College Track Roundup: 4/13

first_img Brad James April 14, 2018 /Sports News – Local College Track Roundup: 4/13 Tags: BYU/Dixie State/Idaho State/Long Beach State/Purdue/Southern Utah/Utah State Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Friday, as the Mark Faldmo Invitational commenced at Utah State University, numerous Utah-based collegiate athletes excelled during the first day of competition.Southern Utah’s Angie Nickerson won the women’s 5000-meter run title in a time of 16:44.06, with Utah’s Hannah Allred placing fourth and her teammate Shaylen Crook finishing fifth. Skyler Storie of Dixie State placed sixth overall in the event.The women’s pole vault title was won by Idaho State’s Elizabeth Reichlinger who leaped 11-09.75 feet. Her teammate, Jessica Swannack also posted this mark, as did Elise Machen of Brigham Young.The men’s 5000-meter run title was won by Utah State’s Haydon Cooper on his home track in a time of 15:07.30. His teammate, Coen Haroldson placed second in the event, with Paul Matthews of Westminster finishing third. Eric Mellmer, also of Westminster, placed fourth, with Luke Cobabe and Trevor Neal placing sixth and seventh respectively in the event.The meet will resume Saturday.LA JOLLA, Calif.-Friday, select members of Brigham Young University’s track and field team competed at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational. The meet primarily featured various Division I and II schools scattered throughout the West, although Purdue, of the Big Ten, also made an appearance.The women’s hammer throw title was won by Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen with a toss of 69.02 meters, while she also won the discus crown with a toss of 60.73 meters.The open women’s discus title was won by Grand Canyon’s Latoya Gilding with a toss of 49.17 meters. Also in this event, Brigham Young’s Leah Thompson and Dailyn Johnson placed fifth and seventh, respectively.In the women’s pole vault, Lauren Bartsch of Long Beach State placed first in the women’s pole vault with a leap of 3.65 meters.In the men’s pole vault, Louis Pancotti of Cal State Northridge with a leap of 4.70 meters to conclude events for Day 1 of competition.The meet resumes Saturday.RIVERSIDE, Calif.-The Southern Utah men and women’s track and field teams excelled in numerous events Friday at the UC Riverside Highlanders Challenge, with many athletes taking titles.The Thunderbirds competed against primarily fellow Division I California schools, as well as Division II Azusa Pacific, a rival of Dixie State University in the Pacific West Conference and fared well.Among the Thunderbirds’ stars was men’s distance-runner Mike Tate who took crowns in the 1500 (3:50.10) and 3000 (8:28.28)-meter runs. Additionally, sprinter Tre James took the men’s 100-meter title in 10.45 seconds, while also placing second in the 200-meter dash in 20.82 seconds.Other SUU individual winners included Morgan Porcaro in the men’s 5000-meter run in 17:36.33 and Jentry Skidmore  in the women’s high jump at 5-01.75 feet.The Thunderbirds also received wins from Emma Nwachukwu in the women’s discus (145-11), Lacey Hochhalter in the women’s javelin (139-02), Frank Harris in the men’s high jump (6-06.75), Jordan Porcaro in the men’s hammer (178-08) and Skyler Porcaro in the men’s javelin (224-10).last_img read more

