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Watson staying humble after securing all-time win record

Watson staying humble after securing all-time win record

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 19, 2019

Rodney Watson said that one day he might be able to look back and be proud of his accomplishment but Tuesday wasn’t that day. The Men’s basketball head coach, is now USI’s winningest coach in the school’s history at 232 wins and only 74 losses, passing former coach Bruce Pearl who held that honor since 2001. Watson has been th...

Court to coach: Former USI player joins staff full time

Megan Thorne, Opinion Editor

August 17, 2016

Basketball became the main sport in Stephanie Carpenter’s life during second grade. Carpenter graduated in 2014 with a criminal justice major and accounting minor, the USI alumna is now back on the court as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team.

Balance the blame

Balance the blame

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

February 16, 2016

Blame does not usually belong to one individual. Oftentimes, it ends up on the shoulders of a person whose control only goes so far. I don’t like blame the coach mentality, but maybe more than that, I don’t understand it. After the men’s basketball team lost 89-80 to Maryville University, I s...

The Swinging Eagles

The Swinging Eagles

James Powell

September 16, 2015

Although it is most noticeable in college football, all college sports have seen an influx of former high school coaches moving up to the collegiate level. In the 2014-15 college football off season alone, twelve prominent high school coaches from all around the country, left their jobs for the “gree...

Gant takes on court experience to the sideline

Gant takes on court experience to the sideline

Sarah Loesch

August 25, 2015

Kevin Gant is ready to use his experience as an athlete at USI in his new role on the coaching staff. The new assistant men's basketball coach played for three years under head coach Rodney Watson and said since his graduation in 2012 he had looked into coaching but knew for a long time before that he ...

Remembering Ruth Waller

Jessie Hellmann

April 17, 2013

Ruth Waller was free-spirited, gentle, caring and a “miracle woman.” She was a mother, wife and pioneer for women’s athletics and intramurals during her 36-year career at USI. Ruth passed away after a battle with cancer and illness Saturday morning. Despite having a bout with breast cancer in ...

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