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Watson staying humble after securing all-time win record

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.
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...

Court to coach: Former USI player joins staff full time

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
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,...

The Swinging Eagles

The Swinging Eagles
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,...

Gant takes on court experience to the sideline

Kevin Gant, the newly appointed men’s basketball assistant coach, on the court during a game in 2011. Gant was a member of the team for three years until his graduation in 2012.
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...

Remembering Ruth Waller

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...

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