PGA could have handled weather woes better

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, N.J. – Golf is an outdoor sport and as such is subject to the worst Mother Nature can throw our way. Rounds are delayed, suspended and resumed with regularity and those who follow the circus from city to city accept that as an occupational hazard. What shouldn’t be accepted, however, is a curious indifference to the facts on the ground. Storms have been in the forecast this week since players arrived for this week’s PGA Championship. Officials acknowledged as much, albeit with a healthy amount of optimism. “I am so excited for the championship to come tomorrow. I wish it were tomorrow,” Kerry Haigh, the PGA’s chief championships officer, said Wednesday. “But we have some weather possibilities; we do have a 30 percent chance of sunshine on Friday, so we’re looking very positive on that.” That answer prompted a playful response from the PGA official running Wednesday’s press conference, “Kerry ‘the glass is always half-full’ Haigh, ladies and gentlemen.” But when the weather warning horn drove players off Baltusrol on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. (ET), 30 minutes before the last group was scheduled to tee off, the playfulness had faded. Weather delays may be unavoidable, but they can be mitigated. Officials could have sent players off both the first and 10th tees in threesomes on Saturday beginning at 7 a.m., which was the starting time for Rounds 1 and 2. PGA Championship: Full-field scores | Live blog: Day 3 | Photo gallery Full coverage from the PGA Championship Under that proactive scenario the leaders would have headed out at 9:20 a.m. and would have been somewhere around the 15th or 16th holes, depending on pace of play, before the skies opened. Instead, officials stayed with the traditional championship window, with groups heading off the first tee in twosomes starting at 7:35 a.m. with an eye toward a 7 p.m. finish. Maybe it was nothing more than a botched forecast, maybe it was misguided optimism, maybe it was pressure from the PGA’s television partners to keep the event in prime time. Either way, it was the wrong choice. It’s a decision that will likely be compounded by a less-than-stellar forecast for Sunday, when the rain chance hovers around 60 percent for most of the day. “It’s a major championship, and we want it to be ran and perform as a major championship,” Haigh said when asked why the PGA didn’t go to a two-tee start for Round 3. “We feel it’s important for all the players, in an ideal world, to play from the first tee and play the holes in order.” The game clings to its history, often for all the right reasons. But in this case, particularly for the third round, there was precedent for a two-tee start. In 2014 at Royal Liverpool the R&A, which holds to tradition like few others, sent groups off both sets of tees earlier than normal to beat an approaching storm for the first time in that championship’s history. The final group completed that round just as the storm arrived, validating what was certainly a difficult decision. PGA officials will press hard on Sunday to finish on schedule, resuming third-round play at 7 a.m. and sending groups off for Round 4 beginning at 8:40 a.m. with the leaders heading out at approximately 3:25 p.m. They could still finish on schedule, but the margin of error has been narrowed dramatically. “The forecast, actually the last three days, has called for very similar weather, summer weather; it’s 90 degrees with a chance of afternoon storms,” Haigh said. “Our hope is that those showers or storms hit elsewhere.” Perhaps Haigh & Co. got the wrong end of the forecast, but doesn’t luck favor the prepared? The desire to keep things on schedule and in prime time is understandable, but the alternative of a Monday finish does no one any good. Crowds are predictably thinner, the audience watching at home a fraction of what it would have been and the buzz normally associated with the final round of a major much more subdued. There’s also the issue of this year’s condensed scheduled. The PGA got started less than two weeks after Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson traded blows at Royal Troon, which had its own weather woes, sans lightning, but still managed to crown a champion on schedule. In five days Stenson and a handful of others are scheduled to fly to Rio to participate in the Opening Ceremony for the Olympics. A Monday finish will only make what is already a difficult schedule that much more demanding. “I was a little surprised they didn’t do threesomes; we were talking about maybe there was too many guys; I don’t really know the answer,” said co-leader Robert Streb. “I don’t know if they would have gotten done, but they would have been close; but it’s not our tournament to run, it’s theirs.” There’s nothing in the small print that says a championship must end on Sunday, and when a Grand Slam title is on the line 72 holes is a perfectly understandable requirement. But when a schedule adjustment could have prevented, or at least mitigated, unexpected delays it seems like an opportunity lost at best and a blunder at worst. There will be a champion crowned at Baltusrol this week just as there was at the 2005 PGA when Phil Mickelson waited out the delays for his Monday coronation at Baltusrol. The PGA took a chance and Mother Nature won, it happens. But it might have been avoided. As novelist George Santayana once famously wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”last_img read more

