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Western Michigans rise under P. Air Jordan 11 Canada .J. Fleck has been underscored by his popular row the boat mantra. Within the walls of his program, another saying carries as much or more gravitas: The ball is the program.The Broncos are living it so far this season. Theyre the only Bowl Subdivision team that has not committed a turnover.As far as Fleck is concerned, that statistic best explains how his team has won six straight games for its best start since 1941 and entered the Top 25 for the first time, at No. 24.You come to one of our practices, quarterback Zach Terrell said Wednesday, youre going to hear `the ball is the program at least 10 times.Flipping the fortunes of the program has been predicated on improving the turnover margin, Fleck said. His first WMU team, in 2013, tied for 104th in the FBS and went 1-11. The Broncos were 49th and 58th while going 8-5 each of the last two years.The 2016 Broncos are the first team in at least 20 years to commit no turnovers through its first six games, according to WMU and ESPN research. The record for fewest turnovers in a season is eight, shared by four teams.Terrell has not been intercepted in 143 pass attempts. The Broncos have fumbled seven times and recovered each one. Considering their opponents have lost five of six fumbles, how big a role has luck played in Western Michigan staying turnover-free?Youve got to be able to catch some breaks, Fleck said. But were big on believing you can create your own breaks.That starts with the programs culture.Rather than hanging a board in the locker room displaying the Mid-American Conference standings, Fleck allows only a chart that runs down MAC teams turnover margins. On their way from the locker room to the practice field, players tap a sign in all capital letters reading -- what else? -- THE BALL IS THE PROGRAM.And every practice, with no exception, includes a 15-minute period for ball security and ball disruption drills. Wet footballs are used every Thursday and frozen balls come out occasionally as the weather turns colder.Fleck and his staff came up with a rotation of 12 drills that address almost any situation a turnover or takeaway could occur.We teach everything here in incredible detail, he said.A player is schooled on how to pick a ball off the ground depending on whether hes in a cluster of bodies or in the open field. In close quarters, its jump on the ball and squeeze it. In the open field, the player is to surround the ball with his feet, bend at the hips and knees, scrape his knuckles on the ground with his pinkies together, scoop up the ball and put it in the chin.Chin is the Broncos way of saying to hold the ball high and tight. Theres more to it than that, though. Coaches talk about five pressure points for cradling the ball. Even the direction the point of the ball faces is scrutinized.And then theres effort, which is part of Flecks row the boat theme for how the program operates. No one has shown more effort than tight end Donnie Ernsberger, who has recovered four of the Broncos seven fumbles.He doesnt get a lot of touches as a receiver, but hell put his body on the line, star receiver Corey Davis said. Hes sacrificing a lot for this team, and he means a lot to us.Fleck said Ernsbergers fumble recoveries are not by chance.He always finds a way to be around a fumble and get in the pile, or to be on the ball when that ball comes out, he said. If he were jogging and not finishing the play, he wouldnt recover those. But we have about 95 Donnie Ernsbergers on our football team.Terrell said he had never been around a coach so obsessed with preventing turnovers and credited Fleck with making him think about ball security in a different way.Its not just the person who has it in his hands, he said. Its everybody that determines whether the ball is taken care of. One small detail missed can lead to a catastrophic error, and thats losing the ball and turning it over.---Online:AP college football website: http://collegefootball.ap.org Air Jordan Retro 11 Wholesale . The move comes after the Canadiens were approached by the Buffalo Sabres for permission to speak to Dudley - a former Sabres player and head coach. "The Sabres called for permission and I appreciate that, Im flattered, Dudley told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. Air Jordan 11 Retro Canada . The Vikings announced Thursday that Priefer will be one of seven holdovers from the previous staff, along with offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, wide receivers coach George Stewart and others. Norv Turner will mark his 30th year of coaching in the NFL as the offensive co-ordinator, as widely reported for weeks, and George Edwards will be the defensive co-ordinator. http://www.cheapairjordan11canada.com/ . Batiste, who briefly signed with the Eskimos in 2006, has spent time with several NFL teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. Tigers general manager?Al Avila said Tuesday that the team will shed payroll this offseason and that means hell listen to offers on any player currently on the roster.?Speaking on MLB Network, Avila said the Tigers no longer can sustain a level of spending that saw them dish out a club-record $200 million-plus in 2016.First baseman Miguel Cabrera, right-handers Justin Verlander and Jordan Zimmermann, outfielders Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez, and second baseman Ian Kinsler are among the Tigers players set to make at least $11 million in 2017.?At the very beginning, I said this may be a process that takes three winters, not just one winter, Avila said, according to MLB.com. Now people are like, Oh, they are going to trade everyone. No. I dont know who we are going to trade yet. We want to trade the right guys and certain things might take until next winter. ...The goal is to shed payroll and get better. Now, how do you do that? It may not aall be accomplished in one shot. Jordan Retro 11 Canada. Its a process. Im going to keep on saying that. Its not a process you do in three months. Its one you do by changing the philosophy and way you go about it moving forward -- as opposed to every year going out and signing big-time free agents and trading away your prospects.Are there going to be good, viable trades out there? We will find out. If there are not, we will wait ... I think theres going to be interest in several of our players. I do. Its just a matter of where we go with those talks.A person familiar with the Tigers thinking told ESPNs Jerry Crasnick that while the Tigers will listen on some of their high-priced players, they think they have a chance to make a run in 2017 with a rotation of Verlander, Zimmermann, Michael Fulmer, Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris.? ' ' '