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My John Seigenthaler Story

When I heard Friday that John Seigenthaler had passed away, it hit with extreme sadness. However, thinking about the life he led and the people he touched, I found myself thankful of spending time with him.

Several years ago, I was with Joe Biddle and David Climer of The Tennessean. We were talking about my interest in the Kennedy’s, especially RFK, who has become one of my heroes. Joe and David both suggested I should contact John Seigenthaler. I did and am very thankful.

I drove up to Nashville from Birmingham several times just to have lunch with John. For hours, which seemed like minutes, he would tell me about my hero RFK. I was talking to living history. It was truly amazing.

I also got to know more of John’s impact on history. His time as a journalist, Montgomery and the Freedom Riders, the US Justice Department, the center that bears his name on the Vanderbilt campus and the many other activities that he did to teach others about our freedoms.

During one of the SEC basketball tournaments in Nashville, his center played host to a media breakfast. I wish more media had come through the center.

Long story short, I got to know John to learn more about my hero RFK, but found out and learned about another hero of mine - John Seigenthaler.

— 2 weeks ago
Even in defeat, student-athletes are winners

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

Theodore Roosevelt - April 1910

— 3 months ago
Why Dawn Staley is one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders →

From Fortune Magazine

Dawn Staley, the former WNBA star initially didn’t want to coach. But as Staley noted at her induction into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013, she knew she made the right decision when “I started to care more about my players than to win.” That might be the common trait of the great ones.

— 4 months ago
Gamecocks Thornwell among SEC’s Top Freshmen

Using this complicated math, South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell is the third most productive freshman in #SECMBB.  While not perfect, the formula is points+2xassists+rebounds+steals-turnovers=total/divided by minutes played.  Kentucky’s Julius Randle is first (.861), Arkansas’ Bobby Portis is second (.803) and Thornwell’s .728 is third.  Kentucky’s James Young is fourth at .649 and teammate Aaron Harrison is fifth at .644.  LSU’s Jordan Mickey is close in sixth at .642.  Have at it!  

— 4 months ago
My Victor Hampton Story

Former Gamecock defensive back Vic Hampton probably doesn’t know me and definitely has no idea about this story.  I started working at Carolina in December 2012.  One of my main interests is the personal development of student-athletes in intercollegiate athletics.  

It is against that backdrop that I write this.  

During my first month, I was visiting with Erica Nelson, our Coordinator of Like Skills and Community Outreach.  While in her office, a student-athlete came in and was practically begging for more opportunities to visit local elementary schools and to visit with young children.  It was Vic Hampton.

It was an amazing thing to witness, a student-athlete who enjoyed making a positive impact on young people.  

Erica obliged.  

I have also been witness to seeing him at youth football games and to letters from elementary school principals and teachers about what an impact Vic makes with children.

One letter said it all, “I cannot begin to express the gratitude we have for you, the university, and especially Victor for making this a night our young men will remember forever. Victor took time to not only deliver heartfelt words of encouragement, but he also took  pictures with everyone, signed autographs, and helped to pass out trophies.”

This week, Vic Hampton is participating in the NFL Combine with hopes of playing in the league.  

I believe this speaks to the person that Vic Hampton has become.  Here’s hoping that he continues his football career in the NFL and continues to make a positive difference with young people.

Go Gamecocks!  Go Vic Hampton!

— 5 months ago

#GamecockWBB rocking at @CLAMktg. #GoGamecocks!

— 5 months ago
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The towel for today’s Gamecock men’s hoops game.  GetSECNetwork.com! Go Gamecocks!

The towel for today’s Gamecock men’s hoops game. GetSECNetwork.com! Go Gamecocks!

— 5 months ago
Wil Crowe warming up before his first-ever game as a Gamecock.  All he did was go 6 1/3 innings and did not give up a hit for the win.  Go Gamecocks!

Wil Crowe warming up before his first-ever game as a Gamecock. All he did was go 6 1/3 innings and did not give up a hit for the win. Go Gamecocks!

— 5 months ago
Great Gamecock opening day crowd at Carolina Baseball Stadium.  It’s windy and chilly but everyone ready for baseball!

Great Gamecock opening day crowd at Carolina Baseball Stadium. It’s windy and chilly but everyone ready for baseball!

— 5 months ago
The Weather outside is frightful …

The weather outside is frightful. Working from home is so delightful. Staying on Tumblr will be so insightful. Please travel very careful.

— 5 months ago