Gardai hunt couple with suitcase who stole 11 dresses from charity shop

first_imgGardai are hunting for a couple who used a red suitcase to steal 11 dresses from a charity shop in the Twin Towns.The dresses were taken from the charity shop at Flea Lane in Ballybofey on Friday afternoon last.A Garda spokesman said a man and a woman entered the store around 4.30pm carrying a red suitcase and then left the store. Gardai have appealed for anybody who may have noticed a couple carrying a red suitcase around the Twin Towns on Friday afternoon last to contact them.Gardai hunt couple with suitcase who stole 11 dresses from charity shop was last modified: August 13th, 2019 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:Ballybofeycahrity shopDressessuitcasetwin townslast_img read more

Wildcat strikes hurt the poor: Zuma

first_img23 May 2013Trade union leaders should engage with their members to avert unnecessary labour action, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday, adding that illegal or “wildcat” strikes were no way to advance the interests of marginalised South Africans.Addressing the National House of Traditional Leaders in Cape Town, Zuma, himself once a trade unionist, said workers were free to ask for higher salaries, but were not free in the process of asking for better wages to undermine the economy.“If we say we need more jobs … and in the process those that are working are engaged in strikes that cause some of either the mines or factories to close, it’s a contradiction,” he said, adding that the role of trade unions was to protect workers, not to contribute to job losses.“We could impoverish our country without realising, when we think we are trying to correct the situation.”He said such was the tension in the market at present that recently when traders at the JSE heard about police shooting at strikers, they immediately began selling off the rand, when in the end it materialised that the police were in fact using rubber bullets.Turning to the National Development Plan (NDP), Zuma said the vision encapsulated in the plan called on all South Africans to help fulfill the vision.Traditional leaders had a vital role to play by working with the government to create strong institutions and to help tackle the various challenges that faced South Africa, particularly in developing rural areas.Zuma also called for closer co-operation between traditional leaders and local councillors, pointing out that this could help unlock the potential of rural development.“You are put there to help the people, whether by birth or by election. There is not a single one is better or more important than the other,” he said.Before his speech, Zuma took copious notes as traditional leaders related several problems that those living in traditional areas continue to face, including poverty and unemployment, deaths during initiation ceremonies, and a decline in moral values.Zuma said the government had an initiation programme that community members could use, adding that the government would continue to root out rogue initiation schools.Senior traditional leaders should be present all the time during initiation ceremonies, he said, adding that if the initiation ceremony was not conducted properly, the risk was that it would draw further criticism of the custom itself.Source: read more

South African journalists shortlisted in global awards

first_imgInvestigative journalists risk their own safety when exposing corruption and crime. The Global Investigative Journalism Network honours those fearless reporters with the Global Shining Light Award. A South African team has been shortlisted for the award this year, following the win by another South African team in 2013. A team of South African journalists has been shortlisted for the Global Shining Light Award, to be handed out on 10 October in Norway. (Image: Pixabay)• The Conversation goes live in Africa• Suzelle’s DIY takes South Africa by storm• South Africa’s women in politics• South Africa’s Rugby World Cup journey• South Africa in top 20 best places to raise children Priya PitamberA South African investigative journalism story, “Goldfinger”, which aired on television current affairs show Carte Blanche, has been shortlisted in the Global Shining Light Awards.The story, which explores the manner in which tons of illegal gold is laundered into the legal market, made the cut alongside 12 other stories from around the world. The illegal gold, the story explains, is masked as second-hand jewellery. “So lucrative is this VAT scam that it has drawn sophisticated and dangerous organised crime gangs into the trade,” reads the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) website.The finalists were chosen after the GIJN received 76 submissions from 34 countries. The awards will take place on 10 October in Lillehammer, Norway, during the Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC).The team behind the “Goldfinger” story is producer Graham Coetzer; journalist Susan Comrie; and Devi Sankaree Govender as presenter.Watch more on the story here:What is the Global Shining Light Award?The award “honours investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions”, states the GIJC website. It takes place every two years.The winner walks away with an honorary plaque, $1 000 (about R13 700 today), and a trip to the conference to accept the award.Congrats to the 12 finalists of the Global Shining Light! Winner will be announced at #GIJC15— GIJN (@gijn) September 19, 2015“More and more journalists are being killed, and media outlets attacked, because they are carrying out important efforts in investigative journalism – exposing uncomfortable truths, shining light on systematic corruption, and providing accountability in societies yearning for democracy and development,” informs the conference’s website.The awards recognise and celebrate the brave work conducted by the investigative press around the world. The majority of the press in sub-Saharan Africa is partially free. Click on the image for a larger view. (Image: US News)Previous South African winnersIn 2013, a team of South African journalists from the Sunday Times shared the top award with reporters from Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic.The South African team, Stephan Hofstatter, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, and Rob Rose; worked on what became known as “Cato Manor: Inside a South African Police Death Squad.” It exposed police corruption.Find out more about that story from Afrika, and the threats he faced:last_img read more

