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Me’Lisa Barber &
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Archie Moore
“The Old Mongoose”
June 2011 Vol. 6
Watkins Award
Academic Excellence
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Watkins Award
Honors Academic Excellence
By Leland Stein III
Los Angeles – The
Final Five Elite High
Players were recently
lauded for their Athletic
Excellence at the 20th
Annual Franklin D.
Watkins Awards held
at the Omni Hotel in
Los Angeles, Ca.
Although the Final
Five are all elected
into the Watkins
Family of scholar
athletes, the National
Alliance of African
American Athletes
Thompson the 2011
Franklin D. Watkins
Memorial Trophy.
“Kendal is a young
man who exemplifies
what it means to be a
student athlete today,”
Barry Switzer, the
former Oklahoma and
football coach told
reporters. “Kendal
maintains a balance in
Savon Huggins, Jackson, NJ (left); James Vaughters, Atlanta, GA; Commedian and Emcee Lamont
his life that addresses
King; Kendal Thompson, Oklahoma City, OK; Host and Model/Actress Claudia Jordan; Wayne Lyons,
not only the demands
Ft Lauderdale, FL; Remound Wright, Fort Wayne, IN.
of athletic excellence,
but that of academic excellence. Kendal is a great reflection of scholars from throughout the country. All five young men are now
his parents. Southmoore High School is extremely proud of part of an elite brotherhood of Watkins Men who return to the
Kendal’s on and off the field accomplishments.”
awards ceremony every year in support of the incoming members.
It has become lore that being a Watkins Finalist is like winning
The annual Watkins Award is the nation’s first and only national the Heisman Trophy for high school football players.
award that recognizes outstanding achievement in athletics,
scholastics, and community service by African American male In fact, the effort extended to become a Watkins Finalist takes
high school seniors. Every one of the Final Five brought to Los more effort than it does to win a Heisman. It is not just about what
Angeles to be feted in a black tie gala are All-American athletes, one does on the athletic fields, an essay, three letters of
but what has set them apart is their scholarship.
recommendation, proof of community service and verified
transcripts are required in the Watkins selection process.
As the communication genre appears to focus more and more on
all that is wrong with the world, especially minority communities The 2011 Final Five are simply spectacular scholar athletes:
and players, the Watkins Awards has been charged with uplifting
and honoring all that is good in the minority community concerning Headed to Rutgers, Savon Huggins, Jackson, NJ – Assistant with
athletics. And there are a lot of fine young black males wrecking the Special Olympics, Pop Warner Coach, Volunteer for the
shop on the field and in the classroom.
Freehold Food Pantry, Volunteer for Senior Citizen Center, Under
Armour All American, Max Prep All American, All State Football
The Watkins 2011 inductees are yet another special group of and Track, while maintaining a 3.8 GPA at St Peters Prep High
June 2011
A Stanford signee, Wayne Lyons, Ft Lauderdale, FL - Member of
the National Honor Society, Class President, YMCA Mentor, Men
of Tomorrow Mentor, Committee Chair of the National Acheivers
Society, Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year, All State Florida,
US Army All American, Consensus All American Football Safety,
while maintaining a 4.96 GPA at Dillard High School.
Set to quarterback Oklahoma University, Kendal Thompson,
Oklahoma City, OK – Member of the fellowship of Christian
Athletes, President’s Academic Achievement Awardee, Moore
School Male Athlete of the Year, Mentor for Oklahoma Youth
Athletic Program, Volunteer at Oakridge Elementary School,
Under Armour All American, Oklahoma Quarterback “Top Gun”,
Oklahoma FAB 50, Oklahoma All State football player, while
maintaining a 4.3 GPA at Southmoore High School.
Member of the National Honors Society, National Achievement
Scholarship Finalist, Merit Scholarship Award, Bishop Dwenger
Scholar, Volunteer for Saints on the Move, President of Calculus
Club, Volunteer for Community Harvest Food Bank, AP All State,
All Conference (3 Yrs), All American Bowl Participant and selected
to Athletes With Purpose Sports Performance National Team.
Plays football and basketball, while maintaining a 4.4 GPA at
Bishop Dwenger High School.
The award, sponsored by the National Alliance of African American
Athletes (or The Alliance), was initiated in 1992 to promote
academic excellence among young African-American males. It
was named after an unsung football coach from Harrisburg, Pa.,
who is symbolic for the thousands of males and women throughout
America giving hope and direction to black males.
Stanford signee, James Vaughters, Atlanta, GA – Member of the
Habitat for Humanity, Member of Young Life, Tutor for Smoke
Rise Elementary school, Volunteer at Midvale Elementary
Olympics, Under Armour Army All American, ESPN Top 150, Team
USA Selection, Atlanta Journal Constitution Super 11, Dekalb
County Defensive Player of the Year, Georgia All State football
player football, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA at Tucker High School.
Previous awardees include Rhodes Scholar, Myron Rolle of the
Tennessee Titans, Justin Blalock of the Atlanta Falcons, Gerald
McCoy & Arrelious Benn of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ted Ginn
Jr. of the Miami Dolphins, Lorenzo Alexander of the Washington
Redskins, Mohammed Massaquoi of the Cleveland Browns,
Darnell Dinkins of the New Orleans Saints, LaVarr Arrington of
the New York Giants, Grant Irons and Ronald Curry formerly of
the Oakland Raiders, Deryck Toles of the Indianapolis Colts,
Marcedes Lewis of Jacksonville Jaguars and Ernie Sims of the
Philadelphia Eagles.
Another Stanford signee, Remound Wright, Fort Wayne, IN -
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Archie Moore
“The Old Mongoose”
Archie Moore was Light Heavyweight World Boxing Champion
between 1952 and 1959 (and again in 1961). He had one of the
longest professional careers in the history of his sport. He became
involved in African-American causes once his days as a fighter
were over. Nicknamed “The Old Mongoose,” he still holds the
record for the most career knockouts by any boxer at 131. He
also became a successful character actor in television and film.
He placed #4 on Ring Magazine’s list of “100 greatest punchers
of all time.”
Moore was born Archibald Wright on December 13, 1913, in
Benoit, Mississippi. He was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He often
found himself in trouble as a youngster, and spent time in a
reformatory. In 1935, he began his boxing career with nine fights
as a boxer, winning 5 and losing 4. He also claimed to have boxed
under the name “Fourth of July Kid,” so he may have had even
more fights.
He turned professional in 1938, and boxed all but one of his 12
bouts that year in San Diego. Moore had eight bouts in 1939,
going 5-2 during that span, with one “no contest.” He lost to former
Middleweight Champion and future Hall of Famer (HOF), Teddy
Yarosz, during that time. In 1940, a tour of Australia had him
fighting in Melbourne, Tasmania, Adelaide and Sydney. He won
all of his seven bouts there, including six by knockout. Upon
returning to the United States, he defeated Pancho Ramirez by a
knockout in five, but lost to Shorty Hogue on a six round decision.
Moore had four fights in 1941, during which he went 2-1-1, with
the draw against Eddie Booker. By then, however, he had suffered
through several stomach ulcers. As a result of several related
operations, he announced his retirement from boxing.
His retirement was brief. By 1942, he was back in the ring. He
won his first six bouts that year, including a second round knockout
of Hogue in a rematch, and a ten round decision over Jack Chase.
He met Booker in a rematch, and reached the same conclusion
as their first meeting had, another 10 round draw.
In 1943, Moore fought seven bouts, winning five and losing two.
He won and then lost the California State Middleweight Title
against Chase, both by 15 round decisions. He beat Chase again
in his last bout of that year, in a ten round decision. He also lost a
decision to Aaron Wade that year.
In 1944, he had nine bouts, going 7-2. His last bout that year
marked his debut on the Atlantic Coast in the United States. The
level of his opposition began to improve. He beat Jimmy Hayden
by a knockout in five, lost to future HOF, Charlie Burley, by a
decision, and to Booker by a knockout in eight.
He won his first eight bouts of 1945, impressing Atlantic Coast
boxing experts, and earning a fight with future International Boxing
(IB) HOF enshrinee, Jimmy Bivins, who defeated him by a
knockout in six in Cleveland, Ohio. He returned to the Eastern
Seaboard (U.S.) to fight five more times before that year was
over. He met, among others, future IBHOF enshrinee, Holman
Williams, during that span, losing a ten round decision, and
knocking him out in eleven in the rematch.
By 1946, Moore had moved to the Light Heavyweight Division,
and he went 5-2-1 that year, beating contender Curtis Sheppard,
but losing to future World Heavyweight Champion and Hall of
Famer, Ezzard Charles, by a decision in ten rounds, and drawing
with old nemesis Chase. By then, he began complaining publicly
that, according to him, none of boxing’s world champions would
risk their titles fighting him.
1947 was essentially a year of rematches for Moore. He went 71 that year, his one loss being to Charles. He beat Chase by a
knockout in nine, Sheppard by a decision in ten and Bivins by a
knockout in nine. He also defeated Burt Lytell by a decision in
He fought a solid 14 fights in 1948, losing again to Charles by a
knockout in nine, losing to Leonard Morrow by a knockout in the
first, to Henry Hall by a decision in ten and to Lloyd Gibson by a
disqualification in four. But he also beat Ted Lowry, by a decision
in ten, and Hall in a rematch, also by decision.
1949 was also a good year for Moore. He had 13 bouts that year,
going 12-1. He defeated the Alabama Kid twice (by knockout in
four and by knockout in three), Bob Satterfield by a knockout in
three, Bivins by a knockout in eight, future World Light
Heavyweight Champion and IBHOF inductee, Harold Johnson,
by a decision, Bob Sikes by a knockout in three, and Phil Muscato
by a decision. He lost to Clinton Bacon by a disqualification in six.
By Moore’s standards, 1950 was a vacation year for him: he only
had two fights, winning both, including a 10 round decision in a
rematch with Lydell.
In 1951, Moore boxed 18 times, winning 16, losing one, and
drawing one. He went on an Argentinian tour, fighting seven times
there, winning six and drawing one. In between those seven fights,
he found time for a trip to Montevideo, Uruguay, where he defeated
Vicente Quiroz by a knockout in six. He knocked out Bivins in
nine, and split two decisions with Johnson.
1952 was one of the most important years in Moore’s life. After
beating Johnson, heavyweight contenders Jimmy Slade, Bob
Dunlap, and Clarence Henry and light heavyweight Clinton Bacon
(knocked out in four in a rematch), the seemingly inevitable
happened. Moore was given an opportunity for the world title by
World Light Heavyweight Champion Joey Maxim. Maxim, who
would later be inducted into the IBHOF, had just defeated the
great Sugar Ray Robinson by a technical knockout in 14 rounds,
after Robinson was forced to quit in his corner due to heat
exhaustion. Moore consistently landed powerful right hands on
his opponent throughout the fight, hurting Maxim several times.
He finally became World Champion after beating Maxim with a
decision in fifteen rounds. Moore had finally achieved his dream
of becoming a World Boxing Champion, sixteen long years after
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beginning his professional
boxing career and at the age of
However, he was far from done.
The next year, he won all nine
of his bouts, including a 10
round non-title win against
heavyweight contender Nino
Valdez of Cuba, and a 15 round
decision over Maxim in a
rematch to retain the belt. He
fought two more bouts in
Argentina before the end of the
In 1954, he had only four fights,
retaining the title in a third fight
with Maxim, who once again
went the 15 round distance, and
versus Johnson, who he
knocked out in 14. He also beat
highly ranked heavyweight Bob
Baker that year.
In 1955, he again beat Valdez,
who by that time was the No. 1
heavyweight contender, and
defended against Bobo Olson,
the World Middleweight
Champion, who was coming off
a decision victory over Joey
Maxim. Moore defeated Olson,
also a future Hall of Famer, by
a knockout in three to retain his title.
Archie Moore
On September 21, 1955, Moore went up in weight and challenged
a bigger champion, when he stepped into the ring to face future
Hall of Famer Rocky Marciano for Marciano’s heavyweight
championship. Moore briefly dropped Marciano in the second
round (the second and last time Marciano had ever been knocked
down). But, Marciano recovered and knocked Moore down 5 times,
knocking him out in the ninth to retain the belt.
In 1956, Moore fought mostly as a heavyweight, but did retain his
light heavyweight title with a ten round knockout over Yolande
Pompey in London, England. He won 11 bouts in a row before
challenging again for the World Heavyweight Crown. The title was
left vacant by Marciano, but Moore lost to Floyd Patterson by a
knockout in five.
