The ceasefire agreement in Karabakh collapsed again on Sunday (September 27), and full-scale fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces is now in full swing for the fifth straight day, with heavy casualties being reported. The international community, including the United Nations and the European Union, have been calling (so far unsuccessfully) on both sides to immediately end the fighting and resume negotiations. The presidents of France, Russia and the United States—as co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group, created in 1992 to resolve the Karabakh conflict—issued a joint statement condemning the latest bout of violence and calling for an immediate ceasefire and unconditional resumption of peace negotiations. This declaration is unlikely to have any effect on the fighting (Interfax, October 1).The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast was an autonomous region of Soviet Azerbaijan, mostly populated by Armenians. In 1988, a popular movement began in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh for the latter to separate from Azerbaijan, resulting in sectarian violence and guerrilla-style warfare in Karabakh. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Karabakh conflict escalated into a full-scale Azerbaijani-Armenian war, though, officially, the Armenian national army was not involved. The international community legally considers the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which emerged out of the fighting, as part of Azerbaijan. Nonetheless, the Nagorno-Karabakh War ultimately ended with a decisive Armenian victory: Yerevan took control of Karabakh as well as occupied a neighboring buffer zone previously populated by Azerbaijanis. Hundreds of thousands of refugees fled or were forcibly expelled: Armenians from Azerbaijan and Azerbaijanis from Armenia, Mountainous Karabakh and the surrounding buffer zone. The May 1994 ceasefire agreement established a line of conflict (LoC) between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces. All attempts over the years to broker a political solution by the Minsk Group states utterly failed. Skirmishes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces broke out regularly along the LoC. And in April 2016, a particularly acute escalation (the “Four-Day War”) erupted there, leaving hundreds of soldiers on both sides killed or wounded. But the ceasefire was quickly reestablished, with Moscow playing a key mediating role. In July 2020, a serious armed confrontation flared up on the internationally recognized Azerbaijani-Armenian border, north of occupied Karabakh. After some ten days of fighting and shelling, a ceasefire was established. As long as these periodic clashes remained low-key and the violence contained, the outside world paid little attention, preoccupied with other problems and conflicts (see EDM, July 16).However, both sides have been preparing for a military showdown for years. Armenia and its proxy regime in Karabakh retained and kept operational large arsenals of Soviet-era heavy weapons: tanks, guns, armored personnel carriers (APC), multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS), R-17 (Scud-B) tactical ballistic missiles, anti-aircraft batteries and so on. Armenia had little access or money to purchase modern, precision-guided weapons and targeting capabilities. Yerevan’s victory in the Nagorno-Karabakh War made the Armenians overconfident they could again best the “inferior” Azerbaijanis if enough heavy weapons and men could be swiftly mobilized and moved into the field. But during this same period, hydrocarbon-rich Azerbaijan, whose annual defense spending exceeded Armenia’s entire state budget, procured large amounts of weapons from Russia (which was simultaneously selling arms on credit to Armenia), Israel, South Korea and Turkey. Today, Azerbaijan wields modern Russian and Israeli air-defense missiles, Israeli and Turkish attack and reconnaissance drones, as well as modern Israeli Spike and South Korean AT-1K Raybolt self-guided anti-tank missiles that surpass anything in the Russian inventory. Furthermore, Azerbaijani forces have developed the capability to utilize drone and satellite imaging to correct their artillery and MRLS fire. Thus, even though the overall count of Armenian and Azerbaijani heavy weapons is now more or less equal, Azerbaijan’s military boasts a definite qualitative technological edge. Armenia has been trying to keep up, negotiating new arms deals with Russia and procuring Iskander ballistic missiles, Su-30 jet fighters and T-90 tanks. An Azerbaijani move to reclaim lost territory and avenge its national pride while their qualitative edge remained preserved looked inevitable (Novaya Gazeta, July 18).Other internal and external factors also pushed the two nations to war. Following the April 2016 and July 2020 clashes, public opinion in Azerbaijan (especially war refugee families) demanded action—not to stop but to “liberate” all of Karabakh. