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Grind without A Dime

Why college athletes should recieve payment for play on the field.

Football program

of the


A look into the Dynasty Nick Saban

has brought to Alabama

Has the College football Playoffs

been sucessful after 2 years?

Top Recruits for the

class of 2016

March 2016

For those in Game


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Kinard Lisbon

Newberry College- Newberry, SC

Graphic Design Major

Email: Kinard.lisbon@newberry.edu

Phone: 803-316-9326


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particular football, up to date on things that are

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Table of


Player of The Month


Coach Of The Month


2016 Top

Recriuts 21

Successs of the College

Football Playoffs 25


Roll Saban Roll

Nick Saban has brought

an unmatchable nature

of play the Alabama

Crimson Tide.


Grind Without A Dime

The untold story of the

hectic lives of college

athletes and not beign

paid for there services.


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There has been major discussion

recently if college athletes

should or shouldn’t be paid

while they are in school. The

first thing opponents say is, “They’re already

getting a scholarship! That’s more

than anybody else! Don’t be greedy!”

Fine, let’s not be greedy and look at how

much a scholarship is actually worth. On

average, a full Division 1 scholarship is

$25,000 per year.

“That’s $100,000 over four years!”

Yes it is, but most athletes don’t last at

a school for the whole four years. Once

you get a sport involved, there are politics,

injuries, and a call to the office to

tell the player, “Thanks, but we don’t

need you on this team anymore.” Many

players will get a scholarship for a

year or two, then transfer to a different

school which turns out to be a better


A $25,000 scholarship may seem like a

lot of money, but it really only covers

the basics. It covers thousands of dollars

in mysterious, unknown university

fees, tuition, housing, a meal-plan and

multiple hundred-dollar textbooks.

Some players, if they come from a

low-income household, get a few hundred

dollars each semester from Pell

Grants which enables them to buy

chicken soup instead of chicken-flavored


Contrary to what all the opponents believe,

being an athlete is a full-time job.

On a typical day, a player will wake up

before classes, get a lift or conditioning

session in, go to class until 3 or 4 p.m., go

to practice, go to mandatory study hall,

and then finish homework or study for a


The point of this is that a scholarship

doesn’t equal cash in a player’s pocket.

Even with any type of scholarship, college

athletes are typically dead broke.

But how much do the top NCAA executives

make? About $1 million per


For a little extra money to see a movie

or go out to dinner once a week, my

freshman roommate worked a job at the

university, earning about $7/hour. He

would work his butt off all day, with two

or sometimes three basketball training

sessions, plus classes and homework, and

go to that job for a few

hours late at night. He

would come back exhausted,

but he needed

whatever money they

would pay him.

However, once the season

started up, he couldn’t work that

job anymore. We were on the road all

the time, even gone for two straight

weeks at one point. The teachers let us

do our work from the road, but the job

wasn’t going to pay you just because you

were playing basketball on a road trip.

The team gave us meal money (about

$7 per meal) so we could get chips and

condiments with our sandwiches, but

anything else was considered an NCAA


“Being a student-athlete

is a full-time job,

it’s not easy”

Jabari Howard, UC Davis

Who else makes money off these

near-professional level athletes?

First, their own coaches. Many coaches

earn at least $100,000

per year to coach one

of the major sports like

baseball, basketball,

or football at a school.

These coaches will

receive bonuses for

getting to the playoffs,

winning championships, or breaking

school records. You know what athletes

receive as a bonus? Nothing.

Second is the NCAA. Recently, the

NCAA and CBS signed a $10.8 billion

television agreement over 14

years. The NCAA is also considered a

non-profit company.

Third, the athletic programs. Universities

bring in hundreds of thousands

or even millions of dollars to their



athletic programs each year. Through

donations, ticket sales, media rights, advertising,

and anything else with a price

tag, these athletes are symbols for their

school and their program. If a school

makes a huge scientific achievement,

they will be in the newspaper for a few

days. The athletic teams, however, are in

the newspaper the entire year.

The flip side of this is that not all sports

teams are profitable. For example, some

less popular teams like swimming, tennis,

or volleyball don’t earn the university

much money, and the bigger sports

like basketball and football make up for

the lost revenue. So why would we pay

athletes if entire teams are struggling to


We would pay athletes because when

President Theodore Roosevelt helped

create the NCAA in 1906, he had no idea

what it would grow into. At first, it was a

great place to watch athletes play sports

while making sure the rules were being

followed. But now in the 21st century,

the NCAA is a billion dollar company.

Why hasn’t anything changed? Because

the decision makers have the mentality

of, “This is the way it’s always been.”

They’re scared to make amendments,

even when it’s necessary.

I’m not saying we should be paying athletes

$5,000 or even $10,000 per semester.

