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Avalon: Collegiate athletes must be students, too

The NCAA’s Core Purpose enumerates its commitment “to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount.” When you watch the NBA Draft this June and see the deluge of college freshmen fleeing school, it’ll become clear this is not the case. To correct this, the NCAA must punish teams whose players are not making an honest attempt at an educational experience.

Men’s gymnastics strives for fifth MPSF title

When your team has won four MPSF titles, along with four NCAA Championships, you have big shoes to fill. Stanford men’s gymnastics is feeling exactly this, as they head into the MPSF Championships this Saturday at 2 p.m. The team will travel across the bay to Berkeley, where they will shoot for their fifth MPSF title (their other four being in 1993, 1995, 2009 and 2011).

Second-seeded women’s basketball topples Fighting Irish to head to 13th Final Four

Down by 14 heading into halftime against the fast-paced and streaking first-seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish (33-4) with a Final Four bid on the line, No. 6 Cardinal women’s basketball (32-5) entered into what Erica McCall defined earlier in the tournament as “code red”–a “do this by any means necessary” mindset that unifies the team during struggling runs.

Stanford then utilized a pivotal third quarter in addition to some late-game heroics from frontcourt senior Erica McCall and Alanna Smith, including a game-winning bucket and block, in order to upset the Fighting Irish and escape the Lexington region by a final tally of 76-75.