TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 29: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide shakes hand with head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers after the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Auburn Tigers 55 to 44. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re less than three months away from the start of the college football season. In less than two months, teams will be starting training camp.Where does that leave us now? With plenty of offseason chatter and rankings.This week, Athlon Sports ranked every coach in the SEC heading into the 2018 season.Who’s the worst coach in the league? Ole Miss’ Matt Luke.From Athlon Sports:Luke is the ideal coach to lead the Ole Miss program and landed the full-time job after guiding the Rebels to a 6-6 record as the interim last fall. He’s a native of Gulfport, Miss., played at Ole Miss from 1995-98 and worked as an assistant in Oxford from 2002-05 and again from ’12-16. In between those stints as an assistant for the Rebels, Luke coached at Tennessee (2006-07) and Duke (2008-11). After a successful 2017 season as the interim coach, Luke was promoted to the full-time role following Ole Miss’ victory over Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. The Rebels won three games in SEC play and lost two others by a touchdown or less. After a successful stint as the interim coach, can Luke successfully make the difficult transition to the full-time leader?As the write-up hints, Luke has his work cut out for him at Ole Miss. It might not be fair to rank him here because the situation he inherited is a mess, but that’s where Athlon put him.You can view the full rankings here.
Heron Resources says it has successfully commenced processing activities at its Woodlawn zinc-copper mine in New South Wales, Australia.Reclaimed tailings from hydraulic mining operations are now being processed in the new flotation treatment facility; a significant milestone that marks the start of full production activities, the company said.Attention has now turned to the ramp-up program with a focus on increasing throughput to nameplate capacity of 1.5 Mt/y, achieving design recoveries and meeting product quality specifications for the three base metal concentrates to be produced at Woodlawn.In addition, preparation for the first processing campaign of high-grade underground ore is well advanced and will proceed following the current ramp-up program, Heron said.“Underground mining continues to perform well, with production in the last three months exceeding plans, and development ore from the G2 Lens stockpiled at the crushing circuit in readiness for processing,” the company said.Based on the current ore reserves mine plan, the project is expected to produce three concentrates at an average annualised gross production rate at steady-state of 40,000 t zinc, 10,000 t copper, 12,000 t lead, 900,000 oz silver and 4,000 oz gold over an initial mine life of 9.3 years. The company says there is significant potential for mine life extensions through the conversion of high-grade underground resources and further exploration success.Heron’s Managing Director and CEO, Wayne Taylor, said: “We are excited to have now achieved this significant milestone in the transition from explorer to producer with the processing of the first reclaimed tailing through the Woodlawn plant. Commencing operations is timely, and we look forward to taking advantage of continuing favourable conditions in base metals markets as we ramp-up our operations.”The feasibility study for the “starter case” at Woodlawn contemplated campaign treatment processing of 1-1.5 Mt/y from two separate production sources – underground and tailings.The company kicked off commissioning at Woodlawn back in December.