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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — In the aftermath of Drew Lock’s first career start, his phone buzzed with a text from Archie Manning.

The father of former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning offered his congratulations to the rookie quarterback, who won his debut against the Chargers.

“’You can’t win them all if you don’t win your first,’” Lock remembered the text saying. “That gave me a good giggle and a good laugh. He’s so right.”

Lock, who became close with the family at the Manning Passing Academy in 2018 ahead of his senior season, also received a text from Peyton.

“Being able to hear from those guys meant a lot,” Lock said.

Since joining the Broncos, the relationship has only grown between Lock and the Manning family.

On Sunday against the Texans, Lock could earn another congratulatory text — and a place in Broncos history.

Lock became just the sixth Broncos quarterback to win his starting debut as a rookie with a win over Los Angeles, and he could join a more-exclusive club this weekend.

John Elway, Craig Penrose and Marlin Briscoe are the only Broncos quarterbacks to win their first two starts as rookies. The streak ends there, though. Elway lost his third game, and Penrose didn’t start another game until 1978. Briscoe’s starts, meanwhile, were not in consecutive weeks.

As he aims to tie Elway and Penrose, Lock will face a Texans defense that ranks 28th in passing defense and interceptions, 26th in sacks, 31st in red-zone percentage and 32nd in third-down percentage.

Those rankings suggest Lock could improve upon his debut in which he finished 18-of-28 for 134 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Head Coach Vic Fangio agreed.

“Just some better throws in some situations, a little bit more accuracy,” said Fangio of areas in which he wants to see Lock make progress. “Just general improvement all the way across the board. Obviously, the one thing that everybody noticed is the throws. I thought he missed a couple the other day, but that’s to be expected. Hopefully he misses less this game.”

Lock has already learned a lesson that could help him Sunday in his first road game.

“Going back to the pick, just learning not to force anything,” Lock said. “In college, I might have been able to get away with a couple decisions like that, but these guys are quicker, these guys are faster and these guys are smarter. I’m not going to be able to get away with things as much as I did in college. Where being able to take the things that they give me 24/7, that’ll just help us move down the field better. [It's a] you-can’t-go-broke-if-you’re-taking-a-profit-type deal, so take what they give you. Being able to realize the little decisions throughout the game can really affect the big picture of the game, that was one of the big takeaways.”

Lock noted the game slowed down for him even between his first and second drive. On that first drive, he missed a deep throw to Courtland Sutton and completed a pass short of the first-down marker as the team went three-and-out.

“People were buzzing around my head, I was pretty antsy and excited to go,” Lock said. “The heartbeat was pounding for sure, but once I went out there for my second drive, it was way more relaxed and I felt super confident about it.”

Lock responded on his second and third drives by twice finding Courtland Sutton in the end zone for a 14-0 lead.

Neither Lock nor Fangio said the playbook was simplified for the rookie in his first start. Instead, the team aimed to put Lock in a position to succeed by choosing what to implement.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say last week was simple, but we definitely tried to keep a clear head for me — make some of our plays and what we’re checking to, this and that, a little easier,” Lock said. “I might get a little bit more this week, but regardless of what their plan is, I’m super excited. I looked over the plan last night and went over it this morning. I think it’s an awesome plan that we have going into this game.”

Fangio said any changes to the plays the Broncos run against the Texans will have more to do with the Broncos’ game plan rather than Lock.

Lock, though, said he feels more comfortable talking to the offensive coaching staff about the plays he likes and what he thinks he can execute.

“I feel like I can definitely talk a little bit more, but as far as what we talked about yesterday, it was, ‘Let’s prep the exact same way that we did last week,’” Lock said. “You put in just enough time, let’s maybe put in even a little bit more this week. Not change your schedule, not change when you go to bed, not change when you eat, just keep it the same and we’ll try to ride this thing out. I think as the weeks go on, I could probably put more input in, but as Week 2 as a starter, I’ll still probably defer to them.”
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If Lock can replicate the result, he’ll join Elway and Penrose in an exclusive club.

And as Archie Manning may say, “You can’t win them all if you don’t win your first two.”

