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Steve Spurrier Asked About Urban Meyer, Ohio State

first_imgUrban Meyer talking to Chris Leak during a Florida Gators football game.GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 10: Head coach Urban Meyer of the University of Florida Gators talks with quarterback Chris Leak #12 on the sideline while taking on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 10, 2005 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Louisiana Tech 41-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Steve Spurrier turned his alma mater Florida into a college football powerhouse in the 1990s. Urban Meyer picked things up and ran with it, capturing two national championships with the Gators in 2006 and 08.After a successful stint at South Carolina, Spurrier retired, and is back in a role at Florida, which is now coached by Meyer’s former Gators offensive coordinator Dan Mullen.He may have coached against Meyer in the SEC East, but Spurrier is friends with the Ohio State head coach.Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi reached out to the legendary coach to ask about the ongoing situation with Meyer and the Buckeyes. Meyer was placed on administrative leave, as Ohio State investigates what he knew about the 2015 allegations against Zach Smith.Meyer did not move to fire Smith until this year, after it was revealed that his ex-wife Courtney Smith had accused him of domestic violence in October 2015. He admits that he was aware of a domestic incident in 2009 when he and Smith coached at Florida, that occurred when the young couple was pregnant, and said that he and his wife Shelley moved to help the Smiths get counseling.Steve Spurrier is waiting to hear more, as the rest of us are, but expressed his hope that Urban Meyer didn’t know about the Zach Smith allegations ahead of time.From Bianchi’s report:Said Spurrier: “I consider Urban a good friend, I really do. Here’s what I’m hoping and praying happened is that his wife, Shelley, did not tell him about the latest incident in 2015. I guess we’ll wait and see … whether she told him about it. It’s unfortunate that the guy (Zach Smith) was allowed to be on the staff for that long a period of time. Hopefully, it’ll be proven that Urban did not know anything about it, and as soon as he found out about it, he dismissed the guy.”He also mentioned that when he coached, he had a strict “zero tolerance policy” for domestic violence. He believes that should be the standard across college football.“I don’t know if I was the first, but I know I was one coach who told the players up front: ‘If you ever hit a girl or get any sort of domestic violence charge or sexual charge then you’re finished.’ ” Spurrier said. “That was one rule I had that there was no negotiating on. I’ve seen other coaches who would keep players and try to rehab them … but I think it (zero tolerance on domestic violence) should be a rule in all of college football.”In 2014, during the aftermath of the situations with Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and other football stars, Meyer was asked about using those stories as lessons for his players. At that time, he answered affirmatively when asked if Ohio State had a zero tolerance policy for domestic violence.[Orlando Sentinel]last_img read more

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Australia team going to India is not the World Cup squad, says Justin Langer

first_imgAustralia team going to India is not the World Cup squad, says Justin LangerAustralia head coach Justin Langer said there is still a chance for the likes of Steve Smith and Dave Warner to stake their claim for a spot in the World Cup squadadvertisement Asian News International MelbourneFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 16:32 IST Justin Langer reassured Australia players that World Cup spots are still up for grabs (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia travel to India for two T20Is and five ODIs, beginning February 24Justin Langer said that the team going to India may not be the final World Cup squadAustralia will begin their campaign against Afghanistan on Jun 1 in BristolAustralia men’s cricket team head coach Justin Langer on Thursday said the team that will travel to India for the upcoming limited-overs series is not the one that will represent the country at the World Cup 2019.Australia named their squad with significant changes that will take on India for two T20Is and five ODIs, beginning February 24 in preparation for the World Cup.However, Langer said there is still a chance for aspirants to stake their claim for a spot at the prestigious world tournament. He pointed out that there is a five-match series against Pakistan before the team announcement for the World Cup.”Whether you are on this tour or not, there is still going to be spots up for grabs. But the World Cup is going to come up sooner than you know and guys like Steve Smith and Dave Warner are obviously going to bang very hard on the door,” Cricket Australia quoted Langer, as saying.”So there is going to be some competition there, but that is good as there is going to be some guys that need to stay on their toes the entire time and keep playing great cricket every time we play,” Langer said. The five-time champions Australia are ranked at number six on the ICC ODI team rankings. However, Langer is not too concerned if Australia are not among the favourites.”We know there are a lot of good players and there are only 15 spots for the World Cup. If you pick the best team for each game, the future usually looks after itself,” he said.advertisementThe much-awaited World Cup is scheduled to be hosted in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. Australia will begin their campaign against Afghanistan on Jun 1 in Bristol.Also Read | David Saker resigns as Australia’s bowling coach ahead of 2019 ICC World CupAlso Read | Injured Mitchell Starc out as Australia name squad for ODI series vs IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Australia squadFollow Justin LangerFollow Steve SmithFollow David Warnerlast_img read more

