Virus touches college football, from upending schedules to making coaches ill

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If coach Dana Holgorsen seemed relieved after his University of Houston football team finally played a game Thursday night, no one can blame him. Five times the Cougars had season-opening opponents either cancel or postpone games because of the coronavirus pandemic.

When finally allowed on the field, the Cougars overcame five turnovers to outlast Tulane 49-31.

“We won, so that’s good, but there’s a lot of things we’ve got to get better at,” Holgorsen told reporters.

Houston’s story is only one of several to play out this season as colleges return to campus and try to find a way to coexist with COVID-19. Through Thursday, 26 FBS games had been postponed or canceled since the season began. That’s in addition to the upheaval of conferences retooling their schedules for later starts and shorter seasons.

The Gophers are scheduled to open a nine-game Big Ten season on Oct. 24 against Michigan.

In Houston’s case, the season was supposed to start Sept. 3 vs. Rice, but the Owls dropped out because of COVID-19. The next game, vs. Washington State, was eliminated when the Pac-12 originally canceled its season. The next game, vs. Memphis, was postponed, and the Cougars scrambled to fill that date with Baylor, until the Bears canceled 48 hours before kickoff. North Texas became the fifth program to beg out, canceling the Sept. 26 game.

“You can’t compare this to anything. … This is on a whole ‘nother level,” Holgorsen said earlier this week. “The one thing that has given us hope is we sit here and watch other teams playing.”

Familiar names impacted

When Notre Dame and Florida State meet Saturday night in South Bend, Ind., on display will be two teams whose seasons have been impacted greatly by COVID-19.

The fifth-ranked Fighting Irish return after their Sept. 26


Central Arkansas and the making of a college football schedule unlike any other

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Brad Teague has heard your jokes. Central Arkansas’ athletic director knows they’re the go-to Twitter suggestion when a team has to postpone a game (and many teams have had to postpone a game in 2020). That’s what happens when a relatively unknown school puts together one of the most unusual schedules in college football history, reminiscent of the old World War II traveling squads that played anyone, anywhere. Twice, if they had to.

“I saw somebody say they should kick Rutgers out and bring in Central Arkansas to the Big Ten,” Teague said of his FCS team from Conway, Arkansas, with a laugh.

Don’t tempt Teague, the dealmaker who has kept his team playing this year even when the Southland Conference opted to postpone football until the spring.

His goal was to play a full fall schedule and “opt out,” in his words, of the spring.

“Let’s try it as long as we can,” he said. 

Just as playing in the spring didn’t make sense to Teague, he understands the scrutiny over playing at all. He said he made clear his intentions didn’t matter unless the coaches and players took the situation seriously and were able to hold up their end of the bargain.

“Of course a lot of people would say, ‘Well, you’re playing in the middle of COVID. How does that make sense?'” Teague said. “And I get that. I thought, we may have a vaccine [in the spring], but it may be worse. I mean, who knows what the spring would look like. We knew there would be a lot of scrutiny.”

Head coach Nathan Brown said Teague faced those questions inside the building before pressing on, saying he met with the team to ask for their input. “He had them ask tough questions,” the coach said,


Making Your Own Luck In Your Career

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Napoleon famously remarked that he would rather his generals be lucky than good, and it’s something that a recent study from the University of Catania explored, with the researchers attempting to understand the role luck played in our success. They did this by modeling human talent, and specifically how that talent is used by us through our lives. This allowed them to understand the role chance played in our outcomes.

They ran a number of simulations to explore the distribution of wealth and talent and found that it generally wasn’t the most talented that came to be wealthiest, but rather those who were regarded as the luckiest. The model worked by assigning people a given level of talent, which consisted of things such as intelligence and skill. This talent would be randomly assigned throughout the population according to a broad bell curve distribution.

The model then tracked each person throughout a 40-year working life, with various lucky and unlucky events randomly inserted throughout. Each lucky event increased the person’s wealth, whereas the unlucky events decreased it. By the end of the simulation, a ranking of each person according to their wealth was made, with the researchers then able to assess each person to determine how luck influenced their life, and how much talent appeared to do so.  The beauty of this being conducted as a computer simulation is that it could be replicated numerous times to try and produce robust findings.

Uneven distribution

The results revealed that wealth was indeed broadly distributed. Unfortunately, this distribution did not appear to be aligned with the talent distribution. Indeed, those at the top of the wealth pile were generally nowhere near the most talented.

It is a finding that the researchers ascribe primarily to good luck. They were able to rank each


Detroit Pistons’ Khyri Thomas making case for minutes after injury riddled start to career

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Second-round draft picks generally don’t carry high expectations when entering the NBA. But the Detroit Pistons thought highly of Khyri Thomas’ potential in 2018.

Dwane Casey’s takeaways from Detroit Pistons bubble workouts



They sent two future second-round picks to the Philadelphia Sixers to acquire Thomas (picked 38th overall) before taking a player with similar strengths in Bruce Brown four picks later. 

Brown has since solidified himself as a rotation player, while injuries have prevented Thomas from establishing a consistent role. An injury-depleted roster enabled Brown — along with several other young players such as Svi Mykhailiuk and Christian Wood — to seize more minutes last year. A stress reaction in Thomas’ right foot and an early end to the season limited him to just eight games in 2019-20. 

David Mansaray playing a game of basketball: Detroit Pistons guard Khyri Thomas shoots against Milwaukee Bucks forward Jason Smith (during the fourth quarter at Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, Jan. 1, 2019 in Milwaukee.

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Detroit Pistons guard Khyri Thomas shoots against Milwaukee Bucks forward Jason Smith (during the fourth quarter at Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, Jan. 1, 2019 in Milwaukee.

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On paper, Thomas has the pedigree to be a reliable 3-and-D role player. He’s only 6-foot-3, but has a 6-10 wingspan. He’s a two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a 40.6% 3-point shooter during his three seasons at Creighton. 

Thomas benefitted from the Pistons’ group workouts during the last three weeks, head coach Dwane Casey told reporters. The in-market bubble, which ended Friday, gave him an extended opportunity to showcase his game. 

And the timing could work in


Making use of Learning Kinds, Training Teaching And Education

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Education is very important. Technology additionally encourages college students to spend their time doing other actions akin to enjoying video games and taking part in social networking. Some students may very well already be within the second stage of middle college improvement after they enter center faculty.

Among kids below the age of 18 within the United States, forty one % are categorised low-revenue and almost 19 % – one in five – are thought-about poor and living in poverty. In order for students to learn there are a number of components that have to be thought-about.

He wrote, All of the little one is ever to be and turn out to be, lies, nevertheless barely indicated, in the little one, and can be attained only by growth from inside outward.” Rousseau popularized the idealistic concept that kids total are good. Most students have robust ties with their families and so they might come from households that will disapprove of them studying about some cultures.

After class, the scholars will go dwelling to kind papers and do research on-line. As for academics, the educational system ought to make it possible for the perfect teachers are chosen for the positions and evaluations ought to be given frequently. This is something to hardly be opposed too, however the increase in direct costs for students is trigger for concern among some people.

In essence, the hazard time for shifting a baby into Spanish colleges (if they speak no Spanish) is when they are round 12 – thirteen years outdated. Utilizing Profitable Intelligence because the backbone of my context-driven curriculum really evokes college students to see how education makes their life goals more attainable, and motivates them to further develop their experience.…

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