Senior Alex Wunderlich watches his shot head toward the hole. Wunderlich led the Eagles to a sixth-place finish out of 21 teams at the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational on Monday and Tuesday. | Courtesy of Emory Athletics
The Emory golf team concluded its fall play earlier this week on Monday and Tuesday at the Chick- fil-A Collegiate Invitational, hosted by Berry College (Ga.).
The 18-hole tournament consisted of two rounds, and the Eagles fin- ished sixth out of the 21 teams in the competition.
The Eagles now look to build upon their impressive play as they move into the spring season.
The weather was near per- fect, allowing for a great fall sea- son finale. Additionally, the 72-par course, located at the Coosa Country Club in Rome, Ga., was in excellent condition.
“Most of the holes were straight- forward,” Assistant Coach Jonathan Chen said. “This was a much better finish than any the other events of the fall. We may have struggled down the stretch on Tuesday, but we pulled through to get a sixth place finish.
” The team performed outstanding- ly on Monday, residing in the fourth place spot by the end of day.
Leading the team was senior Alex Wunderlich, who shot an incredible score of 70.
To put this score into perspective, Wunderlich shot a 77 in the second round and still finished with the 16th best score at the invitational.
Tying in second for the team’s lowest scores on Monday were soph-
omore Sam Nichamin and junior Jonathan Gerrard, each of whom shot an impressive 74.
On Tuesday, the Eagles dropped two spots to finish in sixth place overall.
“We played well on Monday for sure, and had three real good rounds,” Head Coach John Sjoberg said. “We played okay on Tuesday, but didn’t drive the ball as well as we did on Monday. We have a lot of work to do, but our results show that we will hopefully continue to improve moving forward.”
Leading the team with a score of 74 on Tuesday was junior Jack Williams. Williams was actually the only player on the team to improve his score, shooting six shots better than he had on Monday. The second best score on Tuesday belonged to Nichamin, who shot a 75.
When asked about his perfor- mance at the tournament, Nichamin had mixed feelings.
“I felt that I should have posted a much better score in round one, but I was playing pretty poorly the second day and was happy that I was
able to put together a solid final nine and break par on the last side of the fall,” Nichamin said. “I did a lot of things well and I think the mistakes that I made are easily correctable, so I’m just excited to get to fixing those things over the offseason and come out strong in the spring.
”The Eagles will now have a long offseason to improve their game, returning to action Feb. 28 at the Callaway Gardens Invitational in Pine Mountain, Ga..
— By Michael Scheck, Staff Writer
Photo Courtesy of MarineCorps NewYork on Flickr
Hello and welcome to another edition of The Beej Knows Best. This week marks the near-midway point of this 2014 campaign. It also marks down the last week before the NFL Trade Deadline of Oct. 28.
Although the NFL trade deadline is usually much calmer than that of the NBA or the MLB, there have been a few moves thus far that merit discussion. One of them was the Jets trade of a conditional sixth round draft pick for the dynamic, yet hot-headed Seahawks’ wide receiver and kickoff returner Percy Harvin. My comments about the Jets are generally reserved as ones of self-deprecation, but this trade certainly deserves analysis.
Reports had come out in the days since the trade about how Harvin’s toxic behavior had permeated the locker room and how his actions had essentially forced the Seattle management’s hand.
Although he said he was “all-smiles” after leaving the World Champions for a debacle of a team, many question the veracity of his comments. I believe Harvin has the potential to be a home run for the Jets. Only a few days ago, the Jets inked wide receiver and punt receiver Jeremy Kerley to a four-year contract extension. The addition of Harvin essentially creates a three-headed monster at wide receiver.
The Jets have Eric Decker’s height and strength, Kerley’s slot prowess and route-running ability and Harvin’s speed and game-breaking potential. Add to that rookie Jace Amaro’s positive strides, combined with a draft pick or two at offensive skill positions, and now the Jets have the weapons to be successful. The only remaining question is at quarterback.
Geno Smith has toiled with a poor supporting cast, and his time in New York as a starter is almost certainly up. Rex Ryan, to my chagrin, is also watching the final granules of sand tick from his hourglass, and will most likely get the boot at the end of the season.
What would I would like to see as a Jets fan? First, the hiring of Pep Hamilton — the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts — as the head coach would be a step in the right direction.
Following that move, bringing in strong play-calling minds for both coordinator positions would prevent either side of the ball from being ignored in the game plan. Based on their record, the Jets are destined for a top-three pick. Snagging Marcus Mariota with the first-rounder, as well as a playmaker, such as Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon, Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene, or Florida State tight end Nick O’Leary, with the second rounder, would push the Jets closer to contention. Finally, targeting free agents such as Mike Iupati at offensive guard and Tramon Williams at defensive back would help shore up further holes, and would solidify the Jets roster.
So Mr. John Idzik, if you are reading this, my email is at the bottom. I would love to hear from you, whether you want to hire me or to tell me I know nothing about football. Without further ado, let’s get to the picks!
Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons (+3.5)
This game will be played at Wembley Stadium in London, England. The Lions have won four out of their last five games, whereas the Falcons have lost their last four games and have looked terrible in the process.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan hasn’t looked awful, and wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White have both been able to carry their fair share of the load. The Lions have been riding the play of their defense thus far, as their offense attempts to adjust without having Megatron at 100 percent. Calvin Johnson has practiced in London, but his status is currently unknown. Despite this massive uncertainty, as well as the toss-up of having to play overseas, I still believe the Lions will take this one home.
Throughout the International Series, it has been the better team winning, generally by a blowout. I expect much of the same here, as Detroit makes its push to the playoffs and Atlanta makes its push back towards the drawing board.
Detroit 38, Atlanta 13
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals (-2.5)
Ok. I will admit. I’m officially on team Chip, that is, I am rooting for the Eagles’ Head Coach Chip Kelly. I really like the way this team has rebounded over the past few weeks after starting off slow over the first few games. After annihilating the Giants 27-0 to lead into their bye, Philadelphia has a fairly soft four-game schedule before they match up against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
Until then, expect Kelly to open up aggressively, attempt to build a lead and scale back the offense, as not to give anything away to the Cowboys. But let’s not forget about the Cardinals.
Head Coach Bruce Arians is a winner, and has built one out in the desert. Both the offense and defense has been clicking, and Arians has been able to get great performances out of running back Andre Ellington, wide receiver Michael Floyd and quarterback Carson Palmer. After two easy victories against the Redskins and the Raiders, the Cardinals have their toughest five game slate of the season. The one big red flag with this Eagles club was the players’ injuries, but after a bye week, I believe that they will come into Arizona rested and ready to go. This will be a close game and a great one to watch. I’m riding high on the Eagles, and I’m sticking with Chip.
Philadelphia 24 Arizona 21
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers (+2.5)
If it wasn’t for a comeback the size of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger last week, the Steelers would be 3-4 and this game wouldn’t even be up for discussion.
Nonetheless, the Steelers were able to salvage themselves on Monday night and push themselves into contention for a playoff spot. On the other side, the Colts have been riding quarterback Andrew Luck to the tune of a 5-2 record and a fairly comfortable spot atop the AFC South. The Texans, Jaguars and Titans have all looked subpar at best, so this conference pretty much appears to be the Colts’ for the taking.
Looking into both the offense and defense statistics, the Colts have outplayed the Steelers in every major category except in rushing yards, in which they are down 123.3 to 128.6. Simply put, the Colts are just the better team.
With two games left until the bye, I wouldn’t be shocked at all if the Colts strolled in at 7-2 looking to make a push for a first-round bye and a number one seed. I’ve always been a Big Ben supporter, but despite the comeback, I choose to look at their first half performance for judgment. And what I see is not pretty. The Steelers are pretenders, the Colts are the real deal, so ride this line and get some nice clothes for this cool Atlanta winter.
Indianapolis 27 Pittsburgh 13
— By Jayson Patel
Freshman Anders Olsen runs the frisbee down the field (Left) and his older brother, senior Christian Olsen sets himself to make a pass (Right). The brothers, who play on the Emory ultimate frisbee club team, have both competed on the national level. | Photo Courtesy of Nate Haskell(Left)/ Photo Courtesy of James Crissman (Right)
When most think “frisbee” they visualize the carefree tossing of a neon-colored disk at the beach or playing catch with their dog at the park. But, add the word “ultimate” and the picture transforms into a fiercely competitive sport played in more than 80 countries by an estimated seven million athletes.
While most Emory students are aware of the sport’s existence, many do not know that two of their peers have played Ultimate Frisbee, also known as Ultimate, at the highest level.
Senior Christian Olsen is a member of the Emory club team and competed on the 2013 USA Under 23 National Team, and his brother, freshman Anders Olsen, also on the Emory team, is a member of the 2014 USA Under 19 National Team.
They both got started playing Ultimate in highschool at Paideia, a private school in Atlanta with a long history of the sport and a reputation for being an Ultimate powerhouse. Their high school team competed with multiple college teams around Georgia, including Emory, whom they beat.
“At first, I thought it was a pretty wimpy sport, because the self-refereeing and ‘no-contact’ rules,” Christian said. “However, once I started playing, I realized that it was one of the best team sports that I could ever be apart of.”
