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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. ...

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...

The transition of a basketball player

Clayton Hughes, junior forward, drives to the basket against Bellarmine University Jan. 11 at the Screaming Eagles Arena. The Eagles lost 65-79.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

February 18, 2020

Clayton Hughes started playing basketball seriously in high school and in one summer was able to gain 17 inches in his jump as a result. “I was born athletic,” Hughes said. “One summer I just put in a lot of work and gained like 17 inches on my vertical in like eight weeks and became known as ...

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.

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...

Eagles defeat rival Kentucky Wesleyan in first home game in new Arena

The USI Men’s basketball team celebrates after taking the lead during a timeout against Kentucky Wesleyan College Monday night at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 19, 2019

The stands in the arena filled in a matter of minutes once the doors opened. The student section was filled to the brim as Archie the Eagle was running around and giving high fives. It was more than just a game, it was the Battle of the Bridge.  The announcer was barely audible over the roar of the...

Eagles look to keep rivalry alive in ‘Battle of the Bridge’ matchup with Kentucky Wesleyan

Eagles look to keep rivalry alive in 'Battle of the Bridge' matchup with Kentucky Wesleyan

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 12, 2019

With the annual Battle of the Bridge game coming up on Nov. 18th, the rivalry game against Kentucky Wesleyan College (KWC) is thicker than ever. The historical basketball game has kicked off every basketball season since 1975.  “There are very few rivalries in college basketball and this is one of the be...

New arena open for first full season

New arena open for first full season

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

November 5, 2019

Screaming Eagles fans are excited for the new basketball season because this is the first season that all the home games will be held at the new arena. The Screaming Eagles arena will host its first basketball game Nov. 13 after opening in the spring of 2019.  “From a basketball coach’s viewpoint, th...

Midnight Madness kicks off the season

Midnight Madness kicks off the season

October 22, 2019

Midnight Madness kicked off the men’s and women’s basketball seasons. The Athletics Department faced the two teams off against each other in increasingly hilarious games and challenges. The stands were packed like sardines. Everyone walking between the seats and trying to find a place to sit had to c...

No superstitions in basketball

No superstitions in basketball

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

October 1, 2019

Rodney Watson, head coach of the men’s basketball team,  believes everyone has a superstition, although he doesn’t always have one. “Superstitions are kinda like throwing salt over your shoulder,” Rodney Watson, head coach for the men’s basketball team, said, “...I think it’s personal p...

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