About how many graduate assistants are there at CSU?
1,560 graduate assistants
About how many graduate assistants are there at CSU?
1,560 graduate assistants
Midway through the first spring practice for the CSU football team, a bit of snow began to flutter about in the air.
Maybe it was just football weather.
It was the welcome the Rams got Wednesday as the team held its first of 15 allowed spring practices. Players were in shoulder pads and helmets and there was very little contact.
Sonny Lubick, entering his 13th season as head coach, said he was pleased with the first day of practice.
"It was a good, cool day," Lubick said. "If we get the same type of enthusiasm out of our players in 10 or 12 (of the practices) that we had today, we'll have a great spring."
Quarterback Justin Holland practiced with the team for the first time since breaking his leg in the middle of last season. He wore a red "no-contact" jersey and had his left ankle heavily taped, but he participated in the entire practice.
"I feel good about it," Holland said. "I didn't get the game experience I wanted (last season), but it's good to be out on the field again."
Running back Jimmy Green, who is listed as first on the spring depth chart, said he felt healthy and didn't have any lingering injuries from last season. He was hampered by an ankle injury for much of the beginning of the year.
"I can't think about that," Green said. "I just have to go out there and keep working at it and focus on playing."
The Rams will practice again today, Saturday and Sunday. Today's practice will be at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday's at noon. Sunday's practice time was yet to be announced.
NOTES: The Green and Gold Game, which ends spring practices, will be held at French Field at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins. There will be a pancake breakfast served to the public by the CSU Spirit Committee free of charge at 9 a.m. The game is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. Fans wishing to attend the game will sit on the west side of the stadium.
Topic 1: The Madness is almost over. It seems that every year, someone deems the NCAA basketball tournament as the greatest ever. We don't know if it is, but this year has truly been amazing. Our brackets are totally messed up and we're sure yours are as well. But we've decided to look a little bit at what has happened and predict the end.
Baker: As always there have been some surprises. West Virginia: You freaking killed me. Actually, I only have one of the Final Four teams left in my bracket.
Bondy: The remaining games appear easily predictable, but don't underestimate anyone in the field. Each team either has superior coaching or superior talent.
Baker: I'm going with Louisville to beat Illinois. My reasons: the Illini are vulnerable and haven't been playing as well as they can, and Rick Pitino is a coaching stud. Three different teams going to the Final Four is no coincidence. He knows what he is doing.
Bondy: I love him, too, but I want to see the two best teams face off in the final. That would make for a very entertaining North Carolina-Illinois game, which would feature the two most talented teams this year. I'd like to point out that Paul said that Illinois would win it all if they lost a regular season game.
Baker: I don't even know what you're talking about.
Topic2: Recently, Mark McGwire has been bashed in the news, including in this week's Collegian. It's true McGwire has brought a lot of this upon himself, but are all the accusations appropriate? Should he be inducted into the Hall of Fame at this point?
For this question we will jointly answer.
Baker and Bondy: We completely agree with Collegian columnist Matt Hitt on this issue. Mark McGwire is as guilty as O.J. Simpson. How can you appear at a congressional hearing regarding the steroid issue and decline comment? You dug yourself a nice little hole, Mark. All those who feel that since the rules of baseball did not address the steroid issue players should not be accountable are dead wrong and missing the point. McGwire cheated, regardless of what the rules say. Did Roger Maris or Hank Aaron take substances that enhanced their performance? He will not go to the Hall of Fame, nor should he.
Topic 3: Question and Answer session
Bondy: Would LeBron James have won a national championship if he played in college?
Baker: No, the NCAA and NBA are totally different. LeBron wouldn't be able to take as many shots.
Baker: Hotter Russian tennis player: Anna Kournikova or Maria Sharapova?
Bondy: Sharapova, no contest.
Bondy: Who is the best big man in college basketball?
Baker: Not Bogut. I'm going to say Sean May.
Topic 4: The Nuggets are still rolling. Currently sporting a tie for the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff hunt, Denver is still kind of in a predicament. They will either face the Spurs or the Suns. Which team would the Nuggets rather face and which team will they actually face?
