PR Insight: Three essentials to a balanced public relations program

first_imgStarting 2015 off on the right footby: Rebecca MayoToday’s banking environment is more challenging and competitive than ever before, making it critical for credit unions to implement a solid public relations program that effectively promotes and ultimately builds awareness among prospective members. But for your program to be effective, it must be balanced. As we wind down the year, credit unions should be building out their plans right now for next year through a healthy mix of press releases, media placements and member case studies (or testimonials).1. Press ReleasesPress releases should be considered the foundation for your credit union’s public relations program, and can be used to directly communicate news to your members and the media. This may include announcements promoting new products and services, or even product enhancements and important changes. Press releases are also excellent tools to demonstrate your credit union’s growth and momentum. This is critical, as members may decide to leave for another institution if they have little confidence you’ll be around in the future.Frequency is also important. Credit unions should aim for distributing a press release every four to five weeks at minimum to ensure they remain top of mind. Press releases should also be regularly updated on the credit union’s website. Failure to do so can damage a credit union’s brand and make the site appear outdated or not maintained. Imagine visiting your favorite retailer’s website and seeing they haven’t posted any news items in more than a year. It would feel as if the site – and possibly the organization – has been neglected.2. Media PlacementsDo you ever wonder why the same names and faces appear in the press? There’s a reason and it has to do with strategically positioning your credit union’s executives as industry thought leaders through media placements. Your institution can increase its credibility by putting names to the faces of your executives and providing current and prospective members with relevant information. For example, many local papers feature sections where executives can offer financial planning tips – something your members might value. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Football News FIFA reserves soar to $2.7 billion, revenue at $6.4 billion

first_imgLondon: FIFA’s cash reserves soared to a record $2.74 billion and revenue climbed to $6.4 billion in the four-year period covering the 2018 World Cup, The Associated Press has learned. The robust financial results suggest FIFA has weathered the deepest crisis in its history, which erupted in 2015 when a United States-led criminal investigation led to the arrests and later convictions of high-ranking officials on corruption charges.FIFA President Sepp Blatter also was deposed as FIFA president in a financial misconduct case that left the governing body’s reputation in tatters and caused a backlash from sponsors.After being elected as Blatter’s successor in 2016, Gianni Infantino said that “FIFA was clinically dead as an organization.”Although Infantino’s leadership has come under criticism from within European governing body UEFA, Infantino will be able to show the budget is in a healthy state, and he is due to be re-elected unopposed in June for a four-year term.The 2015-18 finances obtained by the AP exceed the forecasts presented to the FIFA Congress last June. While FIFA projected cash reserves to increase to $1.653 billion in the 2018 World Cup cycle, they had grown to $2.74 billion at the end of 2018, according to people with knowledge of the finances.The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the financial results remain confidential.FIFA’s reserves at the end of the 2014 World Cup cycle were $1.523 billion after generating $5.718 billion after the tournament in Brazil.Amid of corruption crisis of 2015, FIFA modestly targeted raising $5 billion by the end of the Russia World Cup, a projection later raised to $6.1 billion.Those expectations were eclipsed when the four-year cycle ended with revenues of $6.4 billion, according to the people with knowledge of the financial report, which shows profit of around $1 billion.The record revenue was achieved despite FIFA not filling its full slate of sponsors for the 2018 World Cup. Several sponsors did not renew after the 2014 tournament in Brazil.Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, an opponent of Infantino in the 2016 vote, had warned Infantino’s plan to increase payouts to member associations would “bankrupt” FIFA, but that has not transpired.In the 2011-14 World Cup cycle, FIFA’s accounts showed just over $1 billion was spent overall on development projects with $538 million going to the Financial Assistance Programme for national associations and confederations.In the 2015-18 cycle, investment dedicated to FIFA’s new Forward development program was $1.079 billion of which $832 million had been approved and committed to member associations, confederations or regions by the end of last year, according to a financial document seen by the AP.Between May 2016 and December 2018, 941 specific projects were funded in 179 of the 211 member associations at a cost of $270.3 million. There are a range of handouts: from $30,769 to train female football administrators in South Africa to $2.25 million on youth development in Peru.FIFA proclaims it has far more rigorous system of financial controls designed to guard against further corruption scandals. FIFA rejected 201 of the 1,978 funding applications received in the four-year cycle.FIFA is also trying to secure backing to expand the Club World Cup and develop a Global Nations League, a mini-World Cup for national teams, to further boost revenue. But Infantino’s hopes of obtaining $25 billion in guaranteed finances from backers, including Japan’s SoftBank, have stalled over European opposition to the formats and funding.Even without that additional income, FIFA said in its financial report that the success of the 2018 World Cup has provided “strong financial resources” to enable it to raise Forward funds by $667 million to $1.746 billion in the 2019-22 cycle.Each member association can apply for up to USD 6 million over the 2019-22 cycle, while each of the six confederations receives $48 million. In addition, $62 million is available for zonal or regional associations if they organize at least five youth and women’s competitions per year.News of the soaring FIFA reserves comes amid ongoing questions about the lack of parity for World Cup prize money between the men’s and women’s tournaments.France earned $38 million from FIFA for winning the men’s World Cup last July but the women’s champion this July will earn $4 million. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Kids Learn Tips On Rip Currents, Sharks

first_img“They’re a little scary, but if you know more about them, you can be respectful, not fearful,” said Williams, a post-doctoral coastal ecologist at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken.In a shark encounter, do not splash because the shark could take it for prey, such as a seal, Williams said.Teresa Sperber, a member of the board of the Library Association, which does fundraising and programming for the library, said she arranged Williams’ talk because she was familiar with Sea Grant after two of her children – Paul, 12, and Cecilia, 8 – attended camp at Sea Grant this summer. “I thought it was very informative,” Sperber said. “I think the kids learned a lot in a fun style,” Sperber said. About 20 children and five adults attended.Williams conducts two other programs for the community, a for-adults version of the one presented at the library and another on dune management, also for adults. Williams can be reached through Sea Grant, 732-872-1300, or at [email protected] Story and photos by Joseph SapiaRUMSON – With swimmer Michael Phelps racking up gold medals for Team USA in the Summer Olympics, it may be interesting to know he is much slower than a common Jersey Shore visitor.Rip currents can move “two times as fast as an Olympic swimmer,” said Amy Williams, a coastal ecology extension agent for the Sandy Hook-based New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium.That was one of the facts presented in “Ocean Hazards: Sharks and Rip Currents,” a children-oriented talk Williams did at the Oceanic Free Library, here, on Wednesday, Aug. 10.A rip current is “a current of water that rips you away from the shore,” Williams said. When waves come in, the water has to go back out – the channeling of that outgoing water in one location is a rip current.Aside from avoiding panic and swimming parallel to the shore, try to get a lifeguard’s attention if swimming in a rip current, Williams said. “Rip currents take you out to sea, but they stay on the surface,” she said. “They don’t go out very far.”Mary Catherine O’Connor, 9, who lives in the borough, said she came away with new knowledge. “I learned sharks don’t mean to attack you and a lot about rip currents and how to be safe in them.” Her sister, Eleanor, 11, said she learned that to get out of a rip current: swim parallel to the shore to escape the narrow funneling of water.Margot O’Connor of Rumson holds her daughter, Claire, 6, while attending a talk at the Oceanic Free Library, Rumson. O’Connor is vice president of the library association.The children also learned that a swimmer is safer if using a flotation device, and panic is a main reason people get in trouble in rip currents.Williams talked about shark attacks.In 2015, for example, there were 96 reported shark attacks worldwide, with only six deaths from these, Williams said. Of the 300 to 400 species of sharks, only three – great white, bull and tiger – are known to attack humans, she said.last_img read more

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Leafs stop Bruins 6-2 to increase lead in Murdoch Division to four points

first_imgThe 8-3-1-2 Storm open the three-game road trip Friday in Chase against the Heat.Saturday’s game is the 11th of the month for Nelson, which is 7-3 in October with one game remaining.The contest against the Storm concludes a six games in nine day stretch for the Leafs.Grand Forks is back at home Friday hosting Beaver Valley before travelling to Creston Saturday to meet the Thunder Cats.ICE CHIPS: The Leafs traded center Matti Jmaeff to Creston in exchange for defenceman Kyle Wilkinson. In 10 games with the Thunder Cats the Prince George native had 3 assists. Jmaeff, who came to the Leafs last season from the Cats, had seven points for Nelson since returning from Junior A. Wilkinson turns 18 Tuesday. The Nelson Leafs increased its lead in the Murdoch Division to four points by stopping the Grand Forks Border Bruins 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Thursday night in the Boundary City.The win was the fourth straight for the Leafs, all against Murdoch Division opponents.Dustin Reimer, Bryce Nielsen, Carsen Willans, Damin Devlin, Colton Schell and Blake Arcuri scored for the Leafs.Nelson, 10-5-1-0, held period leads of 2-1 and 5-2.Nelson returns home Saturday to meet the Kamloops Storm at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

