Published on October 9, 2012 at 12:31 am Armonty Bryant and Jason Catchings are nationally touted defensive ends, products of the junior college system and NFL prospects.They are also teammates, regrettably so for any opponent of the East Central (Okla.) University Tigers.“It’s hard to handle both of them,” ECU head coach Tim McCarty said. “You kind of have to pick your poison.”Bryant and Catchings have combined for 13 sacks this season, costing opposing quarterbacks 94 yards of total offense. They’ve also eaten up 123 yards with their 20 tackles for a loss, forced four fumbles, recovering two of them, while making 68 total tackles.Yet their bond extends past their ability to keep offensive coordinators up at night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNeither player was heavily recruited out of high school. Both played in the junior college circuit. Though they line up on opposite sides of the Tigers defensive line, Bryant and Catchings come together for extra hours in the weight and film rooms, on the practice field, in video games and in opposing backfields — all in pursuit of their NFL dream.“We both had it hard coming up as a person and being an athlete — he went through some things that I went through,” Catchings said. “He’s really driven, he’s got something to prove and he works hard at it.”McCarty recalls watching Bryant and Catchings stay after practice at the Elvan George athletic facility working on their footwork, attacking down blocks and running gap cancelation drills. Next-level practice for next-level players.But Bryant and Catchings are just as much shaped by their past as their present.Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Kansas State and Mississippi State pursued Catchings after a dominant career at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College until he failed a biology class in spring 2010. He had to attend summer school, scaring off the D-I teams.Still, the junior college experience had already changed Catchings.“They teach you how to be real disciplined,” he said. “That’s all I got to say about that.”McCarty was the assistant head coach at Kansas State for three years between stints at ECU. He’s been around enough eventual pros to know what drives them.“You have to arrive at this place where you’re thankful that you get the opportunity,” McCarty said.He sees that gratitude in both of his star defensive ends.When Bryant was in high school he didn’t have anyone believing in him, much less pushing him. When he got to junior college, though, he found himself in a sea of individually talented players who all thought they deserved scholarships from top-notch programs. Talent aside, he said, many of his teammates were selfish.“Everybody thinks they’re better than everybody. You got individuals everywhere, people thinking they should go D-I or they should be somewhere else better,” Bryant said. “It’s just everybody got something to prove when you go to JUCO.”Every day, Bryant and Catchings thank each other for giving them someone to compete with. Pro hopefuls in Division-II football don’t get to take games off. Though McCarty estimates 27 different NFL teams have sent scouts to ECU’s games and practices, Bryant and Catchings must dominate to give themselves a chance to play Sunday football.The competition never stops for the two ends. Bryant said playing with Catchings is like having a brother on the team. When they leave the football field, they continue to compete, like brothers.Last Friday, Bryant said he is better than Catchings at “Madden NFL 13” on the PlayStation 3. Catchings laughed.When asked who is the better “NBA 2K12” player, Bryant replied, “I still have to say myself.”“Ahh, whatever man,” Catchings shouted in the background.Both players insist that the current season is their primary focus, and both credit the ECU coaches for helping them become the players they are today. Bryant is one seemingly inevitable sack away from breaking the school’s all-time record of 28.5. Leaving his name atop the record books in Ada, Okla., would mean “everything” to him.Yet both players concede the NFL invades the back of their respective minds. The work they do together only drives them closer to the league.“It’s like when you’re a little kid and you dream of something for when you get older, what you want to do with the rest of your life,” Bryant said. “Now that when you get close to it, it feels good.”Regardless of which level Bryant and Catchings’ football careers end, they remain branded and galvanized by the opportunities they didn’t have.Catchings, who runs a 4.6 40-yard dash, said: “You feel like you got something to prove to the world, that you’re not just — just because you couldn’t qualify out of high school doesn’t mean you’re a bad athlete.”He pauses and laughs.