ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Interim head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts during The AdvoCare Showdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Ryan Day has the somewhat unenviable task of not only replacing Urban Meyer at Ohio State, but replicating his tremendous success. Heading into his first year as a full-time head coach, his predecessor noted one potential challenge Day might have.Speaking to Colin Cowherd this past week, Meyer revealed that Day’s ability to make the team into his vision will depend on him enacting any changes he feels needs to be made. Essentially, Day needs to be able to identify problems and come up with the solutions quickly.“It has its own set of challenges, but the the most important thing is he has to change what he thinks needs to be changed…”“He’s a very smart persona and like I said, he’s going to change what he believes needs to be changed. What exactly is that? That’s going to be up to coach Day and we’re all here to help him.”Day thrived as the temporary replacement for Urban Meyer at the start of the 2018 season following Meyer’s three-game suspension. When Meyer announced his retirement at the end of the year, Day was named his successor.Ohio State has certainly shown its commitment to Day from the get-go, giving him an incentive-laden, five-year deal worth upwards of $4.5 million annually. One front where Day is already making changes is on the recruiting trail, where he has reportedly been working to bring as many top in-state recruits as possible to Columbus.Ohio State has won back-to-back Big Ten titles, but has been snubbed from the College Football Playoff in each of the last two years.Urban Meyer managed to lead Ohio State to a national title the year of the tournament’s inception, and the expectations on Day will certainly be to at least get back to it.
Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Iraq and the head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), issued a statement in Baghdad in response to comments made by Nouri al-Maliki, the country’s Prime Minister. Media reports say that Mr. al-Maliki, who is the head of the State of Law political coalition, has challenged the validity of the vote, called for a recount and for UN support for such a move. “The role of the United Nations is solely to advise institutions in the country on an impartial basis, at their request,” Mr. Melkert said in his statement. “This is what the UN has done throughout the electoral process, in support of the Independent High Election Commission (IHEC) Board that has the sole decision-making power and has been unanimous in declaring the final result after reviewing complaints. “Also, the next stage leading to ratification by the Federal Supreme Court is entirely an Iraqi responsibility. Only at the request of the Government will we provide technical assistance and expertise for the upcoming stages.” On Friday the Special Representative described the polls as credible after IHEC unveiled the final results and he said there was no evidence to indicate there had been systematic or widespread fraud in the counting. The party headed by Iyad Allawi, a former prime minister, won slightly more seats in the 325-member Council of Representatives than the party of Mr. al-Maliki. At least 12 million Iraqis cast their ballots in the elections, held earlier this month, and more than 6,000 candidates ran for office. Mr. Melkert called on all candidates to accept the results of the polls and “to assume responsibility to lead Iraq to the next stage of democracy, stability and prosperity for all. Whether winning or losing, participation in the elections has been a collective victory.” 29 March 2010The process of ratifying the vote count in this month’s Iraqi parliamentary elections is entirely a national responsibility, the senior United Nations official in the country said today, stressing that the UN’s role is only to advise election authorities when requested.