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Jim Harbaugh Reprimanded by Italian Mall Security Guard for Throwing Football

Kyle Rowland @KyleRowland

Jim Harbaugh gets scolded by security inside shopping mall for playing catch. https://t.co/cywWm8yPgm

4/24/2017, 7:46:52 AM[1]

No stranger to scolding players, peers and officials, Jim Harbaugh[2] found himself in trouble with an authority figure during the Michigan football team’s trip to Italy.

The Wolverines head coach played catch in the middle of a shopping mall, which drew the ire of a security guard. He pointed toward the exit sign, either kicking Harbaugh out or asking him to toss the pigskin outside.

The typically uptight leader appears to be enjoying his time abroad. Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade also provided footage of Harbaugh fighting to keep his khakis clean in a paintball battle:

In an ultimate “How do you do, fellow kids[3]?” moment, he tried out a newly purchased selfie stick:

Kyle Rowland @KyleRowland

Jim Harbaugh just bought a selfie stick. “Who wouldn’t want one of these things. This is awesome.” https://t.co/DJMSzuaktR

4/24/2017, 8:59:29 AM[4]

When the team met with refugees[5] on Sunday morning, Harbaugh struggled to explain how a sport that revolves around throwing adopted the “football” name:

Kyle Rowland @KyleRowland

A Nigerian refugee, talking with Jim Harbaugh, is utterly baffled at why it’s called football. https://t.co/KYCuEG8BZn

4/23/2017, 2:15:00 PM[6]

Paintball, selfie sticks and playing ball in the house. Just how everyone would envision a football getaway with Harbaugh.

[Kyle Rowland]

References

  1. ^ 4/24/2017, 7:46:52 AM (twitter.com)
  2. ^ Jim Harbaugh (bleacherreport.com)
  3. ^ fellow kids (www.youtube.com)
  4. ^ 4/24/2017, 8:59:29 AM (twitter.com)
  5. ^ met with refugees (www.bcsn.tv)
  6. ^ 4/23/2017, 2:15:00 PM (twitter.com)

Dissatisfied but not discouraged, Shawn Eichorst and Tim Miles share same vision for Nebraska’s future

LINCOLN Tim Miles has had better times in his life. Nebraska men s basketball lost its final five games to slide to 12-19, marking the third straight losing season for the fifth-year coach. Soon after, four players transferred. And rumors of other defections circulated on social media.

In the past six weeks, Miles said Tuesday, I think I ve had every skill, ability and talent in my life questioned.

Sometimes, guys get jumpy. I m not jumpy at all. I feel great about the people we have in our program. NU Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst said he does, too.

In a joint 40-minute interview with The World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star, Eichorst and Miles took turns noting that while things aren t great now, they can turn around quickly as the Huskers reach for what both men said is their joint goal for the program: an annual NCAA tournament bid. Nebraska has made one NCAA appearance in the past 18 seasons in 2014 under Miles and is 0-7 all-time in the tourney.

We have done it before, Miles said. We ve done it at other schools before. We re going to do it here again, and do it even better. I am unflinching in that belief. Even with the NCAA tournament as a goal, Eichorst said, there is no ultimatum on number of victories or postseason play for the coming season for Miles to keep his job.

I m a believer in Tim, Eichorst said. He s an experienced coach, he s a good person, he s a hard worker.

A continual upgrading of talent is necessary.

We have got to get a couple of these signature players in our program that are all about the team, Eichorst said, with Miles quickly adding, Yes.

Rugged, championship-flight type of young men who have played in championship programs who understand there is a lot of work that needs to be done and attention to be paid to one another. Eichorst said Miles job despite rampant speculation wasn t in danger as Nebraska endured its late skid. Eichorst did nothing externally to tamp down the talk until issuing a tweet just after the season-ending loss[1] to Penn State in the Big Ten tournament. Privately, Eichorst said, he supported Miles throughout, though sources with direct knowledge of the situation said Miles wasn t told point-blank he definitely would be back until a few minutes before that Penn State game.

After finally blunting the conjecture, Eichorst was asked: Why not show up in the locker room to answer questions instead of tweeting two sentences and leaving the arena?

You and I see that differently, he said. Eichorst said he doesn t regret the decision not to extend Miles contract last summer to the usual five years, saying negative recruiting can come from anywhere on any issue. The two have yet to meet on Miles contract going forward. The deal is set to expire on March 31, 2020. The story around Husker hoops grew more positive over the weekend.

