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    The Hotline mailbag is published each Friday. Send questions to [email protected] or hit me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline. Due to volume — and in some cases, the need for research — not all questions will be answered the week of submission. Thanks for your understanding. Some questions have been edited for clarity and brevity. If California Senate Bill 1401 is passed into law, what will be the impact on Pac-12 schools? Will it impact all Power Five schools? — @TerryTerry79 Impossible to know, but we can take our best guess … If forced by law to pay athletes for services rendered, Stanford, Cal and possibly UCLA will give serious thought to removing themselves from the major college football scene. Influential voices on each campus are already opposed to the current state of play — or should we say, pay-for-play. Diverting revenue to football and basketball, and away from the Olympic sports, would prompt an existential crisis on each campus … and thus for the Pac-12 writ large. Ultimately, the schools probably would decide to stick with football. If USC takes an all-in approach...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Transportation Security Administration is offering hefty incentives to help recruit more officers at Philadelphia International Airport. A second recruitment event will be held Wednesday at the Embassy Suites near the airport from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are openings for full and part-time positions.   New hires will get $500 upon starting. They’ll get another $500 dollars on their one-year anniversary.
    The Hotline mailbag is published each Friday. Send questions to [email protected] or hit me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline. Due to volume — and in some cases, the need for research — not all questions will be answered the week of submission. Thanks for your understanding. Some questions have been edited for clarity and brevity. The Pac-12 decided to remain ‘as-is’ and not expand ‘at this time.’  The Pac-12 and Big 12 media negotiations are on the horizon. Would it not be beneficial to collectively engage an investment banker/media advisor to forecast deals each conference will make on its own compared to the following combined, coast-to-coast conference: — Pac-8 division: Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State — Big 8 West division: Arizona, ASU, BYU, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Utah — Big 8 East division: Baylor, Cincinnati, Houston, Iowa State, TCU, Texas Tech, UCF, West Virginia. Worst case, they write off the consulting fees. Best case, it’s a chance to not be left completely behind in the Big Ten’s and SEC’s financial dust. — Jon Joseph Above all,...
    Getty Allen Robinson No one can accuse Matthew Judon of not being a team player. Judon is coming off a strong season when he led the New England Patriots in sacks with a career-high 12.5. He made the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive season, and now he’s recruiting major free-agent talent to come and join him in Foxborough. Monday marked the first day of legal tampering in the NFL which led to a whirlwind of agreements. Judon is busy trying to get big-name wide receivers and linebackers to help the Patriots improve on a successful 2021 campaign that ended with a loss in the opening round of the NFL Playoffs. Matthew Judon Calls on Allen Robinson Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness Judon has a very simple question for free-agent WR Allen Robinson. @AllenRobinson what you doing — Matthew Judon (@man_dammn) March 14, 2022 Robinson’s name has been mentioned in conjunction with the Patriots for the past two years. Robinson is finally a free agent and...
    Commentary on Pac-12 developments on and off the field, and court … Falling: ASU accountability The Hotline is beginning to think working at Arizona State would be a pretty good gig, especially in a senior-level position. Apparently, managers of people at ASU aren’t responsible for the actions of those people. We say that because, well, university president Michael Crow said that very thing in his first interview about the recruiting scandal that has swallowed ASU football for eight months and counting. Crow, athletic director Ray Anderson and coach Herm Edwards appeared on a friendly media outlet, Arizona Sports 98.7 — that’s ASU’s flagship radio station — for separate but successive interviews earlier this week. Notably, Crow called the recruiting scandal a “stumble” and gave Edwards a vote of confidence. In fact, listening to Anderson and Crow praise the fourth-year head coach, you’d think the Sun Devils had just won the Pac-12 championship with a scandal-free program. (Psst: That’s Utah.) The comment that made the deepest impression on the Hotline, however, came when Crow was asked why he continued to employ...
    The Pac-12 was anything but boring in 2021, which began with Larry Scott announcing his departure (Jan. 20), ended with a ghastly showing in bowl games and featured the hiring of a new commissioner, George Kliavkoff, a brief exploration of expansion, an alliance with the Big Ten and ACC, three in-season head coach terminations and plenty more. But ’22 also figures to be momentous with NCAA legislative landscape shifting rapidly, College Football Playoff expansion stagnating and the Pac-12 attempting to fortify its long-haul position in the sport. Here are 12 storylines to watch, in roughly chronological order: 1. Uncertainty in Westwood: Chip Kelly became a lame duck coach as soon as UCLA backed out of the Holiday Bowl. His original contract runs through the ’22 season, and there has been no agreement on an extension. The $9 million buyout drops to zero on Jan. 16, allowing either Kelly or the Bruins to walk away from the other for nothing. His return is more likely than not but hardly guaranteed despite the eight-win season. The next week or 10 days will...
