Texas Tech Reportedly Wants Brent Venables If It Fires Kliff Kingsbury

first_imgKliff Kingsbury celebrating on Texas Tech's sideline.LUBBOCK, TX – SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury (center) of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reacts on the sidelines against the TCU Horned Frogs on September 26, 2015 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. TCU won the game 55-52. Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Kliff Kingsbury is in his sixth year at Texas Tech, and while his teams have been competitive, the Red Raiders have yet to post a winning record in the Big 12 during his tenure. One reporter thinks the Kingsbury era could be coming to an end.Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday that he’ll be “very surprised” if Kingsbury keeps his job after this season. Bohls also claims to know who the program will look to if it decides to make a change.Bohls says the Red Raiders would “look seriously” at Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables.Venables is one of the top-paid assistant coaches in the country. He’s been with the Tigers since 2012, coming over from Oklahoma.I’ll be very surprised if Kliff Kingsbury survives this season at Texas Tech. Source tells me if he’s fired, Tech will look seriously at Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables.— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) November 22, 2018Of course, there’s no guarantee that Venables would be interested in the job, if it became available. Surely, he’ll be asked about it this week.Kingsbury, in his six years, has a 35-39 record with the Red Raiders. This year, the squad is 5-6 in need of a victory against Baylor to reach a bowl game.It’s going to be an interesting Saturday in Lubbock.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud seeks France return to boost game time

first_imgChelsea’s Olivier Giroud seeks France return to boost game timeOlivier Giroud, is hoping to get a starting role with France as he has not started a Premier League game for Chelsea since the club signed Gonzalo Higuain.advertisement Next Reuters LondonMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 10:42 IST Olivier Giroud is top scorer of UEFA Europa League this season with nine goals in nine appearances (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOlivier Giroud hasn’t started in the Premier League since Gonzalo Higuain’s transferGiroud though has been preffered in the UEFA Europa League by the Chelsea managerGiroud has attracted interest from Olympique Lyonnais according to reports in FranceChelsea striker Olivier Giroud wants to move back to France when his contract expires at the end of the season after growing frustrated by a lack of playing time under manager Maurizio Sarri.Giroud has not started a Premier League game for Chelsea since the club signed Argentina international striker Gonzalo Higuain in January.”The future may be hectic this summer,” Giroud told French radio station RTL. “I’m not afraid to go down a level to have more playing time. It could be I end my career in France.”The striker, who won the World Cup with France last year, scored 33 goals in 73 league appearances for Montpellier before moving to Arsenal in 2012, and has attracted interest from Olympique Lyonnais, according to reports in the French media.The 32-year-old has been used mainly in the Europa League by Sarri and is the competition’s top scorer this season with nine goals in nine appearances, but does not believe he can force his way into the Italian coach’s Premier League plans.”Today, I have the impression there’s clearly no competition (for places in attack) since January. It’s like that, I know that I will only play in the Europa League,” Giroud added.”I try to do what it takes to be as effective and as important as I can for the team.”Chelsea are sixth in the Premier League, three points below the fourth and final Champions League qualification place currently occupied by Arsenal.Sarri’s side could also secure Champions League football for next season by winning the Europa League, where they face Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals.advertisementAlso Read | New-look Germany make promising start with Serbia drawFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow ChelseaFollow Olivier GiroudFollow FranceFollow Gonzalo Higuainlast_img read more

Students Continue to Succeed in Reading and Writing

first_imgGrade 6 students in Nova Scotia continue to do well in readingand writing. The 2004 elementary literacy assessment shows that89 per cent of Grade 6 students are meeting expectations inwriting, and 87 per cent are doing so in reading. The 2004 assessment shows an improvement in writing with an eightper cent increase in the number of students meeting expectations.This achievement is significant because the criteria for meetingexpectations in writing were raised in this year’s assessment.Although there was a decrease of two per cent in reading, theresults remain high. “I’m pleased that so many students are succeeding in reading andwriting again this year,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir.”The writing results have really improved and we know teachersand students have worked hard to make that happen.” The assessment is part of the province’s Learning for Life planto help students reach their full potential. It measures readingand writing skills that students have developed in their firstlanguage by the end of Grade 5 and helps identify students whoneed extra help. “This assessment is important because it identifies students whoare struggling in reading and/or writing,” said Mr. Muir.”Support for students in reading and writing will continue to bea priority this year and students who need extra help to catch upbefore they go to junior high will get it.” After the initial elementary literacy assessment in 2003, thedepartment made an investment of $1 million to help schoolsprovide extra support for students who did not meet expectations.Additional funding to support students not meeting expectationsin the 2004 assessment will be considered as part of the springbudget. The department has also invested more than $3 million this yearthrough its Literacy Success Strategy, to provide support toteachers and students in reading, writing, and grammar. “The literacy support plan is just one initiative to supportstudents,” said Lynn Landry, Grade 6 teacher at Caudle ParkElementary. “The department has implemented many others, likeWriters in Action and Active Young Readers, and has provided in-service training for teachers and helpful resources for teachersand students. These initiatives support all students and, inparticular, help to bridge the gap for students who arestruggling in reading and writing.” Parents should get their children’s results this week. Teachersand parents will then work together on literacy support plans forstudents who need more support to improve their reading, writing,or both. The support will continue through the junior high years. Alice Galpin-Nicholson, parent of a Grade 7 student at RidgecliffMiddle School, is pleased with the support her son has receivedafter not meeting expectations in writing in last year’sassessment. “As a result of the support he’s received, my son is moreconfident in his writing ability,” said Ms. Galpin-Nicholson.”This has been a tremendous benefit for my son and I applaud theDepartment of Education, the school board and Ridgecliff MiddleSchool for implementing this initiative.” The department made some changes to this year’s assessment tobetter align it with others in Nova Scotia and otherjurisdictions — students’ writing had to meet expectations inideas, organization and matters of correctness (spelling, grammarand usage). In 2003, students’ writing had to meet expectationsin ideas and organization only. In addition, the format of theassessment itself was improved in response to feedback fromstudents and teachers. Nova Scotia teachers helped develop the assessment, set thestandards for meeting expectations and field-tested it withstudents across the province. More than 100 teachers helped markthe assessment earlier this year. In addition, school boards areproviding teachers with professional development to help themdevelop literacy support plans. English results of the 2004 Elementary Literacy Assessment areavailable on the website at www.ednet.ns.ca. French results werereleased on March 8 and are also available online.last_img read more