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Cheerleading Not a Sport, According to Varsity Spirit Expert

According to Jeff Webb, CEO of the cheerleading organization Varsity Spirit, cheerleading should not be considered a competitive sport.cheerleader

His testimony comes in the middle of a case where students from Quinnipiac University sued the school when they eliminated the volleyball team in favor of a competitive cheer squad.

The “is cheerleading a sport?” debate has been going on for some time. In January of 2009, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that, not only was cheerleading a sport, it was a contact sport.

OK, so what’s my stance on this? It really comes down to defining what a “sport” is. There are lots of different things that go into that definition in my mind, including the need for some sort of high-level athletic activity in the sport, formal rules and regulations, and some form of formal competition ending with some kind of result, i.e. winning and losing. Read the rest of this entry »

College World Series: Thomas Caps Gamecock Rally over Sooners

Brady Thomas ripped a single into center field to complete a stunning, 3-2 South Carolina comeback win over Oklahoma in the College World Series Thursday night.clemson

Tyler Ogle’s home run in the top of the 12th inning gave Oklahoma a 2-1 lead and threatened to end the Gamecocks‘ season.

Ogle blasted a 1-0 pitch the opposite way, barely clearing the left-centerfield wall. The home run was Oklahoma’s first hit since the sixth inning.

South Carolina got the lead-off runner on base in the 12th when Robert Beary singled, but Evan Marzilli struck out after failing to get a bunt down and after Beary stole second, Whit Merrifield popped out. Read the rest of this entry »

College Sports Commission Calls for Reform on Spending

Image Via: Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Sports

Image Via: Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Sports

There’s no denying that sports instill college students with school pride and spirit. Sports programs are valuable, but when schools are investing more money on the football field than in the classroom, it may be time for some colleges to re-think their spending.

In early June, The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics called for several financial and academic reforms. One in particular wants NCAA schools to set aside at least 20 percent of their income from the football Bowl Championships Series for the classroom.

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College World Series: Second Inning Sends Arizona State to Second Loss

Screwing up a sacrifice bunt might have been the best thing that happened to the South Carolina Gamecocks yesterday in the College World Series.arizona-state

South Carolina scored eight runs in the second inning after failing to get down bunts three times, and rolled to an 11-4 victory over the top-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils. ASU was eliminated from the tournament with the loss.

After putting two runners on with no one out in the second inning, Bobby Haney struck out bunting foul. Scott Wingo then followed by bunting a 2-0 pitch foul.

Perhaps South Carolina just figured they’d be better off abandoning the small ball, because they started swinging and driving balls all over Rosenblatt Stadium. Read the rest of this entry »

College World Series: Seminoles Hold Off Gator Rally, Bruins Win Behind Cole

UCLA's Gerrit Cole. Image via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

UCLA's Gerrit Cole. Image via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

The Florida State Seminoles used three home runs to jump on top of the rival Florida Gators in the College World Series yesterday, but were forced to withstand a late rally before winning 8-5.

Mike McGee struck the big blow on offense with a three-run home run in the third inning. Stephen Cardullo and Tyler Holt also hit home runs for the Seminoles.

But the Gators nearly made Florida State pay for leaving 11 runners on base when they staged a rally in the ninth. Preston Tucker ripped a bases-loaded double down the left field line to make it 8-5 and forcing the Seminoles to bring in McGee to try and close it out.

But McGee wasn’t quite as fortunate on the mound as he was with the bat and allowed a single and hit a batter to load the bases up again and bring Mike Zunino to the plate as the leading run. Zunino ripped a ball to Cardullo that, for a fraction of a second, looked like it might get into the gap. But Cardullo caught it, and doubled the runner off second, ending the fifth-ranked Gators’ season.

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College World Series: Excruciatingly Long Delay Doesn’t Stop Sooners Against Gamecocks

If South Carolina Gamecock and Oklahoma Sooner players had any Father’s Day plans, hopefully they took care of them in the morning. Because they spent the rest of their Sunday at the ballpark.

ouAfter suffering through two rain delays that delayed the game over six hours, the Sooners then had to wait out a ninth-inning rally by the Gamecocks.

Trailing 4-2 in the ninth, the Gamecocks got a break when leadoff batter Kyle Enders smoked a ball under the third baseman’s glove. After a single and a walk sandwiched around a strikeout, South Carolina had the bases loaded with only one out.

But then Sooner pitcher Ryan Duke tied up Whit Merrifield on a 2-2 pitch, forcing him to pop up for the second out.

With one out to go, Duke may have felt the pressure as he walked the next batter on four pitches, none of which were especially close, making the score 4-3. Read the rest of this entry »

Utah Goes to Pac 10, Mountain West Treading Water

According to ESPN, the Pac-10 will soon have twelve teams, as the Utah Utes are expected to leave the Mountain West (MWC) and join Colorado as the newest members of the Pac-10.

utah-utesThis is a huge pickup for the Pac-10, which adds another strong program to their conference, especially during a time when conference powerhouse USC could struggle following NCAA sanctions. The Utes went undefeated in 2004 and 2008, winning the Fiesta Bowl and Sugar Bowl respectively. They went 10-3 last season.

The big loser in this move? The MVC and, by extension, Boise State. The Mountain West gains a marquee program, and then loses one a week later. While the Broncos are probably slightly better from a football standpoint, the Boise market is only the 112th biggest in the U.S., whereas the Salt Lake City market is 31st. At the end of the day, this makes the expansion game, at best, a wash for the conference. Read the rest of this entry »

Texas Declines Pac-10 – It’s All About the Money

texas longhornsSo the great college football realignment of 2010 has mostly ended, and, needless to say, it was a bit underwhelming.

The Big-12 stays afloat with ten teams, and the Big-10 now has a conference title game. The Mountain West gets stronger, while the Pac-10 adds a valuable Denver market.

The Texas Longhorns had an opportunity to set the whole NCAA on it’s ear by moving to the Pac-10, taking it’s fellow Texas and Oklahoma buddies with them, and creating the first of numerous “superconferences.”

Instead, the world is spinning (mostly) the same as it was. Why?

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Izzo’s Move to Stay with Spartans Saves the NCAA Another Face

tom-izzoAccording to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is going to stay in East Lansing and coach the Michigan State Spartans.

This is great news for Michigan State fans (like me!), but it’s also great news for college basketball and the NCAA as a whole.

In today’s one-and-done college sport culture, the athletes have taken a backseat to the coaches when it comes to the marketability of the sport. You can’t publicize an O.J. Mayo or a John Wall when you know those players are only going to be around for a couple of months. Read the rest of this entry »

Big 12 Conference Survives as Texas and Oklahoma Decline Pac 10 Invitation

For college sports fans, the past week has been a whirlwind. Confusing, frustrating and even emotional, it felt as if someone dropped all the college sports conferences into a Yahtzee cup and tossed them out onto the table.ou texas

The fury started with Pac 10 inviting several Big XII teams (Texas, Texas A&M, Colorado and Oklahoma) to join its ranks, creating a “super conference” of 16 powerhouse athletic programs. Nebraska was already being lured out by Big 10 (and has since accepted), and Colorado accepted the invitation from Pac 10 first. Fans waited with bated breath to see if the University of Texas would accept, trusting that A&M and Oklahoma would follow.

However, at what felt like the last minute, Texas declined, as did A&M and Oklahoma. Big XII commissioner Dan Beebe is being celebrated by conference fans as he managed to convince these teams to remain together in the conference. With Pac 10 baiting universities with money, Beebe promised that the schools would make more by staying put. They must have believed them. Read the rest of this entry »


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