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UPDATED: Bombers get rocked by top seed Sir Charles Tupper

first_imgIn the end, the top ranked team in the tournament was too much for the 16th squad.Sir Charles Tupper Tigers made quick work of the Kootenay reps from Nelson, overpowering the L.V. Rogers Bombers 68-36 in opening round action at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday at the Events Centre in Langley.The Tigers opened up a 26-7 first quarter lead and never looked back.C. Schneller put up 25 points on LVR to lead Sir Charles Tupper.Josh Matosevic scored 14 points and Vinnie Watson had 10 to lead the Bombers.LVR now drops into the consolation round and meets Vernon at 8:30 a.m.Bombers off to AAA Hoop Provincials; meet top ranked Tupper in opener WednesdayIt’s never easy being the 16th seed in any tournament.However, having to play the role of Giant Killers is something all-to familiar for Kootenay Zone rep, L.V. Rogers Bombers.The Bombers play top-ranked Sir Charles Tupper Tigers of Vancouver to open the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday at the Events Centre in Langley.The game tips off at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. “We are young and inexperienced heading into a tough first game against the No. 1 ranked Sir Charles Tupper Tigers of Vancouver,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan, “however, we played Tupper in our first round game last year and know how to prepare for them.”Phelan takes a team with no seniors to the AAA tournament.And know it won’t be easy pulling of the upset.”Key to the game is taking care of the ball and not succumbing to their full court press,” said Phelan about what LVR needs to do against the Tigers.”We had 20-plus turnovers against them last year and lost by 22 points. If we can cut our turnovers in half we give ourselves at least a chance to win.”LVR pretty much owned the Kootenay zone this season. Except for Golden, and an upset loss to Fernie Falcons, the Bombers waltzed through the Kootenay teams.However, at the provincials the competition amps up several levels. Which makes even the slightest lapse in the game prove too much to overcome.”We’ve watched a lot of game tape on them so nothing will be a surprise if they stick to their game plan,” said Phelan.”(But) Tupper (second ranked in 2014) were likely disappointed with their fifth place finish,” Phelan added.”They returned many key players including their starting 6’4” post pair and a strong back court. They press full court and like to play a lot of zone defense to keep their rim protectors close to home.”LVR is led by the front line of Josh Matosevic, Vinnie Watson and Darian Johnson with Robby Dixon and Grade 10 point guard Eamon Studer directing the offence.”We match up quite well with them despite being young,” Phelan, who along with coach Dean Studer, head the sideline crew of the Bombers.”If we can play with effort and composure, and commit to helping each other on defense we may surprise a lot of people in this tournament.”The Bomber boys are the second team from LVR to advance to a provincial basketball tournament. The LVR Senior Girl’s played last week at the BC High School Girl’s AA Basketball Champion.The tournament runs through the week with the final set for Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Langley Events Centre.last_img read more

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Shock and sadness at Marikana mine conflict

first_imgSouth Africans have united in shock and sadness at the violence which occurred during the industrial dispute at the Marikana mine, said Chief Executive of Brand South Africa, Miller Matola. “Our first thoughts must be with the families of those who have died or been injured in this senseless violence. The fact that President Zuma has cut short his attendance of the SADC Summit in Mozambique to return to South Africa to deal with the situation is a sign of how seriously our leadership takes this.” Matola added that South Africa was a constitutional democracy with sophisticated labour relations law and long-established negotiating forums in which business, organised labour government resolved labour issues.“We cannot allow the country’s long history of industrial action in support of social change to be undermined by violent protest”, said Matola.He went on to say that it was vital that the investigation currently underway determine exactly what happened and identify the perpetrators to ensure that justice was served.“Now is a time for cool heads. Leaders in government, business, the labour unions and the local community must come together to restore calm and commence dialogue.”Both citizens and business are pleased that President Zuma has given instructions to take the necessary steps to restore calm; and to bring the various parties together to resolve the issues at the mine.The labour conflict is confined to Lonmin’s Marikana mine near Rustenburg, a mining town about two hours away from Johannesburg.last_img read more

