s s e ’ er r P rs end ed dito nd G ? t ia E l a ces c o rts acia acti s R r s A Spo for ng P s ri e Hi d ra G BSTM Kevin Durant What Makes Him Super? By Lynn Williams 2000s Heisman Trophy Winners HBCU Report & Hampton University’s Kenrick Ellis Reggie Bush Troy Smith Mark Ingram Cam Newton BIG MIKE Shattered, But Not Broken By Tony Brooks 73rd Annual Pigskin Awards Banquet Track & Field’s Me’Lisa Barber & Jeremy Wariner Archie Moore “The Old Mongoose” June 2011 Vol. 6 Watkins Award Honors Academic Excellence R HUNGER DIGS SPORTS, TOO. 1 IN 6 AMERICANS STRUGGLES WITH HUNGER TOGETHER FEEDING WE’RE AMERICA Ad Council Hunger is closer than you think. Reach out to your local food bank for ways to do your part. Visit FeedingAmerica.org today. Hunger is a reality for 1 in 6 Americans, including millions of children, seniors and working families. Yet even with the recent economic downturn, many people still separate themselves from the domestic hunger issue with inaccurate stereotypes. 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Only 10% of those struggling with hunger are homeless INSIDE THIS ISSUE COVER STORY 32 Kevin Durant – What Makes Him Super? SPECIAL CHEERLEADING TEAM CORRECTIONS 4 South Carolina State University 5 Jackson State University 12 What Grades for the Associated Press Sports Editor’s (APSE) Racial and Gender Hiring Practices 14 BIG MIKE – Shattered, But Not Broken 1990s Heisman Trophy Winners 16 Reggie Bush 19 Troy Smith 20 Mark Ingram, Jr. 21 Cam Newton 24 73rd Annual Pigskin Awards Banquet FEATURES HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS 6 Watkins Award Honors Academic Excellence SPORTS GREATS 8 Archie Moore – “The Old Mongoose” OLYMPIC LEGENDS & TRAILBLAZERS 26 Track & Field’s Jeremy Wariner 30 Track & Field’s Me’Lisa Barber HISTORICAL BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (HBCUs) 36 Hampton’s Kenrick Ellis – Making Most of Second Chance 38 39 40 41 42 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association [CIAA] Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference [MEAC] Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association [SIAC] Southwestern Athletic Conference [SWAC] Other HBCUs Cover photo wikipedia BSTM is published digitally, monthly by Black Sports The Magazine, LLC. 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Although the Final Five are all elected into the Watkins Family of scholar athletes, the National Alliance of African American Athletes awarded Kendal 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 Dallas Cowboy 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 6 BSTM June 2011 School. 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 - Leland Stein can be reached at [email protected] Want To Advertise In BSTM For Ad Rates Call: 202-882-9444 or email: [email protected] Enjoy the 2011th Penn Renn Relays Go to: www.bstmllc.com Cassandra Monroe Independent Beauty Consultant Classic Basic Skin Care Lip & Eye Care Call or email me for more great gift ideas. (301) 275-3341 [email protected] or Shop now at my Mary Kay ® Personal Web Site. http://www.marykay.com/cassie_monroe 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 8 BSTM 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 ten. 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 June 2011 beginning his professional boxing career and at the age of thirty-nine. 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 year. 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 BSTM June 2011 9 GRANDE VILLAS AT WORLD GOLF VILLAGE “Great Location for Golfers” o World Golf Village o Slammer & Squire Golf Course o World Golf Village - King & Bear Golf Course o Golf Club at South Hampton o St. Johns Golf and Country Club o Royal St. Augustine Golf and Country Club o Saint Augustine Shores Golf Club 100 FRONT NINE DRIVE ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA 32092 Country club living at Grande Villas at World Golf Village is unsurpassed. This year-round golfer’s Mecca offers two championship 18-hole courses designed by legendary golf pros Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. And that’s just for starters. There’s plenty to do for non-golfers, as well. 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Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Air conditioning and climate control are also included. Property Amenities In addition to a golf course, Grande Villas at World Golf Village features an outdoor pool, a spa tub, a fitness facility, and tennis courts. This St. Augustine condo property also offers a concierge desk, barbecue grills, and an arcade/game room. Onsite parking is complimentary. 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 rounds. 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 good. 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. Accolades o o o o o 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.” BSTM June 2011 11 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 columnists. 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 percent). “As with the 2008 APSE Report Card, ESPN’s record formed a 12 BSTM “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 positions.” Richard Lapchick 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: o o o o o o o o o o 97 85 86 86 90 94 90 90 89 84 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 editors. 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 and 2.7 percentage points, respectively. o In 2010 the gap between White sports editors and sports editors of color widened. 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 2007-08. 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. Miscellaneous 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. Columnists 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 2008. 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. Garry Howard Reporters 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. BSTM June 2011 13 BIG MIKE 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 Hawks? 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 Chicago. 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. 14 BSTM 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 Winners 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– 2005. 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 Association (NCAA) also 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 Trophy. 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 16 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. BSTM 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 touchdown. 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 June 2011 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. Bush 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 Bowl. 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. BSTM 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, June 2011 17 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 Buckeyes. Smith 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 passing statistics 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 season. 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 BSTM Teammates voted Smith the 2006 most valuable player. The Davey O’Brien Foundation awarded 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 Dame. 