Dry Weather Returns to Indiana

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2020/10/harvest-wx-103020-wrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.As we look to wrap up harvest, a return to dry weather is on the way according to HAT Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin.“We have no new precipitation in the forecast from Friday the 30th right on through Sunday the 8th. We’re going to be seeing fully dry weather in there with good evaporation eventually. It might take a little bit of drying to start in the wake of the big rains that fell earlier in the week, but I do believe we’re going to be able to see the excellent dry down with low relative humidity through the upcoming period.”In addition to dry weather for the entire week ahead, Martin says we’re also looking at temperatures warming dramatically.“We have another cool air incursion that comes in on Sunday, but behind that, strong south flow will be in place for Monday through next Sunday taking temperatures to above and well above normal levels all of next week. That will help fuel the dry down.”When will rain return to the area?“Looks like our next round of precipitation may try and head towards us around the 9th or 10th and it looks like we could see anywhere from a quarter to 3 quarters of an inch of rain out of that. It will be rain, and the front that brings that moisture will bring a dramatic change in temperatures back to the cool side again.”The harvest weather forecast is brought to you by Beck’s, dedicated to serving a community of farmers who love what they do and are proud to be farmers at heart; First Farmer’s Bank and Trust, proudly serving local farmers and agribusiness for 135 years; and by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance. Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleNew Dicamba Label has New RulesNext articleDry Weather Returns to Indiana and Possibly for a Long Stretch on the HAT Friday Podcast Eric Pfeiffer SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Dry Weather Returns to Indiana Dry Weather Returns to Indiana Facebook Twitter By Eric Pfeiffer – Oct 29, 2020 last_img read more

Kiffin never had a chance at USC

first_imgIt ended with a whimper, not a bang.The Lane Kiffin era at USC finally, mercifully, came to an end in the wee hours of Sunday morning, providing a jolting wake-up call for most Trojan fans who stayed up late the night before watching their team get blitzed by Arizona State in a 62-41 defeat.The resolution to the most talked about coaching hot seat of the year was two hours old before most people even knew about it.When all is said and done, Kiffin’s record at USC will forever stand at 28-15, with seven losses in his past 11 games and zero bowl game victories. But the numbers don’t come anywhere close to telling the entire story.Kiffin inherited a program in shambles. USC fans don’t like to think of their team this way, but that’s exactly what it was in the process of becoming when Kiffin took over. The bowl ban cost the team a chance at the Rose Bowl in 2011, sure, but the loss of 30 scholarships was by far the most crippling aspect of the sanctions levied by the NCAA in 2010.Take the ASU game, for example. When two wide receivers went down with injuries, Kiffin was forced to play walk-on redshirt freshman Robby Kolanz in the second half of a meaningful Pac-12 game. This is just one instance of a dire situation, but it illustrates how much the scholarship losses put this roster behind the eight ball.Given the adverse conditions Kiffin was forced to deal with, 28-15 actually does not sound that bad. Consider that from 2002-04, while facing a two-year bowl ban and loss of 21 scholarships over three seasons, Alabama went 20-18, with the lack of depth on its roster being a key factor in its struggles. When the NCAA hits you with some of the harshest penalties in college football history, it doesn’t want you to succeed.But that wasn’t the only hindrance Kiffin had to overcome upon his arrival in Los Angeles. Rightly or wrongly, deserved or undeserved, Kiffin came to Troy with a bad reputation. To be blunt, it was easy for people to dislike him. He shot his mouth off at Tennessee, didn’t schmooze the L.A. media and was perceived as someone who “failed up” throughout his career, consistently receiving marquee coaching jobs without ever having succeeded at his last stop.It was always an uphill battle for Kiffin to win the hearts of the locals. The 2011 season, in which the Trojans went 10-2 and finished ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll, helped win some support, but the reviews were anything but unanimous. Then the 2012 season happened, which can only be described as an unmitigated disaster, and the approval ratings, again, tanked. His short leash grew even shorter in 2013, eventually resulting in the plug being pulled just five games into this season.During his time here, the criticism came in all shapes and sizes. A lot of it was definitely warranted. The ball deflating, jersey switching, coaches’ poll voting and media ditching were all self-inflicted wounds that could have been avoided. Kiffin’s playcalling was also constantly criticized — though I’m not sure if the disapproval of fans that know next to nothing about football can be taken too seriously.Other barbs thrown Kiffin’s way, though, don’t hold water. Many pointed to his stoicism and lack of enthusiasm on the sidelines as evidence that he didn’t connect with his players or was unable to provide inspiration to them. Kiffin has pointed out before that he keeps his  fist-pumping to a minimum so that he remains focused on the next play, and he stands far from the line of scrimmage, and away from people on the sidelines, to get a better angle at the field, not because he can’t connect with the players.Athletic Director Pat Haden and USC players who have spoken to the media in the wake of Kiffin’s dismissal have nothing but good things to say about their former coach. A skeptic might chalk this up to political correctness, but I will just take them for their word and believe that Kiffin had his players’ respect and loyalty.As for his sideline demeanor, I guess judgment on that is based on results. If USC won, then Kiffin was praised for his      laser-like focus. Against Oregon in Autzen Stadium in 2011, with the crowd going crazy and the Ducks mounting a comeback, he was a calming presence amid the chaos that helped the team hold on for the upset victory.But in a loss, critics called him boring: He lacks enthusiasm, he can’t inspire his players, and his dispassionate ways have a negative impact on the team. When things got out of hand in the third quarter against ASU, he looked confused and couldn’t take control of the situation, killing any chance the Trojans had of winning.Thus is the nature of coaching at USC. Expectations are high, sometimes unreasonably so, and Kiffin knew that when he took the job. It’s the reason he made a reported $4 million annually — to win, no matter the circumstances.It’s a harsh reality, but it’s the reality nonetheless. Fans might not have liked what the program did under Kiffin’s lead, but really, he was destined to fail all along. Given the burden he had to bear, he deserves some praise for how much he succeeded. If he had been given a better chance to begin with, who knows how far the Trojans could have gone with Lane Kiffin as their leading man. “Inside the 20s” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this story, email Nick at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com.Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSelbelast_img read more

Porto Not Fired By Vengeance ahead of Liverpool Clash

first_imgFC Porto will not be motivated by the prospect of revenge when they take on Liverpool tonight in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal, according to their manager Sergio Conceicao yesterday.Liverpool thumped Porto 5-0 on aggregate in the round of 16 last season, with Jurgen Klopp’s side scoring all the goals in the first leg in Portugal.“There is no vengeance. All games have different stories. No previous results can change the course of our team,” Conceicao told a news conference. “We don’t have to think about last year. We have to enjoy the challenge we have tomorrow… we look at Liverpool as a very strong team… we know all about their power.”Porto are looking to reach the last-four of the competition for the first time since 2003-04, when they lifted the title under Jose Mourinho but Conceicao admitted his side could face a daunting task against the Premier League leaders.“Liverpool is on a very high level. Every week they have a high level of competition. With us it’s not like that, no disrespect to the other teams,” Conceicao added.“Realising the power of the opponent, our absences and that we are in the first game of the quarterfinals, we have to be smart and creative in the strategy for the game.”The experienced Hector Herrera and Pepe have travelled with the squad to Anfield despite being suspended for the match while Eder Militao, Otavio and Danilo are all one booking away from missing the return fixture.Defender Alex Telles is a doubt with a hip problem.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more