The focal point: White supremacy

first_imgThe weekend clashes between white nationalist demonstrators and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va., that killed a 32-year-old woman and injured others has reignited long-simmering fears that racist hate groups are resurgent nationally and now may feel emboldened to push their goals publicly.President Donald Trump, whose 2016 campaign was embraced by right-wing groups, drew criticism from both political parties for initially blaming all sides and being slow to explicitly disavow the white nationalists, who included Ku Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis.Bart Bonikowski is an associate professor in Harvard’s Sociology Department and a faculty affiliate at the Center for European Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He studies political sociology in the United States and Europe, with an emphasis on populist discourse and the processes that animate nationalist political movements. The Gazette spoke with Bonikowski about the political implications of the weekend violence.GAZETTE: How do you view the rally and resulting violence that occurred in Charlottesville?BONIKOWSKI: It’s clear at this point that the extreme right has been emboldened by Trump’s campaign rhetoric and policies since he’s come into office. It’s not too much of a stretch to draw a direct line between his discourse and the violence. His campaign focused primarily on anti-immigrant discourse and anti-Muslim rhetoric, but there were numerous dog whistles targeting African-Americans, as well: Comments about inner cities, his use of the phrase “my African-American,” his support for All Lives Matter, and his retweeting of neo-Nazis and failure to condemn [onetime Klan leader] David Duke during the campaign. All of these actions were clear attempts to mobilize two factions: one, everyday racist, ethnonationalist white supporters who are not members of the KKK or the neo-Nazi movement and second, the radical extremists we saw in Virginia.In addition, even the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rhetoric, and to some degree, his populist appeals, have spillover effect that emboldened racist groups. All of that was clearly an attempt to reach out to these factions and build support for his candidacy. And since he’s come into office, President Trump has done a number of things to maintain that base of support — the halting of criminal justice reform, the disempowerment of the civil rights division at the Department of Justice, the threat to investigate affirmative action programs at elite universities — all of these decisions demonstrate commitment to ethnonationalism and embolden extremist movements. What that suggests is that these radical movements are part of his base, and his reaction to the Virginia events demonstrates he wants to continue receiving support from them.(Read Harvard President Drew Faust’s statement on the events in Charlottesville here.)GAZETTE: The conflict itself, the wall-to-wall public attention it garnered, and the president’s brief, middling initial response were celebrated by many white nationalist figures. Was Charlottesville a watershed moment for white nationalist groups politically?BONIKOWSKI: It would be a mistake to say that these movements have been purely fringe prior to the Charlottesville rally. They’ve certainly been sidelined in mainstream politics in recent decades, but they’ve been very active on the ground in various parts of the country — not just the South. They have also been involved in terrorist attacks in the U.S. on numerous occasions. Once in a while, they attempt to gain entry into institutional politics, though usually unsuccessfully. This is all part and parcel of a long-term history of white supremacy in the United States.But during President Trump’s administration, they’ve received greater legitimacy from the most powerful office in the country than they have in many, many decades. They are being actively legitimized by the administration which I think is a watershed moment. Not only is President Trump normalizing them, but they are actively exerting pressure on him to respond to these events in certain ways and to represent their interests. Immediately after one of his late and insufficient responses, David Duke said: Hey, watch out. We got you elected. You better stay true to your promises. And Trump’s subsequent rhetoric was in line with those instructions. So he’s very well aware of the fact that they’re important to his continued support and he’s hesitant to censure them in any way. In contrast, he’s not hesitant at all to rail against many other groups and institutions, including the media and the judiciary.GAZETTE: It appears there’s a resurgence of white nationalist and white supremacist groups in the last few years. Is this ideology growing, and, if so, why now?BONIKOWSKI: Until someone does actual systematic research on changes in the membership, it’s hard to know whether the movement itself is growing. With white supremacists and other extremist movements, much like with radical terrorism of all forms, one of the primary objectives is media attention. So the reason they hold these rallies and the reason these rallies sometimes turn violent is that they want to be noticed because that legitimizes their cause and amplifies their message. That’s exactly what they’re getting. It’s a tricky situation for journalists. On the one hand, giving them attention adds fuel to the fire. On the other hand, ignoring them is a problem because these are odious ideologies that have to be documented and condemned. So how to cover them in the media is a bit of a conundrum. In any case, regardless of whether their numbers are growing, their ideology is certainly getting a lot more attention, which is ultimately what they want. Moreover, in some ways, this is just the tip of an iceberg. It’s all too easy to dismiss these people as a small group of extremists — and they are that — but they’re part of a larger system of racial inequality and domination in the United States. White supremacism and racism in this country runs the full gamut from private views expressed around dinner tables and everyday discrimination all the way through neo-Nazis and the Klan who hold rallies and engage in violence. Trump’s rhetoric and his strategic silence is an attempt to reach out to this wide spectrum of people who hold ethnonationalist and racist views.GAZETTE: A lot of people were disturbed and surprised to see that these white nationalists were mostly young, male, and dressed like suburban dads in tan khakis and golf shirts, not white hoods or studded black