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Graduate transfer rule change shaking up college basketball 5 years after implementation

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ When Andrew White sits down to watch a college basketball game on TV, he finds the announcers talking about him. Even though Syracuse wasn’t playing, their discussions centered on players like White.They explained the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule, which allows players who have received their undergraduate degree to transfer without sitting out a year. Some coaches and players like the rule. Others don’t. But many of them, such as the announcers, haven’t been in White’s shoes.“There are a lot of people who have an issue with it,” White said, “until they have an ability to get that player that they can add to their roster last minute. … I’m kind of Mr. Grad Transfer himself. Hey, I mean, that’s the rule. I followed the rule.”As coaches gain familiarity with the rule, more teams nationwide are plugging in players to immediately fill holes in between years. Five years after implementing the rule, five Atlantic Coast Conference teams this season — including Virginia, which kicked Auburn transfer Austin Nichols off the team before the year — have dipped into the graduate transfer market. After never previously taking a graduate transfer, SU head coach Jim Boeheim has added two this year in White and John Gillon.How the rule is viewed varies. For coaches in high-major conferences, it provides an avenue to restock. For coaches in mid-major conferences, their star players could get poached away if they graduate with a season of eligibility left. For players who normally would have to sit out a year for transferring, per the NCAA rule, it’s a way to play at a school with more exposure or competition.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s something that a lot of schools have tried to take advantage of,” Boeheim said. “Some have worked out, and some have been difficult.”Syracuse, for example, lost Malachi Richardson to the NBA after his freshman season and after the 2016 recruiting cycle was already complete. White stepped in to man the same small forward position the day before fall classes began and now leads the Orange in points. Had Richardson stayed, Boeheim said, SU probably wouldn’t have looked for graduate transfers.Boeheim was surprised by how long it took White and Gillon to acclimate to his offensive and defensive systems. He’s said it can be easier to work with freshmen because they haven’t yet developed counterproductive habits. Either way, the two graduate transfers are among SU’s most important players this season.Coaches of mid-major programs, though, occasionally get their players cherry-picked in the offseason. Gillon said he probably wouldn’t have transferred to SU if he had had to sit out a year. But the rule states that once he graduated from Colorado State, he could transfer with no strings attached.“I don’t see what’s the big issue for graduate transfers,” Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner said. “There’s nothing wrong with it.”One byproduct of this rule, Pittsburgh coach Kevin Stallings said, is that mid-major programs have grown hesitant to pay for players’ summer school since they may fear a player who graduates early and leaves. He understands why a program would stop funding summer school, but that limits the player academically. On the flip side, many of the players who transfer for graduate programs never complete their multi-year requirements since they’ll play only one season.The academic side has muddled as players spin an early graduation into a more desirable professional basketball launching pad.Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning, who coached at Tulsa from 2012-14, has seen both sides. He experienced the fear that Stallings mentioned. This season, Manning has taken on Austin Arians, a graduate transfer from Milwaukee.“If you’re just thinking in an idealistic world,” North Carolina head coach Roy Williams said, “it’s not a bad situation for that individual. But looking at the big picture, I think it’s a bad move.”That’s because of the way the mid-major programs could be affected. After what’s likely a four-year investment in a player, he can bail right as he peaks.Another way major programs gain from adding graduate transfers is they help a team fill out its roster (e.g. Syracuse after losing Richardson). It also doesn’t affect recruiting in future years. The commitment is for only one season, so a junior in high school doesn’t have to worry about his scholarship spot. And instead of filling out the roster with players from high school, more experienced players are more desirable, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said.That’s a contrast from Boeheim’s sentiment, illustrating how murky the situation can be and how much of one’s view is based on perspective. As chatter has increased, there’s a growing push for the NCAA to change the rule. But regardless of what people around the sport have said, both White and Gillon agree that having the chance to play one final season at a school of their choice benefitted their careers.“I don’t like the rule, but the rule is there, and if you can help your team, you try to help your team,” Boeheim said. “We certainly helped our team with Johnny and with Andrew so that’s what we’re looking to do.” Comments Published on February 6, 2017 at 11:48 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

