Big East : Strong leadership aids Cincinnati in 2nd year under Jones

first_img Published on October 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Butch Jones opened spring practice last March with a simple message for his Cincinnati team. The head coach told his players the 2011 season would be defined by how they handled adversity.After going 4-8 last year, the players knew all about adversity. And this year, with that experience fresh in their minds, they were ready to overcome the challenges thrown their way.‘They say adversity’s the greatest teacher of life lessons, but if it’s so great how come nobody wants to experience it?’ Jones said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Oct. 17. ‘And we suffered through that last year, and I think we found out a lot about ourselves. I think a lot of leadership was born that way.’Cincinnati emerged from its forgettable 2010 campaign as a different team, reborn after an offseason focused on developing leadership and restoring pride in the program. The Bearcats had won two straight Big East titles under former head coach Brian Kelly — who bolted for the same position at Notre Dame — but dropped to seventh place in the conference in Jones’ first season at the helm. This year, Jones has No. 24 Cincinnati (6-1, 2-0 Big East) believing in his system, and his team grabbed sole possession of first place in the Big East heading into its bye week.The Bearcats impressive start can be attributed in part to an improved defense that ranked last in the conference in turnover margin and scoring defense in 2010. Cincinnati is currently tops in the league in turnover margin and third in scoring defense. For Jones, that turnaround coupled with the team’s high-powered offense — which ranks 11th nationally in scoring — has proven to be the ‘formula for winning’ for UC.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJones said that efficiency on offense and defense has been the difference from last year to this year.‘I think first and foremost, it starts with being a team, so far, that hasn’t hurt itself and beat itself,’ Jones said. ‘And we’ve done a good job at taking care of the football, so we’re not turning the football over, and then we’re forcing turnovers on defense.’The change has also been a result of increased leadership for Cincinnati. The players spent time learning about leadership in a peer intervention program during the offseason, and Jones said everyone from freshmen to seniors is now stepping up.And it shows.South Florida head coach Skip Holtz noticed a difference in the Bearcats from last season on film as he prepared for last Saturday’s game. Holtz saw a Cincinnati team playing with great energy and enthusiasm.‘When a guy makes a play and the way that they’re celebrating together as a team, they’ve really bought in,’ Holtz said in the teleconference Oct. 17. ‘And that’s why I said I think Butch has done a really nice job with this team because they’ve bought in.’With that newfound energy and the same talented players leading the way, Cincinnati has regained its status as a top team in the conference.Charlie Strong and Louisville were the first in the Big East to take on the new and improved Bearcats. The Cardinals jumped out to 16-7 lead at halftime, but Cincinnati came to life in the second half.Bearcats running back Isaiah Pead — who Jones said can take it the distance on every carry — broke off a 50-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to put UC ahead, and the defense shut out Louisville in the second half to secure a 25-16 win.For Strong, the balanced Cincinnati offense led by Pead and quarterback Zach Collaros is tough to keep off the scoreboard. And against the Cardinals on Oct. 15, it was Pead who left his mark.‘We weren’t able to contain him. He ended up with over 100 yards rushing, he got a 50-yard run on us,’ Strong, the Louisville head coach, said in the teleconference Oct. 17. ‘But Pead is an outstanding back and he’s just a workhorse, and the longer the game goes, the stronger he gets.’Against USF last Saturday, Cincinnati’s fate rested on the arm of its quarterback, Collaros. The offense took the field down 34-30 with 1:27 remaining in the fourth quarter, needing to go 70 yards and score a touchdown for the win.Jones said in Monday’s teleconference that his players stayed calm and confident on the sidelines after the Bulls went ahead. With the leadership the team developed in the offseason, the response was exactly what he expected.The head coach said there was no doubt among his players that they would come out on top. And Collaros made sure of that. The quarterback led the Bearcats down the field, capping it off with a 2-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds left to seal the win.Cincinnati is now the lone unbeaten team in conference play and in control of its own destiny. But Jones knows the season is far from over. If his team wants to take back the Big East crown, it has to stay hungry every game and prepared for any adversity that arises along the way.Said Jones: ‘The team that stays injury-free and can focus one week at a time and be able to manage their adversities is going to be the team that wins the conference championship.’[email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more

