Dino Babers: ‘It’s a blessing both of these young men are still with us’

first_imgOn Wednesday morning, Dino Babers spoke publicly for the first time since two of his players were allegedly stabbed by former teammate Naesean Howard on Saturday evening. The first-year SU head coach said defensive back Chauncey Scissum is still in the hospital and he hopes that Scissum will be released later this week, while defensive back Corey Winfield was released on Monday.In response to an article posted on Syracuse.com Wednesday morning that cited a source saying Babers told the team to not wear any Syracuse gear in public since Howard’s “people” may still be lurking around campus, Babers heavily refuted that.“The thing about the meeting was correct. Everything else written in the article was incorrect and inaccurate,” Babers said. “I actually told them to put their Syracuse ‘S’ on and wear it proudly around campus.”Babers confirmed that earlier in the year, Howard approached him in the parking lot adjacent to Manley Field House and started a conversation. The head coach said Howard said, “’Hey, I would like to join the football team,’” to which Babers responded, “’Who are you?’”Babers then told Howard he had to go through a standard background check for walk-ons in order to be given a shot, but eventually that background check wasn’t satisfactory enough for the new staff to offer Howard a chance to walk on.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Everybody has a right to change … but patterns are something that you try to stay away from and we just decided as a staff the pattern was too strong,” Babers said. “It’s not a right to be on a football team … it’s a privilege.”MORE COVERAGE:Witness details alleged stabbing, South Campus partyDefensive back Corey Winfield out of hospital 2 days after stabbing incidentCourt documents: Naesean Howard stabbed SU football players multiple times The Tuesday morning meeting with the team wasn’t prompted by the stabbing, Babers said, and that he holds a meeting at 8 a.m. every Tuesday in the offseason. This one just happened to be the first after Winfield and Scissum were allegedly stabbed and there were no specific safety instructions given based on Saturday evening’s events.“You can’t live life looking over your shoulder,” Babers said. “I think these young men will be just fine.”Howard is due back in court at 10 a.m. on Friday. Both players he allegedly stabbed are doing well, Babers said, and when asked about Howard, Babers never mentioned him by name.“It’s a blessing both of these young men are still with us,” Babers said. Comments Published on April 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Witness details alleged stabbing, South Campus partySyracuse DB Corey Winfield out of the hospital 2 days after allegedly being stabbed by former teammateCourt documents: Naesean Howard stabbed SU football players multiple timesSyracuse football DBs Corey Winfield and Chauncey Scissum allegedly stabbed by former teammate Naesean Howardlast_img read more


Jamaican women run world’s best time in 100 meters

first_imgJamaican women sprinters seem poised to again dominate in this year’s World Championships based on their 100 meters performance in the JAAA Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at Jamaica’s National Stadium on Friday evening. Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and former to-time Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran what has been described as a “scintillating” race. Thompson just nipped Fraser-Pryce at the finish but both women clocked a 2019 world-leading 10.73.Thompson, who started slowly got into top gear and caught the fast-starting Fraser-Pryce close to home for the second year running.Youth sensation, 17-year-old Briana Williams was third in 10.94, to again lower her national junior record and became the first Jamaican teenager to dip below the coveted 11-second barrier.In the men 100 meters Yohan Blake won in a time of 9.96 ahead of Tyquendo Tracey in 10.00. Rasheed Dwyer was third in 10.10 with Senoj-Jay Givans fourth in 10.13.last_img read more


Built for Success 9 Tips for Developing an Exceptional Workplace

first_imgDoes your day-to-day business radiate from a balanced and exceptional company culture?“All workplaces are different,” writes Nancy Mobley, founder and CEO of Insight Performance, “but in exceptional ones, all staffers work together and leadership is in-sync with employees. In a guest post for Inc., Mobley argues that, “While a company may function and can even be profitable without proper attention to how it builds, retains, and develops employees, the company cannot achieve greatness without those characteristics. These gears must work together in harmony, in a never-ending cycle to build upon what is special within your organization.”First, however, you have to determine what the important and special aspects of your company’s culture are. Mobley offers nine questions to ask yourself to identify your culture’s distinguishables, which, once pinpointed, you’ll be able to refine and develop in order to truly set your company apart. Read her full article to learn more about developing your company into an exceptional workplace.Related Content from OpenView:As a startup, you may not have put much thought into your company culture beyond the fact that there’s no dress code or set hours. But as your company grows culture becomes an integral ingredient to your company’s operations and brand. Read this post for advice on developing a company culture built for the long haul. And read this post from the OpenView Blog to discover why you’ll hit a wall without establishing your company mission, vision, and values. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more