Football Larry Johnson serves as the constant for changing Ohio State

Defensive line coach Larry Johnson celebrates after a Buckeye touchdown in the second half of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNoah Potter took another visit to Ohio State on Dec. 7, three days after head coach Urban Meyer had announced his retirement, handing offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day the reins to one of the most prominent college football programs in the country. Potter, a four-star defensive end recruit, had been committed to the Buckeyes since April 16. And after the coaching change, his commitment never waned, and he signed his letter of intent on Dec. 19, the first day of the early-signing period. But when Potter was first introduced as a freshman defensive lineman at Ohio State, he was not talking about the loss of Meyer, the hiring of Day or the coaching inconsistencies. He was talking about one of the only parts of the Ohio State coaching staff that remained consistent through the coaching change: defensive line coach Larry Johnson. “Once me and Coach Day and Coach J had the in-home meeting and [he] told me Coach J was staying, I never wavered,” Potter said. “There was uncertainty, and I was kind of scared what was going to happen, but I committed to Coach J.” Potter, five-star defensive end Zach Harrison and three-star defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie are Johnson’s next assignments after five seasons of developing first-round talent on the Ohio State defensive line, including 14 defensive player or linemen of the year recipients — more than any Big Ten program has accumulated in the past 22 years.Now going into his first season as the head coach at Ohio State, Day knew he wanted to have Johnson by his side. Day said his defensive line coach was a major part of his success in the summer when he prepared to serve as the head coach for the first three games of the season during Meyer’s suspension. With all of the change, Johnson was one constant for Day, who promoted him to the associate head coach job along with being in charge of the defensive line room. “You have to win the locker room,” Day said. “What he’s recruited to the defensive line, how those guys feel about it. More than that, he’s a father figure to everybody on the team.” For Johnson, recruiting never waned. Potter, the No. 9 recruit from the state of Ohio in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, said Johnson showed a level of genuine care for each of the players he interacted with, something he had not seen from other programs. “With all the schools I visited, nobody talked technique and was so passionate about it as much as him,” Potter said. “I knew he would treat me like one of his sons and embrace me and love me for me.” With the talent he has accumulated, Johnson has excelled on the field as well. This past season, the Buckeyes finished the season with 41 sacks in 14 games, No. 2 in the Big Ten. Twenty-three of the 41 total sacks were from Nick Bosa, Dre’Mont Jones and sophomore defensive end Chase Young. This was something Greg Mattison, the former defensive line coach at Michigan and newly named co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State, watched and admired from afar.“Whenever you play in a league together, you always get a chance to see the other team’s defensive line. And I would always watch their defensive line and watch his coaching,” Mattison said. “All you’ve got to do is look what he’s done with guys and where they’ve gone to the next level.” Harrison said he met Johnson in the spring of his freshman season at Olentangy Orange High School. In the past four years, the five-star defensive end said their relationship has been strong, and their feelings of trust are mutual. When Harrison came to Ohio State and began workouts as an early enrollee, the pressure returned — the pressure to perform in front of the coach who had previously coached Nick and Joey Bosa, Dre’Mont Jones and Michael Bennett. “You know he knows what he’s talking about,” Harrison said. “You don’t want to let him down.  You go that much harder.” Harrison said he goes that much harder because of Johnson, the coach who helped him decide to come to Ohio State, the coach who, if not with the Buckeyes, would have changed the past four years of his recruitment. Harrison, Potter and McKenzie join a room filled with former five-star and four-star linemen, some of who, such as freshman Tyreke Smith, Taron Vincent and Tyler Friday, have barely touched the field. He wanted the camaraderie, the familial atmosphere, the brotherhood that Johnson has defined since 2014. He wanted the expectation of a unit led by Johnson to come down to his play, matching those who had come before him. But for Harrison, it’s simpler than that. The five-star defensive end wants to learn from whom he considers to be one of the best in the country. “Everything he knows, I want to know.” read more