    Two Pac-12 assistant football coaches earned at least $1 million in 2021. In the SEC, 16 assistants had seven-figure salaries. The top-paid strength coach in the Pac-12 was merely the 19th-highest paid in major college football. Meanwhile, the biggest recruiting budget in the Pac-12 doesn’t crack the top-12 nationally, according to a published report. The only thing easier to spot than Pac-12 bowl losses are examples of the conference not plowing as many resources into football infrastructure as its peers in the Power Five. New commissioner George Kliavkoff hopes to change that state of affairs by making the case to the university presidents and chancellors that investing in football can provide returns that benefit not only cash-strapped athletic departments but entire campuses. “Historically, I don’t think we’ve made a great case for the ROI of footbalI,’’ Kliavkoff told the Hotline. “I’m not going to take the opportunity to speak to my 12 bosses without talking about it. It’s going to be a constant topic. They are going to get tired of hearing it from me.’’ If Kliavkoff succeeds in convincing...
    The Hotline mailbag is published each Friday. Send questions to [email protected] or hit me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline. Due to volume — and in some cases, the need for research — not all questions will be answered the week of submission. Thanks for your understanding. Some questions have been edited for clarity and brevity. Who are your-way-too early favorites to win the North and South next year? — @TheJugg801 Too early to predict but early football predictions for 2022? — @mjhusky The Hotline will publish initial order-of-finish projections for the 2022 division races in the middle of January, after the NFL Draft declaration deadline. And we’ll update those projections following spring practice. But since you asked, we would frame the North and South races in this manner … — South: Utah is the clear, perhaps overwhelming favorite. The Utes lose receiver Britain Covey and linebacker Devin Lloyd but should retain the majority of their starters. That includes quarterback Cam Rising and key linemen on both lines of scrimmage. Also, Utah has made expert use of the transfer portal to fill specific holes. We expect...
    The Hotline mailbag is published each Friday. Send questions to [email protected] or hit me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline. Due to volume — and in some cases, the need for research — not all questions will be answered the week of submission. Thanks for your understanding. Some questions have been edited for clarity and brevity. Where does Kyle Whittingham rank for all-time Pac-12 coaches? — @dpattenj A timely question considering Utah’s ascent to the Pac-12 throne and Whittingham’s second conference Coach of the Year award. We’ll take the question to include the sweep of conference history, dating back more than 100 years. Against that timeline, I’m not sure Whittingham qualifies as a pantheon-worthy coach. After all, he has no national championships and only one conference title. Surely, he’s far behind the likes of John McKay and Terry Donahue, Don James and John Robinson, Tommy Prothro and, of course, Pete Carroll. Of the recent coaches, I’d place Whittingham behind Stanford’s David Shaw (three league titles) and Chip Kelly, who changed the game during his tenure at Oregon and won 10+ games four years in a row....
    Trump still rules his world. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is refusing to stand up for the 13 House Republicans who voted for their districts last Friday, when they helped pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill. That bill was negotiated by Republican senators and passed with 19 of their votes, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s. Those members, like Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, are getting death threats. Those threats have instigated by their extremist colleagues like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, and McCarthy is still saying nothing. Worse, he’s recruiting more of the deplorables. McCarthy announced Monday that he was endorsing candidates in Wisconsin, Texas, and Illinois with his “Young Gun” group. That’s the program he started back in 2008 with has-beens Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan. Those candidates “have met a series of rigorous goals and surpassed program benchmarks to establish a clear path to victory,” the website for the program says. The one in Wisconsin, Derrick Van Orden, said of the 13 people who voted to repair bridges and roads in their districts, they “just voted themselves out of a job, and rightly so,”...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Would you like fries with that? Or how about a job? A fast food chain is pitching not just fried chicken, but employment opportunities to every customer they serve. Morning Insider Tim McNicholas shows us some unique approaches to a dire labor shortage. READ MORE: Cigarette Sales Went Up For The First Time In 20 Years During The PandemicWhen restaurants all over town are looking for workers, it’s time to think outside the to-go box. “We’re starting at $15 an hour. How much do you make at your job right now?” Colby Ledet, a supervisor at national fast food chain Raising Cane’s, asked a customer. Raising Cane’s employees are approaching customers at their Naperville, Illinois dining room and drive-thru, asking them to apply, and even handing out “We’re Hiring” cards. Ledet is one of about 100 Dallas-based employees who have been temporarily relocated to help with recruitment efforts. He’s on the corporate staff, but a couple weeks ago he hopped behind the register so the Naperville dining room could stay open on a Friday night. “We’re so understaffed...
