Arteta confirms finances ‘big concern’ for Arsenal transfer dealings

first_img Loading… Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has admitted there is concern about the club’s financial situation heading into the summer window. The Gunners are hoping to strengthen the team in several positions. However, manager Arteta may not have many funds available, given the Gunners could be without European football altogether. Arteta touched on the matter after his side’s 2-1 win over Liverpool.Advertisement read also:‘No magic’ recovery for Arsenal without spending, warns Arteta Asked about the club’s finances, Arteta told reporters: “A big concern, you need quality, quality players and a big squad to compete in these competitions. “It is a challenge. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content6 Things Women Found Really Attractive In The 60’s8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Best Cars Of All Timelast_img read more

Gonzaga adds graduate transfer, highly rated recruit

first_img Associated Press Cook was leading the Salukis in scoring (15 points per game) and assists (3.3) when his season was cut short. He was shooting 55.2% from the field. Meanwhile, the signing of 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard Jalen Suggs from St. Paul, Minnesota, wrapped up perhaps the best recruiting class in program history. Suggs ranks fifth on ESPN’s Top-100 list in the class of 2020.Suggs averaged 23.5 points per game during his senior season at Minnehaha Academy. He also averaged 7.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.8 steals.Suggs is only the second recruit in Gonzaga history to be named a McDonald’s All-American, joining former Zag Zach Collins. Suggs was also one of five finalists for Naismith High School Boys National Player of the Year. The two players join a Gonzaga team that finished 31-2 last season and qualified for a 22nd straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which was canceled this year.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga has added a graduate transfer from Southern Illinois and signed the highest-rated high school player in the basketball program’s history.The team said Thursday that Southern Illinois point guard Aaron Cook will be eligible to play next season.The 6-foot-2 Cook played in just six games last season before breaking his shooting hand against Murray State. He will receive a medical red shirt that allows him to play next season, the team said. April 16, 2020 Gonzaga adds graduate transfer, highly rated recruitlast_img read more

The Latest: Lyon soccer teams test negative for coronavirus

first_imgThe Latest: Lyon soccer teams test negative for coronavirus May 9, 2020 The president of France Galop says horse racing will resume in France on Monday. Édouard de Rothschild tweeted that “the resumption of races is accepted” and thanked the French government for allowing it to go ahead.France is coming out of lockdown on Monday amid the coronavirus epidemic, with the nation confined since March 17.Races will be held at the famed Longchamp Racecourse in western Paris, which hosts the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the first weekend of October, and at Compiègne in northern France.___ Watford chairman Scott Duxbury says at least six of the 20 English Premier League clubs are concerned about the plan to use neutral stadiums to finish the season.Duxbury says “there is no altruism in the Premier League” and that “there are 20 different vested interests, which sometimes align but more often than not work purely to protect each individual club.”Ahead of Monday’s crunch meeting of topflight clubs, the Hornets have joined Brighton and Aston Villa in making clear their opposition to the current “Project Restart” plans.With nine rounds left, Watford is 17th in the league and looking to fight off relegation amid a challenging backdrop brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.Duxbury says “some clubs are happy to sign up to ‘Project Restart’ because arguably there is only an upside in participating in this compromised format. It means Liverpool can win the title, other clubs can book their place in Europe next season or potentially fight their way up the table from a position of safety.” The squads were tested by club doctors at Lyon’s training center and “there were no positive cases,” Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas told regional newspaper Le Progrès.The men’s French league was canceled with 10 rounds of matches remaining amid coronavirus concerns, with Paris Saint-Germain declared champion and Lyon finishing outside the European places in seventh. Aulas had argued fervently for it to be completed in late August with a playoff system, but with PSG staying the champion given its large lead before play was stopped.Lyon’s women’s team reached the French Cup semifinals before women’s matches were canceled.___center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The president of French soccer club Lyon says players in the men’s and women’s teams all tested negative for the coronavirus. Associated Press But he adds “when at least six clubs – and I suspect more – are concerned about the clear downside and the devastating effects of playing in this kind of distorted nine-game mini-league, then I believe the Premier League has a duty of care to address those concerns.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Hand-in-Hand Insurance Back to School Drive targets orphanages

first_imgDURING the current Back to School season, the Hand-in-Hand Mutual Fire Insurance Company Ltd hosted a Back to School Drive for children in various orphanages across the County of Demerara. The company proudly donated approximately 100 bags, books, and stationery items to children in Prabhu Sharan Orphanage on the West Coast of Demerara, A Sanctuary Children’s Home on Soesdyke, Linden Highway and Hope Children’s Home in Enmore, East Coast Demerara.The Hand-in-Hand Mutual Fire Insurance Company Ltd, in keeping with their corporate and social responsibility, is elated to be able to make these children smile and assist in making their start of the new school year easier and will continue to commit in the development of youths across various communities in Guyana.last_img read more

