2013 September

Fresno State Snaps Losing Streak to Boise State to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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For the last seven seasons and 11 of the last 12, Boise State has dismantled Mountain West foe Fresno State. In fact, Boise State posted wins of more than 30 points a game, since Fresno State’s last win in 2005.

Fresno State was determined to overcome its nemesis this time and rallied for a game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter to pull off a victory, 41-40, in front of a sold-out, hometown crowd. For snapping its seven game losing streak in a game that featured 1,083 yards of total offense, the Bulldogs earned selection as the Week 4 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year contest.

Fresno State was led by quarterback Derek Carr, who threw for 460 yards and four touchdowns and led the game-winning drive after the Bulldogs had blown a 15-point lead, 34-19, with 58 seconds left in the third quarter.

Carr came through with the biggest drive of his career by calmly completing 8 of 11 passes on the go-ahead score. Bulldogs’ running back Josh Quezada capped the 13-play, 87-yard drive with a 1-yard run with 2:14 remaining in the fourth quarter that put Fresno State back in front, 41-40.

Boise State’s Aaron Baltazar had run for two scores, and Broncos quarterback Joe Southwick added another as Boise State scored three touchdowns in less than 9 minutes to turn a 34-19 deficit into a 40-34 lead with just over 7 minutes remaining in the game.

The back-and-forth, fast-paced game started in the opening half and never eased up. The first half featured eight scores, 567 yards of offense and 97 offensive plays as Fresno State took a 24-19 lead at the break.

Its rousing victory catapulted Fresno State (3-0) to rankings in the Top 25 in the college football polls.

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. Last season’s winner was Texas A&M’s 29-24 shocking upset of Alabama in a Southeastern Conference showdown.

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.

Creighton Basketball Coach Greg McDermott Named Academy’s Alumnus of the Year

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Creighton University men’s head basketball coach Greg McDermott was named the United States Sports Academy’s 2013 Alumnus of the Year for helping elevate the Bluejays program to the national spotlight in his first three years there.

McDermott poses with his Alumnus of the Year award.

McDermott, who graduated with his master’s in Sports Management in 1994 from the Academy, guided Creighton to its first NCAA tournament in five years in the 2011-12 season and made it there again this past year reaching the third round both times. He’s the first coach in Creighton history to post 20 or more wins in each of his first three seasons.

“The United States Sports Academy afforded me the opportunity to earn my master’s degree at a time in my life when attending full-time graduate school was not a possibility,” McDermott said. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the well-rounded education I received, and the many relationships I developed as a result of the experience.”

McDermott, known as a top recruiter and tactician, is no stranger to success. During his 19 seasons as a college basketball head coach, his teams have made seven trips to the NCAA tournament, including one Sweet 16 appearance. He is 80-30 (.727) in his three seasons leading Creighton and owns a 360-225 (.615) career record.

McDermott, a former 6-foot-8 college center for Northern Iowa, began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of North Dakota in 1989 and earned his first head coaching position in 1994 with Wayne State, a Division II school. He has also coached at North Dakota State, Northern Iowa and Iowa State.

His meteoric rise in the coaching ranks began at his alma mater, Northern Iowa, where he took over a program in 2001 that had failed to post a winning season in four years. Northern Iowa had only made the NCAA tournament once before but McDermott led the Panthers to three straight appearances. He also led the school to its first ever national ranking in 2006.

Now at Creighton, Coach McDermott admits coaching for the Bluejays has been a “wonderful experience.” Not only has the Omaha, Neb., university ranked among the top in the nation in average home attendance but his son, Doug, who’s entering his senior year and who is a two-time first-team All-American, has played for him.

Together the father and son are preparing for Creighton’s first season in the Big East, which is known historically as one of the top basketball conferences.

“It is very gratifying to coach Doug and have him be a key contributor on a very good team,” he said. “It has been a wonderful experience for our entire family.”

84 Lumber Company's Joseph Hardy III Accepts Academy's Distinguished Service Award

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Joseph Hardy III, the founder and chief executive officer of the 84 Lumber Company and still a physical fitness marvel at 90, has been awarded a Distinguished Service Award (DSA) by the United States Sports Academy.

Joseph Hardy III, of 84 Lumber Co., recently received his 2010 Distinguished Service Award.

Hardy is a classic American success story. He rose from a college student selling home-grown vegetables door-to-door to the man behind the largest privately owned building materials suppliers in the country.

