O’Shea – Sunderland must look ahead

first_img Press Association Sunderland skipper John O’Shea has urged the club to move on from the Paolo Di Canio debacle after confirming the players had a role in the Italian’s departure. Asked if the players had felt the need to have their say over Di Canio, he told the Sunderland Echo: “That was obviously done. But we have to move on now. “Because of the position we are in in the league, we can’t keep going back to it. We have got some difficult months ahead. “Whoever comes in, whether it’s Bally [interim head coach Kevin Ball] or a new manager, we have got tough times ahead. “We have to stick together and if we keep going back to it, it will soon be too hard to pull back from where we are.” Ball guided Sunderland to a 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Peterborough on Tuesday night, but saw his side beaten 3-1 in the league by high-flying Liverpool on Sunday despite a spirited display. He has asked to be considered for the permanent post with Gus Poyet still the bookmakers’ favourite, although chief executive Margaret Byrne has revealed that discussions have taken place with several candidates and that there will be talks with more this week. The longer that consultation progress continues, the greater the chance of Ball remaining at the helm for Saturday’s home clash with wounded Manchester United. And should he eventually get the job, that would go down well in the dressing room. Di Canio was sacked last Sunday evening after a disastrous run of results, and it later emerged that a furious showdown in the dressing room following the 3-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at West Brom and another at the Black Cats’ Academy of Light training ground the following day had prompted a delegation of senior players to call upon the board to take action. But as the search for the 45-year-old’s replacement continues, O’Shea insists that he and his team-mates must put a chaotic episode firmly behind them as they attempt to turn their season around. O’Shea said: “Without a doubt, he’s made an impact. If it does happen, the players would be very happy. “But we will wait and see what the club decides.” Sunderland currently lie at the foot of the Premier League table with just a single point to show for their six outings to date, and four adrift of West Ham in 17th place. last_img read more

Former player, SU trustee passionately defends Fine amid allegations

first_imgGeorge Hicker, former Syracuse University men’s basketball player and a member of the SU Board of Trustees, rejected the idea that Thursday’s allegations against Bernie Fine are in any way accurate. Fine, an associate head coach for the men’s basketball team, is accused of molesting two former ball boys, Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, according to an article published by ESPN on Thursday. The Syracuse Police Department is investigating the allegations against Fine. Fine is now on administrative leave. ‘I’ve been around him in every imaginable circumstance in life,’ Hicker said of Fine. ‘And there is no chance, no chance these allegations are right.’ Hicker played for the men’s basketball team from 1964-68. As a sophomore, Hicker played alongside then-senior SU head coach Jim Boeheim. Hicker said he has known both Boeheim and Fine, who was a student manager of the team at the time, for at least 45 years. ‘I know them. There’s no way this kind of stuff is going on,’ Hicker said. ‘Boeheim never saw anything, this guy is lying, and Bernie never did it.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Hicker criticized ESPN for reporting on the investigation without having full knowledge of the facts, calling it ‘irresponsible journalism.’ What happened at the Pennsylvania State University is not similar to the events at SU, Hicker said. ‘It’s an entirely different situation at Penn Sate, where there was a grand jury investigation,’ Hicker said. ‘They only just initiated a police investigation here so it’s not even a comparable thing. They’re going to investigate it and then they’re going to drop it.’ When asked whether Hicker had spoken with Boeheim or Fine, Hicker didn’t provide comment. However, Hicker said he had spoken to a ‘tremendous amount of people’ after the news broke, many of whom played for both Fine and Boeheim. He described those he spoke with as ‘flabbergasted by the allegations’ and said no one believes the accusations to be true. Hicker said he doesn’t know how long it will take for the allegations to die down, but hopes the situation will settle as soon as possible so that each party involved can move on. Said Hicker: ‘Hopefully they can get to it quickly so that he can go back to his job and when he walks into the Carrier Dome he gets an ovation for what he’s meant to the school.’ mainthia@syr.edu Comments Published on November 17, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Camp Notes: Dino Babers awaits opt-out decisions from multiple players

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The media won’t have access to Syracuse’s training camp practices this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the football team is organizing regular Zoom interviews with head coach Dino Babers and select players while also providing film from the Ensley Athletic Center. With “Camp Notes,” The Daily Orange’s beat reporters bring the latest news, observations and analysis as the Orange gear up for an unprecedented 2020 season. Follow along here and on Twitter.The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Less than a month before Syracuse football is scheduled to take the field for its first game at North Carolina, head coach Dino Babers still doesn’t know which of his players will be playing this season and which will opt-out. The Orange have had only one player, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Cooper Dawson, opt-out so far. But Babers has said on numerous occasions that multiple players are still “on the fence.” He’s not sure who will be available, though quarterback Tommy DeVito, fullback and tight end Chris Elmore, defensive back Andre Cisco and offensive lineman Airon Servais have all said they intend to play the 2020 season, if it happens.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“From a teammate standpoint, all I can do is respect their decision, listen to what they have to say, listen to their reasons,” Elmore said on teammates potentially opting-out. “They’re making decisions as grown men, what they feel is best for them and their family and their future.”The NCAA’s Board of Governors will meet Friday to determine if players who opt-out of the 2020 season will be granted another year of eligibility. While the NCAA’s council recommended granting the extra year, it’s not official yet, leaving players unsure of their decision, Babers said. The head coach said he’s taken multiple polls to see who’s in and who’s out, but the situation is fluctuating daily.“I’ve taken a poll, and the poll is always changing,” Babers said. “Some is over COVID-19, some is uncertainty over what the options are because those options haven’t come down from above us.”With classes at SU beginning Aug. 24, students from states across the country are completing their quarantine periods and arriving on campus.“That’s going to be the real key,” Babers said about students returning. “During the day time, you look at young people, they do a fantastic job. What they do at night affects what happens during the day.”The PAC-12 and Big Ten cited health concerns — most notably myocarditis, which was present in multiple athletes — as one reason for postponing their fall football seasons last week. When media asked DeVito last week if myocarditis specifically came up, he said no, but that in general, athletic staff had presented medical concerns to him. Babers said Monday that players and their families have discussed the health risks of the virus with medical experts.“It’s like anything else. We know the risk of it all,” DeVito said. “Obviously not to the fullest because it is a new virus. The medical teams are still trying to figure things out because nothing is 100%.”He added: “We have not spoken about what’s been going on with those Big Ten athletes.”Babers credited his players for holding SU Athletics accountable on the testing shortfall. Director of Athletics John Wildhack stated Friday that SU will be testing its athletes once per week, instead of every other week as it had done before. A miscommunication between the staff and the athletes on this protocol led to them sit out practices last week until it was cleared up and the players were tested. Once the season begins, each athlete will be tested three times per week, starting the week of Sept. 7. The Orange announced Friday that they didn’t have any active COVID-19 cases among their entire athletic department and that the football team has had five positive cases since the summer training program began.Before the season can begin, though, Friday’s NCAA decision on future eligibility could be the latest turning point on the status of the 2020 football season. Published on August 17, 2020 at 3:17 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more