A Trailblazer Paris McGee Jr challenges norms of a male gymnast

Fourth-year in journalism and Ohio State gymnast Paris McGee views himself not as an athlete first but as a student. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Former Assistant Sports DirectorParis McGee Jr. noticed something about men’s gymnastics: there were no men on the floor that looked like him. When he got to college, he strived to change that.Since he was a little kid, McGee’s parents had him involved in a plethora of activities. He started off as a model and actor for Nickelodeon Jr and performed on Broadway. To add on to his long lists of talents, McGee wanted to learn how to flip. Fulfilling their ambitious boy’s dreams, his parents got him involved in gymnastics when he was 8, McGee said. Four months later, he said he was already good enough to make the competitive team.“In my first level six regional competition, I remember going into the competition and my coach telling us that the other kids were going to be a lot better than us so don’t expect to medal, just give it your best shot,” McGee said. “I walked away with six out of seven titles.” When McGee practiced the next day, he said no one acknowledged his success. It was then that he had noticed that his talents were far more advanced than his teammates, which everyone was shocked by. A few years later, schools like Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska began to show deep interest in McGee. He eventually decided to join the Cornhuskers.After his freshman year, McGee had decided that Nebraska was not the best fit for him. He struggled with the decision of giving up gymnastics altogether and going back home to pick up where he left off in his modeling career. “I was going to go back home to NYU to focus on school and officially quit gymnastics and maybe give acting and modeling another shot,” McGee, now a redshirt senior, said. “I decided to at least give gymnastics one more shot. So I came to Ohio State because I wanted to, at the very least, stop gymnastics on my terms and not anyone else’s.” According to the NCAA demographics research, there are currently 20 African American male gymnasts. This makes up roughly 6 percent of the sport. Remi Roberts, a student coach on the George Washington University women’s gymnastics team, said these numbers don’t surprise her. “As a little girl, there would only be about one black boy on each team or at a meet, if even that,” Roberts said. This is one aspect to college athletics that McGee has noticed and has bothered him throughout his collegiate career. McGee had trouble connecting with his teammates and feeling like he belonged due to a gap in their cultures that everyone expected him to adjust and fill in. It even made him wish that he had been on teams like track or football. He said, being the only black player on the team, he would go to a lot of social gatherings that were predominately white, making him stand out. When those roles were reversed, McGee said his friends had a difficult time. “One of my teammates left a party that we went to that was predominantly black because he was uncomfortable,” McGee said. “What hurt me was that what I live through on a day-to-day basis, he couldn’t even handle for 10 minutes, but it wasn’t an issue when I had to go through it.” McGee is aware that this culture of being expected to fit in isn’t limited to just him.Where he lacked support from other racial groups, he expected to find it in his own. This wasn’t the case. McGee said the lack of black male participation comes from the derogation of the sport in the black community. “The black community looks at gymnastics as an attack on our masculinity,” McGee said.According to McGee, there has only been one black male NCAA all-around gymnastics champion. He wants to see this number increase. McGee said he is willing to fight his battles to show little black boys in the crowd watching, like he once was, that they belong. “I did it so you can do it,” McGee said. “There’s no excuse. And if you do do it just know that you are going to have an army of people behind you.” read more

Goretzka is the player that resembles me best – Matthäus

first_imgBayern Munich legend Lothar Matthäus believes that the club’s new signing Leon Goretzka is the player that resembles him the most when he was at his primeThe Germany international is currently preparing with the rest of the national team ahead of their opening game against Mexico in the World Cup after agreeing on a four-year deal to join Bayern this summer back in January.And Matthäus, who led Germany to the 1990 World Cup title and won the Ballon d’Or award later that year, believes that the playmaker has similar attributes to himself when he was at the peak of his career.“I think I was someone who worked very well for the defence and the attack,” Matthäus told the Bundesliga website.“Nobody can play like me (laughs!). There are differences and similarities but my position was box-to-box and Leon Goretzka is a player like this.”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).The German legend believes that the game has become much faster compared to his own playing days.“The speed is much higher than 20 or 30 years ago,” Matthäus continued.“It’s the same when you compare the World Cup to the ‘60s and ‘70s. That was football standing still, and football at Italia ’90 was moving and running a little bit more than before, but now it’s really high-speed!.”Goretzka ended his final season for Schalke with four goals and two assists as they sealed a return to the Champions League for next season by finishing in second place to Bayern in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

