California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act (SB 206) into law on Monday. Beginning in 2023, it will allow collegiate athletes in the state of California to seek endorsement money outside their respective universities without losing amateur status.It has already become a divisive topic, with the NCAA, Pac-12 Conference and several California institutions publicly expressing their dissent to the law. Conversely, several high-profile athletes have praised the move while blasting the NCAA for its long-held — and oft-criticized — amateur model. DeCOURCY: Gov. Newsom’s posturing won’t budge NCAA timeline on NIL issuesThose athletes include San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, among others.Here are some of the reactions from current and former athletes on the new California law:Richard Sherman: “I hope it destroys the NCAA”Sherman, who has been outspoken in his criticism of the NCAA, pulled no punches on the potential implications of SB 206. From the San Jose Mercury News:”I hope it destroys the NCAA because I think it’s corrupt and it’s a bunch of people taking advantage of kids and doing it under a mask of fair play.”It’s going to cripple the NCAA in a way where they start to bend, make it more fair and more of a symbiotic relationship between players and the NCAA, or it’s going to destroy them in general and start a whole new way of college athletics in general, and I can respect that, too.”Draymond Green: “Someone needs to force this dictatorship to change”Green was quick to thank Gov. Newsom for passing the bill, saying in a tweet it would protect athletes and bring more equality to a multi-billion dollar industry.Thank you to California Governor @GavinNewsom for his leadership signing the bill protecting college athletes and bringing more equality to the multi billion dollar industry. Cc: @KingJames #MoreThanAnAthlete— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) September 30, 2019Green also addressed SB 206 at the Warriors’ media day on Monday, calling the NCAA a dictatorship that needed to be forced to change its model.”That’s exciting. We spent so much time in college broke, with no money. Yet everybody else was living very well, universities making a ton of money off your likeness. It is the most bankrupt model. …”It’s backwards. Someone needs to force this dictatorship to change. Because that’s exactly what it is. It’s no different than any country that’s ran by dictators. The NCAA is a dictatorship.”LeBron James: SB 206 will “change the lives for countless athletes”James actually hosted Gov. Newsom on “The Shop: Uninterrupted” as the latter signed SB 206 into law, saying the platform was created for moments such as these.I’m so incredibly proud to share this moment with all of you. @gavinnewsom came to The Shop to do something that will change the lives for countless athletes who deserve it! @uninterrupted hosted the formal signing for SB 206 allowing college athletes to responsibly get paid. pic.twitter.com/NZQGg6PY9d— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 30, 2019You can see James’ and Newsom’s full discussion on the bill below: “It’s going to change college sports for the better by having the interest of the athletes on par with the interest of the institutions.”Full conversation with @KingJames, @mavcarter, @ed_obannon, @katelyn_ohashi, @dianataurasi, and @richpaul4 as @GavinNewsom signs #SB206. pic.twitter.com/aIVA2b4bUq— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 30, 2019Ed O’Bannon: “These AD’s and league commissioners are hilarious to me”O’Bannon, the lead plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit O’Bannon v. NCAA, reacted more to administrator and league responses to SB 206 than the law itself.Some of these AD’s and league commissioners are hilarious to me, like the sky is going to fall now that athletes will potentially get paid while in college, off their own likeness no less. Weird— Ed O’Bannon (@Ed_OBannon) September 30, 2019The former UCLA Bruins star, of course, is referring to the NCAA and Pac-12, among others, issuing statements after SB 206 was signed into law.Reggie Miller: “Everyone should have a hand in the cookie jar”Miller, a former star at UCLA and 18-year NBA veteran, said SB 206 would remove the “the power, manipulation these universities, athletic directors, coaches have had.”This would be me if I was standing in front of Gavin Newsom after the signing of the SB 206… Gone is the power, manipulation these universities, athletic directors, coaches have had… Everyone should have a hand in the cookie jar… You’ve finally been HEARD Ed O’Bannon… pic.twitter.com/e9EJ8aAYEy— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) September 30, 2019