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s firm grip on power came under question as the domestic economy reeled from the COVID-19 pandemic and the fall in global oil and natural gas prices. At the same time, Turkey offered its full military, political and diplomatic support to Azerbaijan in reclaiming Karabakh, whereas Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan appeared isolated, his relations strained with Moscow, which considers him a pro-Western liberal revolutionary. On September 27, massive combat suddenly erupted up and down the entire length of the LoC, clearly taking most of the international community by surprise. In Baku, officials announced that Azerbaijani forces had begun a “counteroffensive operation in response to Armenian provocation.” Both sides, as usual, have been reporting inflated numbers of enemy losses and downplaying their own; but undoubtedly, both sides have suffered heavily—hundreds of men wounded or killed in action and lots of heavy equipment destroyed. The Azerbaijani offensive has achieved some success in capturing Armenian-controlled territory in Karabakh and adjoining Azerbaijani regions, but the strategic significance of these gains to date has been debatable (see EDM, September 28). In Armenia and Karabakh, the authorities declared martial law and full mobilization. Azerbaijan’s government did the same, though the mobilization there has been “partial.” Initial Armenian counterattacks failed to turn the tide of the slow but punishing Azerbaijani offensive. The conflict now looks to be developing into a war of attrition (Novaya Gazeta, September 29).In such a war, smaller Armenia, isolated politically and geographically, is unlikely to prevail despite the relative strength of its lobby in the United States. If Armenia is defeated and Baku reclaims Karabakh, Pashinyan will fall. And with the self-proclaimed Karabakh no longer a regional headache and Pashinyan replaced, the Kremlin may feel that its long-term strategic aim of making both Armenia and Azerbaijan Russian vassals could become easier to achieve. Of course this outcome will depend on ensuring Turkey is not allowed to move in force into the South Caucasus—Moscow’s true red line and one Yerevan understands and is desperately trying to exploit (Kommersant, October 1). At present, while the fighting is contained to Karabakh territory, Russia seems content to stay neutral.
Greensky Bluegrass has just added one final date to their spring tour… an appearance at Terrapin Crossroads with the great Phil Lesh!Taking place in just a couple short weeks, on March 24th, Lesh and GSBG will team up for a set that will surely include many bluegrass-inspired takes on the Grateful Dead’s music.Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, March 10th, at 4 PM Pacific, and are expected to sell out quickly, so act fast! More info here.Greensky Bluegrass will also be performing at the recently announced “Dear Jerry” tribute show.
FiveThirtyEight:Dear Joe,First up, let me try to look at faces.It’s generally accepted that people are better at remembering faces than names because a person’s mug is so rich with visual information (how many times have you seen someone and struggled to remember her name? how many times have you remembered someone’s name but struggled to remember what she looks like?). But studies haven’t tried to determine the exact number of faces people can remember. And to be fair, I really can’t imagine how any scientist could design an experiment that would do so reliably.Studies have looked at what makes some faces easier to remember than others. A 1999 paper published in the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review found that familiar faces (meaning faces that people had seen before) were easier to remember. That doesn’t sound too surprising, although considering the images that were used for the experiment — shown below — it’s kind of incredible that participants remembered any faces at all.…Maybe you’re not looking to remember people as much as you’re keen to remember their names, Joe. If so, I can offer you some advice, courtesy of Richard Harris, professor of psychology at Kansas State University. You can repeat the person’s name back to her while you’re talking to her, Harris says, “although the best strategy is simply to show more interest in the people you meet.”Read the whole story: FiveThirtyEight More of our Members in the Media >
A crew transfer vessel deployed at Anholt Offshore Wind Farm in Denmark, ANHOLT WIND, celebrated 1,000 days without an Lost Time Injury (LTI) on February 2.Also Kirsten Bank Christensen, A2SEA Vice President, Group HSEQ, was very satisfied with the achivement: “At A2SEA we are very proud of ANHOLT WIND who has achieved a benchmark of 1,000 days without an LTI. To reach this milestone is the result of an excellent safety performance by all. This includes the continuous day to day efforts where working proactively with safety is embraced into our company DNA and hence actively supporting us all in creating an incident and injury free workplace.”ANHOLT WIND is deployed at the offshore wind farm together with DJURS WIND and KATTEGAT WIND. All vessels are owned by DONG Energy and managed by A2SEA.Image: DONG Energy
Peter Barker is managing director of BIM Academy, which was founded by Northumbria University and Ryder Architecture in 2010 as a centre of excellence to support industry through consultancy, education and research and development.Among its achievements, it has given graduates a head start in developing their skills before moving to sought-after jobs in industry, including FIFA World Cup 2022, Laing O’Rourke, RTKL and Turner and Townsend. BIM Academy has also built a reputation for authoritative and impartial advice on BIM strategy and implementation for clients such as Quintain, NBS, WRAP and Newcastle and Cambridge Universities, as well as clients in Hong Kong and the Middle East.Peter was the architectural director at Ryder Architecture responsible for the early research and development of BIM within the practice from 2003. He has over 25 years’ practical experience in the design and delivery of projects in a number of sectors including education, healthcare, leisure and process engineering.
