first_imgGroup Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari and Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu will lock horns today at the 2019 edition of NNPC Upstream Golf Tournament at Benin Club golf course, Benin City.Kyari alongside Shaibu and others guests are expected to perform the ceremonial tee-off at the tournament sponsored by NNPC and its subsidiaries by 10am, while actions continue later on between them to determine the best golfer. The presentation of prizes and closing ceremony is slated for evening.Speaking on today’s event, BCGS competition/handicap secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ighodaro remarked that dignitaries across the country and captains in the oil and gas industry, especially from the upstream sector will take part in the tournament. Dr Ighodaro, who won the 2018 edition of the tournament said: “The club on its part has done well in terms of organisation. The tournament is to drive home the NNPC dedication to sustainability of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the society at large. The NNPC coordinator of the tournament Dr Mohammed Zango said Kyari has accepted to personally do the ceremonial tee-off today at the club.  “Kyari is committed to encouraging healthy life style amongst NNPC staffs, strengthening NNPC- host community relationship, and fostering better business relationship amongst captains in the oil and gas industries, in line with his three point agenda of transparency, accountability and performance excellence (TAPE).“Golf is a game of life. This tournament is an opportunity for NNPC staff, guests and golfers to unwind from their busy schedules and participate fully in the event. It is to maximize the benefit of physical fitness.” The event teed-off yesterday with men’s handicap 19 – 28; veteran men and ladies, as well as super veteran men respectively, while arrival of guests and cocktail party was held last night. Today’s event is for men handicap 0-18 and ladies. Also, NNPC staff, special guests, and guests as well.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgOne common word, transparent, from Coyle’s introductory press conferences at Syracuse and Minnesota provides both justification and irony behind his departure from SU less than a year after he took the job.“You’ll hear me talk about this a lot,” Coyle said when he was introduced at Syracuse on June 22 of last year. “We want to make sure we live in truth always and that we’re very honest and transparent in everything we do.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat transparency, both the “family reasons” Coyle cited for leaving and the announcement from U of M on the base salary he’ll receive (one that SU never made), fairly justify why he would leave Central New York. But a lack of that same transparency — catching Boeheim, Babers, his ACC colleagues and according to Floyd Little via, what seemed like the majority of SU’s athletic department by surprise — taint how he left.“Family reasons” is vague, but after Coyle teared up on Wednesday reminiscing about his daughter singing the Minnesota fight song as a toddler and recalling his family’s Midwest roots, it was clear that family matters were a motive.There’s also the $850,000 base salary he’ll be receiving over a five-year deal, which trumps the $567,776 base salary Daryl Gross received as Syracuse’s Director of Athletics. Coyle’s base salary at SU was never disclosed, but the prospect of Coyle being paid around $300,000 more in base salary than his predecessor was unlikely. Even though he didn’t openly say money was a reason for the move, the numbers provide a look into what had to be a major factor, and justifiably so.But 324 days ago, when Coyle stood at a podium in the Petty-Iocolano Football Wing at SU, he preached ideals that he was raised on, crediting former athletic directors at Kentucky and Minnesota (two athletic departments he had worked in prior) for cultivating him to be honest and transparent in everything he did.On Wednesday, Little and Boeheim both used a form of the word “shock” to describe their reactions to, which also reported that SU deputy athletic director John Cunningham (who Coyle brought with him from Boise State) had just bought a house in nearby Manlius, New York. Syracuse deputy athletics director and senior woman administrator Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick, who was also brought aboard by Coyle, recently told The Daily Orange that she was closing in on buying a house in the area, and as of Friday, only had to meet with a realtor to close the deal.Those same people who Coyle kept close when he crossed the country from Idaho to New York were among the others now at a distance as Coyle played this move close to the vest.When he stood at the podium on Wednesday, this time donning a tie with Minnesota colors instead of Syracuse ones, his own description of himself hadn’t changed.“It’s very important to me about being transparent and building trust and relationships,” he said.The relationships he built with coaches at Syracuse could’ve very well been strong and built on trust. Boeheim told Wednesday that he liked Coyle a lot and that the 47-year-old had a firm grasp on the athletic department in his short tenure.But in the end, even though family and money gave justifiable motives to leave Syracuse, Coyle wasn’t the wholeheartedly transparent and honest person he has prided himself on being.“At the end of the night, you’ve got to put your head on your pillow or in the morning when you’re shaving or brushing your teeth, you know what’s going on,” Coyle said last June. “And I want to make sure that I know what’s going on if that makes sense.”It makes perfect sense. Coyle clearly knew what was going on. What doesn’t make sense, though, is why he kept all the others in the dark. Comments Published on May 11, 2016 at 8:19 pm Related Stories 3 things we learned from Mark Coyle’s introductory press conference at MinnesotaInsight on Mark Coyle’s decision to leave Syracuse from former Minnesota director of athleticsJim Boeheim and Dino Babers surprised by departure of athletic director Mark CoylePoll: Are you understanding of Mark Coyle’s rationale for leaving Syracuse?Syracuse Athletics emails season-ticket holders following Mark Coyle’s departure It blindsided the longest-tenured college basketball coach in the country and a football coach who was hired less than six months ago. The move that surprised both was made by a man who is now halfway across the country with a new job.Mark Coyle bolted from his position as Syracuse director of athletics on Wednesday and he was already in Minnesota gearing up for his introductory press conference as the new Golden Gophers’ AD when Jim Boeheim and Dino Babers found out their now-former