Anders’ views on the sport similarly changed when he learned more about it.
“Having never heard of it, I thought the idea of playing a sport with a frisbee was stupid and comical,” he said. “However, the first day was a blast and I quickly fell in love with this new sport.”
At last year’s World Championships, Christian competed with an Under 23 Division team comprised of the best college Ultimate players in the country, a team which won the world title.
“It was great being able to represent our country, the Ultimate community of the US and our family,” Christian said.
Christian will be trying out for the 2015 National Team early in November in hopes of winning a second gold medal.
This past summer, Anders was a part of the Under 19 Division USA Team, which won silver at the world championships in Lecco, Italy.
“Playing on the nationals team was one of the best experiences of my life because I spent a chunk of my summer playing a sport I loved with people who loved it just as much as me,” Anders said.
Emory’s club team is growing as exciting new talent with the potential to shine is starting to become passionate about the sport.
“Emory is not a very big school, nor are we an Ultimate ‘powerhouse,’” Christian said. “But we are starting to accumulate the talent and dedication we need to really build a solid program here.”
Ultimate was first invented by a group of students at Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J. in 1968. It is a unique sport due to its self-officiating, a concept known as “Spirit of the Game.” This theory promotes players making their own calls.
Athletes are thus responsible for their own actions in the game. Spirit of the Game is incorporated in the official rules and enforced in every level of the game from regional to international.
“My favorite thing about this sport is that it holds you to the highest standard of integrity for yourself and your opponents,” Christian said. “Because of [Spirit of the Game rules] we are forced to be honest and treat our competition with respect. I feel like all other sports lack that aspect of the game, even at the professional levels, occasionally.”
Anders’ favorite part of the game is its uniquely fast pace and strong community.
“It moves so rapidly that everything you do when you’re on the field is instinctual because there is no time to think,” he said. “[Ultimate is a] welcoming community, kind, yet competitive atmosphere.”
Because of their difference in age divisions on the national teams, this year on the Emory club team is the first real time the Olsen brothers have had the opportunity to play as teammates.
While some sports might make brothers compete for the top spot by pushing each other down, Ultimate offers an arena for each brother to get better by pushing the other to succeed.
“I think we are comfortable enough with each other to where I can give him direct, honest feedback and he will take it and do with it what he wants,” Christian said of his relationship with his younger brother. “He is constantly trying to get better and that’s why I try my best to push him every practice.”
Still, there are glimpses of a slight sibling rivalry between the two.
“There is competition but it’s a friendly one,” Anders confessed. “We like to push one another and gentlemanly compliment one another for each other’s victories. We like to urge each other to play better, but it’s a friendly kind that is in place to make us both stronger players.”
Christian, Anders and the rest of the Ultimate team are travelling to Statesboro, Ga., this weekend to compete in the Battle in the Boro, hosted by Georgia Southern University.
— By Elana Cates, Staff Writer
Jacob Durst and Nathan Janick both played self-proclaimed “high-level varsity basketball” in high school where they each played against third-round NBA Draft picks. Sources suggest that one of them might have been dunked on by Julius Randle. They have been best friends and rival basketball analysts since the time they diagrammed intramural basketball plays on napkins at Steak ‘n Shake together at 2 a.m. freshman year.
Part 1: We power-ranked all the teams in the NBA. Look for Part 2 next week, when we talk about the teams that actually matter (Disclaimer: Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles are in Part 1). Without further ado, Durst’s and Janick’s NBA Preview begins now:
Tier 1: Praying for No Lottery Reform
30) Philadelphia 76ers:
Durst: They might actually compete for a NCAA Championship this year. Would anybody on this team even play on a real contender?
Janick: The short answer is no. The long answer is how would one even talk themselves into paying for season tickets.
D: Their most intriguing player, Nerlens Noel, is coming off knee surgery and hasn’t played competitive basketball for 18 months.
29, 28) Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics
J: Orlando just traded away its best player, Arron Afflalo, and Boston is about to lose Rajon Rondo. Jake, tell me what these teams have to look forward to.
D. Well, Celtics fans can already start to get excited about the 10 second-round picks they are about to get for Rondo (Cut to Celtic fans with the Manning face). Too soon?
J: Well, we just lost our audience from Boston. Orlando did draft Elfrid Payton, a dark horse candidate for Rookie of the Year.
D: He is going to get a ton of playing time and a ton of shots, just like Michael Carter-Williams did last year.
27, 26) Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz
J: People care about these teams, but none of them go to Emory.
D: Let’s be real. Who will Emory students follow closer: the Emory basketball team or these two teams?
J: Yeah, let’s just move on so people will actually keep reading.