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The following are the final cases filed in Sumner County District Court by outgoing Sumner County Attorney Evan Watson from Jan. 1 to Jan. 15, 2013. New county attorney Kerwin Spencer took over the office last week. Three cases were filed under the new administration below.Evan Watson filings:Â â€¢Naaman Darby, born in 1977, of Oxford has been charged with violation of a protection from stalking order, a Class A misdemeanor, which allegedly occurred on Dec. 31, 2012.â€¢Keron Biley, born in 1975, of Wichita was charged with battery of a police officer, a Class A misdemeanor; and criminal threat, a level 9 felony which allegedly occurred on Dec. 31, 2012.â€¢Cody Saunders, born in 1990, of Wellington was charged with improper tag illumination, a traffic infraction; driving while suspended, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of methamphetamine, a drug felony which allegedly occurred on Dec. 5, 2012.â€¢Nathan Bush, born in 1964, of Oklahoma City was charged with speeding, a traffic infraction; fleeing and eluding, a level 9 felony; and theft, a level 7 misdemeanor in Sumner County. On Jan. 2, Bush allegedly was driving a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck with the intent to permanently deprive owner of the vehicle. He allegedly fled police officers and refused to bring the Ford F-150 pickup to a stop despite visual and audible signals being made by officers.â€¢Travis Schneider, born in 1985, of Wellington was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia for an incident that allegedly occurred on Nov. 2, 2012.â€¢Austin Anderson, born in 1992, of Wellington was charged with criminal use of a weapon, i.e. metal knuckles, a Class A misdemeanor; failure to stop when emerging from driveway, and improper tag illumination on December 18, 2012.â€¢Jeremy Grandstaff, born in 1981, of Belle Plaine was charged with exhibiting and distributing obscenity on Jan. 5, 2013, a Class A Misdemeanor.â€¢Jose Villanueva, born in 1976, of Brownsville Texas was charged on Jan. 7, 2013 with possession of marijuana with intment to distribute, a drug level 3 felony; driving while suspended or revoked, a Class B Misdemeanor; and failure to affix drug stamp a level 10 felony.â€¢Lauren Nading, born in 1990, of Belle Plaine was charged with domestic battery, a Class B Misdemeanor. The incident allegedly occurred on Dec. 29, 2012.â€¢Debra Ramirez, born in 1955, of Wellington was charged with criminal false communication, a Class A Misdemeanor. Allegedly on April 20, 2012, Ramirez communicated to the public with conspicuous writing information stating: “(name withheld) is getting kept from her family by the (name withheld). Please help us get her back. (Name withheld) you cannot have our daughter (name withheld). (Name withheld) why do you want our daughter. Strange People!! Our daughter (name withheld) brainwashed and drugged in (name withheld). home.The charge according to the complaint was known to be false and tending to expose the people Ramirez was accusing to public hatred, contempt and ridicule.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Kerwin Spencer filings:â€¢Jeffery Holmes, born in 1970, of Wellington was charged with obstruction apprehension or prosecution, a level 8 felony.In the complaint, Holmes allegedly knowingly, harbor, concealed or aided Loretta Wiley, who had been charged with committing a felony on Dec. 29, 2012. Holmes allegedly told law enforcement that Wiley was not in the residence, who was hiding there at the time.â€¢Ryan Hixon, born in 1982, of Wichita was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia during an incident on January 11, 2013, a Class A misdemeanor.â€¢Fredrick Rickey, Jr., born in 1986, of Wichita was charged with possession of controlled substance of a narcotic drug, a level 5 drug felony, on an incident that allegedly occurred on January 11, 2013.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢The following are recent rulings for criminal felonies at the Sumner County Courthouse.â€¢Four felony drug 3 charges against Travis Allen Bradfield and three felony drug 3 charges against Trevor Bradfield were dismissed on Jan. 7, 2013. Travis and Trevor Bradfield were charged with cultivating and distributing opiates, opium, narc drug and certain stimulants, also to conspiracy to cultivate and distribute such drugs.Also two counts of misdemeanor charges of using/possessing drug paraphernalia with intent to use drug into human body to Travis Bradfield and one count to Trevor Bradfield were dismissed.â€¢Robert Bakert pled guilty to possession of opiates, opium, narcotic drug and certain stimulants, a drug 4 felony.
