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Scholarship Evolution Among College Athletes

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The one-year scholarship has come to be viewed as similar to an employment contract, while four-year awards are seen as more in the spirit of amateurism.
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Many Big Ten Universities across the country are slowly but surely coming to the conclusion that players that they are recruiting are growing much older than anticipated. Back in October, there was an announcing from the first conference of the Big Ten than guarantees an athletic scholarship for these athletes for four years. This is a big step because majority of the time these scholarships are only offered for a single year which is one to not get renewed. Additionally, this type of scholarship offered is to help ensure that these athletes in any sport can’t lose their financial aid based on injury, poor play or even their coaches’ judgments.

 

The leagues commissioner, Jim Delany, stated, “To make a four-year commitment and give student athletes security, it’s the right thing to do.” I related this to image restoration article that we talked a lot about in the beginning of class. I related back to it during the discussion about corrective action. In these types of circumstances this is indeed the right thing to do. No college athlete should lose their academic security solely on thing beyond their control. There are many universities who are looking into this case and have similar intensions like Indiana, South Carolina, and Southern California. The Atlantic Coast Conference has also mentioned about this conference and is in favor of the idea. I also like the idea of this because many times these scholarships are all about power and control.

 

This conference can help avoid this in many aspects. The NCAA still maintains their work through a series of lawsuits of critics because these scholarships tend to cover things such as tuition, books and room and board. There were many violations of having this four year scholarships back in the mid-1900s. Within corrective action, they were being accused and were stating that they will fix this problem over the years. Like in this case, there were some controversial issues that took place back in 1965 when Oklahoma’s representative at a conference voiced his anger and frustrating mentioning how these college students would quit a team but got to keep their free ride essentially.

 

Later on the rules were protested again due to racism of black athletes at several universities from Washington, California, Texas-El Paso, Indiana, Pittsburg as well as Princeton. Furthermore, after the Title IX, which is a federal law that mandates gender equality in all college sports. So with corrective action they make assurances of adjustments that will prevent any similar incidents from occurring in the near future; which is why the Title IX came into effect. This title went into effect back in 1972 and universities at that time had to expand woman’s sports programs. As you can see in today’s society woman’s sports are highly valued just as important as male college sports. This was a good article to read because it has allowed me to see the evolution of men and woman’s college sports and how scholarships have come into play over the years.

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Jameis Winston Is Not Testifying

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The hearing involving Jameis Winston and the woman who accused him of sexually assaulting in 2012 her would likely not have any effect until after the Seminoles’ season.
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Two years ago at Florida State University, there was a major incident that occurred with Jameis Winston when he was accused of sexually assaulting a female on their campus. Jameis Winston’s friends and teammates, Chris Casher and Ronald Darby were both witnesses during this incident. After both of these team member were sworn in both Darby and Casher refused to answer any questions. During the hearing itself, Major Harding, a former Florida Supreme Court chief justice, will determine if Jameis Winston violated many parts of the universities code of conduct. There were many penalties involving that can occur from this incident itself. It was reported that Casher video recorded the actions between Winston and the female, but months later said he deleted the evidence.

 

During the court procedure Winston and the female victim were allowed one adviser in the hearing. Winston’s lawyer, David Cornwell responded their side of the issue in a positive manner. Cornwell stated, “Unfortunately, in these types of cases, the only way to confront the lie is with the truth. Jameis will tell the truth today, and we are confident that Justice Harding, when he hears her multiple lies and Jameis’s truth, will find, as every other entity has to this point, that she is lying.” I referred this particular statement back to our discussion mentioning evading responsibility. With evading responsibility is occurs when someone of a certain act is not viable and evading responsibility is the only option for some. Winston and his lawyer assert the accused party that their actions are from another act. Winston is being accused of sexual assault but he justifies his actions by passing the blame onto her saying that she is lying in order to reduce their own responsibility of this case. They have also evaded responsibility by affirming that they didn’t have sufficient information or control to handle this situation effectively because they claim that she is lying. This has helped the court determine if she is reliable and trustworthy in her attempt.

