Volleyball: Badgers look to continue conference success against top hitters in Big Ten

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team (10-4, 6-0 Big Ten) have ripped through their first six games of Big Ten play and face another challenging week with back-to-back games at home.Of the No. 6 Badgers’ six conference wins, four have come against the six ranked opponents in the Big Ten. UW is the fifth ranked team and the final ranked team is the No. 17 Illinois Fighting Illini (9-6, 4-2) — their opponent for this Friday.Volleyball: Badgers extend winning streak to six, sit alone atop Big TenFollowing back-to-back wins over top-five opponents, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team (10-4, 6-0 Big Ten) could have taken their Read…Wisconsin gets the chance to grab another impressive win before facing Northwestern (9-9, 0-6 Big Ten) the next day. The Badgers swept the Northwestern University Wildcats in Evanston last Wednesday.Last December, the Fighting Illini ended the Badgers’ bid for a NCAA National Championship in Champaign, but this is not the same Illini team.Seniors Ali Bastianelli and All-American setter Jordyn Poulter departed, leaving serious holes Illinois has struggled to fill.Volleyball: Badgers surge with pair of top-5 wins over Penn State, NebraskaIn a few of their early-season losses, the No. 7 University of Wisconsin Badgers volleyball team (8-4, 4-0 Big Ten) Read…Redshirt freshman Diana Brown has taken Poulter’s setter spot, but Illini hitters Megan Cooney and All-American Jacqueline Quade have seen more opportunities and less kills/set.The Illini are a very difficult team to predict. They have wins over then-No. 7 Marquette and No. 17 Purdue but have dropped matches to inferior teams like Colorado and Illinois State.Illinois has the most losses of any team in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Poll.Shutting down Quade could go a long way to beating the Illini. Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield called her “one of the absolute best in the country at her position.”The following day, the Badgers face Northwestern for the second time this season. The key to stopping Northwestern is to contain blooming freshman outside hitter Temi Thomas-Ailara — a difficult task for any defense in the country.Volleyball: All-American Rettke remains hungry following summer with Team USAJunior Dana Rettke has been one of the most intimidating forces in college volleyball for over two years now. A Read…Thomas-Ailara currently has the second-most kills/set in the Big Ten at 4.30 with Quade just ahead at 4.41.In the Badgers’ sweep of the Wildcats, they punished the Northwestern’s defense with a variety of looks. Each of Wisconsin’s usual suspects were at net, but none of them had a monster performance.The Badgers hit .380 against the Wildcats with 46 kills and just 11 errors.As conference plays roll on, it is crucial for the Badgers to continue to evolve with such a lengthy schedule. A balanced offense plagues opposing defenses and helps when All-American middle blocker Dana Rettke has the full attention of an opponent’s defensive scheme.A pair of wins this week would give the Badgers their first 8-0 start in conference play during Sheffield’s seven years at Wisconsin.last_img read more