Modric doesnt think that this generation is under pressure

first_imgIt has been said that this World Cup is the last chance of the so-called Golden generation of Croatian football around Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic – but the first one denied the pressure connected with this.The Real Madrid playmaker doesn’t think that the pressure connected with the expectations of this special group of players will affect the somehow as they expect the best from themselves and they are their biggest critics.Modric spoke about his expectations as he said, according to Sports Keeda:“I hope the pressure that you mention will not be an obstacle. It is only right that there are expectations of us, but first and foremost we expect of ourselves more than anyone else.”Luka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“Whether this is the last chance or not is irrelevant,” Croatia’s captain replied, before looking forward to Saturday’s opening match against Nigeria.”“Let’s focus on what’s important and that is the first game, then the next game, and then the next game.”“Our first objective is to emerge from the group and I hope we will prove all those epithets right about this generation.”last_img read more

Klopp recalls Napoli ban back in his Dortmund days

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reflected on the touchline ban he received in Stadio San Paolo as Borussia Dortmund manager as he leads his team to take on Napoli again.The German tactician was sent off for dissent at the Stadio San Paolo in 2013 when he was still in charge of Borussia Dortmund.“It was not my best performance, personally,” he added.“I reacted in a way which was absolutely not OK. I still understand why I was not happy with the situation, only the reaction was too much.“I tried to go in the stand and it was not nice, sitting there and getting all the comments from people around, so that is why I decided second half I had to do something about it and I was then with the groundsman in that little room with a big Maradona shirt on the wall.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It was one of the better experiences I had to be honest, watching it with the groundsman. I hear he’s still here – that would be nice.“They gave me two games (ban). Since then nothing happened anymore, so it was my last time when I was a bit too excited. Now I know it will not happen again.”When the draw for this Champions League group was made, Liverpool had only recently beaten Napoli 5-0 in a friendly.“It was a pre-season friendly, nothing else. We scored with each shot. Napoli had a lot of chances.“It’s not important and we didn’t talk about that game for one second.”last_img read more

