Craig Counsell is not a normal manager. Earlier this week, Counsell was named the new manager of the Milwaukee Brewers after Ron Roenicke was fired. Counsell is 44 years old and a former utility infielder for the team; before this week, he had never managed at any level. But what’s most surprising — and what makes him atypical — is that Counsell only hung up his spikes four years ago.Since the early days of baseball, the population of managers who were former MLB players1Eighty-five percent of managers appeared in at least one game at the major-league level. has been getting older and further removed from their playing days.2The following analysis uses data from Sean Lahman’s database. That’s partly because player-managers went extinct, but the pattern continued even after Pete Rose, the last player-manager, left baseball. In 2011, the trend hit its peak, with the average manager-who-used-to-be-a-player more than 23.5 years removed from the end of his major-league playing career.Now, though, young managers are experiencing a mini-boom. Counsell is a good example: He didn’t pay his dues in the traditional manner, working his way up through the minors like Joe Maddon or serving as apprentice to an established coach, like Don Mattingly did with Joe Torre. He spent the four years after his playing career working in the Brewers’ front office as a special assistant to General Manager Doug Melvin.Three years ago, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Mike Matheny was the new kid on the block only six years after he retired. One year later, the Detroit Tigers hired Brad Ausmus, three years off his last appearance in the majors. Similarly, last year the Tampa Bay Rays hired Kevin Cash to fill Joe Maddon’s vacated position, four years after Cash had last played for the Boston Red Sox. Thanks to all these greenhorns, the average manager was only 18.5 years removed from his playing career in 2014, five years less than in 2011. This is the largest three-year shift in manager experience levels since 1950, when managerial positions varied rapidly. We may be seeing a historic inflection point.So despite the long-term trend, the ranks of baseball’s managers have been given a recent infusion of youth. We’ll need more data before we can tell if these counterexamples are part of a genuine reversal of a century-long progression or just a handful of qualified youngsters who happened to come on the market at the same time. If the swing toward recently retired players holds, we’ll have to face the intriguing and as-yet-unanswered question of why front offices suddenly prefer youth over experience.
201210510 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 11975201620332025Ann ArborOSU, 21-14 201570.620 2018354 22006198520372011ColumbusOSU, 42-39 This offense is also Harbaugh’s best at generating big plays. Starting running back Karan Higdon was on the brink of leaving for the NFL draft after last season, but good thing for Michigan that he stayed. The senior has already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and has five carries of 40-plus yards, tied for the second most of any player in the Big Ten. Junior transfer Shea Patterson, the best quarterback Harbaugh has had in Ann Arbor, leads the Big Ten in Total Quarterback Rating (84.0) and ranks second in yards per attempt (8.54).3Behind only Haskins. Patterson’s running ability is another wrinkle for an offense with little difficulty finding the end zone.The team scores on a conference-best 47.7 percent of drives, which is on pace to be the eighth-best mark by a Big Ten team in the past 15 years. Michigan also seldom gets stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage, besting last season’s rate by 8.2 percentage points. Wisconsin (23.9 percent) is the only Big Ten team stopped in its tracks less than Michigan (25.7 percent). In turn, 43 percent of offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s plays have gone for 5-plus yards, the program’s highest rate since 2010. Overall, the Wolverines are picking up 6.29 yards per play, by far the most of any team since Harbaugh arrived. 201510011 52003194519741960Ann ArborMich., 35-21 SeasonGames20+30+40+50+60+70+80+90+ 71970195619341945ColumbusOSU, 20-9 31997206519522007Ann ArborMich., 20-14 2017145920531100 101961186720161939Ann ArborOSU, 50-20 92016188519961939ColumbusOSU, 30-27 201875.112 Source: SportSource Analytics Michigan’s offensive efficiency and national rank in the category under Jim Harbaugh 20173617 ELO 201745.676 Source: SportSource Analytics 81948207118271941ColumbusMich., 13-3 2013905 20168111 201673.717 61977193519571946Ann ArborMich., 14-6 SeasonOffensive EfficiencyRank The Buckeye defense is getting gutted by the big playThe number of plays given up at various lengths by Ohio State this season compared with previous years under Urban Meyer 201513391911103310 2016134822443000 This year’s chapter, which pits twin 10-1 programs against each other, checks in with the fourth-highest harmonic mean, trailing only the 1975, 2006 and 1997 showdowns. It’s the best matchup between the schools during the College Football Playoff era. Among the nine other epic showdowns in the top 10, the results have been mostly spilt: Ohio State winning five, Michigan winning four.Here are two keys that could decide the outcome this year:Will Michigan’s pass defense lock down Ohio State’s throw-heavy scheme?Ohio State’s pass-at-all-costs offense squaring off against Michigan’s solve-your-problems-with-aggression pass defense is about as ideal a strength-against-strength, identity-against-identity matchup as we can get.In his previous six seasons with the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer typically favored an offensive