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first_imgHome Sport GAA Clonaslee force league playoff following big win over Barrowhouse SportGAAGaelic FootballHurling Clonaslee force league playoff following big win over Barrowhouse WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Previous articleLeinster Final Memory: Greatest day of all in 2003Next articleJOB VACANCIES: Oakdale Nursing Home in Portarlington are looking to fill a number of roles Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Pinterest WhatsApp Community By Steven Miller – 20th June 2018 The ongoing troublesome issue of walkovers in the Laois hurling and football leagues raised its head this evening again – after Clonaslee’s big win over Barrowhouse ensure that three teams finished level on points in joint second place in ACFL Division 2.Barrowhouse were seeking their third win in five days but were no match for a Clonaslee side that ran out comfortable 4-10 to 0-5 winners.The result means that Courtwood, Clonaslee and Barrowhouse finish level on 14 points, one behind St Joseph’s who have topped the division.But because Clonaslee were awarded the points from their games against Annanough and Graiguecullen, scoring difference cannot be used.A similar scenario raised its head in Division 1 of the hurling league – in both the relegation and knockout places.In the relegation instance a playoff was ordered by the Laois CCC but it will be interesting to see what decision they come to here as promotion is also an issue.Something similar could play out at the bottom of that division as wins for Annanough over Timahoe or Kilcavan over Park-Ratheniska could leave at least three teams on six points but again scoring difference couldn’t be used because of walkovers.The Clonaslee footballers have an ACFL Division 2 semi-final to look forward to after they recorded a big win over Barrowhouse in the last regular league game for both side.In Division 1A of the hurling league there was a big win for Rathdowney-Errill over Clonad. That result means that Rathdowney-Errill go straight into that final while the semi-final between Rosenallis and Ballinakill will be played this Saturday in the Laois GAA Centre of Excellence.In Division 2 Clough-Ballacolla’s win over Shanahoe means Ballacolla go into the final while Borris-Kilcotton had a 1-15 to 2-11 win over Slieve Bloom but the same sides will have to meet again in the semi-final.The results to hand this evening are:ACHL Division 1AClonad 2-3 Rathdowney-Errill 2-19ACHL Division 2Clough-Ballacolla 3-15 Shanahoe 1-15Mountmellick 1-19 Castletown 1-14ACFL Division 2Barrowhouse 0-5 Clonaslee 4-10ACFL Division 4Camross v Arles-Kilcruise – conceded by Arles-KilcruiseU-17 Hurling LeaguePortlaoise 3-10 Rosenallis 2-16U-13 Football League Division 2 FinalThe Harps 3-3 Camross 2-8U-13 Football League Division 3 Cup Semi FinalStradbally Parish Gaels 4-14 Spink 6-10 Twitter Pinterest Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSLaois GAA Results Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Rugby Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

first_imgAn alliance of solicitor firms is to offer clients a ‘loyalty card’ rewards system in an innovative bid to square up to the threat from big brands entering the legal services market, the Gazette can exclusively reveal. QualitySolicitors.com will launch a loyalty card this month which will enable clients instructing a member firm to earn air miles or accumulate reward points which can be used to purchase further legal services. The organisation, founded earlier this year, comprises more than 150 firms, including recently joined Pannones and Stephensons in the north-west. It is about to relaunch its website with new features, including 24/7 access to a free support service throughout the user’s case and SMS text and online case updates. Chief operating officer Saleem Arif said: ‘People will be able to earn air miles and go on holiday after their divorce or accumulate discounts on repeat and future legal purchases.’last_img read more

first_imgPaul Cozza, ceo of North Carolina State Ports Authority, commented on the out-of-gauge shipment: “This is a unique undertaking for our port because of the complex requirements of the equipment being moved.”Goods moving through the North Carolina State Ports Authority helped to contribute more than USD14 billion in gross revenues for North Carolina businesses in the 2014 fiscal year. Port of Wilmington, North Carolina www.ncports.comwww.newbelgium.comlast_img

