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Likely Orlando hiring unlikely to sit well with Trojan faithful

first_imgDismissed earlier in the offseason by Tom Herman in an attempt to rebuild the Longhorn coaching staff in Texas, Orlando landed a spot as the linebackers coach/assistant head coach at Texas Tech before reports arose of his interest in USC.  As the dust settled and celebrations ceased after the Trojan basketball team’s dramatic 21-point comeback win over a tough Stanford team at Galen Center last Saturday, reports emerged regarding USC’s defensive coordinator search. Weeks after parting ways with Clancy Pendergast following a 49-24 drubbing at the hands of a mediocre Iowa Hawkeyes offense in the Holiday Bowl, the Trojans are now expected to hire Todd Orlando as their next defensive coordinator. On top of all of this, Pendergast’s lack of a grip on recruiting has caused talented local recruits in recent years to slip through the hands of the Trojans, such as current Oregon defensive lineman and former top-ranked recruit Kayvon Thibodeaux and incoming LSU defensive back Elias Ricks among others. Jimmy Goodman is a senior writing about USC sports. His column, “The Point After,” runs every other Thursday. Working as a defensive coordinator at five schools over the past 15 years, Orlando has overseen a fairly boom-or-bust slate of defensive units. According to Bill Connelly’s SP+ rankings, a system by which all FBS units are equally rated based on opponents and game flow to judge defensive efficiency, Orlando has had seven teams finish in the top 27 while six units clocked in at 53rd or worse.  It appears that the only slam dunks coming from USC these days are at the hands of superstar freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu, and while I deeply admire the way that USC basketball has quietly turned into a pacific powerhouse this season, it’s clear that its football counterparts can hardly get an easy win with Trojan fans lately. Despite gaining a reputation for strong initial coaching performances during year one, his defenses have seen a great deal of regression. At Texas, Todd watched as a unit that dominated the Trojans last September and finished that season as the 14th best defense in the nation crumbled due to injury and inflexibility and fell to 68th at the time of his firing in 2019. Possibly the most troubling aspect of the Orlando hiring, however, is the eerie similarities he shares with the departed Pendergast. One of the most important factors in Clancy’s firing was a perceived lack of flexibility and inability to properly develop defensive talent. Running a converted 3-4 defense, Pendergast relied heavily on skilled pass rushers such as Uchenna Nwosu and Porter Gustin, but when the proverbial pass rushing well ran dry, Pendergast did little to adjust.  The Trojan defense, among other issues, has become a middle-of-the-road pass rushing team despite the aggressive approach. Considering the youth and inexperience of the defensive backfield for USC in 2019, this was a death knell. center_img Until then, the easy scores will remain on the hardwood. After publicly failing to lure Los Angeles Rams linebackers coach and former USC assistant Joe Barry to the coordinator job, USC quickly pivoted to Orlando with the hopes of injecting new life into the defense and bringing a new face to a battered Trojan recruiting effort. In many ways, Orlando mirrored this behavior and reputation at Texas. According to Anwar Richardson, beat writer for the Longhorns Rivals site, “Todd Orlando didn’t adjust his defensive scheme to suit the talent, players were not developed, and he was not a high-level recruiter.”  Though he’s certainly not the first choice of many armchair athletic directors — former Seahawks defensive coordinator and Trojan alum Kris Richard was nothing if not the fan favorite — Orlando ultimately appears as another suspect coaching decision for a staff rife with mediocrity and second guessing. That said, it is difficult to argue the merits of fresh blood. For as much as stability, consistency and continuity are great to have in theory, this is a time of upheaval at USC. No one wants a constantly rotating door, but it is clear that the old guard of Heritage Hall is being slowly and painfully churned out in favor of an era of transparency, clarity and — as President Carol Folt and Athletic Director Mike Bohn often point to — integrity. If anything can be sure, the USC fanbase is not sold. As is the case with pretty much anything the Trojans do these days, seeing is believing.  In the simplest terms, this would appear to check every box of what the Trojans should theoretically be avoiding in a Pendergast replacement.last_img read more

