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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 12:40 PM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 12:40 PM
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly now knows the correct wording: The most popular piece of jewelry in Miami right now is called the Turnover Chain, not Takeaway Chain as he called it earlier this week.
Kelly doesn't care what it's named.
He just doesn't want to see the thing.
Part of the reason why No. 3 Notre Dame (8-1, No. 3 CFP) is in the national championship race is that it has turned the ball over only seven times this season. And part of why No. 7 Miami (8-0, No. 7 CFP) is in the title chase is because the Hurricanes have been among the best at getting takeaways — and handing out their infamous chain as the prize to the player who gets that turnover.
That's just one of countless subplots that will be part of the Irish-Hurricanes matchup on Saturday night, a game where the winner might emerge looking like a true contender for the national championship. And if the Turnover Chain stays in its case on the Miami sideline, that's going to be a plus for Notre Dame.
"Listen, in big games like this defense wins the game," Notre Dame linebacker Drue Tranquill said. "So whoever plays better defense on Saturday is going to win the game."
This is the fourth time in the last seven seasons that Notre Dame and Miami have played, though none of the last three meetings carried any of the significance of this matchup. Miami is looking to extend the nation's longest current winning streak to 14 games — its last loss was to the Irish last season — and this game is the most difficult that Notre Dame has left on its regular-season schedule.
It's not a national quarterfinal, since no such thing exists. But only the winner on Saturday will keep realistic hopes of making that four-team CFP field.
"It's really cool," Notre Dame offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey said. "This week is kind of like, it's old-fashioned. It's both where these programs should be. It's what college football wants and in some ways it's what it needs."
This is the first time the teams will play with both ranked since 1990 — and has awakened tons of memories of great games from the past. And this season, replete with Notre Dame erasing the sting of last year's 4-8 mark and Miami energizing its fan base with both the winning and the swagger that comes from things like turnover chains, has given both programs reason to celebrate again.
"It means a ton," Hurricanes wide receiver Braxton Berrios said. "Miami might not be exactly where we want it to be yet, but we're on that path. Especially as seniors who've been here and been through a lot of these things. It feels great to start this path, and start this tradition, and lay this foundation for all the generations to come."
Not everyone is blown away by rivalry talk.
Notre Dame running back Josh Adams seemed more than a little underwhelmed when he faced the Hurricanes last season.
"They say it was a rivalry but just felt like another game," Adams said. "Maybe it's because I'm young. I was born in '96 so I don't know much about the whole rivalry thing. But I don't know, it just felt like another game."
Here's some of what to know going into Saturday:
ELITE MATCHUP: The teams are a combined 16-1 this season. Only three other Notre Dame-Miami matchups have happened where the teams entered with better combined marks — they were 7-0 in 1980 (Miami 4-0, Notre Dame 3-0), 9-0 in 1988 (Notre Dame 5-0, Miami 4-0) and 20-1 in 1989 (Notre Dame 11-0, Miami 9-1). It's also the fourth time the teams will square off with both ranked No. 7 or better, joining games in 1988, 1989 and 1990.
THE COACHES: Among active FBS coaches, Miami coach Mark Richt's career winning percentage (.747) ranks seventh, and Kelly's (.726) ranks ninth. Against AP Top 25 teams, Kelly's percentage (.548) is seventh and Richt's (.526) is ninth.
ADAMS WATCH: Adams is 41 yards from becoming the sixth Notre Dame back to run for 3,000 yards. He's averaging 8.7 yards per carry, which would smash a Notre Dame single-season record that has stood for nearly a century. George Gipp averaged 8.1 per carry for the Irish in 1920.
BALLHAWKERS: Miami has more players with an interception this year (eight players, 13 picks) than it had interceptions last year (seven, by six players).
RIVALRY HALTS: Unless they meet in a bowl game, this is the last Miami-Notre Dame matchup until the Hurricanes go to South Bend in 2024.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:41 PM
DAYTON — Premier Health's decision to close Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton by the end of the year will stress the city fire department's emergency transport system, but the issue will be regional issue in terms of emergency medical service response and transport, Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne said.
"It will leave a little bit of a void in coverage for emergency rooms we can transport to," he said of the Dayton Fire Department, but "we should still be able to get patients to the hospital within five minutes or so, for the most part."
The closing of Good Samaritan will mean longer transport times, which will stress the Dayton Fire Department's system, the chief said, noting, "this could be problematic, but I think it's something we can handle."
The protocols -- official procedures or a system of rules under which all hospitals and fire departments operate -- call for taking patients to the closest hospital.
Payne said, "The most important message we need the public to understand is that regardless of which hospital you go to ... whether it's Miami Valley, Kettering, Grandview, the VA , Wright-Patt, they all operate under the same protocols to make sure you get swift, efficient and effective patient care."
He warned that the void left by the hospital's closing will be a regional issue, not just a city of Dayton issue, in terms of EMS response and transport because there are a number of fire departments that normally transport to Good Samaritan Hospital.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:27 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Spc. Trevor Nichols, a soldier from Clark County, is missing from Fort Drum, N.Y., and a national organization is asking for the public's help in finding him.
"I see absolutely nothing that says foul play" or suicide, Brenda Paradise, a private investigator who volunteers for Guardian Search and Investigations.
That organization issued a press release Thursday about Spc. Nichols, 24, of Tremont City, was was last seen Nov. 17, according to Guardian Search and Investigations.
The watertowndailytimes.com is reporting that the specialist left without his driver’s license, military ID card or his cell phone and has not had any contact with his family since being missing.
