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Former OSU running back living his dream after NFL

It takes a great athlete to reach his dream of playing in the NFL. It takes a special kind of person to move on after accomplishing that lifelong goal. Described as a “finisher” by his high school football coach, Michael Wiley, a former Ohio State football player and Dallas Cowboy for four years, has moved forward with life toward new goal after living out his dream of playing in the NFL.  Whether it is teaching young teenagers about the importance of school or developing business ideas, Wiley’s ambition is allowing him to find his place in a world outside of sports.  After cementing himself as the best player Ed Carberry ever coached at Monte Vista High School, Wiley found success on the field at OSU.  Wiley did well on and off the field and realized his dream in 2000 when the Dallas Cowboys drafted him. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry, but injuries ended his career.  “I still feel like I left with something to prove,” Wiley said.  At the age of 25, his dream was over.  After football, Wiley went back to school because he promised his mom he would get his degree. But after getting married, having two kids, and opening the After Five Lounge restaurant and bar in 2007, school was not a priority.  One evening, his wife of seven years, Quiana Wiley, asked him: “How would the kids look at you without a college degree?”  Those words triggered something in Wiley. Nearly a decade after leaving school for the NFL, while working full-time and raising a family, he finished what he had started and graduated in 2008 with a degree in sociology. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Wiley said. “It is definitely my proudest accomplishment.” “I was very proud of Michael for going back,” Quiana Wiley said.  Dee Miller, a former college teammate, said Wiley remains the same confident individual he first met.  “Wiley came here with a California swag, but it was well deserved,” Miller said laughing. “He was confident but not cocky.”  Miller went through the same difficult transition from being an NFL player to living in the “real world.” He said he was happy Wiley went back for his degree.  “It’s fulfilling to see him grow as a young man to a mature, older man,” he said.  Wiley closed the After Five Lounge in 2009 but is currently brainstorming business ideas for the future. He wants to be seen as “Michael Wiley: the businessman,” not as a former athlete in business, he said.  When asked what he still has left to accomplish, he answered: “Everything.”  Wiley,32, is currently a store manager at Kroger grocery store. He said he enjoys his job because he gets to help employees and meet fans. He said he never has a dull moment and learns something new every day. Chris Masten, another Kroger employee, said, “They always take the good people. If he gets a store, I told him to call me. I’ll be the first one to work for him.”  Wiley promotes the importance of school to his younger workers. He sees it as “coaching younger kids.” Wiley has “lessons of the day” where he asks each of them what they learned in school that day. Wiley knows first-hand that education opens more doors, and he hopes to help his workers realize that. Despite having to leave behind a sport that he dedicated much of his life to, Wiley said he would not have done anything differently except “go to USC and get out of this damn cold,” he said.  “The game has been good to me. I appreciate what Ohio State gave to me. I appreciate what Monte Vista gave to me. I appreciate what Dallas gave to me. They showed me something that otherwise I wouldn’t have experienced, and for that I am thankful,” Wiley said.  His Facebook “about me” box reads “Lived 1 Dream Now Living Another 1!” He hopes to finish life strong. Wiley would like to be remembered as a “fun guy, honest person. From day one to now, I’ve never changed,” he said. “What you see is what you get.” read more

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Ohio State mens volleyball splits weekend tournament matches

