Athletes Miss Out On The Money
Sep10

Athletes Miss Out On The Money

It seems like every year there is either a team or big-time player who gets busted for receiving benefits from a booster. With the industry of collegiate sports growing more and more each year, so do the temptations that the student athletes have to face. The issue of players getting paid for their performance or making money from their signatures has created a question that nobody quite knows how to answer yet. It seems that many are making money off of these athletes, but the athletes themselves don’t receive a cent. This needs to change, but it is a sticky subject because with any solution, somebody is going to find a loophole and take advantage of the situation. This issue has been a topic of discussion for a while now, but it really hit the spotlight when Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was accused of signing jerseys for money. Since then, all of the big names in the sports broadcasting network have jumped in and given their two cents on the subject. Former Duke basketball player and current basketball analyst Jay Bilas explained what he thought should be changed. “I’m not advocating paying college athletes a salary, but rather allowing stipends and other benefits, including endorsement deals,” he said. “It’s a mental hurdle to get over the purity of college athletics, but allowing extra benefits would remove much of the corruption in athletics.” I agree with his argument because it’s common knowledge that these athletes are getting hundred dollar handshakes and receiving benefits anyway. Why not just even the playing field and stop wasting our time trying to crucify players for taking a cut they actually deserve to get? It is time that others get their hand out of the cookie jar and leave some room for the student athletes to get what is theirs. The grueling schedule of a D1 athlete leaves no time for a job, so what are these college students supposed to do? It only seems logical that they would seek out boosters. People like Johnny Manziel kind of ruin this argument because he comes from a wealthy family, and he wasn’t getting the extra cash so he could afford all his meals that week. The majority of the time a player gets in trouble, it is because he or she is actually in need of money. Scottie Bordelon, a sports writer who has written many articles on this issue, makes a point that is hard to argue with. The NCAA says college football players must stay at the collegiate level for two years before they declare for the NFL. These standout players often feel...

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San Antonio: Spur in Miami’s side
Aug27

San Antonio: Spur in Miami’s side

Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat resembles a prehistoric animal—this much I know. Before the NFL kicks back up, a short review of this summer’s conclusion to the National Basketball Association is in order. After a season of ups, downs and lockouts, NBA fans’ hearts could not be happier about the dramatic finish in June. Well, excluding those San Antonio Spurs fans. The Miami heat clinched a back-to-back championship that was just a little sweeter than usual. Imagine Splenda sprinkled on top of ice cream, all served in an edible sugar cone. That was just how sweet this victory became. Why? The Miami Heat, without a doubt, endure a lot of hate when it comes to professional sports teams. Speculators argue that the franchise “bought the win” in 2012, and again in 2013. By signing three superstars for less money than they could earn elsewhere, the Miami owners built what many call an unfair roster. While other teams possess a Big Three, Lebron James and Chris Bosh remain traitors in these self-proclaimed haters’ minds because James and Bosh left their previous team to be part of Dwyane Wade and the Heat’s national basketball experiment. During the championship series, people all over the Internet proclaimed, “My basketball philosophy: Any team that isn’t the Miami Heat.” That stings, whether your fandom lies in Lebron’s team or not. Dramatic blowouts and nail-biting buzzer-beaters made this series all the more interesting. When San Antonio came out swinging in the first match up, the Heat returned the favor. This back-and-forth competition continued until the Spurs had everything they needed for Tim Duncan’s big win and likely departure into retirement. Up 3-2, the Texas team looked like it had the upper hand. The Heat needed two wins, and the Spurs needed one. Yet, the Florida team prevailed and rallied to conquer the Spurs in game six. Miami returned for home court advantage in game seven, where they finished off their veteran opponents for a 95-88 win. This victory gave the Heat their second title in three years causing many to wonder if they could possibly be the new dynasty of this decade. The past ten years belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, but it is beginning to look like a new team may be taking over in the NBA. James earned yet another MVP titled and reassured the nation he has “no worries” in reference to the animosity. The 2013 draft gave many teams new faces. These rookies had a chance to show off their talent during this season’s summer league. Though the games usually showcase many mistakes and blunders, the...

