Alvarez finds quick familiarity on sidelines

first_imgAthletics Director Barry Alvarez has limited practice time in an effort to keep his players\’ legs fresh going into the Rose Bowl.[/media-credit]LOS ANGELES – Barry Alvarez hasn’t coached a football team in seven seasons. His last Rose Bowl appearance and victory came 13 years ago. This time around, he’s the new guy on the sidelines.But with more than a decade between his last Rose Bowl as a coach and seven seasons from last time he commanded the Wisconsin football program, Alvarez had no issue sliding back into the rhythm of things or getting back in the feel of bowl prep.“Just give me a whistle,” Alvarez said. “That’s all I need is a whistle and a bunch of guys to coach and I feel very comfortable with that. And it’s been fun for me. This has been like a gift to be able to do this and on this stage is truly special.”In his return to the Granddaddy of Them All in its 99th year, Alvarez maintained that he will be a game manager while giving his coordinators parameters to work under.This style of coaching is the system Alvarez used to achieve historic success during his tenure at Wisconsin and the system he stepped into when he was first hired by Lou Holtz as a defensive coordinator at Notre Dame in 1980.“I hire people; I give them directions and let them do their job,” Alvarez said. “As an assistant coach, that’s what I wanted. When Lou Holtz hired me as a defensive coordinator, he let me run the defense. He would give me parameters to follow. I like that. So this is no different.”Alvarez’s style has not only influenced the coaches, but has also made its mark on the team and how it operates on a day-to-day basis. Alvarez certainly isn’t changing Wisconsin’s traditional bruising style of football or how it plays the game, but how the team approaches it – starting with practice.Since accepting the head coaching position for the game at the insistence of the players, Alvarez has changed the Badgers’ practice structure, removing unnecessary breaks and having the players scrimmage to get used to the game pace after weeks off.“I really value and respect the players’ time so I want to be very efficient in how we practice,” Alvarez said. “I want to get X-amount of repetitions in, that is the important thing. If we can get it done in an hour and 15 minutes or an hour and a half rather than two and a half hours, that’s what I’d prefer to do.”This belief in efficiency actually caused Alvarez to cancel the team’s final Wednesday practice. Initially, they had a short practice scheduled with no pads, but, according to Alvarez, tight ends coach Eddie Faulkner suggested that if he were a player, he’d be hoping for rain.Upon hearing what Faulkner was thinking, Alvarez cancelled practice and decided to do a walk-through at the hotel.“I felt Eddie was thinking like a player; that’s how I normally try to think, what is best for them,” Alvarez said. “Sometimes they need to be pushed, but in this case, our guys have done everything that we’ve asked them to do they needed a little break.”With the concentration on quality, efficient practices, Alvarez is largely focusing on what he can control in the upcoming bowl game: Wisconsin’s preparedness.He’s not worrying about what Stanford might bring or whatever wrinkles it might introduce on game day. Instead, Alvarez said he is just trying to make sure his team is ready Jan. 1.“I always worry about if our guys are ready and that they’re ready for the tempo and the speed of the game,” Alvarez said. “That’s what I’ll judge early on. Other than that, I’m really not worried about anything. I just want them to play. I told them I want the same team to show up … I want the same team to play that played in Indianapolis, to play in the Rose Bowl. That’s what I want to see, that’s what concerns me. I don’t worry about Stanford. I can’t control Stanford, but I can control us.”As a legend of Wisconsin football, Alvarez had no issue immediately commanding control of the team – especially a team that affectionately calls him “The Godfather.”“I’ve heard that before,” Alvarez said with a laugh. “I take that as a compliment, but the Godfather was Italian. I’m Spanish.”last_img read more

