College degree still necessary for sports stars

This article is an Opinion Sports Column. Greed and fame. These can be two nasty things that have the ability to take hold of people, especially those who aren’t as mature as they can be. Division 1 college athletes who are offered a shot at the pros after their junior year should turn down the offer. We live in the greatest country to get a college education, and for athletes to throw away the opportunity to walk across a stage and accept a degree that will stay with you your whole life is ludicrous and shows that they are only concerned with wealth and popularity. Here is one scenario. You are a college athlete in Division 1 who gets offered by a professional team to play for them right after your junior year of school. You accept the offer and walk up to training camp or practice and you receive an injury that causes you never to play (or never play well) again. Great move in not getting that degree. Now you have to try to make something of yourself without impressing people with your natural sport ability. And what’s worse, more than likely you will have to go back to that place that you so eagerly left just for fame. Anyone remember Greg Oden? This massive center for Ohio State University was the first round draft pick in 2007 and went to the Trail Blazers. However, with a knee injury he received before the basketball season even started, Oden was forced to form a good friendship with the bench. What happens if you go to a team where you have no glory or, even worse, have an awesome starting season and then amount to nothing after that? This happens to countless athletes. For football it happens even more frequently. The number two overall draft pick in 1998 was quarterback Ryan Leaf. He went to the San Diego Chargers and threw only 13 successful passes in his first season while throwing 33 interceptions. Thirteen caught passes in 16 games? Awful doesn’t even describe that. Saying you’re going to play in the pros and forego the rest of college shows a lack of maturity. You are one year away. Stop thinking about money and fame and think about your future after you play your professional sport. But of course, here comes the argument of “Well I’m rich, so why do I have to work after I retire?” Grow up and stop being lazy. Prove to others and yourself that you are capable of doing something with your life other than playing a sport. Athletes should prove their intellect by committing...

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Defense aids undefeated season
Oct05

Defense aids undefeated season

The defense of any sport plays a vital role in winning a game, just as the offense does. The defense is an essential part because of the of the amount of points they hold their opponets too. After playing four games this season so far, the defense has 214 tackles, 11 sacks and has had four interceptions amounting to 76 total yards gained. Defensive back Nick West, who started in the game against Hardin-Simmons, has had five tackles so far this season. He knows the defense isn’t perfect, but they work toward it. “I think the defense is still trying to put things together right now, but when we do, we are going to be something special,” he said. “Our defensive coaches do an amazing job every week preparing us for what is ahead and working on proper technique.” Though the coaches are doing their jobs, some of the players are still trying to fulfill their position on the team said junior exercise sports science and defensive back Denton Duke. “We have a strong defense. We are very talented across the board,” he said. “We just need to play with confidence. We have some young players that need to step up and play up to their ability.” Most of the team is in agreement that they continue to grow stronger and become more versatile as a group. Junior computer science major Ryan Metcalf knows the team improves with each practice and game. To him, it’s a matter of taking out the small errors individuals make and playing solid, errorless games from here on out. “To be honest, we basically eliminated the toughest ones (teams) already,” Metcalf said. “We just need to keep playing like we know how and to not let any team get into a close ball game with us.” All of the men who play for the defense contribute in their own way, whether that is sacks, tackles, forcing fumbles or interceptions. In the game against the HSU Cowboys, the defense does admit that mistakes were made. The fact that they allowed 28 points, leading to the final score of 42-28, is disappointing to the defense, but they acknowledge the fact that they are a good team. Senior sport management major Brenson Bristow is on the defensive line and is happy they only allowed 28 points. “HSU scored a few points, but that is one of the top-ranked teams in the nation, and we did a good job of holding them to what we did,” Bristow said. Despite the fact that UMHB has six remaining games, HSU is believed to have been the hardest offense the Cru...

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Offensive line plays

Passing, rushing, gaining first downs, scoring and winning are what the Cru football team knows how to do. The Crusaders have averaged a little more than 33 points on all games they have played this season. With their eye on the ultimate prize — winning the NCAA Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va., the men of the football team all have one goal. Sophomore Darius Wilson, a running back for the Cru, recognizes that in order to accomplish the goal of winning the ASC Championship Tournament and the NCAA tournament, the offense needs to work out a few problems. Wilson said they need to work on executing plays better. “Our versatility is what makes the offense unstoppable,” Wilson said. “Our offensive line is the biggest part. They are the ignition to this offense.” It seems as if most of the team believes the offensive line is a huge asset to the team. Junior wide receiver Tucker Glaske has the same mindset as Wilson about the huge contribution the linemen give to the team. “Our front five are some of the most physical linemen in the nation,” he said. “And when you add physical running backs like Quincy and Darius, we’re hard to stop.” The Cru has gone 3-0 so far this season. In their ASC opening game against McMurry University, the offense totaled 215 rushing yards and only 25 passing yards. UMHB and McMurry definitely had different ways of putting the points on the board. UMHB predominantly ran the ball while McMurry passed. Glaske noticed one thing throughout the games played so far: Sophomore quarterback, LiDarral Bailey enjoys running the ball, but likes to surprise everyone by passing the ball. “I think I bring a spark to the team because I am able to make plays with not just running but I can also throw the ball,” Bailey said. Despite how they play their game, running the ball puts the points on the board and Head Coach Fredenburg enjoys seeing the Cru score with running plays. “There is nothing more demoralizing to a defense than someone that could run and that’s the reason we are the way that we are,” he said. The Cru played arch rivals Hardin-Simmons Cowboys this past weekend. Just over two and a half minutes into the game, the offense of UMHB jumped ahead 7-0. After an intense first half, the Cru won the game 43-28 in front of a record crowd. This is the ninth straight win over HSU for the Crusaders and with the victory, the Cru is now ranked...

