A couple of days ago, I posted a lengthy piece on Facebook that related to small college athletics (not basketball-specific) that has caught quite a bit of attention an has been shared quite a bit.
As such, I thought that I would share here…..enjoy!
This may be a little lengthy (o.k…..I think that it’s probably the longest post that I’ve ever had), but I’ve had a few thoughts on the brain that I wanted to share, so here goes. If you take the time to read the whole thing, this may provide a good amount of insight, and (hopefully) cause you to think a little different about collegiate athletics.
Since I’ve been involved in collegiate athletics for 20+ years now (wow, where has the time gone?), I often get asked a lot of questions about intercollegiate athletics. Some are great questions. Some, well, not so much. Some come from people that are well-informed….and others, well, again, not so much.
I often hear comments about the large sums of money that coaches make at the collegiate level. I hear people talk about the prima donnas within collegiate athletics. People have commented to me about the “corruption” in athletics. I hear about how student-athletes aren’t really going to school to get a degree, but just to showcase themselves for their professional career.
Then they bring up the subject of student-athletes getting paid…..oh, good Lord. Unions are now a topic of discussion.
Then people want to talk about television contracts, the money involved in bowl games, the CBS contract with the NCAA for March Madness (and the rest of NCAA championships - except, of course, football).
Cool gymnasium at Lindenwood-Belleville University
Interesting statistic in regards to NCAA women’s basketball this year:
Among all three divisions, each of the National Champions went undefeated.
In NCAA Division I, UCONN finished 40-0.
In NCAA Division II, Bentley went 35-0.
In NCAA Division III, FDU-Florham finished 33-0.
So, collectively, between the National Champions in women’s basketball at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels, they had a perfect 108-0 record this season. Impressive statistic…..
Coach Izzo breaks down during tearful tribute to Princess Lacey -
The Impact of Princess Lacey…..
I’m very pleased that Coach Josh Schertz from Lincoln Memorial was named at the winner of the 2014 Red Auerbach Coach of the Year recipient. The award is given to the top Jewish coach in college basketball as voted by the Jewish Coaches Association.
In addition to Schertz, the other two finalists were the College of Idaho’s Scott Garson and SMU’s Larry Brown.
Here’s a link to the article about Coach Schertz winning the award: