COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 1: Acting Head Coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team from the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Oregon State 77-31. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)With the news that quarterback Matthew Baldwin has decided to leave Ohio State, the Buckeyes are suddenly quite thin at the position. Outside of presumptive starter Justin Fields and Chris Chugunov, there aren’t any players with experience on Ryan Day’s roster.But the NCAA transfer portal is filled with talented and experienced players who can come in and potentially thrive.Let’s take a look at a few that Ohio State could potentially grab from the transfer portal:Keondre WudteeA former backup at Oklahoma State, Wudtee worked with Ohio State quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich as a member of the Cowboys.With Yurcich now directing the passing game for the Buckeyes, Wudtee might have stronger insight into offense than other potential targets.The downside of course is that as a non-graduate transfer, Wudtee would have to sit out in 2019. Nevertheless, his ties to the team make him an ideal option to join the Buckeyes.Deondre FrancoisPerhaps the most talented and experienced quarterback in the portal, Francois is a “free agent” after being dismissed from the Florida State program following some off-the-field controversies. It certainly didn’t help his case that 2018 was a down year for him…It is unclear if Ohio State would be willing to take on someone with Francois’ off-field questions, and he may not want to step into a situation where he won’t have a great chance to start. He could be the most talented option available though, if Ryan Day and company are willing to give him a chance.McLane CarterAnother Big 12 quarterback who Mike Yurcich has likely seen footage of, Carter hails from Texas Tech and likely would have been the starter in 2018 had an injury not derailed his season.Carter might have a bit of a learning curve since he’d be moving from Kliff Kingsbury’s offense to Yurcich’s, but at least he’d have immediate eligibility.Cade WeldonThere really isn’t a whole lot of tape on Weldon due to his limited snaps at Miami (FL) last year, but there would be a certain irony in seeing Weldon essentially swap places with former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell.It also doesn’t help that he would probably have to sit a year.Kasim HillThe former Maryland quarterback was a four-star prospect in high school and had some flashes in his two years for the Terps. He’d certainly be able to provide some extra intel on Maryland when the two sides face off next season.Like Weldon and Wudtee, Hill would likely have to sit a year.—There are plenty more options than this, but the Buckeyes will need to shop quickly if they want to avoid seeing their ideal targets get snatched up by a team willing to offer better opportunities.
An aerial shot of the Giftland MallManagement of MCG Investments Inc which spearheads the operations at the Giftland Mall has not paid any taxes to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) for the past four years, as the company states that it is awaiting an agreement to carry out the demanded payments summing up to over $25M. Consultant of MCG Investments Inc, Ray Hugh represented the chairman of the company Roy Beepat at Wednesday’s Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the puzzling state of affairs at City Hall. Being required to provide an explanation into the back and forth clash between the Town Clerk, Royston King and Beepat, the consultant indicated that a notice was sent to the company for a total of $44,255,183 in 2017. However, a meeting was facilitated between the two on November 2, 2017, where it was decided that all rates and taxes including penalties and interests would be waved completely for the years 2015 and 2016.Hugh said, “It was agreed at that meeting that taxes for the years 2015 and 2016 including interests and penalties would be waved. Interests and penalties for 2017 also would’ve been waved. The demand then [for 2017] would’ve been $11,467,500 and it was agreed that MCG Investments would provide a payment schedule to the Mayor and City Council.” This was so because the company had carried out a private contractual bargain to fix the roads, drains and to install streetlight. Garbage collection was also done privately throughout the area and as such, the company was not benefitting from any services that were provided by the Council. Additionally for 2017, Giftland Mall would only be required to pay a sum of $11,467,500 after the interests and penalties would’ve been waved. “M&CC had done nothing for that area. No lighting or drainage. It was all done by MCG Inc, garbage collection, disposal is done on a private contractual basis. That road also services a gated community in the rear of the mall,” said the consultant. King was required to respond via a letter after the engagement to confirm the agreements and a schedule would subsequently be sent by Beepat, verifying how the payments would be made.However, King made no attempts to answer to the decision that was taken until April of this year, where he indicated via a letter that the agreement ‘no longer stood’ because of the lapse of time and ‘certain circumstances’. The document further mentioned, “The Chairman of the Finance Committee had agreed to meet and discuss with you the way forward to settle your accounts with the Georgetown.”The Commission also heard that another letter was issued by the Town Clerk the following May, stating that the Council took a decision on April 28, to impose a fee of $25,263,750 instead of the previously agreed sum of $11,467,500. The company has not paid any taxes since 2015 and is contending that City Hall has to come to the table with an explanation as to why the extra costs were attached to the initial sum. Hugh would’ve indicated that Beepat had written several letters to the Town Clerk, informing him of the arrangement that was set but there was no reply.When the matter was raised by the legal assistant, Sherwin Benjamin as to why the principle rates for the past four years were not paid, Hugh responded, “I don’t see without an agreement, just going ahead and paying something because they can say if you pay part of it, pay the whole thing. The agreement was that after we received the letter [from the Town Clerk], we would send in a payment plan.”Benjamin posited, “Every citizen of Georgetown can say that there isn’t an agreement so they’re not paying taxes. That would be a sad day for this town. At the very least, your company should pay the bear taxes for 2017.” As a consultant by profession, Hugh was probed to give a recommendation to the council to which he stated, “I would say clean it up. It seems like everyone is doing their own thing at City Hall and we need someone to make sure that proper plans, structures and an overview is put in place.”To date, monies are owed by the Giftland Mall at Turkeyen on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) for taxes dating back to 2015. (Rupa Seenarine) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPL says ‘moving forward’ to buy power from Giftland MallSeptember 5, 2019In “Business”US$30M Giftland Mall to employ over 2000 GuyaneseMarch 13, 2015In “Business”Govt’s closure of road for state function severely affecting business – Giftland Mall ChairJanuary 29, 2019In “Business”