 

Later on they issued a statement referring to the young woman and how she can stand up for herself along with the witnesses giving their sides of the story. At this point of the trial neither Jameis Winston nor his lawyer can do anything; it’s beyond their control. Additionally, there are many important games that are coming up for FSU. If they beat the Yellow Jackets, the Seminoles plan to be one of the select few teams to be picked for the college football playoffs. As of now the semifinals are on January first and the actual championship is on the twelfth. At this time both Winston and the accuser can appeal the ruling with Harding. A defense lawyer Tim Jansen, from the area mentioned that this type of case can last another month or two depending on if they appeal the case or not. Tim Jansen made a side comment that mentioned how no matter what the final ruling is in the courtroom, the university’s president has the final word meaning he can decide if Winston can continue to play football at Florida State University. 

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5 Pennsylvania Football Players Up To No Good

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California University of Pennsylvania canceled and forfeited its next game after five members of its football team were charged in an assault case.
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In Pennsylvania, there were five college football players from California University, who were arrested for beating up a thirty year old man. This occurred outside of a well-known restaurant off campus.  As they left the scene it was reported that they were chanting “football strong”. The university quickly got involved and decided to forfeit their next home game on Saturday against Gannon University.

 

The university responded and said “our hearts and our prayers go out the victim, his family and his friends” The beating occurred around 2:00 am last Thursdays at a local college hangout, about a mile a way from their campus of roughly 8,600 students. The police said that there was an argument between the Vulcans defensive back, Corey Ford and Lewis Campbell (the victims) girlfriend. When Lewis Campbell got involved the other four football players also decided to jump in. They beat the man and stomped on his face until he was unconscious. Three of the five football players have been arrested in the past for disorderly conduct and drug paraphilia.

 

Campbell is not a current student at the university, but was flown to get trauma intensive care and found to have severe brain injury. A witness told police that these players drove off in a white Acura and chanted “football strong”. Ford, Williamson, Barlow, Gillin and Dunkley were all arrested during the team practice and were charged with many accounts. They were charged with aggravated assault, harassment, criminal conspiracy, and reckless endangering another person while remaining in jail with a bond amount of $500,000. These five players have been suspended from the team and the university itself. I related this back to our classroom discussion regarding mortification from awhile back. This relates to mortification because the university tries to restore their image. The university explained what happened, what the consequences were and made it seem like it was not going to happen again. Additionally, the apology that the university made towards the victim, family and friends was a great attribute to this as well. They ask for a sincere apology and asked for forgiveness.

 

The beating took place on a sidewalk in front of a building but no one responded because no one knew what had happened until police arrived at the scene. The university president made a statement and said “Behavior has consequences. All California University students, including student-athletes, must abide by our Student Code of Conduct if they wish to remain a part of our campus community”. This is a very serious mater that goes way past just a football game. On more of a positive note, although this is a very serious situation, the Vulcans seemed to have a great season because they were 7 to 1 this football year.

 

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All Athletes Are Equal

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) plans to launch a new “think tank” designed to “establish best practices and policies so college athletes and coaches can fully participate in their
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The National Collegiate Athletic Association is trying to get people more involved in the  “think tank” idea among college athletes. This should be helpful to college athletes, coaches and their peers. This plan should help these college athletes fully participate in their sport. They will not be discriminated from their religious beliefs, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. There was a meeting that was held to seek a common ground for a respectable athletic climate among facilities. The NCAA will “develop the first-ever suggested guidelines so faith-based schools, public schools, and private secular schools across the country can provide inclusive and respectable athletic environments”. There was a release sent out by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and LGBT Sports Coalition, which state that Nevin Caple, Karen Morrison and Dr. Pat Griffin will hold the organization itself.

 

There are participants from all over, anyone from director of athletics, executive directors of Faith in America, physical education etc. They mention a lot about different appeals among collegiate sports and they realize that these student athletes come from all areas of the country and have diverse backgrounds and identities. I related this back to the fundamental attribution error because many of these athletes attribute a person’s behavior to an intrinsic quality of their identity. They might not feel like are as equal as some members of the team; therefore, may act differently. Other members of the team may think that he or she is angry or upset but really its just because they feel secluded. Some of these different backgrounds include religion and spiritually and they still manage to all come together as one team. I related this back to conformity because they conform with all members of their team members. The article also talks about how teams perform their absolute best when they all come together when everyone is respected and they all bring competitive experiences they have had and focus on the teams overall goals rather than their own goals.

