By Story by U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Osvaldo Equite, Special Operations Command South March 20, 2018 Within minutes, an elite multinational security force team managed to close with and overwhelm armed groups hiding along Panama’s Caribbean shores and remote jungle locations. The team’s mission success however, would depend on the next 100 or so split-second decisions made – under fire and stress – between team members that had only met weeks before. Still, the team freed all simulated hostages, while successfully culminating a month-long training exchange between U.S. Special Operations Forces and Panamanian security counterparts held January 5-February 6, 2018, throughout Panama. “The Joint Combined Exchange Training improved the readiness of assigned quick reaction forces with Special Operations Command South by developing capabilities needed when responding to a crisis alongside partner nation security forces,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Hunter, Special Operations liaison officer with U.S. Special Operations Command, in Panama City, Panama. Participating U.S. SOF units improved their overall competencies in marksmanship, small unit tactics training, air and maritime operations, communications, and sustained interoperability with counterparts by exchanging techniques, tactics, and procedures, while enhancing service members’ language proficiency in Spanish. SOCSOUTH integrated U.S. SOF units from the Air Force, Army, and Navy to train alongside elite Panamanian counterterrorism units in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Panama City and Panamanian security forces. Nothing like back home Although U.S. SOF train regularly at their home station units in preparation for contingencies in the Americas, JCETs provide training opportunities not easily replicated stateside. “Every day was about learning something new, even if it was just a small interaction with our counterparts in Spanish,” said U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Gordon Boyer, a radio frequency transmission specialist with the 6th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida. For weeks, Tech. Sgt. Boyer, a Michigan native responsible for the maintenance and repair of communications equipment, relied on his working proficiency in Spanish to work side-by-side with his counterparts on a daily basis. “We dove into the manuals for hours, figuring things out together,” he said, recalling an instance where he enabled communications between Panamanian air support, U.S. and partner nation ground forces. “We figured out the best way for us to accomplish our missions every day, using what we had and speaking with the little we both knew,” he added. Tech Sgt. Boyer noted that the interactions really tested his Spanish and his counterpart’s English. Like Tech Sgt. Boyer, Spanish is a second language for the majority of the American exercise participants. Only a third of the service members who took part in the training were fluent, with the rest having a minimal working proficiency in the language. “That’s why training like this is so important. We get a full language and cultural immersion we wouldn’t get back home,” said Matt, a senior Special Forces weapons sergeant with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), out of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, who for security reasons spoke on condition of anonymity. The first time many junior service members gain valuable experiences in leadership, mentorship, instruction, and advisory roles is also during joint combined training. “The first opportunity I had being a team leader was during a previous JCET, where I was responsible for leading a group of partner nation members as we conducted training,” said the Special Forces sergeant, who has deployed eight times, with this trip being his first to Panama. “It was during a prior JCET that I was also put in charge as a ground convoy commander for the first time,” he added. “With little prior experience in such a position I put together a plan, thought of all the obstacles we might come across, and began to develop contingencies for a two-hour movement. The contingencies included coordination with an air element.” Additionally, U.S. SOF tackle logistics, communications, and transportation hurdles on a daily basis during joint combined training that begins as soon as they arrive in country. “That’s another benefit to this training, working through and finding solutions to the day-to-day real-world problems that you do not encounter back home,” said the Special Forces sergeant. Beyond the training Aside from boosting U.S. force’s response capabilities in the Americas, this exchange training also strengthened working relationships and built trust between the elite forces. This not only saves valuable time in being able to make split-second decisions during training, but also when working together in the event of a crisis. “These relationships and trust can help reduce the scope and duration of a crisis and increase the likelihood our partners can respond to crises on their own,” said U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, U.S. Southern Command commander, before a Senate Armed Services Committee in 2017. Similarly, the most rewarding aspect of the training for many of the exchange participants was building professional relationships needed if they are one day called to work alongside each other. “Our mission is to execute high-risk operations in urban areas and to intervene against sabotage against the canal,” said Captain Javier Bethancourt, deputy operations officer with the Panamanian National Police (PNP) Special Forces Counterterrorism Unit. Without these working relationships and training, it would be difficult for the multinational forces to work together, said the operations officer. “So building these relationships is important, especially if it comes to protecting the canal.” “We build a relationship with these guys because they are the best, and they might stay in the same unit for years,” said the U.S. SOF weapons sergeant. “This makes integration easier, knowing that we speak the same language when it comes to tactics and techniques. At the end of the day, the ultimate outcome for us is to build and maintain steady relationships that prepare us for any type of crisis we are tasked to respond to.” Other participating units included PNP Rural and Maritime Anti-Drug Unit and elements of Panama’s National Air and Naval Service.