Poll Results: Majority Of OSU Fans Give OSU a ‘B’ At Halfway Point

first_imgI was surprised that only 2 percent of fans gave OSU an ‘A’ for the season it is having so far. I actually considered it, and I consider myself to be, if not cynical, then definitely in the “realistic” category. In fact, I saw more people wishing there was a button for ‘F’ than those who voted for an ‘A.’This is all about expectations though. OSU is three plays from being 6-0, and people want to give them a ‘F’? The only logic I can see behind this is that your expectations were that OSU would actually be 6-0 over the first half of the season. You came in expecting a Big 12 title. These certainly were not unrealistic expectations, and maybe OSU hasn’t lived up to what we thought it would be so far this year.But I’m also interested in how differently we would grade a 5-1 team than a 4-2 team. Same exact team, but those look like vastly different records. Anyway, I’m with the majority and give the team a B thus far. Have they looked stellar? No. But they are a blown call and two fumbles from 6-0.I think maybe expectations are a little out of whack when it comes to OSU football. Your poor grading should actually come for the way OSU recruits. It almost always gets the most out of its talent, and a lot has to break OSU’s way to win 10 ballgames. A lot has to break anyone’s way to win 10 ballgames. Maybe I’m just getting soft as I get older, but I don’t really think this team has been that bad so far.Am I frustrated that it doesn’t house teams it should house? Yes, I am. But I have also gotten used to the fact that it is just going to play a lot of (and win most) close games. That just sort of is what it is at this point. Anyway, comments and reaction below (the last one killed me!)Poll question Tuesday: What grade do you give #okstate’s football team halfway through the year?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 11, 2016Justin: B- is my grade. I think we’re a nice team and in the upper half of the Big12, but this team hasn’t shown that its ready to step up and be the big dog in the conference, which was my hope given what we returned this year.Adam M: It has everything to do with how you saw this team coming into the season. Initially I thought 9-3 was attainable. After the CMU debacle and losing to Baylor I’d be realistically happy with 7-5/8-4 and a bowl game. I assumed all the loses would be toward the end because I can’t remember the last time the team got to the end of a season without taking significant injuries and losing noticeable stamina.This usually translates to losses on the back end (not to mention the schedule in recent years gets increasingly difficult as the season wears on, this year doesn’t seem to be much different) . C- seems appropriate here based on my initial expectations of overall performance. I’d be wildly ecstatic if they ended 9-3 this year.Ferguson: Another mediocre-coached Cowboy squad. We all know what to expect, they’ll win most of the games left on the schedule and then get blown out it Bedlam (or lose a close one they shouldn’t). We’ll give Mike Gundy a 50 year contract extension and call Boone Pickens an idiot.Clint: I’d say right now we’re the B kid who sits in the back of class, doesn’t try hard until the end of the semester, then surprises everyone with a 3.75. But, hopefully that kid eventually realizes he could be a really good student if he’d just focus…I don’t know where I’m going with this anymore…JT: C. Defense leaves way too much to be desired. We let trams like Pitt and Iowa St surpass 450 – 600 Yards of offense on us. Not good. I was confident in an 8 – 4 season before it started. 7 – 5 seems more realistic at this point until we get a Defense. Looking at you Glenn.T-Bone: I thought we were going to have a really good team this year. I have not been impressed. Rudolph is throwing a lot of floater balls that don’t have a good spiral on them. He can drop some good ones but overthrows and wobbly throws don’t inspire confidence. We do have good receivers to catch them. Hill shows us why Childs and Carson couldn’t make it. They were just a step slow and could not make that cut inside. Hill gives us that and Sanders gives us some experience. Se we have a semblance of a run game. The play-calling is still suspect.The defensive line does pretty god but the secondary is appalling. I also don’t get why we are so slow in making adjustments on the field. I thought Spencer in the booth would help but I see the same thing. All game long they burn us repeatedly and then we make the adjustment in the 4th quarter and stop them. Why not in the second or third series?At this rate we will beat most bad teams (KU), toss up with mediocre teams like ourselves (KSU, TCU, TT) , and lose to the good teams (WVU, OU) with maybe an occasional lucky win. So that means 3-4 more losses and a 4th or 5th place finish out of 10 teams. Mediocre.Mark: Well, if A+ is Alabama, and F is Kansas, Then I’d have to give the Pokes a B- or C+. The win against Texas is quickly becoming not-so-special, and the rest of the games have been frustrating even in victory.Jason Sutton: I’m so confused by this team I cannot even offer a grade While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

