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Disability rights victories in European Court of Human Rights won by HLS advocate

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first_imgIn October, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg issued two rulings bolstering the rights of persons with psycho-social disabilities. Both cases were brought by Hungarian-Slovakian disability rights activist János Fiala-Butora, LL.M. ’10, an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School and an associate of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, known as HPOD. (See a feature about the program.)In one of the cases, Bures v. Czech Republic (PDF), the plaintiff, who had been hospitalized after he inadvertently overdosed on medication prescribed by his psychiatrist, was strapped to a bed for several hours, resulting in long-term injuries to his arms and ending his career as a cello player. He brought criminal charges, but they were dismissed.In its decision in Bures, the European Court of Human Rights found that “the application of restraining belts on the applicant was a willful act constituting inhuman and degrading treatment“ violating Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The court also held that the failure to sufficiently investigate the client’s complaint was a violation of the convention. The plaintiff was awarded 20,000 euros. (Among the co-counsel in the case was another HLS graduate, human rights attorney Babora Bukovská, LL.M. ’05.)Fiala-Butora says he hopes the decision will lead to the reform of the use of restraints on patients in psychiatric facilities in Central Europe. More broadly, he says, “it opens a new avenue for lawyers and courts to contest decisions which have until now been in a purely medical domain.”last_img read more

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Contest gives opportunity to discuss economy and personal finances with youth

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first_imgParents and teachers have a creative opportunity to discuss with kids the current economic climate and its personal challenges. The theme for the 2010 Be Money Wi$e Financial Literacy Poster Competition is “$mart Money Choices = A Brighter Future.” The deadline for poster submissions to the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office is February 19.        “This contest gives Vermont children a way to visually illustrate how personal financial decisions can lead to a positive future, even in the face of today’s economic challenges,” said State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding.        The 2010 National Financial Literacy Poster Competition is sponsored in Vermont by the State Treasurer’s Office, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of New Hampshire and Vermont, and the Vermont Bankers Association. The national contest is sponsored by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.        The contest features three grade categories: elementary, 3rd-5th grades; middle school, 6th-9th grades; and high school, 10th-12th grades. Each grade category winner receives a $100 U.S. savings bond and their schools a $100 cash award in recognition of their support of financial literacy. The prizes are donated by the Vermont Bankers Association. Winners will be announced at a State House ceremony on April 8.If a Vermont poster is selected as a national contest winner, the student and a family member will be flown by the NFCC to Washington, DC later in April where they will be presented with a $500 U.S. savings bond in recognition of Financial Literacy for Youth Month.        Posters must be on white paper stock and between 8 ½ ” by 11” or 11” by 17” inches in size. Vermont entries may be sent to the Treasurer’s Office, Attention Poster Competition, 109 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05609. Complete contest details are available on the Treasurer’s Office web site on the financial literacy main page. Go to www.MoneyEd.Vermont.gov(link is external) to view the contest rules. Posters must be received at the Treasurer’s Office no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 19.        Questions about the competition may be directed to the State Treasurer’s Office at 1-800-642-3191 or via e-mail at [email protected](link sends e-mail).Source: Treasurer’s office. 1.27.2020last_img read more

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Airlines, Boeing surge on upbeat coronavirus vaccine news

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Football needs more people like Gary Neville, who know the sport can’t opt out of politics