The Justice Senyo Dzamefe Presidential Commission of Inquiry has tasked Fred Pappoe, Chairman of the Local Black Stars Management Committee, to furnish it with outstanding monies owed the team by the state following their participation in the 2014 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in South Africa.Pappoe, who appeared before the Commission on Friday and expressed worry over non-payment of salaries and allowances due the team for their participation in the competition, is expected to provide exact details of all monies owed the technical team, playing body and the management team.According to Justice Dzamafe, the directive is aimed at helping the Commission to make the needed recommendations to government on the management of the various national teams.This was after, Pappoe, informed the commission that, the state owed the team bonuses to the tune of $240,000, eight months after their campaign in the continental competition.According to Pappoe, the amount covers outstanding winning bonuses in the competition,Pappoe, who was not specific on the figure was tasked by the commission to go back to the books and provide the correct figures. He also added that, the state owed the managers of the Len Clay Stadium, over 150, 000 ghc for using their facility for training and camping in preparations for the competition.
MASON CITY – The No. 2 NIACC women’s basketball team rolled to a 131-56 victory over Ellsworth Wednesday in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest in the NIACC gym.NIACC received a career-high 46 points, including 11 3-point goals, from freshman Mandy Willems. Freshman Jada Buford scored 31 points, sophomore Tahya Campbell scored 17 points and freshman Autam Mendez scored 12 points.The 46 points by Willems is the most ever by a NIACC women’s player in a conference contest and ranks second on the school’s career single-game list. Trudy Peterson holds the single-game record with 51 points against Kennedy King in the 2015-16 season.The 131 points by the Lady Trojans is tied for third on the school’s single-game scoring list. The women’s all-time single-game record came in a 135-33 win over Hibbing CC in the 2013-14 season. == other 1A quarterfinalsNewell-Fonda 69, Springville 39Bellevue Marquette 62, Clarksville 49 Listen back to our full post-game interview with Paul Sonius CLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake boys basketball team found out Wednesday afternoon their schedule in next week’s Class 3A state tournament. Despite being top-ranked and one of two undefeated teams left in any class, the Lions are the fourth seed in the 3A field. Clear Lake will face the fifth-seed West Delaware in the quarterfinal round next Tuesday at 1 o’clock at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Norwalk is the top-seed and will face 8th-seed Ballard in the first 3A quarterfinal at 11:15. On the other side of the bracket, second-seed Sergeant Bluff-Luton faces seven-seed Winterset, while third-seed Oskaloosa faces sixth-seed Marion. You can hear the Clear Lake-West Delaware game on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com starting with the pre-game at about 12:35 next Tuesday afternoon. IOWA CITY — A big turnaround season for the Iowa basketball team is being overshadowed by multiple suspensions. Hawkeye basketball coach Fran McCaffery was suspended for two games following a profanity laced tirade at an official following Tuesday night’s loss at Ohio State. It comes just days after play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin was suspended for the remainder of the season for a term he used to describe the play of Maryland’s Bruno Fernando in a game last week.McCaffery says he let his emotions get carried away.McCaffery says he coaches with passion and that won’t change.Iowa athletic director Gary Barta acknowledges it has been a rough week for the department.Barta says Dolphin will return to the booth for Iowa’s spring football game.There was speculation that a rift between Dolphin and McCaffery might lead to his ouster.Dolphin says he will try to remain descriptive in his call while at the same time being sensitive to his choice of words.Iowa hosts Rutgers on Saturday DES MOINES — Drake will play for a Missouri Valley title on Saturday at Missouri State. The Bulldogs celebrated Senior Night with an 80-68 win over Indiana State to move to 11-6 in the Valley. A UNI loss to Loyola prevented the Bulldogs from clinching a share of the title.Tremell Murphy recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Drake to an 80-68 win over Indiana State on Wednesday night.Brady Ellingson had 16 points for Drake (22-8, 11-6 Missouri Valley Conference), which earned its fourth consecutive home victory. Nick McGlynn added 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Anthony Murphy had 13 points for the home team. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Marques Townes registered 16 points and eight rebounds as Loyola of Chicago edged past Northern Iowa 56-55 on Wednesday night.Aher Uguak’s dunk gave the Ramblers a 55-53 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the second half. Lucas Williamson made the second of two free throws and Loyola led 56-53 with 17 seconds to go. After UNI’s AJ Green cut the deficit to one, Townes had a turnover. Green missed the go-ahead jumper with three seconds left.Cameron Krutwig had 14 points and three assists for Loyola of Chicago (18-12, 11-6 Missouri Valley Conference). Williamson added 12 points.Green had 18 points for the Panthers (14-16, 9-8), whose four-game win streak was snapped. Isaiah Brown added 13 points. Wyatt Lohaus had 10 points.The Ramblers improved to 2-0 against the Panthers on the season, both victories coming by one point. Loyola of Chicago defeated Northern Iowa 61-60 on Jan. 30.Loyola of Chicago, tied for first place with Drake, finishes out the regular season against Bradley at home on Saturday. Northern Iowa finishes out the regular season against Indiana State on the road on Saturday. == 3A semifinals today1:30 p.m. – North Polk (22-2) vs. Waukon (19-3)3:15 p.m. – Des Moines Christian (23-2) vs. Center Point-Urbana (22-2) TODAY:= AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Class 4A girls state semifinal — Mason City vs. Marion — pre-game 4:40, tipoff 5:00 == 5A semifinals today10:00 a.m. – Johnston (22-2) vs. West Des Moines Valley (18-5)11:45 a.m. – Dowling West Des Moines (17-7) vs. Southeast Polk (20-3) DES MOINES — Rachel Leerar scored 19 of her 23 points in the first half in leading West Hancock over North Mahaska 67-54 in a Class 1A quarterfinal round game at the girls state basketball tournament in Des Moines Wednesday evening, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Leerar also handed out six assists and had five steals. West Hancock coach Paul Sonius says the ballgame started the way he wanted to with the speed and fastness going up and down the court.Sonius also credited the play of Amanda Chizek, who had 11 points and 13 rebounds.Sonius says the plan was not to use full-court pressure on defense during the game, but that changed as the contest went along, to the advantage of the Eagles.Mahayla Faust added 12 points while freshman Kennedy Kelly added 10 for the Eagles.West Hancock improves to 24-1 on the season and will face Montezuma in Friday afternoon’s semifinal round. Montezuma overcame a 12-point first quarter deficit to beat CAM of Anita 59-45 last night. You can hear live and local coverage of the West Hancock-Montezuma game on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com starting with the pre-game at about 3 o’clock Friday afternoon MASON CITY – The No. 3 NIACC men’s basketball team topped Ellsworth 86-64 for its 11th straight win on Wednesday in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest in the NIACC gym.The win clinched at least a share of the conference regular season title for NIACC men. The Trojans (23-3 overall) are 12-1 in the league with one game remaining – at home Thursday against DMACC.No. 5 Kirkwood is 11-2 in the league with one game remaining at Ellsworth on Saturday.The regular season champion clinches home-court advantage throughout the Region XI tournament, which starts on Tuesday.The 23 wins by NIACC is the most since the 2006-07 team was 23-9. The school record for wins in a season is the 1994-95 national championship team that was 24-12.NIACC, which started the season 1-2, has won 22 of its last 23 games. The Trojans have produced two win streaks of 11 games, which is tied for the third longest in school history.In Wednesday’s win over Ellsworth, freshman Wendell Matthews scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Also scoring in double figures were Quentin Hardrict (15), James Harris (12), Deundra Roberson (10) and Chandler Dean (10). == 2A quarterfinals WednesdayCentral Decatur 57, Aplington-Parkersburg 49Treynor 53, North Linn 44 DES MOINES — Mason City faces Marion in the Class 4A semifinal round late this afternoon at the girls state basketball tournament. The Mohawks advanced with a 55-49 win over Waverly-Shell Rock in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round, while the top seed Marion overwhelmed Cedar Rapids Xavier 70-35. You can hear the Mason City-Marion game on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com starting with the pre-game at about 4:40 this afternoon, with the tipoff scheduled for 5 o’clock. The other 4A semifinal has North Scott facing Bishop Heelan of Sioux City.
