Florida Orders its Public Universities to Go Online Due to Coronavirus

first_imgThe State University System of Florida issued a directive late Wednesday afternoon requiring all public universities to switch to online as soon as possible to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.“Effective immediately, all universities will make plans to transition to remote instruction as soon as possible,” said spokesperson Renee Fargason in a statement.For students who have already returned from Spring Break, officials are directing those schools to transition to online classes as soon as possible. In addition, they are encouraging students to return home for at least 14 days. Those schools include:-University of Florida-Florida International University-Florida Polytechnic University-Florida Gulf Coast UniversitySchools with students currently on Spring Break or going on Spring Break should direct students not to return to campus for at least two weeks after Spring Break ends. Those schools include:-Florida State University-Florida Atlantic University-Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University-University of Central Florida-University of North Florida-University of South Florida-University of West Florida-New College of Florida“First and foremost, the health and safety of students within the State University System is our top priority,” a press release said. “As we have continued to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus it has become clear that to protect the students and the residents of our state, proactive rather than reactive guidance to universities is necessary. To be clear, campuses will remain open, and operations will continue, although some adjustments may be made as determined by each university.”All state universities will continue to provide dining, counseling, health services, and library services, but on a limited basis.Each university will develop a plan for providing residential accommodations for students who need assistance or who must remain in place.The State University System says it will continue to monitor guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and provide “expanded guidance” if necessary.last_img read more

How Aaron Hackett bided his time to become Syracuse’s top tight end

first_imgBlock first, catch second. That’s what tight ends need to do to earn playing time under head coach Dino Babers. If a tight end is one-dimensional, it’ll be hard for them to ever see the field in Syracuse’s offensive system. But if they can block, run routes and catch, then they’ll have opportunities.For two years, Aaron Hackett blocked. In 2017, during his freshman year, he played in nine games, usually as an extra blocker, without recording a stat. Last year was a step up. He played in all 13 games and caught four total passes, including a touchdown against Pittsburgh. For the second-straight year, he honed his blocking skills, spending most of his time on the field on special teams and in goal line formations.Now a junior, Hackett has evolved into one of quarterback Tommy DeVito’s top options in the passing game, which finally broke out Saturday against Western Michigan. Expected to be the starting tight end this summer, Hackett polished his route running skills. He’s caught at least one pass in each of Syracuse’s (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) games, including a career-best six-catch, two-touchdown performance against the Broncos.Ravian Pierce, Syracuse’s starting tight end the past two years, graduated in the spring while Gabe Horan, who caught a touchdown as a true freshman last season, was medically disqualified earlier this year. That’s left the Orange to rely heavily on Hackett as both a blocker in the run game and a receiver this season.“There’s a lot on (Hackett’s) shoulders,” Babers said before the start of the season. “So we expect a lot out of him and he’s gonna have to hold that group together.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat group includes fullback and tight end Chris Elmore and true freshman Luke Benson, who Elmore and Hackett have had to transition faster than usual thanks to SU’s now-thin tight end corp. The size of the group also meant more practice reps for Hackett, who played more snaps than expected during training camp.Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorHe’s made up for now-graduated tight end Pierce’s lost production and then some, with already 10 catches through four games. That’s just six fewer than Pierce had all season. And Hackett is already two-thirds of the way to Pierce’s touchdown total (3) from last year.“It felt good to finally get my first touchdown in the dome,” Hackett said after having two touchdowns against Western Michigan. “That was awesome. They really gave movement up front, losing me in the play-action.”DeVito simply lobbed the second score up to Hackett, who ran underneath it and nearly got the ball swatted away. Hackett clutched the ball in his left hand, showing it to the referee as he tumbled to the ground. He credits some of his playmaking ability to his background in basketball, much like his favorite tight end growing up, Tony Gonzalez.Currently, his favorite NFL tight end is Chicago Bears’ Trey Burton, who grew up in the same town as Hackett did. Despite their seven-year age difference, Hackett was always around Burton when they were younger, and was once even the water boy for one of Burton’s basketball teams. He still stays in touch with Burton’s brother Clay, a former tight end at the University of Florida, and even worked out with Clay this past summer.“I try to kind of fit to that script of (Trey Burton) where he’s not just a receiver,” Hackett said. “He’s a receiver, he’s a full back, in-line blocker, a jack of all trades. That’s who I want to try to model myself after.”Aside from working out with Clay and gaining nine pounds of muscle, Hackett also worked on getting in-and-out of breaks quicker this summer. He learned in Tampa with a trainer named Route God, whom Hackett found on Twitter and direct messaged. Hackett, along with Florida State tight end Tre’ McKitty, worked out together under the tutelage of Route God, who’s trained NFL players like Deebo Samuel in the past.Along with his offseason training, one factor that led to Hackett’s production in 2019 is his relationship with DeVito — the two began starting roles at SU at the same time. Following their second touchdown connection against Western Michigan, the two embraced, knocking their helmets together and low-fiving. DeVito jogged to the sidelines. Hackett jogged back to the middle of the field, assuming his position in the extra-point unit. Tight ends have to block, after all. Comments Published on September 22, 2019 at 11:05 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Nets edge Knicks on LeVert’s basket

