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Tag: Student Athletes
The Transferrable Impact of Positive Pressure in Sports and Public Policy
There is a heightened level of immersion and focus that goes into what coaches do every day because the stakes are higher. With higher stakes comes more pressure. Pressure one of the main elements that leads to top level performance on a consistent basis. A lack of pressure leads to complacency which is the enemy of the maximization of one’s potential and purpose.
July 22, 2021
Critical Sport Scholars: Navigating an Uncomfortable Space
Being a college sports fan while also studying college sports is a difficult space to navigate.
June 23, 2021
Q&A With Gail Dent, the NCAA’s Associate Director of Communications
Meet Gail Dent, the NCAA’s Associate Director of Communications, as she shares her thoughts on student-athlete activism, the long-term effects of COVID-19 and her go-to dish at a summer barbeque.
June 18, 2021
More Than an Athlete: Pivoting to a New Paradigm
Student-athletes all have some level of investment in their particular sport. This investment can come in the form of effort, time, emotions, money, hopes, and dreams. Perhaps the most impactful investment that they make is the investment of their identity. This is the level of which one’s view of their self is defined as being an athlete in their sport. How one defines themselves and how others define them makes up their identity.
April 7, 2021
Mississippi to Potentially Allow College Athletes to Gain from Name, Image or Likeness
Mississippi lawmakers are looking at a bill allowing college athletes to earn money from their name, image or likeness (NIL), Associated Press reported. All eight of Mississippi’s public universities and the schools’ governing board support the bill, said Senate universities and colleges committee Chairman Scott Bounds. As of July 1, Florida will allow student-athletes to earn money through contracts – same […]
January 28, 2021
Keyontae Johnson’s Collapse on the Basketball Court Highlights Economic Injustice for College Athletes
When Keyontae Johnson, a 21 year old basketball player, agreed to play NCAA basketball at the University of Florida, he had no idea about the trauma that he would experience. Keyontae contracted COVID-19 in August and after passing physical screenings, he collapsed while playing basketball. He was then diagnosed with a rare heart disease that would impact him for the rest of his life. He was also placed in a medically induced coma as doctors fought to save his life. Luckily for Keyontae, he was able to recover and is back on the sidelines at the University of Florida while managing his heart condition. Many suspected that the heart condition was linked to COVID-19 and had concerns about NCAA athletes contracting the virus while playing sports.
January 13, 2021
NCAA Indefinitely Delays Vote on Student Athlete Compensation Rules
The NCAA Division I Council has indefinitely delayed a vote on college athlete compensation rules, ESPN reported. The council said it needed more information before voting about whether student athletes could earn money for their name, image and likeness (NIL) State legislatures have passed laws that will make it illegal for schools in their states […]
January 13, 2021
Supreme Court Takes Up Long-Running NCAA Dispute Over Student-Athlete Compensation
The Supreme Court will take up a dispute between the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and a group of student-athletes who say the NCAA’s restrictions on education-related compensation violate federal antitrust law, reports CBS News. The court agreed on Wednesday to consider the appeal, which was filed by the NCAA after the 9th U.S. Circuit […]
December 16, 2020
Former HBCU Athletes Sue NCAA for Disproportionate Discrimination
A group of former HBCU athletes is suing the NCAA, “claiming academic standards and subsequent penalties for not meeting them disproportionately discriminates against black athletes and universities,” HBCU Sports reported. The 58-page Thursday lawsuit demanded that the Academic Progress Rate (APR) – a metric to indicate student athletes’ and team’s academic success – be abolished, […]
December 11, 2020
Financial Impact of COVID-19 Dominates Intercollegiate Athletics Forum
As leaders in intercollegiate athletics convened virtually at the annual Intercollegiate Athletics Forum (IAF), the discussions centered on how college sports have navigated this unprecedented year.
December 8, 2020
Big Ten Will Have Eight-Game Fall Football Season
The Big Ten will have an eight-game football season starting the weekend of Oct. 24, USA Today reported. The decision was made by the Big Ten’s presidents Wednesday morning amidst public pressure, undoing their decision in August to postpone the fall schedule. The Big Ten presidents cited new medical information to conclude that they could […]
September 17, 2020
Coach John Thompson, Jr. in Retrospect
Coach John Thompson, Jr. died on August 30, 2020, at the age of 78. He redefined college basketball and challenged stereotypes of black masculinity and mental aptitude. ESPN host Michael Wilbon calls him a mentor and a master teacher. Thompson’s journey began on September 2, 1941, in the segregated housing projects of Washington, DC’s Anacostia neighborhood. Thompson found solace and his identity on the basketball court in junior high and the local Police Boys Club. He went on to play center for Archbishop John Carroll Catholic High School, leading them to three city championships between 1958 and 1960. His athletic prowess earned him a scholarship to play for Providence College.
September 8, 2020
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