first_imgGrowing up, my professional athletic aspirations in high school were equally divided between becoming a Rip Curl-sponsored surfer or a kick boxer — both of which never came to fruition, of course. The latter came after I joined a local gym where amateur boxers trained. Two of them taught women’s kickboxing lessons. Before and after my hour-long class, I’d sit around the boxing ring and watch the men spar. I became enamored, not by their physiques, but by the intense power and strength that was displayed.During the three years of my membership at that gym, I went, on average, three times a week all 52 weeks of the year. I couldn’t get enough. Then college came along, and both my surfboard and boxing gloves began to collect dust.That’s why meeting Jeff Nockelin of the School of Hard Nocks in Greenport was a welcome challenge after all of these years. I arrived at his boxing studio to a scene right out of Rocky (which happens to be both of our favorite boxing movie), with basic workout gear in the front and a full-size boxing ring in the back, and padded flooring between. It was nothing fancy but everything that was necessary.Nockelin, an amateur fighter, who turned down two offers to go pro and once worked with three-time World Champion Greg Haugen, was exactly what I’d expect: an intimidating and beastly boxer’s build and an old-school, rough-around-the-edges, but friendly personality. The visual definition of what you’d want in a trainer.Knowing my prior training, he gave me an extended 45-minute session spanning boxing, core, cardio, and resistance training — or what he calls Super High Intensity Training — to get “Fighter Fit.”Basic dumbbell lifts, planks, and sit-ups were incorporated between the more difficult versa climber (like a StairMaster on steroids) and prowler push sled (like running on steroids) with hard beats playing in the background for motivation. To work out my back, Nockelin instructed me through a more primal exercise, sledgehammering a tire. Once the adrenaline kicked in, I was unstoppable: swing, hit, jump, switch; swing, hit, jump, switch. By the end of my reps I had nearly passed out.Then I was led into the ring — “Eye of The Tiger” playing in my head — where Nockelin handed me gloves and guided me through several choreographed boxing movements. Jab, cross, hook, uppercut, duck, and weave, all around the ring. Small motions, fast repetition, little rest times in between, burning fat while building lean muscle.Nockelin got into boxing after training with his older cousin as a teenager, and has stayed true to it ever since. “I’ve spent a lot of years and have been through a lot of experiences putting my workouts together. I really have a passion for what I do because I’ve seen in myself and in my clients the benefits and great quality of life that comes from it,” he said. “I sculpt people’s bodies to look amazing and work even better.”By the end of it all, I nearly threw up from pushing myself so hard. As truly exhausting as it was, I felt stronger physically and mentally. It was a feeling I had almost forgotten but deeply missed, the feeling of being an empowered badass.Sessions are 30 minutes each at $40 a session. Since each session is guaranteed to knock you out, Nockelin recommends going with the 30 minutes before requesting a full hour. The School of Hard Nocks is located at 74365 Main Road in Greenport, in the back, left corner. It is open Monday through Saturday by appointment only. Visit theschoolofhardnocks.com, call 631-873-9875, or email schoolofhardknocks@gmail.com.nicole@indyeastend.com@NikkiOnTheDaily Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgUK-based petroleum exploration and production company, EnQuest, has completed drilling of the Eagle exploration well in the UK North Sea and confirmed it as a discovery. In the second quarter of 2016, EnQuest undertook the drilling of Eagle exploration well on a 100% working interest basis.Eagle was acquired along with EnQuest’s other interests in the Greater Kittiwake Area (GKA) in 2014. EnQuest’s partner in the GKA is Dana Petroleum with 50% interest.According to the company, after the exploration well was completed and confirmed, assessment of the results is underway and preliminary analysis indicates Fulmar oil bearing reservoir was encountered with a vertical thickness of 67ft and excellent reservoir properties.Additionally, the company said, no oil water contact was encountered, representing potential upside volumes on the flank of the structure. EnQuest explained that the encouraging results of the initial analysis lead the company to anticipate gross total recoverable reserves to be a similar size to those in the nearby Gadwall producing oil field.Gadwall is part of GKA and was returned to production by EnQuest in H2 2015; it is estimated that total gross ultimate recovery from Gadwall will be approximately 6 MMstb. Further evaluation of the Eagle results is ongoing, said the company.Neil McCulloch, EnQuest’s President, North Sea said: “I am now also pleased to confirm that the initial results of the drilling of the nearby Eagle exploration well have confirmed a new discovery. Following last year’s production growth and unit operating cost reduction successes at GKA, this latest success demonstrates EnQuest’s ability to create value from maturing assets and from near field exploration opportunities.”Furthermore, EnQuest added, drilling of the Scolty/Crathes development wells was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. The Scolty reservoir was on prognosis and the Crathes reservoir exceeded expectations, with a small reserves upgrade.EnQuest’s Scolty/Crathes development was approved and sanctioned with a net development cost of approximately $125 million in December 2015. The fields will be tied back to the Kittiwake platform where the production fluids will be processed and then exported to shore via the Forties Pipeline System. First oil from Scolty/Crathes is expected by the first half of 2017.last_img read more

