The buzz was building on campus throughout the day, so by the time practice let out, true freshman Matt Barkley was practically mauled by media and fans alike.All of the hoopla surrounding Barkley stemmed from the announcement by coach Pete Carroll that he would be the starting quarterback when USC opens its season Sept. 5 against San Jose State. Barkley will be the first true freshman to ever start a season opener for the Trojans.Here to stay · 18-year-old Matt Barkley is slated to become the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for the Trojans. – Nathaniel Gonzalez | Daily TrojanBarkley, who enrolled at USC last spring to get a head start on his college career, said he had been looking forward to this moment since he arrived on campus.“That’s what I came here in January hoping to do, so to finally get it was pretty special,” Barkley said.Barkley said he had no idea that he would be named the starter today.“[Carroll] told me after class,” Barkley said. “I just thought we were watching film or something, and [Carroll] told me, ‘Congratulations.’”Redshirt sophomore Aaron Corp entered fall camp as the starter but suffered a knee injury and fell behind in the race to be the starting quarterback. Carroll said that the time Corp missed gave Barkley the opportunity to assert himself as the starter.“It was a factor in that it created an opportunity for Matt to get all of the turns and reps so that he could grow so fast through the process,” Carroll said. “He had double the reps he would normally have, and he took full advantage of it.”Barkley looked sharp in his first practice as the starting quarterback, connecting on a number of deep passes with the first team. He also threw a lot of short routes and had one of his passes intercepted.Corp, meanwhile, had a solid practice as well but did not get as many reps with the first team. Carroll voiced his concerns yesterday about Corp’s mobility, and the sophomore seemed to continue to favor his leg.That seemed to be the determining factor in Carroll’s decision.“[Corp’s] done miraculously well just to be out here practicing, and I’m proud as can be of him,” Carroll said. “But at this time it’s clear to me that Matt’s well ahead, and it’s his job right now.”Carroll clarified earlier in the day that this would not be a case of reevaluating Barkley after the San Jose State game on Sept. 5.“He’s the starting quarterback at USC — it’s not a one-game deal,” Carroll said.Barkley credited the competition with Corp and backup Mitch Mustain with pushing him to the spot he’s in now.“I think [Corp] and Mitch have made me a better quarterback,” Barkley said.Barkley, who is 18, will be expected to lead the high-powered Trojan offense, despite his age.“He’s the general of our team, and he has to act like that,” said junior receiver Damian Williams. “He’s got to grow up now. I told him, ‘It’s not high school anymore. It’s time to play.’”Everything seemed to fall into place for Barkley since he arrived on campus in January, starting with former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez’s decision to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. This paved the way for Barkley to battle it out with Corp for the starting spot.Barkley ended spring practice second on the depth chart behind Corp, but the experience he gained by enrolling early would prove to be invaluable.“It was huge to get that head start with the offense and the terminology,” Barkley said. “If I wasn’t here in January, I wouldn’t be in the picture.”Barkley had learned enough in the spring that when Corp went down with the injury, he was prepared to make the most of his time.Barkley will get his first shot as the starter in a game environment at the Trojans’ final team scrimmage at the Coliseum on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
It is likely that the gods of football have not abandoned Musa Bility’s quest to contest for the forthcoming FIFA presidential elections.Reports from Switzerland indicates that the Court for Arbitration of Sports (CAS), responsible to decide Bility’s appeal on his rejection, has requested FIFA’s Ad-Hoc Elections Committee to submit reasons for his exclusion no later than December 18.At a press conference in Monrovia recently Bility told sports journalists that CAS accepted his appeal as “legally and procedurally sufficient,” and was subsequently processed for adjudication.With CAS requesting the Committee to provide facts about Bility’s exclusion, the candidate stands a good chance of being vindicated.In his official reaction after his rejection, Bility said he found the decision to be unfair and troubling and disappointing. He felt the negative report about his integrity was based on ‘tabloid-like’ sources which are internationally unacceptable because they obviously lack credibility.Since the latest news broke out, the Daily Observer could not get President Bility to make a comment, but sources close to him said he is taking the new development with caution.From the start, Bility suspected shoddy work by the investigators who researched his integrity. “Is it enough that such poor quality of work is admittedly carried out and its findings made exclusively to the inner chambers, which proceeds to publicly disclose who is qualified and therefore acceptable to