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Towson Cheerleading Hazing Report Finally Released

Posted on 04 June 2014 by Brandon Sacks

Last August, Towson University was rocked by a massive hazing scandal that resulted in the cheerleading team being suspended for the entire 2013-2014 academic year.  This was very unexpected, especially from the defending NCA national champions.  At the time, there was much speculation about what had happened.  On Towson’s campus, many students had ideas, but no one had facts.  There was speculation about drinking, dancing naked, doing drugs, among other things, but no one really had any clue about what truly happened.

Now there are finally some answers about what happened.  Towson has finally released the report of what the cheerleaders actually did.  The report, which was extremely detailed, described the entire hazing process these freshmen went through.

The freshmen were taken to an off campus apartment, where they were told that they could say no to anything they were about to do.  They then were  taken into the apartment to make a choice between heroin and cocaine.  After the girls found out that there were no illicit drugs in the room at all, they were required to either shotgun a beer or take a shot of hard liquor.  After, they were blindfolded and forced to put on adult diapers before dancing around in front of the rest of the team.

Even though Towson University has a zero-tolerance policy for hazing, it seems like the school overreacted by suspending them for the entire year.  The reduced punishment, probation for the fall semester and 650 hours of community service, was much more deserved by the team.  Hazing is never a good thing, but NCAA athletes haze their new members more than any other college group (marching band is second, Greek life is third).  Unfortunately, hazing is probably never going to disappear from NCAA athletics.  However, even the NCA said that the original punishment for Towson Cheer was harsh.  They had never heard of an entire team being suspended.

Zero-tolerance policies exist for a reason, but there has to be a continuum of what people would consider to be worse.  It seems like this incident, while still hazing, was very minor, and it’s nice to see that it eventually was treated as such.

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Former Towson Star To The Dawg Pound

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Former Towson Star To The Dawg Pound

Posted on 11 May 2014 by Brandon Sacks

Former Towson star running back Terrance West entered into the 2014 NFL Draft unsure of his future.  West, the second runner up for the Walter Payton FCS Player of the Year, was a predicted third round pick entering the draft.  Toward the end of day two, the draft entered into the 90th overall pick and some wondered if West would be taken in the round at all.

Needless to say, these skeptics were wrong.  Just as the prediction said, West was taken in the third round.  The Cleveland Browns traded up in the draft to choose him with the 94th overall pick in the draft, just five picks before the Ravens were set to choose.

West put up video game numbers on the year, amassing 2509 yards and 41 rushing touchdowns, including a 354 yard, five touchdown performance against Eastern Illinois.  This Eastern Illinois team was led by starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who was taken 32 picks before West at 62nd overall.

West, a product of Northwestern High School in Baltimore City, played just three seasons as a Tiger.  In his three years, he put up 4584 yards and scored 84 touchdowns, both of which are school records.  He is joining a Browns team that went 4-12 last year and is looking to improve in the division.

Good luck to you, T West, in your NFL career.  We will be rooting for you 14 times a year.

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Arena wins as CAA tourney host, even if Towson and “the FM station” didn’t

Posted on 10 March 2014 by Drew Forrester

Thoughts from the weekend…sports and stuff.

> Hats off to Towson University for a terrific basketball season (make that two in a row, actually) that came to an untimely end with yesterday’s 75-71 loss to William & Mary in the CAA semi-finals.  It’s tough to beat a team three times in one season, particularly when that team is good, which W&M is, for sure.  Easy to say now, since Towson isn’t going to get the chance, but I don’t think they would have gotten by Delaware tonight even if things would have worked out for them against the Tribe.

> The Arena’s debut as the home of the CAA tournament turned out to be a modest success, I thought.  The Saturday ticket price of $50.00 (basically an “all-day” pass) was too high, but it’s tough to sell the building on a per-game basis so a one-time price is the easiest way to do it.  They need to work on that for next year.  I thought the crowds on Saturday and Sunday were decent.  Again, for a first-time effort, I gave all of it a passing grade.  There are two years remaining on the original “deal” to bring the tournament to Baltimore — it can only get better from here. I’ll say this about Baltimore hosting the event: Inside the building, it felt like something big was going on.  Lots of pomp and circumstance.  It “looked the part”.

