Reflections on recent financial institution security breaches

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How to reduce the risk to your Credit Chris MartincavageJust because you spend a lot on security does not mean you are secure.JPMorgan Chase recently stated it has more than 1,000 security professionals on staff and a $250 million security budget. But even it was not impervious to attack.In a 2014 JPMorgan data breach, hackers stole an employee’s login credentials after the bank’s security team neglected to upgrade one of its network servers with dual-factor authentication protocol. Hackers gained access to more than 90 bank servers, compromising 83 million customers.That same year, in the Fidelity National Financial breach, an email phishing attack gave hackers access to employee email accounts containing highly sensitive information.The silver lining of these two breaches affecting the financial services industry is that you can learn from them and reduce your own risk. Let’s take a look at the best defenses for your credit union. continue reading »last_img read more

Why most digital banking transformation efforts have stalled

first_imgDigital transformation is growing more pervasive in every banking organization, moving beyond “projects” to organization-wide initiatives involving technology, product development, business models and culture. Budgets are increasing as organizations are finally updating legacy systems and ownership of the process is moving up the organization structure.While the potential benefits of digital technologies are well documented and accepted by a majority of bank and credit union leaders, the deployment of digital banking transformation does not appear to be keeping pace, according to the Digital Banking Report, “State of Digital Banking Transformation.” This is concerning, given that the pervasiveness of required digital transformation is moving beyond the IT area of banking to include virtually all areas of the organization.Highlights of this report, sponsored by Pega:Digital banking maturity is very low in retail banking, with only 12% of firms indicating that they are “leaders.”There is a very strong correlation between innovation leadership and digital transformation leadership in retail banking. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Hapag-Lloyd Sends Three Boxship Oldies to Scrap

first_imgGerman liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has sold three of its older containerships which were owned by United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) prior to the merger of the duo in May this year.The Deira, the Najran and the Sakaka will be transferred to shipyards in China and Turkey, which are certified for safe and environmentally sound recycling.The ships have a capacity of 4,101 TEU each and were delivered to UASC from Japanese shipyards in 1997 and 1998.Hapag-Loyd said the ships were being taken from the market as they no longer fit with the company’s portfolio, which is now the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world following the merger with UASC.“As one of the world’s leading liner shipping companies, we are aware of our ecological and social responsibilities,” said Anthony Firmin, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Hapag-Lloyd.The step means that Hapag-Lloyd is continuing to implement the internal Ship Recycling Policy it adopted in May 2014, whereby ships which are no longer needed must be recycledin a safe and environmentally friendly manner, the company added.In 2015, the German liner sold 16 of its fleet’s older units.Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet comprises 219 containerships with a total transport capacity of 1.6 million TEU.last_img read more

Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg to Host College 101 Night

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN—Decisions about college – what to study, which school to attend, how to afford a degree can quickly become overwhelming. That’s why Ivy Tech Community College is hosting College 101, an on-campus event, on November 14th at the Lawrenceburg Campus from 5-8 pm, to help prepare high school students for their next step!Staff and Faculty will be on-hand to discuss financial aid options, how to earn an accelerated (ASAP) associate degree, and Ivy Tech’s Transfer as a Junior programs; which save bachelor-earning students an average of $10,000 for the first two years of college. This event also gives students and their families the opportunity to hear what Ivy Tech has to offer, including student organizations, campus involvement, earning college credits while still in high school, and more!High School students are their families are invited to attend this event. RSVP Preferred: Information: in attendance will be entered to win a FREE CLASS at Ivy Tech: one high school student will receive this prize! Any questions about College 101 Night, held at the Lawrenceburg Campus, should be directed to:Allie LayDirector of K-14 Initiatives and Recruitment – Lawrenceburg Campus812.537.4010 ext. 5326aleap@ivytech.edulast_img read more