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Hon Housing Minister, Reginald AustrieHon Reginald Austrie, Dominica’s Housing Minister for 20 years, says he is angered by criticism of Government’s housing programme.Speaking at a ceremony where 122 economically-challenged families became homeowners, Hon Austrie said the Labour Party government was the first to undertake the task of rehousing Dominica’s less fortunate.“There were governments before this government and the housing conditions in this country were always bad,” he stated citing a report from a housing survey conducted around 1998-1999.“When we got into government, we met a report that 5,000 homes in Dominica were badly in need of repair…We were behind on our housing stock by 10,000 homes.”Minister Austrie emphasized, “It was this government who introduced the Ministry of Housing… This Government recognized that we had to do something about the housing situation.”He addressed the new homeowners with an impassioned account of the DLP Government’s mission to elevate the standard of living for thousands in Dominica.“I have been Housing Minister for 20 years so I can speak firsthand about what I had to deal with. We had people living on dirt floors, people whose houses were covered with trash, people whose houses were made of codfish boxes, people who had 5-7 children in a one-bedroom house, people with no washrooms, no toilets, no water…”Minister Austrie continued, “This is what the Dominica Labour Party met when it came into government. This is what moved this government to institute the Housing Revolution to begin the process…and put some pride and dignity in the lives of the people of this country.”Aside from building homes and renovating homes at no cost to those who could not afford decent housing, interventions also included the Squatter Regularization Programme, reductions in the cost of saleable State land and concessionary financing at the AID Bank and the Government Housing Loans Board for those who could qualify for loans.The DLP Government embarked on the Housing Revolution Programme in 2007 with support from the Venezuelan government through the ALBA agreement established by the now-deceased Hugo Chavez.                                                   Hillsborough Garden, St JosephThe first to be rehoused were the terminally ill, those on public assistance, persons with disabilities, the elderly, single female headed households, and those displaced by fire and disaster.“So when I hear people criticizing this policy, it really turns me off and gets me very, very angry,” Hon Austrie effused.center_img LifestyleLocalNewsPolitics Housing Minister Angered by Criticism of Housing Revolution Programme by: – June 24, 2020 Share 259 Views   one commentlast_img read more

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images Shamrock Rovers have signed Sean Kavanagh from Fulham.The 24-year-old Dubliner returns to his home city, having made 27 first-team appearances during his time at Fulham.He joined the club in 2011 and made his senior debut in a home match against Wolves in August 2014.Kavanagh scored once for the Whites – the winner in a victory at home to Norwich City. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

first_imgThe Ogiek, traditional hunter-gatherers, have been subject to violent evictions from their ancestral homeland in the Mau Forest Complex of western Kenya since the beginning of British colonial rule.The Kenyan government says the evictions are necessary to protect the Mau Forest Complex, an important water catchment.In 2017, after more than 20 years of legal wrangling, the Ogiek won a landmark victory when an international court ruled that the Kenyan government had violated the Ogiek’s right to their ancestral land by evicting them.However, there are signs that the Kenyan government may be backing down from its pledge to abide by the court’s decision. Activists are warning of “an imminent plan” by the government to evict Ogiek from parts of the forest. NAKURU COUNTY, Kenya — Caroline Chepkoeh looked around her idyllic property, perched on a hilltop surrounded by green maize fields as far as the eye can see. A storm front was approaching from the north and the wind swayed the corn stalks and trees alike. The 34-year-old mother of three was bundled up in her winter coat. It’s colder here, she said, and it’s too far to school. Her two youngest children haven’t started nursery school yet because of the distance. “I still have hope that we will return to our land,” she said.Her hope is in the hands of a judge at the High Court of Kenya in Nakuru county, in the highlands of southwestern Kenya. The judge will determine whether Chepkoeh and her family were illegally evicted from their home on the edge of the Mau Forest Complex, the largest montane forest in East Africa. This situation is not uncommon in Chepkoeh’s community; she is an Ogiek, an indigenous group whose members have experienced a dizzying number of evictions from their ancestral homeland in the Mau Forest since the beginning of British colonial rule.Caroline Chepkoeh, 34, an Ogiek mother of three, outside of her home near the Mau Forest Complex in western Kenya. Image by Nathan Siegel for Mongabay.Chepkoeh said she will never forget the most recent eviction. One morning in March, 2016,around 8 a.m., a group of uniformed police officers arrived on her property unannounced, armed with guns. By her account, the police started looting her property and beating her dogs, then doused the houses in gasoline and burned them to the ground. The surrounding community of Isinget, home to some 70 Ogiek families, faced a similar fate. One person was killed during evictions that month and hundreds were made homeless, according to human rights groups. Chepkoeh and her family were fortunate to have another