Having received several complaints from Riverstown, Essequibo Coast residents about their frustration regarding the manner in which a project was designed and implemented by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure — without any consultation with the Region or residents, Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt and Councillors of the Region Two Administration visited the area on Friday last and met with residents.The team was shocked to see the destruction of many bearing plantain suckers, they having been thrown to the ground.According to a farmer, he lost more than one hundred bearing plantain suckers and is contemplating legal action.Residents are also claiming that the project was done on private farm lands.It was brought to the attention of the visiting team that no engineer or technical staff visited the construction site, and as such, substandard work is being done.It was noted that neither the RDC, NDCs, nor residents were provided with project details and Bills of Quantities.Residents felt they were being grossly disrespected, and therefore compelled the Regional Chairman and Councillors to make immediate contact with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to get details about the construction project.
Cardiff boss Warnock reveals Tan behind him for market plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock says owner Vincent Tan is determined to support him in the January market.Before victory at Leicester City, Warnock spoke of his transfer plans.He said, “Mehmet (Dalman) and Ken (Choo) are doing all the checks which you’ve got to do. But they’re determined to get me two or three players. I’m talking to Vincent all the time. Every owner would want you to spend nothing and still bring in five players. But he’s been very supportive.”We’ve had inquiries for our players as well. Everyone’s looking for a bargain. We’ve got numerous players that aren’t playing and hopefully they can find clubs because when you’re a player you want to play.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
WINNIPEG — A man has come forward saying he is the father of a newborn seen in a social media video being taken from its mother by police and social workers.A child protection hearing in Winnipeg today was adjourned for a week at a request by the man’s lawyer.The request was relayed by a lawyer representing the First Nations child and family services agency in charge of the baby.No participant in the hearing can be named under Manitoba law.The video of the newborn was broadcast live on Facebook by the woman’s uncle in January, and First Nations leaders have said it shows a child-welfare system biased against Indigenous people.In the video, the mother is sitting in a Winnipeg hospital bed cradling the two-day-old baby and crying before social workers and police take the child into care.Statistics from the Manitoba government show that newborn apprehensions occur, on average, about once a day and that about 90 per cent of kids in care are Indigenous.The Canadian Press
STE-THERESE, Que. — A Quebec man is facing charges after allegedly stealing a backhoe and going on a rampage on Canada Day.Local police say a 50-year-old man from Ste-Therese, north of Montreal, is expected to appear in court today on charges of theft, impaired driving, and mischief.A witness contacted police just before 9 p.m. Monday about a man who’d stolen a backhoe and was driving erratically, heading towards the town’s downtown, Ste-Therese-de-Blainville police Sgt. Martin Charron says in a statement.As police moved in to intercept, the backhoe smashed a residential building, causing considerable damage, and knocked down electrical wires, which sparked a fire.Police officers had to forcibly remove the suspect from the cab of the vehicle.There were no major injuries, but two police officers were slightly injured by debris from the fire.The investigation is ongoing, including why the home was targeted.The Canadian Press
Just before the start of free agency last June, Los Angeles Lakers President Magic Johnson made a relatively blunt declaration when he said he’d willingly step down from his post if he failed to sign star players. So it was a legitimate jaw-dropper when Johnson, just nine months after landing the world’s best player, opted to resign Tuesday during a tearful, impromptu press conference in the bowels of Staples Center prior to the team’s season finale.Yes, this was a trying year for Johnson and the storied franchise, which fully expected to return to the playoffs after getting LeBron James. But the playoffs didn’t happen, and while Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka deserve a lot of the blame for why things went wrong, no one thought it would result in this — at least not this soon, and certainly not in the bizarre manner in which it played out.In the coming weeks, there will be ample opportunity to analyze what comes next for the Lakers, who still have LeBron, a young supporting cast and enough cap space to make the kind of signing that could make them an actual contender again out West.Normally, we’d be prone to view a team president’s sudden resignation as a sign of enormous trouble for a franchise. The fact that we aren’t talking about how much this will damage Los Angeles speaks volumes about Johnson and how ill-prepared he was for the front-office