Reed kicks off “character in sports”
“College athletics…is undergoing a moral crisis. Evidence is mounting that instead of building character in young people, sports now are contributing to the decline of character.
“The reason is that the athletics world has become rife with hypocrisy, greed and dishonesty. For evidence, read the reports of the Knight Commission—or your daily sports page.”
So writes celebrated sports columnist and recentlynamed Georgetown College Executive Scholar-in-Residence Billy Reed in an invitation for concerned fans and citizens everywhere to attend a unique series of free conversational events or “fireside chats” with distinguished figures— mostly from the world of sports—on GC’s campus.
“Conversations with Billy Reed” will begin tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel with C.M. Newton, a former chair of the NCAA Rules Committee who should have much to say on the topic of “character in sports.” A former basketball coach at Transylvania, Alabama and Vanderbilt, Newton was hired by the University of Kentucky in ‘89 to help his alma mater deal with the ultra-sensitive NCAA basketball probation.
As a student at Transylvania, Reed covered C.M. Newton’s teams for the Lexington Leader, took a basketball class from him, and served for awhile as his student sports information director. He sees Newton as the perfect choice to address the important issues that face intercollegiate athletics today.
“C.M. taught me that winning isn’t important unless it’s done the right way. Throughout his career as a coach and administrator, he has remained true to his values. More than anyone, he deserves credit for integrating SEC basketball. He also has been a force in the NCAA and USA Basketball. He has been a friend and mentor to me throughout my career. I tried to apply the values I learned from him to the journalism business.”
Besides Newton, the series also includes events with Junior Bridgeman, a former University of Louisville All- American and NBA All-Star with the Milwaukee Bucks, Jim Host, former chairman and CEO of Host Communications (now IMG) and current chairman of the Louisville Arena Authority, Inc., and Tom Hammond, veteran NBC sportscaster with notable assignments with the Olympics, Notre Dame football and thoroughbred racing.
With this series, Reed—with the input of Georgetown College President Bill Crouch and Athletics Director Eric Ward—aims to provide distinguished speakers a forum to discuss their careers and views, with special emphasis on character, integrity and ethics.
“It’s in keeping with the ‘Champions of Character’ program in the GC Athletics department,” Reed said. “By no means do we want to be perceived as ‘holier than thou’ or self-righteous,” he continued.
“We simply believe that it’s time for a return to the core values that we’ve always used to justify intercollegiate athletics as an important part of the college experience.”
These “Conversations with Billy Reed” will be recorded and later aired on KET’s Kentucky Network. The series is being produced in association with The Blanton Collier Sportsmanship Group, Georgetown College and the College’s Marshall Center for Christian Ministry.-Press Release
College sports stir up
By ANDY RUSSELL
All the recent talk about Reggie Bush and his Heisman Trophy got me thinking, “What kind of scandals have there been in college sports?” One thing the NFL, NBA and MLB aren’t short of, besides egos, steroids and loudmouth superstars, is scandal.
There have been many cases in professional sports where players test positive for a banned substance or do something else against the rules. However, you haven’t heard as much from the college game; or have you?
Recently college sports have been plagued with trouble. Schools have experienced everything from SAT issues all the way to players signing jerseys and selling them (see: A.J. Green). Just to catch the average reader up, here are a few of the top college sports scandals.
1. St. Bonaventure University: This school, desperate to find players that could lead the team to victory, was found in 2003 to have accepted a player with no academic qualifications other than a welding certificate. While the school is able to decide which academic credits they find acceptable, the NCAA found that in this case they crossed the line by allowing the player, Mike Gansey, to credit his vocational courses towards a sociology degree – even courses in which the student barely earned a passing grade.
2. University of Memphis: After earning a NCAA record in wins (38) for men’s basketball in 2007-2008, allegations arose surrounding this program. The issue formulated when an undisclosed player was accused of having another person take his SAT in Detroit so he could become eligible as a freshman after failing the ACT three times. The wins were taken away from the Tigers because they used an academically ineligble player. The player was Derrick Rose, now a starting point guard for the Chicago Bulls.
3. Florida State University: Florida State announced it will vacate 12 football victories and a 2007 men’s track national championship (along with dozens more victories and placings across 10 men’s and women’s sports) in an academic cheating scandal. Sixtyone athletes were implicated in the scandal, resulting in the NCAA stripping the dozens of wins.
4. University of Georgia: At this school, the president withdrew the institution’s men’s basketball team from the Southeastern Conference and NCAA championships after university officials determined that three basketball players had received unearned high grades in courses taught by the head coach’s son, also a coach. Coach Jim Harrick was aware that his players were receiving academic help, and the scandal cost both he and his son their jobs. His son had been helping at least three players by granting them credit hours even though they did not attend the class in basketball strategy that he was teaching.
Men’s soccer splits in GC ClassicBy ANDY RUSSELL
Although the season started slowly for the men’s soccer team here at GC, they managed to pick up their first win of the season over a big rival, Union College. The Tigers have had a rough go of it, losing their furst four games to tough opponents (Brescia University, Aquinas College, Davenport and Marian), yet they haven’t let that get to them. They have fought hard and just came up a goal short, but they turned around their misfortune in a game on Friday against Union.
Union is a big rival and the team really wanted to show their opponents who runs the Mid-South Conference. GC was able to get a huge burst of energy from freshman Taylor Shaver, who scored both goals in the first half. Union was able to get the deficit to one before halftime with a late goal, but that wasn’t enough to get the Bulldogs over the hump. The Tigers were able to keep their one-goal lead all the way down to the final whistle. The game was a rough one, and both teams came out bruised and beaten, but they had to play again the next day.
GC’s next opponent was Taylor University. They are a very strong team and they asserted their dominance on the field against the Tigers. GC was tired and beaten from the game the night before, and they weren’t able to hold up against the superiority of Taylor. Taylor only had a one goal advantage at halftime, but they were able to net three more goals in the second half. GC now stands at 1-5 on the season and they are looking to win some conference games soon and take control. Their season will continue on Saturday against Shawnee State at 2 p.m.