- Brazil’s World Cup: an $11 billion trap
Here in my country, if you were to ask 10 little boys what they want to be when they grow up, it’s very possible that eight of them will tell you the same thing: soccer player. I’m not overreacting when I say that soccer in Brazil is like a religion. People here go crazy because of it – maybe even more than Americans go crazy for football. In Brazil, all the boys want to be Neymar.
This year, as we all know, we are experiencing the delight (or the curse, depending on whom you ask) of hosting the FIFA World Cup. It’s interesting to be here on vacation and have the opportunity to see this particular phenomenon happening. Especially because a year ago the streets were filled with protesters (including me), screaming “Nao vai ter Copa” (which means “There won’t be World Cup”). A large part of the population is unhappy that our developing country is spending billions with soccer stadiums, instead of investing in education, health and infrastructure for our population.
Well, it turns out the World Cup is here. And the people who were protesting at the time are now paying a huge amount of money to go to the stadiums to watch the games. Why? Because everyone here lives and breathes soccer.
Don’t get me wrong. The protests are still occurring, but with very few people compared to last year. Instead, people on the opening game booed the president, Dilma Rousseff, who was kind of already expecting that. That’s why she didn’t speak at the opening ceremony, as expected.
Brazilians were so excited with the start of the event and with all the tourists walking the streets of our capitals that they decided to forget how much money we lost because of the Cup.
Brazil invested $11 billion in infrastructure related to the Cup and a third of this amount was spent on the stadiums. Well, putting money on stadiums is not exactly an investment. One, because all the money raised from the matches goes to FIFA and not to Brazil. Second, because some of these stadiums are never going to be used again.
Here’s an example: $217 million was invested in a single stadium in the city of Manaus, and the place is destined to be used in four World Cup games. Four. There’s no soccer team in Manaus, and famous singers will probably not choose the city as part of a big tour. So, as comedian John Oliver said, Brazil constructed “the world’s most expensive bird toilet.” Sad, but true.
What I’ve been seeing on the streets, though, is pure happiness and excitement. Every time Brazil plays, the country stops. Literally. If the game starts at 5 p.m., businesses allow their employees to leave at 4. The schools do the same. There’s traffic jam to go back home on game days. It’s as if it’s forbidden to do any thing during the games besides watching them.
Brazilians go home earlier, they dress in green and yellow and they cheer. They cheer as if soccer were the most important thing in the world. As they cheer, they forget that we spent $11 billion that we didn’t even have. Go Brazil!
- PSU announces 2014 Hall of Fame class
Michael Bauer, Sports Editor
Pittsburg State has announced the 2014 induction class of the intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. Nine members consisting of former athletes will be inducted during the ceremony on campus on Saturday, Oct. 25.
The 2014 class is composed of six men and three women.
This year’s group includes four-time All-America performer Megan (Corby) Haas, who competed in track and field as well as volleyball from 1991-95; All-America pitcher Daryl Cronk, a member of the baseball team’s 1999 MIAA title; All-America quarterback Brian Hutchins from the Gorillas’ 1991 NCAA Division II National Championship squad and a runner-up finish in 1992; All-America quarterback Neal Philpot, who compiled a school record 41 victories while leading the PSU record-breaking offense during a national runner-up finish in 2004; and outside hitter Dina (Wathan) Blevins, who was an All-America and three-time All-Region performer in volleyball from 2000 to 2003.
Former football player Lon Farrell and former track and field athlete David Shrader will be inducted in the Hall of Fame’s “Legacy” category. The Legacy category focuses solely on individuals from the school’s first 50 years to bolster the school’s rich heritage from its first half-century.
Alan and Roberta Whetzel were selected for the Hall of Fame as meritorious achievement inductees. The Whetzels are no strangers to the PSU athletic family, donating the $1.2 million anchor gift on the Weede Building Renovation Project.
Corby was a four-time NCAA-II All-American in the triple jump and was a three-time MIAA individual event champion. She set the PSU record in the triple jump (40-1.25 indoor mark) and was a four-year volleyball letter-winner. She set PSU records for service aces (109), digs (875), and blocks (405) and received her bachelor’s in 1995.
Cronk, who graduated in 2000, set PSU records for career victories at 27 and innings pitched with 258 2/3. He compiled a 27-12 record with a 3.51 ERA in 48 career appearances and was an NCAA-II All-American in 1997.
