PAC-12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY
This is the third in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.This is Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb's fourth season at the helm of the program, which has been punctuated so far by the Bears' trip to the 2013 Final Four. But this year may be the most challenging yet for the East coast native and her team, as personnel have become fewer and younger. Gone is Afure Jemerigbe and#40;12.1 points per gameand#41;, Gennifer Brandon and#40;8.2 points, 8.5 rebounds per gameand#41;, Hind Ben Abdelkader and#40;4.9 points per gameand#41; and Mikayla Lyles and#40;4.2 points per gameand#41;, leaving ten players on this season's roster.That slate includes four seniors, three sophomores and three freshmen - a youthful team not unlike the one Gottlieb inherited her first year in Berkeley. These Bears are all hers, however, having played for her their entire careers, or transferring to play for her.A light roster means no one can take a night off. The young group will also have to learn f [Read More
published October 14, 2014 at 12:39am EDT
COMPARING UNIVERSITIES' RESPONSE TO CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT -- WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES?
Last week, the day after he came off the bench to lead the University of Florida to a 10-9 victory over Tennessee, quarterback Treon Harris was accused of sexually assaulting a female student on campus in the early morning of Sunday, October 5.andnbsp; The following day, the University announced that campus and local police were working together to investigate forensic evidence, and that it was suspending Harris from the team in the meanwhile. Citing "no tolerance" for sexual assault, University president Bernie Machen vowed that student safety was the institution's top priority.andnbsp; But last Friday, Harris's accuser withdrew her complaint.andnbsp; The university reinstated Harris and he is expected to be back on the field this weekend.andnbsp; Meanwhile, 150 miles away in Tallahassee, Florida State is struggling to get a handle on its own controversy arising from allegations of its quarterback's sexual assault controversy. This week Fox Sports News reported on evidence seeming to suggest [Read More
published October 14, 2014 at 10:48am EDT
PAC-12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
This is the second in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.The Huskies may be poised to see their resilience pay off this season.Hammered by injuries two years ago, and then seeing their coach hired away by Ohio State, Washington bounced back in 2013-2014 to go 20-14 and sixth in the Pac-12. They made it to the quarterfinals of the WNIT before bowing out.The Huskies' top four scorers return this year: Kelsey Plum, who electrified the conference with her play and her consistency, averaging 20.9 points per game as a freshman last season; fellow guard Jazmine Davis and#40;18.8 points per gameand#41;, a senior; junior forward Talia Walton and#40;11.1 points per gameand#41;; and senior forward Aminah Williams and#40;7.4 points per gameand#41;.Coach Mike Neighbors, who was an assistant coach for two years at Washington before taking the head position, said making up for the versatility and reliability of the graduated Mercedes Wetmore will be hard."You donandrsquo;t [Read More
published October 11, 2014 at 11:38pm EDT
NCAA SOCCER &NDASH; BRACKET PROJECTIONS V3.5
OK, Iandrsquo;ve decided to streamline the process a bit to eliminate some redundancy. The listed seeded teams are what was before my projected seeded teams, the seed candidates are the remaining RPI Top 25 teams ranked according to results against Top 50 teams. Teams in the andldquo;above the bubbleandrdquo; section are ranked only by RPI. Teams in andldquo;the bubbleandrdquo; section are those in the bubble ladder from previous versions that would be andldquo;inandrdquo; PLUS auto bid qualifiers in that zone that are also ranked against the bubble teams. One-bid conferences are pretty self-explanatory and ranked by RPI.
Bubbles burst are teams on the outside looking in according to the bubble ladder in previous versions of this. After that are the next five teams that did not make the bubble scrutiny list.