If you want the highlights from Mark Stoops’ Monday press conference reviewing the Week 1 win over UT Martin and previewing Week 2 against Ohio, check out our Five Takeaways.More UK football: 5 Takeaways from Stoops on OhioIf you want to spend your holiday reading every last glorious word – and why wouldn’t you? – read on:MARK STOOPSOpening statement: “Going back to the UT Martin game, thought we did some good things. It was a good first step. Obviously we did a lot of good things. Very happy about the effort, the attitude. There’s also a lot to improve on. There’s a lot of things we can do better that we will do better. But like I said, I thought the guys had a good mindset, their attitude was good. Really felt like the energy was good. That was good to see. Offensively I thought we executed well. Patrick really threw the ball well. I think we had 14 explosive plays. Defensively same thing. There were some moments. There were some individual efforts. A.J. Stamps in particular played exceptionally well. There’s some areas where we definitely need to improve. So it’s a starting point.”On injured players Braylon Heard and Javess Blue (ankles): “Right now we’re just treating them and seeing. This morning, felt better. We’ll see. I think there’s a good chance we could get them to play.On how he defines explosive plays: “Offensively it’s runs over 10 and passes over 15. We had quite a few big plays. It depends on certain situations and what we’re in, as well. Defensively, I felt like there was really some things I was disappointed in, to be honest with you. We need to get a few things straightened out defensively.”On freshman Kendall Randolph: “Well, that was the ninth play he played when he came in on the sideline and caused that fumble for a touchdown. He has great energy. He plays fast. He’s fearless. We need to get him in the mix.”On defensive improvements: “Well, again, we were inconsistent. I think we went to eight or nine possessions with zero points, 150 yards. There were things there we could improve on. There was some good, don’t get me wrong. There were some good things. But there were some things in the run game, some of our fits, just not striking people, being as violent as we need to be. So there’s a lot of areas to improve, and we will.“Like I say, there was some good. Anytime you go eight, nine possessions with 150 yards and zero points, you’ll take it. But there are still some things we fundamentally need to get better at. After that I was very discouraged. We need to get some depth and we need some guys to step up and compete. To give up two touchdowns and a bunch of yards the last four possessions is something that we can’t do and we won’t do.”On if there are areas of the defense UK played better than expected: “I don’t know if there’s areas we played better than I thought we would have. I think there were some areas that we played like I thought we would. I don’t know about ‘better’. Again, we had plenty of stops, had some turnovers, had some good hits out there, played physical at times. There were some good possessions. Just late in the game we were inconsistent.“I think part of that is guys were enthused and they were anxious to play. That first game, everybody was jacked up. It’s been a long off season. That’s the good thing. I want good energy. But then we have to maintain it. We have to come out of the locker room the second half and be a consistent football team.”On run defense: “Again, when we’re executing and doing the things we want to do well, we’re fine. The first unit, there were areas that we will improve on, just fundamental things. Some of that was good. But there’s certainly areas we need to improve. And our depth is an issue. We need to put it all together, do some things. In this game I wanted to play very fundamental. I didn’t want to have to scheme a million different ways to stop them. Our guys need to learn how to play football, learn how to play blocks, learn how to have proper fits, learn how to do tackles and do the fundamental things.”On the offensive line: “I thought they did a good job. I was impressed with Kyle. Kyle did a nice job. He was assignment sharp for a young guy. That was important because we know he’s a talented guy. A little bit inexperienced obviously making his first start. But he was assignment sharp, which was an area we were a little concerned about with him. Then with Ramsey on the same side, Ramsey really did some good things as well. Ramsey is a guy that tries to be physical. He brings us a physical presence. So I was impressed with those two guys.”On walk-on Cole Mosier: “Yeah, he did. He’s a guy that we talked about a week ago. He is working his way into the rotation. He brings us a big, physical presence. He’s a big guy. He brings us a little punch. We’ll continue to look at him and he’ll continue to play.”On how much a step up in competition Ohio is from UT Martin: “It’s obviously going to be a much bigger challenge for us with Ohio. Looking forward to playing Ohio. Coach Solich has been around for a long time and been extremely successful. He’s building a very consistent program there at Ohio. I believe they went to five straight bowl games. Very well coached, fundamentally sound on both sides of the ball. They’re a team that’s not going to beat themselves. They’re just good and sound.