Early exit by Irish adds insult to injury

first_imgMany students’ faces turned Oklahoma crimson Saturday when some football players entered the tunnel before singing the Alma Mater in the team’s first home loss since Oct. 22, 2011. In a press conference Sunday, Irish coach Brian Kelly said he implemented a policy to not sing the Alma Mater after home losses two years ago, but had neglected to communicate it clearly to some of the team’s younger players. “I wasn’t thinking about losing a football game,” Kelly said. “It wasn’t on my to-do list to go over with our team.” Kelly said he decided the team would not sing the Alma Mater after home losses, a change in policy he said protected his players. The football team first joined the student section to sing the Alma Mater under the direction of former Irish coach Charlie Weis. The tradition of the team joining the student section to sing the Alma Mater after games started during the 2006 season under the direction of former Irish coach Charlie Weis. “I just don’t think it’s appropriate to put your players after defeat in a situation where they are exposed,” Kelly said. “I want to get them in the locker room. It’s important to be able to talk to them, and I just felt like in those situations after a loss, there’s a lot of emotions. It’s important to get the team back into the locker room and get them under my guidance.” Senior Ben Finan said most students were also unaware of the policy and reacted emotionally to the confusion over the Alma Mater. “I was confused. The policy had not been announced previously,” Finan said. “This was something that was not addressed publicly and apparently some of the players didn’t know.” According to gameday.nd.edu, singing the Alma Mater after all home games is a “stadium tradition.” The website states, “And whether or not Notre Dame wins, you’ll see the Fighting Irish team approach the student section to sing the Alma Mater together.” Sophomore Megan Ball said most students expected the team to uphold this tradition and were shocked to see players leaving the stadium. However, she said her opinion of the players who left changed when she learned of the policy. “I wasn’t aware of the policy not to sing the Alma Mater after a loss so initially I thought it was rude that they were leaving and not singing the Alma Mater with the student body,” Ball said. “I understand that they were told to leave, but at the same time I definitely admire the players who chose to override that policy.” Freshman Morgan Widhalm said even the freshmen knew something was not right. “We were really confused because we hadn’t seen many games yet. But … when people started walking out, I know almost everyone in the stands was gesturing, ‘Come here, come here,’” she said. “It was almost like everything I knew about the world was flipped over because that was such a Notre Dame thing and we just didn’t understand.” Finan said Kelly’s decision to have players enter the locker room immediately after home losses does not respect the players’ dual roles as students and athletes. “Part of what makes Notre Dame the Notre Dame family is that we treat our student athletes as students and athletes,” Finan said. “… Telling them to go into the locker room tells me that [Kelly] values them as athletes before students and that’s incorrect.” Senior Jen Gallic said Kelly’s choice disrespects the Alma Mater’s religious component. “Our Alma Mater is actually a prayer too, so God first,” Gallic said. “‘God, country, Notre Dame.’” Because of the unifying quality of the post-game tradition, senior Connor Sullivan said she thinks the players are far from “exposed” when they’re singing the Alma Mater. “For the most part, people stay until the end of the game. Losing a game and being able to as a player stand down there and see that your whole school is still there and is still behind you – that probably is more emotionally stabilizing than going in and having your coach try and debrief you about what just happened,” Sullivan said. Finan said he feels singing the Alma Mater shows the student body’s support for the players. “I feel like the players are no better protected ever than when they’re one of us, and it’s one student body, and it’s not that the players are down there and we’re up here,” he said. “He’s basically saying, ‘I don’t want you to be with the student body. I want us to be together as a team,’ and it’s very frustrating.” Senior quarterback Tommy Rees and graduate student linebacker Carlo Calabrese, two of the team’s leaders, did choose to sing the Alma Mater. Finan said he appreciated their choice to stand with their peers. “I know that if [Kelly] would’ve asked those players about this decision, they would’ve obviously disagreed with him because they felt strongly enough that they were willing to defy his direct instructions,” Finan said. Senior Matthew Cunningham, president of the Leprechaun Legion, said he personally disagrees with Kelly’s decision. Still, he said he retainss faith in the coach’s motivations. “If it’s a team policy that they don’t [sing], then that’s just something that I have to accept,” he said. Cunningham said the student section should not have booed right before the Alma Mater or at the end of the first half when Kelly chose to take a knee with 40 seconds left. “I don’t think it was right to boo. As Coach Kelly said in his press conference … in his estimation he didn’t think there was enough time to go and get a field goal and he has a better sense of the flow of the game, how his offense is working,” Cunningham said. “As the head coach, I’m sure his players trust his judgment.” Finan said the students were not booing the players but the coaching staff, even though NBC commentators misinterpreted the situation. “To take a knee from the 30 yard line says to me, ‘I don’t have faith that you can produce right now,’” Finan said. “I understand that you want to be on damage control, as well, of not allowing things to get worse, but you have to try to win the game, and part of that is picking up the momentum going into the locker room, not just going out.”last_img read more

