Coronavirus school closures bring Jim Tate’s Hall of Fame coaching career to abrupt end – AL.com

Jim Tate knew his Hall of Fame coaching career was coming to an end this spring.

It just came to a halt much quicker than anyone expected.

Tate’s boys and girls teams at Mobile’s St. Paul’s Episcopal School claimed 102 separate AHSAA team championships in track and cross country in his 42 years.

The mandated school closure due to the coronavirus pandemic took away a chance to increase that number this spring.

Tate officially announced his retirement from coaching in January.

“After 52 years overall, I certainly would have wished it could have gone another way, but it just wasn’t meant to be,” he said this week. “You just have to accept it and move on.”

Tate’s career ended almost three months before it normally would have.

“We lost the St. Paul’s relays on March 14,” he said. “We were notified on the 13th that we couldn’t have it. It just escalated from there and now we know we’ve lost the whole season.”

The Outdoor State Track and Field Meets were originally scheduled for April 30-May 2 in Gulf Shores and Cullman. However, Gov. Kay Ivey’s announcement last week that schools would remain closed for the duration of the academic year ended the possibility of high school spring sports returning.

“When the Governor made her announcement last Thursday that she was closing all public schools, I went ahead and emailed the group I work with – the parents, kids and coaches,” Tate said. “I think it hit me then that I had overseen my last practice and coached in my last meet. It was a reality I knew was coming, but the suddenness was clearly unexpected. I got a little emotional and still am, but life goes on. We just have to roll with the punches.”

The St. Paul’s girls teams hold the outdoor record with 25 state titles, including nine in a row from 1989-1997. The boys are second only to rival UMS-Wright with 17 overall outdoor titles. They won five straight from 1992-1996. And those are just Tate’s outdoor team titles. Tate’s girls cross country teams from 1983-1998 famously still hold a national record for most consecutive state titles at 16.

“I feel like I’ve been extremely blessed to have been able to do something I’ve loved and looked forward to every day for 52 years,” he said. “I got to see kids come in after school at 3 p.m. with a smile on their face and do their dead level best to do what I asked them to do in the way I asked them to do it. I will miss that.

“If there is a legacy to what I’ve done, I hope people will say that I was passionate about what I was doing and that I treated everyone fairly.”

Tate already has been inducted into multiple halls of fame, including the NFHS High School Hall of Fame, the AHSAA Athletic Hall of Fame and the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame. AHSAA executive director Steve Savarese has said Tate is what every coach should aspire to be.

“He has led by example,” Savarese said. “He is a great teacher, a great human being, and he made a difference in so many kids’ lives through the sport he loves. He is truly a shining star in the education profession.”

Tate said he is particularly sympathetic for the seniors on his final team.

“I had three or four who had been with me six years,” he said. “They trained every day to be as good as they can be, and I just hate it for them.”

Though he said he first thought the decision to halt athletics early in March might have been premature, he now realizes it was the correct move. It is one that he said won’t mar the end to a distinguished career.

“All things have to come to an end,” he said. “I’m just fortunate that I’ve had a wonderful experience all these years.”

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Motivation, provenance of disinformation is pivotal in news reporting | Stanford News – Stanford Report

Journalists must understand provenance, motivation when reporting disinformation, Stanford researchers urge

Two Stanford scholars discuss strategies for reporters and editors to write about disinformation, leaked material and propaganda in a responsible and timely way.

When confronted with propaganda, disinformation or hacks, journalists face a conundrum: How do they cover the newsworthiness of the story without amplifying extreme or dangerous views?

Andrew Grotto and Janine Zacharia

Scholars Janine Zacharia and Andrew Grotto have written a guide for newsrooms on how to report hacks and disinformation responsibly. (Image credit: Geri Migielicz and Rod Searcey)

To help reporters and editors with this dilemma, two Stanford scholars have created a step-by-step guide that newsrooms can turn to about how to write about these campaigns in a responsible and timely way.

Here, its authors, Janine Zacharia, a seasoned journalist with over two decades of field experience, and Andrew Grotto, a former senior director for cybersecurity policy at the White House, talk about strategies news organizations can take when writing their next story about false, misleading or hacked information.

Zacharia is the Carlos Kelly McClatchy Lecturer in the Department of Communication at the School of Humanities and Sciences. Zacharia has worked for outlets including the Washington Post, Bloomberg News and Reuters. In addition to teaching journalism at Stanford, she researches and writes on the intersection between technology and national security, media trends and foreign policy.

Grotto is director of the Program on Geopolitics, Technology and Governance and the William J. Perry International Security Fellow at Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center. He is also a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. He served as the senior director for Cyber Policy on the National Security Council in both the Obama and the Trump White House.

Zacharia and Grotto are part of the Center for International Security and Cooperation’s Information Warfare Working Group that discusses and provides recommendations for combatting disinformation. Their guide came out of this effort.

What inspired you to come up with these specific recommendations for journalists?