blueprint shaded toward the run game. He had never had a rushing attack rank outside the top 20 in yardage. Despite returning J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, his two leading tailbacks from 2017, this season’s squad has fallen out of the top 50.However, that yardage can be found through the air, with the Buckeyes passing the ball on 51.5 percent of team plays, well above their average of 40.6 percent from 2012 to 2017. For a program largely recognized by its rich tradition in the backfield — Ezekiel Elliott, Eddie George, Archie Griffin and Maurice Clarett, to name a few RB standouts — this year has been an anomaly. It’s been 32 years since Jim Harbaugh last led the Michigan Wolverines to a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ever since the consummate Michigan Man made good on his guarantee in 1986, the maize and blue have largely been muzzled by the scarlet and gray. To some degree, Harbaugh must have returned to his alma mater for games like Saturday’s. But he has fumbled each of his three chances at the Buckeyes.This week represents his best opening. Las Vegas sportsbooks installed the Wolverines as 4-point favorites, despite the fact that Michigan has won just two of its past 17 games against its rivals to the south.1The Buckeyes’ 2010 victory was vacated because of tattoo-gate. Expectations loom large for Harbaugh and his team, which may be the more talented squad for the first time in more than a decade. Some have already designated the upcoming game a referendum on his tenure, even though no program this season has rewritten its post-Week 1 narrative more than Michigan has. In fact, according to our Elo ratings, no team has improved more since the preseason than the Wolverines.Saturday’s matchup is the 115th installment of one of college football’s richest rivalries. This one features a cornucopia of College Football Playoff implications: The winner’s playoff chances will spike to between 59 and 67 percent, according to our model, while the loser will be virtually eliminated from contention. Additionally, of course, the winner of the game will play for a conference championship.Like nearly every entry in this rivalry, the stakes Saturday are high — and there will be no shortage of talent on the field. So to check this game’s true matchup power, we looked back at the Elo ratings for Michigan and Ohio State at the time of each meeting since 1897, and we averaged those Elo ratings using the harmonic mean.2We used the harmonic mean instead of a straight average to eliminate situations in which one team was performing substantially better than the other. 201415412216127421 RKseasonMichiganOhio StateHarmonic MeanLocationResult 20131449231277320 201212452414107620 Two of Ohio State’s four worst games since Meyer arrived, as defined by expected points added on defense, have come this season. And while the Wolverines’ offense isn’t exactly Alabama’s, it’s easily the best unit Harbaugh has had at Michigan. SeasonPassing offense rankRushing offense rank 201811583521117653 Meyer has never coached a team that relied on the passing game to the degree it does this season. Despite having yet to complete its regular-season slate, his team already has set a school record with 452 passing attempts and 3,954 passing yards. Only five teams throw more on average, and most of those employ Air Raid systems.But it’s difficult to argue that the lopsided offensive approach isn’t working. Ohio State has compiled 13 games since 2012 with more than 19 expected points added on passes, and six of those have come this season. Dwayne Haskins is completing a Big Ten-best 69.3 percent of his passes and will likely be a Heisman finalist, having set 12 school records this season. The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in both total offense and scoring offense, with 11 more touchdowns than any other team in the conference. As Harbaugh succinctly put it when asked about the Buckeye passing attack, “It’s really good.”But Saturday will be Haskins’s toughest assignment. In early October, the sophomore tied a school record with six touchdown passes in a win over Indiana. Michigan has allowed seven passing touchdowns all season.Under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Don Brown, the Wolverines’ defense is smashing its competition. Harbaugh and Brown have trotted out some elite defenses over the past three seasons, but this year’s is likely the best one yet. Opposing quarterbacks average a passer efficiency rating of 88.7 against the Wolverines, a mark that if maintained would rank sixth lowest by any team since at least 2004. Michigan is also holding opposing quarterbacks to 4.91 yards per passing attempt, which would also be the sixth lowest mark over that same stretch.Teams not only fail to generate big plays against Michigan, they also fail to get past the line of scrimmage. Less than 30 percent of opponent plays gain 5 or more yards against the Wolverines, the lowest rate in the country, while a whopping 41.4 percent of opponent plays are stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage, a mark that ranks third highest. Brown brings the heat, too: Only six teams generate a higher pressure rate on opposing quarterbacks than Michigan (39.1 percent).Haskins may be completing 26.7 passes per game on a clip hovering around 70 percent, but no starting quarterback has completed more than 19 throws in any game against Michigan or connected on more than 56 percent of passes. Over the past five conference games, Brown’s seek-and-destroy defense is holding quarterbacks to 9.4 completions per game on a clip south of 40 percent.Can Ohio State stop the big play?If last week is any indication, no.The Maryland Terrapins