    Commentary on Pac-12 developments on and off the field, and court … Rising: Pac-12 basketball schedule The most-anticipated season in years is fast approaching. On Wednesday, the Pac-12 released the master schedule, which includes tipoff times and TV assignments for all but a few games. We took a peek at the non-conference opponents to get a sense for the challenge — and opportunity — awaiting the teams. It’s impossible to provide the full list of foes because so many teams play in-season tournaments, where only the opening-round opponent is known. But we know this: The Pac-12 has three games against defending national champion Baylor, two games against (likely) preseason No. 1 Gonzaga and single games against North Carolina, Villanova and Kansas. We also know UCLA’s schedule is an absolute work of art. The Bruins, who returned all the key players from their Final Four run and should be No. 2 or 3 in the AP preseason poll, will host Villanova and face Gonzaga and North Carolina in Las Vegas. They will carry the Pac-12 banner with two hands. Everyone else...
    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Foundation has revealed it's pushing for more diversity among its workforce in its annual report.  The Trustees’ and Auditor’s report for 2020 stated that while diversity is always considered in recruitment, there have been no 'formal targets for diversity of the board' and improving this has become a 'particular focus'.  The report, which covered the period of January to December 2020 comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's acrimonious split from the Royal Family and subsequent allegations of racism within the Firm.  In their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, Meghan Markle claimed a senior royal had raised concerns about how dark their son Archie's skin might be before he was born.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Foundation have revealed a push for more diversity among their staff in their annual report. The couple are pictured in Edinburgh in May The Trustees’ and Auditor’s report for 2020 stated improving diversity among staff has become a 'particular focus'. The Duke and Duchess are pictured speaking with the parent of a boy...
    08/13/2021 at 5:16 PM CEST Sampaoli opposed the arrival of Messi to the French competition. An arrival, which added to that of Sergio Ramos or Achraf, and the already usual Neymar, Mbappé or Verrati, It would make a league that has been growing in recent years less competitive. The Argentine coach was critical of his signing: “It reminds us that power is stronger than justice & rdquor;, he claimed. “Recruiting the best player in the world further increases the gap with other clubs & rdquor ;, added. Greater visibility that does not compensate for Leo’s compatriot: “Everyone will watch Ligue 1 thanks to his presence, but it also means that equity is moving away & rdquor;he explained. “Hopefully Leo has a good time, be happy and enjoy this very competitive, difficult and different contest. For us it will be a special motivation. All eyes will be on here & rdquor ;, he said. “He is a strawberry for the league, he is the best player in the world playing in France,” he...
    New York (CNN Business)Administrators and career service leaders at some of the nation's top historically Black colleges and universities, also known as HBCUs, say recruitment of their students and graduates by major corporations has dramatically increased since the police murder of George Floyd more than a year ago.Public outrage spread globally after the widely viewed video of Floyd's death at the hands of former officers in Minneapolis circulated in May 2020. That motivated many Fortune 500 companies to do more to improve racial equity in the United States, including bolstering the ranks of Black Americans working in Corporate America.Since then, HBCU leaders say they've been flooded with millions of dollars in donations from major companies as well as billionaire philanthropists like MacKenzie Scott, Michael Bloomberg and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The schools' leaders caution that it's too early to say with certainty how many more Black college graduates are actually getting hired by major companies, but so far they've seen a substantial rise in the number of internships and job interviews provided by major brands."In my 24-year career in...
    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State has placed two more assistant football coaches on paid administrative leave amidst an ongoing NCAA investigation into the program’s recruiting. Prentice Gill and Chris Hawkins were the two assistants put on leave, an Arizona State official confirmed Monday. The school did not give a reason for the decision and said it wouldn’t have further comment. The pair joins tight ends coach Adam Breneman, who was put on paid leave in late July. Gill is Arizona State’s receivers coach and assistant recruiting coordinator while Hawkins is the defensive backs coach. Yahoo! Sports first reported that Gill and Hawkins had been placed on leave. Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards said during Pac-12 media days last month that he couldn’t comment on the probe into whether the Sun Devils hosted high school prospects during the NCAA-imposed ban on in-person recruiting during the pandemic. “Speaking of circumstances right now, as you guys know, we are under NCAA review. With that being said, we cannot comment on what’s taking place with our football team,” Edwards said. The NCAA...
