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Daily Almanac for Saturday, May 16, 2020




President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense and is observed on the third Saturday in May.


















Hampton Track & Field Athlete Khalil Gary named to Big South All-Academic Team

Khalil Gary


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Big South Conference announced its Men’s Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic team on Friday and Khalil Gary was recognized by the league office on the team.


Gary (3.47 – Criminal Justice) is a Chi Alpha Sigma inductee, and helped the Pirates to a second-place finish in the 4x400m relay at this year’s Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships.


The Big South Men’s Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Team consists of one student-athlete from each institution that meets the criteria of having completed at least one academic year at the institution, maintains at least a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average and is of sophomore standing (academically and athletically).


For more information on Hampton University Men’s Track and Field, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at



Hampton tennis play Davy Van Geerke named to NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Davy Van Geerke


HAMPTON, Va. — What started as a visit to the Big South Conference office in Charlotte with fellow Hampton student-athletes for a meeting, turned into the start of what looks to be a fun filled senior season for men’s tennis rising senior Davy Van Geerke.

After the Big South Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meeting and his work this past year, Van Geerke was selected as the 2020-21 representative of the Big South Conference to the NCAA SAAC Committee.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Davy Van Geerke on his selection to serve on this national committee,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey.  His selection continues to show a goal of all Hampton students to become leaders in the classroom and in life.”

Van Geerke went to Charlotte looking to learn more about the league.  “I went to the first meeting in the fall this year in Charlotte and got to know several people from the conference,” said Van Geerke.  “Stephen Dolan (Big South Conference Assistant Commissioner – Compliance) approached me to compliment me on my leadership style and asked if I would be interested in being considered to serve on the national committee,” he added.

Van Geerke is looking forward to his year on the national committee and is starting to learn some of the details about things they will be tackling.  “Last year’s SAAC rep from the conference is reaching out to me along with Stephen Dolan to get me ready,” he said.  “I know we will be working on NCAA legislation and serving as a voice of the student-athletes in the conference. “

In a shortened junior season, Van Geerke had a team best 6-3 record and won six of his last seven matches.  He went 1-1 in the conference scoring a win at Winthrop.

Looking ahead to the coming year, Van Geerke is beaming with anticipation over this new experience.  “It’s a blessing to be chosen for this experience and I am very proud to represent Hampton, the Big South Conference and HBCU’s on the committee,” he said.

For more information on Hampton University men’s tennis, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at



FOX Sports Ohio to broadcast 2015 NHL All-Star Game on May 22 and 23


Event held at Nationwide Arena being aired as a part of All-Star Week on the Network


COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and FOX Sports Ohio continue to bring fans special programming while the NHL season has been paused with the airing of the 2015 NHL All-Star Game held at Nationwide Arena on Friday, May 22 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 23 at 12 p.m. ET, the club and network announced today.  The event will also stream live on the FOX Sports GO app.


FOX Sports Ohio will air the 2015 event as part of All-Star Week, in which the network will air an Ohio-hosted MLB, NBA or NHL All-Star Game at 8 p.m. ET from Sunday, May 17 through Saturday, May 23.  The 2015 NHL All-Star Game featured Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno leading the home squad “Team Foligno” against “Team Toews” led by Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.  Team Toews defeated Team Foligno 17-12 in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star Game.


The schedule of Blue Jackets replays and other programming on FOX Sports Ohio will be updated in the coming weeks.




