“We offer three options and we have talked with our sukuk holders about how to deal with the situation. Hopefully, there will be a solution to this matter,” he told the press during a virtual briefing on Monday. Garuda Indonesia issued US$496.8 million in global sukuk on June 3, 2015, with a five-year tenure and an annual return of 5.95 percent, according to the company’s financial report released in September last year.However, the airline has struggled to maintain its cashflow with the number of flights nosediving due to the implementation of large scale social restrictions across the country and the imposition of travel bans by various countries to contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.Garuda Indonesia recently sent a letter to its sukuk holders on the repayment. In the letter dated April 29, which was signed by Garuda finance director Fuad Rizal, the company admitted that the pandemic had created an extremely challenging business environment for the airline. “In response to this, the company has been taking measures to ensure the well-being of its staff and customers while managing liquidity proactively amid the uncertainty the airline industry currently faces. The company continues to assess all its options to remain a going concern, in particular in relation to its sukuk due in June 2020,” stated Garuda. Garuda Indonesia has also appointed PJT Partners to facilitate the discussion between the airline and bond holders to find a solution to the problem. Apart from the negotiations, Irfan revealed during a hearing with lawmakers on April 27 that Garuda was considering taking out bank loans to help the company repay the sukuk.Read also: Indonesian air carriers report sharp decline in cargo trafficThe COVID-19 crisis has dealt a severe blow to Garuda and airlines around the world with the aviation industry recording a sharp decline in passenger numbers and revenue since February.According to presentation materials made available to lawmakers, Garuda estimates it suffered a 31.9 percent decline in passenger and cargo revenue in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. The COVID-19 crisis has also forced Garuda to ground 100 of its 142 aircraft.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Monday that only 70 flights were scheduled daily across the entire the country, down from 79,000 daily flights before the virus outbreak.Topics : National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is reaching out to the holders of its sukuk to hold a discussion on repayments due in June as the airline struggles to maintain cashflow amid the turbulence caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra said every time a sukuk due date was approaching, a company had three options to consider: repayment with a discount, full repayment or a payment extension.Read also: Garuda, ‘severely affected’ by COVID-19, may restructure bonds: Minister
China announced an initiative on Tuesday to establish global standards on data security, saying it wanted to promote multilateralism in the area at a time when “individual countries” were “bullying” others and “hunting” companies.The announcement, by State Councilor Wang Yi, comes a month after the United States said it was purging “untrusted” Chinese apps under a program dubbed “Clean Network”.China’s initiative calls for technology firms to prevent the creation of so-called backdoors in their products and services that could allow data to be obtained illegally, as well as for participants to respect the sovereignty, jurisdiction and data management rights of other countries. It also calls for participants to not engage in large-scale surveillance of other countries or illegally acquire information of foreign citizens through information technology.It did not detail the nature of the initiative or say whether any other country had joined.”Global data security rules that reflect the wishes of all countries and respect the interests of all parties should be reached on the basis of universal participation by all parties,” Wang said.”Some individual countries are aggressively pursuing unilateralism, throwing dirty water on other countries under the pretext of ‘cleanliness’, and conducting global hunts on leading companies of other countries under the pretext of security. This is naked bullying and should be opposed and rejected.” Topics : China tightly controls and censors its own cyberspace through the popularly dubbed Great Firewall, which has for years restricted access to firms such as US majors Twitter Inc , Facebook Inc and Google owner Alphabet Inc .The administration of US President Donald Trump has taken aim at Chinese giants such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd , Tencent Holdings Ltd and TikTok owner ByteDance, citing concerns over national security and the collection of personal data, which the companies have rejected.It has blocked US exports to Huawei and plans to ban TikTok in the United States this month unless ByteDance sells TikTok’s US operations