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first_imgProsecutors should consider the maturity of a young adult as part of their public-interest test for prosecution, a report by lobbying coalition the Transition to Adulthood Alliance has suggested. The report, published this week, says that police and the Crown Prosecution Service should consider the ‘lack of maturity’ of a young adult offender before deciding whether to arrest, charge or prosecute them. It suggests that extending the criteria already used as a mitigating factor in sentencing could result in better-informed charging decisions for offences committed by young adults. The recommendation is one of 10 made by the alliance to improve the way the criminal justice process deals with people aged 16 to 24. It says that the police should use more conditional cautions, where appropriate, to ensure that unnecessary criminal records do not prevent young people from turning their lives around. Other recommendations include: offering restorative justice at all stages of the justice system; greater use of community sentences; and helping offenders improve their situation through, for example, a national employment initiative. The report says that young adults make up less than 10% of the British population, but account for almost one-third of those sentenced to prison every year. Three out of four young adults leaving prison are reconvicted of a crime within two years. Read the full report.last_img read more

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first_imgOne of the biggest firms in the personal injury market has returned to the black after a year in which it repositioned the business and cut staff numbers.Lyons Davidson, which serves both the claimant and defendant sectors from its Bristol headquarters, reported pre-tax profits of £268,000 for the year ending 30 November 2018. In the previous year the business lost almost £4.3m.Accounts filed with Companies House also reveal the previously-stated 2017 losses have been revised from the £3m originally reported. Turnover and accrued income had previously included forecast profit earned to date but not yet billed.The accounts note that ‘due to external factors and changes in the wider legislative environment that have emerged over recent years, the directors have reassessed the valuation of open cases at the reporting date’.The accounts also give an indication of the scale of change the firm has undergone to arrest losses and begin to prepare for the new era of personal injury claims. During 2018 it spent £1.28m on restructuring, including redundancy and associated costs. The average monthly number of people employed in 2018 was cut from 831 to 760, with professional staff numbers cut by 44. Nevertheless, the group’s wage bill leapt from £20.8m to £32.2m.Group assets tied up through debtors has increased 14% to around £45.8m, but amounts owed to creditors within the year were up 21% to £64.5m. The group has borrowings of around £47.8m, of which almost £11m is bank loans and overdrafts, almost £2m is share capital treated as debt, £5.7m is directors’ loans and £29.3m is attributed to other loans.Director Mark Savill, writing last month in the firm’s strategic report, said the business has responded to the forthcoming personal injury reforms, with progress in technology development reflected by 60,000 online accounts now being used across the group.Savill said: ‘We have successfully completed the business restructures started in the last financial year, to respond to the changing market and process changes, delivering recurring annual efficiency savings across the business. This increase in efficiency has been further supported by important technology developments including the implementation of robotics projects, further development of customer self-service solutions, and work on an artificial intelligence collaboration with the University of the West of England.’last_img read more

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first_imgFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made enhancing Scotland’s education system and improving opportunities for young people the top priority of her new Cabinet team, handing responsibility for the portfolio to her longest serving Cabinet Secretary, John Swinney.Mr Swinney, who has served as Finance Secretary for nine years, will take forward the Scottish Government’s ambitious education programme, with a focus on closing the attainment gap and widening access to higher and further education for those from deprived backgrounds.Mr Swinney will continue to serve as Deputy First Minister and will have responsibility for public sector reform across government.The new Cabinet team also confirms the First Minister’s focus on the economy, with Derek Mackay appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution and Keith Brown taking up the newly created post of Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work. Mr Brown will retain personal responsibility for Veterans policy.The economy will also be at the centre of Fergus Ewing’s remit as he takes up