Jane McManus: Many sports leagues — from rec leagues to the youth game — have to figure out how to return after the coronavirus pause
NEW YORK — Erica Vanstone and her league, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, want to play roller derby, but the safety of the players is the priority for the WFTDA executive director. It’s a complicated task. Unlike the pro leagues that are planning their returns, she doesn’t have the CDC or White House on speed dial. But that doesn’t mean Vanstone and her league take this any less seriously. WFTDA has 40,000 players, coaches and officials in 450 leagues and 23 countries. The coronavirus has ravaged some, while others have been largely unaffected.How do you formulate a plan from scratch...
New York Daily News
Head of College Football Hall assesses protest damage and what's next
ATLANTA — From her home in Smyrna on Friday night, the College Football Hall of Fame’s new CEO watched in dismay the televised images of looters breaking into the downtown Atlanta attraction.“Obviously I am very passionate about the Hall of Fame, it is a second home for me, so watching it I was afraid,” said Kimberly Beaudin, who has been with the Hall since shortly after it opened in 2014 and was promoted to CEO in April.“I was afraid for all of us. I was afraid for the Hall and anxious to get down here and see for myself.”By 7 a.m. Saturday, Beaudin was on-site inspecting the damage. She kne...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
How South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is addressing parents' concerns about return to campus
COLUMBIA, S.C. — While the SEC has cleared the way for student-athletes to return to campus under strict safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic, South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley isn’t rushing her players back to Columbia just yet.Speaking on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Friday, Staley said that while she wants her players back on campus “to a degree,” she’s aware of the fear and concern still involved, especially among parents.“Their parents are, you know, pretty concerned,” Staley said. “I talked to a parent who is going to send her daughter back, but gonna send her dau...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Big 12's Bowlsby 'bullish' on football season starting on time
FORT WORTH, Texas — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby provided a sense of optimism for college football to start on time during a videoconference with reporters on Friday afternoon.The league is allowing football players to return to campuses starting June 15 for voluntary workouts. That would give programs more than 11 weeks to prepare for Week 1 of the season Sept. 3-5.“You talk about optimism, I am optimistic that we’ll start the season somewhere around Labor Day and I think we’ll get a crack at it,” Bowlsby said. “I’m bullish about our opportunity and more so than I was 30 days ago. I hope I...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Aztecs basketball loses one walk-on, gets another
The guy on the end of the bench of a 30-2 team is in the transfer portal.Walk-on guard Caleb Giordano announced he is transferring in hopes of finding a scholarship and rotation minutes after primarily working on the scout team in two seasons at San Diego State. He played one year at Miramar College, redshirted his first year at SDSU, then appeared in 11 games for 26 total minutes in 2019-20 — taking all 10 of his shots and scoring all nine of his points from beyond the 3-point arc.“I have talked with my family and I believe it is my best interest to transfer and play at another school,” Giord...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Bradford William Davis: There's an essential difference between 'essential workers' and athletes
NEW YORK — The concept of an essential worker is simple enough for an average Joe to comprehend. They are laborers who provide services so critical to society’s most basic needs, their absence would immediately compromise our ability to live.Grocery baggers and stockers continue to work so you can get food when you’re hungry. Doctors, nurses and cleaning crews show up every day in case you get sick, especially when everyone is getting sick. The police patrol the streets so the wrong kinds of people stay away from the Central Park Bramble.But if a beloved major sport came back tomorrow, few wou...
New York Daily News
Former 5-star QB J.T. Daniels transferring to Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. — Well, Georgia’s quarterback room just got a lot more interesting — and crowded.J.T. Daniels, a recent 5-star recruiting prospect and one-time starter at USC, announced via social media that he is transferring to UGA.It’s a stunning development considering the Bulldogs’ quarterback situation, though uncertain, wasn’t lacking for options. Senior Jamie Newman, a graduate transfer from Wake Forest, was expected to lead a competition that included junior Stetson Bennett, redshirt freshman D’wan Mathis, freshman signee Carson Beck and three invited walk-ons. Meanwhile, Georgia also is ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Rainer Sabin: If he thinks Michigan football has been close to a national title, Jim Harbaugh is delusional
Earlier this month, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh offered a proposal that would reform college football, liberate student-athletes, and give players across the country the freedom to enter the NFL draft at any point while in school.Presenting his plan in a letter that his public relations staff disseminated to various media outlets, he yearned to be taken seriously.As the coach at one of the nation’s most recognized programs, Harbaugh sees himself as an influencer who can use his prominent post and name recognition to generate support for the ideas he espouses.His advocacy of the one-time transfer r...
Detroit Free Press
Michigan's Juwan Howard fired up after adding transfers Chaundee Brown, Nojel Eastern
Michigan basketball hasn’t officially announced the additions of Wake Forest guard Chaundee Brown and Purdue wing Nojel Eastern, but that didn’t stop coach Juwan Howard from gushing about them.Howard discussed both newcomers in a Twitter video released Wednesday night by Big Ten Network. Since it’s an NCAA violation to openly talk about unsigned players, Brown and Eastern have likely signed.On May 14, Eastern’s transfer came as a shock. He entered the portal 48 hours prior and previously declared for the NBA draft twice. It’s unclear if he will be forced to sit out the 2020-21 season or gain i...
Detroit Free Press
Former Kansas assistant, NCAA head coach Matt Doherty masters motivational speaking
A college head men’s basketball coach for 11 seasons at Notre Dame, North Carolina, Florida Atlantic and SMU, Matt Doherty certainly has the necessary credentials to support a bold comment regarding the profession.“You look into coaching and most coaches are miserable. It is a miserable existence. It is what it is,” Doherty, who also spent seven seasons at Kansas as an assistant to Roy Williams and three seasons as an aide at Davidson, said in a phone interview with The Star.Doherty, 58, has embarked on a new career as a professional growth coach and motivational speaker and co-hosts a pair of...
The Kansas City Star