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The Gun Show || Is Race Still a Factor in the Hiring of College Football Coaches?

default article imageIt’s Saturday afternoon during the fall season, and inevitably the vibrant college football season. You flip on an ESPN game to find top notch, bowl contending matchups. With the fans crazy and players amped, there’s nothing more you could look for in a college game. Except, that’s where you’re wrong; what is missing from this scene? The answer is the presence of African-American (and minority) coaches in NCAA football.

NCAA Division IA teams attract high caliber recruitments and a large fan base but cannot hire/draw in African-American coaches. In 2011, only 11 black coaches are at the helm of a College Football Sub Bowl Division team.

Although this is a high amount compared to years past, it is a remarkably low number considering the 117 schools involved. It is a problem that still reigns clear throughout the sport and uncovers the fact that still today, there remains discrimination. It is still a problem that is right out there in front of our eyes, and poked and prodded at by a variety of analysts in the past.

No direct link can be correlated and no concrete answer will solve the problem. In a sport dominated by African-American athletes, the coaching staffs misrepresent the sport’s population and show that greed and image still lie at the heart of hiring.

Minority coaches that eventually do get the privilege of heading a program seem to take control of programs which have had notoriously losing traditions, placing a negative damper on the image of the black coach. Although many have been successful in changing their respective programs, only a few have had winning records, possibly deterring college officials from hiring more black coaches.

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Squawk with A Hawk 10/05/11

Squawk With Hawk 10.05.11Managing Editor Brett Bodner sits down with graduate midfielder and former Entertainment Editor Morganne Firmstone.

Outlook: How do you believe this year’s team is in comparison to last year’s team?

MF: I’m not going to say we’re better this year because we lost really big players in Meredith (Violi), Nora (Bosmans), and Katz (Melissa) but I think that we filled the spots that we had to. Obviously I’m hoping to not get second at NEC’s this year.

Outlook: How much do you miss The Outlook and what do you miss the most?

MF: I miss The Outlook a lot. I had so much fun being involved in another student group. What do I miss the most? You (laughs), and Anthony, Gina, Netta, Amanda, and Matt too.

Outlook: What are you going to Graduate School for?

MF: I’m going for a degree in public policy.

Outlook: What do you believe will be the keys to success this season in order to win the NEC?

MF: I have to say consistency and not playing into other team’s game plans. Playing our defensive press is also very important and just our heart and fight because the games in the NEC are very emotional.

Outlook: What is your favorite song right now?

MF: The first song on our warmup CD, which is “Warning” by Uncle Murda.

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Men’s Soccer Defeats Columbia and Princeton, and Prepares for NEC Match-Ups

M Soccer 9.28.11The Hawks took on two teams in the Ivy League this week when they faced off against Columbia and Princeton.

When they face Ivy League teams, the Hawks tend to have great success against them in the regular season, but in the past two years of the NCAA tournament they’ve been knocked out by Ivy League schools. Dartmouth eliminated them last year, while Harvard knocked them off the year before.

Their regular season dominance would continue as they were able to come out with two huge wins last Thursday and Sunday.

Thursday night the Hawks traveled to New York to take on Columbia. The Hawks battled and were able to come out with a 10 victory. Freshman Derek Luke scored his first goal of the year in the 18th minute and it would be all the Hawks needed to win the game.

Columbia had a few opportunities to score goals, but they were denied by Junior goalkeeper Alex Blackburn.

Blackburn picked up his fifth win and fifth shutout with the victory. Blackburn has been very strong in net this season and it has not gone unnoticed. “Alex has stepped up and is taking care of what he needs to take care of. He’s been solid for us and I think each game that goes by his confidence grows, which is important for him,” said Head Coach Robert McCourt.

Going into Sunday’s game the Hawks had eight goals from eight different scorers. In other words, there was an eight-way tie for the team’s leading scorer. However, that would change following Sunday afternoon’s game.

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Field Hockey Loses Win Streak, but Bounces Back Against Temple

default article imageThe field hockey team impressed everyone this past week as they stretched their win streak to five games. Unfortunately, the streak came to an end this past Saturday as the Hawks fell to the University of Albany 21. Albany is ranked 16th in the nation.

The Hawks traveled to Newark, Delaware on Wednesday September 21 for their next matchup against the University of Delaware.

The Hawks struck first in the first half as Michelle Pieczynski scored on a backhand shot. There was no other scoring from either team for the rest of the ain, exemplifying how dominant she can be, and most importantly taking the lead by a score of 21.

A few minutes later, Delaware responded with another goal to tie the game. Neither the Hawks nor Delaware were able to break the tie in regulation, so overtime was the only solution. About nine minutes into overtime, Pieczynski struck again, this time to win the game. The goal marked her second hat trick of the season.

“Our strategic plan has stayed the same. We’ve focused on intensity, holding ourselves accountable for position, and our communication,” discussed Coach Figlio. When asked about what aspects of the game that the team has to work on the most, she specifically talked about possession, including the small things and making crisp plays.