> As is almost always the case anytime something local is going on, WNST was the clear “radio winner” in terms of covering the CAA tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We had staffers (plural) on site all weekend, blogging, tweeting, etc.  It was a laughable ass kicking on Saturday for the Towson-JMU game.  We had FOUR folks from WNST there, live, covering the FIRST-EVER CAA tournament game in Baltimore for Towson University, while the FM station in town had ZERO people there.  They call themselves “Baltimore’s local sports leader” in station promotional spots, and then not one person from their station covered the biggest college basketball game in Charm City.  Yesterday, ONE poor soul from the FM station did venture in for the Towson-William and Mary game.  Probably got time-and-a-half.

> It will really get interesting later on this year when 105.7 and/or 1300 AM start broadcasting Towson football and basketball and WNST “out-covers” those two affiliates at the games…like we always do.  All hell’s gonna break loose over at CBS Radio when they start telling their on-air folks, “You know, now that we carry the games, the Towson Athletics people are hoping we’ll cover the teams. So…you guys really SHOULD go over to their home games and act interested.”  I bet there will be lots of weekend sore throats running through the building next Fall and Winter.  As Bart Scott once said:  “Can’t Wait!”

> Patrick Reed won his 3rd PGA TOUR event in his last 14 starts on Sunday by capturing the biggest win of his career, the World Golf Championships event at Doral in Miami.  The top 50 players in the world were ALL in the field and Reed each of them, yet he evidently ruffled some feathers by saying in his post-round presser, “I’m a top five player in the world.”  Twitter and sports sites everywhere where aghast with Reed’s “arrogance”.  Arrogance?  He  has 3 wins in the last eight months.  He beat everyone like a drum in college at Augusta State.  He’s a stud.  What’s he supposed to say afterwards, “I was lucky”?  This is like the “Flacco/I’m the best” quote that got our quarterback in hot water two years ago.  He was asked where he felt he ranked.  He said, “I think I’m the best.”  If someone from The Sun or Baltimore Magazine or some other publication asked me to rank the sports radio hosts in Baltimore, I’d answer it by saying, “You mean, rank everyone who’s behind me?  Sure, I’ll tell you who’s #2, #3, #4, and so on.”  Patrick Reed just beat the best 50 players in the world.  I think he can place himself just about wherever he wants on his own list of top 5 players in the world.

> I attended a “Cluster Mission” at my church on Sunday evening.  It’s basically a gathering of people from four or five area churches who all sign up for a 3-night session at one of the churches.  It turns out that Immaculate Heart of Mary on Putty Hill and Loch Raven Blvd. – where I attend – hosted this first Cluster Mission with last night being the first of the three sessions.  Father Jack Mattimore was the featured Priest last night and in his discussion with all of us, he shared a story about the importance of friendship and said, “Interestingly enough, sheep don’t follow the shepherd — sheep are attracted to other sheep.  They get herded together by their desire to be with one another.  The shepherd is just there to chase any who happen to get wayward back to the flock.  Sheep follow sheep.”  He then went on to say, “So, I’d ask each of you to invite some of your “sheep” to Monday night’s Cluster Mission here at IHM.  Just invite your friends.  They might come out.  They might not.  But at least invite them and see if any want to come with you.”  So, that’s what I’m doing now.  If you’re reading this, you’re a friend.  Come on out tonight at 7pm to IHM for night two of the Cluster Mission.  It’s free.  It runs until 9pm.  They have FREE babysitting, too!  You’ll find me in there somewhere and we can talk about the Orioles afterwards.  I’m not sure if you heard or not, but they’re going to the World Series this year.


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#WNSTSweet16 list highlights Baltimore’s best ever college hoopsters

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Drew Forrester

In taking a sneak peek at the rest of the lists I owe for 2014, none of them — none, I tell you — will be harder to compile than the one you’re about to read.

And this one, supposedly, was given to me on purpose because of my love for local college basketball.

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed putting it together, but it was a real exercise in juggling and re-arranging and sorting through so many outstanding names and accomplishments.

One thing for sure — Baltimore has enjoyed the presence of more outstanding college basketball players than any of us knew.