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WATCH: 76ers’ Mike Scott crashes into stands, takes sip of Bucks fan’s drink

first_imgMike Scott got hydration from an unexpected source during Philadelphia’s matchup against Milwaukee on Sunday.The 76ers forward fell into the Bucks’ courtside seats while diving for a loose ball in the first quarter of the contest. From there, he decided to take a sip of a fan’s drink. Scott entered Sunday averaging 8.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in his 15 appearances with the 76ers.The 76ers are riding a three-game winning streak and will attempt to extend it against the Bucks, who boast the best record (52-17) in the NBA.Philadelphia (44-25) sits third in the Eastern Conference standings. [email protected] understands the importance of proper hydration. 🤣#Shaqtin pic.twitter.com/0Pqp3H6PbF— Shaqtin’ a Fool (@shaqtin) March 17, 2019Scott was moved to Philadelphia by the Clippers alongside Tobias Harris and other pieces shortly before the trade deadline. He appears to be enjoying being a part of the process so far.last_img read more

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New Board Member and Officers Elected for Providence St. Peter Foundation

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Providence St. Peter FoundationProvidence St. Peter Foundation Board of Directors has recently elected a new member to its board of directors. Joining the board is Jennifer Burtner, MD, an emergency room physician and department medical director for Providence St. Peter Hospital. Dr. Burtner will serve a three-year term. Richard “Mick” Phillips, Jen Foley, Marcia Fromhold, Mark Naubert and Mark Wagner, MD were re-elected to additional three-year terms.“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Burtner to the foundation board,” says Mick Phillips, foundation board president. “She brings a depth of experience from the medical community and a deep respect for the importance of having access to high-quality health care locally.”The foundation board also elected new officers. Mick Phillips, founding member of Phillips Burgess, PLLC was elected president. Scott Smitherman, MD was elected vice president and Kevin Schreiner, with Title Management, Inc. was elected treasurer. Each officer will serve a two-year term. Rick Middleton, President & CEO of Anderson & Middleton Company will serve as immediate past president.Retiring from the board after 12 years of service, is Joyce Targus, retired president and CEO of Frost & Company.About Providence St. Peter Foundation develops and provides philanthropic resources to help assure that compassionate and quality health care is available to the communities we serve, with special concern for the poor and vulnerable. In the last 16 years, the foundation has distributed more than $30 million to further the mission of compassionate care in our local communities. Learn more at the Providence St. Peter Foundation web page.last_img read more

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COMEBACKING AMBITIOUS BREW UPSETS FAVORED FOREST CHATTER & WINS $100,000 LENNYFROMALIBU STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; ZIEBARTH HOMEBRED BY TIZBUD, TRAINED BY JONES, GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:13.78

first_imgRACE IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS ARCADIA, Calif. (May 28, 2016)–With Flavien Prat orchestrating a pedestrian opening quarter mile in 22.88, Pamela Ziebarth’s comebacking homebred Ambitious Brew marched to an impressive 2 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Lennyfromalibu Stakes. Trained by Marty Jones, Ambitious Brew, who had been idle since Oct. 12, covered 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.78.“We ended up getting a great trip,” said Jones. “You could tell after the first quarter mile that he was in the right spot and he was gonna be tough to beat. I keep feeling like I should’ve gotten more out of this horse, he’s a really good horse. Hopefully, we can finish off the year with something big with him.”The 2-1 second choice in a field of five older horses bred or sired in California, Ambitious Brew paid $6.40, $2.80 and $2.20.A 6-year-old gelding by Ziebarth’s Tizbud, Ambitious Brew is out of her Forest Wildcat mare, Kathwen. Today’s win marked his third stakes victory and he improved his overall mark to 16-6-6-0. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $398,380.“Marty just asked me not to rush him,” said Prat, who was aboard for the first time. “He broke so well and I had an easy lead. I was surprised to be on the lead that easily with him, but after that, when I asked him after crossing the dirt, he just took off.”Although he appeared full of run crossing the dirt at the top of the lane, Forest Chatter, who may well have been compromised by the slow early pace, never threatened the winner and had to settle for second, 1 ½ lengths in front of Old Man Lake.Ridden by Mike Smith, Forest Chatter was off at 3-5 and paid $2.20 and $2.10.The longest shot in the field at 25-1 with Tyler Baze, Old Man Lake completed the trifecta and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.88, 45.82 and 1:07.90.The Lennyfromalibu was the first of five California-bred or sired stakes on an 11-race card at Santa Anita.last_img read more

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