Urban Meyer’s New Ohio State Job Title Revealed

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer clapping before an Ohio State football game.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is sticking around Columbus after he finishes up as head coach of Ohio State football with the upcoming Pro Bowl.Details of his new role have been coming little by little.On Thursday, it was revealed that Meyer would be teaching a class on “character and leadership” at Ohio State. As you’d imagine, considering what has gone down with Meyer this year with the Zach Smith situation, it has drawn serious derision.He will also have a role in the athletic department, and not just helping out his football program.Urban Meyer will be an assistant athletic director, and Gene Smith has started to outline what he’ll be doing for the Buckeyes’ AD.From The Plain Dealer:Smith told cleveland.com that Meyer will hold the title of assistant athletic director, though he’s not yet sure of the specifics. He also explained how he might handle things if he feels Meyer is hanging around football in a way that could make life more difficult on new head coach Ryan Day.While his official duties are being nailed down, Smith says that he will be aiding in coach development and fundraising roles:Smith said Meyer will work to develop Ohio State’s other coaches. There are 68 assistant coaches across 36 sports, and they all want to be head coaches. While running the football program, Meyer oversaw a de facto head coach finishing school that was praised by Tom Herman, Chris Ash and Luke Fickell as they went to run their own teams. So Meyer can now spread that to other sports.Smith said Meyer will help in raising money. He’ll do speaking engagements on behalf of the athletic program. He’ll spend time with the athletic department’s leadership institute. Meyer said this week he’ll teach a leadership class.Those definitely seem like logical things for Meyer to be doing while he’s still at Ohio State. Smith also made sure to note that Meyer would not be micromanaging his successor, Ryan Day.Time will tell if it is a long term plan for Meyer, or if he will eventually return to coaching, as many suspect.[The Plain Dealer]last_img read more

UN calls on governments to improve data on how children are treated

In a new report, the third “Follow-up to the special session of the General Assembly on children” of May 2002, he says: “Of the 190 countries that adopted ‘A world fit for children,’ at least 172, subsequently joined by Timor-Leste, have now taken or foresee taking action to operationalize its goals. Of those, some 114 have opted for national plans of action or policies specifically for children, while others have incorporated the goals, to a greater or lesser extent, in macroplanning or sectoral planning instruments.””Many of the plans of action, however, have yet to fully develop linkages to national budgeting, implementation and monitoring mechanisms,” he adds.Greater emphasis should be placed on generating and using data that is disaggregated by gender, location and other key variables so as to address disparities and support local follow-up actions, he says. “In most cases, the generation of data to support programmes specifically oriented to disadvantaged families and children remains a challenge.”A special governmental innovation has been the recognition of children and young people as a major constituency, in addition to their involvement in many government-led decision-making processes, he says. Those trends have also increased the need for adequate support and standards for the continued participation of children in progress reviews.Building on the efforts already made by governments, regular reporting to the public on progress towards the September 2000 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the reinforcing targets of the special session’s “A world fit for children” would be an important means of social mobilization for development and a way to strengthen accountability, he says.In addition, civil society and community groups could be helped to generate information in specific areas, such as on the protection and care of those children orphaned by AIDS, the report says. read more