the post of Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity.The Environment and Climate Change will have a dedicated Cabinet Secretary for the first time, with Roseanna Cunningham’s appointment underlining the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to further reduce carbon emissions, protect and enhance Scotland’s environment and take forward the Government’s work on land reformShona Robison will continue as Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, building on her achievements and overseeing the Scottish Government’s strong record of investment in and reform of the NHS in Scotland as well as guiding the ongoing integration of health and social care.Michael Matheson will also stay in post as Cabinet Secretary for Justice, maintaining the Scottish Government’s support for the police that has seen crime reduced to a 41 year low, while continuing work already begun in areas such as responding to female offending.There will be continuity too in the culture and external affairs portfolio, with Fiona Hyslop continuing to serve in that area. However, her remit will be widened with a new Cabinet Secretary Culture, Tourism and External Affairs position.The First Minister also announced that Angela Constance will be the new Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, tasked with taking forward the implementation of new welfare powers being devolved to Scotland.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:“The central focus of the Scottish Government I lead will be ensuring that our education system is world class and that every child in Scotland is given the opportunity to fulfil their potential, no matter their background.“We have set out ambitious plans to close the attainment gap and widen access to higher and further education and I am absolutely delighted to confirm that John Swinney will take this programme forward as the new Cabinet Secretary for Education.“John’s record is exemplary, overseeing a succession of balanced budgets as well as delivering the recent fiscal framework deal that will underpin the new powers being devolved to the Scottish parliament. His appointment to this crucial role demonstrates how important education is to my government.“The new Cabinet also reflects my focus on the economy, with three key appointments to implement our economic agenda.“Derek Mackay will take up the post of Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, where I am certain that, following his strong performance as transport minister, he will continue the excellent work of his predecessor in overseeing the introduction of new tax powers.“The economy portfolio will be enhanced with a new post of Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work to be filled by Keith Brown. He will build on his successful delivery of key infrastructure projects across Scotland and work intensively to secure investment into Scotland and support more people into work.“And we will ensure that the importance of the rural economy is fully reflected in the Scottish Government, with the appointment of Fergus Ewing as Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, recognising the key challenges faced by the rural economy and the vital importance of transport and broadband links.“Elsewhere, our public services will remain in excellent hands, with the reappointment of Shona Robison and Michael Matheson as cabinet secretaries for health and justice respectively. Both Shona and Michael have an excellent track record of delivery in these areas and are the best people to oversee our record levels of investment in the NHS and the protection of the police budget.“Fiona Hyslop will continue her important work supporting Scotland’s creative and cultural industries as well as leading on the Scottish Government’s position on Europe. For the first time, her responsibilities will also extend to tourism, bringing together different aspects of Scotland’s presence in the world.“Meanwhile, with the Scottish Parliament about to assume new powers over welfare and social security, I can announce the creation of a new role – that of Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities – to be taken up by Angela Constance.“Finally, with climate change one of the defining challenges of our generation, I can confirm Roseanna Cunningham will take up the new post of Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. As well as driving forward work to allow Scotland to meet its ambitious climate change targets, Roseanna will have responsibility for implementation of our radical land reform agenda.“The Cabinet I have announced today will ensure our priorities of education and the economy are given fresh impetus; our public services are reformed and improved and we are able to respond to challenges such as climate change in the years to come.“The new Scottish Government team has the right mixture of experience and fresh ideas and maintains the gender balance that I believe is important. It is the best team to take Scotland forward.”Notes to editorsNew Cabinet with portfolio responsibilitiesFirst Minister: Nicola Sturgeon MSPHead of the Scottish Government: responsible for development, implementation and presentation of Government policy, constitutional affairs, and for promoting and representing Scotland.Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills: John Swinney MSPGovernment Strategy, Delivery and outcomes across portfolios, Resilience, School standards, Educational attainment and closing the attainment gap, National Improvement Framework, Quality and improvement, Teaching profession, School infrastructure and staffing, Qualifications, Behaviour, Measures to combat bullying, The Gaelic and Scots languages, Modern languages, Historical Abuse Inquiry, Named person, Cross Government co-ordination of Public Service Reform, Childcare implementation, Early years, Child protection, Social services workforce, Adoption and Fostering, Children’s rights, Looked after children, Children’s hearings, Protection of vulnerable groups, Children’s services, Widening Access, Higher education and universities, Further education and colleges, Student funding, Science and STEM, Youth work, Skills Development Scotland, Implementation of Wood recommendations.Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution: Derek Mackay MSPScottish Budget, Fiscal policy, Taxation, Budgetary monitoring and reporting, Scottish Public Finances and their sustainability, Public sector pay and pensions, Scottish Futures Trust, Efficient government, Public Bodies Policy, National Performance Framework, Registers of Scotland, Government procurement, Digital Public Services, Constitution.Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport: Shona Robison MSPNHS, Elective centres, Health care and social integration, Carers, Adult care and support, Implementing 2020 Vision and National Clinical Strategy, Patient services, NHS staff and pay, Problem alcohol use and recovery, Healthy working lives, National service planning, NHS performance, Acute services, Sporting events and legacy, Patient safety, Quality strategy, Public health, Health protection, Sport and physical activity, Primary care, Mental health, Allied healthcare services, Dentistry, Sexual health, medical records, Health improvement, Drugs policy, Child and maternal health.Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform: Roseanna Cunningham MSPClimate Change, Flood prevention, water quality, Land reform, Physical and marine environment, Sustainable development, Biodiversity, Natural heritage, Environmental protection, Environmental and climate justice, National parks, Scottish Water.Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs: Fiona Hyslop MSPCulture and the arts, Broadcasting, Architecture, Built heritage, National identity, Cross government co-ordination on bringing major events to Scotland, National records, Fair trade, Tourism, International development, Cross-government co-ordination on European Union and international relations, Scottish diaspora.Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities: Angela Constance MSPWelfare policy, Community empowerment, Devolution to Communities and Reform of Local Government, Equalities, Religious and faith organisations, Protection and development of Social and Human Rights, Third sector and social economy, Democratic renewal, Local government, Housing, Homelessness, Community planning, Planning, Business improvement districts, Town centres, Building standards, Social security, Implementation of new powers, Measures against poverty, Disabilities, Older people.Cabinet Secretary for Justice: Michael Matheson MSPThe Justice system, Criminal Law procedure, Civil law, Police, Fire and Rescue services, Legal profession, Violence reduction, Anti-sectarianism, Courts, Sentencing, Security, Human rights, Access to justice, Community safety, Anti-social behaviour, Prisons and prisoners, Female offenders, Criminal justice social work, Victims and witnesses, Reducing reoffending, Youth justice, Liquor licensing.Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work: Keith Brown MSPThe Scottish Economy, Infrastructure Investment Policy, Scottish Enterprise, Trade & Inward Investment, Innovation, internationalisation, increasing productivity, Fair work and inclusive growth, Labour market strategy, Living wage, European Structural funds, Infrastructure Investment Policy, Consumer advocacy and advice, Employment policy, Trades Unions, Bankruptcy policy and Accountant in Bankruptcy (AIB), Business, Industry and Manufacturing, Cities, Energy and energy consent, Regional Economic Forums, Life sciences, Financial services, Low carbon economy, Renewable energy industries,Youth and Women’s Employment, Employability programmesCabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity: Fergus Ewing MSPRural Scotland, Highlands Islands Enterprise, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Aquaculture, Food and drink, Crofting, Transport, Connectivity including 100 per cent broadband.The junior ministerial team will be announced by the First Minister in due course. 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first_imgMANILA – Province-based athletes who were strutting their wares in the big leagues in Metro Manila must learn how to make sacrifices and keep their feet on the ground to be successful. “They must also be humble at all times and should always look back on where they come from,” he added. “Another important thing is they must be ready for adjustments, adjustments to their new teammates, coaches and environment.” Following his remarkable career with the Red Warriors, Ravena played for 13 years in the PBA with San Miguel Beermen, Purefoods Hotdogs and KaTropa and won five PBA championships. He also suited up at MBA in 1998 with Pasig Pirates. This was the advice given by TNT KaTropa head coach Ferdinand “Bong” Ravena, who was a former standout of University of San Agustin in Iloilo City before transferring to the University of the East Red Warriors in UAAP. The 50-year-old Ravena, who hails from Barangay Tabucan in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, also advised the parents of provincial-based athletes to always give their 100 percent support.center_img “My advice to provincial players is, if they want to follow their dreams, they must unload all the barriers such as homesick. They need to make sacrifices,” Ravena said in an interview with Sports LANG. “For parents who have children engage in sports, support them 100 percent but there must be discipline,” said Ravena, father of NLEX Road Warriors star Kiefer Ravena, Ateneo Blue Eagles’ Thirdy Ravena and Ateneo Lady Eagles’ Dani Ravena. After retiring from professional basketball in 2005, Ravena served as assistant coach at KaTropa before he was elevated as head coach in 2018, replacing then TNT mentor Nash Racela./PNlast_img read more