Moore won all six of his bouts during 1957. Among those wins
was an easy 10-round decision over heavyweight contender Hans
Kalbfell in Germany, a KO-7 over highly ranked Tony Anthony to
retain the Light Heavyweight Title, a one-sided 10-round decision
over light heavyweight contender Eddie Cotton in a non-title bout,
and a 4th round knockout of future top ten heavyweight contender
Roger Rischer.
rare low-profile year. In his two fights, he beat Sterling Davis by a
knockout in three, and then Durelle again, also by a knockout in
three, to once again retain his World Light Heavyweight Title.
During 1960, Moore was stripped of his World Light Heavyweight
Title by the National Boxing Association (NBA), but continued to
be recognized by most major boxing authorities, including the
New York State Athletic Commission and Ring Magazine. Moore
won three of his four bouts in 1960, one by decision against Buddy
Turman in Dallas, Texas, his lone loss coming in a ten-round
decision versus Giulio Rinaldi in Rome, Italy.
In 1961, he defeated Turman again by decision in Manila,
Philippines, before defending his lineal World Light Heavyweight
Championship for what would be the last time, beating Rinaldi by
a 15 round decision to retain the belt. In his last fight that year, he
once again ventured into the heavyweights, and met Pete
Rademacher, a man who had made history earlier in his career
by becoming the first man ever to challenge for a world title in his
first professional bout (when he lost to Patterson by a knockout in
six). Moore beat Rademacher by a knockout in nine.
In 1958, Moore had 10 fights, going 9-0-1 during that span. His
fight with Yvon Durelle in particular was of note: defending his
world light heavyweight title in Montreal, he was felled three times
in round one, and once again in round five, but then dropped
Durelle in round 10 and won by a knockout in the 11th.
In 1962, the remaining boxing commissions that had continued
to back Moore as the World Light Heavyweight Champion
withdrew their recognition. He campaigned exclusively as a
heavyweight from then on, and beat Alejandro Lavorante by a
knockout in 10 and Howard King by a knockout in one round in
Tijuana, Mexico. He then drew against future World Light
Heavyweight Champion, Willie Pastrano, in a 10-round
heavyweight contest.
1959, his last full year as uncontested champion, was another
In his last fight of note, Moore faced a young heavyweight out of
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Louisville, KY, named Muhammad Ali. He
was Ali’s trainer for a time, but Ali became
dissatisfied and left Moore because of
Moore’s attempts to change his style, and
his insistence that Ali do dishes and help
clean gym floors. In the days before the fight,
young Ali’s increasingly notorious rhyming
skills predicted that “Archie Moore Must fall
in four.” Moore replied by saying that he had
perfected a new punch for the match: “The
Lip-Buttoner.” However, just as Ali predicted,
Moore was beaten by a knockout in four
After one more fight in 1963, against Mike
DiBiase in Phoenix, Arizona (which he won
by a knockout in the third round), Moore
announced his retirement from boxing, for
Despite retiring, Moore could not escape the
limelight. He received numerous awards and
dedications. In 1965, he was given the key
to the city of San Diego, California. In 1970,
he was named “Man of The Year” by Listen
Magazine, and received the key to the city
of Sandpoint, Ohio.
He was elected in 1985 to the St. Louis (MO)
City Boxing Hall of Fame, and he received
the Rocky Marciano Memorial Award in the
city of New York in 1988. In 1990, he became
a member of the International Boxing Hall
Of Fame in Canastota, New York, being one
of the original members of that institution.
The oldest boxer to win the World’s Light
Heavyweight Crown, he is believed to have
been the only boxer who boxed
professionally in the eras of Joe Louis,
Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali. He is
one of only a handful of boxers whose careers spanned four
decades; his final record was an astonishing 185 wins, 23 losses,
11 draws and 1 no contest, with 131 official knockouts.
In 1960, Moore was chosen to play the role of the runaway slave,
Jim, in Michael Curtiz’s film adaptation of Mark Twain’s “The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” opposite Eddie Hodges as Huck.
Moore garnered positive reviews for his sympathetic portrayal of
Jim, which some viewers still consider the best interpretation of
this much-filmed role. He did not choose to pursue a full-time
career as an actor, but he did appear in 1960s films such as “The
Fortune Cookie” and “The Carpetbaggers” and on television in
episodes of Family Affair, Perry Mason, Wagon Train, The
Reporter, Batman and the soap opera One Life to Live. He made
a brief return to film in 1975, playing a chef in “Breakheart Pass”
with Charles Bronson. He had a cameo role as himself in the
1982 Jamaa Fanaka film “Penitentiary II.”
Archie Moore died of heart failure in 1998, four days shy of his
85th birthday.
In 1965, Moore was also inducted by the San Diego Hall of Champions into the Breitbard Hall of Fame honoring San
Diego’s finest athletes both on and off the playing surface.
In 2002, Archie Moore was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
Has more known knockouts than any other boxer in history.
2006 California Boxing Hall of Fame inductee.
Ring Magazine ranked Moore #4 on its “Best Punchers of all time” list in 2003 and #14 on its list of the “80 Best Fighters
of the Last 80 Years.”
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What Grades for the Associated Press
Sports Editors’ (APSE)
Racial and Gender Hiring Practices?
The 2010-2011 Associated Press Sports
Editors (APSE) Racial and Gender Report
Card, issued by The Institute for Diversity and
Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of
Central Florida, gives APSE a grade of C+
for racial hiring practices, up from a C in
2008. However, they received a second
consecutive F for gender hiring practices in
the key positions covered.
substantial part of the totals for sports editors
and columnists of color. ESPN has two
African-American sports editors and 23
African-American men and women as
Richard Lapchick, The Institute’s Director
and primary author of this report, noted, “After
four years from the 2006 Report to the 2010
Report, there was some change in the five
key positions we examined for race but little
for gender. In fact, the overall grade for racial
hiring practices improved from a C to a C+.
There continued to be a failing grade for
gender in all five categories. I am …
encouraged that APSE has continued to
request the report, knowing that the news would not be good. I
applaud its determination to get better.
“It is important to have voices from different backgrounds in the
media. This report shows that in 2010, 97 percent of the sports
editors, 85 percent of the assistant sports editors, 86 percent of
our columnists, 86 percent of our reporters and 90 percent of our
copy editors/designers were White.
In the 2008 report, those numbers for the same positions were
94, 89, 88, 87, and 89 respectively. The percentages of males in
those positions this year are 94, 90, 90, 89, and 84. In 2008, the
percentages were 94, 90, 93, 91 and 84, respectively. The 2008
report showed a terrible lack of opportunity for people of color
and women. In spite of that, there was actually a decline in 2010
for opportunities for people of color as sports editors (from 6
percent to 3 percent) and copy editors (from 11 percent to 10
percent). The percentages of people of color increased for
assistant sports editors (11 percent to 15 percent), columnists
(12 percent to 14 percent) and reporters (13 percent to 14 percent).
“The worst news was perhaps that the percentage of sports editors
who were women or people of color fell 2.3 percentage points
from 11.7 percent in 2008 to 9.42 percent in 2010. White males
in particular increased by 3.0 percentage points for sports editors.
“But there was good news with gains for women and people of
color in the categories of assistant sports editors, columnists and
reporters. For columnists, the percentage of women or people of
color jumped 5.7 percentage points (from 17.5 percent to 23.2
percent). The increase for assistant sports editors was 2.8
percentage points (from 19.3 percent to 22.1 percent), and for
reporters, it was 2.4 percentage points (from 20.8 percent to 23.2
“As with the 2008 APSE Report Card, ESPN’s record formed a
“My primary new recommendation to the
APSE is that it adopts a Ralph Wiley Rule,
named after the late African-American writer.
The Wiley Rule would be like the Rooney
Rule in the NFL, and would call for a diverse
pool of candidates, including men and
women for each opening of these key
The report shows the vast majority of people
holding key positions on the major
newspapers and media Web sites in the
United States and Canada are White and
male. The following report findings
demonstrate that:
percent of the sports editors were white.
percent of the assistant sports editors were white.
percent of the columnists were white.
percent of the reporters were white.
percent of the copy editors/designers were white.
percent of the sports editors were men.
percent of the assistant sports editors were men.
percent of the columnists were men.
percent of the reporters were men.
percent of the copy editors/designers were men.
Other highlights from the study include:
o The percentages of African-American males increased as
assistant sports editors, columnists and reporters while
decreasing as sports editors and copy editors.
o White male sports editors increased by 3 percentage points.
o The percentage of female sport editors increased for whites,
while decreasing for African-Americans and remaining nonexistent for Latinas.
o Latino men increased by percentage in all professional
categories covered except sports editors.
o Asian men increased in all professional categories except sports
o ESPN’s record formed a substantial part of the totals for sports
editors and columnists. ESPN has two African-American sports
editors and 23 African-American men and women as columnists.
That represented more 20 percent of the sports editors and
more than half of the 41 columnists of color at “A” newspapers.
All Staff
o In 2010, White men and women comprised 87.4 percent of the
total staffs of all APSE member newspapers and Web sites,
June 2011
African-Americans held 6.8 percent,
Latinos equaled 3.3 percent, Asians
totaled 1.9 percent, and “other” people
of color held less than one percent.
o In 2010, women made up 11.4 percent
of total staffs of APSE member
newspapers and Web sites, which was
greater than in 2008.
Copy Editors
o In 2010, the number of copy editors/
designers was less than half of the total
surveyed in 2008. In 2010, 90.1 percent
were White, which was up from 88.7
percent in 2008.
APSE Leadership
Sports Editors
o The percentages of women and people
of color serving as sports editors has
decreased slightly since 2008 by 0.2
o In 2010 the gap between White sports
editors and sports editors of color
o Of all APSE sports editors, 97 percent
were White while 90.6 percent were
White males. African-Americans held
only 1.4 percent, Latinos held 1.4
percent, and Asians and “others” were
each less than 1 percent.
o In 2010, there were no minority women sports editors.
Ralph Wiley
o Sandy Bailey (1992-93) and Tracy
Dodds (1999-00) have been the only
female APSE presidents in the history of
the organization since 1973.
o Mike Fannin, a Latino, was the first
person of color to be APSE President in
o Lynn Hoppes, who is Asian-American,
was APSE President in 2008-09.
o Garry Howard, an African-American,
was the third person of color to fill the
position of APSE president in 2009-10.
Assistant/Deputy Sports Editors
o In contrast, there was an improvement in the diversity in the
position of assistant sports editors. The percentages of assistant
sports editors who are both White and male decreased from
the 2008 Report.
o In 2010, Whites held 85.3 percent of the assistant sports editor
posts in the survey, while people of color made up 14.7 percent.
African-Americans equaled 6.8 percent, Latinos held 4.2
percent, Asians comprised 2.6 percent, and other people of
color were at 1.05 percent.
o Assistant sports editors who are men of color increased to 11.6
percent in 2010, after being 9.3 percent in 2008.
o The Mid-Atlantic Region of the APSE had the best record for
sports editors, who were people of color with 8.33 percent.
o The Northeast region had the most female sports editors at
16.13 percent.
o The Northeast Region reported the highest percentage of
women and people of color combined with 22.6 percent.
o The Northwest and Atlantic Coast Region reported the lowest
overall percentage of any region with no women and people of
color as sports editors.
o In circulation size “A” papers, the Seattle Times (WA) had the
highest percentage for people of color at 39.4 percent.
o Looking at opportunities for women in size “A,” The Orlando
Sentinel (FL) was tops with 20.9 percent.
o Of all the “A” circulation size papers, the Miami Herald (FL)
totaled the highest percentage of diversity within its sports staff
with 57.1 percent.
o In 2010, women and people of color combined to make up 23.2
percent of columnists of the surveyed APSE member
newspapers. This was up substantially from 17.5 percent in
o The percentage of White women columnists increased from
5.8 percent to 8.8 percent.
o Columnists who are African-American experienced a slight
increase from 10.6 percent to 11.3 percent. The percentage of
Latino columnists increased from 0.5 percent to 1.4 percent.
Male Asian columnists increased slightly from 0.7 to 1.4 percent.
o Of the surveyed APSE newspapers and Web sites, there were
no Asian, Latina, or “other” female columnists.
o In 2010, there was a significant decrease in reporters within
the APSE newspapers and Web sites. This year’s report
accounted for 1,371 reporters compared to 2,236 from 2008.
