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  • Wednesday October 1, 2014

    Wednesday October 1, 2014

    Villanova: Villanova University Department of Strength and Conditioning is now accepting applications for Spring 2015 Strength and Conditioning VOLUNTEER INTERNS. Daily responsibilities will include but are not limited to; assisting with supervision and execution of athletic performance programs for Football and (2) Olympic Sports, creating a productive and competitive training environment for our student athletes, daily setup and breakdown of our weight room and supplement stations, and performing tasks delegated by the strength staff. Qualified candidates are expected to bring fire, passion, and a positive hardworking attitude to the workplace day in and day out. Compensation: This is a non-paid position, but offers the opportunity of advancement within the department of Strength & Conditioning and Division 1 experience with earned recommendation for future career opportunities. NO MONETARY COMPENSATION WILL BE PROVIDED; however, Nike athletic apparel and some meals will be available. Ideal candidates will have a bachelor’s degree or be in the last semester of coursework for an undergraduate degree in exercise physiology or related field of study. Certification from one or more of the following (NSCA, CSCS; CSCCa, SCCC; USAW) are preferred. CSCCa mentorship program will be available for candidates seeking to obtain the SCCC certification and are selected to remain for the full nine month mentorship program. Inquiries must be received by December 1, 2014 for the Spring Semester 2015 (January 5, 2015 through May 1, 2015). If you are interested in the position, please email a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to novastrength@villanova.edu (attached in ONE DOCUMENT) Attention: Strength and Conditioning Staff.

  • The Michigan story has officially gone off the rails

    AnnArbor.com

    AnnArbor.com

    Here’s a good rule of thumb for athletics departments and coaches. Heck, it’s a good rule for all of us. If Congress starts poking around in the way you do business, something has gone wrong.

    We’re now at that point in Ann Arbor.

    Following the Shane Morris incident during Michigan’s 30-14 loss to Minnesota Saturday and the Wolverines’ disastrous follow-up culminating in a 1 a.m. press release, New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., has sent a letter to Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany urging him to change the league’s concussion protocol.

    I’ll spare you the 10 paragraphs of grandstanding and cut to the end (you can read the entire letter here, courtesy of MLive):

    I strongly urge you to investigate the circumstances surrounding Shane Morris’s injury and the decision to return him to play. Additionally, I ask that you reexamine the protocols in place and determine what changes can be made to improve them. I also urge you to establish penalties for violations of concussion protocols. Every concussion is brain damage and must be diagnosed and treated by appropriate medical personnel, who prioritize players’ health, safety, and well-being.

    Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter, and I look forward to your response.

    Sincerely,

    Bill Pascrell, Jr.
    Member of Congress

    Back in Ann Arbor, a petition is circulating for athletics director Dave Brandon’s ouster. It will have passed 8,000 signatures by the time you read this. (A competing petition to keep Brandon in his current post has three. It’s summary? And I quote: “I like Brandon. He’s a nice guy.”)

    It reads: Dave Brandon is the current Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Michigan. He has held the title since 2010. Upon being named the Athletic Director, Mr. Brandon stated “athletic programs play [a role] in helping to shape the culture and image of our university community.” Unfortunately, under Mr. Brandon’s tenure, the football program, one of the most prominent programs at the University of Michigan and in the nation, has become a black eye for the University of Michigan. Instead of adding to the image and prestige of the university, the state of the athletic department has hurt the connection shared between alumni, fans, and the university. Furthermore, policies and decisions of the athletic department have alienated the current student body. As a result, the university risks producing a generation of alumni that are disinterested and disengaged. Finally, President Mark Schlissel previously stated that one draw of the athletic program is to provide an avenue for “public attention on to the other wonderful things that are happening on campus…” When the athletic department produces overwhelmingly negative media attention, it distracts from the main mission of the university.”

    On top of that, commenters on the popular blog site MGoBlog.com have organized a “Fire Dave Brandon” rally at 6 p.m. on campus. Students were also heard chanting “Fire Brandon” during the loss to Minnesota.

    The ire of the Michigan fan base has fallen on Brandon rather than head coach Brady Hoke, although the tide has turned against both.

    None of this is good for Hoke, but it seems the swarm of hornets has bypassed him in favor of his boss. Letters to the Big Ten commissioner, petitions to fire the AD, on campus rallies, that’s ultimately out of his sphere of influence. What Hoke can control, though, and really topping off a long four days for Michigan: the 2-3 Wolverines are three-point underdogs at Rutgers on Saturday night.

  • Video: LSU’s trailer for the Auburn game is sick

    Despite being in the same conference for 82 years now, LSU and Auburn will meet for just the 49th time on Saturday. It certainly seems like the Tigers and, uh, the Tigers have made the most of their previous 48 meetings, tough.

