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Women's Volleyball Q&A: Riley Patterson

Riley Patterson is a graduate transfer libero on the women's volleyball team from Sonora, California. With less than a full season with the Waves, Patterson has carried the squad defensively while racking up three WCC Defensive Player of the Week awards thus far. Patterson hopes to help lead her team to a NCAA Tournament appearance this season:Q: How would you describe the transition from Pac...

Riley Patterson is a graduate transfer libero on the women's volleyball team from Sonora, California. With less than a full season with the Waves, Patterson has carried the squad defensively while racking up three WCC Defensive Player of the Week awards thus far. Patterson hopes to help lead her team to a NCAA Tournament appearance this season:

Q: How would you describe the transition from Pacific to Pepperdine?

A: The transition from Pacific to Pepperdine was an easy one for me. From the beginning, the team and coaches made me feel right at home. From the very beginning I knew that I was going to love this experience because of the people that I was surrounded by. School-wise, it was a great transition. I had just graduated college in the spring and was excited to start a master's program this fall. I love the program and I'm so grateful to be getting a master's degree while also being able to compete in the sport I love.

Q: Why did you choose Pepperdine volleyball?

A: After my first conversation with Scott (Wong) I knew I would go to Pepperdine. Scott is an amazing coach and person and I knew that I wanted to be a part of his program. The culture and team that he has brought together was everything I wanted in a volleyball experience and I knew that I had to be a part of it.

Q: You have only been a Wave for one season yet have already collected accomplishments such as WCC Defensive Player of the Week three times. What would you attribute this success to?

A: My coaches and teammates. They push me every day to become a better person and player. I would not be where I am today without them. I know I have only been a part of this program for such a short amount of time but I have grown so close with the team and coaches and I'm so grateful to have them in my life.

Q: With the last bit of the season approaching, what do you see yourself and your team accomplishing? What are the expectations?

A: The expectation that we have as a team is to win out. I am excited for the last three conference games and excited to see what the postseason has in store for us.

Q: What has your experience been like thus far as a Pepperdine Wave?

A: My experience has been everything I have dreamed of. I feel so lucky for the teammates that I have. I get to hang out with best friends every day while we get to compete at the sport we love. This team is so special to me and I'm so lucky to have such great people in my life. The coaching staff has also been great. They care so much about me as a person and not just an athlete. My family always asks how I am liking my experience here at Pepperdine and I always tell them I feel so grateful to be where I am at.

Q: How would you describe the team culture that has been built in Pepperdine volleyball?

A: The team culture at Pepperdine volleyball is so special. It is a place where I can be vulnerable and share how I am really feeling and I know each of my teammates have my back and support me. It is so special to have a team who I know will always be there for me.

Q: What was your favorite memory from this season so far?

A: I have so many good memories from this season. Some of my favorite memories are beating Minnesota and Washington. This was such a cool experience to have. Another favorite memory was paddle boarding as a team. We were out there for hours and it was so much fun being out there with the whole team.

Q: Which was your favorite trip you went on this year with the team?

A: Honestly, all of our travel trips are so much fun. I get to travel to these amazing places and get to play volleyball which is incredible. My favorite one was traveling to San Francisco and Santa Clara. We were able to go to Alcatraz as a team and that was so much fun. We have all had so much fun on our travel trips that it's hard to pick a favorite one because they have all been so incredible.

Q: With this season nearing its end, what are your plans for the future? Do you intend on returning to Pepperdine to play another year?

A: Yes, I am returning to Pepperdine for another year. Although I am a grad student I have another season after this.

Award-Winning Sound Mixer & USC Professor Geoffrey Patterson Gives Master Class On History Of Wireless & Lectrosonics

Award-Winning Sound Mixer and USC Professor Geoffrey Patterson (NA)Los Angeles, CA — If there’s a senior Jedi of sound for Hollywood productions, it’s Geoffrey Patterson. Over 40 years, his work has made him a two-time Academy Award nominee, a nine-time Emmy nominee, and a 12-time nominee and three-time winner of the Cinema Audio Society Award for Best Sound. He has mixed films including Twister, The Usual Suspects, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Wedding Planner, Friends with Bene...