Messi looms for Liverpool, but Cardiff on Klopp’s mind for now

first_imgKlopp Porto, Portugal | AFP | Jurgen Klopp might be steeling himself for some sleepless nights as he tries to work out how to stop Lionel Messi, but for now the German can be delighted at seeing his Liverpool side extend their outstanding record in European ties under his management.Having won 2-0 at home in the first leg, Liverpool always knew that an early away goal in the second leg of their quarter-final against FC Porto at the Estadio do Dragao would effectively kill the tie.So it proved, as after surviving a barrage of early pressure in northern Portugal on Wednesday, Sadio Mane’s 26th-minute strike broke Porto hearts and set Liverpool on their way to a 4-1 win on the night.Having won 3-1 at Bayern Munich in the last round, here was another statement away victory for the Anfield club after they lost all three matches on the road in the group stage.Klopp remains unbeaten after 10 two-legged European ties as Liverpool manager, with two coming against Porto.He has only been stopped in finals, against Sevilla in the Europa League in 2016 and Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League.“I know people like to be disrespectful to a team like Porto, but we knew how difficult it is and we won 2-0 at home, it was deserved, and here anything could have happened,” Klopp said.“We dealt really well with it. In the quarter-finals there are only unbelievably strong teams.”The former Borussia Dortmund boss knows the same applies in the semi-finals, where last year’s runners-up face the daunting prospect of Messi and Barcelona.Having been at home first against Bayern and Porto, the Reds will head to the Camp Nou for the first leg on May 1.It is six years since Barca lost at home in the Champions League, but Liverpool need to ensure they remain in the tie before the return at Anfield on May 7.“It is our dream. Every single player wants to play this kind of game in their lives,” admitted Mane, yet Klopp will have to come up with a plan to deal with the brilliant Messi.“Thank God I don’t have to think about that tonight,” Klopp joked on Wednesday.“I have a few more nights to think about that. Everybody tried it so far and nobody can do it. “We still will try it. We are looking forward to it but we have so many jobs to do before we meet Barcelona. Let’s first play these games and then let’s prepare Barcelona.”– ‘Another intense game’ –The focus now reverts back to the Premier League, with Liverpool two points clear of Manchester City at the summit having played a game more.Klopp’s squad stayed in Portugal on Wednesday night before returning home to start preparations for Sunday’s visit to relegation battlers Cardiff City.By then they could be behind Pep Guardiola’s City side, who will look to avenge their incredible Champions League defeat against Tottenham Hotspur when they play the London club again on Saturday.Despite the games coming thick and fast, Liverpool emerged from their trip to the Estadio do Dragao in great shape.Klopp rotated his squad, with Divock Origi making a rare start while Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson were only used as substitutes.In addition, Joe Gomez came off the bench for his first top-team appearance since suffering a leg fracture in December.“In the last third of the season you see the finish line already but you need a little bit of luck with injuries,” admitted Klopp.“We play again in three days, so we fly tomorrow and make ourselves ready for another intense football game.”Cardiff boosted their survival hopes with a 2-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday.“Cardiff is completely back in the race with that result so they will fight for it.”However, after this latest victory — their eighth in a row — Liverpool have the momentum as they dream of winning the league and the European Cup in the same season, something they last achieved back in 1984.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Guinness differentiates with int’l challenge

first_imgFOOTBALL:KINGSTON:Local scrimmage players are gearing up to showcase their skill on a global stage, when the Guinness Street Football Competition (GSFC) kicks off on March 1.Now in its sixth year, the GSFC will give Jamaican street footballers a chance to prove they are made of more, while increasing their exposure to international game play.The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)-endorsed event will kick-off with parish playoffs for Hanover and Westmoreland on March 12. Teams can sign up for the four-a-side scrimmage online at www.gsfcjamaica.com, via social media or by calling the GSFC Hotline at 618-9291.Sixteen randomly selected teams will then play for the parish title. Parish winners all go on to play for the national title and an all-expenses paid trip to St Lucia to compete against other Caribbean teams in the GSFC finals.?For Guinness, community development and the game of football are at the heart of who we are as a brand. We are excited to give Jamaicans an opportunity to shine in the premier street football tournament of the Caribbean,? said Imru James, brand manager for Guinness and Stouts at Red Stripe. ?We want to see our teams do well at home as well as in the international arena.?Last year, Jamaica had the honour of hosting the finals, but this year?s ultimate contest will be staged in St Lucia, the home of the reigning champions. This means the winning Jamaican team will get a chance to travel in addition to cash prizes at each level of the competition.?There is no lack of opportunity with this competition,? said James. ?Our players are competing just as competitively as in any national league to prove they are made of more and the opportunities that come with the competition are second to none.?The national champion will claim their portion of the $1.3m up for grabs and gain a shot at US$6,000 if they take home the big prize in St Lucia. Guinness will fund the cost of travel, including accommodation, along with spending money for the team.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP search for robbery suspect

first_imgGrande Prairie RCMP are searching for a suspect after a local bar was robbed.The robbery occurred Tuesday night at around 11:50 p.m. Police say the suspect approached the bartender demanding money.- Advertisement -Another employee subsequently approached the two and the suspect ran off without getting any money. The suspect then fled in an older, four-door burgundy vehicle that was parked at a strip mall nearby.The suspect is described as short and was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and had a white mask on at the time of the incident.Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment at 780-830-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