UWF Extends Lead at Panther Invitational

first_imgDay Two Results (pdf)MELBOURNE, Fla. – Freshman Pia Hulley had a strong swim to open the second day of the Panther Invitational and added a school-record in the 100 Backstroke to highlight another standout performance by the West Florida swimming & diving team as it continues to lead the event, totaling 740.5 points at the midway point in the meet.           UWF held a 120 point lead entering Friday’s action and extended it slightly with a 134.5-point margin over North Florida’s 605. Saint Leo remains in third with 413.5 and event-host Florida Tech is in fourth at 355. “We had a challenge to come off the travel day (Thursday) and we’ve held serve to put our people where they needed to be to score the most points,” UWF head coach Andrew Hancock said. “The meet gets more interesting Saturday with a Division I school in UNF chasing us and we can’t wait to rise to the challenge of competing with them and try to win this thing. We think our best days are head of us along with our best events, and we’re very excited to see how that unfolds.” Hulley led off the event finals with a strong swim in the 200 Medley Relay as the Argonauts finished in 1:45.06, climbing one spot into the second-fastest in the country this season. She followed that performance two events later with a school-record time of 56.49 in the 100 Back to post the third-fastest swim nationally. Rebecca Halfast took fourth in 57.81 – just out of B-cut range – but did lower her time more than two seconds from the morning prelims. A day after winning the 1000 Free, Madeline Pitt won silver and was the top D-!! racer in the 500 Free, completing the 20 laps in an NCAA B-cut time of 5:05.73. The Argos showed off their depth in the final two events of the day, putting five swimmers into the finals of both the 200 Individual Medley and 50 Free, with five of the nine entrants in the championship finals of the Free. Peggy de Villiers was second in 23.96, lowering her B-cut time by 11-hundredths of a second. The meet will continue through Sunday, with prelim racing at 10 a.m. Eastern time and finals at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Panther Aquatic Center. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

As if it never happened

first_imgSome years back there were reports of two West Indian cricketing stars being seen drinking what were believed to be alcoholic beverages in a stand just moments after the completion of a Test match. That would have been all right had the West Indies team won. In fact they lost, and the images, broadcast across the cricketing world, of the two senior players reportedly imbibing after defeat, angered disappointed fans who saw the action as wanton disrespect for their feelings.The question on the minds of regional cricketing followers then was: how could the two icons be celebrating defeat while fans were saddened? For the fans and even the administrators, the actions of the two cricketers were grossly insensitive and probably epitomised the believed lack of concern by some players over whether the team succeeded or not. This is despite the overwhelming support the fans gave hoping that with every match, victory will be achieved.One interpretation of that incident is that for the players in question, the defeat probably never happened. Years after, a similar situation is playing out and it has nothing to do with cricket. A no-confidence motion against the Government was carried on December 21, 2018; the consequences of which must be elections within 90 days. In addition, the Government, while it remains in office during that period, operates in a caretaker capacity.Thirty days have since elapsed following the success of the motion and from what is evident publicly it appears that the Government is not too keen to implement the necessary mechanism to meet the 90-day requirement as mandated by the Constitution. Instead, it has resorted to the courts. Many believe that to be frivolous excuses to delay abiding by the Constitution; in other words, the inevitable.Prominent and ordinary citizens continue their calls on the Government to respect what the supreme law of the land dictates. So far, it appears that, for the Government, nothing will happen before the court rules. In the same manner, in keeping with their actions as if the no-confidence motion never happened, the President’s New Year’s address seems to confirm that view. For him, it seems to be business as usual. There appears to be no dissimilarity in the action of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).He would be excused during the time of his illness, even though there were reports of him being spotted in a village and in good health shortly after. That aside, while he returned to work yesterday (January 22), 31 days after the no-confidence motion, from reports in the media, there was nothing on his agenda to address the constitutional requirement for the holding of elections.Obviously, the agenda can change given his prerogative as Chairman. However, the absence of the impending elections as an agenda item can suggest a lack of urgency and a deliberate attempt to ignore the work of the Chief Whips as agreed by the President and the Leader of the Opposition. For the GECOM Chairman, who is a retired Judge, it can also be interpreted as if the passage of the no-confidence motion never happened.Barring an agreement by two thirds of the National Assembly for an extension of the 90-day period to facilitate the elections on a needs basis, a constitutional crisis can present itself on March 21 this year. From what seems evident from the standpoints of both the Government and the GECOM Chairman, one can assume that the March deadline may not even be on the horizon for them.Of course, all can change in a moment given that the President placed the ball in GECOM’s court of readiness. With readiness just two and a half months ago for the Local Government Elections (LGE), the Chairman can declare such for polling by March 21. Only time will tell.As the Government seeks recourse in the court, at the same time the President has been endorsed by his party, the People’s National Congress (PNC), as the presidential candidate for the impending elections according to its General Secretary. Also, the party is reportedly engaged in fund-raising activities specific to elections. Many see this as the natural thing to do in keeping with the timeframe mandated by the Constitution. The rush to the courts, therefore, becomes a delaying ploy.Another ploy is the touting of house-to-house registration by a Commissioner from the Government side. GECOM would have taken pride in its list-readiness for the November 12 LGE and which would have had to be endorsed by the said Commissioner. How unready could the list now be less than three months after? This call, in the context of all that is transpiring, can therefore only be seen directly as a desperate and seemingly orchestrated plan to buy more time for the Government.What is urgently needed, and which should have happened before, is for the GECOM Chairman to have the upcoming elections discussed at the Commission and readiness declared so that the President can announce a polling date. Anything else would make Guyanese further believe that for the Government, the no-confidence motion never really happened. Like the cricket fans in question, much is at stake.last_img read more