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first_img Alex HessFreelance sports writerTuesday 24 Dec 2019 10:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link100Shares A similar glimpse of corporate gutlessness in the face of political upset had occurred seven days earlier, when the Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil used his Instagram account to draw attention to the growing humanitarian crisis in China, where the government’s ongoing persecution of the country’s Uighur Muslims has been described as the largest incarceration of one ethnic group since the Holocaust.Human Rights Watch has called China’s actions ‘rampant abuses [that] violate fundamental rights’, and Ozil called for people with a voice to speak up.Arsenal’s response? To release a statement clarifying that the remarks were ‘entirely Özil’s personal opinion’ and that ‘Arsenal always adheres to the principle of not being involved in politics’. Tellingly, the statement was first published on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.A few days later, the Liverpool squad jetted out to Qatar, a state with what could generously be called repressive views on such matters as homosexuality and workers’ rights, to play a showpiece fixture in a stadium that has, over the past few years, been refurbished by modern-day slaves.When asked whether it was right for his side to be playing a fixture in Qatar, Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp opted for evasion. ‘I think the answers should come from people who know more about it,’ he said. ‘I have to be influential in football but not in politics. Anything I say wouldn’t help, it would just create another headline.’ Advertisement Comment Qatar has enough cash to emblazon its national airline across the shirt of one heavyweight club (Picture: VI Images via Getty Images)Clearly the lesson is that headlines are to be avoided. And especially so when there’s money at stake: Sky Sports pay about £1.2bn a year to televise Premier League matches; China’s own broadcasting deal with the league is worth £564m; and as for Qatar, well, it has enough cash in its coffers to buy itself the 2022 World Cup, emblazon its national airline across the shirt of one heavyweight club – Barcelona – and own another one outright – Paris Saint-Germain.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe oft-touted idea that you can ‘keep politics out of sport’ has always been an odd one for those of us who prefer the idea that politics, like sport, is part of life.But it makes even less sense when the sport so vigilantly distancing itself from the thornier side of politics is at the same time marketing itself across the globe on a seeming policy of cash first, questions later.Arsenal’s shirt, for instance, is adorned with the slogan of the tourist board of Rwanda, whose own entry on the Human Rights Watch website is extensive; the Premier League’s current broadcasting deals extend to 38 countries or territories, leaving almost no part of the world untouched; and much of Liverpool’s dizzying recent success is down to the money extracted from ardent fanbases cultivated in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEnglish football’s extraordinary publicity drive of the last quarter-century has succeeded beyond its wildest dreams. It is now a global brand: arguably Britain’s most valuable export, almost certainly its most popular.At best, football could use its popularity – and the political currency and financial security it brings – to take a moral stand: turning down money from Rwanda is not going to leave Arsenal bereft of would-be sponsors, boycotting a tournament in Qatar would hardly bankrupt Liverpool.But if that’s too much to ask, then football must recognise that politics is not something that can simply be opted out of, an inconvenience to be kept at arm’s length when awkward questions arise.AdvertisementAt the very least, the choice to not speak up is in itself a fairly resounding statement of intent. And in an age when money talks, it is dismayingly clear that football is determined to stay silent.MORE: Calls for Government to investigate football racism after Antonio Rudiger alleged abuseMORE: Mikel Arteta offers Arsenal lifeline to Mesut Ozil after criticism from Freddie LjungbergMORE: Arsene Wenger wants return to management at 2022 World Cup in Qatarcenter_img Football needs more people like Gary Neville, who know the sport can’t opt out of politics The oft-touted idea that you can ‘keep politics out of sport’ has always been an odd one for those of us who prefer the idea that politics, like sport, is part of life (Picture: Ryan Browne/BPI/REX)Gary Neville was recently in the middle of a fierce dissection of the role played by British politicians in fanning the flames of football’s racism crisis when the Sky Sports presenter David Jones moved quickly to interject.‘I am compelled to say they are the views of you, Gary Neville, and not those of Sky Sports,’ said a visibly sheepish Jones. ‘That is my duty.’It marked a fitting end to a week in which football had missed no opportunity to ditch its moral duties for the sake of an easy life.Neville had been speaking forcefully – albeit without political bias – about the drip-down effects of racism in politics and clearly his words had caused unease behind the camera.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTJones was left as the fall-guy, flattening an important moral point in the name of ‘balanced debate’ and ensuring that sport and politics were, for the purposes of his employers, kept strictly separate.The problem is that English football – which since 1992 has steadily turned itself into a global mega-brand, thanks largely to Sky Sports’ cash – is now so big that it’s unavoidably tied up in politics. Pretending otherwise only makes you look silly.”We have to empower the players to walk off the pitch and stop the entertainment while it’s happening.”The Super Sunday panel discuss the incident of alleged racism in the second half of Tottenham vs Chelsea. pic.twitter.com/mgEw0NlT7F— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 22, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsenal interested in Aston Villa centre-back Tyrone Mings

