SA urged to join fight against abuse

first_img22 February 2013 The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Violence against Women and Children says every South African has an important role to play in rooting out the scourge of gender-based violence in the country. The committee, which was established by the Cabinet in May 2012, met in Cape Town on Wednesday to discuss matters relating to its mandate. “Everyone has a responsibility to act to stop violence against women and children,” said Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, who attended the meeting. “We need to work with our communities, especially men and boys, to change the culture of violence and initiate prevention activities to support highly vulnerable women and children, including those with disabilities.” The Ministers of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Justice and Constitutional Development, Health, Home Affairs, Police and Basic Education also form part of the committee.‘A complex socio-economic problem’ The committee said violence against women and children was a complex social and economic problem which affected all South Africans irrespective of race, gender and social class. It said the government had enacted various pieces of legislation to provide better protection for women and children. However, it was time to move from policy to action, and focus on prevention and early intervention to support women and children. The committee reviewed a number of research studies on the root causes of violence against women and children, with the view to developing new strategies to fight the scourge. It said that while research has shown a significant reduction in female homicide, research conducted by the Medical Research Council (1999 and 2009) had identified gaps in the government’s response. While there was strong research on men and what caused them to behave violently, there was a strong need to focus on what was required to educate girls on their responsibilities to protect themselvesCall for harsher sentences for abusers The committee reiterated the government’s commitment to preventing violence against women and children, holding perpetrators accountable for their actions, and ensuring that women and children who experienced violence received support. It also echoed the call for the courts to give strong sentences to perpetrators. The committee said there was also a need to tighten up procedures in the departments that dealt with survivors, so as to prevent secondary victimisation. “We cannot continue having social workers, police officers and health workers who treat issues of domestic violence as a private matter,” Dlamini said. “There is evidence that victims reported cases of domestic violence to police or social workers, but their pleas for help fell on deaf ears or they were told to resolve the matter with their partners.” Concerns about the attitude of South African men were also raised, and the committee emphasised the need to include them in the discussion about gender-based violence as part of the solution. “If we are to reduce the incidence and impact of violence against women and children, we need communities, organisations and individuals to join government in taking action,” the committee said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Dock workers and port organizations urged to begin labor talks

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A number of trade associations (including the National Pork Producers Council) this week sent a letter to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), urging them to begin early discussions on a contract extension or a new contract covering operations at West Coast shipping ports. Those groups, which represent, respectively, dock workers and the companies that own West Coast port facilities, in 2014 and into early 2015 were involved in protracted labor talks and a work slowdown that negatively affected U.S. exporters.The U.S. meat and poultry sectors lost an estimated $40 million a week during the slowdown. The two sides in early 2015 signed a new five-year contract (retroactive to July 1, 2014) that expires June 30, 2019. NPPC and the other organizations, representing manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses, wholesalers, retailers, importers, exporters, distributors, transportation and logistics providers and other supply chain stakeholders, urged the ILWU and PMA to conclude negotiations before that date.They also suggested developing a new model, including early and continuous dialogue between the parties, for future negotiations and called on the union and the port association “to avoid actions that would slow, stop, or disrupt cargo movement during negotiations.” They urged the sides to maintain the arbitration mechanisms in the existing contract until a new final agreement is reached. “Agreeing early to a long-term contract will provide the stability and predictability our collective members need, while protecting against any self-inflicted harm to the broader U.S. economy,” said the 113 trade associations in their letter.last_img read more

