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NO PROSECUTION INTO THE DEATH OF POPULAR YOUNG DONEGAL GAA STAR

first_imgThe late Conal GildeaThere will be no prosecution into the death of popular Ardara GAA player Conal Gildea, who died last year after falling into the River Liffey. The body of the late Conal Gildea was retrieved from Britton Quay, in Dublin’s city centre on April 29th, 2013. Gildea was a teenage sensation for Ardara, and is regarded as one of the most talented players the club ever produced.Gildea was employed as a plumber in Dublin at the time of his tragic death.At his inquest last year, the cause of death was determined as drowning, although the Gardaí were carrying out an investigation into issues of ‘supply’ that could lead to prosecution.However, at the Coroner’s Court yesterday Inspector Martin Mooney said a file had gone to DPP with instructions returned that there is to be no prosecution.The inquest was then adjourned for a full hearing on January 9th 2015.NO PROSECUTION INTO THE DEATH OF POPULAR YOUNG DONEGAL GAA STAR was last modified: October 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:Conal GildeacourtsdeathDPPinquestnewsProsecutionRiver Liffeytragiclast_img read more

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‘SERIAL ROAD OFFENDER’ BANNED FOR FOUR YEARS

first_imgA Raphoe man who was described by a judge as a serial road traffic offender has been disqualified for failing to give a breath sample. Andrew Galbraith(54) of 28 Cathedral Hill, Raphoe pleaded guilty at Letterkenny District Court to drink driving at Cathedral Hill, Raphoe on July, 14th, 2013 and failing to sign an analysis statement at Letterkenny Garda Station on the same date. he also admitted giving a false name and address to gardai on the same date at Glenmaquinn, Convoy.Inspector David Kelly said Galbraith was stopped by gardaí after the report of a suspected drink driver at Glenmaquinn, Convoy. Gardaí who attended the scene observed a white van which was driving very slowly and swaying from side to side.Gardaí spoke to the driver and detected a strong smell of alcohol. He was arrested at 4.30 a.m.The court heard he was later abusive to gardaí at Letterkenny garda station.The court heard that he had previous convictions for driving without insurance and a previous conviction for drink driving.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client apologisied for his behaviour.He said the time had been a difficult one for the separated welder who finds being on his own difficult.Galbraith, he said, works in Northern Ireland and abroad and is actively seeking employment.Judge McLoughlin said Galbraith was a serial offender who has no respect for road traffic law. He was fined €650 and disqualified from driving for four years.‘SERIAL ROAD OFFENDER’ BANNED FOR FOUR YEARS was last modified: November 27th, 2014 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) Tags:courtsnewslast_img read more

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DD Motoring: Testing out the all-new Toyota Corolla Hybrid Saloon and Hatchback

