Former Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison  has been named Ohio State’s new co-defensive coordinator along with Jeff Hafley. Credit: Courtesy of TNSHaving two coordinators for both the offense and the defense is not a revolutionary concept that newly named head coach Ryan Day brings to Ohio State. Chris Ash and Luke Fickell were co-defensive coordinators from 2014-15. Fickell and Greg Schiano split duties during the 2017 season. Even Day and Kevin Wilson were named as co-offensive coordinators prior to the start of the 2018 season. Day said two coordinators brings a diversity of opinion, bringing proficiency to different parts of either the offense or the defense. That is why he hired both Gary Mattison and Jeff Hafley as co-defensive coordinators for the 2019 season. “I like the expertise and experience that Jeff has in the secondary coupled with the expertise that Greg brings to the front seven,” Day said in a statement. Mattison is not a new name to the head coach Day is replacing. From 2005-07, Mattison served as the co-defensive coordinator, along with current South Florida head coach Charlie Strong, and defensive line coach in former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer’s first three seasons at Florida. Primarily, Day said he wanted to bring in Mattison for his experience in the Big Ten. Leaving his position as the defensive line coach at Michigan under head coach Jim Harbaugh, Mattison has been with the Wolverines for 13 seasons, having previously served as their defensive coordinator from 1995-96 and from 2011-14. Mattison also brings NFL experience, serving as the linebackers coach for John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens in 2008 and being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2009 and 2010, leading the No. 3 scoring defense in each of those seasons. Last season with Michigan, his defensive line limited opponents to average 3.7 yards per carry and opposing quarterbacks to complete 49.5 percent of passes attempted, No. 1 in the Big Ten. However, with Larry Johnson, who was named as the associate head coach under Day while also serving as the defensive line coach, Mattison’s specific position group has not yet been defined. While Mattison brings age to the coaching staff, a 69-year-old position coach with 47 years of coaching experience, Hafley, according to Day, is a “rising star” and “one of the best secondary coaches in the country.” “His NFL knowledge coaching the secondary is only going to enhance and improve what has become a marquee area for the Buckeyes,” Day said. After college stops with Pittsburgh and Rutgers, the latter of which was under Schiano, Hafley has been a defensive backs coach in the NFL since 2012 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers. He worked under Chip Kelly in 2016, who also had Day on staff as his quarterbacks coach. In 2017, he helped lead a 49ers secondary to the No. 11 pass defense in the league, allowing 233.2 passing yards per game after inheriting the No. 27 pass defense in the country heading into the previous year. Day’s coaching staff is beginning to take shape, bringing two new faces to Ohio State. But the idea of co-defensive coordinators, two coaches bringing expertise to the defense, remains. read more

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first_imgManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has revealed that teammate Romelu Lukaku tried to convince him to play for BelgiumThe 22-year-old’s parents are Brazilian, yet he was actually born in Belgium.Due to this, Pereira is eligible to play for either Belgium or Brazil at international level.Despite Lukaku’s best attempts though, Pereira chose to play for the Selecao and has been rewarded with a maiden call up to the squad that will face the USA and El Salvador during the international break.“He tried to convince me,” said Pereira, according to MEN.“He spoke to me: ‘You have to play for Belgium’.“He came to talk to me, he’s always talking to me.“I told him ‘it’s difficult, Lukaku, can’t do it, it’s not the same. Playing for Belgium is something else.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Playing for the Brazilian national team… It’s Brazil, I feel at home’. Then Lukaku said: ‘If that’s the way it is, you have to follow your heart’.“And then he respected my decision.”Pereira was in Belgium itself while the national side knocked Brazil out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals.“It was complicated. I was in Belgium watching and it was difficult to see Brazil lose. Everybody messing with me. Wow, it was… I was very angry,” he said.“I have a friend from Belgium and I was watching it with him.“I couldn’t do it, I left the room, I got very mad.“And they all had a laugh, my father’s friends saying ‘wow, look at Brazil there, you have to choose Belgium, you have to choose Belgium’.“I said, ‘I can’t do it, I can’t do it’.”last_img read more

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first_imgReports have emerged that Real Madrid have opened talks with former Chelsea coach Antonio Conte as Julen Lopetegui’s position as Coach becomes increasingly uncertain.Football Espana quotes both Sportitalia and the Corriere dello Sport as their source of the report amidst Madrid’s poor run of form. Having lost three of their last four in which they have not scored once.Earlier last week, there were reports in Diario AS that Conte is ‘the only top Coach without a team’ while current Madrid B team Coach and former winger Santiago Solari is also being considered.Speculative reports suggests that Madrid have given current coach Lopetegui month end to turn things around with upcoming fixtures against Levante, Viktoria Plzen and Barcelona.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…There are claims that The Blues will be paid compensation before Conte can be appointed elsewhere before next summer since he is still being paid by the West London club.Also in consideration is 41-year-old Solari, who has been in charge of the club’s Castilla team since 2016 where he replaced Zinedine Zidane in 2016.last_img read more

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first_imgEx-Man Utd striker Andrew Cole could link up with Sol Campbell, as the Macclesfield Town manager wants the former Manchester United striker as an attacking coach.The Mirror claims the former Birmingham City frontman is in talks over joining the League Two side as an attacking coach.Cole had a great playing career with Newcastle United and with Manchester United and played for his country alongside Campbell and was also a team-mate of the defender at Portsmouth.Cole also played five times for Birmingham in their 2007 Championship promotion campaign, scoring just one goal which came against Wolverhampton Wanderers.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The 47-year-old retired from active football in 2008 and embarked on a coaching career that has seen him work at MK Dons, Huddersfield Town, under former Birmingham manager Lee Clark, before stopping at Manchester United.Macclesfield is 23rd on the League 2 table, three points from safety having won three and drawn three of Campbell’s nine matches.last_img read more

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first_imgManchester United defender Antonio Valencia could reportedly leave the club before the end of the January transfer window, according to Sports Mole.Valencia’s current deal with United expires at the end of the season and having fallen out of favour, was expected to leave on a free transfer in June.However, reports in the English press say the Red Devils are prepared to allow the Ecuador international to leave either on loan or on a free before the transfer window closes on January 31, which has attracted the attention of Newcastle United and Fulham.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Valencia, who will turn 34 later this year, has made played over 300 games for United since joining the club from Wigan Athletic in 2009.The right-back is still officially United’s club captain, but has only featured in five Premier League games this season and was again left out of the squad for Friday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal.Valencia is currently behind Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot for the right-back position at Manchester United this season.last_img read more

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first_imgHowie Kent with the Division of Forestry says the Kenai Peninsula still has a lot of dry fire fuels, which have become more flammable due to recent warmer temperatures.: “We’re expecting a little bit of breezy conditions along the coastal areas, like Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, that kind of area. For the weekend we are expected to get warmer and dryer, which will lead to higher temperatures, and lower relative humidity which equal the possibility for more fires.”   While this summer’s wildfire season has so far been quiet in Alaska, there are areas of the state that have been sunny, warm, and are drying. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As Alaska residents and visitors prepare to head outside for the warm weekend, the state’s wildland fire officials would like to remind the public to be extremely cautious with any activity that could ignite a wildfire. In southcentral Alaska, recent warm days and temperatures on the  forecast will dry the surface fuels and deeper layers of forested lands leaving them very susceptible to fire starts. Kent: “As people get out and they want to do some camping, and want to have a campfire remember to keep your campfire small in case the winds pick up unexpectedly try and keep your fire under control.”last_img read more

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