Former YSU President: NCAA Should Create 'Pro' Division
by Les Cochran San Carlos Park Cochran is a former president of Youngstown State University in Ohio. August 2014
We all remember Saturday afternoon and the big football game — homecoming, parties, dances and rallies. What could be better? Student tickets were free and alumni found a reason to return. Student-athletes went to class and graduated in four years. They earned their scholarship by working on campus. Players had personal responsibilities.
Robin Williams Drew Attention to Inaugural Augie’s BASH
by Paul Steinbach August 2014
Robin Williams possessed the kind of frenetic magnetism that dared you to look away. For me, it wasn’t possible. The actor/comedian’s larger-than-life persona was tailor-made for a movie screen.
Hometown Football Hero Launches Citizen Sports League
by Shawnee Moran, Daily Mail Staff August 2014
Former West Virginia University football player John Pennington, fondly known to Mountaineer fans for catching the 28-yard pass in the final minute of the first half of the 2003 Backyard Brawl against Pitt, is giving back to the place where he was born and raised. After returning home to Charleston years after his Mountaineer highlights, he came to believe the younger generation was losing interest in the city, claiming they didn't have anything in which to participate.
Spurs Hire NBA's First Paid Woman Assistant Coach
by Rexford Sheild August 2014
Coming off a 2014 NBA Championship, the San Antonio Spurs added to the depth of their coaching staff with the hire of Becky Hammon as an assistant coach. But this isn't an everyday-type of hire. Hammon, the former WNBA star who is finishing up her 16th year in the league, will be the first woman paid to serve as an assistant coach in NBA history.
Hawks' Kane Pops In on Renovated Youth Locker Room
by EVAN F. MOORE. Correspondent August 2014
When Blackhawks star winger Patrick Kane visits local ice arenas, he often thinks about his time as a young hockey player. "At the Sabres' old arena, I met some of the players," Kane said, referring to the NHL team in Buffalo, New York, where he was born. "It's kind of surreal when you do meet a pro athlete. You look up to them. It's exciting for young kids."
Bon Jovi Pens Open Letter, But Bills Fans Aren't Buying It
by Jerry Zremski; News Washington Bureau Chief August 2014
Jon Bon Jovi tried showing Buffalo a little love over the weekend, but in response, Bills fans seem to be collectively screeching: "You give love a bad name." A day after The Buffalo News published an open letter to Bills fans in which Bon Jovi said the Toronto-based group he fronts would be committed to keeping the team in Buffalo, it was clear that many Bills fans looked at the shaggy-maned rocker's missive as nothing but a shaggy dog story. "At no point in his nice letter does he say he's not moving the team from Buffalo," said Matt Sabuda, president of the Buffalo Fan Alliance.
Ex-Players, $200K Playground Part of Redskins' Outreach
by Erik Brady, USA TODAY Sports July 2014
Mark Moseley, a former Washington NFL placekicker, told members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe in council chambers Tuesday that the club's team name is meant as a sign of respect for Native Americans.
Northwestern's Fitzgerald: Unionization Efforts 'a Positive'
by Andrew Seligman, The Associated Press July 2014
No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insists no team is more unified than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the push for them to unionize.
Ex-Buckeye Helps Athletes with Catastrophic Injuries
by Bill Wagner, Maryland Gazette July 2014
Positive-Strides-Org is a charitable foundation that provides guidance and assistance to athletes that have suffered catastrophic or life-changing sports-related injury.
Columnist: Dungy Proof Intolerance Lingers as NFL Issue
by Christine Brennan, USA TODAY Sports July 2014
It's not the NFL's fault that Dan Snyder and his Washington team continue to use and defend a blatantly racist nickname. It's also not the NFL's fault that former head coach and current TV talking head Tony Dungy said he wouldn't have drafted the NFL's first openly gay player because he "wouldn't want to deal with all of it." The NFL itself is not to blame for Richie Incognito's boorish and offensive behavior with the Miami Dolphins last season, or Minnesota Vikings special-teams coach Mike Priefer's equally nasty and unacceptable anti-gay language.