Tag Archive | "NCAA"

Tags: , , , , ,

Bovada gives Maryland 25/1 odds to win ACC

Posted on 07 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada,(www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

2013-14 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – Odds to Win 

Kentucky                      7/2

Kansas                         6/1

Louisville                      15/2

Duke                            9/1

Michigan State              9/1

Arizona                         16/1

Florida                          20/1

North Carolina               20/1

Ohio State                    20/1

Oklahoma State            20/1

Connecticut                   25/1

Michigan                       25/1

Syracuse                      25/1

Indiana                          40/1

Memphis                       40/1

Creighton                      50/1

Georgetown                  50/1

Iowa                             50/1

St. Louis                       50/1

VCU                             50/1

Wisconsin                     50/1

Colorado                      66/1

Gonzaga                       66/1

Marquette                     66/1

New Mexico                  66/1

St. John’s                     66/1

UCLA                            66/1

UNLV                            66/1

Wichita State                 66/1

Baylor                           75/1

Illinois                           75/1

Minnesota                     75/1

Missouri                        75/1

Pittsburgh                     75/1

Tennessee                    75/1

Villanova                       75/1

Virginia                         75/1

Butler                            100/1

Cincinnati                      100/1

Florida State                 100/1

Kansas State                100/1

Miami Florida                100/1

NC State                       100/1

Notre Dame                  100/1

Ole Miss                       100/1

Oregon                         100/1

Purdue                          100/1

San Diego State            100/1

Texas                           100/1

Vanderbilt                     100/1

Alabama                       150/1

Arizona State                150/1

Arkansas                      150/1

BYU                             150/1

Boise State                   150/1

California                      150/1

Iowa State                     150/1

Stanford                       150/1

Temple                         150/1

Maryland                       200/1

St. Mary’s                     200/1

USC                             200/1

West Virginia                 200/1

LSU                              200/1

Boston College             250/1

Clemson                       250/1

Colorado State              250/1

Davidson                      250/1

Dayton                         250/1

Georgia                        250/1

Georgia Tech                250/1

Harvard                         250/1

Oklahoma                     250/1

Mississippi State           250/1

South Carolina              250/1

Texas A&M                   250/1

Virginia Tech                 250/1

Wake Forest                 250/1

Washington                   250/1

Washington State          250/1

Xavier                           250/1

Northwestern                 500/1

St. Joe’s                       500/1

 

Odds to win 2013-2014 Associated Press Player of the Year

Andrew Wiggins (Kansas)                      7/2

Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)             11/2

Julius Randle (Kentucky)                        11/2

Doug McDermott (Creighton)                 8/1

Russ Smith (Louisville)                          8/1

Jabari Parker (Duke)                              8/1

Mitch McGary (Michigan)                       10/1

Jahii Carson (Arizona State)                   14/1

Adreian Payne (Michigan State)              14/1

C.J. Fair (Syracuse)                               18/1

Shabazz Napier (Uconn)                         25/1

Aaron Craft (Ohio State)                        25/1

Gary Harris (Michigan State)                   50/1

Aaron Gordon (Arizona)                         50/1

Isaiah Austin (Baylor)                             50/1

Cleanthony Early (Wichita State) 50/1

Tyler Haws (BYU)                                  50/1

Semaj Christon (Xavier)                         50/1

Montrezl Harrell (Louisville)                     50/1

Rodney Hood (Duke)                             50/1

 

Andrew Wiggins – Will he be selected #1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft?          

Yes                  -500     (1/5)

No                    +300     (3/1)

 

Conference Odds

Odds to Win the ACC Conference

Duke                            8/5

North Carolina               7/2

Syracuse                      7/2

Virginia                         9/1

Notre Dame                  10/1

Pittsburgh                     10/1

Florida State                 18/1

Boston College             25/1

Maryland                       25/1

Miami                           25/1

North Carolina State      25/1

Georgia Tech                33/1

Wake Forest                 40/1

Clemson                       66/1

Virginia Tech                 100/1

 

Odds to win the American Athletic Conference

Louisville                      2/3

Connecticut                   3/1

Memphis                       3/1

Cincinnati                      12/1

SMU                             12/1

Central Florida               25/1

Houston                        25/1

Temple                         25/1

Rutgers                         50/1

South Florida                100/1

 