job in the first place.Team owner Jeanie Buss, who got wind of the resignation after reporters did, now has an enormous task. She has to tap the right person, but based on her hiring of Magic — a choice she made based on trust and their almost 40 years of friendship after contentiously ousting her brother in 2017 — we don’t know yet who she’ll get or what level of experience that person will carry.Nonetheless, that role is vital, both to restoring the franchise to its rightful place — this 37-win season marked a Lakers’ record sixth-straight year with no postseason — and obviously for maximizing the 34-year-old James’s window for championship contention.What we do know now is that Johnson, an all-time great on the hardwood and one of the more personable businessmen in America, simply wasn’t prepared for the cutthroat front-office life, an issue we touched on briefly back when he was hired. Johnson himself says that leaving the role of president will make him happier, as it will allow him to return to his old life, away from the sourced reporting that, to him, likely felt like anonymous backstabbing. And back to a life where he can freely mentor and tweet to congratulate players leaguewide — something he couldn’t do as an executive, because of the tampering rules.From the outset, Johnson struggled with how to play inside those rules. Even more concerning about his front-office tenure: He often struggled to properly assess the value of players and what they brought to the table. Months after taking the gig, he traded a young, talented point guard in D’Angelo Russell to get Brook Lopez and his expiring contract, as well as the pick that would become Kyle Kuzma.1The move also gave L.A. the ability to dump Timofey Mosgov’s hefty contract. While Kuzma has been fine for a young player, Russell has since become an All-Star who has led Brooklyn back to the postseason. And Lopez — whom L.A. let walk in free agency last summer — has been one of the NBA’s best floor-spacing bigs, giving Milwaukee exactly what this shooting-starved Lakers club needs.2On a cheap, $3.3 million contract, too.Similarly, 24-year-old Julius Randle had a career year (21 points, 8 rebounds a game) in New Orleans after the Lakers let their former No. 7 overall pick go in free agency despite his relatively modest price tag.3He signed a two-year, $18 million deal with New Orleans. Instead, L.A. followed up on its LeBron move by then agreeing to deals with Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson, leaving it woefully deficient from a perimeter-shooting standpoint. The head-scratching decisions weren’t limited to the perimeter, though: The Lakers also offered talented big man Ivica Zubac to their Los Angeles counterparts at the deadline, reportedly befuddling the Clippers by trying to unload a solid young player unnecessarily.None of this even gets into the fact that Johnson and the Lakers took their sweet time — waiting until it was likely too late — to try to deal for a second star, which was borderline malpractice considering James’s age. Depending on how you look at it, the failed play to acquire Anthony Davis at the trade deadline was either just the Pelicans being stubborn or them being realistic — and smart — after realizing that the youngsters L.A. was offering in return weren’t good enough (particularly when James was injured) to justify dealing away a franchise player.But that doesn’t excuse the Lakers not being more aggressive two summers ago, when they could’ve made a play for Paul George, who’d made it clear that L.A. was his destination of choice before Oklahoma City gambled on a deal for him. Nor does it explain why the Lakers didn’t do more to engage the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard (and pair him with LeBron) before he was ultimately sent to Toronto. In either case, having a second star likely would’ve provided L.A. with the insulation it needed to withstand a James injury and make the playoffs regardless.And there were the problematic mixed messages that Johnson sent: the preseason comments about how new LeBron teams always take a while to find their stride and the need for patience, but then the reports about him going off on coach Luke Walton just weeks later, apparently for not meeting the expectations he’d just tamped down. Then there was his suggestion that the young players who’d heard their names rumored in potential Davis deals simply needed to be hugged and nurtured after the whole ordeal, which he followed, one day later, by saying that those same players needed to be treated like men, rather than babied through the media.Had Johnson remained on the job, his next true test as team president was a decision about Walton’s future. Johnson told reporters Tuesday that he’d been given the authority to fire Walton, who has history with the Lakers as a former player and still has a good friendship with Buss. But Johnson said he didn’t want to pull that trigger and instead opted to step down himself.Now, it’s Buss’s turn to make a decision again. And while the stakes are incredibly high, with the team at an important crossroads, the Lakers can take solace in the fact that they’re almost certain to now get a more analytical, experienced front-office type than they had in Magic, who was never really meant for the unforgiving nature of an NBA job like this to begin with.
