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Athletes may not be getting eligibility this year

Senior guard Mateo Rivera celebrates after a made basket February 24, 2020 afternoon at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Nik Cunningham, Publications Editor

September 14, 2020

Athletes were still able to get eligibility this semester, but only if they were able to come back next year. Now next semester is here and even more, athletes can’t play. Right now the plan is for the students who can’t play this semester is to play next year, which won’t be possible for stud...

E-Sports during a semester of COVID-19

Wednesday's network outage is the third in the past month, each resulting in a one-to-two hour loss in network connectivity for all of campus according to an email from Lance Woods, Director of IT Infrastructure. 

Kenzie Clayton, Staff Writer

September 9, 2020

Many student organizations and sports teams have either had to readjust their plans for the fall semester or temporarily postpone them due to COVID-19. One organization that’s been doing fairly well is the Southern Indiana Esports Association.  The biggest impact that COVID-19 has had on SIEA is that it wi...

Volleyball and Soccer are postponed

Photo courtesy of USI Sports Information

Stewart Brooking, Sports Editor

August 26, 2020

On July 27 2020 the GLVC made the decision to postpone high-risk contact sports such as Volleyball and Men’s and Women’s soccer. Men’s Soccer Men’s Soccer is one of the fall sports that are to be postponed to the spring. Head coach Matt Santoro says they will rely on the players to do ...

Students have to come back for eligibility

Students have to come back for eligibility

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

April 20, 2020

The NCAA announced that spring athletes are able to get their eligibility for the next year back next year, if the athletes decide they want to. “Right now, we're just trying to make sure we get clarification on all the ins and outs of the NCAA stuff and in just gauging the interest of some of tho...

Archuleta getting ready for next season

Archuleta getting ready for next season

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

April 13, 2020

With all spring sports canceled and athletes sent home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, coaches and players are struggling with the changing reality. Tracy Archuleta, head coach of the baseball team, said it’s important for everyone to understand how bad the situation and how important it is f...

Stan ‘Superman’ Gouard returns to USI as men’s head coach

Former USI athlete Stan Gouard was named the 10th head coach of the men's basketball team Tuesday. Gouard served 12 years as head coach of the UIndy before returning to USI.

Riley Guerzini and Nik Cunningham

April 7, 2020

USI athletics announced Stan "Superman" Gouard as the new head coach for the men’s basketball team Tuesday afternoon in a Zoom press conference. He will be the 10th men’s head coach in USI’s history. “I love USI,” Gouard said. “It’s been that way and has never changed since my playing days… It...

Watson retires as men’s head basketball coach

Coach Rodney Watson celebrates his 232 career win at USI after defeating Kentucky Wesleyan 82-63 at the Screaming Eagles Arena. Watson announced his retirement Monday.

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

March 23, 2020

Men’s head basketball coach Rodney Watson is retiring, the university announced Monday. Watson, USI’s all time winningest head coach, said via video message the timing was perfect for “a new voice, new style and new energy.” The university will begin a national search to fill the position. ...

All sports cancelled until April 6

Coach Rodney Watson talks to the team during a timeout against Kentucky Wesleyan College at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

March 17, 2020

The NCAA, GLVC and USI Athletics have cancelled all athletic season games and practices until April 6.  After April sixth the Athletics department will review the situation brought by COVID-19. They will either extend the cancellation or slowly start practicing again based on how the virus develops. ...

Outfielder leads by example

Aaron Euler, a junior outfielder, bating against William Jewell on March 3.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

March 3, 2020

Aaron Euler has played baseball since he was little. He said that baseball turned into his passion when his father introduced it to him. “My dad got me into baseball at a really young age,” Euler said. “When I was five, I started playing baseball and I just fell in love with the game. It's like my passion. I'm glad I can continue to play in colleg...

Turnovers Cost Eagles game vs Bellarmine

Stewart Brooking, Staff Writer

March 2, 2020

The women's basketball team got off to a slow start Thursday when they traveled to Louisville to play Bellarmine.  The Eagles were in a hole early as USI went 0-9 in their first nine shots. Bellarmine managed to shoot 87% from the field and it was that hot shooting from the Knights that gave them...

Little humbled by college success

Junior forward Emmanuel Little drives to the basket against Lewis University Saturday afternoon at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

February 25, 2020

Emmanuel Little’s family encouraged him to play basketball after growing three or four inches in the summer of his eighth-grade year.    Despite his height increase, Little wasn’t considered the best player on his team.   “I'm getting defended differently than I was in t...

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