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John Urschel Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List

And other top news from Baltimore sports this week.

By Jess Mayhugh | January 6, 2017, 10:55 am

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The Chatter

John Urschel Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List

And other top news from Baltimore sports this week.

By Jess Mayhugh | January 6, 2017, 10:55 am

-Courtesy of YouTube

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John Urschel named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Okay, so the Ravens didn't have the most triumphant season (more on that below), but at least we continually get reminded that our guard is a super genius. Forbes just came out with its "30 Under 30" list and, while other NFL athletes Von Miller and Odell Beckham fall under the sports category, Ravens' John Urschel is honored in the field of science. The 25-year-old is a PhD candidate in applied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and, according to his MIT website, spends most of his time "thinking about discrete Schrödinger operators, high dimensional data compression, algebraic multigrid, and Voronoi diagrams." Naturally.

Urschel is in pretty impressive company, alongside scientists looking to cure Alzheimer's, perfect flying robots, and ready private spaceships for astronauts. Forbes, in particular, seemed impressed with all that Urschel has been able to accomplish in a short period of time. "Urschel has published six peer-reviewed mathematics papers to date and has three more ready for review," the magazine wrote. "That's a respectable publication history for someone who only started pursuing their PhD at MIT this year. He's won academic awards for his math prowess. All this while playing guard for the Baltimore Ravens."

Harbaugh said all Ravens' coordinators will return next season.
After a disappointing 8-8 season, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced at a press conference on Tuesday that all his coordinators will be returning next season. Aside from defensive coordinator Dean Pees and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg, Harbaugh confirmed that the heavily criticized offensive coordinator Mary Mornhinweg will also be back. "I don't need to stand up here and say Marty Morhinweg is a good football coach," Harbaugh said. "He's proven that."

According to, Harbaugh also said that he does not make these decisions lightly. “I lie awake at night thinking about it," he said. "I think about it driving to work, driving home, what the best way to do it is and who the best people to do it are, and that’s the conclusion that I came to. And I have the support of everyone in the organization.”

This decision, however, certainly puts the pressure on Harbaugh himself. If nothing improves next season, there is really no safety net for the coach to fall on to defend his job. We're sure that Ravens Nation, and certainly owner Steve Bisciotti, will be paying close attention.

Steve Smith Sr., fittingly, goes out with a laugh.
Last week, we told you about Steve Smith Sr.'s emotional retirement announcement, but true to form, he couldn't go out without making some kind of joke. This morning, he tweeted out his official retirement letter to the NFL.

Misty Copeland speaking in Baltimore in March
Enoch Pratt Free Library announced that, as a part of its "Writers: Live" series, ballerina Misty Copeland will be discussing how to reshape your body and achieve a strong, healthy physique in a talk at MICA's Brown Center in March. In a conversation with local actress and dancer Maria Broom, Copeland will be promoting her first health and fitness book, Ballerina Body, in which she includes step-by-step advice, meal plans, workout routines, and words of inspiration.

Copeland is a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre and Under Armour representative, for which she starred in one our favorite athletic ads of all time. Yeah, I think she's qualified to give health advice.

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Jess Mayhugh is the digital editor for Baltimore, where she covers nightlife, sports, food, and events.

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