Monday, January 10, 2011

CMU Football Roster Changes

A few more football roster changes have been made according to CMU.
Offensive Linemen Jon Czerwienski, Richard Hayes, and Aaron Kaczmarski, running back Malek Redd, and quarterback Derek Rifenbury are no longer part of the football team according to the latest rosters.
Redd was a small back with good speed, but he may not have fit well in Enos’ system, which looks for more a combination of speed and physicality.
Rifenbury quickly became the odd man out in the quarterback race as he fell behind Ryan Radcliff and Brandon Fricke on the depth chart and with A.J. Westendorp healthy along with Kyle Smith and Alex Niznak in the mix, Rifenbury didn’t have much to hope to see the field.
In terms of the offensive linemen, a number of things could have happened. Certainly losing Kaczmarski hurts, as he filled in during the season for injured players, and had some upside. I have heard from a pair of sources close to the program that he would not have been academically eligible next season.
Another note, CMU did land running back Austin White, a transfer from Michigan. White was a highly-recruited back that never seemed to fit with Rich Rodriguez. White will not be eligible until the 2012 season, which has to be a little concerning as he will go two years without active competition in the college football game.



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That’s an impressive statement but also accurate when it comes to Dr. Aarti Kinikar, Head of Pediatrics at Sassoon Hospital in Pune, India (Pune is a city of nearly 10 million, just south of Mumbai, and Sassoon General Hospital is the biggest public hospital in the region). During the H1N1 Flu outbreak last year (2009-2010), Dr Kinikar was faced with a medical emergency seemingly out of all proportion to anyone’s ability to deal with it. Bodies were literally piling up outside of the hospital morgue and she feared that most of the young children and babies that were coming to Sassoon with severe breathing problems would be added to the growing pile. The hospital had only 4 working ventilators and was facing a steady flow of children to the pediatric ward that quickly swelled to a deluge of over 1200, all of whom were in severe respiratory crisis.

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