Hopeful to qualify for Tokyo Olympics: Dutee Chand

first_img Written By Session ID: 2020-09-09:15a041501a712af1c3bba27c Player Element ID: video_player_5f58287364930 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen WATCH US LIVE “I am steadily improving. Tokyo Olympics is 7 months away and there is enough time for me to get into the groove. This year I had won gold at the Universiade, clocking 11.32 seconds. This time, the Olympic qualification time of 11.15 seconds time is very tough to achieve by Indian standards. But nothing is impossible. I will try my best. So I am preparing myself to improve my timing by 00.17 seconds,” Duttee Chand told Republic TV in an exclusive interview. Suman Ray Sprinter Dutee Chand, the third Indian woman ever to qualify for the most coveted 100 meters in Olympics history, is hopeful of a great season ahead, culminating into her Tokyo Games qualification next year.READ: Will Lewis Hamilton make his move to Ferrari at the end of F1 2020 season?’I am steadily improving’: Dutee Chand Dutee said other things no longer bothered her and she was completely concentrating on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in July next year. “Now the focus is clear. Sprinting in the Olympics for the 2nd time will be a dream come true.”  READ: OJ Simpson waxes lyrical about Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar JacksonDutee Chand’s illustrious careerDutee had won a silver medal in 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta in the Women’s 100 metres finals clocking 11.32 seconds and bagged her second silver at the Asian Games in the Women’s 200 metres final. Her silver in 100 m, was India’s silver medal in this category after 32 years since PT Usha won in 1986. Her 200 metres silver is after 16 years for India since Saraswati Saha’s gold in 2002 at Busan. In 2017, she clinched two bronze medals — in the 100 metres, and 4 × 100 metres relay at the Asian Athletics Championships.READ: International have best shot at rare win in Presidents CupREAD: Anthony Rendon to be presented to Los Angeles Angels’ fans on December 14th LIVE TVcenter_img First Published: 14th December, 2019 22:33 IST COMMENT Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED Last Updated: 14th December, 2019 22:33 IST Hopeful To Qualify For Tokyo Olympics: Dutee Chand Sprinter Dutee Chand is hopeful of a great season ahead, culminating into her Tokyo Games qualification next year SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Semenya says she is ‘unquestionably a woman’

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Caster SemenyaJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South African 800m Olympic champion Caster Semenya on Thursday said she was “unquestionably a woman”, after the IAAF denied reports that it would argue that she should be classified as a biological male.Semenya, 28, issued the statement ahead of a landmark hearing at the Court of Arbitration (CAS) next week that will challenge a proposed rule by the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) aiming to restrict testosterone levels in female runners.“Ms Semenya is unquestionably a woman. She is a heroine and an inspiration to many around the world,” her lawyers said in a statement.“She asks that she be respected and treated as any other athlete.”The rules would force so-called “hyperandrogenic” athletes or those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) to keep testosterone levels below a prescribed amount.The rules were to have been instituted in November 2018 but have been put on ice pending next week’s hearings.Supported by the South African Athletics Federation, the two-time Olympic champion in the 800m (2012, 2016) and three-time world champion (2009, 2011, 2017) has denounced the proposals. “I just want to run naturally, the way I was born. It is not fair that I am told I must change. It is not fair that people question who I am,” she has said previously.“She looks forward to responding to the IAAF at the upcoming CAS hearing,” Semenya’s legal team said, adding that “her genetic gift should be celebrated, not discriminated against”.As well as Semenya, the silver and bronze medallists of the 800m at the Rio Olympics, Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Kenya’s Margaret Wambui, have also faced questions about their testosterone levels.“The IAAF is not classifying any DSD athlete as male,” the IAAF said in a statement. “To preserve fair competition in the female category, it is necessary to require DSD athletes to reduce their testosterone down to female levels.”A CAS spokesman confirmed to AFP on Thursday that the hearing is scheduled for next week in Lausanne from Monday to Friday with Semenya in attendance.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

RVP chooses between Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, Wayne Rooney and Thierry Henry

first_imgAdvertisement 96lgusNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsuy1uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebck9v( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) wk872Would you ever consider trying this?😱185Can your students do this? 🌚k20Roller skating! Powered by Firework Robin Van Persie was asked to choose one option between two in the Champions League studio of BT Sport. The choices Robin Van Persie made, was not very obvious ones and some would certainly hit you hard at the back. He was told to choose between Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson; Wayne Rooney and Thierry Henry.Advertisement Robin Van Persie was asked that who was the biggest influencer of his life as a manager. The star Dutch centre forward chose Arsene Wenger over Sir Alex Ferguson. According to Robin Van Persie, Arsene Wenger was the first manager who saw something in him. Arsene Wenger gave him the confidence that he needed in the initial part of his career. Wenger gave him back to back chances after failures.Advertisement Between Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney in terms of skills, Van Persie chose Thierry Henry. When he asked to choose between the intensity of North London Derby and Manchester Derby, Van Persie said that the intensity of Ajax vs Feyenoord can not match any Derby at all. According to Van Persie, the goal against Aston Villa was more special than the flying header for Netherlands.He also told that the defeat against Wigan Athletic in the Carling Cup Final hurted him more than the defeat in the Champions League final.Advertisement Wilfried Zaha openly calls out media houses on Twitter for twisting his words from an interview  Advertisementlast_img read more