September 22

Enyeama ‘gatecrashes’ Eagles’ camp

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Former Super Eagles’ goalkeeper and captain, Vincent Enyeama, was a surprise guest at the camp of the national football team, Super Eagles, in Uyo on Friday. Enyeama, who retired from the national team duties in 2015, was at the Super Eagles’ Ibom GolfHotel and Resorts camp to motivate the players. The former Lille of France goalkeeper also took a couple of pictures with the three goalkeepers and the goalkeepers’ trainer, Alloy Agu, in camp. Shortly after the visit, Enyeama, who led the Nigerian side to win AFCON 2013 in South Africa, took to Twitter, saying: “What an honour to share this moment with the Super Eagles at the Ibom Golf Hotel and Resorts. “I was on my way to playing an 18 hole matchplay game. “Wishing them the very best in their next match. “The future is bright for Nigerian football.” With 101 caps, Enyeama is Nigeria’s joint most capped player of all time. He featured in Korea/Japan 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014 World Cup. He also helped Nigeria to third place finishes in the 2004, 2006 and 2010 at the Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, before captaining the team to victory in the 2013 edition.Tags: Africa Cup of NationsAlloy AguSuper EaglesVincent Enyeamalast_img read more

September 17

Temp rises on coaching hot seat

first_imgPhillip Fulmer, TennesseeStatus: Released this weekFulmer kept the Tennessee program at a consistently good, but rarely great, level throughout his career. Fulmer — who was named head coach in 1992 — won 150 games in 17 seasons and captured the national championship in 1998. The Volunteers have toyed with the idea of firing Fulmer for several years now, but a 10-4 mark and conference division title last season delayed the move for Tennessee’s Athletic Director Mike Hamilton. This season, however, the Vols have stumbled to a 3-6 record with only one win in the SEC, prompting Hamilton to pull the plug.To what end, though? Fulmer may not have been the top coach in the game, but his consistent winning kept Tennessee in the upper half of a football-crazy conference. Unless Tennessee has the next Nick Saban lined up, improvement from their current position remains unlikely.Hamilton’s knee-jerk reaction came too soon. Fulmer should have been given at least one more season to prove he still has what it takes.Bret Bielema, WisconsinStatus: Currently employedOn the surface, the reasons to fire Bielema appear sound. He has posted consecutively worse records each season since taking over for the legendary Barry Alvarez three years ago. He acts annoyingly chevalier after each loss and beats the “1-0” mantra to death.Most recently, Bielema cost UW a win with extremely boneheaded decisions during last Saturday’s loss to Michigan State. Clearly, Bielema is far from a perfect coach.Badger fans have grown greedy, however, and seem to think that UW should compete for the Big Ten title every year. Unfortunately, 10-win seasons have never been a consistent theme in Badger football history. In fact, now-Athletic Director Alvarez — who hand-picked Bielema as his successor –only won 10 games four times in his 16-year career.Badger fans need to cool down a bit. Bielema did win 12 games in his first season, and even though that was with Alvarez’s recruits, it was more games than Alvarez himself ever won in a single year. Bielema also has recruited playmakers David Gilreath and John Clay, so the cupboard is not bare.Wisconsin does not have the name recognition among recruits to change coaches so quickly. Bielema deserves another season and a little more patience from the fans.Tommy Bowden, ClemsonStatus: Released in mid-OctoberThis cord should have been cut three years ago. Not only was firing him the correct move, it was long overdue.Tommy Tuberville, AuburnStatus: Tenuously employedAuburn fans are crazy. Seriously. They are actually out of their minds.Tuberville delivered a perfect 13-0 season as recently as 2004, and holds a career .708 winning percentage at Auburn. Over the five previous seasons, the Tigers have averaged exactly 10 wins per year.Yet, because of a 4-5 record this season, it is a near certainty that Tuberville will lose his job. Tuberville, without a doubt, has made some mistakes this season. Trying to install the spread offense and then abandoning the attempt midway through the year made no sense. But what does a coach have to do to earn a little leeway?Furthermore, where is this fantastic coach who will magically restore the Auburn program? The SEC is an incredibly tough conference, and every program suffers through down years. Auburn can risk turning a down year into a down decade, or make the rational move and keep the proven Tuberville.Rich Rodriguez, MichiganStatus: Currently employedThe fact that Rodriguez even makes this list speaks to the desperateness of Michigan fans. The Wolverines knew exactly what they were getting when they hired Rodriguez, but the Michigan faithful disillusioned themselves into thinking an immediate turnaround was in sight.It is actually really simple. Rodriguez runs an offensive system that requires a certain type of athlete. Michigan had very few, if any of those athletes. Therefore, until Rodriguez can begin recruiting for his system, the system will not work.Every Michigan fan knew this coming into the season, yet they acted shocked when the team struggled. Michigan made a radical move when they hired the unconventional Rodriguez, and this move required time to pay dividends. Rodriguez can only help the program if he is given a few years, and firing him will only dig Michigan deeper into a hole. Two controversies dominate college football this time of year: the BCS rankings and coaches on the proverbial hot seat.With apologies to Texas Tech, Alabama and Penn State, the BCS can wait another week.The coaching carousel has been spinning steadily this year with Tommy Bowden, Tyrone Willingham and Phillip Fulmer already losing their jobs. Other coaches, such as Tommy Tuberville and Bret Bielema, have gone from hero to zero in less than two years.To be clear, this column is not condemning the quick hook that modern coaches receive. With the amount of money invested in football programs today, immediate results are required to appease the fan base, and more importantly, to keep the monetary boosters happy.The problem, though, is determining which coaches are simply suffering from an off year, and which coaches don’t have what it takes to succeed consistently at a high level. Furthermore, change doesn’t always mean improvement. Coaching college football is an extremely demanding position and truly successful head coaches are a rare breed. Despite what many fans seem to think, a coach ready to take a program to the next level is rarely waiting in the wings.With that in mind, here is a look at some coaches who have already lost their jobs or find their positions in immediate jeopardy.Important note: This is what should happen, not a prediction of what will happen.last_img read more

