At the MSU vs. Wisconsin football game on Sept. 24, Spartan players Delton Williams, Kenney Lyke and Gabe Sherrod raised their fists during Star-Spangled Banner to protest racism. During the next game six other players joined in protest. Why did Gabe Sherrod feel it was important to speak up?
The University of Georgia, North Carolina, Southern California, Alabama and Auburn: All Division I programs sanctioned by the NCAA because athletes accepted payments and gifts under the table. According to the NCAA rules, student-athletes cannot be paid for their athletic skills. They also cannot advertise, promote or endorse any product. However, their image and name can be used by the institution they attend for a wide variety of purposes. For example, a game program including a team’s roster and stats at a football game is sells for about $10.
Athletes on scholarship have their tuition, room and board, and more paid for. But, what happens with walk-on athletes? Michigan State University redshirt junior linebacker Shane Jones of the Spartan Newsroom, who came to the university on an athletic scholarship, talks with junior linebacker Sean Harrington, who began as a walk-on on the team and earned a scholarship.
Spartan Newsrooms sits down with Jennifer Smith, who helps oversee Michigan State University student-athlete scholarships, providing money to students for housing, board, books and other college expenses. She’s been the university’s compliance director since 1999, helping ensure the university’s athletic operations follow NCAA rules for student-athletes .
With increasing pressure on school budgets, about half of Ingham County schools have gone to fees for athletic participation. Booster clubs and financial aid have stepped in to help families that are also feeling the squeeze.
The Spartan Newsroom sat down with Michigan State University football player Gabe Sherrod shortly after he had sent a series of tweets supporting national protests against police brutality of African-Americans. The defensive end’s statements came the day after Tulsa police released video of a white female police officer fatally shooting Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old black man who was not armed. That weekend, at the Wisconsin game, Sherrod was among several football players who raised a fist in protest during the national anthem.
What started as a kneel during the national anthem by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest the treatment of African-Americans in the United States has since inspired athletes across the country to join the movement.
This includes student-athletes at Michigan State University.
In this week’s episode of Focal Point, we have full coverage of the election aftermath. We talk to experts on how Donald Trump pulled off a big upset for president and we find out how many students are coping after rooting for a Clinton victory. Also, many protests have broken out across the country, including right here in East Lansing.
It’s not every day you see a Spartan and a Wolverine side by side, but on the eve of the heated rivalry game between Michigan and Michigan State, the two schools come together for one common purpose – to celebrate the life of Alex Powell. Diagnosed with cancer during his senior in high school, Powell continued to dream of becoming a Spartan. “I worked with Alex when he was a student here. To create kind of the best scenario for him as he was working through cancer treatments at the same time,” Disability Specialist Shani Feyen said. “He really really wanted to be a Spartan.”