Correction: Marlin Briscoe also won his first two starts as a rookie. Briscoe, however, appeared in five games between his two starts. The Broncos lost the next game in which Briscoe appeared.

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Louisville football is looking to solidify what has been an extremely productive period of recruitment for its first class under Scott Satterfield. Here are the three biggest fish for the Cardinals with a week remaining.
National Signing Day early signing period is on December 18th, and Louisville football is rounding out a class that should consist of some marquee instant-impact type of players.

Still, Louisville has quite a few positions of need and they are looking to add 3-4 more players before things are said and done.

Though the “regular period” begins on February 5th, Louisville, like most other power five schools, is going to look to get the bulk of its class to sign early in order to begin planning out the season to come.

Let’s take a look at three players Louisville fans should want to land most.

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6’6,” 305 | St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, FL

We start with the biggest long shot for the Cards in stud offensive tackle Marcus Dumervil.

In college football, if you want to keep up with the Joneses you have to start by building up your play in the trenches. That’s seriously the only way to keep up.

Look at Louisville’s losses this year: Notre Dame, Florida State, Clemson, Miami, Kentucky. Those are the five teams that the Cards faced with the most talent on the offensive and defensive line. And in each of those games, Louisville was exposed on both sides of the football.

You can coach technique, discipline, etc., but you can’t teach big, strong, and fast. When Louisville could hold its own upfront, they blew the doors off of some teams this year, but when they faced the big-name squads, things got ugly fast.

The Cards need a few big-time linemen and they would land perhaps their best player ever in the legacy recruit Dumervil.

His uncle, Elvis, was an absolute terror in the early 2000s at Louisville and ranks No. 2 among our All-time Louisville football player rankings. His older brother, Dejmi Dumervil-Jean redshirted this year in an effort to get into better playing shape for the 2020 season.

Dumervil would be a massive get, but the Cards have stiff competition for his services. Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Auburn are among the 60 + schools to offer him, and according to 247Sports experts, he is a lean towards LSU.

Still, you know offensive coordinator Dwayne Ledford and recruiting mastermind Cort Dennison are going to be in on him until the end.

The opportunity to play with his brother and get immediate playing time are likely to be enticing.

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While Dumervil feels like a longshot for the Cards, they are certainly the favorites to land the services of talented New Orleans cornerback Jamie Greedy Vance.

Vance has offers from the likes of Auburn, Arizona State, and Houston, but he has been trending towards the Cards for a while.

Here’s what 247Sports recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks had to say about Vance, who he projects as a soon-to-be power five starter with a high upside:

Athletic cover corner who compensates for lack of size with impressive on-field athleticism. Owns adequate height, but has a lean, thin frame and must add some bulk in college. Plays with awareness. Has played plenty of snaps in press coverage, off-man coverage, and zone. Looks most natural lining up on top of the receiver at the LOS. Shows a smooth, upright effortlessness about his gait. Willing to hand fight with receivers and mixes it up pretty well relative to size. Willingness to defend the run and screen game are encouraging, particularly relative to size. Competitive, fiery player. Plays for consistently talent-laden program and faces strong competition in practices and games. Play speed is good, but 40 time has not been verified in a combine testing environment. Could be targeted in the red zone against taller, go-get-it wideouts. Flashes some surprising pop behind his pads, but needs to clean up occasional glancing blows. Size concerns are there, but instincts, on-field athleticism, and motor suggest a quality Power Five starter at the next level.
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A 5’10” corner with a slender frame, excellent instincts, and great motor? Sounds like another corner that panned out just fine at Louisville in second-year Packer Jaire Alexander.

Not that Vance would become a first-round pick by any means, but he is the kind of talent that could wind up having an extremely successful career as a Cardinal. His size and speed fit perfectly with what Louisville is trying to do on defense.

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The Bruins’ hopes at a men’s championship died in the final week of the regular season, and only one woman in blue and gold qualified for nationals.

But assistant coach Devin Elizondo said there were still some positive takeaways.

“Not everything went as we hoped,” Elizondo said. “But there were some amazing bright spots for the program.”

UCLA cross country saw an All-American finish from junior Christina Rice, and two top-125 placements from senior Garrett Reynolds and redshirt senior Colin Burke at the NCAA championship Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana. However, it was the second consecutive year that neither the men’s or women’s squad qualified for the championship as a team.

