A television advert by the International Marketing Council of South Africa, a founding member of the Movement for Good, shows how change for a better South Africa starts with small, everyday actions – and starts with each of us. Click arrow to play video.The advert was first aired in February 2009.
Matt Karatsu | Daily TrojanDiscussing Saturday’s matchup against Texas without invoking the legendary 2006 Rose Bowl proves to be an impossible task. FOX (the network airing the contest) released a stirring promo complete with images of Vince Young’s championship-winning touchdown and words about unfinished business between the two schools. In the lead-up to Saturday, The Los Angeles Times ran a three-part story about the lasting impacts of one of the greatest college football games ever played. Despite the game’s billing as a rematch 10 years in the making, head coach Clay Helton refuses to delve too deep into the narrative.“It was 12 years ago,” Helton said. “I think the reality is our players understand how important it is to our Trojan family. Being an old person like myself, I got to see the game, I know the importance of it. Our kids are seeing it as the next step. This is our season, this is our time, this is our opportunity to try to get to 1-0 this week and 3-0 on the season.” This is not the same USC team that played in the 2006 National Championship, but if one squints hard enough, they look pretty similar. Over the Trojans’ first two games, running backs junior Ronald Jones II and true freshman Stephen Carr are reminding fans of the “thunder and lightning” days of LenDale White and Reggie Bush (who is who remains up for conversation). So far, they have combined to rush for 463 yards and seven touchdowns, each seeming to one-up the other with highlight run after highlight run. Meanwhile, redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold plays a much different game than 2004 Heisman winner Matt Leinart did, but their successes mirror each other’s. In Leinart’s first year as the starter, he went 12-1 with a Rose Bowl victory over Michigan. Last year, Darnold led USC to a 9-1 record and an immaculate Rose Bowl win over Penn State. After a less-than-stellar opening game against Western Michigan, he returned to his original form in last week’s Stanford win, earning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for his 316-yard, four-touchdown performance. The Trojans’ balanced attack gained 623 total yards against a usually stout Cardinal defense. “We’ve worked so hard over this last year to really be the team that can run the ball when we must to win games,” Helton said. “They did a wonderful job of really establishing what our identity is, which is run the ball, stop the run and be explosive in the pass game.”It was a long, winding road for the Trojans to get back to national prominence after the program came under crippling NCAA sanctions in 2010. Right now, Texas is in the midst of its own recovery. Currently on their second coach since Mack Brown stepped down in 2013, the Longhorns have not finished in the top 10 since 2009 (they carry a 57 percent winning percentage over that span). New head coach Tom Herman brings plenty of excitement and offensive firepower to the struggling program, but rebuilding takes time. Texas lost to Maryland in Week 1, giving up 51 points in a shootout; USC may now resemble its mid-2000s counterpart, but Texas still has a long way to go. Even though the Longhorns enter the Coliseum unranked and as 17-point underdogs, Helton knows better than to take them and Herman lightly. The Texas coach is no stranger to the art of the upset. While the head coach of Houston, he led the Cougars to shocking wins over No. 9 Florida State and No. 3 Oklahoma behind dynamic, high scoring offenses. This year, his team is averaging 48.5 points per game with plenty of playmakers at their disposal. “[Herman] has a knack for attacking every inch of the field,” Helton said. “He has a great interior run game, he forces you to cover the interior, with how many perimeter throws he has. He’s not scared to throw the ball deep.”The Longhorns currently have three capable quarterbacks that are all likely to play against USC. Sophomore Shane Buchele is more of a traditional pocket passer. He threw for 375 yards against Maryland, but a bruised shoulder kept him out of the San Jose State game. In his absence, freshman Sam Ehlinger stepped in and showed loads of potential throwing for 222 yards and rushing for 48 (his dual threat ability may remind Trojan fans of another Sam). They are joined by run-first option Jerrod Heard, who receives snaps out of the wildcat formation. In defending the Longhorns’ spread attack, USC could be without junior outside linebacker Porter Gustin, who had surgery to repair a broken big toe on Wednesday. He was held out of practice on Thursday. While the team may not view this game as the heated grudge match most USC fans see it as, Helton did underscore the importance of Saturday’s game. “We talked about how much mental focus you have in a game like this,” Helton said. “You’re playing a very good team, and it’s an emotional game in a very live environment.”
