Football looks to bounce back with Harrell on board

first_imgAfter committing 96 penalties for 73.6 yards per game last year — worst and second-to-worst in the Pac-12, respectively — USC must avoid shooting itself in the foot, a burden which will fall heavily on the shoulders of the defense. But USC will need more than just a revamped offense to return to college football dominance. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast leads a unit that must make significant improvements to avoid another disastrous showing. Unfortunately for the Trojans, Kingsbury was offered the head coaching job for the Arizona Cardinals in January and decided to leave college football for the NFL. The success of USC’s defense is likely to come from its strong defensive line. Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Jay Tufele, who picked up 23 tackles and three sacks last year, is poised to replace departed linebacker Porter Gustin as the biggest threat in USC’s front seven — though freshman defensive lineman Drake Jackson has announced his arrival in spring camp and is sure to make his presence felt this fall. With that in mind, the team has brought out referees to its fall practices, hoping to help a young squad avoid careless mistakes once the season begins. After USC capped off a terrible season by blowing a 10-point lead to visiting Notre Dame, major staff changes were inevitable. The Trojans, who finished 83rd in total offense per the NCAA, announced offensive coordinator Tee Martin wouldn’t return and wasted no time in hiring former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury as his replacement. “Kedon’s a special talent,” Harrell said. “His arm, when that ball comes out of his hand, it looks different. That’s what it’s supposed to look like.” Sophomore cornerback Olaijah Griffin has impressed in fall camp and will be counted on to provide some relief along with cornerbacks freshman Chris Steele and redshirt freshman Isaac Taylor-Stuart. While the Trojans have several talented young defensive backs that could make a positive impact, the inexperienced group is likely headed for some growing pains early on. Helton’s seat is as hot as ever even before the season kicks off, and a challenging first half of the Trojans’ schedule will go a long way in determining his future with the program. The Trojans, who have historically dominated at home but dropped their final three games at the Coliseum last year, face three tough home matchups against Fresno State, Stanford and Utah in the first four weeks before hitting the road for two brutal contests against Washington and Notre Dame. First-year offensive coordinator Graham Harrell will work to turn around a USC offense that ranked No. 83 last season in total offense, tied for No. 90 in scoring offense and tied for No. 98 in red zone offense per the NCAA. (Photo courtesy of USC Athletics) Perhaps the strongest position group for the Trojans this season will be wide receiver. Sophomore Amon-Ra St. Brown is coming off a 60-reception season, while senior Michael Pittman Jr. averaged 69 receiving yards per game last year. Harrell’s offensive scheme should allow one of the Pac-12’s best receiving corps to make an even greater impact this season. Although the consensus is that sophomore quarterback JT Daniels will lead Harrell’s offense in USC’s Aug. 31 opener against Fresno State, the Trojans have plenty of depth at one of the game’s most crucial positions. Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis has been a pleasant surprise in fall camp, displaying both arm strength and accuracy. “[Our offense] took advantage of some freshman corners at times,” Helton said after a fall practice. “They’ll learn from it, and they’ll come back and they’ll be even better.” Either way, 2019 is bound to be a pivotal year for Trojan football. Defensive linemen redshirt sophomore Marlon Tuipulotu and redshirt senior Christian Rector led returning Trojans with 4.5 sacks each in 2018 and add to a group that needs to improve after allowing 164.4 yards per game in the Pac-12 last year — the fourth most in the conference. Later that month, head coach Clay Helton announced Harrell’s hiring. The former North Texas offensive coordinator is known for his shotgun Air Raid offense that features frequent audibles and is often run without huddling before snapping the ball. After allowing just the fifth most passing yards per game in the Pac-12 last season, USC will have to overcome the losses of cornerbacks Ajene Harris and Iman Marshall, as well as safety Marvell Tell III, to the NFL. Following a disappointing 5-7 season that left fans clamoring for change, USC football may finally have what it takes to turn things around under new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Graham Harrell. After the departure of linebackers Cam Smith and Porter Gustin to the NFL, redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Jay Tufele has an opportunity to be a leader in the Trojans’ front seven this season. (Josh Dunst | Daily Trojan) “Obviously, it’s great having the refs out here,” Helton said. “They alert us to exactly when the flags are being thrown and what we’re doing, and [we’re] getting real -time information.” Whether USC will be able to make sufficient defensive strides remains to be seen — but if Jackson has anything to say about it, the group doesn’t lack confidence. He told the Los Angeles Times in April that the defense would make offenses “feel it” this season. USC needs to use the first six games to prove it can compete with some of the nation’s top schools, or the demands from impatient Trojan fans calling for Helton’s removal will grow even louder. Many different factors on both sides of the ball have to improve for the Trojans to compete for a Pac-12 title this year, but there is reason to believe that USC football will return to its usual lofty standards sooner rather than later. Graham Harrell on the Aug. 21, 2019 cover of Sports Stuart Carson contributed to this story.last_img read more