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Amtrak says 6 weeks of disruptions for Penn Station repairs

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Rail travellers who have endured delays and cancellations prompted by equipment failures would face about six weeks of significant service disruptions this summer to accommodate repairs at Penn Station, the nation’s busiest rail station, under a plan proposed by Amtrak.Meanwhile, Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s office said Tuesday an agreement has been reached in Congress to boost funding for Amtrak to $1.495 billion for the coming fiscal year, a $105 million increase over last year and the highest total since 2010. A $328 million grant would go toward the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C., which includes Penn Station.Commuters would face delays this summer due to track work around Penn Station, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday. The document describes work scheduled between July 7 and July 25 and again between Aug. 4 and Aug. 28 as causing “significant service impacts” and requiring service adjustments.Those service changes weren’t specified, and the plan is not final. Last week Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman said negotiations would continue this week with the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit, commuter railroads that transport hundreds of thousands of people in and out of Penn Station each weekday.Other work would continue through next spring and would be performed primarily on weekends, according to the proposal.The funding boost would help support the Gateway project to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey and would push money for Northeast Corridor improvements and repair work over $700 million when combined with Amtrak’s profits from that service.Before legislation passed in late 2015, Amtrak had to use its Northeast Corridor profits to support its long-distance service in other parts of the country.Schumer called the funding “a huge win for commuters in the region.”“I’ve already spoken to Amtrak and made it clear, these extra dollars should be used to quickly make the necessary repairs to tracks in and out of Penn Station and advance the critically important Gateway project,” he said.An Amtrak spokeswoman said meetings were held Monday with representatives of the LIRR and NJ Transit and the parties would reconvene Thursday to review the plan.“All groups are working with the common goal of creating service schedules that minimize impact on the travelling public when we do the necessary upgrades to Penn Station,” spokeswoman Christina Leeds said in an email.A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the LIRR, said it was in discussions with Amtrak and would ensure riders’ best interests are represented.NJ Transit Executive Director Steve Santoro said his planning team was trying to determine the scope of the work and its impact on service and customers.Aging equipment has been blamed for recent delays and problems. An April 3 derailment, blamed on weakened wooden cross-ties beneath a portion of track, knocked out eight of the station’s 21 tracks for four days and created widespread delays for commuters and travellers up and down Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.Amtrak’s replacement of tracks and other equipment, much of which dates to the 1970s, initially was scheduled to be completed over a two- or three-year period, mainly during off hours. But the recent problems prompted Amtrak to speed up that timetable.Some New Jersey legislators on Tuesday criticized the plan for not taking advantage of the July 4th and Labor Day weekends to minimize the impact on commuters.“New Jersey commuters endured a week of massive overcrowding and unacceptable delays in the week following the April 3 Amtrak derailment when eight tracks were shut down,” Democratic Sen. Bob Gordon said in a statement. “We can’t expect them to suffer through an entire summer like that.” Amtrak says 6 weeks of disruptions for Penn Station repairs by David Porter, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2017 8:44 am MDT Last Updated May 2, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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