“That’s all I got to say about that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The Trojan track and field team prepares for the Power 5 Trailblazer challenge this weekend following the conclusion of their indoor season at the NCAA Indoor Championships at College Station, Tex., on March 10. The team impressed, securing a number of wins and even a world record against the nation’s best athletes. The men’s team finished second among all schools, with the women placing seventh. Senior long distance runner Madison Ricks (right) is in her fourth and final season sporting cardinal and gold. Katie Chin | Daily TrojanWith the indoor season coming to a close, the outdoor portion of the year got rolling the following week at the Trojan Invitational hosted by USC, where the Trojan athletes once again put on a show at their second outdoor meet of the season.Both the men and women teams put on remarkable performances at the NCAA Indoor Championships, winning five events. Senior Kendall Ellis won the women’s 400m dash in spectacular fashion, with a collegiate and USC record time of 50.34. She topped the previous record by 12 milliseconds, set in 2014 by Phyllis Francis. The women’s 4x400m relay team also won first place, as freshman Kaeilin Roberts, sophomore Anna Cockrell, senior Deanna Hill and Ellis blazed a time of 3:27.45, the fourth fastest college time ever. The headline-grabbing performances of the weekend came from the men’s 4×400 relay team as they broke the world record in both events. Sophomore Michael Norman ran a ridiculous time of 44.52, breaking the previous record of 44.57 set by Kerron Clement back in 2005. He was a part of the Trojans’ other world record as well, as the men’s 4×400 team of Norman, freshman Zach Shinnick, junior Rai Benjamin and senior Ricky Morgan Jr. won the event with a time of 3:00.77. This is the only indoor 4x400m time below 3:01 ever recorded — an incredible feat. They had set the record themselves earlier in the year with a 3:01.98, only to have it broken by a 3:01.77 run by Poland earlier this month. Their remarkable performance at the NCAA championship gives them their record back, likely for much longer this time.The beginning of the outdoor season continued the next week at the Trojan invitational, where USC dominated the field. The Trojans won a total of 12 events across the board, from throws to the relays. Freshman Joy McArthur won the women’s hammer throw with a best distance of 197-1 in her first college meet. Redshirt senior Nick Ponzio took first in the men’s shot put, with a best throw of 61-6.75. Redshirt senior Breanna Jemison won the women’s shot put on a best mark of 53-1.5. Senior Madisen Richards won the women’s long jump on her best jump of 19-11.75. USC also took a victory in the women’s high jump, as freshman Cassidy Palka took first on a best clearance of 5-7.00. Freshman Earnest Sears won the men’s high jump, clearing 7-2.50 for first place. The track portion of the meet went equally well for the Trojans, where they racked up six more wins, including the women’s 4×100 relay team of redshirt sophomore Angie Annelus, redshirt junior Ky Westbrook, Hill and freshman TeeTee Terry, who burnt up the track with a time of 43.49, securing a victory. Freshman Chanel Brissett won the women’s 100m hurdles, running a wind-aided 13.10. Coming off their hot streak, the Trojans will head into the body of the outdoor track and field season in the coming weeks. They will compete in the Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge this upcoming weekend, where they will look to continue their success.
DES MOINES — Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen late Sunday announced she had assigned fellow Democrat Nate Boulton to serve on senate committees, but not the ones he requested.Boulton ended his campaign for governor last May after three women accused Boulton of touching them without their consent. In December, the Senate Ethics Committee dismissed a complaint from one of the women, ruling the panel had no jurisdiction over Boulton’s actions BEFORE he was elected to the legislature. Petersen cites that ruling in explaining her decision to name Boulton to two committees.“They decided that he could remain in the senate through the ruling,” Petersen said Monday on Iowa Public Radio. “And my expectation is that he will uphold the duties of the office while he remains in the senate.”Iowa Republican Party chairman said in a tweet that it’s hypocritical for Democrats to allow Boulton to keep his senate seat, after they railed against Republicans over a former Senate GOP employee’s successful sexual harassment lawsuit. Petersen, who has called on Boulton to resign, said she wants to work with Republicans on new ethics guidelines addressing the behavior of senators outside of the capitol.