Marshfield football takes down Spartans

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Tigers football team took down Sparta in their final regular season game on Oct. 18 at Heiting Community Stadium.Sparta was the only team to score in the first quarter, but Marshfield came back in the second quarter with a 33-yard Kyle Tremelling field goal, followed by two Joey Goettl to Simon Slade touchdown passes. A successful Goettl to Wyatt LeMoine two-point conversion left the halftime score with Marshfield in the lead 17-7.The Spartans added a field goal in the third quarter, but it wouldn’t do much, as Marshfield scored again in the fourth with a Goettl touchdown run, followed up by a Tremelling extra point.Marshfield ended the game with a healthy 24-10 lead.Marshfield will advance to a Division 2 playoff game on Oct. 25.last_img read more

Amazon’s Series of Fortunate Events

first_imgWay back when I was in high school I found myself in a high school scienceclass. It was your typical experience, replete with bunsen burners, safteygoggles and a science teacher named Norbert. But one day Norbert had aninspriation – he let the class watch a video of James Burke and his Connectionsseries, which described all of the happy accidents in technology through theyears, that have brought us where we are today. My favorite accidentalconnection was the development of fine mist sprays for perfume bottles. While itmay have helped people smell better, the real combustion happened in yourautomobile, where the fine mist sprays became fuel injection nozzles for themodern gasoline engine.Like a fine fragrant perfume, Amazon has a revolutionary technology sittingright under everyone’s noses. Their happy accident? Building a reliable,scalable and robust ecommerce system. While I’m sure Jeff Bezos didn’t envisionhis online company being compared to perfume sprays, the fact of the matter is,even after immense technological investment, retail needs a lot of perfume tomake the margins smell nice– even if you’re online.But in their quest to prove to the world that online retail is the wave ofthe future, Amazon has created not just a fine mist. They have unexpectedlycreated a vapor cloud – orinternet cloud – that is ready for ignition. Most fortunately for Amazon,they’ve been able to build one of the world’s most impressive, massivelyscalable datacenter systems. Most fortunately for you, they’re willing to shareit. And most fortunately for corporate programmers, you’re about to be relevantagain.The Value of SharingHow valuable is a robust, secure, scalable and reliable computing platformthat allows you to store and retrieve any kind of digital data from anywhere inthe world at anytime of the day? While your average high school student doesn’thave much use for one, technology visionaries and corporate titans have beenwilling to pay big money to build such platforms. Groove Networks ran throughapproximately $120 million of investment in order to build and convince theworld that theirs was robust, secure, scalable and reliable. Microsoft, whichpurchased Groove in 2005, is spending upwards of $2billion in order to do the same thing. Google’s entire business modelrequires them to reinvest huge amounts of capital into their storage platform.Throw in Yahoo and Baidu and it’s clear that such computing power is seen as atechnological edge.However a high school student can rent one of the best, most proven, storageplatforms of them all — for a little less than $.50 per month. If he or she iswilling to lay off the occaissional candy bar, he/she can be on an equal webinfrastructure footing with the richest technology companies in the world. If Iwas an investor in MSFT, I might even ask if investing $200 million in Amazonmakes more sense than $2 billion on your own technology and starting fromscratch. In fact, taking it one step further, I might even be worried thatAmazon’s examples treat .NET as just another language – alongsideJava, Ruby, PHP, Python and Perl. Another $1.8 billion into .NET and VisualStudio might take care of that, especially for those prized corporateprogrammers.So Easy a High Schooler Can Do ItLike anything worthwhile, it takesa bit of time to figure out the best way to exploit it. The obvious comesfirst: use Amazon’s storage capacity and scalability to store data such asimages or globs of backup data. Indeed, a simple scan of Amazon’s Simple StorageService solutionsshows many backup, photo sharing and large email attachment services.Furthermore, most of these services are web-based and so their single greatestcost is usually bandwidth. Hence Amazon’s marketing focus on web2.0 apps as their clientele. This makes perfect sense, as it fits the world’scurrent multi-tiered architecture: the simple browser on the client, thebusiness logic on a web server and now the robust data store on the backend.Many well known and successful companies are exploiting this today: SmugMug,37Signals and MyBlogLog to name a few. Would you know it buy using theseservices? Probably not, unless you have a keen eye reading the urls flash by aselements on your web page are downloaded. Does it matter? Not one bit. Each ofthese services uses Amazon S3 in order to offload the work of sending images anddocuments off their servers and onto Amazon’s. As a result, each company canfocus on their distinctiveness and bring it to market as quickly as possible,without worrying so much about infrastructure. In some cases it’s enough toprove the concept and sell to a large company in justa few months.The Next Fortunate EventIn the US there is a saying: “OnlyNixon could go to China.”