Junior defenseman Dani Sadek carves through the ice with the puck vs Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Courtesy OSU AthleticsThe offseason in any sport has its drama, and that’s certainly the case for the Ohio State women’s hockey team. Coming off a disappointing 10-25-1 season in 2015-16, OSU bid adieu to three transfers — including its captain Alexa Ranahan, and top scorer Claudia Kepler — and its head coach whose job was terminated amid NCAA violations.On Friday, the Buckeyes are looking to close that chapter and start anew, taking on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, in two games this weekend to ring in the new season.On Sept. 10, OSU named Nadine Muzerall its third coach in as many seasons. Although she hadn’t been on the ice yet with her team, Muzerall will be in New York to coach her new team. Redshirt sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve said that the offseason made the team grow up a bit.“As a whole right now, we’re just trying to come together and play Buckeye hockey,” Sauve said. “This is a new era for us. Having everyone rolling on the same page is really important for us right now.”Suave started 20 games her freshman year before suffering an injury. She sat out last season — earning a medical redshirt — following double-hip surgery. Sauve said that each hip took about six to nine months to recover and return to action.“It’s been 581 days since my last game,” she said. “Not that I’ve been counting.”As for the Buckeyes opponent, RPI has already played a pair of games in the 2016-17 campaign, splitting a two-game set with the University of Maine. Similar to OSU, RPI experienced a difficult season, finishing the year with a 10-17-7 record. The Engineers ranked 29th out of 35 teams in the NCAA in goals scored, compared to OSU’s finish at third-most goals allowed last year.RPI senior forward Laura Norwood leads her team with 12 shots through two games. She notched a goal and an assist in the team’s 3-1 win in its season opener. To stop her and the rest of the Engineer attack, the Buckeyes will welcome back redshirt freshman defenseman Jincy Dunne who sat out last year after suffering two concussions in a short period of time.Dunne came into OSU as a highly-touted recruit. She has experience on the international level, playing for U18 Team USA at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship, winning silver medal in 2014 and claiming gold in 2015. Although she has yet to see her in game action, sophomore defenseman Lauren Boyle is excited to see her classmate besider her on the ice.“I think (Jincy) is one of the best passers I’ve ever played with,” Boyle said. “She has so much composure and poise on the ice that it’s fun to be out there with her and it’s fun to watch.”OSU was voted to finish second-to-last in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association preseason poll. Last year, Boyle said there wasn’t a lot of emphasis on winning games early, rather than hitting their stride late in the season. That stride never fit, so OSU is attempting to jump out to a quick start in Muzerall’s first season as head coach, along with still working in a new system.But the Buckeyes seem to believe they are mentally prepared after the program changes that occurred in the offseason.“I think going forward this year, it’s going to help us when things get tough and things aren’t always going to go the way we want them to in game situations,” said Lauren Spring, OSU junior forward. “Having to go through adversity early on can be a good thing for teams.”OSU will likely undergo a learning process with a new coaching staff, but two wins this weekend is definitely on the minds of the team.“I think it would put a lot of confidence behind us and have a little more trust in the process of placing the staff and getting the whole program going in the right direction,” Boyle said. “It kind of all depends on how the team all clicks together. We’re all learning new systems.”
