Hull fans staged a protest against a proposed change of the club’s name to ‘Hull City Tigers’ ahead of the Barclays Premier League match against Norwich. Press Association Alam wants the club to be rebranded as Hull Tigers or Hull City Tigers. Around 40 fans with placards and a banner proclaiming “a club not a brand” marched on the KC Stadium. It follows Egyptian-born owner Assem Allam saying earlier this month that the name Hull City was “irrelevant” and that he disliked the word ‘City’ because it is “common”.
The impact of the hit echoed throughout the Carrier Dome. Seven minutes into the first game of his Syracuse career, Brian Megill proved he belonged out on the field as a starter. The freshman defender drilled Denver’s Alex Drexler along the left sideline, leaving him down on the ground in pain and knocking him out of the game. The crushing hit sent a woozy Drexler wobbling to the sideline with a concussion and officially established Megill as a rising star in college lacrosse. ‘Everybody kind of knew after that hit, this guy’s the real deal and people who didn’t know about him were about to find out because he was able to blow this kid up,’ former SU goaltender John Galloway said. ‘And I’ll never forget it. It was against Denver, and we all kind of looked at each other and felt much more at ease. ‘We knew that this kid wasn’t worried, he wasn’t scared to play and he was going to be special on Syracuse.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Through two years, Megill has lived up to that billing. He went on to start every game during his first year, becoming the first freshman defender to do so under head coach John Desko. And Megill brought that physical presence to a stifling defensive unit that ranked among the best in the country. But now, the junior is expected to do more following the graduation of All-Americans Galloway, John Lade, Joel White and Tom Guadagnolo. As the lone returning starter on defense, it is on Megill’s shoulders to lead the unit and carry on the proud tradition. ‘The last time that I talked to him, I told him that it was his defense now,’ Lade said. ‘He’s got to definitely work harder than any other defenseman in the country, and he’s definitely got to be ready to play some great attackmen.’ His teammates and coaches rave about his work ethic. His intensity and physicality caught their attention immediately during the fall of his freshman year. And Guadagnolo and his former teammates all say the 6-foot, 226-pound Megill is the total package as a defender — strong enough to stop a bull dodger like Denver’s 6-foot-4, 210-pound attack Mark Matthews, but also quick enough to stick with Duke’s Jordan Wolf, a speedy 5-foot-9, 170-pound attack. While Lade and Galloway couldn’t pick out a flaw in the preseason All-American’s game, Megill knows of one glaring weakness that has been there since high school. He’s gotten quicker over the years, but he’s still not quick enough. White could see the frustration on Megill’s face as he chased Cornell attack Rob Pannell around the Carrier Dome field to no avail. With top cover man Lade out with an injury, Pannell torched Syracuse for six points, scoring two of his three goals against Megill in the second quarter as SU fell for the first and only time of the regular season in 2011. ‘I learned a lot,’ Megill said. ‘I learned I was still really slow because Rob Pannell is fast. He’s a great attackman, best I’ve seen in a long, long time.’ With that game in the back of his mind, Megill entered the offseason determined to get faster. His brother, Ray, a former All-American defender at Maryland, had been telling him his footwork needed improvement since high school. But Megill could get by using his superior strength to overpower opponents then and didn’t take his brother’s advice. This past offseason, the agility drills he once ignored became a part of his routine. He kept a speed ladder, cones, parachute and weighted vest in the back of his truck. ‘There’s times where he would just at the most random point in the day, he would just hop up and say, ‘I’m going to go for a run or I’m going to go workout,” Ray Megill said. ‘So he definitely does have a tireless work ethic.’ Megill tested himself even more when he spent part of the summer living with his brother in Rockville, Md. Ray Megill put him through CrossFit workouts, an unconventional fitness program designed to increase endurance and push athletes to their limits. The workouts can be as short as five minutes or as long as an hour. From up-downs and tire flips to box jumps and medicine ball training, the intense sessions were grueling. But Megill was hungry to get better, motivated by his struggles against Pannell last April. ‘I use that game as my drive to workout and to get better because I feel like I can play so much better and do better,’ Megill said. ‘And he’s one of the guys that I think about when I’m working out, that pushes me even harder, that gets me going that when I’m sitting down watching TV, I’m like, ‘I wonder what he’s doing.” That work ethic has defined Megill’s entire Syracuse career. Megill wasn’t highly touted coming out of Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, N.J., but he separated himself from the rest of his class and forced his way into the discussion for the open starting spot on defense during fall practice. The young defender was a pest, slashing and laying hits on big-time attack Cody Jamieson and Chris Daniello, who had helped the Orange to two straight national titles before he arrived. White remembers Megill injecting life into a dead practice with a big hit or a fast-break goal, telling his teammates through his actions to pick up the intensity. ‘He wasn’t afraid to come across the middle and stir up things even in practice,’ White said. ‘I can definitely remember a couple of times him coming across the middle and laying someone out and really spicing up practice a little bit.’ Through his hustle at practice, Megill earned the respect of his teammates in the locker room. Guadagnolo said the young defender pushed them to get better. He yelled at juniors and seniors if he felt they could go harder — something rarely seen in an underclassman. And Megill also made an impression through his actions in the weight room. Megill was often seen in a full sweat suit on a treadmill overlooking the football weight room as he tried to shed pounds and improve his conditioning. Multiple times, Guadagnolo recalled seeing Megill running after practice when everyone else had already left for the night. ‘Even if he didn’t say something, just other guys seeing him doing it, it would change their perspective on things, and they would start doing it,’ Guadagnolo said. ‘‘Oh man, this guy’s only a sophomore, and he’s working harder than you or he’s working harder than me.’ Guys would be embarrassed, so now we need to start doing it, too.’ His relentless drive struck Galloway during the fall of Megill’s freshman year. In the corner of Wohl Field before a practice, Megill approached the junior goaltender, who could tell the rookie had a lot on his mind. The defender was agonizing over the decision to redshirt or play as a freshman, and he sought advice from Galloway. The quick conversation ended with Galloway giving him a vote of confidence, telling Megill he could earn the starting spot after seeing his aggressive style of play and eagerness to learn. In that moment, Galloway said he first realized Megill would be special. About five months later, his eye-opening hit against Denver proved it. And two years later, the lacrosse world knows his name as one of the top players in the game, just as Galloway predicted. ‘I told people his freshman year, ‘He’s going to go down as one of the best defenders that Syracuse University’s ever had,” Galloway said. ‘His physicality, his stick skills, he just has that special something that you’re looking for in a teammate.’ firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Published on February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Sat04:30 PM Brigham Young East Carolina-16.5 DayTimeHome TeamAway TeamSpread Thu05:00 PM Houston Southern Methodist-20.5 Sat09:00 AM Mississippi New Mexico State-20 Sat01:00 PM Mississippi State Troy-15 Fri05:00 PM Virginia Tech North Carolina State-6.5 Sat04:30 PM Kansas State Texas Christian8.5 Sat01:00 PM Arizona Oregon State4.5 Sat12:00 PM Toledo Kent State-15.5 Sat11:00 AM Bowling Green State Massachusetts-20.5 Sat11:00 AM Ohio Miami (Ohio)-18 Sat04:00 PM Louisiana-Lafayette Texas State6.5 Sat09:00 AM Temple Tulane-9 Sat07:00 PM Arizona State Colorado-17 Sat04:00 PM Texas-San Antonio Louisiana Tech13 Sat12:30 PM Northern Illinois Ball State-2.5 Sat04:00 PM Nevada New Mexico-10 Sat03:00 PM Tulsa Louisiana-Monroe-16 Sat07:15 PM Air Force Wyoming-13.5 Sat03:00 PM Oregon Washington State-15.5 Sat12:30 PM Georgia State Appalachian State17.5 Sat9:00 PM Hawaii San Diego State15 Sat12:30 PM Nebraska Wisconsin1.5 Sat07:00 PM Utah California-2.5 Sat07:30 PM Fresno State Utah State14.5 Sat12:30 PM Clemson Georgia Tech-13.5 Sat12:00 PM Boston College Wake Forest-20.5 Fri04:00 PM Marshall Southern Mississippi11 Sat05:00 PM Florida State Miami (Florida)-7.5 Sat04:00 PM Colorado State Boise State18.5 Sat09:00 AM South Carolina Louisiana State15 Sat09:00 AM Florida International Texas-El Paso-8.5 Sat12:30 PM Texas Tech Iowa State-6.5 Sat06:00 PM Nevada-Las Vegas San Jose State-12 Sat09:00 AM Texas Oklahoma9.5 Sat12:45 PM Central Florida Connecticut5.5 Sat04:30 PM Missouri Florida1.5 Sat09:30 AM Pittsburgh Virginia-16 Sat09:00 AM Iowa Illinois-13.5 No. 23 California at No. 5 Utah (Spread: )One of the biggest questions going into this game is how Jared Goff will fare versus Utah’s front seven. Goff has thrown for 1630 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season, but hasn’t yet faced a defense of the same caliber as Utah. Cal’s undefeated record and Goff’s four interceptions on the season mask the fact that he has struggled making throws under pressure, so it’ll be interesting to see how he performs against Utah’s tough defensive line. In a rout of Oregon last weekend, running back Devontae Booker had a quiet night compared to past weeks. Expect things to be quite different as Booker and the rest of Utah’s offense go up against a Cal defense which gave up 44 points to Texas (the same Texas team that really struggles with all things special teams).Our model favors California in this matchup, but Cal is going to have to bring their A game in order to beat a tough Utah team.No. 19 Georgia at Tennessee (Spread: )While it always seems as if every college football coach is in the hot seat, Tennessee’s coach is truly in a must-win scenario to keep his job. Tennessee has lost three of its last four games and has blown a two-touchdown lead in each of