UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank, Athletic Director Barry Alvarez comment on salaries of football coaches in USA TODAY article

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank swung at her administrative colleagues at Ohio State and Michigan by expressing her displeasure with the high salaries of the institutions’ head football coaches.In an interview with USA TODAY regarding college football coaches’ salaries, Blank said the lucrative contracts of Jim Harbaugh at Michigan and Urban Meyer at Ohio State resemble professional contracts.“Those are the choices they make,” Blank said. “That really begins to threaten the whole sense that we are not professional athletic teams. I’m not terribly happy about the fact that they made those choices. That’s my opinion.”UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez doesn’t necessarily see it as a bad thing, though.Alvarez said in the same article that he doesn’t concern himself with salaries of coaches at other schools, but if the institution wants to pay that much for a coach, it should.“When you’re Ohio State and football is as important as it is in that state, and you have an opportunity to hire someone who has a couple of national championships in his hip pocket and is from that state, it makes sense to pay him,” Alvarez said “He’s that valuable. … And Harbaugh, I think it’s a coup for Michigan and our league. I think he is worthy of that salary. That’s what they can command. The market drives that.”Harbaugh makes $7 million a year at Michigan and received a $2 million bonus when he signed his deal in late December. Meyer, whose Buckeyes won the National Championship last season, makes $5.86 million per year. They rank second and third, respectively, in terms of salary among head coaches in college football behind Alabama’s Nick Saban.Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst makes $2.3 million per year,  which ranks 46th in the country (right behind Gary Andersen at Oregon State, who makes $2.45 million) and ninth in the Big Ten.last_img read more

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Manchester City beat Swansea as Yaya Toure and Joe Hart star

first_imgManchester City strengthened their hold on second place in the Premier League with an entertaining 4-2 win over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.The visitors opened up a two-goal lead against the run of play, with Yaya Toure scoring courtesy of a deflected shot past Lukasz Fabianski into the far corner, and James Milner skilfully skipping round the defence just after the half-hour point.Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the hosts some hope on the stroke of half-time, rewarding the hard work of Jefferson Montero by lashing home a strike from the edge of the box. And Bafe Gomis drew them level just after the hour, deceiving both Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis to fire home.But Toure put his side back in front in the final quarter, crashing through the Swansea defence and powering past Fabianski at his near post.There were still chances for Swansea to get something from the game, but Joe Hart kept his team in it, clawing Federico Fernandez’s header out of the top corner, and then batting Gomis’s close-range header away.It was Wilfried Bony, of all people, on as a substitute against his former team, who put the game beyond reach in injury time, knocking his shot against the inside of the post and across the line to secure the points, then immediately holding his hands up in apology to fans of the club he left for City in January. Second-placed City now move six points clear of Arsenal who play the first of two games in hand at Manchester United on Sunday afternoon. The defeat ends Swansea’s hopes of Europa League qualification – they are guaranteed to finish eighth.–last_img read more

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Fiji win for Cyclone victims

first_imgHaving not won since the opening tournament in Dubai, two tries from Kitione Taliga and one from Savenaca Rawaca plus three crucial conversions from Vatemo Ravouvou proved the difference in front of 25,981 on a windy day in Las Vegas with the players dedicating the win to those back home.”One week after Cyclone Winston struck we went back into camp and all the players said we were going to play here in Vegas,” said captain Osea Kolinisau.”I reminded the boys this week that we needed to remember the people back home who were victims of Cyclone Winston and that we needed to give them something to be happy about after all the devastation. To come up against Australia like that was tough, but we said 10 minutes is a long time and all we needed to do was to get back the ball to have a chance to win.”In a pulsating final Sam Myers begun proceedings before captain Ed Jenkins and Cameron Clark took their lead to 15-0 at half-time, but three missed conversions proved costly for the Australians who finished runners-up for a second successive tournament. Fiji’s win gives them a five point lead at the top of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings ahead of South Africa (86) and New Zealand (82) at the halfway stage of the 2015-16 series with Australia in fourth.Hosts USA finished fourth in Las Vegas after losing to South Africa in the third place play-off and sit fifth in the overall standings. ALL BLACKS FINISH FIFTH Fresh from two Cup wins on the trot, New Zealand had to settle for the Plate this time round after beating Japan 27-7.All Blacks Sevens stalwart DJ Forbes got Sir Gordon Tietjens’ side off to a flyer with an early try, which was further added to by Kurt Baker who weaved his way through the Japanese defence to dot down. Lewis Ormond added a third try for New Zealand to make it 15-0 at half time, and his side were soon 22-0 up after Forbes bagged his second try of the game. Kameli Soejima scored Japan’s only try of the half, but after New Zealand’s Beaudein Waaka powered over in the left hand corner it was game over for Japan. SILVERWARE FOR WALES IN BOWLWales proved too strong for France in the Bowl final as they ran in four tries to win 28-14 in Nevada.Captain Luke Trehane sped away from the French defence to get the first points on the board for Wales and then set up the second score for Tom Isaacs to make it 0-14.France came back into the game immediately through Sofiane Guitone, to make it 7-14, but it was a short lived comeback as Ethan Davies scooted off the back of a scrum to increase the Welsh lead.Davies then turned provider for Luke Morgan, and with just over a minute left there was suddenly a 21 point gap putting the game out of reach. A late consolation try from Guitoune made it 14-28 at the final whistle.SAMOA SHIELD IN VEGASSamoa walked away with the Shield after beating Canada 24-12.Despite going behind early on thanks to a quick try from Canada’s Mike Fuailefau’s, Samoa found their rhythm with an immediate response from superstar Samoa Toloa. It was all square at the break, 12-12, and the match was in the balance before Toloa again stepped on the gas to grab Samoa a seven point advantage.Alefosio Tapili finished off the game with a late try to gift the Pacific islanders some silverware at the HSBC Las Vegas Sevens.last_img read more

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