first_imgThis week Donegal Daily’s motoring columnist Brian McDaid was out in two versions of the all-new Toyota Corolla both hybrid, a hatchback, and a saloon.In a time where everyone is looking and demanding the smallest carbon footprint, this new Corolla Hybrid may have the biggest shoes to fill.We had the new hatchback and the new saloon out on the road this week, both based on the same platform but geared at very different markets. Advertisement No one likes change especially when something works well and that has been the case with Corollas over the years.The New Toyota Corolla Hybrid Saloon which went on show at Kelly’s in Letterkenny and and Mountcharles and now is available for a test drive. Photo Brian McDaid.The New Toyota Corolla Hybrid Saloon which went on show at Kelly’s in Letterkenny and and Mountcharles and now is available for a test drive. Photo Brian McDaid.I know, I had three of them and racked up big miles on all them and they never gave any bother.Now car buyers are being guided towards low emissions and away from diesel and have to look towards a different type of car.Toyota and the worlds best ever selling car, the humble Corolla, has evolved yet again, this time 53 years on since it was introduced in 1966. Advertisement Now it’s back as a hybrid.If that wasn’t a big enough transition the Saloon is also a replacement for the old Carina or Avensis range which has faded from the Toyota range.Ahead of the gameToyota has been the leaders in the development of hybrid family cars for over twenty years and that development is now at a stage now with the launch of the new Corolla that you could be mistaken for thinking that these new hybrids are not hybrids at all.The new Corolla Saloon, which was my choice, looks like an ordinary car on the road if you didn’t spot the small blue badge on the boot lid. It just looks like a normal four-door family saloon plus the fact that the petrol engine is that quiet now compared to diesel, it’s very hard to tell when you are running on the petrol engine or on the electric motor.The All New Toyota Corolla Hybrid Saloon which has recently gone on sale in Ireland. Photo Brian McDaid.The All New Corolla Hybrid Saloon which we drove this week. Photo Brian McDaid.The New Toyota Corolla Hybrid Saloon which we drive the week. Photo Brian McDaid.After a while behind the wheel, you will realise that this fact doesn’t matter to you because these cars are more efficient at making decisions, so you really don’t have to worry about it.I had the Corolla Sport Hatchback out for a morning and was managing 4.2L/100Km on a long run and that evening.I was stuck in traffic around Letterkenny in Corolla Luna Saloon which was just perfect for the purpose over heavy urban driving and was getting 4.5L/100Km I know these were short term fuel tests but they were good indications of what this 1.8 Petrol/ battery powered car is capable of doing.The hatchback probably drew the most attention which was in white a black roof and beautiful sports rims and had more of a sports theme with red piping around the dash and a nice sportive bucket seat.All information on both cars is displayed on a big screen in the middle of the dash, and again there is very little to tell you that you are in a hybrid when you are driving this car.Town driving in the New Corolla Hybrid returned an average of 4.5l /100km Photo: Brian McDaid.If you want, you can go in and display a visual on where that car is receiving the power from being it battery, engine or both or when you are going downhill it shows the car harvesting power from the road wheels to recharge the battery.The hatchback starts at €27,000 and the saloon prices start around the €30,000 mark.At a launch of the New Corolla Hybrid, a guest who is already driving a Hybrid Yaris described to me over coffee and canapés what it was like to drive these new cars.“Once you sit behind the wheel of one of these hybrid yokes, that’s you f####d.”What I think they were trying to say was how easy to was to drive these new cars which all have automatic gearboxes and the fact that these would spoil you and would never settle for driving a car with a manual gearbox again.And for me, this is the benefit of driving these new hybrid automatic gearboxs, which are silky smooth0-100kms in 7.9 secondsGone are the days of hybrids and automatics only serving the needs of one driver type. Slow, Noisy and sore on fuel they are not.The new two-litre Corolla Hybrid which is on the way soon to Ireland will put many the hot hatches to shame with 0-100kms in 7.9 seconds. and yet will match any diesel on miles per gallon but most importantly it will do it quietly will satisfy the emissions requirements.The All New Corolla Hybrid Hatchback which we tested this week. Photo Brian McDaid.The All New Corolla Hybrid Hatchback which we tested this week. Photo Brian McDaid.A view of the boot on the All new Corolla Saloon Hybrid. Photo Brian McDaid.But only getting out and in behind the wheel of a hybrid will really give you the benefit of how good this new Corolla feels on the road. In the meantime, I want to end on a story from over 40 years ago which gave automatics the brand some still think they are.Automatic assumptionsMy earliest memories of automatic cars was of an Allegro Vanden Plas which belonged to a cook from India who came to Letterkenny to work in the old Centre Spot Cafe at the Market Square, Bal always wore his long white chef coat everywhere he went.He had an infectious personality and all of Letterkenny knew Bal.An Automatic Allegro Vanden Plas like Bal’s. A familiar sight and sound around Letterkenny many years ago.The mustard coloured Vanden Plas had a Rolls Royce Type grill, massive chrome hubcaps, leather seats and a walnut dash and of course its unique sounding three-speed automatic gearbox which meant you could head Bal’s car long before you could see it as he would head up the Church Lane and in the narrow gateway where I worked as a mechanic to Danny Caddye’s Garage.Hello, Mr. Danny was always the joyful greeting that Bal would give as he presented his rare looking family car for another bit of running repair.For you that are wondering what this car from nearly 40 years ago has to do with hybrid motoring of today the answer is absolutely nothing except for the fact it’s an automatic, which is nothing like the automatic gearboxes that come in any hybrid.But automatic cars from yesteryear like Bal’s Allegro stick in people’s mind and drivers of manual gearbox powered cars still think or believe that automatics have never changed but how wrong and out of touch they could be.Happy motoring FolksDD Motoring: Testing out the all-new Toyota Corolla Hybrid Saloon and Hatchback was last modified: March 8th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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)Tags:dd motoringToyota Corollalast_img read more