Odds to win the Atlantic 10 Conference           

VCU                             7/4

Saint Louis                    2/1

La Salle                        4/1

St Joseph’s                  13/2

UMass                          10/1

Richmond                     14/1

Dayton                         15/1

George Mason              18/1

George Washington       25/1

Rhode Island                 25/1

Fordham                       66/1

Duquesne                     100/1

St Bonaventure             100/1

 

Odds to win the Big 12 Conference     

Kansas                         5/6

Oklahoma State            2/1

Baylor                           6/1

Iowa State                     10/1

Kansas State                14/1

Oklahoma                     14/1

West Virginia                 14/1

Texas                           25/1

TCU                              50/1

Texas Tech                   50/1

 

Odds to win the Big East Conference  

Georgetown                  9/4

Creighton                      5/2

Marquette                     3/1

Villanova                       5/1

St John’s                      9/1

Butler                            10/1

Xavier                           10/1

Providence                   25/1

Seton Hall                     25/1

DePaul                         66/1

 

Odds to win the Big Ten Conference   

Michigan State              2/1

Ohio State                    11/4

Michigan                       3/1

Indiana                          6/1

Wisconsin                     7/1

Iowa                             10/1

Illinois                           14/1

Purdue                          14/1

Minnesota                     25/1

Northwestern                 50/1

Penn State                    50/1

Nebraska                      66/1

 

Odds to win the Mountain West Conference    

New Mexico                  5/4

UNLV                            9/4

Boise State                   4/1

San Diego State            8/1

Utah State                     10/1

Wyoming                      12/1

Colorado State              14/1

Fresno State                 20/1

Nevada                         33/1

Air Force                       50/1

San Jose State             66/1

 

Odds to win the PAC 12 Conference    

Arizona                         3/2

Colorado                      7/2

UCLA                            4/1

Oregon                         11/2

Stanford                       9/1

California                      10/1

Washington                   12/1

Arizona State                16/1

Oregon State                25/1

Utah                             28/1

Southern Cal                 50/1

Washington State          50/1

 

Odds to win the SEC Conference

Kentucky                      2/3

Florida                          2/1

Tennessee                    10/1

Alabama                       12/1

Missouri                        14/1

LSU                              16/1

Mississippi                   18/1

Arkansas                      20/1

South Carolina              25/1

Texas A&M                   25/1

Georgia                        33/1

Mississippi State           33/1

Vanderbilt                     50/1

Auburn                          100/1

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

NCAA declares Terps F Graham eligible for 2013-2014

Posted on 06 November 2013 by WNST Staff

NCAA Declares Graham Eligible for 2013-14 Season

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland athletic department announced the NCAA has approved the request for a legislative release waiver allowing Jonathan Graham to be immediately eligible for competition for the 2013-14 season.

“We’re excited for Jonathan that he is immediately eligible for the upcoming season,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. “Our administration did an outstanding job working diligently on Jonathan’s behalf.”

Graham played in 57 career games (25 starts) over the course of two seasons at Penn State, averaging 2.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 17.2 minutes. The Baltimore, Md. native was a 2010 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School.

Graham’s father, Ernie, averaged 13.6 points in 118 games as a Terrapin from 1977-81. Ernie scored 44 points in a game against NC State on December 20, 1978, a feat that remains the Maryland single-game scoring record.

– Maryland –

Comments (0)

On Halloween weekend, perhaps it’s fitting to have a schedule-gate horror sequel

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On Halloween weekend, perhaps it’s fitting to have a schedule-gate horror sequel

Posted on 02 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

The Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII will obviously go down as the biggest sports story of 2013 here in Baltimore. But for those of us who live in Charm City-we truly know the story that has actually been the most discussed.

The Ravens opened on the road in 2013-getting absolutely crushed by the Denver Broncos in the process-due to the fact that the Baltimore Orioles were previously scheduled to play the Chicago White Sox on September 5-a date that was traditionally held for the defending Super Bowl champs to open at home.

The debate that occurred between when the Ravens won the Super Bowl and when they played the Thursday night opener in the Mile High City was one of the historically contentious debates our city has ever seen. Instead of debating what was best for the city, the debate became more about allegiances. The common question was about whether you supported the Ravens or the Orioles-the National Football League or Major League Baseball-and who you thought the bad guys were in the process.

What was so rarely discussed was what was best for Baltimore and what needed to happen to ensure such issues wouldn’t occur moving forward. As I mentioned in a column this March, this issue wasn’t as uncommon as some wanted to paint it. I reported then that the 2012 Baltimore Marathon was dangerously close to being cancelled because the O’s could have ended up hosting Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS had they won the AL East. (They would have still needed to win the ALDS to host the first two games of the Championship Series, but the race would have been cancelled prior to that because of the possibility.)

