'A very sad day': Cash-strapped MSU cuts men's, women's swimming and diving; savings near $2M
Facing a budget shortfall of $30 million-plus, cash-strapped Michigan State announced Thursday night it is cutting its men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs following the 2020-21 season.The move was declared in an open letter signed by athletic director Bill Beekman and President Samuel Stanley.Beekman said he met with the team around 4 p.m. to deliver the news, calling it “my most emotional moment is as their athletic director.”“Many tears were shed,” Beekman said. “A very, very challenging, difficult conversation to have with the young men and women who dedicated, frankly, the major...
The Detroit News
In rare move, Seattle Storm endorse Joe Biden and Kamala Harris: 'These are not typical times'
SEATTLE — In a move rarely seen by professional sports teams, the Seattle Storm voiced its support for the 2020 Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Wednesday.The team’s official Twitter account posted a graphic of the Biden/Harris campaign logo along with its team logo accompanied by a short statement that read: “Join us in support of @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris.” The tweet also included a link for people to register to vote.Team co-owners Dawn Trudeau and Ginny Gilder also offered their own statements supporting Biden and Harris on Twitter.“We don’t typically endorse candidate...
The Seattle Times
Matt Calkins: Pac-12 doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the College Football Playoff
Earlier in the month, Washington coach Jimmy Lake was asked about the prospect of getting into the College Football Playoff. Wisely, he refused the bait.Lake gave the diplomatic answer, saying the Huskies were focused on getting better each day and that gradual improvement was the team’s only concern. But that particular query raised a bigger question: Does an unbeaten team from the Pac-12 deserve a shot at the national title?My thoughts: Possibly — but the conference hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt.This might not be fair to the current crop of teams, but history matters in this case. A...
The Seattle Times
Star Tribune sports columnist Sid Hartman dies at age 100
Sid Hartman, who started selling newspapers in 1928 and wrote about sports for the Star Tribune for the ensuing decades, died Sunday. He was 100.“My father’s extraordinary and resilient life has come to a peaceful conclusion surrounded by his family,” his son, Chad Hartman, tweeted early Sunday afternoon.Sid Hartman also was for decades a radio voice on WCCO.Hartman was born on the North Side of Minneapolis on March 15, 1920, and he worked for newspapers in his hometown for nearly his entire life. At the time of his death he was still writing three or four columns a week.He gained a stature ve...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Mac Engel: With Andy Dalton at quarterback, the Dallas Cowboys can win the NFC East
Ten years ago this week, Andy Dalton celebrated a win over BYU as TCU remained No. 4 nationally.Ten years since TCU’s program-defining Rose Bowl season, while nearly all of his college teammates, and opponents, have been done with football for years, Dalton prepares to start for the Dallas Cowboys against the Arizona Cardinals.Whatever you think of Andy Dalton, put some respect on it. He’s earned it. He ain’t Tom Brady, and you don’t last for 10 years in the NFL as a quarterback because you stink.He doesn’t need to do it, but Andy Dalton is still trying to prove he belongs. He has 11 games lef...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
With no high school football, a frustrated trainer staged his own game, violating Washington's COVID-19 protocols
SEATTLE — Tracy Ford doesn’t mince words explaining his motivations for lobbying to get high school football players back on the field.“These kids need to be seen,” said the man behind the Ford Sports Performance center in Bellevue, which trains professional and up-and-coming amateur players. “They need to be seen and they need to be evaluated.”And when Gov. Jay Inslee’s office declined to recommend that the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) resume fall sports after a meeting last month involving the WIAA, the governor’s office, Ford and student athletes, the trainer too...
The Seattle Times
Silvio De Sousa is leaving KU's basketball team to focus on 'some personal issues'
LAWRENCE, Kansas — Kansas senior forward Silvio De Sousa has decided to leave the KU basketball program, he reported Friday on Twitter.“I have made the difficult decision to opt out of this season to focus all of my energies on some personal issues,” De Sousa said on Friday on social media. “I have a lot of things weighing on my mind and need to address these by taking time for myself and stepping away from basketball. I do not know what my next plan will be right now, but I will decide that when the time is right.“This was not an easy decision to leave the basketball program, but it’s the bes...
The Kansas City Star
How Illinois athletes worked to boost voter registration on campus: 'There's definitely a heightened sense of urgency. Everyone is really out here fighting to be heard.'
Illinois golfer Ali Morallos turned 18 shortly before moving from California to Champaign for college, not long before the 2016 election.“I didn’t know where to go to register for mail-in and out-of-state (voting),” she said.Like many young people and college students, Morallos did not vote.This time around — now a senior — she’s registered. She’s also working to help ensure other Illinois athletes are too as a leader with the Big Ten’s Voter Registration Initiative.“I could have really used this when I was a freshman,” Morallos said. “As athletes, we have an opportunity to have an incredible ...
If quarantined, Alabama's Nick Saban won't be allowed to coach vs. Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. — Nick Saban can’t coach.Those are four words you almost never see together. But, in this case, they apply specifically to Saturday’s game between Saban’s No. 2-ranked Alabama team and No. 3 Georgia.The SEC office in Birmingham confirmed Thursday that Saban, who is expected to be in quarantine because of a positive COVID-19 test, cannot be involved in any way with coaching the Crimson Tide during the game.Saban told reporters after his positive test came in Wednesday that Alabama was checking to see how much involvement he could have in the game remotely. He said he was actively co...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Avoiding COVID will be key in 2020-21, Self says: 'Our guys have taken it seriously'
LAWRENCE, Kan. — So far, the COVID-19 pandemic has not negatively affected Bill Self’s Kansas basketball team since the Aug. 24 start of the 2020-21 school year.“I don’t think I’m really supposed to talk about any specifics at all,” Self, KU’s 18th-year coach, said Thursday when asked in a season-opening media Zoom call if the 2020-21 Jayhawks have had any positive tests heading into a campaign that could be affected by the ongoing pandemic.“I will say this,” he quickly added, “we have tested every week since the guys have been on campus and we have been extremely pleased through what has tran...
The Kansas City Star