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ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Interim head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts during The AdvoCare Showdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Ryan Day isn’t expected to make a ton of changes as Ohio State’s head coach in 2019, but the Buckeyes’ new leader is going to bring in some of his own assistants.At least one of those assistant coaching hires will be a big one, as Ohio State needs a new offensive coordinator with Day’s promotion.Lettermen’s Row is reporting that Ohio State is looking at a big name to fill that role.Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator, Mike Yurcich, is reportedly a candidate for Ohio State’s offensive coordinator gig.From the report:Multiple sources have indicated to Lettermen Row that Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is a name to watch for the Buckeyes once the Rose Bowl is in the rearview mirror and Day gets to work on putting his imprint on the staff. At the moment, Ohio State has been using Corey Dennis to fill the 10th spot on the staff as a recruiter, and it will be interesting to see what role the senior quality control coach will have moving forward since the only other potential change on that side of the ball would likely be on the offensive line.It feels like a reasonably safe assumption that Kevin Wilson would be retained to continue his prolific partnership with Day, but adding another quarterback guru with Ohio ties and recruiting experience like Yurcich would be a strong, savvy move.Ohio State’s offense was one of the best in the country in 2018, so the Buckeyes aren’t going to want to make a ton of changes regardless of what hires are made.The Buckeyes are set to end their season on Jan. 1.Ohio State and Washington are set to kick off at the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. E.T. on New Year’s Day.The game will be on ESPN.
FILMING BEGINS TODAY on scenes from the new Star Wars film on Skellig Michael off the coast of Kerry.However, concerns have been raised about the potential impact that the film crews will have on the site, with Birdwatch Ireland particularly concerned that the filming is coming in the middle of breeding season for puffins and other birds.The Unesco World Heritage Centre has confirmed to TheJournal.ie that it has asked for information on the granting of filming rights at the sixth century monastic site, but a spokesperson said that they could not speculate what would happen.Roni Amelan, a spokesperson for the World Heritage Centre, told TheJournal.ie that the lightsabers and droids may cause damage, but that doesn’t automatically mean a loss of Skellig Michael’s status.“The issue not with filming, it’s with what effect that filming will have.“We can speculate but don’t know yet. If you look at the site and the features for which it was inscribed, you have to look at the effect it will have. We are specific that properties on the list are there for specific features, but all sites are vulnerable. You often have damage to a site, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it would be taken off the list.“It’s very rare that a pristine site will be inscribed.“It’s about getting all of the information.”In the original decision, the committee outlined why Skellig Michael was chosen and no mention of wildlife or scenery is made.The Committee decided to inscribe the nominated property on the basis of cultural criteria (iii) and (iv) considering that the site is of outstanding universal value being an exceptional, and in many respects unique example of an early religious settlement deliberately sited on a pyramidal rock in the ocean, preserved because of a remarkable environment. It illustrates, as no other site can, the extremes of a Christian monasticism characterizing much of North Africa, the Near East and Europe.Only two sites have ever been removed from the Unesco World Heritage List; the first a sanctuary for oryx (a type of antelope) in Oman, the second the Dresden Elbe Valley.In the Oman case, the size of the sanctuary was decreased by 90%, meaning that the oryx were forced to live in captivity. In Dresden, the construction of a four-lane road bridge was found to have altered the valley sufficiently to warrant its removal from the list.In both cases, Amelan says, the sites were “fundamentally changed”.Read: Star Wars filming begins on Skellig Michael as exciting footage emerges