. While Amazon has positioned itself as aproven resource for eager online entrepreneurs, they have also (accidentally?)created a solution that makes the client chic again – actually both the Clientand the Server. Indeed, Amazon’s Simple Storage Service takes us back tothe 1980s, resurrects Client/Serverarchitecture and provides it on such a scale that it actually works.In the late 1980s, when C/S became a holy grail, it quickly sprang a leak atthe supper table as large deployments grappled with networking protocoldecisions, scaling issues, big capital investments for servers and, of course,maintenance. Amazon has moved these giant obstacles aside and resurrectedsomething most thought dead. And this from an online department store!While Amazon is still very much a consumer site selling anything they candisplay on a web page, at some point people will see the light and realize thata lot of C/S architecture implemented, deployed and wheezing along incorporations around the world can be refactored with services like Amazon S3. Byproviding the ultimate server, Amazon has made it possible for programmers tobuild corporate client software that a) actually scales and b) actually cutscosts – no more corporate servers to procure, house and maintain. A corporateprogrammer can create a client that can scale for the entire organization byusing a good GUI tool and something only moderately more complicated thanFile.Open. Web application stacksof functionality might not look as appealing compared to this new reality.(Have you noticed that programming stacks have evolved like razor blades? Westarted with one, then two blades, then three solved the problem, until fourblades really did the trick, and so on – in fact, aren’t servers even calledblades now?)But while Amazon has provided the fuel, it’s still up to the developers toprovide the ignition; and right now we’re dealing with sticks. By that I meanthat Amazon isn’t offering a database, nor server side scripting, interpretedlanguages, web server plugins or anything else to add complexity. Instead, atits core, is the world’s greatest file server.Groaning from the Peanut GalleryThe collective moan you just heard was from everyone who actually livedthrough the client/server days rolling their eyes and recalling how difficult itwas to merge everyone’s changes into a single file on the server. That wasindeed a huge problem and yes it did lead to C/S being discredited. HOWEVER, theproblem was twofold: 1) tackling multi-user scalability issues for the serverand 2) tackling multi-user data issues for the client. In the 1980s, personalcomputing was still in its infancy, and nascent applications struggled to meetthe needs of a single user, much less two.If we look at the path highly available and scalable servers have travelledthe last twenty years, we see a single machine– even a really big one– wassimply inadequate for the task– it’s just too prone to failure. Furthermore,data needs have exploded past workgroups or departments in a single location–people across the globe may need access to specific data now. Although it willtake a post in the future to adequately describe how Amazon and others arebuilding scalable and reliable data services, they do require multiple datacenters located around the world connected by fiber optics, with each datacenter housing thousands of redundant systems built for quick switching in caseof any single point of failure. In other words, a far cry from a PC running IBMOS/2 with an Intel 386 and 32 megs of RAM locked in a closet.But while the server side of the equation has advanced over the last twentyyears, can the same be said for the client? Or, more specifically, for the dataclients are producing? No. While operating systems are more powerful today andprettier to look at, the state of application data today is not so differentthan it was back in the 1980s– a stream of data supporting the state of theapplication as last saved by a single user. In this day and age, multiple peopleneed to work in single context to produce a deliverable. Unfortuantely up tillnow this has been dealt with using the checkout, checkin, ‘hey, you overwrote mydata!’ design pattern. The server has improved, now it’s time for clients torespond in kind.One More Event Before The Big BangThe solution? How client applications read and write data needs to make thesame advancements that server platforms made to make data storage reliable anddelivery scalable. As application’s become decoupled from the desktop, theyshould also decouple from the notion that a single user updates data at onetime. Does only one person work ever work on a document? Does only one personever participate in a project? Only if they wish to remain in the past.Now that a superserver like Amazon S3 is almost a given (just a bitmore reliability and maybe onemore feature), applications can pull ‘multi-user’ files off, perform mergeoperations using local computing power and then place the file back in the cloudwith an updated, combined view – ready for the next user to come along. Savedoesn’t have to mean ‘write out my view of the data only’ – it can also mean‘merge my view of the data with the group’. It might sound like a database,but it’s really functionality that all apps working with groups, or in a groupcontext, should have. The applications themselves will have the knowledge tomerge files they recognize together – an excercise left to the developers of thenext generation of client software.There’s a lot of refactoring to do, but this time the benefits are tangible.Entrepreneurs seem to be embracingAmazon web services, and the next wave can’t be far behind. If Amazon manages tocatch that next wave, they could be in for a great ride. And however it worksout, in their quest for the ultimate online department store, Amazon might havefinally solved the server side of the equation in Client/Server architecture. Ifthey manage to attract the corporate programmers ready to build the nextgeneration client pieces, then not only would Amazon again enjoy first moveradvantage, but it would be for something worth a lot more than books. Even JamesBurke would have been proud of that connection. john milan 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Amazon#Analysis#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Justin Bieber Grants 200 Wishes To Children

