The Bob Stoops-To-Auburn Rumors Are Back

first_imgA closeup of Bob Stoops wearing an Oklahoma Sooners visor.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 5: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops talks on the field before the game against the Akron Zips September 5, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Akron 41-3.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)This past November, former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was forced to issue a statement that he was not interested in the Auburn job – despite the fact that the school had not moved on from Gus Malzahn. We may be headed down that route again.Tuesday night, Sports By Brooks reported that sources tell him that Auburn booster Jimmy Rane is “targeting” Stoops to replace Malzahn if the Tigers don’t win the Iron Bowl this year.Stoops is slated to be one of the head coaches in the XFL – for the Dallas Renegades – this coming spring.Stoops took over as head coach at Oklahoma in 1999 and stepped down after the 2016 season. He won one national title (2000) and 10 Big 12 titles in his span with the Sooners. Source: SportsbyBrooks has learned that the richest man in the state of Alabama, Auburn superbooster Jimmy Rane, is targeting Bob Stoops to replace Gus Malzahn if the latter fails to beat Alabama this season. #Auburn #BobStoops #JimmyRane #GusMalzahn #Alabama— Sports by Brooks (@SportsbyBrooks) September 18, 2019This isn’t the first Stoops has been the subject of rumors for a big-time college job – and it probably won’t be the last. Stoops played at the University of Iowa and grew up in Ohio, and he doesn’t have any connection to any SEC schools. That said, Auburn is a great job, so who knows.Stoops is 59 years old – so he definitely has some good coaching years left, if he wants to return. But he’d have to get back in the swing of things when it comes to recruiting.We’ll see if Stoops responds this time around. The Iron Bowl is still over two months away.last_img read more

KNUD E. HANSEN to Design Passenger Vessel for Tokelau

first_imgzoom The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has signed a contract with KNUD E. HANSEN A/S for the design of a 500 GT SOLAS passenger vessel for Tokelau, a non-self governing territory of New Zealand consisting of 3 coral atolls (Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo).The vessel, which is the only means of getting to and from the atolls, will be the first purpose built SOLAS passenger ship serving Tokelau, carrying up to 60 passengers in addition to 50 tonnes of cargo and supplies. With a design speed of 11.5 knots, the 270 nm voyage between Tokelau and Apia, Samoa will take just under 24 hours.Given the size of the vessel, space is at a premium; however the vessel is equipped with 24 bunk beds, 16 reclining seats, a children’s play area, 80m2 of open deck area for passengers, a sick bay as well as comfortable accommodation for 12 crew. 5 ten foot container units are carried, including 2 reefers. A crane for loading/unloading cargo is also provided.Considering the sea conditions, and the length of the voyage, passenger comfort is a high priority for the design. Vessel accelerations for the passengers are being minimised by placing the accommodation aft, and Lloyds Register PCAC(Passenger and Crew Comfort) notation is being used as a design criteria.Environmental considerations are also high on the agenda, in keeping with the impressive green credentials of Tokelau, who are the world’s first solar powered country. Battery banks will provide electrical power for essential services including air conditioning during hours of darkness. Sail assistance is also being investigated.KNUD E. HANSEN A/S, October 16, 2013last_img read more