Rutgers running back Jamison plays major role in Scarlet Knights’ hot start

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With less than two minutes remaining Thursday night and Rutgers leading South Florida by three, Scarlet Knights running back Jawan Jamison had the chance to seal the Bulls’ fate with one exclamatory run.That’s exactly what he did. The junior running back took the ball on second-and-9 from the South Florida 41, spun between two tacklers at the 36 and sped his way into the end zone with 1:19 remaining.“Mentally, I was waiting to set it up,” Jamison said after the game. “I was waiting to get to the outside, and I spun and came up out of it.”Jamison’s burst finished off a 23-13 Rutgers victory that gave the Scarlet Knights their third win of the season to keep them undefeated. Jamison’s early success is largely responsible for Rutgers’ torrid start.Jamison has already rushed for 393 yards on 69 carries, averaging 5.7 yards per rush.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe has also broken a run of at least 40 yards in each of Rutgers’ three games, showcasing the breakout ability that South Florida head coach Skip Holtz witnessed from the opposing sideline late Thursday evening.“He’s going to get what’s given,” Holtz said in Monday’s Big East teleconference. “If you give him a hole, he’s going to find it, and he does have some big-play potential once he hits that opening.”Jamison is no stranger to success, having won Florida Class 2A state championships in 2008 and 2009 at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. He didn’t see game action his freshman year at Rutgers, but quickly stepped into a starting role for 2011, rushing for 897 yards and nine touchdowns in the team’s 9-4 campaign. He closed the year strong with a 131-yard, two-touchdown performance in the Pinstripe Bowl, perhaps serving as a preview of things to come in 2012.Sophomore running back Savon Huggins served as a complement to Jamison for the first two games this season, but couldn’t play against South Florida because of a lower-body injury.Without his partner in the backfield, Jamison played a larger role against the Bulls. Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood told him to expect 35 carries on the night. As it turned out, Jamison rushed 41 times for 172 yards in the Rutgers win, and no other Scarlet Knights running back recorded a carry.Based on the late-game burst, Jamison appeared well suited to handle the heavy workload.“I told him during the week I thought it was going to be the type of game where we were going to try to hand it to him,” Flood said in the teleconference. “I actually gave him the number 35. … But that was kind of the way the game went, and he did a great job with it.”The Knights schedule doesn’t lighten up this weekend, although the team is enjoying a nine-day break after last Thursday’s contest. Rutgers will match up with Arkansas this Saturday night, a team that opened 2012 with high expectations and a preseason Top-10 ranking, but has disappointed in losing two of its first three games.The Razorbacks have allowed 458 rushing yards through three games, including 225 allowed in Saturday’s 52-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama. On paper, this could potentially be another stellar game for Jamison to add to his early-season luster.Pending Huggins’ injury status, Jamison could again hear his number called frequently against Arkansas. For Flood, there is little doubt that Jamison is up to the task – even for 41 carries again, if need be.“The odds of it happening again in a consecutive week, I don’t know that that will be the case,” Flood said in a news conference on Monday. “But do I think he could do it? I absolutely think he could do it, and I think certainly the 10-day window (between games) helps a little bit.”Jamison’s 41 carries against South Florida is not standard for him, nor is it standard for the Rutgers program. His previous high was 34, and the 41 on Saturday set a Rutgers record for carries in a game that had stood for nearly 40 years.Against South Florida, the Starke, Fla., native notched his third straight 100-yard game to start the season, and fourth in a row dating back to last year’s Pinstripe Bowl. Jamison joins some prestigious company with the feat as the first Rutgers running back since Ray Rice in 2007 to record four straight 100-yard games.Rice took the mark a step further, closing the 2007 season by reaching the century mark in seven consecutive contests. For Jamison, it’s a solid place to reach for.“That’s cool,” Jamison said after the game on Thursday. “I’m trying to get where he’s at. That’s all I can say; I’m trying to get where he’s at.”In an 11-2 campaign in 2006, the Rice-led rushing attack produced 1,794 yards on the ground. Last year, the Knights only ran for 1,271. Flood served as Rutgers’ offensive line coach from 2006 to 2011 and wants to maintain a focus on rushing in his first year at the helm.If that’s the case, Jamison is in store for plenty more work this season.“He’s one of the better playmakers we have on offense,” Flood said. “So it’s critical to make sure he gets his touches.”Panthers stun HokiesPittsburgh has seen all sides of the spectrum in 2012, and it’s only three games in. After opening the season with losses to Football Championship Subdivision foe Youngstown State and Cincinnati, the Panthers responded by beating then-No. 13 Virginia Tech 35-17 on Saturday.Pittsburgh jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter against the Hokies and never trailed from that point on. Quarterback Tito Sunseri threw for 283 yards and three touchdowns, and running back Ray Graham scored three touchdowns.Just like that, first-year Panthers head coach Paul Chryst had his maiden victory, and certainly an improbable one. 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Highly ranked field in store for Trojans