 

The think tank is being funded from a generous grant from the LGBT Sports coalition. I think this is one of the first athletic step they can take in order for every athlete to feel equal. The LGBT Sports Coalition has a Facebook page, which has thirty different organizations, and individuals promote diversity and inclusion among all sports. The Facebook page for the LGBT Sports Coalition was created back in 2013 and they had a vision of what they wanted to world to be seen as. They wanted to create sports where all lesbian, gay; transgender college athletes could participate in their sport of choice without being discriminated. They wanted these athletes to feel equally to one another and not judged by their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. “Our mission is to end anti-LGBT bias and discrimination in sports at all levels of participation,” the Facebook page mentioned. I think this mission will soon become a reality.

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ACL Injuries Among College Athletes Is Becoming More & More Common

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Recovery actually seems better for college-age players vs. younger peers, researchers say
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College athletes are always suffering from some sort of sport related injury. One of the most common sports injuries among these athletes is a torn ACL. “The research suggests that the risk for a reinjury of the knee’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) actually goes down as athletes mature from high school into their college years.” There was research done at the University of North Carolina that focused on college athletes who have previously returned to their sport after an ACL injury. They determined that these athletes who have previously had an ACL injury before their college career were compared to these athletes who had their first injury at the university. 

 

The researchers studied UNC students (89 female and male) who previously have been affected by the torn ligament. 54 of these college athletes had ACL surgery in college while only 39 of them had the surgery before they entered their college career. Whenever these students have had an injury or surgery like so, the study found that these athletes had pretty much the same return-to-play rates, (78 percent before college injury and 77 percent of the injured athletes who got hurt during their career). With injuries like these you also have to take into consideration about the long term effects of these college athletes. The students who were affected before college had a seventeen percent injury rate with the surgery and another twenty percent had similar related injuries with their other knee. I feel like research studies like this is somewhat hard to relate to our in class discussion but I find it very important to be aware of these types of injuries.  

 

I related it back to when we talked about Grunig and Hunt Models for Public Relations Practice when we discussed public information, both one and two way communication. In this model they talk about promoting information to the public that’s strictly towards their audience. In this case, the News for Healthier Living can be considered an education resource to provide and make known of this injury. This also can relate to episodic framing because I feel like this type of research gains our attention to become more aware of ACL injuries but after a while we just lose interest and don’t think about it as much. Many college athletes have the mindset that “it’ll never happen to me” which is why we as students may lose interest. It’s not like this a new injury that all athletes are now finding about, we have constantly had to deal with ACL injuries in the past but for some reason we continue to forget the precautions we need to take in order for them not to happen. I also feel like they evaded responsibility because in the article they made it seem like it wasn't a big deal and minimization because the act didn't seem like the act itself of injuries wasn't  as serious as it set out to be. Overall, was very interesting article to read.  

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Kate Williams's curator insight, October 19, 2014 4:43 PM

You see these injuries in the Athlete Training field. The way the sports are now a days people are a little more rough and they get hurt from it.

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Family Issues Of A College Athlete Trying to Continue Her Dreams

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Alabama has done its best not to let Daisha Simmons continue her collegiate basketball career at another school, but it’s going to happen anyway – just maybe not this season.
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Daisha Simmons is currently taking graduate classes from Secton Hall earning an MBA. She graduated from University of Alabama and was on the woman’s basketball team at the university and is dealing with a controversial topic. The focus of this article is to inform the public that these big institutions are supposed to help students with their learning experience yet they seem more concerned with how much money these college athletics are bringing in. Her family has had some major health issues in the past, like her brother having kidney issues and her mother’s deteriorating health. After graduating in her undergrad she wanted a college where it was closer to home and also a school where she could continue her dreams as a college basketball player.