Tier 2: Nicholas Cage Division: Just Bad
25) Los Angeles Lakers
D: The question is whether Kobe actually believes this team can make the playoffs.
J: If he does, this ranks with any president believing that he can pass his entire political agenda, or Roger Goodell thinking he handled the Ray Rice situation correctly on the spectrum of irrational self-confidence.
D. Vegas Prop-bet: Laker wins or Swaggy P (Nick Young) attempted 360 layups.
J: What does have some relevance: Thoughts on the future of Swaggy P and Iggy Azalea’s relationship?
D: Similar to the prospect of Julius Randle becoming an instant star and leading the Lakers to the playoffs, not likely it is going to pan out.
24) Minnesota Timberwolves
J: Durst, if you’re a Minnesota fan, which T-Wolf makes you cringe more when attempting a three pointer: Ricky Rubio or Anthony Bennett?
D: I don’t know. On one hand, you have Rubio, a historically bad shooter (like actually one of the worst of all time), and on the other you have a 40-pound overweight Bennett.
J: Hey, at least Kevin Love is the best shooter in the league for his position. Good thing they traded him for Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, both of whom would not be the first picks in their respective drafts if they were drafts were re-done today.
D: If I were Minnesota, I would look into a share-the-love program with Cleveland.
23, 22) Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons
D: What’s more painful to watch, Indy’s offense this year or the Detroit “Big Three” of Brandon Jennings, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith sharing the court?
J: R.I.P. to the Joe Dumars era.
D: The best part is that their offense will still be better than Indiana’s. Sneaky question: If we go back to three years ago, how much is Roy Hibbert worth?
J: His contract pretty much like Joe Flacco’s. You kind of just fluctuate between, “How much are we paying him?” and, “Wait, this is a bargain?”
D: What if Ricky Rubio, Josh Smith and Roy Hibbert had a shooting contest with Smith and Rubio taking threes and Hibbert shooting open 15-footers vs. Atlanta in the playoffs last year? Would that be the most depressing thing you’ve ever seen?
J: I just got a call from NBC. They picked this up as a pilot for their Thursday night Primetime slot. They’re calling it “The Biggest Loser: NBA Edition.”
Tier 3: Eastern Conference Playoff Teams
21) Miami Heat
J: LeBron isn’t on this team anymore. Let’s just give everybody a break and not talk about them.
20, 19) Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets
D: If these two teams are in the Eastern Conference they are probably playoff teams.
J: Yeah, but they aren’t, so let’s move on to a region that is more represented by the student body at Emory.
18, 17) New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets
D: Serious question: Do the Nets try and trade Brook Lopez?
J: It comes downs down to their future plans on and off the court. If the organization decides that they do not have a realistic shot at contending for a title (which they don’t), then they should try to trade him and acquire young assets and draft picks. Rumors are also surrounding the sale of the team, so that makes things more complicated.
D: Mikhail Prokhorov has to decide between spending hundreds of millions of dollars gambling and participating in other billionaire activities or loosing another $140 million running this basketball team.
J: Now, if you’re a Knicks fan, convince me why the Knicks’ future is brighter without using the words “Phil Jackson,” “lottery reform” or “blatant luck.”
D: AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE’s $23 MILLION EXPIRING CONTRACT. CAP ROOM: FREE AT LAST.
J: It’s the Eastern Conference, so the Knicks have a very realistic shot at making the playoffs this year. Then, they can hope to snag a major free agent in the summer.
D: Who doesn’t want to play with J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony shooting 40 times a night?
16, 15) New Orleans Hornets … I mean Pelicans, and Charlotte Bobcats … I mean Hornets.
J: What is more confusing to the casual NBA fan, these teams changing their names or their front office decision-making?
D: Some of Michael Jordan’s personal decisions have to be under-the-table deals to settle some of his larger gambling debts.
J: He may be Pete Rose, just in a front office position.
D: The real question is whether or not this is the year when Anthony Davis emerges as a top-3 player.
J: This is much more realistic than many people think. Derrick Rose made a similar leap in his Most Valuable Player (MVP) season. Do you see the Hornets being legitimate contenders in the East?
D: If things break right, I can see them competing for a top-4 seed, but not making it to the conference finals.
J: If they make one trade, Al Jefferson, aka Big Al, has a career year, and if Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s new jump shot actually goes in, this team could find its way into the conference finals.
D: You can’t forget about Lance! Fake Vegas prop bet: Big Al assists per game or stare downs towards Lance Stephenson?
J: Nothing would be more frustrating than rooting for Big Al to pass the ball.
14) Phoenix Suns
D: Can we call Jeff Hornacek a top-5 NBA coach?