OSU’s Ateman, McCain Living Large After Being Little-Known High School Teammates

first_imgFriday night Texas high school football is a story told on one of two sides of the same coin. There is the powerhouse — like Denton Ryan — whose players pull on their arm sleeves and wristbands in multi-million-dollar field houses. Their cleats aren’t worn out because they play on turf fields that are thrown out every couple of years. Their profiles on 24/7 Sports and other recruiting outlets are littered with offers from universities that perennially compete for national championships. And their reputations are glorified across town because they play for high school programs that boast state titles and current NFL standouts.Then there is the little engine. That’s Wylie East in this story. It wasn’t long ago that Garrett McCain and Marcell Ateman had “nothing” besides talent. A bunch of bonds had failed, which meant there was no incoming money to build up any kind repertoire for the program. They played on an old grass field, one of the only left in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex at that time. And they got ready for football practice and games in a P.E. girls locker room.“I can stretch my arms out, and I can touch each wall,” said Joe Lepsis, football coach at Wylie East.It fit about 20 girls comfortably, but that was if there wasn’t any equipment. When 35 varsity football players had to get in there with helmets, shoulder pads and a few more pounds on their bodies than the average P.E. girl, half of them had to change in the hall just outside the locker room.“It was ridiculous,” Ateman said with a laugh. “It was like a closet.”McCain, the quarterback turned Oklahoma State center fielder, and Ateman, the Cowboy receiver once high school hoops star, have tons of stories together. Their legacies — while still being written at OSU — are already in the books at Wylie East, a school that hasn’t had anyone play professionally in any sport anywhere.“Everything that they’re doing right now,” Lepsis said, “they’re trailblazing.”The First 2 NamesWedged between Lake Ray Hubbard and Lavon Lake, Wylie East is going on only its eighth year of existence. It was part of the big school, Wylie High, about 15 minutes down Brown Street, but after a population increase of more than a 170 percent from 2000 to ’09, a split was growing necessary.But there were problems with the new school. There wasn’t a budget, which meant no athletic facilities whatsoever. For Ateman and McCain’s entire high school career, they went without a weight room, locker room or coaches’ office. That was OK though because they had an opportunity.In Wylie East’s third season of football, Lepsis scheduled that powerhouse Denton Ryan. On the road. For Ryan’s homecoming game. It was meant to be used as a model, a prototype to show everyone around the program what Wylie East could be someday, maybe.Before the game, a Ryan cornerback was mouthing off to Ateman, who had already become a four-star receiver for the Raiders. Ateman held offers from 14 universities, including Michigan, Baylor and Tennessee. He was a stud, and that corner had to have known it. Lepsis watched and wondered how Ateman would respond. He wanted him to use his 6-foot-3 frame and show that (as Lepsis put it) he was the strongest kid at Wylie East, despite being a receiver. He wanted that, but he couldn’t know for sure. He knew there wasn’t a way to finesse Ryan. They were “a bully.” So he wanted Ateman to set the tone.Two of the first three plays, Ateman caught quick slants, leaving the mouthy corner yards behind. After every play, Ateman jawed back. He set that tone. The third play though, the play Lepsis said he will never forget, the corner tried to jam Ateman at the line of scrimmage. As even the corners at OSU have learned, that’s a horrible idea. Ateman “buried” him into the turf, broke inside, took a shot from the safety cracking down and plowed through for a few more yards. Lepsis still uses those first three plays to start every season as an example of strength and physicality.“Those three plays were what turned the corner for us,” Lepsis said. They beat Ryan that night 34-31.“We put it on ’em that game,” Ateman said.McCain had weapons all around him. Ateman was his No. 1 guy to the left side. Quan Jones, who plays at Baylor now, was to McCain’s right. Jesse Brubaker was the starting quarterback before he was moved to tight end so McCain could start. He is now playing on the defensive line at Tulsa. And their running back, Jabari Anderson, is at Tarleton State. McCain said Anderson might have been their best player.