The last time there were no Bruin team qualifiers in consecutive years was in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

The UCLA men held a top-10 ranking for two weeks this season and had its sights set on the possibility of an automatic bid to the NCAA championship, but a late-season injury to redshirt senior Robert Brandt derailed the team’s qualifying chances.

Brandt was the Bruins’ top runner and was a top-10 finisher in every race he participated in this season.

While Elizondo said he was concerned with the gap between the front and back runners for the Bruins, new faces were able to tighten the pack in the latter half of the season. Elizondo said the performances of redshirt junior Andy Ehrenberg, redshirt freshman Darius Riley and junior DJ Lawson at the Pac-12 championship Nov. 1 stood out most.

“On the men’s side, we got a lot from some of our role players,” Elizondo said. “We came in believing our depth was one of our greatest strengths. We went further down the lineup than we thought we were going to have to. Those young guys stepped up – (Ehrenberg, Riley and Lawson).”

UCLA will lose its top three men’s runners – in addition to three other seniors – to graduation. Reynolds – who finished 84th at nationals – said the future of the men’s team will be in good hands if they buy into the legacy they’ve left behind.

“I think it’s definitely a big transition point for the team going into the next school year,” Reynolds said. “If the freshmen and the young guys that are here right now, as well as the incoming guys, if they can carry out, act, train, perform and have the same mentality, they’ll be in a good place.”

Rice said she saw a lot of growth within herself over the course of the season, rising into scoring positions and garnering an All-American title in the first championship race of her collegiate career.

As for the women’s team as a whole, Rice said it took a step back from last year and need to get back on the right track.

“I think we just need to learn how to work together as a group and get everyone on the same page,” Rice said. “I think that we definitely had a lot more focus last year. I think this year was just a learning and growing year.”
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Many of the cross country athletes will suit up again in the spring once the track and field season begins. Reynolds said his training program will have to shift in his 13-week offseason to prepare for the shorter distances of the indoor track season.

“This season, the training was fantastic,” Reynolds said. “(Elizondo, assistant coach Austin O’Neil and I) will come up with a plan to make a clean transition from how we trained in cross country and move that toward 5K and 10K training in the spring.”

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South Carolina Department of Insurance Director Ray Farmer and Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier have been elected to the positions of president and president-elect, respectively, of the NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners).

The two were voted in at the NAIC’s fall meeting this week in Austin, Texas. They will assume the roles Jan. 1, 2020.

Previously, Farmer served as president-elect at the NAIC while Altmaier served as vice president.

As part of the state-based system of insurance regulation in the United States, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) provides expertise, data, and analysis for insurance commissioners to effectively regulate the industry and protect consumers. The U.S. standard-setting organization is governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories.

South Carolina Director of Insurance Ray Farmer
Through the NAIC, state insurance regulators establish standards and best practices, conduct peer reviews, and coordinate regulatory oversight. NAIC staff supports these efforts and represents the collective views of state regulators domestically and internationally

Farmer was first appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to serve as director for the South Carolina Department of Insurance in 2012. He has more than 40 years’ experience, having served as a deputy insurance commissioner for the Georgia Department of Insurance and as vice president for the American Insurance Association.

In 2018, Farmer oversaw the passing of the Insurance Data Security Act – a law that is the first in the nation to require insurance companies to have a comprehensive and secure plan to protect consumer data. In 2019, Farmer was asked to serve on Governor Henry McMaster’s Floodwater Commission, working to increase resiliency among South Carolina’s most at-risk citizens who face yearly challenges with hurricanes and floodwaters.

According to SCDOI, Farmer will tackle issues such as climate risk & resilience, long-term care & cybersecurity for NAIC. He has served as chair of the organization’s Cybersecurity Task Force.

“It is an honor to serve as president of the NAIC and I look forward to leading insurance regulators from around the country and continuing to ensure the South Carolina industry is well regulated and our consumers are well protected,” said Director Farmer.

Altmaier has served as Florida’s insurance commissioner since 2016. He was chosen by the Florida Cabinet, which consists of the state’s governor, chief financial officer, attorney general and agriculture commissioner. He previously served as OIR deputy commissioner and has worked for OIR since 2008.