leather. Were you surprised to see how unabashedly public this rally was? Does their bland, “fresh face” style suggest something new about their appeal or a strategic approach to expand and push forward?BONIKOWSKI: The fact that many of these people were middle-class white men is not surprising at all. White supremacist groups have long had support among middle-class Americans and not just the poor and uneducated. That’s been the case throughout U.S. history. It also shows that the kind of racial resentment that Trump draws on cannot be fully attributed to economic anxiety. For some supporters it is, but not overwhelmingly and not exclusively. These are people who lead reasonably comfortable lives, but what they perceive as a threat is a change to the demographic and cultural makeup of the country. They have a strong sense of subjective status loss and white victimization. These are long-standing narratives. So the fact that they’re middle class is not surprising. On the other hand, the fact that they’re not wearing masks, that they’re willing to show their faces, suggests that they’re emboldened, and they think that their ideology is seen as legitimate by at least some people, including presumably the administration. This is clearly an effort to demonstrate mainstream appeal.Society in general has seen these groups as fringe and reasonably contained, but not everyone has that experience. African-Americans are often confronted with explicit forms of white supremacy from these kinds of movements, but also more subtle and passive forms of it in everyday life. So it’s probably more of a surprise to the general public than it is to certain communities that have been targeted in the past. The other thing is, my research suggests that Trump’s ability to capture the Republican Party in the primary was partly a result of a tension between cultural cleavages based on popular conceptions of national identity in the U.S. These cleavages are partly about who gets to be a legitimate American. Trump’s rise to power is a result of the successful mobilization of ethnonationalist forms of American identity. If that’s the case, it’s not all that surprising that the most extremist movements would be capitalizing on these developments during his presidency.GAZETTE: How much of this is truly organic, how much is a byproduct of social media amplification, and how much is an elaborate trolling of so-called political correctness, the kind of thing encouraged in online communities like 4chan or Reddit? Is there any way to know?BONIKOWSKI: It’s hard to know how to draw that distinction. Even if some of it is performative, it has very concrete consequences, as shown by the violence and the killing that occurred. But also it has spillover effects to everyday life among people who are not part of the rally. It affects how people interact on the street and in schools, much as Trump’s [campaign] rhetoric may have influenced some people’s beliefs and behavior toward minorities. So the question of how dearly they hold these views, I’m not sure that’s so relevant. In some ways, we could ask the same question about Nazis in the 1930s. How many of them really believed in the ideology, how many of them joined because their friends joined, how many of them were doing it to belong to some sort of community? All of these are interesting pathways from an academic standpoint, but at the end of the day, the movement committed unspeakable atrocities and embroiled the world in a massive war. Here too, there are many pathways toward social-movement mobilization that sociologists have documented, but what matters more in this case are the consequences.In terms of the role of the changing media landscape, these movements existed before social media, but they now have a larger number of channels through which they can disseminate their message and through which they can coordinate their actions. You mentioned 4chan and Reddit and Twitter, of course, but also a number of news or quasi-news online organizations, including Breitbart and Stormfront, that allow this content to be freely shared and easily accessible to the wider public. It seems that the megaphone they have is getting louder and more powerful.What is crucial is how mainstream media and political elites respond to this. And economic elites, as well: CEOs are resigning from the president’s American Manufacturing Council in protest of President Trump’s tepid reaction to Charlottesville. So the onus is on anyone who is seen as an opinion leader, as a thought leader, to unambiguously and explicitly condemn these events and President Trump’s behavior and make clear that this is not an acceptable situation in contemporary United States.The fact that these extremist movements are seeing Trump’s response as supportive of their tactics and their ideology does not bode well for the immediate future. My guess is that we’re going to see more rallies, we’re likely to see more violence and even net of that, I think the everyday lives of African-Americans, of Muslims, of Latinos, of other minorities in this country are likely to get more dangerous because people outside the movement are also emboldened by these extremist actions and the president’s lack of condemnation of them.GAZETTE: Where does the movement go from here? Does the widespread public backlash suggest these groups might dial back their incendiary efforts?BONIKOWSKI: It’s hard to predict the future, but I doubt that this will be the case. As I mentioned, these movements thrive when they receive attention in the media, regardless of whether it’s good or bad. And in this case, they’re getting the media attention as well as support from the president. So, if anything, this is likely to give them an incentive to hold more rallies and become more extremist in their practices.At the same time, what the current moment might produce is a stronger reaction against President Trump’s discourse among Congressional Republicans, among people who have otherwise been willing to turn a blind eye to his previous norm violations. Fortunately, at least some people draw a sharp moral line when it comes to the KKK and white supremacy. Unfortunately, not everyone has been vocal about this, but a number of Republicans have. And so, there’s hope that as a consequence of these events, there will be a greater willingness to censure the president in the future. But again, as we’ve seen in the past couple of months, this all too often consists of little more than statements of dissatisfaction and concern, but no concrete action. We’ll see how things go forward.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