Lawrenceburg District Library open Saturday again

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN— Saturdays hours have begun at the Lawrenceburg Public Library District. Both Lawrenceburg and the North Dearborn branch will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.Other temporary hours remain the same. Lawrenceburg is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Drive-through service to pick up materials on hold is open noon to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.North Dearborn is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Curbside pick up is available during business hours.Keep in touch by checking the district’s website at; visit the Facebook page at or check out Twitter at Or you can give us a call at LPL: 812-537-2775 or NDB: 812-637-0777.Remember it is not too late for kids or adults to join our free summer reading program or to participate in our summer writing contests. Both have great prizes.There also are many upcoming virtual programs including yoga, Lego Family Challenge, Writing Fantasy, Here There Be Dragons, Passport to Imaginative Storytelling, making dragon’s egg bath bombs, DIY Fairytale Headbands, virtual D & D, storytime, weekly cooking classes and much more!Go to the events tab at Click Imagine Your Story to sign up for the summer reading program or to learn more about the writing contest. Go to to learn more about or to register for upcoming events.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports July 29, 2020 Blackhawks ban Native American headdresses at home gamesCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are banning headdresses at home games as part of their pledge to honor the Native American community. The NHL team says it consulted with Native American partners to establish new policies and initiatives. The Blackhawks will further integrate Native American culture and storytelling into game presentation and community involvement. The team said earlier this month it will continue to use the Blackhawks name because it honors a Native American leader who has been an inspiration to generations. Washington’s NFL team dropped the name Redskins, and Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians are considering a change.WOMEN’S SOCCER-EQUAL PAY Associated Press VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig West Conference postpones fall sportsUNDATED (AP) — The Big West Conference is postponing all fall sports through the end of the calendar year.The conference’s board of directors said that men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball will be postponed as well as the fall schedules for men’s and women’s golf along with men’s and women’s tennis.The conference will determine later if conducting fall sports in the spring would be feasible. The decision does not impact basketball, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 10. — The Nationals’ starting lineup lost another middle-of-the-order hitter when Howie Kendrick was scratched three hours before the scheduled first pitch against Toronto on Wednesday because of upper back stiffness. But the teams said Kendrick was available to pinch hit. — St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-las) will have season-ending surgery to repair a tendon in his strained right forearm. The 31-year-old missed spring training with the injury, but he ramped up his activity after the virus shutdown and pitched four innings for the Cardinals in an exhibition game last week. He was supposed to start Wednesday night at Minnesota. Right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon will take the mound against the Twins instead. — Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY’-kihs) is returning to the Atlanta Braves, three weeks after announcing he was opting out of the season due to his concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The veteran outfielder said Wednesday he changed his mind about sitting out after watching his teammates play the first five games. The 36-year-old Markakis says he has the full support of his family, including his three children, in his decision to return. NFL-NEWSTagovailoa gets OK to practice without restrictions Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSAnother Marlins player and one Phillies employee test positiveNEW YORK (AP) — Another player with the Miami Marlins has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the team’s total to 16 players, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person tells The Associated Press that Miami underwent another round of tests Tuesday, and only one new player was flagged. Former Illinois, New Mexico St coach Lou Henson dies at 88CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Lou Henson, the basketball coach who led Illinois back into the national spotlight, has died at age 88. The school says Henson died Saturday and was buried on Wednesday. In 21 seasons at Illinois, Henson won a school-record 423 games and took his 1989 Illini team to the Final Four. In all, he was 779-412 and the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. Henson was named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. — General manager John Lynch has agreed to a new five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will keep him locked up through the 2024 season. A person familiar with the deal says the sides agreed on Wednesday to replace the original six-year contract Lynch signed in 2017. The new deal for Lynch comes about six weeks after coach Kyle Shanahan replaced his original six-year deal signed in 2017 with a new six-year contract that takes him through 2025. Lynch was named executive of the year last season by the Pro Football Writers Association of America for helping the Niners reach the Super Bowl last season. Lynch and Shanahan took over following a 2-14 campaign under general manager Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly. PGA-US OPEN-NO FANSUS Open without qualifying now will be played without fansUNDATED (AP) — Add another layer to what already is a different U.S. Open. The USGA says no fans will be allowed at Winged Foot in New York Sept. 17-20 because of health and safety concerns about COVID-19. The U.S. Open already has been moved from its traditional Father’s Day finish, and because of the pandemic, more than 100 qualifiers had to be scrapped for an all-exempt field. Now it comes down to the Masters in November to see if any of golf’s majors will have fans. The PGA Championship next week will be spectator-free. Major League Baseball has suspended Miami’s season through Sunday and created a patchwork schedule affecting four other teams while the Marlins deal with their outbreak. Two Miami staff members also have tested positive in recent days. Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak says one team employee who works in the visiting clubhouse has tested positive for the coronavirus. But he says all Phillies players and on-field staff tested negative for a second straight day. The Phillies’ four-game, home-and-home series against the New York Yankees was postponed this week following a coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins, who played in Philadelphia last weekend. The Phillies are scheduled to host Toronto this weekend in a series that was supposed to be on the road but switched because the Blue Jays’ temporary ballpark in Buffalo isn’t ready. The teams won’t play Friday and instead will have a doubleheader on Saturday.In other MLB news:— Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto was still waiting on Wednesday to be cleared to play by the city government after getting the OK from Major League Baseball to return from the COVID-19 injured list. Manager Dave Martinez said the Nationals hope their 21-year-old slugger will be allowed to work out with the team starting Saturday and play in their first game after that — which is next Tuesday at home against the New York Mets. Soto had 34 homers and 110 RBIs during the 2019 regular season and was a breakout star of October. He tested positive for the coronavirus and was sidelined on opening day last week. The Division I conference has 11 members, with all but one based in California.In other news related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— The University of Texas is now exploring how it can host football games at 25% percent stadium capacity instead of the previously announced 50% as the return to campus and the planned start of the season rapidly approaches. Texas officials had told season ticket holders earlier this month they were planning for 50 percent capacity, which would be allowed under statewide orders from Gov. Greg Abbott. That would include nearly 50,000 fans. But Austin’s health authority said Tuesday the 50% plan caught the city off guard and he questioned whether the school should host any fans at games. Texas is scheduled to host South Florida on Sept. 5 and the Big 12 has held out hope it can play a 12-game regular season. The state of Texas has seen record numbers of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the month of July.— Athletic director Greg Byrne says the University of Alabama has taken cost-cutting measures for each department and sport with the coronavirus threatening fall sports. In a letter to fans posted Wednesday on the Crimson Tide’s website, Byrne says the athletic department placed a freeze on hiring for non-coaching jobs because of potential revenue shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic. He says Alabama also is finding ways to save on energy and facility operating costs and is reviewing other steps. The Southeastern Conference hasn’t announced plans for fall sports, including football, which could ultimately mean a limited number of fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.NHL-BLACKHAWKS MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins say rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) passed his physical when he reported to training camp and will practice without restrictions as he begins his bid to overtake veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job. The all-clear will allow Tagovailoa to practice for the first time since a career-threatening hip injury ended his Alabama career in mid-November. Dolphins practices begin in mid-August, after a couple of weeks of strength and conditioning workouts and walk-throughs. The usual training camp regimen has been altered because of the coronavirus pandemic, which also forced the cancellation of offseason drills throughout the NFL.In other NFL news:— New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder has opted out of the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Solder, who started every game for the Giants the past two seasons, announced his decision on Twitter on Wednesday, citing his son’s ongoing fight with cancer, the recent birth of a baby boy and his own history with cancer. US women’s soccer told to wait until 2021 for jury trialLOS ANGELES (AP) — If American women’s soccer players want a jury trial on their claim of discriminatory working conditions, they must wait until next year.U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner told the players and the U.S. Soccer Federation on Wednesday that jurors were not available during the coronavirus pandemic. He informed the sides if they wanted to stick with their Sept. 15 trial date, they would have to agree by Aug. 6 to a bench trial in which he would decide the verdict.If they want a jury trial, he would postpone the start until Jan. 26. Players sued in March 2019 under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and they sought more than $66 million in damages.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-HENSONlast_img read more