    Commentary on Pac-12 developments on, and off, the field … Falling: Pac-12 recruiting We’re approximately five months from the start of the 2021-22 early-signing window, and mid-summer trends could very well vanish by late fall. But the Hotline couldn’t help noticing the Pac-12’s position nationally in the 247Sports recruiting rankings, where Oregon has moved to No. 8, thanks to a load of four-star prospects, and USC is slotted No. 23, thanks to two five-star recruits. No other Pac-12 team is in the top 30 nationally, and only one other team, UCLA, is in the top 40. All the way down in the mid-40s, we find Cal and UCLA. In the 50th slot, there’s Washington — one recruiting cycle after the Huskies finished No. 36. There’s a good reason for the generally low rankings: Because of COVID restrictions imposed by state and local health authorities, Pac-12 programs are behind their Power Five peers in foundational matter like official visits, scholarship offers and verbal commitments. But even if we assume the pace of commitments increases, with an accompanying rise in the 247Sports...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — More than 10.5 million vaccines have been administered statewide and as more people are vying for a chance to get the coronavirus vaccine, officials are now recruiting volunteers to help vaccine sites run more efficiently. There has been an ongoing issue over people finding loopholes in the state’s current tier system. These vaccine line-jumpers are misusing registration codes and appointments that are targeting under-served areas to get their vaccine without being part of the current tier that’s being served. However, a new possible way to get vaccines early, according to the San Francisco Gate, is completely allowed. A spokesperson with California Volunteers told the publication that anyone who works four hours or more at a vaccine site may be allowed to get the shot, even if they’re not currently eligible under state guidelines. RELATED: Vaccine Line Jumpers Heading Out To Hard-Hit Communities, Improperly Using Access Codes To Get Vaccinated Faster The way you sign up to volunteer is through the MyTurnVolunteer portal, which Governor Gavin Newsom’s office launched on Monday. People can search and register for...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — As more people are vying for a chance to get the coronavirus vaccine, officials are now recruiting volunteers to help vaccine sites run more efficiently. There has been an ongoing issue over people finding loopholes in the state’s current tier system. These vaccine line-jumpers are misusing registration codes and appointments that are targeting under-served areas to get their vaccine without being part of the current tier that’s being served. However, a new possible way to get vaccines early, according to the San Francisco Gate, is completely allowed. A spokesperson with California Volunteers told the publication that anyone who works four hours or more at a vaccine site may be allowed to get the shot, even if they’re not currently eligible under state guidelines. RELATED: Vaccine Line Jumpers Heading Out To Hard-Hit Communities, Improperly Using Access Codes To Get Vaccinated Faster The way you sign up to volunteer is through the MyTurnVolunteer portal, which Governor Gavin Newsom’s office launched on Monday. People can search and register for volunteer shifts at vaccination sites based on their zip code,...
    For the Buffalo Bills, it’s all hands on deck to recruit J.J. Watt. Since the Houston Texans released the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award winner earlier this month, there have been plenty of rumors about where he could end up next, with the Bills seen as one of the most likely destinations. While the Bills reached the AFC Championship game last season, their defense was lacking in pass rush and Watt is seen by many insiders as a strong free agent target. A pair of top Bills wide receivers are now joining to help recruit him. Stefon Diggs, who earned NFL All Pro honors in his first season in Buffalo, took to Twitter to help warm Watt to the idea of moving to Buffalo next year. @JJWatt just hear me out real quick big fella ???? — DIGGS (@stefondiggs) February 12, 2021 He was quickly joined by another Bills legend, Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed. The four-time Super Bowl runner up shared the message from Diggs and threw in a longer pitch to get...