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Yahoo Homepage Gets A Risky But Overdue Facelift

first_imgTags:#social media#web#Yahoo Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… taylor hatmaker 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A homepage redesign would hardly be noteworthy when it comes to most sites on the Web – but for Yahoo, It’s a revolution.Yahoo – long in the tooth among its rivals – doesn’t change early or often, historically speaking. But Wednesday the company rolled out a much-needed update to its cluttered Web hub, Yahoo.com. Marissa Mayer, the company’s refreshingly bright-eyed new CEO, just keeps picking up the pace.Yahoo’s Homepage Enters The Social EraSince taking the top role at the troubled company, the former Googler has overseen a handful of small acquisitions aiming to bolster Yahoo’s set of mobile apps. Now, the iconic purple Yahoo homepage cleans up its look with a flatter, more modern design while adding endless scrolling, stealing a page from the social media playbook of sites like Tumblr and Twitter. Yahoo also updated its core apps today to reflect the changes on Yahoo.com.In a blog post on Yodel Anecdotal, Yahoo’s somewhat obscure and unfortunately named company blog, Mayer writes:“Designed to be more intuitive and personal, the new Yahoo! experience is all about your interests and preferences. Since streams of information have become the paradigm of choice on the web, we’re introducing a newsfeed with infinite scroll, letting you experience a virtually endless feed of news articles.”True to form, Mayer’s mission to inject Yahoo into social and mobile relevance plays out in the redesign. The new homepage cleans up the site’s interest channels (Entertainment, Finance, etc. are moved onto tabs) and allows users signed into Facebook to browse a socially rethought version of the news stream.Back when Facebook’s Timeline first launched, Yahoo was an early partner of the social reading experience, which allows users to passively share the stories they see across the Web. The company continues its evolution in this direction, without sacrificing too much of its DNA. Messing With Imperfection… And An Old FormulaBlame it on Internet Explorer defaults or less-than-savvy Web surfers, but Yahoo’s homepage is still one of the Web’s most trafficked sites. Yahoo.com currently ranks as the #4 most popular website in the U.S. according to Alexa, trailing only Google, Facebook and YouTube.But Yahoo is unique among the top slots – Google’s spartan homepage is a search engine, of course, and YouTube and Facebook are both social platforms. Yahoo’s homepage remains a busy hub of all things Y!, from its curated front page news carousel to Yahoo Mail and everything in between. It might not be pretty, but the Yahoo.com we know keeps vast amounts of traffic churning and ad revenue pouring in. Considering the scale of traffic it drives, tinkering with the homepage formula even a little bit entails significant risk. After all, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it – but if you ask Marissa Mayer, socializing it a little couldnt hurt. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Indo-French naval exercise enters next phase

