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SEC Profiles

The Red & Black’s profile on Georgia Cornerback Shaq Wiggins parallels the Allison Schmidt profile we read in class the other day by picking a personal aspect of the athlete to delve into his distinct personality before going into his actual athletic prowess. Shirkey, however, maintains the focus on Wiggins’ personality throughout the article, sprinkling in stats and analysis of his play in-between smack talk and team camaraderie anecdotes.

Seth Emerson’s profiling of Auburn Quarterback Nick Marshall’s “turning point” after being dismissed from the University of Georgia for theft was a great first part. However, the conclusion is left out. We are told how he fell from grace and overcame his mistake, but we are left to find out for ourselves how he is at Auburn or how he feels about the journey. But, this profile has a very good lede (similar to some of Prof. Suggs examples in class on Tuesday) and details his journey to UGA, his dismissal, his renewing talk with his high school coach and his transfer to Garden City Community College. More details and interviews about what happened after his stay at Garden City would make this a great profile.

Loni Gibson’s sports story

As a young girl sitting in the Georgia Dome with her father every Sunday, Loni Gibson experienced a culture of passion and a world full of stories. But Gibson never imagined she would be the one to tell those stories.

Gibson’s father Reuben -who had a short stint as a running back with the Falcons in 1977- instilled a love of sport into her at a young age.

“Attending Atlanta Falcons games with my Dad as a child is one of my favorite pastimes,” she said.

But, originally, the allure of the television spotlight drove Gibson’s career plans.

“I always knew that I wanted to be on TV,” she said, “Yet, I knew I didn’t want to be an actress. That’s when I found broadcast journalism.”

However, the direction for her television career would later be shaped by her father and her fond childhood memories of Sunday afternoons in the Dome.

“My Dad helped me find my love of sports,” Gibson said, “I think that’s what made [sports] a thing for me, because it was our Sunday thing.”

As a student in the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism, Gibson has found plenty of compelling stories to be told, particularly those involving the passion of college athletes.

“I feel like when you’re talking to college athletes there’s a little more passion in it than [with professionals],” she said “Because they’re trying to get to that next level, and they know that this is what it depends on.”

The human element, specifically the zeal of sports fans, particularly engages Gibson. And makes for entertaining stories.

“[Sports] allows people to interact with something that’s their favorite pastime,” Gibson said, “It truly evokes passion through fans. It helps people tell their own story. I think that’s what reporting is all about — the people, and that’s what makes sports my thing.”

Gibson also enjoys exploring the physical and emotional journey of the athlete.

“I like knowing how people feel,” she said. “I’m more interested in seeing [situations] like: ‘Oh, she just made her first point as a Lady Dog, and it was a three point shot. How does that make her feel? What do her teammates think? She’s a freshman and her first shot was a three point; what does the team think about her?’”

And her love of sports even overcomes her love of the spotlight.

“Sports is what I really wanna do,” Gibson said, “Obviously, if someone wanted me to anchor their show, I wouldn’t say no, but I want to sideline report college sports.”

“All Players United” working for NCAA reform

On Saturday, twenty six football players from at least four different teams in four different BCS conferences took the field sporting equipment marked with the acronym “APU” -All Players United- to protest the NCAA on issues “from concussions to compensation.”

Five offensive linemen from Georgia as well as the quarterbacks of Georgia Tech and Northwestern made up part of the high profile players supporting this movement.

The National College Players Association, a student-athlete advocacy group, recruited the players to mark their gear and use the social media hashtags #AllPlayersUnited and #APU. The players also participated in weekly teleconferences with the NCPA.

The NCPA released a statement just after the noon kickoff on Saturday stating their goals (seen below or on their website) and asking for “a portion of its over $1 billion in new TV revenue to guarantee basic protections.” Protections such as guaranteed scholarship renewals for permanently injured players, no cost to players for sports-related medical bills, an increase in scholarships up to $5,000, and the creation of a “trust fund” that players could use after their eligibility expires for educational expenditures.

The reaction from coaches was mainly positive with only talking heads and executives calling for punishment. However, both Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said their teams should discuss and decide whether or not to support the movement collectively. But, the coaches thought it was done respectfully and therefore saw no reason for backlash.

All Players United Campaign goals:

  • Demonstrate unity among college athletes and fans in favor of NCAA reform.
  • Show support for players who joined concussion lawsuits against the NCAA, which could “force the NCAA to finally take meaningful steps to minimize brain trauma in contact sports and provide resources for current and former players suffering with brain injuries.”
  • Show support for the players who “stepped up in the O’Bannon v. NCAA, EA Sports lawsuit regarding the use of players’ images/likeliness, which could unlock billions of dollars in resources for current, future, and former players.”
  • Stand behind individual players being “harmed by NCAA rules.”