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Posted: 6/12/2014 9:37 PM

D'Arthur Cowan... 


per Dudley's article:

Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema tweets that wide receiver D'Arthur Cowan will be away from football this summer while concentrating solely on his academics.
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Posted: 6/13/2014 9:16 AM

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HawgnDos wrote: per Dudley's article:

Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema tweets that wide receiver D'Arthur Cowan will be away from football this summer while concentrating solely on his academics.
Is that another way of saying that if he doesn't achieve certain benchmarks during summer school that his eligibility is in question?

The more I think about what is required to participate in major college athletics, the more I question the whole idea of "student athlete."  Being a student is a serious, time-consuming commitment.  It's hard to imagine how players can spend as much time as they do on practice and travel, yet still get the benefits of a quality education.

The discipline and energy must remain at a high level.

Just thinking about it makes me want to take a nap. bored1
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Posted: 6/13/2014 9:48 AM

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Bielema seems to genuinely care about his players.  I think some coaches would have cut him loose by now.
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Posted: 6/13/2014 12:08 PM

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This just shows that football is not the main priority in college at Arkansas and sports should not be the main priority in all colleges in America.
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Posted: 6/13/2014 12:45 PM

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hawg66 wrote: Bielema seems to genuinely care about his players.  I think some coaches would have cut him loose by now.

You may be right, but I suspect we don't move on in part because we don't have a replacement of similar ability.  We likely aren't there yet.  Deeper programs may approach this with the attitude that the player must do what is necessary, or they will move on.
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Posted: 6/13/2014 12:49 PM

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I get it, but so many student/athletes manage to get it done.  As you said in another thread, it does hovever, highlight the need for programs to cover the full cost of attendance for scholarship players.  Because of the time constraints, I would be willing to go farther and provide weekly per diums and monies to cover certain expenses to non-scholarship players as well.
NostraHOGus wrote:
HawgnDos wrote: per Dudley's article:

Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema tweets that wide receiver D'Arthur Cowan will be away from football this summer while concentrating solely on his academics.
Is that another way of saying that if he doesn't achieve certain benchmarks during summer school that his eligibility is in question?

The more I think about what is required to participate in major college athletics, the more I question the whole idea of "student athlete."  Being a student is a serious, time-consuming commitment.  It's hard to imagine how players can spend as much time as they do on practice and travel, yet still get the benefits of a quality education.

The discipline and energy must remain at a high level.

Just thinking about it makes me want to take a nap. bored1
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Posted: 6/13/2014 8:30 PM

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This is the third time he has had an academic suspension since the end of last season. Cowan will not see a football field until he gets his academic house in order, unless he just happens by one.

NostraHOGus wrote:
HawgnDos wrote: per Dudley's article:

Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema tweets that wide receiver D'Arthur Cowan will be away from football this summer while concentrating solely on his academics.
Is that another way of saying that if he doesn't achieve certain benchmarks during summer school that his eligibility is in question?

The more I think about what is required to participate in major college athletics, the more I question the whole idea of "student athlete."  Being a student is a serious, time-consuming commitment.  It's hard to imagine how players can spend as much time as they do on practice and travel, yet still get the benefits of a quality education.

The discipline and energy must remain at a high level.

Just thinking about it makes me want to take a nap. bored1
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Posted: 6/15/2014 8:42 PM

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HawgnDos wrote: This is the third time he has had an academic suspension since the end of last season. Cowan will not see a football field until he gets his academic house in order, unless he just happens by one.

 
This is why I say it looks like Bielema is going the extra mile with Cowans.  He hasn't lit it up in games, or even practices for that matter.  Lots of these Mississippi kids seem to struggle academically, his preparation fro college was likely severely lacking.  With all that college coaches have to keep track of, giving Cowan this much attention makes me think Bielema likes the kid and really wants him to succeed in the classroom.

Guess I'm not cynical enough to be a Hog fan these days.
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Posted: 6/15/2014 9:48 PM

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hawg66 wrote:
HawgnDos wrote: This is the third time he has had an academic suspension since the end of last season. Cowan will not see a football field until he gets his academic house in order, unless he just happens by one.

 
This is why I say it looks like Bielema is going the extra mile with Cowans.  He hasn't lit it up in games, or even practices for that matter.  Lots of these Mississippi kids seem to struggle academically, his preparation fro college was likely severely lacking.  With all that college coaches have to keep track of, giving Cowan this much attention makes me think Bielema likes the kid and really wants him to succeed in the classroom.

Guess I'm not cynical enough to be a Hog fan these days.
Reckon that's why HDN had like 29 on a sign and place that one year at OM???
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Posted: 6/15/2014 10:58 PM

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It's hard to know how to feel about these things without knowing the facts.  It seems odd, though, that a player would be disciplined enough to do what is required to play a sport at the D-1 level, yet shy away from school work.  I'm reminded of Michael Dyer in the "The Blind Side."  I realize there was a little Hollywood mixed in with that story, but it is true that some of us don't learn or demonstrate evidence of that learning the same way others do.

