Archive for April, 2013

Baptiste Bataille seemed to have his life together when his college graduation approached in 2010. He finished his collegiate basketball career at Northeastern University as one of the leaders in the men’s basketball program, received a bachelor’s degree in environmental geology and marine biology and was looking forward to a bright future in the education field.

But post-graduation, things didn’t pan out the way Bataille expected. Eager to end the job hunt with a position relating to his college education, the French native was stopped short after running into an obstacle he couldn’t bypass.

“On top of being a student-athlete, I was an international student-athlete, so I was dealing with visas,” said Bataille. “A lot of employers are skeptical of hiring a foreigner over an American either because they have to pay a little more money because of the visa or they’re scared of the immigration process. That was one of the main issues.”


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With no other options at the time, Bataille turned to what was his main focus in college—basketball. He returned overseas the summer after graduation and signed with a professional basketball team on the west coast of France. Being a French native, it was easy for him to sign onto a team and get exposure.

“I wanted to play overseas while I was fresh and in shape,” said Bataille. “I looked at the work industry and applied for some jobs but when I kept getting turned down it kind of led me towards the overseas track.”

Bataille is one of many student-athletes faced with the same questions; do I work through the economy and try to get a job? Or do I continue on the path of being a professional athlete?

Diane Ciarletta, senior associate director of career services at Northeastern University, acknowledged the fact that the current economy is slow. But despite this slow economy, she feels a main focus of graduates must be searching for a job the right way.

“The main thing we try to teach our students is the importance of networking and getting out from behind the computer,” said Ciarletta. “Most people spend 90 percent of their time looking at online postings and less than 10 percent making connections and the first thing I tell them is to reverse that ratio. I always tell people if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you can’t get there.”

Veronica Napoli, senior international affairs major at Northeastern University and legend of the women’s soccer program, understands Ciarletta’s concept completely. And although Napoli doesn’t face the same visa issue as Bataille, she shares a similar bond with the idea of an inability to land a job.

“More of it is just not hearing back,” said Napoli.  “And I’ve applied mostly through online postings, which is the main problem and I know that. It’s a lot easier to get a job if you know somebody or through networking. But I’m young enough where I’m able to take advantage of the opportunity to play overseas and this might be the only time in my life where I’ll have that opportunity.“

Napoli, a third-team All-American and record holder for most career goals at Northeastern, has opted for the professional track in Italy while integrating an interim job with the Boston Breakers until she leaves to go overseas. Having picked up this temporary position through a connection with the Breakers, this option, she said, allows her to combine both playing and working until the right job offer comes along.

“I’ll be doing general management and sales for the Breakers during their season until August when I’ll leave to go play in Italy,” said Napoli. “Playing just seems like the best fit for me right now whereas taking a sales job or a business job and working from 9-5 in an office just to say I have a job, that doesn’t sound appealing to me.”

Bataille and Napoli join a larger group of graduating student-athletes who were unable to gain any job experience due to the rigorous lifestyle of being a Division 1 athlete.

“I definitely didn’t get enough work experience because of basketball,” said Bataille. “It didn’t allow us to have a part-time job or summer job and if I could go back I would do it differently and try to take advantage of the co-op program and networking. That way, as opposed to just being caught up in the season which is so heavy in traveling, you can look back and say you have experience when trying to answer to the job market.”

Kashaia Cannon, health management graduate student and senior on the women’s basketball team at Northeastern, feels the lack of experience as well now that she’s trying to land a job in the health management industry.

“I’m applying to mostly internships now and I haven’t heard back from any yet,” said Cannon. “And I’m applying to internships and not full-time jobs because there aren’t any entry-level positions in the health management field. They’re mostly manager positions and I don’t have enough experience to apply. The experience is a huge issue. These positions require at least three years’ worth and I don’t have that coming right out of being a college athlete.”

While having a “Plan B” in mind—that is, getting a job—Cannon is hoping to continue her basketball career overseas. She will be attending three different tryouts throughout the United States this summer, with the hopes of landing an agent and a professional contract. For her, like Napoli, the love of the game is too much to give up for a low-level job outside of her desired field.

But contrary to popular belief, it seems there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Although student-athletes are choosing to continue playing professionally and arguably delaying the process of getting a job, it could work out to their benefit.

Bataille just recently accepted a job in Connecticut after finishing his professional basketball career. Although it took three years since graduation, he will be teaching French at a private school and coaching basketball—something he has always wanted to do.