The decrease could possibly be attributed to layoffs and
consolidated publications due to the economic decline of the
past two years. Of these 1,371, 85.6 percent were White.
In 2008, 87.0 percent of the 2,236 reporters were white.
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Shattered, But Not Broken
By Tony Brooks
Sixteen months have passed since that Thanksgiving weekend
in 2009, when shots rang out at a night club in Atlanta, Georgia,
where Big Mike Williams was hit several times in his shoulders,
back, and a graze wound that sideswiped his neck. The irony of
this tragedy is that it was to be Big Mike’s last week on the job,
intuition had been telling him it was time to move on. Somewhere
around 1:30 a.m. on November 29th, a life altering fight broke out
in the club where Big Mike was working.
At six-foot eight and northward of 250 pounds, Big Mike was in
demand, having previously provided bodyguard protection for
celebrities on the west coast. From Atlanta, he also acted as the
command center, coordinating security personnel for some of the
hot spots in New York City. Did I mention Big Mike Williams also
played NBA basketball for the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta
Lying on the floor amidst scattered trash and spilled drinks, Big
Mike was thinking, “I can’t go out like this.” He was numb with
pain, begging for something to relieve the agony. During
preparation for transport to the hospital, he heard a paramedic
say it was an 18 minute trip. As Williams sensed the sands of
time quickly pouring out of his hour glass, he shouted, “Dude,
hurry up man, I aint got 18 minutes.”
Big Mike, as he had been known since high school, went into a
coma for two months, and woke up to news that he was paralyzed
from the waist down. At that moment, his life was shattered. The
legs that once held a strong position against Michael Jordan,
Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins were now
rendered useless. His wounds were severe, and would only heal
with time, prayerful tender loving care, multiple operations and
months of gut-wrenching physical therapy.
Big Mike, at the request of his mom, was moved back home to
In December of 2010, my text buzzer sounded. The message
was from a high school alumni friend telling me that Big Mike,
(also an alum) was in rehabilitation on the far north side of Chicago
recovering from being shot eight times. Big Mike graduated six
years after I did, and the last time we saw each other was about
15 years ago playing basketball at an alumni open gym. After
receiving the text message, I made plans to visit Big Mike.
During my visit to the Glencrest Nursing Rehabilitation Centre in
Chicago, Big Mike laughed and he cried, wondering about the
how and the why of his tragedy. He shared a laugh about a phone
call he received. The voice on the other end started out, “Mike,
I’m still mad about that.” Big Mike replied, “Give it up Zeke, that
was thirty years ago.”
In 1979, Isiah Thomas was a senior at St. Joseph’s High School
in suburban Westchester, just outside of Chicago. The Chargers
were destined to win the Illinois State Class AA Boys Basketball
Championship after a heartbreaking second place finish in 1978.
Big Mike Williams and the De La Salle Meteors stepped in the
way of destiny and defeated Isiah “Zeke” Thomas and the
Chargers with a 59-58 victory in the sectional championship game.
In 1987, after Thomas’ Detroit Pistons lost to the Boston Celtics
on a Thomas turnover to Larry Bird in game 5 of the NBA’s Eastern
Conference playoffs, a reporter said to Thomas, “This had to be
your toughest loss.” On national TV, Thomas let the reporter know
that the greatest defeat in his basketball career came at the hands
of De La Salle, who crushed his dream of winning a State
championship in his last year of high school.
Mike Williams lead De La Salle to three straight Catholic League
titles and made it to the State tournament’s Elite Eight twice. Big
Mike’s star would continue to shine at Bradley University and in
the NBA. What would prove to be one of Big Mike’s most valuable
basketball friendships occurred over thirty years ago when he
played on an all-star team in high school with a seven-foot player
named Dan Ivankovich. Dan, an All-American with 500 scholarship
offers also desired an NBA career, but when he blew out his knee
while playing at Northwestern University, he settled for an Honors
Program in Medical Education and a BSM/MD degree.
While watching TV, basketball fate re-entered back into Big Mike’s
life. He saw a news report about an extremely tall doctor helping
Haitian earthquake victims relearn how to walk. An hour later, Big
Mike’s subconscious telegraphed a message to his memory bank,
saying “That’s Big Dan!”
Big Mike got the e-mail address from the TV station for Big Dan
and got in touch with him. Dr. Dan Ivankovich, talk about the
windows of heaven opening and pouring out a blessing. Big Mike
tuned in at the right place at the right time. Fate was turning from
being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Dr. Ivankovich is a world renowned orthopedic surgeon. In March
of 2010, he was featured on the American Spirit segment of Katie
Couric’s CBS evening news. In January 2010, paying his own
expenses, he travelled to Haiti in search of spinal cord injury
victims who had been pulled from the rubble and were awaiting
medical attention in the makeshift tents.
Now, the two tall titans have teamed up once again with Big Dan
as the repairman working diligently on getting his basketball buddy
back up on his feet through the use of bionic legs.
Big Mike’s road to recovery is a full court press. His wounds
included a lost kidney and part of his liver and jaw. He has bullet
fragments logged in his lower spine that keeps him in daily
constant pain. Each struggling step that Big Mike takes
strengthens him for the next one. He has purposed to never give
up against all the odds and mind battles that he will never walk
again. Big Mike Williams is shattered, but he is not broken, and
through teamwork, he’ll be put back together again.
Tony Brooks is a regular contributor to BSTM and can be reached
at [email protected]
June 2011
Photo courtesy of Tony Brooks
Mike Williams
2000s Heisman Trophy
Reggie Bush
Reginald Alfred “Reggie” Bush II plays for the New Orleans Saints
of the National Football League. He has played running back,
tailback, wide receiver and punt returner. Bush played college
football at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2003–
He set the Pac-10 record for total
yards from scrimmage with 513 (294
rushing, 68 receiving, 151 return) in
a game against the Fresno State
Bulldogs on November 19, 2005.
Bush also became known for the
“Bush Push,” which occurred on a
game-winning score against the
Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
He won multiple collegiate awards,
including the 2005 Heisman Trophy,
but allegations that he received
improper benefits were central to a
controversy surrounding the USC
program that led to severe NCAA
sanctions against USC, including a
two-year postseason ban, the loss of
football scholarships and the
vacating of wins in the 2004-05
championship season. Since the
National Collegiate Athletic
retroactively stripped Bush of his
eligibility, the status of the many
awards he won in 2005 is in question.
On September 14, 2010, Bush
voluntarily gave up his Heisman
Bush led the Trojans with 1,740 yards
on 200 carries with sixteen
touchdowns and ranked third on the
squad with 39 receptions for 481
yards, including a pair of scores as a
junior. He returned 18 punts for 179
yards and a touchdown, and gained
493 yards on 28 kickoff returns.
Before attending USC, Bush was a
running back out of Helix High School
in La Mesa, California. When head
coach Pete Carroll recruited Bush for
USC, he envisioned using Bush as
a five-way threat. The freshman quickly proved effective in
carrying, catching, throwing and returning the ball. Bush was a
consensus First-Team Freshman All-American selection in 2003,
and became the first Trojan since Anthony Davis in 1974 to lead
the Pac-10 in kickoff returns. His 1,331 all-purpose yards set a
USC freshman record. He also amassed 521 yards rushing that
year, with three touchdowns on 90 carries.
In 2004, Bush finished fifth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy
and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). He
earned consensus All-American honors and was a finalist for the
Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. He finished second on
the team with 143 carries for 908 yards and six touchdowns, adding
509 yards and seven scores on 43 receptions. Bush returned 21
kickoffs for 537 yards and 24 punts for 376 yards and a pair of
touchdowns. He became the first Trojan since Marcus Allen to
lead the Pac-10 in all-purpose yardage, totaling 2,330 yards. He
also threw for one touchdown, tossing a 52-yard scoring strike.
In 2005 Bush was a unanimous First-Team All-American and
winner of the Heisman Trophy. He was also named the Associated
Press College Football Player of the Year, the Pigskin Club of
Washington, D.C. Offensive Player of the Year, and the Touchdown
Club of Columbus (Ohio) Player of the Year. In addition to the
Walter Camp Award, he also won the Doak Walker Award, which
is given to the nation’s best running back. He led the nation with
an average of 222.3 all-purpose yards per game and finished
fourth in the NCAA Division I-A ranks with an average of 133.85
rushing yards per game.
Bush started only fourteen times in
39 games at USC. However, he
finished tenth in NCAA Division I-A
history with 6,541 all-purpose yards,
racking up 3,169 yards and 25
touchdowns on 433 carries and 1,301
yards with thirteen scores on 95
catches. Bush returned 67 kickoffs for 1,522 yards and a
touchdown, adding 559 yards and three scores on 44 punt returns.
He also completed one of three pass attempts for a 52-yard
He was awarded the Heisman Trophy on December 10, 2005. He
had 784 first-place votes while University of Texas Longhorns
quarterback Vince Young finished second with 79 first-place votes,
an overall edge in voting points of 2,541 to Young’s 1,608.
Teammate Matt Leinart came in third with 18 first-place votes.
Bush had the second most first-place votes and the secondhighest total points in the history of Heisman voting at that time,
behind only O.J. Simpson’s 855 in 1968. Bush became the 71st
winner of the Heisman Trophy, and the seventh USC player to
receive the award.
On January 12, 2006, Bush elected to forgo his senior season at
USC and declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft. He was
drafted by the Saints with the second overall pick in the 2006 NFL
Draft. Bush’s selection by the New Orleans Saints in the NFL
draft generated excitement and celebration among Saints fans.
Amazed by the warm reception he received from the fans in New
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Orleans as well as the magnitude of the devastation caused there
by Hurricane Katrina, Bush expressed excitement about playing
with the Saints and pledged to help the city recover from the
hurricane. On May 15, 2006, Bush donated $50,000 to help keep
Holy Rosary High School, a Catholic school for students with
learning disabilities, from closing.
Bush’s rookie season had both ups and downs, although as the
season wore on he became more productive and integral to the
Saints’ surprising success. At the midway point of the season,
Bush had yet to score a touchdown either receiving or running
the ball. However, on November 12, 2006, he rushed for his first
touchdown from scrimmage on a
reverse against the Pittsburgh
Steelers. On December 3rd, he tied
the Saints’ single-game touchdown
record, held by Joe Horn, by
scoring four touchdowns against
the San Francisco 49ers.
In 2008, he showed great improvement early in the season,
particularly during Week 3 against the Denver Broncos, in which
he had 18 carries for 73 yards and two touchdowns. He added a
second touchdown on a six-yard swing pass from Drew Brees
near the goal line. Bush ended the game with 11 receptions for
75 yards and one receiving touchdown. Since he came into the
league, no running back has caught more passes out of the
backfield than Bush, who collected 171 receptions in his first two
years. On October 6th, in a home game against the Minnesota
Vikings, he returned two punts for touchdowns and nearly had a
third, tying an NFL record for single-game punt returns for
touchdowns and becoming the 12th player to do so. In a home
game against the Oakland
Raiders on October 12th, he tied
the NFL record for fastest time to
his 200th catch, doing so in only
34 games.
He gained 168 all-purpose yards as
he sparked the Saints to their
eighth win of the season. On
December 10th, he scored a 62yard touchdown against the Dallas
Cowboys in Dallas, contributing to
the Saints’ 42–17 drubbing of the
Cowboys. On December 24th, he
scored a one-yard touchdown on
a reverse against the New York
Giants. He also had a career-high
126 rushing yards on the day. On
December 31st, he scored a oneyard touchdown against the
Carolina Panthers.
In the NFC Divisional Playoff game
on January 13, 2007, Bush ran for
52 yards on 12 carries and scored
a touchdown, and added three catches for 22 yards, as New
Orleans edged the Philadelphia Eagles 27–24 to earn its first NFC
Championship Game appearance in the team’s 40-year history.
On January 21st, in the NFC Championship playoff game, Bush
caught a pass on the 22 and ran 78 yards downfield for an 88yard touchdown. This comeback was the first score of the second
half and closed the gap from 16–7 (in favor of Chicago) to 16–14.