BBC spends big bucks on SA studio

first_imgCape Town is to be the home base forthe BBC during the 2010 FIfa World Cup.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Delia FischerFifa media office, Johannesburg+27 83 201 0470Janine ErasmusThe BBC is planning to spend around £1-million (R11-million) on building a brand new broadcast studio in Cape Town, and will use it as its base for the duration of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Despite most media companies’ decision to be based in Johannesburg, the main transmission hub for the tournament, the UK broadcaster has opted for the Mother City, some 1 600km to the south.Eight of the 64 matches will be played at the magnificent Cape Town stadium, although the English team is guaranteed only one game there when it faces off against Algeria on 18 June. But there’s a good chance the team will be back for a semi-final.Most media, including BBC rival ITV, will be headquartered at the state-of-the-art International Broadcast Centre, situated next to the recently completed Soccer City stadium in Soweto. This is also just 75km from the English team’s base in Rustenburg, North West province.The centre will accommodate thousands of media professionals and will feature the most advanced technology when it opens its doors. In terms of telecommunications infrastructure, it will set the standard for Africa.The BBC has declined to hire a studio at this cutting-edge broadcast facility. UK newspaper Daily Mail reports that, with the help of the Cape Film Commission, the corporation has secured space on the roof of the six-storey Somerset Hospital in Green Point, just a few hundred metres away from the new Cape Town stadium.Here it will set up a pentagonal glass-walled studio. Construction is reported to be already underway.From this vantage point reporters will have spectacular views of Table Mountain, World Heritage site Robben Island and the football venue.The cost of the studio, extra fees for satellite transmission from Cape Town, and the rights to use the hospital’s roof space is together expected to total around R11-million.Beautiful vistasReports say that one of the reasons for the decision is because Cape Town is more attractive visually and will provide a better backdrop for presenters than the stark Johannesburg skyline. But Cape Town’s notoriously rainy and foggy winter weather may have the last say.In February the BBC came under fire because of lavish spending, deemed by the National Audit Office to be unnecessary and poor value for money. The Parliamentary committee for public accounts also got a word in, criticising the media corporation for its “casual approach to spending licence payers’ money”.Among other cases investigated, the BBC splurged on a £250 000 (R2.8-million) studio in Vienna for coverage of the Euro 2008 football tournament – because the background view from the original studio in Vienna’s own International Broadcasting Centre was not picturesque enough.The Cape Town announcement has drawn mixed reactions, with some echoing the sentiments of the National Audit Office, while others feel the BBC should do whatever it takes to make the World Cup experience of its audience of 200-million a memorable one.One of the reporters who will soon find himself cocooned in the new-age studio is former England striker Gary Lineker, now a sports presenter for the BBC. Lineker is renowned for never having received a yellow card once during his professional career and holds the record for the most goals scored by an England player in a World Cup, 10 in total.He will be accompanied by the likes of Alan Shearer, also a retired England striker, and Scottish footballer Alan Hansen, capped 26 times for his country.Some 280 BBC staff will fly to South Africa for the World Cup, slightly down from the complement of 336 who visited Germany in 2006. They will broadcast 32 games live for television, radio and news, and show highlights of all the others from the new studio.A note on the blog of BBC’s executive football producer Phil Bigwood said that once the World Cup is over the studio will be packed up and shipped off for potential use at other events around the world.“Our production set-up in Cape Town will be our biggest to date, taking into account previous football World Cups. We are extremely fortunate to have been able to base ourselves here in Cape Town,” said Bigwood.• Delia FischerFifa media office, Johannesburg+27 83 201 0470last_img read more