those losses. The Vols have also allowed 172 rushing yards per game, so don’t expect them to stop Georgia’s running back, Nick Chubb, who has rushed for 745 yards on the season and racked up seven touchdowns or quarterback Greyson Lambert who’s also managed to throw for seven touchdowns. To stay in this one, Tennessee is going to need to keep up offensively, as their defense hasn’t been particularly strong and Georgia will be out for blood after their win-streak was snapped at home by Alabama.Tennessee is in for a tough matchup this week and our model has Georgia slightly favored, but this game could easily be a blowout.No. 13 Northwestern at No. 18 MichiganOh boy, a tale of two defenses. Both teams shut out their opponents last week. Funnily enough, one of the biggest obstacles in the way of Michigan and their continued shutout streak is their quarterback. Michigan’s quarterback, Jake Rudock has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns this season and he’ll need to make smart decisions this weekend because every offensive possession is going to count against Northwestern. Despite Michigan’s quarterback issues, Michigan does have its home field advantage going for it at “The Big House” this Saturday.Washington at No. 17 USCWell, hopefully the Trojans are well-rested after their bye week and ready to take on a familiar opponent here at home. With UCLA and Arizona both going through losses last week, our Trojans are still in the hunt for the Pac-12 South race and should be looking to use this game as another tuneup before our series of tough matchups to close out the season. The Huskies are also coming off a bye and their last game was a loss to Cal. Washington has a very young offense and true freshman quarterback Jake Browning hasn’t thrown a touchdown against a Power Five conference team. This young offense is going up against a USC secondary that’s only allowed three passing touchdowns all season. Despite their offensive struggles, Washington has lost by a less than a touchdown in both of its losses, despite being outgained offensively 818 yards to 438 yards. This shows that Washington’s defense should not be taken lightly. Furthermore running backs Myles Gaskin and Dwyane Washington lead the Huskies’ running attack with 347 yards and six touchdowns, combined. With Washington’s quarterback struggles, expect coach Chris Petersen to try to get their running game started early in the game.Questions raised about Justin Wilcox’s defense were quieted after the game against the Sun Devils where the Trojan defense came up with four key turnovers. Regardless, USC’s run defense will have to step up against the Huskies. Our rushing defense has allowed 164 yards per game and they’re going up against a team that’s going to be relying primarily on their rush offense for most, if not all of their offensive production. If the Trojans can limit the run and put pressure on Jake Browning, the Trojans should be in the clear.But USC’s defense isn’t the only group that needs to make some adjustments for this Thursday’s game. USC’s offensive tempo is significantly lower this year at 66 plays per game. Look for Sark to up the tempo and focus on improving third down conversions to keep our offense on the field for as long as possible.Our model has USC as the favorite for this game but when it comes to USC football the adage “one step (game) at a time” is key.Data provided by cfbstats.comTeam logos courtesy of sportslogos.netPatrick Vossler is a senior majoring in economics. His column, “College Football Pick’em,” runs every week. Sat05:00 PM Rutgers Michigan State19 Sat12:30 PM South Florida Syracuse8.5 Sat09:00 AM Penn State Indiana-5 Sat09:00 AM Western Michigan Central Michigan15 Almost halfway into the college football season, some things are starting to become quite clear — namely that every single team is vulnerable in some way, shape or form. Last weekend was a case study of this as previously unbeaten teams Ole Miss, Georgia, Notre Dame, and UCLA all lost.Cal is undefeated, Florida is on top in the SEC-East and Sark is a coach at USC. What year is it again —2003? With a show of hands, how many of you thought Cal and Utah would be playing in one of the top matchups of this weekend? Anyone besides the Cal fans? Yeah, that’s what we thought too. For those of us accustomed to the traditional power programs of college football leading the pack at this point in the season, fear not — this week’s unusual matchups are still likely to give us exciting, down-to-the-wire games. That’s certainly been the theme of this season thus far. And there will no doubt be even more upsets and craziness this weekend as every conference, save the Big Ten, looks up for grabs.You may be wondering — why I’m not talking about the results of the model last week? Well, in case you were too busy studying for midterms last weekend and didn’t watch any football, there were quite a few upsets and our model took quite a hit. Hearts were broken, tears were shed, but USC is off its bye week so we’ve still got something to cheer about. Alright, let’s get to the games! Sat09:00 AM Kansas Baylor17.5 Sat12:30 PM Tennessee Georgia2.5 Sat12:30 PM Michigan Northwestern-3.5 Sat09:00 AM Ohio State Maryland-20.5 Thu06:00 PM Southern California Washington-20.5 Sat04:00 PM Alabama Arkansas-18 Sat12:30 PM Purdue Minnesota4 Sat12:30 PM Notre Dame Navy-18 Sat12:00 PM Eastern Michigan Akron18.5