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UMHB women’s golf team up to par
Aug27

UMHB women’s golf team up to par

While the majority of the student body was at home enjoying the summer, a talented group of women headed to Destin, Fla., with one goal in mind: a national title. The Cru did everything they set out to do and more. They not only brought home the first place hardware, they also set a number of school records. Boasting a final four-day score of 1239, the ladies beat U.T. Tyler. The reality of the accomplished dream still hasn’t dawned on the team. “Having won a national championship at times still hasn’t set in for me, and I don’t really feel like it will until this journey is over with this group,” junior exercise sport science major Victoria Thane said. Junior standout Taylor O’Rear didn’t shy away under the pressure and continues to shoot low scores. Her 300 four-day score set a new school record. The others were not far behind O’Rear on the leader boards; Elizabeth Davis shot a 316, which placed her 15th individually. “I honestly couldn’t have told you what I shot on that last day. I just knew we did enough to win, and the celebrating began,” O’Rear said. “It is cool now to know that we broke all of the team records in one season.” The Cru will be the team everyone wants to beat in the upcoming season. “We definitely have more pressure this year because we have a target on our back,” O’Rear said. “Repeating is the ultimate goal, and we are going to have to put in a lot of hard work.” In most cases, when a team wins a championship, it is the result of a great number of seniors. This was not the case at all with the team. The women dominated the playing field all year with a relatively young roster. “We have everyone coming back from last year’s team and one incoming freshman. I feel like we will be just as strong,” Thane said. There was another intriguing set of events during the Cru’s journey to the national championship. Coach Darla Kirby returned to coach the team for one more year. “You couldn’t have written a better story for Coach Kirby. For her to have already retired from coaching, yet have the opportunity to come back midseason and lead a team to a national championship sounds like a fairy tale,” O’Rear said. “God had a plan for Coach Kirby, and she deserved to win more than anyone out there.” Kirby is an example that hard work will pay off. Her dedication filters down to her motivated players. “To win a national championship in my last season as a...

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Hernandez murders career

Upon arriving to the NFL for the 2010 season, Aaron Hernandez had a bright future. He was picked up by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of that year’s draft as an All-American tight end from the University of Florida. According to ESPN, Hernandez racked up just shy of 2,000 receiving yards in three seasons, and he averaged a solid 11.2 yards per catch. This was a rising star for the Patriots organization until this summer when he was arrested as a suspect in the June 17 murder of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old linebacker for the semi-professional football team, the Boston Bandits. The press immediately jumped on the story, and turned to the Patriots for answers. This type of publicity is detrimental to any organization, especially to one in the business of such a violent game. And so began the successful publicity, or anti-publicity campaign for that matter, for the New England Patriots to wash their hands clean of the situation. A week after the murder, the Patriots dropped Hernandez, who had signed a 5-year $40 million contract 10 months prior, on the grounds of being connected to the murder in any way. They issued a statement on June 26 announcing his release. “A young man was murdered last week, and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players  was arrested as a result of this investigation,” said the organization in a press release. “We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect  the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.” This swift move proved to anyone tuning in that the New England Patriots do not take criminal activity lightly. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport spoke with a “person with knowledge of Patriots’ decision-making,” and was able to report that the decision to drop Hernandez was made the week prior to the release by those in the highest reaches of the organization – presumably, owner, Robert Kraft and head coach, Bill Belichick. This move did save face for the Patriots organization, but it will be taking a toll on the Patriots’ salary cap. Hernandez’s contract called for a $12 million signing bonus and $16 million in guaranteed money. Another good move by the organization was to reassure Rapoport that it is about far more than just money. Finally to further remove Hernandez from the organization, the Patriots offered a free exchange for those fans who found themselves with a Hernandez jersey they could no...