That was the last time, however, the Saints would score. The Bears
went on to trounce the Saints 39-14 to earn a berth to the Super
In the season opener of the 2007 season, Bush and the Saints
lost to the defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts
41–10. Bush was tied for a team-best 38 rushing yards on 12
carries. He also had seven yards on four receptions and a punt
return for two yards in a disappointing opener for him and the
Saints. Their next game was equally as disappointing, as the
Saints were beaten 31–14 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and
Bush averaged 2.7 yards per carry and 27 yards from scrimmage
- over a third of which came on one play. He scored two rushing
touchdowns, both one-yard runs, in the Saints’ Week 3 loss to
the Tennessee Titans. In that game, he carried seven times for
15 yards while catching six passes for 20 yards. Bush finished
the season with six total touchdowns and 581 yards rushing,
averaging 3.6 yards per carry. He missed the final four games of
the 2007 season with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament
in his left knee.
Bush was injured in the October
19th, game against the Carolina
Panthers. He had surgery to repair
a torn meniscus in his left knee the
next day and was expected to miss
the next three to four games. Bush
returned on November 30th against
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and
registered three carries for no
yards and five catches for 32 yards
in a 23-20 Saints loss. However,
one week later he was back on
track, producing over 100 yards
from scrimmage and a TD catch
in an important 29–25 home win
against the division rival Atlanta
Falcons to keep the Saints’ slim
playoff hopes alive.
On December 11th, Bush sprained
his medial collateral ligament in his
left knee in the Saints’ 27-24 overtime loss in Chicago. Although
diagnosed as a sprain, given that it was the same knee he had
surgery on earlier in the year - and that the Saints were now out
of the playoff picture with only two games left in the 2008 season
– he was placed on injured reserve, ending his season early for
the second year in a row. He finished the season with 404 rushing
yards on 106 carries, 440 yards receiving with 52 receptions and
nine total touchdowns, playing in ten games.
Bush experienced career lows in every major category for the
2009 season due to soreness in his surgically repaired knee. While
he had 8 total touchdowns, good for 3rd on the team, Bush was
used sparingly during the year. He ended the year playing in 14
games with 70 carries for 390 yards and 5 touchdowns, and 47
receptions for 335 yards and 3 touchdowns.
On January 16, 2010, in the NFC divisional playoff game against
the Arizona Cardinals, he had one of the best games of his pro
career. He rushed for 84 yards on only 5 carries, including a 46yard touchdown run. This play was the longest run by a New
Orleans Saints player in the postseason. He also added an 83yard punt return touchdown late in the third quarter, the Saints’
last score in their 45-14 win.
In the NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings
on January 24th, Bush had only 8 yards rushing on 7 carries with
2 receptions for 33 yards, and he fumbled a punt return. However,
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one of his receptions was a late touchdown that helped the Saints
win their first NFC Championship and their first Super Bowl
appearance and eventual victory in franchise history. On February
7, 2010, Bush won his first Super Bowl with a 31-17 win over the
Indianapolis Colts in Miami.
Bush’s 2010 season was overshadowed by the controversy over
his Heisman Trophy, as well as other matters related to his years
at USC. During the second regular-season game, a Monday Night
Football contest with the San Francisco 49ers, he was injured
while returning a punt. He did not return to the game. The injury
was diagnosed as a broken bone in his right leg and he was
expected to miss at least six weeks. He returned on Thanksgiving
against the Dallas Cowboys.
Troy Smith
Troy James Smith plays
quarterback (QB) for the
San Francisco 49ers of the
National Football League.
He was drafted by the
Baltimore Ravens in the
fifth round of the 2007 NFL
Draft. He played college
football at Ohio State
University. He won the
2006 Heisman Trophy, his
senior year with the
opener against Washington as a scatback and returner, and he
compiled fourteen yards rushing and 83 return yards. After the
game, he came on the NFL scouting radar as an “athlete.”
He entered his sophomore season as the backup quarterback,
but took over as the starter halfway through the 2004 season
against Iowa. He won four of the five games he started in 2004,
including a victory over the archrival Michigan Wolverines. Smith
was suspended for breaking an undisclosed team rule before the
Alamo Bowl, with Coach Jim Tressel extending the suspension to
include the first game of the 2005 season after it was revealed
that Smith had accepted $500 from a booster.
With Smith at quarterback, Ohio State lost only two games in the
2005 regular season, and in only one of those, was Smith the
starter. His 2005 stats included 2,282 passing yards with 16
touchdowns and four
interceptions. This led to a
passer rating of 162.66,
the fourth-highest of the
season. He rushed for 611
yards and 11 touchdowns
on 136 carries.
In January 2006, he was
named the Offensive MVP
of the Fiesta Bowl, after
leading the Buckeyes to a
34-20 win over the Notre
Dame Fighting Irish.
In the second week of the
2006 season, Smith went
17-27 with 269 yards
passing, two touchdowns,
and no interceptions in a
win against Texas. His
improved during the 2006
season, completing 67%
of his passes for 2,507
yards, with 30 touchdowns
and five interceptions.
This led to a quarterback
rating of 167.87, again
fourth in the country.
Smith graduated from
Glenville High School in
Cleveland, Ohio, where he
was coached by Ted Ginn,
Sr., father of his teammate
Ted Ginn, Jr. Interestingly,
Smith and Ginn went on to
play together at Ohio State
and are now teammates
on the 49ers. Ginn was
acquired from the Miami
Dolphins, in exchange for
draft picks in April, 2010.
After his junior football
season in high school,
Smith was invited to
participate in the Elite 11
competition, featuring the
eleven top ranked high
school quarterback prospects in the U.S. He earned good praise
following his performance, and although it was relatively late in
the recruiting process, Ohio State offered Smith a football
scholarship. He verbally committed to the Buckeyes, signing his
letter of intent on February 6, 2002, the last player for the upcoming
Smith threw for 969 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior year
in high school, leading Glenville to the state playoffs. Smith also
played three years of basketball and ran track (high jump, long
jump and 1,600-meter relay).
As a redshirted freshman for the Buckeyes, Smith played sparingly
at running back and kick returner in 2003. He played the season
Teammates voted Smith
the 2006 most valuable
player. The Davey O’Brien
Smith the Davey O’Brien
Award for best college
quarterback. He defeated other finalists Colt Brennan of the
University of Hawaii and Brady Quinn of the University of Notre
In three games against Michigan, Smith has a total of 1,151 yards
of total offense, two rushing touchdowns, and seven passing
touchdowns. The Buckeyes won all three games, making Smith
the first Ohio State quarterback since Tippy Dye (1934-1936) to
quarterback in three victories over Michigan, and the first to win
three straight games against Michigan as a starter.
Smith’s college football career came to an end on January 8,
2007, when he and the Ohio State Buckeyes were beaten by the
Florida Gators in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game,
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41-14. Smith completed just four of 14 passes for 35 yards along
with an interception, a fumble, and was sacked 5 times.
traded. After signing Marc Bulger as the team’s backup to Joe
Flacco, the Ravens released Smith on September 4th.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
On September 6, 2010, Smith signed with the San Francisco
Smith won the 2006 Heisman Memorial Trophy on December 9,
2006. He beat out sophomore RB Darren McFadden (2nd) from
Arkansas and senior QB Brady Quinn (3rd), from Notre Dame. In
winning the 2006 Heisman, Smith took 86.7% of the first place
votes, a record that has not been broken. His tally of 2,540 votes
was the third largest behind that of the then-2005 Heisman Trophy
winner, Reggie Bush of the University of Southern California (2,541
votes) and 1968 Heisman winner O.J. Simpson who also played
for USC (2,853 votes). His margin of victory (1,662 votes) was
also the second largest in the history of the award, eclipsed only
by O.J. Simpson who won by 1,750 votes.
On Oct 27th, he was announced as the starter, replacing an injured
Alex Smith for San Francisco’s game Oct 31st vs the Denver
Broncos in London, England. During this game, Smith ran for
one TD and threw to Michael Crabtree for another in a 49ers win.
He actually excelled in the second half by going 8 for 10 for 159
yards, and leading the Niners to three fourth-quarter touchdown
drives. The Niners won the game, 24-16. For Smith’s quality
performance, he was named Sports Illustrated NFL Offensive
Player of the week.
As a graduating senior, Smith entered professional football in the
2007 NFL Draft. Despite winning the Heisman Trophy, Smith saw
his draft stock drop considerably after the 41-14 loss to Florida in
the 2007 BCS National Championship Game. At 6’0", his height
(considered smaller than ideal) was cited as a liability. Smith was
drafted at the end of the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens. He
signed a three-year contract with the Ravens. Smith was named
second-string quarterback for the Ravens, backing up new starter
Kyle Boller after a shoulder injury to starter Steve McNair.
On Nov 15th, Smith was named the new starting quarterback for
the San Francisco 49ers.
Smith got his first regular season playing time in the fourth quarter
of the home game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 9,
2007, completing three of five pass attempts and scrambling 6
yards for his first NFL touchdown in the 44-20 loss. On December
20, 2007, Kyle Boller officially was considered the backup due to
injury for the Week 16 game, giving Troy Smith his first
professional start against the Seattle Seahawks. He completed
fewer than 50% of his passes and fumbled twice in this game.
The Ravens lost 27-6, scoring a touchdown with about four
minutes to play and the game out of reach. In Week 17, the Ravens
beat the Steelers with Troy Smith starting again. He went 16-of27 for 171 yards and one touchdown, with no interceptions and
no fumbles lost. This was the Ravens first win since Week 6,
ending a 9-game losing streak with a bye at Week 8.
On Nov 14th, Smith led the 49ers to an overtime victory over the
Rams. He out-dueled Rams rookie Sam Bradford in this Heisman
trophy quarterback matchup. He threw for 356 yards, one
touchdown and ran for 12 yards without being intercepted.
As of November 29th, after a Monday night win over the Cardinals,
Smith was 3-1 as the 49ers starting QB. In week 16, Smith was
named the starting QB against the St. Louis Rams.
Mark Ingram, Jr.
Mark Ingram, Jr., is a former running back for the University of
Alabama Crimson Tide. He is the son of former NFL wide receiver
Mark Ingram, Sr.
During his sophomore season in 2009, he won Alabama’s firstever Heisman Trophy, set the Crimson Tide’s single-season
rushing record with 1,658 yards, was voted to the AP All-America
First-Team, and helped lead the Tide to an undefeated 14–0
Smith finished his rookie season by totaling 506 total yards and
three touchdowns in four games. He had 452 yards and two
touchdowns passing and rushed for 54 yards and one touchdown.
Smith was scheduled to start in the third preseason game of the
2008 season, but became ill with a rare disease called Lemierre’s
Syndrome. Due to Smith’s illness, rookie Joe Flacco was named
to the Ravens’ starting QB position. Early in the season, Smith
re-emerged in the offense as part of their two-quarterback offense,
and was utilized for short-yardage runs. This offense featured
Smith lining up at the wide receiver spot as well as under center.
Smith appeared in only six of the Ravens’ 19 games and had a
total of 4 passing attempts in the 2008 season.
For the 2009 season, Flacco was named the starting quarterback
for the second consecutive year, while Smith was active for only
four of sixteen games. He completed five of nine passes for 24
yards with one interception during the season. In addition, he
also rushed eight times for thirty-one yards, including his careerlong fifteen-yard touchdown run.
Smith re-signed with the Ravens for one-year. He received the
low 5th round tender as a restricted free agent. However, no team
was willing to part ways with the coveted pick so Smith was not
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On January 7, 2010, Alabama defeated Texas 37–21 to win the
BCS National Championship. Ingram received honors as
Offensive MVP after rushing for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns on
22 carries. He became the first player since Matt Leinart in 2004,
to win the Heisman Trophy and a National Championship in the
same season. For the 2009 season, Ingram rushed for 1,658 yards
and 17 touchdowns. He also had 334 receiving yards with 3
In 2010, after undergoing minor knee surgery the week prior to
the opening game, Ingram made his season debut in a road game
against Duke, rushing for 151 yards on nine carries, including
two touchdowns in the first quarter, as Alabama routed the Blue
Devils 62–13.
After a 3–0 start, Alabama traveled to Fayetteville to face the
Arkansas Razorbacks in the conference opener for the Crimson
Tide. Ingram and the Alabama offense came back from a 20–7
third quarter deficit to take a 24–20 lead with just over three
minutes remaining, when Ingram capped a short, 12-yard drive
with a one yard touchdown run. He finished with 157 yards on 21
attempts and two touchdowns. He did not break 100 yards again
during the regular season. On October 9th, Alabama suffered their
first loss since the 2009 Sugar Bowl, when the team fell 35–21 to
South Carolina. Ingram was held to a season-low 41 yards on 11
carries in the loss.
season, including a victory in the 2010 BCS National
Championship Game.