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier
He has served on various committees of the NAIC, including chairing the P/C Risk-Capital Working Group and the Capital Adequacy Task Force.

“As one of the largest, most complex insurance markets in the world, it is critical for Florida to have a seat at the table for state, national, and global regulatory discussions. I am glad that Commissioner Altmaier will play a leading role in these critical areas,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.
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“I am honored to have been chosen as President-Elect of the NAIC,” Altmaier said. “This year, we have made significant progress on many key issues. As president-elect, I will continue the open dialogue to strengthen the consumer-focused framework that guides our mission as state insurance regulators.”

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When the Illinois Fighting Illini football and the Northwestern Wildcats get together, typically the better team wins. We really haven’t seen many upsets in this series lately, as the LOL HAT (Land of Lincoln Hat Trophy) rivalry often goes chalk. Illinois is seeking their first win in this series since 2014, the famous match-up of 5-6 teams that would see one team go on to the post-season, the other home for the holidays.

As it’s Thanksgiving and LOL HAT week, let’s break it all down.

Saturday, Nov. 30

Illinois vs. Northwestern (11 am CT//Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois//FS1, FS1 App)

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The Illini are favored in this game for the first time in a long while, and it’s actually a double digit spread. If you’re making free expert college football picks, you can find the Illini priced most typically at -10 1/2 points. If you want tickets to this game, they are readily available through the box office for as low as $20. In the secondary market, they are dirt cheap. Regardless of the teams’ records, or venue, this game is always poorly attended. As it’s always held on Thanksgiving weekend, people typically have better things to do

TV Segment Preview, yours truly with Jarret Payton on CLTV Sports Feed:

Thanks @PaulMBanks for talking college football and Chicago Fire FC soccer with @paytonsun on Tuesday’s @CLTVSportsFeed: https://t.co/bezkBquMpe

— Larry Hawley (@HawleySports) November 27, 2019

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Illinois is playing for their first winning conference season since 2007, and a chance to bring the four game slide against Northwestern to an end. They took a very unorthodox and circuitous route to six wins/bowl eligibility, with a chance at a seventh right there for the taking.

Losing to Eastern Michigan, beating Wisconsin, winning at Michigan State- who saw that as the path to six? Illini football coach Lovie Smith could be sweating on the fitness of cornerback Tony Adams and starting quarterback Brandon Peters. The latter has been as key as anybody to this season’s massive turnaround.

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Peters can be maddening sometimes with all the turnovers he tosses sometimes, but his gunslinger mentality is huge. Like any good outside shooter in basketball, he has a short memory on his mistakes and he just keeps making plays. Peters, plus the new added depth at the skill positions this season has gotten the offense to finally click in both facets.

What makes Illini football what it is in 2019 though is the turnover margin. No other defense in the nation can consistently get the ball back like this Illini football team can. It’s why Illinois revenue sports can finally have nice things again, with a bid to the Red Box or Pinstripe Bowl upcoming.

For the Illini football bowl summary and history, go to this link.

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As the Illini are rising, NU is falling. The Wildcats are already set for their worst season since 2002, and a loss here gives them a bottom that you would have to go all the way back to the Francis Peay era, 1989, in order to be matched.

Northwestern has by some measures the worst offense in the nation, or at least among the worst. In the passing game, they are absolute bottom, and stuck in the basement by a very significant margin. It’s fair to say that this might be the final game for Quarterbacks Coach and Offensive Coordinator Mick McCall.

What a terrible message it would send to kids, if he stays: “you can be the worst in the entire nation, at what you are highly paid to,” and still keep your job. At this points it’s about principles and ideals https://t.co/T1jxmCL5sJ

— Paul M. Banks??? (@PaulMBanks) November 24, 2019

Or at least it should be. If McCall survives this season, then you can best be sure his job could survive a nuclear winter. NU has plenty of stellar defensive playmakers, like all-time sack leader Joe Gaziano and Baby Fitz middle linebacker Paddy Fisher.