In compiling this list, I did my best to check in with people around town who have followed the local basketball scene as much if not more than I have over the last 15-20 years.

I’ll admit I don’t go back much more than the 70’s, although there’s a notable name or two in there who were so good and so well known locally they couldn’t be by-passed.

It’s difficult to rank these sixteen, honestly, because most of the “evidence” available is statistical in nature.  You won’t be seeing a whole lot of YouTube clips in here, but trust me when I tell you these sixteen guys did Baltimore proud.

All the fun starts on the next page —

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Towson Basketball Coach Skerry says team needs butts in seats during home stand

Posted on 29 January 2014 by WNST Audio

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Towson to face Navy in first ever game at Tiger Arena

Posted on 27 December 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson Men’s and Women’s Basketball to Open Tiger Arena with Doubleheader Against Navy
The Inaugural Games in Tiger Arena Will Take Place on November 8

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University men’s and women’s basketball teams will open Tiger Arena with a doubleheader against the United States Naval Academy on Nov. 8, 2013, it was announced by Director of Athletics Mike Waddell today.

“Opening our new arena with a doubleheader against the United States Naval Academy will be a great night for Towson University and college basketball in Baltimore and the State of Maryland,” said Waddell. “To have 5,200 plus fans on our campus experiencing all that our game atmosphere will be in the newest arena on the East Coast will be a happening that will launch a new era in Tiger Basketball. This venue will be a showplace for the Black and Gold and also for other basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and community events year round.”

Tip times for both games are still to be determined along with the rest of the Tiger men’s and women’s basketball schedules, in the fall.

“We’re excited to welcome the Naval Academy for the first basketball games to be played inside Tiger Arena,” said Towson men’s basketball head coach Pat Skerry. “Navy is a quality opponent and we are happy to be playing a team from the state of Maryland in our first game. The atmosphere should be electric as our fans will have their first chance to step in to the nicest arena in the Mid-Atlantic.”

“What a tremendous way to begin a new era of Towson basketball,” said Towson women’s basketball head coach Joe Mathews. “I cannot think of a more exciting and relevant way to open Tiger Arena. The opportunity to celebrate by watching a doubleheader featuring both women’s and men’s programs as we take a major step to the future is significant, but to add the United States Naval Academy as the opponent turns it into major event. This is a great way to launch a new beginning as well as way to pay tribute to and thank the military across the world that provide us the freedoms such as this event to enjoy.“

Tiger Arena is a state-of-the-art, high-tech venue that will also serve as the home for Towson gymnastics and volleyball. The venue will feature approximately four premium mezzanine level private suites, approximately 340 premium loge club seats around the top of the lower bowl, and 120 courtside seats.

Additional amenities include a 1500 sq. ft. hospitality room, and a 680 sq. ft. multipurpose room on the mezzanine on the concourse level.  A new state of the art multimedia studio will also be constructed that will be the nerve center of all TIGERVISION operations for both the Arena and Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

“This event begins it all in style on college basketball’s “first night” and will bookend when both Towson teams play their 2014 CAA Tournaments in Maryland,” said Waddell. “The state will be the host of both CAA post-season tournaments, with the women at the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro and the men at the first-ever CAA Tournament downtown at First Mariner Arena in March of 2014.”

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Towson hoops inks three man recruiting class

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson Men’s Basketball Announces 2013-14 Recruiting Class
Tigers Ink Three Standouts During Early Signing Period

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry announced Wednesday that forward John Davis, power forward/center Walter Foster and small forward Shamiek Sheppard have signed national letters of intent to attend Towson University and compete for the Tigers.

“I’m extremely excited about this class and the caliber of kids that we signed,” Skerry said. “All three have great length for their positions and will give us a tremendous amount of flexibility. We like that they are high-character guys that give tremendous effort both on the court and in the classroom. Assistant Coach Luke Murray did an outstanding job of tracking these guys early on and he’s to be commended.”

Forward, 6-5, 215
Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School/Philadelphia, Pa.

