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I liked this profile on Jameis Winston by Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples because of the structure. The first three paragraphs open with a similar statement, so it reads well. It’s also informative and explains the hype behind this talented athlete.

I liked this profile on Duke’s coach David Cutcliffe by Kevin Armstrong of New York Daily News because it takes a specific angle of how he helped mentor the Manning brothers. The lede is intriguing because it’s anecdotal. The profile is really detailed, and explains how things in his past affect his present work.


Kristin Hiller Story

Being a figure skating fan in Georgia is a difficult task. Being a figure skater in Georgia is even harder.

Yet, despite the relative obscurity of the sport and the non-conducive climate for outdoor competition, Kristin Hiller counts herself as a member of both factions.

Since she was eight years old, Hiller has been in skates and on ice. Turned onto the game by a cousin, Hiller skated competitively through high school and played an instrumental role in turning her sister on to the sport as well.

“It’s a lot harder than it looks,” Hiller said. “Skating requires so much, both physically and mentally.”

She should know this first hand. Hiller wasn’t just a figure skater; she was a pretty darn good one at that. She lists her crowning achievement as completing her “Senior Moves Test,” one of the highest honors an American figure skater can earn courtesy of US Figure Skating. That being said, Hiller understands her skating didn’t embody perfection.

However, she came close to perfection at the age of 12 when she finally got the opportunity to watch her hero, Michelle Kwan, skate in a showcase.

“She was awesome,” Hiller said. “The audience was so loud that you couldn’t even hear her music because everyone was cheering.”

In her years away from the sport away attending the University of Georgia, (Athens won’t have an ice rink until after she has graduated) Hiller has tried to stay active by judging two or three youth events each year. But as her involvement in the sport has slightly waned, her interest in other games has been piqued.

“Now in college, I’m not able to skate as much so I’ve had to look to other sports to satisfy my craving of the competitive spirit,” Hiller said. “I really enjoy going to the football games and have attended most other sporting events here at UGA as well. I like how a sport can draw such a large audience of people together.”

Nick Suss

Nick Suss says he was born a sports fan. Literally, he knows what football game he came home to from the hospital: a 1:00 Dolphins vs. Jets match. To this day, his love of sports has not ceased.

“I’m a sports nerd– I know a ton of trivia,” he said.

Things got serious at 2 years old, when Suss could apparently list off every NFL team just by seeing the team’s helmet. As a young child, he would practice his football throws in the house and even keep his own stats on pen and paper.

Every morning before elementary school, a dedicated Suss would sit down and watch Sports Center, even memorizing some of their facts. He headlined his own sports segment on the morning broadcast at his school. He had so much to say that kids would be late to their first classes because they wanted to hear it all. Now in college, he is studying to become a sportswriter because it gives him more room to be wordy. He’s even got his own website up and running called storieshouse.com.

Suss comes from a family that embraced his love of sports. His father really instilled a love of sports in him. Interestingly enough, his dad is only 5’7″, so they never even anticipated their son being big enough to play. But Suss ended up playing his real love, football, for ten years, starting at age 8. His first steps onto a field were at age 6 with soccer, the sport he claims he was “dreadful” at.

Football was a big deal for Suss. It gave him an identity, even if it was just as a backup player. It gave him something to strive for, as he eventually made a starting position. It gave him instant friendships that would prove long-lasting.

All it takes is a few minutes with Suss to pick up on his intensely sports-focused life. He has embraced all aspects of sports, from studying them to playing them and writing about them. His knowledge of sports is all-encompassing since it started at such an early age.

University of Miami in the Clear

Breaking news today is that the University of Miami had its hearing and escaped with minor penalties. According to this SB Nation article, the university will lose nine scholarships over a three-year period. But that punishment is trivial: The Hurricanes are free to play and make use of their now No. 7 ranking.

What seemed to help Miami in fewer punishments from the NCAA was the school’s decision to remove themselves on their own accord from bowl play and the ACC championship last year. Therefore, the NCAA thought that further penalties were not necessary. There are no further bowl bans or television bans.

For anyone like myself who was still a little confused as to what the investigation was all about, today’s New York Times article did a better job in background reporting. Apparently, problems arose back in 2009 when word got out that a booster, Nevin Shapiro, had given a large amount of money to players on the team. The NCAA faulted Miami for not asserting control and monitoring actions within the athletic program.

So, what does this cleared status mean for Miami? It’s great for recruiting (minus the loss of a few scholarships). In previous seasons, the unknown implications may have deterred players from signing with the school. In this year’s recruiting class, Miami made over 100 offers but only got 19 commits. But now, paired with their top 10 ranking, Miami should pose a threat to other good schools in recruiting top high school athletes.

ACC Championship Game

Yesterday Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports reported that the officials of the Atlantic Coast Conference have approved for the conference’s championship game to remain in Charlotte, NC at the Bank of America Stadium. The contract with Charlotte expires after this year’s game on Dec. 7, but it appears there were not really any serious considerations to stray from the city.

Four of the ACC’s schools (Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest) are located in North Carolina, but none call Charlotte home. With the majority of the conference located in North Carolina, it is understandable that the state hosts the championship game. But realistically, it is unlikely that any of these schools will be playing in the final game, which raises the question: should the ACC move the championship to a state that has shown more dominance in football?

One could make a great case for Florida, as both No. 6 Florida State and No. 13 Miami are in the midst of undefeated seasons. And of course, South Carolina is home of No. 3 Clemson. The championship game will most likely be a repeat of the Oct. 19 matchup between Clemson and Florida State, already set for primetime on ABC.

So what makes the Bank of America Stadium so special? It is home to the Carolina Panthers and seats over 73,000. It has hosted the ACC championship game since 2010 and the Belk Bowl since 2002. But most important seems to be the desire to set up consistency by using one city. Mike Bobinski, the athletic director at Georgia Tech, was quoted saying “…one location does give it a chance to establish roots” in an article for SB Nation’s Card Chronicle.