October 15, 2018 Education, Press Release, Public Safety, Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf announced today that $1 million has been awarded to Pennsylvania for over 70 schools to implement violence prevention programs through the Sandy Hook Promise, which was created after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.“Parents and students deserve to have confidence that our commonwealth’s classrooms are safe,” said Governor Wolf. “There are many approaches to preventing violence, and this funding builds on holistic efforts, including a $60 million investment from the state, to help schools and communities make our classrooms safe places for children to learn.”The funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (USDOJ) Office of Justice Programs was awarded through the STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program and authorized by the STOP School Violence Act enacted in March 2018.The Pennsylvania Department of Education has been working with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP). The funding will be used to implement SHP’s Start With Hello and Say Something, which are among SHP’s Know the Signs programs aimed at empowering students. Start With Hello encourages and guides students in creating socially inclusive school communities, while Say Something trains students to recognize the signs and appropriately intervene when they identify someone as exhibiting behaviors that they may be a threat to themselves or others.Today’s announcement follows the release in August of the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force created by Governor Wolf and the Auditor General Eugene DePasquale after the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The previously announced $60 million investment through the School Safety and Security Committee, as well as the existing Safe School Targeted Grants, are working together equip schools and communities with a range of the tools to prevent violence.“Pennsylvania schools are working to create environments where every student, staff member, and visitor feel valued and respected,” said Education Secretary Pedro Rivera. “This grant will empower students and spark an expansive grassroots effort to improve the climate in schools across the state.”The funding will allow SHP to provide training to more than 70 schools across the commonwealth.Schools receiving training include: Allentown City School DistrictBuilding 21 AllentownFrancis D Raub Middle SchoolHarrison-Morton Middle SchoolLouis E Dieruff High SchoolSouth Mountain Middle SchoolTrexler Middle SchoolWilliam Allen High SchoolBethlehem Area School DistrictBroughal Middle SchoolEast Hills Middle SchoolFreedom High SchoolLiberty High SchoolNitschmann Middle SchoolNortheast Middle SchoolBristol Township School DistrictArmstrong Middle SchoolBrookwood Elementary SchoolKeystone Elementary SchoolMill Creek Elementary SchoolRoosevelt Middle SchoolTruman Senior High SchoolClairton City School DistrictClairton Middle School/High SchoolErie City School DistrictCentral Career & Technical SchoolDiehl SchoolEast High SchoolHarding SchoolJoAnna Connell SchoolNorthwest PA Collegiate AcademyPfeiffer-Burleigh SchoolRoosevelt Middle SchoolStrong Vincent High SchoolWayne SchoolWoodrow Wilson Middle SchoolHarrisburg City School DistrictCamp Curtin AcademyCougar AcademyHarrisburg High SchoolHarrisburg HS – SciTech CampusMarshall Math Science AcademyRowland AcademyLebanon School DistrictLebanon Middle SchoolLebanon Senior High SchoolMonessen City School DistrictMonessen Middle SchoolMonessen Senior High SchoolReading School DistrictNortheast Middle SchoolNorthwest Middle SchoolReading Intermediate High SchoolReading Senior High SchoolSouthern Middle SchoolSouthwest Middle SchoolSoutheast Delco School DistrictDarby Township SchoolDelcroft SchoolHarris SchoolSharon Hill SchoolSusquehanna Community School DistrictSusquehanna Community Elementary SchoolSusquehanna Community Junior/Senior High SchoolUnion Area School DistrictUnion Area HSWoodland Hills School DistrictWoodland Hills AcademyWoodland Hills Intermediate SchoolWoodland Hills Junior/Senior High SchoolYork City School DistrictDavis SchoolDevers SchoolFerguson SchoolGoode SchoolHannah Penn Middle SchoolJackson SchoolMcKinley SchoolWilliam Penn Senior High SchoolChester Community Charter SchoolFirst Philadelphia Preparatory Charter SchoolKeystone Education Center Charter SchoolNew Day Charter SchoolLawrence County CTCJefferson County-DuBois AVTSFor more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf: Grant Brings Sandy Hook Promise to Over 70 Schools
