Morals over money – Why City ended Alexis pursuit

first_imgTransfers Morals over money – Why Man City pulled out of Alexis Sanchez transfer Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 20:15 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(83) Guardiola and Alexis Getty Transfers Manchester City Premier League Manchester United Arsenal Raheem Sterling Guardiola Kevin De Bruyne Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero A. Sánchez Opinion Much is made of the total cost of a deal to sign the Chilean this month but the fact that his agent went back on his word has been the biggest factor Manchester City’s decision to pull out of the race to sign Alexis Sanchez is based on many factors, but none have proven to be more decisive than the principles of Pep Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain.Much is being made of the total cost of signing Alexis from Arsenal this month, but it is the very fact that the fees began to spiral in the first place that persuaded City to walk away.It is almost irrelevant whether City, or any other team, would have had to pay £40m, £50m, £60m or £70m to sign a 29-year-old with six months left on his contract. The issue became personal, not financial. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goal understands that an agreement was put in place with Alexis and his agent, Fernando Felicevich, many weeks ago. At that stage, the only obstacle for the Blues, as it had been last summer, was negotiating a fee with the Gunners. When Manchester United made their shock move at the end of last week, however, Felicevich informed City that the situation had changed and that more money needed to be paid.Alexis Sanchez, ArsenalThe figures bandied around at the moment suggest United are willing to pay Alexis £400,000 per week in wages and signing-on fee of anywhere between £10m and £20m, as well as between £5m and £10m to the agent. Whether those figures are accurate or not does not matter as far as City are concerned; they pulled out as soon as Felicevich moved the goalposts. It had been his intention to negotiate a new deal with the Blues, but they informed him there and then that there would be no further contact.Guardiola supported the stance, despite the fact he had made Alexis his top target throughout last summer and wanted to bring him in in January, is on board with the decision. Why? Because he had decided that the Chilean’s resolve to play for City had weakened.The forward refused to leave Arsenal for a foreign club last summer and made it clear that he only wanted to move to City but, as soon as he showed an inclination that he would be happy to move to Old Trafford this month – whether for more money, for trophies, for history – Guardiola decided to move on.Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Pep Guardiola Manchester CityIt is a decision which has provoked debate among the City fan-base and beyond. Many insist that the chance to sign a player of Alexis’ quality for a reduced fee should be seized upon.That is what United think, clearly, and even if the total cost of the deal surpasses the £60m City were willing to pay in the summer, it  still represents a good price when compared to the inflated fees that have become the norm since Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain.There are various other considerations to be taken into account, of course, including the fact that City do not want to pay Alexis more than Kevin De Bruyne, who is close to signing a deal that wouldn’t get near £400,000 per week, even if he earns bonuses for winning every team and individual honour in the game.It wouldn’t help City when negotiating new deals with the likes of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, either, or when they try to sign new players in the coming years.City, of course, were ruthless with the deals they completed last summer, paying big fees to secure players identified as vital to the system, such as Ederson, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy. The Blues will pay the going rate when they need to, just as United are ready to do with Alexis. There is nothing wrong with that.But none of those factors matter as much to Guardiola and his director of football as much as the fact that Felicevich went back on his word, and that Alexis is deemed to be less than 100 per cent committed to the cause.It is an approach which may be questioned by some but it is one which has shaped City’s transfer business since Guardiola arrived in 2016.Manchester City Black List PSThat summer, City had agreed a transfer fee with Athletic Bilbao for Aymeric Laporte. Personal terms were agreed and contracts drawn up, but the France international called Begiristain at the last minute to tell him he had had a change of heart.The former Barcelona director was livid, to the extent that it was decided that Laporte will not be considered as a transfer target again, despite the fact he fits the profile of what the Blues are looking for in a defender. City pursued several centre-backs last summer, a year down the line, but never Laporte. A source close to the City board told Goal at the time, “Txiki doesn’t forgive.”That is also the case for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Hector Bellerin. City made approaches to both in 2016 but they did not give the impression they were overly interested. That, too, is enough for a place on Guardiola and Begiristain’s blacklist. Both players were linked to City throughout the 2016-17 season, and even during last summer in Bellerin’s case, but the truth was that they were never being considered because they had already failed to take their chance.There are examples from 2017, too, the most notable being Dani Alves. Unlike Laporte, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Bellerin, it is unlikely the 34-year-old Brazilian will be on the market again anyway, but it is safe to say he is persona non grata around the City Football Academy after turning his back on City to join PSG.Dani Alves PSGHe had agreed personal terms with the Blues, persuaded Juventus to let him leave on a free transfer on the basis he wanted to work for Guardiola one last time, and even met the Catalan for lunch in Barcelona to discuss the club’s plans for the future.The City press office scheduled a formal interview with the press during a pre-season trip to Los Angeles and the official club website had thousands of words written in preparation of his unveiling. If Guardiola looked aggressive when praising Southampton’s Nathan Redmond on the pitch back at the end of November, one can imagine the Catalan’s mood when it emerged that Alves had gone back on his word.It soon emerged that PSG were paying the right-back £230,000 per week, and it was stressed that City were never willing to match that, but just as with Alexis now that misses the point entirely; Begiristain and Guardiola will never consider upping their offer if they feel they are being taken for a ride, or that the player’s heart isn’t in it.The message is simple: if you pass up the chance to join City, you won’t be offered another. Time will tell whether that stance will come back to haunt them in the future, especially as Alexis, one of their most desired players, is on the verge of joining their bitter rivals. But rightly or wrongly, that is how City do business.last_img read more