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, June 2011 19 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 49ers. 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 20 BSTM June 2011 Ingram 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 touchdowns. 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. Ingram 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 season. 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. BSTM 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 performance. 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 June 2011 21 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 touchdowns. 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 victory. 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. Newton 22 BSTM June 2011 A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution Doris H. Ligon, Director 5430 Vantage Point Road In Historic Oakland at Town Center P.O. Box 1105 Columbia, MD 21044-0105 USA Phone (410) 730-7106 Fax (410) 730-7105 Email: [email protected] Activities to Enjoy o o o o o o o Volunterer Visit Africa View African Art African Experience Tour Attend the Diplomatic Celebration Participate in Youth and Family Events Become a Member of the Museum and The Friends of the Baltimoe-Washington Jazzfest All Donations Are Tax Deductible. www.africanartmuseum.org rd 73 Annual Cynthia Pigskin Awards Banquet 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 Team o Ballou HS (DC) – Jamar Lewter, Delonte Edwards, Lamonte Clark, Darren Holbrook o De Matha HS (MD) – Cyrus Kouandjio, Sam Collura, Jordan Lomax 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 house. 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 season. 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 24 BSTM June 2011 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. BSTM June 2011 25 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 Johnson. 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 Athens. Jeremy Wariner 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 events. 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 26 BSTM 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 June 2011 THIS IS WHAT A HEART ATTACK FEELS LIKE TO A WOMAN (SHORTNESS OF BREATH) Heart Attack Symptons to Watch Out For: Chest pain, discomfort, pressure or squeezing, like there’s a ton of weight on you - Shortness of breath - Nausea Unusual upper body pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck, jaw or upper part of the stomach Unusual fatigue - Breaking out in a cold sweat Lightheadness or Sudden Dizziness If you experience any one of these symptons, don’t make excuses for them. Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat. To lean more, visit www.WomensHealth.gov/heartattack 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 areas. 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 Event 200 meters 300 meters 400 meters 400 meters (indoor) Time (seconds) 20.19 31.61 43.45 45.39 Place Carson, California, United States Ostrava, Czech Republic Osaka, Japan Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States Jeremy Wariner Date May 21, 2006 June 12, 2008 August 31, 2007 March 13, 2004 Jeremy Wariner 28 BSTM June 2011 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, France. 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. Me’Lisa Barber 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 o o 30 100 Meters 10.95 seconds (2007) o 300 Meters 37.54 seconds (2003) o BSTM 200 Meters 22.37 seconds (2005) 400 Meters 50.87 seconds (2002) June 2011 Career Overview 2006 – 2009 o National Indoor Championships -- 1st in 60 meters 2005: 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 (11.27) o 7th in 200 meters at Adidas Track Classic (22.93w) 2004: 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 (8.57) 2003: 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 2002: 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 meters o 3rd at SEC 100 meters Me’Lisa Barber o 2001: o o o o o o 2000: o o o 1999: o o o 1998: o o Me’Lisa Barber BSTM June 2011 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 leg) 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 31 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 Turkey. 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 anything.” 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. Kevin Durant 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 Jockbio.com. 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 better.” You have to be tenacious. Never give up. Fight for what you When you lose, it gives you an opportunity to learn from what 32 BSTM June 2011 Kevin Durant 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 me.” 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 history.” 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 achieves. 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 takes.” 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 remembered.” 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. 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(202) 222-5982 Fax: (301) 330-4525 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 BoxToRow.com/BASN 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. Harvey. 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 BSTM 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.” June 2011 Kenrick Ellis CIAA Bowie State University, MD - Chowan University, NC - Elizabeth City State University, NC Fayetteville State University, NC - Johnson C. Smith University, NC - Lincoln University, PA Livingstone College, NC - St. Augustine’s College, NC - St. Paul’s College, VA - Shaw University, NC Virginia State University, VA - Virginia Union University, VA - Winston-Salem State University, NC 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. Copyright (c) 1997 - 2006 The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association 38 BSTM June 2011 MEAC Bethune Cookman University, FL - Coppin State University, MD - Delaware State University, DE 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 captured the 2007 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 seasons. “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. © Copyright 2005 meacsports.com BSTM June 2011 39 SIAC Albany State University, GA - Benedict College, SC - Claflin University, SC - Clark Atlanta University, GA 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.” @Copyright 2004 thesiac.com 40 BSTM June 2011 SWAC Alabama A&M University, AL - Alabama-State University, AL - Alcorn State University, MS Arkansas-Pine Bluff College, AR - Grambling State University, LA - Jackson State University, MS Mississippi Valley State University, MS - Prairie View A&M University, TX Southern University, LA - Texas Southern University, TX 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. Copyright © 2001-06 Southwestern Athletic Conference BSTM June 2011 41 Other HBCUs Featured This Month 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 Stadium. Lincoln compiled 180 points on the women’s side to win by almost 50 points over second-place Central Missouri (130.50). 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. 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