The group also questioned how effective the proposed Risk Evaluation for Pensions (REP) model would be, if enacted.The role of the REP, which the draft directive said would be completed “regularly and without delay” in instances where a scheme’s risk profile undergoes a “significant” change, could be served by “proper” existing asset and liability management studies, the response said. As drafted, the REP would require IORPs to examine the risk stemming from a number of investment areas, including an assessment of risks relating to climate change and carbon-heavy extraction. PensionsEurope said details of the REP were vague, as most aspects of it would be decided as part of delegated acts to be drafted at a later date.“Above all, the use of delegated acts in such important aspects should not go against the competence of the member states in the area of pensions,” the group warned.The response also raised concerns about the detail proposed as part of the universal Pension Benefit Statement (PBS).“The one-size-fits-all approach proposed by the Commission misses the necessary distinction between members of occupational pension schemes and consumers of ordinary financial products and leads to the application of individual consumer-type Key Information Documents (KID) to all members regardless of the type of pension promise,” it said.The KID was initially proposed as part of reform to packaged retail investment products, but IORPs were in April granted an exemption following concerns raised by industry representatives.“Moreover,” PensionsEurope added, “we question the feasibility of producing the PBS on two pages when it takes six pages of the Directive to set out what should go in it.”Meanwhile, the group said new requirements to appoint a depository risked being “meaningless”, as the requirement would remain in place even if assets were wholly managed by a third party that would be required under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive to appoint the depository for the external vehicle.PensionsEurope also questioned the Commission’s current timetable to review the draft directive four years after it is adopted.“Assuming the directive is adopted in late 2015, this would mean a report in 2019, which would have to be prepared in late 2018, early 2019 – only two years after the member states transposed the directive,” it said.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to PensionEurope’s statement on IORP II The European Commission is unlikely to see an immediate boost to long-term investment from pension funds, despite recent emphasis on the matter as part of the revised IORP Directive.PensionsEurope said the inclusion of the IORP II Directive as part of a package to boost long-term investing – such as attempts to increase transparency in the infrastructure loan market – was an important signal that EU member states should not prevent investment in assets that were not traded on regulated markets.It nevertheless warned the Commission against expecting a sudden growth in long-term investing, even if the proposals meant member states could no longer restrict IORPs from pursuing such strategies.In a detailed reaction to the draft directive, PensionsEurope said: “Provisions concerning long-term investment are marginal in the Directive proposal. That is why we doubt the IORP II proposal will drastically incentivise IORPs to invest more in long-term assets.”
In addition, bodies in all Hong Kong government departments, from finance to immigration, will be directly answerable to the central government in Beijing, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday. BEIJING – China plans to establish a special bureau in Hong Kong to investigate and prosecute crimes considered threatening to national security, according to details of a controversial new national security law Beijing is imposing on the semi-autonomous territory. The announcement increases concerns that China’s communist government will continue to tighten its grip on Hong Kong. Beijing has said it is determined to press ahead with the national security legislation – which has been strongly criticized as undermining the Asian financial hub’s legal and political institutions – despite heavy criticism from within Hong Kong and abroad. (AP) Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong poses for a photo after an interview as he attends an activity for the upcoming Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong Saturday, June 20, 2020. AP/Vincent Yu
Further information can be obtained by calling the track office at 989 235-5200 or visiting the track website at www.crystalmotorspeedway.com. The annual test and tune sessions are set for Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14 from 2-5 p.m. and are open to any race machines. Admission will be $20 for the pits, but no charge to observe from the grandstands. The opening night of racing will be April 20 with IMCA Modifieds on the program for the 32nd consecutive season. Adult admission will be $12, kids ages 5-11 are $5 and pit passes are $30. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. CRYSTAL, Mich. – If it’s April, it’s the beginning of another race season at Crystal Motor Speedway.