1 andndash; Stanford andndash; Pac-12 2 andndash; North Carolina andndash; ACC 3 andndash; UCLA andndash; Pac-12* 4 andndash; Florida andndash; SEC*
5 andndash; Pepperdine andnd [Read More
published October 11, 2014 at 12:56pm EDT
WOMEN&RSQUO;S COLLEGE WRESTLING CONTINUES EXPANSION WITH FIVE NEW TEAMS
Freshman Kiaya Van Scoyoc of Warner Pacific University
The extraordinary expansion of womenandrsquo;s wrestling continues this year as five more colleges have added wrestling teams for this coming season.
Eastern Michigan University
Life University and#40;Georgiaand#41;
Lyon University and#40;Arkansasand#41;
Ottawa University and#40;Kansasand#41;
Warner Pacific College and#40;Oregonand#41;
This starts what will be a three year expansion, with sixteen more teams to be added on the collegiate level according to National Wrestling Coaches Associations. The hope is more females will also lead these grapplers as coaches.
This year 220 female wrestlers will join the collegiate level teams and it doesnandrsquo;t look like it will slow down anytime soon. Many girls interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and possible making the leap to MMA are seeing wrestling as an outlet to hone their skills. More and more states are hold womenandrsquo;s championships including California, Oregon, Guam, Hawaii, Mas [Read More
published October 11, 2014 at 12:23pm EDT
PICKING A COLLEGE AS AN ELITE ATHLETE
andnbsp;andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; Deciding on a university is a pivotal moment for many young people. Where you want to live, what you want to study, and the community you enter for four and#40;or moreand#41; years can define the rest of your life. When you take elite athleticism into account, the process can be even more complicated. You have to pick a new school, a new home, and a new team.
andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; According to a February article in Businessweek, for many of the athletes who represented the U.S. in Sochi this past winter, one of the best options was to stay local and go to school online and#40;especially at DeVry University, which has a longstanding partnership with the USOCand#41;. andnbsp;
andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; Other athletes, however, may find collegiate athletics to be the door to their professional careers, and it's not unusual for a highly-ranked team to be situated within a prestigious univers [Read More
published October 8, 2014 at 4:55am EDT
DAISHA SIMMONS, BRITTANY JACK CALL FOR MORE COMPASSION IN NCAA'S TREATMENT OF STUDENT-ATHLETES
Reflecting on the recently-resolved controversy, former Alabama teammates Daisha Simmons and Brittany Jack call for NCAA student-athletes to "be treated with more respect, consideration, and dignity".
As Daisha Simmons fought valiantly for the ability to play this season at Seton Hall, her integrity was called into question by certain people within Alabama's administration. She became an unnecessary pawn in a game that's too one-sided.
It's simple: power -- and because the Crimson Tide could.
"I'm pleased for her that she can move on, play, and get on with her life," said ESPN's Jay Bilas. "This sad situation points up that these players are not amateurs, but valuable assets, and they are subject to non-compete provisions more restrictive than those of any employee. andnbsp;It's just wrong.
"This needs to change. Alabama's actions were horribly disappointing and shameful, but the silence of college administrators that claim to be for athlete welfare was just as disappoint [Read More
published October 10, 2014 at 8:00am EDT
ALABAMA REVERSES ITS STANCE, WILL GRANT DAISHA SIMMONS WAIVER
The University of Alabama says it will support a waiver to allow Daisha Simmons to play at Seton Hall this season, reversing its previous denial:The Simmons situation had prompted criticism of Alabama from media outlets and social media in recent weeks.Initially, Alabama had given Simmons a release from her scholarship to transfer to Seton Hall but had not supported the waiver. The NCAA had ruled that without the waiver from her previous school, she would need to sit out this season but could play in 2015-16.Simmons said illnesses in her immediate family contributed to her desire to transfer to Seton Hall, which is close to her home in New Jersey. She wants to finish her collegiate career this season.Simmons' older brother, Chaz, has kidney disease; he is on dialysis awaiting a transplant. Her mother, Christena, works two jobs in support of the family and has been dealing with health issues as well.In a statement Tuesday, Alabama athletic director Bill Battle said, "Much of the univers [Read More
published October 7, 2014 at 10:58pm EDT