Ingram attended school in Flint, Michigan, first at Grand Blanc
Community High School, but after his junior year at Flint
Southwestern Academy. He was a four year starter on his schools’
football teams, running for 2,546 yards and 38 touchdowns in his
final two seasons. As a senior, he was Saginaw Valley MVP, Area
Player of the Year, and an All-State selection. Ingram also played
defensively as a cornerback, totaling 84 tackles and eight
interceptions his senior year. In addition, he ran track and was a
two-time All-State track star.
Ingram did not start his freshman year at Alabama, but he was
selected to the 2008 Southeastern Conference (SEC) AllFreshman Team. His team-high 12 touchdowns also set the
Alabama freshman school record.
In the season opener of the 2009–10 season against Virginia
Tech, he was the player of the game with 150 rushing yards, a
rushing touchdown, and a receiving touchdown.
On October 17, 2009, in a game against South Carolina, he ran
for a career-high 246 yards. He was named SEC Offensive Player
of the Week. In the 2009 SEC Championship Game versus the
undefeated and top-ranked Florida Gators, he rushed for 113 yards
and three touchdowns, while also catching two passes for 76
receiving yards to combine for 189 all-purpose yards. In the game,
Ingram also surpassed Bobby Humphrey’s single-season rushing
record for the Crimson Tide, reaching 1,542 rushing yards for the
On December 12th, Ingram won the Heisman Trophy in the closest
vote in the award’s 75-year history. He is the third consecutive
sophomore to win the award, and the first running back to win the
award since Reggie Bush. He was also selected to the 2009 AllAmerica Team.
Ingram finished the season with 875 yards on 158 carries with 13
touchdowns. He added an additional 282 yards receiving and a
touchdown. On January 6, 2011, he announced he would enter
the 2011 NFL Draft.
Cam Newton
Cameron “Cam” Jerrell Newton was the starting quarterback for
the Auburn University Tigers. Newton was initially a member of
the Florida Gators. He would later transfer to Blinn College, where
his team won a national junior college football championship.
Newton was then recruited by head coach Gene Chizik of Auburn
University and transferred once more. He became just the third
player in major college football history to pass for 20 touchdowns
and rush for 20 touchdowns in a single season. On December
11, 2010, he was awarded the Heisman Trophy as the most
outstanding college football player.
Cameron Newton is the son of Cecil Newton, Sr., who played
strong safety for two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and the
younger brother of Cecil Newton, Jr., a center for the Jacksonville
Jaguars of the NFL.
In 2005, as a junior in Westlake High School, Fulton County,
Georgia, Newton ran for 638 yards with 9 touchdowns and threw
for 2,500 yards, completing 118 out of 189 pass attempts for 23
touchdowns with 9 interceptions. In 2006, as a senior, he threw
for 1,400 yards, and ran for another 1,000 yards.
Newton started the first game of Auburn’s season, a home victory
over Arkansas State on September 4, 2010. He accounted for 5
total offensive touchdowns and over 350 yards of total offense.
He was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week following his
Three weeks later, Newton had a second break-out game with 5
total touchdowns and over 330 total offensive yards against the
South Carolina Gamecocks. “That’s a great SEC win against a
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really, really good football team. I can’t be more proud of our guys,”
Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. “I thought we had a good pace
going on,” Newton said.
yards in a single season. With the victory, Auburn improved to
11-0 and clinched the SEC West, allowing them to play in the
SEC Championship game.
On October 2, 2010, Newton led Auburn to a 52-3 victory over
Louisiana-Monroe. He completed three touchdown passes, one
of which went for 94 yards. It was the longest touchdown pass
and offensive play in Auburn football history. On October 9, 2010,
Newton led Auburn to a 37-34 victory over Kentucky. He passed
for 210 yards and rushed for 198 yards, including 4 rushing
Newton led Auburn to a 28–27 victory over Alabama in the Iron
Bowl after being down 24–0. The 24-point come from behind
victory was the largest in the program’s 117 year history. He
passed for 216 yards with three passing touchdowns, and ran for
another touchdown.
On October 16, 2010, during the Arkansas game, he ran for three
touchdowns and threw one touchdown pass. Following these
performances, media reports began to list Newton among the top
5 candidates to watch for the Heisman Trophy.
On October 23, 2010, Newton led Auburn to a 24-17 victory over
the LSU Tigers. He rushed for 217 yards in the game which gave
him 1,077 yards for the season and set the SEC record for yards
rushing in a season by a quarterback—a record previously held
by Auburn quarterback, Jimmy Sidle, that stood for over 40 years—
and became just the second quarterback to rush for over 1,000
yards in the conference’s history.
He also broke Pat Sullivan’s school record for most touchdowns
in a single season—a record that has stood since 1971—with 27.
Both of these records were broken on the same play: a 49-yard
touchdown run in which Newton escaped two tackles, corrected
himself with his arm, eluded two additional tackles, and dragged
a defender into the end zone for the touchdown. The play was
described as Newton’s “Heisman moment.” Auburn received its
first #1 overall BCS ranking and Newton was listed as the overall
favorite for the Heisman.
By halftime of the game against Georgia, Newton became the
first SEC player to ever throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000
On December 4, 2010, he led the Tigers to an SEC Championship,
their first since 2004, by defeating South Carolina once again 5617, which set an SEC Championship Game record for most points
scored and largest margin of victory. Newton was named the game
MVP after scoring a career-best six touchdowns (four passing
and two rushing). With his performance, Newton also became
the third player in NCAA FBS history to throw and run for 20-plus
touchdowns in a single season.
Newton was named the 2010 SEC Offensive Player of the Year,
as well as the 2010 AP Player of the Year. He was also one of four
finalists for the 2010 Heisman Trophy, which he won in a landslide
Following the victory in the SEC Championship, Auburn was invited
to participate in the school’s first BCS National Championship
Game. The game took place on January 10, 2011, in Glendale,
Arizona, with Auburn playing against the Oregon Ducks. Auburn
beat Oregon 22 to 19 to win the BCS National Championship.
Newton threw for 262 yards 2 touchdowns and one interception.
He also ran the ball 22 times for 65 yards.
On January 13th, three days after winning the BCS National
Championship, Newton declared for the 2011 NFL Draft, forgoing
his senior season.
He was the first player chosen in the draft by the Carolina Panthers.
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By Cynthia Nevels
The Mayor of the District of Columbia, Vincent Gray, is no stranger
to the Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. He is aware of the sports
organization’s significance to youth
throughout the country.
Joining the Pigskinners at their 73rd annual
awards banquet recently, he commended
them for their mentoring activities and the
yearly dinner giving recognition to achieving
high school and college/university students/
athletes. Said the Mayor, “We see the
effects of athletics when it is done right.
Sports instills discipline, initiates a good
work ethic, it requires commitment and
creates solid relationships. I can proudly
say that throughout the District’s history, our
youth who participated in sports have
reached professional levels. Not only do
my administration want to provide quality
facilities for our athletes, we also want to
invest in programs such as the Pigskin
Club, who support and nurture our youth.”
Department‘s purpose, “To build character and develop boys into
men first, and then go about the business of winning games
second.” In his seventeen years of
coaching, one of Sims’ pleasures is the
opportunity to mold and shape our youth
so that they could excel on the field and
become productive citizens in society.
The honorees of the 73rd Pigskins Awards
Banquet are:
2010 High School All Metropolitan Football
o Ballou HS (DC) – Jamar Lewter,
Delonte Edwards, Lamonte
Clark, Darren Holbrook
o De Matha HS (MD) – Cyrus Kouandjio,
Sam Collura, Jordan
o HD Woodson HS (DC) – Ramsey
Vincent Gray
Henderson, Sherrard
Mayor of the District of Columbia
Harrington, Nate Robinson
o Suitland HS (MD) - Terrell Stewart
Of the twenty-six, 2010 High School All-Metropolitan Football Team
o McKinley Tech HS (DC) - Josh Wade , Kevin Thompson
Members, several were acknowledged for outstanding academic
o Good Counsel HS (MD) - Vincent Croce, Blake Countess
scholarship. Vincent N. Croce from Good Counsel Senior High
o Friendship Collegiate (DC) – Malcolm Crockett
School received the Rodney P. Savoy Award and Nathaniel
o Lake Braddock HS (VA) – Matt Zanellato
Robinson of H.D. Woodson Senior High School was the recipient
o Spingarn HS (DC) – Khalif Dandy
of the Leonard Guy Ford, Jr. Award.
o Gonzaga HS (DC) – Kevin Hogan
Ms. Natalie Randolph from Calvin Coolidge High School received o Parkdale HS (MD) – Leon Brown
o St John’s HS (DC) – Kevin McReynolds
accolades for becoming the High School Coach of the Year.
o St Stephen’s/Agnes HS (DC) – Darius Lee
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities were also in the o McNamara HS (MD) - Nicolas Law
o Damascas HS (MD) –Brandon Phelps
o Coolidge HS (DC) – Keith Dickens
During the reception, MEAC Player of the Year, Quarterback Matt
o Coolidge HS Coach of the Year (DC) – Natalie Randolph
Johnson of Bethune-Cookman University expressed his humility
for being honored, and being selected to represent the Wildcats Historically Black Colleges and Universities
at the banquet. Johnson, who led the Wildcats in rushing with o MEAC Coach of the Year – Brian Jenkins - Talmadge L.
670 yards on 128 carries and seven touchdowns, attributes the
“Marse” Hill Award – Bethune Cookman University
team’s success to preparing for practice as though they are going o MEAC Player of the Year – Matt Johnson - Cato W. Adams
into a championship play. What does he like about football?
Award - Bethune-Cookman University
o SIAC Coach of the Year – James ‘Mike’ White - Charles B.
He answered, “It teaches you about life, how one faces adversity
Fisher Award - Albany State University
and how one overcomes those obstacles.” The Quarterback
o SIAC Player of the Year – Stanley Jennings - Oliver M.
relishes the role because it assumes leadership responsibilities.
Thompson Award - Albany State University
Commenting about his Coach, Brian Jenkins, Johnson noted, “Our
o SWAC Coach of the Year – Johnnie Cole – Tillman Sease
coach is a demanding individual, who expects us to give him our
Award – Texas Southern University
best.” Mr. Terry Sims, Assistant Head Coach at Bethuneo SWAC Player of the Year – DeJuan Fulgham - Pal Duffy
Cookman, who accepted the MEAC Coach of the Year Award for
Award – Texas Southern University
Coach Brian Jenkins, cited Johnson’s good work ethic, leadership
o CIAA Coach of the Year – Darrell Asberry - W. Henry “Stud”
and determination as factors that assisted in the Wildcats’ winning
Green Award – Shaw University
o CIAA Player of the Year – Kevin Atkins - James Guy “Pete”
Tyson Award – Shaw University
Sims said, “We had other quarterbacks, but Matt Johnson stood
out due to his determination and drive to be the best. His numbers o National Black College Champion Award – William G. “Billy
Coward Award” - Albany State University
speak for themselves.” Sims described Bethune-Cookman Sports
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Photograph by Daniel McNeill
Terry Sims (L), Assistant Head Coach – Bethune Cookman University accepts
MEAC Coach of the Year Award for Head Coach Brian Jenkins.
Matt Johnson (R) - Quarterback from Bethune Cookman University accepts
MEAC Player of the Year at the Pigskin Banquet.
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Track & Field’s
Jeremy Wariner
Jeremy Mathew Wariner is an American track athlete specializing
in the 400 meters. He has won four Olympic medals (three Golds,
one Silver) and six World Championships medals. He is the third
fastest competitor in the history of the 400 meters event with a
personal best of 43.45 seconds, after Butch Reynolds and Michael
Jeremy Wariner was born January 31, 1984, in Arlington, Texas.
He attended Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas, participating
in multiple sports and being recognized for his outstanding speed.
Under the coaching of Mike Nelson, who also coached 110 meters
hurdler Reggie Harrell at Lamar High School, he was the 1996
Texas 5A State Sprint Champion at both 200 meters and 400
meters, setting high school bests of 20.41 seconds (wind assisted)
and 45.57 seconds, respectively.