first_imgThe 17th edition of Varuna, an Indo-French naval exercise, currently on off Goa coast, is the largest joint exercise undertaken by the two Navies and represents the strengthened maritime co-operation between India and France, said statements released by both Navies in Goa on Monday.The statements, released at a press conference on board INS Mumbai, said that the harbour and sea phases of the exercise from May 1 to May 6 and from May 7 to May 10, respectively, are aimed at honing skills for naval operations across the broad spectrum, with an increased focus on tactical scenarios. The second sea phase is scheduled to be held at the end of May in Djibouti, located on the Horn of Africa. “It will be the largest ever conducted Varuna exercise with 11 of India and Frances’s most modern units, including two aircraft and two submarines,” statement of the French Navy said. Vela launchedMeanwhile, Indian Navy’s stealth Scorpene class Submarine Vela of Project 75 was launched in Mumbai on Monday at the Kanhoji Angre Wet Basin of Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL).The submarine, built at MDL with the main collaborator being M/s Naval group, France, is set to commence sea trials soon.Secretary (Defence Production) Ajay Kumar was the chief guest for the ceremony and Veena Ajay Kumar was the lady dignitary who performed the ceremony. “The submarine has been named Vela after an earlier submarine, which was the lead submarine, of the erstwhile Vela class, the second batch of the Foxtrot class submarines acquired from USSR,” said a statement.last_img read more

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Desiderio hits last-second 3 as UP escapes UST

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lee finished with a game-high 20 points to lead UST while Steve Akomo had 15 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks before fouling out late. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Srisaket KOs Gonzalez in fourth to retain WBC title Marvin Lee almost gave UST the victory as he calmly hit a couple of free throws that gave the Growling Tigers a 73-71 lead with 5.3 seconds remaining.“Our objective for this season, exactly, is to generate excitement because the UP community is very passive when it comes to the basketball team,” said Maroons head coach Bo Perasol in Filipino. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“And we got to complete that objective and what a way to generate that excitement, especially with that last-second shot. I don’t know how Paul does that but during the huddle he called it, ‘we’re going to win, this shot will go in.’”Desiderio was off the mark all game long, going 1-of-10 from deep before his clutch basket, but he made it when it mattered most. He finished with a team-high 17 points while also grabbing nine boards. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES University of the Philippines guard Paul Desiderio shoots a jumper against University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio hit the game-winning triple and University of the Philippines escaped University of Santo Tomas, 74-73, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Desiderio drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left as the Fighting Maroons salvaged the victory to start their campaign on an emphatic note.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Wednesday 21 Jan #1 – Tour Diary

first_imgGive us a rundown of your day?Today was a relaxing day, where the team was able to sleep in and rest up until 2:30pm. We all gathered at this time for a team meeting to discuss and review what will be going on for the next few days, injury concerns and what needs to be done before game one on Friday. After the meeting we went to Waiwera Hot Springs to relax in the team environment.How is the team shaping up for the 2010 Trans Tasman?The team is looking very sharp and confident for the up coming Trans Tasman. Everyone is excited and looking forward to game one on Friday.What is the Atmosphere like in the team?The Team atmosphere is very special. The team has bonded like no other team I have played in. Being so close makes it easier for us to play together on the field.After a strong performance in the 2009 Trans Tasman series, what can we expect out of you this year?Personally I am just looking to play my role for the team which Bernie has given me. We also have a lot more set up attacking plays and looking forward to running them out on the field.Who is your most annoying team mate to room with? Explain?This is an easy question. Tony Eltakchi is easily the most annoying person to room with. He is always walking around in his g strings listening and dancing to his 1980’s music. My other 2 room mates, Ryan Pollock and Peter Norman are also very annoying.Touch Football Australia would like to thank Ben for answering some questions to give the Touch Football community back home an update of what has been happening on the Tour.last_img read more