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Klopp quashes talk of Liverpool complacency

first_imgLiverpool Klopp quashes talk of Liverpool complacency after Man City win Dejan Kalinic 16:30 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JurgenKlopp - Cropped Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Huddersfield Town v Liverpool Huddersfield Town Jürgen Klopp The Reds boss maintains that he has seen no dropping off from his side after the claiming of a prized scalp, despite suffering back-to-back defeats Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed suggestions his team became complacent after their win over Manchester City.Klopp’s side ended City’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season with an exhilarating 4-3 win earlier this month, but have slumped to shock losses to Swansea City and West Brom, the latter seeing them knocked out of the FA Cup, since then.But the German says there have been no signs complacency has become an issue for Liverpool, who visit Huddersfield Town in top-flight competition on Tuesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Nothing in training gave me a sign that the boys misjudged the success or result against Man City, or the performance,” Klopp told reporters.”We are really serious people and we took it, I think, in the right way, but then we had two games and we have to show that we can do better.”Liverpool are still in a top-four fight, sitting two points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham with 14 games left this season.Klopp called on his team to respond to back-to-back losses, saying they were under pressure to get their campaign back on track.”There are a lot of games to play, a lot of big challenges waiting for us and we have to be ready,” he said.”After each defeat, if you learn from it, then it makes a little bit of sense. If you don’t learn from it, then it makes absolutely no sense.”Of course the pressure increases in a situation like this, the pressure we make on ourselves, but that’s how it is.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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A warning to Pogba! How Mou fell out with Casillas

first_imgManchester United A warning to Pogba! How Mourinho fell out with Casillas at Real Madrid Daniel Edwards Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) ‘He should knuckle down and fight harder’@GNev2 says better players than Paul Pogba have been dropped at Man Utd over the last 10-15 years, and that it’s how the midfielder reacts to his current situation that matters pic.twitter.com/LH2fLG0dQR— Goal (@goal) February 25, 2018 Manchester United Real Madrid Manchester United v Chelsea Real Madrid v Deportivo Alavés Chelsea Deportivo Alavés Premier League Primera División The pair’s relationship fell to pieces during Mourinho’s second season at the Bernabeu, with both eventually forced out of the Liga club The story is a familiar one. A love affair between player and manager, soured by on-pitch disputes and made worse by the huge personalities on each side of the divide, eventually making the split irreconcilable. It is particularly familiar for the ever-caustic Jose Mourinho, who looks set to cement his latest football feud in the shape of unsettled Manchester United star Paul Pogba.A mystery illness that kept Pogba on the sidelines at the weekend as the reported storm reached its peak, followed by his benching in Wednesday’s Champions League draw away to Sevilla – although as the fates would have it he would nevertheless play almost 80 minutes thanks to Ander Herrera’s injury misfortune – have only heightened the tension between the pair. And those wondering what this might mean for the midfielder’s future need only ask Iker Casillas what happens when one strays onto the Special One’s bad side.When Mourinho arrived at Real Madrid the goalkeeper was nothing less than a living Bernabeu legend. Newly crowned as world champion following Spain’s World Cup victory in 2010, Casillas was at his peak at the age of 30, and already boasted three Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and, for good measure, a European Championship winners medal in his bulging trophy case. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It should have been a match made in heaven: the world’s best shot-stopper working alongside a coach famous for constructing rock-solid defences wherever he stepped. And to begin with the marriage went swimmingly. After a debut season that served as a transition while Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona captivated the world with their magic, Madrid hit back with their first Liga crown in four years with victory in 2011-12.Inspired by a miserly defence commanded by Casillas and a free-scoring attack made up of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema, the Merengue lost just twice in a season that yielded 100 points. But even at that point, a seemingly innocuous olive branch offered by the goalkeeper to Madrid’s fiercest rivals had already marked the start of a feud that would cast a shadow over the club.Back in August 2011, Casillas and Xavi shared a common concern. “We have to fix this,” the two captains decided, as clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona – with Mourinho often in the thick of the action – were becoming increasingly bitter occasions. For the sake of the Spain national team, and through a series of friendly phone calls, the pair negotiated an uneasy peace for the upcoming Supercopa. They were widely lauded for their diplomacy, for the most part: Mourinho, however, took grave exception to the pact, and considered Casillas’ actions as a sign of weakness and a betrayal of the hermetic, “us against the world” dressing room atmosphere which is such a hallmark of his management style.While that breach of Mourinho’s omerta strained relations, Casillas himself points to the 2012-13 season as the real breaking point. “Our relationship started to fall apart when the team was not playing well,” he explained in an interview held after his Madrid exit.“You know how it is, when things go well we are all tall, handsome and have great hair; when things go badly the problems begin to arise. In the end, that is when you have to stand together.”Weathering storms, however, has never been a trait of the Special One, who prefers the quick fix. As results in 2012-13 failed to match the heights of the previous season and Tito Vilanova’s Barca waltzed to the title, Casillas was singled out as the source of Madrid’s malaise. Just like his predecessor as captain Raul, sold off to Schalke in Mourinho’s very first days at the club, the goalkeeper found his legendary status no protection against the vagaries of the coach’s decisions.The final breakdown came in January 2013. Diego Lopez was drafted in from Sevilla and immediately got the nod as Madrid’s starting keeper, with Casillas relegated to the bench for the first time since he broke into the Merengue XI as a teenager. The decision did nothing to improve results, as Barca walked La Liga by 15 points and for good measure lifted the Champions League; Casillas, meanwhile, watched on forlorn while his replacement picked the ball out of the net four times as Robert Lewandowski and Dortmund put his beloved side to the sword.Casillas GFX“When you spend so long in the same team, people start to get bored of you,” a crushed Casillas explained to El Mundo in 2015 as, two years after Mourinho’s exit, he prepared to leave his boyhood idols for Porto. The goalkeeper regained his starting spot in Carlo Ancelotti’s second season, but nevertheless left through the back door at the Santiago Bernabeu and still holding a grudge against his old foe: “This was an inheritance from the previous era.”Ultimately both Mourinho and Casillas lost their battle of wills, each man slinking out of Madrid far from the glory they had once tasted. The lesson is there for the manager, and Pogba too if he cares to look back at the history books. Mourinho’s feuds have a tendency to hurt everyone involved, and the midfielder may well be mistaken if he believes that whatever problem affecting the pair will simply fade away. If this frosty relationship cannot be repaired lightning might just strike twice, leaving not just Mourinho and Pogba but also the whole of Manchester United on the losing side.last_img read more