After running through the tunnel of pride for the first time this year, senior wide receiver DeVier Posey was welcomed by dozens of fans crying his name. He then knelt on the field, taking a moment to pray and soak in what was his first and last football game as a senior in Ohio Stadium. “I just thanked (God) for allowing me to be here,” Posey said. “I just kissed the field and I talked to the stadium for a little minute. I said ‘I miss you.’ It’s just a great place to play and I just love this place.” Returning from two five-game suspensions for selling OSU football memorabilia, receiving improper benefits and being overpaid for work he did not do at a summer job, Posey made his season-debut against Penn State Saturday. Talk of his return was ubiquitous leading up to the game, and he was embraced by what was easily the loudest cheer when his name was called during the pregame senior ceremony. Posey said he was excited to get back on the field to do what he was “born to do.” “I feel normal,” Posey said. “I felt like 10 weeks have been the oddest feeling not playing, so it felt pretty normal to be out there and be with the guys, I was just real excited.” Posey showed that his skill did not diminish during his time off the field, as he led the Buckeyes with four receptions for 66 yards total in the game. His first catch of the year came in the first quarter when he received a pass from freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, giving OSU a first down. The 39-yard reception was the Buckeyes’ second-longest pass completion this season. Posey said the catch was “just routine.” “I understand the kind of quarterback Braxton is. The play is never over,” Posey said. “I just tried to find an open space and hopefully he kept his eyes down field and he just caught me.” Posey said he was honored to play with Miller for the first time. “To be honest, I’m honored that I got to be on the field with him, cause I really feel like he’s gonna be a great player,” Posey said. “I feel like he has the right people around him to be a great quarterback.” In the second quarter, Posey continued to make an impact on the game when he caught a pass from Miller for a gain of 18 yards. Posey’s block contributed to Miller’s touchdown run and the Buckeyes’ first score in the game. But the catch of the game arguably could have been Posey’s one-handed snag after a deep pass by Miller, giving OSU a first down at the start of the fourth quarter. Mike Jurek, a fourth-year in accounting, said he thought Posey had a solid comeback. “I think his performance was pretty great,” Jurek said. “That (one-handed catch) was probably the best moment of the game for him.” Despite missing 10 games this year, Posey said he can’t let himself feel missed by team, and he has learned from his actions in the past year. “God doesn’t make mistakes, and that’s what I truly believe,” Posey said. “I feel like this needed to happen for the boys and it needed to happen for me, and I’ve learned a lot from this.” Posey said playing his first game all year was “the best I’ve felt in 2011,” and he is ready to move on from the past. “I really don’t want to do too much of thinking about the past. I really want to move forward and look forward to going up and beating Michigan,” Posey said. Jurek said he thinks having Posey back for the game against Michigan will be beneficial for the team. “Having a proven deep threat, we have a lot of young receivers but to have someone who you can trust to run deep and catch the ball pretty much every time is a great asset to have,” Jurek said. In the post-game press conference, Posey spoke multiple times about how grateful he was for the opportunity to play again. “I thank God for the opportunity that He allowed me to go through these hard times so I can learn things,” Posey said. “I know it’s been hard on Buckeye Nation, with all the suspensions and everything, but you can’t really test God’s will. You just gotta let it be done.” Senior offensive tackle Mike Adams said it was great to have Posey back on the field. “(Posey) was really hype. He was excited. He was ready to play. I think he showed that,” Adams said. “It’s just great to have a guy like that back, you know, just another leader back in the game.” Before and during the game, Posey said he wasn’t concerned with hearing cheers or boos from the crowd. “I’ve already heard enough negative things from you guys and trust me, it’s made me stronger,” Posey said. “And I wasn’t hearing the cheers and I wasn’t hearing the negative things, you know, it’s all the same. To me, it’s just what I love to do and nobody’s going to deter me from that.” While Posey hasn’t played in the last 10 games, he has not been completely absent from the football team. He said he has continued to practice to get better and teach the younger players on the team. “(I) tried to pass all the tricks that I had onto the young guys and try to show them my approach and how I prepare,” Posey said. “And who knows, maybe me coming back was just for those guys, to serve those guys, to show them how to do it.” After receiving his first five-game suspension, Posey had the choice to stay at OSU. “I vowed to come back when we did our apologies because I wanted to be around these guys, and I wanted to be at this place and I wanted to graduate,” Posey said. “And selfishly, I could’ve left and packed my stuff and did whatever, but that’s just not who I am as a person. I feel like you need to go through things to be a man.” Following the issuing of NCAA suspensions Dec. 28, the five Buckeyes suspended — Posey, Adams, former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Daniel “Boom” Herron and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas — issued apologies for their actions. When walking off the field after the game, Posey turned around and took a last look back at the field and stadium. “I just wanted to see the stadium and never forget what it looked like, because this place has molded me into a man,” Posey said. “And it’s just a beautiful place, I’m just honored to say that I’ve been a Buckeye.”