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Pacific brings back football program after 19-year hiatus

first_img Florida State at Oklahoma Prediction: Oklahoma 27, Florida State 20 After narrowly escaping defeat at home against Utah State, head coach Bob Stoops and the Sooners will face a serious contender when they host Florida State. Florida State demolished its foe last week, Samford, 59-6. New Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher will have to shore up his run defense to make sure Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray doesn’t have free reign. Murray turned in more than 200 rushing yards in the close call last week. Penn State at Alabama Prediction: Alabama 23, Penn State 17 Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions will face a much tougher game this week. It will be interesting to see how Penn State’s true freshman quarterback, Rob Bolden, holds up against Alabama’s defense. Alabama was in fine form last week against San Jose State, but it too will face a greater challenge. This game will be close, mostly because the Tide’s Heisman winner, running back Mark Ingram, is still sidelined. No upset, but still a grind-out game. Comments Published on September 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm Miami (Fla.) at Ohio State Prediction: Ohio State 21, Miami 10 This is the first matchup between these two teams since the 2003 national championship game won by the Buckeyes. OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor looks to turn in another good game, after throwing three touchdowns in a romp of Marshall last week. Miami will need to prove it deserves its high ranking so far this season, but it will have its work cut out for it. Syracuse at Washington Prediction: Syracuse 23, Washington 20 Everybody knows about Jake Locker by now. How many times have we heard the phrase ‘Heisman candidate’? Syracuse looked quite good last week against Akron and should give the Huskies all they can handle, and perhaps more. If Ryan Nassib can keep the chains moving for the SU offense, the defense should be able to hold their own. For the first field goal ever by Pacific’s Jon Lee, everything went wrong. The snap came back wobbly. The holder promptly dropped the ball. As Lee came forward to kick, the ball laid on the ground horizontally. But Lee pushed through — sending the ball 26 yards through the field goal posts. ‘I’m still questioning myself on how I did it,’ said Lee, a Pacific senior. In that Sept. 4 game at Puget Sound, Lee played in his first football game ever and scored the first points of his career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The field goal also represented the first points Pacific has scored in 19 years. 19. In 2009, the University brought back its Division III football program after an almost two-decade hiatus and gave head coach Keith Buckley a year to put the team together. In the team’s first game, Lee kicked four field goals en route to a 36-19 loss for the Boxers. ‘Hopefully, next time we’ll have more touchdowns, so I won’t have to kick as many field goals,’ Lee said. At Pacific, Lee’s story of how he joined the program symbolizes how most players ended up on the team. Lee played collegiate soccer at Pacific for two years. He played in an intramural football league with some other students, too, just having some fun. At one intramural game, a friend told Lee that he had a great leg. ‘You might make a great kicker,’ his friend told him. When Buckley started putting together his team, Lee tried out. For Lee, the biggest adjustment to that point came when he began running in pads and a helmet. ‘I had never worn pads,’ he said. ‘I had never run in pads. So I had a little trouble.’ To build the program, Pacific plucked Buckley away from his assistant coaching job at UC-Davis. Both Buckley and his wife attended UC-Davis, and it looked daunting to pack up their lives and their children for something completely new, he said. ‘The biggest thing was that life-changing decision of leaving your alma mater, your wife’s alma mater, and jumping into something new,’ Buckley said. In the summer of 2009, Buckley and his family arrived at their new home. And Buckley quickly found that Pacific lacked any blueprints for constructing the team. ‘There’s not a manual for starting a football program,’ he said. ‘I pretty much dropped my bags and hit the road recruiting.’ Buckley traveled down the West Coast, trying to talk players into joining his program. He recruited from California, Oregon and Washington. He even made a seven-day trip to Hawaii, where 25 percent of Pacific’s student body comes from, including his current kicker, Lee. Buckley stuck to his recruiting timetable even in Hawaii, he said. ‘I didn’t even stick my toes in the water once — now that’s depressing,’ Buckley said. Buckley eventually won enough students over with his pitch. Pacific’s team would give them a chance to start as freshmen — no need to wait for playing time, Buckley would tell potential players. This summer Buckley started camp with more than 130 athletes. Now that number has dwindled to around 130. Division III schools accommodate larger teams because their players don’t receive scholarships. So far, so good, Buckley says. He has more time with his family, and it’s his team to build. He expects it will take about six to 10 years to build Pacific into a respectable program. ‘You don’t take this kind of task on if you expect to bounce in three years,’ he said. ‘I keep telling people that we’re putting our toes forward and just thinking about the future.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ Michigan at Notre Dame Prediction: Michigan 30, Notre Dame 27 One of college football’s best rivalries comes to South Bend, Ind., where these two recently down-on-their-luck programs will clash. Both teams hope to prove themselves this year, but if Notre Dame’s recent history proves one thing, it’s that the team lets its fans down in big games. New Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly got off to a good start last week, but don’t expect that success to continue as Notre Dame loses a heartbreaker at home. adbrow03@syr.edulast_img read more