A Florida man was arrested Sunday after police say he crashed a lawnmower into an officer’s vehicle.Gary Anderson, 68, was charged with drinking under the influence (DUI) after he allegedly drove a lawnmower into a police officer’s parked car causing minor damages to the bumper.Police say he then admitted to being drunk while operating the machinery telling the officer “F*** it, I’m drunk, take me to jail.”Anderson was arrested and charged for driving under the influence (DUI) after failing to complete several field sobriety tests and then attempting to deceive a test given to him at the police station.Anderson reportedly went back on his confession with his behavior shifting from being angry to joking multiple times.He then claimed police poisoned him and was transported to a local hospital where he completed a breath test which resulted in a .241, three times the legal limit.Cocaine was found in Anderson’s system as well.Following the incident, police added additional charges against Anderson including refusal to submit a DUI test with his license suspended.He remains in custody at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on a $3,000 bond.
Woods decided at the last minute not to play the World Golf Championships event in Mexico and has skipped last week’s Honda Classic and this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he has won a record eight times.NHL-OBIT-HENRI RICHARDHabs great Henri Richard diesMONTREAL (AP) — Former Montreal Canadiens star Henri Richard (ahn-REE’ ree-SHAHRD’) has died at 84 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.The speedy center won a record 11 Stanley Cups during a 20-year career spent entirely with the Canadiens from 1956-75. Richard played a team-record 1,256 regular-season games and is third in club history with 1,046 points. March 6, 2020 NFL-NEWSPay bump for Chargers’ EkelerUNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler has been rewarded with a four-year, $24.5 million contract that includes $15 million guaranteed.Ekeler had a breakout season while scoring 11 touchdowns for the Chargers last season, finishing seventh in the league and fourth in the AFC this season with 1,550 scrimmage yards. He has gone from an undrafted rookie in 2017 to special teams standout before becoming a featured part of the Los Angeles backfield.In other NFL news: In other sporting events affected by the virus:— Saturday’s Women’s Six Nations match between Scotland and France has been postponed after an unnamed Scotland Women’s rugby player has tested positive for COVID-19. The Scottish Rugby Union has issued a statement saying the player was admitted to a health care facility and was otherwise well.— The alpine skiing finals in Italy were called off after an emergency International Ski Federation board meeting. The event was slated for Mar. 18-22.— A group that organizes cycling events in Italy has canceled three races, all scheduled within the next four weeks.TRACK AND FIELD-LAWSON CLEARED — Amid widespread concern about the coronavirus, Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish decided to be extra careful after he developed a cough this week. The Japanese right-hander visited with at least two doctors and stayed away from the team for a day before throwing three innings in a simulated game. Darvish said he feels good now, but he’s still coughing a little bit.— Diamondbacks infielder Domingo Leyba has been suspended 80 games for a violation of baseball’s performance-enhancing drug program. The 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic played 21 games with the Diamondbacks last season, hitting .280 with five RBIs.— Tim Tebow has been reassigned to minor league camp by the Mets after going 2-for-13 in spring training, including his first extra-base hit in four years of exhibition play. The 32-year-old outfielder batted .163 in 77 games last season at Triple-A Syracuse in his second straight injury-shortened season.NBA-NEWSNBA fines Cuban, sends teams memo on proper conduct Associated Press OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOROhio State settling some suits over doc abuse; cost unclearCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State has reached an unspecified settlement with nearly half of the roughly 350 men who say they were sexually abused decades ago by a team doctor who was jokingly known among some athletes by nicknames like “Dr. Jelly Paws.”The settlement is the first for accusers of the late doctor, Richard Strauss, who they say groped and otherwise mistreated students for two decades while school officials who knew of concerns did little to stop him. Strauss died in 2005.Ohio State wouldn’t disclose the dollar amount. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMore sporting events affected by spreading virusUNDATED (AP) — A Division III men’s basketball NCAA Tournament game at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University is believed to be the first U.S. sports event held without fans because of the new coronavirus.Yeshiva University tipped off against Worcester Polytechnic Institute Friday afternoon in an empty gym occupied only by players, employees and media members in the first-round game.Johns Hopkins said it was “prudent” to take this step after Maryland’s recently confirmed COVID-19 cases and CDC guidelines for large gatherings. — Authorities say New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams has been ticketed and given a court date after trying to board a plane a New York’s LaGuardia Airport while carrying an unloaded gun. The Jets’ first-round pick last season was arrested at LaGuardia Thursday night on a charge of criminal possession of a weapon. The Port Authority Police Department says Williams had a permit in his home state of Alabama for the weapon but does not have a gun permit in New York.PGA-BAY HILL-DAY WITHDRAWSJason Day out again with back injuryORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jason Day had to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational after five holes Friday because of back issues that have hampered him in recent years.He was 1 over through four holes, and 3 over for the tournament. Day’s manager said he felt stiffness in his lower back while on the putting green before his second round at Bay Hill It was the second year in a row that Day had to withdraw at Bay Hill because of a back injury.PGA-PLAYERS-WOODSTiger still not ready, will miss The Players ChampionshipORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods will miss The Players Championship for the first time when not recovering from any of his nine surgeries.His agent says Woods is still bothered by a back issue but adds that it’s not a long-term concern. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSYanks’ Judge has broken ribUNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has a broken rib that could require surgery, leaving doubt when he’ll be back in the lineup. Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — The NBA has fined Dallas owner Mark Cuban $500,000 for “public criticism and detrimental conduct” regarding officiating.Cuban twice walked onto the court to challenge officiating calls during the Mavericks’ loss to Atlanta on Feb. 22. The league says Cuban spoke to reporters in the arena after the game and tweeted several times that night and into the next day with comments that were highly critical, personal and demeaning to the league and its officiating staff.The NBA announced that the Mavericks’ protest of that game was rejected Friday. The league also sent a memo to teams reminding them of rules that govern conduct of owners, coaches and other team personnel during games.In other NBA news:— The Lakers have signed guard Dion Waiters, who had been a free agent since Memphis waived him last month. He was let go by the Grizzlies three days after acquiring him from Miami in the three-team trade that landed Andre Iguodala (ih-goh-DAH’-lah) (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) with the Heat. Waiters was suspended three times while playing only three games for Mami, but his 3-point shooting prowess could be valuable as the Lakers head to their first playoff appearance since 2013. Manager Aaron Boone says he thought the star right fielder hurt himself making a diving catch late last season. Judge will rest two weeks while recovering from the stress fracture to his first right rib. He hasn’t played in any spring training games while dealing with soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder.Since winning the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year award, Judge has been limited to 112 games in 2018 because of a broken right wrist and to 102 games last year due to a strained left oblique.In other MLB news:— Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) has finalized a $215 million, nine-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. His new deal adds seven years and $187.25 million to his current contract. Yelich won the NL batting title and MVP award in 2018 as the Brewers reached Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.— One day after signing with the Red Sox, pitcher Collin McHugh says he regrets he didn’t do more to stop the Astros from breaking sign stealing rules in 2017 and 2018. McHugh is worried about the impact of the Astros’ actions on young fans. He said pitchers were led to believe other teams were stealing the Astros’ signs. Lawson cleared for competitionUNDATED (AP)— American long jumper and sprinter Jarrion Lawson has been notified by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that he has been exonerated of a doping offense, according to his agent.The agent says details of the decision are expected to be released next week, adding that Lawson was awarded around $10,000 to help offset his legal fees.Lawson was notified in August 2018 that he tested positive for a substance frequently used in the U.S. to promote the growth of beef cattle. The agent said Lawson ate what they believe to be tainted beef at a Japanese restaurant in Arkansas before the drug test.The drug test has prevented Lawson from competing for 19 months.
