Haden discusses state of athletic landscape

first_imgIt’s a brisk fall Saturday morning during a bye week for USC, and Athletic Director Pat Haden can be found working out on his treadmill at home, doing what most people expect him to be doing — watching college football.“I bet I spend about 20 hours a week watching games,” Haden said.Every college student might wish they could be as effective of a multitasker as the 62-year-old Haden, who is now in his sixth year as the athletic director of his alma mater.And if the job of juggling 21 intercollegiate sports here at USC wasn’t tough enough, Haden also evaluates the entire college football landscape every week as a member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.Beginning the first week of November, Haden, who along with University of Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez primarily focuses on the Atlantic Coast Conference, will join the rest of the Committee in Dallas, Texas; to produce the first edition of this year’s playoff rankings.“I look at all the teams and rank them according to five or six metrics that I have,” Haden said. “It takes up a lot of time.”If the Trojans are being discussed, though, Haden said that he has to recuse himself from the conversation.“The idea is to get recused a lot because it means they’re talking about your school,” Haden said.The act of maintaining equilibrium in his commitments is nothing new to Haden, who has essentially  been doing so for the majority of his life.During his college-playing days at USC, Haden was a member of two national championship teams and was the Co-MVP of the 1975 Rose Bowl, all while working his way to two Academic All-American honors and graduating from the University magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.Then as a Rhodes Scholar, Haden played professional football for the Southern California Sun of the World Football League for a year, then for the St. Louis Rams while studying economics at Oxford.He was the epitome of the balanced student-athlete, and in his first five years as athletic director he has sought out to put his student-athletes in a favorable position to do the same by prioritizing academia, community service and athletic performance.“In all three areas, we’ve done a lot, and we’re proud of that,” Haden said. “Everything about the University is on an upswing; and we need to be in the Athletic Department as good or try to be better than the rest of the University. That’s what we wake up every morning trying to do, and it’s a real challenge.”Taking care of student-athletes has been a prime concern for Haden during his tenure. USC was the first university in the Pac-12 and second in the country to offer guaranteed four-year scholarships and also spends more money on the additional food benefit for student-athletes than anyone in the conference, according to Haden.“We will do as much as we possibly can for our student-athletes,” Haden said.This seemingly wasn’t the case when Haden was brought in to succeed Mike Garrett back in 2010, which was just the beginning of a tumultuous journey for USC amid the cloud of NCAA sanctions.“I stepped into a bit of mess and felt that we really needed to reboot virtually everything and adopt this mantra of ‘continuous improvement,’” Haden said.Since Haden took over, Athletics has produced 274 first-team All-Americans, 32 individual national champions and 10 team national titles. Meanwhile, he oversaw an increase in GPA, graduation rates and community service, in addition to the building of numerous facilities including the John McKay Center, Uytengsu Aquatics Center and Merle Norman Stadium for beach volleyball, among others.After inheriting the Coliseum’s lease in 2013, the Athletic Department’s next big project is to revamp the historic stadium, according to Haden.Of course, the Coliseum continues to house the No. 17-ranked USC football team. Haden believes the Trojans should be as talented as any team they face this year, but points out the increased talent and depth of the Pac-12 Conference, which has made it difficult for USC to reclaim its status as a perennial powerhouse.“It’s a different era than  a few years ago when there weren’t a lot of good teams in the Pac-12,” Haden said. “I really believe that the Pac-12 South is not going to be decided until the last game of the year.”When asked how many years he has left in the tank as Athletic director, the 62-year-old said that he honestly didn’t have an answer and rather than honing in on any type of legacy, he wants the focus to remain on improving USC Athletics.“I’m not interested in the legacy of Pat Haden,” Haden said. “I want us to continue to improve, and I don’t feel like I need to be remembered for anything. Somebody’s going to take my place and continue to do this job and do it better than I — that’s the idea.”last_img read more

Ding dong battle in Donegal could go into tomorrow!