Enrolling at Baylor University, he quickly established himself as a
collegiate sprint talent under the guidance of Clyde Hart, who
was also coach of Baylor alumnus and four-time Olympic
400 meters Gold Medal winner and also a two-time World
Champion, Michael Johnson. Somewhat hampered by injuries
late in his freshman year, Wariner regained form as a sophomore,
winning both the 2004 NCAA Division I indoor and outdoor
400 meters titles. Later that year, he claimed the national
400 meters title at the USATF Championships, making him the
favorite for the Gold Medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in
A successful college athlete, Wariner then made his first
appearance on the world athletic stage at the 2004 Summer
Olympics. He won the 400 meters and 4×400 meters relay (as
the third leg of the U.S. 4 × 400 meters relay team) Gold Medals
at his first Olympics in Athens, Greece. He followed this with two
Gold Medals at the 2005 World Championships in the same
Following his Olympic successes, he turned professional, forgoing
the rest of his collegiate eligibility, though he remained at his
mother’s house and continued to be coached by Clyde Hart.
Michael Johnson became his agent.
Wariner won the 400 meters at the 2005 USATF Championship
with a time of 44.20 s. At the Helsinki World Championships on a
cold and rainy day, he won the 400 meters in 43.93 seconds. He
would then anchor the American team in the 4 × 400 meters relay
for the Gold Medal.
Early in 2006, Wariner competed in the 200 meters, lowering his
personal best to 20.19 seconds. Later that year, he would set a
new personal best of 43.62 seconds at 400 meters at the Golden
Gala Meet in Rome. Together with Asafa Powell (100 meters) and
Sanya Richards (women’s 400 meters), he won his sixth out of
six Golden League events (400 meters) in the same season, which
earned him a total of $250,000.
In 2007, he filled a summer with dominating 400 meters
performances, culminating with the Osaka World Championships,
where on August 31, 2007, he would win the 400 meters in
43.45 seconds, thereby improving his personal best to become
the third-fastest of all time, earning him the 2007 Best Male Track
Athlete ESPY Award.
In 2008, Wariner left long-time coach Clyde Hart in favour of
working with Baylor assistant coach Michael Ford. This was an
unexpected move, as Wariner had much success under Hart.
Wariner stated that he needed a change as Hart was nearing
retirement, although the coach said that the split was due to a
pay dispute. By the time of the 2008 USATF Championship,
Wariner and Johnson had to face many probing questions
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regarding the reasons for such a change in an Olympic year. He
finished second to LaShawn Merritt in the 400 meters final of the
USATF Championship, and secured his place on the U.S. Olympic
Team in the 400 meters event and the 4x400 meters relay team.
In the 2008 Olympics, Wariner qualified for the final with a time of
44.12 seconds, in a run which he slowed down considerably in
the final fifty meters. This led to much anticipation that he could
beat Michael Johnson’s world record in the final, but instead he
took the Silver, unexpectedly losing to LaShawn Merritt by nearly
a full second. David Neville came in third, completing a United
States sweep of the 400 meters.
Following his disappointment with the Silver Medal at the
Olympics, Wariner admitted he had made a mistake in sacking
Hart. He apologized to the emeritus coach after Johnson advised
him that his new workout program with Ford was lacking in some
The emergence of Merritt had left Wariner as the second-best
athlete for the first time in his professional career.
In the 2009 World Championships, Wariner won the Silver Medal
in the 400 meters, again finishing behind LaShawn Merritt. He
won the Gold Medal in the 4x400 meters relay.
Personal Bests
200 meters
300 meters
400 meters
400 meters (indoor)
Time (seconds)
Carson, California, United States
Ostrava, Czech Republic
Osaka, Japan
Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
May 21, 2006
June 12, 2008
August 31, 2007
March 13, 2004
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Track & Field’s
Me’Lisa Barber
Me’Lisa Barber is an American track and
field sprint athlete.
She was born October 4, 1980, in
Livingston, New Jersey.
Barber grew up in Montclair, New
Jersey. As a senior she was ranked 3rd
on the Track & Field News list in the 100
meters. Barber was 4th on the 200
meters list.
She was named Second-Team All-State
in the 55 meters in 1998, and First-Team
All-State in the 100 meters and 200
meters outdoors in the same year.
Barber won her heat of the 100 meters
at the 1999 USA Junior Championships,
but did not make the finals.
She ran on the 2001 Team USA World
University Games Gold Medal winning
4x400 meters relay team with University
of South Carolina teammates Demetria
Washington, Carolyn Jackson and her
twin sister Miki Barber.
Barber won her first major international
championships Gold Medal by running
the lead leg on Team USA’s winning
4x400 meters relay team at the 2003
World Outdoor Championships in Paris,
At the 2005 World Championships, she
was 5th with 11.09 seconds in the 100
meters finals. The winner was
compatriot Lauryn Williams. Also, she
and her teammates, Angela Daigle,
Muna Lee and Lauryn Williams, lived up
to their favorites tag with an easy victory
in the 4x100 meters final sprint relay.
They took Gold in 41.78 seconds - the
fastest time in the world that year.
Barber has been featured with Miki in
stories in USA Today and Track and
Field News. Her nickname is Lisa.
Barber majored in Retail Management
and with a minor in Business at
University of South Carolina. Her
hobbies include watching TV and listening to music. Barber’s favorite athlete is Michael Jordan. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Personal Best
100 Meters 10.95 seconds (2007) o
300 Meters 37.54 seconds (2003) o
200 Meters 22.37 seconds (2005)
400 Meters 50.87 seconds (2002)
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Career Overview
2006 – 2009
o National Indoor Championships
-- 1st in 60 meters
o 2005 World Championships in Athletics:
-- 5th in 100 meters
-- Gold in 4x400 meters
o USA Outdoor 100 meters Champion (11.01PR)
o 4th in 200 meters at USA Outdoors (22.37PR)
o 1st in 100 meters at Reebok Grand Prix (11.05w)
o 4th in 100 meters at the Adidas Track Classic
o 7th in 200 meters at Adidas Track Classic
o 3rd at Home Depot (51.95)
o 4th in 400 meters at Adidas Boston Indoor
Games (53.11)
o 6th in 60 meters at Verizon Millrose Games
o 5th at U.S. Outdoors (52.04)
o World Outdoor 4x400 meters relay Gold Medalist
(1st leg 3:22.63 – World Leader)…best of 52.04
o 8th at USA Outdoors (53.90)
o 2nd at NCAA Outdoors (50.87)
o 5th at NCAA Outdoors 200 meters (23.29)
o 4th at Southeastern Conference (SEC) 200
o 3rd at SEC 100 meters
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Ran third leg on NCAA Outdoor Championship
4x400 meters relay team…ranked #8 by Track
& Fields News (T&FN)
7th at USA Outdoors (53.55)
8th in 200 meters, 6th in 400 meters, 2nd at
4x100 meters relay (3rd leg) & 3rd in 4x400 meters
relay at NCAA Outdoors (1st leg)
3rd at World University Games 4x400 meters relay
in 3:28.04 (1st leg)
2nd at SEC 100 meters
6th at SEC in 200 meters
Ranked #9 in U.S. at 400 meters by T&FN
5th in opening round at U.S. Olympic Trials 200
meters (24.07)
1st at NCAA Outdoors 4x400 meters relay (1st
3rd at NCAA Outdoor 4x100 meters (1st leg)
5th at USA Juniors 100 meters
4th at USA Juniors 200 meters
8th in 200 meters semis at NCAA Outdoors
6th at USA Juniors 200 meters (23.63)
6th in 100 meters semi at USA Juniors
Kevin Durant
What Makes Him Super?
By Lynn Williams
As we go at warp speed
through these “it’s all about me”
times, where superstars travels by
entourage, paparazzi and some form
of bad behavior is expected; it is so
refreshing to find an athlete who is
just plain super. Truly, Kevin Durant
is a quiet force for the National
Basketball Association’s (NBA)
Oklahoma City Thunder. This 6’9"
forward has excelled at the game of
basketball. He was the 2007
National College Player of the Year,
the 2006–2007 Big 12 Player of the
Year, and the 2007 National
Association of Basketball Coaches
(NABC) Division I Player of the Year.
He was the first freshmen selected
to win the 2007 Associated Press
College Player of the Year, the Oscar
Robertson Trophy, the Adolph F. Ruff
Trophy and the Naismith Award. He
has also received the John
R. Wooden Award. He was a Gold
Medalist and Most Value Player for
the International Basketball
Federation (FIBA) 2010 games in
want. Whatever goals, you have
never give up on them.
Quote 4: “With a versatile player,
there’s no spot on the court you can’t
pass him the ball. You can do
A play maker makes things happen.
Quote 5: “In this league, experience
means a lot.”
He respects the veterans. He
understands that you have to prove
yourself. Sometimes new employees
disrespect employees that have
many years of experience. They
discount their opinion, suggestions
and concerns. You should never
dismiss someone because of their
age or any other factor. You can learn
from anyone. Everyone has
something to offer.
Quote 6: “If I’d gone straight to the
NBA, I don’t think I would have been
ready as a player or a person.”
It gives me hope, but it also leaves
me to ponder how this could be. I mean I know that athletes get
a bad reputation because of a few or let’s say far too many rotten
apples; but I digress. My question is, what makes Kevin Durant
so super?
So, I decided to go to the source. Yes, Kevin Durant himself!
Well, kind of, I went to On this site, they have quotes
from Kevin Durant. They give you a lot of insight into what makes
Kevin Durant super.
Quote 1: “I want to be one of the best players in the game.”
This highlights the importance of setting goals. If you do not have
a plan you are planning to fail. This also talks to your work ethic.
You put forth your best effort. You work hard.
Quote 2: “I’ll play all five positions if my team needs me to.”
Teamwork is so important at work, but especially in life. When
you are part of a team basketball or family, everyone has to do
their share. It also shows his flexibility. He is willing to play another
position; it’s all about the team.
He sees the value in his decision of
going to college for his freshman year. Sometimes we experience
things and at first we do not know why. It is in hindsight that we
can appreciate value and learn from experiences we have.
Quote 7: “My mother taught me to always be strong and always
work hard. She’s been working hard her whole life for me and my
brother. I’m a lot like her in that I work hard for what I want. She
taught me that.”
It is important to remember where you come from. Mothers have
a way of keeping you grounded. We learn a lot from our family.
Family is our first interact with other human beings. They set the
pace on how we deal with our self and others.
Quote 8: “I was always in the gym. People would look at me crazy
because I spent so much time there. But that’s what it was about.
I’m glad I did it.”
If you have a goal, you must work toward it. No goal is met without
you working towards it.
Quote 3: “I want to go down as a winner.”
Quote 9: “I’ve learned what it feels like to lose, believe me. But I
think, in the end, that is just going to make winning that much
You have to be tenacious. Never give up. Fight for what you
When you lose, it gives you an opportunity to learn from what
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Kevin Durant
went wrong and fix it. It also makes you
stronger. It can give you clarity on your
goal. It makes you focus even more on
what you want. It also makes when you
achieve your goal even sweeter.
Quote 10: “I know that the hard work got
me here. And, the day I stop working hard,
this can all go away.”
He does not take anything for granted. It
does not matter how successful you are
anything can happen.
Quote 11: “I like the nucleus, that we have.
I’m excited. I want to be here as long as
possible. It’s like family. I love being here.”
He appreciates his teammates. The saying
is true, the word team does not have I in it.
Quote 12: “It’s part of my game, getting to
the free-throw line and being aggressive.
If you say that I get superstar calls or I get
babied by the refs, that’s just taking away
from how I play. That’s disrespectful to
He wants people to respect the preparation
and practice he does before each game.
He wants people to respect how he
respects his craft.
Quote 13: “It feels good to come here and
be a winning program.”
Everyone likes being a part of something
that is positive, everyone loves a winner.
Quote 14: “It feels good to be a part of
He understands his impact on the team and
the organization. This is important.
Athletes, and whatever they do, are
connected to a team and an organization.
He understands that this is his legacy he
is building with every accomplishment he
Quote 15: “I want to be a champion.”
Being a champion means you are a role
model. It is a heavy responsibility, and he
is not going to shy away from it. It is about
shooting for the stars or being the best that
you can be at whatever you do.
Quote 16: “You gotta win. That’s all it
He understands that in order to solidify your
validity, you must win period.
Quote 17: “I love Oklahoma. The fans have
been with me every night. What more can
you ask for?”