first_imgCalling itself the host of the best field in college golf, the Southern Highlands Collegiate will welcome 11 of the nation’s top 20 golf teams, including No. 15 USC, to Las Vegas this weekend.The tournament, hosted by UNLV at the Southern Highlands Golf Club, will provide the Trojans’ young lineup with a stiff test.“It’s the best field of the year that we’ll play in,” USC coach Chris Zambri said. “But I think we have a good chance to win the thing.”The Trojans are coming off of a tie for fourth place at their home tournament in Westlake Village, Calif., last week.Zambri will make one change to his lineup, inserting freshman Stewart Hagestad into the starting five for the first time in the golfer’s career.“He’s got a nice solid game, and I think the course where we’re going will be good for him,” Zambri said. “Stewart can plod along and make some pars; he’s not real erratic, and that’s what we’re looking for.”Hagestad, playing as an individual last week in the USC Collegiate, shot a pair of 69s in the final two rounds and finished the tournament tied for 43rd.The Trojans will be led this weekend by freshman T.J. Vogel, who shot 9 under par at the USC Collegiate and finished in second place overall.Sophomore Steve Lim and freshman Martin Trainer have been consistent performers so far this spring for USC and will be in the lineup again.Zambri is also counting on a better performance from two-time All-American Matt Giles. Giles was so unhappy with his performance at the USC Collegiate, where he shot a final round of 83 and finished in a tie for 75th, that the junior drove out to Scottsdale, Ariz., last weekend to meet with his swing coach.“When you’re playing well, generally you’re just thinking about the shot at hand and that’s about it,” Giles said, noting that he was worrying too much about his swing last week. “I feel much more confident about my game now heading into this week than in the past couple of weeks.”The tournament tees off Friday at 8 a.m.last_img read more

Trojans set focus on speed

first_imgFollowing a 48-14 trouncing of the California Golden Bears, USC is looking past its bye week and instead at its Oct. 30 matchup against the No. 1-ranked Oregon Ducks.Speed drill · Junior tailback Marc Tyler, seen here in practice two weeks ago, has been dealing with a slightly bruised tailbone. The USC rushing attack has been limited by injuries, but the time off will help it heal. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan The bye week practices are designed to “see where the freshman are at” and to allow starters to “take a little bit of a breather,” said USC coach Lane Kiffin.Without the stress of game preparation, there is more time to allow redshirt junior tailback Marc Tyler’s slightly bruised tailbone to heal, along with more debilitating injuries to freshman tailback Dillon Baxter and senior tailback C.J. Gable. Senior linebacker Malcolm Smith and junior offensive tackle Tyron Smith did not practice Tuesday, and senior tight end Jordan Cameron was limited.With these injuries, the Trojan rushing attack — which amassed 211 yards against Cal behind Tyler’s seven carries for 79 yards and a touchdown and Gable’s 13 carries for 72 yards — has taken a serious hit, and Tyler said it will require the entire stable of backs to challenge Oregon.“Hopefully we’ll get [Gable] and Baxter back,” Tyler said. “We’re going to need all of us.”—The practices for the week occur during the early morning, allowing the coaches to recruit high school players in the afternoon. Tuesday’s 6 a.m. practice — the first of its kind in recent players’ memories — was kicked off by Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” The reggae interlude was the lone down-tempo period during a morning of what freshman wide receiver Robert Woods called a “fast, quick practice.”The practice was marked by a multitude of quickly executed offensive series’, brisk transitions from drill to drill, and culminated in a series of wind sprints.“We’re focused on making sure we’re in good shape for this marathon — to run at a sprinter’s pace,” Kiffin said of the upcoming game.The adjustment of tempo is designed to acclimate the team, particularly the defense, to the speed of Oregon’s “blur” offense. The Ducks have reeled off averages of 567 yards and 54.3 points per game this season, enough to be first in the nation in both categories.Oregon takes an average of 15 seconds to run a play from the spot of the ball to the next snap. Even the most polished no-huddle teams typically require 20-25 seconds between spot and snap. This breakneck pace has proven fatal for Oregon’s opponents, especially in the second half — the Ducks have outscored their opponents 128-13 in the second half.—But if there has been any time for the Trojan defense to face the Ducks’ blur offense, it seems to be now.The unit is coming off a performance in which it allowed only 245 yards of total offense to Cal, including a feeble 52 rushing yards, and shut the Bears out for the first half of the game. The unit also picked off two passes from Cal quarterback Kevin Riley.Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Galippo said there was no significant development in film study before the Cal game, but rather, “we had just executed — as a whole, as a defense, as a unit.”Furthermore, Galippo said his unit looked good for the test that Oregon will present, and has two weeks to continue to prepare.“I’m sure we’ll be ready,” he said.last_img read more

