Big East : Longtime friends Strong, Phillips face off in Governor’s Cup

first_imgEvery day at 5:30 a.m., Charlie Strong and Joker Phillips would meet to go for a run. The two became fast friends in 2002, the only year they shared together as assistants on the South Carolina coaching staff.They quickly learned they shared a competitive fire that was always burning, even during those early morning runs.‘We’d compete then, too, doing our workout in the morning,’ Phillips said in his Sunday teleconference. ‘But he’s a competitive guy.’Both are now head coaches, and the old friends will be competing again this Saturday when Phillips’ Kentucky team takes on Strong and Louisville (1-1, 0-0 Big East) in a battle for the Governor’s Cup. It will be the second time the coaches meet in this nonconference rivalry game, after making their debuts against each other last season — a 23-16 Kentucky (2-0, 0-0 SEC) victory.Phillips and Strong have crossed paths many times since they both left South Carolina in 2003. Phillips took an assistant coaching job at his alma mater, Kentucky. Strong also landed in the Southeastern Conference as the defensive coordinator at Florida.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd after seven seasons as assistants at those programs, they were both given the reigns to their own programs in 2010. Phillips was promoted at Kentucky, and Strong became his in-state rival as the head man at Louisville.Though still close off the field, they are enemies when their teams compete. And the competition extends beyond the game and into recruiting as they battle for the top prospects in the Bluegrass State.‘During the game, it will be like the opposite coaches just coaching their team, be similar to enemies,’ Phillips said. ‘But at the end of the game, we’ll wish each other luck, hopefully the outcome comes to our favor.’Strong considers the Wildcats the favorite right now heading into Saturday’s game. Coming off a disappointing 24-17 loss to Florida International, Strong wasn’t happy with his team’s effort and focus.Kentucky, on the other hand, impressed Strong with its come-from-behind 27-13 win over Central Michigan last weekend. Strong attributes Kentucky’s success to Phillips, whose competitive nature is personified in the team’s play.‘They have his mindset now where they’re tough and they’re competitive and they’re playing hard,’ Strong said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday. ‘And they’re playing where they’re able to bounce back when they’re down.’When asked if he thought the Cardinals would come into Saturday’s game more motivated after its surprising defeat last weekend, Phillips dismissed the idea. In a rivalry game, no extra motivation is needed.‘You can throw records out,’ Phillips said. ‘You can throw statistics out. You can throw everything out the window when you’re playing an in-state rival.’And as an in-state rivalry, there’s even more at stake than bragging rights. A win or a loss in this game could be the difference between landing a coveted recruit. Kentucky is a state with a smaller pool of talent, so the recruiting implications are magnified.Brian Eldridge, Kentucky recruiting analyst for, said although the rivalry isn’t even close to being on the same level as Auburn-Alabama and Ohio State-Michigan, it’s a big deal within the state itself.Eldridge said the Louisville-Kentucky matchup has elevated interest in football in a traditionally basketball-heavy state. More kids are playing football, and he has noticed a spike in the talent level during the last four years.‘The rivalry itself has been more of a benefit to high school football than anything else in the whole state,’ Eldridge said.Eldridge said a draw for many to go to Louisville or Kentucky is to play against old friends. They grew up together and went to the same high schools. Getting to compete against old friends is part of the draw to stay in state at either Louisville or Kentucky, Eldridge said.Especially in Louisville, which is home to the top athletes in the state, Eldridge said.Both Strong and Phillips heavily pursued Patrick Towles of Fort Thomas, Ky., a three-star quarterback in the Class of 2012 who Eldridge called ‘the best pure quarterback in the state of Kentucky.’Kentucky won the battle, as Towles gave the program a verbal commitment.The Wildcats have been on the winning end of battles on the field as well. Kentucky has won the previous four meetings with the Cardinals, though the last two games have been decided by just 11 combined points.Still, the recent losing streak hasn’t been lost on Strong.‘Right now Kentucky’s better than we are,’ Strong said. ‘They’ve done a better job of recruiting. They’ve beaten us the last four times.’And like their coaches, who are the fiercest of rivals, the players have personal rivalries stemming from their high school days as well. It adds to their drive to win and puts a unique twist on this in-state clash.