Longtime lab watchdogs worry that Centex Homes and the DTSC will not investigate possible links to the field lab now that the high levels of perchlorate have dissipated. Dan Hirsch with the Committee to Bridge the Gap said the agency will not conduct further tests for perchlorate until the rainy season is over in late March. “If there’s still perchlorate anywhere on that property, further rain will cause it to migrate more,” he said. Amir considers the field lab a potential source of perchlorate and plans to test the soil up to the lab boundary after the rainy season. Despite high concentrations of perchlorate that may have been washed from the creek into the Los Angeles River, officials said they don’t think the chemical will affect water quality or groundwater supplies downstream. “I’m not concerned about a relatively small amount of perchlorate during a large rain flow,” said Jonathan Bishop, executive director of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. “We don’t like it, but I’m not concerned that this is going to affect drinking water downstream. It’s just moving during those rain events to infiltrate (into groundwater).” Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 [email protected] IF YOU GO: The West Hills Neighborhood Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Dayton Canyon will discuss the perchlorate issue at 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Valley Christian Church, Room 210, 22540 Sherman Way. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The discovery complicates an already controversial investigation. Last spring, Centex Homes measured very high levels of perchlorate in Dayton Canyon Creek, which flows through their property at the west end of Roscoe Boulevard. The land is 1.3 miles downhill from the Santa Susana Field Lab, where the chemical was used in rocket engine tests, prompting concern that the perchlorate originated at the lab. In December, the DTSC announced it would launch an emergency cleanup of the perchlorate Dec. 12, before the rain. But community activists accused the agency of trying to rush the cleanup and erase potential links to the field lab, so it postponed the removal to give activists more time to review the plan. Elizabeth Crawford with Physicians for Social Responsibility said she was disappointed that environmental regulators didn’t move faster after the contamination was discovered in May. “This is exactly what we were afraid of, that perchlorate would be liberated and move off-site,” she said. WEST HILLS – Heavy rainfall over New Year’s weekend apparently washed away much of the contamination from the site of a planned luxury-home development, just days before state toxics officials were supposed to begin digging up the chemical. Where officials found the rocket fuel ingredient perchlorate at up to 1,300 parts per million in the fall – roughly 166 times higher than acceptable limits – they detected none of the chemical in tests taken after the storm dumped about 3 inches of rain on the site. Perchlorate is a salt that dissolves easily and moves with water. “We wanted to do the right thing, we wanted to make sure we got the perchlorate out of there, but it didn’t happen. We had big rains and now it’s gone,” said Sayareh Amir, branch chief of the Department of Toxic Substances Control Southern California Cleanup Operations.
QPR are waiting to discover whether they have persuaded Blackburn Rovers winger Junior Hoilett to move to Loftus Road.The R’s and Newcastle have both made offers to the out-of-contract Canadian, who is also a target for Borussia Mönchengladbach.Hoilett, 22, was due to hold a second round of discussions with the Bundesliga outfit over the weekend with a view to announcing a decision on his future this week.Rangers believe they are ahead of the Magpies in the race to sign him.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.LOS ANGELES — With the Giants clinging to a narrow 1-0 lead in the late innings on Saturday against the Dodgers, one of Bruce Bochy’s pitchers expressed a desire to take the mound.Bochy had to remind Johnny Cueto that he’s not yet a member of the active roster.Cueto will make his 2019 season debut with a Tuesday start against the Pirates at Oracle Park, but the veteran right-hander was so engrossed in Saturday’s game …
18 May 2007State-owned defence company Denel has won an R8-billion contract from Armscor to develop a new generation infantry combat vehicle for the South African Army.The contract, awarded to Denel subsidiary Denel Land Systems is aimed at replacing the army’s fleet of Ratel infantry combat vehicles (ICV), which have been in service for about 30 years.Addressing the media in Parliament, in Cape Town, this week, Denel chief executive, Shaun Liebenberg, said the contract for about 270 infantry combat vehicles was three years in the making and signified “a tremendous boos to the local industry and the South African economy in general”.The tender was open internationally but ultimately Denel was the only one that bid for it. The contract, code-named Project Hoefyster, is arguably the largest contract Denel has landed in its 16-year history, he said.Denel is the prime contractor in the programme with South African companies delivering more than 70% of the total value of the contract, and companies abroad delivering the remainder.Armscor will be placing phased orders on Denel Land Systems over a 10-year period as milestones are achieved towards final delivery to the Army of five variants of the ICV system, namely Command, Mortar, Missile, Section and Fire Support vehicles.The new infantry combat vehicle is being based on a Finnish Patria platform and will be build locally under license, with a turret designed by Denel Land Systems at its core.According to Denel Land Systems, they are not off-the-shelf items, and the future command variant of the vehicle will be equipped with intricate network communications and battlefield awareness systems, while others will carry a variety of weapons systems.Liebenberg explained that the first phase would be the development phase and is to run over a three-year period. This will see 18% of the contract completed.It would be six to seven years before the first vehicle would be off the production line, Liebenberg said.The light infantry vehicle, in its complete state, will be able to hold between five to 11 soldiers.Denel as main contractor would involve numerous South African defence companies and subcontractors, like BAE Systems’ South African subsidiary Land Systems OMC, as well as small, medium and micro enterprises, and black economic empowerment companies.All of these companies stand to have guaranteed business for the next 10 years, some with follow-on support work after delivery with the vehicles set to have a life span of about 25 years.