2012

Stanford Derails Oregon’s BCS Title Hopes to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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The Stanford defense solved the Oregon’s top-rated offense that had scored at least 42 points in its 13-game winning streak and had averaged more than 300 yards rushing a game.

Last year's United States Sports Academy's College Football Game of the Year was Alabama's shutout, 21-0, of LSU in the national championship game. Daniel Moore's painting of the 2011 Game of the Year can be purchased online at newlifeart.com.

Stanford eliminated the big play from the Ducks high-powered offense, holding it to 14 points and 198 yards on the ground. The stifling Stanford defense propelled its team to a 17-14 victory in overtime and knocked No. 1 Oregon from the national title race. The upset on the road also earned Stanford selection as the Week 12 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest.

Oregon’s Alejandro Maldonado missed a 41-yard field goal for the Ducks to open overtime before Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson, booted a 37-yard game-winning field goal. Oregon’s 14 points were its fewest points in a game since Sept. 3, 2009 when they lost to Boise State, 19-8

Outside of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota’s 77-yard scramble in the first half, the Stanford defense held the Ducks to four rushes that gained 10 or more yards and prevented Oregon from passing the line of scrimmage on 10 of its 40 rushes.

No. 14 Stanford’s (9-2 overall, 7-1 conference) fifth straight victory puts it in position to play in the Pac-12 championship for a chance to go to the Rose Bowl. Oregon (10-1, 7-1) had won the Pac-12 the past two seasons.

A national panel of experts selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest. Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season.

This committee is currently chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy. Lengyel was also a college football coach best known for being the head coach who resurrected the Marshall University football program, as depicted in the 2006 film, “We Are Marshall.”

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.

Texas A&M Topples No. 1 Alabama to Earn Academy's Game of the Week Honor

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Thanks to its redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, the nearly 14-point underdog Texas A&M Aggies and Southeastern Conference newbies toppled No. 1 Alabama, 29-24.

Showing cool under fire against Alabama’s top-rated defense, Manziel staked the No. 15 Aggies to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter and the Aggies escaped a last-ditch, fourth-and-goal effort by the Crimson Tide to pull out the victory. The win also earned Texas A&M selection as the Week 11 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest.

Manziel led his team with his arm and his feet, completing 24-of-31 passing for 253 yards and two touchdowns and most importantly, zero interceptions. He also led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 92 yards.

Ironically, the Aggies (8-2, 5-2), playing in the SEC for the first season after ditching the Big 12, also might have ended the league’s run of BCS titles at six years. The defending national champion Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1), who have been No. 1 almost all season, had won 13 straight.

They almost pulled off a second straight scintillating comeback, having scored a winning touchdown with 51 seconds left the week before against LSU. Trailing, 29-24, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron drove the ball quickly downfield with a 54-yard pass to Kenny Bell down to the Texas A&M 6-yard line.

Two scrambles and an Eddie Lacy run left one final shot on fourth down from the 2. However, McCarron threw his second interception of the game when the Aggies’ Deshazor Everett stepped in front of his fourth-down pass at the goal line with 1:36 left in the game.

A national panel of experts selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest. Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season.

This committee is currently chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy. Lengyel was also a college football coach best known for being the head coach who resurrected the Marshall University football program, as depicted in the 2006 film, “We Are Marshall.”

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.

Martin Linson and Primo Angeli Named Academy’s 2013 Sport Artists of the Year

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Olympic artists Martin Linson and Primo Angeli are the United States Sports Academy’s 2013 Sport Artists of the Year.

Linson is an emerging artist who won the United States’ first gold medal of the 2012 London Olympics with his sculpture paying tribute to the Paralympic athlete. Angeli is a world-renowned artist who the late International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch personally selected to create the official poster to commemorate the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games.

Both artists accepted their awards at the Academy’s annual Awards of Sport event, “A Tribute to the Artist and the Athlete,” on Nov. 1 at the university’s Daphne, Ala., campus.

The Academy's 2013 Sport Artists of the Year Martin Linson (center), sculptor, and Primo Angeli (right), graphic works, stand with Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich in front of their artwork.

The 36-year-old Linson won first prize in the IOC’s Sport and Art Contest in the sculpture category with his bronze, “Omnipotent Triumph” that was displayed at the London Games. The St. Charles, Mo., sculptor became the second American artist in the past three Olympiads to win the international art competition.