Best LittleCo of 2010: Tumblr

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tumblr launched back in 2007, but this year it really took off in terms of growth – crushing its nearest light blogging rival,Posterous. Tumblr achieved this growth at surprisingly low staffing levels: just 16 employees, with an estimated 20 before end of 2010. It’s got plenty of money behind it, though. The company has raised $40m. $30m of that was raised this month from existing investors Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures, plus new investors Sequoia Capital (who backed Google in 1999, before it went big).ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 In Review:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010Best BigCo of 2010: FacebookTop Trends of 2010: App StoresMost Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeoTop Trends of 2010: Internet TVTop 10 Startups of 2010Top Trends of 2010: PrivacyTumblr currently boasts over 11 million blogs running on its service, perhaps leading to some performance hiccups recently. In a recent comparison we did between Tumblr and the popular blogging service WordPress, we discovered that people who visit Tumblr blogs view far more pages per person and twice as many pages in total. WordPress still has many more publishers and far more site visitors, but Tumblr is doing better on a user engagement level.Heading into 2011, Tumblr has a full tank of funding petrol and is racing full speed up the page view growth slope. Content curation is expected to be a big trend of 2011, so next year could be another tipping point again for this trendy New York startup.What do you think of our choice for Best LittleCo of 2010? Do you agree with Tumblr, or should it have been another startup? As always, let us know in the comments. Tags:#2010 in Review#Features#New Media#NYT#web#Year in Review Every year since 2004, ReadWriteWeb has selected a best ‘little company.’ In past years we’ve given this honor to Flickr, 37Signals, YouTube (in 2006, the year it was acquired by Google), Twitter (in 2007, before it went mainstream), Zoho, and Aardvark. As you can see, many of these companies have gone onto much bigger things. When we select the Best LittleCo winner each year, we look for small companies (less than 100 employees) that have set the online world alight.This year there was plenty of competition. Foursquare won the battle of the check-in apps, Flipboard created an innovative iPad app that caught our imagination, Instagram burst onto the scene with a mobile photo app. The LittleCo that impressed us the most though was New York-based Tumblr.We’ve already noted that the rise of Tumblr, Posterous and other ‘light blogging’ services was one of the top trends of 2010. These are products which enable you to publish and share things very quickly and at the click of a button. A lot of the activity in this form of publishing in 2010 was due to Tumblr’s increasing usage among people outside of the early adopter set, along with pick-up from a number of traditional media companies. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Love the Game, Win or Lose

first_imgA “no” is just as much a part of the game as a “yes.” You like the part of the game when your dream client says “yes” to your “ask.” You must also love the game when your dream client tells you “no.” It’s all part of the game, and no one is undefeated.Prospecting is as big a part of the game is presenting in the board room. Your love for opportunity creation has to be every bit as deep as your love of what comes after an opportunity has been created. If you don’t love opportunity creation, if you don’t love the pursuit, you don’t love the game.Asking for time is as important as the final “ask,” when you ask your dream client for their business. The sexy part of sales is when you get ink on paper and move your opportunity into the win column. Everything before that is the real game being played, the meetings, the back and forth, the risks. You have to love everything between target and close.The deals that run off the tracks are part of the same game as the deals that end up in the win column. You are too happy about deals that die or are lost prematurely, and through no fault of your own. The deals that are lost on the way to your wins are part of the game, not separate from it.Being competitively displaced when you make a mistake or misstep is the same game you are playing when you competitively displace your competitor. Given a long enough timeline, you will lose the clients you win. Even if it takes decades. That’s the same game as the one when you take your competitor’s longtime loyal client from them.You aren’t supposed to like to lose. It’s not supposed to be fun. You’re also not supposed to like the word “no,” or dealing with deals that go south for no reason. You do, however, need to love the game enough to play it hard, and to learn to play it well. Win or lose. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Under fire, Sablan quits as UST coach

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Ross sees himself in SMB teammate Standhardinger Read Next Rodil “Boy” Sablan has resigned as head coach of University of Santo Tomas after being at the receiving end of an onslaught of criticisms during the current UAAP season.Sources close to the situation confirmed that Sablan tendered his resignation on Monday following a disappointing two-year run with the Growling Tigers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Inquirer tried to get the side of Sablan, but the bench tactician is still mum on the situation. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES View comments A report by The Varsitarian, however, said that Institute of Physical Education and Athletics Director Fr. Jannel Abogado, O.P. “has given the go-signal for Sablan’s suspension.”Sablan, according to the UST publication’s Twitter account (@varsitarianust), is barred from the Tigers’ practices and other activities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSablan, together with assistants Gerry Esplana, Bobby Jose, Tylon Darjuan, Juben Ledesma, and Gina Francisco, will all be making their exits effective Nov. 30, but their contracts will still be honored until the end of May next year.Sablan amassed a woeful 4-24 record in his tenure with the Growling Tigers and barely avoided a winless season after finishing with a 1-13 slate this Season 80, the school’s worst UAAP record. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Castro returns for Gilas Pilipinas vs Japan