first_imgJustin Bieber, over the weekend, became the first recording artist in Make-A-Wish history to grant 200 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.He joins only 4 other celebrities to have reached that milestone since Make-A-Wish was founded in 1980.Bieber’s 200th wish occurred during his last stop on the Believe Tour this past Saturday at Atlanta’s Philips Arena when he met 8-year-old Annalysha. Bieber spent time backstage with Annalysha where she received VIP treatment during the concert as part of her wish to meet him.Bieber’s involvement with Make-A-Wish started in 2009 in Los Angeles when he granted his first wish. Since then, he has granted a wish at nearly every tour stop where he visits with wish kids and their families, takes photographs and signs autographs before they attend his concert. The tickets, which provide the wish kids and their families prime seating, are generously purchased by Bieber.In addition to Bieber’s wish granting efforts, he has made significant contributions to the organization. In 2012, he earmarked Make-A-Wish as a charity of choice for his Believe Campaign and donated a portion of proceeds from sales of his Christmas album as well as perfume sales during the holiday season.“Despite his relentless schedule, Justin has been genuinely committed to granting wishes since the very beginning and a strong supporter of Make-A-Wish,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “Justin understands the impact on a child of a wish-come-true and how it can create positive changes in their outlook, help them feel better, and even influence their health.”In 2011, Make-A-Wish presented Bieber with the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award, one of the most prestigious awards the organization gives out each year. As his popularity continues, Bieber and his team will continue to create smiles and life-changing memories in the months and years to come as there are many more wish kids scheduled to meet him in the future.last_img read more