NFF Directs 3SC, Bendel Insurance, Six Others to Aba for Super…

first_img• Insists playoff must hold to produce four teams for promotion to NPFLOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Emergency Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, chaired by the President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, rose from a meeting at the weekend to announce that it had directed the go-ahead of the Super 8 Tournament of the Nigeria National League (NNL) to produce four teams to be promoted to the Nigeria Professional Football League for the 2018/2019 Season.This is, as enshrined in the NNL 2018 Rule Book and in line with the propositions of the expanded meeting of chieftains of the NFF, the LMC, the NPFL Clubs, the NNL and NNL Clubs, that the NNL should stage its statutory Super 8 to produce the four teams for NPFL.The Emergency Committee said it took the decision after careful consideration of the relevant rules and regulations, contemporary best practice and what is obtainable and defensible in the international sphere. Amaju Pinnick NFF President Members commended the NFF President for the tremendous efforts he made to meet with the NNL leadership, the eight NNL clubs qualified to participate in the Super 8 as well as the proprietors of the clubs with a view to explaining to them the need to stage the tournament.“I am imploring the various club Owners and other investors, promoters and facilitators, as well as the administrators of the two Leagues, to see the current situation as a consequence of the special circumstances that we found ourselves and consider the best interest of Nigerian Football.“Nobody foresaw these special circumstances. Yet, it is only by obeying the rules and regulations, and being guided by global best practice, that we can move forward. Nigerian Football is operating within the international football community, and not an oasis in any desert. The NFF Emergency Committee endorses the resolution of the expanded meeting that the best eight teams in the NNL should contest the Super 8 Tournament, from which the best four teams will be promoted to the Nigeria Professional Football League for the 2018/2019 Season.”Pinnick further stated that the decision to endorse the NPFL proposal of 30th August 2018 to end the League at Week 24, should be seen for what it is – a measure to deal with an exceptional circumstance to meet up with the deadline for submission of Nigeria’s flagbearer in the CAF Champions League, and the need to redraft the league calendar from August – May as directed by the Confederation of African Football. “We are calling on stakeholders to see these decisions as the only way of getting out of the special circumstances and forge ahead.”It would be recalled that the meeting of the NFF Executive Committee, held in Asaba, Delta State on 20th November 2018, had mandated the NFF President to take a decision on the matter having considered the propositions/decisions of an expanded meeting of NFF chieftains and LMC leadership, after a meeting of Administrators and Club Owners of the NNL.However, in his quest for wider consultation, Pinnick referred the matter to the NFF Emergency Committee for deliberation.The Emergency Committee thus directed that teams contesting the Super 8 Tournament, scheduled for Aba, should arrive the Abia State capital on Wednesday, 19th December, and the tournament must be concluded by Sunday, 23rd December for the Nigeria National League to present teams to the Nigeria Professional Football League for the new season.“The Super 8 Tournament must go ahead with all the teams arriving on or before Wednesday, 19th December. I enjoin all the eight qualified teams to endeavour to be in Aba for this tournament, in order to ensure that the LMC has the names of the four teams promoted from the NNL, and go ahead to conduct its draws for the new season.” The Committee also directed that the NNL must proceed with the tournament as scheduled with the Clubs that report to Aba while stating that disciplinary action would be taken against those who fail to honour their obligations to participate in the Super 8 and the directives of the NFF.“At the same time, the League Management Company must make best efforts to ensure that all parameters, processes and procedures are set to commence the new Nigeria Professional Football League season before the first day of January, 2019.”Gombe United FC, Remo Stars FC, Shooting Stars Sports Club, Bendel Insurance FC, Delta Force FC, Kada Stars FC, Real Stars FC and Kogi United are the teams qualified for the NNL Super 8 Tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Shafer: Long highly doubtful for Duke game on Saturday, Wilson primed to step up

