MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Head coach Willie Taggart of the Florida State Seminoles coaching in the second half against the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)Willie Taggart had a very tumultuous first season at Florida State. Even one year in, there is significant pressure on him to turn it around next year, and it could result in the controversial hiring of Houston offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, the son of disgraced former Baylor coach Art Briles.He coached under his father for the Bears, and was a key part of the staff during the sexual assault scandal that rocked the team.His subsequent hires at both FAU by Lane Kiffin and Houston by Major Applewhite both came under scrutiny, but both are Group of Five programs.Now, he could head to a third new program in as many years, with the rumors of his move to Florida State. Houston media has reported the move, though it is not official yet.According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Willie Taggart has told recruits during this crucial period that they will “like” the offensive hires, though there is no official Kendal Briles news.Writer Jim Henry acknowledges that “every indication” that Briles will be the move, though he remains at Houston as of now.All signs continue to point to Taggart bringing in Briles, 36, as his next offensive coordinator.Those same signs continue to suggest that Briles – currently the associate head football coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Houston – will bring at least one assistant coach with him.If that happens, current FSU coaches – some of whom have been on the road actively recruiting – will be impacted.The early signing period begins on December 19. The ‘Noles class currently ranks No. 13 in the country.It is unclear whether Briles will make the move before that period, but with just a few days remaining, it seems like FSU will wait until after many of their recruits sign with the program to make an offensive coordinator hire official.[Tallahassee Democrat]
Belarus handballSiarhei Rutenka ← Previous Story Kim Andersson won’t be ready for WC 2011? Next Story → MKB Veszprem wins in Szeged The Barcelona player, Siarhei Rutenka (29), is faced with the possibility to lose his Spanish citizenship. The problem is that the Spanish federation that gave him the passport in 2008, had him in the future plans for the national team. In 2008 in Beijing he couldn’t play for Spain, as it was too early after leaving the Slovenian national team, but the Spaniards were ready to wait for the time when he is allowed to play. However, Rutenka decided before the qualifications for the European Championship 2012 in Serbia, that he will play for Belarus, and he did so.Rutenka himself said that he had no idea that this could pose a problem and perhaps the losing of the spanish citizenship. He also added that “he always wanted to play for Belarus, and this happened” and that this is more of a private matter, and should be left alone on this subject.Apart from him, a Spanish nationality in 2008 was also granted to the goalkeeper Arpad Sterbik, then both players of Ciudad Real. Now, the Spanish federation is angry at the move of Rutenka, and might ask the “revoking of passport”.
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1.#WATER: The spending of €50 million by Irish Water on consultancy fees was today branded ‘a national scandal’ by Sinn Féin’s Brian Stanley. Gerald Nash of Labour called the sum “breath-taking” as calls were made to bring the heads of the company before the Public Accounts Committee. The Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said that the money is “required”.2.#KILLING: Gardaí are appealing for information after the body of a 25-year-old man was found in Tramore last night. The victim has been named as Kilkenny man Michael O’Dwyer. A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the killing.3.#PAISLEY: A BBC documentary due to air on Monday will feature former unionist leader Ian Paisley saying that he was “angered” by the events of Bloody Sunday. However, his tone was not all conciliatory: he also says that the Dublin and Monaghan bombings were down to the Irish government’s “ridiculous attitude” to the North. That notion was disputed by the North’s leaders, however.4.#LONDON: Police in the UK have launched an investigation after the bodies of a mother and her two children were found yesterday evening. The boys were aged five and seven months. Police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to deaths.5.#BAILOUT: The governor of the Central Bank of Ireland has said that the EU-IMF bailout “did what it said on the tin”. Patrick Honohan said that the crisis will have a “lasting unfavourable legacy” and did “no more or no less” to cushion Ireland from the loss of market confidence.