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) September 21, 2016The Citadel will take the field in Yeezys this week.Yeezy @adidasFballUS cleats for @CitadelSports #uniswag pic.twitter.com/jiPnpNlsjg— UNISWAG (@Uniformswag) September 22, 2016Here we go again.Longtime sports media execs plan to launch a spring football league by 2018. https://t.co/LxsmyN80t9— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) September 22, 2016Today’s Warm Up is dedicated to the Samuels family and its newest member, Griffen. Congratulations to all.Yesterday at 4:20pm @CKSamuels and I welcomed our first child, Griffen Clark Samuels, into to the world #Blessed pic.twitter.com/1tbUhs1vKv— Doug Samuels (@CoachSamz) September 22, 2016The best from yesterday…College football’s top 10 most impressive teams. So far.The worst thing a coach can do to a player is….“75% of the issues we have were because the athlete was wearing the wrong shoe.”last_img read more

Video Inside the culture of one of the best HS football

Video Inside the culture of one of the best HS football

first_imgCulture is a word that gets thrown around a lot in coaching circles, and it’s a word that encompasses so much, and is so important when looking at the long term success of a program.John Curtis Christian HS (LA) is one of the best football programs in the entire country, and that’s largely because of the culture that has been instilled there by head coach J.T. Curtis and his staff. JC Christian was founded in 1962 by John T. Curtis Sr. In 1969, his son, J.T., took the reigns of the program and went 0-10 while scoring just two touchdowns the entire season. The following year, he led the team to an 8-2 finish, and that’s when the dominance began. J.T. Curtis he hasn’t had a losing season as the program’s head coach since.Curtis has led the program for just short of five decades (2016 marked his 48th leading the program) and he has collected an unheard of 26 state championships while alos accumulating over 540 wins. To put that in perspective, Don Shula retired with 347 wins,, Joe Paterno had 409, and when Curtis hit the 500 win mark in 2011, only one other coach in the history of football had eclipsed the 500-win mark. Much of his staff is made up of his family, including his sons, son-in-laws, and former players who understand the John Curtis way better than anyone.Here, in an All Access Replay, a local station dives into the Curtis family, and the John Curtis Christian way of doing things that has led to so much success over the years. In short, it’s a great look at the culture of one of the most successful, and dominant high school football programs in the country, led by one of the most successful coaches that the game has ever seen. There’s plenty for all of us to learn in here.To close the episode, J.T. Curtis offers the following perspective: “Anytime that you win, people have opinions and conceptions of what they think, and they really don’t know. They really don’t know the inside, they don’t know the work and the dedication and the effort and time that is put in.”“We feel like we give our very best to our players, and we expect them to learn, and to learn how to give their best, and that’s not a natural process. If the only thing that’s of value at the end of the day is a score, then it’s not worth it – it’s not worth the money, it’s not worth the time away from family, it’s not worth all the energy that they put in -but those intrinsic values that we can gain from athletics and from football and from other sports, I think of the value that will make our community, and our country on the right road to being great, and I think that’s what I want people to know.”“That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to develop young people so that they can be great leaders in our community in the future.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

