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Division 1 Sports and Your College Experience

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by qtlaw, Jan 12, 2021 at 2:25 PM.

  1. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Well-Known Member

    I grew up in Nebraska during the 60-3 era of Husker football and I was sports-obsessed as a kid, so I thought D1 sports would be a big deal for me. Didn't turn out that way, though. I did my undergrad at a satellite campus of a university that had D1 sports, but we were so far away the teams had no presence on our campus. The only people who really cared seemed to be transfers from main campus who were usually gone after a semester or two. I was working two, sometimes three part-time jobs while taking classes full time, so the 'college experience' rather passed me by. The university where I went to grad school didn't have any intercollegiate varsity athletics, and in any case grad school pretty much consumed all my attention.

    Like Oggiedoggie, I might have internalized the "no cheering in the press box" mantra a little too hard. I'm out of sports now, but I still struggle to feel much of an emotional attachment to teams I support. I can see why the camaraderie and shared experiences generated by D1 athletics would be a selling point to some people and thus "worth it", even if the priorities on display and the resources expended on intercollegiate athletics look bizarre from a distance.
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  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Like I’ve said elsewhere here, I went to a D-III school, and, while sports were important and the overall program was excellent compared to other D-III schools, it wasn’t the lifeblood of the school, and that was fine with me.

    Sometimes I think I would have enjoyed D-I school sports, but my options were limited, both academically and financially, and it turned out going to a school with 6K students was ideal for me. Not tiny where everyone knew me, and not too large where I was just a number.

    We still got a taste of big-time football each year with our rivalry game, which would draw 4 or 5 times the number of fans that normally go to a game, which created memories that will always be with me. We didn’t have a sports journalism program, but I tried with a couple of guys to broadcast a couple of football, basketball and hockey games, with mixed results.

    Still, though, I enjoyed my college experience and as the years pass, I appreciate more and more the simplicity and fun of a D-III school without the insanity.
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  3. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    I graduated from a DI mid-major, and it allowed me to have some great experiences that helped me in my career. I was involved with both campus radio stations, the sports information office and the community newspaper, sometimes wearing more than one hat at a given event. I covered the football team's only DI conference championship and only bowl victory in school history; the first time the men's basketball team won the conference championship and played in the NCAA Tournament; and worked with the varsity and summer league baseball teams, in addition to covering several other sports.

    Among the coolest experiences: Flying across the country to cover the bowl game (and being invited into the ESPN booth in the second half); traveling with the varsity baseball team for two seasons, including one spring trip in which we stayed at our region's major league spring training facility; traveling with the summer baseball team to a national tournament; watching several future pro athletes (including a now-baseball hall of famer) play in college; doing the PA at the summer league's all-star games for a few years (it was a kick hearing my voice bouncing around a major-league stadium); and visiting many other campuses and three minor-league ballparks. I didn't get to go to the NCAA Tournament game, though.

    One clip that helped me land my first full-time newspaper job was a no-hitter involving the team I was working with. It was a pretty cool way to catch the editor's eye, and got me in the door.

    I worked full time in the newspaper industry for 25 years, mostly covering prep sports, but also working in news and business, before I landed a job outside the industry (my old newspaper job was later eliminated).
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  4. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

  5. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    I never came within a mile of hiring anyone in my journalism career, but it seems odd to me that hiring types would (or did) view clips from "big time" sports events more favorably than those from "not big time" sports events.
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  6. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    I was a student and a working member of the press. Was standing in back of the south end zone when all the shit hit the fan at the north end. Cannot recall being in the middle of such resulting chaos since.

    To your second point ... I agree. I've seen a still photograph that proves it.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2021 at 6:53 AM
  7. Mngwa

    Mngwa Well-Known Member

    I don't think that's the point. I think the point is that the chance was there to work on such events/teams, and that helped people develop their skills and talents.
  8. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    D-1 sports had no impact on me then or now.
    D-1 sports had no impact on me then or now.
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