Former College Football Star Passed Away Yesterday

first_imgIndiana Hoosiers cheerleaders perform during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Memorial Stadium.BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 14: Indiana Hoosiers cheerleaders perform during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Bob Skoronski was a standout Indiana football player, and later, a star for the Green Bay Packers. He passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 84.Skoronski unfortunately suffered from Alzheimer’s disease late in his life. The Packers announced the news of his passing on Tuesday afternoon:Bob Skoronski, offensive captain of the Vince Lombardi teams that won a record-tying three straight NFL championships in the 1960s and one of only nine players to play on all nine of Lombardi’s teams in Green Bay, died Tuesday morning in a suburb outside Madison, Wis. Skoronski, 84, died of Alzheimer’s disease.Bob Skoronski was a team captain for Indiana football, and the team’s MVP in 1955.From Indiana:Former Indiana offensive lineman and IU Athletics Hall of Famer Bob Skoronski died on Monday in Fitchburg, Wis. He was 84 years old.Skoronski played for the Hoosiers from 1953-55, served as team captain in 1954 and was named Indiana’s Most Valuable Player in 1955. He earned induction into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1982, where he was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.According to an archived post from The Milwaukee Sentinel from when the Packers singed Skoronski, the team’s 1956 fifth-round pick, he also recovered eight opposing fumbles for the Hoosiers and played upwards of 50 minutes per game, indicating that he was a two-way player.Skoronski was the only Packer to play on every Vince Lombardi team. He started at left tackle for most of his 11-year career, winning five NFL Championships, the first two Super Bowls, and making a Pro Bowl in 1966.He is both an Indiana University and Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer.last_img read more

UN condemns latest death sentences carried out by Sudanese authorities

15 January 2010The United Nations human rights office today strongly condemned the execution on Thursday of six Sudanese accused of murdering a number of policemen during clashes in 2001, despite requests by the world body to determine whether fair trials standards were respected. The six men were sentenced to death in November 2006 for the killing of 13 policemen during clashes over a forced eviction in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum A stay of execution was granted by the Supreme Court of Sudan in early December 2009, but it expired on 6 January. Rupert Colville of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) strongly condemned these latest executions and reiterated that under international law, the application of the death penalty can only take place in a very strictly defined set of circumstances. One of these, he told a news briefing in Geneva, is that the sentence of death can only be issued after a trial in which minimum standards for fair trial were respected. Mr. Colville noted that after their conviction and sentencing, the Government’s attention was drawn to various reports that the men had been detained without access to legal counsel for five months following their arrest, and that they confessed to murder under torture. Also, just hours before the execution took place, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Sudan sent an urgent letter to the Government requesting that no execution take place. “Regrettably, this appeal was ignored,” said Mr. Colville, adding that the latest executions highlight the growing number of executions that have taken place in Sudan in recent times, many of which were carried out after trials which failed to conform to international standards. read more

Rivalries expansion rule changes headline first day of 2014 Big Ten Media

The trophies for the Big Ten West Division (left), Big Ten Championship (center) and the Big Ten East Division sit alongside the podium during the 2014 Big Ten Media Days July 28 in Chicago.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorCHICAGO –– It may only be July, but the Big Ten football season is already heating up.The discussion of rivalries in the realigned Big Ten Conference was a point of emphasis Monday as a coach from each of the 14 teams took to the podium, and the coaches from the top two Big Ten teams from last year did not agree on what constituted a rivalry.Reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl Champion Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he believes the rivalries within the East Division will make for a competitive 2014 season.“Great games and a lot of games, a lot of teams that have built-in rivalries. Obviously our rivalry with Michigan is intense for us, but we’ve also got a rivalry with Ohio State from the past and Penn State,” Dantonio said. “So I think it’s going to be a tough division. There’s no question about that.”OSU coach Urban Meyer was not convinced.“There’s one rival, that will never change,” Meyer said, likely referring to OSU’s historic rivalry with Michigan.Despite the disagreement on the rivalry, Meyer did agree with Dantonio concerning the competitiveness of the conference.“(The) East Division is very strong,” Meyer said. “As we get close to the season, start looking at the schedule, there’s a tough run.”The Spartans and Buckeyes are set to play Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich., in a game that very well might decide the East Division representative in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game.Coming off of the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game win against OSU, Dantonio said one of the biggest struggles for his Spartans will be not letting the recent success go to their heads.“We’ve gotten to a point where we’ve done some special things,” Dantonio said. “What’s on our agenda next, how do we handle that success, and that’s really going to be one of the biggest things we’ll have to deal with this year. I think we’re a little bit more of the hunted.”The East Division not only contains the top two teams from the conference last year, but also welcomes Big Ten newcomers Maryland and Rutgers.Terrapins coach Randy Edsall and Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood took the stage in Chicago for the first time Monday, and will face the significant schedule change that coincides with changing conferences, something Flood said he is excited about.“We’re looking forward to competing for championships,” Flood said. “And if that’s what the schedule is to give us an opportunity to compete for a championship, then we certainly look forward to it.”Edsall echoed Flood, and said he is eager for the season to start.“So the thing is, I’m just glad that we’re finally to the point now where we can go and play games,” Edsall said. “But I’m glad we’re here, and I’m glad it’s getting close to August and starting practice and getting the opportunity to compete against these outstanding programs and institutions that we’re going to compete against.”The Terrapins are scheduled to play their first home game as a member of the Big Ten Conference against OSU, a game that Edsall said he thinks will be “electric.”“It will be something that I know our fans are looking forward to,” Edsall said. “Ohio State is a program with great tradition and history and one that has done very, very well. And it will be something that I think everybody that’s in attendance and everybody that gets a chance to watch on TV wished that they were there, because I think it will be a ton of excitement, one that I know we’re looking forward to as well as all the other games we’re going to play.”A topic that all coaches seemed to agree on was the NCAA rule change new to 2014 that allows them to require summer workouts. The rule allows up to eight hours of weekly weight training and conditioning required by the coaches, something that was prohibited in years past.Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald kicked off the discussion early, as it carried on throughout the day.“I really like the new rule change we’ve been able to have this summer where we’ve been able to have a chance to spend time with our guys,” Fitzgerald said. “We know more about our football team today than maybe in the past through going through summer workouts.”Former OSU assistant and current Purdue coach Darrell Hazell was just as pleased with the rule change.“I think this off-season’s new rule of being able to use two hours to meet with our guys couldn’t have come at a better time,” Hazell said. “What we’ve seen, we used it as a staff to meet with our younger guys, to get those guys caught up, then we took the second hour to meet with the rest of the team, just so we can get advanced in the football knowledge that we needed to get advanced in.”Meyer also expressed his delight with the change, and said that the Buckeyes took full advantage of the extra allotted time.“I think we had six or eight sessions with our players, and they were also helped in the transition of our high school guys when they showed up in June,” Meyer said.Day two of Big Ten Media Days is set to begin Tuesday at 8 a.m. when all coaches and players will be made available to the media. read more