ACE Night gives students glimpse into Catholic education program

first_imgFor the last 25 years, Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) has sent almost 2,000 graduate students to teach in Catholic schools across the country. The program hosted ACE Night on Wednesday, an annual gathering of the current campus ACE interns and staff as well as former ACE teachers, to publicize the program and allow interested students to get a sense of the community feeling that lies at the heart of ACE. The session included talks by former ACE graduates, including Steve Camilleri, current director or the Center for the Homeless, Allie Greene, former rector of Ryan Hall and current assistant director of liturgy of Campus Ministry and Jess Jones, a current ACE participant teaching in Chicago. After the talks, seniors who are currently interning for ACE answered questions from discerning students.“You get to step inside the community for a night and see the warmth,” senior Caroline Rooney, a current ACE intern, said. “You’re overwhelmed by the smell of food and you’re immediately greeted by someone. There’s no one who feels uncomfortable, it’s so welcoming … ACE night was what made me feel connected to the community.”During the two-year ACE commitment, students teach at Catholic schools, take summer classes at Notre Dame and ultimately complete a Masters of Education. Mike Comuniello, current ACE recruiting coordinator, graduated from Notre Dame in 2014 and completed the ACE program in 2016. During his time with ACE, he taught chemistry at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, Florida. As an undergraduate, he attended ACE Night to learn more about the program and said it heavily influenced his decision to apply. “Ultimately it’s a time for students to experience the ACE community at its most full,” Comuniello said. “I think of my own experience of it as an undergrad … I remember looking around and thinking, ‘Notre Dame is full of amazing people and the most amazing of amazing people are in this room.’”Katie Moran, associate program director of ACE and 2015 Notre Dame graduate, said she would describe her experience during an ACE summer program as “full.”“Full not just in the sense of the full schedule — although it is very busy — but also in the sense of the number and the depth of the experiences you have,” she said.Of the 90 or so people who participate in ACE each year, about half are graduates of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s or Holy Cross College. Over 210 universities are represented from all over the country, including students from a variety of majors and nationalities, Comuniello said. Comuniello said he hoped ACE night provided a low-pressure space for students to come to a better understanding of whether or not they are called to participate in ACE.“[The goal is] to help folks realize that whatever they do in ACE, the work that they do is important and it’s going to be meaningful from the get-go, and to help them realize that we are a joyful and fun group of people,” he said. “We are so zealous for this mission and if you find yourself called to serve as a teacher at a Catholic school, we as an ACE staff want to be most helpful in your discernment.”The event itself was, by all accounts, a success, junior and ACE employee Gaven DeVillier and associate program director Erin Rosario said.“I thought the event was incredible,” DeVillier said. “There was a lot of lively presentations and a lot of heartfelt moments from a community that is devoted to dedicating its life and its mission to helping those in need, helping those who don’t get the gifts that many of us get to receive. I thought it was especially beautiful because it was an evening wherein we could all participate in the hope that we can bring something, we can serve these kids in a particular and special way and we can help to transform their lives.”“This event is an opportunity for us to give people a little bit of a taste of what the ACE community feels like here on campus in the summer,” Rosario said. “My role is to be involved with the teachers and support them pastorally, which means to be a spiritual support to them, and a personal support to them, as they go through the experience and challenges of their first and second years of teaching in the program. I think the night was quite poignant in a way because it had a lot of good energy, but it was a little different than its been before because I felt like it had some moments that quieting and allowing people to sit and be a little bit more thoughtful about why they might be interested in teaching in a Catholic school after the graduate … I hope there was an opportunity for folks to explore this option and feel comfortable knowing that whoever they are, they will be accepted in this community.”The application opened in early September and will close Jan. 23. Selected students will interview in February and receive final decisions in early March, Comuniello said. Though most ACE teachers continue to teach, some remain in the education field on school boards, work with education law and policy and are changing the heart of catholic education, Comuniello said. “It all starts with that two-year experience of giving of yourself completely to students and your community and also learning so much about yourself,” he said. Tags: ACE, ACE Night, Alliance for Catholic Education, education, teachinglast_img read more

