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Pops would have been proud



My father KWAME MCDONALD never let an opportunity slip by when it came to supporting the youth of St. Paul. This past month I did a little traveling to support some former prep stars as they embark on their college careers. Here is a short summary of my travels:

Saturday, November 5: Traveled with former St. Paul Central boys’ basketball standout RONNIE SMITH (1976) to watch his son CAMERON, a point guard for the JV men’s basketball team at Waldorf College (Iowa) and a former St. Continue Reading →

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Three-point review of Gophers men’s and women’s basketball


By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer
A seven-game review of Minnesota women’s basketball at this point of the season yields the following three points:
First point: Billed before the season as the missing piece, Rachel Banham thus far seemingly has made a smoother transition as freshman starting point guard than her male counterpart Andre Hollins (more on him later). “I think she’s doing a great job getting a feel of things, and she’s playing a lot of minutes. She’s really pushing tempo and keeping our team playing fast,” surmises Coach Pam Borton. Second point: Will junior Leah Cotton ever play “unplugged”? Yes, she makes mistakes (i.e., silly fouls), but often makes up for it with hustle and ball hawking on defense. Continue Reading →

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2011 Hiring Report Card released

Are 22 Black hires out of 250  vacancies a ‘shinning example of change?’


We are now in college football’s annual firing and hiring season. Coincidentally, the 2010-2011 Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) Hiring Report Card is now out as well. There were only five coaches of color in 2007 — this season there’s 19. “I believe it is one of the shining examples of positive change on the landscape of intercollegiate sport in recent times as it pertains to diversity and inclusion efforts,” said BCA Executive Director Floyd Keith in a press release. “The BCA Hiring Report Card works,” adds Dr. Richard Lapchick, the report’s primary author. Continue Reading →

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Kwame McDonald: Why so many will miss him so much

If one wanted to get in line to share their thoughts about the late Kwame McDonald, whose columns appeared weekly on the MSR sports pages for over two decades, their patience would be sorely tested because of the long wait. “Kwame was one of the first people I met when I got to campus,” recalls Minnesota Women’s Coach Pam Borton, who is in her 10th season. She spoke to me shortly after he died on October 26. “He has meant a lot to girls’ basketball, especially in the St. Paul area,” continued Borton. Continue Reading →

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Analysts speculate on season’s outlook for college women


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


ESPN Analysts Carolyn Peck and Kara Lawson recently discussed this season’s women’s college basketball storylines. Here are some of their observations:

1) A breakout year for Britney Griner: “I think the international experience that she

had this off-season definitely helped her,” observed Peck of the 6-8 Baylor junior center. She also sees Griner’s body maturing, “…catching up to what she wants to do” as an offensive player.  

“The thing I’ve seen Britney improve on is her aggressiveness and [ability] to handle double teams,” noted Peck, especially the junior’s anticipating the doubles coming at her quicker and passing the ball before they arrive. The Gophers will play nationally ranked Baylor in Williams Arena December 4 as part of the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. Continue Reading →

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Stephens inducted into U of M Hall of Fame





By Kenneth Foxworth

Contributing Writer


November 12, 2011 was an unseasonably warm autumn day. Ongoing was a battle between the University of Minnesota and our neighbors, Wisconsin. The two teams were battling it out for one goal: the Paul Bunyan Axe. Though the Gophers would unfortunately lose 42-13 to the Badgers, the highlight of the day was the presentation for Sandy Stephens’ induction into the College Hall of Fame. Stephens, the first African American All-American quarterback in the nation, remains the sole quarterback in U of M history to have taken the Gophers to the Rose Bowl. Continue Reading →

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College sport management remains overwhelmingly White, male



A reported all-time high of 17 Black head college football coaches this season looks promising, but only if we overlook the continued poor diversity numbers in key leadership positions at Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) or Division I schools and conferences. Dr. Richard Lapchick’s annual college sport race and gender report card was released last week by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES), which Lapchick heads at the University of Central Florida. He pointed out that White men hold 90 of the 120 presidents positions (75 percent) and 101 of the 120 athletic director positions (84.2 percent) at FBS schools. Whites overall hold 333 of the 365 campus leadership positions, and White women hold 64 of these positions, he added. “College sports is still far behind professional sports regarding equal opportunities for the top jobs,” wrote Lapchick. Continue Reading →

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