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Market sees foreign fund outflow worth Rs 44500 crore in 201819

first_imgNew Delhi: Despite heavy fund infusion by FPIs over the past two month, the domestic financial market suffered a foreign fund outflow of over Rs 44,500 crore on net basis in the fiscal 2018-19 as macroeconomic headwinds weighed on investor sentiment through the year. Hike in rates by the US Federal Reserve, depreciating rupee, rise in crude oil prices, worsening current account deficit, concerns over fiscal deficit and current account deficit target, coupled with trade tiff between the US and China dampened the mood in emerging markets, experts said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn financial year 2018-19, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) pulled out a net sum of Rs 1,629 crore from equities and Rs 42,951 crore from the bonds market, taking the total net outflow to Rs 44,580 crore, the depositories data showed. In comparison, FPIs had infused a net amount of Rs 25,634 crore in the equities and over Rs 1,19,035 crore in the debt market, a total net investment of Rs 1,44,669 crore in the previous fiscal. “After two years of good foreign fund inflows, Indian market witnessed reversal in the trend. We received Rs 48,411 crore and Rs 1,44,682 crore in the year 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively. Global and domestic causes alike have prompted the flows of funds in 2018-19 from the markets and both the equity and debt segments have witnessed outflows”, Alok Agarwala, Senior VP and Head Investment Analytics, of Bajaj Capital said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFPIs remained net sellers almost throughout the recently concluded fiscal except for the past couple of months. October emerged as the month of steepest outflow with FPIs pulling out a massive Rs 38,900 crore from the market. However, fresh fund infusion was witnessed in the last two consecutive months of the fiscal, with March alone accounting for a net infusion of Rs 45,981 crore including a net Rs 33,980 crore in equities and Rs 12,001 crore in debt. In February, the overseas players pumped in a net amount of Rs 11,182 crore in capital markets.last_img read more

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Transfer Quarterbacks Are All The Rage But Do They Deliver At Their