J: That’s bold. What he did with this Phoenix team last year was beautiful to watch, but let’s see them make the playoffs and win a playoff series first.
D: They would have been tied for a three seed if they played in the East last year and that is with a Western Conference schedule.
J: Very reasonable point. They would have probably been the second best team in the East last year.
D: I still don’t see them making the playoffs in the West this year.
J: I think they could slip in with some key injuries to other teams in the conference. But they will at least be really fun to watch, and who knows what’ll happen if Hornacek plays three point guards at once with the acquisition of Isaiah Thomas.
13) Atlanta Hawks
D: The Hawks will not be featured on SportsCenter without the words, “sources say.”
J: This is what happens when you have a roster full of players on fair contracts. It tends to make it easier to make trades. Just ask James Dolan.
D: They are strong contenders for the 10 seed in the West … um, I mean third seed in the East.
N: I really like this team as well, especially with the acquisition of Luol Deng, but I just don’t see them making much noise deep in the playoffs.
– By Jacob Durst and Nathan Janick
Photo Courtesy of William Warby on Flikr
Mara Rosenstock is a freshman from Madison, Wisconsin. In high school, she was a three-time all-state diver and was selected as West High School’s 2014 Scholar Athlete. As an Eagle, Rosenstock was selected as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Women’s Diver of the Week, after sweeping all the events in her first intercollegiate meet against the University of North Carolina-Wilmington on Saturday, Oct. 18.
Zoe Elfenbein: How do you like competing at a collegiate level compared to a high school level?
Mara Rosenstock: I like it a lot. It’s definitely really nerve-wracking, but it’s been really cool meeting people from all over the country. In high school it was only people in the same state, but now I’m competing against people from all over.
ZE: What is your favorite thing about diving?
MR: Probably just the feeling of flying through the air, as cheesy as that sounds.
ZE: How did you first get involved with the sport?
MR: My older sister did it and really liked it and said I should try it, so I stuck with it. I started at nine, and where I’m from in Wisconsin, they didn’t really have a lot of facilities or coaches, so I did it on and off a lot of the time, but I was on my high school team.
ZE: What is your favorite thing about freshman year so far?
MR: Definitely the people. I’ve been meeting so many new people and everyone is so friendly. I love the atmosphere here.
ZE: Favorite flavor of ice cream?
MR: Peanut Butter Cup Perfection from Cold Stone.
ZE: What are you most looking forward to this season?
MR: Probably seeing if I could improve over the season. I just started with a new coach and a new team so I’m excited to see how we grow together.
ZE: Favorite team bonding activity?
MR: There are only four divers, but we’re really close to the swim team. Being with the swim team is really nice. It’s like having a smaller family within a bigger family. We’re divided into blue and gold teams and we’ve had dodgeball and volleyball games, which are friendly, but there’s still a competitive atmosphere, which is always fun.
ZE: Do you know your major yet?
MR: I want to do something related to marketing in the Business School.
ZE: What is your dream job?
MR: Starting my own company. That’d be really cool.
EZ: Why Emory?
MR: I’m from Wisconsin, so the weather was definitely a pull. When I visited, the team seemed great and the school seemed great. I can’t really describe it, but it just felt right.
ZE: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
MR: To fly.
ZE: Do you have a role model?
MR: My older sister. She was also a diver. Actually, I have three older sisters and all of them are my role models.
ZE: Most distinct or favorite memory from diving?
MR: Just in general, after competing, going out to dinner with teammates and relaxing is always nice.
ZE: Any pre-meet superstitions?
MR: Not really. Before my last meet, I went to Rise-N-Dine in Emory Village and got an omelet, so I might do that before every meet now.
— By Zoe Elfenbein, Staff Writer
By Nathan Janick
If the NCAA’s television revenue was split like the NBA’s, the average player would receive roughly $77,000 per year from the NCAA’s contract with Turner Sports for the NCAA tournament alone. This doesn’t include the multimillion dollar revenues from television deals for regular season games and ticket sales. At Emory you can join a fraternity, eat out all the time, blow a ton of money at Pitch ‘N Putt every weekend and pay for room, board and books for less than $77,000.
This is an unrealistic example because student athletes are compensated with over 13,000 scholarships per year instead of a percentage of revenue.
It would seem, then, that the NCAA ought to allow athletes playing for top-revenue teams to be paid for their contributions.
Due to a few factors. however, it’s not that easy. It’s more complicated because not all college sports bring in tens of millions of dollars for their universities.
The current system would work if the revenue of all sports resembled the current low revenue sports like golf and gymnastics, but the reality is that NCAA revenues have exceeded $800 million in recent years largely due to football and basketball. With revenues this large, one might ask why the NCAA doesn’t just compensate the players like they are professional athletes.