He remembers that the fans are important.
They are like the sixth man out on the court.
In sports today, organizations and athletes
alike sometimes do not always think about
or remember the fans. They have value.
For some teams, they have the value of
and generate millions of dollars each year
through ticket sales and memorabilia, such
as jerseys.
Quote 18: “I want to be one of the greatest
players of all time. I want to be
When you set long term goals, they must
be broken up into short term goals. Each
short term goal should have objectives to
help you meet that short term goal. Each
objective should have strategies that will
help you meet that objective, which will help
you meet that short term goal and
ultimately that long term goal.
So, there you have it, insight into some of
the reasons what makes Kevin Durant
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Hampton’s Kenrick Ellis
Making Most of Second Chance
By Jeff Cunningham
Second-chance stories are so commonplace that they sometimes
border on cliché. But the story of Kenrick Ellis, Hampton
University’s All-Everything defensive lineman, shows why the
theme of bouncing back never grows stale.
Ellis, a senior psychology major, originally enrolled at the
University of South Carolina out of John I. Leonard High School
in West Palm Beach, Florida. After redshirting a year for the
Gamecocks and head coach Steve Spurrier, Ellis played in every
game of the 2007 season, including his first collegiate start in the
season finale.
high 16 tackles (seven solo) at Howard on September 11, 2010,
before recording 15 stops (two solo) at North Carolina Central on
October 9, 2010.
He added 2.0 sacks in 2010, en route to earning First Team AllMEAC honors for the second straight year. But, the awards did
not stop there.
Since the end of the 2010 season, Ellis has been named FCS
Defensive Tackle of the Year by College Football Performance
Awards and the HBCU Defensive Player
of the Year.
Ellis had 11 tackles that season.
“I wanted to be part of Coach’s first SEC title (at South Carolina),”
Ellis said. “I really felt the team was on the right track.”
Following that season, though, things went downhill. Ellis, having
violated team rules, was dismissed from the team and found
himself looking for another school. Admittedly humbled, Ellis
decided to try another avenue: Historically Black Colleges and
Universities (HBCUs).
“I’d been recruited by and attended one of the most historic
predominantly white schools,” Ellis said. “I wanted to take a
different path, and I started researching different HBCUs.”
That research led Ellis on the radar of several schools, including
those from the MEAC and SWAC. Tennessee State expressed
interest in Ellis, as did Morgan State and Howard. But Ellis’
research pointed him to Hampton University. He read about the
“Home by The Sea,” about university president Dr. William R.
The more he read about Hampton’s history, and Dr. Harvey’s work
in the community, the more Ellis thought he had found a new
home. After meeting with Pirates assistant Devan Hill, as well as
former head coach Jerry Holmes and current head coach Donovan
Rose, Ellis made up his mind.
“I fell in love with the campus,” Ellis said. “The atmosphere, the
history … as soon as I saw this place and met the coaches, I
knew I’d found my new home. The coaching staff was huge for
me, too … knowing Hampton’s football history, knowing the
success the program had and having put a few guys in the NFL,
it felt right.”
Ellis quickly found himself at home in Armstrong Stadium, too; in
2008, Ellis made nine starts and recorded 39 tackles. He was
fifth on the team with 51 tackles in 2009, earning First Team AllMEAC honors.
But the 6-foot-5, 330-pound senior really came into his own this
past season as part of a nationally-ranked Pirates defense. Ellis
was second on the team with 94 tackles (34 solo), while recording
15.0 tackles for loss totaling 37 yards. Ellis recorded a career36
Ellis was also named to six All-America teams, recognized by the
College Sporting News, SBN Sports, Phil Steele, Walter Camp,
the Associated Press and the Sports Network.
“I’m really proud of my accomplishments,” he said. “I’m really
happy about it. It wasn’t really a goal of mine before the season,
and I’ve tried not to think too much about it, but it’s a blessing.”
The laundry list of accolades has caught the attention of NFL
scouts; Ellis has a good chance of becoming the first Pirate taken
in the NFL Draft since Kendall Langford went in the third round to
the Miami Dolphins in 2008. [After the date this article was written,
Ellis was drafted in the third round by the New York Jets.]
Just don’t ask Ellis where he might go.
“I’m trying not to pay too much attention to (the pre-draft hype),”
he said. “Making it this far is a blessing in and of itself.”
Regardless of what his future holds, Ellis knows what he wants
out of his life going forward. Intent on making the most of his
second chance, Ellis wants to help inspire youth to reach for the
proverbial stars. Playing in the NFL could be one way to do that.
“If I can go to the NFL and have a long career,” he said, “I can use
that to show kids that they can make it, no matter what their
situation is. I want to be an inspiration to at-risk kids.”
If the NFL is not in the cards, Ellis wants to return home to West
Palm Beach, Florida, and serve as a youth counselor. He wants
to use his example to show the youth where he grew up that
there is a way toward the future.
“It doesn’t have to be anything big,” he said. “My high school
coach (Allen Williams) would give me rides home after practice.
Little things like that can go a long way, give kids the resources to
succeed and excel in life.”
Williams was key to Ellis’ post-high school life, and he wants other
kids to know his story.
“It’s an important message to send,” he said. “I want to tell these
kids, no matter how bad today is, there’s always tomorrow.
“You just have to work for it.”
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Athletic Program Discontinued at Saint Paul’s College
At its recent Spring Meeting, The Saint Paul’s College Board of Trustees took a bold step towards restoring financial stability to the
123 year old historical Episcopal College. The Board resolved to discontinue the entire Athletic Program at the College, effective July
1, 2011. The Administration is establishing a time schedule for implementation of the resolution with regard to its effect on the student
body and their moral responsibility to the athletic staff. There was no doubt that once the College becomes financially stable again,
consideration would be given to reinstating the athletic program.
While the Board of Trustees acknowledged that some notable progress has been made in the financial affairs under the current
administration, in that the College has achieved a balanced budget twice in the last three years; however, the longstanding financial
problems have yet to be remedied. Also, the U. S. Department of Education and the accrediting agency, SACSCOC have acknowledged
some improvement in the financial affairs of the College.
Meanwhile, Dr. Robert L. Satcher, Sr., President and his Executive Cabinet have begun establishing a time schedule for the College
to implement a full-scale Intramural Program for its students.
Gregory Goings, Bowie State Sports Information Director,
Named President of National Association
Bowie State University Sports Information Director Gregory Goings has been appointed to serve
as president of the Division II Sports Information Directors Association (DII-SIDA). Mr. Goings
will officially assume his presidential duties at the College Sports Information Directors Association
(CoSIDA) Workshop in Marco Island, FL at the end of June.
During his two-year term, Mr. Goings will be responsible for coordinating board meetings, handling
direct membership issues and maintaining relationships with the Conference Commissioners
Association and the Athletic Directors Association (ADA). He will also participate in various meetings
with the ADA, the NCAA Division II Vice President and the College Division Management Council
of CoSIDA. He will begin the transition from his current position as first vice president to his new
role as president during the NCAA Community Engagement Workshop at NCAA headquarters in
Indianapolis, Indiana, June 1-3.
“I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as President of the Division II Sports
Information Directors Association and thank my colleagues throughout the country for their support”,
said Goings. “I look forward to working with the NCAA, the D-II Athletic Directors Association and
our Conference Commissioners.”
The first president of the Division II SIDA was Roy Pickerill from Kentucky Wesleyan College who served for a number of years as the
only Division II SIDA officer. Since Mr. Pickerill left the position in 2009, the organization has transitioned into an officer rotation,
including president, first vice president and second vice president.
“I believe Greg Goings will be a great president for D-II SIDA,” stated Rich Herman, current president for D-II SIDA and sports
information director for Clarion University. “Greg has the experience, knowledge and dedication to represent Division II in a first class
manner. He has also been part of the board for five years and knows how far we’ve come as an organization and where we need to
go in the future. I wish him all the best and will support his presidency any way I can.”
The Division II SIDA has more than 280 members, and was formed to act as an intermediary that assists in the process of strengthening
communication between sports information directors and various constituents in the field of collegiate athletic communications. The
DII-SIDA has strong relationships with the NCAA, the Athletic Directors Association (ADA) and the Division II Conference Commissioners.
In addition, the DII-SIDA is a member of the CoSIDA.
“This announcement is truly exciting for Mr. Goings, the Athletic Department, and the University,” said Bowie State Athletic Director
Anton Goff. “The appointment to president of a national organization, such as DII-SIDA is just a testament to the level of talent and
dedication Mr. Goings has displayed his entire career. It says a lot when your peer members vote you into this type of position. This
is yet another example of how Bowie State University faculty and staff are leading the way in a number of different fields.”
Goings is in his eighth year as Bowie State’s sports information director and has over 20 years experience in the field of collegiate
athletic communications. A Washington, D.C. native, he is a 1977 graduate of McKinley Tech High School, and earned his Bachelor
of Science degree from Virginia State University. Before going to Bowie State, he spent 12 years as sports information director at
Virginia State University.
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Florida A&M University, FL - Hampton University, VA - Howard University, DC
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, MD - Morgan State University, MD - Norfolk State University, VA
North Carolina A&T State University, NC North Carolina Central University, NC
Savannah State University, FL - South Carolina State University, SC
MEAC Announces Its 2011 Hall of Fame Inductees
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced five
members of its’ 2011 Hall of Fame Class, which were honored
during a brunch at the M.C. Benton, Jr. Convention Center in
Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The 2011 MEAC Hall of Fame Inductees are:
Inducted as a Student-Athlete:
Earl Holmes, Florida A&M - Holmes played for the Rattlers from
1992 to 1995, finishing as the school’s all-time leader in tackles.
Holmes, a three-time All-MEAC First-Team selection, holds the
school’s record with 509 total tackles (309 solo). During his senior
season, he set school marks for solo tackles (103) and total tackles
(171). He captured the NCAA Division I-AA and Black College
All-American honors in 1994 and 1995. The 1995 MEAC Defensive
Player of the Year and Sheridan Broadcasting Network College
Defensive Player of the Year, Holmes was selected in the fourth
round of the 1996 National Football League (NFL) draft by the
Pittsburgh Steelers. He played 10 seasons in the NFL as a member
of the Steelers (1996-2001), Cleveland Browns (2002) and Detroit
Lions (2003-05) before retiring. He currently serves as the
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers coach at his alma mater.
Stephen Stewart, Coppin State - Stewart guided the Eagles to a
1993 MEAC Tournament Title, and was named the MEAC
Tournament Outstanding Performer in his rookie season. He
earned back-to-back MEAC Player of the Year honors (1994,
1995), and helped lead the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament in
1993 and the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in 1995. The
forward scored 19 points against St. Joseph’s in the NIT, aiding
Coppin State in its first-ever postseason victory. Stewart ranks
eighth all-time in scoring at Coppin State with 1,393 points and
seventh with 546 rebounds. The 1993 MEAC Rookie of the Year,
Stewart earned All-MEAC First-Team honors in 1994 and 1995.
He joins his brother Larry, another former standout at Coppin State,
who was inducted in the MEAC Hall of Fame in 2005.
Natalie White, Florida A&M - White played point guard for the
Lady Rattlers, helping them to two regular season MEAC Titles
(1994, 1995) and the 1995 MEAC Tournament crown. During her
career, FAMU earned its’ first-ever NCAA Tournament bid (1995).
White holds the NCAA Division I record as the all-time steals’
leader (624), and is second all-time in the school record books in
assists (497). She led the nation in steals as a freshman (143),
junior (172) and senior (191). The 1995 MEAC Player of the Year,
White still holds the NCAA record for total steals as freshman.
The guard earned All-MEAC First-Team honors in 1993-1995. She
was also a four-time Black College All-America recipient (199295). She currently serves as an Account Executive/Dream
Ambassadors Coordinator for the Women’s National Basketball
Association’s (WNBA) Atlanta Dream.
Inducted as a Head Coach:
James Phillips, Morgan State - Phillips guided the Bears to 13
MEAC wrestling championships from 1985-1994. Under his helm,
over 75 wrestlers were named All-Americans and two earned
NCAA Division II National Titles. He earned MEAC Outstanding
Coach accolades 12 times, and was the only Head Wrestling
Coach from a Historical Black College or University (HBCU) to
host a NCAA Eastern wrestling regional in 1984. Phillips was also
the Head Coach of the Morgan State (MSU) football team from
1983-84. On the field, Phillips competed as a member of MSU’s
football team from 1963-65, and played professionally in the
Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
He retired from Morgan State in 2004, after serving for more than
30 years as an assistant professor in the Department of Health,
Physical Education and Recreation.