Friday, May 15 News from College AD



The Day’s News

  • NCAA President Mark Emmert said Friday that the breadth of college sports programs across the country makes it “almost inevitable” athletes will get sick from COVID-19 and that large-scale testing and tracing not yet available are critical to the resumption of on-campus athletics activities.
  • In an interview with CNN, Emmert said college sports officials have conveyed the need for such testing to “everyone from President Trump on down” and Emmert added he is “very hopeful” it will happen. Some schools have been eying June 1 as a date to begin allowing athletes to return to campus for team activities.
  • Emmert also said that because schools “very likely” will be re-starting their athletic programs at different times, college sports are likely to have shortened seasons and the NCAA may have to rearrange the schedules for its fall championships, perhaps moving them into the winter.
  • Emmert reiterated his position that at least some students must be allowed to return to campuses for in-person class instruction for sports to resume, but he said: “I’m not the ultimate arbiter to this. It’s going to be a decision that each of the campuses is going to have to make on their own.”
  • A reportedly top target of UCLA’s AD search has now withdrawn from the process.
  • Mark Anderson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the UNLV AD Desiree Reed-Francois has withdrawn her name from consideration for the UCLA job.
  • At the same time, it appears Boston College AD Martin Jarmond has surfaced as the Bruins top choice.
  • Yahoo’s Pete Thamel reports Jarmond and UCLA have been in discussion, but there are items to still work out. Thamel adds that the Eagles have made a push to keep Jarmond.
  • The Mid-American Conference will end the practice of home teams staying in hotels the night before football games, according to league sources.
  • The MAC also will reduce the size of travel rosters as the league continues to cut costs with its 12 universities facing financial hardship in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • With each MAC school facing millions in losses and likely enrollment declines for the next school year, however, football teams will stay in hotels only on the road, and fewer players will now go to conference road games.
  • The changes are the first for football, but the latest in the conference’s broad efforts to save money in future academic years.
  • While the overwhelming majority of athletic directors in the SEC appear to be in favor of an upcoming vote that would allow member institutions to re-open their facilities as of June 1, there’s one AD in the conference who reportedly believes that at least another two weeks should pass before a return can be safely made.
  • According to Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR), Tennessee Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer voiced opposition to a June 1 return date, suggesting that June 15 would be a more viable option.
  • Per the KSR report, Fulmer initially suggested during a virtual meeting of SEC ADs earlier in the week that the ban should remain in effect indefinitely before proposing a June 15 return as a compromise.
  • Missouri State Athletics Director Kyle Moats said on Friday that the athletics department is budgeting as if it won’t play its football game at Oklahoma on Sept. 5.
  • In a budgetary discussion with the MSU Board of Governors, the athletics director said he still hopes to play the game, but the university will need to budget as if it won’t receive a $600,000 guarantee payment from Oklahoma amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • He also said the university will have to plan for a decrease in other revenue sources including ticket revenue, Bears Fund donations, suite sales, licensing, and concessions.
  • California coach Justin Wilcox said his staff has looked at potentially conducting preseason training outside the Bay Area if the college football season starts on time and restrictions are in place that won’t allow the Golden Bears to hold camp on campus.
  • Wilcox said Thursday it’s one of many contingencies being considered by his staff, and likely other coaches throughout the Pac-12, because of the uncertainty about how the coronavirus pandemic will impact college sports this fall.
  • The four California members of the Pac-12 all could be facing changes ahead of the season depending on the level of local restrictions at the time camps would traditionally open. Wilcox said he has been impressed by how Cal’s administration is working through all the potential scenarios.
  • About 25 percent of SMU’s athletic department will return to work on Monday, May 18. From there, SMU envisions about a six-week re-integration process before football players begin ramping up for the 2020 season, athletic director Rick Hart said.
  • “I think there will be football this season, and that’s what we’re planning for,” Hart told SMU donors on a Friday Zoom call.
  • SMU Athletics will look at the state’s and the school’s protocols and plans before making any decisions. Hart has also enabled a task force within the athletic department to best work through the process of bringing athletes back to campus.
  • It’s all part of an effort to return things to as normal as possible after coronavirus changed the course education and athletics at all levels over the last two-plus months.
  • Beginning on Saturday, club and youth sports across much of Utah will be given the green light when it comes to practice, training and, eventually, games. As reported by the Deseret News’ Wendy Leonard on Thursday, much of the state will move to a low-risk category in regards to COVID-19 this weekend — from orange to yellow.
  • Team sports will resume, with social distancing still an expectation, and gatherings that previously had been limited to up to 20 people will be allowed up to 50 people. What impact, if any, will the state’s decision have on college sports, particularly those slated to start in the fall? Not much, at least through the end of May.
  • Both BYU and Utah State athletics confirmed that their respective facilities will remain closed through the end of the month.
  • The billion-dollar question facing college football is what happens when a player tests positive for coronavirus. It’s a question of when, not if it happens, according to infectious disease experts, yet no one seems to know exactly what will happen when it does.
  • That question doesn’t require an answer in mid-May but will need to be determined if you want to see college football return anytime soon. “It’s not that these are possibilities, I think they are varying degrees of likelihood,” said Dr. Michael Saag, a world-renowned infectious disease expert based at UAB.