United win battle of Manchester to leave City 14 points off top

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United landed another body blow to Manchester City’s hopes of retaining the Premier League title with a 2-1 derby win at the Etihad that leaves the champions 14 points adrift of runaway leaders Liverpool.Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored the goals for the visitors, who should have made the margin of victory even greater with a host of first half chances.Nicolas Otamendi pulled a goal back to give City hope five minutes from time, but that was too little, too late for Pep Guardiola’s men, who suffered a fourth league defeat in 16 games.United remain eight points adrift of their neighbours, but move up to fifth and within five points of fourth-placed Chelsea to haul themselves back into contention for a return to the Champions League next season.City’s priority may also now be limited to securing a top-four finish with the gap to Liverpool growing by the week and a makeshift defence that has now failed to keep a clean sheet in nine games.In the midst of another testing season for United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have often saved their best for the toughest opposition having beaten Tottenham, Leicester and Chelsea and been the only side yet to take Premier League points off Liverpool.City were powerless to stop the visitors pace on the break in the opening quarter in which United should have scored more than twice.Ederson made a hat-trick of big saves to deny Daniel James, Jesse Lingard and Martial before United were awarded a penalty when Rashford was chopped down by Bernardo Silva inside the area.Referee Anthony Taylor amazingly did not point to the spot in the first instance, but was quickly corrected by a VAR review.Rashford stepped up to continue his fine form with a 13th goal in 14 games for club and country.The 22-year-old’s 13 for United this season also matches his career-high for a single campaign and he should have had a couple more in the minutes after opening the scoring. Firstly, Rashford curled an effort wide with just Ederson to beat form a fine pass by Martial before he fired another effort off the bar.A United second was a matter of time as they continued to cut City open at will on the counter-attack and it duly arrived as James and Martial skipped around a host of half-hearted challenges before the Frenchman caught Ederson out at his near post.City restored some semblance of order in the closing stages of the first half and should have been given a route back into the game by Gabriel Jesus when he headed Kevin de Bruyne’s inch-perfect cross wide.The home side were also furious when Fred was not penalised for handball  as he blocked Kyle Walker’s cross inside his own area with VAR this time backing Taylor’s decision not to give a spot-kick.City applied the pressure after half-time but seemed devoid of ideas bar De Bruyne.The Belgian’s driven effort was deflected over by a brilliant last-ditch challenge from Victor Lindelof before Rodrigo’s effort from De Bruyne’s layoff was tipped over by David de Gea.Otamendi gave City life five minutes from time when he rose highest to meet Riyad Mahrez’s corner.United were suddenly rocking and De Gea had to make a brilliant save moments later to deny Mahrez an equaliser.But they held out to round off a huge week for Solskjaer.The Norwegian was facing questions over his future just six days ago after a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa left United with just four wins from their opening 14 league games.However, victories over Jose Mourinho on his return to Old Trafford with Tottenham on Wednesday and now the side who have left United second best in their own city in recent times, massively relieves the pressure on Solskjaer.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Evolutionists Caught in the Act – of Exaggerating

first_imgA headline on Science Daily and PhysOrg announced breathlessly, suggested that mistakes are a gold mine for creative Darwinian power: “Mutations are the raw material of evolution.”    The press release went on to glorify Darwin: “Charles Darwin already recognized that evolution depends on heritable differences between individuals: those who are better adapted to the environment have better chances to pass on their genes to the next generation,” the article explained up front in classic Darwinese.  “A species can only evolve if the genome changes through new mutations, with the best new variants surviving the sieve of selection,” it continued in neo-Darwinese.    Experiments were done on the lab plant Arabidopsis thalliana.  Did the scientists find any beneficial mutations that might help this little herb graduate into something bigger and better, say, an orchid?  No.  In fact, they found that it was a degenerate sibling of a more-fit cousin that can live for years instead of months.  The only suggested benefit they mentioned was possible resistance to pesticides.  That kind of “improvement,” however, might turn out to be a loss of fitness overall – just as a man can become resistant to handcuffs by cutting off his hands.    Of some concern is the mutation rate they measured.  A large population of Arabidopsis plants can expect to have a mutation at every point in its genome.  “If you apply our findings to humans, then each of us will have on the order of 60 new mutations that were not present in our parents.”  Michael Lynch tried to spin this as a benefit for Darwinism: “Everything that is genetically possible is being tested in a very short period.”  The press release ended on a note of novelty: the finding represents “a very different view than perhaps the one we are all most familiar with: that evolution reveals itself only after thousands, if not millions of years.”Did anyone see evolution here?  Did anyone see this little mustard plant growing into something bigger, stronger, or substantially different because of all the mistakes nature throws at it?  Most of the mutants probably died.  The others are probably straining under mutational load (04/09/2007, 12/14/2006, 10/17/2007 bullet 4).     “Everything that is genetically possible is being tested in a very short period of time,” they said.  Evolutionists apparently think that shooting bullets at a computer more rapidly will lead to faster progress.  Who is doing the testing?  By phrasing it in subjunctive voice, they left you wondering.  We know who it is; it’s Tinker Bell, the fairy goddess of the Darwin Party.  She zaps organisms with her mutation wand at random.  Only the ones that turn into orchids, or eagles, or elephants, or scientists, live to reproduce.  That’s the reigning myth of our elite academic culture.    A more reasonable conclusion from this study is that living things have not been suffering under a mutational load this heavy for millions of years, but for a much shorter time.  That they can still survive is due to amazing systems of DNA repair (see next headline).  To say that these mutations are the “raw material of evolution” is like calling terrorists entrepreneurs.  Get real.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa welcomes Iran nuclear deal