In an institution of the complete opposite of the current system, athletes would be paid at their market value. Star players and high school recruits would be paid large sums of money and athletes for less popular sports would likely be paid nothing. This option would be like a death sentence for low revenue collegiate sports, and there would be many consequences down the road of giving young athletes huge sums of money even earlier in their lives.
Since the current system is broken and a revenue sharing system comparable to a professional sports is unrealistic and would prove disastrous, the solution has to be constructed using two methods: athlete stipends and the player’s ability to profit off their own names.
In efforts to appease critics of the current system, the NCAA has proposed to give Division I athletes a $2,000 stipend. At Emory, this wouldn’t even cover the freshman meal plan. The NCAA should give all athletes a larger stipend to help cover college expenses, because lets be honest, college isn’t cheap. These stipends won’t apply to Division II and Division III schools (sorry, Emory athletes), because sports in those divisions do not make enough money for universities, hence the limited scholarships in Division II and no scholarships in Division III.
Opponents will argue that there is no money for this, but one doesn’t have to look further than the $71 million surplus the NCAA, a non-profit organization, recorded in 2012.
Even if the stipend is implemented, the unethical treatment of collegiate athletes will continue until the metaphorical wall of amateurism that the NCAA hides behind is torn down.
In order to maintain “amateur status,” the NCAA has incredibly strict rules and guidelines against players receiving impermissible benefits. Every couple of months, star player X has their picture on SportsCenter while the anchor reads something along the lines of “Player is currently under investigation by the NCAA for receiving impermissible benefits.”
So what is the big deal about these “impermissible benefits”?
Impermissible benefits are any tangible benefit that a player receives. They range from Reggie Bush and his family receiving approximately $280,000 in benefits from a sports marketing agent, to Geraldo Boldewijn being suspended and forced to pay back $700 for an impermissible use of a 1990 Toyota Camry with 177,000 miles on it, to Cedric Febis paying $20 to a charity, which was the value of the “benefits” he received.
The latest trend in the attack on amateurism is a players’ right to profit off their own likeness. Ed O’Bannon’s lawsuit against the NCAA is addressing this issue, and deals with the NCAA profiting off the use of athletes’ likenesses in the EA Sports NCAA Basketball video game. The court ruled that banning payments to players “unreasonably restrains trade.” The ruling continues to say that players should receive “a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images and likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid.”
Friends of mine that play for Division I sports teams joke that their universities own them because of the amount of time and effort their coach demands of them. What is being addressed in this case is how the NCAA actually owns the rights to these players’ names and can profit off them without compensating the student-athletes.
The NCAA only sells jerseys without the players names on the back, but high profile college athletes can be easily identified by their number. However, when Jay Bilas, a college basketball analyst for ESPN, searched high profile athletes’ names like Johnny Manziel on the NCAA online shop, the search results returned the player’s jersey. The corresponding player’s jersey would not pop up when searched without the name of the player being written into the computer program of the listing of the jersey. Bilas caught the NCAA profiting off the names of current college athletes, who would then revoke their amateur status. The players whose jerseys are being sold don’t receive a penny from the NCAA for the use of their name. Within 24 hours of Bilas’ tweets, the NCAA released a statement saying that “the NCAA online shop will no longer offer college and university merchandise.” The irony of the whole story is the NCAA violated these athletes’ amateur status for their own benefit, even though it is the way the NCAA is able to justify their treatment of these athletes.
The best solution is to give every student athlete the same stipend no matter what sport they play. I believe it should be higher than $2000. If you say the NCAA and colleges cannot afford this, look no further than NCAA revenues and coaches’ salaries. This system is fair to everybody except the high profile college athletes. This is why I propose that athletes should be allowed to profit off their own name and image while they are still in college. Athletes should receive financial compensation for the use of their name for life and compensation for the use of their number while that number is still theirs, including if the number is retired. This proposal will prevent the NCAA from exploiting athletes under the protection of amateurism.
— By Nathan Janick, Contributing Writer
Junior Marissa Levine returns a hit. Leine won five of five matches at the Grizzly Open last weekend for the B draw victory. | Courtesy of Emory Athletics
By Ethan Morris
This past weekend, the women’s tennis squad traveled to Lawrenceville, Ga. to participate in the Grizzly Open.
Led by junior Marissa Levine and senior Danielle Truitt, the team had a successful weekend in the singles matches, winning both the B and C draws.
Levine dominated the competition, winning all five of her matches, en route to the B draw victory. She even beat a teammate, freshman Anna Fuhr, in the closing game of the tournament. With her win at the Open, Levine improved her record to 10-1 on the fall season in singles play, which was the best mark on the team.