7 questions you should ask before taking another job this off

7 questions you should ask before taking another job this off

first_img2 -Will this new opportunity allow you room to grow both personally and professionally?If I could put my finger on a way that coaches continue to progress in this profession, it’s when they’ve found roles where they are challenged on both a personal and professional level. That can mean anything from switching sides of the ball, to going from a high school head coach or coordinator to a college quality control role to learn more about approaching the game from that perspective, to simply stepping out of a comfort zone in a way that challenges them on a more personal level. The progression of a successful coach isn’t always intern / graduate assistant to assistant coach to coordinator to head coach, many, many, many guys have strayed from that traditional path and found different ways to challenge themselves only to find themselves better off in the long run.3 – Will your opinion be valued?Nothing is more frustrating that being somewhere where your ideas and suggestions aren’t valued, and when that’s the case it’s hard to pour your heart and soul into practice, game planning, recruiting, and the myriad of other things that go into coaching. When your opinion isn’t valued in a game plan, bitterness tends to develop, and that gets passed on to other members of the staff, as well as the kids, and that’s not good for anyone. So bottom line, go somewhere where you feel your opinions will carry value.4 – Does the new staff value family and spending time with them as much as you do?When you’re facing a major decision on whether to take another job and you have family to think of, it’s important to ask whether the new opportunity puts the same type of value on family time that you do and it’s an issue that you all see eye to eye on. If that’s a hurdle, it can make life at home, and at the office, a bit more difficult than it needs to be.5 – Can you make a difference in the lives of student athletes there?We’re all in coaching to make a difference in the lives of young people, so if you’re considering another opportunity, it’s only logical that you ask yourself if you can make a difference in the lives of the student athletes and kids there. If the answer is no, then some serious self reflection needs to be done on the real reasons why you’re considering the job in the first place, and a lot of times the answer may come back for more selfish reasons.6 – Is this in the best interest of your family?With a wife and kids to think of, this will be the first thing that comes to mind for many guys when a new opportunity presents itself, and then a million questions start coming to mind. Can my wife get a job in the area? How far will my salary go with the cost of living in that area? What are the schools like for my kids? What are we going to do for daycare?…and so many more issues that have to be addressed. Moving for a new coaching job impacts so many lives beyond just your own and that certainly needs to be taken into serious consideration. If you’re still young, and unmarried without kids, then you’ll obviously see this one a bit differently.7 – Is it a place, and a staff, you believe in?If you’ve been offered a new opportunity somewhere, chances are that the folks extending the offer have a tremendous amount of belief in you as a person, and as a coach, so before accepting the job you need to ask yourself is it someplace that you believe in, staffed by people you can get behind and go to bat for. This is equally as true at the high school level as it is at the college level where you’ll be convincing kids to spend some of the most formidable years of their lives – so you’ve got to believe in the place and the people as much as they believe in you. That means different things for different roles – for an assistant coaching role that means the head coach, coordinators, for head coaches that means your athletic director and administration, and for coordinators that means head coaches, the AD, and the assistant coaches that will will work with you. Early on in coaching careers is where many coaches learn a variety important lessons that they remember for the rest of their coaching journey. Many of those have to do with taking jobs that maybe they shouldn’t have, or turning down jobs that – in retrospect – they should have taken.As I look back and reflect on my own coaching journey, I came up with 7 questions you should ask before taking another job this off season that may help you in your decision making process.Keep these in mind as new opportunities arise this off season, and beyond.1 – Can you pour everything you have into the new opportunity day in and day out?This may be the single most important question, because if you can’t pour everything you have into a new opportunity, then there’s really no reason to explore things any further. The future of your career personally and professionally depends on it, not to mention that of your family as well. You shouldn’t take another job with the idea that it’s a stepping stone to something bigger and better, because chances are you won’t be able the same amount of effort into it that you would if you treat ever stop like your dream job and final destination. Ask successful coaches and they’ll tell you the same. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

Samoa Incentive with Air New Zealand

Samoa Incentive with Air New Zealand

first_imgAir New Zealand and Samoa Tourism Authority have launched the 2018 Beautiful Samoa Agents Incentive withan opportunity to win one of five prizes. Eligible tickets must be originating from New Zealand to Samoa for travel from 21 September to 31 May 2019.The incentive is valid for tickets issued between 21 September to 18 November 2018 and each bookingneeds to be ticketed for two or more passengers to be in to win.First prize is a seven-night holiday in Samoa for people; second prize is a four-night holiday for two; third prizeis a four-night holiday package for one person; fourth prize is a space on the Samoa Tourism Authority famil in March 2019; and fifth prize is a discounted travel agent industry rate for travel to Samoa during February and March 2019.The famil covers hosted activities, including meals and accommodation. Registrations close on 18 November andthe winners will be contacted no later than 26 November. The more tickets sold the more chances agents have to win.  Check terms and conditions.[Source: Traveink MEMO 25 September 2018, issue 1140]The post Samoa Incentive with Air New Zealand appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

SPM announces the Completion of OceanFront improvements at the Manava Suite Resort

SPM announces the Completion of OceanFront improvements at the Manava Suite Resort

first_imgThe waterfront Manava Suite Resort Tahiti offers guests an even more welcoming and contemporary setting since its reopening on 06 August after almost one year of renovation.The hotel now has an oceanfront restaurant and an expansive bar area overlooking the lagoon and the picturesque island of Moorea.It is ideally located with unobstructed views, where the Taapuna restaurant and bar offer a unique setting to enjoy beverages and light cuisine prepared by our new chef, Angèle Ting.This new contemporary restaurant with Polynesian touches, caters as much to couples, as to families and groups of friends.It also has  a new relaxation beach area with direct access to the lagoon and a couple footbridges that allow  access to the two new enlarged “motu” (islets) with plenty of seating.About the HotelThe four-star Manava Suite Resort is ideally positioned on the western coast of Tahiti Island, in the charming city of Punaauia. This waterfront, resort – which is popular for its range of suites, duplexes and apartments — is within minutes of the popular diving and snorkeling site known as the Lagoonarium and is approximately 15 minutes from historic Papeete – the administrative capital of Tahiti. This 4-star hotel has 2 bars, 2 restaurants offering Polynesian and international cuisine, a boutique, a gym, a Manea Spa and a magnificent infinity pool overlooking the lagoon and Moorea Island.   The rooms  reflect authentic Polynesian décor in a sleek contemporary style.The post SPM announces the Completion of OceanFront improvements at the Manava Suite Resort Tahiti appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Technology and Innovation Seen as a Big Boost to Cultural Tourism