first_img27 November 2013 South Africa has welcomed the agreement on a temporary curtailment of Iran’s nuclear programme that was reached with world leaders in Geneva, Switzerland on the weekend. According to the six-month agreement with the US, China, Russia, the UK, France and Germany, Iran will curb some of its nuclear activities and in return will receive US$7-billion in sanctions relief. Iran has agreed to halt its nuclear activities by 20% and gave UN inspectors access to its facilities. It is the most significant agreement between Tehran and international negotiators in more than three decades of estrangement. “South Africa believes that this agreement demonstrates the scope of creative solutions that are possible when the choice is made to follow a constructive and pragmatic approach based on negotiations and dialogue,” the Department of International relations and Cooperation said on Tuesday. Spokesperson Clayson Moneyla said this was a period of confidence-building, which was a prelude to the ultimate goal of a mutually agreed, long-term comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme. He said this would enable Iran to fully enjoy its inalienable right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in line with the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. “We note with appreciation that the framework for cooperation is aimed at improving cooperation between the two parties concerned and that the government of Iran has committed to resolving all past and present outstanding issues.” In South Africa’s view, Monyela said, the International Atomic Energy Agency remained the only internationally recognised competent authority responsible for verifying and assuring compliance with the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. “The objective of the international community should therefore remain to ensure that the agency is able to undertake its verification activities in Iran.” South Africa was confident that the successful implementation of both the joint plan of action and the framework for cooperation would contribute the necessary confidence between the respective parties to pave the way towards sustainable solutions in line with the provisions of the non-proliferation treaty, Monyela said. This would allow Iran to take its rightful place in the international fold and play its historic role in ensuring stability in its region. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Announcing the April 2013 Geocacher of the Month

first_imgMulderNScully – April 2013 Geocacher of the MonthThe April Featured Geocacher of the Month nominees contribute to their local geocaching communities and inspire geocachers around the world. They not only hide quality geocaches, but make sure those searching can contact them to make the find, if necessary.Thank you to all those who supported the nominees. Those not chosen as the Featured Geocacher of the Month will receive a gift of appreciation from Geocaching HQ.The Featured Geocacher of the Month is named by Geocaching HQ after reviewing community input and blog comments. We all won seeing such great examples of how the geocaching community works together. After tallying the sentiment, MulderNScully have been named the Featured Geocachers of the Month for April 2013.MulderNScully have been geocaching since 2008. They’re known for challenging geocachers with inventive Puzzle Geocaches. They support their local geocaching community by organizing events. One geocacher who commented about MulderNScully wrote, “My vote is for Mulder and Scully. They have been mentors to many new cachers and are always willing to give a helping hand to a fellow cacher and some of my most memorable caching adventures are because of them. They aren’t about the numbers, they are about the places geocaching takes us to.”MulderNScully will receive collector’s edition Featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoins, along with Featured Geocacher of the Month hats and a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. See a list of all the Featured Geocachers of the Month here.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, send an email to [email protected] Every nomination must follow these requirements. Please include:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Featured Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Nominations for Featured Geocacher of the Month are accepted at any time.Congratulations again to MulderNScully for being recognized as the Featured Geocacher of the Month for April.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocacher of the Month Nominees for May 2013 – Add Your CommentsJune 1, 2013In “Community”Geocacher of Month Nominees for April 2013 – Add Your CommentsApril 25, 2013In “Community”Announcing the May 2013 Geocacher of the MonthJune 18, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Google’s Search Options Panel Gets New Features: Fresher Search Results, More Personalization

