MIAMI – Dan Mullen is undefeated with John Haneline as his defensive coordinator. Thirteen years ago, the two met on the practice fields at Bowling Green.Mullen was the Falcons’ quarterback coach. Haneline attended Bowling Green’s 7-on-7 camp.Mullen singled out the high school sophomore at the start of the camp’s tournament. Haneline’s brother, Chris, played linebacker for the Falcons at the time.“He said, ‘You Haneline? You’ve got the defense. I’m going to take care of this offense,’ ” Haneline said. “And we won the whole thing.”Wednesday, Haneline makes his coaching debut as Mississippi State’s linebackers coach in the Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech.The graduate assistant takes over for former defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, who accepted the same position at Florida two weeks ago. Mullen awarded Haneline with the linebacker coaching responsibilities the same morning.“He stays on us hard, just like coach Collins,” linebacker Benardrick McKinney said. “Coach Collins has been training him, was always on him during film, always on him during practice, so coach Collins got him ready.”Collins and Haneline worked together within the defense and specifically the linebackers. The duo exchanged texts every morning. A silent start to the day on his phone tipped off Haneline to the defense shake-up.“As a player, I had six different linebacker coaches in five years,” Haneline said. “When he wasn’t there, I kind of had a sneaky suspicion of something.”Collins eventually reached out to Haneline later that day.“He said, ‘I’ve been training you. You’re 100 percent ready for it,’ ” Haneline said. “His words were, ‘I Mr. Miyagi’ed you.’ ”Haneline took the role with experience. He played linebacker for five years at Bowling Green from 2004-08. After spending a couple years in the private sector working as a financial advisor, Haneline returned to coaching in 2012 at Ohio Northern University. He earned a spot as a graduate assistant at Toledo in 2013 working with the linebackers.He wasn’t officially a coach, but he often ran linebacker meetings.“It was kind of stepping in,” Haneline said. “It wasn’t a big thing for me from the graduate assistant because I had kind of run the room before.”Haneline steps in with experience regarding the triple-option. He helped Toledo gameplan against Navy’s triple-option last season. The Rockets won 45-44 in double-overtime.The Akron native brought the same coaching techniques to Mississippi State’s game preparation for Georgia Tech. Haneline spent portions of Saturday’s practice grabbing the jerseys of his linebackers, ripping them out of the way and diving to cut their legs.“I just know how they’re going to go. Our guys haven’t been through that,” Haneline said. “Absolutely as a coach I really want to be engaging. Know what buttons to push and know how the guys are going to work.”Mullen’s kept watch on Haneline since handing him one of MSU’s most experienced bunch of players. The sixth-year coach spent most of the two weeks prior to Christmas break within the defensive meetings. He then looked over offensive prep while coaches and players broke for Christmas.“He’s got a great future in coaching. He’s got the drive,” Mullen said. “One of the things, this time of year, you’re handed opportunity.”It worked once before 13 years ago in Ohio. Mullen and Haneline are looking to repeat in Miami.“I love the guys I’ve got to work with. The people I’ve got to meet. It’s been absolutely fantastic. We’ve had a great ride this whole season, and we’re hoping to cap it off.”Contact Michael Bonner at (601) 961-7289 or [email protected] Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter. 8 Mississippi State vs. 10 Georgia Tech Wednesday, 7 p.m., ESPNSun Life Stadium, Miami
Born in Spain but of African descent, Bisila Bokoko was so moved by a trip to discover her roots that she set up the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project. Through it, she builds libraries, donates books to African children, and runs a scholarship fund. Bisila Bokoko’s African Literacy Project aims to have five libraries in Africa by the end of this year. (Image: Nancy Mteki from Zimbabwe Arinze Nwokolo/Zen Magazine) Melissa JavanA donation of books by a foreigner led to a Ghanaian man teaching himself how to make a windmill, put to use to provide energy for his village. This is one of the success stories of the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project (BBALP), which was started five years ago.That foreigner, Bisila Bokoko, met William Kamkwamba on her first visit to Ghana in 2009. She explains that Kamkwamba’s family could not afford to send him to school, prompting her to find a way to help him and others in similar situations. BBALP grew out of this desire to help.“Through the programme, he read a book about windmills. He learned of their use as an alternative and powerful energy source,” says Bokoko. “Kamkwamba was inspired to build a windmill, which later created enough electricity to power his own household and eventually his entire village.”Although she was born in Spain, Bokoko is of African descent. She says it is an amazing feeling to see how books can shape people’s lives. “Also, you realise that it takes a little bit to do much… I believe there are more young men and women like William Kamkwamba in other parts of Africa, and I would like to supply them with books that can inspire them in similar ways.”Bokoko, the executive director of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce, has been living in the United States for about 15 years. When she eventually went back to her roots in Ghana in 2010, it was an eventful trip: she met Barima Offe Akwasi Okogyeasuo II, the chief of Kokofu, who gave her the title Queen Development Mother. “With this title, Chief Okogyeasuo II offered me a piece of land, where we decided to build the first BBALP library,” Bokoko says. Bisila Bokoko says she feels flattered to be called Queen Development Mother. (Image: Arinze Nwokolo/Zen Magazine)She laughs, saying the title does make her feel royal. “This title was a life changing experience. Due to this prestigious appointment I decided to build libraries; therefore I owe this project to the chief of Kokofu and John Hutchison [the guide who introduced her to the chief]. They gave me this honour.”Bokoko says she fell in love with Ghana and its people. “I returned from the trip with a desire to contribute, and help Africa develop and grow.”Although she saw a serious need to build infrastructure to empower people though education, health care, and medicine, she decided to supply something close to her heart: books. “Since then, I have been working to create an African literacy project, focused on building libraries around Africa. The first one was established in Kokofu, in the Kumasi Region in Ghana.”With 8 000 books already donated to people in Ghana, Bokoko says the project’s aim is to set up five libraries in Africa by the end of this year.Her campaign has grown since the first donation. There are now library projects benefiting children in Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda. “We have co-operated with various schools, educational institutions and other partners to send books to Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and South Africa.