Facebook Can Now Spy On Your Surroundings Via Your Phone’s Microphone

first_imgTags:#Audio Collection#audio recording#data#Facebook#now#privacy#Shazam selena larson A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Today Facebook announced a new feature for its Facebook app that can automatically identify music and TV shows playing in the background as you’re writing a status update. When you activate it, the opt-in feature uses your smartphone’s microphone to scan your surroundings; you’ll see a sound icon moving on the screen as it does. If the Shazam-like feature finds a match, you can share songs or shows with your friends as part of your update. Facebook says it doesn’t store any of the sound it analyzes, and emphasizes that “we can’t identify background noise or conversation.” (That’s presumably a matter of intention and not capability.) The feature, of course, will know what you’re watching or listening to, which serves Facebook in its battle with Twitter to become the best “second-screen” app that people use for discussion while watching TV.See also: TV’s Social Game: If They’re Talking Online, They’re Watching OfflineAny identified music you share will give your friends a 30-second song preview. Facebook will also post the exact season and episode of a show you’re watching if you share it, although the social network also makes the oddball claim that such sharing will somehow allow you to “avoid any spoilers and join in conversations with your friends after you’ve caught up.” Apparently Facebook believes that your friends and commenters are all people of goodwill who will conscientiously avoid revealing stuff you’d rather not know yet.More detailed data on the entertainment you enjoy will also be a boon for advertisers and Facebook’s media partnerships. The company already sends reports to top networks about what Facebook users are talking about on any given week—access to better entertainment data could get more people to pay Facebook for access to your eyeballs. Lead image by Flickr user Karen Black; screenshot image courtesy of Facebook Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

5 Ways You Should Use Sound Effects in Your Projects

first_imgCrisp visuals and quality audio are the secrets to any film or video’s success. But don’t stop there. Stick the landing with the power of sound effects.Cover image by Everett Collection.There are many elements that go into gripping, entertaining, and moving film and video projects. From dramatic lighting to creative editing to powerful acting — everything needs to complement everything else to really create something great.One element filmmakers often overlook, however, is sound. Namely, sound effects and how they can improve the production quality of your project. Good sound effects can take a mediocre project to the next thematic level by immersing audiences more deeply in the story and bringing the film’s world to life.Let’s look at the five important ways you can use sound effects in your film and video projects.1. RealismImage via photoiva.First and foremost, if you want to present a clear and well-defined world, you need to use every element at your disposal. You take great pains to make the lighting look authentic and to decorate sets just right — not to mention directing authentic performances — so you need to pay the same attention to sounds.From footsteps that match an actor’s shoes to the subtle sounds of wildlife to humming streetlights and distant traffic, sound effects are a great way to bring more realism to your project.2. TransitionsImage by Alena Ozerova.The auditory transition is a popular film school technique that is actually quite useful. Pairing shot transitions with sound effects can bring your audience out of one scene and into another one.Similar to J and L cuts with footage and audio, sound effect transitions can step into or out of scenes in the same way to manipulate the pace of the narrative — as well as your audience’s expectations.3. Story DevelopmentImage by tong com photographer.By the same token, sound effects, used properly, can become a powerful storytelling tool. Transitions are great, but sound effects can also give your audience vital information about what is happening in your film. From the sound of a nearby twig breaking to an inopportune knock on the door, sound effects can be just as powerful as any visual dynamic — and sometimes even more so.4. Auditory ThematicsImage by guruXOX.Once you learn to appreciate sound effects as narrative tools, you can use them to develop (and subvert) auditory themes in your production. A knock on a door can sound many different ways — and mean many different things. Something as simple as a knock on the door can be lighter, further away, or even heavier and more sinister. And if you develop similar effects as a theme, you can direct your audience’s expectations without them realizing it.5. SuspenseImage by ARTFULLY PHOTOGRAPHER.Which brings us to how sound effects can be (perhaps!) the most important tools for developing suspense. Whether you’re shooting a horror project, a comedy, or even a corporate video, suspense (or setup-and-payoff interactions) is at the heart of truly watchable projects. Sound effects build upon onscreen information while also fueling speculation about what’s happening offscreen.Looking for more sound effects resources (as well as some free archives), check out these links.Over 120 Free Sound Effects for Videos, Apps, Films, and GamesSCI-FI UI: 29 FREE Futuristic Computer and HUD Sound EffectsCreative Ways to Use Sound Effects + 15 FREE SFX15 Free Ambient Background Noise TracksVideo Editing Quick Tip: Using Audio Swells in Premiere Prolast_img read more