South Africa ‘ready to host the SKA’

first_img8 July 2011 South Africa is fully committed to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, and has done considerable work in support of its bid to host the world’s most powerful radio telescope, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor told a SKA meeting in Canada on Wednesday. Briefing a SKA Forum meeting in Banff, Pandor said South Africa’s commitment to advancing the SKA project “has been cemented in all spheres of our government, including at the provincial level. “We have chosen an exceptionally good site for the SKA in a remote region of South Africa, a region with very little economic activity,” Pandor said. “We have provided statutory protection for the site through the Geographic Astronomy Advantage Act.” South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built. The international science funding agencies and governments involved in the international SKA consortium are due to announce the winning bidder in 2012, with construction likely to start in 2016 and take place in phases over several years, with completion by about 2022. If South Africa wins the bid, it stands to gain major international recognition in the fields of science and technology. Pandor said important milestones related to the MeerKAT, South Africa’s SKA precursor telescope, had been achieved, many of them ahead of schedule. “Our progress has allowed us to plan to publish tenders for Meerkat at the end of this year,” she said. Pandor also said South Africa was committed to providing the world with the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere until the SKA is completed. “We hope that the immense potential of MeerKAT will not be ignored when the most efficient and cost-effective roll-out for phase one of SKA is considered,” she said. The African Union unanimously endorsed South Africa’s SKA bid at the 15th AU Summit of Heads of State in Uganda last year. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Player of the Week: James Yap clutch as Rain or Shine stays on top

first_imgJames Yap. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJames Yap may be past his prime but he still has a lot left in his tank.The Rain or Shine swingman has been on a tear through the first eight games of the season and his torrid start has been one of the big reasons why the Elasto Painters have emerged as the top team so far in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes His vintage showing earned him the PBA Press Corp Player of the Week citation and helped the quarterfinals-bound Painters improve to 7-1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yap, who just turned 37 on Friday, isn’t as quick and explosive as before but remains one of the deadliest players in crunch time.He delivered a couple more clutch performances for the Painters just before the league headed into its two-week break to give way for the Philippine men’s national basketball team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe four-time Finals MVP had a pair of 18-point outings in Rain or Shine’s last three games and both of those occasions, he came through for his squad down the stretch.The Negros Occidental native completed the game-winning three-point play to beat Magnolia, 75-74, last Wednesday just five days after burying a triple with under three minutes left that put Rain or Shine ahead for good in a 107-100 win over NorthPort. LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Jeremy Miado out to prove quick KO no fluke in rematch vs Thai foe MOST READ Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chieflast_img read more