 

Her decision to transfer from Secton Hall University was blocked by Alabama first year coach because of timing and scholarships issues.  The athletic director at University of Alabama wrote a letter in regards to why he refused to sign off on the transfer stating “Given the timing that she wanted to transfer left little or no time for the woman’s basketball team to make alternate plans to replace her”. This relates back to our discussion about decision-making models. The receivers of the message do not see the proposed behavior as relative to their needs and also they don’t believe that it is appropriate or necessary in the given situation. Simmons mentioned how she doesn’t feel like the university supports her decision and claims that they are being unfair, dishonest and that she has been bullied. She then wrote a letter personally, to NCAA allowing her to transfer and speak her piece. In the letter she wrote how she didn’t quiet understand why a football team member was allowed to be a graduate transfer but was irritated that she couldn’t do the same with her career. 

 

Her current coach at Sector Hall University mentioned how out of the 23 years of coaching she has never seen anything like this where a student couldn’t leave a program for family related issues. Its not like she is a bad student, she is currently in good academic standing. Her coach stated, “She fulfilled her academics in good standing, that’s what’s frustrating. We’re dealing with academic intuitions first and foremost”. I also believe that this can relate to the image restoration strategy: corrective actions because the university can take this problem fix it by accepting her as a transfer student on the basketball team. Simmons says that this isn’t an issue not just involving herself but for all college athletes. Using the image restoration theory can help the University of Alabama to “mend ones ways” and prevent this sort of issue from happening again. 

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With Insufficient Insurance, Injured Athletes Add Medical Bills to College Debt - NYTimes.com

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While some colleges accept considerable responsibility for medical claims, many others assume almost none.
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You can score a touchdown and make a 3 throw, but can you even read is a better question?

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CNN investigation reveals an alarming number of college athletes who read as low as an elementary school level.
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This is a very interesting article regarding the University of North Carolina and many other Division 1 colleges accepting college athletes who play like adults, but read like 5th graders. Mary Willingham, the athletic director of the university talks about how athletes come into the university reading and 3rd and 4th grade levels. There is no way that these college athletes can succeed in these classrooms. They went through 8 years worth of test scores and 25% of these athletes don’t have the skills to even succeed at a community college, let alone a competitive university like North Carolina.

 

Willingham got permission and went through 183 athletes in revenue generating sports like football and basketball and found that 8% of them were reading below a 4th grade level and nearly 60% of them were reading between 4th and 8th grade levels. The main concern with this is finding out if this has been or is occurring at other collegiate levels. The university wanted to find out if it was occurring and went to 37 different public universities where open records apply asking for 6 years of data records. Receiving information from 21 of these division 1 universities, they found that between 7 and 18% of football and basketball athletes were scoring at elementary levels of the reading portion, which is equivalent to getting a 16 or less on the ACT. However, after receiving the data these universities had explanations on why these athletes didn’t make these requirements. These big universities used image restoration theories.

 

They used certain strategies like minimization. Texas stated “some athletes only aim for NCAA eligibility” or Washington mentioning low scores may indicate some type of learning disability. Additionally, University of Louisville tries to make a positive impact on their athletics by talking about how entrance exams are only one consideration whenever accepting an athlete into the university. They try to make it seem like the problems of these big athletes isn’t nearly as bad as what they perceive it to be. According to the University of Texas Arlington, Minimization is the accused tried to minimize the negative effects associated with the wrong act by attempting to show that the misbehavior or act is not as bad as initially thought or perceived by the audience. Therefore, if the audience thinks of it in a more positive manner, then these universities image is restored.

 

When complying for this data nearly half of these schools refused to give data or mentioned that they would give the information after the football season. It seems weird that either Florida State or Auburn University refused to give out this information, yet they were in the BCS championship around that time. University of North Carolina started a corrective action to make the university a better environment for all students by trying to correct the problem. The main concern with Willingham was to get the academic testing scores for athletes higher overall. After all the data was collected form the different universities, Mary Willingham was still not satisfied that these changes will help these students gain success in the classroom. The real question is how do these athletes graduate if they can’t read?

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What We All Pay for Sports | POTs and PANs

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I read an article this week in the LA Times that talked about how sports have jacked up the cost of cable TV everywhere. They cited the fact that the Pac-12 Network alone is going to get over a billion dollars per year in revenue, all gathered from people’s monthly cable rates.

