For Pete’s sake, future looks bright

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson He’s asking himself what the future will be like. And you know what? I think he plans to enjoy that as much as he’s enjoying this. This week, Carroll agreed to a five-year contract extension with USC, somewhat easing the minds of Trojans fans who feared the Rose Bowl would be the coach’s springboard back to pro football. A few days later, at a Rose Bowl news conference in Beverly Hills, Carroll said what keeps him at USC isn’t the bumped-up salary but the fun of “being challenged by how long you can stay on top.” On his way out of the room a few minutes later, he was asked what exactly he meant by “stay on top.” Does that mean he has to keep the Trojans at No. 1 to be fulfilled? Does that mean he has to keep them winning national championships? Does he think his job will be as fun next season if LenDale White doesn’t fill Reggie’s cleats, Mark Sanchez struggles at quarterback and the team – cover your ears – loses a few games? “I think every year’s got a totally different feel to it,” Carroll said. “You didn’t hear me say (he has to stay) ‘No. 1.’ I’m not going to let what pollsters say in the third week of the season affect who we are. It’s a little more subjective than some people might think. We may lose some games but do a better job preparing, and find that it’s just as satisfying.” It would have made sense if Carroll wrapped up a third consecutive Associated Press national title Wednesday – which would be a college-football record – and then looked to get out while the getting is good. There will be a lot of head-coaching jobs open in the NFL this off-season. It’s the perfect time to put his services up for auction. Before Leinart graduates, Bush declares for the draft, and Carroll’s aura of invincibility goes with them. “I think that’s what’s dictated a lot of people’s thinking about what I should do,” Carroll said. He meant the perception that the Trojans can’t be as good next year as they have been the past three years. “I don’t know what it’ll feel like if we don’t win all our games,” said Carroll, who probably has forgotten the sensation since the Trojans’ last loss, 35 games and 827 days ago. “But I know how we’ll deal with it.” You get the idea that, in a funny way, he looks forward to that test. Wednesday’s game marks the last go-round for Leinart and Bush, thefirst Heisman Trophy winners to play together. Bush, a junior, is expected to turn pro – and White, also a junior, hasn’t ruled it out. The Trojans can lose all that talent and still be one of the best teams in the country next fall. But if their winning streak is still going after they face Texas in the Rose Bowl, they’ll have a hard time stretching it to the all-time collegiate record of 47 by Oklahoma in 1953-57. Carroll stifled a laugh Saturday when a reporter asked if he’s thought about winning No. 47. “I’m not concerned about that at all,” he said. “I think it’s a big deal (to think about) when you’ve won 46.” More likely, after building the Trojans from a 6-6 record in his first season in 2001, to 11-2, 12-1, 13-0 and (with a win Wednesday) 13-0, Carroll will spend next season breaking in the replacement superstars. And hoping it’s not a case of replacing Barney Fife with, um, the guy who replaced Barney Fife. By agreeing to the extension worth about $3 million a season, Carroll has told recruits he expects to stay at USC and told professional owners the bidding starts at about $3,000,001. In the L.A. fan’s dream, he holds off the NFL suitors until the league puts a team here, then takes over that franchise’s front office and sideline. “I’m glad Pete is (staying) because it’s great for college football,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. “Pete smiles a lot, and he works the kids hard, but has fun in college football. … We’re going to lose our coaches if we continue to be miserable on a day-to-day basis.” Nobody makes coaching football look as fun as Pete Carroll does. Of course, it’s easy to have fun when you’re winning a national title every year. Wednesday brings the ultimate game, and then September will bring more games, and we’ll see how much he enjoys what’s next. A lot, I’ll bet. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pete Carroll is looking past Texas. Wait, that came out wrong. center_img I mean the USC coach is looking past Wednesday’s Rose Bowl game, past winning or losing this season’s national championship, past Matt Leinart and almost certainly Reggie Bush, past the here-and-now he loves so much. He’s looking ahead to life after the national-title streak, after the winning streak, after the greatest collection of skill-position talent that any coach can expect to have. last_img read more