Fuhr played well in the B tournament, winning her first four matches, before catching the unfortunate draw of facing her own teammate in the finals.
Truitt was more dominant in her play at the Grizzly Open. Playing in the C tournament, Truitt did not lose a single set, winning all five of her matches to win her draw. She finished the fall season with an impressive 6-1 singles record.
In doubles, Emory had a fairly successful run, led by Fuhr and sophomore Katarina Su, who made it to the semifinals, and junior Beatrice Rosen and sophomore Melissa Goodman, who advanced to the quarterfinals.
Head Coach Amy Bryant was pleased with her team’s play in the B and C draws, but said they could have prepared better for the A draw.
“I saw a lot of fight come from my teammates when they were in a tough match and they really stayed steady and stuck to their game,” Su wrote in an email to the Wheel.
This tournament marked the end of the squad’s fall campaign.
“Each player will set personal goals for themselves,” Bryant said. “I expect them to stay motivated and work to get better instead of coasting or going down a level in the off season.”
Rosen expressed great praise for the new members of the team, whom she said have quickly added an extra punch in the lineup.
“Our freshmen really proved to be great players and teammates both on and off the court, so I’m so excited to have them on the team and work with them more,” she wrote. “They all have great energy and are motivated, and push us returners.”
Su felt like the first half of the season prepared the team for the spring season.
“The fall season has allowed our team to get into the groove of things and get a routine going,” Su wrote.
Su is optimistic about the team’s potential and is looking forward to competing for the national championship in the spring.
“I think our team has a lot to improve on in order to get us fit and ready (both mentally and physically) to compete in the spring,” Su wrote. “I would like to see our team pick up the intensity and focus on [the] court for the spring.”
Bryant said that the team’s goal in the spring is to “focus on the process that is required to achieve success” instead of “focusing on the success we’ve had in the past.”
The team begins the spring season in early February.
— By Ethan Morris, Contributing Writer
By Jenny Nutovits
The women’s soccer team played in two games this weekend against University Athletic Association (UAA) opponents New York University (NYU) and Brandeis University (Mass.). Both games ended in double overtime ties.
On Friday, the No. 9 Eagles traveled to New York to face the No. 23 NYU Violets. The two teams finished the game deadlocked in a 1-1 tie.
After 80 minutes of scoreless play, senior forward Emily Feldman stepped up. After an NYU player committed a foul against an Eagle just outside of the 18-yard box, Feldman took a free kick and drove the ball off the bottom of the cross bar and into the net.
This was the team-leading fifth goal of the season (and 25th career goal) for the senior, and it gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
However, the Violets were able to tie the game in the 86th minute. After the Eagles failed to properly clear the ball, NYU forward Melissa Menta drove the ball into the upper-right corner of the goal, knotting the score at 1-1.
Though the squads would play two overtime periods, the game would end with the score still tied.
The Eagles outpaced the Violets 7-5 in shots on goal, while junior goalkeeper Liz Arnold made three saves for the Eagles after playing for all 110 minutes.The Eagles made their way up to Massachusetts on Sunday to face the Brandeis Judges. This game also ended in a tie.
“There was a definite improvement from the NYU game to the Brandeis game,” Arnold said.
The Eagles struck first, scoring with 41.2 seconds left in the first half. Freshman midfielder Melissa Ardizzone crossed the ball to fellow freshman Melinda Altamore, who sent a high ball toward the net that just passed over the outstretched arms of Brandeis goalkeeper Michelle Savuto. This was Altamore’s first conference goal.
“It’s always a great feeling when you score, but scoring a goal against a conference opponent is a new experience,” Altamore said.
While the two teams played equally well throughout the majority of the second half, Brandeis senior Corinne Bortniker sent a ball forward to Brandeis junior Melissa Darling, who quickly popped the ball into the 6-yard box, from where freshman Samantha Schwartz chipped it into the net, equalizing the score 1-1.
The score remained tied as regulation time ended, and the two teams headed into overtime.
Emory controlled the bulk of the play in the overtime period, taking two shots on goal in the first 10 minutes.
Arnold finished this game with five saves, while Brandeis goalkeeper Alexis Grossman finished with four.
“We hope to build on the positive atmosphere we have established, limit defensive breakdowns, finish our scoring opportunities and win our last five games in the regular season,” Arnold said.
The Eagles return to the pitch on tomorrow evening with a non-conference contest at LaGrange College (Ga.).
— By Jenny Nutovits, Contributing Writer
By Michael Scheck
The men’s tennis team finished its fall season at the Grizzly Open last weekend, taking on Division II and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) opponents for the first time this fall. The tournament, hosted by Georgia Gwinnett College, featured high-level play and was marked by successful performances by the Emory Eagles.