“They return a tremendous amount of experience on defense, a bunch of guys that played very well a year ago. So they’re a good football team. A real challenge. I was very impressed with their quarterback. I believe that was his first start. He just was very poised, very good quarterback. He could run it and throw it. We’ll have our hands full this week. The good thing is that I felt like, as I said after the game, it was a good game. Our team needed it. Our fans needed it. The whole deal just to go out and play well. Good news is there’s a lot of areas I think we’ll improve on.”On worrying about new guys getting overconfident after a blowout: “That’s generally not a problem with me. If there’s anything, there’s one area I got to get them to continue to let it loose and play with that great energy like last week. But, yeah, that won’t be a problem. It won’t be a pleasant film session today, I can promise you that (laughter).”On whether he’d rather play tougher completion before Florida: “I like the way the schedule sets up. I think it’s good. We have a lot of young guys that we need to teach how to play football, so…”On any new points of emphasis this week: “Just more consistent. We still need to play faster defensively. There’s things we need to play quicker and trigger faster. We are somewhat inexperienced at linebacker and we’ve got to develop that quickly to get to where we want to be.”On if being behind fundamentally hurts game-planning: “It makes you think about how you’re going to balance it because you want them to play fast, want them to play fundamental. To be a great defense, you have to do those things. We will improve. There’s things that we’ll get cleaned up quickly. We need to continue to move forward and put some more things in and have the ability to execute those things.”On things that jumped out watching the film: “Well, both ways I think there was some guys that were trying to do too much. That is common in the first game on both sides of the ball. Just not being patient and we have to be very precise on both sides of the ball and then play with that great energy that we did. Doing your job is most important. You could see some signs of some guys wanting to do too much.“On the other side, I think we see more depth as I talked about improvements in preseason camp, I think we saw some guys at receivers – some young guys – were very comfortable. And some other guys too, I think Demarco (Robinson) he only had one catch but I think he played his tail off. He had great energy, he blocked, he was physical as he can be for that little guy. But he really played hard and played with good energy.“Timmons was very good with the ball in his hands. Again, we have to continue to work with him when he doesn’t have the ball on blocking and things like that. The outside receivers, for the first time playing, were very physical and played hard. That was good to see. That is what we want is guys playing hard and being much more physical without the football.”On watching Blake Bone go up and catch one over a defender: “It was very good to see. Sitting there during the game that part of it was fun for me to see plays like that and defensively see guys like A.J. (Stamps) read run/pass and pull the trigger and make a tackle. As I said, those are good things to see and the way A.J. went up and got that ball, part of me was like relived that I know there are some play makers coming up.”On the defense needing to play fast: “Just that we are very tentative at times. When thinks happen defensively and guys try to do a little too much. And you don’t know until you put on that film what is going on it puts some indecision on other guys out there playing. That’s not a good thing. We need to be more precise, need to be more physical at the point of attack and have our linebackers trigger him.”On whether he’s talking about starters or backups: “There’s a little bit of both. Later there were certainly some issues that we got to get fixed. Some of it, you saw it a year ago, I mean, we got guys right there. Fourth and 13, that should be an interception, instead it goes on to be a touchdown. You’re not going to win a lot of games if you play like that. You got to go make a play. But there’s enough of it to go around. First team, second team, third team.”On