  • Zachary Binney, an epidemiologist at Emory University, believes a team could successfully stymie the spread of one positive case through testing and quarantining. But anything more than that could be too much.
  • “If you start seeing 3-4 cases on a team, you couldn’t isolate just those sick players,” Binney said. “You’d have to assume you had widespread transmission within the team, and you’d need to shut that team down and quarantine everyone for two weeks.”
  • The Big East is evaluating its options regarding the future of its fall sports season. In a Thursday night appearance on The Gresh Show, conference commissioner Val Ackerman said the next six weeks will be critical.
  • Ackerman said local governments and league members would largely be responsible for determining whether or not they can safely conduct sporting events in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • “It’s very hard to imagine athletes would be singled out and brought back,” Ackerman said. “That’s almost an easy decision. If you’re fully open and it’s back to business as usual, I think the athletes are part of the student population that will be welcomed back on campus.”
  • Ole Miss Athletic Director Keith Carter will rollover the contracts of head men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis and head women’s basketball coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin, he told Ben Garrett on the Talk of Champions.
  • “Kermit will be rolled over [and] Coach Yo will be rolled over, to get them back to four years. We obviously feel very good about those programs,” said Carter.
  • With Carter’s announcement of his intent to rollover both coaches, it renews their contracts without any additional agreement or signature. The remaining term of the contract at the commencement of each succeeding season is the same as the original term of the contract.
  • Charleston Southern Director of Athletics Jeff Barber announced Marc MacMillan has been named the new head baseball coach on Friday afternoon.
  • MacMillan becomes the 11th CSU head baseball coach in program history. He takes over the Buccaneers after coaching stops at Ole Miss, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Arkansas-Monticello, Crichton College, and Memphis University School.
  • The Mean Green men and women’s golf team will have a new on-campus practice facility, as construction is set to begin in the next few weeks, Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker announced today.
  • The project, which will cover 16.5 acres on the east side of the former Eagle Point Golf Course, pays homage to the historically successful UNT golf programs. It will include a 5,000 square-foot building housing coaches’ offices, men and women’s locker rooms, virtual putting green, a study area, nutrition station and a student-athlete lounge. The exterior will feature two hitting bays with the latest TrackMan technology, a driving range, putting green, and a chipping area.
  • Construction will take approximately 10 months, making the facility available for a portion of the 2021 season.
  • With spring sports being cancelled due to COVID-19, the WSU Athletic Department has reported a $1.9 million increase to their deficit this year.
  • Matt Kleffner, CFO of the athletic department, said the deficit increase was caused by a lack of revenue from the NCAA. WSU lost about $3.3 million in revenue including proceeds from baseball games, concessions and reductions in contributions. The lack of revenue was partially offset by a $1.4 million reduction in expenses for game operations, team travel, recruiting, and other non-essential travel.
  • The biggest hits to the department’s finances were the loss of revenue from the NCAA and the PAC-12 due to sports cancellations.
  • Susquehanna University has named Sharief Hashim as director of athletics following a nationwide search. Currently director of athletics and physical education at the State University of New York at Potsdam, Hashim will join Susquehanna on July 1.
  • Hashim is a 2008 graduate of Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Maryland, and holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management with a minor in counseling psychology. He earned his master’s in athletic administration from Southern New Hampshire University in 2016.
  • A bill introduced Thursday in the N.C. Senate would allow the state’s college athletes to financially benefit from their name, image and likeness while in school, and be able to hire an agent beginning in 2023.
  • The bill, co-sponsored by state Sen. Wiley Nickel (D-Wake) and Sen. Paul A. Lowe (D-Forsyth), also would create a study commission on student-athlete compensation and a “fair and equitable system” of compensation.
  • If passed by the General Assembly, the portion of Senate Bill 759 concerning name, image and likeness would become effective July 1, 2023.
  • Missouri State Athletics Director Kyle Moats said in a 10-minute presentation at Thursday’s Board of Governors meeting that every student-athlete will be tested for coronavirus upon their return to campus.
  • In a virtual meeting, Moats laid out a plan, saying Missouri State’s athletic facilities will open for voluntary workouts in the first week of June.
  • Coaches will not be allowed to oversee workouts. Strength coaches will be allowed to watch workouts in order to have some supervision. A slideshow to go along with Moats’ presentation stated that practices would resume in the fall.
  • Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke held a virtual press conference with the media on Thursday where he laid out his plans to have a 2020 football season while prioritizing the health of the fans and student-athletes.
  • On decision on the upcoming football season, “There are so many things that we really don’t know. We are focused on what we can control right now and that’s planning for re-entry of our staff and our student-athletes. Our full intention is to have competition in the fall for football so we’re taking those steps to bring our players back.”
  • On filling vacant coaching positions, “We are on a hiring freeze across the entire university, that includes athletics. However in our key coaching positions, as we get to a point where we know we are going to have student-athletes start to come back, we’ll fill those positions on the coaching line.”
  • On his plans to bring fans into arenas, “…it’s hard when we know how important those revenue streams are but it needs to be a safe environment. We can’t go into this half-hazardly. We have to provide an environment that we’re confident in and an environment that our fans are confident in where they are protected and safe.”


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