August 26

NFL trade rumors: Bengals trying to deal WR John Ross

first_img Cowboys’ Stephen Jones jabs Raiders over Amari Cooper trade John Ross could be on his way out of Cincinnati very soon.The Bengals are looking to trade the receiver and are opening the door to offers during the NFL Scouting Combine this week, according to multiple reports. Ross was drafted ninth overall by the Bengals in 2017, less than two months after he made waves at the combine for his record-breaking 40-yard dash time of 4.22 seconds. Related News NFL Network even stated a “fresh start would be welcome by both parties,” meaning Ross could want out of the Bengals organization. Ross missed most of his rookie season with an injury, but emerged in 2018 as a red zone threat with seven touchdowns on 21 catches and 210 yards in 13 games.With star wideouts A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd tabbed as the primary targets for quarterback Andy Dalton, Ross wasn’t used as consistently.last_img read more

August 14

Lorna Darlene Cobb, Wellington: Dec. 21, 1953 – Feb. 7, 2014

first_imgLorna CobbLorna Darlene Cobb, of Wellington, died Friday, February 7, 2014 at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 60.Lorna was born the daughter of James and Darlene (Withrow) Cobb on Monday, December 21, 1953 in Wellington.Lorna was a treasure to her many family members and friends. She will be missed by them all. Survivors include her brother, James Cobb and his wife Sandy of Wellington, niece, Tenneil Cobb of New York, New York, her aunt and caregiver, Kathy Dugan of Wichita along with Kathy’s children: Lynnie, Stoney and Rocky, a close friend, Delmas Bennett of Wellington and the Withrow aunts: Frances Watkins of Hutchinson, Viola Swaffer and family of Haysville, Chris Wahl and family of Arlington, Virginia, Gladys Holsworth and family of Wellington, Joyce Burden and family of Wellington. Lorna also leaves behind many cousins and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, a niece, Tawnecca Cobb and her special uncle, “Daddy Joe” Dugan.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 10, 2013 with family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Funeral services for Lorna will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in the chapel of Day Funeral Home, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington  67152.Memorials have been established in her loving memory with the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, 5111 East 21st Street North, Wichita 67208 or the Wheat Capital Manor, 400 South Washington, Wellington 67152. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more