Davis is an athletic wing that has proven to be a tenacious defender and rebounder. The skilled left-hander has earned consecutive first team All-Catholic League selections while playing for head coach Carl Arrigale and assistant coach John Mosco at high school powerhouse Ss. Neumann-Goretti in Philadelphia. As a co-captain of the team, Davis led the Saints to a 28-3 mark last season while averaging 12.9 points and nearly 11 rebounds per game. He failed to score in double digits just twice last season as a junior and he averaged 15.8 points per game in five state tournament contests. A proven winner, Davis and the Saints have claimed the Catholic League and City titles in each of his three seasons while also winning three consecutive PIAA Class AAA state championships.

According to ESPN’s recruiting service, Davis is “especially dangerous along the baseline but can also make straight line power drives from the perimeter or play with his back to the basket with good instincts and effectiveness. He’s got a knack for putting the ball in the basket and inside of 15-feet there aren’t a whole lot of guys who do that more consistently. He’s a scrappy player, able to defend bigger players inside, and he’s active rebounding the ball on both ends.”

Additionally, Davis earned MVP honors this past May at the Wayne Ellington All-City Basketball Classic in Philadelphia. Davis played AAU basketball for Team Final, coached by Rob Brown.

Skerry on Davis: “John Davis is a guy that our staff has recruited since we got here. He’s a left-handed forward who we expect to transition to the wing pretty quickly. He’s part of a big-time high school program in Philadelphia. John’s a winner who is tough and knows how to play the game. He’s a high-character kid that can play physical and has also shown that he’s a terrific passer.”

Forward/Center, 6-8, 230
Fishburne Military Academy (Va.)/Atlanta, Ga.

Foster is spending a post-graduate year at Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Va. after starring for Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Ga. He is a physical forward/center who is known for his rebounding, but can also score both inside and out. A 2011-12 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAA first team All-State selection, Foster averaged 18.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as a senior, guiding Booker T. Washington and head coach Ed Huckaby to a 17-9 record.

Fishburne is ranked as the No. 3 prep-school team in the United States and Foster is one of nine players on the 2012-13 roster who is signing with a Division I school this fall.

Skerry on Foster: “Walter Foster is a guy that we jumped on this fall and we are extremely excited about him. He’s 6-8 but with a 7-1 reach. He’s well coached and can play both front court positions. His frame can fill up and he’s got a really high ceiling. He will give us a lot of depth and versatility up front.”

Forward, 6-5, 210
South Shore High School/Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sheppard is a three-star prospect that was ranked as the ninth best player coming out of the state of New York according to Rivals.com. He’s been a starter since his freshman season at South Shore High School. As a junior in 2011-12, he averaged 12.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He’s averaged double digits in points all three years. Sheppard is tremendous in the open floor and excels when finishing around the basket.

According to ESPN’s recruiting services, Sheppard is an “incredible athlete with the big time bounce to play above the rim like few others can. He has a great motor, strong body and aggressive demeanor on the court. He goes hard to the rim, isn’t bothered by contact, and will also take smaller defenders to the post and overpower them. He gets out and runs his lanes hard in transition and is an exceptional finisher. His physical tools and toughness also make him a valuable on the ball defender.”

Skerry on Sheppard: “Shamiek Sheppard will be our most athletic perimeter player next year. He’s a strong, powerful athlete who plays really hard and guards at a high level. Shamiek is a perimeter guy who can really get off the floor. He can run and jump with anybody in our league. He’s got a lot of physical tools that we’re excited about.”

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Towson to host 2014 women’s lacrosse championship

Posted on 02 November 2012 by WNST Staff


Tigers to Host Event for Fourth Time

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University will be the host institution for the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse National Championship, it was announced by the NCAA on Thursday.

This will mark the fourth time that Towson has hosted the women’s lacrosse national championship at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Towson previously hosted the championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010 in Unitas Stadium.

“The NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Committee is thrilled that the championship will be making a return to Towson University in 2014,” said Ann-Marie Guglieri, chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee and senior associate athletic director for internal operations/senior woman administrator at Colgate University.  “When Towson University hosted the championship from 2008 to 2010, our student-athletes and fans experienced a first-class event in a vibrant lacrosse community.  We are excited that the 2014 Women’s Lacrosse Championship will be making a return to that exciting environment.”

The 2010 event proved to be a record setting one as 9,782 watched the national championship game in which Maryland defeated Northwestern, 13-11. It was the largest crowd ever to watch a women’s lacrosse game in the United States. Towson set the attendance record each year it hosted the event, capped by a total of 18,564 for the three games in 2010.

