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Basketball heating up in hopes of season

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

Christian Rigg and Nathanial Barbee

October 8, 2020

Seven months ago, the men’s basketball team was on their way to Indianapolis for the regional tournament. It was at the Cracker Barrel in Bloomington where the team found out their season was over. There were more troubles to come for the team. Former head coach, Rodney Watson, announced his ret...

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...

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...

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. ...

Column: parking lot continues to close

The back row of parking lot C will not be available for public use until completion of phase II of the PAC renovation, which is expected to be done in October of 2020

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

January 21, 2020

A section of parking lot C, in front of the Orr Center, will be closed all day on a few Thursdays and Saturdays because of home basketball games. Despite the lack of parking on campus, the athletics department thinks this is a good idea, meanwhile students are having a hard time finding a place t...

Season ticket prices have increased for the new arena

Season ticket prices have increased for the new arena

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 12, 2019

With a new arena comes the challenge of finding the perfect seat to watch the Screaming Eagles battle their opponents. For those that have always had the same seats, game in and game out, the challenge becomes even harder and with a price increase, but the Athletics Department has a game plan. “...

What does it take to get into the USI sports Hall of Fame?

What does it take to get into the USI sports Hall of Fame?

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

October 29, 2019

Entering the Hall of Fame is a dream that athletes hope to achieve, but very few of them actually make it there. “For the athletic hall of fame, we’re really looking at accomplishments on the fields and on the courts and also see how well how well their academic career would be factored in,” s...

Athletic director named chair of NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee

Athletic director named chair of NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee

Noah Alatza, News Editor

September 11, 2018

The university's director of athletics Jon Mark Hall has been named the NCAA Division II Basketball Committee chair. The committee has direct oversight responsibilities for the men’s basketball championship. Hall is serving out a five-year term through 2019-20. Hall has served on many other...

Coaches embrace teaching roles

Coaches embrace teaching roles

Dennis Marshall

October 29, 2013

USI men’s soccer coach Mat Santoro said if he wasn’t a college soccer coach, he would want to be a professor. “That’s kind of like my other dream job,” Santoro said.  “I think the thing about teaching is it just gives me a chance to work with students in that educational environment.” Santoro te...

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