Zacharia: Journalists are grappling with the conundrum of how to cover stories involving propaganda without giving oxygen to the false or misleading content that underlies it. It is one of the signature ethical challenges facing contemporary journalism, with implications for not only the profession but for the quality and durability of democratic discourse. Though the problem is widely recognized among reporters, there is an unmet need within the profession for leadership.

 

What is one thing you hope journalists will learn from the guide?

Zacharia: To recognize that they are targets for propaganda campaigns and to focus on the “why” of a story, not only the “what.” The details of the next hack, for example, could be juicy and reporters will be anxious to beat the competition. They need to pause and try to be first, responsibly. We also want news organizations – the businesses that employ and manage journalists – to understand that the recommendations we put forward are not self-executing and that journalists will be hard-pressed to implement them unless they get a strong and clear signal from the leadership at their news organizations.

How did you devise these ten recommendations?

Zacharia: We were inspired by what we were discussing in our Stanford Information Warfare Working Group, which enabled us to understand the psychology of how people receive information that is false but still accords with their beliefs. Our deep dive into how Russia, in 2016, manipulated the media gave urgency to the project. Blending that with an understanding of the fundamentals of journalism helped us come up with a preliminary list of recommendations, which we continued to revise over the past six months after consulting with more experts and reporters.

Is there anything you hope readers/news consumers can also learn from these guidelines?

Zacharia: An appreciation for the tensions that news organizations face between being first to report and upholding ethical standards. A deeper understanding of how credible fact-based journalism works. Readers of the report can also urge leadership from news organizations, especially the majors, in this realm.

What is the difference between disinformation, hacks and propaganda? And what do they share in common? 

Grotto: There are subtle but important differences among these terms. Disinformation, for example, is false information purposefully distributed to deceive, whereas a hack involves breaking into a computer and stealing information. The stolen information may then be leaked to embarrass the victim of the theft. A common thread, though, is that the provenance of the information – who’s behind it and what are their motivations? – is critical context for interpreting the information.

How is reporting on these types of campaigns different from covering information that came through Wikileaks or a government whistleblower releasing documents?

Grotto: They present different challenges, but the principles for reporting on them are the same. For example, the provenance of the information is key context regardless of whether it’s a disinformation campaign or leaked documents.

 

As you point out in the guide’s introduction, there are recommendations from other organizations about responsible reporting. What did you feel was missing from the existing literature? What makes your guide unique?

Grotto: We emphasize implementation – how a news organization can bake best practices into their workflows. We also present a streamlined playbook that represents a distillation of what we view as emerging consensus recommendations along with our own insights based on consultations with reporters, editors and researchers in psychology, social science and other disciplines.

What inspired you to partner with each other on this guide?

Zacharia: Andy was part of the White House team dealing with election security in 2016 so he had a rare perspective from the inside as Russia’s attempts to manipulate our democracy were unfolding. He also has expertise in how organizations absorb change and recommendations. It was an extraordinary opportunity for me to marry my journalism experience with his background and try to come up with a way to help the news organizations that play such an important role in our democracy.

Grotto: Her contributions to the Stanford Information Warfare Working Group that we are both members of were consistently incisive and spot on. Her background as a journalist also obviously gives her unique insight into the profession. And the fact that she commands the respect of her peers makes her an influential voice in these debates.

UHH goes full speed ahead in coaching searches – Hawaii Tribune Herald

In this ever-worsening job market, UH-Hilo athletics is hiring.

Vulcans athletic director Pat Guillen said he plans to interview the three finalists for the women’s volleyball coaching position Tuesday, and hopes “to make an announcement (on a selection) by the end of the week.”

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Guillen said interim coach Chris Leonard reapplied for the position when it reopened in January, but he declined to say whether Leonard remains under consideration. In his first season at the helm of one of UHH’s premier programs, Leonard led the Vuls to their first NCAA regional postseason appearance since 2011 and a second-place finish in the Pacific West Conference.

As for the vacancy atop the school’s marquee program, men’s basketball, Guillen’s goal is to find a replacement for GE Coleman by May 1. The position is open through Thursday.

It was announced March 3 that Coleman wouldn’t be retained. Guillen, obviously, couldn’t have foreseen that the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak would prompt several states, including Hawaii, to shut down, but he doesn’t expect the pandemic to hinder the hiring process.

“This is the first coaching search we’ve done where the applications are online,” Guillen said. “We could have anywhere between 150 to 200 applications. It’s unbelievable the amount of emails I’ve gotten. There are a lot of people who haven’t emailed me and just have gone directly to the online application.”

The coronavirus appears to have triggered a buyer’s market for ADs. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, only UHH, Humboldt State, Holy Names and Colorado Christian have openings among Division II schools in the West. There are no jobs currently open among Power 5 schools and just 17 in Division I. On average, there were 52 D-I openings per year the past decade.

The uncertain climate does increase Guillen’s sense of urgency.

“The general assumption is that things are closing down and locking down,” Guillen said. “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve got to ratchet it up and get someone in here as soon as possible.”

