Urban Meyer Weighs In On Alabama’s Scheduling Practices

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer talking to the media at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Alabama’s scheduling practices under Nick Saban have been criticized for years, and recently, the school has finally started to schedule some big-time non-conference opponents. Friday, former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was asked by Colin Cowherd about scheduling in college football.Meyer told Cowherd that he, as both the head coach at Florida and Ohio State, signed off on non-conference matchups. He said that with the Gators, because they always played Florida State, they avoided traveling too far for another non-conference game. He said that with the Buckeyes, their philosophy was to schedule one major home-and-home opponent per year.The most interesting part of the conversation came when Meyer commented on the SEC’s perceived weak non-conference schedules.“I think Alabama’s changing but that’s way down the road when they’re going to Wisconsin. I think they’re going home-and-home with Wisconsin. …but you have to figure too that the SEC is getting two teams a year into the playoff. And Ohio State’s not. So does schedule strength really matter? That’s the question – does it matter? Should it matter more? Those are all debates.I remember Gene and I talking about it. You can say that schedule strength matters, but wait a minute, does it? If Ohio State doesn’t get in the playoff or another school doesn’t get in the playoff and they’re playing nine conference games and another big-time opponent and they don’t get in. And someone’s playing eight conference games and then maybe not the strongest non-conference but they do get two in – those are all conversations you have to have.”Meyer stepped down as Ohio State’s head coach after the 2018 season. While he’s said he thinks he’s done coaching, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him return to the sport at some point.Until then, you can catch him on FOX’s college football pregame show on Saturday mornings.last_img read more

In Bangladesh UN agency Goodwill Ambassador Kristin Davis urges action for Rohingya

“For me, the most shocking part of the Rohingya refugee crisis is the number of children who have had to flee their homes,” Ms. Davis, Goodwill Ambassador for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at the end of her visit to Kutupalong Refugee camp in Bangladesh. “Over half of the refugees in the camp are children. Some of them have lost one or both parents and they are on their own,” she added. She said that they need everything, including the very basics of shelter, water and food. “I can’t imagine going through what these children and their families have gone through, much less having the strength, resilience and extraordinary bravery these children possess,” she said. According to UNHCR, the Rohingya are a stateless minority in Myanmar. Since violence erupted on 25 August 2017 in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, more than 600,000 people have fled to Bangladesh. Children make up 54 per cent of the total population. A recent survey of more than 170,000 families, or 740,000 individuals found that 5,677, or 3.3 per cent, of the households are headed by children; more than 4,800 households, or 2.8 per cent, include separated and unaccompanied children; and as many as 14 per cent of families are composed of single mothers holding their families together with little support in harsh camp conditions. “This is currently the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world and seeing the impact of this emergency on children is devastating,” Ms. Davis continued. UNHCR requires $83.7 million to respond to humanitarian needs in Bangladesh until the end of February 2018 in order to meet the acute needs of children, women and men fleeing conflict. UNHCR’s response is currently less than half funded. “The fact is that more funding, more donations, will save lives. Governments, the public, private sector, businesses, we all need to do what we can to help and donate now to support the Rohingya refugees,” Mr. Davis added. read more