For the first time, the Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA champions. The Cavs defeated the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 to win the title. It’s the city’s first major sports championship since the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964.”We made history tonight,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.Led by hometown star LeBron James, who won MVP honors for the third time in his career, the Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 game deficit and win the championship. James scored 27 points, collected 11 rebounds, delivered 11 assists, blocked three shots and had two steals.He was ably assisted by Cavs guard Kyrie Irving who scored 26 points including a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left, giving Cleveland a 92-89 lead. Then with just 10.6 seconds left, James made a free throw to make it 93-89. As those final seconds counted down on the giant scoreboard to that winning moment at 10:57 p.m. ET, thunderous screams erupted from the thousands who thronged Oracle Arena.Tears flowed freely among both fans and players, especially James, who two years ago promised to bring a title to his native Midwest state. “I gave everything that I had. I brought my heart, my blood, my sweat, my tears to this game,” James said during his postgame interview. “Cleveland, this is for you!”For the Warriors, Draymond Green collected 32 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists while and Stephen Curry scored 17 points, missing a crucial a 3-pointer in the final minute that would have tied the game.”It hurts, man,” Curry said of the loss.Meantime, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver echoed the sentiments of many Cleveland fans, “The curse is over.” Watch highlights of the game –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Posted to the NPCC website, the four beautiful voices ~ One glorious sound Canada’s biggest classical-pop group to emerge since “The Canadian Tenors”- Advertisement -Vivace is a sophisticated and thrilling combination of four exceptional pop and classical singers who have toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada, captivating audiences everywhere they go.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Cultural Centre presents live, Vivace. Vivace’s stirring combination of male and female voices creates a sound that is exclusively their own, setting them apart in the classical-crossover pantheon. With a rich and diverse repertoire ranging from pop songs to opera arias, to their own self-written material, Vivace undoubtedly puts a fresh spin on both classical and contemporary music.To watch Vivace perform at the North Peace Cultural Centre they are performing Monday, January 13, 2020, at 7:30 PM.For tickets; CLICK HERE
The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, has made its debut at Boeing South Carolina.Thousands of employees at the North Charleston, S.C. site celebrated the event, along with U.S. President Donald Trump and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.“What’s happening here at Boeing South Carolina is a true American success story,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO.“In just a few short years, our team has transformed a greenfield site into a modern aerospace production facility that is delivering 787s to airlines all over the world and supporting thousands of U.S. jobs in the process.”The 787-10, will now be prepared for its first flight in the coming weeks.“This airplane, the most efficient in its class, is the result of years of hard work and dedication from our Boeing teammates, suppliers and community partners in South Carolina and across the globe,” said Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO.“We know our customers, including launch customer Singapore Airlines, are going to love what the 787-10 will do for their fleets, and we can’t wait to see them fly it.”Boeing will deliver the 787-10 to airlines in 2018. The 787 has secure 149 orders from nine customers across the globe.The 787-10, the longest model of the Dreamliner family, will grow the nonstop routes opened by the 787-8 and 787-9 with unprecedented efficiency.As an 18-foot (5.5-m) stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will deliver the 787 family’s passenger experience and long range with up to 10 percent better fuel use and emissions than the competition Boeing claims.Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 140 million people on 530 routes around the world, saving an estimated 13 billion pounds of fuel.
