NFF Announces Semi-Finalists for National Scholar-Athlete Awards & Campbell Trophy
The National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame has announced the semifinalists who are among the top scholar-athletes in college football this season. Among Greeks from NIC member fraternities are Derek Epperson, Baylor Pi Kappa Alpha; Owen Marecic, Stanford Delta Tau Delta; Greg McElroy, Alabama Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Andrew Meier, Rhodes Kappa Alpha Order; Mike Mohamed, Cal-Berkeley Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Jesse Reising, Yale Delta Kappa Epsilon; and Greg Sullivan, Colgate Delta Upsilon. All candidates, who were nominated by their schools, must be seniors or grad students; have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, be first team players or significant contributors; and show leadership skills in their communities. The NFF will select up to 15 finalists in late October and each will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship and attend the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner in New York on December 7th. The William V. Campbell Trophy winner, who will have his scholarship increased to $25,000 and receive a 25-pound bronze trophy, will be announced at the NFF dinner on the 7th Jesse Reising, Yale Delta Kappa Epsilon
Two Greek Pro Golfers Finish Second
At the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta, Luke Donald, a Sigma Chi from Northwestern, had his biggest payday ($810,000) after placing second with a 7-under 273 total (66-66-71-70). It was his third PGA Tour second place finish of 2010. Tying for second place at the Nationwide Tour's WNB Classic in Midland, TX was Brandt Jobe, a Beta Theta Pi from UCLA. He had three rounds under 70 (67-67-68) in his 272 total and earned $39,200.
Drew Carey Featured on cover of national Sunday Parade Edition
Three Greeks Chosen for Texas Sports Hall of Fame
The induction class of 2010 has been selected for induction inth the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas this fall. Greeks chosen are Big Spring, TX native and former NFL quarterback Charley Johnson, a member of Theta Chi at New Mexico State; the late Clint Murchison, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at M.I.T. who was Dallas Cowboys owner from 1960 to 1984; and former major league catcher Jim Sundberg, a member of Delta Upsilon at Iowa, who is currently Senior Executive Vice President of the Texas Rangers.
Greeks Featured in New Sports Illustrated
The September 27th issue of Sports Illustrated has a six page pro football feature titled "Oh Brother..." which covers last Sunday's rematch of the New York Giants, as Eli Manning, a Sigma Nu from Mississippi, lost to the Indianapolis Colts, featuring Eli's older brother, Peyton. On hand to see the match up in person was father Archie Manning, who preceded his son in Sigma Nu at Ole Miss, and mother Olivia, a member of Delta Gamma in Oxford. The magazine's lead four page college football story, titled "The Perfect Player", profiles Stanford Delta Tau Delta member Owen Marecic, the only player in NCAA Division I-A to start on both offense (at fullback) and defense (at middle linebacker). In addition to being a team leader on the field, Marecic had the team's highest GPA last spring (3.887) His head coach, Jim Harbaugh, says "He does everything right, all the time, the first time. He has everything--strength, humility, intelligence. He's everything I envisioned being as a football player."
Costner Pitches Oil Spill Technology on Capitol Hill
One of Delta Chi's most renowned alumni, Kevin Coster from Cal State Fullerton, has succeeded as an actor, director, producer and musician over the last three decades. What many people don't know is that he has funneled millions of his own dollars into oil spill-fighting technology that separates crude from water. When the Deepwater Horizon disaster caused by BP sent oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, he was the spokesman for his company, Blue Planet Solutions, and eventually spurred BP to buy 32 of his machines. He is currently calling on oil company executives and chatting with Gulf Coast state governors about a multtiered $895 million plan for deploying 190 vessels to harvest floating oil during future Gulf of Mexico spills. So far this month, he has pitched his plan to a federal government forum on offshore drilling and was scheduled to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee.
Theta Chi’s Joel McHale Stars on TV’s Community for Second Season
After making his first appearance last week on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, actor, comedian and talk show host Joel McHale, a member of Theta Chi Fraternity at University of Washington, returns to NBC-TV prime time comedy Community this Thursday night. He stars as suspended lawyer Jeff Winger as the show begins it second season. Since 2004, McHale has been host of weekly comedy series The Soup on the E! network and has also appeared in several major films in recent years.
Delt Congressman is Staying Busy
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, a Delta Tau Delta from Miami University, appeared on the Today show this week and discussed his new book now in stores titled "A Roadmap for America's Future". He has also written articles published in The Wall Street Journal and appeared as a guest on the Fox Business report.
Beta Golfer ties for Fourth at Utah Championship
At the PGA Nationwide Tour's Utah Championship over the weekend, Brandt Jobe, a member of Beta Theta Pi at UCLA, had his second-best finish of the year, tying for fourth place (270, including a 64) and winning $24,200. Jobe, who was a mainstay on the PGA Tour for years, has battled injuries the last several years and is working to re-qualify for the Tour. He had a third place Nationwide finish in April and is now in 23rd place with $145,156 in earnings.
SAE’s Bryan Twins Win U.S. Open Doubles Title
Bob and Mike Bryan, both initiates of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Stanford University, won their third U.S. Open men's doubles title in a match where neither team broke serve. It was also their ninth Grand Slam title and 65th overall since they began their professional careers.