first_imgJayson Castro. Fiba.comJayson Castro will be making his return for the Philippines in its game against Japan on Sunday after missing one game due to an ankle injury.Castro, the star point guard, did not play in Gilas Pilipinas’ 84-68 loss to Australia on Thursday in Melbourne.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Injured Castro out for Gilas vs AustraliaJio Jalalon and Troy Rosario, who also missed the game against the Boomers, are also suiting up against the Japanese at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCastro, Jalalon and Rosario replaced Kevin Alas, Carl Brian Cruz and Abu Tratter in the final lineup, which was announced by national team coach Chot Reyes on ESPN5’s Facebook page.Joining the three in the roster are June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Calvin Abueva, Kiefer Ravena, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy and Allein Maliksi. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Reyes defends Blatche: ‘His value goes beyond points, rebounds’ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Read Nextcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Fajardo, the reigning four-time PBA MVP, led the Filipinos with 15 points against the Aussies, who remained undefeated at 3-0.Blatche, who only had eight points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes against Australia, is expected to have a much better outing against Japan, which has yet to win after three games. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City View commentslast_img read more

Disneys Once Upon a Time returns to Richmond BC to shoot finale

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter The curtain may be closing for Steveston-filmed Once Upon a Time, but local fans may get one last chance to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars next week.Rumour has it the show will film its finale in Steveston on March 28 and 29, according to a tweet from Visit Richmond BC.First introduced in 2011, the highly ranked show, which intertwines a fairytale world with modern life, boosted tourism in Steveston. Tourism Richmond promoted special package deals for fans including hotel stays and Disney-licensed “Once” merchandise, such as T-shirts, tote bags, hoodies and posters. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img