“It was easy to just throw the ball up to those guys and let them work,” McCain said. “I think we averaged 52 a game. It was insane. It was a video game.”McCain was on the freshman team only the year before. Brubaker was the only quarterback on varsity, and he got hurt early that season. The coaches told McCain they wanted him to come up with the big kids, but they needed his parents’ consent.McCain wasn’t needed to start that week or any other week that season, so Lepsis put him back in the secondary, and he returned punts for a time. That spring, Brubaker moved to tight end, and McCain was named QB1. As Lepsis found out, that was one of the best coaching decisions he ever made for reasons he learned a Christmas later.The Wylie East principal had allowed a dance room to be turned into a pseudo weight room. Finally, something. The football guys held an 2-hour open weight room session. As Lepsis walked into the school, he found McCain at the top of the steps. He was stunned to see him.McCain was scheduled to have knee surgery later that day. His mom was coming to get him in about 20 minutes.“Garrett, I thought you were having surgery today,” Lepsis said. “Why in the world are you here?”What his quarterback said next is why Lepsis told this story to every recruiter who came to see him and why he still tells it to his players today.“Well, it’s open, so I figured since some of my teammates are gonna be here, I needed to be here,” McCain said.Lepsis said that’s all you need to know about McCain. After his mom came to take him to the hospital, Lepsis thought to himself. It all started to hit him.“One of these days, that kid’s gonna graduate, and I may never coach another kid like that,” he said.It wasn’t because of his athletic ability. It was because of that “it factor.” Lepsis said he has had it since the day they met. McCain has always been “the guy.”“There’s not a kid, teacher or coach alive that doesn’t respect Garrett McCain,” he said. “He’s that kind of guy that you hope when you’re son grows up, he’s just like Garrett.”McCain and Ateman were stars at Wylie East. On and off the football field, baseball diamond and basketball court. While they were still there, Lepsis was talking to another player about staying out of trouble. He wanted to know who did and did not go to parties, drink or do drugs. He needed to know who he could rely on and who he should to keep watch over. He pulled out his roster and started at the top.“Tell me about Garrett McCain,” Lepsis said.“Garrett, he doesn’t get in trouble, coach,” the kid told him.“Why not?”“Because Garrett’s gonna do something with himself.”One name later, “Tell me about Marcell,” Lepsis said.“Marcell doesn’t do any of that stuff.”“OK, well tell me why Marcell doesn’t do that.”“Because Marcell’s gonna go do something with his life,” he said.Brothers For LifeAt first glance, they couldn’t be more different. McCain is almost scrawny for a baseball player, 6-0, 186 pounds. He is typically clean shaven, and he does everything with a sense of perfection. His stride, his speech, his attitude. Quick to talk to anyone. Ateman is a massive human, 6-4, 220. He often grows his beard out, and his right arm is covered in a sleeve of tattoos. He doesn’t get written about a great deal, and McCain said he thinks Ateman probably likes it that way.As soon as you start talking to them, they couldn’t be more similar. Both seem like your best friends after one conversation. They are heavy in their faith. McCain wears a large cross necklace for every baseball game, and Ateman has a cross tattoo right where the necklace charm would lay.Their passions have led them in similar yet not identical paths. Ateman committed to OSU his sophomore year, before he became a truly touted recruit. He played basketball before he got to Wylie East, but Lepsis convinced him to give football a try. McCain was always the multi-sporter, too. He just liked baseball more and was frankly better at it. He had offers from the academy schools and mid-major universities such as Houston to play both baseball and football, but he didn’t want to. He wanted to be in Stillwater.So here they are, two men from the same high school, who played on the same high school football team, who now go to the same university four hours from home, who wear the same jersey number, and who both are tearing it up in their respective sports.Ateman broke a bone in his foot before last season. The year before that, he had 677 yards receiving with five touchdowns. He handled the time away from football well, McCain said. He said he will bounce back strong.McCain