Four-star guard Thomas Allen[2] of Garner, North Carolina, chose NU over Kansas, Georgetown and Xavier among others. Nebraska also snagged fifth-year graduate transfer Duby Okeke[3] from NCAA tourney qualifier Winthrop, where the 6-foot-8 center with a nearly 7-5 wingspan set a school record for blocked shots.

Allen and Okeke join five-star Georgetown transfer forward Isaac Copeland and first-team Illinois all-state wing Nana Akenten from Bolingbrook, Illinois, in the class of 2017. Two more scholarships are open. Still, Nebraska has gone nine years without winning a postseason game, and over the past 14 years has produced just one winning record in conference play. To find a similar run of futility requires a return to the 1950s.

Stats don t lie, Eichorst said. We need to continue to upgrade our roster. We need to develop our players, and improve in areas offensively and defensively where we re deficient. Miles interjected with a smile: Make some 3s. Have some assists on occasion.

Strategy for sure, Eichorst continued. We ve got to find our identity. We ve talked a lot about that over the course of the last year.

A year ago, Eichorst and Executive Associate A.D. Marc Boehm took a day and a half retreat with Miles and his staff to dissect the program. Another such gathering is coming soon. Boehm just completed his 14th season with what his university-issued biography states is oversight of men s basketball. That has coincided with the poorest success rate at Nebraska in more than six decades. Eichorst bristled at questioning of Boehm s performance during such a lean period.

That doesn t have anything to do with Marc, Eichorst said. Ultimately, that s my responsibility.

I think Marc does a terrific job. This isn t about Marc Boehm or anybody else from a support perspective. This is about Tim and I working together to make our program better. I think that s totally unfair and a cheap shot.

Boehm s salary, which includes his work overseeing men s basketball, is $222,283 this fiscal year.

Eichorst, making $1,089,805 this year, said neither he nor Miles is making excuses, and that the buck stops with me.

It s easy to press the reset button, Eichorst said. I don t think that s where we are. We need to build stability and consistency. … We re all in this together. There is no blame to be placed.

Close Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 24, 2012: Tim Miles is introduced as Nebraska’s men’s basketball coach after five seasons at Colorado State, where he led the Rams to the NCAA tournament in his final season.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Nov. 11, 2012: Tim Miles coaches his first game for the Huskers and picks up his first win, defeating Southern 66-55.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Nov. 27, 2012: Tim Miles becomes the first Nebraska coach in 93 years to win his road debut after the Huskers defeat Wake Forest.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 6, 2013: Tim Miles coaches the Huskers to a victory in the final men’s basketball game played in the Devaney Center, a two-point win over Minnesota.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 14, 2013: Nebraska earns its first-ever Big Ten tournament victory with a 57-55 win over Purdue.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 15, 2013: Tim Miles’ first season as Nebraska’s head coach comes to an end with a loss to No. 10 Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament. The Huskers finished that season with a 15-18 overall record.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Jan. 20, 2014: Tim Miles wins his first game at Nebraska against a ranked opponent, beating No. 18 Ohio State, 68-62. Miles went winless in his first 12 games against ranked teams.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Feb. 16, 2014: It had been 17 years since Nebraska last beat a top-10 team on the road, but Tim Miles changed that with a 60-51 victory over No. 9 Michigan State.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 9, 2014: Nebraska upsets No. 9 Wisconsin in front of a raucous crowd on what Tim Miles dubbed “no-sit Sunday.” That win completed a 15-1 home record in Pinnacle Bank Arena’s first season and capped a stretch of eight wins in NU’s final games to propel the Huskers into the NCAA tournament.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 10, 2014: After leading the Huskers to a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten standings, Tim Miles is named the conference’s coach of the year.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 21, 2014: Nebraska reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in 16 years, but Tim Miles would get ejected in the second half as Baylor eliminated the Huskers with a 14-point victory.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