As I reported in March, the Birds had the power to force such a cancellation because in their lease agreement for the Camden Yards complex with the Maryland Stadium Authority-they have been granted not only the first right to dates available, but they have essentially been granted ALL rights to dates available. They have the exclusive power to decide they want a date for a game (or an event), preventing the Baltimore Ravens or another entity from using the complex.

I told you then this situation wasn’t going anywhere. I told you then this was an issue that needed to be addressed in a bigger picture scope than just adjusting a football game. I wasn’t kidding.

The situation already looms as a factor twice in 2014. The Orioles are scheduled to be home against the Cleveland Indians over Memorial Day weekend-the same weekend the Ravens are scheduled to host the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four at M&T Bank Stadium. Then on Labor Day weekend the Birds are scheduled to be home against the Minnesota Twins-the same weekend Ohio State is scheduled to face Navy at the home of the Ravens. The scheduling complexities of that weekend have already lead to the cancellation of the Grand Prix of Baltimore for at least the next two years if not longer. No solutions have been determined for those events-instead the parties involved appear to simply be hoping those events will work out.

(Continued on Page 2…)

Comments (2)

Tags: , , , ,

Towson now ranked 6th in FCS Coaches’ poll

Posted on 29 October 2013 by WNST Staff

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Youngstown State is the only newcomer to the top 10 in this week’s FCS Coaches’ Poll.

North Dakota State still sits at No.1, taking all 26 first-place votes for the sixth time in 2013. Eastern Illinois (618), Coastal Carolina (580), Eastern Washington (574) and Montana State (533) keep their respective spots in the top five, with each team increasing its point total from last week.

Towson (518), McNeese State (494), Fordham (473) and Sam Houston State (452) hold the 6-9 spots, respectively, and Youngstown State enters the top 10 for the first time this season after earning 394 points from the coaches.

Maine jumps two spots to No. 11 with 371 points, followed by Bethune-Cookman at No. 12 with 362 points. Montana drops three spots to No. 13 after losing to Eastern Washington on Saturday.

No. 14 Northern Arizona (283) and No. 15 Central Arkansas (246) both jump four spots to round out the top 15. Wofford falls five spots to No. 16, earning 235 points from the coaches. No. 17 New Hampshire (188) and No. 18 Charleston Southern (175) break into the top 20, while Samford (138) makes this week’s biggest leap, jumping to No. 19 after being unranked.

South Dakota State (112) and Lehigh (110) are No. 20 and No. 21, respectively, followed by Villanova at No. 22 with 105 points. James Madison earned 99 points to take No. 23 and Tennessee State (94) drops three spots to No. 24 after losing to Eastern Illinois.  Southeastern Louisiana enters the poll in the final slot after receiving 67 points from the coaches.

UNI and Harvard drop from the poll after being ranked No. 18 and No. 23, respectively, last week.

 

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , ,

Towson reports high marks for graduation rates

Posted on 24 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGER STUDENT-ATHLETES EARN HIGH MARKS FOR GRADUATION RATES

Four Sports Earn Perfect GSRs

TOWSON, Md. - According to the Division I Graduation Rates Report released by the NCAA today, Towson University student-athletes are graduating at a higher rate than the national average.

Tiger student-athletes earned an 85 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR). GSR is a four-class measure of freshmen and transfer student-athletes who began full-time enrollment between fall 2003 and spring 2007.  Towson’s mark exceeds the overall NCAA Division I rate of 81 percent.

In addition, the Tiger gymnastics team, women’s soccer team, women’s golf team and the women’s tennis team all scored a perfect GSR.  The gymnastics team, women’s golf team and women’s tennis team also had perfect Federal Graduation Rates (FGR).

According to the NCAA report, 14 of the Tigers’ 19 intercollegiate sports had a GSR of at least 80 percent. All 13 of Towson’s women’s sports had a GSR of at least 80 percent while the Tiger football, men’s lacrosse and men’s swimming and diving teams also topped the 80 percent mark.

Student-athletes at Towson continue to graduate at a rate much higher than the general student population. According to the report, 66 percent of all students that entered Towson University in 2006 graduated while 76 percent of all student-athletes graduated.

The NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate includes transfer student-athletes, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.

The federal graduation rate, while less inclusive than the GSR, provides the only measure of historic academic comparison between student-athletes and the general student body. By this standard, student-athletes consistently outperform nearly all their peers in the student body.