Now, if enjoying the night life or substances is the major impediment, that's a different story, but I don't think most coaches would excuse that. I have trouble understanding laziness or an unwillingness to try under these circumstances, so if I had to guess, I would say thee might be some challenges in this case that require special attention.  If it will get the young man closer to a degree and help him stay eligible, then it is worth trying.

As an aside, how good a receiver is Cowan supposed to be?
Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.     - Plato

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Posted: 6/16/2014 10:14 AM

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Assuming you meant Michael Oher.
NostraHOGus wrote: It's hard to know how to feel about these things without knowing the facts.  It seems odd, though, that a player would be disciplined enough to do what is required to play a sport at the D-1 level, yet shy away from school work.  I'm reminded of Michael Dyer in the "The Blind Side."  I realize there was a little Hollywood mixed in with that story, but it is true that some of us don't learn or demonstrate evidence of that learning the same way others do.

Now, if enjoying the night life or substances is the major impediment, that's a different story, but I don't think most coaches would excuse that. I have trouble understanding laziness or an unwillingness to try under these circumstances, so if I had to guess, I would say thee might be some challenges in this case that require special attention.  If it will get the young man closer to a degree and help him stay eligible, then it is worth trying.

As an aside, how good a receiver is Cowan supposed to be?

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Posted: 6/16/2014 9:42 PM

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He was on such a good roll too! dang you like to ruin everything don't you Dallas.
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Posted: 6/16/2014 11:58 PM

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DallasRazorback wrote: Assuming you meant Michael Oher.

This made me spew my drink.  Thank you for extending the benefit of the doubt.

I must have been thinking of that independent film, "The Hind Side," which stars Dyer and fellow prodigal son, Bobby Petrino, as former castoffs who unite in an ironic coupling once thought unlikely. After some initial awkwardness, hijinks ensue.

Reviews so far are mixed, but word has it that Kaley Cuoco of "Big Bang" fame turns in a strong performance as Jessica Dorrell.




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http://cardinalsportszone.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/petrino.jpg



Kaley Cuoco
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Posted: 6/17/2014 6:27 AM

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NostraHOGus wrote: It's hard to know how to feel about these things without knowing the facts.  It seems odd, though, that a player would be disciplined enough to do what is required to play a sport at the D-1 level, yet shy away from school work.  I'm reminded of Michael Dyer in the "The Blind Side."  I realize there was a little Hollywood mixed in with that story, but it is true that some of us don't learn or demonstrate evidence of that learning the same way others do.

Now, if enjoying the night life or substances is the major impediment, that's a different story, but I don't think most coaches would excuse that. I have trouble understanding laziness or an unwillingness to try under these circumstances, so if I had to guess, I would say thee might be some challenges in this case that require special attention.  If it will get the young man closer to a degree and help him stay eligible, then it is worth trying.

As an aside, how good a receiver is Cowan supposed to be?
Nostra, academics are just a completely different skill set and a different type of discipline than athletics. It's not laziness and unwillingness. I don't see how one can call any D-1 athlete "lazy". 

You question the concept of student-athlete as not being able to get through school, but look at the completion rate for students in general: 4.3 million freshmen started in 2004 and 2.1 million have eventually graduated. And we can probably agree that a lot of those graduates ended up in Art History* so they could limp through. Half of the regular students don't make it. Not everybody is cut out for a college degree.

* This does not apply to the Art Historians in the Hawg Lounge who are all high level academic achievers and vital cogs in maintaining civilization's understanding of historical art.
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Posted: 6/17/2014 7:08 AM

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I don't know how many strikes you get before you're out , but obviously CBB and staff see the upside with Mr. Cowan as do I. Sure hope he gets his academic affairs in order by the fall campaign. He was really starting to show his talent in my opinion. He should be very thankful of a patient Coach(s).

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Posted: 6/17/2014 8:04 AM

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NostraHOGus wrote:
DallasRazorback wrote: Assuming you meant Michael Oher.

This made me spew my drink.  Thank you for extending the benefit of the doubt.

I must have been thinking of that independent film, "The Hind Side," which stars Dyer and fellow prodigal son, Bobby Petrino, as former castoffs who unite in an ironic coupling once thought unlikely. After some initial awkwardness, hijinks ensue.

Reviews so far are mixed, but word has it that Kaley Cuoco of "Big Bang" fame turns in a strong performance as Jessica Dorrell.




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http://cardinalsportszone.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/petrino.jpg



Kaley Cuoco

Go Hogs.
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Posted: 6/17/2014 8:53 AM

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william shatner biker Have You Seen William Shatners New BIKER LOOK?

Is the "Shat" playing the role of Bobby?

NostraHOGus wrote:
Reviews so far are mixed, but word has it that Kaley Cuoco of "Big Bang" fame turns in a strong performance as Jessica Dorrell.




Kaley Cuoco
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Posted: 6/17/2014 9:11 PM

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You've got to understand, BR, that I went to school at a place where a vague phrase like "the liberal arts" turned out to be a cruel hoax designed to make me understand the world I lived in, whether I chose to participate or not. You wouldn't think that fuzzy sounding courses like "Music Appreciation," "Concepts of Matter," and "Introduction to Political Research" would cause a good student much distress. I mean, those are the easy A's right?