Source: Sports-Reference.com Matt MooreUCLA101.47Oregon St.131.69+30.22 Kevin CraftSan Diego St.109.18UCLA101.72-7.46 Danny EtlingPurdue110.95LSU144.36+33.41 Wes LuntOklahoma St.137.31Illinois119.54-17.77 Will GrierFlorida145.61West Virginia169.18+23.57 Russell WilsonNC State135.47Wisconsin191.78+56.31 Baker MayfieldTexas Tech127.66Oklahoma189.39+61.72 Joe DaileyNebraska111.92North Carolina114.10+2.18 Brock BerlinFlorida161.09Miami (FL)128.65-32.45 Scott McBrienWest Virginia110.42Maryland142.04+31.62 First schoolSecond school Ryan MallettMichigan105.69Arkansas158.11+52.42 Brandon McllwainSouth Carolina99.15California104.41+5.26 Steven ThreetMichigan105.26Arizona St.133.41+28.15 Jordan WebbKansas118.11Colorado103.72-14.39 Ryan FinleyBoise St.115.63NC State140.04+24.40 R. KovalcheckArizona108.91Vanderbilt119.07+10.16 Shea PattersonMississippi141.22Michigan149.85+8.63 Kyle BolinLouisville141.56Rutgers98.21-43.34 Clint TrickettFlorida St.151.55West Virginia132.40-19.15 Jake HeapsBrigham Young114.13Kansas97.00-17.13 Darell GarretsonUtah St.137.68Oregon St.103.97-33.71 Zach MaynardBuffalo124.42California128.36+3.94 Davis WebbTexas Tech138.37California135.63-2.74 Jake RudockIowa129.96Michigan141.50+11.54 Kyler MurrayTexas A&M109.19Oklahoma203.26+94.07 Tyler MurphyFlorida121.05Boston College126.19+5.14 Danny O’BrienMaryland123.54Wisconsin120.73-2.80 Jon BeutjerIowa129.16Illinois126.77-2.39 Pete ThomasColorado St.121.17NC State115.07-6.09 Not every QB transfer is a program saviorQuarterbacks who threw at least 50 passes at another FBS school before transferring to a Power 5 program and how their passer rating changed, 2000-18 Beyond sheer volume, this year’s group of transfer quarterbacks is especially fascinating because it might also be the most talented bunch the sport has seen. Jalen Hurts’s father was not far off when he speculated after the 2017 season that Hurts could be the “biggest free agent in college football history.” The quarterbacks potentially debuting in new uniforms next weekend include a national champion in Hurts and three former five-star recruits (Fields, Washington’s Eason and Northwestern’s Johnson). This could have a major effect. Oklahoma does not need Hurts to do much more than his numbers would already indicate. Even an average 4.9-point bump in passer rating from his career 148.8 would put him among last season’s 20 most efficient quarterbacks in the major conferences.No matter what becomes of this year’s crop of transfers, schools will surely keep swapping quarterbacks in the future. Transfers can be good for the coaches, who find a one- or two-year solution to their quarterback vacancies. After two of his quarterbacks transferred, Arkansas coach Chad Morris replaced them this past offseason with graduate transfers Ben Hicks, originally at Southern Methodist, and Nick Starkel, from Texas A&M. “As I’ve shared all along, we are always in the quarterback market. It doesn’t matter — we are always in that market,” he said last winter. And it appears quarterback reps are going to remain scarce at Clemson, for example, with Heisman co-favorite Lawrence only a sophomore.Still, high expectations will follow a transfer anywhere. It would be hard to ask Hurts to replicate the Heisman-winning seasons of Mayfield or Murray. Expecting Fields, a sophomore with 39 career passing attempts, to equal what NFL first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins did last season is also a stretch.But that doesn’t mean those teams won’t try. “If Jalen does win the starting job from everything I’ve seen, I’m not sure there’s anything we’ve done before I wouldn’t do with him,” Oklahoma’s Riley said in a radio interview last month. Defenses should buckle up. The twists and turns are just getting started. Jake LutonIdaho100.19Oregon St.129.33+29.14 Everett GolsonNotre Dame138.21Florida St.149.16+10.94 Greyson LambertVirginia108.02Georgia139.50+31.48 Keller ChrystStanford128.89Tennessee130.78+1.90 Tom SavageRutgers123.45Pittsburgh138.24+14.80 Robert MarveMiami (FL)107.19Purdue125.91+18.72 Sam KellerArizona St.142.15Nebraska133.74-8.41 Matt LoVecchioNotre Dame125.27Indiana114.24-11.03 Mitch MustainArkansas120.53USC110.47-10.06 Michael MachenKent St.100.56Baylor82.09-18.47 Wilton SpeightMichigan132.20UCLA125.99-6.21 Jeremiah MasoliOregon130.56Mississippi121.11-9.45 Dayne CristNotre Dame127.00Kansas96.52-30.48 Ryan WillisKansas104.36Virginia Tech138.01+33.65 John O’KornHouston123.90Michigan105.48-18.42 You don’t have to look hard at college football these days to find somebody, somewhere, talking about transfers. More players are switching teams each year, and more are seeking waivers that grant immediate eligibility at their new school — and it seems like just about everybody in the sport has an opinion about it.“The issue with the transfer portal is we’ve gotten very liberal in giving people waivers, so, when we do that, it becomes free agency,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said last month. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, too, has cautioned against “free agency in college football.”But even calling it “free agency” is understating the flurry of moves. Of the top 25 teams in the preseason coaches’ poll, as many as eight could start a transfer at quarterback later this month. Five of those eight quarterbacks1This figure could be as high as six, depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle at Washington State University. Anthony Gordon, a junior-college transfer, appeared in two games for the Cougars last season. He is currently competing with Gage Gubrud, who recently transferred from neighboring Eastern Washington, for the starting job, though the current rumors coming out of Pullman appear to favor Gordon. were not active for their current team last season. For comparison, in the NFL — which, of course, has literal free agency — only about four of 32 starters weren’t on their current team last season.2This includes rookie Kyler Murray in Arizona and traded quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Nick Foles in Denver and Jacksonville, respectively. Depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle in Miami, either recent signee Ryan Fitzpatrick or trade acquisition Josh Rosen will start. A few other quarterback competitions remain unresolved as of publication.In the last decade, transferring in college football has increased in frequency. Some of this is due to changes in NCAA guidelines and the establishment of a transfer portal that facilitates contact between players and coaches. The NCAA’s evolving stance on immediate-eligibility waivers — which allowed Michigan’s Shea Patterson to play last season after transferring from Ole Miss, and Justin Fields to suit up for Ohio State this season — has expedited the transfer movement.The optimal approach is to find an elite talent and develop him, as Clemson has done with Trevor Lawrence and Alabama with Tua Tagovailoa. But those who miss out on that chance sometimes turn to the next-best option — and it often works. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, entering his fifth year with the program, has coached the last two Heisman Trophy winners. Both were transfers, Baker Mayfield from Texas Tech and Kyler Murray from Texas A&M. It’s no longer only bench players who move schools in search of more playing time; athletes of all levels and abilities are taking advantage of their newfound mobility to develop their careers.The impact of this wave of transfers is evident at both the college and professional level. Alabama and Georgia produced the current starting quarterbacks for four of the top five teams: the Crimson Tide’s Tagovailoa, the Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Fields. Five of the 11 quarterbacks taken in the 2019 NFL draft were transfers.3The five were Kyler Murray (Texas A&M to Oklahoma), Will Grier (Florida to West Virginia), Ryan Finley (Boise State to North Carolina State), Jarrett Stidham (Baylor to Auburn) and Gardner Minshew (East Carolina to Washington State).The college football programs themselves have also incentivized player movement. Teams’ increasing reliance on younger quarterbacks chases away the rest of the depth chart: If a freshman has a firm hold on the starting job, there’s no playing time available for three years, barring an injury. Lawrence’s emergence at Clemson in 2018, for example, sparked two departures — Kelly Bryant to Missouri and Hunter Johnson to Northwestern — while Georgia’s Fromm pushed out two more, Fields to Ohio State and Jacob Eason to Washington.The search for playing time creates a ripple effect: Soon after Fields showed up at Ohio State, quarterback Tate Martell, previously expected to start in 2019, transferred to Miami. After Hurts arrived at Oklahoma, Sooners quarterback Austin Kendall left for West Virginia.It’s not just at the highest level of the sport. In addition to the eight top 25 teams, Mississippi State (Tommy Stevens, formerly of Penn State), Virginia Tech (Ryan Willis, previously at Kansas) and Missouri (Bryant) are among the power-conference schools who have settled on or considered starting transfer quarterbacks.But what gets lost in the drama of the quarterback carousel is that these transfers are rarely a magic solution. Yes, Mayfield and Murray were the two most successful transfer quarterbacks this century, based on passer ratings.4Three of the pair’s five combined seasons at Oklahoma — Mayfield’s 2016 and 2017 campaigns, and Murray’s 2018 season — rank among the four most efficient passing seasons in NCAA history, according to Sports-Reference.com. But schools turning to a transfer to transform their program often end up disappointed.Since 2000, 94 players have attempted at least 50 passes in a season for two different schools. Here we see the trend over time: five quarterbacks joined a new team between 2000 and 2004, while 13 transferred schools between 2005 and 2009. Twenty-eight quarterbacks transferred between 2010 and 2014, and 48 of those 94 have departed for greener pastures since 2015.Of that group, 58 transferred to a Power 5 school. (This includes both quarterbacks who transferred from non-Power 5 schools as well as quarterbacks who transferred between Power 5 schools.) Nineteen Power 5 transfers improved their passer rating from their first stop to their second by at least 15 points, an impressive rise. But 12 more saw their passer rating drop by at least 15 points.5This also omits the quarterbacks who seek greener pastures but didn’t end up earning enough playing time to merit inclusion on our list. The average change in passer rating is plus-4.9, and the average bump in completion percentage is 2 points, both modest upticks. However it may seem, it’s just not that easy to move towns, learn a new offense, adjust to new teammates and coaches and blossom into a completely different player. A.J. SuggsTennessee113.27Georgia Tech113.35+0.08 Jarrett StidhamBaylor198.95Auburn144.35-54.60 Gardner MinshewEast Carolina127.10Wash. St.147.56+20.46 Patrick TowlesKentucky116.80Boston College113.16-3.64 Kenny HillTexas A&M154.84Texas Christian138.36-16.47 Peyton BenderWash. St.106.30Kansas113.66+7.36 Brandon HarrisLSU133.86North Carolina72.34-61.52 Allan EvridgeKansas St.104.44Wisconsin116.50+12.06 PlayerNameRatingNameRatingChange read more

