Quentin Hillsman is beating Jim Boeheim and Dino Babers in the social media race

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Merriam-Webster has two definitions for “meme,” both being nouns. One is “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture,” while the other is “an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online especially through social media.”The latter definition surely applies to Hillsman’s practices, but the former does, too, because both Grant and redshirt junior guard Isis Young said they follow Hillsman on social media. They see his posts and are more motivated than amused because the messages of Hillsman’s memes are familiar. They’re the same lessons he preaches during practice.“You just see (the memes) and you reinforce,” Young said. “Like, ‘OK coach likes toughness.’ But we know that.” The content of these meme-lessons isn’t on a calculated schedule. It’s “random,” Hillsman said. Still, there are people who don’t even believe he’s tech-savvy enough to do any of this himself.“They’re sleeping on my abilities here, right?” he joked last week.But the people who do believe are the ones who matter the most. They’re the ones who run his plays and follow his rules. They’re the ones who came to Syracuse to play for @CoachQatSU. Comments Recruiting hatched Hillsman’s web presence. If the kids were using it, he figured he ought to as well. From there, it grew into a convenient way to stay in touch with players who have graduated and moved on.“He knows what this generation is all about and he’s a part of it,” junior guard Abby Grant said.Retweeting — essentially the reposting of another account’s original content — is not what sets Hillsman apart from the the likes of Boeheim and Babers. Rather, Hillsman also posts photos of himself and players captioned with large block lettering of an inspirational phrase.They often end up on his Instagram account as well. In a sense, they’re memes.center_img Published on November 14, 2017 at 10:02 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss Jim Boeheim hasn’t sent out a tweet in the month of November. Neither has Dino Babers, aside from an obligatory Veterans’ Day post with a graphic made by the SU football social media team. As popular as these coaches are — the billboards and TV commercials will show you they are quite popular in central New York — they are not Quentin Hillsman.Hillsman, or “Coach Q” as his Syracuse (1-0) women’s basketball players call him, is instead a man of memes. He inundates the Twittersphere, sharing loads of news from SU Athletics and producing original material of his own. Just as you’ll rarely spot him on the sideline wearing something as standard as Boeheim’s usual blue coat-grey pants combo, you’ll seldom see a day go by where he isn’t active on Twitter.“This new age, you guys don’t talk on the phone anymore,” Hillsman said. “You have to tweet and text and Instagram and all this.”He’s right. Nearly a quarter of teens admit to going online “almost constantly,” according to a 2015 report released by the Pew Research Center. A whopping 92 percent of teens hop online at least once a day, the report said, adding that this mania of internet usage is possible because nearly three-quarters of teens own or have access to smartphones. In a world where those phones are becoming increasingly multidimensional, Hillsman is using his to connect with his players of the past, present and future.last_img read more

LBA 2017 Takes Centre Stage in Lagos