Wellington Police notes for Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24, 2013:Â Friday, March 22, 2013â€¢7:39 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 200 block. N. Haslet, Wellington.â€¢11:08 a.m. Shelly M. Tevington, 27, Mayfield was issued a notice to appear charged with illegal registration/expired tag.â€¢12:25 p.m. Officers investigated theft and forgery in the 100 block. S. Washington, Wellington.â€¢6:02Â p.m. Brendan A. Auzat, 23, Wellington was arrested and confined charged with forgery.â€¢2:49 p.m. Daniel B. Gressel, 23, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large, no city tags and no rabies vaccinations.â€¢2:50 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 100 block W. 3rd, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Lois M. Crawley, 71, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by William R. Mertes, Wellington.â€¢4 p.m. Non-injury accident at 17th and Washington, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Sean D. Granger, 43, Wichita and Sandra L. Proffitt, 57, South Haven.â€¢5:19 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic disturbance by a known suspect in the 700 block E. 7th, Wellington.â€¢8:18 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 400 block S. C, Wellington. Saturday, March 23, 2013:â€¢1:26 a.m. Officers took a report of a mental subject in the 700 block. N. Blaine, Wellington.â€¢1:35 a.m. Officers investigated possession of stolen property, fleeing or eluding law enforcement, reckless driving and driving while suspended in the 600 block N. F, Wellington.â€¢1:35 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the area of 12th and Poplar, Wellington involved a vehicle operated by Zane R. McHenry, 27, Wellington and a fixed object/curb.â€¢4:53 a.m. Zane R. McHenry, 27, Wellington, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, fleeing or eluding law enforcement, reckless driving and driving while suspended.â€¢7:35 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 400 block S. C, Wellington.â€¢10:19 a.m. Officers investigated a theft and forgery in the 300 block S. Blaine, Wellington.â€¢12:22 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 800 block of E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢8:29 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington. Sunday, March 24, 2013â€¢1:02 a.m. Non-injury accident in the 600 block. N. B, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Treavor C. Smith, 39, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Ivan L. Redford, Miami, Okla.â€¢1:06 a.m. Treavor X. Smith, 38, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with no proof of insurance, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.â€¢8:32 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of an ATV which was recovered in the 1200 block. E. Harvey, Wellington.â€¢1:28 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 900 block N. B, Wellington.â€¢2:32 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of gasoline in the 1200 block. E. Harvey, Wellington.â€¢6:06 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of purse in the 1000 block of W. 8th, Wellington.
By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” A trial date for Spencer Weikal, 24, of Wellington has been set for Dec. 3, 2013 in Sumner County District Court.Weikal is charged with two felonies – first degree murder and aggravated endangering of a child – stemming from the death of 2-year-old Larrissa Foster, on Nov. 30, 2011.Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin also recently denied Weikal’s attorney’s request that videos, including a taped confession to law enforcement during the night of questioning, be suppressed from the pending jury trial.Â Weikal Attorney Christopher Williams of Kansas City, Mo. filed a suppression motion resulting in a May 8, 2013 hearing that included seven testimonies from the Wellington Police Department and Sumner County Sheriff’s office. During the hearing, McQuin closed the courtroom to view a video tape of the alleged confession with only the prosecuting and defense attorney present.McQuin would eventually deny the defense suppression request stating Weikal “knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently waived his Miranda rights, twice”; and “that his statement to law enforcement were the product of his free and independent will.”â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Weikal’s actionsMcQuin also allowed the admissibility of evidence surrounding Weikal’s actions after leaving the hospital in Wichita and returning to Wellington on Nov. 29, 2011 and early morning Nov. 30.According to a court document submitted by prosecuting attorney Lee Davidson of the Kansas Attorney General’s office, Weikal was the live-in boyfriend of Kayla Murphy, mother of Larrissa Foster. On Nov. 29, 2011, Murphy and Weikal spent most of the day together at his uncle Brian Brown’s house. In the late afternoon, Weikal drove Foster and Murphy to the Oak Tree Inn where Foster was scheduled to work the evening shift. Weikal and Foster allegedly returned to Brown’s home. Murphy then talked to Foster on the phone at about 8 p.m.