The Huffington Post:
Why Schoolgirls Wouldn’t Giggle at the AP’s Softball Story
NCAA Enforcement Experience
When it comes to politics and college sports, one of the most recognizable names is Tom Osborne, who coached the Nebraska Cornhuskers to 255 wins and two national championships in football and then became the school’s AD.
An NCAA working group on Enforcement will recommend the adoption of an expanded, four-level violation structure for infractions when it meets with the Division I Board of Directors on Saturday.
Constantin Popa barely spoke English when he left his native Romania to play basketball in the United States. Thumbing through an English dictionary, Popa fought his way through one year of high school at a military academy, eventually becoming eligible to put his 7 foot 3 inch frame to work on the court for the Miami Hurricanes.
When New Zealand native Anna Taylor was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer during her freshman year at Oregon State, the stand-out rower and her family were forced to make a heart-wrenching decision: bring her home, or keep her in the states where she could stay in school and receive top-ranked treatment unavailable on her island country.
Shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, Nick LoRusso was deciding what college he would attend. The Long Island, N.Y., native knew he wanted to play Division I lacrosse and with the memory of the Twin Towers fresh in his mind, Army seemed a logical choice.
Nick and his three brothers – Kevin, Brian and Larry – all decided to play lacrosse at Army. Three of them played on the same team and two of them were team captains. All of them enrolled knowing they could face combat.
Fans attending this year’s March Madness games will be greeted by a video of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and NCAA President Mark Emmert encouraging them to “say something” if they see suspicious activities.
Experts say that new student-athletes and those coming back to campus after a break may need an opportunity to acclimate and that coaches and strength and conditioning professionals should take that into consideration when devising their off-season and preseason plans.
Rhabdomyolysis, a serious complication of extreme muscle exertion, should be aggressively managed to prevent potentially catastrophic results for student-athletes, experts say.
The condition, commonly known as “rhabdo,” causes muscle fiber to break down and release myoglobin into the bloodstream. It can produce dangerous side effects, including kidney damage and compartment syndrome − a compression of nerves, blood vessels and muscle inside a closed space within the body.
Working in a War Zone
(Won an honorable mention for best feature writing; Trade, Association and Business Publications International)
Speeding down Highway 10 past Fallujah toward Baghdad in a beat-up, unarmored Datsun with an Iraqi driver at the wheel and an Iraqi escort in the passenger seat was how Steven Hilton got to work each day in late March. As head of the Iraq task force for the Buchanan and Ingersoll PC law firm, Hilton was in Iraq evaluating opportunities for his corporate clients, which were hoping to participate in some portion of the $18 billion reconstruction project funded by the U.S. government.
Lessons from New Orleans
(Won a gold medal for Best Feature Series Writing; American Society of Business Publication Editors)
Three days before katrina made landfall, Dr. Maurice A. Ramirez and his FEMA Disaster Medical Assistant Team were ready to render aid, but they were forced to wait five days before receiving authorization to enter Louisiana and establish a triage and critical care hospital at the Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans. They couldn’t go in until there was a written request from the governer’s office to either the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security or the President. In most emergency situations, that takes as little as two days. The delay in this case was one example of how an ill-prepared response system was quickly overwhelmed by events.
In early July 2001, an FBI field agent in Arizona, alarmed that al Qaeda operatives were training at U.S. flight schools, penned a memo recommending a national program to track suspicious flight school attendants. The single-line synopsis of the memo, with portions redacted by black marker, appeared on several Web sites, including The Memory Hole. It read: “UBL [Usama bin Laden]… supporters attending civil aviation universities/colleges in state of Arizona.”