if it’s hard to get them to play sharp when it’s 42-0: “We need to be mature enough and good enough and skilled enough to do it. We obviously weren’t.”On what he likes about Stamps: “He has the ability. He can run. He has great ball skills, as you saw. I think what impresses me most is that comfort level, the instincts he has. Sitting there when you have to read, when you’re in a run pass conflict, you’re sitting there reading it, you’re darn near 100% when you’re playing run or playing pass. Those are things that are very difficult to coach, all those little minute little points. You have to have some feel and some instincts at all positions, but certainly at safety.”On what he saw in Stamps when recruiting him: “We saw a lot of good things when we recruited him. We loved him, had to work hard to get him. There were some good schools that saw that in him, as well. I’m awfully glad we won that battle because he helps us.”On whether he’s more aggravated than expected after a blowout win: “I am. But not to just get on the players after a win. Sometimes it’s more difficult after a loss. There’s just things that we have to get fixed, and we will. They’re not major. There’s things that we’ll get corrected today.”On Alexander Montgomery (knee) and Jeff Badet (eye): “Montgomery has been rehabbing, working his way in. He’s out there running quite a bit, cutting. He’s trying to get to a point where he can get on the field. Not sure when that will be. Badet, we have an appointment this Thursday, so I don’t anticipate that he could play this week.”On what he saw on film from Matt Elam: “Matt did some good things. Just like we’ve been talking about all practice. How you practice is how you play. There are times when he was inconsistent, times when he got high, times when he played very well and was dominant and disruptive in there. Just got to continue to work to get him better.”On how the defensive tackles have played: “They’ve done a nice job playing a little bit at the end, at the four technique we call it, inside the tackle there. It gives us some size there. They’ve done a nice job in playing that technique. So we’ve got to continue to just fundamentally get better in a lot of areas. But we’re getting there. We’ll be all right.”On Za’Darius Smith and Bud Dupree: “I saw a couple instances when they were trying to do too much, and that’s bound to happen when you have guys that want to be play makers and they want to do is what they can do, make big plays. But you have to do that within the scheme. Nothing earth shattering or anything like that. Nothing we can’t get corrected. Simple little things that we’ll get fixed.”On if that’s just them not having faith in guys around them: “I think amped up and wanting to do well. They’re very unselfish players. You have to be to play defensive line. I think that’s not going to be an issue. I think they just wanted to do some good things, and fundamentally got a little bit irresponsible.”On whether QB Patrick Towles will get more of the playbook: “More plays? Yeah, I mean, I think Neal did a very good job of in the opener. What we’ve got to continue to watch is kind of zeroing in on what we’re doing because we got a lot of young guys. Not so much Patrick. I think he can handle more. He’s been around for a while. With playing that many freshmen wide receivers, some young guys on the O line, you got to be careful about doing too much. I thought he did a very good job of putting together a nice game plan, something they were able to execute. So that will be a little bit of a balancing act as we move forward. Certainly there will always be some new things, though.”On not showing everything in a blowout: “Well, the only thing that maybe it set you back a little bit was getting reset there and really let him open it up. You don’t want to be disrespectful at that point. That’s the only thing that hurt us a little bit. You wanted to let him go out there, and that was the plan. We wanted to get Patrick a couple series in the second half, then go with Reese. Patrick needs the experience, too. He needed to go play. So we just got to continue to get better.