Formula 1 reports zero positive results from 4,500-plus COVID-19 tests

first_imgF1 on Friday announced that, of 4,500-plus COVID-19 tests performed over the past week, none came back positive. F1’s statement is below:”The FIA and Formula 1 can today confirm that between Friday 3rd July and Thursday 9th July, 4,566 tests for COVID-19 have been performed on drivers, teams and personnel. Of these, zero people have tested positive.”The FIA and Formula 1 are providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to teams or individuals will be provided by the FIA or Formula 1 and results will be made public every 7 days.”MORE: NASCAR will use underglow lights on cars at All-Star raceThe 2020 F1 season was suspended in March as the COVID-19 pandemic impacted all sports globally. A few days before what was supposed to be the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, McLaren had to pull out of the race when a team member tested positive for the virus. The Formula 1 season began last week with the Austrian Grand Prix, and the organization’s modified 2020 schedule continues this weekend with another race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Styria, Austria.According to F1, the resumption of its season has been handled in a safe manner relative to the global coronavirus pandemic. F1 eventually canceled the Australian Grand Prix and postponed races in China, Bahrain and Vietnam, but not before it was criticized for its sluggish decision-making.After a delay of almost four months amid the pandemic, Formula 1 finally began its 2020 season last week with the Austrian Grand Prix, won by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas. Sunday’s race at the Red Bull Ring is the second of an Austrian doubleheader to begin F1’s condensed 2020 schedule. The eight races currently confirmed on that schedule are packed into a nine-week period, and all eight will take place in Europe.F1 hopes to add races so it can have a total of 15-18 races on a schedule that ends in December.last_img read more

FAILTE IRELAND OFFICIALLY OPEN NEW FARM ADVENTURE CENTRE IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe official opening of the Castle Adventure Open Farm, at Wardtown Castle, Ballyshannon took place on Friday last with Máire Áine Gardiner from Failte Ireland declaring the fabulous new facility officially open.The latest tourism attraction in South Donegal is situated 3 miles from Ballyshannon on the Rossnowlagh road, in the picturesque town land of Wardtown. The open farm was developed in the original farm yard of Wardtown Castle which was built in the 17th century and although in disrepair it is still an impressive building to this day.The Open Farm hosts lots of fun activities with plenty of activities to enjoy under cover in the barns, including Bunny cuddling, Lamb Bottle-feeding etc.There is loads of indoor fun and play in the huge indoor activity centre, sandpit, and of course trips on our barrel amazing train.You can also drive a real digger and discover the huge outdoor Adventure Playground. You may pay a visit to the coach house coffee shop to sample our mouth-watering homebaking or simply daze at the amazing craftsmanship that was involved in the old Castle buildings construction.These are just some of the features at this very unique Adventure Open Farm.Speaking at the opening, Chairman of Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC), Mr Jim Slevin representing the funders of the project stated that “LEADER is one of the core funding programmes administered by DLDC and it has played a major role in revitalising rural communities and the rural economy of Donegal.The Castle Adventure Open Farm is a testament to the success of LEADER and indeed the entire Tourism sector within Donegal”.He went on to congratulate the Patton family and acknowledge their commitment and input and who’s idea and vision had taking us here today.Also speaking at the opening Máire Áine Gardiner, Failte Ireland said “”Failte Ireland are delighted to see the realization of the Farm Diversification project under the Rural Development Programme at Castle Adventure Open Farm. “Visitors are increasing looking for quality rural tourism experiences of a high standard where the whole family can enjoy our spectacular environment but also have some wet weather options as well.“We congratulate the Patton family on taking this initiative and look forward to promoting this new attraction for many years to come.”Hugh John Patton on behalf of the Patton family “We would like to take this opportunity to thank DLDC and their Board for their commitment and support during this project as without their support this project would not be possible.“We would like to give a special word of thanks to Frank Kelly and his team in DLDC for all their hard work and input into this project. “We are overwhelmed with the amount of support and well wishes we have received from our neighbour and the local community.“We have waited over 3 years for this day and are delighted now that our dream has now become reality. With the foundations that DLDC helped us to establish we hope to grow this business further in the coming years.“The overall cost of the new project was close to €400K but as you can see from the high standard this project was finished to, it was money well spent.FAILTE IRELAND OFFICIALLY OPEN NEW FARM ADVENTURE CENTRE IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more