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Posted on October 8 at 9:48 p.m.

I wish there were more Russell's in the athletic world today. TAKE NOTE LOCAL SB COACHES & ATHLETIC DIRECTORS. Russell not only nurtures his own Westmont College athletes but he reaches out to athletes both young and old in the community. We call it CUSTOMER SERVICE in the business community. Yes, Coaches and AD's, there is another world out there beyond your locker room and athletic field. If Russell ever needs HELP, I guarantee you that the community will knock down his office door to help because they know that he cares for people beyond his athletic field.

On Presidio Sports Figure of the Month

Posted on October 5 at 9:51 p.m.

NCAA Division 1 Sports FOOTBALL $$$, FOOTBALL $$$, FOOTBALL $$$! Mr. Bryne if you want to make it to the BIG TIME(Division 1) where you could earn more than $500,000.00 per year as an athletic director, you want to make sure that football stays at SBCC. How can this happen with all the public out cry that football has received lately (concussions, domestic abuse)? Well all you have to do is add a new women's sport (water polo) and put Triax Meter headbands on your football players.

On SBCC Gets Water Polo Team

Posted on October 5 at 2:45 p.m.

When you think of Santa Barbara, you think of tennis. SBHS has dominated Channel League tennis for decades. They have produced numerous CIF team, individual and doubles champions. Yet SBCC drops men's tennis because Mr. Bryne says it has "dwindling local interest". Well the same could be said of SBCC football if you look at the attendance figures. Recruiting violations, performance-enhancing drugs, gambling, concussions, skyrocketing expenses--they all follow present-day college football. The only winners are the big-time college football programs that swoop down and snag the top JC players and then make millions of dollars off them. If a player gets injured and can't play anymore, they throw them in a rubbish can full of beat-up and battered former players who can hardly walk or bend over. At last count, over 200 colleges have dropped their football programs including UCSB. Without SBCC football, more sports could be added benefitting both men and women at the college.

On SBCC Gets Water Polo Team

Posted on September 25 at 10:59 p.m.

In Europe, schools are for academics and sports are for clubs. We know that there is another reason SBCC football players are wearing Triax Smart Impact Meter headbands. It is because of liability. If there are lawsuits by former injured SBCC football players, the school can now point to these headbands and say "Look we now care about our players." If football was made a club sport and separated from the college then these lawsuit threats by injured players would be diminished. Separating football from junior college athletics could be difficult especially if the athletic department is run by a "football guy" who is looking to make it to the BIG STAGE (div 1 school). Without a football team these AD's are stuck in small town USA.

On Football Under Fire

Posted on September 24 at 2:05 p.m.

What would Nitschke, Butkus and Joe Greene say if they were told that they had to wear Triax Smart Impact Meter headbands?

On Call It Flag Football

Posted on September 19 at 9:35 p.m.

Excuse me. How quickly we forget the 2014 Peabody awarding winning PBS Frontline documentary "League of Denial" on the football's concussion crisis. According to this documentary, it just takes one blow to the head and the life that student-athlete is changed forever (read L.A. Times article on local DPHS football player, Brad Ebner) At last count, over 200 colleges have dropped their football programs, including UCSB. The SBCC athletic department headed by ex-football player Ryan Byrne should take their heads out of the Ledbetter Beach sand and do the same.

On Measuring Athlete Head Smacks

Posted on January 3 at 4:21 p.m.

Maybe the author was one of the over 12,000 UCSB students who voted NO in bringing back gaucho football. Maybe the author is one of the former NFL football players who filed a lawsuit last year accusing the league of concealing information linking football-related injuries to long term brain damage. Maybe the author is from one of the families who were evicted from their apartments in order to make room for SBCC football players. Maybe the author is your regular "joe football fan" who is sick and tired of the monster that football has become. Outrageous salaries, ticket prices, parking and concession fees plus the extra cable company fees you have to pay just to watch a game on TV. Why should an educational institution like SBCC get involved in this "mess"?

On Football Takes All

Posted on December 12 at 2 p.m.

Thanks Fred for speaking up. My daughter was "kicked off" the athletic field at SBCC by an "over-weight" SBCC athletic equipment manager in an electric cart while I was jogging around the track. School was not in session and there were no special events going on at the stadium. What was she doing? She was doing cart-wheels!

On Closed Athletic Fields

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