SJSU spending bye week preparing for Utah State


SJSU spending bye week preparing for Utah State

Five games into its best season since 2006, the SJSU football team will enjoy a much-needed bye week this weekend and will focus on two things, one slightly higher in priority than the other for now, at least. The Spartans No. 1 goal for this weekends bye: Rest up, while keeping their foot on the pedal and preparing for Utah State, their second goal. Seeing how the team is practicing, I dont think the team has let up, said senior running back DeLeon Eskridge. The most important thing is getting people healthy. A lot of people are banged up that were going to need going into league play. It gives us a chance to fix the nicks and bruises and also gives us an extra week to go in and start the WAC off right and beating Utah State.A 20-17 loss to then-No. 21 Stanford in the opening week is the only blemish on this seasons record for SJSU. The Oct. 13 Homecoming game against Utah State will open Western Athletic Conference play and is arguably the most important game for the Spartans this season. But before they focus solely on Utah State, the team need to focus on recovering a couple of lingering injuries, most notably with junior linebacker Keith Smith and sophomore wide receiver Jabari Carr.We need to get some rest, said junior quarterback David Fales. We got some injured guys so theyll have an extra week to get ready and get healthy.Both Smith (ankle) and Carr (toe) missed Saturdays 12-0 win over Navy. Prior to the Navy game, Smith was third on the team in total tackles. Carr currently is second on the team with 244 receiving yards and 22 catches and has two touchdowns on the season. Junior wide receiver Noel Grigsby (shoulder) and senior offensive lineman David Quessenberry (ankle) will also use the off week to further recover from their injuries, even though they did play against Navy. SJSU will need both Smith and Carr back near full health to give boosts to both sides of the football in order to keep up with a Utah State team that was chosen to finish second to Louisiana Tech in the 2012 WAC preseason poll.Were going into conference play and we got to go to another level, said head coach Mike MacIntyre. Were going to start getting teams that are saying Wait, San Jose State is somebody that we need to prepare better for. Lets face it. Now theyre thinking about us more so you have to understand theyre a little more focused.
NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Junior tight end Ryan Otten was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week on Tuesday for his eight-reception, 94-yard game against Navy last Saturday. Both numbers were season highs for Otten. Otten won the same award last season in a Week 5 38-31 win over Colorado State. In that game, Otten recorded six catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. The John Mackey Award, or The Mackey as many people call it, will be awarded to the nations top tight end on Dec. 6. Senior defensive end Travis Johnson, who was awarded the WAC defensive player of the week on Monday, was placed on the Lott IMPACT Trophy List. Johnson leads the nation in both sacks with 7.5 and tackles for a loss with 12.5. Named after former San Francisco 49er Ronnie Lott, the IMPACT Trophy recognizes a student-athlete who has stood out both on and off the field. The winner of this award will be announced on Dec. 9.

The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof


The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

Your education dollars are always at work, so it is with pride and bewilderment that we report that the University of California’s incoming class (2021, for those few who can get out in four years) marched to Memorial Stadium and formed the world’s largest human letter.
It was . . . wait for it . . . a “C.” A 7,196-person-strong “C.”
But the school, as it occasionally does, missed a golden opportunity to seize a golden opportunity. All they needed to do was have a quick whip-round, get $55,586.44 from each and every one of the captives . . . er, students, and they could have wiped out their entire athletics deficit in one night.
You see, while forming gigantic letters is always fun (or as the kids used to say when double negatives didn’t mean voting, never not fun), Cal is staring at quite possibly the bleakest future a major athletic university ever has. The athletic department, whose chief officer, Mike Williams, has just announced his intention to quit, is over $400 million in debt between construction costs, ambition, shrinking allegiance and the absence of a Phil Knight-level sugar daddy to buy the pain away.
And before you blame Williams, he inherited this indigestible planetoid from his predecessor, Sandy Barbour, who grew it from her predecessor, Steve Gladstone, and hastened it from . . . well, you get the drift. 
Cal’s been blowing through money it hasn’t been taking in for years upon years, didn’t realize the deficit-cutting benefits of the Pac-12 Network (because they largely don’t exist), and the day of reckoning looms closer and closer, especially now that new chancellor Carol Christ (no apparent relation) described the deficit as “corrosive” and has insisted that the athletic department have a balanced budget by 2020.
In short, the school may only be able to afford a lower-case “C” before too long. Maybe in comic sans. 

NCAA adopts sexual violence policy: 'It's not banning violent athletes...'


NCAA adopts sexual violence policy: 'It's not banning violent athletes...'

NCAA member schools will be required to provide yearly sexual violence education for all college athletes, coaches and athletics administrators under a policy announced Thursday by the organization's board of governors.

Campus leaders such as athletic directors, school presidents and Title IX coordinators will be required to attest that athletes, coaches and administrators have been educated on sexual violence.

The policy was adopted from a recommendation made by the Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence, which was created by the board last year in response to several high-profile cases involving sexual assaults and athletic departments, including the scandal at Baylor.

The policy also requires campus leaders to declare that athletic departments are knowledgeable and compliant with school policies on sexual violence prevention, adjudication and resolution.

Brenda Tracy, a rape survivor and activist who speaks to college teams across the country about sexual violence , is a member of the commission. She has called for the NCAA to ban athletes with a history of sexual violence. While this policy falls far short of that, Tracy said she was encouraged.

"It's not banning violent athletes, but it's a positive policy that's going to have a big impact on our campuses," Tracy said in a phone interview from Amherst, Massachusetts, where she was spending the day speaking to the UMass football and basketball teams.

The announcement from the NCAA came just one day after Youngstown State decided a football player who served jail time for a rape committed while he was in high school will not be allowed to play in games this season. Ma'Lik Richmond , who served about 10 months in a juvenile lockup after being convicted with another Steubenville High School football player of raping a 16-year-old girl in 2012, walked on at Youngstown State earlier this year. He will be allowed to practice and participate in other team activities.

Tracy has promoted a petition urging Youngstown State to not allow Richmond to play.

"I think that playing sports and playing NCAA sports is a privilege. It is not a right," Tracy said. "If we're going to be placing student-athletes in that position of power and influence - to drive narrative, to drive conversation, to affect culture - then behavior matters. Right now, I feel like Youngstown is sending the message that violence against women, rape all of these things are OK. It doesn't affect your ability to play sports."

A move toward an NCAA policy on sexual violence was given momentum by numerous issues involving athletes and athletic departments in recent years. Perhaps the most high-profile example is Baylor, where an investigation found that allegations of sexual assault, some against football players, were mishandled by school leaders.

Two years ago, the Southeastern Conference barred schools from accepting transfers who had been dismissed from another school for serious misconduct, defined as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.

Indiana announced in April that it would no longer accept any prospective student-athlete who has been convicted of or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony involving sexual violence. In July, the athletic director at the University of Illinois said the school was working on a similar policy.

Tracy said the NCAA has not ruled out implementing a policy like Indiana's.

"The fact that's still on the table, we're still having discussions about that, we're still going to keep working moving forward, gives me a lot of hope," she said.

In a statement, the NCAA said: "Any discussion of individual accountability beyond the criminal justice system must address the complexities and nuances of different federal and state laws so that it can be consistently applied across the NCAA."

The new NCAA policy defers to schools to set their own sexual violence education practices, though in 2014 the association set expectations for its members with a resolution and made recommendations in a handbook on sexual assault.

"Schools do different things," Tracy said. "The NCAA is now saying this isn't just an option. This is now a policy and a requirement. And not only that but you need to attest to us every year what it is that you're doing ... Some schools are doing a great job. Some schools are not doing a great job."