Strength is Never a Weakness: “The Hudy Effect” in Austin, Texas

The strength of the Texas basketball team is – more than ever before – its strength. The gifted young men in burnt orange are a little bigger this year, a little stronger, a touch more powerful. Some call it “the Hudy effect.” In August of 2019, Andrea Hudy took over as Head Coach for Basketball…

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Charlie Brewer Needs to Quit Football

On New Year’s day, Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer went down with a head injury, again. It was his fourth concussion this season. The tackle that sent him out did not seem like a devastating blow. One announcer called it “fairly routine.” The issue wasn’t the hit, it was the state of his brain. Less than…

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Beyond Strength & the Good Athlete Project

#BeyondStrength is an initiative of the Good Athlete Project, a nonprofit organization aimed at maximizing the potential of athletics in education. The central mission of #BeyondStrength is to highlight the opportunity of strength training to teach lessons that extend beyond the weight room. Coaches who accept this charge go beyond strength to empower people for…

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Max Rosenthal: Fullback

There is something different about being a fullback. Jared Ka’aiohelo played fullback in the NFL and considers it “the most unique position on a football team.” The fullback must prepare to run with the ball, catch passes out of the backfield, line up in a slot position, understand a variety of offensive motions and formations…

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Bulldog Strong

When Brandon Derrick enters a room, people notice. “All my life I’ve been a little stronger and bigger than other kids,” says the 6’3” 320 lb. powerlifter. Brandon is a freshman at McKendree University, where competes for their Powerlifting Team. He has an ear-to-ear smile, carries himself with confidence, and says he could not be…

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Jalen Hurts is a Winner

“Jalen Hurts is a winner.” It was one of the final quotes from former Alabama Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley after Jalen Hurts’ tumultuous tenure in Tuscaloosa. As a member of the Crimson Tide, Hurts was 26-2 as a starter with 2 National Championship rings. He passed for 5,626 yards and 48 touchdowns, and rushed for…

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20 Minutes In, Utah is Out

Utah is out of the National Championship hunt. On the week leading into the PAC 12 Championship game, there was talk that the Utes – the 5th ranked team in the country with the nation’s top run defense – might deserve a shot at the final 4. Now, 20 minutes into the game, that conversation…

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“He’s On Fire!” The Truth of the Hot Hand

The game is on the line, Coach. You have time to draw up one final play… Do you strategize to get the ball into the hands of your captain, one of the more consistent and dependable players? Or do you go with the “hot” hand, the player on the team who has been “on fire”…

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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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What Looms Under the Confetti…

The Toronto Raptors are World Champions! And while congratulations are due to Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, and that incredible group of athletes, a subtle narrative looms under the black, purple, and red confetti… There was a championship on the line. What would you have done? Critique of Kevin Durant’s return and subsequent injury is a…

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