Technology and Innovation Seen as a Big Boost to Cultural Tourism

first_imgSeeking to advance use of innovation and cutting-edge technologies into cultural tourism practices, destinations and products, the International Seminar on Harnessing Cultural Tourism through Innovation and Technology will be held in Hamedan, Iran alongside the 40th UNWTO Affiliate Members Plenary Session (12-14 November 2018).The seminar recognizes the significance of innovation in managing and promoting cultural tourism, which is one of the largest global tourism markets, and the opportunities of integrating innovative governance into the management of cultural tourism destinations. Through disrupting the sector and creating opportunities for improving governance, competitiveness and cultural resource preservation, innovation and technology are instrumental in enhancing cultural tourism development.The seminar will feature three panels, exploring how big data, innovative business models, digital services and marketing, and other new technology can ensure long-term sustainability, profitability and competitiveness for cultural tourism products while preserving their authenticity. The keynote panel will explore how innovation and technology generate new opportunities for, and motivate new players to enter, the cultural tourism sector.An estimated 4 out of 10 tourists choose their destination based on its cultural offering. The conference will explore how this choice is increasingly motivated by intangible factors such as a place’s culture, history, traditions and atmosphere, or its association with famous people, ideas or events.Host city Hamedan, historically home to Iran’s famous scientists and poets, is nowadays known for its rich heritage of handicrafts, namely pottery design. The small town of Lalejin in Hamedan Province was designated the World Pottery Capital by the World Crafts Council on July 2016. Nearby Alisadr, the world’s largest water cave, is another renowned tourist attraction.The seminar, which also spans the UNWTO Affiliate Members’ 40th plenary, is jointly organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Iran Cultural Heritage, Handcraft and Tourism Organization, and Alisadr Tourism Company.Useful links:Conference websiteContacts:UNWTO Communications DepartmentTel: (+34) 91 567 8100 / Fax: +34 91 567 8218 / comm@unwto.orgThe post Technology and Innovation Seen as a Big Boost to Cultural Tourism appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Any activity – large or small – by a port or destination

Any activity – large or small – by a port or destination

first_imgAny initiative by a Port, Terminal Operator, Tourism Board, Attraction, Tour Operator, Ships Agent – or even port association or government – now has a realistic opportunity of winning an award because the criteria by which awards entries are considered has changed.Now any action, any initiative that is considered deserving of recognition qualifies whether it is a port or destination – large or small. Or any action by those businesses that deliver services. Or initiatives by port associations or governments to enhance the cruise offer.Regardless of the number of cruise ship calls you simply need to demonstrate that you have introduced a worthy enhancement to the cruise product.The enhancement can cost virtually nothing due to a change in process or procedure – or it can result from a significant investment that has increased berthing capacity. Any activity that has resulted in an improvement or enhancement qualifies – these could relate to:Operating Procedures – standardisation, improvement, implementationShore excursion enhancements – new products targeting different consumer demographics, revisions of existing products, cruise line interaction, etc.Investment / Development Planning – facility development, cruise and port facilities, venues, PPP incentives, etc.Training & Development – consumer market, travel agent, stakeholders, etc.Marketing – boosting cruise line and/or destination level value through programmesMonitoring & Benchmarking – setting performance indicators for passenger and cruise line satisfactionIntroduction of technology, new processes, etc. to improve cruise tourismThis means that next year’s awards will be given for any action – large or small – by a port or destination, attraction or tour operator or ship agent, or port association or government initiative to attract cruise business.If you are a port or business new to the industry you are not exempt – you simply have to believe that you deserve recognition for what you have done to reach out to the cruise lines.Submissions will be considered by a panel of industry professionals prior to a final selection by a recognised cruise industry executive. All ports and destinations – and tour operators or port agents – port associations or governments that have been chosen as worthy of recognition will be named in the March 2019 edition of Cruise Insight alongside the winners.Please send your 200-300 word submission describing what you have done to deserve an award to chris@cruiseinsight.net.Entries should be received by Friday 14 December 2018.The post Any activity – large or small – by a port or destination, attraction or tour operator, ports association or government can win a 2019 Award appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Solomon Islanders gain Australian qualifications