Well, maybe in some places, depending upon the professor, but somehow, I managed to have professors in these courses that enjoyed either a) the enthusiasm of being new; or b) the confidence of being cock-sure. Every single one of those courses started with the musical, mathematical, political, and scientific principles of Aristotle and Pythagoras (it was all the same language, if you actually understood it, you see).

That wouldn't have been so bad, except there were times when it seemed we were expected to learn the entire breadth and scope of human knowledge since the beginning of time.  I suddenly thought I understood why they built a library at Alexandria
(so nobody actually had to remember all those things).

Have you ever sat around and compared Gregorian chants for the purpose of identifying the components to the point that you could recognize them again during a listening test that represented a fourth of the term grade? I still have the 32 casette tapes, supplemented by the text, that we used in that class. I had mastered calculus, Socratic method, the biological, sociological  and evolutionary impact of the population explosion associated with the Industrial Revolution, but I suddenly had to learn this:

Gregorian chants were organized initially into four, then eight, and finally twelve modes. Typical melodic features include characteristic ambituses, intervallic patterns relative to a referential mode final, incipits and cadences, the use of reciting tones at a particular distance from the final, around which the other notes of the melody revolve, and a vocabulary of musical motifs woven together through a process called centonization to create families of related chants. The scale patterns are organized against a background pattern formed of conjunct and disjunct tetrachords, producing a larger pitch system called the gamut. The chants can be sung by using six-note patterns called hexachords. Gregorian melodies are traditionally written using neumes, an early form of musical notation from which the modern four-line and five-line staff developed.[1] Multi-voice elaborations of Gregorian chant, known as organum, were an early stage in the development of Western polyphony.

The only thing worse than new learning that is characterized by no concept of the associated terminology is new learning that  uses terms that you identify with totally different concepts.  Nobody told me at the time that the whole purpose was to focus on concepts like polyphony, modes, and intervals.  I was too busy trying to figure out why the language of math, science, and music had suddenly melted in the flames of this class that was supposed to be an easy A.

Word to the wise: never be a a member of the first class a professor teaches at a new job. At least consider how much GPA you can bargain away for the chance to expand your world view.

When I think back on it, I am amazed that students can dedicate as much time as they do to athletics and still find enough passable courses on the curriculum to achieve a degree.  I admit I like hearing when an athlete is majoring in youth recreation or exercise science because it makes perfect sense that they would want to pursue a career in something that has been such a big part of their lives.

Has Cowan mentioned the courses he is taking this summer?

By the way, I am well aware that some athletes are gifted intellectually. I'm sure the ones that make class and term papers look easy are an inspiration to the those who struggle. cool




BaconsRebelion wrote:
NostraHOGus wrote: It's hard to know how to feel about these things without knowing the facts.  It seems odd, though, that a player would be disciplined enough to do what is required to play a sport at the D-1 level, yet shy away from school work.  I'm reminded of Michael Dyer in the "The Blind Side."  I realize there was a little Hollywood mixed in with that story, but it is true that some of us don't learn or demonstrate evidence of that learning the same way others do.

Now, if enjoying the night life or substances is the major impediment, that's a different story, but I don't think most coaches would excuse that. I have trouble understanding laziness or an unwillingness to try under these circumstances, so if I had to guess, I would say thee might be some challenges in this case that require special attention.  If it will get the young man closer to a degree and help him stay eligible, then it is worth trying.

As an aside, how good a receiver is Cowan supposed to be?
Nostra, academics are just a completely different skill set and a different type of discipline than athletics. It's not laziness and unwillingness. I don't see how one can call any D-1 athlete "lazy". 

You question the concept of student-athlete as not being able to get through school, but look at the completion rate for students in general: 4.3 million freshmen started in 2004 and 2.1 million have eventually graduated. And we can probably agree that a lot of those graduates ended up in Art History* so they could limp through. Half of the regular students don't make it. Not everybody is cut out for a college degree.

* This does not apply to the Art Historians in the Hawg Lounge who are all high level academic achievers and vital cogs in maintaining civilization's understanding of historical art.
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Posted: 6/17/2014 10:10 PM

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If that guy was about two dress sizes smaller around the middle, I would swear that was Bobby auditioning for a ZZ Top gig.

william shatner biker Have You Seen William Shatners New BIKER LOOK?

Is the "Shat" playing the role of Bobby?

NostraHOGus wrote:
Reviews so far are mixed, but word has it that Kaley Cuoco of "Big Bang" fame turns in a strong performance as Jessica Dorrell.





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Posted: 6/19/2014 9:07 AM

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Liberal arts professors think everything is actually important. That's the only way they can justify their life of learning more and more about less and less. My kids are at a Liberal Arts school and they too have a tough time finding easy A's. I took pride in my A in Architecture Lecture, Fencing, Tennis, and World War II.  WWII was hard for some, but I grew up watching Combat! and McHale's Navy. 
 
As to your aside, Cowan seems to me to be about an average receiver with some upside. Working in his favor is that his Mom used the apostrophe in his name correctly and didn't name him De'Arthur. That counts for something.
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