Selected from entries from 62 nations by an IOC jury with judges from five continents, Linson’s bronze sculpture features an Olympian crossing the finish line in his wheelchair with his arms uplifted in a triumphant “V” for victory pose.

Angeli, who founded and headed one of San Francisco’s oldest and largest design studios, won the U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest. Angeli’s mixed-media illustration, “London Calling,” depicts the classic portrayal of the ancient Greek discus thrower, Discopolis, who wears an armband bearing the 2012 London Olympic. The piece integrates contemporary branding with ancient fine art for an Olympic celebration.

Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, a member of the IOC’s Culture and Olympic Education Commission, served on the judging committee for the art entered into the 2012 London Olympic Sport and Art Contest. The Academy president and CEO also founded in 1984 the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), which conducted by the U.S. contest in cooperation with the Art of the Olympians and under the auspices of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). It was the fourth consecutive U.S. Olympic Sport and Art contest that the Academy’s ASAMA has overseen.

“These are two excellent artists who have embodied the Olympic Movement through their artworks,” Dr. Rosandich said. “We are honored and proud that they are our newest Sport Artists of the Year.”
The Sport Artist of the Year Award has been presented the past 28 years to an individual who captures the spirit and life of sport so that future generations can relive the drama of today’s competition. The recipients, which includes artists who are well-known throughout the world, use a variety of art media to depict the breadth and scope of both the agony and the ecstasy of sport.

ASAMA, a division of the Academy, is arguably the largest sport art collection in the world. The ASAMA collection is composed of nearly 1,700 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. The museum is open free to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Linson qualified for the IOC art competition when he won the U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest in February. Linson’s joined American Sergey Eylanbekov, whose sculpture, “Five Continents,” won the IOC Sport Art Competition for the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Linson, who finished as the runner-up in the U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest in 2008, has a unique style in the representation of the human anatomy that has brought him major commissions, such as the President of Lindenwood University. Linson has studied under well-known, St. Louis-area sculptors Harry Weber, the 2011 Sport Artist of the Year, and Don Wiegand. Linson has other works displayed in numerous private collections.

He teaches art at Lindenwood and The St. Louis Art Institute, and he is the owner of Linson Studios and Lighthouse Screen Printing.

Angeli, a creative director and designer, became a major player in the fields of branding, corporate identity, packaging and naming. He also has a long history as an Olympic artist with his piece for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He did official designs as well for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and for the U.S. Olympic Team for 1998 Nagano and 2000 Sydney.

Angeli has been busy finishing his latest book “Primo,” which is scheduled for release later this year. Already Angeli, whose designs have been featured in major publications throughout the world, has had two other books published—“Twelve Stories” by Rockport Press and “Making People Respond” by Madison Square Press.

His artwork can be found in permanent collections and exhibitions worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw Poster Collection, Centre Pompidou, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Achenbach Collection at the Legion of Honor. In addition, he has been recognized for numerous awards.

People Places and Programs

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Academy Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. T.J. Rosandich is leaving Nov. 19 for a trip to China, the Middle East and Malaysia to oversee and to conduct meetings on the Academy’s international programs.

Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) presents a Certificate of Merit to Katie McCleary (center) in recognition of her dedication and contributions to the Department of Instructional Design as Dr. Stephen Butler, Director of Curriculum and Design, looks on.

Dr. William Steffen, the Academy’s new chair of Sports Coaching, presented at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Director of Coaching courses Oct. 12-14 at the University of Delaware. He addressed Developing a Mental Skills Program, Creating a Club Culture and Practice: Ideas and Applications to nearly 40 coaches, who came from as far away as Russia and who all oversee coaching staffs for soccer clubs.

Dr. Marion “Will” Evans, the Academy’s Dean of Academic Affairs, attended the American Public Health Association’s 140th annual meeting Oct. 28-31 in San Francisco. He presented a paper on screening use in health education and clinical practice.

Dr. Wirt Edwards, the Academy’s chair of Sports Exercise Science, was published recently in the Medicina Sportiva for research he helped conduct on the effects of chromium supplementation on body composition in intercollegiate female swimmers during a competitive season. The results suggest that chromium picolinate may increase fat-free mass and decrease percent body fat versus training alone.

Dr. Stephen Butler, the Director of Curriculum and Design, serves on the Board of Directors of the Big Sur International Marathon, which is holding its half marathon event Sunday, Nov. 18 in Monterrey, Calif. Butler has run 24 marathons, including the Boston Marathon twice.