College GameDay goes old school

first_imgIt has absolutely nothing to do with the inaugural College Football Playoff. The last time either team claimed a national championship, Calvin Coolidge was president. It’s supposedly a rivalry game, but the favorite has won the last seven matchups and has home field advantage. The game won’t be broadcast on ESPN or any of the national networks but rather on a network-affiliated channel only available with certain cable packages. I could not name a single player on either team’s roster.No game · Last year, Lee Corso picked USC to beat Stanford during ESPN’s College GameDay program. GameDay hasn’t visited a Pac-12 matchup this entire season and will head to Harvard this weekend. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanAnd yet, I’d argue the most interesting college football game this weekend is the one steeped in so much tradition that the game is known simply across college football as The Game.Harvard vs. Yale.Though Michigan and Ohio State might claim a trademark on the nickname “The Game,” the Harvard-Yale game truly is one of the classic rivalries in football. The programs, both founded in the 1870s, are two of the oldest in the entire sport, and Saturday will mark the 131st meeting between the two — Yale holds a 65-57-8 series lead. Though the last win was in 1927, during Coolidge’s second term, they’ve claimed 34 national championships, with Yale claiming 27 and Harvard claiming seven.I was a little surprised to see ESPN announce that it would film this week’s edition of College GameDay on campus at Harvard. In fact, I was hopeful the set of the college football prediction show would come to Pasadena this weekend for the USC-UCLA game so I could spend my Saturday morning trying to get on TV. But the move by ESPN actually makes a lot sense, and it will provide a glimpse into a side of college football that honestly doesn’t make as much sense — or should I say cents? — compared to the football I’m used to watching.For how exciting the season has been, this weekend actually looks like it will be relatively quiet in Division I-FBS college football, at least on paper. The Saturday slate features only two matchups between two ranked teams in the AP Poll — No. 24 USC at No. 11 UCLA and No. 15 Arizona at No. 20 Utah — and those four teams aren’t really in the discussion for a spot in the playoff. All the teams that are could hypothetically lose to their unranked opponent, but most of them play at home, so an upset wouldn’t even elicit the field storming of the week. With no games jumping out as guaranteed heavyweight barnburners or particularly probable upset chances, it makes sense for ESPN to go for a more unusual setting for College GameDay.This year’s edition of The Game will also be particularly exciting as it will be crucial for the Ivy League championship. Harvard leads the conference with a 6-0 record to go along with a 9-0 overall record, but Yale, 8-1 overall and 5-1 in conference, could claim a share of the title with a win.But what I’m most interested to see is the atmosphere of an Ivy League game, and really just any Division I-FCS game. It’s fascinating to me how little revenue programs make in that division, and yet schools still pledge the resources to field those teams.The Ivy League doesn’t have its own TV network. When the Ivy League most recently renewed a two-year deal with NBC Sports Network, the deal required NBC to broadcast a minimum of six but no more than 10 football games a year on the network’s cable affiliate channel, not the actual national network. The league did not disclose the deal’s value. The Pac-12, on the other hand, does have its own network, and projected that each school in the conference would make $25 to $30 million per year from the conference’s media rights deal with national networks like ESPN and Fox.Now, a school like Harvard certainly doesn’t have a shortage of money. Bloomberg recently reported that the school’s endowment is $36.4 billion. I can’t even comprehend what that means, and adding an extra $30 million from a TV deal would be less than a 0.1 percent increase in that fund.It’s interesting to note, however, that Ivy League schools don’t give any athletic scholarships; only academic scholarships are given to those who qualify for financial aid. The NCAA Division I-FBS football model gets a lot of criticism for exploiting athletes by only compensating football players in scholarships, and this is a topic worth its own column. But the system gives 85 student athletes — insert NCAA sanctions joke and excuse for any performance shortcomings due to depth here — from 128 schools competing in Division I-FBS football full-ride scholarships to four-year universities. That’s an opportunity for over 10,000 football players in any given year to study at an elite academic institution for free, an opportunity many of them would not be able to afford without the scholarship.The other common misconception among NCAA critics is that the revenue made from the mega TV deals all ends up in the pockets of university administrators and NCAA organizers. Not just the NCAA, but every school in the NCAA, is a nonprofit institution. It’s important to distinguish that this revenue is not profit because the revenue goes towards funding non-revenue sports in universities and providing other student athletes with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play college sports.Now, of course, the money invested into a Division I-FBS football program only becomes revenue if the team wins often enough to sell tickets and get people to watch on TV. It’s a business decision with different answers for different universities. I have no idea what Prairie View A&M’s athletic budget looks like, but my guess is that the Panthers are doing just fine in Division I-FCS and that their athletic director would be delusional to think they run with the big boys. Harvard would, of course, have to find a conference to compete in — the ACC would make the most geographic sense — and that would be the biggest hurdle. But if Harvard wanted to be good at football, my guess is it would find a way to be good at football. Stanford provides a great model. Whether or not that would be worth the investment and change in image is an existential crisis regarding the value of college sports and college as a whole that I cannot answer for Harvard — I didn’t even bother applying there. But it’s something I find really interesting, and I hope ESPN discusses the possibility on Saturday.I have high expectations for some hilariously witty signs and posters from students on set at Harvard during the GameDay filming. My perception of the student body at Harvard is still marred somewhat by The Social Network, but I’ve developed a much softer spot for the school since my older brother Chris was accepted there. I hope Lee Corso picks the Crimson to win, not because I’m invested in the result at all, but because the Crimson isn’t a real mascot and I’d be curious to see how Corso goes about wearing this nonexistent mascot on his head. And as I joked with Chris, I hope one team records a sack of the other team’s quarterback in the endzone so we can finally determine which of the two universities is really a “safety” school.I don’t mean to undermine the significance of the USC-UCLA game. Somehow, the Trojans can still win the Pac-12 with a victory over the Bruins and one Arizona State loss. But the best is yet to come from that rivalry, and I look forward to when College GameDay comes to town the next time both of those teams are legitimately fighting for a playoff spot.For this week, it’s all about the Ivies in college football. The matchup might feel as relevant as the Calvin Coolidge administration — did he do anything as president? — but it’s worthwhile for a sport that has changed so much in the last decade and will change even more in years to come to take a look at its old-school roots.Luke Holthouse is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism and policy, planning and development. 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Living Double Lives: The puzzle of the student-athlete