“I think in that specific industry, the education industry in the private sector, they’re looking for people that are multifaceted and people who can do different things,” said Bataille. “I was able to utilize my background in terms of playing professional sports and bring that kind of diverse lifestyle and that helped me get this job.”

The 2013 WNBA Draft occurred this past week and as expected, Baylor University’s Brittney Griner was the number one pick in the first round of the draft. Here is a list of the rest of the basketball stars who will continue their career at the professional level:

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1. Brittney Griner (Baylor University) – Phoenix Mercury—Griner was the first NCAA player to score 2,000 points and block 500 shots. She finished her career with 3,282 points and 748 blocked shots.

2.Elena Delle Donne (University of Delaware) – Chicago Sky—The 6’5 guard/forward was the second leading scorer in the country with 26 points per game. She finished her career with 3,039 career points.

3. Skylar Diggins (University of Notre Dame) – Tulsa Shock —Diggins is the only Notre Dame player to earn 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in her career.

4. Tayler Hill (Ohio State University) – Washington Mystics—As a guard at Ohio State, Hill scored 2,015 points and had 240 steals. She was an All-Big Ten first team and defensive team player.

5. Kelsey Bone (Texas A&M) – New York Liberty—Bone averaged 9.3 rebounds a game and will undoubtedly help the Liberty in the front court.

6. Tianna Hawkins (University of Maryland) – Seattle Storm—The forward averaged 18 points a game and finished her career shooting 57 percent from the field.

7. Toni Young (Oklahoma State) – New York Liberty—Young will join Kelsey Bone on the New York Liberty. She was an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and led Oklahoma State with 16 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game.

8. Kayla Alexander (Syracuse University) – San Antonio Silver Stars—Alexander is the all-time leading scorer at Syracuse and holds records for career blocks, field goals made, free throws and games played.

9. Layshia Clarendon (University of California) – Indiana Fever—Clarendon is the highest draft pick to ever come out of the University of California. She averaged 21.4 points per game in the NCAA tournament.

10. A’dia Matthies (University of Kentucky) – Los Angeles Sparks—Matthies was named the SEC Player of the Year by the Associated Press and shot 42 percent from the three point line this past season.

11. Kelly Faris (University of Connecticut) – Connecticut Sun—Faris was a team leader at Connecticut in many other aspects aside from statistics. She is the second player to record at least 1,000 points, 750 rebounds, 500 assists and 250 steals.

12. Lindsey Moore (University of Nebraska) – Minnesota Lynx—Moore holds the school career in assist record at 699 as well as single season assist record at 195.


1. Alex Bentley (Atlanta Dream) 2. Sugar Rogers (Minnesota Lynx) 3. Kamiko Williams (New York Liberty) 4. Davellyn Whyte (San Antonio Silver Stars) 5. Nadirah McKenith (Washington Mystics) 6. Chelsea Poppens (Seattle Storm) 7. Emma Meesseman (Washington Mystics) 8. Diandra Tchatchouang (San Antonio Silver Stars) 9. Jasmine Hassel (Indiana Fever) 10. Brittany Chambers (Los Angeles Sparks) 11. Anna Prins (Connecticut Sun) 12. Chucky Jeffery (Minnesota Lynx)


1. Shenneika Smith (New York Liberty) 2. Nikki Greene (Phoenix Mercury) 3. Olcay Cakir (New York Liberty) 4. Brooklyn Pope (Chicago Sky) 5. Angel Goodrish (Tulsa Shock) 6. Jasmine James (Seattle Storm) 7. Anna Marie Armstrong (Atlanta Dream) 8. Whitney Hand (San Antonio Silver Stars) 9. Jennifer George (Indiana Fever) 10. Alina Iagupova (Los Angeles Sparks) 11. Andrea Smith (Connecticut Sun) 12. Waltiea Rolle (Minnesota Lynx)


Under normal circumstances this blog post would be about the phenomenal athletes that participated in the Boston marathon. Under normal circumstances we would highlight the funny characters that crossed the finish line and the college-themed antics that went on in the crowd. Under normal circumstances the day would’ve started and ended on such high notes it would be impossible to stay inside and do work rather than go out and celebrate.

Except it wasn’t a normal circumstance. In fact, it was far from it.

The city of Boston was attacked yesterday in a villainous attempt to hurt and destroy the most beloved day of the year. Marathon Monday is a day for people around the world to come together for one united cause. It’s a day to laugh, to celebrate, to have fun and to lift each others spirit throughout the course of the race.

Now, it’s a day that will be remembered for such gruesome violence.