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Google just announced some interesting enhancements to the Search Options side panel it introduced earlier this year. In total, Google is adding nine tools to the sidebar: past hour, specific date range, more shopping sites, fewer shopping sites, visited pages, not yet visited, books, blogs and news. Thanks to this, you can now, for example, restrict search results to sites that were updated within the last hour, or you can tell Google to tweak the number of shopping sites that appear on a search results page. Google will roll these changes out gradually over the course of the day and expects them to be available globally in English by the end of the day.Fresher Search Results Until now, if you wanted to see the freshest search results, you had to apply a little URL-hack, but now, this feature has become default in the Search Options panel. Another interesting new feature is the ability to filter results by sites you have already visited and by sites you actually haven’t visited yet. This feature only works when you are signed in to your Google account and have your Web History enabled. Books, Blogs, and NewsGoogle already introduced the ability to just search for books a few weeks ago, so this isn’t really a new feature, but the company now also allows users to filter by blogs and news. While you could obviously always use Google News or Blog Search for this, you can now easily toggle back and forth between these sources and stay within the same search interface.ShoppingGiven how hard it has become to do product research on Google, as the search results are often cluttered with shopping sites, the ability to see more or fewer shopping sites is probably the most important new feature here. As Google points out, if you are doing research and aren’t ready to buy just yet, being able to tone down the number of shopping sites will be extremely helpful. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

SEA Games gives Malaysia tourism a big push

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH A check at the Eastin Hotel here showed scanners installed at its entrances and exits, and manned by the police.Malaysian Association of Hotel Owners vice-president Mohamad Halim Merican said such security measures were part of the Games’ security requirements.“The sporting event is good for business, especially for those hosting the athletes and delegates,” he added.Halim, who is also Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur general mana­ger, said the hotel was at nearly 80% capacity.“Besides the athletes and delegates, their friends and families will also come to support them,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Korean star Kim takes notice of PH volleybelles’ improvement MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension A canopy walkway linking KL Sports City to the train station makes it accessible to sports fans.PETALING JAYA—As Malaysia rolls out the red carpet to welcome the foreign guests as it hosts the 29th SEA Games, hotels across the Klang Valley are reporting high occupancy, and some are putting in place strict security checks.Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) chief executive officer Yap Lip Seng said with the 12 hotels designa­ted for the Games’ participants being almost fully booked, there was a spillover as visitors had to reserve other hotels instead.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games “Big sporting events like this are a boon to everyone.“And this is much appreciated as this year has been a tough one for the industry,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe added that MAH’s 150-member hotels across the Klang Valley would be most busy from Aug 18 to 20.At some hotels, special measures have been implemented to ensure safety throughout the 12-day event, which starts on Aug 19. Malaysia Inbound Tourism Asso­cia­tion (Mita) secretary-general Adam Kamal Ahmad Kamil said tourists could face some challenges getting rooms since there was no Games Village.Despite that, he expected many from Asean countries making the bulk of the visitors.Mita, he added, had been selling special packages for the SEA Games since early this year.“Apart from the Games, there are plenty of side activities like shopping, fun at Genting Highlands and Melaka or visiting theme parks.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View commentslast_img read more

India vs England: Injury-hit India hope for a fresh beginning in lone T20

first_imgIndia will try to put the humiliating whitewash in the Test series behind them when they take on England in the one-off Twenty20 cricket match in Manchester on Wednesday, hoping that their young batting brigade will be able to counter the seaming conditions.After the Test series debacle, India began well on the path of redemption by scoring three consecutive victories in the warm-up games but they face an uphill battle against England, who are reigning Twenty20 world champions.Both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have looked in good touch in the warm-up games in the last one week as they shouldered the burden of carrying India home in those games.Importantly, they have not been part of the losing side yet after putting their feet in England and the confidence and positive attitude of the duo can turn it around for India.Left-handed Parthiv Patel also got into the groove by top scoring in India’s win against Leicestershire on Monday.However, India have run short of batsmen and they are left with no option but to ask its two most senior batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, to pad up for the game.Ajinkya Rahane is too wet behind the ears to be given the India cap. It brings both Tendulkar and Dravid into equation – two giant of batsmen in modern era who, ironically, have only one Twenty20 international between them.Tendulkar played India’s inaugural Twenty20 international match in Johannesburg against South Africa on the 2006 tour but since then has often asserted he doesn’t want to be part of India’s Twenty20 group of players. The highest and the second highest run-scorers in the history of Test cricket, however, would be required to respond to the call of the team.advertisementIt’s an irony that a team, which only four years ago had won the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa on the vim of young talent, is now knocking at the door of two 38-year-old veterans to bail them out. Tendulkar and Dravid, in a way, wouldn’t mind turning up for India. Tendulkar has only shown glimpses of his batting skills on the present tour.Dravid needs to adapt his batting to the shorter formats of the game of which he hasn’t been a part, well almost, for over three years. Being champions, they would also like to exact revenge against an England side which whitewashed them 4-0 in the preceding Test series and disrobed them from the honours of world’s number one Test side.Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Steve Finn, Graeme Swann and one- day specialist Jade Dernbach is a formidable bowling bunch.Most of these names also have huge credentials as lower-order batsmen which should give the top order the license to go after a lightweight Indian bowling. As for England’s top six batsmen, opener Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen are relatively well- known.Gambhir ruled outGautam Gambhir has been ruled out of the remainder of the England tour after he failed to recover from concussion. According to team manager Shivlal Yadav, Gambhir went to an eye specialist on Tuesday and it seems he continues to suffer from concussion.According to Yadav no replacement has been named yet and Dhoni would be consulting the BCCI top brass and the selectors on the matter.last_img read more