Philpot graduated in 2005 and was MIAA All-Conference from 2001-04. He was conference Offensive MVP for the 2004 season and set the MIAA record for career total offense with 10,168 yards and career quarterback rushing with 4,337 yards.
Blevins, who played from 2000 to 2003 and graduated in 2004, was a three-time NCAA-II All-Region from 2001-03 and was MIAA All-Conference 2000-03. She ranks second in Division II history in career digs (2,326) and helped the Gorillas to a 26-8 record and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003. Blevins also set eight PSU records: games played (468), career kills (1,814), career attacks (5,477), career service aces (158), career digs (2,326), single-season kills (481), single-season attacks (1,481) and single season digs (671).
Farrell, who graduated in 1952, was a two-year member of the PSU football team, earning CIC All-Conference honors each year as both an offensive guard and a linebacker. As a high school football coach, he compiled a 54-7 record and served several years on the University of Arkansas football coaching staff. He earned his master’s degree from PSU in 1957 and a doctorate degree from Arkansas in 1965.
Shrader was a five-time CIC champion before graduating in 1940 and captured league titles in the discus all four years.
The 2014 hall of fame class will be honored at halftime of PSU’s football game against Nebraska-Kearney on the same day as their induction.
- MIAA leads nation in basketball attendance
Michael Bauer, sports editor
Whether it’s the Central Missouri men’s basketball team winning the 2014 NCAA Division II title or the PSU and Emporia State women ranking in the top 25, the MIAA conference has been represented well this past basketball season. Now, attendance figures have shown the MIAA to be the leader in that category as well.
According to the conference website, for the 2013-14 season, the MIAA led the nation in both men’s and women’s basketball attendance as the only league to average more than 1,000 fans per game for both. At 199 men’s games this season the conference drew 262,573 fans for an average of 1,319 while the women brought in 197,188 to 190 games for an average of 1,038 per game.
In the men’s category, two MIAA schools were in the top 10 as Fort Hays State averaged 3,081 supporters per game while UCM averaged 2,257 fans to rank third and seventh respectively. Washburn was 15th in the nation with 1,907 fans per game at the men’s contests.
For the women’s category, Fort Hays State took third nationally, drawing a total of 29,617 fans and averaging 1,851 per game. ESU took second with 29,617 total fans to average 1,847 per game. Washburn was the third conference institution in the top five, averaging 1,761 fans. UCM came in ninth with 1,366 fans per game.
The MIAA drew 469,761 fans between the men’s and women’s games for an average of 1,155 per contest. The Northern Sun league, which has two more schools than the MIAA, brought in 287,403 in attendance with an average of 1,228 to finish second behind the MIAA while the Lone Star conference was third with an average of 1,141.
- Pitt Sports Briefs
inducted to Hall of Fame
Former PSU head football coach Chuck Broyles and former All-American football player Kendall Gammon have been enshrined into the MIAA Hall of Fame class of 2014.
On Thursday, June 5, at the MIAA-Awards Ceremony at the Kansas City Public Library in Kansas City, Mo., the 10-member class was announced.
Broyles coached the PSU football team to the 1991 NCAA Division II National Championship along with national championship appearances in 1992, 1995 and 2004 while posting an MIAA record of 198 victories during his 20-year tenure as head coach from 1990-2009. Broyles has also earned NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year honors three times. In addition, Broyles also posted a record nine MIAA titles and 15 trips to the NCAA Division II playoffs and was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Gammon, who went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs during a 15-year NFL career, was a first-team NCAA Division II All-American at PSU. Playing as an offensive guard, he helped the Gorillas win the 1991 National Championship with a 13-1-1 record. He also earned first-team All-MIAA honors in each of his final three seasons at PSU.
Gammon’s football career included an AFC championship and an appearance in Super Bowl XXX with the Steelers and was selected to the 2004 Pro Bowl.
TV schedule announced
The MIAA announced the television network schedule for the 2014 football season. PSU will have two consecutive games broadcast on Cox Communications KS channel 22 with the first being an away game in Washburn on Saturday, Sept. 20, before the following week’s game against Fort Hays State at Carnie Smith Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 27.
The 11-game broadcast schedule will kick off with a Thursday night matchup on Sept. 4 between Nebraska-Kearney and defending national champions Northwest Missouri State.