‘They go on the field and they have to push and do everything they can to win the game,’ Eldridge said. ‘And when it’s over, they’re still friends.’Big East takes step back after undefeated opening weekSo much for the 8-0 start for the Big East in the first week of the season. In week two, the conference got a dose of reality.Louisville lost to Florida International of the Sun Belt Conference. Rutgers and Connecticut dropped close games to North Carolina and Vanderbilt, respectively. And Cincinnati was embarrassed by Tennessee 45-23.On the winning side, Syracuse barely beat Football Championship Subdivision opponent Rhode Island 21-14, entering the fourth quarter tied. Pittsburgh had a 20-point lead over Maine, another FCS opponent, but only won by six. West Virginia and South Florida were the only two teams to coast to wins.Big man on campusB.J. DanielsJuniorQuarterbackLast week: 28-of-39, 359 yards, one touchdownDaniels did a good job managing South Florida’s first win against Notre Dame. With the junior quarterback at the controls, the Bulls didn’t turn the ball over and relied on its defense to make plays to secure a 23-20 win. After throwing for just 128 yards in that game, Daniels was a playmaker in a 37-7 win over Ball State, finishing with a career-high 359 passing yards and a Comments Published on September 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sumner County Court Docket: Dec. 30, 2013 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.•••••Jeweleen Newman, born in 1982, of Fort Worth, Texas was charged with unlawful use of driver’s license, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony.On Dec. 4, 2013, Newman is accused of possessing a small baggy of meth in her purse, a glass smoking pipe, and a driver’s license not her own as she entered the Kansas Star Casino.Her court deposition is set for Jan. 2.•••••Anthony Lea, born in 1984, of Wellington was charged with aggravated battery, a level 5 felony; conspiracy to interfere with a law enforcement, a level 10 felony; and interference with law enforcement, a level 9 felony.Lisa Koehn, born in 1981, address not available was charged with conspiracy to commit interference with law enforcement, a level 10 felony; and interference with law enforcement, a level 9 felony.Meredith Lea, born in 1987, address not available, was charged with conspiracy to commit interference with law enforcement, a level 10 felony, and interference with a law enforcement, a level 9 felony.On Dec, 8, 2013, Anthony Lea is accused of recklessly causing bodily harm to a 7-year-old with an object, perhaps a toy gun, causing a laceration to her head and a skull fracture requiring surgery.Then allegedly, Anthony Lea conspired with Meredith Lea and Koehn to commit the crime of interference with law enforcement by providing information to the Wellington Police Department that is false. They allegedly said the little girl was injured by another child at Koehn’s residence at 1202 Crest Ridge in Wellington when in reality she was allegedly injured by Anthony Lea at 1213 North C in Wellington.Allegedly, Koehn advised a Wellington police officer that the child was injured at her residence and Anthony advised a police detective that his wife took their two girls to her sister’s house and he was not present when the child was injured.Anthony Lea’s court deposition is set for January 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.•••••Christopher Hutchins-Hernandez, born in 1994, of Wichita was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; driving while license is suspended or revoked; a Class B misdemeanor; and failure to provide proof of insurance, a Class B misdemeanor.According to the criminal complaint, Hutchins-Hernandez on Dec. 4 willfully possessed a baggie with marijuana while operating a vehicle on Interstate 35 with a driver’s license that was suspended.His court deposition is set for Jan. 9 at 9 a.m.•••••Levi Coykendall, born in 1986, of Clearwater was charged with burglary of a non-dwelling, a level 7 felony; burglary of a separate storage machine shed, a level 7 felony; and theft, a level 9 felony.Coykendall is accused of going into a machine storage shed located at 832 W. 70th Avenue North, with the intent of stealing 11 batteries from vehicles within the machine shed. Then at 847 W. 70th Avenue North, Coykendall stole 23 Duralast brand batteries from vehicles. The value of the combined 34 batteries is valued at $3,900.•••••Alex D.N. Marks, born in 1988, of Wichita was charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor; and interference with law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.Marks is accused of taking a wallet with about $275 in cash. He allegedly saw the wallet lying on a counter where he discretely put it into his pocket without permission and then later removed about $275 in cash and threw the wallet containing the identification into the trash can while at the Kansas Star Casino.Marks then allegedly resisted being handcuffed with an officer of the Kansas Racing and Gaming attempting to arrest him.He pleaded no contest to the charge of theft and is required to pay $1,000 fine and $300 in restitution. He is also not allowed to go back to the Kansas Star Casino.