How I Prepared for My Interview

By: Cole Maines

For my interview with AD Summerfield I first wrote the questions and did a little bit research so I had a little bit of background and can hold the conversation. I then established contact with an email and included an interview request. The key for the interview request is to give a day option with your preferred time frame (like “Friday morning,” or “Tuesday afternoon”) and they can give you an exact time to make it to. If they can’t do that day or time frame then they usually respond with a day and an exact time and you can see if you can make it there. But that is just a tip.

I decided to interview AD Summerfield because I felt like she was the most qualified person to give her insight into my article. It also gave my article a certain level of authority with a professionals’ expertise. One of the challenges that came up during my interview was I forgot my notebook with the questions in it, so I just had to go off the top of my head (ūü§¶‚Äć‚ôāÔłŹ). I started the first couple questions with “Soooooo… Uhhhhhmmmm…,” but then as I got more comfortable and I started building questions off of the conversation, it was much better. I made sure to send a follow up email with a thank you and a couple questions that I forgot and it was a great conversation and interview all in all.

Article Coming….

I’m excited to share with you all an upcoming piece that I hope gets put into the newspaper at my Junior college. This article is going to be an overview about JUCO athletics, more specifically recruiting, and how JUCO’s function in this type of way. In this article, I plan to segment the article into 3 parts.

Part 1:

A Q&A with the Athletic director.

Questions: There will be questions like; how JUCO’s function in recruiting, winning titles, feeding into 4 years, resource allocation, scholarship numbers, building dynasties.

Who will be interviewed: The Athletic Director

Part 2:

Men’s Athletics; Baseball and Basketball.

Questions: Recruiting base, resource allocation, how to gain notoriety and success. How do “red shirts and grey shirts” fit into JUCO athletics? Do you feel like you have to compete with 4 years for recruits or are JUCO’s strictly for development physically and educationally. Out of Country talent, how does it work, what does it give the athlete. How similar is the experience to what is depicted in Last Chance U.

Who will be interviewed: Coaches, a couple of players

Part 3:

Women’s Athletics; Tennis, Softball, Volley Ball, Basketball.

Questions: Recruiting base, resource allocation, how to gain notoriety and success. How do “red shirts and grey shirts” fit into Juco athletics? Do you feel like you have to compete with 4 years for recruits or are JUCO’s strictly for development physically and educationally. Out of Country talent, how does it work, what does it give the athlete. How does recruiting men and women differ, resources? Easier to build a dynasty? How similar is the experience to what is depicted in Last Chance U.

Who will be interviewed: Coaches, a couple of players

I plan to also, maybe, podcast this. I may have to rope in a friend to discuss this with.

No Trade Mock Draft: Round 1

Every year, in and out, franchises, like my beloved Buccaneers, look for a savior. The first installment for each team trying to find their messiah will commence this Thursday. After disagreeing, with Mel Kiper Jr. And Todd McShay for their insights during the off season, I decided to make my own mock draft. Nothing is a lock, but my mock will be best.
Rules of the Mock: 1 round, NO TRADES, hype and necessity will be factored in, and lastly one paragraph per pick, except for the first overall pick.

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Kaepernick Needs Some One to Come Through

By: Cole Maines, EIC/Founder

As training camp turns into preseason, then preseason into the regular season, things are starting to smell like blackballing.

Colin Kaepernick was a starting quarter back but now has no job. Last season we saw him take a stand by not standing. Kaepernick was the man who forged into uncharted protest territory by kneeling/sitting for the national anthem (others followed suit by either kneeling, or they used other demonstration methods during the star-spangled banner).

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A Match Made In Heaven Mayweather Meets McGregor

 

By John Awad, Head Boxing Analyst, First Time Contributor

The fight of the century is how this fight is being touted. The fight between boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and MMA’s champion Conor McGregor is more of a basket case than a fight. McGregor has got something else common that he really is not prepared for.

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