Shell sets goal of becoming world’s largest power company

first_imgShell sets goal of becoming world’s largest power company FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to become the world’s biggest power company within 15 years, a move that suggests it sees climate change as a bigger threat to its business than electricity’s historically weak returns.The world’s No. 2 oil explorer by market value is spending as much as $2 billion a year on its new-energies division, mainly to grow in a power sector it sees delivering 8 to 12 percent annual returns, according to Maarten Wetselaar, director of Shell’s integrated gas and new-energies unit.“We believe we can be the largest electricity power company in the world in the early 2030s,” Wetselaar said in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Monday. “We are not interested in the power business because we like what we saw in the last 20 years; we are interested because we think we like what we see in the next 20 years.”Investors are putting pressure on companies to protect their business from a shift to lower-carbon fuels, driven by new laws and consumer choices. That pressure is especially acute in Europe, where Norway’s Finance Ministry last week instructed its $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund to divest some oil and gas companies to shield it from a “permanent decline” in crude prices.The region’s biggest oil majors, such as Shell, BP Plc and Total SA, were spared in the decision, partly because they’re bolstering their investments in renewables. Besides Shell’s move toward power, BP has purchased the U.K.’s biggest car-charging company, while Total has bought electricity provider Direct Energie. They’ve also invested in solar and wind-power production.For Shell, the electricity business is still in an experimental phase. Last month, the vice president of its new-energies unit, Mark Gainsborough, declined to estimate when it’ll achieve higher returns, but indicated it will introduce new combinations of power products that are more profitable than those from a traditional utility.More: Shell says it can be world’s top power producer and profitlast_img read more