Based on USC’s track record, Thursday’s nonconference matchup with No. 10 Pepperdine should have been as smooth as the coastal breeze.Fighting · Junior goalie Joel Dennerley defends the goal against Pepperdine on Thursday night. The Trojans escaped with a 7-6 victory. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily Trojan In late September, the Trojans traveled to Malibu, Calif., for a similar contest with the Waves, where they netted a total of 13 goals en route to their 11th consecutive win of the season.But for the No. 2 USC men’s water polo team (21-2, 4-2), Thursday’s home game with Pepperdine proved all too challenging, as the Trojans avoided a close scare with a narrow 7-6 win, much to the chagrin of both coaches and players.“It’s good to get the win, but it is disappointing, for we were hoping to come out and play a lot better,” said junior goalie Joel Dennerley. “We have high expectations for ourselves.”USC coach Jovan Vavic was quick to express similar displeasure as well.“I’m not sure we were ever really focused on this game,” Vavic said. “This is a young team, and sometimes coming off a big win, they don’t know how to get themselves ready for each game.”But at least in the early goings, it appeared as if Vavic’s bunch was prepared and poised for yet another double-digit scoring outburst.In the first frame, USC scored a total of four goals in a span of five minutes on behalf of junior two-meter Matt Burton, junior driver Peter Kurzeka, redshirt sophomore driver Forest Monroe and sophomore utility Mace Rapsey. Rapsey’s goal was particularly impressive, coming with just one second remaining in the period, and breaking the 3-3 stalemate.“We had opportunities, particularly 6-on-5 opportunities,” Vavic said.But despite those opportunities, USC failed to build on its initial lead, allowing a sub-.500 Pepperdine squad to remain within striking distance.For nearly seven minutes in the second quarter, USC was scoreless before a pair of last-minute goals from redshirt freshmen driver Stephen Siri and freshman two-meter Jeremy Davie, which ballooned USC’s lead to three.In the second half, however, things took a turn for the worse, as the Trojans were outscored 3-1 and sloppy play prevented the USC from spearheading a late run.“Pepperdine played us tough, but we really took some shots that were ill-advised,” Vavic said. “We created opportunities, we drew ejections and then we just took bad shots.”Although a third-quarter goal from Kurzeka marked the team’s lone second half score, Vavic made a point to note some positives, as well.“The most important thing is that we won a game,” Vavic said. “We’re 21-2, and we had a hard week of training too. I’m not concerned. We’re going to come back, rebound and have a big week.”To win, however, the Trojans were forced to rely on their anchor, Dennerley, and a defense that was able to preserve the team’s narrow lead.“In the last two games, we’ve given up five and six goals, which is not bad,” Vavic said. “Overall, our execution could have been better, but still, defensively, we did a good job. We stopped them and we won a game. It’s not always going to be pretty.”Dennerley was quick to echo similar sentiments, noting the team’s strong play in various 5-on-6 defensive situations.“We had to come up with some big stops,” Dennerley said. “We stopped them on a number of occasions on 5-on-6s, which is always good to do when you’re a man down.”Despite the win, Dennerley and company won’t be afforded the opportunity to relax any time soon as a Saturday Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest against Long Beach State awaits.“I think we need to improve our communication and awareness in both defense and attack,” Dennerley said. “If we do that and go into the game with a better focus, we’ll prevail.”Despite two easy wins against the 49ers, Vavic stressed the importance of staying focused.“We need to have a good game against Long Beach,” Vavic said. “That’s going to be a big game because, for them, it’s the most important game of the year.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ RICHMOND, Va. — As North Carolina players mingled around midfield, celebrating their second consecutive conference title, Gary Gait sat alone on the Syracuse bench. He clenched in his right hand a rolled-up statistics sheet, which UNC senior attack Molly Hendrick stuffed to the tune of seven goals and two assists, watching the Tar Heels giggle, pose for photographs and put on their championship hats and T-shirts.Over the previous 40 minutes, the Tar Heels dug out of a 5-0 Syracuse run to hang nine unanswered goals and hold SU to not a single score over the last 18:38 of game time. That stretch, which lifted No. 1 seed UNC to an 18-11 victory Sunday afternoon over No. 2 SU in the ACC title game, was