Super Bowl 53: What the world looked like when Tom Brady won his first ring

first_imgHe might not look like he has aged, but 17 years have passed since Tom Brady first lifted the Lombardi Trophy.It was on Feb. 3, 2002 when the quarterback led the New England Patriots to a 20-17 win over the then-St. Louis Rams and secured the first of his five Super Bowl rings. The NFL might not have changed in some respects – Brady and Pats coach Bill Belichick are still reaching Super Bowls, after all – but the rest of the world is a rather different place.Here, we look at what life was like in 2002 when Brady first became a Super Bowl champion.Maroon 5’s debut album was still in the works and most of the Stranger Things kids had not been bornWhile Brady and Belichick are plotting their halftime adjustments in Atlanta this Sunday, Maroon 5 will be entertaining the crowd as this year’s headline act. The artists formerly known as Kara’s Flowers released their debut album “Songs About Jane” under their current guise four months after Super Bowl 36.— Maroon 5 (@maroon5) January 13, 2019Netflix’s “Stranger Things” is one of today’s most popular television shows, yet the actors that play Eleven, Dustin, Mike and Will were in neither the Upside Down or this world having not been born when Brady first won a ring.At the time, Usher was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “U Got It Bad” while Brady’s buddy Justin Timberlake was still in NSYNC.Only one of the eight Harry Potter films had been released and Frodo Baggins had a long way to go to reach Mordor given the initial instalment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy had just hit screens.LeBron was in high school and the Houston Texans had not drafted anyone or played a gameBelichick has been in charge of 11 games against the Texans – winning 10 of them – yet in February 2002 Houston was still an expansion franchise with a skeletal roster having only signed its first players a few weeks earlier.LeBron James, arguably Brady’s NBA equivalent in terms of current greats, was a household name back in 2002, but as a high-school sensation, with his arrival in the pros over a year away.On this date in 2003… LeBron James made his NBA debut for the @Cavs! #ThisIsWhyWePlay— NBA (@NBA) October 29, 2015The first of swimming legend Michael Phelps’ 23 Olympic gold medals was still over two years away while tennis great Roger Federer had not gone past the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam.New England’s run to the title that year had included a controversial playoff win over the Oakland Raiders who were led then, as they are now, by Jon Gruden. The Euro was in its infancy and the Nokia 3310 was the king of mobile phonesIf Patriots fans in Spain, Italy and Germany wanted to celebrate Brady’s triumph that night, they could still pay for champagne using pesetas, the lira and the Deutsche Mark as they remained legal tender until the Euro was fully adopted later in February 2002.The inception of the iPhone was still years away – Brady had won three rings by the time that first hit the market – so it was Nokia’s 3310, released in September 2000, and its uber-addictive “Snake” game that was all the rage.last_img read more

Man with “Crime Pays” tattoo arrested

first_imgPolice in Terre Haute, Indiana are reporting that they have arrested a man with “Crime Pays” tattooed across his forehead.Donald Murray was arrested Monday after leading authorities on a short car chase in a stolen vehicle.He has since been charged with resisting law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, and auto theft.This is Murray’s second arrest since December.  In December he was arrested for criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement.last_img

Oceanport Chief Graduates from FBI National Academy

first_imgOne of those matters most likely concerns a Dec. 17 incident at the racetrack, in which local authorities responded to a series of gunshots fired near the main gate around 1:30 p.m. No one was injured during the shooting and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is still investigating. Sincethe 1930s, the FBI National Academy has aimed to improve the administration ofjustice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise lawenforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide. Butan economic boom at both sites has led to some “pressing matters” that need tobe discussed, according to Oceanport Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly. Betweenonline and retail sports wagering platforms, the Monmouth Park Sports Book byWilliam Hill has earned approximately $23 million in revenue since opening itsdoors in June 2018. OCEANPORT – Four years ago, the future of Fort Monmouth and the viability of the Monmouth Park Racetrack were questionable. “Iwas down there for about three months, so there’s some things I need to catchup on here and bring back and implement some of the things I learned downthere, in terms of best practices,” Kelly said. “It’s all for the betterment ofthe people in our community. Withmore money circulating at the track’s Monmouth Park Sports Book and more FortMonmouth housing under construction bringing more people to Oceanport, some areconcerned that changes need to be made to public safety. Kellywas a member of the 278th graduating class, which included a select group ofexecutive law enforcement officers from around the globe. The chief said hisclass was composed of representatives from all 50 states, with 37 internationalparticipants. “It’sbasically like going back to college,” Mayor Jay Coffey said. “Chief Kellypretty much earned his master’s in law enforcement and our entire communitywill be better for it because we do have some unique challenges here, such asMonmouth Park, Fort Monmouth and events like the New Jersey Marathon eachspring.” “There’s a lot of changes happening. We’re growing as a town and the police department needs to grow and change with it,” Kelly said. These new challenges prompted Kelly to enroll in the FBI National Academy at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The 10-week program provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication and forensic science. This story originally appeared in the Jan. 16, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Leadersand managers of state, local, county, tribal, military, federal andinternational law enforcement agencies attend the academy. However,participation is by invitation only, by way of a nomination process. Followinggraduation, officers like Kelly are able to join the FBI National AcademyAssociates, Inc., an organization of more than 16,000 law enforcementprofessionals that works to increase standards of competency, cooperation andintegrity. Similarly,since 2016, the opening of 720 new residential units and further retaildevelopment at Fort Monmouth is in full swing, with nearly all of Oceanport’sdevelopable fort land accounted for, according Coffey. That developmentincludes the approval of a New Jersey City University satellite campus on a27-acre parcel formerly known as Squier Hall. Oceanport Police Chief Michael P. Kelly, right, was congratulated by FBI Director Christopher Wray during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony Dec. 20, 2019. Photo courtesy M. Kelly “Theysay only 1 percent of law enforcement gets selected to the program and it’sthat networking opportunity that’s the biggest thing for our department and ourcommunity,” Kelly said. “I now have friends and contacts across the country andin 37 different countries that I can work with a draw knowledge from to contendwith different situations concerning our public safety.”last_img read more