“It was the last time she would speak to her daughter,” Davidson said in the document.Allegedly, at 10 p.m. the defendant drove Foster back to the Oak Tree Inn and had a co-worker find Murphy because Foster was having trouble breathing.The two of them took the toddler to Sumner Regional Medical Center where the staff found the child to be unresponsive and in cardiopulmonary arrest. They intubated the child and readied her for transport to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.According to the document, Weikal and Murphy returned to the Oak Tree Inn to borrow money for gasoline for the trip to Wichita. After fueling up their vehicle, the two drove to Wichita and eventually located Wesley Medical Center.At Wesley, medical workers questioned the two about Foster’s injuries and eventually called law enforcement. Before the Wichita Police officers could question him, Weikal allegedly left the hospital without telling Murphy. He returned to Wellington.Meanwhile, Sumner County E911 broadcasted a “be on the lookout” alert for Weikal, who reportedly was driving Murphy’s red Toyota Corolla.According to the document, Sumner County Sheriff Deputy Lee Patterson was parked in the SRMC parking lot visiting with Wellington police officer Kurt Vogel. He spotted the Corolla traveling southbound on A Street at a high rate of speed. By the time Patterson was at the corner of 15th and B Street, the car was traveling south on B Street just crossing 10th Street, still at a high rate of speed.Patterson tried to catch up to the vehicle as it turned east onto Lincoln Street then south on Ash Street then east on First Street then south onto Cherry Street where it ran the stop sign and turned east on Mill Street before coming to a stop at 901 S. Cherry Street, the Brown residence.Weikal then, allegedly, fled the Corolla and hid near a parked vehicle. Patterson found him hiding a short time later and placed him under arrest. Patterson had E911 search for Weikal’s driving record and learned that his license was suspended.Patterson read Weikal his Miranda Rights and briefly questioned him at the scene, according to the document. In the process, Patterson recounted Weikal’s driving violations. Patterson then transported Weikal to the Wellington Police Department for further questioning.Later that morning, Wellington Police Department Detective John Defore and Sumner County Sheriff’s Detective Frances Stevenson interviewed Weikal. They asked him about his departure and he explained he was traveling to Wellington to pick up his mother for emotional support and getting some clothes before returning to Wesley.In its analysis on the document, the state concluded that Weikal’s flight from Wesley when he had a suspended license, his flight from Patterson by driving in a reckless manner and hiding thereafter was proof of his guilt.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Case backgroundFoster would eventually die on Nov. 30, 2011 and Weikal was subsequently charged that day by the county attorney’s office, who was then Evan Watson.A Sumner County District Court preliminary hearing was held in May, 2012 which McQuin determined there was enough evidence for a trial. Weikal pleaded not guilty.The original date for a jury trial was set for November, 2012. However, after several delays, the case was turned over to the state attorney general’s office after the Sumner County Attorney changeover from Watson to Kerwin Spencer, who said he could not adequately prosecute the trial because of the already cumulated workload in the case. Davidson, an assistant attorney for the attorney general’s office, took over the case. Weikal also switched attorneys: from court appointed Elaine Esparza to privately hired Williams. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? 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Tried of all this BS every time he is put in the paper. The only concern is a little helpless girl is gone. When the court has a verdict then someone can say I told you so. Report Reply 0 replies · active 366 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 366 weeks ago Ok, I’m done. I’m putting out a warning. No more family bashing. If you want to talk about the case itself, I’ll allow that. Anything that is outside the realms of the story above, will result in the elimination of comments from this or any further Weikal stories. Report Reply 0 replies · active 366 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Saturday, August 30, 2014â€¢12:34 a.m. Donel D. Gaddie Jr, 33, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Warrant for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.â€¢5:23 a.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended and no proof of insurance in the 700 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.â€¢5:23 a.m. Harold G. Thatcher III, 44, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for driving while license is suspended and no proof of insurance.â€¢9:39 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 100 block N. Plum, Wellington of a car stereo components, cell phone.â€¢10 a.m. Officers investigated harassment by telephone by a known suspect in the 1400 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.â€¢10 a.m. Officers took a report of a domestic disturbance by a known subject(s) in the 1400 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.â€¢10:13 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.â€¢1:47 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of tools and jewelry in the 300 block E. 15th, Wellington.â€¢2:10 p.m. Joshua A. Stringer, 24, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no proof of insurance and obstructed windshield.