Julie A. Halpin, Fort Drum spokeswoman, told the news organization that Spc. Nichols was a soldier with the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team as of November. He was listed as absent without leave on Nov. 15 and his status was updated to deserter on Dec. 18.
Paradise, in an interview with whio.com tonight, said the specialist was in basic training in 2012, has served a tour in Afghanistan and just returned from a tour in Iraq last May.
Spc. Nichols is estranged from his wife and they have a son who is just shy of 2 years old, Paradise said. She was living on base with the specialist until recently, Paradise said.
Paradise said the military was transitioning him farther away from his son, and that may have affected the specialist.
The soldier's mother, Erin Nichols, also has filed a missing person's report through the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
"I can't even imagine where he would have gone," she said in a phone call Thursday night.
Mrs. Nichols said her son, the youngest of three boys who grew up in Enon and joined the Army right out of Enon High School, was to report to Fort Riley, Kansas, on Dec. 7.
She said she also believes that transfer has something to do with her son being missing.
Mrs. Nichols said she last spoke with him by phone on Nov. 14, the day he was trying to move his estranged wife's belongings to storage.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM
FAIRBORN — Dayton Police Officer Jermar Rayford appeared in court this week on an OVI charge stemming from a traffic stop in Greene County just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 12.
According to documents from Fairborn Municipal Court, Rayford, 25, was driving a black 2017 Dodge bearing Florida license tags when he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on eastbound Col. Glenn Boulevard near Presidential Drive in Beavercreek.
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He was driving 69 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the court document, and refused a blood alcohol test.
Rayford was summoned into court on Tuesday morning.
He is the police officer who performed the Superman in 2015 while dancing to Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) at the Taste of All Things Oregon.
The 2010 Chaminade Julienne graduate became a local celebrity when several people posted videos and photos of his dancing to social media.
Rayford also gained local attention in July 2016 when he posted a video to social media, offering an emotional plea to the Dayton community focused toward police-community relations.
At the time, he said he posted the video in reaction to the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both of whom were killed by police. The video surfaced hours before five Dallas police officers were shot and killed.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:39 PM
— UPDATE: Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley has confirmed he will run for the Ohio House 43rd District seat.
State Rep. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, announced on Thursday that he will not seek re-election and will instead run for Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Juvenile division judge.
His decision will likely lead to one of the hottest Statehouse races in the region as the Ohio 43rd is one of the most evenly divided politically in the Dayton area.
Thursday night Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley confirmed that he will run for Rezabek’s seat. Foley, a Democrat, had earlier announced that he would not run for re-election but will serve out his term on commission through the end of this year.
Democrat Ralph Dean Brill of Brookville, also took out nominating petitions from the Montgomery County Board of Elections but could not be reached for comment.
On Friday Clayton Councilman Kenny Henning will formally announce he is running in the Republican primary for the seat, and Stephanie Garrett of West Alexandria has also confirmed she is running in that primary.
Foley declined to say more about his candidacy but said he will hold a formal announcement news conference soon.
‘We made an impact’
Rezabek said he wants to use his experience as a lawyer and a legislator to bring change to the juvenile court.
“We made an impact in the legislature,” he said. “But the real impact is directly on the community and directly with those kids and with those families.”
Rezabek, an attorney specializing in juvenile cases, is running for the seat being vacated at the end of the year by Juvenile Judge Nick Kuntz, who cannot run for re-election due to age limitations for judges.
The race for Kuntz’s seat has attracted a lot of attention, with at least five other people taking out nominating petitions.
They include Democrats Julie Bruns of Miamisburg, Greg Scott of Dayton, Steven Wagenfeld of Centerville and Cynthia L. Westwood of Farmersville. Republican C. Ralph Wilcoxson II has also obtained a petition.
Rezabek ran unsuccessfully for the job in 2012. First elected to the Ohio House in 2014, he won a bitter re-election battle in 2016 against David Sparks of Clayton.
Henning said he will make the formal announcement that he is running for the seat at an 11:30 a.m. news conference Friday at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center’s adult center, 6801 Hoke Road, Clayton.
“I’m 100 percent invested in the community and I want to ensure that our 43rd House district has a strong champion to advocate for the district in Columbus.” said Henning, who is a judicial assistant to Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Erik Blaine.
A Clayton native who has served on the council since 2012, Henning said his campaign will focus on farming and agriculture, the concerns of small business owners and trying to restore Local Government Fund revenue slashed by the legislature. He said he also wants to address the opioid addiction crisis.
Garrett is president of the Preble County Convention and Visitors Bureau and assistant treasurer of the Ohio Republican Party.
“I wanted to teach my children that they could make a difference. So I got involved in my community and started working with candidates and the Republicans.”
The filing deadline for the May 8 primary is Feb. 7.
Mark Owens, chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party, said the 43rd House district is about evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans and can be won by a Democrat like Foley.
“If he’s willing to get out and roll up his sleeves and work I think he can win it,” Owens said.
The district covers parts of Englewood, Clayton, Trotwood, western Montgomery County and all of Preble County.
Multiple people have pulled petitions to run for Foley’s county commission seat. Democrats include Montgomery County Treasurer Carolyn Rice and Daryl Ward, senior pastor of Omega Baptist Church in Dayton.
Both Rice and Ward have turned in their nominating petitions.
Republicans include former Miami Twp. Trustee Bob Matthews and current Miami Twp. Trustee Doug Barry, both of whom have turned in petitions. Petitions have been obtained but not submitted by Greg Hart and Joshua Smith, both Dayton Republicans.Tweets by @LynnHulseyDDN