Award-Winning Sound Mixer and USC Professor Geoffrey Patterson (NA)

Los Angeles, CA — If there’s a senior Jedi of sound for Hollywood productions, it’s Geoffrey Patterson. Over 40 years, his work has made him a two-time Academy Award nominee, a nine-time Emmy nominee, and a 12-time nominee and three-time winner of the Cinema Audio Society Award for Best Sound. He has mixed films including Twister, The Usual Suspects, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Wedding Planner, Friends with Benefits, Along Came Polly, Apt Pupil, and many more. A sampling of his TV credits comprises Westworld, Deadwood, True Detective, Perry Mason, and Bosch. At the end of 2021, he traded field work for mentorship, becoming Professor of Production Sound at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Throughout his career he has used Lectrosonics exclusively, such as SMQV transmitters, the Venue receiver series, and many other members of the Digital Hybrid Wireless family for recent work. In fact, he has used almost every generation of Lectrosonics wireless, as his stable began with the original VHF Quad Box, then the UHF Six-Pack, then the first generation of SM-series transmitters, and almost every product thereafter. This experience puts Patterson in a unique position to share his knowledge about the evolution of wireless and sound-for-picture.

“For most of its 100-year history, production — not to mention designing and manufacturing the tools for it — had been a relatively small business,” he explains. “Things slowly started to change in the 1960s with more portable cameras from makers like Arri and Panavision allowing more freedom of movement and hence creativity. That coincided with the arrival of the Nagra audio recorder, which ushered in sound being recorded separately from the camera, albeit on a single monaural track. As for multitrack recording, the Beatles and the Beach Boys were already using it creatively, but it would take the film sound world another 50 years of evolution.”

Even given these developments, notes Patterson, the first wireless mic systems were ugly ducklings: “I started as a boom operator in Hollywood around 1980, and it was at that point that wireless mics were just starting to be used. The radios were big and clunky, had limited range, were prone to interference, and had middling audio quality. Lavalier mics were also large and made to be worn on newscasters’ lapels, not hidden under actors’ wardrobe. So, sound mixers avoided using radio mics.”

Except, that is, for early trailblazers who saw them as creative tools. “Two of the best mixers I ever worked for were David MacMillan and Jim Webb,” says Patterson. “Webb was a very early pioneer in multi-track recording, having done several films with director Robert Altman. MacMillan had the Midas touch. He just knew how to make films sound good. He was never afraid of multiple radio mics and blending them in and out of the booms. They both encouraged me to start mixing, which I did in 1990. My first wireless purchase was the Lectrosonics VHF Quad Box, which housed four receivers in a single package. It would become ubiquitous in the film sound world. I worked hard to learn how to make radio mics sound like wired boom mics, and how to play them against and with each other. When was the best time to hard-cue scenes? How should one EQ wireless? It was during this time that I adopted my approach to always ‘force’ the perspective — to make all the dialogue in a scene match what a well-placed boom would sound like.

Even at this early stage, Patterson had a hunch that Lectrosonics’ quality would give him the edge over the wireless skeptics. He was not disappointed. “In the early 1990s, Lectrosonics introduced UHF and that was a game-changer,” recalls Patterson. “The improved reception and quality led me to buy a ‘six-pack’ of Lectro receivers, plus I added several loose receivers for run-and-gun work. The Lectrosonics Six Pack consisted of six receivers in a nicely machined aluminum case that had a built-in power supply and antenna multi-coupler.”

Patterson goes on to recount the shift from single- to multi-camera shoots as the norm, as well as the explosion of multi-track recorders designed for picture sound. He explains how this one-two punch both created and served a central expectation of audiences.