the inner chambers?”In his summation to CAS, Bility urged improved transparency, and called for access to the investigative probes and findings.Right now it is not a question as to whether Bility may win the presidency of FIFA, rather it is a question of being allowed to contest like anyone else. His exclusion on unsubstantiated sources will indicate that someone does not want him to express his ability to contest the elections. Bility therefore has seen his rejection based on his ‘integrity’ on spurious sources as an assault on his personality.Hence he could say, “Like everyone else, my prized possession is my integrity, which I believe has been carelessly impugned upon, in an effort to deny me from the pursuit of this vision.”Now that he has won the first round, Bility should be walking tall and humbly wait for the results after deliberations to determine his qualification as one of the candidates for football’s highest post.But one is impressed with Bility’s commitment to football, no matter the outcome of his determination to walk where even angels would not dare, when he said: “I will continue to advocate and work to realize a reformed FIFA aware that no change or advocacy comes without a price.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedTrackable Do’s and Don’tsJune 16, 2014In “Learn”New Years Resolutions for…Your Travel Bug®January 13, 2014In “Community”Nottingham to Nottingham Travel Bug RaceSeptember 12, 2011In “Community” 3 Tips to Help Keep Travel Bugs on the RoadThousands of Travel Bugs are in motion right now. They’re powered by geocachers, bounding from geocache to geocache. Travel Bugs travel in pockets, backpacks, purses and snuggle up in suitcases for long distance voyages. Sometimes though, their travels stop cold. They get stuck in couch cushions, lost in the kitchen junk drawer or simply (and sadly) forgotten.Here are 3 tips to help Travel Bugs do what they do best: travel. First, if you find a Travel Bug® or any trackable in a geocache, you are not required to trade anything for it. But if you take it, follow some common sense trackable etiquette. It all starts by entering the tracking code here.• Log that you have retrieved the Travel Bug or trackable from the geocache as soon as you’re able. By logging that you’ve retrieved it, the Travel Bug owner, geocache owner and all those looking for Travel Bugs will know that this one is on the move.• Check the Travel Bug’s goal by going to its page. It’s as easy as typing in the tracking code. Then you can find out if it’s headed to beaches around the world, mountain tops in Austria or somewhere else. The idea is to place the Travel Bug in a geocache that will move it closer to its goal.• Drop the trackable in the next geocache and log that you have done so. If you need to keep the trackable for more than two weeks, please email the owner to let them know that their trackable is taking a short rest, but will be on the road again soon.Geocachers who follow the 3 keys to Travel Bug etiquette help create the beautiful global choreography that unfolds in this Travel Bug® Travels video.
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology So you’ve got $830 burning a hole in your wallet, and you really want a hybrid smartphone/desktop device. You know, a smartphone running Android that also dual-boots into a full-blown desktop operating system. You won’t actually see the device until May 2014, but you must pay for it today. Sound risky? Not to worry: if the project doesn’t get $32 million in funding within the next 30 days, you’ll get your money back. Got that? You in?Oddly enough, you just might be. That is, if you’re an Ubuntu enthusiast and are tracking the new Ubuntu Edge, which has already garnered $3.7 million in crowdsourced funding.Routing Around The Innovation Gap[Disclosure: Matt Asay is the former COO of Canonical, and is currently the VP, Business Development & Corporate Strategy at 10gen.]Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, hopes, however, that this funding campaign will help to birth a device that appeals to an audience far bigger than the Ubuntu desktop community, as ReadWrite‘s Dan Rowinski reports. Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical’s founder and chairman, explains: The pressure to produce high volume hits damages the ability to produce leading edge innovation. If you’re hoping to produce up to 50 million of some device then you have a demonstrable disincentive to produce anything that hasn’t been made already. There’s what we think is an opportunity to connect with early adopters and enthusiasts.In other words, the best technology innovations may be held back by lack of an immediate market for the devices. While this reasoning will probably seem dubious to the folks at Apple, who seem to have done fine with the iPod, iPhone and iPad, selling far more than 50 million of these devices that hadn’t “been made already,” Shuttleworth has a valid concern. In mobile, it’s hard to get anyone to take you seriously if you’re not talking millions of units.And for now, Canonical is talking about just 40,000 or so of these Ubuntu Edge devices, which is roughly what $32 million will buy you at $600 to $830 a pop. That’s nothing compared to Samsung or Apple units shipped, but it may provide Canonical a