Federal rates also provide a longer look at student-athlete academic achievement. They were first collected with the 1984 entering class, and in that time there has been significant upward trending.

Among current members of the Colonial Athletic Association, Towson tied for third with its 85 percent GSR.

Drexel (94) was first and was followed by William & Mary (92). Towson and Northeastern tied for third, just ahead of Hofstra (84). UNC Wilmington and James Madison (82) tied for sixth place.

Towson University’s current four-year sport-by-sport graduation rates:

Team GSR Federal  Rate
Baseball 79 81
Men’s Basketball 56 67
Football 85 77
Men’s Golf 57 43
Men’s Lacrosse 82 70
Men’s Swimming & Diving 91 83
Women’s Basketball 90 78
Cross Country/Track 84 76
Field Hockey 85 63
Women’s Golf 100 100
Gymnastics 100 100
Women’s Lacrosse 85 76
Women’s Soccer 100 94
Softball 95 78
Women’s Swimming & Diving 84 73
Women’s Tennis 100 100
Volleyball 90 67

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , ,

Maryland football, men’s basketball post all-time high graduation rates

Posted on 24 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland Posts All-Time High GSR Score

Men’s basketball and football also set program-best marks

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  The University of Maryland posted an all-time high institutional Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 86 percent in figures released today by the National Collegiate Athletics Association. It marks the fourth time in the nine-year history of the metric that Maryland has been above 80 percent and the fourth straight year the campus set a school record. Maryland’s previous-best GSR of 83 percent came in 2012.

Maryland’s four-year Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) for student-athletes was 74 percent (higher than 68% posted last year), nine percent higher than the overall NCAA Division I average of 65 percent.

The Graduation Success Rate is a four-year measure of freshmen and transfer student-athletes who entered the University of Maryland between the fall of 2003 and the spring of 2007. It does not penalize the institution for those student-athletes who transfer from Maryland in good academic standing, as the FGR does. In addition, the GSR includes student-athletes who transfer into the institution and receive athletics aid, unlike the FGR.

Maryland’s men’s basketball and football programs showed firm improvement once again, posting program-best GSR marks of 82 and 73 percent, respectively, since the metric began in 2005.  Men’s basketball boasted an impressive 32 percent jump from its 50 percent GSR mark in 2012.  Football’s score exhibited significant progress from a 65 percent mark in 2012.

Overall, Maryland’s GSR rate of 86 percent is five percent better than the NCAA average of 81 percent.

“The progress we continue to show with both GSR and FGR rates is indicative of the dedication to our vision of providing student-athletes with an excellent experience academically and athletically,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “As we strive to be the best intercollegiate athletics department in the nation, it is vital we continue to cultivate an environment where academics are of boundless importance.”

“Our student-athletes continue to work hard in the classroom and it shows,” said Chris Uchacz, associate A.D. for academic services and career development. “Supporting our student-athletes is a total departmental team effort as our number one priority is to serve our WHY while graduating student-athletes.”

In this most recent data, 16 teams at Maryland earned GSRs at or above 80 percent. Women’s cross country and track, field hockey, and gymnastics had perfect 100 percent GSR scores. Women’s cross country and track (100 percent), field hockey (100), women’s golf (90) gymnastics (100),  women’s soccer (94), softball (94), and volleyball (91) all matched or improved their GSR score from the previous year.  In addition, women’s basketball 92 GSR score was seven percent higher than the NCAA average.

Overall, the men’s golf team achieved a 100 percent GSR, marking the highest-scoring men’s team at Maryland. In addition to men’s basketball, football and golf, other men’s programs to secure improved GSR scores include wrestling (86) and soccer (83).

The GSR and FGR are separate from the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rates, which will be released in spring 2014.

Comments (0)

Tags: , , ,

UMBC soccer moves into Top 10 nationally

Posted on 01 October 2013 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s soccer team has moved up four slots and the Retrievers are now ranked No. 7 in the NSCAA Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer poll as of Oct. 1, 2013. In addition, in the first NCAA RPI Men’s Soccer Rankings, UMBC is at No. 3 behind only Creighton and UCLA.

The 9-0-0 Retrievers take on the 7-1-0 Delaware Blue Hens at Retriever Soccer Park this evening. Opening kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Towson ranked 11th in FCS preseason poll

Posted on 15 August 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS RANKED 11th IN SPORTS NETWORK PRE-SEASON POLL 
Tigers Ranked In Top Ten By Two Other Publications

TOWSON, Md. – Coming off back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championship seasons, the Towson University football team has been ranked 11th in the in the NCAA FCS Pre-Season Top 25 by The Sports Network.