Baker: I'd rather see the Nugg Puppies play the Spurs. Hopefully Duncan won't be playing at 100 percent and the Nuggets can take advantage of that.
Bondy: I'm torn. Denver can't run with the Suns, but the Spurs defense is brutal.
Baker: The Nuggets will get the seven seed and the Spurs will get the two seed.
Bondy: Either way, the Nuggets get an early boot from the playoffs.
Closing statement and words of the wise:
Bondy: Put your money on UNC. The Tar Heels are going all the way.
Baker: I'm going for Louisville.
It all comes down to one game for the Colorado Chill. Success, accomplishment and revenge hang in the balance for tonight's game against the Dallas Fury.
At 7 p.m. the Budweiser Events Center will be rocking as the two teams vie for the National Women's Basketball League championship. The game matches the talented teams against one another and provides a rematch of last year's NWBL Pro Cup. Last year, Dallas prevailed 73-69 against the Chill in Dallas.
"We wanted Dallas," said Chill all-star guard Katie Cronin. "I hope all of Colorado comes out to see the game."
This time around the rivalry is even stronger. During the regular season, the two teams went after each other like heavyweight fighters in every matchup, including an unforgettable 99-92 overtime Chill victory on Jan. 27. In the game, players from both sides shot the lights out, none of the players more impressive than Dallas guard Anna Deforge's 41-point performance.
Fury star Deforge and her team hope to repeat as league champs. With guard Felicia Ragland, the Fury has arguably the best backcourt in the league.
The Chill is undeniably the deepest team, and are tough to beat at home. The added benefit of home-court advantage tonight is a huge advantage over last year's game in Texas.
CSU faithful everywhere should be proud in knowing Chill guard and former Ram Becky Hammon will lead the team tonight.
Hammon will have her usual support on the court tonight. The Chill need big games from Cronin, center Ruth Reilly and forward Carrie Bacon to extend the two-season-long unbeaten streak to 26 games.
"I'm sure their goal is to ruin our streak," Cronin said. "They always play their best basketball against us."
This one, however, would mean a little more. Both teams could relish in victory. Colorado plays for revenge, while Dallas plays to remain on top of the NWBL. Chill coach Kelly Packard hopes to lead the team to one more victory and bring the franchise its first championship.
"We have to go toe-to-toe," Packard said. "Against Dallas, everyone is on their own; there is no help defense."
The Rams water polo team has its sights set on the Fluid Five Tournament this weekend, which is hosted bye the University of Indiana.
The Rams will be playing against four nationally ranked teams: No. 12 Michigan, No. 9 Indiana, No. 10 San Jose State and No. 14 California-Davis.
Indiana and Michigan will be repeat foes for the Rams because the Rams played them earlier this year.
"We played those two teams really close for two quarters, so it will be a good challenge and we're not the type of team that gives up," said junior captain Holly Stanfill.
The Rams have yet to win a game against a ranked opponent, but the team is very optimistic that this tournament might be the one where it breaks that streak.
"I think that we're going to kick some butt. I think that (UC) Davis better watch out," said junior co-captain Marisa Fernandez.
The consensus strategy for the team is to just go out there and give its very best.
"Our concern is to come out from the first whistle and play tough, minimize our mistakes, minimize our kickouts, and if our kids play smart and aggressive, it's going to keep those other teams on their toes," said head coach John Mattos.
The Rams are coming into this tournament with a 5-7 record, which is a substantially smaller number of games played compared to their opponents, who have all played around close to 20 games or more.
A surprising statistic for the Rams is their goals-per-game average. They are ranked 15th in the nation in goals per game with an 8.4 average.
Humbly so, the team shrugs off its accomplishments.
"Being ranked 15th in the nation in scoring and being ranked 15th in the nation are two different things and I would much rather have the ranking than the scoring ranking," Mattos said.
Now that the Rams have a few games under their belt, they have progressed much more than they thought.
"I think that everybody has come a long way, there has been a lot of progress and there is less of a gap between players. Everybody's more heads-up in the game and knows what is going on," said freshman Emi McCullough.
The Rams have one more tournament after the Fluid Five and it will be held in Davis, Calif., on April 9.
CSU track and field teams are traveling to Greeley this weekend to represent the green and gold in three meets.
The heptathletes competed in the Kim Schimenz Heptathlon and the decathletes competed in the Mike Bennett Decathlon Thursday through today.
The rest of the team will compete in the Tom Benich Classic on Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m. Northern Colorado will host the meet that includes Colorado, CSU and Wyoming.
The Rams lead the Mountain West Conference in eight individual events, as well as the women's 4×100 relay.
Senior Adam Trainor leads the Mountain West Conference in the hammer throw. Sophomore Janay DeLoach leads the Mountain West Conference women in the 100 meters and long jump.
Senior Katrice Thomas leads in the 200 and senior Michelle Carman leads the conference in the 5000. Freshman Anne McLaughlin is ranked first in the high jump. Junior Amanda Huddleston leads the triple jump. Junior Katie Hansen is the number one in the discus throw and freshmen Jaimee Troth ranks first in the hammer throw.
After ending its winning streak and falling to 0-2 in conference play, the CSU tennis team looks to improve its conference record with three games this weekend in Laramie, Wyo.
"One team I would really like to see us beat is Wyoming," said sophomore Emily Kirchem.
Kirchem will get a chance to fulfill this goal with the team's first game of the weekend. On Friday the Rams will challenge Wyoming. Rams tennis has historically been the better team and holds an overall 9-3 record against Wyoming. The team has a 9-4 overall record this season. Wyoming has a 7-7 overall record this season and is 0-2 in conference play.
After Wyoming, the next contest – and perhaps the most challenging this weekend – will occur on Saturday when the Rams face the No. 37 New Mexico Lobos. So far this season, the Rams have been shutout against the two nationally ranked teams they have played (No.35 Wisconsin and No. 26 Brigham Young). New Mexico is 10-7 overall this season with a 2-0 conference record.
But the Rams do have a plan for challenging the Lobos.
"First we need everyone to be healthy and play their positions," said head coach Jon Messick. "Once we do that, I think we will be able to really challenge these nationally ranked teams."
In 15 regular season meetings, the Lobos have beaten the Rams every game and in their last game beat CSU 7-0. The Lobos also have this week's Mountain West Conference Player of the Week Maja Kovacek, who is ranked No. 64 nationally for singles and No. 8 along with teammate Iva Gersic for doubles competition.
After playing the Lobos the Rams will end their weekend by playing Air Force. On Sunday the Rams will take on the Falcons in their last conference game of the week. The Falcons are 8-9 overall this season with a 0-2 conference record. The Falcons are on a three-game losing streak. Air Force is looking to rebound after a 7-0 loss to No. 35 UNLV and a 6-1 loss to San Diego State. CSU is 8-5 all-time versus the Falcons.
Dasha Zhurin and Anne Anderson, who became injured in last week's play, are expected to play this weekend. On Monday they were feeling better, Messick said.
After this series of games, the tennis team will return home for four games. The first will be against Texas-El Paso on Friday.
After two months of playing on the road and playing in tournaments all over the country, the women's softball team is finally blessed with the comforts of home. The Rams will start conference play today when they take on San Diego State and Sunday as they host UNLV.
The Rams started off the week by sweeping Northern Colorado 12-2 and 10-1 in their doubleheader Tuesday in Greeley. In the first game, the offensive explosion by the Rams came in the sixth inning when they scored eight of their 12 runs.
Catcher Kerry Farrell was 4-for-5 on the day, recording three RBIs and a double for both games.
