C-USA playing this fall like the P5 leagues in same region


first_img Written By WATCH US LIVE Conference USA has schools stretching over 10 states, from Texas eastward and then toward the north. The 14-team league is within the footprint of the SEC, Big 12 and ACC.Like those Power Five leagues that play in the same region, C-USA is planning to be on the field this fall.Still, things got shaken up even after C-USA decided to keep its original eight-game league schedule intact, and allow schools to play up to four non-conference games as normal.Old Dominion decided last month to not play fall sports amid COVID-19, costing a conference game for every C-USA team in the East Division and two in the West. There were also many games lost with the remaining Power Five conferences (Big Ten, Pac-12) and two Group of Five leagues (MAC, Mountain West) opting to shelve football this fall.C-USA favorite UAB’s season-opening home game Thursday night will be played only about two weeks after being scheduled. Central Arkansas, an FCS team playing a non-conference schedule even after the Southland Conference postponed all its league games this fall, won the first college game played in this pandemic-altered season over the weekend.“With everything going on, you never really know if it could be your last game, or if you could miss a few games, especially with COVID-19 and everything else going on in the world,” UAB senior left tackle Colby Ragland said. “It is easy to lose focus of being on the football team and the goal of going out there and winning a championship. Our coaches do a great job of letting us know what they know about what is going on.”The Blazers were supposed to open against New Mexico State, which postponed it season. The Blazers secured the UCA matchup with stipulations of paying for the hotel and pregame virus testing for the visitors.”It was what it took to get the deal done,” UAB coach Bill Clark said. “We said we were going to do what it takes to get a game.”Rice is playing only its eight conference games, and won’t open until Oct. 3. FIU also has only an eight-game schedule set, without ODU but with a non-conference game at Liberty. Only Southern Miss, UTSA and UTEP have filled out full 12-game schedules.THE FAVORITESEast Division: WKU lost to UCA in coach Tyson Helton’s debut last season, but went 9-3 the rest of the way. The Hilltoppers finished with a four-game winning streak that included a 45-19 win at SEC team Arkansas and the First Responder Bowl over Western Michigan. FAU has won two of the last three C-USA titles, and Marshall was the only team last year to beat the Owls in league play. But neither FAU or Marshall have returning starting quarterbacks as expected.West Division: Two-time defending division champ UAB has won 28 games overall since 2017, the most among C-USA teams since the program’s return from a two-year hiatus. Clark has nine returning starters on offense, and nine more on defense.TOP PLAYERS— Marshall junior running back Brenden Knox was the C-USA offensive player of the year last season when he ran for 1,387 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has 10 100-yard rushing games in his two seasons with the Thundering Herd.— WKU senior linebacker DeAngelo Malone is the reigning C-USA defensive player of the year. He had 99 tackles, 11 1/2 sacks and 21 tackles for loss last season.— UAB senior running back Spencer Brown missed four games with an ankle injury last season, but his 3,122 career yards rushing, is second among active FBS players behind Clemson’s Travis Etienne (4,038 yards).— Third-year Southern Miss starting quarterback Jack Abraham threw for 3,496 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, including two 400-yard games, though he needs to cut down on interceptions (15).— Justin Henderson, Louisiana Tech’s senior running back, ran for 1,062 yards and a league-best 15 TDs last season.NOT AS POWERFULWith all the changes by other leagues, including limitations on non-conference games, C-USA has only five games against Power Five opponents (UAB at Miami, Louisiana Tech at Baylor, UTEP at Texas, WKU at Louisville, and Charlotte at North Carolina). That is down from 20 last year, when six C-USA teams had multiple power league opponents.Image credits: AP COMMENT Last Updated: 2nd September, 2020 08:38 IST C-USA Playing This Fall Like The P5 Leagues In Same Region Conference USA has schools stretching over 10 states, from Texas eastward and then toward the north. The 14-team league is within the footprint of the SEC, Big 12 and ACC First Published: 2nd September, 2020 08:38 ISTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon strikes a cord with Papandreou


first_imgThe repercussions of climate change on modern migration movements were the main focus of talks last Wednesday between Prime Minister George Papandreou and visiting United Nations Secretary, General Ban Ki Moon, who is carrying out the first visit by a UN Secretary General to Greece. “Greece attaches great importance to the United Nations, of which it is a founding member, while there is a tradition of long-term and multilateral cooperation and dedication to the principles of international law,” said Prime Minister Papandreou, stressing the UN’s decisive mission for global peace and cooperation. Their meeting covered issues of Greek interest, such as the Cyprus problem and the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), and matters such as the UN peacekeeping forces and the Millennium targets. Papandreou said that climate change would probably emerge as the foremost problem of the planet and that dialogue on this issue would reach a peak in Copenhagen in December. The Greek Prime Minister announced that he would be attending the climate change summit himself and expressed hope that “we can reach a binding agreement.” Papandreou, emphasised the Greek Government’s dedication to this goal in his talks with the UN Secretary General, in addition the initiatives recently undertaken by the EU and his attempt to redirect the Greek economy toward green development. “The Secretary General will find us to be supportive of his efforts,” he stressed. Concerning modern migration movements and Greece’s chairmanship of the 3rd Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), Papandreou said that he had emphasised in talks with Ban Ki Moon the need for development in both the countries of origin and the countries that received immigrants so that, when migrants returned to their countries they would transfer know-how, experience and capital to these. Papandreou underscored the need to protect workers and the poorer sections of society from the impact of the global economic crisis. He also noted that the Greek economy had benefited from the presence of migrants while referring to concerns about conditions of hospitality in Greece. “I hope that Greece, as a destination country, will continue to defend and promote the rights of migrants,” Ban Ki Moon added, urging Greece to respect the processes for asylum applications. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also pointed out the need to maintain the momentum in the Cyprus problem, adding that he appreciates the commitment of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to help the Cypriots reach an agreement. Speaking at a joint press conference with Papandreou after a meeting in Athens, Mr Ban said the UN has significantly contributed to the process for the reunification of the island. Papandreou said he briefed Ban on the latest initiatives he has taken to generate momentum in the Cyprus problem and other issues, and assured the UN chief that close cooperation would continue. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus have been engaged in UN-led direct negotiations since September 2008, with an aim to reunite the island. On Cyprus and the on-going name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, (FYROM), Mr Papandreou said, “I informed the UN Secretary General on my latest initiatives to create a momentum on both the Cyprus issue and the name issue with FYROM,” expressing satisfaction that his views and the UN Secretary General’s largely coincided and promising close cooperation. Ban Ki Moon welcomed the Greek Prime Minister’s promise of assistance for the Cypriots to arrive at an agreement for a solution to the Cyprus problem, saying that the international community had “high hopes” for the negotiations now underway and that these must continue, adding that UN special envoy, the former Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer would continue to work with the leaders of the two communities. Regarding the name dispute with FYROM, the UN Secretary General said that special mediator Matthew Nimetz was ready to repeat talks whenever the two sides were ready, welcoming Greece’s readiness to begin talks and Athens’ assurance that it would fully support the role of the UN special envoy on this issue. The UN Secretary General praised Greece’s contribution to the “concepts of democracy, human rights and a state of law,” and the Greek prime minister’s role at the EU. The UN Secretary General addressed the Greek Parliament on behalf of the UN last Thursday. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more