foothold that lets them prove demand for a new type of device and thereby generate interest in device manufacturers building more.Buying A Handset Or An Ecosystem?This is, of course, the biggest concern. Sure, Canonical still needs to prove that anyone wants a converged phone/desktop. Charles Arthur of The Guardian, for example, thinks it’s a ludicrous idea that has been dismantled several times over. Arthur, in sum, doesn’t believe there’s a market for such a hybrid device.He may be right. But the bigger question is whether there’s a community for it.After all, the real driver behind mobile adoption today is not the devices themselves, but rather the user communities or developer ecosystems around them. When someone buys an iPhone, they’re buying into an application marketplace that is currently 884,000 apps strong. If they buy an Android device, they’re buying into a marketplace that has roughly 800,000 apps: The Ubuntu Edge taps into this Android ecosystem, as well as the existing Ubuntu desktop ecosystem, because it’s a hybrid device that dual-boots into both environments. But I suspect most people, most of the time, are only going to care about the Android environment and its associated ecosystem. Canonical has long had less than 1% of the desktop market, and now that market is in free fall, as recent earnings reports from both Apple and Microsoft show. The Ubuntu ecosystem, in other words, may not matter.So the real question is, will Canonical’s “Ubuntu for Android with some level of file-sharing,” as Shuttleworth describes it, be able to piggyback on the broader Android ecosystem? Android has long struggled with device and OS fragmentation, something that wasn’t solved with the latest Jelly Bean release, as Stephen Shankland writes. If Canonical’s Android distribution generates any additional fragmentation, it will create an uphill battle for itself. But Ubuntu enthusiasts tell me it will ship the then latest-version of Android with an Ubuntu GUI overlay.That said, if it doesn’t differentiate from generic Android platform, what’s the point? There is that ability to boot into the Ubuntu desktop, yes, but even Microsoft, with a gargantuan share of the PC market, has never been able to make a converged device work. To really succeed, Canonical is going to need to generate an app ecosystem that ties together the best of mobile Android and desktop Ubuntu.That’s a tough task.Ubuntu Takes A StandNone of which is to suggest that Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge is doomed from the start. Yes, the odds are stacked against it, but as Shuttleworth posits, that’s true of every new mobile innovation. This crowdsourced approach at least gives Canonical the chance to “see if there is a real market” and “connect the passionate forward-thinking types directly to manufacturers.”Whether he’ll also be able to connect these forward-thinking types to the app developers en masse remains to be seen. The ante to get into the game is to embrace the existing Android OS and its app developer community. Unfortunately, this is also a recipe for becoming an also ran. The real key, then, becomes the link to the desktop, and here Canonical must have more to offer than the existing Ubuntu desktop ecosystem to recommend it. There must be novel applications that bridge mobile and desktop. If Shuttleworth can get this project crowdfunded, however, he may have just enough of a beachhead to explore novel use cases for phones that others have failed to tackle. Matt Asay Tags:#Android#Apple#desktop#hybrid device#Microsoft#PC#Ubuntu#Ubuntu Edge Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Genoa coach Prandelli wants more after defeating Atalantaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa coach Cesare Prandelli is demanding more from his players after their 3-1 win over Atalanta.Atalanta had two players sent off on the day.Prandelli said, “We wanted the win, and I think I can say we deserved it,” said Prandelli, in an interview with Radio Rai. “We played against a strong team that has been working together for years.”It was an exhausting game in which we had to give a lot, but we did a good job in countering them. The lads did really well.”I sincerely hope we can build on this victory, because this group has the potential to do that.”
Savage can see Leicester boss Rodgers moving to Man Utdby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United junior Robbie Savage can see Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers finding his way to Old Trafford.Savage wrote for the Mirror: “Brendan Rodgers is leading Leicester City back into the Champions League – and he is a future Manchester United manager.”Don’t get me wrong: When I say Rodgers is destined for high office at United, I am NOT saying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be sacked.”I am not in favour of football’s hiring-and-firing culture, and Solskjaer deserves time.”But I’ve been so impressed by the job Rodgers has done since he took over at the King Power eight months ago that I’m convinced Leicester can finish in the top four.”The team he has built is so well-drilled, and so easy on the eye, that I would fancy them to beat Claudio Ranieri’s 5,000-1 title-winning miracles of 2016.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say