 

There is no question that pro and college sports are driven by television revenues. Everywhere you look the numbers are huge. For example, the NFL gets over $4 billion per year in television rights. That’s $1 billion from ESPN, $1 billion from DirecTV, over $700 million from Fox, and over $600 million each from NBC and CBS. To put that in perspective, there are 100 million cable households in the country and that works out to each one of them paying $3.33 per month to get the NFL.

 

Now I will grant that the NFL is the most popular sport in the country and perhaps most households would not be upset by that number. But it’s only the beginning. There are also lucrative deals with television for college football and basketball and for major league sports like baseball, basketball and hockey. Additionally the cable bundles that people buy force them to buy more sports programming for other sports like golf, tennis, horseracing and even bass fishing.

 

When you add this all up the average consumer in a major metropolitan market that has all of the pro teams is probably paying around $15 per month to get all of this sports programming. That’s $180 per year. In more rural markets where there are not direct channels for baseball and basketball the bill is probably closer to $11 per month or $130 dollars per year. This is a heck of a deal for sports fans. Let’s face it, paying $180 to get a huge array of the sports is a great deal when you figure it would cost that much for two people to go to one pro football game.

 

But the problem is that not everybody is a sports fan. It’s been estimated through polls that maybe 40% of households are serious sports fans. If you do the math and if only the 40% of households that really want sports had to foot the bill that works out to $37.50 per month, or $450 per year, and that monthly number is climbing a few dollars every year. That’s where the rubber hits the road, because polls also say that a majority of those households would not pay that bill on an unbundled basis if they were asked to pay their fair share.

 

What nobody wants to talk about is that the wheels are slowly starting to come off the cable industry. A recent nationwide poll said that 21% of households were thinking of dropping their cable TV subscription. They won’t all do that, of course, but it is a very bad sign for the industry when that many people say they are thinking about it. We can certainly expect millions of households per year to ditch cable. The average cable bill nationwide is now over $90 per month and many households are deciding that they just can’t afford it.

 

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Erica Guider's curator insight, October 14, 2014 11:31 PM

Sport broadcasting on television is becoming smaller as the prices to watch the sports on television are becoming larger. More households are starting to not watch sports on television because they cant afford the channels, but the cost of having a certain network for a year is equivalent to the price of two tickets to a single sports game. I found it interesting that only 40% of households are considered serious sports fans and those numbers are becoming to dwindle. I selected this article because I thought it was interesting that it wasn’t necessarily about sports itself, but how sports are affecting television broadcasting in a negative way. This information will help me in the sport management industry because knowing that sport broadcasting on television is becoming less popular, I would have to learn about the other options for sport broadcasting and what the fans are into most right now and what will be getting bigger and more popular in the future.  

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Wow, that is all I can say about this!

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This Guy Learned What Happens When You're Homophobic The Hard Way

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Following the historic coming out of Division I college football player Michael Sam, the social media backlash was both predictable and horrifying. However, one college athlete is now experiencing the repercussions of what can happen when you choose ...
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Former Nebraska Kicker Says He Was Openly Gay, Loved By Teammates

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Erick Lueshen was a kicker on the University of Nebraska football team from 2004-2005, and according to an interview he did on 93.7 The Ticket, he was openly gay the entire time he was on the team. His interview was illuminating, and it sounds like his experience as an openly gay college athlete was very similar to Michael Sam's.

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Could we be growing up (evolving)?  Let's hope so. #gayvegasdaily 

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1st Removal of College Football Since 1995

UAB has shut down its football program, with president Ray Watts announcing the move after meeting with Blazers players and coaches Tuesday.
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For the first time since 1995 one university is shutting down its football program at the University of Alabama Birmingham. The university announced their decision Tuesday after the president met with the Blazers players, coaches and hundreds of students and fans gathered outside the arena. Many students and fans were trying to show their support to get the universities attention to now shut it down completely, but it didn’t work. According to reporters that they are shutting college football down for financial reasons and that they are in too much debt. Like many other universities who struggle finically, the University of Alabama Birmingham claims they cant handle it at this point in time. The university mentions that as they continue to look at the evolving landscape of NCAA football, they only see their expenses gradually increase. The university is trying to consider what’s best fit for the university and for their financial future, and the prominence of the athletic department is not in their budget at this time.

