TAKE ON PIRATE SPORTS
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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The dog days of August are just around the corner. Thank goodness,
because the summer is always the slowest time for a sports department.
This week, East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill will host both his fantasy
camp and his women’s clinic.
“Ruff’s Fantasy Camp” is set for Friday. Several of us in the media have
been invited to take part, and I’m looking forward to a fun day of
Pirate football. Our day will include time in the weight room, the film
room and on the field with a scrimmage game.
The eighth annual women's clinic, “Real Women Love Football,” has always
been one of the more popular events of July. The ladies get a chance to
ask questions about the game and to implement those strategies on the
This year, the ladies clinic will also feature a live auction. That
auction will include an authentic ECU football, signed by the coaching
staff and players. Two game day Murphy Center passes and two sideline
passes will also be up for grabs to the highest bidder.
lady I have asked about her experience at the clinic says she thoroughly
enjoyed the day. Coach McNeill and his staff go from the very basics of
football to those who are in their infant stages of learning the game,
to the complicated lingo for those who feel that they know the game
These are two great events that wrap up the month of July. Players
report during the first week of August and then the practices and
scrimmages lead us up to the opener on Sept. 1.
It is the best time of the year, and we are certainly getting closer!
hammers the guilty and the innocent at PSU
All of college athletics was certainly paying attention when the NCAA
announced its penalties against Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky
It wasn’t the death penalty, but it certainly was close.
While a 60 million dollar fine and loss of scholarships are huge, the
fact that any Penn State football player can now transfer and be
eligible immediately will simply cripple that program.
Penn State faces four years that the program can’t play in the
postseason. That means that any player in the program that stays will
not be allowed to ever play in another bowl game or compete for a Big
Players and coaches that had nothing to do with Sandusky and the scandal
are certainly now being punished.
Joe Paterno’s legacy had already taken a huge hit. His statute was
removed on Sunday. Now, he loses all wins from 1998 to 2011. He lost 111
wins and is no longer the winningest coach in Football Bowl Subdivision
There is no question that this was a sorry, inexcusable chapter in the
history of college athletics. So many children had their innocence
stolen by Sandusky, a monster who paraded around as a coach they looked
Unfortunately, many that had nothing at all to do with anything close to
this scandal will now pay the price for horrible decisions that date
back to 1998.
The NCAA says it has to stop the mentality of “winning at all costs.”
When you think of that phrase, you tend to think about “improper
benefits” and “cheating” scandals. Never could any of us ever imagine
that the game we love could become tangled into the horrifying mess that
happened at Penn State.
Hopefully, there will never be another scandal like this one in college
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