Mourinho is slowly recovering Manchester United

first_imgWith another steady performance at Bournemouth, Jose Mourinho is slowly taking back Manchester United’s real level of performance.It appears that the start of the season for Manchester United is slowly turning into a thing of the past to Jose Mourinho and his players, the Red Devils proved today that they are back in a positive dynamic with their performance at Bournemouth.Pretty much all the players who had been struggling this season, were the ones who delivered on the promise that they would massively improve their game.Even Alexis Sanchez was great today and he was the most criticized player until now, we are going to have to dissect the individual performances of several players because they have completely changed the switch and they should arrive at the Manchester Derby with great confidence.The best player for United was French winger Anthony Martial, he has taken over the leading role in the team’s offensive moments and he shared it with Alexis Sanchez today.Both players had been extremely criticized this season because they didn’t start on a very good note, today’s performance was a vindication of their talent and proof that Jose Mourinho has recovered both in the team’s benefit for the rest of the season.The squad was even capable of coming back from an initial negative result, as the Cherries scored first through [email protected], @AnthonyMartial, @MarcusRashford and @LukeShaw23 are today’s #MUFC Man of the Match nominees!🗳️ Vote now in our official app:— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 3, 2018But that goal was one of the few good moments that Bournemouth had, Manchester United dominated throughout the rest of the game and were brilliant up front with all the players who came to Vitality Stadium quite inspired.Martial was the one who scored the equalizer before halftime, he did it after Alexis Sanchez sent a cross from the right wing and struck the ball low for his goal.Getting that result wasn’t going to be an easy task for the Mancunians, they were always dangerous up front through Paul Pogba’s inspired night but the Cherries defense proved that they wouldn’t give away the result so easily.Alexis kept the role as the player who pulled back all the defenders with his movements, something that gave the rest of the strikers a little more freedom, especially during the second half as the Red Devils improved vastly thanks to Jose Mourinho’s modifications as the clock kept ticking.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Pogba understood that he was going to have to keep the ball through more prolonged moments of the game, he was able to read the game and was able to lead his teammates to complete dominance during the second half.The sensation after Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera got in the game during the final 35 minutes of the game, was that Manchester United would win the game.We’re #MUFC – we fight until the end 👊— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 3, 2018The crucial moment of the night came until the very last minute, Manchester United never surrendered and was able to take the pressure in without letting Bournemouth breathe after every single ball they lost.The final play came from a beautiful cross that Paul Pogba got on the box with a soft elevated ball, both Martial and Rashford were waiting inside the box with many Cherries’ defenders covering them.The English forward was the lucky one who got to score the winning goal, he could strike a loose ball inside the box and buried the ball that gave Manchester United those three points that leaves them with 20 on the table and still with a great opportunity to fight for the title.With this victory, the Red Devils remain only six points behind leaders Manchester City only one week before the Manchester Derby at Etihad Stadium.However, Pep Guardiola’s side could still move 9 points past United if they beat Southampton this Sunday.It’s exciting to know that Jose Mourinho’s squad is slightly recovered from the poor form they were showing a few weeks ago, they will at least try to compete against the Citizens and maybe even get a positive result if they are lucky next week.Man. Like. Rashford. #MUFC #BOUMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 3, 2018How would you qualify Manchester Unite’s performance at Bournemouth this Saturday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Report on Jhargram workers death rebuts BJP claim

first_imgKolkata: BJP’s allegation that the TMC is killing its supporters has been proved wrong after it was found that the Jhargram worker died of stroke and there were no external injury marks on his body.Ramen Singh, a local BJP leader of Gopiballavpur in Jhargram, died on May 11, a day before the sixth phase of election. The BJP had alleged that Singh had been killed by Trinamool goons. The matter was reported to the Election Commission and leaders, including BJP state president Dilip Ghosh and BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya had criticized Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for unleashing a reign of terror in Bengal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFamily members of Singh alleged that some goons owning allegiance to the TMC had attacked Singh and beat him up with iron rod and sticks. Singh had died on the pot. This incident led to tension in the area and the BJP had lodged complaint against 15 TMC workers. The district police conducted the post-mortem at the Jhargram district hospital. A team of doctors was formed to conduct the post mortem. The whole process was videographed. The post-mortem report said that Singh died of a “cerebro vascular accident”. There was no external mark of injury and no organ had been damaged. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateArijit Singh, Superintendent of Police, Jhargram, said the post-mortem report had been received on Sunday. The police are conducting an inquiry to find out if false complaints had been lodged in the matter. The local BJP leaders, who had raised their voice on May 12, are not saying a word on the incident since the police received the post-mortem report. Deputy Speaker Sukumar Hansda said: “The BJP has lodged false complaints to malign the TMC. They have vitiated the political environment in Bengal.”last_img read more

How tweets influence millennials

first_imgTweets, either for or against, can influence the thinking process of young people and the speed of the messenger matters here too, say researchers. “Twitter is an important outlet. We know that,” said lead author Joseph Erba, Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas. “We also know from traditional advertising and marketing literature that the visual identification of the communicator matters. What we were interested to see is if the visual identification of a Twitter user influences how people perceive the message. It does.” Finally, the messenger can be just as important as the message, the findings revealed. “If you want a message to hit home with white millennials, you have to think not only about the message but who is delivering the message,” Erba said. The team took a sample of how white millennial participants viewed real tweets, then answered about their perceptions of the issue and about who tweeted the messages.last_img read more