Vladimir Guerreros Best Games Were In Montreal — And No One Saw

Roberto Alomar1997-20012BBAL/CLE26.943,113 Greg Maddux1994-98PATL39.740,169 Rollie Fingers1974-78POAK/SDP13.014,125 Reggie Jackson1971-75RF/CFOAK31.111,883 Jim Palmer1975-79PBAL27.414,463 Tom Glavine1995-99PATL26.639,232 When we think of soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductee Vladimir Guerrero’s outstanding career, we might recall his 2004 American League MVP season with the Anaheim Angels, when he carried his new squad to the postseason with a scorching .363/.424/.726 triple-slash line in September. Or perhaps we’d picture another Angels-era moment, a play that seems to be everyone’s favorite Guerrero highlight: that time he somehow blooped a hit on a pitch that bounced in front of home plate.But many of Guerrero’s top moments came in relative obscurity, as a member of the (late, lamented) Montreal Expos. Although fans of the big-market Atlanta Braves and New York Mets got to see him play on television with some frequency, Guerrero was mostly touted as baseball’s best-kept secret during his peak, routinely playing before microscopic audiences at Stade Olympique. He was baseball’s equivalent of an indie band on the cusp of national discovery — the hipster fan’s alternative to mainstream favorites like Ken Griffey Jr. or Barry Bonds. And while some assorted clips do exist of Guerrero’s feats with his first MLB team, it was also the era right before MLB.TV permanently killed the notion of an underground star. Guerrero might have been the last truly great player to bear that title.Certainly, no recent Hall of Famer was seen by fewer people in person during his best seasons than Guerrero. From 1998 to 2002, Guerrero produced 29.5 wins above replacement (WAR)1Averaging together the versions of WAR found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. for the Expos, marking the top five-year stretch of his career. Over that span, an average of just 10,038 fans came to see each of Guerrero’s home games, according to attendance data from Baseball-Reference.com. That’s the fewest of any HOF member whose career took place during the expansion era (since 1961), including likely 2018 inductees Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman: Phil Niekro1974-78PATL34.910,229 John Smoltz1995-99PATL29.639,226 Gaylord Perry1972-76PCLE/TEX35.811,210 Chipper Jones1998-20023B/LFATL31.837,792 Ivan Rodriguez1996-2000CTEX29.935,120 Mike Piazza1993-97CLAD31.939,857 Includes hitters and pitchers whose entire careers came in the post-expansion era (since 1961).Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs Rod Carew1973-772B/1BMIN36.910,346 Randy Johnson1998-2002PSEA/ARI/ HOU43.135,791 Bert Blyleven1972-76PMIN/TEX36.810,339 Catfish Hunter1971-75POAK/NYY24.612,501 Vladimir Guerrero1998-2002RFMON29.510,038 Ozzie Smith1985-89SSSTL30.734,781 Bottom 10YearsPosTeam(s)WARATT/Game Nolan Ryan1973-77PCAL28.813,455 Jim Thome1995-993B/1BCLE26.341,716 Top 10YearsPosTeam(s)WARAVG. Att/Game The most- and least-watched Hall of Famers in their primesTop and bottom 10 Hall of Famers by team attendance per game in their five best consecutive seasons by wins above replacement, 1961-present That number stands out even more when you consider that Guerrero’s peak straddled the 1990s and 2000s, a consistent period of record-high attendance in the major leagues. All of the other least-watched Hall members on the list above came from the 1970s, when MLB-wide attendance per game had barely budged since the ’50s. By the time Guerrero came along, though, attendance was cresting after two decades of incredible growth. There’s a reason nine of the 10 most-watched HOFers came from the ’90s.But playing in a crumbling, derelict ballpark north of the Canadian border, for a franchise whose roster was gutted after the 1994 strike derailed a season many still believe was destined for a championship, Guerrero was the ultimate under-the-radar superstar. For example, he finished only 13th in MVP voting in 1998 despite producing the second-best season of his career by WAR (and tying fellow likely Chipper Jones for fifth in WAR among NL position players). During his final four seasons in Montreal, Guerrero had three seasons with a quadruple-digit on-base plus slugging (OPS), yet he finished in the top five of MVP voting only once.Of course, in some ways the privacy of Montreal also added to Guerrero’s mystique. In combination with his thrilling style of play — he loved to swing at (and hit) anything in the same area code as the plate, and he rifled down base runners with a cannon of an arm in right field — there was a certain romance to the image of the mega-talented Guerrero toiling away thanklessly for a soon-to-be-relocated shell of a franchise. He helped2Alongside underrated second baseman Jose Vidro and pitchers Javier Vazquez and Tomo Ohka. drag the Expos to surprising respectability in seasons like 2002, when they beat the odds to finish second in the NL East with 83 wins despite owning the league’s lowest payroll. And when Guerrero was finally given the spotlight of a bigger market in 2004, he made the most of it in MVP fashion.It made for a great narrative arc to the career of an all-time great player. However, it’s still a shame more people didn’t get to see Guerrero play during his peak seasons. Nowadays, we take it for granted that we can watch small-market stars whenever we want via the power of streaming. But Guerrero serves as a reminder of a time not so long ago, when brilliant individual performances could still be limited to an extremely small audience of lucky admirers. read more

