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  • From walk-on to Carroll’s assistant: Ben Malcolmson tells his story

    first_imgBen Malcolmson, former USC football walk-on and current special assistant to Pete Carroll at the Seattle Seahawks, signed copies of his recently published book, “Walk On,” Friday at the USC bookstore. (Photo courtesy of Scot Obler)Ben Malcolmson was just searching for a good story to write for the Daily Trojan when he found himself on the roster of the top-ranked college football team in the country. Now, 12 years later, he still sits next to former USC coach Pete Carroll as his special assistant at the Seattle Seahawks. After covering the USC football team for three years for the student paper, Malcolmson decided to try out as a walk-on in Spring 2006 to get an inside look at the process for his Daily Trojan column. Two days later, he got a call: He made the team. “It was a golden opportunity, and I couldn’t pass it up. The door was wide open. I had to do it,” Malcolmson said. “[My options were] newspaper career or football for one year. [I said], ‘Let’s go for it. It’s a risk worth taking.’”He hadn’t played organized football since his Pee Wee days, but in the fall he suited up as redshirt senior No. 24 on the sideline of the Coliseum. He enrolled in graduate school for journalism to stretch his eligibility.Following a whole season of showing up to practice and overcoming a shoulder injury, Malcolmson finally received the moment he was waiting for from Carroll. No. 24 took the field against Notre Dame at the Coliseum on Nov. 25, 2006 for the very last snap before beating the Irish 44-24. “It was so surreal. I couldn’t even process things,” Malcolmson said, while reflecting on the play. “It felt like one of those movie scenes where you’re kind of removed from the situation. It’s hard to fathom even right now.” As powerful as that moment was for him, Malcomson knew he was involved in a greater spiritual purpose after getting the call that he made the team. He tried bringing Bible studies and prayer groups to the team but felt discouraged when these failed. As his final attempt, he anonymously gifted everyone on the team a Bible for Christmas, but he walked in the locker room one day to find them strewn all over the floor and thrown in trash cans. Malcolmson did not know the impact that he actually had on his team until he saw one of the Bibles on the coffin of his former teammate and friend, Mario Danelo, who passed away after falling off a cliff, as it was carried down the aisle just a few years later. It turned out that he didn’t know how to read a Bible, but he’d learned to just three days before his death. When the season ended, Carroll started a media website for updates on the football team.“It was just the right place at the right time,” Malcolmson said.Malcolmson commented on Carroll’s intentional relationships he built with everyone around him at USC and of the media, even just a student reporter like himself. With that mutual trust already established between them, he went to work on the USC football website. “It was like Twitter before Twitter,” Malcolmson said. “We had this blog that we updated like 15 times a day, so people just kept coming back to it. [It] was about bringing people on the inside.”They continued working closely, and soon enough the bond that would last more than 14 years started forming. Carroll moved to Seattle and quickly asked Malcolmson to come up and do the same job he was doing with him at USC. He went, and transitioned to helping Carroll with whatever he needed. “Through [the work we did at USC], we developed such a good relationship because I was at his hip the whole time,” Malcolmson said. “And here we are, nine years later, still up in Seattle.”On Friday, Malcolmson came back to USC and sat behind a table in front of the campus bookstore, signing copies of his recently published book, “Walk On.” He hugged the friends that came to support, wearing shirts that said “Get Ben In” with the number 24 on the back — replicas of what some students wore during his season to show their support —and passed them out to the line of people. Scot Obler, his old friend and photographer took pictures of Malcolmson talking to little kids with wide eyes and bouncy feet, excited to meet someone they admired.The cover of his book reads, “From Pee Wee dropout to the NFL sidelines — my unlikely story of football, purpose, and following an amazing God.” It’s his raw story that he brings to people as a published author and inspirational speaker who has lived and learned from arguably one of the best coaches in all levels of football. He couldn’t have guessed back in 2006 that this would be where he is now. “This whole journey has taught me, [to take life] just one day at a time,” Malcomson said. “Whatever’s coming next is going to be amazing and far better than I can plan myself.”last_img read more