first_imgFreshman quarterback AJ Long is “extremely doubtful” for Syracuse’s game against No. 22 Duke on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., SU head coach Scott Shafer said in his weekly press conference Thursday morning. Sophomore Austin Wilson is ready to step up in Long’s place, Shafer added.Long has a nerve issue in his throwing arm after apparently being stepped on during the Orange’s loss to North Carolina State on Saturday. He has the cleat mark near his neck and shoulder to prove it.The true freshman was hurting after the game, Shafer said, but the injury was only considered a brief soft tissue issue that would only require a bit of time to heal. Long toughed it out in Monday’s practice and tried to continue to hide his discomfort during Tuesday’s practice, but his hand went numb and the coaches handed more reps to Wilson.“He’s a tough son of a gun. Holy cow, he’s a tough guy,” Shafer said of Long. “So really, we knew about it after the game but we didn’t know exactly what it was or where it was. I’ve had nerve problems in the hand and obviously you can’t function if you can’t feel it right.“… I think he’ll be fine, but it’s probably going to take some time and that’s why we’re going to go ahead and list him as extremely doubtful.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe last time Wilson was on the field, he was on the receiving end of a jarring hit and had to be helped off the field by SU trainers during the Orange’s loss to Florida State on Oct. 11. Shafer said after the game that Wilson, a week after Terrel Hunt went down with his fractured fibula, had a “pretty good headache.”Wilson was limited in practice for a couple of weeks, Shafer said, but has felt “great” the last two weeks and has had a good week of work taking Long’s reps.“You adjust to your offense to the skill sets that your players have,” Shafer said. “Austin’s got a big, strong arm. He can make any of the throws so we’ll have to accentuate those strengths that he has and lean on those kinds of traits.”Shafer added that the Orange did pretty well against N.C. State in pass protection considering the shuffling parts due to injuries on the offensive line.Considering Wilson isn’t quite the mobile threat Long or Hunt are, Syracuse may very well have to rely on the pass much more than it’s had to this season and Shafer didn’t deny it.“We’re going to consider everything and anything possible in this world to try to find a way to beat Duke,” Shafer said, “and that would be one of those things that we look at.” Comments Published on November 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Stock watch: How Syracuse’s bowl hopes and a shirtless fan fared in SU’s 45-14 loss to Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm Contact Jon: | @jmettus Syracuse (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) was run over by No. 17 Florida State (8-3, 5-3) in a 45-14 loss to end its home campaign on Saturday. FSU’s Dalvin Cook ran for 225 yards — eight fewer than Syracuse had total offense — and four touchdowns. SU’s only scores came on a Hail Mary and a 22-yard drive started by a muffed punt.Here’s a look at where SU’s players and units are trending heading into the final week of the season.Stock UpSterling Hofrichter, punterAfter a rough stretch earlier in the season that saw Hofrichter shanking a few punts, he’s been one of the Orange’s most consistent players. Hofrichter was called on nine times and hit five of those kicks more than 50 yards against FSU. One was tipped, three were fair caught and five landed inside the 20. The redshirt freshman has punted 72 times this year, which is tied for third most in the country. His best kick on Saturday came in the third quarter when he booted one 52 yards, past his coverage, that landed inside the 5 and bounced backward before being downed at the 7.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChris Fredrick, cornerbackSU head coach Dino Babers said on Monday Fredrick has played “OK” in place of Cordell Hudson. Against the Seminoles, he stood out. At first it was because the redshirt freshman was burned on a route to give up FSU’s second touchdown. But then Fredrick got involved in three of SU’s four forced turnovers. He forced two punts, picked up six tackles and intercepted Deondre Francois attempt to throw the ball out of bounds.Shirtless fanIn the middle of the third quarter, a shirtless fan (presumably an SU fan because of the Orange T-shirt he was swinging around) jumped onto the field and ran down the sideline past the FSU bench. He had more success than any of SU’s rushers, who managed just 37 yards. The fan sprinted past a police officers and security before jumping up into the Seminoles’ fan section in the west end zone and hurrying into the concourse.Stock DownJamar McGloster, right tackleThe Orange’s offensive line looked poor as a whole, working with a patchwork group that included third-string center Donnie Foster, but McGloster’s play stood out. DeMarcus Walker, who finished with two sacks, constantly beat McGloster around the right edge of the line. FSU had eight as a team. Not even holding tight end Cameron MacPherson and a running back in for pass protection seemed to help.SU’s bowl hopesWith the loss, the Orange no longer controls its own destiny. A win next week at Pittsburgh would put SU at five wins. To get to a bowl it’ll need that to happen, all the bowls to not be filled by six-win teams and a good enough academic progress rate score for a bid. Syracuse has a chance, but not a very good one, especially considering it has to beat Pitt for any of that to matter. The Panthers have beaten Top 25 teams in Clemson and Penn State this year. Commentslast_img read more