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Ripened with wisdom…

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the Opening Ceremonies of the FFA, the adviser is stationed “by the owl, a time honored emblem of knowledge and wisdom.” The adviser then explains “being older than the rest of you, I am asked to advise you from time to time as the need arises. I hope that my advice will always be based on true knowledge and ripened with wisdom.”Those words were the first things that came to mind when my brother called to tell me that Clair Jones was in hospice at his home. Mr. Jones was the FFA adviser for my brother, my husband and I, as well as countless others from 36 years of teaching vocational agriculture. We stopped to see him that evening, and the memories started flowing.Kent noticed the kitchen table that he and untold others had sat at while working on State Farmer degrees, American Farmer degrees, proficiency awards and judging contest preparations. In the days before computer generated applications, Clair had a very successful system in place that guaranteed his students would excel in competitions. His work day extended far past the close of school. As a vo-ag teacher, he worked with students on their projects, visited them at their homes and places of work, advised the FFA Chapter and worked to make each student a success. And his former students include veterinarians, business owners, professors, farmers, engineers, doctors, lawyers, accountants, and the list goes on and on and on.Clair was probably one of the brightest people I ever met. He was also a bit eccentric. Above all, he had a passion for agriculture and understanding its history and its future. One day, shortly after I married Kent, he stopped for a visit around our kitchen table. He reminisced through 25 years of teaching in Celina, 10 years in St. Henry and a year in McComb. Those 36 years provided him an insight and comprehension of agriculture in this county that was unsurpassed.In the FFA Opening Ceremony, the President asks, “FFA Members, why are we here? To practice brotherhood, honor agriculture opportunities and responsibilities and develop those qualities of leadership which an FFA member should possess.”That sentence sums up precisely the difference in taking vo-ag from Mr Jones. Not only did a student learn genetics, agronomy, animal science, nutrition, welding, small engines, woodshop, etc., but also the student gained experience in public speaking, leadership activities, team contests, individual competition and supervised occupational experience projects that put into practice what was learned in class. And Mr. Jones’ students excelled at the state and national level, under his guidance.Kent recalls Mr. Jones teaching him how to judge dairy cattle in the annual Hoard’s Dairy Judging Contest. Clair suggested that it was always advantageous to look at the problem from a new perspective. When the pictures of the cows were turned upside down, different details of important judging points emerged. What a valuable life lesson!He advised a new teacher about how to succeed at the high school. His counsel was to stay out of the main office and make sure you get along with the janitors and the cafeteria staff because they keep the school running.When Mr. Jones retired from teaching, he did not retire from agriculture. He worked as a certified seed inspector for Mercer, Auglaize, Van Wert and Darke Counties. He also worked at the Neptune Elevator and the Mercer County Elks Golf Club.Clair S. Jones, 85, passed away on May 21, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Donna, who died in 2014. He is survived by a daughter, Patty, son-in-law, Thomas Buening, five grandchildren, one great grandson, a brother and two sisters. Clair was very proud of his family. They clearly shared his intelligence and passion for life. Patty did a beautiful job of taking care of her parents, while teaching in Columbus. She hired the best home health care workers who enabled Clair and Donna to remain in their home.The FFA Closing Ceremony states “as we mingle with others, let us be diligent in labor, just in our dealings, courteous to everyone and above all, honest and fair in the game of life.” Wise words that I saw come to life in my FFA adviser, Mr. Clair Jones. Thank you, Clair.last_img read more

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Towns leads Timberwolves past floundering Mavericks

