Major College Football Program Reportedly Close To Hire After 3 Interviews

first_imgWill Grier of the West Virginia Mountaineers takes the field against the Iowa State Cyclones at Mountaineer Field.MORGANTOWN, WV – NOVEMBER 04: Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers takes the field against the Iowa State Cyclones at Mountaineer Field on November 04, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)With word leaking out that Dana Holgorsen would take the job at Houston a few days ago, athletic director Shane Lyons has wasted little time in finding West Virginia football’s next head coach.Holgorsen leaves WVU after eight seasons at the helm of the Mountaineers, finishing with a 61-41 record, and 38-32 mark in the Big 12. His Mountaineers lost in this year’s Camping World Bowl to Syracuse.While a willing move from the Big 12 to the AAC is a curious one for a coach, the Cougars are reportedly paying Holgorsen a record deal for a Group of Five coach.For those who thought his tenure at WVU had grown stagnant, this could be seen as a mutually beneficially opportunity for Holgorsen and the Mountaineers.According to a new report, we are very close to finding out who the program’s next head coach will be.Neal Brown, Luke Fickell, and Tony Gibson have reportedly been interviewed for the West Virginia football job in the last two days.Brown and Fickell are the successful young coaches at Troy and Cincinnati, respectively. Gibson is the current defensive coordinator in Morgantown. A hire could come by this weekend.From WV MetroNews:West Virginia administrators are wrapping up a 48-hour period in which they staged interviews with Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell, Troy’s Neal Brown and current Mountaineers defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. The aim is to name a replacement for football coach Dana Holgorsen by the weekend.“We’re going to be thorough, but at the same time, we’re going to be swift,” athletics director Shane Lyons said Thursday.Lyons had known for several days that Holgorsen was taking the job at Houston, but Holgorsen’s reps did not give West Virginia official notice until after 2 p.m. on Wednesday. In the meantime, Lyons began vetting candidates.“We were hoping everything would happen quicker on the other end, but it wasn’t and I couldn’t slow down,” Lyons said.Brown has made waves at the Group of Five levels with his Trojans’ wins at LSU and Nebraska over the last two years. A number of analysts have called him the clear choice for the job.Fickell is familiar with WVU President Gordon Gee from both of their lengthy tenures at Ohio State. Lyons says that Gee is directly involved in the hiring process. Fickell served as the interim coach for the Buckeyes between Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer’s tenures, and coached under Meyer until he took the Cincinnati job before last season.His Bearcats went 11-2 this season with a Military Bowl win over Virginia Tech.Gibson has the players’ vote, as coaches already on staff so often do in these situations. Per the report, he is a “longshot” for the head coaching job, though.West Virginia finished 74th in total defense and 67th in scoring defense this year, surrendering 138 total points to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Syracuse during WVU’s 0-3 finish to the year.It is unclear if other coaches could get involved for the job, but Brown and Fickell are particularly solid candidates who would continue to get big-time looks going forward.[WV MetroNews]last_img read more

Ban Joint Special Representative meet on ending suffering in Syria

Both expressed deep disappointment at the appalling levels of killing and destruction carried out by both the Government and the opposition, fuelled by outside powers providing weaponry to both sides, according to information from Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. They also expressed their concern over the lack of a unified international posture that could lead to a political transition as agreed at Geneva last June and put an end to the desperate suffering of the Syrian people.More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which is now in its 23rd month and has left more than 2.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.Today’s discussions, at which senior UN officials were present, covered the diplomatic track, the security and human rights situation, and the forthcoming humanitarian pledging conference in Kuwait. Also discussed were the positions of many of the key players inside Syria, the region, and the international community, the spokesperson said. Meanwhile in Syria today, according to the spokesperson, a team from seven United Nations humanitarian agencies, led by John Ging, Operations Director of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), expressed shock over what they saw in the cities of Homs and Talbiseh, the latter of which has been battered by more than twenty months of violence. The visit of the delegation, which is in Syria to assess humanitarian needs and identify ways to increase aid access, was coordinated with both the Government and the opposition. The delegation met with people in dire need of food, healthcare and access to clean water, including children who urgently need psychosocial support and access to school. Mr. Ging said he was “encouraged that the delegation was able to cross the conflict lines, which demonstrates that, where there is political will, there is a way to ensure that international humanitarian law and humanitarian principles are upheld, even during such intense conflict.” However, he also emphasized that “the humanitarian needs are enormous” and that we must find ways to immediately increase the scale of operations, the spokesman said. read more