His success goes beyond the company located in Eighty Four, Pa. Hardy also founded the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, which includes facilities for winter sports (downhill and cross-country skiing, skating, sledding and hiking), as well as an equestrian center, shooting ranges and two 18-hole golf courses. He has hosted a PGA Tour event, the 84 Lumber Classic, on his Woodlands course since 2003.

I cannot begin to tell you how honored I am for the prestigious medal award I received,” Hardy said recently. “I thank you all very much. The recognition truly means a lot to me.”

Hardy, a model of self-discipline, inspires many by remaining physically fit and maintaining a regular fitness regimen. He provides support to a number of charities through his sports ventures. The 84 Lumber Classic raised more than $4.1 million in its first three seasons for charity, and additional $1.2 million for Hurricane Katrina relief in 2005.

Various events at Hardy’s Nemacolin resort have helped raise millions of dollars for cancer research and the Boy Scouts of America.

The DSA is given annually to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction, research or service. Hardy, who was actually chosen in 2010 for the award, recently received it during a presentation from Joe Szlavik, who is the Academy’s chairman of the Board of Visitors.

Alabama Wins Rematch with Texas A&M to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Hyped for months, the rematch between two-time defending national champion Alabama and Johnny Manziel-led Texas A&M lived up to its billing.

This time Alabama came back from a two-touchdown first quarter deficit and held off the hard-charging Aggies, 49-42, to earn selection as the Week 3 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year contest. Last season, A&M jumped out front, 20-0, to start the game and shocked top-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., 29-24.

Although Alabama won in College Station, Texas, the Crimson Tide could not shut down Heisman Trophy quarterback Manziel. The sophomore threw for a career-best 464 yards and five TDs and rushed for another 98 yards on 14 carries.

His 562 total yards is the second-most in Southeastern Conference history, ranking only behind the 576 he had against Louisiana Tech last season. Alabama’s defense gave up 628 yards total—the most it has ever allowed.

The Academy presented its official 2012 College Football Game of the Year painting to Texas A&M on Sept. 13. Pictured (L-R) are (L-R) Texas A&M President Dr. R. Bowen Loftin, Moore, Jack Lengyl, the Academy's College Football Game of the Year Committee chair, and Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman.

Alabama’s best defense against Texas A&M was its offense that ate up 35 minutes of the game as the Crimson Tide gained 234 yards on 37 rushes. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron went 20-for-29 passing with 334 yards and four touchdowns and remained poise despite every A&M comeback attempt.

The play of the game came when Vinnie Sunseri intercepted Manziel and ran it back for a 73-yard score that put Alabama ahead, 35-14, early in the third quarter.

But Texas A&M’s defense slammed into Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon a couple of yards from the goal line and two plays later Manziel found Mike Evans for a 95-yard score that made it 42-35 with 8:04 left. Manziel then threw a final TD with 15 seconds remaining. But Alabama grabbed the onside kick and that was that.

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. Last season’s winner was Texas A&M’s 29-24 shocking upset of Alabama in a Southeastern Conference showdown.

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.

Congratulations to Our Newest Graduates!

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With rolling enrollment, the Academy’s students start their courses as soon as they are accepted without having to wait for the next semester to begin. The Academy is proud to announce its latest monthly graduates.

Bachelor’s Students
Brian C. Airoso (Wilton, Calif.) – B.S.S. Sports Management
Demea E. James (Jacksonville, Fla.) – B.S.S. Sports Studies
Shaon Y. Newsome (Sugar Land, Texas) – B.S.S. Sports Management
Christalynn M. Patterson (Tylertown, Miss.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching
Jacob S. Smith (Greensboro, N.C.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching

Master’s Students
Anthony Q. Anderson (Port Arthur, Texas) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching NCAA Compliance Emphasis
Rebecca S. Boyce (Miami Bch., Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
Nathan Grube (Grand Rapids, Mich.) – Dual M.S.S. Sports Coaching/M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health
Brian J. Kraft (Bixby, Okla.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
Jake N. Pence (Hampstead, N.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies
Wade T. Thur (Saint Paul, Minn.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Learn more about Academy programs at USSA.edu

Michigan Victory Over Archrival Notre Dame Earns Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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In Michigan’s send off of archrival Notre Dame the Wolverines, not only handed the Irish a defeat but blared the “Chicken Dance” song right after the last snap.