The Tigers, who have been ranked among the NCAA FCS Top 25 by The Sports Network for 27 consecutive weeks, finished the 2012 season as the 17th-ranked team in the nation. The Tigers, who finished the season with a four-game winning streak, earned a share of the CAA championship with a 6-2 record.

Despite closing out the regular season with impressive wins over Villanova, Delaware, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, the Tigers did not earn a berth in the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

One of six CAA schools listed in The Sports Network’s poll, Towson has a veteran team. Coach Rob Ambrose enters his fifth season with a squad that returns eight starters on offense and seven starters on defense.

Senior tackles Eric Pike (Duval H.S./Lanham, Md.) and Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) return to lead the Tigers’ offensive line. Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) also returns after rushing for 2,340 yards with 44 touchdowns in his first two seasons. He was named first team All-CAA as a freshman and sophomore and also earned All-American honors twice.

Senior linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) returns to lead the Tiger defense, along with senior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.) and junior cornerbackTye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.).

Last season, the Tigers had the top-ranked defense in the CAA.

The Tigers were also selected among the Top 25 in pre-season rankings by Athlon College Football Magazine, Lindy’s College Football Magazine and The Sporting News College Football Magazine.

Towson was ranked eighth by Athlon College Football Magazine and Lindy’s College Football MagazineThe Sporting News College Football Magazine ranked Towson 13th in the nation in the pre-season.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (14-1) was ranked as the number one team in FCS in all four polls. Georgia Southern (10-4), Montana State (11-2) and Eastern Washington (11-3) also received pre-season accolades as the top teams in FCS football.

In the Athlon College Football Magazine pre-season poll, Towson was ranked behind North Dakota State, Montana State, Georgia Southern, Sam Houston State, Villanova, Appalachian State and Eastern Washington. In addition to Villanova and Towson, four other Colonial Athletic Association teams were ranked in the Top 25 by Athlon. No. 11 New Hampshire (8-4), No. 12 Richmond (8-3), No. 17 James Madison (7-4) and No. 22 Delaware (5-6) were also ranked.

No. 8 Towson was ranked behind North Dakota State, Georgia Southern, Montana State, South Dakota State, Wofford, Eastern Washington and Central Arkansas in Lindy’s College Football Magazine. Villanova was ninth while No. 11 New Hampshire, Mo. 14 Stony Brook (10-3) and No. 21 Richmond (8-3) were also ranked.

Towson was one of five CAA teams ranked in The Sporting News College Football Magazine’s Top 25.

The Tigers enter the 2013 season with the fourth-longest winning streak in FCS football. North Dakota State has won nine straight games while Arkansas-Pine Bluff has a seven-game winning streak. San Diego has won six straight contests while Towson, Richmond and North Carolina A&T have each won four consecutive games.

The Tigers will open the 2013 season on Thursday, August 29 at Connecticut.

The Sports Network 2013 FCS Pre-Season Poll

Team (First-place votes)                                 2012 Record          Points      Previous Rank

1.          North Dakota State Bison (127)               14-1                         3340         1

2.         Montana State Bobcats (1)                      11-2                         3079                     5

3.         Sam Houston State Bearkats (5)             11-4                         2941          2

4.         Eastern Washington Eagles                     11-3                         2873                     4

5.         Villanova Wildcats                                 8-4                         2334         15

6.         South Dakota State Jackrabbits              9-4                         2268         14

7.         Central Arkansas Bears                          9-3                         2244         10

8.         Wofford Terriers                                    9-4                         2089         7

9.         Georgia Southern Eagles (1)                    10-4                        2002         3

10.        New Hampshire Wildcats                       8-4                         1920          13

11.         Towson Tigers                                     7-4                         1871          17

12.        Appalachian State Mountaineers             8-4                         1696          9

13.        Illinois State Redbirds                            9-4                         1657          8

14.        Cal Poly Mustangs                                 9-3                         1646          12

15.        Richmond Spiders                                  8-3                         1384          18

16.        Stony Brook Seawolves                          10-3                        1178           11

17.        Northern Iowa Panthers                         5-6                         1106           NR

18.        Northern Arizona Lumberjacks               8-3                         988           20

19.        James Madison Dukes                            7-4                         964           19

20.       Montana Grizzlies                                  5-6                         813            NR

21.        Eastern Illinois Panthers                        7-5                         686           NR

22.       Lehigh Mountain Hawks                         10-1                         587           16

23.       Bethune-Cookman Wildcats                    9-3                         514            22

24.       Chattanooga Mocs                                 6-5                         505           NR

25.       Coastal Carolina Chanticleers                8-5                         489           24\

Comments (0)

Your Monday Reality Check: O’Brien saga another example of flawed system

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Your Monday Reality Check: O’Brien saga another example of flawed system

Posted on 22 July 2013 by Glenn Clark

I’ve never hidden from the fact that I never actually finished my degree at the University of Maryland.