    Reaction to Pac-12 developments on and off the field … 1. News in the North Eight weeks after he won the Pac-12 championship and six weeks after indicating he would return in 2021 “hungrier than ever,” Oregon quarterback Tyler Shough is transferring. Shough made the announcement Friday, and it’s a surprise in this regard: Starting quarterbacks with eligibility remaining rarely enter the transfer portal before they lose the job. Typically, they participate in offseason conditioning, compete in spring practice and then assess the situation. Or they offer a spirited defense through training camp and then enter the transfer portal. But a returning starter bailing before the first snap of spring? It doesn’t happen often. We won’t speculate on the reason for Shough’s decision — perhaps there were personal considerations. And there’s always a chance, albeit unlikely, that he will reverse course and return to Eugene. For now, let’s assume Shough, who led the conference in passing efficiency, is gone for good. Given that development, our projection for the North division in 2021 … doesn’t change one iota. The Hotline picked...
    Ethan Hawke to Star in Scott Derrickson’s Horror Thriller ‘The Black Phone’ 7 Top Costly Mistakes Investors Made Last Year NBA Execs Reveal Their No. 1 Pick, Kansas’ Recruiting Struggles & More Welcome to the Goody Bag, a grab bag of stories from Stadium hoops insider Jeff Goodman. Find more of Jeff’s content here and don’t forget to follow him on Twitter. © Provided by Stadium What Does It Take to Be No. 1? A year ago, no one really wanted the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. Sure, Minnesota Timberwolves general manager Gersson Rosas did his best to muster up a smile, but the top of the draft was beyond underwhelming. This year it’s the polar opposite. “There are at least three guys that would have gone No. 1 last season, maybe as many as five,” one NBA general manager told me earlier this week. “No one was tanking last season,” another added. “This year will be different.” Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham stepped onto campus in Stillwater as the de facto frontrunner to be selected first in the...
    More than 10,000 poll workers have been recruited by NBA superstar LeBron James' voting rights organization More Than A Vote, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), the non-profits announced Wednesday. Their campaign We Got Next officially launched less than two weeks ago. Janell Byrd-Chichester, the director of LDF's Thurgood Marshall Institute, told CBS News that they are "thrilled" by the number of people who have signed up and wants to keep it growing.   "We want more and we're going to continue to push and encourage people to sign up to be poll workers because it's fundamental to our democracy," Byrd-Chichester told CBS News. We Got Next: Chiney Ogwumike by More Than A Vote on YouTube Facing a poll worker shortage throughout the country, and in particular communities of color, the campaign aims to recruit young people. It kicked off with an ad that has been airing on TV throughout the NBA playoffs and digital platforms. The commercial, narrated by WNBA star Chiney Ogwumike, directs viewers to sign up as poll workers through More Than a...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing changes to the fanfare of being recruited by any college team but especially smaller schools on a budget. With the safety measures in place much of the pomp and circumstance won’t happen for high student athletes looking to play at the next level. Technology is allowing athletic departments to think outside the box. “Look at the NBA. No one ever talked about a bubble before but you have to think outside the box and try to be creative in the way you go about things,” Point Park University Director of Athletics John Ashaolu said. Ashaolu said most recruiting is now virtual. From Zoom calls to virtual visits but their location allows for student athletes to at least check out campus on their own. “We’re situated in a great area. Right downtown, so anyone can come downtown and walk around. Some of our recruits have done that,” he said inside the university’s student center. For any recruits wanting a tour, there is a screening process, social distancing guidelines and the use of...