The MIAA TV Network will travel to a different campus each week featuring several key matchups in determining who will win the conference championship.
- World Cup Watch Students gather for world’s top sporting event
Michael Bauer editor-in-chief
The world’s premier sporting event has been uniting people in supporting their countrymen. From Germany to Japan to even Pittsburg, fans have held mass gatherings to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Students from Pittsburg State have chimed in, hosting their own watch parties and it’s not only international students, either.
On Monday, June 16, PSU students assembled at Varsity’s Sports Bar in Frontenac to watch the United States take on Ghana in its opening match.
“My son told me today that they were going to bring in 30 of his friends to watch it,” said Mike Knaup, owner of Varsity’s Sports Bar.
Varsity’s is no stranger to hosting watch parties from other sporting events like the Super Bowl, but this marked the first world cup watch party that Knaup’s restaurant has held and it shouldn’t be the last.
“I’d be interested in doing this again,” said Matt Sayre, senior in trades program from Frontenac who also works part time at Varsity’s. “It beats sitting at home and watching the game by yourself.”
About 30 supporters showed up and after each U.S. goal, the place erupted in jubilant cheers.
“It seemed like everyone was pretty energetic,” Sayre said. “Everybody was pumped up and with the U.S. scoring 30 seconds into the game it made it pretty interesting. Once Ghana equalized, it was a nail biter.”
So loud was the place after the United States’ 2-1 victory that Knaup jokingly told the fans about a noise complaint from the neighborhood.
“I was joking about that,” Knaup said. “We welcome that, especially when you’re cheering for the USA.”
But the United States isn’t the only team students are gathering to watch as people from other countries have their own nations to cheer for, including host nation Brazil.
“I support Brazil, of course,” said Emely Baldi, junior in pharmacy from Brazil. “In Brazil, since you are a child, you are used to soccer and learn to appreciate it. It is a national passion and it gets more prominent during the world cup.”
International students have also been gathering in their dorm rooms to watch.
While American supporters are just hoping that the United States can advance to the knockout stages, Brazilian fans are demanding nothing less than for Brazil to win the entire tournament.
“I expect to see Brazil in the final game,” Baldi said. “However, I don’t have any preference about who the opponent is. I would love to see Brazil win the world cup, especially since this one is in our house.”
But being away from home while watching the world cup has its perks. For one, Baldi and the rest of the Brazilian fans are rooting from outside of their home country.
“Even though I’m cheering here, it is not the same feeling. In Brazil, the world cup is a time to celebrate and support Brazil with my family and friends and I really would want to be there to do it,” Baldi said.
Another difference lies in the experience in watching the tournament.
“In Brazil, I love to live this experience and I know how people there can get crazy watching it,” Baldi said. “Since this world cup is in Brazil, I imagine it’s about ten times more amazing.”
But not everyone is rooting just for their home nations. Some fans have taken a liking to individual stars such as four-time FIFA World Player of the Year winner Lionel Messi from Argentina.
“I support Argentina because I like Messi and I believe he is one of the legendary players of the world,” said Tanjima Alam, graduate student in human resource development from Bangladesh.
Alam, who said she traditionally watches the world cup in her home country with family and friends, would like to see Argentina and Brazil in the final match and loves everything about the tournament.
“I like to watch because it’s really exciting and I like (soccer),” Alam said. “I enjoy the goals and most of all, the crowd.”
- Jeronimus gets athlete of the year honors
Michael Bauer, Sports Editor
Lizzy Jeronimus was named the recipient of the MIAA Ken B. Jones Award for the 2013-14 school year.
The annual award goes to the top male and female athlete of the year in the conference.
To be nominated for the award, an athlete is judged in four areas: athletic accomplishments from the current season, career academic accomplishments, campus and community service and career athletic and service achievements.
The other recipient of the award was Northwest Missouri State’s quarterback Trevor Adams who helped the Bearcats to the 2013 NCAA Division II national championship with an undefeated record. The award was given on Thursday, June 5, in Kansas City, Mo., at the Public Library.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” Jeronimus, Lenexa junior majoring in management, told the crowd at the ceremony.
Jeronimus took the award over nominated track and field athletes Emma Shell of Southwest Baptist and Elin Alewine of Central Missouri.