is second on the Cowboy baseball team with a .353 batting average. He has started every game and leads OSU in at-bats, runs scored, hits, doubles and triples. He is one of the faces of Cowboy baseball.Still, their friendship remains. It’s not as strong as it once was. They don’t hang out after practices, go watch movies together or play video games. But when they see each other on campus, they still talk. When they see each other at the training table grabbing lunch, they always take time to sit together, catch up and trade scouting reports. One will text the other from time to time to see how he is doing. It’s hard though. Football is during the fall, and baseball is during the spring. With offseason workouts, practices and camps, it’s almost impossible to keep up.That doesn’t matter though. They have all the memories they need.“He was fun to play with, great teammate, great guy to be around in the locker room,” McCain said. “I really enjoyed getting to experience being on a team with Marcell.“It’s a great relationship Marcell and I have.”To this day, McCain still gets excited when he sees Ateman go up for a fade from OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph. He can sense when the ball is going his way before its is even snapped. He knows how his mind works, what he sees and what he thinks.“I feel like I’m out there going through the plays with him,” McCain said. “I get probably just as much adrenaline rush as he does when he catches the ball.”He knows his tendencies, and he thinks back to when he was the one putting the ball in his hands a lot.Ateman does, too.“High school football was some of the funnest times,” Ateman said. “Being able to play with people like Garrett, Quan, Jabari, we were all so close. We’ve known each other since we were little.“It’s all just a blessing. We never strayed away from each other.”Looking back at what he and McCain did in their time at Wylie East, Ateman said it’s just a honor to be one of the examples Lepsis uses for his younger players. They were a new generation, he said, a chance to establish what that football team would be like on the field and stand for off of it.When they go back to Wylie East now, they finds it like that old powerhouse Denton Ryan. There is a locker room now, a fully functional one, coaches’ offices and a field house. Turf is on the field now, not grass. They even have an indoor facility. None of that was feasible when they were there. But because of them, it evolved.There’s a high level of respect that flows between Ateman and McCain because of the things they achieved and the foundation they laid. A level of respect that never faded, even after their last game together.“If he needed anything, he knows I’m one call away,” Ateman said. “It’s a forever kind of relationship. He is like a brother.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Tre Flowers Named to Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Tis the season for award watch lists. The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame released their preseason list for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award 2017, which is awarded to the top defensive back in college football. Senior Cowboy safety Tre Flowers was one of 45 to make the list.Flowers comes off a 61-tackle junior season in which he led the Cowboys in pass breakups (seven), forced fumbles (two) and blocked kicks taken house (one). After losing his longtime backfield mate and leading OSU tackler Jordan Sterns, Flowers’ role on the defense will be crucial.He’ll have some help in the form of two cornerbacks-turned-safeties in Ramon Richards and Darius Curry. But with all the turnover and moving pieces, Flowers should provide some stability to a secondary with more questions than answers.AdChoices广告The Big 12 had five DBs included on the list. West Virginia’s Dravon Askew-Henry, Iowa State’s Kamari Cotton-Moya, TCU’s Nick Orr and Kansas State’s D.J. Reed were also included. Preseason All-Big 12 DB Jordan Thomas of OU was not included, apparently because of multiple arrests.“I hated it when I saw it,” Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame president Eddie Griffin told the Oklahoman of Thomas’ omission. “We’d go against our principles and criteria and everything we’ve done in the past (if he was on the list). You’ve got to be a great player to win the Jim Thorpe Award. But you’ve also got to be a man of character and a community leader. All those sorts of things.”The winner will be announced from a group of three finalists on December 7 at The Home Depot College Football Awards.last_img read more

