Why Hispanic Heritage Month starts in the middle of September

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CNN 15 September, 2021 - 07:15am 5 views

Why is Hispanic Heritage Month in September?

President George H.W. Bush became the first president to declare the 31-day period beginning on September 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. The date is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. KENS5.comHispanic Heritage Month kicks off | A look at how it all started

Updated 8:15 AM ET, Wed September 15, 2021

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Dan Patrick: James Franklin, USC Have Mutual Interest in Trojans' Head Coaching Job

11Alive 15 September, 2021 - 02:02pm

USC football and Penn State head coach James Franklin reportedly have "mutual interest" regarding the Trojans' head coaching vacancy after Clay Helton was fired Monday.

Dan Patrick reported the news Wednesday on his show:

A source tells Dan that there's mutual interest between <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USC</a> and James Franklin for their Football Head Coaching job <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Trojans?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Trojans</a> <a href="https://t.co/gSYAmUTi3B">pic.twitter.com/gSYAmUTi3B</a>

The Trojans entered the 2021 season ranked 14th in the Associated Press poll and with hopes of competing for the Pac-12 conference title, but their chances of meeting that goal took an early hit with a 42-28 home loss to Stanford on Saturday.

By Monday, USC athletic director Mike Bohn announced he'd decided the lack of progress despite the additional resources given to help the program compete for championships meant "those expectations would not be met without a change in leadership."

Bohn added the athletic department would immediately begin a nationwide search for Helton's replacement while elevating assistant Donte Williams to handle the role on an interim basis.

"We will actively and patiently pursue a coach who will deliver on the championship aspirations and expectations we all share for our football program," Bohn said. "With our storied history, our talented roster, and the major investments we've made in the infrastructure of our football organization, I'm optimistic that we are better positioned right now than we have been at any other time in the past decade to recruit the best and right leader for USC."

Helton, who joined the Trojans staff in 2010 as a quarterbacks coach and held several different roles before being named head coach in 2015, finished his tenure with a 46-24 record and a 2-3 mark in bowl games.

His $6.7 million base salary from the Nittany Lions in 2020 ranked eighth among college football coaches, but his full contract details aren't known, per USA Today.

Franklin, a 49-year-old Pennsylvania native, shrugged off speculation about USC on Tuesday.

"As you know, I can't stand any form of distraction," he told reporters. "I'll discuss this today with our leadership council so that we can make sure all of our energy is on our preparation for Auburn."

The 10th-ranked Nittany Lions are set to host the 22nd-ranked Tigers at Beaver Stadium on Saturday in one of the marquee matchups of Week 3.

Penn State's status as a potential College Football Playoff contender could complicate USC's pursuit of Franklin if it's looking for a new head coach to take over midseason.

J. Brady McCollough of the Los Angeles Times listed seven other active head coaches—Boston College's Jeff Hafley, Iowa State's Matt Campbell, Minnesota's P.J. Fleck, Cincinnati's Luke Fickell, Rutgers' Greg Schiano, Kentucky's Mark Stoops and Utah's Kyle Whittingham—as among the "first calls" for USC following Helton's departure.

The Trojans haven't provided a timetable for their coaching search to conclude.

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Williams shares vision for rest of Trojans’ season - Daily Trojan

KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas 15 September, 2021 - 02:00am

After parting ways with former head coach Clay Helton, USC athletic director Mike Bohn appointed associate head coach Donte Williams as interim head coach. Minutes before it was released to the public, the announcement was made to the team and Williams.

“To be honest, I found out right before the team meeting,” said Williams on USC’s “Trojans Live” radio show Monday. “It was just a normal day for me. I was just making sure my guys were ready to play, and next thing you know, right before the team meeting, Mike [Bohn] and [assistant athletic director] Brandon [Sosna] pulled me in and talked to me.”

In December 2020, Williams was promoted to associate head coach after helping the USC recruiting class finish 57 spots higher than it did the previous year. Now, Williams believes his recruiting history with these players provides an advantage in forming relationships with them as their new head coach.

“I’m a person that’s very fortunate because a lot of these guys either I’ve recruited here, or I’ve recruited at past places. I believe I have a great relationship with the guys on our team, I have a great relationship with the staff we have in place here,” he said. “A lot of these guys’ families I even know pretty well, so I think the change that is happening right now is a lot easier for me than it would be for someone else.”

Bohn had nothing but good things to say about his new interim head coach.

“You’re really gonna enjoy Donte Williams,” said Bohn Monday during “Trojan’s Live.” “Donte is a gentleman, and, the good news, is he’s got some really talented coaches in that room with him. He has a unique ability just to connect with young people. I am really looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Williams also has a clear cut vision for how he wants his team to approach the future. 

“Right now, the season’s just started. My biggest thing is about enhancing everything we do,” he said. “How can we enhance everything we do — whether it’s the way we lift weights, the way we eat, the way we practice, the way we play — just enhancing everything we do. That’s the biggest message right now.”

Williams offered his insight on USC’s blowout 42-28 loss to Stanford last Saturday.

“Too many little things become huge and big things, and they cost us. They cost us penalties, they cost us dumb mistakes, they cost us as a team, they cost us as a, University,” he said. “Everyone in this organization needs to do something a little bit better than what they were doing before, including myself.”

The family connection is what makes Williams comfortable with leading the team after a loss with a lot of backfire. Although the loss to Stanford Saturday led to outpour on social media from fans and alumni for the firing of Helton, Williams had high praise for the fans and hopes they can remain supportive throughout the rest of the season.

“The atmosphere of this past game was electric,” he said. “It’s based on us and the product we put on the field to make sure that environment stays that way and gets even better. I’m about making sure the Coliseum is sold out. What we need to do is make sure we put the best product on the field to make sure that happens.”

Williams’ first test as a head coach will come this Saturday on the road against Washington State at 12:30 p.m. 

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During Tuesday’s senate meeting, the Undergraduate Student Government addressed new advocacy initiatives and an upcoming flu shot campaign.

The renovations will include a digital media suite and new performance venues.

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