This week Netflix will release Beasts of No Nation with the intent of garnering a Best Picture nomination. Paramount is now streaming free movies on YouTube.Those headlines alone are enough to bring into question the future of digital distribution. Netflix is breaking the traditional mold of film distribution by streaming their film the day it premieres in theaters. Paramount aims to get rid of the shopping store bargain bin by offering their films to the masses for free. Let’s take a look at these significant changes to internet distribution.Netflix Aims for a Best Picture Academy AwardThe Netflix original film Beasts of No Nation will be released on October 16th. The film has received tons of praise, which brings its Academy Award eligibility into question.Traditionally, films are first released in theaters. Then, 90 days later, they are available for purchase online, streamed, or in disc format. With Beasts of No Nation, Netflix is bypassing the 90 day window and streaming the film immediately.In doing so, the film has been boycotted by the four largest cinema chains; AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and Carmike. (If you’re curious on how behind the times cinema chains are, just look at Carmike’s homepage.)Image: Abraham Attah and director Cary Joji Fukunaga at TIFF via Maher FilmsThe Academy Awards rulebook notes that qualifying films must open in Los Angeles County and run for at least one week. Any “nontheatrical” releases are allowed simultaneously, which means that streaming the film at the same time will follow the guidelines. The film is scheduled to screen in Landmark Theaters and smaller chains like the Alamo Drafthouse. (Landmark has three theaters in LA County.)This is not the first time Netflix has tried to win an Oscar. Their documentaries Virunga and The Square were both nominated for Best Documentary Feature. However, this time the company has their eyes set on one of the largest categories. A nomination alone will have a major impact on film distribution. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga had some hesitations with selling the film to Netflix, as he wanted to ensure the film saw a theatrical release. Netflix proved to have no issues with his demands, and encouraged a theatrical release to allow them to achieve an Oscar nomination. In this video, Fukunaga discusses the early meetings with Netflix. Amazon Follows Traditional DistributionAmazon Studios is also working on original films, currently finishing post-production on Spike Lee‘s Chi-Raq. Chi-Raq is scheduled for a traditional December theatrical release. Amazon intends to work with the major theater chains before eventually releasing the film themselves on Amazon Instant Video.Amazon believes in this model so much, they are already planning to release 12 films a year. In comparison, Netflix only has 11 films slated over the next two years. However, Netflix appears to be winning over critics and writers. With the instant release, Netflix films seem to have much more exclusivity – which should in turn drive up new membership.With Amazon’s delay to stream, there is no real incentive to purchase a Prime membership strictly for Instant Video. If their films turn out to be a major success, many viewers will first see the film in theaters as opposed to waiting 90 days.Paramount Opens the VaultParamount Pictures has created a new YouTube channel, The Paramount Vault. The Vault doesn’t only offer popular film clips, but a huge selection of films from their catalog.While the videos are not their high-profile films, they aren’t their worst films either. Many of the videos have sat in bargain bins in retail and grocery stores. By putting them on YouTube, the films can at least earn ad revenue for Paramount.The channel gives fans the opportunity to discover and watch titles that may not be readily available anywhere else and because of the vast richness of our library we can regularly change and update the selections. – Amy Reinhard, President of Paramount’s Worldwide Television & Home Media Acquisitions The Future of Digital DistributionFor years, people have asked it online streaming and distribution would break the theater model. If Netflix manages to earn a nomination in a major category, then it has already happened. You can see it now, as theater chains realize that they must provide an elevated experience. Popcorn and sticky floors aren’t going to cut it anymore. When the home audience has amazing television sets, the theaters must update their equipment too. This not only includes projectors and screens, but food, service, and seating as well. Many chains now offer luxurious recliners, just to literally get butts in the seats.Perhaps the biggest effect on the industry will be the ratings system. The MPAA ratings system has been incredibly controversial over the years, even being subject to a documentary. By releasing their own films on their own platform, Netflix could just issue their films as Not Rated.Finally, with Paramount releasing films for free, they will now be earning revenue off of films once considered dead. The Paramount Vault could lead to other studios releasing their old content online. Something that was always expected with digital distribution. It seems the power of filmmaking is finally reverting back to the studios, especially those who embrace their consumers.What are your thoughts on the future of digital distribution? Let us know in the comments below.
