Blog: Don't Let Sexual Orientation Define Sam
by Michael Gaio February 2014
NFL Prospect Michael Sam Comes Out as Gay
by Tom Pelissero, USA TODAY Sports February 2014
Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam hopes to be the first openly gay player in the NFL, which is about to have its tolerance tested, ready or not. "We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage," the NFL said in a statement Sunday night, minutes after the publishing of two media interviews in which Sam revealed he's gay. "Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014."
In Recruiting, Handwritten Letters Are Enduring Staple
by Michael Gaio February 2014
Wednesday is National Signing Day for prep athletes. When the student-athletes sign their Letter of Intent, it will mark the end of a months-long, or in many cases, years-long recruiting process.
Departing WVU Deputy AD to Get $325K in Settlement
by Dave Hickman, Staff writer February 2014
INSIDE: WVU-Oklahoma football game moved up a week 4B MORGANTOWN - Mike Parsons will receive $325,000 as part of a settlement with West Virginia University, which essentially let go the long-time deputy athletic director last week.
Recruiting Expert: Social Media Can 'Screw Up a Program'
by David Briggs February 2014
Five-star running back Damien Harris was a target of negative tweets after decommitting from Michigan. They called him a traitor and much worse. When coveted five-star running back Damien Harris retracted his commitment to Michigan last month, he found himself in the eye of the most modern type of storm. On Twitter, a rabid fringe of fans messaged the Kentucky high school junior. Supporters of other suitors - including Ohio State - renewed their sales pitches while a megaphone-wielding minority of Michigan followers vented.
High School ADs Offer Advice for Dealing with Weather
by Jeff Young February 2014
Assistant Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Ryan Landis fondly remembers the good old days, when snow meant he just might get to stay home from school, and the excitement that possibility often created. Naw, we're not talking about when he was a kid with a backpack full of books. This would be just over a month ago, before Christmas. More specifically, before Landis stopped teaching Hempfield fourth-graders and took on the position of Athletic Director in the Warwick School District.
Man Retires Having Lined Up Refs for 1M Rec Games
by Randy Hollis, Deseret News January 2014
HOLLADAY -- Can you imagine being the guy who's in charge of lining up officials for, oh, let's say a million or more basketball games? Probably not. I mean, who in the world would want such a thankless job? Pete Sparreboom, that's who. Sparreboom, 80, recently retired as president of the Salt Lake Basketball Officials Association, a position he held for 51 years. And during that time, Sparreboom estimates he arranged to have officials for more than a million ballgames. He took over as director of officials in 1962, when the high school officiating organization split from the recreation side of the officials' group. He still worked high school sophomore and junior varsity games in an officiating career that spanned 30 years, but his job as president of the officials association was to make sure that officials were assigned for all of the youth and adult recreation games in Salt Lake County -- six days a week for the last 51 years.
Commentary: Seahawks' Sherman is Perfect Role Model
by Carter Williams Deseret News January 2014
It's been a few days since Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman made the big play that helped send his team to the Super Bowl, and by now almost everyone is tired of hearing his name. That's because as good as the All-Pro corner is on the field, his mouth is just as talented during games and postgame interviews. It is for that reason Sherman is such a polarizing athlete. By now you've heard his infamous "I am the best cornerback in the league" postgame interview with a bewildered Erin Andrews holding the microphone. If anything, it became an instant classic.
Young Entrepreneurs Behind VFit 3D Body Modeling
by Jacob Demmitt, email@example.com January 2014
When you're a 20-something who owns your own company, standing in line at the bank isn't the chore that most people dread. In fact, it has become a sort of entertainment for the founders of VirtualU, a local startup on the brink of launching its body scanning technology. Louis Cirillo, one of the company's co-founders, tells the story of when he asked the woman behind the counter if there's a limit on how much money he can transfer from one account to another. The teller said he shouldn't worry since he won't be moving more than $20,000. He looked at her blankly.
Education, Entertainment at 2013 Athletic Business Conference & Expo
by AB Staff January 2014
The Athletic Business Conference & Expo celebrated its 32nd year by welcoming sports, fitness and recreation professionals from around the world to San Diego last November for educational seminars, golf, facility tours, product demonstrations, parties, Zumba and some Magic, as in Johnson — one of two marquee keynote speakers at ABC 2013. Co-location partners included the International Council on Active Aging, the Medical Fitness Association, the National Alliance for Youth Sports, as well as the iClubs Conference, the independent club owners and executives conference.