Some NCAA News

May 20, 2010

Some diverse news coming from the NCAA this week:

First, for all you college football fans, I love college football, the 2010 NCAA Divsion II football television schedule was announced. It’s exciting to check out all of the big matchups and even more exciting that they’ll be broadcast on the CBS College Sports Network. The 2010 football schedule will open Thursday, September 2, with West Texas A&M visiting Grand Valley State.

Second, NCAA men’s basketball attendance for the 2009-10 season surpassed 32 million. This number is ridiculous. But get this, that’s only the 4th highest told in history. The record: 33,396,316 set during the 2007-08 season.

Third, the NCAA’s Academic Performance Program recognized more than 800 Division I sports teams for awesome work in the classroom. NCAA Interim President Jim Isch said:

“Most Division I student-athletes and teams take seriously their dual responsibilities in the classroom and on the court or field of play, but every year there is a special category of teams that perform exceptionally well and deserve this noteworthy recognition.”

Lastly, the NCAA Student-Athlete Race/Ethnicity Report shows that while whites compose more than three-fourths of participants in all NCAA sports, African Americans compose a larger percentage of the remainder today than a decade ago. An example from the report:

In football, black student-athletes accounted for almost 34 percent of the players in 2008-09. That’s well above the percentage in 1999-2000 (28.1 percent) but fairly steady over the last four years. Whites, meanwhile, have gone from 63.1 percent in 1999-2000 to 58.8 percent in 2008-09.

So there’s a little NCAA update for you from the good folks at Student Athlete 101. Thank you NCAA.org

(note: some information in this post originated on NCAA.org)

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Is There Life For Student-Athletes After College?

April 16, 2010

The short answer – YES.

One of the topics I write about in my book, Student Athlete 101: College Life Made Easy On & Off The Field, is how student-athletes can prepare themselves for life after college.The truth is that only a small percentage of  make it to the professional ranks. And for those that do, a professional sports career doesn’t last forever. However, based on their experience, student-athletes are in an amazing position to succeed in their careers after graduation.

This topic is highlighted in THIS ARTICLE about the awesome work the University of Missouri is doing to prepare their student athletes for life after sports. Get this: They have a job fair just for their student-athletes. Awesome. Here are some other things that stood out in the article:

Free Resources: “Like other NCAA schools, Missouri has a team of employees dedicated to enhancing its athletes’ “life skills” — from academic tutors to community service organizers. For a growing number of Division I institutions, that also means helping players find jobs.”

What recruiters are looking for: “…the intangible qualities — leadership, sacrifice, time management, a willingness to take criticism — that can translate from success on the field to success in the workplace.”

The student-athlete advantage: “The roughly 500 Missouri athletes receive far more individualized care than the 8,000 students who visit the campus career center in person or online each year…”

Career Development Programs: “(Missouri’s) ...starts with first-year athletes researching potential majors and learning how to write a basic resume. They can later participate in mock interviews, etiquette dinners and alumni network events.”

You can’t beat the above. And guess what, all the above topics are covered in Student Athlete 101.


Student Athlete 101 – Now Available!

April 15, 2010

Welcome to the Student Athlete 101 blog. First things first – What is Student Athlete 101?

Student Athlete 101: College Life Made Easy On & Off the Field is a new book that helps student-athletes get the most out of their university experience from day one on campus. Written by former student-athlete, award-winning journalist, and Ivy League graduate Antonio Neves (that’s me), this book gets straight to the point with tips and strategies for success in the classroom, on the field and after graduation. An invaluable resource throughout the collegiate experience and beyond, Neves’ wit and insider perspectives make Student Athlete 101: College Life Made Easy On & Off the Field a winning game plan. The best part – you can buy now for only $9.99.

The Basics – Why I Wrote This Book

Sports always came naturally to me, but academics were another story. I entered my freshman year at Western Michigan University as a mediocre student and a “walk-on” on the track & field team. But I managed to do enough things right in my first semester to earn 3.6 GPA. This success left me determined to figure out how I could do so well in an area in which I was historically average – and to share it with others.

Everything I learned is revealed in my book Student Athlete 101. All the tools you need to get the most out of your college experience from day one on campus – academically, athletically, socially and post-graduation. While I didn’t become a professional athlete, my success in the classroom and achievement as an All Mid American Conference (MAC) triple jumper collectively translated into the successful television career I enjoy today. It all emerged from knowing how and where to apply myself and most importantly, how to never give in to the pressure.

So here’s what you’ll find on this blog:

  • Helpful tips and strategies for student-athletes on and off the field
  • Links to fun and important information regarding student-athletes
  • Updates on my happenings as I spread the word about Student Athlete 101 with speaking engagements
  • Answers to your questions

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. You can learn more about the book and me HERE. And if you have any student-athlete based questions, please e-mail me at antonio@studentathlete101.com

Live like a champion today!