  • Kiren Rijiju: India should be in top 10 medals tally by 2028 Olympics

    first_img First Published: 11th October, 2019 14:57 IST Last Updated: 11th October, 2019 14:57 IST Kiren Rijiju: India Should Be In Top 10 Medals Tally By 2028 Olympics Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports urged the private sector and industry to play an active role in promoting fitness in the country. Jatin Malu LIVE TV Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, urged the private sector to play an active role in promoting fitness in the country. He said that all the nations who are sporting power, have the sports culture there, and playing games comes naturally to their citizens and children but in India, this was not true. Now the time has come to change. He also said that desired results can’t be achieved without developing a positive and conducive sports culture. “Sporting culture has to become a way of life. India is aspiring to be a global leader, and we are already doing well in the economy, politically, and spiritually. India’s rise will be complete and further consolidated if we become a sports power,” Rijiju was quoted as saying by PTI. ALSO, READ | Furious Pakistan Fan Punches Sarfaraz’s Cut-out, Snaps Its ‘head’ OffRijiju said that 1.3 billion people of the country are its strength. So far, the primary concern of the family has been the financial security of the children, and hence the sports was not being encouraged. But now, changes are taking place. These can’t be achieved overnight. ALSO, READ | Sachin Tendulkar Gives Suggestions To Revive Mumbai’s Cricket GloryHe also stressed on the need to change our outlook. He said that the sports ministry is doing the needful to provide world-class facilities to the athletes. Rijiju also appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ‘Fit India Movement’ which the PM launched on the occasion of National Sports Day. He said how well the movement was received by the people.ALSO, READ | Yuzvendra Chahal Wishes Virat Kohli As He ‘hits 50’ As A SkipperEmphasis on fitness and sports:He also spoke about emphasis on fitness and sports. The sports minister said that we have to move from curative to preventive mentality, and fitness leads to prevention to a number of disorders and diseases. The World community is looking forward to India, and the government, as well as the industry, has to play a pro-active role in it. We have to take a fitness programme forward to all the parts of the country.Thinking aloud, he stated why should the country be settling for a few medals in international events. He said when India celebrates its 75th year of independence in 2022, the country should be fit. “2020 Olympics is too near but by 2024 or in 2028, India should be in top 10 in the medals tally. It is our target. If India cannot do this, I will feel my becoming Sports Minister is of no use,” Rijiju concluded.ALSO, READ | Steve Smith Out For Duck At The Gabba, Netizens Call It A Net Session WATCH US LIVEcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more

  • Grayson Allen ejected from Summer League game after two flagrant fouls on Grant Williams

    first_imgGrayson Allen found himself back in the spotlight Thursday night in Las Vegas — for all the wrong reasons.The Grizzlies guard, who was sent to Memphis as part of the Mike Conley trade, was ejected in the fourth quarter of his team’s NBA Summer League game against the Celtics after committing two flagrant fouls on Boston rookie Grant Williams. Allen seemed to take exception to multiple (legal) screens set by Williams, and he retaliated with a couple cheap shots aimed at Williams’ head. SUMMER LEAGUE: How to watch every game in Las Vegas Allen left the Thomas and Mack Center with a confused look on his face, but there really isn’t any controversy here. The contact was unnecessary on both plays. (By the way, these two flagrant fouls happened in an eight-second span of game time.)Grayson Allen’s first flagrant, for those asking pic.twitter.com/KO9vgPGaSX— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) July 12, 2019Grayson Allen gets his 2nd flagrant in about 3 minutes and gets ejected and Dan Dakich is fed the hell up pic.twitter.com/SY5sEXX6fc— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) July 12, 2019The ejection will surely conjure up memories of Allen’s infamous tripping incidents at Duke. For a player attempting to prove he has matured and can contribute in the NBA, this was a silly move.Unless Allen can control his emotions, he won’t be logging many minutes for the Grizzlies this season. That’s good news for opposing players who don’t want to get hurt.last_img read more

  • Police closing in on Vipers’ Henry Katongole

    first_imgKatongole signed for Vipers in the summerKAMPALA – Police FC are understood to be in negotiations over signing Vipers’ defender Henry Katongole.Sources close to the two clubs confirm that they are in talks over a potential loan deal that will see Katongole join the Lugogo based side until the end of the current season.Katongole has not featured for the Venoms since moving from SC Villa in the summer.Despite signing a two year deal at Kitende, the defender clashed with former Venoms’ tactician Javier Martinez, who froze him (Katongole) out of the picture.After Martinez’s departure, Katongole was recalled to the first team and has been training but with Livingstone Mulondo, Geoffrey Wasswa, Bashir Asiku, Ibrahim Kiyemba and Halid Lwaliwa all fit, it will be difficult for Katongole to get get the desired playing time hence a move to Police looking most likely.Police have been dreadful at the back, conceding a League high, 26 goals so far including 5 in a single game away to KCCA FC.With his experience, Katongole would indeed be the short time solution for the Cops’ woes.Comments Tags: Henry KatongoleJavier Martinez Espinosapolice fctopvipers sclast_img read more