small plot of land in the area to which they could retreat. But they pray that it’s a temporary resettlement. “It was difficult to move to a new place and start from scratch,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgAustralia’s newest airport will be a co-production between airlines and the government company behind the facility that could produce a global showcase for passenger-friendly technology.The greenfields Western Sydney airport is due to open in 2026 and memoranda of understanding between Qantas, Virgin Australia and the airport means the airlines will have a  say in the way it is built.READ: Qantas, American Airlines promise lower fares after joint venture approval. “The insights we’ll gain from working with the airlines help us build an airport that people will love using,” Western Sydney chief executive Graham Millet said.“Australian airlines have long been advocates of Western Sydney gaining its own airport. We look forward to working with them as we deliver jobs and opportunities to the region.”The MoU will see the company building the full-service international facility and the airlines collaborate on a variety of issues including passenger terminal and boarding, airport access, air freight and sustainability.It will also see them working together on technology and innovation opportunities, particularly around baggage handling, security and customer service.Although still seven years away, the new facility is expected to ride a wave of technological change sweeping airports as the aviation industry grapples with ways of boosting efficiency to cope with continuing growth.As Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce noted in a statement announcing the MoU’s: “It’s not often you get to help design an airport from scratch, so we’re really pleased to be part of it.“This a chance to create a great experience for passengers and a high level of efficiency for airlines, which helps us keep fares lower.”Virgin boss Paul Scurrah added: “Western Sydney has the unique opportunity to build a new airport from the ground up to meet the evolving needs of future passengers.“This agreement offers a chance to collaborate early in the planning phase. We’re looking forward to sharing our ideas to help make the airport a great experience and ensure it supports future operational requirements.”New technologies being adopted by the industry include radio frequency Identification (RFID) to better track baggage and the concept of One ID.One ID uses a single biometric identifier such as facial recognition to move passengers throughout the airport without the need to produce physical documents.By the time Western Sydney comes on stream, a passenger should be able to walk through most checks without stopping to produce identification.The exception is likely to be security but even that is expected to be more streamlined than the clunky process passengers endure today.last_img read more

first_imgNew retail technology has evolved exponentially over the past few decades, especially when it comes to analytics. Originally, descriptive analytics was the primary investigative tool used across our industry. These solutions provided only a snapshot of information about past events, often in the form of reports. When the reports were opened, they still required a level of interpretation to determine what—if anything—should be done. The reports did not help to determine the root cause or identify how to solve the finding.Diagnostic analytics came about to answer the “why” for analysts and investigators, using ideas like data mining and data discovery to find correlations in events. From diagnostic, both predictive and prescriptive analytics were born.Predictive analytics used information gathered through diagnostic techniques to make predictions about future outcomes, helping organizations accommodate for these potential events.- Sponsor – Finally, the most recent solution—prescriptive analytics—combines all these ideas to identify opportunities for improvement, and takes the next step, making suggestions designed to remedy these opportunities and capitalize on them. Ensuring corrective action is taken to address the identified problem is what makes prescriptive analytics more effective than a traditional data reporting solution. By automatically turning data into understandable insights and placing them directly into the hands of those who can impact your business, this solution will dramatically help you optimize results.New Retail Technology is Opening DoorsUntil recently, asset protection teams would put exception-based reporting into the hands of a limited number of people within their own department, making their investment one of the best-kept secrets in the company, thus missing out on the true potential to maximize the return on their investment. Furthermore, their data mining or exception-based reporting solution was used in a very limited capacity to identify dishonest behavior.The problem with this strategy is that it virtually eliminates the chance for loss prevention technology solutions to add value in other departments. To combat this, we need to think differently about how we use our