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Posted on: January 1, 2012 6:45 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 8:31 pm
 

SkyCam grounded for Fiesta

GLENDALE, Ariz. – SkyCam has been grounded for Monday’s Fiesta Bowl.

ESPN will not use SkyCam, the overhead camera that crashed to the ground during Friday’s Insight Bowl, at the Fiesta Bowl. SkyCam also was not used at Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl because of safety concerns after the 25-pound camera nearly fell on Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt during the Insight Bowl.

Even though ESPN will not use SkyCam at the Fiesta Bowl, it will use Spidercam, a similar overhead camera device, at the Rose Bowl. The network also has determined it will use SkyCam for the Outback, Capital One, Sugar, Orange and BCS title games.

"After a thorough review, a cause was determined (for the Insight Bowl incident) and fix implemented that involves extra precautions being put in place for the camera's use at the remaining bowls," ESPN spokesperson Keri Potts said.

Because the Arizona Cardinals played at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday afternoon, officials from ESPN and SkyCam felt there wasn’t enough time before Monday night’s Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium to adequately test the camera system, which requires using wires above the field.

SkyCam is a division of Winnercomm, Inc., a sports production and development company in Tulsa, Okla. The company's website claims that SkyCam is the only stabilized camera system in the world that can unobtrusively fly anywhere in a defined three-dimensional space.

The camera is 36 inches high, weighs 25 pounds and travels up to 30 mph across the guide wire, according to the company.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Insight Bowl between Iowa and Oklahoma, Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt was nearly hit by the camera when it crashed to the turf.

McNutt then became entangled in the guide wire after it hit the ground. McNutt, who suffered only a minor scratch, joked after the game he “felt like somebody was trying to kill me on (Oklahoma's) staff.”

“First, I looked: ‘What is it that fell from the sky?’ ” McNutt said. “'The next thing I know, the camera kind of scratched me a little bit. It was just pulling me and I knew I didn't want to keep going with it.”

Here is the video of the SkyCam crash at the Insight Bowl.
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Urban Meyer: "I went off the deep end"

TAMPA, Fla. – On Oct. 12 back when Urban Meyer was still retired from coaching and just a television analyst, he was in Tampa to speak at an Outback Bowl function.

Chris Sullivan, founder and director of Outback Steakhouse, walked up to Meyer inside the Belvedere Ballroom in the A La Carte Event Pavilion and embraced his friend.

“What are you doing next?” Sullivan said. “We could sure use you.”

Sullivan is a Kentucky graduate. Of course, Meyer will not be coaching at Kentucky, he is headed to Ohio State.

Less than a year after "retiring," Meyer is back

Seven weeks ago I asked Meyer what it would take for him to return to coaching.

“If I ever went back, I'd have to get back a little bit of balance I used to have,” Meyer said. “I don't know if I'm there yet. I went off the deep end. When I first went to Florida, my first Tennessee game, first SEC game, my son (Nathan) was playing that (Friday) night and was going to pitch.

“I'm in a hotel. I looked at the police officers: ‘I can't take this. Will you get in a car and drive me to go watch my son pitch?’ Everybody thought I was nuts.

“I'm not going to let a job consume me. I think it did. I would have never done that at the end. I was so consumed about perfection. We created a monster. If I ever did get back, I would not let that control my life”

Meyer is now officially back under the brightest of spotlights, replacing Jim Tressel and interim coach Luke Fickell at Ohio State.

After the 2009 season, Meyer took a three-month leave of absence. The following a 7-5 regular season in 2010, Meyer announced his retirement from coaching on Dec. 8 because of health concerns and he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Meyer said then he had suffered chest pains and severe headaches, related to stress.

So how will he be able – as he says – not let the job control his life?

“It's discipline, personal discipline,” Meyer said on Oct. 12. “You've got to hire great people, but I can blame everybody else I want. At the end of the day, you have to have discipline: go work out, eat right, still have balance in your life.

“What I've experienced, because I do a lot of public speaking now, I don't think I'm a lone wolf that has that issue. Guys right here have that issue, balancing that. You can blame your job, you can blame your boss or you can blame the media. At the end of the day, it's you that has to take a hold of that thing. I didn't do that.”

In six seasons at Florida, Meyer was 65-15. He won national championships in 2006 and 2008. His final game was a 37-24 victory against Penn State in last season’s Outback Bowl, which turned out to be the final bowl game for Joe Paterno.

Now Paterno is out of coaching and Meyer is back in.



 
 
 
 
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