“We have [also] recently created the BBALP Scholarship Fund in order to help talented children get access to education in countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya and Ghana,” she says.“Every library and every country is an adventure. Collecting the books for the children, finding the right partners, meeting the children in person, and having the opportunity to read some stories to them, is a beautiful experience all in – one that I would like to pursue in other countries with the simple goal of spreading the love for books.”Bokoko says she tries to visit the four libraries once a year. “We have some volunteer librarians visit the locations once a year.”This philanthropist says her favourite books donated to the libraries include books that children love: The Secret for Kids, Dr Seuss, and travel books.Her beautiful moments mainly involve children. “Recently in Chirumanzu in Zimbabwe, I witnessed how kids were beyond happy when we gave them books to keep at home. Some of them said: ‘This is the first thing that I have [had] in my life that is only mine!’”In a blog post carried by the American news portal, Huffington Post, Bokoko speaks of witnessing a child’s excitement when he or she receives a book as a priceless and heartwarming experience. She says the Kokofu library is a community project, a place where families and communities can practice togetherness, and emphasise their love for books. Bisila Bokoko with the children of Zimbabwe during the launch of Chirumanzu library. (Image: Nancy Mteki from Zimbabwe)She has learned a lot from the people of Ghana, Bokoko says. “I learned a gracious generosity, the impeccable desire of enjoying life to the fullest, and to be happy with whatever is in there. I also learned the power of loving each other and elegance in the way they keep tradition. Ghana stays always in my heart and has provided me with a sense of what life is really about.”Alongside her other work, Bokoko is the global ambassador and strategist for Pikolinos, the Spanish show brand. She uses this position to promote the Maasai Project, a line of shoes and bags designed in Kenya by over 3 000 Maasai women. She started work on this project in 2011, and says it has been a great experience to be able to spread the collection of Maasai-designed shoes around the world.Watch how the project to aims to improve educational opportunities:
No go on Korean Air long-haul. Long-legged Korean Air president Walter Cho is defying the push towards cramped economy seating by declaring he will not reduce the space between seats on his long-haul aircraft.Cho acknowledged during a media roundtable at the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines’ Assembly of Presidents Friday that airlines could boost profitability by reducing seat pitch.But the lofty executive said Korean believed customer service started with product and the airline always began with economy class, which was what mattered to the masses.“And …it’s not the taste of the food, it’s not the smile of the flight attendant, it’s the seat that’s most critical I believe,’’ he said.SEE our superb Concorde videos“We need to give them something that’s bearable for 14 hours of flight – some of our long hauls go more than 10 hours.“I’m a very tall guy and If I cannot fit in the seat we don’t put it in. Not to be colorful, but if I can fit and my knees don’t touch the front seat then it passes our standard.”Airlines in recent years have been cramming more seats into main cabins in an attempt to maximize revenues, arguing that people who want a more comfortable seat can pay extra.A number have introduced extra legroom seats in main cabins that attract a higher fare or an additional fee.Premium economy – often a separate cabin between Business and economy class that offers wider seats, even more, legroom and extras such as better food and wine, has also taken off.Cho said the airline was looking into premium economy but believed Korean’s economy class was close to other airline’s premium economy offering with a 34-inch seat pitch in its Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s.“To do that, we have to reduce our economy pitch and I don’t want to do that,” he said.Cho said he was not sure when Korean make a decision but noted it would be easier to make Korean’s entire economy premium than to fit in a new cabin on its aircraft.He said the airline already had the lowest seat count on its A380s.“If we do put in premium economy it’s going to go even further down and it’s going to affect our profitability,’’ he said.Unhappiness with cramped economy conditions has reached a stage where US legislators have become involved.READ: Seat crush to live on after FAA rejects rule change.The US Federal Aviation Administration has been tasked in its recent reauthorization bill with developing regulations on minimum standards for economy seating, including seat pitch, width and length.But the legislation does not specify what this should be other than to say they would be minimum dimensions “that are necessary for the safety and health of passengers”.Nor does it give any indication how the rules would relate to cramped seating already in place.The FAA earlier this year rejected claims that cramped conditions and bigger passengers pose a safety risk in economy cabins.It also indicated it does not have a problem with seat pitches as low as 27 inches, although it doubted airlines could sell a configuration that tight.The lowest seat pitch currently is about 28 inches but many legacy carriers offer 31 to 32 inches.Steve Creedy visited Jeju courtesy of Korean Air and the AAPA.
Columbia Police are investigating two more apparent homicides, this time on the east side of town.Officers say they found two victims with gunshot wounds on the lawn of a home on McKee Street near Rice Road at about 3 a.m. Sunday. Officers found several shell casings. Antonio Houston, 36, and Danielle Marine, 33, were pronounced dead at a hospital.CPD has not released any suspect information on these killings.Five people have been shot and killed in the Columbia area since Sept. 13. Two of them were shot hours apart in the middle of town between late on Sept. 13 and early Sept. 14. As of Sept. 22, police had announced an arrest in one of those cases. Investigators are not calling the deadly shooting of a man on James Dale Road in northeast Columbia on Sept. 18 a homicide right now. Officers were responding to a reported burglary.“Our community must work together to address this violence,” CPD chief Geoff Jones said in a news release Sunday. “I ask our community members to have the courage to speak up and help. We can’t do it alone.”
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