produced three touchdowns exceeding 25 yards, two of which that went for at least 75, in a 52-51 overtime loss. “Alarming is the right word,” Meyer said of his team’s inability to prevent gashing offensive plays. Then, on Monday: “Obviously, it wasn’t good.”Ohio State has either set or is on pace to set single-season worst marks under Meyer in big plays allowed from virtually every distance. Plays given up at … (in yards) Ohio State has gone to the air this seasonHow the Buckeyes’ offense has ranked each year under Urban Meyer in rushing and passing, 2012-2018 2014529 Few Michigan-Ohio State games have been biggerThe best Michigan-Ohio State games based on the harmonic mean of each team’s pregame Elo rating 42018197419541964Columbus? Of course, perhaps the most tantalizing storyline is the one most difficult to measure. Ohio State hasn’t lost to Michigan in the Horseshoe since 2000, and, at least lately, the Wolverines seem to mutate into a far worse version of themselves in the annual rivalry. The Buckeyes’ real advantage in this game may be found on the psychological side, as the team has grown accustomed to upstaging that school up north. Harbaugh and the Wolverines have a chance to rewrite the script, with everything on the line Saturday in Columbus.Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest college football predictions.
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Despite watching the majority of the fourth quarter from the stands, Ohio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has been named the Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Week for the seventh time this season, breaking the Big Ten record set by Nathan Scheelhaase.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native accounted for three touchdowns and 265 yards of total offense in a 42-28 win over the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday before leaving the game in the fourth quarter after suffering a fractured ankle.Barrett finished his 2014-15 with 3,772 total yards of offense and 45 touchdowns responsible for, which breaks the Big Ten record held by former Purdue and current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.The redshirt-freshman took over for injured senior Braxton Miller less than two weeks before the start of the season after Miller suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.The Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Week award has now been given to a Buckeye in eight out of 14 weeks this season, as redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall won the award last week after a four-touchdown performance against Indiana.Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones is expected to make his first career start Saturday against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game in place of Barrett.Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team huddles before its 8-7 win over University of Massachusetts on Feb. 18. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 9 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team found a way Sunday night against No. 11 Johns Hopkins, defeating the Blue Jays 13-9.The Buckeyes (10-2, 1-1 Big Ten) leading scorer was OSU sophomore attack Jack Jasinski with four goals. OSU senior midfielder Johnny Pearson and redshirt freshman Lukas Buckley added two goals apiece.“I think the men did a nice job of hunkering down on the offensive end,” said OSU coach Nick Myers. “We knew the goals were going to come for us eventually. I thought coach Ross did a good job with preparing the men this week and we were happy to come out with a win.”OSU trailed 5-3 after the first quarter, but the Buckeyes outscored Johns Hopkins 6-2 in the middle quarters to put them over the top.“During halftime coach told us we gotta settle down,” Jasinski said. “I ended putting the ball in the net a bunch of times.”The Buckeyes struck the first goal of the game in the first period. OSU midfielder Collin Chell made the first goal for the Buckeyes. Minutes later John Hopkins junior midfielder Joel Tinney scored his first goal of the day tying the game 1-1. With 8:13 remaining in the first quarter, John Hopkins Joel Tinney scored to put the Blue Jays back on top 2-1, but OSU midfielder John Withers answered just five seconds later tying the game at 2.In the first five minutes of the second quarter, OSU tacked on three goals — two with an extra man — which seemed to grab momentum along with a 6-5 lead. However, junior defender Brendan Barger and sophomore defender Matt Borges committed penalties in the later stages of the quarter and the Blue Jays took advantage of those opportunities with two goals. John Hopkins led 6-5 heading into the half.In total, there were six penalties committed in the quarter.“We felt like there was a sense of urgency,” Myers said. “We felt like we need to get back into this Big Ten race. I think the guys were pretty frustrated in how they did last weekend. And when we got back home we just got back to work.”In the third, that sense of urgency showed.Redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey came up with two crucial saves while senior attack Eric Fannell and Buckley provided the offense with three goals.OSU’s leading goal scorer freshman midfielder Tre LeClaire scored early in the fourth quarter, extending the Buckeyes lead to 10-7.After John Hopkins Shack Stanwick scored cut into the OSU lead, Jasinski netted two goals past Blue Jays goalie Brock Turnbaugh to seal the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten win of the season. The victory snapped a two game losing streak. Next week OSU will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to play the Michigan Wolverines.