“Camera angles can bounce all over the place, but the sound needs to be one continuous thread that cuts like butter,” he emphasizes. “In other words, audiences expect everything to sound like a close-up. Nothing takes an audience out of a story faster than bad sound.”

To meet this need, Patterson says that nothing serves his technique of “forcing perspective” better than Lectrosonics. “First and foremost, it’s all about reception. I don’t care how good a radio transmitter/receiver pairing sound if their transmission distance and reliability are not the best. Lectrosonics always gave me the best reception. Second, they sounded great.”

Third perhaps, might be dynamic range, as Patterson recounts from an unforgettable shoot. “Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation is a film about child soldiers in Ghana,” he says. “I would run the SMQV at audio level 4. That is not a typo. I never had to alter the level. We would repeatedly shoot scenes that involved full-load bursts from an AK47, followed by whispered dialogue, followed by more gunfire. I was able to get all the dialogue without any noise, and the transmitters still held up distortion-free to the thunderous automatic rifle bursts.”

Patterson also sees Lectrosonics’ durability as consistently second to none over the decades. “I have owned many different recorders, mixing boards, favorite boom mics, and lavaliers. But the one brand I’ve never wavered on is Lectrosonics. It has never failed me in tens of thousands of hours use, all day, every day, all around the world. Whether in the blazing heat of the California deserts, the freezing cold of an all-nighter in a Chicago winter, the jungles of Africa, or the pyramids of Giza. Whether dropped, dunked, or abused in every conceivable way, they’ve continued to perform at the highest level.”

Even though Patterson has now traded such harsh conditions for the relative calm of the college lecture hall, he evangelizes the gear that stood up to those conditions to his students. “In my upper-level undergrad and graduate production classes, I demonstrate and convince them to use Lectrosonics on their films. Once they do, they’re hooked. If you went to culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu, you wouldn’t train with a toy Easy Bake Oven.”

About Lectrosonics

Well respected within the film, broadcast, and theatre technical communities since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in mission-critical applications by audio engineers familiar with the company’s dedication to quality, customer service, and innovation. Lectrosonics received an Academy Scientific and Technical Award for its Digital Hybrid Wireless® technology and is a US manufacturer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Visit the company online at www.lectrosonics.com. For spare parts and a full line of accessories, visit the company’s online store: Lectrosonics U.S. Online Accessory Store.

Why does Gary Patterson coach at Texas? Tracing TCU legend's switch to Longhorns

Gary Patterson is the all-time winningest coach at TCU. He has a statue on campus. He led the program through four conferences in 22 seasons with the Horned Frogs.Now he'll be on the other sideline when No. 4 TCU takes on No. 18 Texas on Saturday. Patterson is on the Longhorns' staff as a special assistant to head coach Steve Sarkisian. Patterson will be on the sideline for Saturday's game, too.Will this be a "revenge game" for the former Horned Frogs coach?"Gary works 24/7 to beat anybody," ...

Gary Patterson is the all-time winningest coach at TCU. He has a statue on campus. He led the program through four conferences in 22 seasons with the Horned Frogs.

Now he'll be on the other sideline when No. 4 TCU takes on No. 18 Texas on Saturday. Patterson is on the Longhorns' staff as a special assistant to head coach Steve Sarkisian. Patterson will be on the sideline for Saturday's game, too.

Will this be a "revenge game" for the former Horned Frogs coach?

"Gary works 24/7 to beat anybody," Sarkisian said via 247Sports.com. "He's got an unbelievable work ethic about him. This week hasn't been any different."

It's still going to evoke feelings for both sides – especially TCU fans – given Patterson's history with the program.

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A look at Patterson's history with TCU, how he ended up in Texas and how those paths will cross on Saturday.

Gary Patterson's TCU record

Patterson arrived at TCU in 1998 and served as the defensive coordinator under Dennis Franchione until 2000, when he took over as interim coach.

Patterson stuck as the head coach – and he compiled a 181-79 record with the Horned Frogs. TCU moved from the WAC to Conference-USA in Patterson's first full season in 2001, and he guided the incremental rise of the program from BCS buster in the Mountain West Conference to full-time Big 12 member.

