Men’s basketball coach not returning next year after 25 seasons

By Andrew Preston

Trevecca men’s basketball coach Sam Harris won’t return next year.

According to a press release posted Monday night, Harris “will conclude his service as head coach” at the end of this year.

Athletic Director Mark Elliott won’t say if he was fired or if he resigned.

“The press release states he is concluding his service and we’re not saying anything more than that,” Elliott said. “His service has concluded as head coach.”

Photo provided by Trevecca Athletic Communications

Harris was informed last Friday, Elliott said.

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Men’s golf seeking sixth consecutive G-MAC Championship

By Andrew Preston

The Trevecca men’s golf team enters next week’s G-MAC championship aiming to defend their five-year run as the conference’s best team.

“Obviously it’s a goal of ours to try and continue the streak and get six and it’s something as team we’ve talked about all season long, but we have to play our game to win,” director of golf, David Head said.

Freshman Blain Turner enters the G-MAC Championship next week as a favorite to win the individual title.

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Hunter Newman, former professional baseball player, back at TNU

By: Andrew Preston

It was a Wednesday evening former Trojan baseball player and current Trevecca student Hunter Newman will never forget.

Newman answered his ringing cell phone only to realize the St. Louis Cardinals were on the other end.

He was going to be drafted to play professional baseball.

“I wasn’t for sure if I’d be taken,” Newman recalled of his experience on draft day. “It was a waiting game. I knew it was a possibility, but it’d be on day three.”

Major League Baseball (MLB) holds its amateur player draft over a three-day period. Day one includes the televised first and second rounds, while day two covers rounds three through 10 and day three rounds 11-40.

Newman had been drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 22nd round with the 671st pick of the 2015 draft.

“It was unbelievable,” Newman said. “It was so surreal. I worked my entire life for that moment and it finally happened.”

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Jacob Williams eclipses 1,000 points for career

By Andrew Preston

Trevecca senior, Jacob Williams didn’t quite know how close he was to making history entering Saturday’s home against Cedarville.

Williams shooting over Cedarville’s Evan Kraatz on Saturday February 3, 2018.

“I knew I was under 30 (points), but I didn’t know exactly how many I needed,” Williams said after the game.

In fact, Williams learned of his accomplishment when the public address announcer told the crowd of over 800 in Trojan Fieldhouse.

“When the guy announced it is when I found out,” Williams said. “It was still a close game at that point and so I was just focused on the game and executing.”

Although the Trojans lost 85-82 in overtime, the 6-foot-3 guard says he was still fortunate to enter the record books at home.

 

Jacob Williams

 

 

“I’m super happy to get (1,000 points) at home,” Williams said. “I thought it was going to be an away game when I got it.”

 

Williams finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds becoming just the 41st Trojan ever to score 1,000 points in a career at Trevecca.

 

 

 

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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.”

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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First generation college students make up 40 percent of freshman class

By: Andrew Preston

When Abby-Lynn Jordan got her acceptance letter to Trevecca her parents pinned it to the family refrigerator with a poster that said, “She finally did it!”

Jordan, an early childhood education major, is one of around 160 freshmen at Trevecca this fall who are the first people in their families to potentially graduate from college.

Though her parents didn’t go to college, there was never a question about whether she would.

“It wasn’t my choice,” Jordan said. “My parents said, ‘Since we didn’t go, we want you to go. We want you to have the opportunity that we didn’t have.’”

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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.

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