But throughout all of the chaos and turmoil, we were able to see so many civilians run towards the explosions than away. That is what gives us hope for humanity. I would like to take a moment to thank everyone that helped in the efforts of fixing a tumultuous situation as quickly as possible. We are so lucky to have the police force, EMT’s, firefighters and innocent civilians that immediately thought to help.

Through times of hardship is where we see everyone come together. Boston will stand united.

I found this neat flow chart that shows the different options for NCAA regulated per diem and meal money. A lot of people think it’s simple, players are hungry they get food. Unfortunately, it’s not.

There are many different regulations for both home games and road games that deal with the proper amount of money or the different rules that apply for pre and post game food. The example team is Baylor University, it’s pretty interesting so check it out!

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Whether you are a sports fan or not, it is probable that you’ve heard about Louisville’s Kevin Ware’s injury. It seemed like an innocent play, Ware attempts an acrobatic play and lands on one leg, except the outcome was much different. Ware experienced a compound fracture during the Midwest Regional against Duke University, arguably the most gruesome sports injury to ever be televised.

And after a successful surgery and much support from his teammates, coaches and fans, Ware was able to make it back to Atlanta to the National Championship and experience the Louisville win. But all might not be well and good.

What many people don’t realize is that collegiate players are not guaranteed that all of their medical costs will be covered post injury. An article by ABC News looks into the issues surrounding NCAA healthcare, and how players may be left to pick up the bills after college.

According to Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, a student-athlete may be initially covered by the NCAA healthcare, but students can later lose their athletic scholarships or if they leave the school they would lose the healthcare insurance.

The article states that Ware’s injury is currently covered and he is not in danger of losing his scholarship due to injury. But other players have not been as lucky.

In 2010, former Rice University player Joseph Agnew sued the NCAA in an anti-trust suit over his one-year renewable scholarship. He claimed that after having surgery on both his shoulder and ankle, his scholarship was not renewed for his senior year. Because of this, he had to cover the rest of the medical costs.

In another case, Kyle Hardrick, former basketball player at the University of Oklahoma, did not have his scholarship renewed after a knee injury and then transferred to a community college. His mother testified at a congressional hearing that she had to pay out-of-pocket after her insurance company didn’t cover her son’s medical care. It was also stated that Oklahoma would not pay additional charges related to the knee injury.

Last year the California State Legislature passed the Student Athlete Bill of Rights. This bill requires universities to cover healthcare premiums and to pay deductibles for any sports-related injury for up to two years after they leave the university. The bill also requires that if a student-athlete were to lose an athletic scholarship because of an injury, the university must offer another scholarship equivalent to the previous one.

With Ware’s injury garnering so much attention, the new hope is that all states will adopt the Student Athlete Bill of Rights and protect all collegiate athletes from rising healthcare costs.

Joe Nocera is a renown journalist for The New York Times and has been a loud voice in the fight for NCAA reform. When the issues of change within the collegiate sport powerhouse came about, Nocera wrote a lengthy piece on his idea of reform and why it would work.

Now, with the Rutgers scandal fresh in our minds, Nocera wrote a short piece on how the issues managed to unravel for the universities sports program. Click here to read this great article.

While you’re at it, check out the video below. It is 5 minutes worth of Robert L. Barchi, president of Rutgers, speaking on behalf of the situation and the newly terminated position holders. Barchi reads a letter from Pernetti and answers questions as to why and how he could have handled the situation differently.

In the wake of the Rutgers University men’s basketball scandal comes another, perhaps not so shocking, update. Tim Pernetti, the university Athletic Director is no longer holding that position as of today. It is still unclear whether Pernetti was fired by higher university officials or respectfully resigned.

The biggest concern of many spectators is why Pernetti made the initial decision to only suspend Rice rather than fire him after learning of the circulating video. But after the sudden backlash and severity the video brought forth, Pernetti decided it was in the best interest of the university and the program to fire Rice.

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State officials in Trenton said they would hold hearings about how Pernetti handled the allegations and a a New York Times article reports that Stephen M. Sweeney, a Democrat and the president of the State Senate, said officials should reconsider firing Pernetti.

Before serving as the Athletic Director, Pernetti was a television executive with much experience presenting college games on national broadcasts. He had never even coached a college team, let alone run a college program.

But the decision seemed smart and initially proved successful because of the growing “business” college sports has become. This past November, Rutgers was invited to join the Big Ten conference that would generate more exposure and a larger television revenue.

A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. today and Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi will speak.