Why The Most Efficient Scorer In NBA History Is Stuck On The

DETROIT — What if I told you that in today’s stats-obsessed league — where everything, including the arc of a shooter’s jump shot and the length of a player’s stride, can be spliced and measured — perhaps the most efficient scorer in modern NBA history couldn’t get off the bench most nights?That’s the reality for 7-foot-3 Pistons center Boban Marjanovic, who scores with unprecedented efficiency when he is on the court.1Since the 1973-74 season, which predates the ABA-NBA merger. Among players who’ve averaged 30 points per 100 possessions and played in at least 100 regular-season games, no player has been able to match Marjanovic in points per shot attempt, and those who have come closest are either already in the Hall of Fame or likely will be one day. He also currently leads the NBA2Among those who’ve played 10 games or more so far this season. by a wide margin in points per touch, according to data from Second Spectrum. The most efficient players in modern NBA historyLeaders in career points per shot attempt, 1974-2018 Shaquille O’Neal1993-20111.47 Charles Barkley1985-20001.52 James Harden2010-20181.51 Marjanovic, the undrafted 29-year-old Serb, has accomplished this in relative anonymity. While he might be a favorite among basketball die-hards and members of the Reddit community devoted to him, Boban will not be at the NBA All-Star game next month, and no throngs of teenagers are lining up to buy his jersey at the NBA store. And he’s only played in 13 games so far this season, a clear sign that his scoring touch doesn’t mask his other shortcomings, which are on display each time he steps on the court. Because he lacks foot speed on defense and is largely tethered to the paint on that end, opponents — particularly those with sharpshooting stretch bigs — can exploit him with the high pick-and-roll.Both sides of the double-edged sword were on display during the Pistons’ loss in Miami Wednesday night, a game in which Marjanovic got his fifth career start while one-time All-Star Andre Drummond sat out with a rib injury. Marjanovic displayed his usual soft touch around the basket, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting and nine rebounds in just 22 minutes. That production is in line with his career 1.62 points per shot attempt.Still, even with that sort of offensive firepower, the Heat — who drilled 17 threes, tied for the most Detroit’s allowed all season — were able to chase Boban off the floor whenever they downsized by playing Kelly Olynyk at center. In fact, Olynyk reeled off eight consecutive points to put Miami on an 8-0 run within two minutes of that shift; the run prompted Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy to call time and subsequently limit Marjanovic’s minutes to whenever Olynyk wasn’t playing at the 5.Watch here as Miami finds a way to exploit Marjanovic’s presence, or lack thereof, on these three plays. On the first, Miami’s Tyler Johnson comes off a screen, but Marjanovic doesn’t hedge far enough, which forces Pistons guard Reggie Bullock to defend both Johnson and Olynyk on the same play (though he’s too late to do anything about Olynyk’s open shot). During the second play, Marjanovic contains Johnson after a switch, but Olynyk capitalizes on the miss by grabbing the board over the Detroit wings, who are left to fend for themselves in the paint. On the most glaring of the three plays, Olynyk gets a wide-open look in transition after Marjanovic fails to pick him up as a trailer.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/bobanstruggles.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That sequence explains how Marjanovic has become one of the bigger chess pieces in basketball the past few seasons — one who can trigger an immediate substitution from one side or the other based on his sheer size and skill set. But his situation as a historically efficient scorer who still doesn’t see consistent playing time also speaks to how the abundance of perimeter shooting in today’s NBA has made life nearly impossible for rim-protecting 7-footers who lack the mobility to come out and defend past the free-throw line.“It’s tough, because you’re dealing with a lot of guys who can really stretch the floor, and you’ve got to be able to defend out to 25 feet,” Van Gundy said of Marjanovic, who just broke the 100-minute mark for the season Wednesday and has yet to play 1,000 career minutes in three seasons. “He’s worked hard at [improving his lateral footwork], so I’m confident in him being able to play against a lot of people. But when you get really far away from the basket, it’s a little tough on him.”A few numbers highlight how much Marjanovic struggles with perimeter-oriented bigs. So far this season, he is defending 14 midrange and 3-point tries per 100 shot attempts, the most in the NBA among the 365 players who’ve contested at least 30 such shots so far, according to Second Spectrum. Exacerbating the issue even more: Players are shooting about 15 effective field-goal percentage points better than expected against him from that range, according to Second Spectrum data, the worst gap of any center in the league to this point.None of this is to suggest that Marjanovic, who signed with the Spurs as a free agent back in 2015, has no skill on defense. Coming into this season, he held opposing players to far less than their usual averages when shooting within six feet of the rim, likely the result of his disruptive 7-foot-8 wingspan and 9-foot-7 standing reach that make him one of the largest players in NBA history. And if he had played enough minutes to qualify for the leaderboard, Marjanovic’s career total rebound percentage (21.9 percent) would put him right behind former Piston Dennis Rodman, who holds the best rate of all time (23.4 percent).But above all else, Marjanovic is a scorer. He’s very good at establishing position near the basket.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/boban.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.And once he catches the ball, either off an entry pass or after a teammate has lofted it to where only he can catch it, he has an array of moves that make him even more difficult to guard.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/boban2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Van Gundy said that part of the challenge in playing Marjanovic is timing, adding that he believes Boban matches up fairly well with a number of traditional centers around the league. But if the opposing club starts a traditional big man, then replaces him with a floor-spacer off the bench, that makes it difficult for Van Gundy to find a scenario where he can sub Marjanovic into the action. Doing so would require pulling Drummond, Detroit’s best player, or likely compromising the Pistons’ perimeter defense against a stretch big, as was the case Wednesday with Olynyk.Marjanovic has long known that developing quicker feet on defense is the key to seeing more minutes. “You can’t make someone tall like me, and you can’t make someone quick like [Pistons guard] Ish Smith,3Who, according to Second Spectrum data, is currently the NBA’s fastest player on average.” said Marjanovich, a gym rat who referenced the time he spent working with future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan in an effort to improve defensively. “But you can make small improvements that help, and you can use your mind to study, so you know what play is coming sometimes.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/bobanslow.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who coached Boban when the center first came into the league and eventually talked him into taking the Pistons’ far richer contract offer in restricted free agency, acknowledged that someone like Marjanovic probably could have had a lot more success in an earlier era of basketball — when slow-footed big men like Rik Smits, Kevin Duckworth and Bill Cartwright were averaging big minutes each night and seldom drifting from the paint. But Popovich said he respects all the work his former pupil has put in, despite the fact that there’s only so much he can do to fix his weaknesses.“You am what you am,” Popovich told me. “It’s our job to figure out who these guys are. People talk about players changing. Some some guys add skill, but they don’t change their DNA and their physical abilities and gifts that they have. Some have more than others. And you deal with that.” Boban Marjanovic2016-20181.62 PlayerYearsPoints per shot attempt Adrian Dantley1977-19911.53 For players with a mininmum of 30 points per 100 possessions in 100 regular-season games.Source: Basketball-Reference read more