Ohio State junior forward Dakota Joshua celebrates after scoring his team’s only goal in the second period of the Buckeyes’ 1-1 draw against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Oct. 13. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsDespite overwhelming Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (0-0-1) for the majority of the game, Ohio State (1-1-1) could not pull off the victory as the teams battled to a 1-1 draw Friday night at the Schottenstein Center.Ohio State junior forward Dakota Joshua scored the first goal of the game, but RPI senior defenseman Jaren Wilson tied the game with the game’s final goal later that period.Ohio State outshot the Engineers 57-24, with 26 of those shots coming in the second period. The Buckeyes set a Schottenstein record for most shots in a game and most shots in the second period.“[RPI junior goalie Chase Perry] got to see a lot of shots, so that makes a goalie’s job a lot easier, and it was easy for him to build confidence,” Joshua said. “The shots weren’t the problem, obviously.”The Buckeyes’ struggles on the power play continue as the team is now 0-for-17 with a man advantage this season, a year after finishing with the top power play percentage in the NCAA.“It’s not for a lack of work ethic, sometimes you get some new guys out there on a unit, you try too hard to make a perfect play instead of trying to get pucks on the net,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We started to do that more towards the end of our power plays, but it’s just a matter of time and we just have to stay with it.”Both teams were held scoreless in the first period, but there were strong chances on both ends of the ice. Engineers senior defenseman Mike Prapavessis fired a shot towards Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo that was nearly rebounded in by another RPI player, but the Buckeyes found a way to clear the puck out of the zone, avoiding the early deficit. Ohio State led in shots 12-4 after the first period.The Buckeyes put the foot on the gas in the second period, and Joshua rewarded the team by grinding out a goal early in the second. The Buckeyes had a flurry of shots on Perry, and Joshua eventually found the puck in front of the net, and pushed it past Perry for the 1-0 lead with 9:35 remaining in the period.“It wasn’t happening much tonight, so a little bit of luck on my side. But I was able to find a loose puck and got an arm free and I just got lucky and it went in,” Joshua said.RPI answered seven minutes later on a goal from the point by senior defenseman Jared Wilson. The goal came on a man-up, as Wilson ripped a shot off a feed by junior defenseman Meirs Moore, and a sliding Romeo could not get in position in time to stop the shot from reaching the twine.After two periods, Ohio State led the Engineers in shots 38-8 and in faceoff wins 26-9, but the score remained a 1-1 tie.In the third period, both goaltenders kept their teams tied with some huge saves. Romeo kept the puck out on some big shots by the Engineers with about five minutes to go, but the highlight of the night came from Perry, who stuffed junior forward Mason Jobst with an athletic save with the left pad in the final minute of the third.“Sometimes you just run into a hot goalie and obviously he was hot tonight,” Jobst said. “We have to get more traffic in front and hopefully bang in some rebounds.”Both teams were held scoreless in overtime, but this time Romeo made the big stop, stuffing freshman forward Emil Öhrvall directly in front of the net. Ohio State senior forward Matthew Weis hit a puck off the post with under a minute to go in the overtime frame on a wide-open shot in the slot.Jobst scored the only goal in the shootout on a nifty move to beat Perry, and Romeo would stop all three shooters to give the Buckeyes the moral victory. The game resulted in a tie as shootouts are not counted in the standings for non-conference opponents in collegiate hockey.Ohio State and RPI face off again at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State students camp out in a tent outside Ohio Stadium on the night before the game against Michigan. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes faced off against Michigan on Nov. 24 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 62-39, improving their overall record to 11-1. Photos by Casey Cascaldo and Amal Saeed.
Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann puts his hands out in the first half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThere was a lot to be excited about with where Ohio State men’s basketball was headed after the 2017-18 season.Following a 25-9 record, including a 15-3 record in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes won in the Round of 64 against South Dakota State, then put up a fight in a second-half comeback before falling to Gonzaga.The future looked bright for this program after exceeding expectations in head coach Chris Holtmann’s first year.The future, as in the 2019-20 team that will be led by a trio of four-star prospects: guard DJ Carton, forward EJ Liddell and forward Alonzo Gaffney.But not the 2018-19 season. Not with a team lacking Keita Bates-Diop, Jae-Sean Tate and Kam Williams, who combined for 55.3 percent of the team’s points and 45.9 percent of the rebounds in 2017-18.Yet somehow, someway, Holtmann brought this Ohio State team to the NCAA Tournament. Beyond that, the Buckeyes won a game, stunning six-seeded Iowa State before falling to Houston in the Round of 32.But it didn’t go as smoothly as it did a season ago.After hearing his team’s name called on Selection Sunday, Holtmann said he thought if Ohio State played well, that it would be “very close” on if it would make the tournament.To start the season, Holtmann’s team did play well, with the Buckeyes winning 12 of their first 13 games behind dominant play from sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson.That success didn’t last into conference play. Ohio State dropped its next five games, and 12 of its last 18 games to end the regular season, playing much more like the team that many counted out before the season began.A year removed from Bates-Diop, Tate and Williams had Ohio State drop from No. 4 in points per game and No. 1 in points allowed per game during conference games to No. 13 and No. 7, respectively.And yet the Buckeyes were a Big Ten tournament win away from going dancing for back-to-back years.That win would be no easy task: Indiana had won four straight games, two of which came against ranked opponents, and was finally playing to the potential many thought the team had all season long.But Holtmann got his team to do what Holtmann’s teams do the best: lock up.The Hoosiers shot 30 percent in the first half, taking until desperation time to get their offense working. By that time, Ohio State did just enough to get the 79-75 win, ultimately securing its bid to the tournament.A seven-point loss to the top team in the Big Ten later, and the Buckeyes got their No. 11 seed, a win that surpassed most of the wildest expectations for this team.But senior guard C.J. Jackson’s expectations were even wilder.“We are not here just to play one game in the tournament,” Jackson said. “We are here to actually win some games and make a run.”Ohio State is not built like a team that can make a run in the NCAA Tournament. The team’s defense is strong, but the offense is strictly mediocre. The Buckeyes were undersized, inconsistent and lacking in terms of momentum.Iowa State, on the other hand, had one of the best offenses in the country, preferred to play up-tempo and was playing its best basketball of the season on the way to winning the Big 12 tournament.It didn’t matter. Holtmann and Ohio State found a way to get it done.In the 62-59 win, the Buckeyes held the Cyclones to the second-fewest points they have scored all season, while Wesson and redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods combined for 40 of the 62 points.The win made Holtmann 5-0 in Round of 64 games, all in consecutive seasons for Ohio State and Butler, but the 11-seeded Buckeyes are the lowest-ranked team Holtmann has worked his magic on thus far.The Ohio State head coach does have something he can improve on: with the loss to Houston, Holtmann moved to 1-4 in the Round of 32, but this Ohio State team had no real business being in the second round to begin with.Nothing about the Buckeyes, from the lack of scoring options to the unimpressive offensive numbers and streaky tendencies, made them seem like a team ready to win an NCAA Tournament game this season.Yet here they are, and Ohio State is only going to get better, much better, in the upcoming season.“Ohio State is back,” Jackson said. “And it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon.”