athletic director was gone. The move not only caught the head coaches of the two biggest sports at Syracuse off-guard, but also delayed a meeting of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s athletic directors meeting on Wednesday (according to an ESPN report) because the group was missing Coyle, who they didn’t know would soon be leading an athletic department in the Big Ten.MORE COVERAGE: Insight on Mark Coyle’s decision to leave Syracuse from former Minnesota director of athletics3 things we learned from Mark Coyle’s introductory press conference at MinnesotaSyracuse Athletics emails season-ticket holders following Mark Coyle’s departurePoll: Are you understanding of Mark Coyle’s rationale for leaving Syracuse?Jim Boeheim and Dino Babers surprised by departure of athletic director Mark Coyle Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Published on September 23, 2019 at 11:07 pm Contact Anthony: Facebook Twitter Google+ Four blue and orange tents lined the far west end of Syracuse’s Fine Lot a few hundred yards from the entrance to the Carrier Dome. An inflatable Otto the Orange stood behind one of Saturday’s grill masters, John Ostapovich, and the smoke from his grill is visible from almost a hundred feet away.The Orange didn’t kick off against Western Michigan until 12 p.m., but Mark Bradwick, one of the tailgate’s founders, woke up at 5:00 a.m. to prepare for the Fine Mess tailgate. By 8 a.m., the first fans arrived. A whiteboard easel stood at the front of the line of food, signaling the schedule and menu for Saturday.Saturday’s selections included bratwurst, coney hot dogs, Bavarian potato salad, deviled eggs, red beans and rice and “WMU funeral potatoes.” By 11 a.m., food stopped being served, and the group of at least a hundred scattered across the Dome for kickoff.Before that though, the tailgate held two different raffles. One for a signed Dino Babers football. The other is a 50-50 raffle that’s donated a total of more than $3,000 total to ALS and the U.S. Army in the last two weeks.“Our motto is, if you want this football program to get to the next level,” said Mike Lentini, a group organizer, “we need to take our tailgate to the next level, SEC style.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat began as seven diehard Syracuse fans back in 2006 has turned into one of Syracuse’s biggest tailgates. Before Syracuse’s game against No. 1 Clemson on Sept. 14, the tailgate reached 300 people, Bradwick said. They even encourage visiting fans to tailgate alongside them. The group has grown and expanded thanks to, a forum of Syracuse fans who communicate and plan the entirety of the tailgate through the private messages and public subforums of the website.They’ve named the weekly tailgate Fine Mess, which is a play on both the lot’s name and Laurel and Hardy’s 1930 comedy skit titled “Another Fine Mess,” Bradwick said.“I’d go away to these road games and I wouldn’t know anybody,” Bradwick said. “I would show up here. I didn’t know who to hang out with, so I created our own little tailgate.”SU fans travel from across the country for games, looking for pregame festivities. Sometimes, they’ll end up at the Fine Mess. Last week, Bradwick said that two Orange fans from Alaska came to their tailgate before Clemson. Most of the connections come through the forum and word of mouth spreading information about “the largest tailgate in Stadium West,” Lentini said.“Pre-internet, everyone and their own families did their own thing,” Lentini said. “The internet and the sports message boards allowed all the passionate fans to finally get together in one place.”The more people at the tailgate, the more money they can raise. As a part of Military Appreciation Day in the Carrier Dome, the group decided that they’d donate half of the 50-50 winnings to Ft. Drum’s 10th Mountain Division. Last week’s cause was ALS — in honor of  Tim Green, who was honored at halftime. Bradwick said they raised $1,825 two weekends ago. Saturday, $1,117 went toward the military division. Tailgate organizers pick a different group every time for the raffle.The Fine Mess has raised money for the ALS and 10th Mountain Division in the last two weeks through its 50-50 raffle. Will Fudge | Staff PhotographerEach week, a few volunteers cook food and front the cost of running the tailgate. Some positions are permanent, as Bradwick said the Fine Mess has a “beer god” who’s in charge of getting the ice and beer each week.Ostapovich, Saturday’s grill master, drives to SU from New Jersey for each home game and drivable road games. He learned of the tailgate through the online forum and has been coming to the Fine Mess for five years.Jim Giacovelli has been coming to Syracuse games since the mid-1980s and learned of the tailgate through word of mouth. He’s since used the fan page to expand its reach and now has a group of 30 people traveling from the southern tier of New York up I-81 for SU games.When the Fine Mess hits the road — they did road trips last year to Western Michigan, Clemson and Orlando for the Camping World Bowl, among others — they’ll sit together. Bradwick will post in advance in a subforum about getting group tickets at a discounted rate. He pays the cost once people RSVP, he said, and then is repaid later through PayPal and Venmo.Bradwick and about 60 others traveled to Kalamazoo, Michigan for the 2018 season opener. That’s how Bruce Frandsen, a Broncos’ fan who has missed just three total WMU games in three years, learned of the Fine Mess. Frandsen doesn’t usually tailgate for road games, but on Saturday he watched as “Whose house? Our house!” chants broke out minutes before the end of the tailgate.“One of the people from our tailgate group was on the message board with Mark [Bradwick],” Frandsen said. “We find the college football environment tends to be pretty welcoming. This group has been fantastic.”Bruce Frandsen (left) and Mark Bradwick tailgate together despite their different allegiances on Saturday. Will Fudge | Staff PhotographerTheir numbers may dwindle as Saturday’s bright sunshine is replaced by November’s clouds, cold, rain and snow. But the Fine Mess rolls in space heaters and canopies to block the wind and keep warm.Since the Orange won 10 games last year and were ranked this preseason for the first time since 1998, crowds have grown accordingly. Not only in the Carrier Dome, where SU had its third-highest football attendance ever against Clemson two weeks ago, but also out in the back corner of the Fine Lot, where more than a hundred people cherish Syracuse game days.“It’s the camaraderie and fundraising,” Giacovelli said. “It’s about coming up here later in the season when it’s raining or snowing and dealing with the elements and being around other diehard fans. Commentslast_img read more