Hold your horses, Badger fans. Don’t look too much into Wisconsin’s No. 9 BCS ranking. In fact, don’t look at it at all.While Wisconsin moved up the standings with its 24-21 victory over Iowa — as well as a number of top-ranked teams falling over the weekend — it will essentially mean absolutely nothing.Big Ten foes Ohio State and Michigan currently hold down the top two spots in the Bowl Championship Series, and both will most likely hang on to at least a top-five position following this weekend’s hyped match-up between the two.As a result, Wisconsin will be pushed out of the big bowl game picture as “no more than two teams from any single conference may play in BCS games in a single year, regardless of whether they are automatic qualifiers or at-large picks,” according to the BCS automatic qualification, at-large eligibility and selection procedures. So, a return to the Capital One Bowl is the most the Badgers can hope for. But, with the way this year has been shaping up for all of college football, this would be the perfect time to implement a playoff system once and for all.Just take a look at some of the remaining games for the teams still in the BCS hunt:No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 1 Ohio StateNo. 3 USC vs. No. 15 CaliforniaNo. 3 USC vs. No. 5 Notre DameNo. 7 Arkansas vs. No. 11 LSUNo. 8 West Virginia vs. No. 6 RutgersNo matter how the next couple of weeks unfold, the teams playing in the National Championship Game will most likely cause a stir among football fans. Sure, the winner of Ohio State-Michigan is a lock, but the other team is questionable.If USC wins out the season, the Trojans will no doubt be the favorite, but Florida also has the numbers to make its case for a shot at the title, having survived the SEC — at least for the time being.And speaking of the SEC, that conference could be worthy of more than two teams in the BCS the way they have been beating each other up this year. For now, Florida and Arkansas are in, but LSU, Auburn and even Tennessee have had very good seasons. They just had the unfortunate schedule of having to play each other, leaving them all out of the BCS talk.As for the Big Ten, if Wisconsin finishes in the top 10, then the Badgers should have a right to play in one of the five BCS polls along with Ohio State and Michigan. If a single conference has three of the best teams in the nation, then those three teams should be playing in the three best bowl games.But the problem lies within the rule, making a playoff system more and more enticing — this year more than ever.While many head coaches, including UW’s Bret Bielema, will say every game is a playoff — and, in most cases, it is — a true playoff would eliminate the questioning of the teams in the national title game.The major thing holding a playoff system back is money. The NCAA always says it would lose out on sponsorships for bowl games, but in reality, they would not. If college football were to simply seed, say, the top eight teams at the end of the season; have them play in the Orange, Rose, Fiesta and Sugar Bowls; add two more bowl games for the winners; and keep the National Championship Game for the two remaining teams, the NCAA would actually gain more money with two more bowls and much more broadcast time.For example, if the season were to end today, this is what the playoff system would look like:Rose Bowl: No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 8 West VirginiaOrange Bowl: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 7 ArkansasFiesta Bowl: No. 3 USC vs. No. 6 RutgersSugar Bowl: No. 4 Florida vs. No. 5 Notre DameThe Winner of No. 1-No. 8 match-up would play the winner of the No. 4-No. 5 match-up; winner of No. 2-No. 7 match-up would play the winner of the No. 3-No. 6 match-up to go to the National Championship Game.The other thing holding a playoff system back is the added games and the toll it would take on players. Even though it would put a strain on the select few teams to make the playoffs, it would only be two more games. As it is, college football’s postseason is already nearly a month or even more after the regular season. While some teams certainly want some time off following the wear and tear of the season, a month is rather excessive.Then again, a true playoff system is probably just a pipe dream, as the NCAA will most likely decide to stick with the old-school procedure of bowl games when the current BCS contract ends in 2010. It’s not a bad thing, but it could be better.Michael is a senior double majoring in Communication Arts and journalism. You can contact him with all your BCS issues and playoff ideas at [email protected]
Roger Goodell held his annual state of the league address Wednesday and did his best not to say too much regarding free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.There has been a heavy dialogue surrounding the Super Bowl halftime show after several notable artists reportedly dropped out in support of Kaepernick, who they believe has been blackballed by the league. When asked about this by veteran USA Today reporter Jarrett Bell, Goodell didn’t offer a lot of commentary. MORE: An Endless Fight, A Defining Choice“We have great artists performing all week here in Atlanta. We’re extremely pleased with the diversity, quality and the excitement surrounding our entertainers. And this is the biggest stage in the world, and I know people want to be part of that,” Goodell said initially.There was no mention at all of Kaepernick’s name, and Goodell’s answer to this question was notably shorter than the answers he gave to several other questions. Goodell only offered more insights after Bell pushed him a bit further, but even then, he didn’t say much. Goodell on artists receiving backlash because of Kaepernick Situation “We have close to 200 million fans we know some people will have different reactions to things that go on in the league,ultimately I think people admire and respect the things we do & want to be a part of it. pic.twitter.com/yXjv1yQUyN— gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 30, 2019Later during the conference, Goodell was asked about the fact that Kaepernick is still not on an NFL roster. The quarterback filed a collusion grievance against the NFL in a case that is still ongoing. Goodell’s answer was shorter than the question that prompted it.Reporter: “We’re here in Atlanta, one of the hallmark cities in the civil rights movement, where so many Americans in various points in time stood up for what they believed in. There’s a segment in this society now that believes Colin Kaepernick took some similar actions, and we’re now two years removed from him being in the NFL. Are you comfortable collectively with how the league has responded to that and do you have any concerns how history might look upon that?”Goodell: “I’ve said it many times, privately, publicly, our clubs are the ones that make decisions on players they want to have on their roster. They make that individually, they make that in the best interests of their team. And that’s something that we as the NFL take pride in. Individual clubs make decisions that maybe another club won’t do. And they all want to win.”Goodell was asked a third question about Kaepernick, which was similar to the second, and he essentially echoed his previous comments.“I think it’s a repeat of what I just said, which is, that If a team decides Colin Kaepernick or any other player can help their team win, thats what they’ll do,” Goodell said.