First and foremost, our deepest condolences and sympathy go out to the family, teammates and friends of Ball State student-athlete Zach Hollywood. According to The Star Press in Muncie, BSU has advised its student-athletes of Hollywood’s passing on Tuesday. He was found in an off-campus apartment.
Hollywood was a redshirt freshman and . . .
We are finishing our team previews for all MAC teams this week. For those who missed one of the teams already published, here is a link to each preview. Click on the desired school.
* BUFFALO BULLS
* BALL STATE CARDINALS
* CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS
* BOWLING GREEN FALCONS
* WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS
* MIAMI REDHAWKS
* KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES
With all the negativity out there, it’s heartwarming to see some of these clips when a coach springs a surprise scholarship on one of the non-scholarship players. There are a number of “grinders” out there, particularly in football, who put in a lot of work with no guarantee of a scholarship. It’s great to how much they appreciate it when such a special “moment” arrives.
One example from the MAC occurred recently. You can check it out HERE.
We often hear calls for paying student-athletes. Of course, this chatter often follows telecasts of stadiums crammed with people watching a tournament or big game somewhere. Not only are those assembled often paying big bucks, but television money is involved, as well.
The “pay” crowd either fails to realize, or just plain chooses to ignore, schools’ “big picture” approach to college athletics.
Very few sports are revenue producers – usually football, as well as men’s and women’s basketball WHEN there is any profit at all. The vast, vast, vast majority of schools are trying to keep their financial head above water. Paying above and beyond the cost of a full scholarship would be to the detriment of many sports (who would likely be shuttered) and sorting out the complexities would be a veritable nightmare.
In my recent browsing, I came across an article in Forbes which, while it is an “opinion” piece, does a fantastic job of identifying facets of the student-athlete pay (beyond scholarship) issue.
It is well worth the read, and you can find it HERE.
Just caught something this morning about ESPN removing an announcer coincidentally named Robert Lee from a Sept. 2 Virginia football assignment in Charlottesville, VA. The move was, apparently, related to the “Confederate” issues that have been in the news.
Robert Lee, the announcer, will switch assignments.
At the rate society is going, we can’t be far from a point where we can’t use certain names of players . . .
“No. 7 takes the snap and looks downfield. He’s got 85 deep. He’s at the 10, the 5, TOUCHDOWN!!!
“That’s three touchdowns for No. 85 today, while No. 7 just broke the school record for TD passes in a season.”
Such is life these days!