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Paul Finebaum Believes 1 Major Coach Is Seriously On The Hot Seat

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first_img The Tigers had a disappointing 2018 season, one that nearly resulted in the ousting of Malzahn, according to reports. If the same happens in 2019, he’ll likely be done, says Finebaum.Finebaum said on ESPN’s Get Up! this week that he thinks Malzahn will “likely be gone” without a “significant season.”Auburn does have talent, though.“I happen to think top to bottom as a football team, particularly on the defensive side of the ball — and also offensively with some of the weapons they have got coming back, which is virtually everybody, this may be the best top-to-bottom team Gus Malzahn has had,” ESPN’s Tom Luginbill said, per AL.com.Finebaum isn’t quite as high on the Tigers, however.“(Luginbill) is looking at it analytically,” Finebaum added. “He’s as good as anyone there is, but the problem is psychological. (Auburn) is a slight favorite against Oregon, but you have a brand-new quarterback. Oregon has an experienced quarterback. If Oregon gets on the roll and beats them, the pressure becomes intense.“Gus Malzahn was nearly fired last season with 35 million in buyout money hanging in the balance. For as talented as they may be, if they don’t gel well, he’s not going to have an answer for the schedule.”Auburn will get a chance to make a statement right away.The Tigers begin the year on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. E.T. against Oregon. ESPN’s College GameDay will be there for that one. An extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season featured a bunch of major head coaching changes, with Urban Meyer leaving Ohio State and Mark Richt leaving Miami, among others. The 2019 college football season will surely feature some, too.Which major college football coaches are most at-risk of being fired in 2019?ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum named one this week.Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.last_img read more

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Protect environment from wars and conflicts UN urges on International Day

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“Whether caused by fighting or a breakdown in Government control, the damage to the environment has devastating consequences for people’s health and well-being […] it is not a new problem, but is one that can last for decades,” said Mr. Guterres in a message on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.“Areas of Europe are still affected by heavy-metal contamination from munitions used during the First World War.” In his message, the Secretary-General also highlighted the importance of a healthy environment for people to rebuild their lives once fighting stops, noting that the shared management of natural resources can also provide avenues to maintain or improve relations. Given the importance of the environment and natural resources for sustainable development, the UN chief called for steps to reduce the collateral damage from conflicts and protect them. “The UN is committed to protecting the environment as an essential pillar of peace, security and sustainable development,” he stressed. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), conflicts over natural resources are among the greatest challenges confronting today’s world, with serious threats to human security. Furthermore, at least 40 per cent of all internal armed conflicts over the past 65 years have had an important natural resource dimension. Since 1989, more than 35 major armed conflicts have been financed by revenues from conflict resources, and there are fears that in the coming years, extreme climate stresses could double the risk of violent conflict. However, despite these risks, there are also “significant opportunities” linking the environment and peacebuilding, added UNEP. “Let us not forget the power of environmental cooperation to drive peace and prosperity,” said UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim. Also today, joining forces with the Environmental Law Institute, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Duke University, and the University of California at Irvine, UNEP opened the enrolment at the online course, Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace, which aims to build a community of 10,000 practitioners that can make natural resources a reason for global cooperation. The course covers a range of natural resources, from extractives to land and water, as well as a range of tools and approaches from conflict and gender sensitivity to assessments, meditation and spatial planning. read more

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Haskins steps forward as a leader as Buckeyes hit stride

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been throwing touchdown passes and impressing NFL scouts all season, but Ohio State coach Urban Meyer thinks his quarterback became a fully legitimate leader once he showed he was willing to run the ball.That didn’t happen until two weeks ago in the narrow overtime win over Maryland, when Haskins — a pro-style, drop-back passer — flashed his toughness in short-yardage situations and rushed for three touchdowns, including one in overtime.“He dropped his pads at the toughest time in the game against a very good defence and got that yard,” Meyer said. “I can’t tell you how many times we’ve told him and how many times I’ve told him, the job of the quarterback is to get the first down.”Said Haskins: “I definitely thought that gave the team an energy and a certain vibe for me. And I thought the team fed off that.”Last week against Michigan, Haskins, a redshirt sophomore, made a statement on the team’s first offensive play, pulling the ball and running for a 9-yard gain. He’d go on to throw a school record-tying six touchdown passes in the 62-39 upset of the Wolverines that put the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship and back into the national championship discussion.Haskins leads the No. 6 Buckeyes against No. 21 Northwestern in the conference championship game on Saturday, with a chance to get back to the College Football Playoff if some other pieces fall into place.“Coaches aren’t on the field, there’s 10 other guys looking at him on every snap and he better get the right answer, and they better trust and believe in him,” Meyer said.The 21-year-old Haskins has become a more demanding and vocal leader on the field as he achieved more success, taking on a greater role in directing and motivating teammates, even when it was uncomfortable.“You get that vibe that you’re able to do things that you haven’t been able to do before,” Haskins said. “Each game, each practice, you feel a little bit more respect and energy and guys leaning toward you to get the energy from you.”Fifth-year senior receiver and captain Terry McLaurin said Haskins’ development has coincided with Ohio State putting together a complete and dominating team game against Michigan.“He’s invested (from) the standpoint of being a leader, motivating the young guys, motivating the offensive line, the defence if they’re struggling and just being more of the face of our team,” McLaurin said.Whether or not Haskins departs early for the NFL — he’s projected to be a first-round pick — he’ll go into the record books as having the best season of any quarterback in Big Ten history. His 4,081 yards and 42 touchdowns are conference records. The touchdown total is best in the nation and the passing yardage is second behind Gardner Minshew at Washington State.The Buckeyes have the No. 2 offence nationally (543.9 yards per game), behind only Oklahoma (583.9).He said there will come a time when he he’ll think about leaving for the NFL after just one year as a starter at Ohio State, but right now he’s focused on beating Northwestern. He’s got the size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), the strong arm and the quick release demanded of an NFL quarterback.“It’s a whirlwind,” he acknowledged this week. “I’m just really blessed.”Haskins, a likely Heisman Trophy finalist, has been Big Ten offensive player of the week for a record six times, one more than Buckeyes quarterback Troy Smith in his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 2006.“He is a complete quarterback,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “First of all, what jumps out is his poise, his accuracy, his understanding of the offence, and he just does a phenomenal job of taking what the defence gives him. And to have that touchdown ratio of 42 to seven is spectacular. If I had a Heisman Trophy ballot, I’d vote for him.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25___Follow Mitch Stacy at http://twitter.com/mitchstacyMitch Stacy, The Associated Press read more

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