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BiH Delegation went to Mediterranean Games in Mersin

first_imgDelegation of 45 athletes, 16 coaches and 2 officials of the Olympic Committee of BiH are soon to leave for Turkey, where they’ll participate at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin, reports klix.baThe games will be held from 20 to 30 June and more than 4500 athletes from 24 countries will participate together with 1500 coaches and officials.The head of BiH delegation is Said Fazlagić and his deputy Dejana Sadžak, and the following athletes:shooting:Darija Kitić, boxing: Alem Čolpa,Velibor Vidić, Džemal Bošnjak, Bojan Aladžić (coaches Almedin Fetahović, Vlado Railić, Said Čolpa), taekwondo: Armin Gredić (coach Belmir Berberović), bocce:Dario Stojičić, Andrija Čorluka, weight lifting: Olivera Jurić, judo: Dražen Subotićm Larisa Cerić, Amel Mekić, Mitar Mrdić, Selma Sejdinović (coach Branislav Crnogorac), athletics: Biljana Cvijanović, Dušan Babić, Hamza Alić, Kemal Mešić, Dejan Mileusnić (coach Mehmed Skender),swimming: Ivana Nikolić (coach Željko Panić) karate: Mirsada Suljkanović, Alem Kupusović, Nermin Potur, Edin Muslić, Admir Zukan (coach Denis Muhović),wrestling: Ajdin Brkić, Elvir Čosić (treneri Sanel Bečković, Milenko Perkić).Football players to compete at Mediterranean Games are: Vedran Kjoševski, Omar Marković, Armin HOdžić, Amar Rahmanović, Fedor Predragović, Mirko Marić, Branimir Odak, Anto Petrović, Jozo Špikić, Haris Hajradinović, Emir Plakalo, Damir Sadiković, Almir Čerimagić, Renato Gojković, Adin Čiva, Almir Kasumović, Haris Muharemović, Halil Hajtić (coaches Murat Jaha, Eldin Jarodić, Admih Zaimović, Vlado Jagodić, Sakib Malkočević, Toni Karačić.(photo: wikipedia)last_img read more

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By Region LowestPriced Homes Survived Housing Crisis

By Region LowestPriced Homes Survived Housing Crisis

first_img Lower-priced homes stood a better chance at survival during the 2006-2009 housing crisis, according to an Urban Wire blog post by the Urban Institute and authors Jun Zhu and Bing Bai. Not only did cheaper homes recover more quickly from the bust, according to national averages and location data found by the Urban Institute, but cheaper homes became more expensive during the boom as well.According to the post’s authors, there are four price tiers when it comes to home values: low, middle-low, middle-high, and high. The institute found that on a national level the homes in these tiers follow the same trends of boom, bust, and recovery, but each has slight variations of numbers.Prices of cheaper homes grew about 88 percent from 2001 to 2006, in comparison with 80 percent for the middle-low tier, 77 percent for middle-high, and 65 percent for the high.Urban Institute data reveals that the low tier fell 26 percent from 2006 to 2009 after the housing market collapsed, a four percent increase over the high tier. The middle-high and middle-low tiers endured the most impact with a drop of 28 and 31 percent. The lowest tier experienced the best recovery, with prices up by 33 percent, a 2 percent deficit from its peak level. On the other hand, the middle-low, middle-high, and high-priced tiers increased 16 to 23 percent over the same time frame.The authors found that the prices of homes can mostly be attributed to region—essentially where the home is located will affect the cost of the home. They cited Minneapolis as prime example of the national trend that the lowest-priced tier did better than the high-priced tiers. Homes in the lowest tier appreciated about 61 percent compared with 49 to 54 percent for homes in the higher tiers before the crisis in 2001 to 2006. While the crisis was happening during 2006 to 2009, the highest-priced homes experienced the least amount of depreciation. Meanwhile, after the crisis, the 8 to 17 percent that the middle and high tiers appreciated fell short to the 40 percent appreciation that the lowest-priced tier experienced.To see the full blog post, visit: Urban.org By Region, Lowest-Priced Homes Survived Housing Crisis in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News The Housing Crisis Urban Institute Data Urban Wire 2015-05-06 Staff Writerlast_img read more

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