Katie McCleary, the Academy’s Interaction Information Designer, was honored with the university’s Certificate of Merit for her outstanding work in Instructional Design, while the department lacked a director and two designers.

MAJOR PROGRAM EVENTS

The Eighth International Olympic Committee (IOC) World Conference on Sport, Culture, and Education – Nov. 25-27 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Academy Hosts its 28th Annual Awards of Sport Celebration

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The United States Sports Academy recently hosted its 28th annual Academy’s Awards of Sport celebration, which annually pays tribute to those who have made significant contributions to sport.

Pictured above are the Academy's Board of Trustees. In the front row (left to right) are: Dr. Nick Niccolai, Mobile, Ala.; Dr. Don Wukasch, Westhampton, Mass.; Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Daphne, Ala.; Robert Campbell III, Mobile; Dr. Robert Block, Reno, Nev.; and Jack Scharr, St. Louis. In the back row are: Dr. Gary Cunningham, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Dr. T.J. Rosandich, Fairhope, Ala.; Dr. Milly Cowles, Fairhope, Ala.; William Clark, Mobile, Ala.; Tom Cafaro, Dudley, Mass.; and financial adviser Randy Smith. Not pictured are: Jack Kelly, Lexington, Ky.; Dr. Lee McElroy, Albany, N.Y.; Dr. Linda Moore, Unionville, Conn.; and Peter Tichansky, New York.

 

This prestigious Awards of Sport event, which marked the university’s 40th anniversary of excellence in sport education,  was held Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Academy’s Daphne, Ala., campus. The 2012 program, whose theme was “The Artist & The Athlete,” recognized many of the world’s top athletes, coaches and administrators from the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Also in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the landmark Title IX legislation that ushered in a new era of gender equity in college athletics, the Awards of Sport honored several women pioneers in the sport world. (Click here to see a complete list of the Academy’s 2012 Awards of Sport honorees.)

This year’s show featured the Academy’s 2013 Sport Artists of the Year: Primo Angeli and Martin Linson. Primo Angeli is a world-renowned artist who the late International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch personally selected to create the official poster to commemorate the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games. Martin Linson is the IOC’s 2012 London Olympics Sport and Art Contest winner in the sculpture category with his bronze, “Omnipotent Triumph,” that pays tribute to the Paralympic athlete. He is the second American sculptor in the past three Olympiads to win the international art competition.

Those honored at the Academy's Awards of Sport were (left to right): Dr. Mark Janas, 2013 Alumnus of the Year; Dr. Robert Goldman, 2012 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award; Primo Angeli, graphic works, 2013 Sport Artist of the Year; Robert Campbell III, Board of Trustees chairman; Martin Linson, sculptor, 2013 Sport Artist of the Year; and Joe Castiglione, 2012 Carl Maddox Sports Management Award.

The Academy presents awards each year to honor exemplary achievement in coaching, all-around athletic performance, courage, humanitarian activity, fitness and media, sports art, as well as the top professional athletes of the year. The Academy recognizes these men and women through its Sport Artist of the Year, Honorary Doctorates, Distinguished Service Awards, Medallion Series, Athletes of the Year, and Alumni of the Year awards.

Joe Castiglione (right), who heads the University of Oklahoma's athletics and won the Academy's 2012 Carl Maddox Sports Management Award, is interviewed before the awards program.

Honorees may be nominated by any of the Academy’s worldwide constituents. This assemblage includes administration, alumni, faculty, national faculty, staff, students and members of various organizations and boards that work closely with the Academy on this special project. Following the nomination process, honorees are selected by the Awards of Sport Committee, a special group within the Academy that is comprised of the Academy President’s Cabinet and other staff members with a vested interest and an extensive knowledge of sports and the arts.

Every honoree chosen by the Awards of Sport Committee is presented to the Academy’s Board of Trustees. All honoree selections are subject to a vote and must be formally approved and ratified by this group. Award recipients are traditionally presented with the Academy’s Order of the Eagle Exemplar Medal and Academy Rosette. For more background on the Academy’s Awards of Sport and a list of past winners, click here.

 

World-record Speedskater and WNBA Finals MVP Voted October’s Athletes of the Month

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J.R. Celski, the world’s fastest speedskater ever in the 500-meter race, and Tamika Catchings, the WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the Indiana Fever, were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s October Athletes of the Month.

