Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke with USC Athletic Director Pat Haden on the state of governance in college sports at Town & Gown on Monday evening. Price Professor and Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance moderated the conversation, which was hosted by the Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise and the USC Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.The event was attended by invitation only and the guests included leadership from the Bedrosian Center, Price School of Public Policy and USC Athletics, along with student athletes, Price student ambassadors and Price faculty affiliated with the Bedrosian Center.Rice, who served as Stanford Provost between 1993-1999 overseeing the athletic department, is a lifelong athlete and is currently a member of the college football playoff committee with Pat Haden.Rice and Haden discussed from their personal experience managing collegiate athletic departments, what steps need to be taken to better the environment for student athletes.Haden discussed the need to focus on the academic side of the student athlete experience as much as the athletic side. Haden stated that this is something he has strived for during his nearly five years as athletic director and achieved given that, according to him, the fall 2014 semester was the best academic semester in 126 years of USC athletics.“We’re really proud of the academic tone [the USC athletic department has set],” Haden said. “We’re trying to be as good as the rest of the university.”Rice also emphasized the importance of a cohesive relationship between academics and athletics, stating that during her time as Stanford Provost, the issue was one she took very seriously.“I remember saying to the athletic director…if ever you come in here and tell me that a coach has complained about academics, complained about admissions, they’re gone, no questions asked,” Rice said. “I don’t want athletics and Stanford academics to start to pull apart.”Additionally, Haden, who has a history in the private sector, described collegiate sports as a poor business model.“In 19 of our 21 sports we lose about $2 million a year,” Haden said. “Total revenue for the 19 sports last year was $175,000.”Rice echoed Haden’s sentiments, stating that universities are not in the business of college sports like sports companies such as ESPN are that make considerable profits off of coverage of student athletes.“It’s funny when I hear people say ‘well, college athletics is just a business,’” Rice said. “This is not a model that you would follow if you were going to form a business.”Rice and Haden also discussed ways to improve the lives of student athletes in their unique position of juggling a full-time sport with a full-time academic course load.Rice discussed the difficulties of athletes to fit work into their schedules and how this puts them at a disadvantage financially with the full cost of attendance, factoring in everyday living expenses on top of tuition.“I have watched athletes struggle with the fact that because of their schedules with both academics and athletics, it’s hard to work, hard to pick up a little extra money … to cover basic everyday expenses and given that athletes come from variable economic backgrounds, perhaps there is something to be said for full cost of attendance,” Rice said. “I’ve always felt that four-year scholarship is a must. I don’t understand the argument that brings somebody in and then you don’t commit to them for the full time in scholarship.”Haden also spoke on the topic of improving the living conditions for student athletes. According to Haden, the student athletes at USC are only provided meals during their respective sport’s season, and even during their seasons, are only provided with one meal a day.“We had a football player about two years ago who came to me … and hadn’t been able to eat for three days. He ran out of money,” Haden said. “I think that’s … wrong. We need to be doing more for student athletes and we are.”Haden said that the NCAA has allowed universities to now feed their kids more and do more to assist in the full cost of attendance. According to Haden, over $1 million is being spent on additional food for USC student athletes.Despite these changes though Haden says that he still feels more could be done to improve the experience of student athletes at the university.“Our kids just need more time off,” Haden said. “They need to get away from the sport some and … we want our kids to have a real college experience, not just athletic experience.”Rice also emphasized the lack of time that student athletes have in their schedules due to the academic and athletic demands they face, and said that this has led to a decreasing number of two sport athletes at universities.Rice also touched on the issue of student athlete unionization, stating that she disagrees with the divide it would create between students and athletes. She even said that she would fully support the Stanford University President in pulling Stanford athletics out of Division One, if the decision was ever made to unionize.“I don’t think student athletes are or should be considered employees,” Rice said. “That, to me, is a complete reversal of the entire concept of college athletics.According to Rice, officials can fix major problems involving student athletes without unionization, but the key is to be proactive.“I think that getting ahead of some of those issues would probably have led people to not think about unionization,” Rice said. “You shouldn’t have to unionize to think about the full cost of attendance. You shouldn’t have to unionize to think about four-year scholarship. You shouldn’t have to unionize to have concussion protocol in college athletics that is at least as demanding as the concussion protocol in the NFL.”
