From left to right: Jordan Keur, Graham Sikes, Jake Boss Jr. and Skylar Meade.

Q&A: Coaches help guide students on social media etiquette

Michigan State University coaches don’t just guide their student-athletes on the field. Many also are becoming coaches for students’ social media presence. Spartan Newsroom talked with coaches from the women’s field hockey, men’s soccer and men’s baseball teams about how they’re implementing social media policies with their players:

Skyler Meade spent three seasons as baseball team’s pitching coach until he was hired by the South Carolina Gamecocks in November. Georgia Holland joined the MSU field hockey team in June 2016 as an assistant coach. She played at Yale for four seasons and Wake Forest for one season.

#TakeAKnee: Is it your right?

The movement that we are now calling the #TakeAKnee protest has moved to the forefront of conversation in America and has garnered the attention of many. Some people, including President Donald Trump, are calling the movement disrespectful to the American flag and veterans who have fought for the country, while others say its meant to protest a long-standing battle against white supremacy in America. Former Michigan State University quarterback Bill Feraco, recalls his experiences during his journey to the Cotton Bowl of 1968, on the brink of the civil rights movement. Feraco remembers a somber time for his teammates after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King when it seemed that some of his teammates had had enough, and decided to do something about it.

Michigan bill would allow sports wagering

Dozens of people gather around a large TV, betting slips in hand, to watch the end of the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots football game in a sports book at a Las Vegas casino. Cam Newton sets Graham Gano and the Panthers up in field goal range with time about to expire. The score, 30-30. Everyone around the TV starts yelling. “I can make this in my sleep!” “You better not miss this!” “I knew I shouldn’t have bet this game.” And so on and so on.

Walk-on players work to earn scholarship

Walk-on players get a variety of team benefits, including rehab and medical assistance, training, meals and gear. But they don’t get the tuition and financial aid packages reserved for scholarship athletes.

Former athletes push training programs to stop sexual assault

Former athletes are taking leadership positions in efforts to stop sexual assault among college athletes. In August, following a string of high-profile sexual assault cases in universities, the NCAA mandated that every athlete, coach, athletic administrator complete a sexual assault program annually. The goal of these programs is to help teach student-athletes how to act appropriately and to encourage them to become a helping hand when they see or are even a part of a sexual assault or domestic violence situation. “Branded a Leader” and “Huddle Up” are two programs used by many colleges campuses to educate student-athletes about sexual assault and the impacts it can have on students, the university and teammates. The programs were developed by National Consortium for Academics and Sports.

Lacrosse sticks hang on display in a sporting goods store.

Game rules remain different for women, men in some sports, raising gender equality questions

Regardless of the gender of the player of the field, lacrosse is a physical game. But the rule book for men’s and women’s teams differ — one of several examples of sports that create different rules of play based on gender. Some lacrosse players think it’s time for that to change. “In my mind it is a bit sexist,” Ryleigh McGregor, a women’s club lacrosse player at Michigan State University. Unlike hockey, where players on men’s and women’s can have full contact, lacrosse has different rules for contact for men and women players.

Viewpoint: Thoughts on Kap

As a student-athlete at any level, it is a tremendous feeling to be able to play on a team. You spend so much time with your teammates going through workouts, practice and games. You build a bond with your teammates that will last a lifetime. Last season, I remember when NFL player Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem. At that time, I did not look into it.

Viewpoint: Should athletes be paid?

Will student-athletes ever be paid? Scholarship players do receive money from the university through their tuition scholarships, and they have the ability to attend a four-year university for free. Universities are starting to provide stipends, too, trying to assist student-athletes with their expenses for food and other essentials. But debate over paying collegiate athletes continues.