Playing ‘For Us’ vs Playing ‘Against Them’

I am lucky to have been part of some amazing teams. In high school we won a Conference Championship and consistently knocked off top-ranked teams in the state; in college we were one of the winningest classes in school history; after college, my career was highlighted by National Championships in both Ireland and Spain. All…

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Developing a Championship Mindset

with Tufts University football Coach, Jay Civetti By the time the cork was pulled from the bottle of champagne, it was stale. For years it sat in a duffle bag, wrapped in towels, awaiting the end of the nation’s longest losing streak. The Tufts Jumbos went 0-31 over three seasons before it was popped. For…

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Decoding Cam: A Case for Clarity in Our Evaluation of Leadership

This article was originally published by the Good Men Project in 2016, after the Carolina Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Cam Newton was harshly criticized, and I felt that some clarity was needed in the discussion. Thanks to the original editors for printing this article. With the surprise dominance of…

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The Redskins are Giving Reuben Foster a Chance, He Needs to Make the Most of It

This is a repost of an original PennLive publication – click here to read the original article  On Nov. 25, the day after Reuben Foster was arrested – for the second time this year – on suspicion of domestic violence, the San Francisco 49ers released him. By Nov. 27, Foster had been claimed off waivers by the Washington…

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Don’t Shut Down Harvard Athletics

originally published in the Harvard Crimson in fall of 2015, this article was written in response to an OpEd suggesting that the school down their football program The death of Andre Smith, the 17-year-old football player who passed away last month, is a tragedy. Its impetus for the recent article (which calls for the shutting down of Harvard football)…

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Kliff Kingsbury: the NFL’s New ‘Cool Dad’

At a recent NFL league meeting, newly hired Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury announced that he would provide “social media breaks” during team meetings. Predictably, his plan has been met with varied response. Some have applauded his efforts to meet a team of millennials on their own virtual turf. Others have condemned it in a…

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We Need to Talk About Mental Health in Athletics

Death by suicide is a complicated occurrence which often leaves loved ones saddened and confused. The on-paper version of Tyler Hilinski’s passing is no exception: tall, bright, likeable young man playing quarterback in the Pac10. He leaves behind a loving family and host of friends who will miss him dearly. So what went wrong? Many recent…

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Opting Out of Bowl Games: Addressing Audience Concerns

The feedback we’ve gotten from the original article is fantastic – thank you to all who wrote in! There seemed to be two camps of responses, which might overlap. Many of you identified that, if one of your players were considering opting out of their bowl game, you would sit down with the player individually…

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Money, Grit, and Opting Out of Bowl Games

For the second time in two years, the Stanford football team will enter the Sun Bowl without their starting running back. Christian McCaffrey started this trend when he sat out of the Sun Bowl in 2016. Bryce Love will now abstain from this year’s Sun Bowl, leaving his teammates to finish their careers without him.…

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The Wildcat Way

The athletes were down on a knee, catching their breaths after a long practice, when 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year Pat Fitzgerald addressed the team. He mentioned highlights of the day, where he believed the team could improve, and how “salty” their upcoming opponent will be. The Wildcats play Utah on Dec. 31st…

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