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PITTSBURGH — After a six-point lead disappeared midway through the first half, never again did Syracuse (16-10, 8-5 Atlantic Coast) have an advantage over Pittsburgh (14-11, 3-9) in an 80-75 loss on the road Saturday. The Panthers halted the Orange’s five-game winning streak, and SU will now be pressed a little harder to fill out its NCAA Tournament resume in the final five games of the season.Here’s three things we learned from Syracuse’s loss.Pittsburgh’s ability to switch defenders limited the Orange’s 3-point shootersAgainst one of the worst teams in the ACC at defending 3-pointers, it was odd to see Syracuse, one of the conference’s best 3-point shooting teams, bury only one shot behind the arc in the first half. And before a late-game revival, SU was shooting only 24 percent from 3 at one point.After the game, Syracuse players explained at least part of the root of its struggles from deep. When big men like Tyler Lydon or Taurean Thompson set a screen around the basket, ideally freeing up a Tyus Battle or Andrew White to scamper into open space behind the arc, the Panthers keyed in on the strategy by switching defenders effectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo if the defender on White, for example, ran into Thompson’s screen, than Thompson’s defender would immediately cover White. That left for fewer opportunities behind the arc, even if head coach Jim Boeheim was pleased with most of the looks his team got.“Andrew (White) just had a tough time getting open on screens like that,” Battle said. “They played some pretty good defense, our offense just wasn’t clicking.”Thompson playing in foul trouble is a consistent realityIt didn’t take longer than one defensive possession for Thompson to commit his first foul of the game. He bumped Jamel Artis under the basket, not a significant amount of contact, but enough to draw a foul he wouldn’t take long to regret. The freshman forward accumulated three fouls into the early minutes of the second half, resulting in a 12-minute stay on the bench.Thompson sat alone in his locker room chair after the game, quietly lamenting another night he couldn’t give all he’s capable of because of foul trouble. It’s become a recurring theme, and a potentially fatal blow to SU’s NCAA Tournament hopes, given that Roberson’s eight-point, five-rebound game is “about what he does,” according to Boeheim.“I gotta stop getting into foul trouble,” Thompson said, “because on the court I feel like I’m an offensive threat and I open up shooters. I just have to do a better job staying on the court.”Syracuse’s perimeter defense hasn’t gotten much betterThroughout the season, Syracuse has allowed big performances from opponents’ best 3-point threats. It occurred again on Saturday afternoon as Pittsburgh’s Cameron Johnson went 6-for-8 from behind the arc. The rest of the Panthers went 2-of-10 overall from deep, but Johnson’s damage was enough to make a difference.MORE COVERAGEThe Final Word: Syracuse falls at Pittsburgh, 80-75Graphical breakdown of Syracuse’s 80-75 loss at PittsburghLimited minutes for Thompson and Battle sting Syracuse in 80-75 loss to PittsburghTyler Lydon held to only 8 points in Syracuse’s 80-75 loss at PittsburghGallery: Syracuse loses to Pittsburgh, 80-75 In conference games only, Syracuse entered the weekend with a 3-point field-goal percentage defense of 40.7, ranking 12th in the ACC. The problem that hurt Syracuse against Notre Dame (V.J. Beachem), North Carolina State (Maverick Rowan) and Virginia (Kyle Guy) cropped up once again.Johnson delivered a pivotal punch with 2 minutes and 50 seconds remaining as he nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing. He spun around, yelled and looked up toward the Petersen Events Center rafters. Pittsburgh held a late 10-point lead that it wouldn’t relinquish.“We didn’t find him. He’s a good shooter, we know that,” Boeheim said. “We can’t give him open shots. We’ve done that pretty much throughout the whole year. We’ve let the best shooter on the other team get too many looks. That’s a reason we’re struggling this year.” Comments Published on February 11, 2017 at 6:53 pm Contact Connor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+
He also went further to thank Coach Gehnot Rohr and the management for the opportunity of being part of the initial team, whilst wishing them the best at the World Cup.The Benue-born footballer has seen an upturn in his career over the past couple of seasons, thus earning a move to Bulgarian first division side, Lokomotiv Plovdiv.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles’ defender, Stephen Eze is not giving up on the national team after missing out on the final cut for Russia 2018.The former Lobi Stars player, who was named in the 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup after impressing for Nigeria at the 2018 CHAN, has come out to share his disappointment at not making the final list“The past few days at the Super Eagles’ training camp have been some of the most enlightening days in my football career. There was so much I learnt from the talent that drives our team. But sadly, my journey to the World Cup ends here. I am very disappointed at not to make the final squad,” he stated on an Instagram post shortly after his exclusion.
Players of Ashantigold are confident they can qualify to the next round of the Champions league despite holding a slim margin in the first leg.Key players believe though the task will be difficult, they can produce an efficient performance in Algeria to keep their dream alive.Joseph Ato Bissah“We are disappointed because they had a red card but we failed to take advantage. We can also disturb the Algerians when we go there. The fans should not be disappointed, they should continue to support the, we will not let them down.”Eric Opoku“I’m not disappointed because in the end we got a win. We have to do our maximum best to go there and qualify. They came with a strategy and for them, it worked. We had opportunities to score more but we did not capitalize on that but we hope to turn things around in the second leg. We have to thank the fans because it was difficult but they got behind us. We can assure them that it is not yet over and we can do it. It will be difficult but yes we can qualify.” Kadri Mohammed“I’m not disappointed at all. We will go to Algeria and qualify for our supporters who came here in their numbers to help us.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports