ACC Coaches Speak Anonymously About Clemson Football

first_img “Brent Venables is a head coach, flat out. He’s in a better situation as a DC there than more than half the head jobs in the country, but he’s a head coach. He’ll have that next set ready.”But perhaps the highest praise was that Clemson had reached the point where they were “an SEC-caliber program” and “an Alabama-caliber school.”“What can you say? They’re a step-and-a-half past everyone else in the ACC. You can’t even call them an SEC-caliber program. They’re an Alabama-caliber school, a Georgia-caliber school. Literally. Coaches in our league have been talking about this for almost a decade now; we could see the money they were raising and spending and how it was translating. They’re a war machine.”Over the past four seasons the Clemson Tigers have become arguably the best program in college football. They’ve made four straight trips to the College Football Playoff, with three appearances in the national title game and two title victories – both over Alabama.It probably helps that Clemson has been able to feast on the relatively weaker ACC, but they’ve still beaten some terrific programs in the regular season.In the past five years, Clemson has beaten programs like Notre Dame, Auburn and Texas A&M in the regular season.Of course, they wouldn’t be able to win those  titles without beating some elite teams in the College Football Playoff.Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma have all fallen to the Tigers on the biggest stage.Clemson looks like it will be a powerhouse for many years to come.You can read all of the ACC coaches’ anonymous quotes here. Trevor Lawrence attempts a pass for the Clemson Tigers.CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 24: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers drops back to pass against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Last week, Athlon Sports managed to get some anonymous quotes from coaches in an effort to get honest opinions out of them. But when it came time to talk about ACC powerhouse Clemson, there were some interesting answers.Two factors appeared to stand out to coaches: That Clemson is incredibly well-run, and that quarterback Trevor Lawrence is elite.One coach said that Lawrence is already showing pro-level talent despite coming off a true freshman season.“Lawrence is smarter than he should be at this point in his career. He’s processing stuff like a pro.”Another pointed out that defensive coordinator Brent Venables is essentially a second head coach, and in a better situation than most head coaches.last_img read more

20th Annual Launch Day Event

first_imgIt’s just like 1874 again. That is when the WD Lawrence, the largest full-rigged ship ever launched in Canada, slipped into the waters of the Bay of Fundy from the Lawrence shipyard along the Maitland shore, to the applause of thousands of spectators. On Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23, Nova Scotians can help re-enact the celebration of the great launch at the 20th Annual Maitland Launch Day festival. Visitors can put on their favourite Victorian attire, bring the family and visit Maitland, Hants Co., for a variety activities. On Friday, at 5 p.m., fans can cheer on the competitors in the “preliminaries” of the whiskey-barrel races at Dawson Dowell Park. At 7 p.m., visitors can enjoy a folk music concert at St. David’s Church featuring the Cantabile Choir. Tickets are $8 for adults and are available at the door. On Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., visitors can experience the excitement and bustle of activity as villagers in mid-1800s’ costume gather for fun, food, demonstrations of heritage crafts, and many maritime-related special events. The festival’s official parade of villagers in Victorian costume starts at 12:30 p.m. and processes along the main street to Lawrence House Museum. Visitors will meet characters such as shipwrights, caulkers, and ships’ captains awaiting the next high tide. Following the parade will be a re-enactment of the launch and the banishment of a whiskey pedlar, both based on actual historic events. Other activities on the museum grounds include a performance by the Playford Dancers, a display of sailing ship exotica, and demonstrations of heritage arts and crafts such as traditional sail making. The day’s events finish with the whiskey-barrel race finals. The festival includes plenty of food. At Lawrence House lunchtime, enjoy a hot dog cooked by Scouts from the 1st Maitland troop. At dinnertime take in a turkey dinner or a baked bean, ham and salad meal at one of the church suppers in the village. Visitors to Lawrence House Museum can discover the story of shipbuilder, entrepreneur and politician, W.D. Lawrence and his family. They also get an in-depth look at the maritime history of the Maitland area. Admission to the museum is free all day Saturday, Sept. 23. The annual Maitland Launch Day is organized by the community’s Launch Day Committee in partnership with Lawrence House Museum and with support from the Municipality of East Hants. For a complete schedule of events see the website at lawrence.museum.gov.ns.ca . For more information call 902-261-2628. Lawrence House Museum is part of the Nova Scotia Museum family. The museum remains open to the public every day until Oct. 15.last_img read more

UNESCO chief calls for investigation into murder of DR Congo journalist

“I condemn the murder of Guylain Chanjabo and urge authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to do their utmost to shed light on his tragic death, and bring those responsible to justice,” said the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova.Mr. Chanjabo presented a Swahili language programme on Radio Canal Revelation, and was reported missing on 5 May. His body was found bearing evidence of neck injuries on 17 May in the Ngezi River, five kilometres from the city of Bunia in the northeastern region of the DRC. “Freedom of expression is an irrevocable right in democratic societies, necessary for the rule of law and allowing citizens to take part in informed debate,” Ms. Bokova said.According to Reporters Without Borders, Mr. Chanjabo had been violently attacked six months ago, and, just before his disappearance, had been beaten in a bar by an unidentified person who criticized the content his programmes. read more