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October 26, 2019

CFB Insiders Think James Franklin Could Leave Penn State For This Job

first_imgPenn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Penn State head coach James Franklin is getting mentioned by several college football analysts as a potential candidate for another major job that could be opening up.USC is expected by many to fire head coach Clay Helton following the regular season. The Trojans end the year against Notre Dame and, with a loss, will be a 5-7. A head coaching change seems probable at that point.Who will USC look to hire?A lot of people are pointing in Franklin’s direction.Two college football insiders, Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel, discussed the possibility on a recent podcast:Feldman: People will say, “He’s a Pennsylvania guy.” Yes he is. And he has really done a really good job in State College. Here is the reality though, and I don’t know if Penn State fans probably will not like to hear this, but if you’re the head coach at USC, you have by far the best job, the best program in the conference. It is not even close in terms of you have all these recruits in your background. You have manageable academics to get them into school. A lot of these kids — most of these kids — grew up dreaming of playing for USC. You have really good facilities. You are also going into the Pac 12 South when it is in complete disarray, right? If you’re at Penn State. Yeah, it’s got great tradition too, and you got really good facilities. You also have Ohio State and Michigan in your division, not to mention Michigan State. I mean, I think most people who are objective and who are not diehard Penn State fans would say that’s probably the third best job in the division, right?Mandel: Absolutely. That’s the reality of it. And another thing that should be brought up is: I don’t know if the Penn State fan base has ever fully embraced James Franklin even after winning a Big Ten Championship. I still hear the criticism every time they lose a game. They’re 8-3, you know, that’s not a bad season by any means, but I’m sure a lot of people thought it should have been better. So you could stick around and continue to butt heads with Ohio State and Michigan and trying to keep winning everybody over, or you could go to a place that is so hungry and desperate to win that you’ll be given the royal treatment the minute you step off the plane.Of course, this is all speculation at this point, but it will be really interesting to see what happens with the USC job. The Trojans haven’t hit on a head coaching hire in a while and will probably be going after some big names.last_img read more

October 2, 2019

Ahead of new General Assembly session Ban stresses global cooperation to tackle

“This is a crucial period for global cooperation. Syria is the biggest peace, security and humanitarian challenge we face. Let us be clear: the use of chemical weapons in Syria is only the tip of the iceberg,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York. “Next week, as world leaders gather here, I will make a strong appeal to Member States for action now.”Mr. Ban said that at next week’s General Assembly annual debate, which will be attended by some 130 Heads of State as well as foreign ministers, he would call on world leaders to “uphold their political and moral responsibilities to serve, to listen, to invest, to respond to the rising and justifiable demands of people across the world for lives of freedom and prosperity.”“We have a full agenda. But the events of the past days have shown once again the power of the United Nations to uncover the facts – to resolve differences – to help avoid bloodshed and forge consensus for peace and progress,” he said. “We must harness that spirit for action to address our immediate crises and achieve our longer-term goals.”Mr. Ban said that issues that will require urgent attention include climate change, boosting efforts to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs and the shaping of the post-2015 development agenda.“The situation in Afghanistan, Egypt, Mali and the Central African Republic will also be high on the agenda, as we assess new approaches we are taking in peacekeeping, diplomacy and support for countries in transition.” The Middle East diplomatic Quartet – comprised of the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – will also meet for the first time in more than a year to support the resumed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. In addition, the General Assembly will this year hold a high-level session on disabilities and development, and Mr. Ban stressed the importance of taking the needs and aspirations of people with disabilities – who make up 15 per cent of the global population – into account. “The next week or two will bring many opportunities for common progress. But success will depend on ever deeper levels of cooperation – and contributions from our partners,” Mr. Ban said. “I will meet with as many world leaders as I can. I am determined to pack a lot into these encounters. We have much to discuss.”Responding to questions about the crisis in Syria, the Secretary-General said he was encouraged by the framework agreement reached between United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on dealing with Syria’s chemical weapons. “I hope that that spirit of very friendly negotiations on the basis of good rapport, according to their expressions, will really help forge unity among the Security Council and address all these issues on an urgent basis by adopting a Security Council resolution, which can really be […] enforceable,” he continued, adding that the agreement should be translated into action as “there is not much time to lose.” Indeed, it is sad that the international community has been unable to help the Syrian people to enjoy their genuine freedom and peace during the last two-and-a-half years. The findings by Dr. Åke Sellström’s regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria on 21 August are “indisputable and overwhelming” and based on scientific facts. “Therefore, we must not take the “business as usual” [approach]. I sincerely hope that Russia and the United States demonstrate their leadership at this time, particularly the countries of the permanent members of the Security Council,” Mr. Ban said. He went on to say that he hoped the Council took action quickly because, “while we welcome the belated accession by the Syrian Government to the Chemical Weapons Convention, there are many obligations [which] must be implemented.” read more