Unfortunately, the offensive side of the ball has kept them from being all that they can be. Nevertheless, the Illini will have plenty of NU defensive playmakers to account for and game plan around.
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Prediction: Illini Football 27, Northwestern 10

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation.

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WeWork took the boring, shared-office-space concept, added kombucha on tap and the allure of working in a cool, hip, aesthetically pleasing environment and became one of the most highly valued unicorn companies, reaching a reported peak valuation of $47 billion.

The company has had a great run of success, quickly opening new locations all over the world. Investment bankers vigorously competed to bring the company public. This thrust WeWork into the limelight, consequently revealing large cracks in its facade. The issues—once disclosed—crushed the sky-high $47 billion valuation to about $20 billion today.

Larry Ellison, the multibillionaire CEO of Oracle, lambasted the entire crop of unicorns—those similar to WeWork that have gone public, like Uber. According to Barron’s, Ellison is not a fan of their business models. “They have nothing,” Ellison said. “No technology. And no loyalty.”

He derides WeWork self-positioning itself as a sophisticated technology company. He points out that the emperor has no clothes and sees WeWork as a basic, boring business. “WeWork rents a building from me, and breaks it up, and then rents it,” Ellison said. “They say, ‘We’re a technology company, and we want a tech multiple.’ It’s bizarre.”

WeWork was eager to go public and reap billions of dollars. Once the IPO documents went public, it revealed a scary pattern of financial self-dealing. The IPO was put on hold due to the negative backlash. It was reported that WeWork cofounder and CEO Adam Neumann changed the company’s official name to the We Company. Conveniently, he previously trademarked the name and charged his own company about $9 million for using it. The company burned through $1.6 billion in 2018 and analysts believe it will lose over $1 billion this year. Neumann “cashed out more than $700 million from the company ahead of its initial public offering through a mix of stock sales and debt,” according to a July Wall Street Journal report. Meanwhile, rank and file employees were not afforded the opportunity to sell their shares to lock in profits.

Neumann is reported to have engaged in over-the-top, questionable behavior. He reportedly left a cereal box filled with weed on a private jet. When crewmembers found it, they called the plane’s owner. Worried about this being some sort of global drug-trafficking ring, the owner demanded that the plane be returned, which left Neumann stranded in another country.

Neumann has told reporters that he’d like to become leader of the world, live forever and amass more than $1 trillion in wealth. His wife and WeWork cofounder, Rebekah Neumann—a cousin of Gwyeneth Paltrow—has her own idiosyncrasies. According to reports, she had a number of employees abruptly fired because “she didn’t like their energy” after briefly meeting them.

A Wall Street Journal profile of Neumann revealed the bizarre way he fired about 7% of the company’s employees in 2016. At an all-hands meeting at WeWork’s home office, Neumann was “telling attendees the move was tough, but necessary to cut costs and the company would be better because of it” and then things took a weird turn. Shot glasses filled with tequila were brought out to the assembled employees. Then, Darryl McDaniels of the old-school rap group, Run-D.M.C, started to perform their 1980s hit, “It’s Tricky.”

There is some good news. On Glassdoor, employees rank Adam Neumann highly as a CEO with a 62% approval rating. The employees also offer positive accolades:
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“VERY cool HQ—beer, fruit water, and other treats on tap, free breakfast, amazing decor, lots of events and cool trendy vendors who bring free stuff—if you like to humblebrag via Insta, you’ll love this place. Some cool people—celebrities come in and out, your colleagues are generally very attractive folks, there’s a sense of excitement and true commitment to the work (borderline evangelism) depending on who you work with and what you do. Name recognition and valuation—company is a rising star and it’s worth having on your résumé. A cool mission on the surface—bringing community together, helping people do what they love (making work a passion rather than a chore) through connection.”
“Great mission. Inspiring leadership. Socially conscious organization. Lots of incredible challenges to solve. You’re working on a product that you use, and talk to customers every single day. Collaborative culture.”
“Beautiful HQ offices, global access, barista coffee bar, lots of events, résumé builder.”