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first_img Comment Arteta faces some tough decisions on player transfers this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal also have to contend with the pressing contract situations of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Bukayo Saka.All three players’ deals at the Emirates are due to expire in 2021 and if extensions are not agreed, they will walk away for free.Top scorer Aubameyang has previously been the subject of interest from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Arsenal chiefs reportedly want to offload Ozil this summer.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal30-year-old Aubameyang challenged the club to prove to him that staying on with the Gunners is this right move for him at this stage in his career.Arteta directly responded to that statement, admitting that he has a ‘very clear plan’ for the club’s future.‘We have a very clear plan of what we want to do from now on,’ the Spaniard said.‘The players know where the club is standing and we are moving in the right direction.’MORE: Jose Mourinho begins north London derby mind games early and claims Arsenal have big advantageMORE: Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Nicolas Anelka names surprise choice as best manager he’s played underFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Jun 2020 12:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Mings has been one of Villa’s standout players this season (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are reportedly one of a number of Premier League clubs interested in Aston Villa centre-back Tyrone Mings this summer, but they may be unable to afford him.The Gunners’ defensive woes continued with back-to-back losses to Manchester City and Brighton last week.Mikel Arteta also lost Pablo Mari to a serious ankle injury which could rule him out until November, while the future of David Luiz looks increasingly uncertain with his one-year contract set to expire on June 30.According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Mings is a player that the north London club ‘like’, but there are doubts over whether they could afford the fee Aston Villa are looking for.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTVilla signed the England centre-back on a permanent deal for a fee of £20 million last summer, but less than a year later, he is already on the radar of a couple of big Premier League clubs.Mikel Arteta is also said to be on the lookout for a winger, with Chelsea’s Willian an ‘attractive’ option as he is set to become a free agent in the next transfer window. Advertisement Arsenal interested in Aston Villa centre-back Tyrone Mings Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mandate roundup: Denmark’s newly-merged Norlys seeks pensions manager

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first_imgNorlys, the Danish electricity, television and telecommunications firm formed from a big merger last year, is on the hunt for a pensions and insurance firm to take over the management of all the various pension schemes and employee insurance contracts it is inheriting.The company, formed from the companies SE and Eniig, is inviting tenders for a comprehensive contract for a list of pension and insurance schemes of Norlys Holding and its underlying companies, according to a notice on the EU’s TED public contracts site.Norlys said other firms it acquires or merges with during the contract period may also be included in the schemes it listed in the tender, on the same terms.The company Eniig Fibernet, which Norlys said was expected to be set up 1 October 2020, is also part of the tender. The pension and insurance schemes listed by Nordlys are currently managed by PFA Pension, Velliv and Danske Sundhedsforsikring, according to the tender notice.Norlys said it currently has around 2,500 employees, and that the potential deposit value of the pension assets to be managed is estimated at DKK1bn (€134m) with average annual contributions of around DKK140m.The deadline for receipt of tenders is noon local time on 14 August 2020.Swiss pension fund issues notice for active equityA private pension fund in Switzerland has issued an active long equity volatility investing notice via IPE Quest Discovery.The size of the global active pooled portfolio is to be advised later in the selection process, it said.The pension fund is looking to build a long list of managers in this asset class that may then be selected to reply to a full request for proposals, it added.Interested managers should have a minimum track record of three years, the notice said.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected] research foundation re-appoints NykreditDanmarks Grundforskningsfond (DG), the Danish National Research Foundation, has re-appointed Nykredit Asset Management for a DKK2bn (€267m) contract for the management of nominal Danish bonds.The foundation, which issued the initial tender notice on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), said the contract is for a five-year period.DG’s fixed income portfolio invests in government and mortgage bonds and constitutes the largest part of its assets – 37% of the strategic allocation is managed by Nykredit.According to its latest annual report, the Danish bond portfolio yielded a return of 1.8%, which was higher than the benchmark return of 1.7%. The predominance of mortgage bonds with lower coupon (0.5-2%) contributed positively to the excess return in relation to the benchmark.Although the yield spread on mortgage bonds was widened last year, this was more than compensated in the form of higher interest rates on mortgage bonds compared to government bonds and other non-callable bonds, it said.The strategic allocation to global index-linked bonds is worth 11% of its total portfolio and is managed by Danske Bank Asset Management. The portfolio’s return in 2019, the report showed, was 2.8% compared to a benchmark return at 2.6%.The return from the European credit bond portfolio in 2019 was 6.3% compared to the benchmark return of 6.4%. The strategic allocation to this part of the portfolio is 10% and the benchmark is Barclays Capital Euro Major Corporate Index. It is also run by Danske Bank AM.The US high yield bond portfolio accounts for 7% of the strategic allocation, and the portfolio is managed by Columbia Threadneedle. In 2019 it returned 12.7%, which is higher than the 10.7% its benchmark returned (ML US High Yield Bonds, Constrained hedged to DKK).The excess return is due to good securities selection, especially in the energy sector where there were many bankruptcies in 2019, the report explained.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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Cruise Ship Breaks Away from Moorings amid Massive Storm in Scotland