The inclusion of Division II and NAIA teams made the tournament the most competitive contest the Eagles saw in the Fall.
“Some of the guys we played had played professionally before going on to the NAIA. There was no easy match,” sophomore Andrew Lo said.
In the doubles competition, two Emory pairs advanced to the quarterfinals.
The first pair, consisting of junior Rafe Mosetick and freshman David Omsky, won three matches with a line of 8-3, 8-6 and 8-4.
They fought hard in the quarterfinals, but lost by a score of 6-8 to seniors Jose Soto and Nester Perez of the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
The second pair, consisting of freshmen Bart Panarese and Zach Surmacz, won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals. Panarese and Surmacz lost in the quarterfinals to sophomore Jordan Cox and junior Matias Hatern of Georgia Gwinnett College, who went on to win the tournament, by a score of 1-8.
In Flight A of the singles tournament, freshman Roberto Bazzarella and Mosetick advanced to the quarterfinals. Bazzarella won his matches 6-0, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. Bazzarella fought hard in the quarterfinals, taking the match to a second set tiebreaker before being bested.
Mosetick won his first match in a tiebreaker and his second match by a score of 6-1, 6-4. Mosetick lost to Georgia Gwinnett junior Erik Moberg 6-1, 6-0.
The experienced Mosetick attributed his success to his mentality going into the tournament.
“[An interdivisional tournament] doesn’t really mean anything. You just kind of go for it,” he said. “You try to be aggressive and take that big ball that you might not always go for, but that you need to if you want to win. In every match you swing for the fences.”
In Flight B of the singles tournament, Omsky advanced to the semi-finals after winning his matches 6-0, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6, and 6-1, 6-2. Omsky fought valiantly in the semifinal, but did not advance.
In Flight C of the singles tournament Surmacz also advanced to the semifinals before losing to Florida Southern freshman Brian Slivonik. Surmacz won three matches with a line of 6-1 6-1, 6-2 6-1 and 6-3 6-2.
With the fall portion of their schedule concluded, the Eagles will return to action this winter on Feb. 13, when they will host Oglethorpe University (Ga.).
Sports Editor Zak Hudak contributed reporting.
— By Michael Scheck, Staff Writer
By John Keuler & Zak Hudak
The volleyball team was in action this weekend in Chicago, Ill. where they battled conference foes in the second edition of this season’s University Athletic Association (UAA) Round Robin tournament. Over two days, the Eagles played four matches, going 3-1.
The Eagles’ 3-0 performance at the first Round Robin tournament, which was hosted in the Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC) earlier this month, and their performance in this competition secured them a No. 2 rank in the UAA.
On Saturday, Emory opened up their day against New York University (NYU) and with little difficulty dismissed the Violets in three consecutive sets.
They were led by outstanding efforts from junior setter Sydney Miles and senior outside hitter Leah Jacobs.
Miles recorded 35 assists, and Jacobs was often the benefactor of those sets as she landed 16 kills and swung with efficiency, boasting a .517 hitting percentage.
The following game matched Emory with No. 7-ranked Washington University (Mo.). The Bears proved to be formidable opponents, taking a two to one lead in sets before the Eagles were able to push the match to a fifth set. The Eagles were unable to come out on top in the final set, losing 15-13 and as a result accepted their first conference loss of the season.
“We didn’t play very well against them. We are definitely going to learn from that match and correct some things,” Head Coach Jenny McDowell said.
Sunday saw Emory add two more wins to their season total after rolling over Brandeis University (Mass.) and beating The University of Chicago in four sets.
“I loved the way the team was able to come back the next day [from the Washington loss] and beat Chicago,” McDowell said.
Sophomore middle hitter Jessica Holler led the team in kills in both contests with 14.
Miles ended the day with a new season high for assists in a four set match, successfully feeding a hitter 50 times during the game against Chicago.
The Eagles made significant position changes, such as senior outside hitter Kate Bowman’s switch to libero, at the start of the year. Since, each player has been willing to make any and all sacrifices to help the team, McDowell said.
“It’s a huge credit to this team for being flexible. The coolest thing about this team is that they’re all willing to do whatever it takes. Every player is very unselfish,” she said.
McDowell credited this selflessness as one of the leading factors in the team’s impressive 27-3 record on the season.
“The unity is the strength of this program,” she said.
The Eagles do not play again until Wednesday, Oct. 29, when they will take on Piedmont College (Ga.) at home. However, Emory will surely be looking forward to the the UAA Championships on the weekend of Nov. 7.
— By John Keuler, Contributing Writer & Zak Hudak, Sports Editor
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