April 4, 2014: Tim Miles wins the Jim Phelan Award as national coach of the year after leading Nebraska to a winning record overall and in conference, the first time that happened since the 1998-99 season.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Nov. 16, 2014: Nebraska opens the 2014-15 season ranked No. 21 in the country, the first time the Huskers cracked the Top 25 in 20 years. But NU would drop out of the rankings after losing the third game of the season.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Feb. 22, 2015: Tim Miles locks his team out of the locker room after a 74-46 home loss to Iowa.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 11, 2015: Tim Miles completes a disappointing third season at Nebraska with a loss to Penn State in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament. NU finished the year with a 13-18 overall record and on a nine-game losing streak.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Jan. 20, 2016: Tim Miles proves he has a knack for beating Michigan State, upsetting the No. 11-ranked Spartans, 72-71, on the road.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 11, 2016: Year 4 under Tim Miles ends with another losing record, though the Huskers did win two games to reach the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament before falling to No. 18 Maryland.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Aug. 4, 2016: Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst tells The World-Herald that he decided not to offer Tim Miles a one-year extension on his contract that would’ve kept the length at an industry-standard five years.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Feb. 22, 2017: Amidst growing uncertainty about his future at Nebraska, Tim Miles says during a press conference: I want to be forceful that I want to be the coach here. I believe Shawn (Eichorst) wants me to be the coach here. I believe Marc (Boehm) does.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 5, 2017: Nebraska and Tim Miles finish the 2016-17 regular season with a 93-57 loss to Michigan, the most lopsided home defeat in program history.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 8, 2017: Nebraska’s fifth season under Tim Miles ends with an overtime loss to Penn State in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament. The Huskers finish 12-19 overall, their third consecutive year with a losing record, but athletic director Shawn Eichorst tweeted immediately after the game that Miles would return for another season.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

April 10, 2017: A brutal offseason continued for Tim Miles as Michael Jacobson announced he will transfer from Nebraska. He was the fourth to leave Lincoln in less than a month following Nick Fuller, Jeriah Horne (pictured) and Ed Morrow. Jacobson and Morrow were expected to be starters next season.

Photos: Highs and lows from Tim Miles’ Nebraska coaching career

Look back through Tim Miles’ career as Nebraska’s men’s basketball coach, the biggest wins, worst losses and most notable milestones.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 24, 2012: Tim Miles is introduced as Nebraska’s men’s basketball coach after five seasons at Colorado State, where he led the Rams to the NCAA tournament in his final season.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Nov. 11, 2012: Tim Miles coaches his first game for the Huskers and picks up his first win, defeating Southern 66-55.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Nov. 27, 2012: Tim Miles becomes the first Nebraska coach in 93 years to win his road debut after the Huskers defeat Wake Forest.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 6, 2013: Tim Miles coaches the Huskers to a victory in the final men’s basketball game played in the Devaney Center, a two-point win over Minnesota.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 14, 2013: Nebraska earns its first-ever Big Ten tournament victory with a 57-55 win over Purdue.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 15, 2013: Tim Miles’ first season as Nebraska’s head coach comes to an end with a loss to No. 10 Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament. The Huskers finished that season with a 15-18 overall record.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Jan. 20, 2014: Tim Miles wins his first game at Nebraska against a ranked opponent, beating No. 18 Ohio State, 68-62. Miles went winless in his first 12 games against ranked teams.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Feb. 16, 2014: It had been 17 years since Nebraska last beat a top-10 team on the road, but Tim Miles changed that with a 60-51 victory over No. 9 Michigan State.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 9, 2014: Nebraska upsets No. 9 Wisconsin in front of a raucous crowd on what Tim Miles dubbed “no-sit Sunday.” That win completed a 15-1 home record in Pinnacle Bank Arena’s first season and capped a stretch of eight wins in NU’s final games to propel the Huskers into the NCAA tournament.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 10, 2014: After leading the Huskers to a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten standings, Tim Miles is named the conference’s coach of the year.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 21, 2014: Nebraska reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in 16 years, but Tim Miles would get ejected in the second half as Baylor eliminated the Huskers with a 14-point victory.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

April 4, 2014: Tim Miles wins the Jim Phelan Award as national coach of the year after leading Nebraska to a winning record overall and in conference, the first time that happened since the 1998-99 season.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Nov. 16, 2014: Nebraska opens the 2014-15 season ranked No. 21 in the country, the first time the Huskers cracked the Top 25 in 20 years. But NU would drop out of the rankings after losing the third game of the season.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Feb. 22, 2015: Tim Miles locks his team out of the locker room after a 74-46 home loss to Iowa.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 11, 2015: Tim Miles completes a disappointing third season at Nebraska with a loss to Penn State in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament. NU finished the year with a 13-18 overall record and on a nine-game losing streak.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Jan. 20, 2016: Tim Miles proves he has a knack for beating Michigan State, upsetting the No. 11-ranked Spartans, 72-71, on the road.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 11, 2016: Year 4 under Tim Miles ends with another losing record, though the Huskers did win two games to reach the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament before falling to No. 18 Maryland.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Aug. 4, 2016: Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst tells The World-Herald that he decided not to offer Tim Miles a one-year extension on his contract that would’ve kept the length at an industry-standard five years.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