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first_imgA massive storm dubbed Ali has caused Nautica cruise ship to detach from its moorings in Greenock, Scotland, and drift away from the dock on September 19, 2018.It is not clear how many of the passengers and guests were on board the ship at the time of the incident as majority of them, over 500, were reported to be ashore.“Nautica encountered extremely strong winds which resulted in the parting of mooring lines and the vessel being detached from the dock. All guests and crew onboard are safe and there were no injuries,” a spokesperson of Ocean Cruises told World Maritime News.“Tugs have been called in to assist and the vessel is currently being held off of her berth. 478 guests and 26 crew are ashore and are being looked after by the shore operations teams until conditions are safe enough for the vessel to be returned to the passenger terminal.”The 2000-built ship, which can accommodate over 800 guests, is halfway through its 12-day cruise around the UK and Ireland.Ali, packing winds of 102mph, has claimed two lives, as it swept across the UK, causing power outages and travel chaos as roads got closed.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Rodgers targets silverware

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first_imgLiverpool may have been surprise title contenders last season but as the new campaign kicks off manager Brendan Rodgers is targeting a trophy and a top-four finish. The Reds were pipped by Manchester City in the final week of the campaign despite an extraordinary run, which saw them record their highest league finish since 2009. Disappointment at missing out on a first championship for 24 years was only slightly tempered by a return to the Champions League but Rodgers knows if they are to maintain their progress they have to at least secure a long-term place among Europe’s elite. New Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana will miss the visit of former club Southampton on Sunday as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. Fellow summer signing Lazar Markovic (ankle) will also not be fit but both players are expected to return to full training next week. Striker Rickie Lambert and centre-back Dejan Lovren, who also both moved from the Saints this summer, are available but defenders Jon Flanagan (knee) and Daniel Agger (calf) are sidelined by injuries. Southampton could hand out a number of debuts. Only new defensive acquisition Florin Gardos (hamstring) is a certain absentee. Ronald Koeman believes his first game in charge of Southampton will come against a Liverpool side stronger than last season, despite the departure of Luis Suarez. The Uruguay forward, named player of the year for his efforts as the Reds fell just short in the Premier League title race, left for Barcelona following a biting scandal at the World Cup. However, Liverpool boss Rodgers has invested heavily in his squad over the summer, bringing in almost £50million worth of talent from Southampton alone with the signings of Lallana, Lambert and Lovren. Further additions have been made in the shape of Markovic, Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno, with Koeman expecting a tough assignment from his maiden game in charge of Saints as he looks to replicate the 1-0 victory the south-coast club achieved at Anfield last year. “Luis Suarez is a great player who scored a lot for them,” he said. “But if you look through the squad of Liverpool they have so many good football players. Liverpool for this season is much stronger than last season. “It’s a great start for us to play away against Liverpool, we know it’s a tough one but everybody starts on nil. “The players know how to win at Anfield, I know as a manager what is winning at Anfield and we are ready to play.” As a result he has tried to lessen the expectations of another title challenge – at least until their primary aim is achieved. Asked whether his side were contenders the Northern Irishman said: “Not according to the bookies we’re not. “I’ve seen some odds and I don’t think we are even in the top four. “I think people will look at Manchester City and Chelsea, with their squads. “We probably arrived a year early to where we were but we will look to be up there challenging again this season. “What happened last year counts for nothing, that’s all gone now. The one thing that will carry on from that is the belief. “Our aim is to be competitive. Like the top teams, we want to win a trophy. That would be an aim. In the league, it’s about sustaining Champions League football. “For that you want to arrive in fourth. Once you have consolidated that, you can look beyond that. That’s certainly our aim this season.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Why Fury split with trainer Ben Davison ahead of Wilder rematch

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first_imgTHERE would be no lucrative rematch with WBC champion Deontay Wilder for Tyson Fury were it not for Ben Davison. There may not even have been an initial bout between the two giants with claims to the heavyweight throne were it not for Davison.Davison revealed on social media on Sunday that he’d split from Fury and would no longer train the lineal heavyweight champion, who fights Wilder in a rematch of their memorable 2018 bout on February 22 in Las Vegas. On Monday, Fury announced that SugarHill Steward, the nephew of the late Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, would be in his corner for Wilder.Fury was more than 400 pounds and not far away from a suicide attempt when he’d hooked up with Davison. With Davison’s guidance, he dropped 140 pounds, fought Wilder to a controversial draw and signed a big-dollar co-promotional agreement with Top Rank to fight in the U.S.Davison was far more than a trainer; and actually working on strategy and teaching Fury technique were the least of his contributions. He is the guy who, quite literally, brought Fury back to life.He was there as much for the way he could help Fury with his mental health problems as he was for his boxing knowledge. Davison is 27 and doesn’t have the years of experience that someone like Freddie Roach brings to the corner. He is a perfectly competent trainer, but there are hundreds, if not thousands, of perfectly competent trainers.Davison was the Fury whisperer, a guy who was there for Fury during the many rough patches in his life. Fury has been public with his mental health demons, and Davison is one of the key figures who helped him through that.It’s going to be something Fury has to fight all of his life, but he’s in a far better place now than he was in those dark days after he’d beaten Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 to become unified champion and began to think of taking his own life.He speaks publicly about his issues in a bid to help others face their problems. People are often reluctant to admit they have problems and need help, and Fury has tried to remove the stigma that surrounds them. One isn’t “nuts” simply because he/she suffers from depression or some other form of mental illness.Davison was there to support Fury and be an understanding voice and a watchful eye. He was the perfect trainer at the perfect spot in Fury’s life.But as Fury has improved in that regard, he’s not in need of as much help as he was, and he’ll have former middleweight champion Andy Lee in his camp to serve that role.Obviously it’s not gonna stop until there’s an answer. Tyson and myself had to both make decisions for our careers, which resulted in our working relationship coming to an end, However, we remain friends and he will smash the dosser!!Fury trained at the Kronk Gym in Detroit when Emanuel Steward was alive and got to know SugarHill there. With his fight with Wilder essentially determining who is the world’s No.1 heavyweight, it’s incumbent upon Fury to put together the best team possible.He would have liked to have had Davison remain on as a No. 2, but Davison wasn’t interested in that. Davison is training Billy Joe Saunders and can now commit all of his attention to Saunders, who is in the running to be Canelo Alvarez’s next opponent.Fury out-boxed Wilder when they met on December 1, 2018, in Los Angeles in a fight that ended as a split draw. One judge favoured Fury, another had Wilder and the third had it even. Wilder’s knockdowns in the ninth and 12th rounds were what got him the points to earn the draw.If Fury stays off the deck in the rematch, he’s almost certain to win by a wide margin. Fury is by far the better pure boxer and can win the fight by keeping a jab in Wilder’s face and keeping him at a distance where he can’t close the gap and land his powerful right.Wilder is arguably the hardest puncher in boxing history, and is riding a wave of confidence heading into the rematch. He figures to be more dangerous in February than he was in 2018, so Fury needs to be comfortable that he’s doing all he can to be prepared to defuse those bombs headed in his direction.If he feels Steward gives him the best chance to do that rather than Davison, then he needs Steward in his corner. The decision has nothing to do with Davison’s ability to train and all to do with Fury’s comfort.Davison will go down in boxing lore for what he did with Fury, even if they never work together again. Bringing Fury back from the brink of death to within a single punch of the WBC belt is a monstrous achievement that won’t ever be forgotten.He was that man for that time. SugarHill Steward is the man for the present.Fury made the move that made the most sense for where he stands in his career at this stage, and no one should have a complaint or a second-guess about what he’s done. (Yahoo Sport)last_img read more

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Carroll is responsible for the latest letdown

