Kliff Kingsbury leaves USC for NFL job

first_imgGoing pro· Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was briefly hired as a USC offensive coordinator. (Photo from Bleacher Report/Twitter)USC offensive coordinator  and quarterbacks coach Kliff Kingsbury is leaving the team to take the head coach position with the Arizona Cardinals, according to Fox Sports. Kingsbury, who was hired on Dec. 5, will depart without coaching a single game for the Trojans.Kingsbury replaced Tee Martin as offensive coordinator 10 days after being fired from his position as head coach at Texas Tech, Kingsbury’s alma mater. The 39-year-old coach accepted the position at USC despite reports of significant interest from NFL teams.However, in the last week, Kingsbury’s future with the program was subjected to serious doubt. Reports that NFL teams wanted to interview Kingsbury for their head coaching positions resurfaced, but Athletic Director Lynn Swann blocked the Cardinals and New York Jets from interviewing Kingsbury, ESPN reported. NBC’s Pro Football Talk reported Saturday that Kingsbury could use the small buyout in his contract to leave the program and be free to interview with NFL teams. However, Swann then modified his stance and allowed NFL teams to talk to Kingsbury.Kingsbury interviewed with the Jets on Monday, according to The Athletic. NFL Network subsequently reported that Kingsbury was being interviewed by the Cardinals Tuesday morning — hours later, Kingsbury made the jump to the NFL, leaving USC’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach positions vacant once more.Although Kingsbury’s Red Raider teams struggled on the defensive end, he was widely pegged as the perfect candidate to improve a Trojan offense that underachieved in 2018. His sudden departure might be hard to fathom in the moment, but Swann and Helton will need to resume their search for a new talented offensive mind.Utah State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach David Yost is a potential candidate. The Aggies rode a prolific offense to a 10-2 record in 2018, as their 47.5 points per game ranked second in the nation. At USC, Yost would fill the same role as at Utah State while making an upward move to one of the blue-blood football programs in the country. Fans may question Yost’s accomplishments because they came at the expense of non-Power 5 opponents, but Utah State was competitive in matchups with ranked teams Michigan State and Boise State. In addition, the performance of Aggies sophomore quarterback Jordan Love would be encouraging for USC fans looking for growth from freshman signal-caller JT Daniels.Fresno State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kalen DeBoer is another possible solution because of his ability to improve struggling offenses. When DeBoer took over at Eastern Michigan in 2014, the Eagles ranked No. 124 in total offense. By DeBoer’s final season in 2016, the Eagles ranked No. 35. Similarly, Fresno State ranked No. 127 in offensive efficiency in 2016, the year before DeBoer arrived, but it finished last season at No. 35.last_img read more