Football Elliott Bosa and Thomas live up to hype in NFL rookie

Former OSU wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) hauls in a pass over Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis (26) during a game on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium. Credit: Lantern file photoIn April 2016, following the NFL draft, the Ohio State football program and its newly drafted former players could reasonably be considered in a league of their own before having played a down on an NFL Sunday. Four of the first 16 picks were Buckeyes, with 12 being drafted over the draft’s three days. Though the class was praised, no analyst or front office official could have predicted the kind of impact they would have on the field. Of the 12 selected, three former Buckeyes had notable years, comparable with some of the best rookie seasons in NFL history.Selected third overall by the then San Diego Chargers, defensive end and former consensus All-American Joey Bosa’s career for the Chargers got off to a rocky start. Disagreements between Bosa’s representation and the Chargers on signing bonuses and offset language in Bosa’s rookie contract and signing bonus led to the holdout. After he held out through both rookie training camp and the preseason, Bosa and the Chargers agreed on a four-year contract on Aug. 30.A hamstring strain held Bosa out another month, as he missed the first four games of the year. As October turned, though, Bosa welcomed himself to the field and to rest of the NFL, recording two sacks and five total tackles in his first game on Oct. 9 against the Oakland Raiders. Bosa was just one of five players in NFL history to record two sacks in their NFL debut.After missing 25 percent of his rookie season, Bosa finished with 48 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Among rookies, Bosa’s 10.5 sacks in 12 games were first in his class, ahead of the second-place finisher Yannick Ngakoue from the University of Maryland, who finished with eight total sacks in a full season.If Bosa had been healthy all year, he very well could have broken the record of 14.5 sacks in a rookie season, set by Jevon Kearse in 1999. Bosa was awarded the Pro Football Writers of America Rookie of the Year award for defense.Picked immediately after his former roommate by the Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott not only had the best season of rookie running backs, but also led the entire NFL in rushing during his rookie season, becoming just the fifth running back since 1970 to win the rushing title as a rookie. Amassing 1,631 yards and 14 total touchdowns, Elliott came within 177 yards of breaking the rookie record for yards in a season held by NFL Hall of Fame member Eric Dickerson. Elliott also added 32 receptions and 363 receiving yards, while showcasing his non-quantifiable but highly regarded blocking ability in the backfield with fellow rookie Dak Prescott.Michael Thomas upwardly improved in his final years at OSU. In his first year of work in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, Thomas led all rookie wide receivers in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in his rookie season. Record-wise, Thomas came only nine receptions short of the rookie record of 101 receptions set by Anquan Boldin in 2003. Thomas’ yardage totals rank fourth in league history for rookies, behind Billy Howton in 1952 (1,231), Boldin (1,377), Randy Moss in 1998 (1,313) and Bill Groman in 1960 (1,473).Though Bosa, Elliott and Thomas all were productive contributors to their teams, other Buckeyes of the class made their mark as well. Eli Apple became the starter partway through the year for the New York Giants, ending with 51 tackles, seven passes defended and an interception. Taylor Decker was ranked second overall among all rookie offensive lineman by Pro Football Focus, and received the top-overall grade of 82.8 for the entire Detroit Lions offensive line.In all, 14 OSU rookies — twelve picks and two undrafted free agents — registered stats during the regular season, in what is the deepest draft class in school history and arguably the entire history of the NFL. read more

Precedent mounting investigations of Ohio State football may bring stricter punishment for