The two college football staples have played since 1887—two years after the first gas automobile was developed. However, the Irish opted out of their contract with Michigan, making next year’s game in South Bend, Ind., the last guaranteed matchup.

An NCAA-record crowd of 115,109 in Ann Arbor, Mich., celebrated the No. 17 Wolverines fourth straight home victory against No. 14 Notre Dame, 41-30. The electrifying game was also selected the Week 2 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of theYear contest.

Leading Michigan was quarterback Devin Gardner, who threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 82 yards and a score. His main target was Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon, who had career highs with three TDs and 184 yards receiving.

Notre Dame pulled within a TD early in the fourth quarter when defensive end Stephon Tuitt made a diving interception in the end zone of a pass Gardner was trying to throw away to avoid a safety. Then Irish kicker Kyle Brindza nailed a 40-yard field goal with 9:15 left to pull Notre Dame within four points, 34-30.

However, Gardner sealed the victory with a 4-yard TD pass to Drew Dileo that put the Wolverines ahead for good, 41-30, with 4:18 left.

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. Last season’s winner was Texas A&M’s 29-24 shocking upset of Alabama in a Southeastern Conference showdown.

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.

Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Awards Scholarship to Academy Bachelor’s Student Alexander Dillard

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Alexander Dillard, a senior who is seeking his bachelor’s in Sports Coaching from the United States Sports Academy, has been selected to receive a $2,400 UPS Scholarship provided through the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU).

AAICU has distributed $87,000 in AAICU Scholarships to students at each of its member colleges and universities in the state of Alabama. The AAICU Scholarship Fund passes 100 percent of the contributions to the students in the form of scholarship aid. This year, the Academy received $2,400 in scholarship funds from AAICU designated for undergraduate Alabama residents with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Over the past 10 years, AAICU has raised and distributed more than $2.2 million for scholarships to students attending its member schools. In 2005 alone, its member schools provided more than $75 million in direct student aid to their students. One hundred percent of the contributions to the AAICU Scholarship Fund are passed on to the students in the form of scholarship aid, and there are no administrative costs deducted from any donation.

“I am pleased to see Mr. Dillard receive the UPS scholarship,” said Dr. Timothy Foley, the Academy’s dean of student services. “He has worked very hard toward completing his degree and his GPA reflects his approach. I would also like to thank AAICU and UPS for supporting Academy students working toward their undergraduate degrees.”

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 President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich Honored for Involvement in Sports Art

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United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich received the Art Patron Award at the 10th Annual Greater Mobile Arts Awards.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) and Art Committee Secretary Leigha Bolton with the Mobile Arts Council's Art Patron of the Year Award.

Dr. Rosandich was recognized for his work in establishing the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) in 1984, which has grown into arguably the largest sport art museum in the world. He also started the Sports Sculpture Park on the campus grounds that feature many large sculptures done by Fairhope, Ala., found object artist Bruce Larsen, the Academy’s 2009 Sport Artist of the Year.

In addition, the Academy annually holds its Awards of Sport show that is a tribute to “the artist and the athlete.” This year’s Sport Artists of the Year are the talented Charles Billich, an Australian painter who is a two-time winner of this award, and California sculptor Edward Eyth, whose piece “Balance,” won the 2008 United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport and Art Contest.

Mobile Arts Council Executive Director Robert Burnett said he could not think of a more deserving winner of the annual award.

“What he has created and done here is truly amazing and, if you are unaware of him or his sports art museum, you have to go see it,” Burnett said at the award presentation held at the Saenger Theatre in Mobile, Ala.

Dr. Rosandich said he was honored for being recognized as Art Patron of the Year.

“I am very grateful and pleased to receive this award,” said Dr. Rosandich, who serves on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Culture and Olympic Education Commission. “I’ve recognized the importance of the cultural connectivity of athletic competition and artistic expression since its inception. I have had a long commitment to the arts that continues to this day.”

Join the Academy's New Google+ Community to Connect with Sports Professionals

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The United States Sports Academy recently unveiled its Google+ Community, which is labeled Sports Management & Education.

It is not only a way for Academy students and alumni to connect but also a way to network with other sports professionals.

The community is also a place to discuss sports issues, for example, such as how athletes’ confidence level affects their success.

Anyone with a Gmail account has access to the Academy’s new sports community. Join us today and get in on the conversation!