Female astronauts are known to be more susceptible to space radiation and generally spend 30 per cent less time in space.The Mars One mission is currently scheduled to land its first crew on the planet in 2025, but it has warned volunteers that conception may not be possible in reduced gravity and that a fetus born on Mars may not develop properly.Astronauts travelling to Mars will be exposed to high levels of radiation, not only because of the length of the mission, between six and eight months, but also because most of the journey is outside of Earth’s protective magnetic field, the Van Allen belt. Fears that space travel could damage fertility and hinder a long term mission to Mars have been partially allayed after healthy mice were born from sperm stored in the International Space Station for nine months.Astronauts on board the ISS are bombarded by huge levels of radiation which has led to concerns that it could kill or mutate sperm and pose serious reproductive problems for the first colonists or those travelling in space for extended periods.Although most astronauts have already had their families by the time they go into space, NASA is so concerned about the damage from radiation that it now offers egg and sperm freezing.However when researchers at the University of Yamanashi in Kofu, Japan, fertilised eggs with sperm that had been kept on the ISS for 288 days, they found no difference between the pups born through the procedure and a control group. Although the sperm had minor defects, it was fixed by the mouse egg and healthy pups were bornCredit:Mopic / Alamy “Here we preserved mouse sperm on the ISS for 9 months. Although sperm DNA was slightly damaged during space preservation, it could be repaired by the egg and did not impair the birth rate or normality of the offspring.“Our results demonstrate that generating human or domestic animal offspring from space-preserved sperm is a possibility, which should be useful when the “space age” arrives.”Previous Russian studies had shown that when male and female rats were sent into space in 1979 they did not mate at all.Another study found that when male rodents were placed in simulated zero gravity conditions they could no longer produce sperm. Lead author Teruhiko Wakayama, of the University of Yamanashi, said: “Radiation on the International Space Station is more than 100 times stronger than at the Earth’s surface, and at levels that can cause DNA damage in somatic cell nuclei.“The damage to offspring caused by this irradiation in germ cells has not been examined, however. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Astronauts are usually advised to freeze their sperm and eggs before they travel into space Credit:Sascha Steinbach Getty Images However the new study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that freezing sperm could preserve fertility for colonists, or on lengthy missions.
The Conservative leader of Kensington Council has faced backlash after claiming the residents at Grenfell Tower were to blame for the fact sprinklers were not fitted in the building.He claimed on Newsnight that sprinklers were not fitted during the £10million refurbishment of the 24-storey building because residents didn’t want the disruption.According to experts on the programme, sprinklers could have been fitted for £200,000. Mr Paget-Brown was unable to say how many tower blocks in his borough lacked sprinkler systems.He also claimed that no other buildings in the borough use the type of cladding which some think may have contributed to the spread of the blaze. “As far as I know there are no other towers with that cladding,” he said.He added: “We have asked the London Fire Brigade to look at all our towers and give us a report on whether fire safety in all of the towers – because we are very conscious residents are worried about this – whether they can give us the assurance that we need that all of those towers are safe and that they comply with fire standards, fire regulations.” Am I hearing right or did Paget-Brown just blame the residents for the non fitting of sprinklers in #GrenfellTower on #Newsnight?— Kit Drake (@dragonfruitgirl) June 15, 2017 One Twitter user wrote: “Am I hearing right or did Paget-Brown just blame the residents for the non fitting of sprinklers in #GrenfellTower on #Newsnight?”Another said: “Nick Paget-Brown is just sitting there basically saying “we didn’t bother fitting sprinklers because it would have been a hassle” #newsnight” Ken + Chelsea leader @NickPagetBrown1 says sprinklers weren’t installed in Grenfell Tower refurb as wd have increased disruption #newsnight— Ian Katz (@iankatz1000) June 15, 2017 The council leader said: “We didn’t consider retrofitting sprinklers because we were told that what you try to do when you are refurbishing is to contain a fire within a particular flat so that the fire service can evacuate that flat, deal with the fire.”There was not a collective view that all the flats should be fitted with sprinklers because that would have delayed and made the refurbishment of the block more disruptive.”We are now talking retrospectively after the most enormous tragedy, but many residents felt that we needed to get on with the installation of new hot water systems, new boilers and that trying to retrofit more would delay the building and that sprinklers aren’t the answer.” Estimate of 200k to retro-install sprinklers. K&C council leader spun it back to residents wanting improvements hurried up 😡 #Newsnight https://t.co/y0T6VuwqoD— Fiona Summers (@drfionasummers) June 15, 2017 But he said: “Of course I regret anything that we might have done differently that would have avoided this tragedy.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.