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 16: General View of the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) There will be some surrender cobras this year.The 2016 college football season may seem far off in the future, but in reality, it’s less than four months away. Coaches and players, of course, are already preparing for the 12 opponents on their schedules. The teams on the list you’re about to read are likely preparing a little harder than the rest, however.Every year, due to both conference affiliation and scheduling, some teams wind up having way more difficult schedules than their peers. It can be both a blessing and a curse. If you run through a tough schedule, you’ll likely be rewarded when bowl season comes around. If you struggle, you might not even qualify for the postseason.We’ve gone through and put together a list of what we think are the 15 hardest schedules in college football this upcoming season. No. 1 isn’t even debatable – you’ll see why.Get Started: The 15 Hardest Schedules For 2016 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16
Sport Relief has raised over £55,444,906 following its massive weekend of television in the UK.The Sport Relief Weekend kicked off with a fantastic night of sporting fun and sketches galore, as this year’s Sport Relief Night of TV (BBC One and BBC Two) entertained the nation while raising an incredible £55,444,906 so far. The money will help make a real difference to people living incredibly tough lives at home in the UK and across some of the world’s poorest communities.“Thank you so much to the wonderful British public for their generosity and to everyone who has done their bit this Sport Relief – I could not be prouder!” said David Walliams. “The amazing amount of money raised is going to make a huge difference to people living incredibly tough lives, not only in the world’s poorest communities but right here at home in the UK too – thank you!”Included in the overall total and the largest corporate contribution on the night was £7,060,681 raised by Sainsbury’s colleagues and customers who have been doing themselves proud across the country by carrying out fundraising events. Sainsbury’s also raised money by selling the range of must-have merchandise, which includes the official Sport Relief t-shirt, available to buy in store and online until 22nd March.Hosting the TV spectacular on the BBC were John Bishop, Alesha Dixon, Greg James, Gary Lineker, Davina McCall, David Walliams and Claudia Winkleman. The return of the Clash of the Titans was hosted by Dan Walker and Ore Oduba and Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff were the captains of the two teams, with Team Flintoff winning an epic battle.The overall total also includes money raised by this year’s BT Sport Relief Challenges. Jo Brand’s Hell of a Walk saw the comedienne take on an incredible 135.7 miles as she walked from east to west, across the width of the country. The toughest challenge of Jo’s life raised an incredible £1,159,220 with £360,331 of that pledged by BT.The One Show’s Alex Jones, TV presenter Angellica Bell, comedian Hal Cruttenden, actress Doon Mackichan, and TV presenters Ore Oduba and Suzi Perry all took part in the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell on High Seas which saw the team battle fearsome winds, freezing temperatures and rough seas, in a feat of pure physical, mental and emotional endurance. The mammoth challenge raised a fantastic £1,062,868 with £160,000 of that pledged by BT.BT also handled more than 104,000 calls to the donation line during the live TV show, peaking at 88 calls per second with BT over 6,000 volunteers at 79 call centres across the UK.Through its ‘Flying Start’ partnership, British Airways has raised £2,509,528 this Sport Relief from money donated by customers on board, as well as from staff competing in fundraising events.Reflecting the UK public’s generous support for Sport Relief, the UK government Department for International Development has matched £10million of the 50% of public donations that will be spent internationally to help young people overcome the obstacles they face. HM Treasury has also donated £3 million to the campaign as part of a funding partnership with Comic Relief to transform the lives of women and girls in the UK.Global healthcare company GSK donated £3 million to help fight malaria and improve health as part of a new five-year partnership launched with Comic Relief in 2015.Greg James also took on an epic challenge, BBC Radio 1’s Gregathlon for Sport Relief. The challenge saw the DJ complete a triathlon a day for five consecutive days, across five different UK cities, raising a phenomenal £1,041,001.The Premier League continued their fantastic backing for Sport Relief by contributing an astonishing £1,050,638 for the campaign. This included their support of BBC 5 Live’s Battle of the Five-A- Sides with footballing legends Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage taking on a challenge for Sport Relief once again. This time round the pair held Sport Relief’s biggest ever five-a-side football match, which saw over 1,100 players take part in over 57 hours of continuous football. The stars were also joined by Danny Jones, Rachel Riley and Josh Cuthbert, who all played 12 hours straight of continuous football. Alan Shearer came out on top when the final whistle blew.Sport Relief (BBC One and BBC Two) was packed with incredible entertainment, with highlights including: Live events from LeeValley Velopark and Aquatics Centre as Sir Steve Redgrave and Andrew ’Freddie’ Flintoff captained two teams of celebrities in the return of the Clash of the Titans, hosted by Dan Walker and Ore Oduba. David Walliams brought back popular Little Britain character, Emily Howard, for a special one-off sketch with comedian Micky Flanagan and Stoke City striker Peter Crouch as you’ve never seen him before. A one-off Luther special