 

The university realized that within the next 5 years the university would need an extra 49 million due to their current budget, which also included a 22 million renovation for facilities and upgrades. I related this back to the reading regarding the prominence of profitability of College Athletics. It would seem that the frame and profitability of modern college athletics are not mutually exclusive; both are in a reciprocal relationship. As television, profits and mechanizing increases so do the finances. These amenities were not in the price range for the community, which makes it hard for me to understand how they weren’t making profits. After leaving the meeting many players cried and hugged one another after completely a great season with a record of six to six. The NCAA has very strict guidelines and rules that each university has to comply to. Since UAB broke the violation of quitting during their season they are forced to pay 2.425 million dollars for canceling with Tennessee, Kentucky, Troy, South Alabama and Georgia State.

 

Not only does eliminating the football team hurt the university, but think about all the other extra circular activities it affects. Associated programs like cheerleaders, band members protested on campus. They are also cutting smaller activities the university has such as bowling and rifle programs so it’s not just this one sport, its many activities on campus that are being cut with the new budget. I related this part of the article back to our discussion about minimization because the university makes it seem like its not as damaging as it seems. The university puts the event into a different context to make the community seem like the perception is a positive thing occurring. They go on to talk about the new athletic budget is there to not reduce the budget but to focus on the resources to the remaining athletic programs left at the university. There is so much support in and outside of the community who are very against this decision. A former quarterback from UAB, Aj McCarron posted a tweet stating “Everyone in the state should stand up for UAB and help keep their football program alive. I wish everyone the best. Keep the Blazers alive.”

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Unionization Among College Athletes

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The monumental ruling could change the face of college athletics, as we know it.
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Back in late March the National Labor Relations Board issued that all of Northwestern football players were in fact qualified as employees of Northwestern University. With this occurrence the team members were allowed to form a union among themselves. Form here on out each of the members are allowed to take a vote to decide whether they want to be labeled as a union or to be represented as a Northwestern football player with all of their benefits that goes along with being a college athlete. After a long decision they went through all of the pros and cons of these athletes becoming unionized. They decided that these football players were valued near $60,000 with their athletic scholarship at the university. Making that kind of money these athletes were and are eligible to be labeled as an employee under common law.

 

Ramogi Human is the President of the National College Players Association was in favor for all of these athletes. “The NCAA invented the term student-athlete to prevent the exact ruling that was made back in March. For 60 years, people have bought into the notion that they are students only. The reality is players are employees, and March’s ruling confirms that. The players are one giant step closer to justice.”  I related this to scapegoating or provocation because the union claimed that the response provoked the offensive act in a question. The question here is that, do we really want college athletes to be labeled as employees. If we show our audience that this unionizing is a bad idea they we can restore these athletes image totally or even partially. I also related this article back to the campaign we discussed in class about the Illinois 4-H “It Can Wait” campaign. Like in this article they talk about what college athletes do and how they are more than just athletes, they are student athletes, not workers. So with them presenting the facts the union bill was not passed similar to how the AT&T President responded to the risks and why it’s bad.

 

After the bill was passed they show it in a similar way of how these athletes being labeled, as an employee can be a bad idea. They presented the facts similar to the It Can Wait campaign. NCAA took offense to the ruling of these college athletes and Northwestern even issued a statement fighting the decision because they do not believe that these student athletes are employees. When you have scholarships for anything regarding athletics in college you are talking big bucks. These athletes are the reason so many universities save their students millions of dollars to go towards their education. I really like this article because it talks about how threatening it is to unionize these athletes. If you have these college athletes labeled as employees it can hurt them in many aspects. This can hurt them because they could get angry and go on strikes and have players very unsatisfied. NCAA generates millions of dollars due to certain rules and regulations of these types of sports. They are there to help all athletes to make sure they are having fun with their sport and that it is done in a safe manner.

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Five Football Players Charged in a Beating in Pennsylvania

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California University of Pennsylvania canceled and forfeited its next game after five members of its football team were charged in an assault case.
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Kyle Beamer's curator insight, November 6, 2014 1:15 PM

In Pennsylvania, there were five college football players from California University, who were arrested for beating up a thirty year old man. This occurred outside of a well-known restaurant off campus.  As they left the scene it was reported that they were chanting “football strong”. The university quickly got involved and decided to forfeit their next home game on Saturday against Gannon University.

