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Blogging with BP: Sept. 10, 2013
Release: Monday 09/10/2013 


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As I wrote yesterday, the annual Bradley Athletics Student-Athlete Picnic was Monday evening on the Baker Quad and it was another great program put on by the Braves Council, aided by Tessi Taylor, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. While the Bradley Department of Athletics consists of 15 teams, we are all part of one larger team and the comraderie that was shared Monday night is important for our student-athletes.

In addition to a great meal provided by our friends at Avanti's, the picnic always includes a few games involving the student-athletes, coaches and staff. Though overall standings are not kept, I think it is safe to say the Women's Basketball Team dominated the games. Junior guard Michelle Young successfully defended her title in the limbo competition, while sophomore guard Charnelle Reed displayed some excellent box-out skills en route to the musical chairs title (just ask men's basketball player Chris Blake, who fell victim to Reed's box-out ability in the late rounds). Meanwhile, senior forward Kelly Frings and sophomore guard Fantasia Vine were runners-up in the water balloon toss to men's cross country/track runners Thomas Harayda and Cole Dill. Not to be outdone by the student-athletes, women's basketball director of operations Kristin Wiener was the runner-up in the first-year staff musical chairs competition.

Not to be forgotten, baseball newcomer Drew Carlile devoured his watermelon in blinding speed to win the watermelon-eating contest.

Several teams showed off their skills in the kitchen, as well, and I was more than happy to serve as a judge for the baking contest. Women's cross country and volleyball both got credit from this judge for unique spins on chocolate cake, but women's tennis went above-and-beyond with their vanilla cake shaped and decorated as a tennis racquet. Tessi can go ahead and sign me up for this assignment next year.

A video recap of last night's picnic, as well as a photo gallery, are attached to today's blog entry.

Random Thoughts - Funeral Procession Etiquette
As readers of this blog have probably noticed, I like to include some random thoughts (some might call them rants). Today's random thought comes as the result of my lunchtime trip to the DMV to renew my vehicle registration. While traveling Farmington Road toward Sterling, a funeral procession was traveling in the opposite direction. I was taught to yield to a funeral procession out of respect to the deceased and mourners, so I pulled off the road while the procession passed by. Though only a respectful tradition and not a law, I was disappointed to be joined on the roadside by only three other drivers while numerous (in excess of 20) other cars drove on by. My drive to the DMV was no more than five minutes longer than it would have been had I not stopped.

Another Black-Eye to College Athletics
Well, if you thought the negative publicity and NCAA sanctions faced by the University of Colorado football program several years ago would clean up big-time college football, you were wrong. Oklahoma State is the latest school to be outed for thumbing its nose at the rules of the NCAA, not to mention decency. Sports Illustrated has put together a 5-part exposé focused on the Oklahoma State football program and its rise to national prominence under Les Miles and Mike Gundy. Based on interviews with more than 60 former student-athletes, coaches and staff, the series documents pay-for-play programs, no-show and over-pay jobs and inappropriate recruiting practices. It is another black-eye for college athletics, but is hardly representative of all the student-athletes, coaches and support staff members out there who are acting appropriately as representatives of their institutions.

I don't think the fallout from this SI report will stop at Oklahoma State. I am willing to bet the media will look long and hard at former Cowboys head coach Les Miles and his current LSU program, as well as primary report target Joe DeForest, a former OSU assistant coach now on the staff at West Virginia. Expect this story to grow.

Until nex time...

Blogging with BP
Sept. 9, 2013:  Hot temperatures, hot starts and Johnah Sahrs Update
Sept. 4, 2013:  Providing a Championship Experience
Aug. 27, 2013:  Random Thoughts
Aug. 22, 2013:  BP's Bucket List
Aug. 20, 2013:  Bradley Soccer Promotions Review
Aug. 19, 2013:  Bahamas Delinquency and Soccer Hype
Aug. 15, 2013:  Random thoughts from the Bahamas
Aug. 14, 2013:  A true Hall of Famer
Aug. 12, 2013:  Perspective Check Monday
Aug. 11, 2013:  Travel recap
Aug. 9, 2013:  Live Stats for the Summer of Thunder Classic
Aug. 8, 2013:  Bradley Athletics Provides Family-Friendly Entertainment Options
Aug. 7, 2013:  Recapping the Bahamas Preview Luncheon and Scrimmage
Aug. 6, 2013:  Check out the Bradley Team Store
Aug. 5, 2013:  Introduction and Bahamas Preview

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