first_imgOklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 29: Quarterback Austin Kendall #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Baylor Bears at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Baylor 66-33. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)In mid-January, former Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall announced his plans to transfer within the Big 12.The former top recruit was line to become the starting quarterback for the Sooners, but the addition of Jalen Hurts complicated matters.He chose the West Virginia Mountaineers as his final collegiate landing spot. After just a few months with the program, he’s already made an impression on new head coach Neal Brown.In an announcement on Tuesday afternoon, Brown named Kendall the team’s starting quarterback for the upcoming season.“Austin Kendall won our starting quarterback job. We tracked everything from spring practice through fall camp. Decision making, completion percentage, number of turnovers and scoring drives were tracked from spring practice all the way through fall camp. It was clear after Friday’s night scrimmage in the stadium that he earned it,” Brown said.Austin Kendall has been named QB 1️⃣.”It was clear after Friday’s night scrimmage in the stadium that he earned it.”— West Virginia Football (@WVUfootball) August 20, 2019Lincoln Riley and the Sooners initially attempted to block Kendall’s immediate eligibility for the Mountaineers.However, the team eventually gave up on that pursuit and allowed their former quarterback to play this season.After Will Grier left via the NFL draft, the Mountaineers had a major hole to fill. It will be a whole new experience for West Virginia fans as they take the field with a new head coach and new quarterback.Stay tuned.last_img read more

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal says the US stood “very firmly” on the need for respect for human rights and the need for a process of accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.Speaking during the session hosted by The Program on Peace-building and Human Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Association of War Affected Women, Biswal said Sri Lanka is making progress but a lot more still needs to be done, the Press Trust of India reported. She cited the progress made in establishing the office of missing persons and the current government has welcomed and encouraged the visit of UN special Rapporteurs to help provide technical support, expertise and best practices that can help shape the government’s views on reconciliation and accountability. She said the Sri Lankan Government that came into power in January 2015 has taken “some very encouraging steps” with respect to the efforts to return land to its rightful owners and effort to “give closure” to so many families whose loved ones are still unaccounted for and to “seek justice and accountability for the perpetrators of worst times of the conflict.”She said the reconciliation process is at its beginning and the “hardest work” is still ahead but the country is not alone in this journey and the US stands ready to support Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) “While we are thankful that the days of the conflict our behind us, the effort to move forward on reconciliation is really truly only just beginning,” she said. read more