After his twelfth season with the football program, Stanford Sports Performance Director and 2014 Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Shannon Turley has been fired, according to a University statement shared on Monday.
The existence of college sports is confusing. Despite holding the student-athlete moniker, college athletes are often treated like professionals. This past weekend, you maybe watched the Final Four for men’s basketball. It was a professional-level spectacle complete with NBA commentators and played at US Bank Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. The NFL, by the way, happens to be the highest grossing sports league in the United States. The second highest? College football. This statistic speaks to our country’s disregard for players’ health in the face of gigantic profits, sure, but it also shows how commodified college sports is.
From the podium at the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) draft, two Stanford teammates had something very similar to say.
People always ask me: What’s it like playing on the same team as your sister? To be honest, it’s not really a question I’ve put much thought into, because playing water polo with Makenzie is just normal. My sister and I have always been on the same team, so I don’t really know what it’s…
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Over the summer, I had an argument with a friend concerning a subject dear to my heart. He claimed that baseball is not a sport, or at the very least, one of the worst sports. We are no longer friends.
The No. 10 Stanford men’s tennis team (7-2) fell to the No. 13 Virginia Cavaliers (9-2) last Friday in the first round of the ITA Division 1 National Men’s Team Indoor Championships. The weekend-long tournament was hosted by the University of Illinois and played at the Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago.
Several anonymous football players told The Daily that head football coach David Shaw informed the team of Turley’s suspension “a few days ago.”