“The awarding of this contract is a clear example of very high level alignment to meet South Africa’s defence needs,” Liebenberg said.“I foresee tremendous opportunities and further spin-offs to be realised through this contract, mainly for young technicians and engineering students who wish to make a career in the defence-related industry.”Source: BuaNews
Portland Entrepreneur Josh Friedman knows as well as anyone how hard it is to raise funding. Friedman took the skills he’d learned from Intel and applied them to start Eleven Wireless and startup co-working facility Nedspace. Says Friedman, “It was hard as hell to raise money and at the time I was pretty well connected.There’s a gap in funding resources for Portland entrepreneurs looking to raise between $25,000-250,000 dollars and it needs to be addressed…While our Angel investors are great, they simply aren’t doing the volume to take chances on early-stage companies.” Friedman is looking to expand Nedspace to ten additional cities in 2010 and is rumored to be raising a seed fund for Portland-based startups. Says Friedman, “If it wasn’t exciting here I don’t think I’d live here. I really believe in my heart and soul that Portland can be the best city in the world to start a business. The fact that it’s a cheap to live, in addition to being a clean and cool place makes it a good place for entrepreneurs. If we combine that with the right investors, people will move here in droves.” Says Rick Turoczy, “In some ways this whole town is an incubator. People here view technology as an artistic pursuit and they like to muck about in coffee shops and co-working facilities. In the 15 years I’ve lived here it’s the most cohesive and collegial community yet. This sort of creative spirit doesn’t always come with a business plan, but as more companies like Jive and JanRain get funding, we’re starting to see the developers and VCs get on the same page.”Additional ResourcesOregon Entrepreneurs Network: OEN helps Oregon and SW Washington-based entrepreneurs manage their early-stage companies. The group’s programs include the Portland Angel Network, Women’s Investment Network and Oregon Angel Fund. The group also hosts conferences including Angel Oregon and Venture Northwest as well as a series of business-related PubTalks on the second Wednesday of every month. Portland Ten: Portland Ten is an incubator program where companies buy into their own development and make a goal to reach to $1M in revenue by Oct, 2010. Coworking Portland Wiki: This wiki keeps a list of local co-working spaces and requests for shared spaces. Beer and Blog:On Fridays between 4-6pm Portland residents meet up at the Green Dragon to share in their mutual love of beer, blogs and all things Portland. If you’ve got more resources for the Portland area let us know in the comments below. Photo Credit: Stu Seeger Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting RWW’s Never Mind the Valley series:AustinBangaloreBeijingBostonBoulderIsraelLondonLos AngelesNew YorkPortland 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Turoczy explained, when Tektronix and Intel hung their hats in Oregon, scores of great developers and technologists found themselves settling the once sleepy blue collar region. As employees broke off to start new ventures, a startup community was born out of it. Concurrently, the open source communities and iPhone communities sprung up. Entrepreneur and Urban Airship CEO Scott Kveton manages to keep a foot in both the open source community and the iPhone community. While Urban Airship focuses on building out iPhone infrastructure for developers, Kveton is also well known for working with Oregon State University to start the Open Source Lab – the first state-wide open source development curriculum. Coupled with the fact that O’Reilly’s OSCON and the Linux creator Linus Torvalds call the region home, Oregon’s developers understand the value of shared knowledge and community. When asked how the open source movement has shaped Oregon’s entrepreneurs, Kveton replies, “Portland has a live free or die attitude. We engage in community and unlike other groups we really share our knowledge.” The majority of ReadWriteWeb’s team calls Portland home. Agrees Marshall Kirkpatrick, “There’s a very supportive community, lots of very creative people and a great history of geekery. People interested in open source, wikis, RSS and mobile apps will find some of the most influential developers and companies in the world available to connect with in Portland.”Raven Zachary is one such developer. Zachary helped start BarCamp Portland, Ignite Portland, iPhoneDevCamp and still serves on the board of Legion of Tech – a group that organizes Oregon-based tech events. Through his work as the President of Small Society he’s built iPhone apps for a number of influential campaigns including the Obama ’08 iPhone app. When asked what he thinks of Portland he explains, “Portland attracts people – people who want to stay here and ideally work for local businesses. We have a huge population of telecommuters in this city working for out of state employers, many in California. The talent is here, the greater challenge is the receptivity of investors to bet on Portland-based tech companies.” When asked what shapes Portland’s startup culture, Silicon Florist blogger Rick Turoczy named 3 defining aspects of the industry – hardware roots, open source projects and iPhone development. Turoczy has been in Oregon for the past 15-years and started Silicon Florist as a way to cover the region’s early stage startup scene alongside other Portland tech sites like Mike Rogoway’s Silicon Forest blog and Strange Love Live. Since then he’s watched his town grow into a bustling tech hub and enjoyed every minute of it. ReadWriteWeb caught up with Turoczy and a few other Portland influencers to get a feel for the scene. Tags:#Never Mind the Valley#start#startups