Genidounias comes through in the clutch

first_imgFor the past couple years, a Greek god has dominated the waters of Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Well, junior driver Kostas Genidounias has at least performed like one.Hailing from Athens, Greece, the 6-foot-1 driver is the Trojans’ second leading scorer with 53 goals through 20 games and is the only USC player to tally a goal in every match so far this season. He’s tied for eighth on the Trojans’ all-time scoring chart.Unsung · Junior driver Kostas Genidounias might not own as many records as senior Nikola Vavic, but it seems like he’s had more timely goals.Chris Roman | Daily TrojanHe currently stands at 152 goals for his USC career, with a lot of his junior season still to come. If he stays on pace, Genidounias could have a shot at breaking the all-time scoring record that senior Nikola Vavic holds with 230 goals.“It’s always in my head, but I try not to let it affect my game,” Genidounias said.He has not only been known for his goal scoring, but also for his ability to put the ball in the back of the net when the team most needs it. In other words, if there was an award given to the most “clutch” player in water polo, it would be Genidounias.“I feel like I’m just doing my job and doing what I have to do,” said Genidounias. “If the ball is in my hands with time running out, all I worry about is putting the ball in the back of the net.”Most recently, he netted the buzzer-beating goal that tied the score against UCLA before pocketing the game-winning goal to clinch the SoCal Championship for the Trojans. He also scored the game-winner in last year’s national championship match against the Bruins to give USC its fifth consecutive national title.“Kostas has been great for us when we have needed him most,” head coach Jovan Vavic said.All of this late and timely scoring against UCLA has created many memories for Genidounias, and he feels that his crosstown rivals will always remember him too.“They must not like me very much over there [at UCLA],” said Genidounias. “Scoring that goal to win the national championship was definitely my most memorable experience, though.”If there is one thing that Genidounias loves to do, it’s winning. And that played a large part into why he ultimately decided to attend USC.“Living in Greece, I always had the idea of studying abroad. So I went online and saw that USC had the best water polo team,” Genidounias said. “I then immediately wanted to go there and have never had any second thoughts.”The priority of winning fares well with his head coach, who has won 12 national championships while at USC.“It’s great to play for coach Vavic for that exact reason, you win,” Genidounias said.The junior has already done just that by playing an integral part in the team’s last two national championships and losing just four games through about two and half campaigns.With such great expectations, however, Genidounias receives his share of tough love from Vavic.“It’s challenging because he is demanding sometimes,” Genidounias said. “But it is only because he wants you to get better and improve as a player.”Rightfully so — Vavic probably expects a lot from his star player because of all the success he achieved in his first two years.As a freshman, Genidounias was the team’s third leading scorer with 31 goals. Last year, he more than doubled that total with 68 goals, which was good enough for second on the team.His sophomore season goal total tied for the fifth-most single-season goals in the sport’s history, and also resulted in him being named a first-team All American.Having accomplished so much already as an underclassman, Genidounias said that right now, he is mainly focused on winning a sixth consecutive national championship for the Trojans.“I don’t like to lose,” Genidounias said. “I want to prove that by winning two more national championships.”Once his four years at USC are up, Genidounias, who is majoring in communication, plans to head back to his home land of Greece to play professional water polo and try out for the Olympic team.Genidounias may be the nicest guy one will meet on land, but it is evident that he is a force to be reckoned with in the water. If he continues to play the way he has, Genidounias could very well possibly be a front runner to win the Peter J. Cutino Award next season to go along with that pair of national titles he covets.last_img read more

Angels sign Mike Trout to 12-year extension

first_imgHe has slashed .307/.416/.573 in eight seasons with the club while hitting 240 home runs, stealing 189 bases and driving in 648 runs.In recent weeks, rumors have been swirling about the possibility of Bryce Harper trying to recruit Trout to come play with him and the Phillies. Trout, a native of Vineland, N.J., grew up a diehard Phillies fan and some thought he would join Harper in Philadelphia.A deal like this is tough to overcome for Philadelphia. OFFICIAL: @MikeTrout agrees to terms on a 12-year contract. pic.twitter.com/0HDtayjmMt— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) March 21, 2019Our weatherman’s here to stay! #TheHaloWay pic.twitter.com/SEoQ8JPCTi— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) March 21, 2019″This is where I wanted to be all along,” Trout said in the team’s release. “I have enjoyed my time as an Angel and look forward to representing the organization, my teammates and our fans for years to come.”I want to thank Arte and Carole Moreno for their efforts. Their leadership and commitment to winning played a key role in my decision. Thanks also to my teammates, coaches, John Carpino, Billy Eppler and his Baseball Operations staff, the entire front office and Angels fans for all their support. It has made a tremendous difference not only for me, but for my family as well!”According to ESPN, the deal is for $430 million.The deal makes Trout both the highest-paid player in MLB history in a lump sum at $430 million and the highest in average annual value, surpassing Zack Greinke’s $34.4 million as the MVP would make on average $36 million.Trout has made seven All-Star teams with the Angels and is in the second-to-last year of a six-year, $144 million deal he signed with Los Angeles in 2014.According to USA Today, the deal is an add-on to Trout’s already existing deal and is actually a 10-year, $363.5 million extension which will kick in during the 2021 season. He will still be paid $33.25 million each of the next two seasons.Mike Trout’s new #Angels deal, which won’t be finalized for about 48 hours, is actually a 10-year, $363.5 million extension that starts in 2021. He still will be paid $33.25 million for the next two years under his existing contract. Full no-trade, no opt-outs.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 19, 2019The deal has a full no-trade clause with no opt-outs.The 27-year-old center fielder was originally taken with the 25th overall pick in the 2009 draft with the Angels. Mike Trout is getting paid.The Angels have signed the two-time MVP to a 12-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.last_img read more

What the Fiscal Cliff means to you…

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