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Mendy questions Man City comeback comments

first_imgManchester City Mendy questions bullish Man City comeback comments Jamie Smith 03:14 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Benjamin Mendy Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Manchester City v Manchester United Everton Everton v Manchester City Manchester United Premier League The France international has dismissed a report on the website of the Premier League leaders suggesting that he is closing in on a return to action Benjamin Mendy has distanced himself from quotes suggesting he has targeted the Manchester derby on April 7 for his long-awaited comeback from injury.France international Mendy joined Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders from Monaco last July for a reported £52 million but, after a bright start at the Etihad Stadium, suffered a serious knee injury in September.The 23-year-old left-back initially set the Champions League semi-finals, which begin on April 24, as a realistic date for his return. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But in quotes reported on City’s website on Friday, Mendy indicated he could be back in action for City’s clash with cross-town rivals United three weeks earlier.”The Manchester derby is a realistic aim,” City reported Mendy as saying.”That’s half clear in my mind. I really want to play that game.”However, replying to a City tweet quoting his words, Mendy suggested that may not be the case.Mendy wrote, following a thinking-face emoji: “Hummm not sure where or when I said that but … calm down guys, no rush or pressure it will take as long as I need until I’m 100 per cent.”hummm not sure where or when I said that but … calm down guys, no rush or pressure it will take as long as I need until I’m 100% https://t.co/CRysUTXFhE — Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) March 2, 2018 Mendy made just five appearances for City prior to his injury, but is determined to return this season and play his way into contention for a place in France’s World Cup squad.last_img read more

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Firmino revels in standing alongside Ronaldo & Salah

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool star Firmino revelling in ‘best year’ alongside Ronaldo & Salah Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 16:56 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Roberto Firmino Liverpool Getty Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The Brazil international has taken his game to new heights in 2017-18, with the 27-goal forward now locking his sights on Champions League glory Roberto Firmino admits to enjoying his “best year as a professional footballer” in 2017-18, with the Liverpool forward starring at home and abroad alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.Having never before been prolific, the former Figueirense and Hoffenheim frontman has taken his game to new heights this season by recording 27 goals in all competitions.He has also provided 14 assists in his Premier League and Champions League outings, with those efforts carrying the Reds to a top four finish domestically and a final appearance on the continent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Firmino has always been renowned for his work ethic and boundless energy, but the 26-year-old has added even greater threat to his game this term and is delighted to be holding his own alongside superstar performers at Anfield, Real Madrid and across Europe.He told UEFA’s official website ahead of a Champions League final clash with Madrid: “Am I happy with having scored 10 goals since the start of the group stage? Very, very.“Although I am a little bit annoyed, because I always want more and I am never satisfied. However, you cannot beat yourself up about these things all the time and you must always keep moving forward.“It is my first season in the Champions League and I am one of the leading scorers, alongside Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Mohamed] Salah. This is my best year as a professional footballer.”Firmino added on the challenge facing Liverpool as they endeavour to prevent Madrid from completing a hat-trick of European triumphs: “We know about Real Madrid. They are always winning titles in the Champions League and in the Spanish league too.Roberto Firmino Liverpool best year“I’ve never played against them, but I’ve watched their games and they’re very competitive.“However, this is a final; a one-off game, a one-off moment. They’ll also be up against Liverpool – a team and a club with a great pedigree. We are going to fight until the end.”Victory over the Blancos would land Firmino his first piece of silverware as a senior professional, and he is determined to get his hands on the grandest prize of all.“[It would be] a unique moment,” he said.“It’s a very special trophy. If we’re fortunate enough to be able to win it, it will be a very emotional moment for me and the whole team.“We know the club’s history and we always aim to perform at a high level to try and continue winning trophies.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Di Francesco extends Roma contract