 

The university responded and said “our hearts and our prayers go out the victim, his family and his friends” The beating occurred around 2:00 am last Thursdays at a local college hangout, about a mile a way from their campus of roughly 8,600 students. The police said that there was an argument between the Vulcans defensive back, Corey Ford and Lewis Campbell (the victims) girlfriend. When Lewis Campbell got involved the other four football players also decided to jump in. They beat the man and stomped on his face until he was unconscious. Three of the five football players have been arrested in the past for disorderly conduct and drug paraphilia.

 

Campbell is not a current student at the university, but was flown to get trauma intensive care and found to have severe brain injury. A witness told police that these players drove off in a white Acura and chanted “football strong”. Ford, Williamson, Barlow, Gillin and Dunkley were all arrested during the team practice and were charged with many accounts. They were charged with aggravated assault, harassment, criminal conspiracy, and reckless endangering another person while remaining in jail with a bond amount of $500,000. These five players have been suspended from the team and the university itself. I related this back to our classroom discussion regarding mortification from awhile back. This relates to mortification because the university tries to restore their image. The university explained what happened, what the consequences were and made it seem like it was not going to happen again. Additionally, the apology that the university made towards the victim, family and friends was a great attribute to this as well. They ask for a sincere apology and asked for forgiveness.

 

The beating took place on a sidewalk in front of a building but no one responded because no one knew what had happened until police arrived at the scene. The university president made a statement and said “Behavior has consequences. All California University students, including student-athletes, must abide by our Student Code of Conduct if they wish to remain a part of our campus community”. This is a very serious mater that goes way past just a football game. On more of a positive note, although this is a very serious situation, the Vulcans seemed to have a great season because they were 7 to 1 this football year.

 

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NCAA to Launch ‘Think Tank’ to Promote LGBT Participation in College Athletics

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) plans to launch a new “think tank” designed to “establish best practices and policies so college athletes and coaches can fully participate in their
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The National Collegiate Athletic Association is trying to get people more involved in the  “think tank” idea among college athletes. This should be helpful to college athletes, coaches and their peers. This plan should help these college athletes fully participate in their sport. They will not be discriminated from their religious beliefs, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. There was a meeting that was held to seek a common ground for a respectable athletic climate among facilities. The NCAA will “develop the first-ever suggested guidelines so faith-based schools, public schools, and private secular schools across the country can provide inclusive and respectable athletic environments”. There was a release sent out by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and LGBT Sports Coalition, which state that Nevin Caple, Karen Morrison and Dr. Pat Griffin will hold the organization itself.

 

There are participants from all over, anyone from director of athletics, executive directors of Faith in America, physical education etc. They mention a lot about different appeals among collegiate sports and they realize that these student athletes come from all areas of the country and have diverse backgrounds and identities. I related this back to the fundamental attribution error because many of these athletes attribute a person’s behavior to an intrinsic quality of their identity. They might not feel like are as equal as some members of the team; therefore, may act differently. Other members of the team may think that he or she is angry or upset but really its just because they feel secluded. Some of these different backgrounds include religion and spiritually and they still manage to all come together as one team. I related this back to conformity because they conform with all members of their team members. The article also talks about how teams perform their absolute best when they all come together when everyone is respected and they all bring competitive experiences they have had and focus on the teams overall goals rather than their own goals.

 

The think tank is being funded from a generous grant from the LGBT Sports coalition. I think this is one of the first athletic step they can take in order for every athlete to feel equal. The LGBT Sports Coalition has a Facebook page, which has thirty different organizations, and individuals promote diversity and inclusion among all sports. The Facebook page for the LGBT Sports Coalition was created back in 2013 and they had a vision of what they wanted to world to be seen as. They wanted to create sports where all lesbian, gay; transgender college athletes could participate in their sport of choice without being discriminated. They wanted these athletes to feel equally to one another and not judged by their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. “Our mission is to end anti-LGBT bias and discrimination in sports at all levels of participation,” the Facebook page mentioned. I think this mission will soon become a reality.