Feb. 22, 2017: Amidst growing uncertainty about his future at Nebraska, Tim Miles says during a press conference: I want to be forceful that I want to be the coach here. I believe Shawn (Eichorst) wants me to be the coach here. I believe Marc (Boehm) does.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 5, 2017: Nebraska and Tim Miles finish the 2016-17 regular season with a 93-57 loss to Michigan, the most lopsided home defeat in program history.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

March 8, 2017: Nebraska’s fifth season under Tim Miles ends with an overtime loss to Penn State in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament. The Huskers finish 12-19 overall, their third consecutive year with a losing record, but athletic director Shawn Eichorst tweeted immediately after the game that Miles would return for another season.

Dissatisfied But Not Discouraged, Shawn Eichorst And Tim Miles Share Same Vision For Nebraska's Future

April 10, 2017: A brutal offseason continued for Tim Miles as Michael Jacobson announced he will transfer from Nebraska. He was the fourth to leave Lincoln in less than a month following Nick Fuller, Jeriah Horne (pictured) and Ed Morrow. Jacobson and Morrow were expected to be starters next season.

References

  1. ^ issuing a tweet just after the season-ending loss (www.omaha.com)
  2. ^ Four-star guard Thomas Allen (www.omaha.com)
  3. ^ Duby Okeke (www.omaha.com)

Attorneys General speak out against rollbacks on student loan protections

Attorneys General Speak Out Against Rollbacks On Student Loan ProtectionsEarlier this month, the Department of Education took a big step towards deregulating the student loan repayment process. Under new Secretary Betsy DeVos, the agency rolled back guidelines[1] designed to protect student loan borrowers by directing federal agencies to judge student loan servicers based on their past records when issuing new contracts.

DeVos said that the decision was meant to shore up shortcomings that put an undue burden on student loan servicers and led to deficiencies in service, but critics immediately called the notion preposterous and said that the rollback rescinded commonsense consumer protections that had led to a higher level of service for borrowers. It seems that many attorneys general agree with that assessment. In a letter delivered yesterday, attorney generals from 21 states sent a letter to DeVos expressing their concern and discontent with the Department s decision.

We, the undersigned Attorneys General . . . write to express our profound concern regarding the Department of Education s revocation of critical student loan servicing reforms. The memoranda withdrawn by the Department on April 11, 2017 provided guidance designed to reform the student loan servicing industry in order to protect student loan borrowers and help these borrowers find affordable ways to repay their debts and avoid default, the letter reads.

At a time when the need for common-sense federal student loan servicing reforms is undeniable, the Department s decision to roll back essential protections imperils millions of student loan borrowers and families.

Abdicating its responsibility

The AG s point out that the guidelines allowed student loan borrowers to manage their loans, save money, and make informed decisions about their repayment options. However, with their repeal, the AG s say that consumers have become mired in ambiguity and inconsistency that the servicing reforms were intended to prevent. The letter points to several cases where consumers were misled or misguided by servicers, including recent cases brought against ACS Education Services in Massachusetts and Navient in Washington and Illinois. Investigations and enforcement actions undertaken by the state attorneys general have repeatedly revealed the havoc that student loan servicers poor practices and servicing failures wreak on the lives of borrowers, the AG s said.

In summation, the AG s say that one of the primary roles of the Department of Education is to create and enforce standards that protect student loan borrowers, but they believe that the recent actions go in the opposite direction and ultimately fail consumers.

The Department s stated rationale does not justify summarily denying student borrowers basic protections. . . The guidance revoked by the Department was expressly designed to protect borrowers and correct pervasive student loan servicing failures that harm student loan borrowers and their families. By revoking these critical protections, the Department has abdicated its responsibility to student loan borrowers.

We urge you to reconsider immediately, the letter concludes. The letter was signed by the attorneys general of Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, new York, North Carolina, Oregon Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia, as well as by the executive director of the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii. A full transcript of the letter[2] can be found here.

References

  1. ^ rolled back guidelines (www.consumeraffairs.com)
  2. ^ full transcript of the letter (www.mass.gov)