first_imgIt’s going to be a fascinating battle between outgoing councillors Niamh Kennedy (IND) and Noel Jordan (SF) to see who tops the poll in the six-seater Donegal Municipal District.However, with 19 candidates and a major battle for the final two seats, the count in the John Bosco Centre could run into Monday.It’s safe to say that Kennedy and Jordan are almost home and dry. And the next two seats look set to be filled by the outgoing Michael Naughton (FF) and Barry Sweeney (FG).But, there’s going to be a fierce battle between the outgoing Tom Conaghan (IND), John McNulty (FG), Michael McMahon (SF), Billy Grimes (IND) and outgoing Seamus Maguire (IND) for the final two seats.On the fourth count, just 100 votes separate them. McNulty, however, is not transferring well and admits he’s in a battle.Ding dong battle in Donegal could go into tomorrow! was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kamran, Umar send legal notices to bookie Majeed

first_imgPakistan’s cricketing brothers Kamran and Umar Akmal have sent legal notices to alleged bookmaker Mazhar Majeed for implicating them in the spot-fixing scandal.Their lawyer Saud Nasrullah said that he had dispatched the legal notices to Majeed’s address in the United Kingdom in which the Pakistani bookmaker had been told to either give more details of the involvement of his clients or apologise.”Kamran and Umar are very upset by the allegations made by Mazhar Majeed and believe it is an attempt to defame them and hurt their reputation,” Nasrullah said.”Either he must come up with more details to back his statement that Kamran and Umar were involved with him in spot fixing or he must publicly apologise or face a suit for damages,” he said.Majeed, in a recent video shown on Geo News channel, is heard saying that he has seven Pakistani players working for him.Besides naming the three suspended players, Salman Butt, Muhammad Aamir and Muhammad Asif, Majeed also named the Akmal brothers, Imran Farhat and Wahab Riaz as the players working for him.Imran Farhat has already sent a legal notice to Majeed.Nasrullah said that the Akmal brothers felt that Majeed had tried to misuse his position as the agent for some Pakistani players and bring a bad name to the team.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Copa America failure costs coach Batista Argentina job

first_imgThe Argentine Football Association (AFA), facing an identity crisis in the national game, announced Batista had stepped down after his team were knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-finals nine days ago.”The national teams commission has decided to rescind the contract,” AFA spokesman Ernesto Cherquis Bialo told a news conference.”Batista wasn’t sacked,” Cherquis Bialo said. “(Batista) put his future as the head of the national team up for consideration by the (AFA) executive committee.”Cherquis Bialo also said Argentina’s Aug. 10 friendly against Romania in Bucharest on Aug. 10 had been cancelled.”The coaching staff of Argentina teams at all levels are under evaluation by the national teams commission,” he added.”There are no deadlines, theres no rush, no urgency (to name a new coach) so there will be a process of consideration and study.”National teams director Carlos Bilardo, who as coach steered Argentina to their second World Cup triumph in Mexico in 1986, has also come under scrutiny and risks losing his job.There had been mounting media pressure for the AFA to make a decision to rescue Argentina from years of underachievement with Batista in the eye of the storm after AFA board members questioned his capacity for the job.Batista, 48, had been in charge for a year, initially in an interim capacity after predecessor Diego Maradona was refused a new contract following Argentina’s quarter-final elimination at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.His contract was to take him to the end of the South American qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with Batista vowing to build a team around Lionel Messi, the world’s best player, to win the title.advertisementCopa FailureArgentine team’s failure to win a major title for 18 years costs coach Batista his jobBatista, nicknamed Checho, did not promise to deliver the Copa America but said it was Argentina’s obligation as hosts to win the trophy and he was confident they would, having lost to Brazil in the previous two finals.However, Argentina struggled against tough South American opponents also preparing for the World Cup qualifiers by building their teams from the back in contract to Batista’s stated aim to play in the mould of European champions Barcelona, Messi’s club.His Argentina side had good results in friendlies with wins against world champions Spain, arch-rivals Brazil and Portugal but his competitive debut almost ended in a shock defeat by Bolivia who held them 1-1 in their Copa America opener.Batista, holding midfielder in the 1986 World Cup-winning team, came into the senior job via the Olympic team he steered to Argentina’s second successive soccer gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.With South America’s World Cup qualifiers kicking off in October, the AFA decided an overhaul critics said should have been made a year ago had to be done at once.Argentina have gone 18 years without a major title since their last Copa America victory in 1993 and the youth programme led by former coach Nestor Pekerman that reaped five world under-20 titles between 1995 and 2007 was dismantled.Local media have made Alejandro Sabella, assistant to former Argentina boss Daniel Passarella at the 1998 World Cup and coach of the Estudiantes side that won the South American Libertadores Cup in 2009, favourite to take over.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Bigger roles ahead for Brian Heruela, David Semerad at TNT