loss prevention technology investments, searching for new ways to use old ideas.At a time when the face of retail is changing so rapidly and many companies are cutting expenses in order to either stay competitive or simply survive, it has become critical for every asset protection team to add value throughout the entire organization. I would also stress that senior-level executives do not perceive big organized retail crime (ORC) cases or internal theft investigations as value. Although they may see these results as commendable and even necessary, they don’t see them as adding value. And when the time comes for budget cuts, the number of cases you resolved will hardly be a consideration.In today’s environment, it is critical to offer services the company simply cannot live without. The best way to achieve this is to embed your culture, knowledge, services and technology throughout the entire enterprise. It’s no longer enough to protect profits; it’s time to start thinking about how you can expand them.Increasing ValueIn my previous role, I used a prescriptive analytics solution. We partnered with that particular vendor because they had a progressive view on how data could be used to expand a company’s profitability rather than just catch dishonest associates. In fact, they were also instrumental in helping us extend our technology throughout the entire enterprise. We trained upwards of 700 employees, across all departments, on how to use the solution to enhance the daily functions that fell within their current area of responsibility.Basically, everyone was using the same tool to meet their specific needs. Each user was looking at something completely different than the next. By sharing our loss prevention technology and our expertise, the solution’s value increased exponentially. In addition, the company looked at the department in a different way because we were able to assist them in creating a broad range of successes by targeting their individual requirements and unique challenges.Creative UseDon’t limit yourself by using only POS data. The more data you push through your analytics software, the more uses you will discover. POS data is limited, however, when you add billing, invoicing and inventory data, you have dramatically increased the variety of service you can provide to other departments. Once that has occurred, you can really start to add value that your partners cannot live without. From an investigative standpoint, you will add multiple layers of clarity to what used to be a directional starting point at best.For example, using this combination of data feeds; we offered our analytics to the entire front-end department. The traditional use would be to monitor cashier performance for training concerns as well as dishonesty. By sharing the expanded data, we were also able to help them monitor critical compliance issues and improve customer service. We then offered the loss prevention technology to our merchandising department in order to provide enhanced data designed to maximize shelf space allocation, monitor product specific performance, quickly identify quality issues and sell more merchandise at a profit. Triggers were also established to point out profit erosion and missed sales opportunities.All too often, these decisions are based on emotion rather than factual information. Imagine how the senior executives will perceive your department when you can say your team helped increase sales and that you have processes in place to monitor for any missed opportunities that occur in the future.Your pricing department can also benefit. Automated patterns can quickly identify pricing errors such as product selling below the intended retail or even items selling below cost. You can also help illustrate which promotional strategy was most profitable for a specific item. And why not give the technology to your operations counterparts so they can pinpoint execution deficiencies and then create a more impactful and targeted store visit strategy?Finally, place the software in the hands of your store-level managers. This will allow them to identify areas of opportunity and adjust as their market demands. These are just a few examples, as the possibilities for expansion are limitless.Build a Strong PlanBefore you begin, you will need to educate yourself on which new retail technology is right for you and your organization. What old technology do you currently have, and how can you use it in a different way? What new retail technology will your company benefit from?Selecting your solution provider is a critical step in this process. Failed technology and long implementations can kill your ideas and your reputation. It is important that you select your solution providers carefully. They can make or break a program implementation. I see a lot of buzzwords, such as “prescriptive analytics” and “artificial intelligence” being used across the industry. Although a solution provider might enjoy using the latest and greatest terminology, it is your responsibility to validate that they actually offer the specific services they advertise.Finally, embedding your technology into other departments is not as easy as it may sound. Be aware of the fact that you may be perceived as overstepping your bounds. With that said, take the time to share your information in a manner that promotes partnership and teamwork.As loss prevention technology becomes increasingly useful across all departments within an organization, the opportunity to elevate the importance of your department grows. By capitalizing on basic data that is readily available and using it for purposes outside of the traditional asset protection wheelhouse, you will drive improved results and increase efficiencies in other departments, thus earning respect and adding value across the entire enterprise.This post was originally published in 2016 and was updated August 8, 2017.