UHH was already the most isolated program in the country before travel restrictions were taken into consideration, but a university spokesperson pointed out that all interviews are done by Skype or phone.

The eventual hire inherits a program that hasn’t reached the Pacific West Conference playoffs in seven tries and hasn’t secured a winning record since 2011.

“The new coach is going to inject the program with energy, talent and direction,” Guillen said. “Fresh ideas. I think it’s going to be a new day for men’s basketball.”

While geography, finances and UHH’s public-school status in a predominant private-school conference are drawbacks to some, Guillen said the job sells itself because of the community.

“I can tell the coaches we have an incredible community that is very supportive of basketball, and I’m not just saying that,” he said. “When I go to meetings on the mainland, ADs of other schools will tell me how impressed their coaches are by the support we get here.

“The aloha spirit, I’m somebody who thought I knew what it was before I came here, but you don’t know what it is before you have a chance to live here and interact with people in this community. I say that from the bottom of my heart.

“If we get the right person for the job,” Guillen said, “and I’m very confident that we will, that same selling point is one the coach will give to prospective student-athletes.”

Also

• By April 1, Guillen has asked his spring sport coaches to give him a list of seniors who plan to return next season. Because the outbreak cut their seasons short, the NCAA announced all student-athletes in spring sports (at UHH: baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis) may ask for a waiver to retain year of eligibility.

“Some of our programs already have commitments and planned on these seniors graduating,” he said “Scholarships have already been committed to (incoming) freshman, so those are scholarship dollars where we’re going to have to figure out something.”

• It is too early to tell, Guillen said, just how big a chunk the pandemic will take from the school’s athletic budget from the state.

“I’m sure there is going to be lost funding, I just don’t know how much it’s going to be,” he said.

Guillen and Kula Oda, associate athletic director, have already worked through “worst-case scenarios.”

• Guillen said he wasn’t caught off guard Monday that Notre Dame de Namur dropped it athletic programs, leaving the PacWest with 11 members.

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Citing unsustainable enrollment decline and declining revenue, the school didn’t commit being open to beyond the spring of 2021.

“This had nothing to do with the virus,” Guillen said.

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Interview: Remi Gauvin on Cancelled Races, Motivation & More Time at Home – Pinkbike.com

Remi Gauvin was set to be in Colombia this week for the first round of the Enduro World Series, initially planned for March 28th. Instead, he and fellow enduro racers around the world are stuck in limbo at home, not sure when their season will kick off. We reached out to Gauvin to see what his initial thoughts were when he found out about the race cancellations, his plans for filling his extra time at home, and how he’s staying motivated.


How were you feeling coming into the 2020 season?

I was feeling pretty damn good. We have had a pretty good winter for riding on coastal BC and my training has been consistent for a majority of the winter and had been ramping up in the weeks leading up to peak for Round 1. We were able to get lots of bike time in Squamish in the last few weeks which allowed us to get the new bike and suspension dialled in and I was looking forward to heading to the races!

What were your first thoughts when you heard that the first two rounds of the EWS are canceled?

At that time just a few weeks ago it was still early days and news of events being cancelled around the world were just being released. So it did come as a surprise when we found out that the first rounds had been postponed until November. My second thought was that I can’t just keep training at the pace I was leading into Round 1. Building the fitness leading into a peak can take a lot of energy and is not sustainable for a long period of time.

And now with the third round in Olargues being postponed?

I guess the fact that we are now tentatively racing in July means that we are now essentially back to being deep in our off-season. Which means there is a lot of time to prepare…

What are you going to be doing instead of racing in the next couple of weeks?

I am probably going to take it easy for the next little bit. At the moment it’s best to stay at home as much as possible. We are lucky to be able to continue to ride our bikes in Squamish. I think now is a great time to work on my own on-bike deficiencies that I might not have had time to address before the first races. Right after we heard that round 1 and 2 were postponed I decided to use some time to work on my van project with my dad. Something that I wouldn’t have felt I had the time for if we were headed to the races.

How are you staying motivated not knowing when the first race will be?

Motivation is definitely lower than it was before all of this, but at the moment I think that it’s a good opportunity to allow and be okay with that fact. In a situation like this, I think it’s pretty normal and good for the mental health to allow these motivational low’s to ride themselves out rather than force your way out of them. For me personally, I usually come out the other end more motivated than ever.

What has and hasn’t changed with your training?

For now, I think we will take a more maintenance focused approach than trying to build a ton of new fitness with no solid end goal. At least for the next few weeks. The next few weeks will be telling for what the next few months might have in store for us.

How are you dealing with changing flights and accommodations?

Luckily my team deals with all of that for me. It’s a nightmare I’m sure.

What are you doing to protect yourself from getting the virus?

Staying away from people as much as possible. Staying home mostly only going out to ride or get the necessities. Riding only riding with the people I am already exposed to like my girlfriend and roommates. I personally, am not too worried about getting it but I will do my part not to be a spreader, and staying healthy is always a positive.