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments Brian Heruela. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netAfter spending most their time riding the San Miguel Beer bench for the past several seasons, Brian Heruela and David Semerad are looking forward to playing a more significant role with their new squad TNT.Heruela and Semerad were part of the deal that sent embattled guard Terrence Romeo to the Beermen last month.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “They’ll definitely get more of a chance here there’s no doubt about that. They fit in really well here with what we’re trying to do,” TNT consultant Mark Dickel said after Monday’s practice at Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezon City.Heruela and Semerad are eager to show what they’re capable of something that they weren’t able to do during their time with the Beermen, who relied heavily on their star-studded core of June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross, due to their lack of playing time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 29-year-old Heruela was a third round pick by Blackwater in 2014 but he emerged as one of the Elite’s top players before he was surprisingly traded to the Beermen.“I learned a lot coming from SMB. I’ve matured. To be honest, whether or not it’s a big role, my mindset is to just be physically and mentally ready,” Heruela said. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Far from satisfied, Team Lakay aims to continue success in 2019 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img The 6-foot-4 Semerad has yet to get his break in the pros but his collegiate career at San Beda where he won four championships speaks for himself.“I’m a hustle player. I work hard on defense. I’m working on pick and rolls with the team so I fit in well here,” said Semerad, who joins his twin brother Anthony at TNT.The Semerad twins are teammates for the first time since their collegiate days.The two, along with fellow new acquisition Michael Miranda get their chance to prove themselves on opening day with TNT taking on Barangay Ginebra to usher in the PBA’s 44th Season on Sunday at Philippine Arena.“Whatever it is that I can do to help the team, I’m more than willing to do that,” said much-improved big man Michael Miranda, who blossomed into a dependable role player under Yeng Guiao at NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

Mark Wright Joins Soccer Aid For UNICEF

first_imgMark Wright, TV and radio presenter, shared his excitement on social media today at being picked for Robbie’s England, for the second consecutive time, in this year’s Soccer Aid for UNICEF match on ITV.Following an all-star, man of the match performance at Old Trafford in 2016, where he wowed the crowds with a wonder free-kick and match-winning goal for England, Mark has delightedly announced on his social media channels that he will be back wearing the home team strip, and this time will be taking on Usain Bolt’s Soccer Aid World XI at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday 10th June.Today the British Government also announced it will match all the donations made by the public to Soccer for Unicef pound for pound. This means that for every £1 donated, the UK Government will also donate £1, doubling the difference for children in danger all around the world.International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said: “We are excited to be involved once again this year in what promises to be the biggest Soccer Aid for Unicef to date. The UK Government will match public donations pound-for-pound, meaning that, together, we can double the number of children around the world who will benefit from Soccer Aid.”Mark Wright, England said: “Topping my ‘Man of the Match’ performance and worldie free-kick in Soccer Aid 2016 is going to be hard, but I’m sure I can pull something out the bag. Getting another chance to play alongside football legends is a childhood dream come true, and knowing I’m going to be on the same pitch as Usain Bolt this year is absolutely mind-blowing. What also makes this whole experience bigger and better than ever is that from today your donations to help children in danger around the world will be matched pound for pound. Sunday 10th June at Old Trafford really is going to be a day to remember!”Over the coming weeks, the England vs. Soccer Aid World XI rivalry is set to intensify, with some of football’s biggest legends and celebrities set to join Mark Wright and fellow A-listers Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farah, Robbie Williams, Olly Murs, Gordon Ramsay, Brendan Cole, Joe Wicks, Clarence Seedorf, and Robert Pirès, in what is setting up to be a game like no other.The international friendly match will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June, just four days before the FIFA World Cup in Russia begins. Tickets are on sale now and the game will be broadcast live on ITV. Kick-off scheduled for 20:00 BST.Soccer Aid for Unicef is the original England vs. Soccer Aid World XI charity match. It was launched and co-founded in 2006 by Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes, and has previously featured A-list stars such as Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Mike Myers and Niall Horan, plus footballing royalty including Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 is set to be bigger and better than ever.Unicef, the world’s leading organisation for children, has joined forces with ITV to make the pro-celebrity football match bigger and better than ever, with more potential to raise money and vital support for children in danger. Soccer Aid for Unicef is produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, for ITV.100% of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will be doubled by the UK Government, up to a total of £5 million, and go towards supporting the vital work protecting children around the world. So far £24 million has already been raised through Soccer Aid over the last 12 years.Tickets for the Soccer Aid for Unicef football match on Sunday 10th June 2018 at Old Trafford are available now at www.manutd.com/socceraid or by calling 0161 444 2018 with tickets priced between £10 and £50.last_img read more