first_imgUNDECIDED308 MEN’S SWIMMING2.942.94 10. HISTORY15 MEN’S CREW2.862.99 WOMAN’S AVERAGE3.133.11 WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL3.073.04 MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY3.023.09 Martin attributes the team’s success to the many opportunities that the Athletic Department puts in place to make sure student-athletes are not falling behind in their studies.“Freshmen have to spend 10 hours at study tables every week and if you get a certain GPA then you don’t have to go to study tables anymore after your freshman year,” Martin said.“I take full advantage of the resources they give us like free tutoring, counseling to answer any questions you have,” junior swimmer Aja Van Hout said. “This university offers us a lot.”Still, many teams — all offered the same services by the Athletic Department — fall short of their non-athlete peers.The Wisconsin men’s basketball team, applauded for its recent success in the NCAA tournament, completed the fall semester with a combined 2.76 GPA, and only two current men’s teams have managed to maintain cumulative GPAs more than a 3.0.It has been a few seasons since a high-profile Wisconsin athlete’s GPA or credit-load has dropped below the academic threshold put in place by the NCAA to remain eligible to play athletics each semester. It has happened, however, offering a prime example of the complicated relationship that sports and academics share in a university setting.In 2010, The Associated Press reported Wisconsin paid a $5,000 fine to the NCAA after the women’s hockey team allowed an academically ineligible player to play in the 2007-08 season.During the 2005-06 season, then-freshman forward Marcus Landry was ruled academically ineligible for the spring semester and was forced to sit out the rest of the season after appearing in all 16 of the team’s games to that point.When you take a look at the schedule that student-athletes are expected to maintain day in and day out in order to meet both sets of demands, it becomes easier to see how cases like this can happen.Van Hout estimates that she spends roughly 30-40 hours each for her academics and athletic responsibilities, respectively, each week. The combination of being both physically and mentally exhausted each day can be hard for others students to relate to, she says.“During the regular season we have 6:00 a.m. practice so it’s a 5:20 a.m. wake up call for me,” Van Hout said. “It’s a two-hour practice in the morning and then we do class from 8:50 a.m. to about 12:55 p.m. Then from 2-5 p.m. we have practice including lifting and swimming. [… ] After that I give myself about an hour to have dinner and then I get to the books and try to get to bed as early as I can.”“The last thing you want to do when you get home is do homework, but you have to do it,” Martin added. “It’s just something you can’t really understand until you experience it for yourself.” TermCum. 5. POLITICAL SCIENCE27 The GPA gapSearch for a student-athlete that is excelling in both roles, and junior swimmer Ivy Martin immediately stands out from the crowd.Currently in her third year on the Wisconsin swim team, Martin was named an All-American in 2013 after finishing sixth in the freestyle at the NCAA Championships. Perhaps just as impressive, the Madison native boasts a GPA in the 3.5 to 4.0 range and is pursuing a double major in sociology and psychology — while still intending to graduate on time.In fact, the entire women’s swimming team has been a success story of sorts.In a recent open records request by The Badger Herald, it was revealed that the women’s swimming team holds one of the highest cumulative GPAs as a team, behind only women’s cross-country. Last semester, the team’s 3.24 GPA gave it an average identical to the entire student population, and one team — women’s golf — finished with a team GPA higher than the rest of the student body with an average of 3.3.STUDENT-ATHLETE GPASAverage student-athlete’s grade point averages for Fall 2013 by team, listed for the term and listed cumulatively. Data from UW-Athletics. 1. SOCIOLOGY81 WOMEN’S TRACK3.203.21 TOTAL1038 10. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING15 MEN’S GOLF2.952.88 WOMEN’S GOLF3.303.19 WOMEN’S SWIMMING3.243.22 MEN’S WRESTLING2.782.75 WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY3.233.28 WOMEN’S HOCKEY2.922.98 10. NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES15 WOMEN’S SOFTBALL3.233.09 The University of Wisconsin’s mission statement lists some lofty goals.According to the current 1988 incarnation of the statement originally drafted at the university’s founding in 1848, UW strives to “offer broad and balanced academic programs,” “pioneer new fields of study” and “maintain a level of excellence and standards in all programs that will give them statewide, national and international significance.”Not mentioned in this list, however, are successful sports teams, profitable athletic departments and NCAA championships.Yet athletics programs have come to dominate the universities that host them. Since the establishment of the first recorded athletic season at UW in 1889 with the introduction of a two-game football season, Wisconsin has continued to add sports throughout the 19th and 20th centuries — slowly accumulating 22 sports programs at the Division I level in the NCAA.For the 2013-14 season, Wisconsin’s athletic department allotted a $127.5 million budget to operate its many expenses including coaches’ salaries, student-athlete financial aid and construction projects, among others.Student-athletes play the starring role in helping generate ticket sale revenue of nearly $30 million each year for the Athletic Department. But as the carefully crafted title “student-athlete” implies, it is only half of the role that they serve at universities across the country each year.The UW Athletic Department carefully noted this dual objective in its own mission statement created in 2001:“To honor [the Athletic Department’s] academic mission and that of the University, the Division supports the educational aspirations, academic progress and general welfare of the student-athlete.”However, accomplishing both of these goals simultaneously is no easy feat, especially for the student-athletes trapped in the middle. WOMEN’S TENNIS3.023.04 MEN’S TRACK2.992.90 “It’s an NCAA requirement that you have to have a major declared by the beginning of your junior year,” Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services Doug Tiedt said. “If a decision isn’t made until that point, we can appeal to the NCAA or we can let them know that this decision is still being decided and that they have applied to a program, but we always have a backup.”As a result, many student-athletes naturally filter into certain majors as placeholders, even if they had originally intended on another major when they began school.Eighty-one student-athletes — including Ivy Martin — are declared sociology majors, which currently sits atop the list for most student-athletes in the major. According to the department of sociology chair, Pamela Oliver, the flexibility that a sociology degree provides can make it an attractive choice for an athlete trying to stay eligible.“We have historically been, and we are not unwilling to be, an all-comers major,” Oliver said. “We’re trying to put more structure in, but we’re still willing to let all students take our major and not try to put up gates to entry.”Oliver, however, was quick to point out that this isn’t the only reason a student-athlete might be attracted to the major, many — like Martin — sign up simply because the major sounds interesting or provides a career path that fits their goals.“I think they think it’s interesting,” Oliver said. “They find it relevant to their lives. […] There is a sociology of sport class that a lot of athletes. […] The teachers of that course both intentionally reached out to athletes, saw them as people they were interested in relating to.”Sociology advisor Ellen Jacobson says the sociology program has a long history of making itself available to the academic needs of student-athletes.Former sociology department chair Jane Piliavin started reaching out directly to the Athletic Department and student-athletes during her tenure as chair from 1994-97.“One of the first things she required of me was participation in Advisor Night at the Field House,” Jacobson said in an email to The Badger Herald. “Not very many L&S advisors participated in those days.“She got very close to some of the football players and their families, I know she knitted a few sweaters for them. Jane made it be known to the academic advisors and the athletes themselves that sociology was a welcoming department.”And yet despite the NCAA providing a number of checkpoints to ensure student-athletes are declaring majors with ample time to complete their studies and graduate on time, the NCAA self-reported that this is not always the outcome.Termed the Freshman Cohort Graduation Rate, the NCAA compiles graduation data for each class of incoming student-athletes in six-year windows. This means that for the 2006-07 entering class — the most recent class the NCAA has reported — the graduation rate was calculated based on how many students from that cohort had graduated with six years of starting school at the university.At UW, 75 percent of student-athletes that began attending classes in 2006 had graduated by the end of the 2011-12 academic year compared to 83 percent of the general student population. When the rate was averaged for the last four