In that rise, TCU won the Conference-USA championship (2002), four Mountain West championships (2005, 2009-11) and the Big 12 championship (2014). Not many coaches can claim that at one school.

Gary Patterson's best seasons

Patterson led the Horned Frogs to six top-10 finishes from 2008-17, and three seasons stick out more than the rest.

The Horned Frogs finished 12-0 and won the Mountain West Conference championship, and that regular season included non-conference victories at Virginia and Clemson.

This was during the BCS, and the Horned Frogs No. 4 in the final BCS standings. TCU faced fellow unbeaten BCS buster Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl, and the Broncos won 17-10.

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The Horned Frogs – led by senior quarterback Andy Dalton – were even better the following season. They finished 12-0 again with victories against No. 24 Oregon State and No. 6 Utah. TCU was one of three unbeaten teams in the final BCS standings and finished No. 3 behind No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon.

The Horned Frogs had to settle for the Rose Bowl, where they beat No. 4 Wisconsin 21-19 to cap off a perfect 13-0 season.

TCU's third season in the Big 12 was the first year of the College Football Playoff, and the Horned Frogs finished 11-1 in the regular season. The only loss was a 61-58 loss to No. 5 Baylor on Oct. 11.

The Horned Frogs were No. 3 entering the final weekend of the season, but they slipped to No. 6 in the final rankings despite a 55-3 victory against Iowa State. Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor all jumped the Frogs in the final week. Eventual national champion Ohio State went to the CFP instead.

TCU closed its 12-1 season with a 42-3 victory against No. 3 Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Why was Gary Patterson fired?

Patterson resigned at TCU on Oct. 31, 2021. According to the ESPN.com report, "school officials asked Patterson to finish the season, but he declined."

TCU finished 11-3 in 2017, but then slipped in the Big 12 pecking order. The Horned Frogs were 21-22 starting with the 2018 season, and were in a three-game losing streak when Patterson resigned.

"The story of Gary Patterson and the rise in the fortunes of the TCU football program over the last 20 years is clearly one of the most remarkable in the history of college football. We are grateful to Gary and Kelsey Patterson and appreciate everything they have meant to TCU and the Fort Worth community," TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati said in a statement.

Gary Patterson's role at Texas

Patterson joined Sarkisian's staff at Texas on Jan. 22, 2022. According to CBSSports.com: "The role is described as an assistant head coach with special projects and features a special focus on scouting and scheme evaluation.

Texas allowed 31.1 points per game in 2021, which ranked 99th in the FBS. They have improved to 37th at 21.8 ppg.

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Gary Patterson and Sonny Dykes

Donati hired Dykes away from TCU rival SMU in the offseason. Patterson and Dykes split four head-to-head meetings at the schools from 2017-21 in "The Battle of the Iron Skillet."

TCU is 9-0, ranked No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Quarterback Max Duggan has emerged as a Heisman Trophy sleeper on an offense that ranks fourth in the FBS at 43.1 ppg.

"I don't know what Gary's role is there," Dykes said at his press conference Tuesday. "It's hard for me to evaluate that. Gary is a very good coach. I know he obviously knows our players. I don't have any idea how that is going to affect the game."

Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Cordarrelle Patterson, James Conner, D'Andre Swift more RBs impacting Week 9 start 'em, sit 'em calls

Heading into Sunday's Week 9 action, fantasy football owners are watching the latest injury updates for several key running backs (Cordarrelle Patterson, James Conner, D'Andre Swift, Damien Harris, and Kyren Williams). In a week with six byes, all of those RBs could be involved in start 'em, sit 'em question questions and require more attention than usual.Below, we'll give you the latest news on these RBs and break down how their injuries could potentially affect the Week 9 fantasy landscape.Follow your fantasy team and wat...