The No. 10-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team split its too matches in the Ken and Dave Dunlap Invitational this weekend, defeating No. 12-ranked Pacific in four sets before falling to No. 4-ranked Stanford in five sets. Penn State and Stanford kicked off the series with a rematch of the 2010 NCAA National Championship. Stanford swept PSU in the title game, but victory belonged to the Nittany Lions Friday night. As the Buckeyes prepared to take the court with Pacific, a moment of silence was held in honor of D.C. Koehl, the OSU volleyball sports information director, who died Thursday. The same was done before Saturday’s match. The Tigers came out strong Friday and were able to take the first set, 25-19, by taking an early four-point lead that OSU was unable to overcome. The Buckeyes, led by senior opposite Shawn Sangrey with a match-high 26 kills, claimed the next three sets and the match. “We took a nice step this weekend, and that’s what I told the kids,” said coach Pete Hanson. “We wouldn’t have been able to do this, play like this, three weeks ago. Our team was just so discombobulated.” After Pacific fell to PSU, the only team to leave the invitational with two wins, OSU faced Stanford. Stanford had the early advantage after defeating the Buckeyes in a shaky first set, 22-25. “We’ve gone down one (set) before and I don’t think it’s anything to be scared of,” Sangrey said. “But it does hurt a little bit.” OSU came back in the second set and went on a three-point run to force a timeout at 13-9. The Buckeyes kept a steady lead, but almost let it slip away as they approached set point. Stanford’s own three-point run put them within one point of OSU before senior outside hitter Mik Berzins sealed the set with a kill, 25-23. A special guest was introduced during the intermission between the second and third sets to the almost 960 people that attended Saturday’s match. President E. Gordon Gee, dressed in a gray vest with his signature bow tie, stepped onto the court to lead several fans in a game of “Gee says,” a variation on the game “Simon says,” with a $25 gas gift card from Speedway for the winner. As Gee attempted to stump the fans, he narrowed it down to five very attentive contestants. Gee gave the oldest remaining contestant the gift card and promised to give $25 to the other four. The teams retook the court, and the third set was a close one, with 16 tied scores. At 20-17, Stanford’s senior setter Evan Berry went up for an attack and came down hard on the court, injuring his left knee. Berry was able to return to the sidelines during the fifth set but never re-entered the match. Back-to-back Sangrey kills ended the set, 26-23. Stanford maintained a small lead through the fourth set, though the score would tie 13 times during the set. At 20-20, the Cardinal offense began to pull ahead and would force a deciding fifth set. Sangrey said he is motivated to continue to compete at a high level in long matches by his teammates. “We’re playing for each other,” he said. “We’re motivated to make each other better.” The Buckeyes were ahead by three when the teams swapped sides of the court. At 9-7, Stanford went on a three-point drive to take the lead and force an OSU timeout. A missed block by Sangrey ended the set, 12-15, and the match. “The thing that hurt us coming down the stretch was our serving. We made some really critical service errors,” Hanson said. “And that’s just staying confident, staying aggressive, and when you can do that you’re going to get that serve in.” Sangrey recorded a match-high 30 kills which tied his career best record. Redshirt freshman setter Peter Heinen delivered 49 assists, another match-high. Junior libero Derek Kues led the team in digs with eight. The Buckeyes are 1-10 against Stanford. Their only win was in 1981, the first time the two teams met. They are 10-1 against Pacific. OSU will travel to University Park, Pa., to take on the Cal-Baptist Lancers on Friday and the Mount Olive Trojans on Saturday as part of the Penn State Tournament. Both games start at 5 p.m. read more

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Campbell Shipping recognized by the International Maritime Organization

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 17, 2017 – Nassau – The Hon. Frankie Campbell, Minister of Transport and Local Government, presented the International Maritime Organization (IMO) special recognition award to Campbell Shipping Company Limited (“Campbell”), December 14, 2017 at the Ministry’s offices.The award was received by Captain Rajesh Dhadwal, Managing Director/CEO of Campbell Shipping, on behalf of the entire Campbell team of over 400 people on board and ashore.   The award was received for the effort of the crew of CS Caprice who rescued over 510 migrants.   Article 98 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and regulation V/33 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea places duty on ships trading worldwide, to assist those in distress or in danger of being lost at sea.The recent Mediterranean migrant crisis saw one of the greatest movements of displaced persons and caused grave concerns to the lives of migrants crossing the sea in grossly overloaded, unsafe vessels resulting in the loss of thousands of lives.   In the period from January 2014 to December 2015 in the Mediterranean Sea alone, over 1,350 merchant vessels diverted from their intended voyage to rescue over 57,000 mixed migrants in danger of being lost at sea, a number unprecedented in history.CS Caprice, a vessel managed by Campbell shipping, on 22nd October 2014, was called upon for an unprecedented task to rescue 510 migrants, which included men, women and children.   The extraordinary efforts, great skills, courage, professionalism and selfless concerns for others was demonstrated by the Campbell Shipping team to undertake the successful rescue operations without any loss of lives.   After the rescue operations the team of CS Caprice, comprising 20 crew, ensured all 510 migrants were cared for including safety, food and clothing, medical attention for days before they safely disembarked.   The IMO special recognition was issued to commend the Campbell ship and all the team members for their bravery, professionalism and compassion embodying the highest traditions of the sea.CS Caprice rescue operations, to present, remains the largest successful operations undertaken by a commercial vessel in modern history.   In addition to the award, the Secretary General of the IMO, Kitack Lim, sent a communication to the Company, which conveyed the commendation of the IMO Assembly in which he stated “I also wish to take this opportunity to add my own warm appreciation for your remarkable effort, of which you can be rightly proud.   The bravery, professionalism and compassion, embodying the highest tradition of the sea, displayed by all of you are truly noteworthy.”International Maritime Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations based in London.   The IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping.   Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.   The Bahamas is a member of the of the IMO’s executive council.Campbell Shipping is the ship management branch of the Campbell Group of Companies, originally founded and established by Scottish Naval Architect, George T. R. Campbell. The Company maintains its principal office in Nassau, The Bahamas, and operates an office in Mumbai, India.Press Release: BISPhoto Caption:  Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell, right, presented the International Maritime Organization (IMO) special recognition award to Campbell Shipping Company Limited (“Campbell”), represented by Captain Rajesh Dhadwal, December 14, 2017 at the Ministry’s offices.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more