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first_imgVanderbilt pitcher Walker Buehler throws a pitch against Virginia during Game 3 of the national championship series.Vanderbilt pitcher Walker Buehler throws a pitch against Virginia during Game 3 of the national championship series.Former Vanderbilt pitcher Walker Buehler reportedly will undergo Tommy John surgery after signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but Commodores coach Tim Corbin said that wasn’t the reason he was pulled from the national title game.“We pulled him out of the national championship game because he wasn’t throwing as well. He wasn’t on point,” Corbin said. “Could it have been that his arm was tired? Certainly could have been. But no, (he wasn’t injured). First of all, if that was information that we had, we never would have pitched him.”Buehler, a junior right-hander, was pulled with no outs in the fourth inning of a 4-2 loss to Virginia in the third game of the best-of-three national championship series on June 24. He was drafted by the Dodgers with the No. 24 overall pick and received a signing bonus of $1.78 million, about $300,000 less than the projected value based on his draft slot.Vandy’s Swanson, Buehler sign MLB deals near deadlineBuehler, who could not be reached for comment, now will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to various reports. On Friday, The Sporting News reported that “Buehler’s elbow injury played into his disappointing three-inning outing in the national championship game against Virginia.”But Corbin said Buehler was pulled from the game because he simply was not pitching well, especially compared to the gem he tossed in a 7-1 victory against TCU in the College World Series five days earlier.Buehler walked four of the 15 batters he faced against Virginia. He was pulled after giving up a game-tying two-run home run in the fourth inning. The four relievers after him gave up a combined two runs in six innings.Buehler missed the first three weeks of the season with elbow soreness, but he pitched well when he returned to the mound.“We evaluated his arm before the season and during the middle of the season. We didn’t see that (need for Tommy John surgery),” Corbin said. “With a lot of these kids, I think it gets to the point where they have to make a decision of where their elbow is (and) how they feel of whether that surgery is a reality (before beginning a professional career). It’s more prominent now with a lot of kids.”Buehler finished the 2015 season with a 5-2 record in 16 starts, a 2.95 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 88 1/3 innings.In his two starts before the national title game, Buehler allowed only six hits and one run in a combined 11 2/3 innings to beat Radford in the NCAA Regional and TCU in the College World Series. He had 18 days between those starts because Vanderbilt won the Super Regional in only two games, and his turn in the three-man rotation didn’t come around again until the third game of the College World Series.Final: Virginia 4, Vanderbilt 2 in CWS“A kid who threw that well in the season, particularly in the first game in Omaha, he just couldn’t have gotten by and had that strength in his arm if there was a lot of damage,” Corbin said. “I don’t know how it got evaluated by (the Dodgers’) doctors, but it was probably something they wanted to do now while he was young and work him back into the fold a year from now.”Buehler capped his career as one of the most successful starters ever at Vanderbilt. Only six pitchers in program history racked up more than Buehler’s 21 wins in a three-year career.Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @AdamSparks.last_img read more

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first_imgDuke Williams, here with Sammie Coates (18) has been dismissed from the Auburn football team.Duke Williams, here with Sammie Coates (18) has been dismissed from the Auburn football team.As crazy as this sounds, Duke Williams and Auburn are better off without each other.Williams wasn’t playing with the same fire and energy that electrified Auburn’s offense last season. He didn’t give off the same spirited vibe that made him so entertaining to watch.Auburn was clearly having issues with him on and off the field. Auburnsports.com has reported that Williams was involved in “an off-the-field incident at a local nightclub” this past weekend.That appears to have been the final straw for Auburn, but the football program and Williams were no longer on the same page and when arguably your best player becomes a distraction, it’s time to part ways.