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Improvements needed for concussion protocols

Marc Wilson

March 5

Filed under Football, Sports

The concussion protocol for collegiate and professional sports is flawed and needs to be improved. Athletes who have suffered any dramatic head injury should not be allowed to return and play that same day. Although professio...

What makes an athlete great?

Marc Wilson

February 24

Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Football, Sports

In the sports community, a phrase we so often hear is “Oh they are destined for greatness.” But how we define and measure the greatness of an athlete?In the sports world, we have some greats: Serena Williams, Mia Hamm,...

Tom Terrific does it again

Patrick Pace

January 31

Filed under Football, Sports

Tom Brady is like a fine wine, he just gets better with age. After (unfairly) being suspended for the first four games of the season for his role in "DeflateGate," Brady led his team to his 7th Super Bowl trip in 16 seasons a...

Professionals deserve mercy

Jordan Jarrell

December 13

Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Sports

A single bad night can haunt an organization in any sport, and to prevent it, there should be a standard mercy rule. Getting beaten by 13 points in baseball is devastating to athletes, coaches and the team itself and takes the competition out of a game. At a certain point, it becomes clear that ...

Graduation Initiative hits Chico State athletes

Makayla Hopkins

December 8

Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Sports, Track and field, Volleyball

The success of the California State University 2009 graduation initiative has spurred another movement for increased graduation rates. The 2009 initiative, increased Chico State's six-year graduation rates to 64 percent and cut th...

Referees reign over games

Cydney Nance

December 8

Filed under Basketball, Football, Full Disclosure, Soccer, Sports

Since the 2012 NFL lockout, the officiating staff of sports has continued to expand the black spot on its once pristine record.It's not only football, and it's certainly not limited to the professional league. Even at the colleg...

NFL tradition normalizes racism

Kenta Mcafee

November 24

Filed under Football, Sports

Among the things to be thankful for during the November holiday, the one that resonates the most for me is football.Thanksgiving is about food and family, but sitting together on a couch to watch the Redskins and Cowboys play will...

‘We Don’t Say’ campaign gains national attention

Makayla Hopkins

November 8

Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Sports, Track and field, Volleyball

Although multiple signs across Chico State say “We are one university,” the attempt to raise awareness about crude words that athletes and students use has signaled a major divide. Chico State Student-Athlete Advisory ...

New era emerging across sports

Gabriel Moreno

November 8

Filed under Basketball, Football, Soccer, Sports, Volleyball

Legends come and go in basketball, but the remembrance of their talent on the court is what keeps them relevant. Last year, the Chico State men’s basketball team lost three seniors, including men’s basketball forward T...

Full Disclosure: Student-athletes getting paid

Kenta Mcafee

October 25

Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Full Disclosure, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Sports, Track and field, Volleyball

The only difference between college athletes and high school athletes is the workload. Although the collegiate level is more competitive, with only 7.8 percent of all athletes able to compete, the players are treated the sa...

League stands against Kaepernick

Kenta Mcafee

October 16

Filed under Football, Sports

The NFL had major movements this season, with Twitter now streaming live games and a new $100 million concussion initiative. Despite the success they've enjoyed, there's still one problem they have yet to tackle: kneeling at sports...

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