E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad It wasn’t the best of starts for FEU and head coach George Pascua had to remind his team they just have to relax and play at their own pace after dropping the first set.“I told them that we have to dictate the tempo and not play at the same pace as Ateneo,” said Pascua in Filpino. “They were quite aggressive in the first set and unfortunately they were quite off.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPascua added the absence of Ateneo captain Bea De Leon also helped as “her veteran presence can change the game for the Lady Eagles.”It wasn’t just De Leon who didn’t play for the Lady Eagles as Maddie Madayag, though in uniform, didn’t play due to an ankle sprain. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Ikeh, Ravena star as Ateneo drubs Adamson Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University remained spotless in Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after shrugging off Ateneo in four sets, 17-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-14, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Tamaraws improved to 2-0 to stay atop Group A while the Lady Eagles slipped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Kim Gequillana also hurt her left knee in the third set prompting Ateneo head coach Tai Bundit to have her brought to the locker room.Bernadeth Pons finished with 16 points to lead FEU while Toni Rose Basas and Jeanette Villareal added 15 and 13 points, respectively.Jhoana Maraguinot led the Lady Eagles with 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
The Indian team’s departure from Bangalore to Delhi meant that my interactions with Agent Viru would be temporarily disrupted. I grabbed the last opportunity I had before the team was cordoned off by the national Capital’s paranoid security. As Agent Viru boarded the flight with the rest of the team, he saw me greeting him, working undercover as the flight attendant. He evaded any further eye contact and went straight to a seat in the economy class where I was serving.The players dropped their guard as soon as the flight took off. Piyush Chawla was on his PSP, beating the heck out of the machine, which must have been an unusual experience for him. Virat Kohli emerged from the toilet with his hair freshly spiked, designed to cause serious bodily harm to any fly that may sit on it. Fortunately for the flies, Munaf Patel’s gaping mouth as he slept was far more attractive. S. Sreesanth was flirting with the airhostesses, for some odd reason, with his iPod plugged into his ears disturbing communication signals with the air traffic control. Over the next two and a half hours, I caught up with Agent Viru for five quick chats and overheard some other conversations, a synopsis of which forms this week’s report.Everyone asked what Chawla is doing in the team? Apparently, it’s more than just ‘C’ being close to ‘D’, as Viru had told me earlier. With Ashish Nehra injured, the other bowling option makes one senior bowler very insecure. “The Masala Dosa in our team is better than Butter Chicken. And Butter Chicken knows it. He and his close buddy Captain Cook won’t let Masala Dosa in, unless Nehra remains injured and our situation becomes desperate,” Agent Viru told me cryptically.advertisementThere’s a feeling that Doug Bollinger’s “injury”, once M/s Lee, Tait and Johnson struck form, making way for Michael Hussey to bolster the middle order, seems too convenient to be true. Also, most believe that the pretence of being civilised, a recently acquired fa?ade, has also been thrown out of the window going by the way the Aussies ruffled Tillakaratne Dilshan. “Thank God. Now I can recognise Ricky Ponting,” Viru told me on his way to the toilet.Kevin Pietersen’s (KP) injury is beyond suspicion, although, probably not caused on the field. “Don’t lift any watermelon,” KP said to a confused Ian Bell who was, incidentally, seeking dinner suggestions. Bell figured it only when he saw a soft drink commercial with KP jumping around with watermelons. “I took those watermelons home after the shoot,” Viru told me. “They were juicy but also heavy,” he added with raised eyebrows.There were laughs galore about Bangladeshi fans who pelted stones on the West Indies team bus. “Their fans are like their bowlers, always off target,” Yuvraj Singh said generating more laughs than Kamran Akmal’s face does. Kamran was also briefly discussed with Harbhajan Singh saying that Kamran should try catching the ball with his mouth. “Who needs hands when you have a mouth like that,” he added.Munaf was the butt of most jokes. He was watching 7 Khoon Maaf with his wife when Kevin O’Brien started blasting the English bowlers. Munaf was called back midway through the film to watch him bat. “Abey, couldn’t you have seen the highlights?” Agent Viru asked him jokingly. Privately, though, he chuckled mischievously as he told me, “When you look like Munaf and perform like Munaf, it’s not wise to take your wife for 7 Khoon Maaf . Why give her ideas?”- The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.