â€¢8:38 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 300 block E. 3rd, Wellington.â€¢8:50 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block S. H, Wellington.â€¢9:46 p.m. Officers investigated criminal threat, domestic battery, criminal damage to property, assault and obstruction of law enforcement officers.â€¢11:33 p.m. Aaron K. Campbell, 30, Wichita, Ks was arrested and charged with criminal threat, domestic battery, criminal damage to property, assault and obstruction of law enforcement officers. Sunday, August 31, 2014â€¢2:55 a.m. Officers took a report of a found cell phone in the 600 block N. G, Wellington.â€¢9:19 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 700 block W 4th, Wellington.â€¢10:30 a.m. Non-injury accident in the 1100 block W. 8th, Wellington, involving vehicles operated by Katherine J. Cartwright, 65, Wellington and Donna K. Miller, 75, Wellington.â€¢11:51 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.â€¢4 p.m. Officers investigated harassment by telecom device by a known suspect in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.â€¢9:10 p.m. Officers assisted an outside agency with a report of suspicious activity, Wellington. Wellington Police notes for Friday, Aug. 29 – Monday, Sept. 1, 2014:Â Friday, August 29, 2014â€¢9:35 a.m. Officers took a report of an unattended death in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.â€¢10 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block S. A, Wellington.â€¢10:45 a.m. Larry W. Grimm, 59, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign.â€¢10:57 a.m. Mandi L. Santana, 34, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no proof of insurance and disobeyed stop sign.â€¢4 p.m. On August 14, Officers investigated a burglary of a power washer in the 1400 block N. C, Wellington. It was recovered and returned to owner.â€¢6 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1400 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.â€¢6:40 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 500 block N. F, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Robin D. Moore, 42, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Molly C. Craig, Wellington.â€¢9:04 p.m. Officers investigated possession of drug paraphernalia in the 800 block N. Woodlawn by a known suspect in Wellington.â€¢10:10 p.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended and failure to yield at a stop sign in the 100 block E. Harvey, Wellington.â€¢10:15 p.m. Jessica B. Burnett, 37, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for driving while license is suspended and failure to yield at a stop sign. Monday, September 1, 2014â€¢3:35 a.m. Officers investigated a battery by a known suspect in the 400 block S. West Lake Road, at the Wellington Lake.4:37 a.m. Ryan J. Tuck, 30, Wellington was arrested and charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property. He bonded out.â€¢10:07 a.m. Officers investigated harassment by telecom device by a known suspect in the 500 block N. Blaine, Wellington.â€¢12:20 p.m. Officers investigated harassment by telecom device by a known suspect in the 400 block E. Maple, Wellington.â€¢3:43 p.m. Rodney W. Mailman, 65, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for expired registration.â€¢4:40 p.m. Officers investigated possession of marijuana in the 200 block E. 17th, Wellington by a known suspect.â€¢4:56 p.m. Tommie L. Barrett, 33, Wellington was arrested on a city of Mulvane warrant.â€¢7:05 p.m. Non-injury, hit and run accident in the intersection of 15th and Washington, Wellington involving an unknown vehicle and a vehicle operated by Sarah R. Campbell, 24, Anthony.
Sumner County Scores:Â West Elk 80 Oxford 34 – Wildcats are eliminated from playoffs.Caldwell 44 South Haven 0 – Bluejays keep playoff hopes alive. Box score is here:Â Caldwell – Box Score Report – 10_18_2014Conway Springs 72 Belle Plaine 8 – Easy win for Cardinals:Â Conway Springs – Box Score Report – 10_25_2014Argonia-Attica 54 Norwich 6 -Â Titans stay undefeated. Stats are here.
ATHENS, Ohio — Longtime Ohio coach Frank Solich surveyed the locker room moments after Tuesday’s 66-24 victory against Bowling Green. Solich had just become the Mid-American Conference’s all-time wins leader with his 111th victory with the Bobcats, and in that moment the 75 year old thought about everyone else. “The thought that went through my head was how fortunate I’ve been to be able to work with so many great players, so many guys who were dedicated to winning and moving this program forward, and the same with our coaches,” Solich told Sporting News on Wednesday. “That’s the thing that popped up at me.” (Photo courtesy of Ohio University) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/fe/6c/frank-solich2-011919-ou-ftrjpg_142k3gysi0gti1jhrio3sd9hx8.jpg?t=-1946827266&w=500&quality=80 Everybody did after watching him serve as an assistant at Nebraska from 1979-93. He took over for legendary coach Tom Osborne in 1998, compiled a 58-19 record, led the Cornhuskers to a BCS national championship game in 2001 and was fired after a 9-3 season in 2003. To this day, Solich still has a legion of fans among Huskers faithful. “That’s a really great thing,” Solich said. “I was fortunate there to obviously be involved in a program that was run by Tom Osborne and played under Bob Devaney. That was in my blood, obviously, and to be able to coach under Tom and get the head job was tremendous. I had a lot of great moments