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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The Power of Perspective

The final speaker at this weekend’s Power Athlete Symposium was two-time Paralympic gold medalist Brad Snyder. Brad is blind. He is an engaging speaker and on stage he is steady and careful; in the water, he can fly. Before the accident which took his sight, Brad was captain of the swim team at Navy. He…

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Jalen Hurts is College Football

Jalen Hurts is what college football is all about. In a time when so many are prioritizing self over team (make no mistake, those who opt out of their bowl games are doing exactly that), Jalen Hurts has been the epitome of a team player, and he has another SEC Championship to show for it.…

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Aaron Moorehead: From Walk-on to World Champion

Nine games into the 2018 NCAA football season, the Vanderbilt Commodores have racked up 2,075 total receiving yards under the direction of Wide Receivers Coach Aaron Moorehead. This Saturday, Aaron’s receiving corps, who have already accounted for 14 touchdowns, will again be called upon to light up the scoreboard as Vandy battles the University of…

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The Strength of Kindness

When people find us on social media (@coach4kindness) we are often asked, why kindness? The answer is simple: why not? Enough people were already coaching for what they might call “toughness”, and we’ve seen countless coaches teaching their players what it takes to “be a man” – and while that’s all well and good, it…

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The Coaches We Mean to Be

When fall rolls in, the leaves on the old oaks lining Appian Way provide an idyllic view from the corner office of Rick Weissbourd, Faculty Director of the Human Development and Psychology program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Rick is also the Co-Director of Making Caring Common, a national effort to make moral…

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Lost Boyz: Baseball as Education

LaVonte Stewart is not shy about his criminal record, which could “stretch across the street.” It is his past which makes his message so powerful. He is the leader of the Lost Boyz, a sports-based youth development program on Chicago’s South Shore. Students come to the Lost Boyz to play baseball and fast pitch softball,…

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