Osvaldo going nowhere – Pochettino

first_img The 27-year-old Italy international in the summer swapped Roma for St Mary’s in a deal that could be worth up to £14.6million. The signing was quite the coup by Southampton but one that has yet to bear fruit, with Osvaldo managing just three goals in 13 appearances. Club-record signing Dani Osvaldo will not be leaving Southampton any time soon, insists manager Mauricio Pochettino. The forward is currently serving a three-match ban for violent conduct and there have been reports that he may well have played his last game for the club. Inter Milan and Fiorentina are apparently interested in taking him back to Serie A, but Pochettino will not let the Argentina-born striker leave. “In Italy, in Spain, in Russia and Argentina with Boca Juniors, too,” Pochettino said in English of the constant speculation, before adding through his Spanish interpreter: “He is very happy here, he has been training very well. “He is very expectant to be fulfilling his contract here. He is also expecting the birth of his son and is expecting his son to grow up in England. “I am very sorry about all these rumours happening right now, but they are just not true.” Asked if expectation brought by the lofty price tag has had a negative impact on Osvaldo, Pochettino added: “I don’t think he was an expensive player, I would say. “If you look at the prices in the market, I don’t think he was an expensive player. “If you look at the price to his quality, he is a cheap player. I don’t mean cheap in a negative way, I mean he is value for money. “The hardest thing has been his adaptation to the league, that has been the most troubling thing and something he has been working on.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Dougherty: Jim Boeheim deserves bulk of blame for NCAA’s findings

first_img Published on March 16, 2015 at 1:00 am Facebook Twitter Google+ It’s been 10 days since the NCAA crammed 11 years of Syracuse’s athletic violations into a 94-page report and threw the future of the basketball program into limbo.And still, some of the apt questions remain unanswered.Will SU appeal any of the punishments? Reports say yes, but there’s been nothing concrete from the university’s end. Will any quality high school players still commit to a basketball program that will lose 12 scholarships over a four-year period? Time will tell. Will there be a shake-up in the athletic administration? Tick, tock.But of all that has left the Syracuse community weighing adoration against accountability, the question of who’s to blame for this mess has a clear-cut answer.Jim Boeheim.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat’s not to say that Boeheim, the head coach of the SU men’s basketball team, directly participated in the academic violations, forged internships or distribution of impermissible benefits, among all else that Syracuse was found doing. It’s also not to say that he knew about every detail of the NCAA report because that would assume he has 10 extra pairs of eyes and ears.Yet Boeheim has been the face of Syracuse basketball for 39 years and violations occurred for more than a fourth of his storied career. So if any coach should shoulder the drawn-out, systemic failure of an entire program, it’s him.He deserves every bit of the nine-game suspension he’s set to serve at the start of conference play next season, and was otherwise unscathed by a situation that will forever stain his career.“During the 10-year period of violations, the head basketball coach did not promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program,” the NCAA wrote in its press release for the 94-page report, “and did not monitor the activities of those who reported to him as they related to academics and booster involvement.”Section K of the report’s Analysis section, which details Boeheim’s shortcomings, lists past cases establishing the responsibilities of collegiate head coaches.University of Michigan (2010) — “monitoring rules compliance in his/her athletics program is first and foremost the responsibility of the program’s head coach.”University of Connecticut (2011) — “NCAA Bylaw 11.1.2.1 requires coaches to recognize potential problems, address them and report them to athletics administration.”University of Miami (2013) — “NCAA Bylaw 11.1.2.1 holds head coaches responsible for conduct of staff and requires coaches to seek information related to potential violations.”No one, most importantly the NCAA, is suggesting that Boeheim committed the violations himself. But he is expected to create a compliant environment and, in that regard, he failed.Boeheim consciously disregarded the university’s self-written drug policy. He hired a director of basketball operations in Stan Kissel who stripped student-athlete academic services of all its integrity. And he admitted to knowing the program provided Jeff Cornish — who had connections with a local YMCA and AAU team and had a hand in various violations, according to the report — with impermissible benefits.When the university was hastily — and shadily — trying to restore Fab Melo’s academic eligibility during the 2011–12 season, Boeheim “expressed a desire for the ‘best defensive player in the country to play’ but acknowledged that he hoped it would be done within the rules,” according to the NCAA report.“… They chose to focus on the rogue and secretive actions of a former employee of the local YMCA and my former Director of Basketball Operations in order to impose an unprecedented series of penalties upon the University and the Men’s Basketball Program,” Boeheim said in a statement released the same day as the NCAA report.The NCAA “chose to focus” on these facets of Syracuse basketball’s recent past because they’re the ones that broke rules and encouraged a handful of student-athletes to neglect their academics. And still, the reactions from Boeheim and the university have disagreed with the head coach being singled out by the NCAA.The report cited violations from 2001–12 and Syracuse had two chancellors, two athletic directors and droves of other staffers, administrators and student-athletes cycle in and out of the school and athletic department, in that time.But it only had one head basketball coach, making Boeheim and the prioritization of victory two clear constants of SU’s wide-ranging infractions.In college athletics, the successes and legacies of adults are rooted in the play of teenagers and 20-something-year olds — a relationship that the adults have, time and again, turned into a one-way street.That goes for parents, administrators, AAU coaches, boosters and so on. And the hope is that a head coach — especially one with decades of experience and such strong ties to both the local and basketball communities — would be above that.For at least 11 years, Jim Boeheim was not.Jesse Dougherty is a staff writer for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at jcdoug01@syr.edu or on Twitter at @dougherty_jesse. Commentslast_img read more

Scott Shafer on potential AJ Long transfer: ‘For me, it’d be concerning’

first_img Published on October 29, 2015 at 11:38 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Comments AJ Long was medically disqualified from playing football at Syracuse on Oct. 13. Less than two weeks later, The Daily Orange reported his intention to transfer from SU.And on Thursday, Orange head coach Scott Shafer said it would be “concerning” if he were to attempt to extend his career with another football program.“He’s not medically — He’s not cleared to play football by our doctors, who are some of the best in the country in my opinion,” Shafer said. “For me, it’d be concerning, in the best interest of the student-athlete to be thinking that way without doctors saying ‘Hey, you’re healthy.’”Shafer added that he believes it is a decision for Long and his family, and that he wishes the best for whatever decision he decides to make. He said it’s outside his “element” if another program would choose to take him on, saying his top concern was Long’s health.“Just a week ago, he was having a hard time getting through the day and couldn’t go to class,” Shafer said. “…The best interest of the student-athlete’s health is the biggest concern that I would have there.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more