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
Saturday evening, many of the University of Missouri football players took a stand against racism at their school. They said no more football until the University President resigns because of his failure to address both the overt and systemic racism that has repeatedly reared its head at UM. I hear a lot of white people (especially of the male variety), expressing “concern” and even anger that players would have the audacity to make such demands. They say they should have their scholarships revoked if they refuse to participate in team activities and games. This kind of reaction is just the … Read the full post
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
“It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.” –Sun Tzu, The Art of War It is surely sage wisdom that to be victorious we must know ourselves and we must know our enemy. Afterall, how can we do battle successfully if we don’t know our own strengths and weaknesses? And how can … Read the full post
Thanks to Matt Haley for a great conversation on Tobacco Road Rivalries Radio, about Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse: Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports. We covered a lot of territory about big-time sports and what my family learned during the NCAA investigation at UNC. I hope you’ll listen to the show.
“I have some thoughts on your chapter titled ‘White Lines’ that I would like to share and hopefully get feedback. …I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I started reading it last night and finished about an hour ago.” Those are the bookends to an email I received yesterday from Jacob Kiper, who lives in Owensboro, KY and is an avid sports fan. In between these sentences Jacob asked some excellent questions and shared some important insights on how race and privilege have functioned and continue to function in the NCAA investigation at the University of North Carolina. Jacob and I then … Read the full post
In the heat of the NCAA football investigation at UNC when I was writing my Calling Audibles blog series, I met a lot of people and learned a lot of things about big-time sports. In fact, it would be safe to say that what my husband, John, and I experienced during his coaching tenure at UNC has radically changed our lives. When I heard a few weeks ago about the story brewing at ESPN about Rashad McCants and dummy classes at UNC I was not surprised. I was not surprised for reasons that may surprise you. While John coached … 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.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” ~1 John 1:8 Living a lie is a well-worn habit for human kind. We human beings tend to avoid hard truths especially when they might mean we have to change. The tenacity of our denial tends to increase the more there is to lose. I will confess my own shortcoming in the face of all of this football mess here at UNC—anger. There have been several angry moments during this situation for me. Many have told me that my anger is justified. … Read the full post