“When individuals fail to meet the expectations of our program, there has to be consequences,” said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn in a statement. “I gave D’haquille the chance to prove himself. I am disappointed that it did not work out.”I said before the first game that Duke Williams wouldn’t make it the whole season. He doesn’t think rules apply to him.— David Mobley (@DavidMobley_) October 6, 2015//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThere is always more behind a statement. Way more. Williams will have his say to explain his side about his time at Auburn, but for now, I can only shake my head at a situation that went from bad to worse when it appeared so promising just a year ago.Williams had a chance to write the following story: Kid overcomes a rough life to reach super stardom. Now he’ll have to continue that journey elsewhere and has made the road far more difficult to travel.@AuburnTigers@FootballAU What’s the other side of story on releasing Duke Williams?!?! It gotta be another side! #auburn#auburntigers— B.Day (@MrConsistent21) October 6, 2015//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsYou’d think Williams had everything to play for this season. Top 10 draft pick. Huge contract. Dream to play in the NFL. National championship. SEC championship.Instead, he didn’t play like an All-American and future high-first round pick should. Williams caught just 12 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown in five games this season. To put that in perspective, Williams caught nine passes for 154 yards and a touchdown in his Auburn debut last season against Arkansas.At this moment, this doesn’t looked good for him, but Williams will get a shot to play at the next level and can now put all his energies into preparing for the NFL combine. This isn’t the ideal way to go about it. He’ll miss the structure of playing for a team, but based on how things were going at Auburn, he wasn’t responding well to it, either.So maybe he’s better off doing his own thing realizing if he fails, it’s all on him, not anyone else. His draft stock has taken a ginormous hit, but he’ll wind up in someone’s NFL camp. Trust and believe that.Has someone ever killed their draft stock without getting arrested as quickly as Duke Williams— Jordan Ney (@jsney20) October 6, 2015//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsI’m sure his influence in the locker room was significant at Auburn because he has an engaging personality. I keep going back to the YouTube video of him motivating his teammates at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College before a game.Williams had the locker room buzzing with his pep talk.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB_vk2RQ29k&w=420&h=315%5DNow take that same guy with the wrong attitude. That can create division in the locker room. Not saying he caused that, but Williams was a leader on that team. If he wasn’t motivated or driven, that can rub off on younger players. I noticed him after the overtime win over Jacksonville State laughing and joking as if Auburn had won by three touchdowns. Didn’t look good at all.When you really think about it, Williams didn’t come to Auburn to play two years. He wanted to make his first year at Auburn his last and move forward to the NFL.Then he got hurt. Williams injured his knee against Texas A&MThen he got in trouble. Williams got suspended for the Outback Bowl.Then he started tweeting about transferring in the spring.Duke Williams being dismissed is a huge step as far as discipline..Got mad respect for him and wish him the best!!— Coach Jay (@Jerrious2) October 6, 2015//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsWilliams wanted to be in the NFL, not college. I can only speculate this because Auburn never made him available to the media this season. What I do know is Williams missed six practices for what Malzahn categorized as a disciplinary issue. He clearly wasn’t following rules, but Auburn brought him back and he started in the season opener against Louisville.However, Malzahn put Williams on a zero tolerance policy, something I’m not a fan of. If you have to take that course of action to keep a player in line, that player, to me, is too far gone to reel back in.Auburn isn’t without fault on this. Malzahn didn’t appear to do enough to get him the ball. Williams had his share of drops, which shouldn’t be the case for someone of his talent, but there were times he was open and didn’t get the ball. He got tattooed a couple of times going over the middle as well.lol duke williams is gone like it makes a difference when there’s no one to throw to him anyway— have a good tim (@turbojunker) October 6, 2015//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe Tigers have changed starting quarterbacks from Jeremy Johnson to Sean White and haven’t committed to White moving forward as Auburn is on a bye week before playing next Thursday night at Kentucky. The offense has become one dimensional. Now it probably wouldn’t be if the quarterback play was better, but Williams hasn’t done his part either to help the offense.Last week, I asked Malzahn what was going with him and specifically questioned if Williams was engaged. Malzahn indicated the latter wasn’t a problem. He said Williams was facing double coverage early in the Mississippi State game, but said he had figure out a way to get him the ball.“There’s nothing that Duke’s doing wrong or he needs to do better,” Malzahn said.A week later, Williams is no longer at Auburn. As crazy as this sounds, it’s for the best for both.Auburn’s football ticket woes raise major questionslast_img read more

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