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Then came a flurry of 3s — two by Daniels, one by Canaan — and Dragan Bender’s two free throws with 1:30 left sliced the Timberwolves’ lead to 80-78. The teams traded baskets before Minnesota scored the final four of the quarter, Crawford’s driving layup sending the Timberwolves into the final quarter leading 86-80.Butler began the fourth with an 18-footer, Gorgui Dieng and Tyus Jones sank 3s and Minnesota led 94-80. The Suns never got closer than five again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Nuggets stop Warriors’ 11-game winning streak MOST READ Andrew Wiggins added 17 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 16 points and 14 rebounds as Northwest Conference-leading Minnesota improved to 20-13, its best 33-game start since going 22-11 in 2004-05.T.J. Warren scored 24 points for the Suns, in their ninth and probably final game before Devin Booker returns from injury. Troy Daniels added 18 for the Suns, including 6 of 12 3-pointers. Isaiah Cannon had 15 points and nine assists off the bench for Phoenix in just his fifth game joining the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Timberwolves, winners of four of five and six of their last eight, led by as many as 16 in the first quarter and 22 in the second. Minnesota was up 64-43 at the break.The Suns, who had won three of four, opened the third quarter with a 22-6 outburst to cut the Minnesota lead to 70-65 on Warren’s driving layup with 5:25 to play. The Timberwolves responded with a 9-2 run, Butler starting it with a three-point play and ending it with a dunk that had the Minnesota up 79-67 with 3:34 left. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Malditas save PH from shutout Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) drives against Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game. APPHOENIX — Jimmy Butler scored 32 points to lead six Minnesota in double figures and the Timberwolves never trailed in a 115-106 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).The Suns cut what had been a 22-point deficit to two in the late third quarter but the Timberwolves used a 12-0 run to end the third and the start the fourth and held Phoenix off from there.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

The Longhorns Are Usually Good At Football And Basketball Now They Stink

Few colleges had more success in the first decade of this century than the University of Texas, whose football and men’s basketball programs regularly brushed shoulders with the nation’s elite. But what’s been happening in recent years has been nothing short of bewildering.With Mack Brown at the helm, the football team won 158 games in 16 seasons, for a win percentage of .767. That span included the Longhorns’ famous undefeated season of 2005, when Vince Young helped defeat USC and win the school’s first undisputed national title in 35 years. On the court, the Rick Barnes-era was the most successful in the school’s history. Barnes won 402 games in 17 seasons, for a win rate of .691, and took the Longhorns to their first Final Four in 56 years. Under Brown and Barnes, who both coached their first game for the Longhorns in 1998, the University of Texas represented dominance and stability. But after the football team fell to 4-5 on the season under Tom Herman last Saturday and with the men’s basketball team set to open its new season on Friday coming off of an 11-22 record last year, it’s the women’s basketball and volleyball teams keeping the Longhorns from total irrelevance.Don’t get us wrong, the Longhorns will survive regardless of what happens to their two largest sports for generating revenue, especially if the women’s hoops team continues to make it to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament. But it’s certainly baffling how much this former juggernaut of football and men’s basketball has declined considering the resources at its disposal to hire top coaches and recruit the best talent. It reportedly cost Texas $19 million to fire Charlie Strong from the top football coaching position and hire Herman from the University of Houston. And the deal to hire current men’s basketball head coach Shaka Smart — who had numerous schools trying to secure his services after taking Virginia Commonwealth, a mid-major, to the Final Four in 2011 — wasn’t cheap either, costing Texas about $22 million over seven years.The regression has been