“I first want to congratulate Erin and Emma for also being nominated and being finalists,” Jeronimus said. “They are both very accomplished athletes and students.”
Jeronimus completed one of her best seasons for the Pitt State women’s basketball team, finishing second this past season in the MIAA in scoring over 18 points per game and was ranked among the statistical leaders in rebounding, field goals percentage, assists and blocked shots in the conference. She also scored in double figures in 28 games and put up 20 or more points 15 times this season and helped the Gorillas to their second NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in three years. Jeronimus is already the second leading active career scorer in Division II with over 1,600 career points.
“This award means a lot to me because it not only shows my athletic success but also my success in the classroom and my work in the community,” Jeronimus said.
Her work in the classroom earned her both MIAA Scholar Athlete Honors in addition to Capital One Academic All-District honors. Jeronimus has also been a multiple award recipient of the PSU Provost Award for Academic Excellence and currently carries a 3.8 GPA.
“It was my goal to be a student first and an athlete second at Pitt State,” Jeronimus said. “I am fortunate enough to have had many people support me along the way. My family, my coaches, teammates, professors and fans have kept me going throughout my journey.”
Lizzy also was a volunteer in cleanup efforts from the tornado that struck Baxter Springs last month and helped with a clinic for area Girl Scouts. She was also active in the annual Backpack program food drive and an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Linebacker Nate Dreiling, Hutchinson, who graduated last December in general studies, was nominated for the award. The former PSU player was a four-time All-American who set PSU and MIAA records for career tackles with 491 and earned Capital One Academic All-America honors after his senior season. He graduated with a 3.37 GPA.
- 2014 FIFA World Cup preview
Every four years, the biggest stage in soccer occurs, bringing with it the pride and passion of all the countries that have qualified and ending a long wait for thousands of fans around the globe.
The FIFA World Cup, rich with triumph and history, will reignite next week in the most successful nation in soccer history: Brazil.
Thirty-two of the best teams will square off for the next month with only one goal in mind: to win the coveted World Cup trophy. The teams have been split into groups of eight. The best two teams in each group will advance to the knock-out stages beginning with the round of 16 and eventually working its way to the last two countries in the final, which will be played in Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium on Sunday, July 13.
For some teams, just qualifying for the contest is an accomplishment. For others, like the U.S., getting to the knockout stages is the key while for others, Brazil and Germany, nothing short of winning the tournament will be accepted.
Spain is the defending champion from 2010. The Spaniards (also known as La Roja) are in the middle of a dynasty, winning back-to-back European championships in 2008 and 2012. They enter the tournament with a No. 1 world ranking and will be looking to add another trophy to their growing pile.
The United States, currently ranked 14th, has an arduous task ahead. After being placed in the “Group of Death” along with three-time winners Germany, third-ranked Portugal and Ghana, the strongest team in Africa, the Americans have some work to do if they’re to advance.
Below is a breakdown of all 32 teams.
Brazil: Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. will have to carry a young Brazil squad to glory just as he did in last summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup.
Cameroon: Have struggled since its historic 1990 quarterfinal run.
Mexico: Struggled to qualify but is a safe bet to advance.
Croatia: Barely beat Iceland in the qualifying playoffs. Luka Modric must shine.
Spain: Could face Argentina, Portugal or even Uruguay in the knockout stages. Repeating as champions will be a tall order.
Chile: Advancing ahead of the Netherlands will be difficult but don’t be surprised if it happens.
Australia: Struggled to qualify and anything other than three straight losses will be a surprise.
Netherlands: Age might hurt the Dutches’ attempt at their first world cup title.
Colombia: Could become vulnerable without Radamel Falcao.
Ivory Coast: With an easier group draw, should have the best chance of all the African teams to advance.
Greece: Qualified strongly from a very weak group.
Japan: Might be the strongest Asian squad, but always struggles to live up to expectations.
Uruguay: 2010’s semifinals appearance was a surprise. This time, the same will be expected if they can avoid Spain or Brazil in the quarterfinals.
Italy: Missing out on two consecutive knockout stages shouldn’t happen for Italy.
England: Wayne Rooney must show he can carry England in the world cup.
Costa Rica: Don’t expect them to make any headlines in Brazil.
France: Needs to show the strength it used to beat Ukraine in the playoffs in order to advance.