Wenger denies reports suggesting Arsenal midfielder has agreed to join Barcelona

first_img1 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has denied reports suggesting Mesut Ozil has agreed a switch to Barcelona.The 29-year-old is out of contract at the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season and is free to speak to foreign clubs in January over a summer move.Ozil, who held Arsenal’s club-record transfer tag until Alexandre Lacazette joined in July, has divided opinion on his influence since moving to England but the Germany international put in a man of the match display in last weekend’s north London derby victory over Tottenham.With Manchester United and Fenerbache also linked with moves for the player, Wenger is keen for both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who finds himself in the same contractual position, to stay.Asked if claims that Ozil had already agreed terms with Barcelona, Wenger said: “No.“What kind of control can I have over that? All these people have agents who can talk to anybody. That doesn’t disturb people, that happens all through their career.”Wenger refused to sell either Ozil or Sanchez in the summer despite knowing they could walk away for free in 2018, although that stance softened as a potential move to Manchester City for the latter almost came to fruition on deadline day.Although neither of Wenger’s top names have signed fresh terms despite negotiations originally opening a year ago, the Frenchman believes they will be honest and is not worried about fielding the pair ahead of Sunday’s trip to Burnley.“They are honest. I don’t question their honesty,” he added.“Nobody knows what will happen when the players reach the end of their contracts. Our worry is to perform on Sunday, that’s it.“They want to turn up and put in good performances. I have no concerns. I am more concerned about the team performance.“Ozil and Alexis are praised when the team is doing well because of them, and when the team doesn’t do well they get more criticism. I’m more concerned that the team focuses on strong performances.“My worry is on Sunday. After that, I will care about the second half of the season later.”Both players are expected to be recalled for Sunday’s trip to Turf Moor after Wenger made 11 changes for the 1-0 Europa League defeat to Cologne in Germany on Thursday night. Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal contract expires at the end of this season last_img read more

John Barnes: Discriminatory society is ‘unconsciously biased’ and must be educated

first_img The Montenegro fans were particularly vociferous on the night Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 3 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Barnes is one of the most eloquent and composed voices in football when it comes to talking about racism and discrimination The former England international has called for education, rather than recrimination, as the answer to the ‘unconscious bias’ he refers to.Barnes continued: “We over-emphasise the validity, the worthiness, the morality of a certain group of people over another group of people.“And this has been going on for years, and that is what we have to challenge.“To get that perception of negativity of black perspective or a female perspective or a homosexual perspective. REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 3 3 Raheem Sterling responded to the Montenegro supporters in celebration of England’s fifth goal BEST OF REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED “Because if we are going to go to war, who would you rather go to war with? A homosexual who is beside you or a skinhead who has got big tattoos?“Because of what life has wrongly taught us about who is worthy.“Or, let’s talk about Jurgen Klopp losing his job tomorrow and a woman went for the job and a man went for the job.“We had never heard of either of them, but who would we have more faith in?” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE “Now it’s very easy to come down on Harvey Weinstein and the two racist football fans and Montenegro, but what is more pervasive in society is the unconscious discrimination that people face because of the average person being unconsciously biased towards different groups of people because of what we have been wrongly told.“And this is what we have to challenge.“Not the idiots, not the obvious idiots – Harvey Weinstein and the two Chelsea fans – that’s too obvious and that is too easy to say ‘let’s get rid of them’.”Barnes has regularly been praised for his educated and composed response to incidents of racism in this country. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY Former England and Liverpool footballer John Barnes believes society is ‘unconsciously biased’ towards certain groups of people – and education is the only way to solve this problem.The issue of racism in football has resurfaced after Montenegro supporters abused Danny Rose, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Raheem Sterling during Monday evening’s Euro 2020 qualifier.Ross Barkley’s brace was complemented by goals from Michael Keane, Harry Kane and Sterling as Gareth Southgate’s men overcame the hosts’ early opener to seal an impressive 5-1 win on Monday night.But there was barely any football discussion after full-time as the fixture in Podgorica was marred by vocal racist abuse. Monkey chants were directed at Rose and Hudson-Odoi, with Sterling celebrating the fifth goal by pulling his ears as a sign of defiance to what he later called on social media ‘racists’.Rose was further abused towards the end of the match and UEFA is now set to launch an investigation into the incidents.After racist incidents involving Sterling and two Chelsea fans earlier in the season, former Liverpool forward Barnes demanded change has to come from our own society before we can educate others.He believes it’s all well and good to call for easy targets to be punished, but only by educating the general public will discrimination of all forms diminish.“We all suffer from unconscious bias, based on what we have been wrongly told about people,” he told talkSPORT’s Drivetime. “Laws can’t change anything, racism is an ideology. They need education.”“Football is part of society, until we tackle it in society, it’ll never change.”“Do we actually want to get rid of racism, or just not hear about it?”Must listen from @OfficialBarnesy 👏— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 26, 2019last_img read more