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One of the greatest players in CU football history, All-American defensive end Bill Brundige passed away at his home in Knoxville, Tenn. on Dec. 29 after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

The 6-foot-5 Brundige, who was known as one of the most respected pass rushers in the Big Eight, was born on the eastern plains of Colorado in Holyoke. He came to the University of Colorado as a standout at Haxtun High School and was a Football Writers Association of America first team All-American in 1969. Brundige racked up a total of 13 sacks and 24 tackles for loss to earn All-Big Eight honors during his senior year.

A true student-athlete as a physics major, Brundige was named to the academic all-conference first team as a junior with a 3.8 GPA. He also participated in track and field during his time in Boulder and was inducted into the CU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.

“Big Bill” along with College Football Hall of Famer Herb Orvis were key contributors for the Buffs’ defense in the 1969 Liberty Bowl win over Alabama. The duo caused nightmares for Tide quarterback Scott Hunter, who recalled that December afternoon in Memphis, Tenn. “Colorado was bigger and stronger than we were. Orvis was working over our offensive tackle and every time I went back to throw, I couldn’t get the ball off.” Brundige had a total of five sacks in the game which remains a CU record to this day.

The “genius” field general was drafted in the second round of the 1970 NFL Draft (43rd overall) by the coach Vince Lombardi and the Washington Redskins. Lombardi was quoted as saying the Redskins were “Very, very fortunate” to get Brundige in the second round without having a first round pick, and that he ranked him as the third-best defender coming out of college that year, but would have “picked him first if we had the chance.” Brundige was one of the last draft selections for the legendary NFL coach, who died from cancer eight month later at the age of 57.
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Brundige played eight seasons for Washington including in Super Bowl VII. In 2002, he was named to the Redskins’ 70 greatest team.

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Keith Taylor, the local chef who honed his craft under legendary chef Dieter Krug at the highly credentialed former l’Auberge restaurant in Kettering and went on to launch Savona Restaurant and Wine Bar in Centerville, will serve as executive chef for a new Italian eatery coming to the north Miami Valley.

Tavolo Modern Italian is under construction at 101 S. Ohio Ave. in downtown Sidney and is projected to open next spring.

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The new restaurant is the brainchild of Rocco Catanzarite, who also owns Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen in downtown Sidney.

“Keith and I are good friends,” Catanzarite told this news outlet Monday night. “We worked together on the menu for Murphy’s. I believe he is the best chef in this part of Ohio.”

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Taylor, a Dayton native and Northridge High School graduate, worked at l’Auberge under Krug until the former co-owner retired in 1999, then served under Krug’s successor as l’Auberge executive chef, Dominique Fortin, who would go on to found C’est Tout (later Dominique’s) in Oakwood.

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Taylor would go on to serve as executive chef at what was then Pacchia in the Oregon District, and at Country Club of the North in Beavercreek.

In 2007, he founded Savona Restaurant and Wine Bar in Centerville, which later morphed into Twisted Root and Root 48 before shutting down in 2014.

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The new venture, Tavolo Modern Italian, will seat about 150, including 32 on a patio, and will employ about 40, Catanzarite said.
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The new restaurant’s menu will include pasta dishes prepared from “all-fresh pasta that we will make in-house,” Tavolo’s founder said. Craft cocktails, a large wine menu and a selection of craft beers also will be available.

To keep up with the new restaurant’s progress toward opening, check out the Tavolo Modern Italian Facebook page.

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Haynesville product Demetric Evans hails from Claiborne Parish, but it was all about Webster Parish Thursday, as he hosted a character football camp in partnership with Louisiana state Sen. Ryan Gatti.

The former NFL defensive lineman played from the Cowboys, Redskins and 49ers in his nine year career and with athletes from Minden, Lakeside and North Webster in attendance, Evans said today’s camp at The Pit was about more than football.

“Being the best you. Display the character each and every day that’s going to make you a better citizen, a better teacher, a better custodian, a better bus driver, a better librarian, whatever it may be.
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“That’s one thing I think we missing in today’s generation. Everybody is so money driven, everybody is so status driven, but they don’t have the character that can take them the distance. Today, a lot of great kids out here today, very impressed and these coaches are doing a good job.”

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The Georgia Football fans are still licking their wounds from the Dawgs devastating SEC Title game loss to the LSU Tigers. Part of the fans’ healing process is looking for people to place the blame for the defeat. However, James Coley is not the person the disgruntled fans should turn towards.