J.R. Celski

Celski and Catchings are now candidates for the Academy’s male and female 2012 Athlete of the Year Award. For the 28th consecutive year, the Academy will oversee the worldwide online voting that runs this year for three weeks from Dec. 1-21. The winners of this prestigious award, which has been done in conjunction with NBC Sports and USA Today, is slated to be announced Dec. 25, Christmas Day.

In 2011, the male Athlete of the Year was No. 1-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia and the female Athlete of the Year was No. 1-ranked golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan. Both of them dominated 2011’s ballot that drew as many as 50,000 votes a day from across the world.

The 22-year-old Celski did what has never been done before. The American became the first and only short-track speedskater to break the 40-second barrier in the 500 meters. Celski set a world record of 39.973 seconds in a World Cup final in Calgary. His skate broke the record of 40.344 set by Russian Vladimir Grigorev in the preliminaries of the event. Celski also finished third in the 1000-meter finals.

Meanwhile, Catchings led Indiana to its first ever championship. The 33-year-old forward won the MVP for leading her team over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx. In Game 4 of the five-game series, the Fever were crowned the new champions as Catchings scored a game-high 25 points. The 12-year veteran added eight assists, grabbed four rebounds and made three blocks in the deciding game. In the playoffs, Catchings averaged 19.0 points, which is the highest of any WNBA player who has played in five or more postseason games.

Tamika Catchings

Finishing second in the men’s category was New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who threw a touchdown pass in his 48th consecutive game Sunday, Oct. 7, breaking the record set by Johnny Unitas, who held it for 52 years. Brees, whose streak has continued, threw a 40-yard first quarter TD strike to Devery Henderson for the record. Brees’ streak dates to 2009. Unitas’ streak ran from 1956 to 1960.

The runner-up to Catchings on the women’s ballot was Suzann Pettersen, an LPGA Tour player who won back-to-back tournaments in October. The Norwegian golfer captured the HanaBank Championship when she sank a 5-foot putt on the third playoff hole and then rallied to win the Taiwan Championship by three strokes. Pettersen finished with an 11-under 205 and a 19-under 269, respectively. She now has 10 LPGA Tour titles in her career.

Third place winners for October were Miguel Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers third baseman who became the first major league player since 1967 to win the Triple Crown, leading the majors in in average (.330), home runs (44) and RBIs (139); and Serena Williams, who dismissed Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3, in Istanbul, Turkey, to finish the tennis season by capturing the WTA Championships.

The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nomination and ballot voting processes. Visit the Academy website at www.ussa.edu to submit your nominations each month, and then return to the website during the first two weeks of each month to vote for the male and female Athletes of the Month. The votes along with an Academy committee choose the winners who become candidates for the Athlete of the Year. The monthly and yearly winners are announced on the Academy’s website and in the sports university’s online edition of The Sport Update.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

Academy’s Alumnus of the Year Starts New Sports Technology Service Sparked from Doctoral Class

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The idea for inventor, innovator and business developer Dr. Mark Janas’ latest technology company evolved from a paper written for one of his United States Sports Academy doctoral classes.

Dr. Mark Janas (right) receives the 2013 Alumnus of the Year Award from Robert Campbell III, the Academy's Board of Trustees chairman.

That company, ScoreTRAX, is an SMS subscription service that allows sports fans to stay up-to-date with scores and news from their favorite youth, high school, college, amateur and professional teams. As part of the service, the company provides fundraising tools and other value-added features for teams and schools, as well as effective, targeted SMS advertising for companies of all types.

To date, ScoreTRAX has sent out more than 1 million score updates from teams across the country. In August, the company launched a new program to engage coaches, athletic directors, and other sports professionals throughout the country to become regional content directors in their own individual businesses.

Janas created ScoreTRAX while earning his Doctor of Education in Sport Management with a Sports Medicine emphasis in 2011 from the United States Sports Academy in less than two years. Most full-time students complete the 66-hour doctoral program in about three years.

For his entrepreneurial spirit and ability to build new sports, medical and educational technology companies, Janas is the Academy’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year.

“I already had an MBA, which was a great asset in my work in healthcare and healthcare technology management, but I found working in minor league sports that many business people, including me, were often not well-trained specifically in the business of sport,” Janas says. “I really wanted to find a good solid curriculum that was totally sports-specific, and the Academy fit the need perfectly. I’m grateful for the education I received and the new business ideas spawned by my work at the Academy.”

