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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Men’s golf looks to navigate through tough competion

With the semester coming to an end, the men’s golf team has one tournament left on the schedule, the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament. The two-day competition is finishing up today at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin, Texas. Last season the Cru entered the ASC Championship Tournament as the two seed, but finished the tournament respectively in third place. The men are again positioned as the two seed this year, but are looking to change this season’s outcome into a tournament win. Head men’s golf Coach Aaron Rodeffer set the team’s ambitions high from the beginning of the year. “The goal all season has been to win the conference tournament. There has been an urgency this year, specifically because we have three seniors who have been here and have not won a conference championship yet. It has always been an underlined goal that every young man that goes through our program will experience a conference championship at least once,” he said. The Cru will depend on their preparations and relationship with one another to help triumph as the American Southwest Conference Champions. Senior sport management major Bryce Myburgh discussed the team’s preparations for the conference tournament. “We are focusing on some basic routine practices, but not over-working. We are also making sure that we are all well-rested because of its importance, both physically and mentally,” he said. Junior exercise sport science major Justin Judkins talked about the team as a family. “The relationships among the team are very tight. We are like brothers, and help each other on and off the course,” he said. The famliy type environment the Cru have created has directly lead to their success as a team. They strive to make each other better no matter  the situation. Sophomore marketing major Stayton Lindeman agrees. “Since there are only ten of us on the team, we have become very close with one another on and off the course. We are all very competitive, and I think that this is the cause of most of our success. Golf is both an individual and team sport, and our team has become very good at making decisions that are best for the team over the benefits for themselves,” he said. In the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll, the Cru were ranked 25th in the country. Lindeman said, “It’s an awesome feeling to know that our hard work is reflected in our ranking. In saying that, it’s not all that we strive for. Although it is a great accomplishment, it really has no effect on how we play in the next...

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Women’s golf begins ASC tournament play

By Leif Johnston The women’s golf team has been on a mission this season, and the upcoming tournament April 15-16 will give the ladies a chance to prolong their season and take a trip back to the white sand beaches of Destin, Fla. They will compete in the American Southwest Conference tournament in Lufkin, Texas  at the Crown Colony Country Club. Recently, the women played in the Southwestern Invitational and placed fourth. “We had been playing well up until this past tournament, but I think our problem was we got out of our usual practice routine,” head coach Darla Kriby said. “The girls are driven and this week we will get back into that routine and I think we will be ready on Monday and Tuesday.” With a course that many of the girls have only played on once, the Cru will be focusing  on some of the details of their game to make sure they are at their best going into the championship tournament. “We are going to work on our chipping and our putting. Crown Colony is a very tight course so it will be hard to hit a lot of greens there. So we have to make sure our short game is on,” Kirby said. A big aspect of golf is making sure you have the right mindset and put everything else aside. The Crusaders have perfected that mindset all year long, but now that they are moving on to the big tournaments that mindset can never waver. “When our mentalities are completely focused and centered on what we’re doing instead of what we’re not doing and what everyone else is doing, we will be able to play our best,” Sophomore exercise and sport science major Emily Santos said. The competition in the conference has been good all year, but  the emergence of UT-Tyler here late in the season has proved to be an obstacle for the Cru. At the Southwestern Invitational UT-Tyler finished first overall, but this won’t intimidate the women one bit. “At conference it will be UT-Tyler and Schreiner that will be our competitors for the championship. UT-Tyler is playing well and Schreiner can play well at any time…but granted I think when we are playing our best I don’t think they can beat us,” Kirby said. The team has expressed all season  they would love to shoot a team low of around 302. Although in golf you are out there by yourself the Cru makes it evident of just how tight-knit their team actually is. “Our motto all year has been, ‘playing for each other’ which really shows how much we value...

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Cru Score Second
Apr17

Cru Score Second

As the final seconds on the clock witnessed the formalities of a decided game, the dominant story of the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship was not Amherst’s second national title. It was the story of an unranked University of Mary Hardin-Baylor team and its crusade to Atlanta. After two losses in the three opening games of what would be their national championship campaign, the Cru would regroup to forge a regular season record of 17-2 and place themselves in the American Southwest Conference fi nal. The loss to conference rival, Concordia University, in the ASC championship robbed the team of an ASC title, but perhaps in exchange unknowingly gave UMHB the drive to orchestrate a championship run. With the best record in the conference, the Crusaders earned a fi rst round bye in the NCAA tournament. Almost two weeks after their ASC title defeat, the Cru came after Concordia with a vengeance by unleashing 117 points on the Tornados to win by 25 at home at its Crusader Arena. With the momentum of a huge and high-scoring second round win, the UMHB basketball program punched its ticket to the NCAA Sweet 16 and tied the best run by men’s basketball in school history. By then defeating Whitworth University, ranked sixth in the nation, UMHB began its Cinderella story. In an interview after the game that elevated the team and school to its highest accomplishment in the sport, Head Coach Ken De-Weese talked about the feeling of the victory as indescribable. He would go on to commend his team on the poise they exemplified when the Pirates took the lead after a successful shooting spree by Whitworth. “There was one timeout there where I was talking to them saying, ‘we need to do some things out there,’ and they said, ‘Coach, we’re going to be fine,’ and they were,” DeWeese said. And that is the way the team handled the next two matchups again, with poise. A trip to Salem, Va., produced two more victories for the Cru with one against St. Mary’s College of Maryland in the Elite 8 stage. With just more than a minute left to play, only one point separated the two teams in a game that would end 69-66. There was the more impressive win that resonated around Division III; a Final Four victory that catapulted the small school into the national spotlight and the tournament final. The unranked UMHB program surprisingly knocked the number-one-ranked St. Thomas out of the tournament. The Crusaders overcame many obstacles to line up against Amherst College April 7. They are the first team in the conference and...

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