cohorts the NCAA had calculated, the student-athlete graduation rate fell to 72 percent, while the rate for all students only fell one point to 82 percent.Among male student-athletes the four-class cohort average fell to 62 percent, compared to the 81 percent for all UW male students.For Tiedt, this means the academic services offered to athletes are failing to meet their collective goal of having a graduation rate that matches or exceeds that of the student body.But the issue is not quite so simple.Tiedt indicated that the most common graduation rate that the NCAA uses does not necessarily paint an accurate picture of the success of student-athletes academically because it only includes freshman athletes who came into the university on scholarship. It does not take into account students that transfer to or away from the university, Tiedt said.“[It] only refers to the student-athletes that were on scholarship at the beginning of their time here,” Tiedt said. “It has a lot of intricacies that I don’t think truly reflect success. I think you have to look at everything put together.”In the Graduation Success Rate, which takes into account athletes that go pro or transfer to another school — among other things — student-athletes graduate at a rate nearly 15 percent higher than the student-athlete Freshman Cohort Graduation Rate. However, this is more difficult to compare as no such rate is offered by the NCAA for the general student population.The debateAs the issue comes under increasing scrutiny each year, it offers an interesting question for the NCAA and athletic departments across the country to grapple with: What role is appropriate for student-athletes at a university?In a landmark ruling March 27, Northwestern University’s football program earned the right to form a union and bargain collectively after the National Labor Relations Board ruled that they were employees of the university.While the ruling cannot translate over to a public university like the University of Wisconsin because the NLRB does not have jurisdiction in public universities, it does offer the first ruling in favor of students-athletes as anything other than students first.For many student-athletes — like Martin — the title student-athlete is a perfect fit. It gives them the opportunity to use their athletic skills to earn their college education at a reduced cost or sometimes even debt free, but for others the necessity that both come packaged together can mean that one role ends up taking a backseat.Still Tiedt believes drastic changes in the role of student-athletes on college campuses are not likely to happen any time soon.He suggested a more practical immediate future might present itself in the form of what benefits it can provide its athletes to compensate them in both the academic and athletic realm.“There is a real effort and a push for institutions […] to be able to provide the full cost of attendance for student-athletes, whether that means providing them with additional meals, or additional costs for travel or with additional monies for incidental costs,” Tiedt said.“That’s where I think this will really go, with providing students additional ways to meet the costs of what it truly does cost to go to school.” MEN’S SOCCER2.843.00 MEN’S HOCKEY2.852.93 MEN’S AVERAGE2.892.92 3. KINESIOLOGY49 WOMEN’S CREW3.133.11 MEN’S FOOTBALL2.882.90 4. BIOLOGY30 2. LIFE SCIENCES COMM54 6. ECONOMICS26 7. PSYCHOLOGY19 MEN’S TENNIS3.063.18 8. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & FAMILY ST16 MEN’S BASKETBALL2.762.78 The winding road to a degreeBeyond a strict set of GPA requirements, the NCAA requires a number of other checkpoints for its student-athletes if they are to retain their eligibility — among them the requirement that all student-athletes declare a major before the start of their junior year.While not uncommon for many students at the university to declare their major within that time frame, things become a bit more muddled when highly competitive majors and application majors are brought into the picture.Schools such as the School of Education, which hosts the Kinesiology program — a popular major for many student-athletes due to its athletic training elements — requires 54 credits to be taken at the time of application, in addition to a number of required prerequisite courses. For a student-athlete taking lower numbers of credits to balance school, getting good grades and athletics, this can make meeting the minimum admission requirements difficult to reach by the end of the fourth semester.TOP MAJORSThe number of declared student-athletes for each of the ten most popular majors. (Data: UW Athletics) 8. ZOOLOGY16 TermCum. WOMEN’S SOCCER2.802.96 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL3.243.01last_img read more