In additional to developing ScoreTRAX and frequently contributing to the Academy’s blog, The Sport Digest, Janas oversees several businesses as the managing partner of In3, Inc. (www.in3development.com), a portfolio company with initiatives involving medical communication systems, e-learning management systems, RFP management systems and TouchMedMobile. Besides In3′s technology companies, Janas also oversees two minor league North Carolina basketball teams—the Cary Invasion and the Wilmington Sea Dawgs.

Janas plans to use his knowledge gained at the Academy and from his dissertation, “Making the Case for Sports Medicine Informatics,” to build specialized functions in TouchMedMobile for physicians who provide sports medicine services as part of outreach programs. TouchMedMobile is an iPhone or iPad application that integrates with third-party electronic health records.

“I’m continually looking at ways to turn ideas into business initiatives,” Janas says. “I’m honored to earn the Alumnus of the Year award and I will do all I can to live up to this award by making a mark on the sports industry and by representing the Academy the best way possible.”

Armstrong Mea Culpa Rings a Bit Hollow

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Lance Armstrong has long been a polarizing figure in the world of sport. Fans have celebrated his ability to beat cancer in the mid-1990s and then go on to dominate the sport of cycling by winning seven straight Tour de France titles between 1999 and 2005. Critics have long argued that Armstrong won while orchestrating the most sophisticated doping program ever seen in the world of sport.

During the past 15 years Armstrong repeatedly lashed out at anyone who accused him of using illegal performance enhancing substances. He used a team of publicists and attorneys to threaten and bully people. There are reports that the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the organization that oversees professional cycling, actually participated in a conspiracy with Armstrong to cover up suspicious drug tests and help him avoid random tests. This was allegedly done to protect the most valuable asset in the sport. UCI has recently set up an independent group to investigate these allegations.

Armstrong was successful for years in fending off attacks on his performances. Things changed in October 2012 when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) released a 1,000-page report filled with evidence it had collected against Armstrong over the past decade. Included were affidavits by over 25 individuals who would have had personal knowledge of Armstrong’s activities, as well as details about suspicious drug samples. The evidence presented was seen as overwhelming.

Oprah Winfrey interviews American cyclist Lance Armstrong about his doping scandal.USADA scheduled a hearing on whether to impose sanctions against Armstrong. He chose for the first time not to fight allegations against him and waived his right to a hearing. USADA then rendered what amounted to a default judgment. It stripped Armstrong of his Tour wins and imposed a lifetime competition ban on competition. The World Doping Agency (WADA) subsequently agreed with USADA’s actions.

In November, Armstrong secretly met with Travis Tygart, CEO of USADA, in an effort to reach an agreement on what he had to do to have his lifetime ban (which can be lifted after eight years) shortened as much as possible so that he can compete in triathlons. That meeting reportedly went poorly.

It was only at this point that Armstrong began to consider a confession that he had indeed been guilty of doping. After a month of discussion with his advisers, Armstrong decided to “come clean” in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to air on her OWN cable network. Cynics suggested that Winfrey was selected because she would not ask difficult questions.

The interview took place in a hotel in Armstrong’s hometown of Austin, Texas. It was scheduled to air over two nights beginning January 17. The interview and its public perception represent a huge gamble on Armstrong’s part. While Armstrong did admit in the interview to having been doping during all seven of his Tour wins, he did not provide details. He also would not implicate others except to agree with Winfrey when she asked if most competitors were doping during that period of time.

Armstrong’s net worth is currently estimated at some $125 million. He has, however, lost almost all of his commercial endorsements. He has been forced to sever ties to the non-profit agency, Livestrong, he established to raise money for cancer research. He is looking at tens of millions of dollars in lost income over the next decade.

Many believe that he had no choice but to confess in an effort to salvage his image and to eventually rehabilitate himself in the public eye to the point where he would be marketable again. He is, however, engaging in a balancing act with significant risks.

Several years ago Armstrong sued The Times of London newspaper over stories it ran in 2004 in which its reporter accused Armstrong of doping. The lawsuit was settled for a reported $1 million. The Times has demanded that Armstrong make his confession under oath and has hinted that it may sue to get its money back alleging fraud. Under British law the paper would also be able to ask for punitive damages.

