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Shafer speaks on academics regarding recruiting process at Signing Day press conference

first_img Published on February 4, 2015 at 5:19 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Scott Shafer asked his director of recruiting operations, Eric White, to compile the GPA of the 25 newly signed players on Wednesday morning. He came back with an average GPA of over 3.0, a number that Shafer proudly boasted.“We wanted to find kids of intelligence,” Shafer, the Syracuse head coach, said. “We really scrutinized the transcripts and the test scores.”But when the topic shifted to the players that weren’t there — those that had decommitted or left the class — academics was once again at the forefront during his National Signing Day press conference at the Iocolano-Petty Football Wing on Wednesday.Shafer was asked about the two players, Gerald Robinson and West Lindor, who decommitted from the class because they claimed that the coaches didn’t reach out to them or call them back for months at a time.Shafer became defensive with the question, saying he was there to talk about the committed players only, and that the media often doesn’t hear the coaches’ side of those stories.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Our side of the story will be we’ll try to recruit the kids that best fit and reach the standards and expectations that we put out there for them,” Shafer said. “And if those standards fall short, when bars are set, when kids are committed early to you, and say A, B and C need to be met by fall semester. And when A, B and C aren’t met you have to move in another direction.”When the reporter followed up asking for an example other than academics, Shafer didn’t give one.Lindor defended his academic standing in a series of text messages after the press conference.“I’m almost positive he’s known I’m a smart kid,” Lindor said in the text, noting his 3.9 GPA and 24 on his ACT. “I would assume that getting offers from an Ivy League school would make them understand.”Lindor signed his letter of intent on Wednesday to play for Brown University.When asked if there is an urge to take on kids that are in poor academic standing to further the benefit of the SU football product, Shafer said he never wants to lower the academic bar. He also noted that there are two or three players in the Class of 2015 that will have to work hard to make sure they’re qualified.In the instance of Alin Edouard, a Class of 2014 commit who delayed his enrollment a semester, the academics weren’t good enough for him to come to the school, Shafer said. Edouard’s currently enrolled at Garden City Community College in Kansas.“We’ll never lower the bar where we’re striking out too much,” Shafer said. “… I think any time you get past that number, then you’re in a situation where you’re vulnerable to letting your teammates down and your coaches down.” Commentslast_img read more

Aspire Global’s Karamba brand live with SBTech sportsbook

first_img Share Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Submit Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Aspire Global, the online casino and white label solutions provider, has announced its expansion plans across the firms global network, which has seen it enter into an agreement with SBTech.The online and retail sports betting and gaming solutions provider is to launch its sportsbook with the brand, in a move designed to expand Aspire’s range of iGaming products.Initially going live with the its flagship Karamba brand, the SBTech sportsbook offering is to complement its existing live casino, table games, slots, scratch and instant games verticals.Tsachi Maimon, CEO of Aspire Global, commented: “We are thrilled to add this new and engaging vertical to our solution, and are confident that the collaboration with SBTech will be a successful venture for both parties. “The decision to choose SBTech as our sportsbook provider was based on its ability to adjust its product offering to our unique solution and the needs of our operators. This partnership will enhance the diversity of our offering to our partners and will continue the positive trend of growth experienced over the past few years.”Aspire states that this sportsbook addition is to enable the firm to “broaden its product offering and increase revenues for its operators,” with its focus up to now being on “offering a complete online casino solution to operators and white label clients.”Richard Carter, SBTech CEO, added: “This launch confirms SBTech’s position as the leading supplier of sports betting solutions for the sector’s top operators. “We’re anticipating significant growth for all of Aspire Global’s partners, thanks to our expertise in deploying flexible trading and content solutions, with unique focus on cross-selling from casino to sports.”This follows news that Argyll Entertainment is to become one of the first operators SBTech platform, in the United Kingdom, to bolster its in-play sports betting via the Action Betting feature. Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020last_img read more

Incoming head of Iowa commodity group fears tough year ahead

first_imgRIPPEY — A farmer from west-central Iowa’s Greene County is taking the helm of the Iowa Soybean Association this fall but it comes with trepidation.Incoming president Tim Bardole of Rippey says these are very challenging times for soybean farmers. “It’s going to be a tough year,” Bardole says. “The association is funded from the Soybean Checkoff, a lot of it, and with the low prices, a tough planting season, there’s a lot of unknowns and a lot of budget issues.”Many commodities have seen poor prices for several straight years and they’re slow to recover, while Bardole says recent tariffs and trade troubles have made matters worse. “We need worldwide free trade,” Bardole says. “The U.S. farmer, even in tough times, we’re very good at producing soybeans and all of the other agricultural products. The U.S. definitely feeds the world.”Bardole took a trip to China earlier this year and saw up-close how that country’s enormous numbers depend heavily on American growers. “I’ve been to Malaysia and the Philippines,” Bardole says. “The world very much depends on U.S. agriculture for the good of their population.”While foreign travel helps Bardole learn to appreciate what challenges other nations face, he also sees how much they appreciate us. “We have a lot of responsibility to do what we do and to do it very well,” Bardole says. “When you go to these other countries and once they find that you’re a farmer from Iowa, the respect that you get is somewhat overwhelming.”Bardole will take office in September. He comes from a farming family and his father was the president of the I-S-A in the late 1980s. The Ankeny-based Iowa Soybean Association has 11,000 members.last_img read more