Ohio State and Notre Dame gearing up for highprofile Fiesta Bowl

OSU redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball while redshirt senior tight end Nick Vannett (81) looks for a defender to block during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28. OSU won, 42-13. Credit: Samantha Hollinshead | Photo EditorA pair of last-second field goals kept both No. 7 Ohio State and No. 8 Notre Dame from reaching their ultimate goals of a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff, but the two storied programs are set to square off in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day as a consolation.The 1 p.m. showdown at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, comes after each team barely missed a chance for more.The Buckeyes (11-1) were sitting at No. 3 on Nov. 21 before a field goal as time expired by Michigan State was the one and only blow needed to put an end to their playoff chances.Seven days later, the then-No. 6 Fighting Irish (10-2) experienced similar heartbreak, as a go-ahead touchdown with 30 seconds remaining against Stanford was swiftly marred by a sprint down the field by the Cardinal offense, ending with a 45-yard field goal as time ran out.Despite falling short of its ultimate goal, OSU coach Urban Meyer said his team is thrilled to receive the draw it did.“There’s no disappointment,” Meyer said during a Sunday press conference. “You start talking about that level of football, that level of bowl game, the level of opponent you’re going to play, and you just get locked on.”However, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said during a coaches teleconference later in the day he would have liked to have seen the playoff be open to eight teams rather than four, which would’ve allowed both OSU and the Fighting Irish to sneak in.“Clearly these eight teams are all very good football teams,” Kelly said. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to hold it at four. But I think we’ve got it right right now. I don’t know that the committee is interested in going to eight right now. But I think if college football continues on the path it is, it’s going to be more and more difficult to keep it at four.”While each of the programs have existed since the late 19th century, the Fiesta Bowl will mark only the sixth time they have squared off with one another.The most recent matchup came on Jan. 2, 2006, also in the Fiesta Bowl. That game saw former OSU quarterback Troy Smith throw for 342 yards en route to a 34-20 victory.Overall, the Buckeyes hold a 3-2 series advantage, winning the past three games after losing in consecutive years in 1936 and 1937.Welcoming the new year in Arizona is nothing unfamiliar to either team. OSU is set to make its seventh appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, more than any other team, while Notre Dame is gearing up for its fifth. The teams are 4-2 and 1-3 in the game, respectively. One very memorable trip for OSU came in January 2003, when a double-overtime victory over Miami (Fla.) delivered the Buckeyes a national championship.How the Irish got thereNotre Dame’s season seemed to take an early turn for the worse when redshirt sophomore quarterback Malik Zaire was lost for the season in the second game with a broken ankle.He was replaced by redshirt freshman DeShone Kizer, a product of Toledo. Despite never leading a huddle in his collegiate career prior, Kizer had a strong year, throwing for 2,600 yards and 19 touchdowns and running for nine more scores.“We knew DeShone’s makeup, the kind of kid he was, the character he had,” Kelly said. “He went in, made a lot of plays, gained confidence. As his confidence grew, we were able to add more to his plate. Really proud of the way he handled himself.”Though the Fighting Irish lost a pair of games by two points to Clemson and Stanford, teams that ended up being ranked No. 1 and No. 6, respectively, Kelly said he is very happy with how the season turned out, especially coming off an 8-5 campaign in 2014 that ended with a trip to the Motor City Bowl.The coach credited some of the sustained success after losing his starting quarterback to borrowing the model OSU set the year before, when it went on to win the national championship despite losing its first- and second-string quarterbacks in Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett to injuries.“Urban had a similar situation last year. We kind of stole a little bit of what they did last year: not making any excuses, just going and playing,” Kelly said. “The kids really responded to that, in particular DeShone did and was able to lead our football team to some big wins.”Staff connectionsThe coaching staff of OSU is deep with Notre Dame connections, starting all the way at the top.Meyer was hired away from Colorado State before the 1996 season to become Notre Dame’s wide receivers coach. He stayed there until before the 2001 season, when he received his first head coaching job at Bowling Green.“That was a dream come true,” Meyer said during the teleconference. “That was my first exposure as a full-time coach to that level of football.”Kelly arrived at Notre Dame in 2010 by way of Cincinnati — the same school that Meyer graduated from in 1986.In addition, Meyer has been active in recruiting his coaches out of Kelly’s program. Of the nine coordinators and position coaches on Meyer’s staff, three were hired away from Kelly.For the first five years of Kelly’s tenure in South Bend, Indiana, his wide receivers coach — and later running backs coach — was Tony Alford. Before this season, Meyer hired Alford away from Kelly as OSU’s running backs coach, ending his six-year stint with the Fighting Irish.OSU offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner also worked under Kelly at Notre Dame in 2010 and 2011 as the Fighting Irish’s offensive line coach. He then took a job at OSU upon Meyer’s arrival in 2012.Following the same path as Warinner was Tim Hinton, who also left his two-year stint under Kelly when Meyer assembled his coaching staff at OSU. Hinton was Notre Dame’s running backs coach, and is now OSU’s tight ends and fullbacks coach. read more