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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 26, 2019

The Latest On Jalen Hurts’ Potential Graduate Transfer Decision

first_imgJalen Hurts points to the sky.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)This upcoming weekend is a big one for Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who’s set to take the next step in his football career.Hurts is graduating from the University of Alabama.BamaOnLine.com has the details:Alabama has scored 84 touchdowns in 13 games, giving fans plenty to cheer about this season. But some of the loudest applause at Bryant-Denny Stadium has occurred when a certain player has simply entered the game, whether as a slot receiver or as a backup quarterback.That applause should carry over to Coleman Coliseum this weekend as Jalen Hurts is set to graduate from Alabama after three years on campus — especially after what the junior did in the second half of the SEC Championship Game two weeks ago, leading the top-ranked Crimson Tide to a come-from-behind victory over the then-No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs to remain undefeated.***This weekend, Hurts will walk across the stage a graduate of the University of Alabama, which is a big deal for the backup quarterback for several reasons. The one that will make headlines, though, will be his ability to now transfer anywhere that he likes as a graduate transfer.Hurts, if he decides to transfer out, will be able to play right away at another school in 2019.Two major programs could be potential options.“He will wind up on a team with a good roster,” Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples said. “He’ll have a good supporting cast. Put Jalen Hurts in the right offense and he can put up some really good numbers. I say Oklahoma, because look, Austin Kendall was the backup and he’ll be the presumed favorite to win the starting job next year.But if the guy was the SEC freshman player of the year couple years ago was interested in coming, that would be an interesting spot because Lincoln Riley has been really good with quarterbacks. (And) if Justin Herbert leaves Oregon, I would imagine Mario Cristobal, who was involved in Jalen Hurts’ recruitment …. (sic).”There will likely be plenty of schools involved in Hurts’ transfer recruitment, if the Alabama quarterback decides to move on.For now, though, Hurts and the rest of Alabama’s team is focused on the College Football Playoff.Alabama and Oklahoma are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Dec. 29.last_img read more

September 25, 2019

Mindfulness could help to stave off dementia research suggests

The findings back up recent evidence pointing to a link between anxiety and risk of mild cognitive impairment, and lend weight to the known association between depression and dementia, they say.Researchers said more research was needed to establish whether reduced anxiety in middle age could reduce the risk of dementia.But they said approaches other than anti-anxiety drugs were worth exploring/“Non-pharmacological therapies, including talking therapies and mindfulness-based interventions and meditation practices, that are known to reduce anxiety in midlife, could have a risk reducing effect, although this is yet to be thoroughly researched,” they said. “Given the high prevalence of anxiety seen in primary care, we suggest that general practitioners could consider anxiety alongside depression as an indicator of risk for dementia.”To improve the rate of earlier diagnosis of dementia, close monitoring of subtle cognitive decline in older adults with a history of anxiety, depression and cerebrovascular disease would be encouraged,” she said.Last year a trial suggested mindfulness – a meditative practice of paying more attention to the present moment, is more than twice as better at reducing stress than gardeningThe practice – which can involve deep breathing, has been growing in popularity in recent years, with the NHS recommending it as a way to reduce stress and anxiety.The eight week trial by the BBC and the University of Westminster showed it was better than gardening and yoga at helping people to relax. US scientists recently found that an eight week course of mindfulness, involving daily classes, can help lower inflammatory molecules and stress hormones by around 15 per cent. Mindfulness and meditation could stave off dementia, research suggests. Analysis of research involving 30,000 people found that those who suffered moderate to severe anxiety in mid-life were more likely to develop dementia years later.Researchers said responses to stress may speed up brain cell ageing and degenerative changes in the central nervous system, increasing vulnerability to conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.And they said therapies such as mindfulness and meditation, which have been found to reduce anxiety, might reduce the risk of later dementia.Researchers from University College London examined studies looking at the association between mid-life anxiety, depression, and the development of dementia.The findings, published in BMJ Open, found an association between moderate to severe anxiety and future dementia, with a gap of at least 10 years in between diagnoses. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Study author Dr Natalie Marchant, from UCL’s division of psychiatry, said: “Clinically significant anxiety in midlife was associated with an increased risk of dementia over an interval of at least 10 years.”These findings indicate that anxiety may be a risk factor for late-life dementia”.GPs should monitor patients suffering from anxiety in case of heightened risks, she suggested. read more