Three-peat? 3 straight bogeys leave Koepka in neutral at PGA

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Bogey, bogey, bogey.This was not what Brooks Koepka had in mind when he was thinking about three in a row at the PGA Championship.Now, if he’s going to become the first player to three-peat at the PGA since Walter Hagen did it in the 1920s, he’ll have to win his first in come-from-behind fashion. It’s all because of those three straight 5s he made — on the par-4 13th, 14th and 15th holes Saturday at chilly Harding Park.“I thought I played a lot better than the score reflected,” Koepka said. “I made one bad swing.”One bad swing and a couple of bad breaks led to the bogeys that undermined what was an otherwise solid day. He bounced back with a pair of birdies down the stretch to shoot 1-under 69 and finish at 7 under. He’s in the same spot he was coming into the day — two shots out of the lead. But instead of tied for second, he’s tied for fourth. And instead of chasing Li Haotong, he’s trying to catch his workout buddy, 2016 U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, who shot 65.“I’ve been in this position before and capitalized,” said Koepka, who overcame a one-shot deficit for his first major victory, the 2017 U.S. Open. “DJ’s only won once. I’m playing good, so we’ll see.”Also in the group of 17 players within four shots of the lead are Justin Rose (6 under) and Jason Day (6 under), who have won one major apiece. Koepka has won four. Nobody else in that bunch has any.“A lot of experience is what I can bring to it,” Koepka said.He said the stiff hip that brought the trainer out to work on him during Friday’s second round is not an issue. If it was bothering him in the third round, it didn’t show.At one point late in the afternoon, Koepka was one of 15 players within two shots of the lead. He had pulled within one, and didn’t have a single bogey on his card, when he hit his approach shot out of the fairway long, and short-sided himself in back of the 13th green. He missed a 15-foot putt for par for his first bogey.His approach from out of the rough on 14 left him short-sided in a greenside bunker en route to bogey No. 2.Then, on 15, he short-sided his approach and followed with a delicate shot out of thick rough that did not reach the green. He almost chipped in to save par, but the ball slid barely past.“It’s mistakes you can’t” make, Koepka said. “I short-sided myself. If you’re going to miss here, you have to miss on the correct side.”By the time the bogey string was over, he was 1 over for the day, four shots out of the lead and in comeback mode. Now, he’ll be facing a Sunday unlike his last two PGAs. Last year, he went into the final round with a seven-shot lead and never let anyone near. In 2018, he came in with a two-shot lead over Adam Scott and ended up holding off Tiger Woods.This time — that same two-shot deficit he had coming into Saturday. But as he walked off the course, he made it clear he found neither the deficit nor that group clustered near the top of the leaderboard to be obstacles he couldn’t overcome.“It’s just a comfort level,” Koepka said. “I feel very comfortable around the lead in the big events. … It should be a fun shootout.”Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 9th August, 2020 09:29 IST Three-peat? 3 Straight Bogeys Leave Koepka In Neutral At PGA Now, if he’s going to become the first player to three-peat at the PGA since Walter Hagen did it in the 1920s, he’ll have to win his first in come-from-behind fashion. It’s all because of those three straight 5s he made — on the par-4 13th, 14th and 15th holes Saturday at chilly Harding Park First Published: 9th August, 2020 09:29 IST COMMENTcenter_img Written By WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Warning issued after potent jellyfish washed up on Donegal beach

first_imgA potentially dangerous Lion’s Mane jellyfish has been washed up on a beach off Donegal.The massive jellyfish was found by a passer-by at Carn Beach in Ardara.The find comes after Irish Water Safety issued a warning to swimmers to beware of the dangerous species, which have been spotted in their numbers along Ireland’s east coast in recent days. The jellyfish’s sting is much stronger than those of other species found in Irish waters and can cause anaphylactic reactions in people who are allergic.The Lion’s Mane jellyfish can reach a diameter of 2m, but are normally much smaller.They have 150 tentacles each and their colour ranges from deep red to yellow.John Leech of Irish Water Safety revealed that there is at least one hospitalisation in Ireland each year following a sting from a Lion’s Mane jellyfish. “Everyone who is swimming this week in beaches along the East coast should be conscious of these Lion’s Mane jellyfish, which have been brought in with the spring tide in their numbers,” he said.“They have the potential to cause an anaphylactic reaction in someone who is stung, if they should be allergic, but much like a bee sting, you don’t know until you’ve been stung.“We have seen a number of people hospitalised from this jellyfish and its sting is quite painful and different to other jellyfish found in Irish waters.“The sting from their tentacles may last for days after they have died,” he said.“They should ease off in about five days when the tide goes out again, there will be fewer of them,” he said.Meanwhile, the Irish Water Safety spokesperson also revealed that peeing on a jellyfish sting is an old wives’ tale and will not alleviate the pain. “If you get stung, you need to wash it with salt water and remove the tentacles as soon as you can. Place a dry cold pack against it. As with anything, if the pain does not die down or the sting appears particularly bad, seek medical attention and go to A&E,” he said.Warning issued after potent jellyfish washed up on Donegal beach was last modified: July 11th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ArdaradonegaljellyfishLion’s Manestinglast_img read more