Minnesota Tweets Frogger-Inspired Graphic To Hype Season-Opener vs. TCU

first_imgminnesota tweets a frogger graphic to promote opening game against TCU.minnesota frogger tcuThe Big Ten just released its prime-time schedule on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC for the 2015 season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers will host a pair of night games, including their season opener against TCU on Thursday, Sept. 3.  Minnesota promoted its prime-time contest against the Horned Frogs with this humorous graphic based on the classic 1980s arcade game, Frogger. Round One. Primetime on @ESPN.— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 23, 2015Pretty cool, and Minnesota didn’t stop there. For their Halloween night game against Michigan, they used a Gopher in a Jason mask from the Friday the 13th movie series.Happy Halloween, #Gophers. Primetime on @ABCNetwork, @ESPN or ESPN2.— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 23, 2015Nice touch again, but perhaps a Mike Myers mask from the old Halloween movies would have been better.last_img read more

Video: Here Is Your First Look At Jonathan Williams In A Full Buffalo Bills Uniform

first_imgBills' Jonathan Williams poses in team uniform for first time.Jonathan Williams missed the 2015 season at Arkansas, but the former Razorback star did not go undrafted as a result. Williams went in the fifth round to the Buffalo Bills, and at today’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere, we got our first look at Williams in his full Bills uniform. Williams was an immensely popular Razorback. The Bills will definitely have a few more fans down in The Natural State, especially if Williams carves out a significant role with the team.last_img

Koch Hires Diana Shippings Capesize

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Athens-based dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Singapore’s Koch Shipping for one of its Capesize bulkers.Under the deal, the company’s 177,243 dwt Baltimore started working for Koch Shipping on May 19 at a gross charter rate of USD 15,000 per day.The 2005-built vessel has a contract for a period of nineteen to twenty-two months.Diana Shipping expects to generate around USD 8.33 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.Prior to this charter, Baltimore was earning USD 18,050 per day during the period from June 2018 until May 2019 under an employment contract with the Singapore-based company.last_img read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana redshirt junior Simmie Cobbs Jr. (1) lines up prior to a play in the Ohio State- Indiana season opener. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLocation: Bloomington, Indiana2016 record: 6-7 (4-5)Head Coach: Tom Allen2017 record: 1-1 (0-1 Big Ten)All-time record vs. OSU: 12-73What has happened thus far in 2017After former Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson left Bloomington, Indiana, for Columbus to join the Buckeyes as their offensive coordinator, former Hoosier defensive coordinator Tom Allen took the reins at Indiana for the 2017 season. Through two games, the Hoosiers played an excellent first half against Ohio State in their home opener, but Indiana couldn’t hold on in the second half, falling to the Buckeyes 49-21. Allen and the Hoosiers recovered from the Week 1 loss and took down Virginia, 34-17, on the road.Impact PlayerThe key to success for Indiana in 2017 is its offense, and the largest threat on that side of the ball for Indiana is redshirt junior wide receiver Simmie Cobbs. After putting up over 1,000 receiving yards in 2015, the Oak Park, Illinois, native suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the first game of the 2016 season and was given a medical redshirt. A year later, Cobbs exploded out of the gate, racking up 149 receiving yards on 11 catches with a touchdown against Ohio State and adding another score in Week 2 at Virginia. As one of the more experienced members of this Hoosiers receiving corps, Cobbs will be an offensive factor and defensive headache all season.StrengthsOne of the Hoosiers’ biggest strengths in 2017 is their aerial attack, propelled by their two-quarterback rotation. Through two games, Indiana ranks 24th in the NCAA for passing offense with nearly 309 yards per game and is averaging more than six yards per attempt. Allen’s squad boasts a solid group of receivers, including Cobbs, Donavan Hale and Luke Timian, who will be threats downfield all season. WeaknessesA huge point of concern for Indiana this season is the lack of experience on its offensive line. Only sophomore left tackle Coy Cronk and redshirt junior left guard Wes Martin entered the season with a full season of starting experience, and the youth on the right side is a concern. The Hoosiers have allowed nine sacks through two games in 2017, and if they hope to give the program its first winning season in 10 years, protection for quarterbacks Richard Lagow and Peyton Ramsey must improve. read more