Chip Scoggins: Return of campus workouts means a ray of hope for college football
College athletes will start returning to campus for workouts in two weeks. Universities increasingly have pledged to resume in-person classes this fall. This is the most optimistic I’ve felt about the college football season being played since this wretched pandemic shuttered sports.Nothing is guaranteed, of course. This is more of a gut feeling, fully aware that the mechanics of a season likely will look different. Maybe there will be fewer games. Fans might not be allowed in stadiums initially, or in reduced numbers. Full-scale testing will be essential. But measured progress in loosening re...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Benjamin Hochman: 'You're not alone' — no shame in mental stress for athletes, especially during pandemic
Fifteen falls ago, a college football team played 11 games in 11 different cities, because its city, like the team itself, was drowning.Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. A deluge of floodwater overtook the campus and the city. Many players and coaches lost their homes. But Tulane University’s football team still played its season. The emotional toll on these players and coaches — the mental stress and fatigue — was like another overwhelming storm, this one invisible.I think about those players occasionally — I was a reporter covering the team for the New Orleans newspaper. And ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
TCU's Jamie Dixon reflects on playing, coaching against Eddie Sutton, who has died at 84
Jamie Dixon remembers approaching Eddie Sutton inside a gift shop at the Final Four as an aspiring young basketball coach in the early 1990s.As a player at TCU, Dixon had faced Sutton’s Arkansas teams in Southwest Conference matchups as a freshman and sophomore in the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons. TCU just won one of those four games, a 72-66 overtime victory in the ‘84-85 season in Fort Worth. Dixon finished by going 5 of 6 from the free throw line, including a couple pivotal ones late in the game.Dixon joked that Sutton “acted like he remembered me” as he introduced himself at the Final Four,...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Ben Frederickson: Pandemic pressure should force college sports world to rethink spending habits
Brian Smith saw the takedown coming, but few listened.Mizzou’s wrestling coach didn’t predict a pandemic was going to threaten the college sports world as we know it, but he did preach to his peers the danger of college wrestling programs being so reliant on the cash generated by their school’s football team.No, he’s not taking a victory lap now.“I just think the unfortunate thing is how the budgets are run,” Smith told Post-Dispatch Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter. “I don’t think most schools are putting money away in reserves for a rainy day. It’s kind of like people with their bank accounts....
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Mark Schlissel: No athletics at Michigan unless there's on-campus classes
While a return to college football this fall appeared to have gained steam last week, University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel says there won’t be a football season at UM unless students are able to take on-campus classes.Schlissel, in remarks appearing in a Wall Street Journal story published Sunday, said he will make the decision soon on how the upcoming school year will look. The University suspended on-campus activities in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.“If there is no on-campus instruction then there won’t be intercollegiate athletics, at least for Michigan,” Schlis...
The Detroit News
Oklahoma St. coaching icon, Kansas native and new Hall of Famer Eddie Sutton dies at 84
Eddie Sutton, who was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 4, died Saturday at his home in Tulsa at 84.Oklahoma State University’s athletic department made the announcement on the OSU homepage Saturday night. Sutton compiled a 368-151 mark in 16 seasons as head coach at OSU and an 806-329 record in 37 seasons overall as a college basketball coach.The Sutton family confirmed the reports of the death of Sutton, one of Kansas coach Bill Self’s closest mentors, in a statement sent to the Tulsa World and other outlets.“Our beloved Dad and Papa Coach Eddie Sutton passed ...
The Kansas City Star
Dave Hyde: The story of Dolphins rookie Noah Igbinoghene starts with Olympic genes and harder work
His dad did 2,000 sit-ups and trained three times a day chasing his track dream around the world. His mom ran her lungs out chasing hers and made national history.So when their oldest son was 10, his parents delivered a message.“We’re not paying for college for you,” they told Noah Igbinoghene, the Miami Dolphins’ first-round draft pick.They gave something more valuable, if used properly.“He got our genes,” his father, Festus, said. “And he got our work ethic.”Just for the moment, let’s not talk about who a rookie can be or how he fits this franchise’s future. Let’s talk about how he got here....
Sideline Chatter: It's a nice thought, but it seems off brand tip wasn't for Ocho Cinco dollars
Ever see a waitress do a touchdown dance?Former NFL receiver Chad Johnson left his server Catalina a $1,000 tip on his $37.40 bill after dining at Havana’s Cuban Cuisine in Cooper City, Florida — the football equivalent of a 160-point PAT.“Congrats on re-opening, sorry about the pandemic, hope this helps. I LOVE YOU,” Johnson wrote on the credit-card slip.———Headlines— At Fark.com: “Michigan governor says no full stadiums this fall. Or as the Lions call it: Sunday.”— At TheOnion.com: “Slideshow: 11 greatest sports moments made possible by PEDs.”———Football 101Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver w...
The Seattle Times
Michael Cunningham: Player safety takes back seat as NCAA rushes to allow campus workouts
ATLANTA — Starting June 1, college football and basketball players will return to campus and get back to work as COVID-19 continues to spread (the SEC will allow it on June 8). The NCAA says the workouts are “voluntary” and must be initiated by athletes. But those words don’t mean much when there’s a power imbalance between players (who have little) and coaches (who have a lot).It’s clear what’s happening. College sports programs are facing enormous pressure to make money. They especially need football games in the fall for that goal. The NCAA’s decision to end the moratorium on athletic activ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Larry Stone: Seahawks' Russell Wilson has shown he can be like Mike regarding perceived slights
SEATTLE — Russell Wilson is a fount of positivity, and always has been. The next time he utters a discouraging word publicly about a teammate or the Seahawks will be the first. His style is to try to lift everyone up through encouragement and praise rather than to motivate through criticism and fear.You might have guessed who I’m comparing him to on this front: Michael Jordan, as exemplified in ESPN’s “The Last Dance.” On the surface, their entire modus operandi couldn’t be more divergent. Wilson would never even think of riding his teammates like Jordan did with Scott Burrell, Steve Kerr, et ...
The Seattle Times