Harris to sit out of Homecoming game after self-reporting NCAA violation

By Andrew Preston

Men’s basketball coach, Sam Harris will sit out Saturday’s Homecoming exhibition game against Mount Vernon Nazarene after the university self-reported an NCAA violation on Wednesday.

Photo provided by Trevecca Athletic Communications

“It was an administrative mistake, but we have to take all violations seriously,” Athletic Director, Mark Elliott said. “We self-reported and self-sanctioned. We took care of the issue in the right way.”

Elliott said the violation was classified by the NCAA as “secondary in nature.”

“It still is against the rules, but the violation was primarily administrative in nature,” he said.

Harris is the longest tenured coach in the athletics department, entering his 25th season with the Trojans.

After learning of the possible violation, Trevecca administrators investigated the matter. Once the violation was confirmed, administrators self-reported to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and the NCAA.

Trevecca then submitted its suggested sanctions to both the conference and national compliance offices.

NCAA and Great Midwest officials confirmed the sanctions were appropriate and stipulated “no further action was needed,” according to a press release on tnutrojans.com

“He will serve his one game suspension,” Elliott explained. “He’s our coach going forward.”

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Trevecca men’s basketball host hurricane relief exhibition game with Belmont

By Blake Stewart

Photo by Trevecca Athletic Communications

The Trevecca men’s basketball team tonight will host the Belmont Bruins in the Trojan Field House for the first time in 21 years. 
 
The two teams will play tonight as a way to raise money for hurricane relief. 
 
Over the last few months, disaster has hit regions across the U.S. and its territories leaving thousands without food and shelter.
 
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) proposed an idea to support  affected areas. 
 

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Michael Jones: From Sierra Leone to Trevecca

By Andrew Preston

Barefoot in the streets. Dust flying in his face.

That’s how Michael Jones, a freshman on Trevecca’s men’s soccer team, was used to playing the sport he loves.

Michael Jones. Photo provided by Trevecca Athletics.

Jones, originally from the Republic of Sierra Leone, grew up playing the world’s most famous sport without any formal rules.

But that didn’t stop him from playing with just his bare feet, literally, and a ball. That is, when he had time.

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Trojans to host G-MAC Championships for first time

By Andrew Preston

History will be made Saturday as the Trevecca men and women’s cross country teams host the school’s first ever Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Championships at Percy Warner Park.

“The way the conference has it set up, hosting the G-MAC is in A-B-C order,” head coach Austin Selby explained. “We thought we were getting it last year, but are happy to be hosting this year.”

Senior, Brandon Laws. Photo provided by Trevecca Athletics.

The Trojans earn hosting rights this year due to Ohio Dominican University and Ohio Valley University not having their home courses ready for competition.

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Trevecca athletic department donates to Hurricane Harvey victims

By Andrew Preston

 

Trevecca head baseball coach Ryan Schmalz has collected donations of clothing items and shoes for the University of Houston men’s basketball coach, Kelvin Sampson in an effort to aid the victims of recent Hurricane Harvey.

Schmalz, who is in his sixth season as Trojans head coach, said he initially heard of the request from Sampson via Twitter.

“I wanted to organize a donation from our coaches,” Schmalz said. “Every (coach) might have some teen camp t-shirts or things like that from the summer we could box up and ship down there.”

Photo courtesy of the Trevecca athletic department.

Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston and southern Texas for the past week. [Read more…]

Annual Hall of Fame induction, TROJY Awards Show set for Wednesday

By Andrew Preston

For the second consecutive year, the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held during the spring semester with the 2nd annual TROJY Awards Show immediately following.

The athletic department sponsored event has modeled their end-of-the-year award ceremony for Trojan athletes after the popular ESPY Award (Excellence in Sports Yearly) show produced by major broadcast television network, ABC.

“Our goal is to overlap the old, with the new,” said Athletic Director, Mark Elliott. “Last year was our first time hosting the TROJYs and also the first time hosting the Hall of Fame induction in the spring.” [Read more…]

Trojans golf team to host first ever NCAA regional tournament

By Andrew Preston

For the first time in school history, the Trevecca men’s golf team will host a NCAA Midwest Regional tournament.

The tournament, dubbed the “Nashville Music City Regional,” will include more than 100 golfers from 24 different teams with the event tentatively scheduled to take place April 3 and 4 at the Generals Retreat Course at the Hermitage Golf Course.

“This is one of five NCAA Regional tournaments throughout the year,” said director of golf, David Head. “This is a big deal not only for Trevecca, but for Nashville. We’re excited for it.”

The men’s golf team competes annually in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), but also, on a larger scale, in the Midwest Region.

“We are the southernmost school (by about 125 miles) in our region, Kentucky Wesleyan is the next closet so the teams up north love to come down and play here,” said Head. [Read more…]