•••••Karlyss Debuhr, born in 1962, of Wellington was charged with criminal use of a weapon, a Class A misdemeanor; disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor; aggravated assault, a level 7 felony; aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, a level 6 felony; interference with law enforcement, a level 9 felony; and possession of narcotics, a level 5 drug felony.Debuhr is accused of knowingly possessing a firearm, i.e. handgun, while in his home after admitting to being addicted to controlled substances and experiencing hallucinations.Debuhr allegedly discharged the handgun at 715 N. Gardner on Dec. 12, 2013. A woman, who was living there, said he was waving the gun around in the house before shooting it. She was afraid he would shoot her or Debuhr’s father.He then is accused of placing a uniformed officer in danger by going outside the home carrying a hatchet and disobeying the officer’s instructions to put it down. Debuhr instead raised the hatchet in a threatening manner causing the officer to use his taser to prevent the attack.Debuhr then allegedly resisted arrest and was handcuffed by the officer for aggravated assault which is a felony.Officers then allegedly found possession of a narcotic drug, Oxycodone pills in his bedrooms which is a level 5 drug felony.Debuhr’s court deposition is set for Jan. 9, 2014 at 9 a.m.••••• Dakota Hughes, born in 1994, of Oxford was charged with burglary of a vehicle, a level 9 felony; theft, a Class A misdemeanor; burglary of a non-dwelling, a level 7 felony; theft, a Class A misdemeanor; and burglary, a level 9 felony.Hughes is accused on Dec. 10 of taking about $5 in coins and tan leather gloves from a vehicle parked at 607 N. Sumner in Oxford. He then allegedly went into a garage on E. Olive in Oxford with intent to commit a theft by opening the refrigerator in the garage and taking a couple cans of Mountain Dew and some water. He then allegedly took some bottled water, cans of soda, and coins in the car.His deposition is set for Jan. 2, 2014.•••••Tyron James, born in 1981, of Wichita was charged with forgery, a level 8 felony; identity theft, a level 8 felony; and interference with a law enforcement, a level 9 felony.James is accused on Dec. 14 of issuing a check to O’Reilly’s in Wellington for $342.18 by using another name that was fictitious. James then allegedly used identity information belonging to another person in an attempt to defraud a Wellington police officer, who later apprehended him.Then at Orscheln’s in Wellington while talking to the same police officer he falsely denied passing the check at O’Reilly’s.His bond was set at $5,000.•••••Susieanna Cooper, born in 1963, of Wichita, was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Cooper is accused of striking another person in the face and pushing her to the ground on Dec. 12, 2013.Cooper was allegedly talking to a third person when the alleged victim came over to talk to the same person. While the alleged victim was waiting her turn to speak, Cooper allegedly directed rude language at her. As she walked away, Cooper allegedly pursued her with more rude language before physically attacking and knocking her down.•••••Amanda Fisk-James, born in 1983, of Wichita is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Fisk-James is accused of possessing meth, baggies and a glass smoking pipe on Dec. 14, 2013.•••••Melissa Ann Wren, born in 1968, of Derby was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Wren is accused of possession a half smoked marijuana cigarette inside a Marlboro cigarette box in her vehicle and a baggy containing marijuana inside a pouch in her purse at the Kansas Star Casino. She also allegedly had an orange marijuana pipe laying in plain view inside her vehicle and a green and silver marijuana pipe in her purse.•••••Sean Carver, born in 1972, of Derby was charged with domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Carver is accused of on Dec. 14 of knowingly causing physical contact in a rude, insulting or angry matter with a family member. He also is accused of acting in a way that will provoke an assault, disturb others, or other breach of peace.•••••Regina Littlejohn, born in 1985, of Wichita is accused of possessing marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; possessing drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and improper registration, a misdemeanor.Littlejohn is accused of on Nov. 29, of possessing marijuana which was loose and laying in plain view on the door handle of her gray Honda Accord in the casino parking lot and a baggy of marijuana in a pouch above the windshield. She also allegedly had rolling paper and baggies.The case is continue to Jan. 2, 2014.last_img read more