Football Tate Martell leaves confidence and dreams at Ohio State with transfer

Urban Meyer speaks to former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell (18) in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor“Why would I leave for someone who hasn’t put in a single second into this program?” These were the words Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell said on Dec. 30 when news surfaced that Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields was thinking of transferring to the Buckeyes.Now, not even a month later, Martell has left.On Wednesday, Martell announced he will be transferring from Ohio State to play for the University of Miami.The announcement came as only Martell could do it: out of the blue and in dramatic fashion, with a photoshopped Twitter picture of him and his two former high school teammates in Hurricanes uniforms, 14 minutes past midnight.“To just run away from somebody who hasn’t put a single second into workouts anything like that and doesn’t know what the program is all about, there’s not a chance.”In 17 days, Martell went from extreme confidence in his position to someone ready to jump ship.On Jan. 10, he put his name in the transfer portal, allowing other teams to contact him about joining their programs.The next day, Martell took “The Ohio State University” out of his Twitter bio, leaving “Quarterback at…” in its place.As he has done since high school, when he decommitted from two schools before choosing the Buckeyes, Martell made much ado about his future, posting Instagram stories in his stops at West Virginia and Miami, retweeting an old Rutgers highlight video and liking team-specific tweets before ultimately selecting the Hurricanes.“I just don’t want [Fields] to make a bad decision, because he’s trying to go somewhere he’s about to play, when you transfer, you’re going to play, and by all means, I’ll be cool … It’s gonna be a lot more difficult than it seems like just walking in, and there’s the job.”The man responsible for Martell’s departure is Fields, who announced his transfer to Ohio State on Jan. 4.Martell entered his name into the transfer portal six days later, and left six days after that.Fields was a five-star dual-threat quarterback prospect out of high school, and one of the highest rated in history. The former Georgia quarterback is still waiting to see if he will be allowed to play in 2019, and, if he gains eligibility, he would take the reins as the runaway favorite to win the starting job.Martell is not waiting. He is gone.“I will [be the starting quarterback]. I am 100 percent sure on that.” Something between Dec. 30 and Jan. 10 clearly changed in Martell’s outlook on his future.Maybe it was during the men’s basketball game between the Buckeyes and Michigan State on Jan. 5, where Fields sat by Haskins and former head coach Urban Meyer.During that game, Martell posted an Instagram story sitting somewhere in the upper deck. Haskins, Fields and Meyer sat courtside.Martell deleted that story before the game ended. Fields took to Instagram to follow not his then-teammate, but instead Martell’s sister, Rylee, the same day.In 2018, Martell was confident he had done enough to prove himself as the guy who can “go out there and put on a show” if redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins officially decided to leave the program.Fields joined the team on Jan. 4, but Martell was ready to fight for the position he thought was rightfully his.Haskins left, as expected, on Jan. 7. But three days later, Martell got ready to do the same.“I wanted to win a game for you, that’s all I wanted to do.”Meyer and Martell have always had a strong relationship, with the former head coach calling him an “elite competitor” throughout the season, constantly looking for ways to get him into the game.Martell, a four-star prospect out of Las Vegas who went undefeated in his high-school career, switched from Washington to Texas A&M to Ohio State, thanks to Meyer and former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.Now, with Meyer’s retirement from head coaching, there was no longer going to be anybody left on the sidelines who made Martell join the Buckeyes in the first place.Martell said following the Rose Bowl win he was very emotional when he found out Meyer was leaving, saying he was “the only guy that was really on the offensive side that was still here” from when he was recruited.With Day at the helm, who arrived after Martell had committed, maybe the offense was moving in a direction that left Martell out of the big picture, recruiting pro-style quarterback Matthew Baldwin in 2018.“I feel like it’s my turn to go out there and do my thing. I feel like I’ve earned that. I’ve worked extremely hard to get to the point where I am and each year, I keep climbing and getting better. At this point, I know I am very comfortable with where I am at and what I can go out and do.”At that time, it was clear Martell was confident in his abilities to take over a playbook he thought was far too difficult for someone to learn in a single offseason.Martell said it would have been “an absolute s**t show” if he started as soon as he came to Ohio State due to the complexities of Ohio State’s playbook.But between his boastings about his talents and his entry in the transfer portal 11 days later, what Martell said on Dec. 30 can explain his reason for leaving.It is Martell’s turn, and that turn was not a likely option if he chose to stay another year at Ohio State.Fields and Martell could have duked it out in the spring game and over the summer, but Martell didn’t want to take the chances of losing the job.Just like in 2018, when Haskins all but sealed the race and Joe Burrow transferred to LSU.Martell knows his time is now, like Burrow knew when he left for the Tigers. Martell’s time to prove his potential is at Miami.But with his departure, he leaves a dream.A dream of strong promises of what he would have done in 2019 when he got his chance.Martell leaves with unfinished goals and unfulfilled aspirations not just from his comments on Dec. 30, but from his childhood.“I want to play for Ohio State. It’s been my dream since I was born to play for Ohio State. I am not just going to walk away from something that I have put so much time into and there is not a chance that I won’t go out there and compete for that.” read more