Ohio State is far from the first school to be charged with NCAA infractions for violations committed by its football program. Other programs have had penalties ranging from small suspensions to the “death penalty,” but precedents set by NCAA cases could influence the organization’s final ruling on OSU. On Aug. 12, a group of university representatives, including interim coach Luke Fickell and former coach Jim Tressel, will travel to Indianapolis to make its case to the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions. The NCAA’s Notice of Allegations, sent to OSU President E. Gordon Gee on April 21, detailed the charges brought against the university. In the report, the NCAA said Tressel failed to behave with “honesty and integrity,” and knowingly played ineligible players, including Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Solomon Thomas and Mike Adams. The players are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. The report also revealed that OSU may be designated as a “repeat offender” because of coach Jim O’Brien and 2006 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith. O’Brien gave $6,000 to recruit’s mother, later forcing the Buckeyes to vacate their 2001 Final Four appearance and season wins. Repeat offenders generally receive harsher penalties. Absent from the report were the terms “lack of institutional control” and “failure to monitor,” which can indicate large-scale violations and equally large penalties. If the ongoing NCAA investigation uncovers a widespread problem within the program, “lack of institutional control” can still be applied to OSU. Sports Illustrated recently reported that OSU’s violations extended beyond the six players suspended next season. The report said as many as 28 players received improper benefits since 2002, including nine current players. Josephine Potuto, who has served on the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions since 2006, said the new allegations could lead to an extended investigation. “I would say, given what’s been reported in the papers and other media, I would guess there’s a chance the hearing won’t be held in August,” Potuto said. Potuto also said that, if the NCAA decided to investigate further, the hearing could be delayed. Michael Buckner, a lawyer who specializes in sports law, said the alleged violations eventually could lead to OSU being cited for “lack of institutional control.” “These are just new allegations,” Buckner said. “Although they have been published from reputable media organizations, the NCAA and OSU still must conduct their own investigation, interview witnesses, collect documents and verify those allegations before any time of institutional control allegations are added to the case.” In 2010, the USC football program was cited for “lack of institutional control” for violations primarily involving running back Reggie Bush. The program received a two-year postseason-bowl ban and faced reduction of 30 scholarships over three years. Chris Dufresne, who covers USC football for The Los Angeles Times, said there are similarities between the two cases. “What you have in common are two major power football universities where football is king and needs to be protected at all times,” Dufresne said. “But you have to wonder, ‘At what cost?’” Dufresne said whether OSU is cited for “lack of institutional control” depends on several factors. “It’s going to depend on whether it can be isolated to one person,” Dufresne said. “If it’s just Jim Tressel and no one else was really involved, then it’s on him. But it all depends on how much it bleeds into the rest of the administration.” One thing that may benefit OSU is that the university self-reported the violations in December, whereas USC denied any wrongdoing. “Ohio State initially did self-report this in December,” Dufresne said. “How they did it and how they perceived it and managed it is in question. … USC basically said they never did anything wrong.” Despite the self-reported violations, Dufresne said OSU still could face harsher penalties than USC because Tressel was a central figure in the violations. “Given what has been reported and what, I think, is being acknowledged, the head coach had players compete when they were ineligible,” Potuto said. “That’s a serious violation.” Dufresne said Tressel’s involvement probably will lead to a strict ruling. “My best guess is (the punishment) will be at least as severe as USC’s,” Dufresne said, “possibly more because (Tressel) was involved.” The most severe punishment the NCAA can issue is known commonly as the “death penalty.” If a program is issued the death penalty, it is banned from competing for one year. In 1987, the NCAA gave the Southern Methodist University football program the dreaded punishment. That remains the only time the NCAA has instituted the death penalty. Buckner said he doesn’t think OSU will share SMU’s fate. “With SMU, you have an entirely different situation,” he said. “You had boosters that were members of the Board of Directors that were directly involved. So, it started at the very top and went all the way down. It was definitely the textbook case of ‘lack of institutional control’ because the institution sanctioned that lack of control.” SMU was already serving a two-year bowl ban when it was discovered that players were being paid to play for the school. Dufresne said he doesn’t think the death penalty ever will be used again. “They’re never going to do that again,” Dufresne said. “I think they realized that they went way overboard with that because it basically put a program out of business for 25 years.” read more