first_imgUnless you have been out of the state or just simply not listening, you should know that IU basketball has received a commitment from Romeo Langford of New Albany.  It is not clear what Langford’s overall commitment is, but many fear it will be a “one and done” situation.  The new NCAA proposal, if passed, will not take effect until next year requiring a longer commitment for recruits.Meanwhile, at Purdue, head football Coach Brohm was given a contract extension.  Several reasons were given for this!  According to the Indianapolis Star, this year Brohm will receive 3.8 million and it will go up from there until it expires in 2024.  One reason was the renewed interest by the fan base and alumni and the energy developed on the Purdue campus.  Purdue had only won 9 games in 4 years before Brohm was given the job.  He not only won 7 games last year, but he got a bowl win as well.last_img read more


first_img John Williams, who has played a key role in running national amateur golf championships, has accepted the nomination to become President Elect of England Golf for 2016 with a view to becoming President in 2017. “To read the list of past Presidents is a humbling experience,” he said. “I am deeply honoured and delighted at this invitation and I’ll do my very best to match the standards set by my predecessors in representing and promoting England Golf, also in supporting Marian Rae, our President in 2016.” John took up golf in the late 1970s and joined Barnham Broom in Norfolk.  He relocated to Cambridge and has been a member of The Gog Magog Golf Club for 30 years and was captain in 2007. He lives in Royston and is an active member of the Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union. He says he’s struggling to maintain his five handicap, but still occasionally plays for CAGU Seniors: “If they’re scraping the barrel!” John has been a referee for the English Golf Union (EGU) and England Golf for the last 10 years and is a past Chairman of the Championship Committee.  He’s looking forward to renewing the contact and relationships with counties and clubs which host England Golf championships. “These were aspects of my role as Chairman of Championships which I so much enjoyed.  I’ll be able to express my own and England Golf’s appreciation to all of those who devote so much time, effort and expertise to the amateur game we love,” he said. John was also a member of the steering group which guided the merger of the EGU and the English Women’s Golf Association to create England Golf. He’s an active supporter of England Golf’s strategy to create a brighter future for the game and says, that as President: “I will relish the opportunity to support the many exciting initiatives being taken to address a number of well-known problems facing our game.” John spent his business life as an industrial relations and management specialist, after studying at Cambridge University and being called to the Bar. He joined the conciliation service, ACAS, soon after its launch in the mid-1970s, when the country faced many industrial relations issues. After 11 years he formed his own consultancy and training business, from which he retired five years ago. John is 64 and has been married to Ali for over 40 years. They have a daughter, Emily, and a son, Tom, who plays off plus-one, and they delight in twin grandchildren.  Ali is a non-golfer who enjoys attending championships and the social side of game – and, says John, shows great tolerance of the male family members’ addiction. John enjoys a number of other sporting interests. He is a member of the MCC and loves watching test match cricket. He has supported Norwich City for most of his life and is delighted with the club’s promotion back to the Premier League. When time permits, John and Ali enjoy cruising in their boat, “African Queen”. 8 Jul 2015 John Williams to be England Golf President in 2017 last_img read more


first_imgAt 44, Chuck Noll had joined an elite level of NFL coaches with Vince Lombardi and Don Shula after the win in Super Bowl X. Noll, hired at 37, endured a 12-30 record in his first three seasons in Pittsburgh before the success came. (Phil Sandlin, AP)Chuck Noll.You see the name and you immediately think four time Super Bowl winning coach. Noll was one of the best to ever coach the game and fortunately for the Steelers, he spent his entire 22 year head coaching career with the black and gold.After being a defensive assistant with the Chargers for six seasons and then three more years under Don Shula in Baltimore, Noll was hired as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 at the age of 37.Noll struggled out of the gates only winning 12 games in his first 42 tries and not making the playoffs until his fourth year with the Steelers.  By year six, the team that would form the eventual dynasty of the 70’s was born and Noll led his Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl titles in a span of six seasons.In 22 seasons, Noll compiled a record of 209-156-1, won nine division championships, four conference titles and four super bowl championships as well.  Two years after his retirement, Noll was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.Noll was the father of the Steelers as we know them. Without him, the expectation to win a championship each year would not exist, the team would not have the most Super Bowl rings in league history and the rabid fan base may not even exist as it does today. Noll was a winner through and through and a true representation of the Pittsburgh culture.The Steelers were unsuccessful through their first four decades, when they appeared in just one postseason game. Then in 1969, the Steelers hired Chuck Noll, left, as head coach and he, with a core of players including QB Terry Bradshaw, changed the fortunes of the franchise. (AP Photo/File)Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more