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Scary movies becoming more of a reality for viewers
Sep28

Scary movies becoming more of a reality for viewers

What ever happened to the good ole classic scary movie? The ones where there’s a serial killer man in a mask and a house tormenting teenage kids? For the past five years or so, plot lines for scary movies have turned in an all new direction. There was a craze for a time of seeing who could come up with the goriest flick by means of torturing people, but even that plot is now old. Story writers and film makers have recently been blowing up the box office with movies about demons, exorcisms and now even the devil. The reactions of most to watching these sorts of movies are chilling. Scary movie plot lines seem to have gone from the unrealistic, mass murderer in your house, to realistic. Viewers of these movies are afraid because demons are out there and exorcisms do happen. Senior marketing major Julia Bishop doesn’t enjoy watching scary movies because they remind her of the bad things in the world. “For as much as I hate scary movies, I can watch them,” she said. “In older scary movies, it was very obvious who the bad guy was, but today it’s turned more realistic. Your neighbor next door could be a serial killer or the girl in class with you could be demon possessed.” The Exorcism of Emily Rose could be traced to kicking off this series of movies, and  after that came The Village and Devil, both directed by M. Night Shyamalan. However, the most famous of these demonic movies would be Paranormal Activity. Numerous students from UMHB went to see the movie the opening night at the midnight showing. For freshman Stacy Hillin, scary movies are an enjoyment because of the suspense theyembody. “Watching movies about demons and things like that doesn’t bother me because I know that the content isn’t real,” Hillin said. “It’s just like movies about aliens and science fiction. It’s entertaining because it’s fake.” Hillin said that if you feel affected by the storyline of the film, simply don’t watch it. However, with the sudden population of demonic flicks comes with some Christians not wanting to see them because of what they are about. Sophomore Rudy Nerio believes that Christians shouldn’t be scared to watch these movies just because of what the movie may or may not represent. He said, “I think that it’s OK for Christians to see scary movies because if they have a strong faith already, they should not be affected by anything that happens in the...

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Two new additions
Sep15

Two new additions

Over this past summer, changes came to the UMHB athletic department. Both the softball and baseball programs lost their head coaches and had to start looking for replacements to fill the vital positions. Since then, both teams have filled the empty spots with what the athletic department said are excellent selections. Micah Wells left the head baseball coach position to start a teaching position and to spend more time with his family. The Cru’s assistant and pitching coach Derek Dunaway was named head coach in his stead. Dunaway has been connected to UMHB for many years. Not only has he been part of the coaching staff for the team for five years, Dunaway also attended the university and was on the baseball team while a student here. He knows losing Wells is hard for the school, but is eager to show what he can do for the team. “It was sad. He gave me the opportunity to coach at my alma mater. But he had to make some decisions for himself and I’m happy for him, and I hope everything works out for him,” Dunaway said. “It was a sad day but a happy day at the same time because I’m getting the opportunity to be the head coach.” Dunaway said he will be the same coach he has always been. One thing, however, that will change will be the uniforms. The team will be sporting new hats and uniforms that have signature baseball stripes in the spring. One other thing that will be making a switch is the team’s attitude. “Last four years we’ve made it to the conference tournament, and in 2008 we were the West Division champions, but it’s time to take it to the next level. Win the conference, get to the NCAA playoffs, win a national championship. And that’s our goal this year. It’s a bold goal, but you got to aim high to get your goals,” Dunaway said. As for softball, that’s a slightly different story. For 12 years, Larry Hennig was the softball coach at Temple College. Now, however, Hennig has been named the head softball coach for the Cru. “It was pretty exciting for me. I’ve been following this program for many years, and I was very much aware of the accomplishments,” he said. “Quite honestly, the lure of coaching a four year school and having players for four-years was something that I really liked. I was very attracted to it.” The softball team will also be having improvements to the Dee Dillon Field and facility. Of course, everyone wants a great sports season, but Hennig would like the women to...

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