Solomon Islanders gain Australian qualifications

first_imgA total of 22 Solomon Islanders were awarded Australian qualifications in seven technical and vocational programs, during the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) graduation ceremony in Gizo, on 20 November 2018.As Australia’s flagship technical and vocational educational training (TVET) program, APTC has provided over 1500 Solomon Islanders with internationally recognised Australian skills and qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers.The new graduates received certificates in commercial cookery, electrotechnology electrician, diesel fitting, plumbing, hospitality, youth work, leadership and management, and team leader skillset.While delivering the keynote address at the ceremony, Premier of Western Province, Honourable David Gina, congratulated the graduates on their achievement, and encouraged them to become exceptional role models in their workplaces, homes and communities.The graduation also included 14 women who successfully completed the innovative Team Leader Skillset program, which was delivered by APTC for the first time in Solomon Islands.Hon. Gina acknowledged the support of the Australian Government, particularly in the Western Province, adding that these initiatives meant success and growth for the Solomon Islands economy.He also congratulated the APTC on entering into phase three of its journey.“We commend and support APTC’s tremendous role in delivering high quality, internationally recognised training that ensures Pacific Islanders have improved employment outcomes regionally and abroad while supporting greater investment in skills training and higher quality TVET delivery across the Pacific,” he said.In his closing remarks, APTC Country Director Mr Donald Malasa also congratulated the new graduates and urged them to continue discussing innovative ways of utilising their skills through the APTC Alumni network.The new graduates now join a network of 13,000 Pacific Islands women and men that make up the APTC Alumni.The post Solomon Islanders gain Australian qualifications appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Christmas Special at Natadola Bay Book Your Getaway With Local Rates from

Christmas Special at Natadola Bay Book Your Getaway With Local Rates from

first_imgChristmas Holiday at Natadola Bay! Enjoy your luxury Beach Getaway from FJ$499.Your home away from home for the Christmas holiday start with the ultimate luxury get away to your favourite beach, Natadola Bay.We now have rooms available over the 24th to the 29th of December with your special residents’ rate from $499* for 2 adults and 2 children under that ages of 12 years.Rates include daily buffet at Sanasana Restaurant and 1 hour of non-motorized watersports per person per dayCall us on 673 3455 or email – enquiries.fiji@ihg.com;-   for more information or to reserve your getaway today.[Source, TRAVELink MEMO 11th December 2018, issue 1162]The post Christmas Special at Natadola Bay! Book Your Getaway With Local Rates from FJ$499*! appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

IEs new regional flight

IEs new regional flight

first_imgSolomon Airlines has commenced direct services into far flung Lomlom Island, the largest of the 18 reef islands in Temotu Province in the eastern region of the Solomon Islands archipelago.The one hour and 45 minute flight from Honiara utilises a Dash-8 and is initially operating on a weekly basis. The airline has plans to increase flight frequency in the future.The new service is significant for one of the remotest regions of the country given the potential it holds for both business activities and the development of tourism, says Solomon Airlines manager – commercial, Colin Sigimanu.The post IE’s new regional flight appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Fly From the UK and Europe to Fiji via Hong Kong Singapore

Fly From the UK and Europe to Fiji via Hong Kong Singapore

first_imgFiji the perfect holiday destination, a tropical paradise with over 300 islands right in the heart of the South Pacific. Its home to the happiest people you will ever meet. Enjoy perfect beaches, all-year summer, great diving, luxury resorts, adventures and other island activities you could dream of.Fiji Airways is currently offering special offers on the below.Departing City          Arriving          Child Return                 Adult ReturnLondon                     Fiji                  £704                            £1070                             BOOK NOWSingapore                 Fiji                 SG$389                      SG$645                           BOOK NOW****Singapore to Fiji: Sale ends 28 February 2019Travel Dates:Singapore to Fiji: 21 January 2019 – 30 November 2019Blackout Dates:Singapore to Fiji• Outbound: 25Apr19-02May19• Inbound: 05May19-12May19For further information on our offers click here.Do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.Your Fiji Airways Sales Team Europe.   The post Fly From the UK and Europe to Fiji via Hong Kong, Singapore and Los Angeles. appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more