Shawn Mendes Exceeds Fundraising Goal To Build School In Ghana

first_imgSinger-songwriter Shawn Mendes has announced that he exceeded his goal to raise $25,000 through his Represent Campaign to benefit Pencils of Promise (PoP).The “STITCHES” singer, launched his #BuildASchoolWithShawn campaign on October 14, sparking a worldwide trend on Twitter. He has now hit 164% of his fundraising goal to build a school in rural Ghana with the non-profit education organization. Shawn funded 98% of his campaign after just one social media post, showcasing not only the power of his fans and community, but also how young people can affect and fuel social change.Shawn, who was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 30 Most Influential Teens, winner of Choice Male Web Star at this year’s Teen Choice Awards, as well as winner of Best New Act and Best Push at this year’s MTV European Music Awards, raised funds through an innovative Represent Campaign allowing fans to purchase exclusive merchandise with proceeds benefiting Pencils of Promise.“Shawn has been an amazing partner to Pencils of Promise,” says PoP Director of Marketing Natalie Ebel. “For so many children, a PoP school is the safest most sound structure in their community and Shawn is helping to give more deserving children a safe learning environment.”Shawn was deeply inspired by the campaign and looks forward to continuing to build more schools with Pencils of Promise in the future.“I’m so excited we were able to raise enough funds to build a school for the kids in Shia, Ghana,” said Shawn. “This means the world to me that my fans joined me and supported such an amazing cause.”PoP was founded in 2008 with the goal of increasing quality education for children in the developing world. Since inception, the organization has built over 300 schools and educated more than 30,000 students.last_img read more

CALGARYRAISED PAUL SUNHYUNG LEE ON FINDING HIS APPA IN KIMS CONVENIENCE

first_imgAdvertisement Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Appa in Kim’s Convenience. STEPHEN SCOTT / CBC LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook It was during his early days as Appa in Ins Choi’s hit play Kim’s Convenience that Paul Sun-Hyung Lee realized just how convincing he was in the part.At a Toronto Q&A held after a performance a few years back, Lee said he heard something like a gasp from the audience when he began speaking. The Calgary-raised actor has played aging patriarch Appa Kim nearly 500 times on stage and for two seasons on the hit CBC sitcom based on the play, which takes place in a Toronto convenience store and focuses on a dysfunctional Canadian-Korean family. But he is not Appa Kim. For one, he doesn’t have the accent. He also had significantly less grey hair at the time and was also least was 20 years younger than the character he was playing.“There was this huge rumbling,” says Lee, in a phone interview from his home in Toronto. “I couldn’t understand why and then it was ‘Oh, yes, this is my voice. This is how I actually sound.’ People started to laugh and clap. The reactions have ranged from people being completely floored and saying ‘Oh my God, that’s even more incredible’ to people being disappointed and saying ‘Oh, so it’s not real?’ I think it’s a huge compliment as an actor when it doesn’t even occur to people that it’s an accent that is being put on.” Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Ohio State redshirtfreshmans success sets stage for Barrett vs Braxton competition