Now on a five game win streak, the Hawks were determined that they had the sure talent and ability that they could upset the 16th ranked Albany Great Danes on Saturday. The game was played at a neutral site, in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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The Gun Show || A University Call to Arms: Attendance at Sporting Events

M Basketball 9.28.11Why, in a world full of social networking and a population full of people who need information “now,” can’t we fill the stands at a Hawk home game? With Facebook group joining becoming the norm, and Tweets flying 24/7, shouldn’t it be our first objective to do whatever we can do to get fans to come out and enjoy a sporting event?

Well as hard as it may be in any sense, multiple obstacles get in the way from achieving this goal. Monmouth Athletics has done a nice job in inspiring school spirit and promoting all the athletic events, but all work cast aside, attendance remains low.

Over the course of the year, the University undertakes a countless amount of promotional events for its sporting events, including free fan buses, certain giveaway nights, fundraising events, “Monmouth Mob” events and others. The main objective of the staff seems to be to promote a greater sense of “Hawk Pride” so that a day at Kessler Field could ultimately feel like a trip to the Horseshoe at Ohio State, or the Nittany Lion whiteout at Penn State. This goes for all sports, which have their share of promotions underway. Bottom line is, they’ve done their job, now we must do ours. As fans, we should wake up before we fall too far behind making the sports outing seem like just an event to attend out of boredom.

 First year events and other promotional outings draw crowds for our football games, along with our drive to see a winning season, and the soccer program’s prestige intrigues the sports fan as well. A new men’s basketball program fronted by a NCAA Division I big name, along with a clearly qualified women’s basketball coach should also fill the seats. These are extremely attainable goals and would pinpoint Monmouth on the map as an institution to fear as a visiting athlete. The Hawk fan base can potentially inspire the football team to play at a whole other level, fan mobs at the MAC could alter a game, and attendance on the Great Lawn could have attendees on hand witness history. Intriguing anyone yet? Well if it’s not, the root of our problem is discovered.

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Squawk with A Hawk 9/28/11

Squack with Hawk 09.28.11Managing Editor Brett Bodner, sits down with All-American defender/midfielder and one of the captains on the men’s soccer team, RJ Allen.

Outlook: What’s your greatest memory so far, while playing soccer here at Monmouth?

RJA: I’d have to say either beating UConn in the NCAA tournament or winning the NEC in both the regular season and conference tournament the past two years.

Outlook: What are some things that you’ve done, which have allowed you to encounter the success you have had here?

RJA: I just continue to work hard and I put in a lot of work in practice with my teammates and that’s really it.

Outlook: What are your thoughts on the upcoming NEC games?

RJA: The NEC is a tough conference to play in. You just have to have the right mentality and get through every game.

Outlook: What’s your favorite movie?

RJA: I’d have to go with Taken or 8 Mile.

Outlook: What is your favorite pregame meal?

RJA: Chicken Parm.

Outlook: How would a guy like me do in the teams conditioning program?

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Field Hockey Team Picks up Steam: Hawks Win Four Straight Games

Field Hockey 9.21.11 1“We will win the NEC this year, there is no doubt in my mind,” exclaimed junior Nicole Manziano when asked about what her predictions were for the season. The field hockey team is looking to build on the success they experienced last season and to take the next step and become NEC champions in 2011.

The road to that NEC championship started off a little bumpy earlier this season. The Hawks kicked off regular season play against the #5 team in country in Syracuse. It was a close game early on, but Syracuse got on the board 22 minutes in and they never looked back. The Orange went on to win 40, outshooting the Hawks 333.

“It was exciting because it was both of our first games and anything could happen and we showed we could hang with them and run with the big dogs,” said head coach Carli Figlio.

The Hawks came out firing in their next game against Hofstra, but unfortunately lost a close one 43. Graduate student Morganne Firmstone had two goals in the contest, but in the end Hofstra was able to hang on and win by a narrow margin.

“Early in the season we got a little bit away from our hunger to win games early in the season because we have some new voices on the team, so we’re trying to take each play as it comes to us,” Figlio said.

The tide began to turn for the Hawks on Friday September 9, when they squared off against Lehigh. The Hawks dominated the field of play and when all was said and done they came out with a 41 win. Junior Michelle Pieczynski led the Hawk attack by scoring three goalswhich gave her a hat trick on the day.

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Football Team Picks up First Win of the Season Against Villanova

Football 9.21.11Monmouth goes on the road and picks up a huge win over the Villanova Wildcats to improve to 11 on the season.

This may be the biggest win in the history of Monmouth football. Villanova is a perennial powerhouse and the Hawks won 209 on the Wildcats’ home field. Tristan Roberts and Balial Sloan El scored the two MU touchdowns. Roberts made an excellent catch on a pass from Kyle Frazier in the third quarter. Sloan El sealed the game with a 44-yard scamper in the fourth.