    Let’s just look at the last 10 years: No. 14 Auburn beats No. 5 LSU 10-9 on a Jason Campbell touchdown pass – the game’s only touchdown – with 1:14 to play in 2004. No. 7 LSU gets payback a year later in Death Valley by topping No. 16 Auburn 20-17 in overtime. No. 3 Auburn out-defensed No. 6 LSU 7-3 at Jordan-Hare in 2006. Matt Flynn’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Byrd with one second left to push No. 5 LSU past No. 18 Auburn 30-24 in 2007. A year later, No. 6 LSU again beat No. 10 Auburn on a last gasp touchdown, 26-21.

    No. 5 Auburn finally got late-game payback by edging No. 6 LSU 24-17 in 2010 – the remembered by Cam Newton’s first Heisman moment – and then last year’s rain-soaked 35-21 win by No. 6 LSU.

    All in all, these teams have staged six games pitting Top 20 teams that were decided by seven points or less in the last 10 years. I don’t have the research in front of me, but I think you can make a case that no annual series is more consistently edge-of-your-seat entertaining.

    LSU holds a 27-20-1 lead and a three-game winning streak, but Auburn is a 7.5-point home favorite this week.

  • College coach challenges the ethics of his university and resigns

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    Second chances are a tricky thing. Some people believe in them, while it depends on the offense for others. Domestic violence is one of those hot topic issues that divides people from all walks of life, and it’s an issue that has reared its ugly head in our profession over the past 12 months with NFL names like Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Jonathan Dwyer in the media spotlight. It’s a real world issue that has given many franchises an unwanted black eye.

    Many, if not most, college coaches have set rules that place a premium on treating women with respect with steep consequences for those that break that rule. No questions asked.

    Up in Canada at McGill University, located in Montreal, Quebec, head coach Clinton Uttley holds the belief that players deserve second chances in life. He’s so firm in that belief that since the University didn’t share that same vision during a recent player’s run in with the law, he has given up his coaching position.

    On September 24th, junior running back Luis-Andres Guimont-Mota was charged with assault and uttering threats in connection to an incident with his wife, but according to his lawyer, Guimont-Mota is actually the victim in the assault.

    The prior assault conviction dates back to 2010 in Quebec City, but because of coach Uttley’s deep-rooted belief in second chances, he was recruited anyway and the opportunity helped the young star blossom into a standout running back, winning last year’s offensive MVP award.

    However, the University was apparently unaware of the 2010 conviction until the most recent incident on the 24th, and released a statement saying that Guimont-Mota should have never been allowed to attend the university in the first place and has thus been suspended.

    “In line with the university’s varsity athletics guidelines, effective immediately, this player is suspended from the football team pending resolution of his case by the court,” deputy provost Ollivier Dyens added in McGill’s official statement.

    That release conflicted so starkly with coach Uttley’s coaching philosophy, and overall approach to life that he decided to resign. He released a full statement after informing the team of his decision yesterday. The full statement can be read below, courtesy of CBC News:

    I have resigned as the Head Coach of the McGill Redmen Football team. The University released a statement on Friday, September 26, 2014 regarding allegations against an individual from our team.
     
    “A member of the McGill Redmen football team was in Court on Thursday to face criminal charges. T his individual had previously pleaded guilty to an assault charge arising from a 2010 incident in Quebec City. This individual should not have been invited to join our team. That was not in accordance with the values of our community.”
     
     
    The above statement does not represent my personal morals or values with regards to sport, recruiting, and life in general. I believe in rehabilitation. The student athlete accepted his conviction and did his punishment, a fact that was not hidden from the University. At the time of his arrival, the University tolerated and accepted his presence and then proceeded to celebrate his accomplishments thereafter.
     
    For McGill University to say now that this individual should not have been allowed on our team in the first place because of his past, deeply troubles me and in good conscience I cannot work for an organization that does not embrace equity and inclusiveness. Postsecondary education should be accessible for all, not just the ones’ who have no known incidences. How can someone aspire to rehabilitation when the leading institutions of Quebec and Canada shun those who have made an error in judgment?
     
     
    I believe that University is exactly the place to shape and mold young adults to reach their full potential. If this were not the case, I would not be here before you today. If the football coaches in my life had not provided me with an equal opportunity, I would not have completed a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, and a Masters of Education in Inclusive Education. I wanted to give back to those who mentored and influenced me in a positive way through the use of sport as those who offered their support to me.
     
    If providing young men with a second opportunity has effectively cost me my position as head football coach at McGill, then I accept that consequence in order to maintain a higher moral standard then what’s been dictated.
     
    -Clinton J. Uttley
     

    Take a second and put yourself in coach Uttley’s shoes. Would you stand up to your employer? Or are there particular offenses that simply can’t be forgiven? Where do you draw the line?

  • Photos: Oregon will wear black and pink uniforms on Thursday

    It’s October, which means pink is the new alternate color for every team in football. Oregon is participating in the breast cancer awareness drive by donning black and pink themed uniforms for the second year in a row.

    The Ducks wore pink helmets and pink cleats/ankle tape in a 62-38 defeat of Washington State on Oct. 19 of 2013.

    Oregon will wear the pink-themed uniforms Thursday night against Arizona.

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