Our latest episode of Going Deep is with former UNC standout player Devon Ramsay, a strong student, a remarkable young man, and a legitimate NFL prospect during his collegiate career. Devon’s story lifts the veil on the nefarious nature of NCAA violations and collegiate revenue sports today. And Devon’s story is worth your time! Listen on iTunes or SoundCloud and find more information about Going Deep at www.shoopsgoingdeep.com
The Wainstein Report at UNC has surfaced a lot of questions about big-time sports across this country on college campuses. Below are some reactions and conversations beyond the one that has already been happening here on this website in your responses to my post on the report. I hope you will take a look and continue the conversation about some of the most pressing issues in sports today.
Things are not always as they seem. The Wainstein report is out and the officials at UNC once again performed their oft- repeated dramatic rendition of their tale of woe. Poor UNC has been a victim of some “bad individuals” sullying the “proud history” of the oldest public university in the country. Hands are wringing, souls are being searched for, and heads must roll so that UNC can once again proudly boast of its academic excellence and resume its place on its historic moral high ground. I happened to be back in Chapel Hill for some events for my new … Read the full post
Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse: Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports
Book Signing and Reading
752 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
“The Most Pressing Issues in Sports: A Night of Exploration and Conversation” with Marcia Mount Shoop, Author of Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse
Open to the Public
314 Great Ridge Parkway
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Informational flyer: TFJ Chapel in the Pines Event Flyer
Interview with D.G. Martin on 97.9 WCHL “Who’s Talking”
I am a quarterly blogger on the Feminism and Religion website. My post up this week is on how race and privilege affected the NCAA investigation of the football program at University of North Carolina. If you enjoyed the Calling Audibles series, you will want to check out this post. If you are interested in issues of white privilege and race, you will want to read it, too. And if you are just curious about how in the world feminism and football could possibly have anything to say to each other, then I hope you’ll read on and let me know what you think. Here are the first couple of paragraphs.
Advent is a time of waiting, a wilderness wandering time. This sermon, “WILDERNESS VOICES,” draws from passages in Malachi 3:1-4 and The Gospel of Luke 3:1-6. I preached it at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, NC on December 9, 2012. Last week we began our Advent waiting with the invitation to “see for ourselves.” Jeremiah and Jesus and even Abraham Lincoln called to us from their own waiting, in their own resolve. Each man stood up straight and trusted that God’s promises of redemption are true. This week we encounter another man, John the Baptist. Another man who stood … Read the full post
My husband, Coach John Shoop, has been writing for Chapelboro.com this fall about Triangle area college football. The articles have generally been a coach’s perspective on things like game preparation, offensive philosophies, and related topics. This week his final column is worth reading for anyone–even people who don’t care about football. It’s about diverse community and mutual relationships–it’s about giving thanks. I hope you’ll take a look.
“White people are accountable for the ways in which we fail to hear and understand the needs and claims that other communities make upon us… white learning [often] comes at the expense of those already multiply harmed by white interpersonal and structural failures in perception, sensitivity, and justice.” –Aana Marie Vigen, “To Hear and to Be Accountable” in disrupting White Supremacy From Within: White People on What We Need to Do” UNC just can’t seem to help itself. They keep worsting themselves with the football fiasco. Now Hakeem Nicks, the all time best receiver ever to put on the Carolina blue … Read the full post
“If the LORD does not build the house, the work of the builders is useless.” –Psalm 127: 1 The NCAA has taken a stand against the culture of football at Penn State. Their attempt to take the moral high ground against a culture they helped to create raises some big questions for me. I heard the Chair of the Executive Committee of the NCAA (which, by the way, is not the Rainbow Coalition–check out the roster. By my count 20 of the 23 members are white and 19 of the 23 members are male) say that Chancellors and Presidents … Read the full post
“Here may encouragement be found and relationships strengthened.” ~ from Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community At the beginning of the 2010 football season UNC played LSU in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. Looking back on that game I realize the remarkable ways that it set the stage for this tumultuous path we’ve been traveling since then. In fact, I had a strange experience that night in 2010 riding back to the hotel from the game. I actually wrote about it on my blog way before I had even imagined doing this “Calling Audibles” series. The … Read the full post