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Commentary College football Rivalry Weekend again proves every week matters

Auburn junior quarterback Nick Marshall (14) breaks a tackle during a game against Georgia Nov. 16 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn won, 43-38.Credit: Courtesy of MCTCollege football is funny.A sport that brings joy and despair to people across the country week in and week out, the game is particularly dubious on the final weekend of the regular season.Known as “Rivalry Weekend,” the final Saturday before the 2013 postseason did not disappoint either.From an Ohio State’s fan perspective, emotional highs and lows ensued from defeating archrival Michigan in Ann Arbor in thrilling fashion — picking off redshirt-junior Wolverine quarterback Devin Gardner in the end zone to deny Michigan the necessary two points that would give them the victory.Fans, players and the like were proud because the Buckeyes had just recorded their 24th straight win under coach Urban Meyer, but also turned their attention quickly to another rivalry game — The Iron Bowl.The same could be said for both myself and my colleagues at The Lantern, who had just left Michigan Stadium with the knowledge that No. 1 Alabama held a touchdown advantage over No. 4 Auburn. Upon tuning into the game on the radio and hearing that the Tigers had tied it up with 32 seconds to go, we made the correct decision to U-turn into the closest restaurant with a TV (Red Robin) because seeing if the unthinkable could happen — The Crimson Tide no longer rolling — was something we could not miss.All year, OSU has been slotted behind the top-ranked Tide and No. 2 Florida State, who had already taken care of business against rival Florida earlier in the day to finish regular season play unbeaten. So, if the Buckeyes were to even get a chance to compete for the final BCS National Championship, ‘Bama was going to need to either fall Saturday or next week in the SEC Title game. It seems unthinkable that an undefeated OSU would be left out of the national championship game, but because of the national perspective of the Big Ten as second tier to other conferences like the SEC, the possibility was at its highest point.Then lightning struck.While we were waiting to order our food, the referees put one second back on the clock, giving Alabama a chance to save its unbeaten season in regulation. Alabama coach Nick Saban turned to redshirt-freshman kicker Adam Griffith to attempt a 57-yard field goal for the win. Griffith’s attempt was short, Auburn senior cornerback Chris Davis retrieved it, and returned it 100 yards for the game-winning touchdown.Red Robin, filled with members of Buckeye Nation, exploded — and I couldn’t help myself but join in on the excitement.With a win against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game, the Buckeyes — barring any sort of BCS catastrophe that will allow a one-loss Auburn team to jump them in the rankings — will be heading to Pasadena, Calif., in early 2014 in search of the program’s eighth national championship.In a mere four hours, Buckeye fans went from holding their breath when Gardner took the snap on the two-point play, to extreme jubilation when Alabama’s undefeated season was no more. Suddenly, seeing OSU back at the top of the sport is a very real possibility.As a journalist writing on deadline for the OSU-Michigan game, the last half of The Game’s fourth quarter brought stress to both my fingers and head.But as a college football fan, rivalry weekend proved once again why the sport is tough to be topped. read more

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