26 Oct

Georgia Has Reportedly Offered A Top Offensive Coordinator

first_imgKirby Smart celebrating after a Georgia football game.JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 28: Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart celebrates after a game against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 28, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. Georgia defeated Florida 42-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Georgia football is coming close to filling the major holes on its staff.The Bulldogs lost defensive coordinator Mel Tucker earlier this winter. He is the new head coach for the Colorado Buffaloes.Earlier today, Oakland Raiders’ defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley was named as a candidate. He spent years on staff at Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee.Two internal candidates—Dan Lanning and Glenn Schuman—are involved as well.The offensive coordinator situation has been more surprising. Tennessee made a big move in hiring away Dawgs’ OC Jim Chaney.Georgia may do the same to a third SEC East team. On Wednesday, SB Nation CFB insider Steven Godfrey reported that Kentucky’s Eddie Gran is “a name to watch” in the search.He may be the name to watch, as it turns out.According to a new report, Eddie Gran has been offered the Georgia football offensive coordinator job.Kentucky Sports Radio is reporting contract details and more on what Gran would be taking on:A source tells KSR that UK Offensive Coordinator Eddie Gran was offered the position of Offensive Coordinator at Georgia under Kirby Smart in the last 24 hours. Smart has offered Gran total control of the Offense and a salary of at least $1.1 million.According to USA Today, Gran made over $850,000 in base pay this season, with the chance at over $141,000 in bonuses. The $1.1 million, and the chance to coach a national title-caliber team, has to be an enticing opportunity for Gran.Chaney made $950,000, with a max bonus of $234,000, according to USA Today.[Kentucky Sports Radio]last_img read more

25 Sep

Payday for metal detectorists as average treasure find now worth £2671

Remarkably, the landowners or finders of 86 of the objects acquired by museums waived their payments, preferring to donate them for the public good.Michael Ellis, arts minister, said: “I applaud the large number of interested parties waiving their right to a reward for treasure cases, with individuals foregoing their share in 86 cases this year. These donations have allowed museums to acquire find that they may not have otherwise been able to, thereby allowing the public to enjoy and experts to study them”.Referring to a DCMS study which showed that 1.5 per cent of adults in England had taken part in metal detecting in the last year, he said: “This increase in detecting has contributed hugely to the extension of our knowledge of our past.”Experts say programmes such as Detectorists, a BBC sitcom starring Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones which began airing in 2014, have tempted more amateur searchers to try out the hobby.  Excavations of an Anglo Saxon grave in Winfarthing, Norfolk, where a gold necklace and pendants of "national significance" were found and valued at £145,000. The Leekfrith gold torcs discovered on Staffordshire farmland The most remarkable find came from a Staffordshire field: four twisted neckbands later confirmed as the earliest example of Iron Age gold ever found in Britain.The two men who discovered the find had swept the field 20 years earlier with no joy, only to come across the find of a lifetime in December 2016.In Peover Superior, Cheshire, another two friends found nearly 7,000 Roman coins in a field. Ronald Lees 62, described how they had found wire, ring pulls and nails before his metal detector beeped on the hidden hoard.“I was soaking wet and freezing cold, but all of a sudden nothing else mattered – I was ecstatic,” he told his local newspaper at the time. “The last person who held the coins could have been a Roman Emperor, a gladiator or a serf.”It has now been valued at £40,000 and has been acquired by Liverpool Museums.A selection of the most unusual and valuable finds are announced at the British Museum each year. Metal detectorists Joe Kania (left) and Mark Hambleton, who discovered a collection of gold torcs on Staffordshire farmlandCredit:Staffordshire Council The Leekfrith gold torcs discovered on Staffordshire farmlandCredit:Staffordshire Council They may be stereotyped as amateur hobbyists, spending their evenings traipsing through fields for the love of the search.But the life of a metal detectorist can very well pay off, it seems.The average treasure find reported to the authorities and valued last year made £2,671, it has emerged, a total value of £643,683 across 241 items.It is the first time the valuation committee has released figured for the average find, as the number of reported treasures continues to rise each year.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The Treasure Act Annual Report, which has just been published and records objects found in 2016 which have now finished going through the process of valuation, showed 1,116 worthy finds in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, some 363 of which are considered so significant they have been acquired by public collections.The average find was worth £2,671, it found, thanks to numerous exceptionally high value items including the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs found in Staffordshire and worth £325,000, and a grave assemblage found around Winfarthing, Norfolk at £145,000. A total of 60 items, or collections of items, were valued at more than £1,000, with finders fees being split between the detectorist who struck gold and the owner of the land it was found on.The median value was finds was £270, once numerous coins, jewellery and significant metal fragments were taken into account.The figures discount those finds not suitable for reporting: from modern coins to metal trinkets uncovered for curiosity’s’ sake but not worth sending to a museum.Hobbyists in Norfolk were particularly successful, with a total of 130 finds in the year, with Suffolk at 80, Hampshire at 62 and Lincolnshire at 56 also enjoying a fruitful season. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Metal detectorists Joe Kania (left) and Mark Hambleton, who discovered a collection of gold torcs on Staffordshire farmland Excavations of an Anglo Saxon grave in Winfarthing, Norfolk, where a gold necklace and pendants of “national significance” were found and valued at £145,000.Credit:John Rainer/PA read more