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first_imgF. Scott Fitzgerald ended The Great Gatsby with the metaphor of boats beating against the current, an image that has become so cliché it seems to have lost all meaning.But it was hard not to think of the passage while watching USC flail against Washington on Saturday. And it wasn’t only the boats sailing on Lake Washington just outside of Husky Stadium that conjured up the image.Unfamiliar ground · USC coach Pete Carroll is not often outcoached in football games, but that was clearly the case Saturday in the Trojans’ upset loss to Washington, columnist Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz writes. – Leah Thompson | Daily TrojanThe Trojans’ struggles against a scrappy, mid-level Pac-10 team have become so institutionalized at USC that the annual event is almost a cliché in itself. Instead of being surprised by Saturday’s outcome, most Trojan fans felt like they were headed in a direction they had been before.In fact, it’s a surprise there wasn’t a USC fan in the crowd who could have spoiled the ending for everyone based on past follies. A true fan might have stood up after USC’s tying drive and blurted out, “I’ve seen this one before — the other team kicks a field goal in the final seconds and the fans rush the field. I’m gonna head out and beat traffic.”But this year was supposed to be different, right? USC coach Pete Carroll spent all week insisting the Trojans wouldn’t be caught off-guard again, that they had finally learned their lesson.To the players’ credit, they certainly appeared up to the task. They made it look like they were on pace for another USC blowout with their first quarter performance.“It wasn’t a question of being ready to play emotionally or anything,” Carroll said, drawing a contrast to past letdowns.This wasn’t a matter of the Trojans falling behind and seeing their comeback cut short by time or one key play like in so many past losses.It was simply a case of USC getting outcoached.Carroll took ownership for the loss immediately afterward, despite most of his players showing maturity by placing the burden on themselves. But this mea culpa might mean the Trojans are in for more trouble.With Carroll having more than enough scouting information at his disposal, there was no excuse for being unprepared for what the Huskies threw at the Trojans. USC coaches and players alike said after the game that there were “no surprises” in the game beyond their own mistakes, but maybe that’s a cause for concern.The Trojans’ struggles to adapt down the stretch might have been understandable if Washington had beaten USC by employing some Boise State-like gadget plays.But Washington could have broadcast its gameplan on the JumboTron and USC still might have been too fickle to adjust.Carroll’s blunders are best exemplified by his handling of the quarterbacks throughout the week. Both he and quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates kept reporters guessing while they waited to see how Matt Barkley’s shoulder injury progressed. But with the bone bruise to the true freshman improving only incrementally over the week, sophomore Aaron Corp took all the first-team snaps and looked like he had seized temporary command of the position.At some point, Carroll would have to invest himself in Corp and show him that the team was committed to rallying around him as a starter.Or not.Asked when the coaching staff told him he would be starting Saturday’s game, Corp said — with his head held low — that “they never really did.”Corp would never say it, but the message came through louder than a bullhorn: USC’s coaching staff never really showed faith in him.The coaches’ attitude was evident in the play-calling. Corp was forced to be a dropback passer instead of using his trademark mobility. It’s possible the decision was due to the lingering effects of Corp’s preseason fractured fibula, but coaches insisted during the week that he was 100 percent recovered.Their trepidation also showed on a third-down play from the Huskies’ 7-yard line when the Trojans elected to run the ball instead of taking a shot at the end zone. Ensuring the game-tying field goal may have entailed the lowest risk, but since when has Carroll made it a point to adhere to coaching conventions?Corp was not at his best on Saturday, but quarterbacking should never be a pop quiz. Yet Corp is the one who unfairly faces being a potential pariah among students instead of Carroll.If Carroll isn’t a fan of Fitzgerald, perhaps he can learn through literature by picking up a book by Malcolm Gladwell. The coach references Outliers when referring to Barkley, but he might want to take a look at The Tipping Point, which details how the tiniest factors can catalyze unforeseen and sometimes disastrous endings.The book could re-emphasize the point that if the Trojans can’t get back to their normal standard of play, they will find themselves falling short of another Pac-10 championship. Then the only thing at stake will be an at-large BCS bid. Or the Holiday Bowl. Or the Sun Bowl.And if English isn’t Carroll’s pleasure, maybe a spelling lesson will do. Right now, there’s no “SC” in the word “finish,” despite what those T-shirts may say.But finishing strong might be the only way for Carroll to right his ship.“Tackling Dummy” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Michael at [email protected]last_img read more

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