Report: Cowboys Interested In Hiring Top College Head Coach

first_imgA Dallas Cowboys helmet sitting on the field.ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 05: A Dallas Cowboys helmet at AT&T Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Dallas Cowboys are having an extremely disappointing 2018, as the team is under .500 at the halfway point of the year, and there are some who think a change is eventually coming at head coach.Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been very loyal to Jason Garrett, and he’s said that no coaching change is coming during the season, but it’s quite possible that one will come in the offseason.If that change does happen, who will the Cowboys look at to replace Garrett?One NFL insider reports that a major college football head coach could be a candidate.The Cowboys’ ownership is reportedly very interested in Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley.From Garrett’s job should be safe through the balance of the season, the team has potential replacements on their radar should they feel compelled to make a move.“If they do end up replacing Jason Garrett at the end of this season, I’m told both [Cowboys executive vice president] Stephen and [owner] Jerry Jones have an affinity for [Oklahoma coach] Lincoln Riley,” Rapoport reported. “So the Cleveland Browns, if they’re interested in Baker Mayfield’s old coach, may have some competition.”Riley has said that he doesn’t have the “itch” to leave Oklahoma for the NFL, but it could be tough passing on the Cowboys job.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit said during the offseason that it wouldn’t surprise him if Riley eventually left for the Cowboys.“It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see the NFL, within a few years, knock on his door and try to get him to leave,” Herbstreit told The Dallas Morning News. “He’s as hot as he can be, as not just a head coach what he did with his first year but also as a playcaller. If and when the Cowboys ever need a head coach, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Jones group considered him.”The Cowboys and the Eagles, meanwhile, are set to kick off at 8:20 p.m. E.T. The game will be on NBC.last_img read more

Colombian indigenous leaders flee to Panama after death threats UN agency reports

Voicing renewed concern at the impact of Colombia’s four decades of civil conflict on its indigenous communities, with smaller groups threatened with extinction, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today that nearly 50 Wounaan people, seven of them leaders, had fled to neighbouring Panama in fear for their lives. “Their journey started more than six weeks ago when they first fled their small river settlements in the western Colombian department of Choco, escaping threats from an irregular armed group,” UNHCR reported from Panama’s remote Darien region.Their decision to cross the border was not an easy one. Leaving their traditional territories had already caused the group intense anguish. But, after weeks of fear and worry, they felt they were not safe in Colombia and had no choice but to flee again. On Tuesday, 47 people boarded three small boats to make the dangerous crossing over the rough sea to Panama’s Darien region on the Pacific coast, the Agency said.The Director of UNHCR’s Bureau for the Americas, Philippe Lavanchy, on official mission to Panama, immediately went to the Darien where he found the 47 waiting in a small shelter, and met with the authorities to ensure that they would be allowed to stay and seek asylum. The Government confirmed that, in accordance with international law, the group would be allowed to remain.“Now we can start breathing in peace again,” José (not his real name to protect his identity), one of the Wounaan leaders, told Mr. Lavanchy. “We have not stopped worrying ever since we left our homes. Now, we still don’t know what will happen to us – the violence still goes on and we do not know when we will be able to go back to our homes. But, here at least we know our families are safe.”José was one of some 700 Wounaan who fled their ancestral territories in early April after members of an irregular armed group killed two of the community’s leaders within 48 hours. “They told me that they do not know what has happened to the others,” Mr. Lavanchy said. “They think that some are hiding in the jungle but they do not have any information about them, they do not even know if they are alive or dead.“This is really a very distressing case and I am very grateful to the government of Panama for extending a helping hand to this group at a time of such hardship,” he added.UNHCR has voiced mounting concern in recent months over the disproportionate impact on Colombia’s indigenous communities of more than 40 years of fighting between Government forces, leftist rebels and rightist paramilitaries that has displaced 2 million people. Forced displacement is especially hard on indigenous people, whose culture and traditions are closely linked to their ancestral lands. read more