PCB unhappy with ICC Task Force recommendations

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board is unhappy with some of the recommendations made by the ICC’s Task Team to reform the sport in the troubled country.PCB chairman Ijaz ButtWell-placed sources told PTI that while the PCB was happy that the ICC task force recognised the need and compulsion for Pakistan and India to resume bilateral ties, it had reservations over some other recommendations in their final report presented to the ICC executive council in Hong Kong.”Making recommendations or suggestions about the quality of cricket balls we use in our domestic cricket or on our selection process are issues that should not concern the task force and purely internal matters of the PCB,” one source said. The PTT has recommended reforms on how the board should be run and on even issues like selection, managerial appointments and use of standard ball in domestic cricket.Among the 63 recommendations listed by the PTT is also one about reducing powers of the Chairman and having a chief executive with more authority. Presently board Chairman Ijaz Butt also holds the post of chief executive as per the PCB constitution.”The PTT was formed in 2009 with focus on security situation on Pakistan after the attack on the Sri Lankan team but their role got more wide ranging and while we respect their recommendations some of them the areas broached upon should be sole responsibility of the PCB,” one source noted.The PTT report has also called for a resumption of cricket ties with India, recognising it to be a key component of the fabric of Pakistan’s cricket.  A PCB official said after Butt returned on July 21 from vacations, the recommendations of the PTT would be reviewed in detail and the PCB would than get back to the ICC with its observations.advertisementBut some of the recommendations are too strong to digest for PCB officials like the one that states: “Perhaps the strongest of the recommendations relate to the governance structures of Pakistan cricket,” the executive summary of the report states.”It is highly unusual that the President of the country is entitled to appoint both the Chairman of the PCB and over half of the Governing Board. It is also inconsistent with the demands of modern sports administration that the Chairman also holds the powers of the CEO.”The PTT believes there should be a wholesale (internal) review of the PCB’s governance structures, including its constitution. While recognising that changes may not happen overnight, the PTT believes that preserving the status quo will constrain the development of Pakistan cricket in the long-term and is not in keeping with international best practice in sports administration.”The report also calls for constitutional changes aimed at reducing the chairman’s powers and making the role a non-executive one. It has also suggested the PCB should only award central contracts to 20 players.With inputs from PTI.last_img read more

10 months agoBayern Munich frontrunners for Arsenal, Chelsea target Under

first_imgBayern Munich frontrunners for Arsenal, Chelsea target Underby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal and Chelsea have a new challenger in their pursuit of Roma winger Cengiz Under. According to ESPN, Bayern Munich have moved ahead of the Premier League duo as they look to replace Arjen Robben.The 21-year-old is currently valued at 50m by the Serie A giants, which Bayern have no problem paying. Fortunately for Arsenal and Chelsea, Under is reportedly keen on a move to the Premier League.Manchester City and Manchester United have also scouted Under, who has scored two goals and provided four assists in 14 Serie A appearances this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren: We only worry about us

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren: We only worry about usby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren says no-one is getting carried away with being top of the table.Lovren says the current team has slowly learnt to neither look back or forward, at history or at what they hope to achieve. Instead, the calm around the training ground allows them to concentrate fully on the task in hand.“We don’t look at who is behind us or in front of us. It’s more only about us and that’s how we should do it always,” he said.“We learn from all these previous seasons. When you look against Newcastle it was quite a tough first half, there were chances but we couldn’t find the right spot to score.“Luckily enough I scored but again we had this winning mentality that kept us going, and the second half we played like a new game.” last_img read more