punctuated by Hendrick’s somersault on her seventh goal of the day. It took the life from Syracuse, as the Tar Heels mobbed their leader who put to rest SU’s attempt at a second-half comeback.Top-seeded North Carolina (16-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) used that second-half run to glide past No. 2 seed Syracuse (15-6, 5-2) at Sports Backers Stadium near the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. The Orange jetted out to an early lead, 4-0, only to go down one at the half. UNC commanded the draw control game 22 to nine, giving its eighth-ranked offense time to hang 18 goals — including six in a three-minute, 19-second spurt — on SU and claim its second consecutive ACC title.The Tar Heels scored 35 goals in the first two games of the tournament, and that same offense found holes in SU’s defense to coast by in the final minutes.“We played so much defense in the second half,” Gait said. “It was unbelievable. You just get tired. On the draw, we weren’t running with them, we weren’t staying in the middle competing for ground balls. You’re going to be a step behind when you play almost a full half of defense.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCody Hendrix | Staff PhotographerFourteen days ago in Chapel Hill, SU went up 4-0 early and handed UNC its only loss in its past 17 regular-season ACC contests. Freshman attack Emily Hawryschuk scored four times to lead SU past the Tar Heels, the team’s only loss since Feb. 25.On Friday, junior attack Riley Donahue tied a career-high four goals to lead SU past Virginia in the semifinal. It set up Sunday’s showdown on a neutral site to decide the ACC’s automatic invite to the NCAA tournament, in what had shaped up to be a thriller: UNC won last year in overtime and Syracuse won in overtime in 2015.The third consecutive ACC final meeting was far from that. UNC took 18 shots and won nine draw controls in the first half alone. The nation’s second-best team in draw controls (16.56 per game), North Carolina, used possession time to fuel its 7-2 run to end the half after SU went up 4-0.“We got the unlucky end of the stick a couple of times,” said SU senior attack Devon Parker, who had two goals and two assists. “That gave them momentum going forward.”The key UNC adjustment came at the break. North Carolina had open cutters in the first half, though the timing of their cuts was off. Once Tar Heels head coach Jenny Levy told her players to either cut earlier to the middle or flash later to the elbows, they penetrated the SU defense. Suddenly, the whole zone opened.North Carolina spaced more. Players drew out from behind the goal because SU freshman goalie Asa Goldstock jumped out of the cage several times in the first half to fend off UNC shots near the crease. When the Tar Heels drew out from behind the net and timed its cuts better, a series of unassisted goals ensued.Levy, who called the first half “a struggle all of the way through,” made the proper switches that freed up the once clogged up middle of the offensive zone.“The adjustments we made were really effective and freed our kids up,” Levy said. “It was just a matter of time for them to get in sync with one another, which gave us the momentum to break open the game … We kept in the back of our mind: one-goal game, one-goal game. The energy never wavered.”Cody Hendrix | Staff PhotographerBy halftime, Hendrick had four goals. She did not relent after the break. She maneuvered her way into traffic near the cage to lead a Tar Heels barrage that answered a 5-0 Orange run early in the second.Barely two minutes had elapsed into the second frame before UNC senior attack Carly Reed glided around the cage, paused and scored. Back-to-back Reed goals opened the second half, putting SU down three.Syracuse erased deficits in both the ACC quarterfinal against Virginia Tech and in the semifinal against Virginia to get to Sunday. It believed it could do it again. Early in the second, attacks Donahue and Parker chipped in to make it a game again. When SU took a two-goal lead early in the second half, a contingent of Orange fans stood to their feet and SU players danced on the sidelines.That was all Syracuse had left.“It was a game of runs,” Gait said. “We just didn’t have an answer for the last one.” Comments Published on April 30, 2017 at 3:46 pm Contact Matthew: email@example.com | @MatthewGut21