“Hosting the 2014 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship is a privilege and honor that not only enhances the Towson University student-athlete experience but also brings a national audience to our campus for a premier sport in the Baltimore community,” says Towson University President Maravene Loeschke.

“Towson University is excited to bring an outstanding event like the women’s lacrosse national championship back home to Baltimore,” said Towson Director of Athletics, Mike Waddell. “Our campus has hosted this event three out of the last five years. Once again, we will roll out the red carpet for the NCAA and many fans that will help us sell out Johnny Unitas® Stadium as we create an outstanding environment for the championship weekend.”

Before the 2014 championship comes to Towson, the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championships will take place at Villanova Stadium at Villanova University on May 24 and 26.

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Towson QB Enders picks up CAA weekly honor

Posted on 29 October 2012 by WNST Staff


Senior Quarterback Led Tigers to 49-35 Win At Villanova With 391 Yards Of Total Offense

RICHMOND, Va. – Senior quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 27, it has been announced by CAA officials.

A second-year starter for the nationally-ranked Tigers, Enders earned the award for the third time in his career by leading the Tigers to a 49-35 victory over CAA co-leader Villanova on Saturday.

In 2011, he was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week after leading Towson to wins over Morgan State and Old Dominion.

Against Villanova, Enders directed an offense that scored 49 points and rolled up 590 total yards. It was the most points allowed by the Wildcats in a game in eight years while Towson’s 590 yards were the most for the Tigers since 2006.

Enders helped the Tigers build a 35-28 halftime lead as he threw a career high four touchdown passes before intermission. In the first half, he threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to senior Tom Ryan (Father Judge H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.), a career long 78-yard TD pass to sophomore Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.), a 14-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Daniel Vaughan (Oscar F. Smith H.S./Chesapeake, Va.) and an 11-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) with two seconds left in the half.

With the score tied at 28-28 and 2:57 remaining in the half, Enders directed a 73-yard, 12-play drive that enabled the Tigers to take a lead at halftime.

Enders accumulated a career high 391 yards of total offense against the Wildcats. He completed 16 of 28 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns. He also beat the Wildcats with his legs by running for a career high 122 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown. With 2:32 left in the third quarter, Enders ran for a 40-yard touchdown that gave Towson a 49-35 lead.

In the fourth quarter, he directed a ball-control offense which used up 10:59 of the fourth quarter.

Enders is third in the CAA with an average of 275.8 yards of total offense per game. In eight games, he has completed 148 of 235 passes for 1,669 yards and 11 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He ranks fourth in the CAA in passing average.

With 537 yards on 74 carries and four touchdowns, he is the ninth-leading rusher in the CAA. His 537 yards is a Towson single season record for quarterbacks. With 924 rushing yards on 165 carries in his career, Enders needs only 76 rushing
yards to become the first quarterback in Towson history to rush for 1,000 yards.

“He is an incredibly efficient quarterback,” says Coach Rob Ambrose. “As well as he understands the offense, he understands his teammates better. Grant is an excellent team leader and he is very strong. He has a quick release and he is very accurate. One of the most surprising things about him is that he is much faster than he looks.”

The Tigers, who are 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the CAA, return to action on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Delaware at 12 noon.

– TowsonTigers.com –

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Towson basketball hosts “Madness” Friday night

Posted on 12 October 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University’s Department of Athletics and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life are co-sponsoring an event in the Towson Center on Friday, Oct. 12. Yell the Madness, a combination of Athletics’ Midnight Madness and Greek Life’s Yell Like Hell events, will introduce Towson’s winter sports teams while having groups of fraternities and sororities perform skits in front of thousands.

Yell the Madness will take place during Family Weekend, where Towson student’s families will have the opportunity to watch this event for free. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with the first event starting at 7:15 p.m.

Along with the fraternities and sororities, the Towson men’s and women’s basketball teams and gymnastics team will be participating in this event. Performances will also be made by the Towson Cheerleaders, Dance Team and Pom Squad.

The event will feature a live DJ and will be hosted by Spiro Morekas. Complimentary drinks will be provided while supplies last.

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