first_imgSerie A Di Francesco extends Roma contract through to 2020 Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 23:09 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eusebio Di Francesco, Roma, Serie A, 13052018 Getty Images Serie A Roma After a positive debut campaign in the Italian capital, the 48-year-old has agreed terms which will keep him in his current role for another two years Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has signed a contract extension to keep him with the Serie A club until 2020.Di Francesco took charge of the Giallorossi in June 2017 on a two-year deal and enjoyed an impressive first season in charge.Roma finished third in Serie A under his stewardship and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, only to be knocked out by Liverpool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I am extremely pleased to be able to continue to this adventure with Roma and our great fans,” Di Francesco told Roma’s official website.”The confidence that the president and the directors have always shown in me makes me very proud, and I hope to repay them all next season with a campaign even more exciting than our last.”Sporting director Monchi added: “The renewal once again demonstrates the great confidence and belief we have always had in our coach.”We are all convinced that together we can aim for new heights and achieve our objectives.””Last summer, when we appointed Eusebio, I went on record as saying that we wanted someone who could come in and get the very best out of our first-team players and also help bring through some of our great young talent,” president Jim Pallotta said.👏👏👏📄 https://t.co/Ieu25IKALs#ASRoma pic.twitter.com/BqAlB4FXei— AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) June 18, 2018″I think it’s clear that he achieved both those objectives in his first season here as coach.”It’s important to have the continuity and stability that Eusebio brings to the project and the contract extension that he has signed is testament to our belief in his abilities to take Roma forward.”last_img read more

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SA State Cup ‘Blacked Out’

first_imgCool and windy conditions failed to deter South Australia’s top Touch Footballers and the first State Cup run in South Australia in five years on the weekend. With modest team entries it was always shaping to be a battle between powerhouse affiliates Adelaide University Touch Club (AUTC) and City Touch. With both clubs represented in both final, they failed to disappoint.When the dust settled however it was the AUTC who came out on top. The AUTC Women’s 27’s demonstrated their experience claiming an exciting Women’s Open title 7-3 over City Touch. With scores locked away at 2-all at half-time, the game was poised for an exciting finish however the AUTC women broke the game open early in the second half and City Touch could not reel them in.In the Men’s Open Final it was again a battle between City Touch and AUTC and again the game lived up to all the hype. Both teams traded blows in the first half and at the main break both sides were locked away at 2-all. In the second half both teams played tight defence which limited the scoring options with each side only able to break through once. At the end of regular time scores were deadlocked at 3-all and the first State Cup Men’s final in five years was headed to a drop off. AUTC then scored within seconds of the restart and managed to hold their nerve for the next set of six, claiming the Men’s Open title.In the Bronze medal match, AUTC Men’s 30’s defeated a gallant Mallee Touch Association 6-4 to claim third position.The final standings were:Men’s Open Champions – AUTCRunners Up – City TouchBronze – AUTC Men’s 30’sFourth – Mallee Touch AssociationFifth – Mount Gambier Touch AssociationWomen’s Open Champions – AUTC Women’s 27’sRunners Up – City TouchThird – AUTC Women’s OpenFourth – Mount Gambier Touch AssociationWith AUTC claiming both divisional titles they also took out the overall champion affiliate for the tournament. Mallee Touch Association capped off their visit to Adelaide, taking home the Country Champion Award.Individual award winners included Sharon Gray (AUTC) Women’s 27’s Most Valuable Player, Sarah Meyerhofer (AUTC) Women’s Open Most Valuable Player and Gino Geracitano (AUTC) Men’s 30’s and Matt Mitchell (City Touch) Men’s Open Most Valuable Player. Josh McCormack (Mallee) was awarded Country Referee of the Tournament, while Indy Garner received the MVP referee award.TFSA Business Operations Manager, Tim Wyld was pleased with the event.“Even though team numbers were down on expectations, this event and weekend has been a resounding success,” Mr Wyld said. “The immediate outcomes from this event include the vast number of referee and coaching assessments and feedback provided over the course of the tournament. This is invaluable to South Australia. Some of the country guys have already mentioned to me that they have learnt a lot about themselves in terms of playing but also refereeing and coaching which is what this event is all about.””The event also made a few more people put their hand up for different roles which is a really positive outcome.”Other outcomes include a number of registrations from (new) participants to trial for SA Heat teams in the coming weeks. Mr Wyld stated he believed the event has reinvigorated many players to participate in representative Touch Football.”Most of the teams I spoke to post event have stated they will be back bigger and better next year which is very heartening indeed,” Mr Wyld said.TFSA would like to acknowledge all of the people that made this event possible and make special mention to Mr Greg West, National Director of Referees, for assisting with the assessment of the referees. To Damien Carlson and the entire network of referees, Mick Gray and Mark Jones for their work performing coaching assessments and Jane Russo and all selectors for their work performing Talent Identification. Finally thank you to the participants and affiliates for your support of this event.Touch Football South Australia looks forward to seeing everybody again at next year’s bigger and better State Cup.Touch Football South Australia also held its Awards Dinner on Saturday, 30 October 2010. Damien Carlson has been honoured as the 2010 TFSA Volunteer of the Year at the 2010 TFSA Awards Dinner. The TFSA Volunteer of the Year is the most prestigious award any volunteer can receive from Touch Football South Australia. Reintroduced in 2010, the award recognises a certain individual who has exceeded the boundaries of their duties and worked tirelessly and far beyond the expectations of others for the betterment of the sport.The recipient of this year’s award epitomises exactly what the award represents. Damien Carlson works tirelessly in his role as South Australia Director of Referees. He coordinates an ever growing panel of referees and oversees all TFSA’s referee courses and assessments. Through his role Damien also organises referees for all TFSA events and he himself actively referees at all tournaments and several affiliates. As a Level 6 referee, Level 3 referee Coach, Level 4 course presenter, Damien is one of the state’s most qualified individuals. Having dedicated many years to developing referees in SA and as a committee member of Botanics Touch Club, Damien Carlson is a very deserving winner of the TFSA Volunteer of the Year.In other award categories, Adelaide University Touch Club was announced as Affiliate of the Year for their innovative family division, which increases junior participation at their Waite competition by enabling children to play with their parents/family under modified rules.The Kildare Reick Scholarships for 2010 were awarded to Mark Jones and Madelaine McGinty. Both Mark and Maddie are current SA Heat Coaches and have assisted office staff on numerous occasions, often at their own expense. The scholarship will be utilised to subsidise Mark and Maddie’s attendance at a predetermined tour (i.e. National Touch League)The Administrator of the Year Award was presented to Gerard Treloar (GT) for his dedication towards re-establishing and growing the Flinders Touch competition and his recruitment of several new volunteers to assist with the management of the competition.The Annual Awards Dinner was held at the Saracens Head Tavern with some 40 people attending the evening. Like the State Cup, TFSA is confident that the awards night will become an annual tradition.TFSA 2010 Annual Award Winners Volunteer of the Year – Damien CarlsonAffiliate of the Year – Adelaide University Touch ClubKildare Reick Scholarships – Mark Jones & Madelaine McGintyAdministrator of the Year – Gerard Treloar.TFSA congratulates all awards recipients on receiving these prestigious awards.last_img read more