“Then, again, defensively it doesn’t help us when we’re trying to back off the ones and some important twos, and you’re scoring either quickly or going three and out quickly, only once or twice, then we get a fumble recovery, so you’re right back on the field. Statistically it’s not always going to be pretty. But I hope we’re in that situation.” I hope we’re up a whole bunch and the defense has to be up there, we score quickly. But statistically it’s not always going to look pretty, I promise you that. I think the longest drive was three minutes. That’s an awful lot of possessions. Don’t look for great statistics defensively. Poor Coach Eliot, he’s got to go out there about every minute. It’s tough that way.”On special teams, kickoffs, etc.: “I think he tried to overkick one. Other than that, he was very good. After he tried to overkick it, we said, Hey, go do what you do. Don’t worry about it, loosen up. He hit it. He looked a little bit nervous on his field goals. When we had it down there, normal situation, I may go for that. But I wanted to get him a field goal. I didn’t want to go into this week without him making one.”On the one missed field goal: “You’d have to ask Coach (Craig Naivar). I’m not sure. I don’t mess with those guys too much (laughter). It’s just like the golf swing. I did tell him on the kickoffs, he was trying to hit it too hard. Just loosen it up, go hit it.”On what he thought of the crowd: “I thought it was good. I know it was hot. I appreciate everybody coming. I know we have some obstacles with all the construction going on. I just greatly appreciate the support. Seemed like they were very enthusiastic early on. Appreciate it and encourage to keep everybody coming because we’re getting better. Our team appreciates them being there and some good things are ahead of us.”On having this film to teach the freshmen: “Yeah, I think it’s very important because you never really know how somebody’s going to respond to a game like situation. There were some very good things and then there were some things that we will get corrected. Even things, run plays, things people don’t see to the naked eye, till you put on the film, just being disciplined, staying with the reads, the progressions. Young guys, they’re so eager sometimes to just make a play, they forget all the fundamental issues. That doesn’t change overnight. It’s not going to change between week one and week two. We will get better, but it’s still going to be a work in progress.”On if the locker room is different at 1-0: “Yeah. I thought the guys’ mentality was good all week. All through camp, I’ve told you they’ve been working, they’ve been a fun group to coach. I thought game week guys were excited. We felt the energy going up. I felt the guys were really ready to play. For a noon game, they were ready to go. Just like I said afterwards, I mean, I hope that’s always the case. I’d rather have to have them calmed down a little bit than to have to get them amped up to play. They were excited and ready to go, now we just have to be consistent.”On whether Khalid Henderson has answered the challenge for playing time by JUCO Ryan Flannigan: “He has. He handled it very well. Khalid has a lot of pride, worked extremely hard, wants to win that job. He has a competition going on there. But Khalid handled it very well and said he’s going to go out there, take care of his business and try to improve. Khalid did some good things, Ryan did some good things, and they both made some mistakes as well.“I think with Ryan, you see the wheels turning a little bit. As you get into playing games, you’re playing an opponent that’s adjusting, we need to adjust. That’s where experience comes in and all that because in camp it’s hard to simulate all that offensively, defensively. We’re not always playing to win the drill, we’re playing to fundamentally get better. Now you start getting into the opponents, and they’re adjusting and tweaking things, and we have to do that as well. That’s where inexperience really hurts you, especially at that position.”On whether there are other depth-chart changes possible: “No. Depending on how these injuries play out during the week, we’ll let you know as we go. With ankles, Jim likes to tell me, Give me 48 hours to see how they respond. So we’ll see how that plays out with the ankles. Jim felt like today most of the guys with the ankles felt better. Braylon would be a question mark, I’d say. He’s the one that was still a little sore.”On his relationship with Ohio coach Frank Solich: “Not too much. Just from being in the business a long time, crossing paths once when a while. I know he’s a great person. I know some friends that worked for him, loved working for him. We had an opportunity to play them way back when for a national championship when I was at Miami. We competed against each other. But, no, I just have a lot of respect for him because he’s been around a long time, doing things right for a long time, and obviously winning. It will be a fun opportunity and a big challenge.”On whether beating Ohio would mean more (as he’s from there): “You know how desperately we need wins. I’ll take them against anybody. No, I don’t really look at it that way.”On what he saw from the young running backs: “Some good things and some bad things. It was certainly good to see the talent. They’re going to be everything we thought they were going to be. Nice thing, Mikel, he made one bad read early, came back, ran it very well after that. Got a