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EDITORIAL: Men’s basketball needs to move to a stronger conference

Due to the recent and sustained success of the men’s basketball team, it is time to ask us, has FGCU outgrown the Atlantic Sun Conference? The basketball team’s success started with a bang in 2013, with its first 20-win season in division I history, capping the year with a magical run to the sweet 16. Since then, FGCU has had five straight 20-win seasons, reaching the NCAA tournament in three of the last five years. The support of the program has grown every year, with attendance to games doubling since 2012. The only dark cloud dangling over the head...

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Give ‘Em Kel: FGCU seniors have changed the program forever

Well this is it. Tonight is the last time the seniors of the FGCU women’s basketball team will walk across the floor of Alico Arena for tipoff. It’s bittersweet. Tonight, FGCU will face Michigan in the WNIT’s Final Four game at Alico Arena. Winner goes to the championship to face off against South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. Loser ends the season. The WNIT confirmed last night that South Dakota will host the championship game in Vermillion. Last night, the Coyotes obliterated Oregon, 88-54, in front of more than 5,000 fans. In 2014, Alico Arena was topped off at...

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Give ‘Em Kel: FGCU women deserved an NCAA bid

There’s no reason FGCU shouldn’t have earned an at-large bid into the women’s NCAA Tournament.   Two weeks ago FGCU, the No. 26-ranked team in the nation, didn’t earn the conference’s automatic bid into the Big Dance after being upset by Jacksonville in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. Without an auto-bid, FGCU had to hope for an at-large bid. The Eagles deserved that bid, but it never came. This is after FGCU went perfect in the conference regular season for the fourth year, earned its sixth regular season title and returned to its fifth conference championship game. This is...

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Derrick Henry’s 2015 Heisman win is one for the record books

The 81st Heisman winner was announced on Dec. 12. And, regardless of who you happen to be cheering for, the winner should come as no surprise. With a record breaking 1,986 rushing yards, surpassing SEC greats Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson, Derrick Henry, a running back for the University of Alabama was the obvious choice this season. Henry was awarded the Heisman Trophy Saturday night. The 6-foot-3, 242-pound running back is only the second running back since 2000 to receive this prestigious award, the second being Mark Ingram, who also played for the Crimson Tide. This is a well-deserved...

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Golden State tearing apart the competition and the record books

It seems like every night the defending NBA champion the Golden State Warriors are making history. With the best start in the history of the NBA, the Warriors are 23-0. After defeating the Pacers last night in a 131-123 shootout, with the help of 10 three-pointers by Klay Thompson, the Warriors also hold the best road start in NBA history with a record of 13-0. The Warriors also have tied for the third longest win streak in the NBA with the 12-13 Miami Heat, with 27 consecutive wins dating back to last season. With this astonishing start, the Golden...

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FGCU is a soccer school

FGCU is quick to peg itself as a basketball school. With the mark as the only No. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in men’s basketball, three women’s conference championships. We even have an ESPY. I mean, how could you not try? FGCU is not a basketball school. We are a soccer school. FGCU’s soccer programs are quickly becoming consistent, playing among the nation’s top-tier teams. Both FGCU programs typically reign as one of the top teams in the conference, dominating the Atlantic Sun with a total of 12 regular season titles and seven conference championships between the two teams. Following the women’s long-overdue first-ever NCAA win this season, FGCU held No. 3-seeded and College Cup runner-up Duke scoreless for the first 64 minutes of the second round...

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FGCU Dunk City freshmen class not what was expected

When Dunk City fans caught wind of FGCU’s freshman Rayjon Tucker, the “USA Today” No. 1 sleeper and highest recruit the university has ever gotten, the excitement was unreal. People talked about what he could do for the team and how he was going to put the dunk back into Dunk City. I was expecting Tucker to be the big fish in a little pond, out playing opponents and teammates from the get-go. Maybe, it was my own ignorance, but so far this year, the rookie hasn’t stood out to the expectation I, or many fellow Dunk City fans,...

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