If each athlete got $2,000 paid over

the course of the semester, this would

give them some spending cash and an

opportunity to start managing their

money. Most athletic programs can’t

afford to pay athletes on their own, so

the NCAA and their executives need to

figure out a way to start compensating

their golden geese.

Athletes earn their schools hundreds

of thousands of dollars, increase enrollment,

and if they do well, provide

a recruiting piece for generations. Top

NCAA executives are getting $1 million

per year while an athlete can’t earn

$50 from signing a few autographs.

Let’s open our eyes to what’s really

going on. The NCAA “prevents student-athletes

from allowing their likeness

to be used for promotional purposes.”

There’s only one thing I can say to this:


-Tyson Hartnett, Huffington Post


Athlete of the Month

Deshaun Watson

In 2015, Watson led the Clemson football

team to an undefeated 12-0 regular season

and a #1 ranking in the polls. After

the regular season, the Tigers qualified

for the ACC Championship Game, facing

off against #10 North Carolina. Watson

threw for 289 yards and 3 touchdowns

and ran for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns

in the game to lead the Tigers to a 45-37

win over the Tar Heels, winning the ACC

Championship for the first time since

2011. Watson was also named the ACC

Championship Game MVP for his performance.

The Tigers were selected to

participate in the 2016 College Football

Playoff and were selected as the #1 seed.

The Tigers faced off against the #4 seed

Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl,

one of the two CFP Semifinal games. Watson

threw for 189 yards and a touchdown

and ran for 145 yards and a touchdown

as he led Clemson to a 37-17 victory

over the Sooners. Watson was named the

2015 Orange Bowl Offensive MVP for his

performance. With the win, the Tigers

advanced to the 2016 College Football

Playoff National Championship game

against #2 Alabama Crimson Tide. Watson

threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns

in the game and ran for another 73 yards

on the ground in the losing effort. Watson

surpassed the 4,000 yard passing mark in

this game.



The Dynasty Keeps




Nick Saban is one of the best coaches in college

football, having won three BCS championships

with Alabama in 2009, 2011, and 2012, and another

with LSU in 2003.

He’s more successful than most coaches, in part,

because he doesn’t think like the competition. His

guiding philosophy is known as The Process, a way of

breaking down a difficult situation into manageable


In new book “The Obstacle Is the Way,” an exploration

of ancient Greek Stoicism put into practice by

leaders ranging from Marcus Aurelius to Steve Jobs,

writer Ryan Holiday says that anyone can take advantage

of Coach Saban’s process. As Saban tells his

assistants and players:

“Don’t think about winning the SEC Championship.

Don’t think about the national championship. Think

about what you needed

to do in this drill, on this

play, in this moment.

That’s the process: Let’s

think about what we

can do today, the task at


Rather than encouraging

his players to keep their

minds trained on winning

another title, visualizing

themselves holding the crystal football AFCA National

Championship Trophy, he has them focus only on

what is directly in front of them. The idea is that concerning

oneself too much with the unknowable future

is distracting and anxiety-inducing, which can lead

to failure.

Even when Saban achieves a major goal, he doesn’t

miss a beat and shifts his energy to the next objective.

For example, when a friend called Saban to

congratulate him for winning a BCS title, according

to GQ, Saban was fretting that other coaches were

trying to steal the high school recruits he had his eye

on. He doesn’t spend too much time thinking about

the future or the past, and is obsessed with moving

forward from task to task.

“Whether it’s pursuing the pinnacle of success in

your field or simply surviving some awful or trying

ordeal, the same approach works,” Holiday writes.

For example, if you’re launching a company, it’s

great to set a goal of hitting $1 million in revenues.

But focusing too much on that ideal can throw your

judgment off. Instead, break the challenge down into

smaller parts, such as creating an effective VC pitch,

acquiring an office, hiring your first employees, etc.

You’ll be better able to maintain a clear head by ignoring

anything unrelated to the current step in the


Whether it’s on the gridiron

or in the office, you

can break down exceedingly

difficult projects

into a series of manageable

steps. By handling

the immediate task in

front of you before moving

on to the next, you’ll

avoid that creeping sense

of panic that comes from

biting off too much.

“Even mammoth tasks become just a series of component

parts,” Holiday writes.

~Richard Feloni, Business Insider


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Coach Of the Month

Dabo Swinney

Dabo Swinney has been at Clemson for just eight

years as head coach, but he has cemented himself

among the Tiger legends of the past. He will be

the first person to tell you that the program has

not reached all of its goals just yet, but he took

the 2015 Tigers to the brink of winning the program’s

second National Championship.

Swinney guided Clemson to the No. 1 national

ranking in every College Football Playoff poll in

2015, and led the Tigers to their first National

Championship Game appearance under the new

format after his team defeated Oklahoma 37-17

in the Capital One Orange Bowl on December

31. The Tigers led Alabama in the fourth quarter

of the championship game, but came up just

short, 45-40, in an epic game in Glendale, Ariz.

