Memphis vs Belmont: Fans

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Image 1: The arena is silenced as men of the Armed Forces make their way across the court between the Memphis and Belmont teams lined up during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Image 2: A fan and U of M student, Joseph Claiborne, taunts the Belmont players by booing as they  come onto the court.

Image 3: Members of the Memphis band hold up their finger in unison as, “put your fingers up,” is yelled as a Memphis player approaches the free throw line after being fouled.

Image 4: Fans clasp their hands over their mouths in awe as Memphis player, Chris Crawford, goes down after slipping on a wet spot on the court.

Image 5: Memphis fan throws up his arms in relief as the Tigers recover the ball from a struggle with the opposing Belmont team.

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Is pay-for-play okay?

Video by Natalie Cole and Greg Williams, written story by  Natalie Cole

Williams and Cole look into the issue of athletes being paid for play at the collegiate level and if it is right or something to be frowned upon.

Ohio State, University of Southern California  and Miami are just a few of the schools that have recently come under investigation or been found guilty of  practicing pay for play in their athletic programs. Many might wonder why so many colleges are feeling  the pressure to offer players extra incentives.

     Athletes receive free tuition, housing, food, books, medical care, tutoring, athletic apparel — which could be worth more than $50,000 a year. They practice in palatial facilities and showcase their talent to future employers on national TV. They leave college debt-free, unlike many students, according to the Miami Herald.  http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/04/2487835/dont-allow-pay-for-play-to-fool.html 

Median college costs at public universities exceed an athlete’s scholarship coverage by about $4,000, according to a recent USA Today analysis. However, offering extra incentives can be very damaging to universities’ reputations and raise a host of legal issues, as well as run the risk of championships and other rewards being stripped.

It is difficult for most students in college to stay afloat, and they too feel the pains of college costs, but often they do not see the rewards like college athletes gain.

“I feel like those funds could go to other things on campus,” said Marlon Turner, University of Memphis photography major.

Playing at the collegiate level is not an obligation but a privilege.

“It’s not their job; it is a privilege for them to be doing this,” said Dusty Jolliff, University of Memphis photography student.

“If we are going to pay student-athletes, why even have university-based teams? Just go watch a pro game,” NCAA President Mark Emmert told the Miami Herald. http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/04/2487835/dont-allow-pay-for-play-to-fool.html#ixzz1gXOCp4MR

There could be some major changes on the way, however. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, major-college athletes could receive up to $2,000 a year more in institutional aid and be granted multiyear scholarships under a wide-ranging set of proposals to be presented to the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors next week.

Other ideas under consideration include the elimination of foreign travel and nontraditional-season competition, reductions in regular-season games, fewer scholarships for big-time football and men’s and women’s basketball teams, and stiffer eligibility standards for athletes, according to an NCAA document obtained by The Chronicle.

Plus, high price TV deals being made and sweet deals for coaches has not helped with the issue.

“They got something to lose and don’t even know it yet … you [athletes] have a choice, have a decision to make are you going to go about your collegiate career on the right path or you gonna take that back road?” said Kendall Shaw, University of Memphis sports fan.

Tigers Stomp Out Magicians Magic

The season opening exhibition game by Natalie Cole

Memphis, TN–The season opening game between the University of Memphis Tigers and the Lemoyne-Owen College Magicians, at the FedexForum, brought out quite a crowd for the exhibiton game. The game started out on a competitive note with the score being neck and neck early in the first half. The Tigers then revved up dominating the court having little over a 30 point lead over the Magicians by halftime. 

The second half was no different as the Tigers continued to rain threes and punch it straight into the paint with a few crowd-thrilling dunks to boot.

 The final score was Tigers 119, Magicians 65 with the Tigers scoring thier first victory of the season.