Ecuador: Believed to be the weakest South American side, though a second-round appearance isn’t out of reach.
Switzerland: Probably the weakest seeded team in the tournament. Lack of a big name player will prove costly.
Honduras: Will be a big surprise if they advance.
Argentina: Seems to lack the quality needed to win its third world cup.
Bosnia-Herzegovina: Will go only as far as Eden Dzeko can carry them.
Nigeria: Too young and inexperienced to do much.
Iran: One of the weakest of all 32 teams.
Germany: Among the favorites, but injuries will hurt its chances.
Portugal: Must show it can win with more than just Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ghana: Has the talent to reach the quarterfinals if it can escape the group.
United States: Jozy Altidore needs to end drought of goals scored by U.S. strikers at the world cup.
Belgium: Plenty of talent to be a dark horse but won’t reach the quarterfinals.
Algeria: With no proven attacker, could end up dead last.
Russia: Qualified ahead of Portugal but won’t do much better.
South Korea: Improved with a versatility of scorers in qualifying,
- PSU men, women place top 10 at nationals
Michael Bauer, sports editor
For the first time in history, both the Pittsburg State men’s and women’s track and field teams finished in the top-10 team standings at the NCAA Division II outdoor National. The Gorilla men scored 36 point to finish fifth overall while the Pittsburg State women put up 25 points to take ninth place. It was the second-best finish at the NCAA Division II outdoor meet in school history for both teams.
“I was really proud of both teams,” said Russ Jewett, head coach. “We took a bigger squad to nationals than in the past. You feel more like a team when you have more people going.”
The meet took place in Allendale, Mich., from Thursday, May 22, to Saturday, May 24.
Junior Jeff Piepenbrink continued his dominance in the pole vault by snatching first place on Saturday to help push the Pitt State men. He cleared 17 feet, 4.5 inches to improve his school record in the discipline.
“I think it’s a big deal for him and for us coaches, too,” Jewett said. “I remember his reaction when he won it and he’s done a great job transitioning from me as his pole vault coach to a different coach.”
To win, Piepenbrink faced tough challenges with four guys making the same bar at 17 feet, 4.5 inches. But Piepenbrink won on the virtue of fewer misses on the heights that were cleared, edging out Bred Myers of Grand Valley State and giving PSU 10 points.
Sophomore Garrett Appier earned All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in the men’s shot put, posting the second-best mark in school history with a throw of 59 feet, 6.75 inches. Junior Marquise Cushon took fourth in the men’s triple jump with 51-5.75. It was the second-best mark in school history in the discipline.
The men’s 400-meter relay team of junior Andre Sanders, junior Jason Crow, freshman Bryce Starks and senior Kyle Utsey took All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in 40.34 seconds and added four team points. The 400-meter relay team edged out Albany State and fellow Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) conference foe Emporia State by less than a second.
“I’m happy for those guys,” Jewett said. “Sometimes you beat your opponent by making fewer mistakes and we placed pretty high there and ran our season-best time and performed well under pressure.”
St. Augustine won the national championship with 112 points, 45 points more than second-place finishers Adams State. The Gorillas defeated Chico State by five points.
For the Gorilla men, it was their fifth top-10 finish at outdoor nationals in school history and their best finish since the 1999 team, which finished fourth overall.
For the Pitt State women, sophomore Cassie Caswell earned All-America honors with a seventh place finish in the women’s shot put with a throw of 47-4.25.
“I was pleased with Cassie,” Jewett said. “She did her personal best in field events when it mattered most, which is tough to do. If you’re a little tense in the throwing events, you foul or don’t throw very far, but she had great assistance from her coach (Brian Mantooth) and the seventh place was two points and at nationals, that can make a difference.”
Junior Jessica Macy took All-America recognition with a seventh-place finish in the women’s 5,000 meters, crossing the finish line in 16:37.97.
MIAA outfit Lincoln University took the national championship honors by posting 64 points to beat Johnson C. Smith University by five points. Pittsburg State finished just one point behind Cal State Stanislaus but edged St. Augustine’s College by the same point total and two points ahead of Western Washington to secure a top-10 finish.
It was the third all-time top-10 placing for the Gorilla women and the highest finish since 1993, when the team that year placed in a tie for seventh place.