Floyd Landis was a former teammate of Armstrong. Landis won the Tour de France in 2006 and subsequently had his title stripped because he was found to have engaged in doping, charges to which he admitted. Landis has filed a whistle blower lawsuit under federal law against Armstrong alleging that Armstrong defrauded the U.S. Postal Service of some $40 million in expenses it paid to Armstrong and teammates when it sponsored a team on the international cycling circuit. If Landis prevails, under the law damages would be trebled.

Other entities have indicated that they might also take legal action against Armstrong for monies paid out under false pretenses. It is at least possible that Armstrong could wind up being bankrupted by the various legal actions. The U.S. Justice Department ended its lengthy criminal investigation against Armstrong in February 2012 without bringing any charges. Officials there, however, are considering joining the whistleblower lawsuit filed by Landis.

One way Armstrong could earn money right now would be to write a “tell all” book. Such a book would have to go into great detail about his doping activities. This would provide material for the various parties suing him or thinking about doing so. So until and unless he settles all of his legal challenges, writing a book seems out of the question.

The Oprah Winfrey interview confirmed that Armstrong does now admit to doping as far back as 1996. She has stated, however, that he “was not as forthcoming as I had thought he would be.” This is the dilemma facing Armstrong. He claims he “left it all on the table” in the interview. If he truly wants forgiveness, however, he is going to have to provide details about his activities. His aggressive and often nasty actions taken against critics have angered many people. It he wants to rebuild his image to the point of being a marketable figure again, he is going to have to provide a lot of details. Doing so could, however, lead to more serious legal problems.

I believe that it is significant that Armstrong only came forward to confess his sins when he was completely backed into a corner. Even now he appears to be trying to put a spin on his message and to limit what he actually confesses to in terms of providing details. As WADA has stated, “Only when Mr. Armstrong makes a full confession under oath—and tells the authorities all he knows about doping activities—can any legal and proper process for him to seek any reopening or reconsideration of his lifetime ban commence.” Armstrong is a little like a small boy who is caught taking cookies from a schoolmate’s lunchbox. The little boy is sorry, not because what he did was wrong, but because he was caught.

Armstrong also sought to in a sense minimize his actions by stating that he did not do anything that others were not doing. Known facts suggest that his doping enterprise was vast in scale and involved perhaps dozens of people. Armstrong was a kingpin in the world of doping. He should not be forgiven until and unless he provides information that helps clean up the sport of cycling once and for all.

Greg Tyler is the Library Director at the United States Sports Academy. He has also taught courses at the Academy in sports law. He worked for years in youth sports as a coach, league administrator and as a soccer referee. He has a law degree and practiced law for a number of years.

 

 

 

Alabama Escapes LSU and Keeps National Title Hopes Alive to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron led the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide to a last minute touchdown drive that kept last year’s national champions on course to defend their title in Miami.

With Alabama’s hopes of a second straight national title on the line, McCarron calmly guided his team down the field against Southeastern Conference rival and No. 5 LSU. The winning touchdown with 51 seconds left in the game at LSU’s Death Valley came on a screen pass to T.J. Yeldon who scampered 28-yards to give the Tide a 21-17 victory.

Last year's United States Sports Academy's College Football Game of the Year was Alabama's shutout, 21-0, of LSU in the national championship game. Daniel Moore's painting of the 2011 Game of the Year can be purchased online at newlifeart.com.

The stunning victory in the slugfest between the top-ranked teams earned Alabama selection as the Week 10 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 College Football Game of the Year Contest.

Alabama (9-0) remained undefeated thanks to McCarron overcoming a dismal second half. McCarron connected on 4 of 5 passes on Alabama’s final drive, including three straight. Before that drive, McCarron was only 1 of 7 on passes in the second half as LSU (7-2) took the lead, 17-14, with just under 13 minutes remaining in the game.

Led by quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who threw for 298 yards and a 14-yard TD, LSU had fought back from a 14-3 halftime deficit. The Tigers were on the verge of putting the game away, but kicker Drew Alleman missed a 38-yard field goal, and McCarron took over from there.

On the game-winning play, McCarron recognized an LSU corner blitz and tossed the ball quickly to Yeldon. The freshman running back broke one tackle and faked out another defender, racing to the end zone for the winning score. He finished with 76 yards on 11 carries for an average of 6.9 yards per attempt.

