I really enjoyed reading this profile on Baylor head coach Art Briles. It skips over anything specific to coaching and goes straight for the defining moment in his life so far. While talking about the sad moment when his parents died in a car accident on their way to watch him play in the Cotton Bowl, Mark Schlabach also ties it back to Briles’ life now. This profile goes beyond Briles as a head coach and delves into how this tragedy now helps him “mold perennial losers into winners” and “persuade others into believing that anything is possible.”
I also really liked this profile on Rutgers’ Eric LeGrand who was paralyzed in a game against Army in 2010. David Epstein doesn’t focus on his time as a player, or even the injury specifically, but the inspiration he’s sought since then. The story after the injury is almost more important here because it shows that LeGrand never gave up — he still believes he will one day walk again. This profile highlights why LeGrand is an inspiration to the sport.
By Elizabeth Grimsley
For sophomore Jamari Jordan, sports aren’t just a hobby. They’re an addiction.
“I want to quit,” Jordan said. “I really do, but I just can’t. I go to AA meetings for Georgia football because they’re my addiction.”
Jordan’s obsession stems from his dad who would wake up early on the weekends for a full day of football.
“He was the hugest Miami Hurricanes fan,” Jordan said. “It sickened my stomach how much he liked Miami. They was very dominant at this point, winning national championships every year. So on Saturday he was calm, he was cool on the couch and he was talking trash.”
However, Jordan also experience the heartbreak that sports can often bring.
“On Sundays, it was the exact opposite,” Jordan said. “He wasn’t a saint — we’ll just put it that way. A lot of curse words were said on Sundays watching the Falcons because Dan Reeves was the coach, and my father hated Dan Reeves with a passion.”
After a failing at his attempt to play baseball in first grade, Jordan turned from playing on the field to watching on the couch.
“Our baseball team was awful,” Jordan said. “We were the Bad News Bears before Bad News Bears. We were a disgrace. After that I was like, ‘You know what? I’m done.’ That turned be to the other side of sports, watching sports as a spectator and now as a journalist.”
Watching his dad become so passionate about certain teams also contributed to a desire to get in on the fun too. So Jordan began to look for a team of his own, leading him to the Colts.
“The Colts were my first love,” Jordan said. “Peyton Manning’s the greatest — that’s just a fact.”
As Jordan grew older, merely watching sporting events wasn’t enough.
“I started off just watching the sports and the different sporting events,” Jordan said. “But then I started watching the greatest thing ever created in my life, and that’s ESPN. Twenty four hours of sports? Are you serious?”
But it was more than that. Watching Chris Burman and Stephen A. Smith sparked Jordan’s interest in the production side of things, eventually leading him to be the aspiring journalist he is today.
“I wanted to be Stephen A. Smith, battling Skip Bayless and telling him why he’s asinine, asi-ten, asi-eleven, asi-twelve,” Jordan said. “Then I realized being in front of the camera is fun, but telling the story of it behind the camera is even more interesting.”
Whether it’s watching with his dad on the couch or covering it on the field, Jordan has a passion for sports that can’t be diminished.
“I just can’t walk away,” Jordan said. “They’re my addiction. I just can’t get over it.”
Photo gallery of Georgia volleyball vs. Kentucky on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in Stegeman Coliseum.
Tables Turn for Cardinals as Knights Take Control of the Big East
By Elizabeth Grimsley
When looking at the Louisville Cardinals’ schedule before the season began, it was thought that the team had one of the best chances in college football to go undefeated. With opponents like University of Central Florida and Eastern Kentucky as opponents, it looked like smooth sailing for the Cardinals to make their way to another top bowl game.
However, that all changed Friday night when unranked Central Florida upset the No. 8 Cardinals 38-35 on Louisville’s home turf.
Everything was going as planned for Louisville at the half as they were leading the game by 21 points. But it all came down to quarterback Blake Bortles who managed an 11-play, 75-yard drive that put the Knights on top with only 23 seconds for the Cardinals to respond.
The win didn’t come out of nowhere, though, and Central Florida can’t be called a complete surprise. Just three weeks ago, the Knights came a mere three points away from stunning the then-No. 13 South Carolina team by capitalizing on the Gamecocks’ mistakes. The Knights continued the same approach in Friday night’s game where they capitalized on a Louisville fumble that was recovered by Central Florida on the Cardinals’ 15.
Now the tables seem to have turned, and it’s the Knights that have found their way into the rankings at No. 21 — while the Cardinals dropped to No. 18 — with a chance at not only a good bowl game but also the Big East title as they lead the conference alongside Houston and South Florida.
Central Florida still has five conference games remaining with games against both co-leaders still on tap, so there’s plenty of time to either continue to dominate or let the lead slip form its grasp. The coming weeks will be important for all of the teams in the running for not only the title but for moving up in the overall national rankings as well.
Sam Draut of The Louisville Cardinal wrote this story after Louisville defeated Florida International University, making the team 4-0 for just the eleventh time in school history. I though it was a good story idea because it took an interesting stat and looked into some of the other Louisville teams that have managed the same feat as well as what they went on to accomplish that season. It gives the reader perspective on what this year’s Louisville team may be capable of doing. Although it’s not in a traditional story format with quotes and such, I still think it does a good job by analyzing a storyline that arose out of the game. This story was written on Sept. 30, and the Cardinals are still undefeated. It would be interesting to see a follow-up story as well about Louisville teams that went 5-0, 6-0, 7-0 and so on as well.
Cougars Sweep of Weekly Honors a First for Any AAC Team
By Elizabeth Grimsley
The Houston has swept its conference weekly awards, becoming the first team in the league to do so.
After its 59-28 win against University of Texas-San Antonio on Saturday, three Houston players were awarded player of the week honors by the American Athletic Conference.
Freshman quarterback John O’Korn was named Offensive Player of the Week, sophomore defensive back William Jackson received defensive recognition and redshirt freshman defensive back Brandon Wilson was awarded special teams honors.
The game against UTSA was only the second career start for O’Korn who completed 24 of 36 passes for 312 yards, including four touchdowns for the Cougars. Over the whole season, he has a 63.5 percent completion rate with just one interception.
Jackson made six tackles during the game and forces one fumble. He also returned a 96-yard interception for a touchdown. The 96-yard return is the second longest by any FBS player so far this season.
Wilson also had a touchdown on Saturday — a 78-yard return on a blocked field goal. It was his second block in as many weeks.
Houston was able to sweep the awards in a week that also featured University of Central Florida nearly overcoming No. 12 South Carolina — an impressive feat for a young Cougar team.
Houston’s ability to produce good results with such a young team could aid them in the long run. Looking at their results so far this season sets them up for a potentially steady rise in the rankings over the next few years.
Although Houston’s schedule is far from difficult — aside from a matchup against BYU — the Cougars are running with a four-game win streak. They will hope to take that streak into the next game against conference opponent Memphis and hopefully continue to rise up as a football program.