NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman, who’s now the head coach at Texas, was asked today about what he knew about Urban Meyer, Zach Smith and his ex-wife, Courtney Smith, following the news that surfaced on Wednesday.Herman, 43, was an assistant at Ohio State from 2012-14. Smith had been on the Buckeyes’ staff since 2015.The former Ohio State assistant coach left the Buckeyes to take over Houston’s program following the 2014 season.Herman told reporters today that he didn’t feel comfortable commenting on the situation, when the new allegations that surfaced against Smith took place in 2015 after he had left.“I really don’t think it’d be fair or appropriate, to be honest with you, to comment on a situation at another program that happened while I wasn’t there,” Herman told reporters.Herman asked about he, Tim Beck, and Stan Drayton’s ties to the Ohio State program: “I really don’t think it’d be fair or appropriate, to be honest with you, to comment on a situation at another program that happened while I wasn’t there.” #HookEm— Joe Cook (@josephcook89) August 2, 2018Other major college football coaches that’ve been asked about Urban Meyer and Ohio State have said similar things.Florida head coach Dan Mullen, who coached under Meyer, said he sent a text message to the Ohio State coach on Wednesday night, telling him he was thinking of him.Nick Saban said he believes Ohio State will handle the situation well, but didn’t want to comment any further.Urban Meyer is currently on paid administrative leave. Ohio State opens its season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.
Rabat – The siege of a Radisson Hotel in Bamako, Mali’s capital, which was seized by a group of gunmen on Friday morning, is now over after Malian commandos stormed the hotel.At least 27 people were killed in the operation, according to Reuters. Over 170 people were inside the hotel with the gunmen entered its premises on car using a fake diplomatic plaque.By late afternoon, no more hostages were being held, ministerial adviser Amadou Sangho told the French television station BFMTV. Two Moroccans were among people who were inside the hotel at the moment of the attack. They both managed to escape from the hotel.Reuters quoted a UN official saying that peacekeepers saw 12 dead bodies in the basement of the hotel and another 15 on the second floor. The UN official added that UN blue helmets were still helping Malian authorities search the hotel.According to the same source, the gunmen went through the seven-storey building room-by-room and floor by floor.The attack occurs a week after the Paris terrorist attack that hit Paris last Friday, killing 130 people and leaving over 350 people injured. A Moroccan engineer was among the fatal casualties of the Paris attacks.
Hot and heavy: Lions get back to business with training in humid Hong Kong Lions XV v Barbarians: Hogg, Cuthbert, Davies, Roberts, Maitland, Farrell, Phillips, Vunipola, Hibbard, A Jones, Gray, O’Connell (c), Lydiate, Tuperic, Faletau.Replacements: T.Youngs, Healy, Stevens, Wyn Jones, Heaslip, Murray, Sexton, North. Barbarians XV: J Payne, J Rokocoko, E Daly, C Laulala, T Ngwenya, N Evans, D Yachvili: P James, S Brits, M Castrogiovanni, M Wentzel, D Mumm, S Manoa, S Jones, S Parisse.Replacements: L Ghiraldini, D Jones, J Hamilton, I Harinordoquy, A Lo Cicero, K Fotuali’i, J Hook, M Tindall. MUNSTER AND IRELAND lock Paul O’Connell will captain the British and Irish Lions in the first match of their tour this Saturday.The Lions are in Hong Kong to play the Barbarians before taking off for the second leg of their journey to Australia which will take them to Perth.Yesterday, the BaaBaas included Ulster’s Jared Payne and Munster’s Casey Laulala in their back-line for the game which kicks off at noon (Irish time) on Saturday.With 15 players still on duty with province or club duty last week, Warren Gatland’s options where somewhat restricted. Yet it remains a line-up worthy of being labelled among the best in Britain and Ireland.Tour captain Sam Warburton misses the clash with a knee injury, but an all-Welsh back-row remains thanks to the presence of Dan Lydiate, Toby Faletau and Justin Tipuric.Ahead of them, O’Connell is partnered by Richie Gray in one of the most keenly contested positions for this fixture. They pack down behind Adam Jones, Richard Hibbard and Mako Vunipola.