Want to know why you should join or what to expect from the community you can learn more from this recent “USSA Sports Talk” video about this additional social media platform.

 

Academy Named a 2014 Military Friendly School

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For the fifth consecutive year, the United States Sports Academy has been named one of the country’s 2014 Military Friendly Schools, a coveted title for U.S. institutions that are actively ensuring the academic success of America’s military men and women.

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, created the Military Friendly Schools list to honor the top 20 percent of American colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows the United States Sports Academy’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year U.S. Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

The Military Friendly Schools’ website features the complete list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools is slated to be highlighted in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

People, Places & Programs

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Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich received the 10th annual Mobile Arts Council’s Art Patron of the Year Award during a ceremony at the Mobile, Ala., Saenger Theatre Aug. 29.

Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul Hankins, who is president of Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU), visited the United States Sports Academy campus to meet with Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich and his Cabinet to discuss several higher education issues.

Dr. T.J. Rosandich, the Academy’s vice president and COO, attended the board meeting for the World Leisure Congress Organizing Committee to plan for the group’s arrival in Mobile, Ala., in 2014.

Dr. Stephen Butler, the Academy’s Dean of Academic Affairs, has been named to the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Interstate Relay, an annual two-day cycling and running relay from New Orleans to Pensacola Beach, Fla.

Mr. Brandon Spradley, the Academy’s residential doctoral teaching assistant, completed concussion awareness training at with athletic directors, athletic trainers and coaches at Clark-Shaw Magnet School, Phillips Preparatory Middle School, Mobile County Training School, LeFlore Magnet High School and B.C. Rain High School, which are all in Mobile, Ala.

Dr. Skip Applin, the Academy’s former longtime Dean of Academic Affairs, has rejoined the sports university’s national faculty.

Mr. Gene Policinski, a former Academy Board of Trustees and Visitors member, recently took over as COO of the Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C., where he oversees the First Amendment Center, as well as education and outreach efforts.

Major Program Events

The Shaolin Temple Cultural Festival – Oct. 8-15 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Athletic Business Conference & Expo – Nov. 21-23 in San Diego, Calif.

National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association National Athletic Directors Conference – Dec. 14-17 in Anaheim, Calif.

Academy Provides Concussion Training to Area Football Coaches

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The United States Sports Academy is providing concussion awareness training to youth, middle school and high school football coaches in South Alabama and Northwest Florida.

With help from an Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) grant and King-Devick, the Academy has made presentations to more than 50 coaches about concussions and given training on how to use the King-Devick test to quickly and accurately determine on the sideline if any player has suffered head trauma. In addition, each coach and team received a comprehensive manuals about concussion safety, fact sheets, and King-Devick Playbooks that included the tests to administer on players.

Academy's Brandon Spradley (center) goes over the King-Devick concussion test, while Southern Youth Sports Association football coach Bandele Howes (left), who coaches 7- and 8-year-old boys, looks on.

Leading the effort are Dr. Arthur Ogden, chair of the Academy’s sports management program, Dr. Bill Steffen, chair of the Academy’s sports coaching program, and Brandon Spradley, an Academy doctoral teaching assistant.

“All the coaches we have met with, so far, have been very receptive to learning more about this issue,” Spradley said. “Concussions have been in the spotlight and they want to make sure they are doing every thing they can to protect our youth.”

Recently, Ogden and Spradley met with more than 30 coaches at the Southern Youth Sports Association (SYSA) at Legion Field in Pensacola, Fla. In addition to Spradley demonstrating the King-Devick concussion test, Dr. Ogden discussed tackling techniques to help players avoid concussions or injury.

Lumon May, who runs the Pensacola youth league that has coached current NFL players at SYSA such as Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, said the training was informative.

“We are very grateful that the United States Sports Academy would come out here and teach us about concussions and how to identify them,” May said. “For us safety comes first, even before winning.”

Besides the Pensacola coaches, so far, the Academy has also met with athletic directors, athletic trainers and coaches at Clark-Shaw Magnet School, Phillips Preparatory Middle School, Mobile County Training School, LeFlore Magnet High School and B.C. Rain High School, which are all in Mobile, Ala.

Clark-Shaw’s Frank Yates, who is a physical education teacher and head coach for the football team, said he was very interested in gaining more knowledge about concussions.

“Now, I hope I don’t have to use it,” he said.

The Academy has a year to fulfill the AASP grant and plans to meet with even more schools and youth leagues in various sports.

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