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (1-1) looks to bounce back after its first loss of the season when it welcomes Central Michigan (2-0) to the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee State topped the Orange, 30-23 last week, while the Chippewas traveled to Lawrence, Kansas, and bested the Jayhawks, 45-27.Jim Lahde is the sports editor of The Morning Sun, which is based in Alma, Michigan, just under 20 miles from CMU’s campus. The Daily Orange spoke with him about Saturday’s matchup.The Daily Orange: CMU barely snuck by Rhode Island but then embarrassed Kansas. What was the difference?Jim Lahde: Against Rhode Island, defensively, they played well. They had six interceptions which tied the single-game school record. The defense played well. It’s just the offense never got going. They could’ve lost that game had the URI kicker not missed a chip shot. The offense just was not going at the time. Week 2, obviously it started clicking. It’s just a matter of getting out there and finding their rhythm.The D.O.: With eight interceptions already, is there something the secondary throws at offenses that is especially tricky?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJ.L.: It’s a little luck and a little good fortune more than anything else. Rhode Island, they were throwing it all over the place. CMU just kept picking them off. Amari Coleman is a very good defensive back. I believe he has two or three already, including a one-handed one.The defensive play against Rhode Island isn’t going to be a world leader by any means, but with a little luck and little good defensive game-planning. In the Kansas game, they did play well defensively too. A couple of picks in that one. I don’t know if it’s the scheme, but they’ve been playing good defense since the opener. That’s my two cents on that.Courtesy of CMU AthleticsThe D.O.: With wide receivers and Corey Willis and Brandon Childress out, how does that change the offense?J.L.: Good point. Childress was a kid that emerged a little last year and they were hoping he would step up a little more this year. He’s an All-American basketball player out of high school in Michigan. The best kid in the class he played in. I thought he’d go play basketball. He was a kid emerging into a star, whereas Willis is a little more established. He was the top receiver on the team returning. He can make the big play, great in the open field, good vision. Losing him is pretty significant.They also had Ty Conklin who’s their starting tight end. He’s got a foot injury. he’s coming along faster than anticipated. He’s out of his boot, but it’s going to put the onus on kids like Logan Hessbrook. Logan’s a local kid out of mid-Michigan here. He’s kind of emerged at the tight end spot. He’s done some good things the last couple of weeks.There’s another wide receiver, No. 3, he’s a senior leader. It’s going to fall on those two and the young kids. They threw for 467 yards and five touchdowns last week, so the players are out there. The question is, who’s going to step up and into those roles?The D.O.: How about quarterback Shane Morris?J.L.: Shane for Week 1 didn’t do much. Week 2, gosh, he was a superstar. He went for 467 yards and five touchdowns. He looked like Dan LeFevour or Cooper Rush out there. To me, it was a matter of first-game jitters. Teams are looking to find their rhythm and it’s going to be elusive for a while. It takes a game or two to really find it. I think CMU’s coming along and Morris has led that. It’s just a matter of who he is going to turn to. I expect Hessbrook to have a big game. He’s a good kid. He’s a big kid. He’s a physical kid. The running game hasn’t emerged too much in the spread.They changed offenses from last year to this year. They went a little more pro, power style last year and now they’re going to a more spread look, throw it around the yard — which they used to do 10 years ago when they had Dan LeFevour and Antonio Brown and that crew here. They were spreading. It led to good things, but then for five or six years, they went to that spread. I think that might play into it, too. There’s going to be growing pains. That might have been evident Week 1 also. I expect Shane Morris to do more good things. He had a cup of coffee at the university of Michigan. It didn’t work out. He’s up here for his senior year. He looked great last week, I can tell you that much.The D.O.: Syracuse wants to improve its run game but has struggled so far. Quarterback Eric Dungey, though, said CMU has a stout defensive line. Can they dictate play?J.L.: Eh, you look at the interceptions and I think that’s the bigger stat. But in their opener against Rhode Island, I don’t think the defense gave up a whole lot of yardage and rushing until the second half when Rhode Island really put it together and was down 21 to come back and tie it. And at Kansas, CMU’s defense played pretty good. I think it’s the same as Syracuse where they haven’t run for a whole lot of yardage. they’ve been throwing it around the yard. The defensive line has played well but the secondary has been the key. Comments Published on September 14, 2017 at 8:26 pm Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | @jtbloss