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10 months agoMan City threaten Real Madrid plans for River Plate midfielder Quintero

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City threaten Real Madrid plans for River Plate midfielder Quinteroby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are interested in River Plate midfielder Fernando Quintero.The Colombia international has been tracked by Real Madrid since the World Cup and been linked with a January move to Spain.However, Colombia’s Antena 2 says City are also interested in Quintero as manager Pep Guardiola seeks to expand his midfield options.Quintero is on-loan at River from Porto and helped the Argentines win the Copa Libertadores this month.The midfielder has also past experience in Italy with Pescara. last_img

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a month agoChelsea striker Abraham: Let’s take anger out on Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Abraham: Let’s take anger out on Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham says there’s no time to dwell on their Champions League defeat to Valencia.Abraham – who has emerged as Chelsea’s first-choice striker for the first time this season – played down the defeat and immediately looked ahead to Sunday’s game against Liverpool.”(Sunday) is a test of character. We can take our anger out against Liverpool,” he said at Stamford Bridge.”It’s a massive game and both teams will be going to win. We’ll look forward to putting (tonight’s defeat) right.”It’s still early doors (in the Champions League). We’re fuming we lost today. But there’s still five games to go – we just have to win our next five.”We’re obviously disappointed. We didn’t play our best football. Valencia came and stopped us playing the way we wanted so you have to give them credit.”We’re going to have a lot of ups and downs in a season. We’ve got to move on and not dwell on it.” last_img read more

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17 days ago​Leicester boss Rodgers tells Choudhury to ignore Klopp complaints

first_img​Leicester boss Rodgers tells Choudhury to ignore Klopp complaintsby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers does not want to change youngster Hamza Choudhury’s game.The 22-year-old was slammed by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as being a dangerous player.A challenge on Mohamed Salah drew particular ire.But Rodgers defended his midfielder and said he does not want him to lose that tenacity and intensity.”He’s a very honest kid, Hamza,” Rodgers told reporters. “He gets highlighted. He makes challenges and that’s what you want because you can’t tiptoe about an arena like this.”He’ll gain experience, he’s still very young in his game and he’s learning all of the time.”No, he’s not [affected by comments from opposition managers]. That’s something he’ll deal with in his career.”You have to always protect your players but you always have to be honest as well. I didn’t see it as a bad challenge. He’s come into the game to try to see the game through and not be easily bypassed and I think he was unfortunate.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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17 days agoWilfried Zaha insists he’s fully focused on Crystal Palace

first_imgWilfried Zaha insists he’s fully focused on Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha insists he’s fully focused on this season with the Eagles.Zaha, who signed a five-year contract worth £130,000 a week last year, says he is focused on playing for his current club in a bid to hit targets he has set himself, after bagging 10 goals last season. He told BBC Africa, “I’m seeing how it goes. I’m a Crystal Palace player and I’m just trying to perform to the best of my ability for my club.”I’m not thinking about anything else and just taking each day as it comes.”All I can do is perform on the pitch. I’m trying to be a consistent performer on the pitch week in, week out.”Last season I set myself a target of 10 goals and managed to get 10, so I was happy. Hopefully I can reach my goals again – that’s all that’s on my mind.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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8 days ago​Ex-Tottenham coach Allen: Cudicini stopped me punching Wenger

first_img​Ex-Tottenham coach Allen: Cudicini stopped me punching Wengerby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham coach Clive Allen has revealed an incident where he almost punched then Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.Allen was a Spurs player from 1984 to 1988, before going on to become a part of their coaching staff.The 58-year-old recalled an incident in 2011 where Allen was very unhappy with Wenger and had to be restrained by goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.In an extract from his book published in The Evening Standard, Allen said: “I stuck out my hand to shake, but he just walked past me, because he’d lost. That’s the way he is. I chased after him down the tunnel.”‘Come on Arsene!’ I shouted. ‘Are you a man or a mouse? Shake my hand.’ He wouldn’t.”At that point, I lost it. I screamed at him. I was ready to blow. ‘Just because we’ve won for once!'”Just as I went to swing for him, reserve goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini saved the day. He threw his arm over my shoulder.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Vine: Baylor’s Taurean Prince Had A Pass Deflected Into The Basket For Two Points

first_imgTaurean Prince #21 of the Baylor Bears celebrates after a made three-pointer against the West Virginia Mountaineers.WACO, TX – MARCH 5: Taurean Prince #21 of the Baylor Bears celebrates after a made three-pointer against the West Virginia Mountaineers on March 5, 2016 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)Sometimes, when things are going your way on the basketball court, they really go your way. Baylor forward Taurean Prince has 14 points in the first half tonight against Oklahoma State, and two of them came in incredibly lucky fashion.Prince received the ball in the high post and tried to hit an open Rico Gathers under the basket. Oklahoma State big man Mitchell Solomon got his hand on it, and the result was, well.Good night for Prince so far. He’s now scored double-digits in eight straight games.last_img

