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Robert Morris Student-Athlete an American Success Story

Karvel Anderson may be the leading scorer for the Robert Morris University men’s basketball team, but his victory over adversity is what inspires. “Adversity is the best thing in life for me. I didn't get my strength from lifting weights...

Purdue AD on combining athletics and academics

Purdue University athletic director Morgan Burke discusses the value of the student-athlete experience as a part of higher education. "I happen to be a proponent that the combination of athletic and academic experience at a Division I...

NCAA Woman of the Year seizes her opportunities

Former track and field student-athlete Ifeatu Okafor, an exercise and sport sciences graduate of Texas Tech University, on balancing school and sports: "Being a student-athlete and having to perform well in the classroom has definitely...

Revenge of the nerds

A recent ESPN "College GameDay" feature that explores the recent trend of traditionally smart schools (and smart players) making names for themselves on the field. Northwestern UNiversity quarterback Kain Colter explains why preparation...

College sports teaches life lessons

A USA Today article about scholarships features comments from Jen Hilgenberg, a former women's basketball student-athlete at Villanova University. Hilgenberg runs a customized merchandising business and she credits her participation in...

Stipend eased Alabama gymnast’s transition to college

In the fall of 2011, University of Alabama women's gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson saw the miscellaneous expense allowance put to good use with one of her student-athletes. She explains why it is important: "There’s a need for it. It’s...

NCAA VP highlights membership review of transfers

Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs, discussed the Division I membership's review of transfer rules in a recent interview with ESPN: "We've had a lot of transfer rules pushed together. We need to step back...

NCAA chief medical officer reinforces the need for concussion management

In an editorial for Neurology , the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Brian Hainline and other experts outline the expectations and requirements for concussion management in college sports. "Because coaches have the...

Iowa students learn about NCAA

A group of University of Iowa students recently met with NCAA officials to learn about legislative processes. Katie Nasenbenny , a soccer player for the university, describes her experience: "It opened my eyes to the fact that nearly...

MTSU president talks NCAA rules

Sidney McPhee , president of Middle Tennessee State University, explains how NCAA rules can sometimes have unintended consequences: "We have policies for a reason. At our school I frequently say, 'Just don't follow them blindly. Take a...

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