Fall 2015

Tragedy to Triumph

Clemson is in the midst of its best football season in more than 30 years, and the school’s first national championship since 1981 is only one win away. In part because of what he experienced on a Sunday three decades ago, Elliott has been integral to that success.

How the NCAA Works

Millions are interested in college sports; few understand the intricacies behind them. What follows is the story of how 1,121 schools, more than 100 conferences, tens of thousands of athletics administrators and more than 460,000 student-athletes come together to make the NCAA work.

High endurance

Orphaned at age 9, Chernet Sisay lived on the streets of Ethiopia for more than a year and can't bear to summon the memories. So why can't he stop smiling?

A Twist of Faith

She loves football. She also loves the Lord. She thought she would have to give up one for the other.

"The most rewarding thing is seeing the results."

Natalie Bach-Prather was home-schooled while growing up in Marshall, Texas, where her only taste of running came from racing her dad. But now she is making up for lost time – all without leaving her hometown.

What’s the Status of Your Fandom?

A fall 2014 survey conducted by the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center and the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators collected responses from 18,876 college students. Of the respondents, 81 percent had attended at least one sporting event at their university.

Coaching Certification Will Help Ensure Safety

Each year our athletes are challenged to run faster and jump higher. The physical demands required of them continue to escalate. The need for a person who is certified in the proper exercises to attain these goals while ensuring safety and preventing injuries is vital.

Confidence Builder

Helen Putriment, set to graduate in December with a nursing degree from The Sage Colleges, wrapped up her volleyball eligibility last year at age 30. Her student-athlete path awaited her when she was 17, but she did not start college until 10 years later.

Wave of Emotion

Rick Dickson is ready to greet the 308 former Tulane University student-athletes who competed in fall 2005 and are expected to return for homecoming weekend this fall. The athletics director has waited 10 years for this opportunity.

A Social Game Plan

A lot has changed since Erik Qualman was a college athlete at Michigan State University in the early 1990s. When he was working toward a degree in business and rising through the ranks of the Spartans basketball team Qualman didn’t have Facebook, Twitter or YouTube at his fingertips.

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