A national panel of experts selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest. Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season.

This committee is currently chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy. Lengyel was also a college football coach best known for being the head coach who resurrected the Marshall University football program, as depicted in the 2006 film, “We Are Marshall.”

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.

Professional Golfer on Third Heart Wins Academy’s 2012 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award

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PGA TOUR golfer and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton holds the distinction as being the only professional golfer in the world to compete with a transplanted heart. The 33-year-old has had three different hearts in his life but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving his dream of earning his TOUR card and playing on the PGA TOUR.

Erik Compton (right), who has received two heart transplants and still plays on the PGA Tour, receives the United States Sports Academy's Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award from Duwayne Escobedo (left), the university's director of communications.

Compton was diagnosed when he was nine-years-old with viral cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle is inflamed and unable to pump as hard as it should. His first heart transplant came in 1992, when Compton was 12. Compton had his second transplant following a major heart attack in 2008.

Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient and PGA Tour player, receives the United States Sports Academy’s Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award from the sport university’s Duwayne Escobedo at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Orlando.

Despite the heart transplants, he reached his goal of earning a PGA Tour Card for 2012 and has now earned the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award. Zaharias, too, wasa golfer. Zaharias was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1953, and one month after undergoing surgery, she won her 10th and final major with a U.S. Women’s Open championship.

The Courage Award is presented annually to an individual who demonstrates courageous action in overcoming adversity to excel in sport. This individual should exhibit the qualities of courage, perseverance, grace, and strength in sport achievement.

On the PGA TOUR this season, Compton has made the cut 16 times in 25 events, has one top 25 finish and has earned nearly $360,000. He finished 137th in FedEx Cup points. In addition, he has spent his spare time helping to raise awareness and educate Americans about organ donation.

“I hope that by sharing my experience others can see the importance of finding out more about organ donation,” Compton said. “After my second transplant, I knew I wasn’t done with golf and consider when I made the cut in the 2008 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic less than six months later to start my comeback. That makes receiving this award at this tournament all that much more meaningful to me.”

The PGA TOUR honored Compton for coming back from heart surgery during The Masters in April 2009, awarding him the Ben Hogan Award.

Prior to this year, he played in 30 PGA TOUR events as a non-member from 2000 to 2011 through sponsor exemptions and qualifying, making the cut 18 times. His best PGA TOUR finish was a tie for 25th in the 2011 Northern Trust Open. Compton has played in one major, the 2010 U.S. Open.

In 2010, Compton advanced to the Tour’s final round of qualifying school. He finished tied for 100th, which granted him conditional Nationwide TOUR status. In 2011, Compton won the Mexico Open—his first win on a major golf tour. Compton finished 13th on the money list that year which was good enough for a PGA TOUR Card for 2012.

International Olympic Committee's Dr. Tomas Sithole Visits Academy to Discuss Olympic Education

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Dr. Tomas Sithole, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Director of International Relations, held discussions at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala., with the university’s senior leaders about Olympic education, youth sports and sports art.

Dr. Tomas Sithole (right) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) visited the United States Sports Academy to meet with Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) and to discuss the Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP).

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich sits on the IOC’s Commission for Culture and Olympic Education that is overseen by Dr. Sithole, the Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Development of the IOC. That commission advises the IOC on the promotion of culture and Olympic education and supports the IOC programs and activities related to the education of youth through sport.

The Academy worked five years ago with the IOC to develop an online version of the Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP). Dr. Sithole says he would like to see the program reach even more nations across the globe in the future. The program is slated to be discussed further at the  8th edition of the IOC World Conference on Sport, Culture and Education Nov. 25-27 in Amsterdam, which both Dr. Sithole and Dr. Rosandich are attending.

In addition, Dr. Sithole says he’s pleased with the role the Academy plays in advancing sport art. The Academy has  conducted the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Sport and Art contest the past four Olympiads. Martin Linson, an emerging artist from St. Charles, Mo., earned the gold medal in the USOC and then the IOC competition for the 2012 London Games for his sculpture, “Omnipotent Triumph” that pays tribute to Paralympic athletes. He is being honored by the Academy as its 2013 Sport Artist of the Year.

“We want to engage young people across the world and promote sport education and Olympic values,” says Dr. Sithole, who visited the Academy after attending the United Nations for talks about using sport to enhance the development of youth and peace.

 

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