TaxWatch: Drug courts save money

first_imgIf the Young Lawyers Division is looking for a worthwhile project, Florida TaxWatch has a suggestion: Make sure more drug courts are funded.Harvey Bennett, vice president of communications and marketing, speaking at the YLD Legislative/Governmental Symposium in Orlando, extolled the success of Florida’s drug courts, launched in the late ’80s, now serving more than 10,000 people.“There are tremendous success stories out there on drug treatment,” Bennett said. Besides helping people beat their addictions, he told of the economic benefits.“The alternative often is a jail, a prison sentence, and increased costs to local and/or state government. And drug court programs do work. They save incarceration costs of $20,000 to $50,000 per inmate annually, compared to $2,500 to $4,000 a year for drug court programs. Drug court graduates’ recidivism is at roughly half the rate of non-drug court participants (27 percent and 48 percent respectively).”Rep. Holly Benson, R-Pensacola, and chair of the House Select Committee on Article V, explained, “We support the concept.” The state will still fund existing drug court programs, she said, but the state is not going to fund additional programs. That will be an option for individual counties to fund.Citing a 1999 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bennett said, “Every dollar spent on drug court treatment programs yields a $4 to $7 savings in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice system costs, law enforcement, prosecutions, corrections, as well as health care.”In addition, he said, there are savings from reducing inter-personal conflicts, drug-related accidents, and increasing workplace productivity.“Their discontinuation would likely increase domestic and criminal cases in the long term and correctional expenses in the short time, because those who might otherwise be diverted to alternative programs must now be incarcerated,” Bennett said.“In fact, may I suggest that if the Young Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar would be looking for a constructive way to contribute to our justice system, helping to sustain drug courts, from our research, would be a very good place to start.” TaxWatch: Drug courts save money February 15, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img TaxWatch: Drug courts save moneylast_img read more

Over 1,000 NYSEG customers reported without power

first_imgThe areas most affected by the outages are Broome, Tioga and Chenango Counties. According to the NYSEG Outage Map, some of the power outages were caused by fallen trees, while others were due to weather conditions.  For the most up to date information on power outages in your area, go to the NYSEG Power Outage map. (WBNG) — According to the NYSEG Outage Map, over 1,000 customers are experiencing power outages throughout the Southern Tier on Saturday. Additionally, it is unknown when some areas’ power will be restored, but others have an estimated time of restoration on the Outage Map.last_img

Future of Norwegian uncertain as government denies further aid | News

first_imgOlderKamark departs as Etihad restructures operations The government of Norway has announced that Norwegian will not receive further financial support. With the low-cost carrier having previous states further aid was necessary to maintain operations throughout the Covid-19 crisis, the future of the airline has been thrown into doubt. – Advertisement – “Based on the number of tourists we fly to Norway; we contribute to sustaining 24,000 people in our country and boost the local economy by approximately NOK18 billion per year. “That alone clearly demonstrates that even moderate financial support, would constitute a profitable investment for Norway. How anyone could come to a different conclusion is impossible to understand. “The local travel industry and businesses have again and again emphasised the importance of Norwegian’s route network. “I recently visited all of our four bases in Norway and also met with local politicians and businesses,” said Schram. – Advertisement –center_img The company is now facing a very uncertain future, a statement said.“First of all, I would like to thank of our customers, colleagues, the Norwegian parliament, shareholders, leasing companies, creditors, bondholders, the travel industry and all others who have been supporting Norwegian in these challenging times. “The fact that our government has decided to refrain from providing Norwegian with further financial support is very disappointing and feels like a slap in the face for everybody at Norwegian who is fighting for the company when our competitors are receiving billions in funding from their respective governments,” said Norwegian chief executive, Jacob Schram.- Advertisement – Norwegian has 2,300 employees in Norway and several thousand colleagues in other countries.“It will take time and it will have consequences for the competitive situation in Norway, like we have seen before. “We also notice that airlines across the world that are also dependent on support to survive, are receiving billions from their respective authorities. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Coaches Corner On WRBI Monday Night

first_imgListen to The Sports Voice, Country 103.9 WRBI, Monday Night (10-28) for Coaches Corner with Hall Of Famer, Ron Raver, at Ison’s Family Pizza in Batesville starting at 6.Guests include Chris Deal-Batesville Wrestling, Derek Suits-Batesville Middle School Cross Country, and Eric Heppner-Batesville Football.A big thanks to Ison’s Family Pizza for hosting Coaches Corner.last_img

