Published on August 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm NEWPORT, R.I. — Doug Marrone insisted it didn’t feel awkward to be sitting at Big East football media day knowing next season, his team will be in the Atlantic Coast Conference.“I have no feeling toward that,” Marrone said. “I don’t get it. I guess maybe because our focus is so much on getting our players ready to compete and getting ready to play a schedule. Or maybe it’s me, I’m not built that way.”The Syracuse head coach repeatedly said he doesn’t think about anything beyond this season, and is now only focused on training camp.Looking too far ahead to the Orange’s time in the ACC isn’t something he wants to do.It was a popular topic Tuesday, but Marrone stuck to the same answer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough SU will no longer be a member of the Big East, the program will still be a part of the tradition of football in the northeast under Marrone.“You’re talking about a guy that played at Syracuse, and I always looked at it as northeastern football,” Marrone said. “I’ve always been a believer in eastern football. For me, it’s very difficult with all the changes. Years ago, not the ones going on now.”Temple returns to Big East with reenergized programJohn Paquette called coach after coach to the front of the Bellevue Ballroom in Newport’s Hotel Viking. Six drab, generic,cliché-filled speeches followed with only South Florida’s Skip Holtz’s bringing some life to the podium.Then Steve Addazio marched to the microphone from the back right corner of the room. As if giving a pep talk, he spoke about the change in the Big East as well as his program.“It’s a new Temple,” Addazio said. “It doesn’t resemble anything of where it was six, seven, eight years ago.”As Addazio was quick to point out, Temple enters the Big East coming off three winning seasons, during which the team went 26-12, earned a win in the New Mexico Bowl and completed a $10 million football facility.As members of the Big East from 1991-2004 the Owls didn’t record a winning season and went 29-126. In 2004, Temple was expelled from the Big East due to poor performance, attendance and a lack of investment in the program by the university as a whole. The Owls competed as an independent for two years before moving to the Mid-American Conference for the last five seasons.But the dark period in the Big East in the Owls’ history isn’t lost on the current Temple players.“I wouldn’t say burying it would be the best idea. I think we can help use it as motivation,” Owls kick and punter Brandon McManus said. “ … We’re excited to try and make Philadelphia a college football town.”Big East looks to prove itself nationally West Virginia is gone, and Syracuse and Pittsburgh are leaving after this season.Houston, Southern Methodist, Central Florida, Memphis, Boise State and San Diego State are set to join in their place with the latter two doing so on a football-only basis. Navy is scheduled to do the same in 2015.But Tuesday, coaches and officials focused on the season when talking about the strength of the conference on the national landscape.“By any objective criteria you choose the Big East has been, is today and will continue to be one of the top conferences in the nation,” said Nick Carparelli, senior associate commissioner of the Big East. “ … There is nothing in this sport that can be done in any other league that can’t also be done in the Big East.”The league also announced a marketing plan to better brand the league in years to come. Details of the plan were not released.In the past two seasons of Big East play, five different programs have earned a share of the conference title. In 2010, it was Connecticut, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Cincinnati, Louisville and West Virginia did the same last season.“I think you’re going to find out in the next year and many years to come that we’re a player on the national scene,” Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones said of the Big East. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
…Ellis expected to proceed on leave this weekOne of the victims who were preyed upon by Bishops’ High School teacher Coen Jackson related that head teacher Winifred Ellis was aware of the teacher’s predatory behaviour, but did nothing to address it.Bishops’ High School Head Teacher Winifred EllisSources close to the institution related that the head teacher was expected to proceed on leave this week.“My partner made a complaint to the headmistress asking that she investigate the matter. A week later, Coen Jackson called me five times. He asked if I was the one pushing the matter, he told me he had admitted what went on between us to the head teacher as he had no choice, he said my partner and him had Facebook quarrels and he was taking it too far, he said there was going to be a hearing and asked if I was going to come out against him,” Cris Smith said in a viral Facebook post.Jackson is accused of abusing his position of trust as a teacher when he began grooming female students for sexual activities after they would have attained the age of 16 – the legal age of consent. Jackson has vehemently denied the accusations, but did admit to having sexual relations with two former students who are both in their early 20s – including Smith.Ellis came into the spotlight after she berated female students for not defending Jackson after the allegations hit social media. The Education Ministry on Friday concluded its investigation and found that Ellis was culpable of breaching the regulations under the Education Act 39:01, Section 35 “Inappropriate behaviour by teachers in school”, which comes with a first warning. The committee has since recommended that Ellis be reprimanded and be made to offer an apology to the students and teachers at the institution.Embattled teacher: Coen JacksonIn relation to Jackson, the committee handed over his file to the Police for further investigation. The Police investigation is ongoing and they are compiling statements from victims.Smith, in her Facebook post, said that she was not conspiring against the teacher.“As a teenager I suffered from depression. I was an easy target for someone I’ve now come to recognise as a sexual predator. From the time I was 15, I spent the rest of my years of my life up until now normalising indignity after indignity so much that when it finally ended, I felt barely human to myself. I couldn’t tell anyone everything that happened to me because the most relatable thing I could say was that I was betrayed; I was also forbidden to speak about it by the offender. Betrayal is easy to swallow and take pity on,” she wrote.“For one year after it ended, I could not sleep properly, I had anxiety attacks that made my chest hurt and I was in pain every day. I could not tell anyone what happened to me, because I was ashamed at what I had allowed,” Smith added.On Tuesday, The Bishops’ High School Old Students’ Association held an extraordinary general meeting to address the incident after calling for Ellis to be sent on administrative leave to facilitate an independent investigation.
GERMAN golfers could be coming to Co Donegal in their droves next year, if tourism bosses get their way.Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland Golf in Germany in cooperation with leading German golf tour operator golf.extra brought six German golf professionals to the Northwest this week.They played Ballyliffin and were absolutely blown away by the quality of the two courses. Golf professionals in Germany travel a lot with their students throughout the year to various destinations and generate a lot of business.Martina Bromley, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Operations in the North West welcomed the group to the North West: “We believe that our golf product is among the best in the world and recent studies have shown the great potential of golf for tourism as estimating that the typical overseas golf tourist is worth almost three times the value of the average tourist to Ireland and, with approximately 155,000 overseas visitors playing golf while in Ireland, this amounts to a total estimated spend of €204 million per annum.“It is important that we fully promote what is available by assisting these groups in showcasing what Ireland has to offer. This will certainly encourage and help maintain Ireland’s reputation as a destination for high quality and challenging golf.”In the picture from left to right is part of the group on Glashedy Links – Erik Moll, Sven Stier, Men’s Captain Paddy Logue and Fred Hoffmann.The group also played Murvagh, Bundoran, Rosses Point and Castle Dargan to get a short overview of what the Northwest has to offer. Advertisement TOURISM HOPES AFTER GERMAN GOLF PROFESSIONALS VISIT DONEGAL was last modified: October 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:TOURISM HOPES AFTER GERMAN GOLF PROFESSIONALS VISIT DONEGAL