I mean, Mark Zuckerburg never finished his degree either. So no worries, right?

You (have to) know I’m an alum of the school in College Park, and our buddy Chris Lombardi once nicknamed me “The Tradition” because of the old Navy football advertising slogan “tradition never graduates.”

I never got around to finishing my degree for a number of reasons. One was because I got my first (nearly) full-time job in radio and I was very distracted. I missed a number of classes because my radio mentors told me I should try to be at the station as much as possible. I was introducing Jimmy Eat World records late at night and recapping Terps basketball games during the day. I never wanted to leave.

The other issue I dealt with was a bit more personal. My parents offered me about two semesters worth of help (and I’m forever grateful to them for being able to help even that much) financially, and then I was on my own. I cleverly took cheaper classes concurrently at the Community College of Baltimore County (who actually gave me a “degree”, so I’ve got that going for me) for awhile, but ultimately struggled after shifting back to Maryland. I tried to finish my degree using the school’s “University College” program, but I was simply putting myself in much too significant debt while trying to begin my professional life.

Much like Alex Len, I was forced to make the tough choice to leave school early.

It’s nearly a guarantee you don’t care about any of my collegiate career, but if you stuck around I have a point to make.

I would have LOVED to have had the opportunity to attend the University of Maryland with tuition paid. I didn’t get that opportunity. I couldn’t catch a football, I couldn’t dunk a basketball, I most certainly couldn’t nail a behind the back bounce shot on the lacrosse field.

Former University of Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien WAS granted the opportunity to attend the University of Maryland on scholarship. He was given said scholarship because when he played quarterback in high school in North Carolina, former Terps Offensive Coordinator James Franklin and head coach Ralph Friedgen believed he could help them win football games and wanted to convince him to choose the school over other interested schools.

It’s important to point out that as someone who couldn’t really afford to finish my own degree at the same University of Maryland, I do not begrudge O’Brien one bit for being able to get his own without having to pay for it.

I don’t begrudge him one bit because as the quarterback of the football team, O’Brien had significant value at the University. He played a major role in helping the University make money, likely responsible for much more than the amount his three years of scholarship money added up to.

I reference this story because we found out this weekend that Danny O’Brien would be spending his final year of collegiate eligibility at Division II Catawba College this fall. It is a long fall from ACC Rookie of the Year (2010) and starting quarterback at the University of Wisconsin (2012).

The news was first reported by Scout.com Friday night and met with reaction that was quite surprising to me. Here are some of those reactions (including a bit of language) from the @WNST Twitter account…

(Continued on Page 2…)

Comments (1)

Tags: , , , , ,

Loyola hoops recognized by NCAA for academics

Posted on 05 June 2013 by WNST Staff

Seven Greyhound Teams Recognized By NCAA For Academic Success

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Seven Loyola University Maryland athletic teams were recognized Wednesday by the NCAA for being in the top-10 percent of their respective sports in the most recent multi-year tracking of the Academic Progress Rate (APR).

 

The Loyola men’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s rowing, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s indoor track and field and women’s outdoor track and field were among those NCAA Division I programs honored.

 

“It is always special when our student-athletes and teams are recognized for their achievements in the classroom,” said Jim Paquette, Loyola’s Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics. “Throughout the academic year, they do tremendous jobs balancing the rigors of athletics, academics and other responsibilities with being a college student, and I am so proud of them for their efforts.

 

“I would also like to thank our academic affairs staff — Colleen Campbell, Adriana Mason and Abbie Day — as well as our coaches and other members of the University community for their support and work with our student-athletes.”

Loyola had the most teams honored, for their fourth year in a row, of any of the schools the Greyhounds competed against this year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Additionally, Loyola’s men’s basketball team was the only one from that sports in the conference so recognized.

 

Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multi-year NCAA Division I APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multi-year APRs in the top-10 percent of all squads in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years.

 

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance.

Comments (0)