Heading into Sunday's Week 9 action, fantasy football owners are watching the latest injury updates for several key running backs (Cordarrelle Patterson, James Conner, D'Andre Swift, Damien Harris, and Kyren Williams). In a week with six byes, all of those RBs could be involved in start 'em, sit 'em question questions and require more attention than usual.

Below, we'll give you the latest news on these RBs and break down how their injuries could potentially affect the Week 9 fantasy landscape.

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Is Cordarrelle Patterson playing Week 9?

UPDATE: The Falcons are activating Patterson off injured reserve, and he will play Sunday against the Chargers, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

UPDATE 2: Patterson is officially ACTIVE.

Falcons head coach Arthur Smith told reporters Friday that they will decide on Patterson's (knee) availability Saturday, according to the team's website. The veteran running back returned to practice earlier this week after missing the past four games.

Patterson said he felt close to 100 percent after his first practice on Wednesday. However, it remains to be seen if the versatile running back will suit up on Sunday. If he plays, he's a must-start in a favorable matchup against a Chargers' defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to RBs this season. If he's out, Caleb Huntley and Tyler Allgeier should be viewed as solid RB2/flex options.

Is James Conner playing Week 9?

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Conner is "likely" to play against Seattle, but no decision will be made until after pre-game warmups.

UPDATE 2: Conner is officially ACTIVE.

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday that Conner (ribs) is a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, according to beat writer Tyler Drake.

It's not surprising to see the veteran running back listed as "questionable" on the team's final injury report. Heading into last week's game against the Vikings, Conner was listed as "questionable" before ultimately being ruled out. He has practiced in a limited fashion this week, but we've seen this rib injury hold him out for the past three games. Conner is a solid RB2 if he's active. If he's out, Eno Benjamin will once again start and be worth an RB2 spot. Seattle allows the seventh-most fantasy points per game to RBs this season.

Is D'Andre Swift playing Week 9?

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Swift is expected to play but have a "limited role" similar to Week 8 when he had 10 touches and played 55 percent of snaps.

UPDATE 2: Swift is officially ACTIVE.

Swift (shoulder, ankle) was officially listed as "questionable" on the team's final injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Packers.

The 23-year-old running back did not practice to start the week but was a limited participant on Thursday and Friday. Swift returned to the field against the Dolphins last week and had 33 total yards and a TD on 10 touches. Swift should be viewed as an RB2 in fantasy this week, but do not be surprised if we see Jamaal Williams lead the Lions in touches and also pay off as an RB2.

Is Damien Harris playing Week 9?

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Harris is unlikely to play against Indianapolis.

UPDATE 2: Harris is officially OUT.

Harris (illness) was among multiple several Patriots players listed as "questionable" ahead of Sunday's game against the Colts. The 25-year-old running back did not practice earlier this week but was a limited participant on Friday, which is a good sign for his availability.

If Harris plays Sunday, he's worth a flex spot. Last week against the Jets, he had 52 total yards on 13 touches. Rhamondre Stevenson is a must-start no matter what, but Harris should also find some success against a Colts' defense that's allowing the 13th-most fantasy points per game to RBs this season.

Is Kyren Williams playing Week 9?

UPDATE: The Rams did not activate Williams off of injured reserve on Saturday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, so he will be out for Week 10.

Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters on Friday that it hasn't been determined if Williams (ankle) will be activated for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, according to beat writer Gary Klein.

The rookie running back has not been activated from the injured reserve after being designated to return on Oct. 26. The Rams running back room is crowded with Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson Jr., and Ronnie Rivers, who started last week's game against the 49ers. It's best to leave Williams on your bench until we see how the Rams manage their running back room, but Williams does have long-term upside.

Is Cam Akers playing Week 9?

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported late Saturday that Akers will be active for Week 9 against Tampa, but how much he plays will depend on the "flow of the game." Fantasy owners should not take a chance on Akers -- or any Rams RB -- in Week 9.