Sanya Tyler, Howard – Tyler became the Lady Bison’s first fulltime women’s basketball coach in 1980. Under her tutelage, the
Lady Bison earned five MEAC regular-season titles, nine MEAC
tournament titles, and eclipsed nearly 300 victories. In her first
season at the helm, Howard became the first MEAC women’s
team to participate in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
In addition to the 1982 NCAA appearance, the Bison earned berths
in 1996-1998. She was the first MEAC women’s basketball coach
to have victories over an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
opponent (North Carolina State). The eight-time MEAC
Outstanding Coach and 1994 MEAC Coach of the Year coached
five MEAC Players of the Year, seven MEAC Outstanding
Performers, and was the first coach in MEAC history to have a
player drafted in the WNBA. Tyler was inducted into Howard
University’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Dr. White Resigns as NCCU
Baseball Head Coach
Dr. Henry White resigned as head baseball coach at North
Carolina Central University. The Eagles wrapped up the 2011
season with an overall
record of 7-39. In White’s
five seasons as NCCU’s
baseball leader, the
Eagles posted 43 wins
and 172 losses. NCCU
regular-season Central
Intercollegiate Athletic
Association Title in the
program’s first year on the
diamond since 1975, then
managed an overall
record of 22-148 during
the university’s reclassification to NCAA Division I the last four
“We thank Dr. White for his hard work and efforts in building our
baseball program,” said NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid
Wicker-McCree. “When we made the decision to reinstate
baseball, we knew that Dr. White was the person who could do
the job. He has worked hard to bring recognition once again to
our baseball program, and we are grateful for his efforts.” The
search for White’s replacement will begin immediately. NCCU
Associate Athletics Director, George Smith, the sport administrator
for the baseball program, will assume responsibility of day-today baseball operations until a new head coach is hired.
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Fort Valley State University, GA - Kentucky State University, KY - Lane College, TN
Lemoyne Owen College, TN - Miles College, AL - Morehouse College, GA - Paine College, GA
Stillman College, AL - Tuskegee University, AL
Reginald Ruffin New Miles College Head Football Coach
Miles College announced that it has hired former Tuskegee defensive coordinator Reginald Ruffin as its new head football coach.
Prior to joining the staff at Tuskegee four years ago, the 1994 University of North Alabama alum had served as Athletic Director and
Head Football Coach at Choctaw County High School in Butler, AL; Assistant Football Coach/Defensive Linemen at the University of
West Georgia, Carrolton, GA; Assistant Football Coach, Jackson High School, Jackson, AL; and Assistant Football Coach/Defensive
Linemen, the University of North Alabama, Florence, AL. He also coached at Tuskegee from 2002-2003.
During his playing years at North Alabama, Ruffin won All-American honors three times, and was his school’s only player to ever win
All-American honors in two positions, defensive end and linebacker. His collegiate football achievements include All-Gulf South
Conference (GSC) honors for three consecutive years between 1993 and ’96; GSC Freshman of the Year in 1994; and he was named
to the University of North Alabama 50th Anniversary Team and the GSC Team of the 90s.
Under Ruffin’s leadership, Tuskegee had the SIAC’s top total defense, scoring defense, pass defense and rushing defense in 2007.
They finished second in scoring defense and among the leaders in most of the defensive categories in 2008. In 2009, the Golden
Tigers posted the league’s top total defense, and ranked no lower than third in several defensive statistical categories in the Conference
in 2010.
Legendary Coach Ron Spry Resigns at Paine College
It was an emotional afternoon in Carter Gymnasium, as Athletics Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ronnie O. Spry resigned
from both positions after almost 31 years of service.
Coach Spry stated “I made the resignation because I felt like it was in the best interest of my family and Paine College. I wanted to
put closure to it.”
Coach Spry, a native of Paducah, Kentucky, came to Paine College in 1980, from St. Catherine’s Junior College, where he also
served as Director of Athletics and Head Men’s Basketball Coach. During his tenure at Paine College, he has received numerous
awards, participated in numerous community events, and has built a solid foundation in athletics.
In 31 years, Coach Spry has won three SIAC Championships, was SIAC coach of the year six times, and boast an overall career
record of 514-403.
Associate Director of Athletics, Selina B. Kohn, and Head Women’s Volleyball Coach will serve as Interim Director of Athletics, and
Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, Jimmy Link, will serve as Interim Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
Sammy Jackson Takes Over
FVSU Men’s Basketball Program
Fort Valley State University (FVSU) announced the hiring of Sammy D. Jackson
as the new Head Men’s Basketball Coach. Jackson has over 17 years of
collegiate coaching experience, including the last eight years as an assistant
coach at Alabama A&M University in Normal, Alabama. Prior to his most recent
assignment, Jackson served as assistant coach at the University of Alabama
(2002-2003). From 1999-2000, he was the head coach at Savannah State
University. He has also served as assistant coach at Georgia Southern
University (1995-1999) and Tennessee State University (1994-95).
The Huntsville, Alabama, native earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in
Mass Communications from the University of Montevallo. While in attendance,
he was captain of the men’s basketball team and an all-conference selection.
He played professionally in the Continental Basketball Association for the
Rockford Lightning (1986-87) and semi-professionally for the Birmingham
Magic (1987-88).
Jackson will replace John Douglas, who served as head coach for the past two seasons. According to Jackson, “I am excited about
opportunity to play a vital role in the re-branding of the Fort Valley State University Men’s Basketball Program. I recognize that the
most essential element in re-shaping the program is to create an effective balance of quality student-athletes, who display a commitment
to winning. I am convinced that I can make a major contribution to moving the program in that direction.”
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Adams Hired as New Texas Southern Volleyball Head Coach
Texas Southern (TSU) Athletics Director, Dr. Charles McClelland, announced Jocelyn Adams as TSU’s
new volleyball head coach.
Adams coached volleyball on the high school and college NCAA Division I level. The Houston native
is currently the head coach at Eisenhower High School, where her teams won back to back Bi-District
Championships in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Before joining Eisenhower, Adams was the volleyball head
coach at Prairie View A&M (PVAMU) from 1990-1999. While at PVAMU, Adams’ 1992 team captured
the SWAC Championship Tournament Title.
Adams is a 1983 graduate of Smiley High School, and she earned her undergrad and masters degrees
in Health and Physical Education from PVAMU in 1987 & 1992 respectfully. She was also named
SWAC Coach of the Year in 2008 & 2009. She left PVAMU in 1999 to raise a family. She returned to
coaching in 2004. “This is a great opportunity for me,” Adams said. “I’m excited about coming back
after being away so long. I look forward to changing the culture of TSU volleyball and getting the
program back to its prominence of the late 80s and early 90s.”
Adams’ first passion was track where she was an 8-time All-American SWAC Champion and National Champion when she competed
at Prairie View.
Alcorn State Pegs Melvin Spears as Head Football Coach
Melvin Spears Jr., Offensive Coordinator of the Alabama State University Hornets for the past year and former head coach of the
Grambling State Tigers, has been named the 17th head football coach of the Alcorn State University Braves. Spears has compiled a
head coaching record of 20-14-0 (.588) in three seasons as a head coach, having previously served as an assistant head coach at
Grambling, Morgan State University (MEAC) and Casa Grande (AZ) High School.
“We are pleased and excited to announce that Melvin Spears, Jr. is the new head football coach at Alcorn State University,” Dr. Norris
Edney said. “When we set out on this search, we noted that we were seeking a coach who has a proven record of championship
success and achievement. Coach Spears brings that proven record of accomplishment and success to our program. The hiring of
Coach Spears signifies a new era of Braves football and affirms our commitment to provide our student-athletes and fans with a
leader who will continue our commitment to excellence across the board.”
Spears succeeds Earnest Collins, who resigned to become head coach at the University of Northern Colorado on Dec. 30, 2010. After
two seasons as head coach at The Reservation, Collins left with an 8-12 (.666) record, including a 5-6 mark in 2010.
Southern Names Banks New Head Men’s Basketball Coach
The Southern University Department of Athletics announced Roman Banks as its new head men’s
basketball coach. His appointment is conditional, pending confirmation by the Southern University
Board of Supervisors. Roman Banks replaces Rob Spivery, who coached the Jaguars from 2005
through this past season.
Banks has served as Southeastern Louisiana University’s men’s associate head basketball coach
the past five years, and spent eight years total on the coaching staff. He comes to Southern with a
keen knowledge of the Baton Rouge community and surrounding Ark-La-Tex regions, along with his
knowledge of recruiting and game preparation. He was worked extensively on athletic projects,
including fundraisers with the community, and has coached and lectured at numerous basketball
camps throughout the state. He also brings a true knowledge and conception of the game of
basketball and what the game brings to the community — socially as well as economically. He also
brings a strong work ethic.
Regarded as one of the top recruiters in Louisiana, Banks spent six seasons as an assistant coach
at Southern University, where he served as the Jaguars’ chief recruiter. While at Southern, he was
responsible for the recruitment of two-time Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year Adarrial Smylie and Dionte Harvey,
the 1997-98 SWAC Newcomer of the Year.
Banks played basketball at Northwestern State and was the Demons’ point guard in their upset win over Kentucky at Rupp Arena. He
finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in assists, while ranking second in steals and seventh in scoring. He led the
Demons in four categories as a senior in 1991-92, including a 16.2 scoring average, was named honorable mention All-Southland
Conference, and was a Third-Team All-Louisiana selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
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Lincoln’s Women Track and Field
Takes MIAA Outdoor Title, Men Place Third
The Lincoln University (MO) women’s track and field
team made it a clean sweep of the Mid-American
Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) track season
as they claimed the title in the outdoor season, after
winning the indoor title just a few months earlier.
The men finished third as the MIAA Outdoor
Championships concluded at the Witten Track/Welch
Lincoln compiled 180 points on the women’s side to win
by almost 50 points over second-place Central Missouri
Sanchia Lee and Kimberly Hodges added 10 early points
for the Blue Tigers in the triple jump, as Lee scaled a
distance of 12.38-meters for third, while Hodges made
it to a mark of 11.90m for fifth.
Lee then joined Latoya King, Nyoka Cole and Latoya
Campbell to win the 4x100 meter relay with a time of
45.82, just besting out second-place Southwest Baptist
(46.26). Lincoln’s time set a new meet record time,
besting the old one set in 2006 of 45.92.
Twishana Williams chipped in six team points by placing
third in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:41.40.
Judith Riley blazed to first in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.66. Lee placed third (13.82) and Yanique Haye in fourth (14.21),
as the threesome combined for 21 points. Riley’s time also set a meet record time breaking the old one of 13.89 set in 2001.
Cole led across four Blue Tigers in the 400 meter dash, coming in first with a time of 54.98. Keniesha Jones landed in second (55.51),
Haye in third (56.09) and Michelle Cumberbatch in fourth (56.90) for 29 points.
Riley took another title in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.25, leading across three Blue Tigers in the event. Campbell landed in
second (11.57) and Latoya King in third (11.75). Shanna Kay Wright added one team point placing eighth with a time of 12.50 for 25
team points.
Jones set an MIAA record in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 58.53 to take the crown. Her time smashed the old meet record time
of 59.84 set in 2004. Campbell came in second (59.57), Haye in third (59.90) and Cumberbatch in fourth (59.95) for 29 team points.
Four Blue Tigers added 24 team points in the 200 meter dash with Riley securing her third title of the day with a top-time of 23.06. Cole
came in second with a time of 23.47. King grabbed fifth with a time of 25.07 and Campbell in seventh with a time of 27.40.
Williams added six more team points placing third in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:44.90.
Lincoln closed the day in style as the 4x400 meter relay team of Cumberbatch, Jones, Haye and Cole won by over seven seconds
with a time of 3:43.42 to 3:50.74 for second-place Southwest Baptist.
Lee placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 5.82 meters, while Williams came in fourth in the 10,000 meter run with a time of
39:30.41. Lee also placed eighth in the heptathlon that finished up earlier in the week at Pittsburg State with 4,457 points.
Riley also ended up as the high-point winner from the Championships.
The men tallied 137 points to finish third, while Central Missouri took the title with 189 points. Pittsburg State finished in second with
144.50 points.
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