The story of this game was the Hawks’ defense. Eleven thousand were on hand to see the MU defense hold Villanova scoreless for the entire first half. Jose Gumbs and Dan Sullivan made the two biggest plays of the game.

 With under a minute left in the first half, Gumbs made the play that changed the game. ‘Nova wide receiver Dorian Wells appeared to be on his way to a 49yard touchdown reception. Gumbs had other plans. The senior safety never gave up on the play, and knocked the ball loose from Wells’ hands. The ball rolled into the end zone where Wells tried to recover, but could not do so inbounds. The result was a touchback and Monmouth took over at their 20yard line.

Sullivan made his play in the second half. The Wildcats faced a fourth and goal from the one-yard line. Sullivan fought through blockers and stuffed ‘Nova running back Lawrence Doss. This led to a long drive by the Hawks that concluded with an Eric Spillane field goal.

Mitchell Pollard had a great game for the Blue and White. Pollard grabbed seven receptions for 118 yards. This includes a 62yard grab in the second half that helped the Hawks put points on the board.

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Men’s Soccer Knocks off Seton Hall, but Falls to Bucknell

M Soccer 9.21.11The Men’s soccer team got off to a rough start this week, falling to Old Dominion 31 last Sunday in the final game of the Stihl Soccer Classic.

The game was evenly played from a statistical stand point, but only senior Matt Beverin was able to put one past Old Dominion’s goaltender Victor Francoz.

This was the final game in the tournament for the Hawks and going 11 against ranked opponents is something positive that they were able to walk away with.

The Hawks would return home and action picked up again for the Hawks on Friday evening against instate rival Seton Hall University. It was the first night game held, since the student body returned from their summer vacation.

The game was loaded with action. Seton Hall dominated field position in the first five minutes of the game, but it would be the only five minutes they had some sort of control over the game.

The momentum began to swing when freshman Kalle Sotka narrowly missed scoring a goal on a bicycle kick towards the end of the minute. Just moments following this opportunity the Hawks cashed in the 12th minute when Andres Penfold got the Hawks on the board in the first half.

Sotka got another opportunity for a goal just four minutes later and he did not let it go to waste, which made the score 20 Hawks. The goal came off a corner kick from Ryan Clark and according to Sotka it was an easy goal. “It was a perfect free kick by RC (Ryan Clark). He saw I was wide open in the near post and I just flicked it in.”

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Let There Be Light

Great Lawn Becomes First Lighted Athletic Field on Campus

default article imageGenesis reads “And God said let there be light and there was light.”

Over the summer, a similar event happened to the Great Lawn that would leave an impact on the men’s and women’s soccer season.

Thanks to a generous donation from Jules Plangere Jr, four light poles were installed on the Great Lawn, giving both soccer teams the ability to play night games.

“It’s all about the lights right now,” said Athletic Director Marilyn McNeil. “We’ve always talked about lights in athletics. There’s such an aura about playing under the lights in any athletic endeavor and it opens up opportunities to use the field at other times other than sun hours,” said McNeil.

July 20 was the date when all four light poles were standing and once they were all up, many new opportunities became available to the soccer team. Opportunities that were not there before.

Not only can the team benefit from being able to play at night, but it will also be very beneficial to the fan base. “This will allow more fans to get to the game. If you play in the afternoon during the week, many students are in class and people in the surrounding community are at work. With night games, it will allow more people to attend the games and I do believe attendance will be higher,” said President Paul Gaffney II.

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Football Team Kicks-Off the Season With the Familiar Taste of a Loss

Football Team Kicks off SeasonHawk football is back after a disappointing 2010. The preseason rankings predict the Hawks to finish sixth in the Northeast Conference.

The Hawks have a much different team in 2011 than they did last year. “This year we’re certainly not as old or as experienced as we were a year ago,” said Coach Callahan. The 2010 squad had 22 seniors who are no longer here.

With 22 players from last year gone, some new guys are going to have to step up. The offense lost some of their best playmakers. 

“A lot of the younger guys stepped up, we had a veteran group last year, we only have two kids returning, Mitchell Pollard and Darvin Henderson, but Lamar Davenport and Neil Sterling have definitely stepped up. We got a transfer in, Tristan Roberts, who stepped up, I think all of them can really help the team out,” said senior QB Kyle Frazier when asked about which receivers will help the team replace some graduates.

Elijah Phillips was hurt last season and is ready to get back on the field. He believes he is hungry after sitting a year and is mentally and physically stronger than ever. Coach Callahan expects him to play at a high level. With Phillips coming back and star safety Jose Gumbs in his senior year, the Hawks should have a secondary that will give teams problems.

The Hawks have some tough out-of-conference games this season. They face nationally ranked Lehigh and Villanova to start the year, then Colgate a few weeks later. Coach Callahan points to a number of reasons as to why they play these teams.

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