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) moves past Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel (3). APMINNEAPOLIS — The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves won four games in a row was five years ago, when Karl-Anthony Towns was just a junior in high school.The Wolves are growing up fast, without much of the pains of past few seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Towns had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting and the Timberwolves used a season-high 33 assists to beat the floundering Dallas Mavericks 112-99 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for their first four-game winning streak since Dec. 7-15, 2012.“It’s just one of many,” Towns said, “and hopefully four will seem like a little bit to us. It’ll seem something like we’re having a bad season if we’re only getting four in a row at some point.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHolding Mavericks star Harrison Barnes scoreless in the second half, the Wolves enjoyed a blowout for once after the margin of their previous five victories totaled just 17 points. They played so well they still won by 13 points despite lapsing in a fourth quarter won by the Mavericks 30-19 to make notoriously demanding coach Tom Thibodeau uncomfortable.“Obviously, it’s better than losing,” he said, “but the big thing is for us to concentrate on improving.” Read Next MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Davis, Cousins lead Pelicans over Bulls in OT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIEScenter_img With franchise cornerstone Dirk Nowitzki not the same as his younger self, the Mavericks been relying heavily on their bounty of point guards. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 points and Devin Harris (15 points) and J.J. Barea (14 points) provided a few sparks off the bench, but there’s just not enough production to be found. The Mavericks entered the game with the third-lowest scoring average in the league.“We have to bear down, collectively, and come with the energy and effort,” Barnes said. “Our starts in the first and the third have been problematic for us all season.”BUTLER DID ITThe Wolves improved to 6-1 with linchpin Jimmy Butler on the floor, having lost both games the tenacious, versatile small forward missed with a virus, and the upside to this one was he finished with a season-low four points. He had five rebounds and seven assists.“When I feel like it’s my time to shoot, I’ll shoot it. But as of right now, my teammates are rolling,” Butler said. “Feed them. Let them get us going.”WORK, BENCHTaj Gibson picked up some slack with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Teague had 11 points and 10 assists. The reserves, playing as a five-man unit for long stretches, contributed often, too. Nemanja Bjelica and Tyus Jones each sank a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter. Jamal Crawford used a shake-and-bake move for a 20-foot pull-up jumper he swished for a 90-62 lead that was the largest of the game for the Wolves.ROUGH ROAD AHEADThe Mavericks might have to wait a while longer for that next win. Their next 10 games include two matchups each with Oklahoma City and San Antonio and one against Cleveland, and all but one of them are against teams that made the playoffs last season. The Timberwolves, who visit Dallas on Nov. 17, are the only outlier.TIP-INS 3 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal PLAY LIST 01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Even Thibodeau had plenty of compliments afterward, though.Coming off a career-low two points Wednesday at New Orleans, when foul trouble against bulwarks DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis limited him to 22 minutes, Towns responded like the Timberwolves needed him to and thought he would. He had seven points and two rebounds during a 13-0 run late in the third quarter that pushed their lead to 25 points.“The situation was more in my favor today,” Towns said. “I was able to go out there and play my game.”Barnes finished with 17 points for the Mavericks, who have the worst record in the NBA and their first 1-10 start since the 1993-94 season when they staggered out of the gate at 1-23 and finished 13-69.“They’ve got a lot of good defenders that they can put on him,” said coach Rick Carlisle, who kept Barnes on the bench in the fourth. “Look, we just didn’t do a good job moving the ball to start the second half, either. So some of that’s on us. Some of it’s on me. I’ve got to get him some better looks.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Mavericks: Nowitzki had seven points on 3-for-8 shooting in 22 minutes. … Salah Mejri started at center for the first time this season. The 7-foot-2 Tunisian, who had 13 rebounds and five blocks against the Pelicans, went scoreless in nine minutes while picking up three fouls.Timberwolves: Bjelica is second in the NBA in 3-point shooting, behind Oklahoma City’s Raymond Felton. He’s the only player on the team with at least one make from behind the arc in all nine games this season. … The Wolves have attempted more free throws than their opponent in all nine games. View commentslast_img read more

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23 days ago​Sterling wants Man City teammate Foden in England squad

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Sterling wants Man City teammate Foden in England squadby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City star Raheem Sterling would be delighted to see teammate Phil Foden in the England setup.The teenage midfielder is being linked with a call up to the full England squad for their October Euro 2020 qualifiers.While he has struggled for game time in the Premier League this season, Foden is rated as one of the most promising English talents in his age group.Foden netted for City against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Tuesday.”Players that we have here, you have to read the game and the goals will come,” Sterling told BT Sport about City not scoring until late in the game.”I am buzzing for Phil and I want him in the national team, if he keeps going he will be there.” last_img read more

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Photo: Shelley Meyer Had A National Championship Ring Made Into A Necklace

first_imgurban meyer and his wife shelley meyer after the rose bowlPASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and wife Shelley Meyer celebrate after the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Ohio State’s players and coaches weren’t the only ones to receive rings for the national championship. The coaches wives also received some “bling” for the win, and Shelley Meyer tweeted out a picture of her new jewelry yesterday. She had the ring turned into a necklace. There is probably no more sought after accessory in the state of Ohio right now.Buckeyes got their “ring bling”-Buckeye Coaches’ Wives got some championship bling of their own. #1 #natlchamps pic.twitter.com/jxOfYrwGsx— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) March 27, 2015Few college football coaches’ wives are as active as Shelley Meyer. She and the other Buckeye wives definitely earned this after a long season.last_img read more

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