first_imgThe Nets trailed by one in Detroit when LeVert lost the ball out of bounds with 8.5 seconds left, and they lost by three. But Brooklyn called his number again and he finished up his 15-point final quarter.“Kenny had a lot of confidence to go back to me tonight and I just wanted to come through,” LeVert said.D’Angelo Russell and Jarrett Allen each added 15 points for the Nets. They improved to 6-1 in home openers since moving to Brooklyn in 2012.Hardaway and Enes Kanter each scored 29 points for the Knicks, who were trying for just their third 2-0 start in 20 years. Kanter tied it on a three-point play with 15.9 seconds remaining but all they could manage for a final shot after LeVert’s basket was a long 3-pointer by Hardaway that wasn’t close.Hardaway was disappointed he didn’t do more to stop LeVert, his college teammate at Michigan.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown SIZZLING STARTThe Nets made 11 of their first 14 shots from the field.QBS IN THE CROWDJets quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh McCown were at the game.UP NEXTKnicks: Host Boston on Saturday night.Nets: Visit Indiana on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Walker leads Hornets to rout over Magic “I felt like I could have defended it a lot better. He’s been going right the whole entire game so I’ve just got to know that,” Hardaway said.The Nets were still without starting forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who just became a father, and DeMarre Carroll, who had right ankle surgery. But they got back Allen Crabbe, their normal starting guard who came off the bench after missing the opener while recovering sprained left ankle.They shot 70 percent in the first quarter and were in control until early in the second half. Then, Kanter and Frank Ntilikina had a couple of baskets apiece in an 11-0 run that wiped out a 10-point deficit and gave the Knicks a 66-65 lead on Hardaway’s 3-pointer.New York was ahead 76-74 after three quarters and neither team led by more than six in a back-and-forth final 12 minutes.TIP-INSKnicks: New York’s previous 2-0 starts were in 2012-13 and 1999-00. … G Courtney Lee, sidelined by a neck injury since the preseason, experienced spasms when he picked up his workout level, delaying his season debut. … G Emmanual Mudiay didn’t like the way his sprained right ankle responded when he tried putting more pressure on it and remained out, with coach David Fizdale saying he would be day to day.Nets: Joe Harris’ first 3-pointer was his 237th a Net, moving him into 10th place on the franchise’s career list. Next up for Harris, in his third season with Brooklyn, is recently retired Richard Jefferson (286), who is now a Nets’ analyst for YES Network. … F Traveon Graham strained his left hamstring in the first half and missed the rest of the game.BOUNCING BACKKnicks rookie Kevin Knox finished with 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting off the bench and was in the game down the stretch. The No. 9 pick in the draft struggled late in preseason to lose what was expected to be a starting spot and shot 4 for 16 on Wednesday in the opener. He said nothing in particular led to his better night.“I got some wide-open looks the last few games. Today I got some good looks and just the difference is I was making them tonight,” Knox said.center_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert react during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Caris LeVert had the ball in his hands in the final seconds and the chance to give his team the lead.Two nights earlier, he fumbled it away.ADVERTISEMENT He made the most of his second chance Friday.LeVert’s driving layup with a second left gave the Brooklyn Nets their first victory of the season, 107-105 over the New York Knicks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLeVert had a career-high 28 points, surpassing the 27 points he scored Wednesday night in Detroit in a close loss. He made sure they pulled this one out, driving right into the lane and putting up the tiebreaking shot over Tim Hardaway Jr.After the game he said, ‘Coach, I owed you one,’” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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