as Idris Elba stared alongside Sir Lenny Henry and a whole host of sports stars including Rio Ferdinand, Denise Lewis, Louis Smith, Ian Wright and David Haye. Alex Jones, Hal Cruttenden, Ore Oduba, Angellica Bell, Doon Mackichan and Suzi Perry looked back on their sail around the UK that saw them battle fearsome winds, freezing temperatures and rough seas, in a feat of pure physical, mental and emotional endurance. James Corden reprised his much-loved character, Smithy, for a spoof in which he runs for FIFA President with some of footballs greatest names including Sir Geoff Hurst, Brazilian football legend Pelé, England icon Steven Gerrard and the ‘Special One’ himself, Jose Mourinho. Paddy McGuinness and Harry Judd went head-to-head in a wrestling spectacular, Russell Kane and Will Young sported nose pegs for synchronised swimming routines and Freddie Flintoff and Darren Gough had their twirling batons at the ready as they took to the floor for rhythmic gymnastics. Returning to his role after 40 years, Michael Crawford, who performed all of his own stunts, sported his beret as the disaster prone Frank Spencer in an exclusive Some Mothers Do Ave ’Em sketch with Michele Dotrice and cameos including Sir Bradley Wiggins. There were powerful reminders of the serious side of Sport Relief with moving appeal films that were presented by the likes of Danny Dyer, Marvin and Rochelle Humes and Olivia Colman, who showed how the money raised could help change lives both here in the UK and around the world. Some of the issues highlighted in the programme included Ebola, maternal mental health, HIV, malaria, and dementia. Money raised through donations to Sport Relief will go towards supporting these, and many other issues, to help make a real difference. For those who missed out or just can’t get enough of the Sport Relief TV gold, bundles featuring the sketches from the night and exclusive behind-the-scenes content are available on the BBC Store and iTunes. Also available to download is ‘Running (Live from Abbey Road Studios)’, the official Sport Relief single by James Bay. Jo Brand and Greg James re-lived their outstanding fundraising challenges, whilst Eddie Izzard nears the climax of his epic 27 day Marathon Man endeavour in South Africa. There was also live music from Birdy and James Bay who gave a special performance of his track ‘Running’, the official Sport Relief single.
OSU players celebrates after an overtime goal against Bowling Green on Oct. 7 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Eric Weitz / Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is currently riding the longest winning streak in program history. The Buckeyes are looking to build on their seven-game tear against Cleveland State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Scarlet and Gary did not face the Vikings last season but are looking to come out with a win despite limited knowledge of the opponent.“We’re going to prepare to play against Cleveland State and do the best that we can against CSU,” coach John Bluem said. “When that game is over, then we will go on to the next.”The Buckeyes have been on fire and plan to take one game at a time to keep its momentum.A daunting challenge for the Vikings will be trying to break through the Buckeye defense, as the OSU back end has been nearly impenetrable lately for the opposition. It’s been three games since a team has found the back of the net against OSU. “The backs are playing fantastic and we know that we just need to go in there and put things away,” senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson said.The Buckeyes have enjoyed the support of their home fans and look for it to continue as the team draws closer to postseason play.“This team is really in a groove right now with seven straight wins and nine unbeaten,” junior forward Christian Soldat said. “It feels great to be at home to play in front of a crowd that grows every single game, and they’re always behind us and we’re going to keep playing for them.”Viking territoryThe Vikings will be entering Wednesday’s match coming off the heels of a shutout win, 1-0, over Belmont on Saturday. Cleveland State has won three games in a row and has extended its record to 6-6-1 overall. Sophomore defender Jake Lagania leads the Vikings with five goals and three assists, followed by junior forward Sergio Manesio with three goals. Cleveland State has used a timeshare system at goalkeeper this season. Junior goalkeeper Nick Ciraldo has played about 600 minutes on the year and has a goals-against average of 2.14, with 16 saves overall, while junior goalkeeper Aleksandar Drobac has played for about 700 minutes and has a goals-against average score of 1.10 with 31 saves.Player of the week awards piling upFor the third consecutive week, redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, while junior forward Danny Jensen was named Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in October.Both players have been vital to what OSU has been able to accomplish thus far.Jensen leads the team with four goals and three assists on the season, giving him a total of 11 points.Froschauer has started every game in 2015 after transferring from Dayton. He has logged more than 1,000 minutes and boasts a goals-against average of 0.88 and 45 saves this season.Froschauer became the third player in conference history to rack up three consecutive weekly honors. Moving on upAfter Saturday’s victory, the Buckeyes have moved to first place in the Big Ten conference, followed by Maryland and Rutgers, respectively. The Scarlet and Gray have also moved up to No. 18 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.Up nextFollowing Wednesday’s action, the Buckeyes are set to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face Rutgers at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Sue Stimmel, the only women’s lacrosse coach in Ohio State history, announced her resignation Wednesday.In her 15 seasons at OSU, Stimmel accumulated a 122-111 record, and an overall career record of 198-130 with her six seasons coaching at Denison University.She led the Buckeyes to NCAA tournament appearances in the 2002 and 2003 seasons, as well as an ALC Championship in 2003.