first_imgThe 2017 League Bloggers Awards (LBA) end-of-season ceremony is expected to parade the most outstanding performers from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NNL), the Nigeria National League (NNL) and the Nigeria Women’s Premier League (NWPL) when it holds at the Sheraton Hotel in Lagos next Tuesday week.Coaches, clubs and players will vie for recognition in 12 categories at this year’s LBA.The 13th category of the award which is the top goalscorer in the Nigeria top-flight, the NPFL, has already been decided. Lobi Stars forward Anthony Okpotu scored 19 goals last season, one more than MFMFC’s Stephen Odey now with Swiss club FC Zurich, to emerge top scorer.Top among the highlights of the award night will be the prestigious Player of the Season which recognises the best player in the NPFL in the past campaign. Odey, Okpotu, Alhassan Ibrahim and Plateau United defender Daniel Itodo are the shortlists for the NPFL Player of the Season.This year, the LBA has added two new category to cater for the women’s league and the second tier, the NNL. The awards will recognise the best players in the women’s championship and the NNL.Amarachi Okonkwo of Nasarawa Amazons, Patience Kalu of Rivers Angels, FC Robo’s Rasheedat Ajibade and Charity Reuben of Ibom Angels are the nominees for the Best NWPL Player.In the Best NNL Player category, Heartland goalkeeper Ebere Obi, Kwara United free-scoring forward Michael Ohanu, Mohammed Rabiu of Yobe Desert Stars and Bayelsa United’s Kelly Lubo are in the running.Other categories on the night include Best New Player, Best Foreigner, Best Goalkeeper, Best Defender, Best Midfielder, Club of the Year, Coach of the Year, Best NPFL National Team Player and Goal of theSeasonNOMINEES FOR CATEGORIES1. BEST NEW PLAYER*Chinedu Udechukwu (Katsina United)*Destiny Ashadi (Katsina United)*Peter Eneji (Plateau United)*Oche Salefu (Remo Stars)*Wasiu Alalade (ABS FC)2. BEST FOREIGNER*Giscard Tchatto (MFM FC)*Kodjovi Dadzie (Akwa United)* Fatau Dauda (Enyimba)*Idrissa Bamba (FC Ifeanyiubah)3. BEST GOALKEEPER*Aliko Mustapha (Niger Tornadoes)*Olorunleke Ojo (Sunshine Stars/Akwa United)*Dele Ajiboye (Plateau Utd)*Suraj Ayeleso (Nasarawa Utd)4. BEST DEFENDER*Emmanuel Ariwachukwu (Akwa United)*Daniel Itodo (Plateau United)*Elisha Golbe (Plateau United)*Okorom Stanley (MFM FC)5. BEST MIDFIELDER*Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United)*Afeez Aremu (Akwa United)*Onuwa Chukwuka (MFM FC)*Batholomew Ibenegbu (Enyimba)*Samuel Matthias (Gombe United)6. CLUB OF THE YEAR*Plateau United*MFM FC*Enyimba*Akwa United7. COACH OF THE YEAR*Kennedy Boboye (Plateau Utd)*Abdu Maikaba (Akwa Utd)*Duke Udi (Sunshine Stars)*Fidelis Ilechukwu (MFM FC)8. BEST NPFL NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER*Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC Ifeanyiubah)*Osas Okoro (Rangers)*Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa Utd)*Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars)*Afeez Aremu (Akwa United)9. GOAL OF THE SEASON*Sikiri Olatunbosun (MFM v Rangers)*Shedrack Asiegbu (Abia Warriors v Plateau United)*Victor Chidume (Lobi Stars v Remo Stars)10. BEST NWPL PLAYER*Amarachi Okonkwo (Nasarawa Amazons)*Patience Kalu (Rivers Angels)*Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo)*Charity Reuben (Ibom Angels)11. BEST NNL PLAYER*Ebere Obi (Heartland)*Michael Ohanu (Kwara United)*Mohammed Rabiu (Yobe Desert Stars)*Kelly Lubo (Bayelsa United)12 HIGHEST GOAL SCORER*Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars) 19 Goals13. PLAYER OF THE SEASON* Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa Utd)*Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars)*Daniel Itodo (Plateau United)*Stephen Odey (MFM FC)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Friday October 4th Local Sports

first_img— high school volleyball last nightForest City 25-25-25, Clear Lake 14-14-16Central Springs 25-25-25, West Fork 14-20-21 POSTVILLE — Newman hits the road tonight to face Postville in Class A District 4. The Knights are 2-1 in district play and 2-3 overall after beating Starmont last week. They’ll face a Postville team that is 1-4 and 1-2 in the district after beating Central Springs 43-6 last week. You can hear the Newman-Postville game on 93.9 KIA The Country Moose starting with the pre-game at about 6:45 with kickoff scheduled for 7 o’clock. == SATURDAYAM-1300 KGLO — Iowa at Michigan — pre-game 9:00, kickoff 11:00AM-1300 KGLO — American League Divisional Series Game 2 — Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees — pre-game 3:00, first