Rams head coach Sean McVay said on Friday "there is a possibility" Akers could play on Sunday against the Buccaneers, according to NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano. Akers returned to practice on Thursday after the team turned down multiple trade offers for the young running back at the league's trade deadline.

For some time, it seemed as if Akers wasn't going to be in Los Angeles after he stepped away from the team in Week 6 for personal reasons. Akers can't be started at this point, but he's worth stashing just in case he resumes a big role. however, with Kyren Williams coming back soon and Darrell Henderson Jr. and Ronnie Rivers still involved, it's anyone's guess as to how the Rams' RB situation will shake out.

Lake Tahoe officials want to remind visitors to travel and visit responsibly

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KTXL) — A popular travel website has put Lake Tahoe on its 2023 “No list” of places people might want to avoid visiting, but the tourism industry up there certainly has something to say about that.Travel website Fodors.com publishes an annual “Go list” and a “No list.” The “No list” includes places where the website contends nature needs a break from humans.But when you read the article, you realize what it suggests is much more nuanced than what the head...

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KTXL) — A popular travel website has put Lake Tahoe on its 2023 “No list” of places people might want to avoid visiting, but the tourism industry up there certainly has something to say about that.

Travel website Fodors.com publishes an annual “Go list” and a “No list.” The “No list” includes places where the website contends nature needs a break from humans.

But when you read the article, you realize what it suggests is much more nuanced than what the headline says.

The early November snowfall has the mountains well-dressed for the busy ski and snowboard season. Several resorts have opened ahead of schedule.

But the travel site Fodors.com has it on a list of places to reconsider visiting.

“Of course, we didn’t ask to be put on that list. But they did reach out to us, which was good. And in that article, we do talk about how it’s not that we’re not asking people to come. We’re just asking folks to travel responsibly,” Andy Chapman, president and CEO of Travel North Tahoe, said.

Chapman encourages people to come up, but he wants people to do it responsibly and respectfully. And that’s really what Fodor’s article is saying as well.

Despite the “No list” label, the article is not suggesting a boycott or a ban — just responsible travel. And the Tahoe tourism industry is all for that.

“During the pandemic, we were inundated. Folks were told to go outdoors. And they did. A lot of them were new to the outdoors. They didn’t know what to do with trash. They didn’t understand about bears and parking issues,” Chapman said.

“So the website, gotahoenorth.com is a great asset, particularly if you click that sustainable travel link at the very top. We have a travel responsibility pledge that we ask everybody to just take a look at. There are six tenets in there from being a steward of Lake Tahoe to demonstrating mindful travel and to be fire aware and wildlife aware, and those types of things,” Chapman continued.

“People need to know that there’s an impact when they come up here. And we can offer solutions to how to limit those,” Jesse Patterson, League to Save Lake Tahoe, said.

“Certainly, carpooling is a great idea. You want to minimize the individual car trips up here. That has an impact on our roads, which leads to runoff and pollution,” Patterson said. “Everything you bring into the wilderness at Tahoe, whether it’s a ski resort, a sled hill or the forest, you got to pack out with you. And if you see some other stuff left behind that somebody else maybe didn’t pack out, go ahead and pick that up. We need that out of here or it’s going to end up in our lake.”

“Tahoe has the best drinking water in the world, quite frankly as far as we’re concerned. So don’t bring single-use plastics in. Take care of your trash for sure. We’ve increased all of the trash receptacles around the beaches and trailheads and all those areas, and they are being emptied often,” Chapman said.

Keep Tahoe Blue is not just a slogan for the area; it’s a lifestyle.

“But certainly, come up and enjoy it. I like to bring my friends up here too. But think about how you’re getting up here, how you’re getting around once you’re here, and just leave it better than you found it, and we can all enjoy Tahoe,” Patterson said.

To reduce cars on the road, North Lake Tahoe has a free on-demand ride service called TART Connect, and South Lake Tahoe has one called Lake Link. Gotahoenorth.com and keeptahoeblue.com are other resources on sustainable travel.

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