The Georgia Bulldogs were not at their best in any phase of the game Saturday while falling in defeat to LSU. Rodrigo Blankenship uncharacteristically missed two field goals. Defensively the Dawgs surrendered a season-high 37 points. Yet, it is the team’s anemic offense that is catching the majority of the heat.

In similar situations in which an offense fails to deliver, the offensive coordinator typically takes the brunt of the criticism. However, Georgia Football fans should look in another direction for why the team was unable to score big against the Tigers.

Georgia Bulldogs offensive coordinator James Coley called a good game Saturday. He came out aggressively, dialing up a play that opened up wide receiver Tyler Simmons for what would have been a huge gain to start the game. Unfortunately, Simmons was unable to come up with the catch.

Later on that same drive, Jake Fromm and Matt Landers barely missed on a deep sideline pass that would have placed UGA at the LSU 20. Then, Demetris Robertson was unable to scoop a low throw from Fromm off the turf near the LSU 25 yard line.

That’s three times on the first drive alone that Coley’s play call schemed the Dawgs open for potential momentum-shifting plays. He can not be faulted for the team being unable to execute those plays.

More than just dialing up big plays, James Coley did a good job of calling man beating plays against LSU. He designed several plays that were slant routes or crossing routes towards the inside, paired with a flat rout to the outside. Things that Georgia fans have been screaming for all season.

LSU often covered up the inside route and gave up the short flat route, opting to rally to the ball and using the boundary as an extra defender. Coley used this strategy to get running back D’Andre Swift two catches, allowing him to get the ball outside in space rather than inside in traffic where his injured shoulder would be in harm’s way.

James Coley also called double-crossing route concepts – or a mesh concept – multiple times against the man coverage heavy Tigers. One noticeable instance was on a red zone possession in the second half. Unfortunately, Jake Fromm was impatient and forced an incompletion to the right side. The CBS television broadcast immediately pointed out that George Pickens had broken free to the left after the two crossing routes intersected and it would have created an easy pitch and catch for the Dawgs. Again Coley dialed-up open receivers, but the play still must be executed properly.

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The one single play call that I understand the backfire he’s receiving was a Brian Herrien draw play on 3rd & 9 late in the first quarter. The play gained only two yards and led to a missed 52-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship.

Other than that I would have like to have seen Coley better establish a one-two punch on the ground with Zamir White or Herrien as Thunder and James Cook as lightening. However had the big plays Coley dialed up early been executed properly, establishing the run next would have been much easier.

Ultimately James Coley should be commended for the game he called against LSU. He was working without Lawrence Cager for the game and George Pickens for the first half, all while offensive centerpiece D’Andre Swift was a shell of himself. Add in the fact that explosive Dominick Blaylock suffered a first-half knee injury, and Coley just did not have many tools in the chest.

Yet time and time again Georgia Bulldogs pass-catchers broke open in Atlanta. Unfortunately over and over again a throw was off target, a read was missed, or a makeable play was not made.

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James Coley certainly has room for improvement. He needs to incorporate more bunch sets and stack formations to combat opponents playing press-man coverage with a loaded box against the Bulldogs. Making the tight end a bigger threat in the gameplan will also make the Dawgs more difficult to defend. He needs to continue to incorporate more creative and innovative plays and sets into the UGA playbook, and most importantly Kirby Smart needs to allow Coley to balance the offense by throwing the football more.

The Georgia Bulldogs definitely did not get the results they were looking for from their offense this season. However, James Coley showing the ability to adjust as the season wore on should not be overlooked. He should be given the opportunity to watch the film and the freedom to adjust accordingly.

Most importantly Coley is one of the nation’s best recruiters, particularly in South Florida which is one of the country’s hotbeds for producing collegiate football players. That alone will soon make him a candidate for coaching positions with other teams.
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Georgia Football fans should not want to run him off after one year in a new role. Just like players can study film, develop and improve so can coaches. I have every reason to believe that Coley will do just that. Aside from that, the Bulldogs must get more playmakers in the passing game to help him execute his schemes.

James Coley can lead Dawgs to water, but he can’t make them drink.