Opinion: High School's Firing of Coach Leaves Black Eye
by Pat Disabato October 2014
I've been made aware of some coaching firings and hirings through my career, but what happened at Crete-Monee the last three days is without equal. And in no way, shape or form should that be considered a compliment. On Monday, boys basketball coach Tom Cappel found a termination letter in his school mailbox. He was blind-sided. Cappel attempted to get an explanation from athletic director Linda Peete, but she had a "do not disturb" note posted on her office door, according to Cappel.
HS Adds Incentives to Revive the Multisport Athlete
by Michael Gaio September 2014
The multisport athlete is a rare breed these days. In fact, in his September column, our own editor in chief, Dennis Van Milligen, proclaimed the multisport athlete was dead altogether.
"This was back when your best athletes played multiple sports — an era that appears to be ending, as sport specialization dominates the modern high school scene," he wrote.
Leadership Tips from Fast Company's Bill Taylor
by Paul Steinbach September 2014
As a twenty-something editor at the Harvard Business Review in the early 1990s, Bill Taylor sensed a pending revolution. Baby boomers were gaining power.
Rutgers Removes Rice References from Stadium, Website
by Michael Gaio September 2014
In light of the disturbing video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator released yesterday by TMZ, Rutgers University is beginning to distance itself from its former star running back.
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.
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.
Dungy Clarifies Comments, Michael Sam Responds
by Michael Gaio July 2014
Former Buccaneers and Colts head coach Tony Dungy made news earlier this week when he was quoted saying he "wouldn't have taken" former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who is openly gay, in the NFL Draft.
Shaping the Future of Athletics Safety and Security
by Dennis Van Milligen July 2014
Editor's note: Look for more Sports Venue Safety articles as we publish a new one online each day this week. Or, view the entire digital issue here.
My first exposures to the issues of safety and security at a sporting event came when I was eight years old. It was at Old Comiskey, back when the Chicago White Sox were "winning ugly" in the American League West. I remember going to at least half a dozen games that year with my father as the White Sox fought for an AL West championship, but that wasn't the only fighting I witnessed. The fights in the stands became as much of a spectacle as the game itself. It got to a point that we never wondered if a fight would break it, but rather when. Though I attended games with my father, a U.S. Navy SEAL and Golden Gloves boxing champion, I never had a complete sense of safety. Still, I was undeterred. I loved going to Old Comiskey and watching the White Sox despite the extracurricular activities.
Is Social Media Making Us Anti-Social?
by Chris Yandle June 2014
Is social media making us anti-social? The answer is complicated.
Video: Anti-'Redksins' Ad Airs During NBA Finals
by Michael Gaio June 2014
The debate over the Washington Redskins' nickname isn't going away, not even during the climax of the basketball season. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, a tribe based in California, paid for an anti-"Redskins" commercial that aired to a national audience during Game 3 of the NBA Finals Tuesday night. See an extended version of the commercial below.