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MORRIS: Mid-majors couldn’t afford to compensate athletes if rule was passed

Michael Morris, Assistant Sports Editor

September 10, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports

Texas A&M quarterback and reigning Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel, has become the poster boy of his school, the NCAA and a movement. A movement that has turned this same poster boy into the face of a timeless debate about college athletes and the money they bring into their respective schools. Manziel orchestrated a Cinderella-story season last year and capped it off with a Heisman Trophy. It was a motion-picture-type...

TURNER: Water polo team off to stronger start than expected

TURNER: Water polo team off to stronger start than expected

Andrew Turner, Staff Writer

September 10, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Men's Sports, Men's Water Polo, Showcase, Sports

Surprise, surprise. The Long Beach State men’s water polo team does not appear to have hit any speed bumps in starting the season. With Dan Matulis out for the season with a torn labrum and Nick...

With first tests over, 49ers can look for wins this weekend

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

September 3, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports, Women's Soccer, Women's Sports, Women's Volleyball

Both the Long Beach State women’s volleyball and women’s soccer teams took on ranked teams over the weekend, and after varying levels of success, they can look forward to facing softer opponents this weekend. All three of the schools the women’s volleyball team faced at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational are now ranked. The 49ers defeated No. 18 Illinois in four sets before losing to No. 15 Florida State in...

TURNER: Repeating success of 2012 will be a challenge for LBSU

Andrew Turner, Staff Writer

August 29, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Men's Sports, Men's Water Polo, Sports

Success: few words could better describe last season for the Long Beach State men’s water polo team. The Beach recorded a 24-8 record, its highest win total under head coach Gavin Arroyo. Success breeds confidence, and it builds programs. It also raises expectations. The 49ers will have a hard time living up to the new expectations. LBSU will be exposed to several new challenges this year. After qualifying for...

CLARK: LBSU will make the NCAAs with or without a Big West title

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

August 29, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports, Women's Volleyball

The Long Beach State women’s volleyball team took a break from the NCAA tournament last season, but that break will be over soon enough. The 49ers will be in tough competition with No. 11 Hawaii for the Big West Conference title, but even if they lose that battle, they will have a good enough resume to make the NCAA tournament. Talent is back on the floor for the 49ers. Haleigh Hampton, Erin Juley and Delainey Aigner-Swesey...

TURNER: Louisiana State should set an example with troubled Jeremy Hill

TURNER: Louisiana State should set an example with troubled Jeremy Hill

August 28, 2013

Summer scandals have shown that new leadership is needed in matters regarding the NCAA. Johnny Manziel signing autographs for profit? Inexcusable. If the NCAA finds that the Texas A&M sophomore...

CLARK: LBSU will experience some growing pains this year

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

August 26, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports, Women's Soccer, Women's Sports

It’s a common problem to have in college sports: key players graduate, leaving a multitude of holes in a starting lineup. That problem, however, is what keeps college sports interesting. It’s what prevents schools not named Alabama from reeling off championship after championship like the New York Yankees. It’s what opens up opportunities for new players to fight their way to the top. In the case of the Long Beach...

CLARK: Despite losses, LBSU will still compete for a Big West title

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

August 7, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports, Women's Soccer, Women's Sports

In most cases, when a mid-major team loses an All-American forward and an NCAA All-West region defender in the same year, it earns them a one-way ticket to irrelevance. This is not most cases. The 49ers may have lost Nadia Link, Alex Balcer and five other seniors, but an incredible amount of depth may keep head coach Mauricio Ingrassia’s team near the top of the Big West Conference. Last year’s squad returns a...