    *** The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season and twice-a-week in the summer. (Sign up here for a free subscription.) This edition, from Aug. 25, has been made available in archived form. Wrong Call On Football? Two weeks ago today, the Pac-12 shuttered football for the first time in conference history. Not much has changed over the fortnight: The SEC, ACC and Big 12 continue churning forward despite positive tests, practice pauses and campus policy reversals. At the same time, so much has changed: The Covid-19 positivity rate is dropping in Arizona; the case counts are plunging in Washington; and the outbreak is receding in California. Local conditions no longer seem quite so daunting across the Pac-12 footprint. So we wonder: Did the presidents move too soon? Absolutely not, and quite possibly yes. Sorry for the waffling. But with college football as with so many coronavirus matters, the answer is steeped in complexity and nuance. Earlier this summer, the Hotline outlined the smooth manner in which the Pac-12 conducted business during the pandemic. Earlier...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is back on the lookout for poll workers, this time for the Nov. 3 election that requires a crew of about 17,000. Secretary of State Tre Hargett's office says thousands served as poll workers in the Aug. 6 primary, including many young people. His office is working with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to acknowledge Sept. 1 as National Poll Worker Recruitment Day. Those interested in the paid job can apply at GoVoteTN.com. Early voting begins Oct. 14. Poll workers must be 16 or older or a registered voter if 18 or older, cannot be a candidate or one's close relative and must be able to read and write English. They must wear face coverings and receive COVID-19 precaution training. Local government employees qualify, unless they work directly under a candidate. State employees are eligible. Federal workers should consult human resources. Additionally, they help count absentee ballots, which certain voters can already request. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Tennessee
    The Ohio State Buckeyes and head coach Ryan Day won a massive recruiting battle to land 4-star linebacker Dasan McCullough.  While Ohio State fans may still be disappointed the Big Ten decided to cancel the football season this fall, there’s some incredible news from out on the recruiting trail that’s sure to bring a smile to your face. Ryan Day and his coaches at Ohio State have been cleaning up with recruiting, and it’s not only the 2021 class they’ve had success with. Nope, the Buckeyes are working fast to make an impact for 2022 recruits, and they just did so with 4-star linebacker Dasan McCullough. Throughout his recruitment, the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder picked up 43 total scholarship offers, but has shut things down and given an early verbal to Ohio State. BREAKING: Elite LB @Dasan2022 announces commitment to #OhioState #Buckeyes. Discusses his decision here. https://t.co/kc0TSjvFR0 — Bill Kurelic (@Bill_Kurelic) August 18, 2020 4-star linebacker Dasan McCullough committed to Ohio State over a boatload of other offers from national powerhousesIn addition to Ohio State, McCullough also had other offers from Clemson,...
    JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 02: Georgia Bulldogs running back Kenny McIntosh (6) celebrates with teammates in the stands following the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators on November 2, 2019 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Under Kirby Smart, the Georgia Bulldogs are a recruiting power.When Georgia decided to hire Kirby Smart as their new head coach in 2016, they did so in hopes that he would take the team from being a consistently good team to one of the elite programs in college football. Although the Dawgs have their issues, Smart, for the most part, has been successful, making Georgia the clear No. 1 team in the SEC East division, winning an SEC Championship, and almost winning a national title. Part of the teams’ recent success is thanks to their prowess on the recruiting trail where they have been absolutely stellar since Smart arrived. Beginning with Smart’s first full recruiting class in 2017, Georgia has had a top-three recruiting class each year since according to the 247...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With his Army recruiting office shuttered due to the coronavirus, Staff Sgt. Anthony Holt has had to be creative to meet his enlistment goals. Using social media is one way. Signing up the grocery delivery guy is another. Holt asked the man how he ended up with the virtual shopping job. It turned out, he wanted to be a boat operator, but a job with an Alaskan cruise company fell through because of the pandemic. The Army also has maritime jobs, Holt told him. He found an open training slot for an Army watercraft operator. The delivery guy enlisted. “I talk to every single person that I meet no matter what, because I have no idea what their life story is,” said Holt, who is based in Bowling Green, Kentucky. ”If I have the opportunity to help somebody the way that the Army’s helped me, I seize that opportunity.” COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on military recruiting, closing enlistment stations and forcing thousands of recruiters to woo potential soldiers online, or even on their front steps....
    By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With his Army recruiting office shuttered due to the coronavirus, Staff Sgt. Anthony Holt has had to be creative to meet his enlistment goals. Using social media is one way. Signing up the grocery delivery guy is another. Holt asked the man how he ended up with the virtual shopping job. It turned out, he wanted to be a boat operator, but a job with an Alaskan cruise company fell through because of the pandemic. The Army also has maritime jobs, Holt told him. He found an open training slot for an Army watercraft operator. The delivery guy enlisted. “I talk to every single person that I meet no matter what, because I have no idea what their life story is," said Holt, who is based in Bowling Green, Kentucky. ”If I have the opportunity to help somebody the way that the Army’s helped me, I seize that opportunity.” COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on military recruiting, closing enlistment stations and forcing thousands of recruiters to woo potential soldiers online,...
    The Justice Department is levelling more accusations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — though not new charges. Officials have filed a superseding indictment against Assange that maintains the earlier 18 counts of computer intrusion and Espionage Act violations, but adds claims that he recruited hackers, including people from Anonymous and LulzSec. Most notably, the DOJ alleges that Assange talked to a LulzSec leader (who’d already turned FBI informant) in 2012 and provided a list of hacking targets for a document sweep. He reportedly encouraged the LulzSec leader to target the CIA, NSA and New York Times, arguing that theses organizations’ hacked materials would be more “impactful,” according to the DOJ.
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