Following the team’s 14-1 record and No. 2 final

ranking, he was the recipient of 10 National and

two ACC Coach-of-the-Year honors. The win

over Oklahoma made him just the second coach

in college football history (joining Alabama’s

Bear Bryant) to beat the Sooners in two different

bowl games.



Top Football


Gregory Little

6-5, 318 | Class of 2016

Hometown: Allen, Texas

School: Allen High School

Position: Offensive Tackle

Status: Signed Ole Miss


Rashan Gary

6-4, 287 | 40: 4.86 | Class of 2016

Hometown: Paramus, N.J.

School: Paramus Catholic High School

Position: Defensive Tackle

Status: Signed Michigan

Nick Bosa

6-3, 250 | Class of 2016

HometownFort Lauderdale, Fla.

School: Saint Thomas Aquinas High School

Position: Defensive End

Status: Signed Ohio State

Ed Oliver

6-2, 289 | Class of 2016

Hometown: Houston, Texas

School: Westfield High School

Position: Defensive Tackle

Status: Signed Houston



Program of the Month

University of South Carolina


The South Carolina

Gamecocks football team

represents the University

of South Carolina in the

sport of American football.

The Gamecocks compete

in the Football Bowl

Subdivision of the NCAA

and the Eastern Division

of the Southeastern Conference.

Will Muschamp

currently serves as the

team’s head coach. They

play their home games at

Williams-Brice Stadium. Currently, it is the 20th largest stadium in college football.

USC’s SEC tenure has been highlighted by an SEC East title in 2010, Final Top-25 rankings

in 2000, 2001, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (AP No. 19, No. 13, No. 22, No. 9, No. 8 and No. 4),

and four wins over Top-5 SEC opponents, (No. 4 Ole Miss in 2009, No. 1 Alabama in 2010,

No. 5 Georgia in 2012 and at No. 5 Missouri in 2013).

From 1953 through 1970, the Gamecocks played in the Atlantic Coast Conference, winning

the 1969 ACC championship and finishing No. 15 in the 1958 final AP poll. From 1971

through 1991, they competed as a major independent, producing 1980 Heisman Trophy winner

George Rogers, six bowl appearances, and Final Top-25 rankings in 1984 and 1987 (AP

No. 11 and No. 15).

The Gamecocks have produced a National Coach of the Year in Joe Morrison, three SEC

coaches of the year in Lou Holtz (2000) and Steve Spurrier (2005, 2010), and one ACC coach

of the year in Paul Dietzel (1969). They also have three members of the College Football Hall

of Fame in George Rogers, Lou Holtz, and Sterling Sharpe.

It’s Scientifically



Success or

Will the college football playoffs become the

next big Sporting Event?


This Saturday is the biggest day for college

football. The outcome of the conference

champions will be determined. It will be

the last day for teams to make a push and get into

the top four and move on to the College Football

Playoff. This will be the second year since the

NCAA moved away from the BCS format into a

four team playoff. Has the new College Football

Playoff format been a success?

Going into the conference championships, there

are scenarios in which maybe eight different teams

outside of the top four could make the playoff. A

scenario in which the top four teams all lose or a

combination of some of them opens up endless


Already it’s showing improvements from the BCS in

terms of rankings. According to BCS simulations,

Ohio State would likely be in the top four right now.

With a committee voting to determine the rankings,

it is less likely to allow teams that don’t deserve it

into the playoff. The College Football Playoff Ranking

has Ohio State ranked sixth, as does the AP Top

25 poll, and the Coaches poll. While Ohio State is a

very good team, it’s basically unanimous that they

aren’t one of the top four teams in the nation right


In terms of viewership and ratings, it has been

everything the NCAA could have hoped for. In its

inaugural season, the three games where some of

the most watched college football games in television

history. The semifinal games both drew more

than 28 million viewers. The Ohio State/Oregon

was the most watched program in ESPN and cable

TV history with over 33 million viewers. It was

a 21% increase in viewership from the last BCS

Championship game.

Apart from viewership, has it been a better system

than the BCS was? College football fans were

clamoring for some sort of a playing leading up to

the announcement that the NCAA would abandon

the BCS. America loves playoffs and the NCAA

gave the fans what they wanted. There are positives

and negatives to this change, however.

This year is a good example of why the College

Football Playoff is a success. It can be even better

even with the same format. Right now there are

two undefeated teams with Clemson and Iowa both

being 12-0. If next season there are no undefeated

teams or even just one, it adds even more parity

to an already exciting system. Do or die games are

insanely fun and three is better than one.

First off, having a four team playoffs expands the

field of potential teams to win a national championship

drastically. Obviously with a four team

playoff, there are two more teams with a chance,

but it’s more than just that. Adding two teams

provides way more opportunities to sneak in. With

the BCS there were far less opportunity for teams

to compete for a championship than there is now.


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