little anxious with his first carry, a little bit undisciplined. After that he came back and ran exceptionally well. Then made somebody miss, got in the end zone, really ran the ball well. So that was good. I think Boom will get better. Boom is a very talented guy. Mentally he needs to push himself a little bit and we’ll help him there.”On Ohio being fundamentally sound: “Absolutely. You got to be very sound in what you do. All these teams we play. UT Martin was a well coached football team. You saw them executing in that second half, the last four possessions. Give them credit as well. They made some plays. It wasn’t just us. There’s things we need to do better and will do better, but they did some good things. We were trying to stop them. They executed and did a nice job. So with Ohio, they’re obviously more talented, have some great experience. They’re good football players, they really are. Five straight bowl games, return eight starters on defense, a team that plays sound, good, tough football. They’re not going to give you things easy. You have to go earn them.”On it being better to make corrections after a win than loss: “Absolutely. It’s definitely easier to be hard on the guys and be critical. The good things, we’ll praise them for them as well. There was a lot of good. There’s just a lot of things we know we need to get better at.”On being aware of more and more mid-majors upsetting big boys: “There’s no doubt. You have heard me say it before. My team, myself, we definitely can’t take anybody for granted. We’re at that stage where we need to play well no matter who we’re playing. This is a good football team, so…”On Frank Solich making adjustments to defend spread offenses after a bowl loss: “Well, you don’t stick around that long unless you don’t adapt, always be willing to grow and try some different things. But you still see the fundamental principles of him. That’s tough, well coached football. That’s why he’s been around a long time and been successful. That game a year ago, the bowl game against East Carolina, East Carolina is a good football team. That was a great game with Ohio and ECU. We’ll have our hands full.“It ultimately comes down to us, what we’re going to do. We need to improve. That’s why I say no matter who we’re playing, we’re really not worried about the opponent. We’re really worried about ourselves and getting better. But that’s what’s fun about it. That’s what’s encouraging, that I know we will get better. Guys will go back to work. We’ll look at this film. There’s a lot of good and a lot of bad. That’s what’s enjoyable about it.”On Jaleel Hytchye, whether he’s fallen behind the other DBs: “Yeah, I’d like to see him make that play at the end of the game. Has a chance to make an interception, instead we give up 7 points. He’ll continue to work and get better.”* For instant updates on the Wildcats, follow me on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. Email me at [email protected]
Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Todayâ€™s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, May 12, 2017:Friday: â€¢Seniors last day if they have no finals exam.â€¢State Class 4A Tennis Tournament at Prarie Village.â€¢AV-CTL Div. IV track meet at Clearwater, 4 p.m.Monday menu: Breakfast: Pancakes.Lunch: Chicken strips, Sloppy Joes.Todayâ€™s News: *Senior Finals: Monday, May 15th- 5th-8th Students who are required to take a Tuesday Final must attend that class period on Monday morning.Tuesday, May 16th- 1st-4th. All Seniors are dismissed after 4th hour. * Â Finals Schedule:Friday, May 19th1:30-3:05- 1st hour FinalMonday, May 22nd8:00-9:35- 2nd hour final9:40-11:15- 4th hour final11:20-11:45- Lunch for all students11:50-1:25- 5th hour final1:30-3:05- 6th hour finalTuesday, May 23rd8:00-9:30- 7th hour final9:35-11:00- 8th hour final*Seniors: Susan’s Portrait Designs will be taking pictures of EVERY graduate as you cross the stage to receive your diploma. Because of limited time before graduation, if you wish to purchase a package in front of the flags, you must sign up ahead of time in the counselor’s office.*May 18th is the last day to purchase a WHS Yearbook. Cost is $45. Order online at jostens.com or pay by check to Ms. Ford.*Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen- Library books are due TODAY at 3:05. Daily fines will be applied for books returned Monday, May 15th -May 19th. Anything out after Friday May 19th will be considered lost and sent to the office as a fine.*There will be a boys high school basketball camp June 5th-8th from 10 am until 12 pm. All boys wishing to participate in boys basketball next year are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions contact Coach Roitman. Today isâ€¦National Limerick Day.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments