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Herm Edwards Question and Answer

April 17, 2014

If someone would’ve told me during my freshman year of high school that I’d have the opportunity to sit across a table from former Kansas City Chiefs head coach and current ESPN NFL Analyst Herm Edwards to talk football, they would’ve been met with a slap in the face followed by a stern lecture about the importance of honesty.
Yet last Saturday, I found myself in that exact position. Preceding Edwards’ speech to Truman State students, a small group of reporters gathered on the third floor of the Student Union as Edwards fielded questions pertaining to his football career, the NFL and life in general. Edwards tackled every question thrown at him, and below are a few highlights of the press conference.

You’ve seen football from all perspectives, as a player, coach and analyst. Which perspective of the game has been the most interesting?

I’d probably have to say playing because of how the game has really evolved. … Where it started from when I came into the league compared to now — how it’s grown, how the media has really taken a hold of this. This has become America’s game. When I was growing up, it used to be baseball — it’s no longer that, it’s football. There’s a lot of reasons for that, but I think the one thing about the National Football League and what it’s done, it’s done a great job of really promoting itself. It seems to be fit for television, it’s a television game, and with that being said, they do a great job of using the 12 months out of the year to make football relevant, even when the season’s over. […]

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Quiet confidence on the field

April 17, 2014

“Quiet confidence” is a widely used term in the Truman State softball team’s dugout as of late.
The phrase evokes a sense of humility with a dash of cockiness. It’s a frame of mind that doesn’t boast, but rather acknowledges an opponent’s strengths while quietly recognizing those strengths ultimately won’t matter. For junior third baseman Cate Simon, “quiet confidence” is exactly what the Bulldogs need to keep winning.
The No. 21 Bulldogs (32-7, 22-4 GLVC) faced a weekend of strong pitching when University of Southern Indiana (19-16, 11-15 GLVC) and Bellarmine University (30-10, 23-5 GLVC) came to town. The ’Dogs kickstarted the weekend by making quick work of the USI Eagles, winning the first game 12-6 and the second 8-2. It was a feat made possible by the team’s frame of mind Simon said. […]

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Softball bats out

April 10, 2014

The No. 21 Truman State softball team (29-6, 19-3 GLVC) saw its 11-game win streak snapped by the William Jewell College Cardinals (16-16, 11-9 GLVC) last weekend during the team’s doubleheader.
Riding a 8-1 win during the first game, junior outfielder Ally McReynolds said the team was overconfident starting the second game of the series. The overconfidence translated into a lack of execution at the plate, with eight runners being stranded on the bases during the 3-5 loss. Sophomore pitcher Kelsea Dorsey’s start to the game was marred by a dropped third strike that put Cardinal senior pitcher Rachel Hayden on base before senior right fielder Faith Song hit her first of two home runs, scoring three and solidifying the lead the Cardinals would hold all game. […]

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Softball keeps warming up

April 3, 2014

With three of their last four games ending with a mercy rule, the No. 25 Truman State women’s softball team found itself tied with Drury University during the bottom of the final inning during Sunday’s doubleheader — unfamiliar territory for the 24-5 Bulldogs.
Yet senior outfielder Kelsey Bollman said she felt confident stepping to the plate with the bases loaded and the game on the line. A first-pitch swing turned into a single to left-center, securing the walkoff 2-1 victory and propelling the Bulldogs to a 3-0 win during the second game of the doubleheader.
“Being put in that situation is what everybody as a hitter hopes for,” Bollman said. “It really wasn’t that big of a deal for me. I just knew it was important and went up there with a clear mind to help our team out and it worked in my favor that time.” […]

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Softball duo shines

March 27, 2014

The pitching duo of Kindra Henze and Kelsea Dorsey are dominating in the circle The Chinese symbol of the yin and yang shows how two opposite forces compliment each other. Black and white — yin […]

Basketball

Carlson named GLVC Player of the Year

March 8, 2014

Head Truman State men’s basketball coach Matt Woodley had a message to deliver this week to senior forward Mike Carlson before it hit the press.

With an announcement looming, Woodley called Carlson and informed him — he was named Great Lakes Valley Conference co-Player of the Year. The award marks him as the first player throughout the program’s 95-year history to earn conference Player of the Year honors. […]

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The clock strikes midnight

March 6, 2014

Less than 10 seconds into the first half Sunday, the men’s basketball team’s historic rise to the top of the best conference in Div. II might have hit a speed bump.
Jamall Millison, University of Illinois-Springfield’s sophomore guard, sank a deep three right after the Prairie Stars won the tip just nine seconds into the game. While junior guard Seth Jackson answered with a three of his own, the tone already was set. A team that relied on its suffocating defense all season would be struggling to breathe against the well-prepared Prairie Stars. The 72-78 loss effectively ended the Bulldogs’ first 20-win season since the 2005-06 season, and ruined any hope of continuing their postseason run. […]

Basketball

Truman trainers respond to medical emergency

March 4, 2014

Last Thursday night’s men’s basketball game against Quincy University was anything but
ordinary.
During the second half, junior Quincy guard Scott Hahn lapsed into a seizure minutes
after checking out of the game as he sat on the bench next to head coach Marty Bell. 15 minutes
of complete silence followed as Quincy and Truman athletic trainers and physicians gave
immediate treatment to Hahn as they waited for an ambulance to arrive. […]

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Carlson looks to end strong

February 27, 2014

The Bulldog legacy of senior forward Mike Carlson can be traced back to a single apology.
Those familiar with Carlson’s story know what he was met with when head coach Matt Woodley came to the Bulldog program three years ago. Woodley told Carlson he didn’t have the skills to play with this team, and Carlson asked for one chance to prove his worth. A week later, Woodley called Carlson into his office, apologized for his snap judgment and said he was the type of player the Bulldog program needed. […]

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Men want recent success to continue

February 20, 2014

After winning three of their last four games during the waning seconds of the second half of overtime, the Truman State men’s basketball team had a reason to be confident heading into the final 30 seconds of last Thursday’s game against No. 5 Indianapolis Greyhounds with the score tied.
With the game’s final shot on their agenda, an offensive miscue took the Bulldogs’ opportunity and put it in the clutches of the Greyhounds with less than three seconds to play. A quick drive and layup later, and Indianapolis escaped unscathed with a 75-73 victory. […]

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Last second shot leads Bulldogs to conference win

February 18, 2014

There were 22 seconds left during the Truman State men’s basketball game when junior point guard Reed Mells received an inbounds pass Saturday against Bellarmine University, but hindsight shows he only needed four.
Mell’s crossover took four seconds to throw the defender off-balance at the top of the key as he dribbled left, just inside the three-point line, and pulled up for the open 17-footer. Meanwhile on the bench, head coach Matt Woodley said he knew the end of the story the second Mells pulled the trigger. He had seen that move, the one-dribble, pull-up jumper, more times than he could count from Mells — it was his shot. So it came as no surprise, Woodley said, when the net didn’t register movement as the ball passed through it, destined for the floor with a 92-90 Bulldog victory as its implication. […]