“She will be sorely missed,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a press release. “We appreciate the great work she has done to start and establish our women’s lacrosse program. She is truly an outstanding person, and we thank her for all she gave the student-athletes and Buckeye Nation.”Senior captain Rachael Cornicello said Stimmel’s decision came as a shock to the team.“She hadn’t said anything during the season about it so that’s why we were a little surprised,” she said. “But we’re trying to see good in it and we still love her as our coach.”Cornicello said her teammates are keeping their heads high and hoping that the program will change for the better.“The sport in general has changed so much even in the past five years, so maybe someone who could bring new ideas to the program would be good,” she said.Though the team is looking to the future, Stimmel will assuredly be missed.“Sue happens to be a very funny person,” said Cornicello. “So her humor will be something that we’ll miss along with her dedication to the team. This has really been her life for the past 15 years. Her dedication to the sport reflects in how we play.”Stimmel attributed her decision to leave to her desire to move on and pursue other professional opportunities.“I want to thank The Ohio State University and the athletics department for the past 15 years,” Stimmel said in a press release. “Building the program has been a truly amazing experience, one that gave me the opportunity to work with wonderful student-athletes and exceptional people. I believe the time has come for me to move on to new challenges and to explore other opportunities.”What these opportunities may be is thus far unclear.“I really don’t know what her plans are,” said Cornicello. “I can definitely see her coaching somewhere in future. She’s so dedicated to the sport and it’s something that makes her happy.”
Ohio State cornerbacks Travis Howard and Bradley Roby aren’t shy about admitting their position coach, Kerry Coombs, is a bit of a trash talker. They said they’re the same way. “Me and Travis are already kind of like that,” said Roby, a rising redshirt sophomore. “He brings that same mentality, that hard-nose, trash-talking kind of play.” Roby said he likes it that way. “That’s how I am. I love that,” Roby said. “I’m right behind him doing the same thing.” Likewise, it seems Coombs’ fiery demeanor has also commanded Howard’s respect. But even more so, the rising redshirt senior said the guidance from the former Cincinnati assistant coach is what he and the rest of the corners need. “It’s definitely been a great change,” Howard said. “I mean, he’s a high intensity guy who’s willing to make sure we perfect our technique and make sure we work hard at whatever we do.” For Coombs, that feeling of admiration and respect is mutual. In addition to having what he called talented and gifted athletes, what has struck the 51-year-old the most is how diligently his players work. “They’re in my office poking their head in all the time,” he said. “They want to know what they can do to get better, they want to know where they fell short.” Coombs said it’s no secret that OSU has a “great history” of defensive secondary players. Outside the coaches’ offices, Coombs said there’s a wall commemorating eight first-round NFL Draft picks that the Buckeyes have produced throughout the years. Coombs said he thinks Roby will be the next to join the wall. “He’s big, and he’s fast, and he’s physical, and he’s intelligent and he’s got great change of direction,” Coombs said. “His transition is outstanding. And if Bradley’s not a first-round draft pick down the road, that would be a shame.” Roby, who recorded 47 tackles and three interceptions in 2011, said being one of the greatest corners to play at OSU has been his goal since arriving in Columbus. “I think about it everyday,” he said. “When I came up here, that was my goal. My goal hasn’t changed. I feel like I’m definitely on path for that.” And Coombs’ approach to the position, he said, will not only aid him in reaching that level, but will holistically benefit the team. Roby said compared to last season’s heavy emphasis on press coverage, Coombs has the cornerbacks playing further off the receivers than ever before. That, Roby said, allows he and the other corners the freedom and ability to be a “ball hawk” and create turnovers via interceptions. “I mean, that’s why I play football,” he said. “I just love to make plays.” Similarly, Howard said playing off is something he’s looking forward to. “I mean, I feel like we were a press team last year, we didn’t have enough opportunities to make plays on the ball so he came in with a new technique,” he said. “Now we’re getting a lot of chances making plays on the balls and getting good vision on the quarterback.” By playing off, Roby said he finds himself in a better position to make the play that every corner dreams of in Saturday’s Spring Game. “I’m trying to get at least one pick-six … it’s going to be there,” he said. “We’re going to have the pressure and they’re going to throw it up. I got to get a pick-six, I didn’t get one all last year, so I want a pick-six for sure.”