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) waits for the snap during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe script surrounding the Ohio State quarterback picture is the same as it was three months ago — the lead character just has a different name.When the Buckeyes took the field for fall practice in August, their top quarterback was a Heisman Trophy contender with the ability to rewrite the record books.But that quarterback — senior Braxton Miller — was lost for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder during fall camp, leaving the door open for redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett to take reigns of the OSU offense.Now with three regular season games still remaining for the Buckeyes, Barrett is just four touchdown passes away from tying the single-season school record of 30. That record just so happens to have been set by OSU’s most recent Heisman winner, Troy Smith in 2006.On Monday, coach Urban Meyer said he thinks Barrett’s play — at least on paper — should have him in the conversation for the sport’s most prestigious postseason award.“I think statistically he’s got to be in the mix somewhere,” Meyer said, but he conceded he hadn’t had a chance to watch most other players who are in the Heisman conversation.But before Barrett’s play elevated him into that conversation, all signs pointed toward Miller returning to the Buckeyes as the starter next season. Since his injury was season-ending, Miller qualifies for a medical redshirt, meaning he can choose to stay at OSU next season with one year of eligibility remaining.In fact, Miller’s future at OSU was even qualified by Meyer on Sept. 29.“Braxton is our quarterback,” Meyer said, seemingly ending any debate as to whether Barrett — the former understudy — could send Miller packing.But now with Barrett’s play putting him in the national spotlight and Miller having already come in ninth in Heisman voting last season and fifth in 2012, Meyer could be tasked with choosing between two of the top signal callers in the nation next season.And after saying he was committed to Miller less than two months ago, Meyer’s stance shifted Monday when he addressed a potential Barrett vs. Miller battle next season.“Competition brings out the best,” he said. “And I’m really excited to have two really good quarterbacks next year.”But with that potential decision still months away, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said he’s focused on 2014, and not who will be under center on Sept. 7, 2015, when the Buckeyes are scheduled to open their season against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.“I honestly give that zero, zero thought,” Herman said Monday. “Zero.“I’m focused on this team and I’m also focused on Braxton and his rehab, which is going greatly from what I understand.”Herman added that the Buckeyes will “cross that bridge when we come to it,” in reference to possibly having a quarterback competition on their hands next fall.Meyer said having both quarterbacks on the roster isn’t a problem for him — even saying the Buckeyes are “fortunate and blessed” to have Barrett and Miller — and agreed with Herman that he’ll worry about making any decisions at a later date.Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks for an open receiver during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Lantern file photo“I think they’re both excellent quarterbacks. Excellent quarterbacks,” Meyer said Monday. “And we’ll worry about that day when it comes.”Miller proved that excellence to Meyer by picking up back-to-back Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year awards, while Barrett has done so by progressing after taking over before the season opener against Navy. For Herman, Barrett’s speed of that progression has come as a surprise, he said, but not a big one.“I think the pace at which his improvement has accelerated is mildly surprising,” Herman said.“To see a kid that’s played nine college games now, to make the progress that he’s made,” he expanded. “It’s visual … You don’t have to be a coach to know that.”Now coming off a 49-37 win against then-No. 7 Michigan State on the road in which he threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns while adding another two scores on the ground, Barrett has totaled 2,156 passing yards and 26 touchdowns through the air this season. He’s also tallied a 172.9 quarterback efficiency rating and is second on the team with 582 rushing yards and first with eight rushing touchdowns.In comparison, Miller threw for just 2,039 yards and 15 touchdowns in his entire first season as the Buckeyes’ full-time starter in 2012. But the then-sophomore also rushed for 1,271 yards and 13 more scores that season.While that production has mostly been replaced by Barrett’s play this year, many might not have expected such an output. But at least one of Barrett’s receivers said he expected the Wichita Falls, Texas, native to step in seamlessly after replacing the injured Miller.“It’s kind of like the next man up, and he’s a mature dude and he took his job real serious,” redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas said Monday. “So I had a lot of confidence in him.”While the Buckeyes had championship aspirations under Miller, those plans seemed to take a hit when Barrett stepped in. But — with the right team around him — Herman said he feels Barrett is the type of quarterback who can lead OSU to a title as well.“I think with the right pieces around him and the right preparation and the right protection and ability to block people up front, yeah, he can certainly win any game that we put him out on the field to go against,” Herman said.But if Barrett can win any game Miller can, does that leave the door open for the Buckeyes’ injured star to leave OSU for another school next season?“I can’t even imagine that,” Herman said about the prospect of Miller transferring after he graduates from OSU this year.Whether or not the curtain has dropped on Miller’s time as OSU’s starter, Barrett is set to be the man taking the lead when the curtain rises for the Buckeyes on Saturday in Minneapolis. OSU is scheduled to kick off against Minnesota at noon. read more