Daniels: UW men’s hockey skating on thin ice

first_imgFor the Wisconsin men’s hockey team, it’s quickly becoming do-or-die time.Once upon a time, Wisconsin hockey was the best in the business. As of 2006, it had won six national championships since 1973. It also made an appearance in the 2010 title game.That last run to the championship game in the 2009-2010 season would result in some of the biggest crowds to ever grace Madison, including one game played at Camp Randall that would bring out a school-record 55,031 fans against then-No. 19 Michigan.As recent as a year ago, Wisconsin and the NHL seemed to go hand in hand, too.Twenty-two Wisconsin alums skated in the NHL just a season ago in 2011-12 – the second highest total among college hockey programs – while 11 Wisconsin alums skated in the 2010-11 NHL Playoffs – the highest total of any school.Now fast-forward to 2012.After a subpar season last year by Wisconsin standards, finishing 17-18-2 and exiting in the first round of the WCHA playoffs, the UW hockey team came into this year with renewed expectations.Entering the season No. 15 in the preseason collegiate hockey poll by USA Today and USA Hockey Magazine, Wisconsin – in a matter of weeks – quickly erased that ranking and replaced it with an abysmal 1-7-2 record.With the unexpected losses of freshman phenom Nic Kerdiles and junior forward Mark Zengerle – last year’s leading scorer for UW – for the first part of the season, it might have been unfair to expect too much from a talented but still fairly young team.Then, after the resignation of assistant coach Bill Butters on Nov. 7 for personal reasons, it seemed yet another nail had been pounded into Wisconsin’s coffin.The once full-to-bursting Kohl Center is experiencing lower attendance numbers so far this season. The Crease Creatures – who once had to wait in a line outside to even get a seat to see hockey’s future stars grace the ice in 2010 – continue to shrink in number with each successive home sweep.Still, it is not my intention to draw attention to the 2012 Badgers troubles to spur on a quest for head coach Mike Eaves’ head. In fact, I’m thinking quite the opposite.Fans would be wise to remember this is still the man who led UW all the way to the national championship just two seasons ago and helped it win the national title in 2006. The least any UW hockey fan can give Eaves is more time to right the ship.Instead, I bring attention to the situation out of concern for the storied program’s future.Certainly, no one player or coach is to blame for the Badger’s stumbles early this season, but finding a scapegoat for the blame is irrelevant.Simply put, UW can ill afford to continue to have another mediocre year like it did last season.In the college sports recruiting process, fortunes can change quickly. In the course of a few seasons, a program can emerge from the ashes to stardom – think No. 1 Indiana in men’s basketball – or fall to the depths of despair.While UW’s hockey lull may only be entering its second season, it puts the Badgers in a precarious position already for a program that can be considered the hockey equivalent of basketball programs at Duke or North Carolina.Since collegiate sports teams are unable to pay (at the moment, that is) to land the best talent in the land, the name and brand of a program are the only bartering chips that matter for a prospective recruit looking at his options as he enters the college sports world.On Wednesday, Eaves announced three recruits set to join Wisconsin’s squad beginning in the fall of 2013. At least so far, the impressive r?sum?s that have become customary of a UW hockey recruiting class haven’t completely disappeared, but that may not last for long, as players move on to programs that can promise a Frozen Four appearance, or better yet a national championship, on an annual basis.Right now, the Badgers can’t promise either.And so, the remaining three months in the college hockey season have become more important than ever.As key players return from injuries and suspensions and the squad familiarizes itself with a new assistant coach, the Badgers’ response to their early string of bad luck will set the tone for the rest of their WCHA season.While it seems unlikely Wisconsin will be vying for a national championship in April, a rebound heading into December, January, February and on could prove crucial for the Badgers’ prospects beyond the parameters of the 2012 season.In a postgame interview, Eaves equated turning the season around to the slow process of trying to turn a “freightliner” in the water. Put into simple terms: It takes time.Unfortunately for Wisconsin, with each successive defeat over the last few weeks, time is not something it has much of at this point.Nick is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Think he is overreacting? Email him at or tweet him @npdaniels31.last_img read more