No. 5 women’s soccer takes on UCLA at Stubhub Center

first_imgEmily Smith | Daily TrojanBack with a vengeance · After redshirting last season due to injury, redshirt senior Katie Johnson has not missed a beat, bolstering the Trojans’ frontline. She is tied for second on the team with in goals with seven.The No. 5 Trojans are reaching the end of the road, with only one more game left before the regular season ends and the journey to the NCAA championship begins. And this season will end with a rivalry, as the team takes on UCLA at the Stubhub Center on Friday.It’s a high-stakes matchup to finish on. The Bruins, ranked No. 18 in the country and sixth in Pac-12, stumbled late in the season in back-to-back road games. But with freshman midfielder Jessie Fleming — a starter for the Canadian national team — and a well-spread offense finding steady success throughout the year, the team has proved that they can bring the heat.And Friday night, two games will decide the winner of the Pac-12 Tournament. Trailing Stanford by 2 points, the Trojans must win no matter what. But if Stanford falls or ties in their game against Cal, the Trojans will take home their first Pac-12 Championship title in program history.No matter how the night goes, head coach Keidane McAlpine feels confident in his team. “I think they’re right where they need to be,” McAlpine said. “This whole season has felt like we’ve come together at the right time. We’ve learned and adapted and had our growing moments at the right time.”It’s been a showstopper season for the Trojans, with conference and national accolades pouring in from the first week of play. Defensively, redshirt senior goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme has reshaped her backline into a stalwart wall that holds off attacking forwards ranked in the top echelons of the nation.They started young and shaky, with Prudhomme and senior Mandy Freeman struggling to wrangle a squad of freshmen and sophomores with a lack of chemistry. The team gave up four goals in two games to kick off the year, with both losses coming unexpectedly to unranked programs meant to serve as exhibition matches.In the past, the Trojans lived and died by their backline. But at the start of the season, McAlpine made it clear — this year, that wouldn’t be the case. In many ways, that was true. With redshirt senior Katie Johnson returning from an injury and multiple transfers adding depth, the Trojans’ frontline found its rhythm. Eleven players found the back of the net, with redshirt junior Alex Anthony leading with nine goals, and Johnson and senior Morgan Andrews following with seven apiece.The offensive onslaught almost overshadowed a sudden and definitive transformation on defense. Prudhomme and her line shut out Pepperdine, then Georgia and Auburn on the road. The team strung together eight shutouts before Oregon finally snuck a goal in during a 3-1 road win for the Trojans. In total, the defense earned 12 shutouts through 18 games. Prudhomme was only scored on six times.Last year, the Trojans boasted a similar level of defensive fortitude while struggling to finish on the attack. This year, it hasn’t been an issue at all — and it’s this balance of play that is bolstering the Trojans’ confidence as they begin to look ahead to championship play.“I think you can see the confidence just in the way they’re playing [and] the way they’re coming into every game,” McAlpine said. “We’ve seen the pieces start to come together throughout the season but now, this is really where we have to lock in and play our ball and see if we have what it takes to make our mark nationally.”last_img read more