pitch 4:07 — Week 6 high school football schedule from area districts= 4A District 6Indianola at Mason CityJohnston at OttumwaWaukee at Des Moines East= 3A District 3Charles City at DecorahIndependence at Waterloo EastWest Delaware at Waverly-Shell Rock= 2A District 3Crestwood at Clear LakeHampton-Dumont-CAL at Forest CityNew Hampton at Iowa Falls-Alden= 2A District 2Garner-Hayfield-Ventura at Estherville Lincoln CentralClarion-Goldfield-Dows at AlgonaSoutheast Valley at Spirit Lake= 1A District 3North Butler at Lake MillsSumner-Fredericksburg at OsageDenver at Aplington-Parkersburg= A District 3West Hancock at North UnionBishop Garrigan at Belmond-KlemmeGraettinger-Terril at West Fork= A District 4Hudson at Saint Ansgar (non-district)Newman at PostvilleSouth Winneshiek at Nashua-PlainfieldStarmont at Central Springs= 8-Man District 2Don Bosco at Northwood-KensettJanesville vs TripoliRiceville at DunkertonRockford at North Iowa CLEAR LAKE — 2nd-ranked Clear Lake hosts 9th-ranked Crestwood in Class 2A District 3 football tonight. The Lions lost at Crestwood last year in a game that cost them not only the district title but a spot in the playoffs. Clear Lake coach Jared DeVries says his team won’t be looking at what happened in the past heading into tonight’s contest.Despite losing their starting quarterback, DeVries knows the Crestwood offense will be tough to contain.Crestwood comes in with a 3-2 record after winning their district opener last week. You can hear the Clear Lake-Crestwood game on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com starting with the pre-game at 6:45, with kickoff from Lions Field scheduled for 7:30. MASON CITY — It’s Homecoming at Mason City High School tonight as the Mohawks host Indianola in Class 4A District 6 play. Mason City is in search of their first win of the season as they face an Indianola squad that Mohawk coach Brandon Krusey says is a solid ballclub.Due to Twins baseball taking place on KGLO, the Mason City-Indianola game will be heard over on Super Hits 102.7-FM and superhits1027.com starting with the pre-game at about 7 o’clock with kickoff slated for 7:30 THIS WEEKEND:== FRIDAYAM-1300 KGLO — American League Divisional Series Game 1— Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees — pre-game 5:00, first pitch 6:07Super Hits 102.7-FM, superhits1027.com — Mason City vs. Indianola — pre-game 7:00, kickoff 7:3093.9 The Country Moose, 939kia.com — Newman at Postville — pre-game 6:45, kickoff 7:00AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — “This Week in College Football” Big Ten preview 6:00; “Radio Iowa Scouting Report” 6:30; Clear Lake vs. Crestwood — pre-game 6:45, kickoff 7:30; “Iowa High School Scoreboard Show” 10:00-11:30 NEW YORK (AP) — Given the peerless power of the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins, the AL Division Series between the Bomba Squad and the Bronx Bombers seems like a mighty bout. AL Central champion Minnesota set a big league record with 307 home runs and the AL East-winning Yankees were just behind at 306, both blowing by the previous mark of 267 set by New York last year. José Berríos will start the AL Division Series opener for the Twins. Berríos was 14-8 with a 3.68 ERA and 195 strikeouts in 200 1/3 innings. James Paxton (15-6, 3.82) will start Friday night’s game for the Yankees. You can hear the Twins and Yankees tonight on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at 5 o’clock with first pitch from Yankee Stadium scheduled for just after 6:05. The second game of the series takes place on Saturday, with a 3 o’clock pre-game and 4:05 first pitch on KGLO. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Ellis and Filip Forsberg each had a goal and an assist and the Nashville Predators rallied with four goals in the final period and beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 in the season opener for both teams. Mikael Granlund, Austin Watson and Viktor Arvidsson also scored goals for the defending Central Division champion Predators.last_img read more