- Sports Briefs
Mantooth named national
assistant coach of the year
PSU’s Brian Mantooth has been named the NCAA Division II men’s assistant coach of the year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The award was announced on Wednesday, May 28.
Mantooth, who is in his fifth year as a full-time coach at PSU, has helped the Gorilla throwers to a pair of All-America performances while guiding the track and field team to a fifth-place finish overall as a team at the 2014 national championship meet.
Bo Farrow, freshman biology major from Broken Arrow, Okla., placed third in the discus at nationals while Garrett Appier, sophomore physical education major from Paola, took fourth in the shot put. The two led a throws contingent that scored 63 of PSU’s team points at the 2014 MIAA Outdoor Championships, helping the Gorillas to a third straight conference title.
Mantooth has served as a part-time coach for eight season before joining the PSU staff in 2009. He’s coached 26 All-America performances from the men’s team and 25 All-America performances from the women’s team.
Mantooth, a native of Caney, was a three-time All-MIAA thrower during his college career at PSU and took conference titles in the hammer and weight throw in 2000.
Foss earns academic honors
Infielder Brandon Foss, senior in graphic communications from Lenexa, was named to the first-team Capital One Academic All-America team for the NCAA Division II baseball team on Thursday, May 29.
The senior recently graduated from PSU with a 3.97 grade-point-average.
It was the second consecutive year that Foss has earned first-team Capital One Academic All-America honors.
Foss started all 50 games, batting .331 with 15 doubles, two home runs and 29 RBI’s. Foss also scored 29 runs and carried a .973 fielding percentage while splitting time between first and third base for PSU.
- Golf program put on hold
Michael Bauer, sports editor
The Pittsburg State golf program will be suspending operations for the 2014-15 school year.
On Wednesday, May 7, athletic director Jim Johnson announced that the golf team will not be competing during next school year.
During this time, university administrators will be teaming with an advisory board of former lettermen as well as local golf supporters in a comprehensive study and evaluation of the long-term viability of the program.
“We discussed it with Dr. (Steve) Scott and with key people in town who are golf supporters,” Johnson said. “It felt like the best way to do this was to put everything on hold rather than to just fix a hole in the boat while being in the middle of the ocean. We’re going to see if we can put the finances in place to see if we can have a program that’ll compete nationally.”
The board will look at different funding models and determine whether the golf team will continue in 2015-16.
“For a number of years, there hasn’t been a commitment to fund the golf program to a way to where they have a chance to compete in the MIAA,” Johnson said. “We have some teams in the conference that are good enough to compete nationally.”
The golf team has struggled at competitions with recently finished dead last out of the 12-team field at the MIAA Championships in April.
“We don’t want to sponsor a sport unless we’re giving them a chance to compete,” Johnson said.
With funding being the key reason for the team’s struggles, Johnson summarized the university’s plan in three ways to look at how to better support PSU golf: coaching, scholarships and travel expenses.
“I would like to think they will look at it as a whole,” said head coach Todd Loveland. “It’s going to take more funding. The commitment has to be at a higher rate than it is now but I believe it will return.”
From about 1990-2012, Pitt State has had a full-time university employee in charge of the golf team but only as a part-time coach. This changed in 2012 when the university hired Loveland who works outside of PSU.
“When (former coach) Matt Brock left, we moved away from that model and looked at other models and that was a part-time person who wasn’t a full time university employee,” Johnson said. “There’s positive and negatives of that model but we need to examine more to see how to have a full-time university coach.”
Whether the university decides to bring back golf is up in the air, but Loveland has expressed interests in coming back.
“I would love to return,” Loveland said. “I have not been offered yet but I would love it.”
As for the PSU golfers who will be returning from this year, their scholarships will be honored for the 2014-15 academic year. The funds currently budgeted for golf operations will be encumbered during the next fiscal year and remain available for the 2015-16 academic year should the program continue.
The PSU roster has ten golfers, which includes one senior, six juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen.
“It just stinks to have to work hard all of your college years to get to where you are and then this happens,” said Brandon Winfrey, junior business management major from Flower Mound, Texas. “Right now, there’s nothing much we can do except stay together.”
Winfrey, who transferred from Coffyeville Community College last year, did find a silver lining in having to take a year-off.
“This will at least give me some time to focus on my school work since golf does take a lot of time on my schedule,” Winfrey said.