Cuban coach’s return a priority, says GBA boss

first_imgTHE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) will be aiming for return of Cuban boxing coach Francisco Roldan to Guyana. President of the association, Steve Ninvalle, said that the Cuban’s return is one of four priority areas for GBA while he was in discussion with the recently installed government of Guyana.The 53-year-old Roldan was first brought to Guyana in 2012 by the PPP/C government to assist in the development of local pugilists. His sojourn had a tremendous impact and he was credited with pushing this country to the top of the Caribbean ladder.However, his contract was abruptly terminated in 2015, soon after the APNU/AFC government came to office. However, last year February, through a developmental initiative forged by a partnership between GBA and Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), Roldan returned to Guyana to work with the locals for approximately six months.The Olympic Association had exclusively footed the bill for Roldan’s stay in Guyana. He was then primarily tasked with preparing the country’s boxers for the Pan American Championship.In his first stint in Guyana, Roldan was responsible for preparing fighters for the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships, the South American Youth Games and Pan Am Qualifiers.“We have already placed on the table that Mr. Roldan’s return is of high priority to our association. Our intention is to work with the government and any other stakeholder to make this a reality,” Ninvalle said.Roldan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Culture and Recreation and in Boxing the High Performance Sports. While here, he was primarily supported by AIBA Three Star coaches Terrence Poole MS and Sebert Blake.Boxing has won Guyana its lone Olympic medal. Michael Parris captured a bronze medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow which remains the only Olympic boxing medal won by the English- speaking Caribbean.last_img read more

Trojans take on No. 2 Bruins in crucial test

first_imgWhen it comes to NCAA title hopes and top-ranked opponents, the best rivalry showdown this weekend is being played in the pool, not on the gridiron. Saturday’s matchup between the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team (23-0, 7-0) and No. 2 UCLA (24-2, 6-0) men’s water polo squads is not only a rematch of 2011’s national title game, but could very well be a national championship preview for 2012.Scorer · Senior two-meter Matt Burton is tied for fourth on the team in goals with 21. A USC win this weekend would ensure an undefeated regular season. – Ricardo Galvez | Daily TrojanBoth squads will continue their seasons at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships next week, but there is plenty at stake in a 4:30 p.m. match being televised on the Pac-12 Network.Both squads are undefeated in conference play, which means the winner on Saturday will win the MPSF regular season title and earn the top seed for next weekend’s conference championship. Only the winner of the MPSF tournament is guaranteed a spot in the NCAA championships, making Saturday’s match crucial for gaining a leg up in capturing the conference’s automatic bid. And don’t forget about pride.“It’s why I play water polo,” senior two-meter Matt Burton said about the cross-town rivalry. “The Bruins always bring it, and we’re willing to do whatever we can in order to get that win. It’s pure competition at its best.”Double-digit winning streaks are also on the line: The Trojans are on a 25-game surge dating back to last season, and the Bruins have reeled off 10 in a row.The Trojans defeated the Bruins 7-6 in an early-season matchup, but the seven goals mark USC’s lowest scoring output all season.“We’re going to have to choose our shots a lot better,” sophomore driver Zach Lucas said. “We need to set our teammates up, look for the cross pass, read their defense correctly, and take the shots they’re giving us.”Junior driver Nikola Vavic leads the Trojans with 72 goals, including nine in a 19-4 win over Concordia last weekend and four in the Trojans’ previous defeat of the Bruins. Sophomore driver Kostas Genidounias is the other half of the Trojans’ dynamic scoring duo with 54 goals of his own.A Trojan victory will guarantee the fourth undefeated regular season for USC since the MPSF’s inception, will all but ensure a bid to the NCAA Championships.“If we win this game, we’re in,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said about USC’s chances for an at-large bid in case they lose in the MPSF Championships. UCLA is the only other squad nationally besides USC with less than five losses on the season.The end goal for the squad is an unprecedented fifth-straight national title, but for now all the focus is on a Bruin squad that looks to be peaking at the right time.UCLA utility Josh Samuels has 52 goals on the season to lead a balanced Bruins’ attack that has eight players with more than 20 goals.“They’re a great passing team, and they’re very patient,” Burton said. “We throw every defense in the book at them, but they’re very good at reading drops, reading different zones and have a lot of guys who make really good decisions on offense.”On the other side of the pool, UCLA goalie Matt Rapacz is second only to the Trojans’ tandem in average goals allowed, and had a season-high 150 saves in the two teams’ previous matchup.Vavic, however, insists he is not worried.“No matter how talented, every goalie out there is going to get beat with a good shot,” he said.The teams are more than familiar with each other, and every Trojan knows the Bruins will be out for revenge after USC’s 7-4 victory over their Westwood rivals in the 2011 national title match.“I would hate us,” Burton said. “I would be absolutely sick and tired of us. They want nothing more than to come into our house and absolutely obliterate us.”The USC-UCLA connections are noticeable, both from the coaches’ and the players’ standpoints. UCLA assistant coach Daniel Leyson was an All-American in 1992 at USC under Vavic, and was an assistant coach with the Trojans from 2000 to 2002.More than half of each team’s roster is from Southern California, and most played with or against each other on club teams throughout high school. Relations are friendly most of the year, but everything changes when the two sides face off.“In the water, we don’t talk at all,” Lucas said. “It’s strictly business.”last_img read more