from those times and still have a lot of great friends from Nebraska.” That is a part of Solich’s story, but the stint at Ohio has come to define the elder statesman among FBS coaches. He is the longest-tenured Group of 5 coach. Only Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz (1999) and TCU’s Gary Patterson (2001) have been at their current schools longer. In that sense, Solich is one of the best Group of 5 hires of all time considering the stability he brought to a program that had caught only fleeting glimpses of success. MORE: College football bowl projections for Week 13Ohio won its last MAC championship with a 10-1 season in 1968. Several lean years followed. The Bobcats had only two seasons with at least seven wins — both under Jim Grobe before he left for Wake Forest after the 2000 season. Grobe continues to watch the Bobcats under Solich and remains impressed with the consistency. “It says a lot for the coach, and it says a lot for Ohio University,” Grobe told SN. “They knew they had the right guy, and they stayed with him. To me, that’s really, really refreshing. So many times, you have people who get tired of the coach. In this case, it was just a great match.” It took two games for that match to materialize into something special. In a Friday night ESPN game on Sept. 9, 2005, Ohio upset Pitt 16-10 in overtime at Peden Stadium on a walkoff interception return for a touchdown by Dion Byrum for Solich’s first victory. “It’s pretty cool — it’s an awesome feeling and experience,” Byrum told SN. “I never thought it would resonate as big or play a role in a special play in Ohio football history.” Even in that moment, however, Solich was thinking of others. That’s what he remembers from that game. He was thinking of building something that would last more than that one night. “Part of me loves taking over a program that needs to be restructured and rebuilt,” Solich said. “One of the best things that a player has ever said to me was actually Dion Byrum when he said, ‘Thanks, coach, for helping us feel like we are a Division I program.’ That meant the world to me.” That victory against Pitt still resonates in Athens, and the program remains stable even in tough seasons. Solich lauded this year’s team for fighting through the struggles of a 5-6 year after being preseaon favorites to win the MAC, and that another quality Deromedi and Grobe appreciate more than most. “It’s really been his leadership and the quality of terms he’s produced here,” Deromedi said. “It’s an easy thing to admire. At some point it was going to be broken. You couldn’t have it be broken by a better person than Frank.” “He’s always been regarded as one of the better football coaches in the country,” Grobe added. “What he’s done at Ohio has been remarkable.” “Fearless Frank” has become to be known as “Ageless Frank,” but the only question now is how long his run will continue. Solich, whose contract is up on Jan. 3, hopes to return to Ohio for a 16th season in 2020. He is still hoping to lead the program to its first MAC championship since 1968. He also can pass Don Peden, who compiled 121 wins at Ohio before the school joined the MAC. There is always another moment to chase, and Solich will do that as long as it benefits everyone else. “There’s no immediate plan that is there to retire,” Solich said. “I feel like I’m still relating to the players. I think they still feel good about me being head of the program. The administration does. As long as I feel like I can contribute to our athletes and to our program and my health is good and my energy is good — they’ve all got to be there. I’ll just kind of take it a little bit at a time and keep moving forward.” Solich molded those players and coaches with a toughness that defined him as a fullback, assistant coach and head coach at Nebraska. That “tough” label still sticks with “Fearless Frank,” and it’s what helped make possible the long-term project at Ohio.CFB 150: Top coaches of all time”Toughness is one of the very first things we look for when we are recruiting, and so when other coaches mention something about that, that’s great to hear,” he said. “It kind of reinforces that we are always on the right track.”Solich took over at Ohio in 2005 and has put together a 111-81 record. He has led the Bobcats to 10 winning seasons. A win in the regular-season finale at Akron on Nov. 26 would make Ohio eligible for an 11th bowl appearance. It’s a remarkable display of stability in a volatile profession, and Solich cultivated that approach with his first two Nebraska high school coaching jobs at Omaha Holy Name (1966-67) and Lincoln Southeast (1968-78). He simply adapts with the scenery around him. “When I took the job over here, and no matter which I job I took of the four, I never looked down the road and said, ‘Hey, this is where I want to be. This is where I want to go down the road,'” Solich said. “I just show up and do the best job I can.” With Tuesday’s victory, Solich passed former Central Michigan coach Herb Deromedi, who had a 110-55-1 with the Chippewas from 1978-94. Deromedi knew that day was coming, and he made the drive from Mount Pleasant, Mich., to Detroit on July 23 to congratulate Solich in advance at MAC Media Day. “I have nothing but respect for him,” Deromedi told SN. “I knew of him when he played for Nebraska as a 165-pound fullback and admired the way he played the game. He was tough. Then, I followed him when he was a coach at Nebraska.”
(Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a4/8f/russell-wilson-123019-getty-ftrjpg_p3pl9zxfh8q31fy00mlsee3bs.jpg?t=1478250223&w=500&quality=80 Without further ado, here’s our latest fearless forecast for upcoming NFL results. All odds are courtesy of SportsInsider.com.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends from Sports InsiderNFL playoff picks, predictions against spread for wild-card games (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/df/99/tom-brady-nkealharry-121919-getty-ftr_4o5njljj95vu13pcyqj0yakqc.jpg?t=593278159&w=500&quality=80 Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans (-3)Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET, ESPNThe Bills are a bad matchup for the Texans. They have an edge rush that can chase Deshaun Watson and a cornerback in Tre’Davious White who can contain DeAndre Hopkins. They also have two receivers who can burn the Texans short and deep witih Cole Beasley and John Brown.Josh Allen will be confident making plays with his arm and legs, and he will get help from rested rookie Devin Singletary in the traditional running game. For a second consecutive year, the Texans will lose at home in the playoffs as weak division champions.Pick: Bills win 24-17. This will come down to which quarterback, Russell Wilson or Carson Wentz, can improvise better to make their typical clutch plays when nothing seems to be there in the fourth quarter. Wilson has a few more reliable weapons, and the Eagles’ defense is weak enough for him on the back end. The Seahawks will continue their fine track record on the East Coast under Pete Carroll.Pick: Seahawks win 20-17 and cover the spread.Stats of the Week:Week 17 record straight up: 11-5Week 17 record against the spread: 7-9Season record straight up: 170-85Season record against the spread: 134-113Upsets of the Week: 8-8Locks of the Week: 9-7 Seattle Seahawks (-1 1/2) at Philadelphia EaglesSunday, 4:40 p.m. ET, NBCThe Seahawks won their Week 12 matchup in Philadelphia, 17-9. That game was sloppy for both offenses, with the difference being a 58-yard touchdown run by Rashaad Penny. The Seahawks will be without Penny and Chris Carson against a good Eagles power run defense. The Eagles’ offense is limited on targets who can make the Seahawks’ defense sweat downfield, especially if Zach Ertz can’t play. It also will be tough for the Eagles to run on Seattle. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/59/5f/josh-allen-112719-getty-ftrjpg_sruf30ainlk11b7milvbip7kx.jpg?t=-1375060986&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/20/d/drew-brees-12162019-getty-ftrjpg_1vggkpaci3zet1lhcq02msa3k8.jpg?t=303412735&w=500&quality=80 Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots (-4 1/2)Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET, CBSThe Titans aren’t the easiest opening opponent for the Patriots to open the playoffs. Derrick Henry is a hard running back to stop even when teams commit to doing so because of the Titans’ strong blocking scheme. Stephon Gilmore, coming off a rough coverage outing against DeVante Parker, draws the toughness and quickness of rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown. Ryan Tannehill also is no stranger to facing the Patriots.The problem will be the Titans’ defense. Expect Tom Brady to execute his classic short-to-intermediate passing game well and finish those drives in the red zone. The Patriots might give up some chunk plays to Henry and Brown, but they will tighten up to limit most of the damage to field goals. The New England defense also will force a key turnover or two from Tannehill.Pick: Patriots win 27-23 but fail to cover the spread. Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (-8)Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET, FoxThe Vikings match up rather poorly with the Saints, thus the big number against them. The Saints stop the run well even with their defensive injuries up front, and the Vikings’ offense is predicated on getting Dalvin Cook going to facilitate Kirk Cousins in the passing game. And we all are aware Cousins isn’t known as a big-game QB.The Vikings also can’t stop Michael Thomas and the Saints’ receivers anywhere on the field with Drew Brees confidently and accurately spreading the ball. The speed of Alvin Kamara will cause problems for the Vikings’ linebackers. Marshon Lattimore will contain Stefon Diggs to make sure there’s no Minneapolis Miracle in New Orleans, making this a Big Easy win for the home team.Pick: Saints win 27-17 and cover the spread. The 2020 NFL playoffs are here. After making 256 game picks for the 2019 regular season, there are only 11 more picks and predictions against the spread to be made all the way through Super Bowl 54.After going through a tricky slate of games last week, there are only four games to prognosticate for wild-card weekend. That means 12 fewer chances to get games wrong, but also 12 fewer chances to get games right.
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