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JuCo Linebacker Eldridge Thompson Becomes 2nd South Carolina Commit Of The Day

first_imgWill Muschamp and his staff are having a very strong recruiting day. Earlier this afternoon, Shi Smith, a top in-state recruit, committed to the Gamecocks. He is now joined by JuCo linebacker Eldridge Thompson out of Coffeyville Community College.Eldridge is yet to tweet out his commitment, but he retweeted a GoGamecocks.com about the decision.eldridge thompsonWith the commitments in quick succession, head coach Will Muschamp was very quick on the Twitter confirmations.#SpursUp!— Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) June 11, 2016#SpursUp!!— Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) June 11, 2016 South Carolina now has 13 players committed in the 2017 class.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img

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Report: Jamaica 1 USA 3

first_imgDefending champions the United States set up a blockbuster CONCACAF Gold Cup final against rivals Mexico after beating Jamaica 3-1.Goals from Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic sent USA through to Sunday’s decider following a weather-interrupted semi-final in Nashville.After McKennie’s early opener, Wednesday’s game was stopped for one-and-a-half hours due to lightning, but USA were not to be denied when the clash resumed in the 16th minute, with Pulisic doubling the lead seven minutes into the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare USA did concede their first goal of the tournament as Jamaica substitute Shamar Nicholson set up a nervy finale with 21 minutes remaining but Pulisic capitalised on another rebound to make sure of the result in the 87th minute.Goal @USMNT!!! Andre Blake gives a rebound off of Morris’ shot and Christian Pulisic buries it in! 2-0 USA! #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs #JAMvUSA pic.twitter.com/s9ZTamNzY1— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 4, 2019It was a rematch of the 2017 final won by a Bruce Arena-led USA and the hosts burst out of the blocks and were relentless in attack, with Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake preventing a certain goal by somehow denying Paul Arriola from point-blank range in the fourth minute.But USA were not to be denied five minutes later as Bradley picked out Reggie Cannon before Jozy Altidore laid the ball onto the oncoming McKennie, who fired past Blake.However, USA’s momentum was abruptly halted by a lengthy delay due to severe weather in the 16th minute and the temporary suspension aided Jamaica.Jamaica emerged from the delay with renewed energy and looked far more threatening, while the United States were disjoined and lacked rhythm.The half-time interval provided USA with the chance to regroup and the Americans did just that as they moved 2-0 ahead through Chelsea-bound Pulisic in the 52nd minute.Goal Jamaica !!! Shamar Nicholson with the textbook header after a great ball from Leon Bailey! Jamaica cuts the lead in half, 2-1 in Nashville! #JAMvUSA #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs @jff_football pic.twitter.com/pYOGwuKNRZ— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 4, 2019Morris latched onto a McKennie pass and managed to get a shot off, with Blake only parried the ball straight into the path of Pulisic, who tucked away the rebound.After Gyasi Zardes wasted a great chance for USA, Jamaica’s Nicholson headed a Leon Bailey cross into the net to pull a goal back for the 2015 and 2017 runners-up, only for Pulisic to pounce on another rebound with three minutes remaining. Another final for USAAfter the pain of missing the 2018 World Cup, USA’s rebuild under Berhalter continues to gather pace. Mexico stand in the way of back-to-back Gold Cup triumphs in the first final showdown between the nations since 2011.Bradley, McKennie impressIt was a fine team display by USA. Not short of critics, veteran midfielder Bradley was cool and calm in possession with his passing a clear highlight. Schalke’s McKennie, meanwhile, showed why he is so highly rated with a goal and a couple of defence-splitting balls.Jamaica can hold heads highFor much of the game, Jamaica were outclassed. But the Reggae Boyz, despite limited resources compared to their USA counterparts, made it tough for the six-time champions just like they did in the 2017 final. What’s next? USA will look to retain their crown again Mexico in Chicago on Sunday, while Jamaica can look ahead to the CONCACAF Nations League – starting against Antigua and Barbuda on September 6. read morelast_img read more

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GOAT of right-backs! Dani Alves surpasses Cafu as best ever