Troubles on the ground in this week’s stock watch

first_img Published on October 8, 2018 at 12:27 am Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+ PITTSBURGH — Syracuse (4-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) dropped an overtime game to Pittsburgh (3-3, 2-1), 44-37, on Saturday at Heinz Field.The Orange struggled to defend the run and didn’t carry the ball particularly well itself. So despite a dominant day from Alton Robinson and a career-long go-ahead kick from Andre Szmyt in the fourth quarter, the Panthers triumphed.Here’s whose stock rose and fell after the weekend.Stock upAlton RobinsonAdvertisementThis is placeholder textRobinson blew up blockers Saturday, forcing two fumbles, sacking Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett twice and picking up two other tackles for loss.On Pitt’s fifth play from scrimmage, freshman wideout Shocky Jacques-Louis took a jet sweep to the right side. Robinson, playing on that edge, shot off the line and smothered Jacques-Louis, knocking the ball out in the process.In the fourth quarter, Robinson collapsed the pocket and raked Pickett down from the front, knocking out the ball out for a sack fumble.Halfway through the season, Robinson has six sacks, tied with teammate Kendall Coleman, and Robinson’s stock continues to rise.Andre SzmytSyracuse’s redshirt freshman kicker has been nearly lights out this season, making 16-of-17 attempts.On Saturday he hit a career-long 54-yard field goal that put Syracuse ahead, 37-34, late in the fourth quarter. He split the uprights twice more,  going a perfect three-for-three.Through six games, Szmyt leads the country in field goals made.Stock downEric DungeyDungey had a pedestrian performance Saturday — 18-for-38 for 195 yards, two total touchdowns and three giveaways. He wasn’t the reason Syracuse lost, but he could’ve been the reason they picked up a conference road win. He wasn’t that either.Dungey’s first interception came on a slant to Sean Riley where Dungey missed a dropping defensive lineman and threw it straight to him.The second pick was a misplaced throw to the end zone on the Orange’s first offensive play of overtime. That ended the game.As a four year starter and a part of ESPN’s Heisman watch for the first part of the season, Dungey wasn’t as good as he can be, and that’s not good enough for SU.Run defensePitt’s top two running backs netted a combined 299 rushing yards. A week before, Travis Etienne led Clemson’s comeback with 203 yards and three touchdowns.Syracuse’s run defense has struggled, letting down an otherwise solid defense. Linebackers have been swallowed up by blocks, or have been out of position, and defensive backs have taken poor angles to stop big runs.But the real issue is poor tackling. Tackles for loss become short gains which become long runs, and eventually touchdowns.Heading into a bye week, fixing the run defense needs to be the top priority.Running the footballConversely to stopping the run, on offense, Syracuse needs to get back to running the football like it did before Clemson.Against Pitt, it seemed like SU would, as Dungey, Dontae Strickland and Moe Neal each averaged more than four yards a carry. Dungey was the only one to eclipse double-digit rushes (13), though, while Neal (9) and Strickland (8) failed to reach that figure.Syracuse consistently got yardage on the ground handing off and keeping the ball in Dungey’s hands. It just didn’t do it all that often.The run game wasn’t bad — SU finished with 177 net yards — and it never seemed to slow as ball carriers churned out 4.2 yards a carry, except when the Orange went away from it.center_img Commentslast_img read more