DFDS Buying Ferry Duo to Service New SwedenBelgium Route

first_imgzoomSource: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; Image by: Alicia Fagerving Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has reached an agreement to purchase two freight ferries that will service its new route between Gothenburg, Sweden, and Zeebrugge, Belgium. The company said that the ferries in question are the 2000-built Slingeborg and Schieborg, featuring around 12,500 dwt. The units would be acquired from third party owners for DKK 270 million (USD 40.5 million).VesselsValue data shows that the vessels are operated by the Netherlands-based Wagenborg Shipping.In addition to the two newly-acquired units, DFDS will transferred one freight ferry to the new route from its existing route between Gothenburg and Ghent that currently deploys four freight ferries.The connection between Gothenburg, Sweden, and Zeebrugge, Belgium is expected to begin operating mid June, 2019 and reach revenue in excess of DKK 300 million in 2020, according to the company.DFDS will open the route on the back of a 5-year agreement with the provider of renewable solutions Stora Enso to annually carry around 700,000 tons of paper and board products between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge. Stora Enso has the option to extend the agreement by three years.Separately, DFDS released its first quarter of 2019 financial report, in which it said its revenue and EBITDA increased, while outlook for 2019 remains unchanged with regard to revenue and earnings.Revenue was up by 11% to DKK 3.9 billion driven by the expansion in the Mediterranean and stockpiling in UK ahead of the initial Brexit-date end of March. EBITDA before special items rose by 13% to DKK 677 million driven by the Mediterranean expansion and strong performance in North Sea.Profit for the period dropped to to DKK 120 million, compared to DKK 157 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier.“The continued expansion of our network drives DFDS’ growth in 2019 and beyond. Despite current headwinds in some markets, we are on track to deliver on our outlook for the year,” Torben Carlsen, CEO, said.last_img read more

BAHAMAS Guests enjoy the Changing of the Guard at Government House

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 22, 2018 – Nassau – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band enthralled guests at Government House including tourists, teachers and sixth-grade students during the Changing of the Guard ceremony, Friday, January 19th, 2018.   The historic event included a marching display of precision drills by the Defence Force Band followed by a change of guard at the sentry.In 1958, Dennis Morgan, then director of music for the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, introduced the “Changing of the Guard” at Government House and “Beating of the Retreat” at Christmas.   The Changing of the Guard took place every first and third Saturday of the month during which members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band marched from the Police headquarters on East Street to Government House and performed for 15 to 20 minutes’ display.In 1990, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force assumed the duties of the Royal Bahamas Police Force as Security Guards at Government House.  The 30-minute ceremony is held in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and has become an attraction for tourists and Bahamians.  The ceremony is currently held every second Friday in the month at 11 a.m.The 2018 dates for the Changing of the Guard are:February – 2nd and 16th; March – 2nd and 16th; April – 13th and 27th; May – 11th and 25th; June – 8th and 22nd; July – 6th and 20th; August – 3rd, 17th and 31st; September – 14th and 28th; October – 12th and 26th; November – 9th and 23rd; December – 7th and 21st.Release: BISPhoto Captions:Insert: Students of Nassau Christian School listen as a member of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force speaks to them about the Changing of the Guard ceremony.BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more