The SDSU Aztecs, now at 22-12 on the season, are recently on a hot streak, winning four of their last five and seven of their last 10 games. The Aztecs are led by senior outfielder Erin Mahoney, who has accumulated a .329 batting average, and freshman Allison Smith, who has 11 home runs and 27 RBIs on the season. The Aztecs are 3-2 in MWC openers and 2-1 in openers on the road. SDSU and CSU have met 51 times – the Aztecs hold the edge 28-23 and took the season series last year, winning three games out of four.
"They have been at the top of our league the past five years; to open with a very competitive team to start is good for us," said head coach Mary Yori. "We have some really good rivalry games over the past few years. Expect a close game."
The Rams won the last meeting between the two teams 2-1 on April 25 in Fort Collins.
"We definitely respect them and they are probably the toughest team that we will face," said senior second baseman Stephanie Roberts. "They're a different team from last year, but we are, too, so were just going to have to go out and play."
UNLV comes to town on Sunday in its only trip to Fort Collins this season. The Rebels enter conference play with a record of 23-12. Last season, the Rams met up with the Rebels four times, winning all four meetings. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Rams won in a close game 4-3.
CSU leads the overall series 24-15. The Rebels are coming off a 4-1 performance in the Stanford Invitational, with wins over No. 20 Northwestern, Hawaii, Saint Mary's and Illinois. Their only loss came against tournament host and No. 5 Stanford. The Rebels are led by freshman Marissa Nichols, who now has nine home runs, 29 RBIs and is batting .475.
"They are a much improved team from last year," Yori said. "They are playing with a lot of confidence and winning some big games. They'll be tough."
The first pitch of the doubleheader against the Aztecs is set for 1 p.m. today at Rams Field. The first game of the doubleheader on Sunday is set for noon.
"We mainly have just prepared mentally and emotionally," Roberts said about the games this weekend. "We just need to stay consistent and play like we need to."
It's a situation no hockey team wants to be in; down three games to none, with a chance to be swept and the end of the season is in sight.
The Tulsa Oilers are in that very predicament, after losing game three to the Colorado Eagles 4-3 in overtime Wednesday night. With a win tonight, Colorado can make amends for their disappointing playoff performance last season and move on to the Northern Conference Finals.
Tulsa had a strong performance in game three, putting up 50 shots on goalie Tyler Weiman and tying the game near the end. But the Eagles responded shorthanded in overtime with a Kevin Marsh goal off of a puck mishandled by Bill Ruggiero to seal the deal and put the Oilers in a very precarious position.
Tulsa faces the enormous task of coming back from a 3-0 deficit, something that has never been accomplished in CHL history. A win for Colorado would give the team its first playoff sweep and first playoff series win in franchise history. The Eagles carry the momentum into game four, getting a boost from Marsh's overtime winner and solid play from Weiman.
The winner of this series will face the winner of the Boston-Wichita series, which Wichita leads 2-1. Wichita defeated Colorado last season in the Northern Conference semifinals three games to one.
The puck drops today at 6:35 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla., and can be heard on the radio on 99.9 FM. If necessary, game five will take place in Tulsa on Saturday at 6:35 p.m.
In response to Thursday's opinion piece by Jesse McLain, I am deeply disturbed by your interpretation of ASCSU. I ask you, have you ever been into the ASCSU office? Do you know ANYBODY in the organization? If the answer to these questions is NO, then I'd advise you to talk to us sometime and find out how hard our jobs really are. ASCSU is made up entirely of dedicated students who work solely for the students, namely YOU. If you feel that there is no one redeeming quality in the organization then it is up to YOU to change it. That is why we hold elections each year. As far as criticizing the two presidential/vice presidential tickets; all I can say to you is RUN for a position. Put yourself in their shoes and then tell me that what you want is not good enough. Each campaign has worked very hard on their platform, and while it seems like they are full of empty promises they each have a vision for CSU.
I would love it if you stopped by each "sign" on the plaza and actually got informed about the election. Or better yet, since you believe we have no redeeming qualities, give us an idea of what you want to change and how we can better serve you as a student. After all, even though all you have are complaints, serving YOU is what we're here for.
Sophomore, current ASCSU Senator, College of Liberal Arts
Running for re-election