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Tennis players’ hard work is serving them well
Apr17

Tennis players’ hard work is serving them well

By Leif Johnston With two tournaments left in the season the men’s tennis team has it’s sights set on being the ASC West Division champion. If the men clinch the title, they will host the conference tournament for both the men and women. “We are in the driver seat, but we have to still deal with Hardin-Simmons. We have had three-way triangles before in the top teams,” Head Coach James Cohagan said. The men fell to Texas Lutheran this past Friday, which put the Cru at 2-1 in division play.  After suffering their first conference loss the men got back to their winning ways against Schriener with a  commanding victory. “Texas Lutheran has very good depth, and it’s not just winning it one and two, deep down their lineup on the men’s side is very good,” Cohagan said. The men have continued to  make headway as the season has progressed, but they still  believe there is room for improvement to take their game to the next level. “We have improved in doubles and have seen that our new doubles lineups are working, and we are building wins on the road to a west victory,” junior computer science major Jimmy Turner said. Many things have led to the success of the program, but Cohagan explained that it is mainly the ambition of the players to keep moving forward that has made this team successful. “The biggest key to success is always  hard work. The kids choose to be out here. We have a lot of kids with time demands, so it takes discipline.” The women’s side of things hasn’t missed a single beat all season and is on pace to contend for a conference championship as well. With an impressive 4-0 conference record, they have high aspirations for the remainder of their season. “I think we have a good chance at making it to conference, and our season is looking good so far. I have confidence in our team this year,” junior nursing major Chaley Shiffler said. The women also came out on top against TLU this weekend.  Although they have exhibited their dominance over these teams this season, the ladies didn’t take them lightly. “I think anytime you show up to play, you better be ready. Those have been teams we have beaten pretty easily in the past, but they have better depth now.” The level of play is high throughout the conference. “Both of those teams have beaten Hardin-Simmons, which has been our traditional rival on the women’s side, so we knew we would have our hands full,” Cohagan said. Both teams will be hosting Southwestern University and...

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Baseball and softball on home stretch
Apr17

Baseball and softball on home stretch

By Cody Weems   The  baseball and softball regular seasons are coming to a close, and both teams have their eyes set on postseason play with a shot at a conference championship. The baseball team currently sits fourth in the West Division of the American Southwest Conference, holding on to the final spot in the conference tournament. The team has had to deal with the inexperience of players, but sophomore pitcher and pre-physical therapy major Ian Ekery believes they are tough to beat when they play at their full potential. “Some days our offensive approach can be a bit streaky. Some days our pitching isn’t as sharp as it could be, but we’ve also seen glimpses of how we look when we can put it all together,” Ekery said. “Whenever we’re on that level, I like our chances against anyone out there.” The lack of experience has been difficult at times, but freshman outfielder and accounting major Chase Burrow thinks the team has discovered its identity through the challenges. “We have grown to know what each player brings to the table,” Burrow said. “We have four to six freshmen in the lineup every game, and they have really stepped up. We know that the upperclassmen will do their job, and they trust us to do ours.” Even though the team has defied expectations this season, they’re not satisfied with just being in the conference tournament; they want to win it. And plan on doing whatever it takes to achieve their goals. “We know what is at stake, and we know what we have to do,” Burrow said. “We are gearing up to make a run. The ASC is a tough league, and we have a tough team ready to rise to the challenge.” Meanwhile, the softball team sits second in the ASC West, and though they may not repeat as division champions, their goal of winning the conference tournament is still very much alive. “We started the season with one goal in mind, and that is winning the conference tournament,” Assistant Coach Julie Norris said. “We are still on track with that goal, which will put us in the regional tournament.” The team came into the season with high expectations after making it to the conference tournament championship a season ago. This year, they’ve endured some rough patches at times, but senior infielder and exercise and sport science major Caitlin Bollier believes the team is stronger because of it. “It has been an up and down season, but I think this group of individuals has dealt with the adversity well,” Bollier said. “We have continued to grow as a...

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