first_imgWhether he is strutting in his wife’s heels on social media or flying past an unsuspecting opponent on the football pitch, Dani Alves rarely fails to draw attention. The Bahia native, who turned 36 in May, has become something of a cult superstar thanks to his off-field antics, delighting fans with videos of his off-beat – so as not to say wholly insane – behaviour. But it is on the field where Alves really shows what he is made of. At an age where most players are hanging up their boots, he has the drive, talent and fitness to keep pushing himself to the limit – and Brazil, for one, could not be more grateful.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare While the Selecao have been blessed with wonderful right-backs over the years, he might just be the best of the lot, surpassing even a Canarinha legend and multiple World Cup winner like Cafu.On Tuesday, Argentina became the latest team to suffer the wrath of Brazil’s fireball full-back, who gave an impossibly complete performance to inspire his side to victory and the Copa America final. Alves does not just take opponents apart: at his best, he rips the very logic of football to shreds. Right-backs, after all, are not supposed to pop up in the area to finish open play goals – Dani did, charging forward to convert Roberto Firmino’s clever pass earlier in the Copa and seal a 5-0 win over Peru. Right-backs are not supposed to dictate their team’s play, especially when they line up alongside the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Arthur and Roberto Firmino. Nobody thought to tell Alves, that, though, as he prepared to put Argentina to the sword. Nobody on the Mineirao pitch, from either side, made more passes than the veteran’s 80, while with 112 touches of the ball he surpassed by almost 50 Arthur, his nearest challenger in yellow and blue. What other player in his position could complete five dribbles, one of which opened the Argentina defence wide open to set in motion Jesus’ opening goal? Add to that 11 regained possessions, another game-high, and what emerges is the image of a complete, almost perfect performance – even if he was lucky to see referee Roddy Zambrano overlook a wild shove on Sergio Aguero in the area seconds before Firmino hit the second of the night, a decision that sent the usually calm Lionel Messi into a wild fury.”I agree, I also complain about referees,” Alves said after the game in response to his former Barca team-mate’s protests. Lionel Messi Argentina Dani Alves Brazil Dani Alves Brazil 2019“I don’t like to talk about referees, but it seemed he was more nervous than we were.”Watching Alves over the 90 minutes, indeed over the course of this tournament, one would have to look very hard indeed to find any nerves on his part. He is a wonderfully assured presence on the right, who has thrived since Tite took over the national team mantle from dour Dunga in 2016 and restored the dying tradition of Brazil’s marauding full-backs. The Selecao has not always been so kind to Alves. For years he toiled under the shackles of unadventurous, negative coaches who saw him as a loose cannon. He was rotated endlessly with the less spectacular Maicon, bagging a slightly unimpressive – by the standards of Cafu and fellow Brazil greats – trophy haul of a single Copa America title won in 2007 and two Confederations Cup gongs.Dani sat on the bench in frustration as Maicon was torn apart in that infamous 7-1 World Cup humiliation at the hands of Germany in Belo Horizonte. Four years later, a knee injury ruled him out for Russia, surely his final chance of winning the title Brazilians regard as their birthright thanks to five previous triumphs. Indeed, he sits within an exclusive if unwanted group of Brazil greats never to lift the trophy, with the likes of Socrates, Zico and Falcao.It was the cruellest of fates for the star, who at club level has won league titles in Spain, France and Italy as well as three Champions League trophies as part of Barca’s all-conquering team. He also claimed two UEFA Cup titles earlier in his career with Sevilla.But he took it in his stride and now seems hell-bent on delivering success in front of the Maracana faithful on Sunday. “We trust in our play and our own hard work a great deal,” he added to reporters in Belo Horizonte. “There is one more step to achieve the objective we set ourselves from the start, but it is not easy.”Dani PSCafuAlves has rarely had it easy. As the youngest of five children growing up in rural Bahia he would rise at 4 a.m. to help his family collect onions and melons from the fields in searing temperatures, and when food was scarce hunted wild pigeons using traps and slingshots. He even made a 14-second cameo in a Brazilian film, appearing as a boy soldier shot in the heat of battle in exchange for a free meal and five reais (roughly a dollar) he could take home to his family. Alves is no stranger to adversity and is unlikely to feel the pressure when he steps out in front of a baying home crowd to take on Peru for the right to be crowned South American champions.The Copa would also be title number 40 for him, a record in European football – he sits ahead of Maxwell, Ryan Giggs, Vitor Baia and Messi, who has 34 – that speaks volumes of his consistency and impact at the top level.What happens next for the 36-year-old is still a mystery. Alves has already announced that he will not extend his stay at Paris Saint-Germain and is hopeful of finding a new club, with even a return to Barca three years after leaving for Juventus slated as a possibility.Whether that dream comeback materialises or not, he deserves at least one more chance to prove he has what it takes to compete with football’s elite. For while Cafu may have the World Cup medals and a special place in Brazil’s hearts, this wild, hilarious, often outrageous and supremely talented figure has to be mentioned in the same breath as his predecessor at right-back, if not above the great.last_img read more

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Top 2019 QB Recruit Announces His Decommitment

first_imgA general view of Wake Forest's football field.WINSTON SALEM, NC – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons versus Florida State Seminoles at BB&T Field on September 30, 2017 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the rising quarterback recruits in the 2019 class is now back on the market. He’s announced his decommitment.Brendon Clark, a pro-style quarterback out of Virginia, had been committed to Wake Forest since last July. He’s decided to back out of his pledge.His high school announced the news on Twitter.“Brendon Clark had reopened his recruitment and has decommitted from Wake Forrest. Clark visited Clemson this past weekend and has trips planned for Notre Dame and Tennessee in the upcoming weeks. A planned decision will be made on July 4th,” the school wrote.Brendon Clark had reopened his recruitment and has decimmitted from Wake Forrest. Clark visited Clemson this past weekend and has trips planned for Notre Dame and Tennessee in the upcoming weeks. A planned decision will be made on July 4th pic.twitter.com/2BI8ZHgE9B— Manchester Football (@lancer_footbal) June 11, 2018Clark is a three-star quarterback recruit, but he’s starting to get major interest from some elite programs.Clemson and Tennessee have both offered him a scholarship and Notre Dame is expressing interest.He’s ranked the No. 22 pro-style QB in the class, but he could rise up the rankings soon.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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USC Could Be Trying To Flip A 4-Star SEC Quarterback Commit

first_imgOrange Lutheran star quarterback Ryan Hilinski signals to a teammate.The USC Trojans have a quarterback committed in the class of 2019 already. Three-star pro-style quarterback Kedon Slovis, an Arizona native, committed to the Trojans a few weeks ago.It is common for programs to go for just one quarterback per recruiting cycle, and to nail those guys down early. However, USC may not be done recruiting the position for 2019.Today, Clay Helton’s club extended an offer to a fast-rising signal caller from in-state. Orange Lutheran star Ryan Hilinski, brother of former Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, announced that he received an offer from the Pac-12 power today.Humbled to say I have received an offer from The University of Southern California! #FightOn ✌??❤️ pic.twitter.com/urgyBydzJB— Big Bo (@ryan_hilinski) June 12, 2018Of course, Ryan Hilinski has already made his college decision.Back in April, the four-star recruit settled on the other USC: South Carolina. He was already a rising recruit, and that momentum has continued.Earlier today, he got yet another rankings bump. Rivals added Hilinski to its Top 100 recently, which in turn, caused a big jump in the 247Sports composite rankings.He leaped 95 spots, up to No. 71 overall in the class of 2019 in the class. He is the 13th-ranked player in California, and No. 2 among pro-style QBs in the entire class.The Trojans aren’t the only college football power to offer since his commitment. He recently picked up an offer from Urban Meyer and Ohio State football as well. LSU and UCLA are among his other late offers.All of this is enough to make South Carolina fans as nervous about hanging on to him as they are excited about him becoming a Gamecock. He sent out a simple tweet to calm those nerves this evening.???— Big Bo (@ryan_hilinski) June 13, 2018By all accounts, he is solidly a Gamecock right now. He has been helping Will Muschamp’s staff recruit, and that has been going quite well. South Carolina currently has the No. 4 class in the country (No. 3 in the SEC), with six of the 15 commits coming after Hilinski’s decision. That includes the top recruit in the class, five-star defensive end Zacch Pickens.last_img read more

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Dick Vitale Does Not Think Urban Meyer Should Be Fired

first_imgDick Vitale breaks down the NCAA Tournament.We still don’t have an answer from Ohio State regarding whether Urban Meyer is going to keep his job after the Zach Smith scandal, but one prominent ESPN personality seems to be siding with the Buckeyes coach.Dick Vitale, ESPN’s longtime college basketball announcer, does not understand why Meyer should lose his job. In a tweet Friday, he made it clear that he thinks Meyer acted appropriately and should not lose his job as a result.In fact, Vitale doesn’t think that Meyer should even be suspended. He says he reported it up the chain both in 2009 and 2015.“Those asking @OhioStAthletics to fire @OSUCoachMeyer / give me 1 reason y / what has he done to be even suspended ? He gave his superiors info about Zach Smith / police never charged Smith in 2009& 2015 / I don’t see y Urban should be blamed .”Vitale often defends coaches – but there’s usually college basketball coaches. It’s unclear what kind of relationship Vitale has with Meyer.Those asking @OhioStAthletics to fire @OSUCoachMeyer / give me 1 reason y / what has he done to be even suspended ? He gave his superiors info about Zach Smith / police never charged Smith in 2009& 2015 / I don’t see y Urban should be blamed .— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) August 10, 2018Vitale is one of the first ESPN personalities to defend Meyer and declare himself in support of the Buckeyes coach.Meyer is currently on paid administrative leave while the school looks into how he handled 2015 allegations of domestic violence against his former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.last_img read more

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Paul Finebaum Says Urban Meyer Has “Underachieved” At Ohio State

first_imgpaul finebaum talks about urban meyer on espnUrban Meyer is still on paid administrative leave while Ohio State looks into how he handled allegations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. If, at the end of the investigation, Meyer winds up losing his job, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum says the Buckeyes head coach will have “underachieved” during his tenure at the school.Finebaum joined The Roundtable on WJOX-FM Monday morning to talk about Ohio State’s investigation. He also wound up talking about Meyer’s shortcomings during his time as the school’s head coach.To be fair, Finebaum was asked whether Meyer had underachieved. But his answer was not wishy-washy. Here’s what Finebaum had to say. He thinks Meyer blew it in 2015 when the Buckeyes had “the best team in the country” and didn’t win it all.“Urban Meyer has underachieved at Ohio State. Ohio State fans will naturally react to that, but Ohio State fans react to the wind blowing if they don’t like the direction it’s going.You factor in his entire record and yeah, he was dealt somewhat of a bad hand by Gene Smith. Remember, they went to a bowl game during the interim year instead of going ahead and wiping it off, which would have allowed Urban Meyer to possibly compete for the national championship in his first year.So forget that. Move to 2013, all they have to do is finish the game against Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game and they play – instead of Auburn – they play Florida State for the national championship. That’s one.They pulled it off in 2014. But in 2015, not winning the national championship is one of the bigger choke jobs of the modern College Football Playoff era. They had the best team in the country in 2015 and Urban couldn’t see it through his skull to give the ball to Ezekiel Elliott on a rainy day in Columbus against Michigan State. They blew that game. Another championship gone.I think you can figure it out since then. The 31-0 loss to Clemson. Last year, they blew it with a 31-point loss.”We should know in the next few days what Ohio State plans to do with Meyer. It’s going to be a slow week for Buckeyes fans.last_img read more

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