athletics http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Monday, April 14, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-april-14-2014 <p>Today, Gov. Rick Snyder rolled out a new statewide recycling plan that aims to increase recycling across the state. Michigan is seventh among the eight Great&nbsp;Lakes states in its recycling performance, and the governor as well as recycling activists agree that we can do a lot better.&nbsp;</p><p>The intersection of college athletics and college academics often causes controversy. To what degree are student athletes allowed to get away with lighter class loads in order for them to play? Paul Barrett of Bloomberg Businessweek joined us to answer that very question.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:03:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 17220 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, April 14, 2014 Tackling the student-athlete double standard http://michiganradio.org/post/tackling-student-athlete-double-standard <p>What happens at the intersection of college athletics and college academics?&nbsp;</p><p>To what degree are student athletes allowed to get by with a lighter academic load, enabling them to play the games that are such moneymakers for the school and the NCAA?</p><p>That question is being asked more frequently today, often to the great discomfort of those who run colleges and universities, and their athletic programs.</p><p>To talk about the student-athlete double standard, we welcomed Paul Barrett of Bloomberg Businessweek. His recent piece is titled, "<a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-27/in-fake-classes-scandal-unc-fails-its-athletes-whistle-blower">In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletes – and Whistle-blower</a>." &nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:31:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 17223 at http://michiganradio.org Tackling the student-athlete double standard The Mudbowl takes us back to what football used to be http://michiganradio.org/post/mudbowl-takes-us-back-what-football-used-be <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tomorrow morning, one of Michigan’s oldest traditions will be on display. No, not at the Big House, but at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house. </span></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 14887 at http://michiganradio.org The Mudbowl takes us back to what football used to be Rutgers makes it official, Big Ten now at 14 http://michiganradio.org/post/rutgers-makes-it-official-big-ten-now-14 <p>Yesterday, the University of Maryland announced that they'll join the Big Ten Conference, and there was speculation that Rutgers would follow suit.</p><p>Today it's official.</p><p>From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>Rutgers is announcing that it will join the Big Ten at an afternoon news conference Tuesday on its campus in Piscataway, N.J.</p><p>Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany will be joined by Rutgers University President Robert Barchi and athletic director Tim Perenetti.</p><p>Rutgers will be leaving the Big East, where it has been competing since 1991. The move follows Maryland's announcement on Monday that it was departing the Atlantic Coast Conference to join the Big Ten in 2014. Rutgers will be the Big Ten's 14th member.</p><p>Rutgers also plans to join its new conference in 2014, though the Big East requires 27 months' notification for departing members. The Scarlet Knights will have to negotiate a deal with the Big East to leave early. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:06:25 +0000 Mark Brush 9996 at http://michiganradio.org Rutgers makes it official, Big Ten now at 14 Governor Snyder signs legislation attempting to reduce youth concussions http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-signs-legislation-attempting-reduce-youth-concussions <p>Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation to help schools reduce the number and severity of sports-related student concussions.</p><p>The bills require coaches to immediately remove a player from a game if they suspect a concussion.</p><p>Coaches, players, and parents will also have access to new information and training materials about serious head injuries.</p><p>Senator John Proos sponsored one of the bills. He says the state needs to be in position to provide the best and most up-to-date information to schools and parents.</p><p>“Every time we answer a question about traumatic brain injury or concussions, we learn that there are ten more questions that come up,” he said.</p><p>The bills easily made their way through the state Legislature last month.</p><p>Michigan is now one of many states that have passed anti-concussion legislation. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:10:36 +0000 Jake Neher 9588 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder signs legislation attempting to reduce youth concussions After a two year fight, Down Syndrome athlete wins right to play senior season http://michiganradio.org/post/after-two-year-fight-down-syndrome-athlete-wins-right-play-senior-season <p></p><p>After more than two years of campaigning, a high-schooler with Down Syndrome will be able to play football his senior year. His family fought to create an age waiver for athletes with disabilities.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Eric Dompierre of Ishpeming has played with his team the last three years. He&#39;s a kicker, practices twice a day, and even asked for a Bowflex for Christmas to keep training.&nbsp; But now he&#39;s 19, past the state age-limit for high school athletics.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:46:40 +0000 Kate Wells 8640 at http://michiganradio.org After a two year fight, Down Syndrome athlete wins right to play senior season Fighting for football: one Down Syndrome athlete's story http://michiganradio.org/post/fighting-football-one-down-syndrome-athletes-story <p></p><p>Football practice starts up at high schools across the state this week. But for one athlete&#39;s family, the biggest day of the season is tomorrow.</p><p>That&#39;s when the Michigan High School Athletic Association will decide whether Eric Dompierre can play football his senior year. Dompierre has Down Syndrome, but that hasn&#39;t kept him from playing with Ishpeming High&#39;s team the last three years. Now nineteen, Dompierre is too old to be eligible for the team.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 20:58:52 +0000 Kate Wells 8582 at http://michiganradio.org Fighting for football: one Down Syndrome athlete's story Michigan Olympians http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-olympians-0 <p>In the opening ceremonies next week, when the United States&rsquo; flag bearer declines to dip the Stars and Stripes for Queen Elizabeth, he or she will be following the lead of Ralph Rose, a Michigan alum who refused to lower the flag in the 1908 London Olympics, for King Edward VII.&nbsp;</p><p>Rose explained, &quot;This flag dips for no earthly king.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Wolverines have also made their mark on the podium, winning 138 medals, including 65 gold. This year, Michigan is sending 26 athletes and coaches to London, who will compete in nine different sports.&nbsp;</p><p>The list includes Betsey Armstrong, a graduate of Ann Arbor Huron High &ndash; widely considered the greatest high school in the history of Western Civilization &mdash;who will play goalie for the water polo team.</p><p>Tiffany and Jeff Porter both set hurdling records at Michigan, before getting married &ndash; even as Tiffany was becoming a doctor of pharmacy.&nbsp;</p><p>There&rsquo;s Connor Jaeger, an engineering student who walked onto the swimming team, and finished as a three-time NCAA All-American. &nbsp;</p><p>There&rsquo;s Sam Mikulak, a gymnast, who broke both ankles at a meet last year on the same landing.&nbsp; He finished his remaining events &ndash; and learned afterward he&rsquo;d fractured both ankles.&nbsp; Not all tough guys play football.</p><p>And there&rsquo;s Jerome Singleton.&nbsp; When he was just one year old, doctors amputated his right leg below the knee.&nbsp; He went on to become an engineering student, and a world-class paralympian &ndash; Michigan&rsquo;s first. &nbsp; Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:30:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 8361 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Olympians Cut from the team: Some lessons for players and parents http://michiganradio.org/post/cut-team-some-lessons-players-and-parents <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-1012350.mp3</p><p>Teresa Bloodman&rsquo;s son was thrilled to play on his freshman basketball team for two months. &nbsp;But, when the coach held a third round of tryouts so the football players could come out for the team, he cut Bloodman&rsquo;s son.</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 11:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 7519 at http://michiganradio.org Cut from the team: Some lessons for players and parents Rich Rodriguez likely to learn about his future this afternoon http://michiganradio.org/post/rich-rodriguez-likely-learn-about-his-future-afternoon <p>The head coach of the University of Michigan's football team might learn about his future today.</p><p><a href="http://www.annarbor.com/">AnnArbor.com</a> is reporting that University of Michigan Athletic Director, David Brandon, will meet with the university's head football coach, Rich Rodriguez, this afternoon:</p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 17:27:52 +0000 Mark Brush 740 at http://michiganradio.org Rich Rodriguez likely to learn about his future this afternoon