significant: Since Brown and Barnes departed, the football and men’s basketball programs combined to win less than half of their games.1Longhorn football has a .435 win percentage since 2014 while the basketball team has a .470 win percentage since 2015. To give this some context, we compared Texas to some of the other schools that have been consistently competitive in both sports — in other words, not one-sport powers like Kansas (basketball) or Georgia (football). Specifically, we looked at every school that ranked inside the top 50 in all-time wins for both football and men’s basketball and calculated the harmonic mean of their football and men’s basketball Elo ratings since 1988, the earliest we have data for both sports.2We used a harmonic mean instead of a straight average to make sure a team was performing well (or poorly) in both sports at the same time. This allows us to see how these teams compare in the combined success of their two biggest programs. UT’s decline has been rapid and, for Longhorns fans, the results will be depressing. 201421.58816.462 201327.68616.615 The basketball program’s recruitment problem hasn’t been attracting top talent — the Longhorns have produced several NBA stars in recent years, including Avery Bradley, Tristan Thompson and, most recently, Myles Turner. Instead the Longhorns have failed to translate their NBA-caliber talent into postseason success — the Longhorns have failed to make the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament since 2008.But things may finally be turning around. After its rough recruiting class in 2017 — which was disrupted by the firing of Strong and hiring of Herman — the football team has rebounded to secure 16 commitments from the ESPN Top 300 so far for the 2018 class and is No. 2 in team rankings. And Smart has the basketball team ranked No. 12 as of Thursday, which is impressive considering that the school is coming off its worst season in decades. Smart’s class could improve after the early signing period, which is happening now. The Longhorns are in the hunt for No. 7 Keldon Johnson and No. 13 Quentin Grimes. 20176?33.444 RECRUITING CLASSTEAM RANKWIN PCT.TEAM RANKWIN PCT. 201515.6069.417 20114.5885.615 BASKETBALLFOOTBALL 20094.7063.929 *2018 basketball team rank as of Nov. 9, 2017; 2018 football team rank as of Nov. 8, 2017**For basketball, the year of a recruiting class is for freshmen whose first season begins that fallSource: ESPN Currently, only Missouri ranks worse than Texas, and Missouri’s problems in and away from the sports world have been well documented (sorry to drag you into this, Mizzou fans). For more context, Wisconsin is currently the best two-sport school.3Greg Gard took the men’s basketball team to the Sweet 16 last season, and Paul Chryst’s football team is currently 9-0 and ranked No.8 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Based on this measure, it’s fair to say that the Longhorns are in the midst of one of their worst stretches in almost 30 years.On the football side, the problem can be traced to recruitment. Between 2009 and 2012, Texas registered four consecutive top-5 recruiting classes, according to ESPN’s team rankings. In the next five years: zero. Last season, they ranked No. 33. Think about that for a second: The University of Texas with the 33rd-best crop of freshman football talent. The turnover from Brown to Strong to Herman is certainly a factor here. Since NCAA rules stipulate that football players must stay in school for three years, talented high-school players seek stability — not knowing who your head coach will be next year can be the difference between a top recruit committing to your program and going elsewhere.But another disconcerting thing about the Longhorns’ recent dip in recruitment is that Texas plays in the epicenter of high school football — no state produced more recruits in ESPN’s Top 300 rankings in 2016, and only Florida produced more in 2017. But recently, it has lost its hold on the best prospects from within its own borders. As a result, the top Texas high school recruits are increasingly looking outside of the state. Among the top 30 recruits in Texas in 2017, LSU was the most popular destination (five players chose to go to Baton Rouge, compared with the three who picked Austin). 20124.4713.692 Texas is finding its way back onto the recruiting mapUniversity of Texas men’s basketball and football recruiting class ranks 201812?2? 20108.7782.417 201611.33310.417 Although the school has been rocked by huge personnel turnover over the past four years, there’s a little light on the horizon. The football team has three games remaining on its schedule and is just one win away from being bowl eligible, so Herman’s team could end another tough year on a positive note (Granted, Texas’s boosters won’t be doing backflips over a trip to the Cactus Bowl — but it’s something.) As for Smart and the basketball team, they’re resting their hopes on freshman center Mohamed Bamba, who is ranked No. 4 among incoming freshmen by ESPN heading into the new season. With a fresh start kicking off Friday, Smart will be looking to take his team back to the NCAA Tournament. read more