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ACL Tear Won't Keep Most College Athletes From Returning to Play: Study - HealthDay

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Recovery actually seems better for college-age players vs. younger peers, researchers say
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University of Alabama and Daisha Simmons: The Hypocrisy of College Athletics

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Alabama has done its best not to let Daisha Simmons continue her collegiate basketball career at another school, but it’s going to happen anyway – just maybe not this season.
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Watch what you tweet regarding controversial topics. You could potentially lose your athletic scholarship.

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Following the historic coming out of Division I college football player Michael Sam, the social media backlash was both predictable and horrifying. However, one college athlete is now experiencing the repercussions of what can happen when you choose ...
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Division one college athlete named Michael Sam has been the talk in relations to sports for some time now. Michael Sam has recently come out publicly as a gay college football player from Mizzou.  Of course people are going to have their own opinions over a controversial topic like this one. Being a NCAA college athlete myself, I understand that I am a representation not only for the sport I play but I am always representing the university as well.

 

Sam Wheeler a college wrestler at Kentucky State University was suspended for anti-gay tweets about Michael Sam when he first came out to the public. In Wheeler’s tweet he stated “I can’t even watch sports center today cause all there talking about is Marcus Smart or that fag from Mizzou…” You are going to have criticism in any controversial topic but there are appropriate ways of handling issues and this was not one of them. After having this big blowout on twitter the university got involved. Kentucky State University responded appropriately in this situation by mentioning how Wheeler’s comments were very ignorant and how they did not want them to reflect on how the community of their university. They pretty much were saying that this is a huge learning experience for all student athletes to watch how and what you say over social media.

 

The university also released a statement from Jim Andrassy, which is wheeler's wrestling coach, talking about what he read on his twitter account and how disappointed he is with him. He made a statement saying “I have spoken to Sam personally, and while he is remorseful, he will be suspended indefinitely while we determine the best course of action moving forward. During this statement, his coach handled the situation very well by saying that they will be moving forward from here. In this process, his coach and the university are demonstrating defeasibility towards his fellow athlete.

 

According to the University of Texas Arlington, states in essence, defeasibility occurs because we didn't know or had no control over an issue, we should not be held fully responsible for the act. I feel like in Wheeler's case, his coach and the university had no control of what he tweeted. If there is an issue regarding an athlete at a university they take control of the bad behavior and only can move forward. Since Michael Sam came out of the closet publicly, Sam Wheeler's twitter account is still deactivated as of today and it is probably for the best. If young adults can’t appropriately state their opinions over social media, then these student athletes should remove the problem before it persist. 

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CNN analysis: Some college athletes play like adults, read like 5th-graders | CNN.com

CNN analysis: Some college athletes play like adults, read like 5th-graders | CNN.com | College Athletics And PR | Scoop.it

Early in her career as a learning specialist, Mary Willingham was in her office when a basketball player at the University of North Carolina walked in looking for help with his classwork.

 

He couldn't read or write.

 

"And I kind of panicked. What do you do with that?" she said, recalling the meeting.

 

Willingham's job was to help athletes who weren't quite ready academically for the work required at UNC at Chapel Hill, one of the country's top public universities.

 

But she was shocked that one couldn't read. And then she found he was not an anomaly.

 

Soon, she'd meet a student-athlete who couldn't read multisyllabic words. She had to teach him to sound out Wis-con-sin, as kids do in elementary school.

 

And then another came with this request: "If I could teach him to read well enough so he could read about himself in the news, because that was something really important to him," Willingham said.

 

Student-athletes who can't read well, but play in the money-making collegiate sports of football and basketball, are not a new phenomenon, and they certainly aren't found only at UNC-Chapel Hill.

 

A CNN investigation found public universities across the country where many students in the basketball and football programs could read only up to an eighth-grade level. The data obtained through open records requests also showed a staggering achievement gap between college athletes and their peers at the same institution.

 

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Girls' Most Dangerous Sport: Cheerleading

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For high school girls and college women, cheerleading is far more dangerous than any other sport.
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What Gay Men Are Really Thinking In The Locker Room

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Michael Sam made headline news when he shared a celebratory kiss with his boyfriend after hearing that he was joining the St. Louis Rams. With the rise in openly gay athletes participating in professional sports, ...

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