12-6-2013 Spy Softball Update

SPY Softball Update
December 6 2013

Temple University cuts Seven Intercollegiate Sports
PHILADELPHIA – December 6, 2013 (WPVI) — Temple University announced on Friday that it is cutting seven intercollegiate sports.

This is effective July 1, 2014, so many of these students still have another season left. Still, it’s a major disappointment and university officials say it wasn’t an easy decision.

The sports being cut are: baseball, softball, men’s and women’s rowing, men’s gymnastics, men’s indoor track and field and men’s outdoor track and field.

Some 150 students will be affected and nine full-time coaches will lose their jobs, the university confirmed to Action News.

Senior Ali Watkins was with her teammates on the women’s rowing team today when Temple officials announced seven athletic programs including theirs had been cut.

Ali says, “Right now I think everyone is in shock. We were blindsided by it to say the least.”

The decision came after the university’s board of trustees made the unanimous vote Friday afternoon during an emergency meeting. After a seven month detailed analysis, they took in several factors before making the decision.

Temple University spokesman Larry Dougherty explains, “We were not able to give the quality of student athlete care that we would like to have for a Division 1 athletic program with this amount of sports being sponsored.”

Also considered, their financial commitment, the facilities and becoming up-to-date on their Title IX compliance.

All scholarships will be honored for all for years. Under NCAA rules, scholarship students can transfer out. Temple says they will help the coaches find another job.

Sophomore Truman Levine is on a scholarship for men’s crew and is relieved to learn the university will honor their financial commitment.

“The first thing on my mind is a lot of kids are here for the sole reason of rowing, and a lot of kids are really devastated by not having a team anymore.”

Truman says he will stay and row on a club team.

As for the timing of the decision. They wanted to make it before the winter break so students could discuss it with their families.

In a statement, Temple said:

“The decision is the result of a seven-month detailed analysis of Temple’s athletics situation. The analysis looked at the Athletics budget and its ongoing expectations for support; the facilities currently being used and how much it would cost to upgrade them; a detailed comparison with other universities in the American Athletic Conference; and comparisons with other institutions of higher education similar to Temple.”

“Temple does not have the resources to equip, staff, and provide a positive competitive experience for 24 varsity sports. Continuing this model does a disservice to our student-athletes,” Clark said in a written statement. “We need to have the right-sized program to create a sustainable model for Temple University Athletics moving forward.”

The students affected will be able to transfer without sitting out a year, the university said.

Also, any students under scholarship will be “guaranteed financial aid for the remainder of their academic tenure,” according to the university.

Temple President Neil Theobald said tightening budgets have resulted in unpopular decisions across the university, with cuts of more than $113 million in operations support in recent years.

“Temple’s student-athletes are extraordinary ambassadors for the university,” said President Theobald in a written statement. “This is an extremely difficult decision, but it is being done in the best long-term interests of our student-athletes.”

The move reduces Temple’s total of varsity sports from 24 to 17.

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TNT Gold Thanksgiving
TNT GOLD goes 5-0 in California. For any team to fly 3000 miles across the country and play well is very good. For

any team to fly 3000 miles across the country and go into the mecca of softball and WIN all 5 their games is outstanding,

yet that is exactly what to TNT GOLD did.

TNT GOLD 11 – Batbuster(Val) 2

TNT GOLD 8 – San Diago Renegades Gold 3

TNT GOLD 14 – Polar Crush 6

TNT GOLD 4 – Running Rebels 2

TNT GOLD 8 – LV Blast 5

***12 Monster Home Runs recorded TNT girls: Jen Cader -2 (Kent State), Kate Gordon-2, Taylor Clark-3,

Lacy Smith-3(UVA), Daria Edwards-3(Townson), Morgan Almodovar grand slam…..some shots estimated over 250’

Kudos to 2016 Olivia Sborlini who pitch most of the games , after TNT’s other two pitchers went down with minor injuries.

Mike Thomas appointed ASA/USA Softball Commissioner for Oklahoma ASA

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA), a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization, and USA Softball announced today that Mike Thomas (Ardmore, Okla.) has been appointed the commissioner for the Oklahoma ASA. The change, effective January 1, 2014, takes place following the retirement of former Oklahoma ASA Commissioner Joanne McGuire.


Thomas got his start in ASA/USA Softball as an umpire before being appointed the Oklahoma ASA District 9 Umpire-in-Chief (UIC), a position he held for nine years.  He then served as the Oklahoma ASA District 8 UIC for four years before being selected as the Deputy UIC for the state.  Currently, he serves as the Assistant UIC and District 8 Adult Commissioner for the Oklahoma ASA.


“It is with great pride and humility that I accept the appointment of the Oklahoma ASA Commissioner,” said Thomas.  “Having been involved with ASA since the age of 14 as an umpire, Umpire-In-Chief and District Commissioner, my knowledge and experience can be valuable assets to not only our state organization but to the ASA/USA as a whole.  I look forward to continuing with the great tradition of ASA/USA Softball in Oklahoma.”


Thomas also has had an impact on the national level, starting in 2001 when he was the tournament director for the Men’s Class D Slow Pitch Western National Championship.  In 1993, he became a member of the National Indicator Fraternity and in 2003 he was named an Elite Umpire.


Thomas works for the City of Ardmore as the Recreation Supervisor for the Ardmore Parks and Recreation Department.  He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and minored in Leadership at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Okla. before obtaining his Master’s degree in Human Resources at East Central University in Ada, Okla.

For more information about Oklahoma ASA/USA Softball, please visit http://www.oasa.org/.

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