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Saturday’s MIAA, KCAC, Jayhawk football scores


No. 10 Pittsburg State 28, Abilene Christian 20 FINAL

No. 15 Washburn 44, Southwest Baptist 21 FINAL

No. 24 Emporia State 52, Lincoln 14 FINAL

Fort Hays State 34, William Jewell 17 FINAL


No. 15 Butler 20, No. 16 Garden City 10 FINAL

Fort Scott 63, Independence 7 FINAL

Highland 21, Coffeyville 14 FINAL


No. 20 Friends 45, KWU 22 FINAL

No. 10 Ottawa 34, McPherson 7 FINAL

Sterling 54, Bethany 27 FINAL

No. 15 Tabor 42, Southwestern 3 FINAL

Saint Mary 45, Bethel 37 FINAL


Anatomy of a Twitter Meltdown


Emporia State track and field coach Steve Blocker tried to explain to me how, at 32 years old, he felt old.

Donald Weast, the Assistant AD  for the Hornets in charge of media relations, told me about how he spent a good chunk of his day trying to decipher a 20-year-old’s Twitter posts.

Andrew Etheridge, ESU’s All-American hurdler and a Wichita Northwest product, told me it was all a misunderstanding.

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Jaime Green on leaving Newman for Missouri Southern

Newman women’s basketball coach Jaime Green resigned Wednesday night after two highly successful and sometimes controversial seasons with the Jets to take an assistant coach position at Missouri Southern State, her alma mater, and to work for her college coach, Maryann Mitts.

Green went 42-14 in her time at Newman, won two Heartland Conference titles and, this season, led the Jets to their first NCAA Division II Tournament appearance.

Green’s tenure at Newman was also marked by an infraction reported to the NCAA where Green asked a player to pay for two Division I transfers’ parking fines at their schools because, the player said, Green paying for the fines would be a violation of NCAA rules.

Green admitted to the violation and served a one-game suspension in December. The program also self-imposed a penalty of a loss of two book scholarships and a reduction to eight recruiting visits. The NCAA has yet to formally rule on the violations.

Also, two Newman’s players – Kellindra Zackery and Alex Adekunle – were arrested on multiple drug charges in December for allegedly selling cocaine and marijuana, and Adekunle is set to stand trial next month.

On March 23, working on a tip, I texted Green to ask if she’d accepted an assistant coach position at Missouri Southern, she replied: “I am the Head Coach at Newman University.”

Green responded to a phone message Thursday afternoon via text, saying that she couldn’t speak today because she had family and other company with her, but offered to answer questions through text message. Here’s the exchange:

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Hutch CC’s Cordarrelle Patterson signs with Tennessee

The Wichita Eagle

HUTCHINSON – The nation’s top junior-college wide receiver is headed to the SEC.

Hutchinson Community College wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, a five-star recruit according to, signed a letter of intent with Tennessee on Tuesday morning, choosing the Volunteers over LSU, Georgia and Ole Miss on college football’s national signing day.

Patterson followed his signing with a press conference at Hutchinson Community College.

“I chose Tennessee because I went there in the summer twice on unofficial visits and each time it felt like home to me,” Patterson said. “It came down to Georgia, Tennessee, LSU and Ole Miss … and I didn’t know that it was just going to be SEC schools but in the end that conference was going to be the best place for me because that’s where the best competition is.”

“Tennessee already has two really good wide receivers so that was important to me. I didn’t want to go somewhere where they could just double-team me every game.”

Patterson, 6-fooot-4 and 210 pounds, racked up 1,814 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns in 2011 on his way to Jayhawk Conference offensive player of the year honors. As a kick returner, he led the nation with a 51.1 yards per return average and three touchdowns.

LSU made a late push behind former Butler Community College quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who will likely be the Tigers’ starter in 2012.

“Zach hosted me on my official visit and having played against him and already knowing him from that made them real attractive,” Patterson said. “He really wanted us to play together.”

Patterson, from Rock Hill, S.C., was a two-time NJCAA All-America and led Hutchinson to consecutive runner-up finishes in Region VI and consecutive wins in the Salt City Bowl. Patterson received offers from every major Division I conference.

“My family is only three or four hours from Knoxville, so they’ll be able to watch me play a lot,” Patterson said. “That was important to me after being all the way out here in Kansas the last couple of years.”

Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades heaped praise on Patterson.

“It’s hard to say if he’s the very best to play here because there were a lot of guys before my time,” Rhoades said. “But it would also be pretty hard to say we’ve had one better here. Based on the knowledge I have he’s one of the greatest to ever come out of not just Hutch but out of the Jayhawk Conference.”

Patterson is still in school in Hutchinson and must earn his two-year degree because he was an academic non-qualifier out of high school. Patterson said he’s on track to receive his degree in May and will enroll at Tennessee for summer classes.

Three other Hutchinson players also signed with FBS schools on Tuesday – linebacker Tim Edmond (Ohio), linebacker Markus Golden (Missouri) and offensive lineman Chris Hawkins (Troy). Hutchinson running back Deveon Dinwiddie, a Hutchinson High product, signed with FCS champion North Dakota State.

Facebook post leads to more problems for Newman coach Jaime Green


Newman women’s basketball coach Jaime Green ran into some trouble with a post on her Facebook account after last week’s story revealing the school had hit her with some in-house penalties for NCAA violations related to the recruitment of two Division I transfers. You can hit the link for the whole story.

After Newman – and Green – issued statements admitting to the violations, Green went on FB and said the accusations against her were false. Which led to some confusion.

Here’s the post, which has since been taken down:

“No matter what the false accusations are, no matter how hard they throw their stones, at the end of the day the ONLY feelings I have in my heart are grace and forgiveness. This business is a rough one, BUT the players, the fans, the recruits, and the lives that I get to touch and the lives that impact mine are always worth it in the end. This too shall pass; I refuse to cast the first stone! GO JETS!!!!!”

Turns out, the school hasn’t changed its stance on what happened.

Here’s the statement from the school, via Newman director of communications Kelly Snedden, regarding the FB post:

“Coach Green apologizes for using the words “false accusations” on her personal Facebook page. The University stands by the women’s basketball coaching staff as they, the Newman University Athletic Department, and the entire university community continue to learn the NCAA’s compliance processes.”

I’m out.




Newman says women’s basketball coach Jaime Green violated NCAA recruiting rules

Online now and running in Saturday’s print version of The Eagle


The Wichita Eagle

Recruiting violations with two Division I transfers have led to punishment for Newman women’s basketball coach Jaime Green by the university and a report to the NCAA.

Green used a player’s credit-card information to pay parking fines for Marshay White at Central Florida and Kellindra Zackery at South Carolina in June 2010 in order to get their transcripts released to Newman, an NCAA Division II school.

According to the player, who has since transferred, Green approached her because the coach paying the fines would be a violation of NCAA rules.

“My decisions and actions have resulted in potential secondary violations that occurred prior to my first season at Newman University,” Green said in a statement. “I have accepted responsibility for these actions as well as the self-imposed university penalties that have been issued. I am especially thankful to Newman University administration for guiding and educating me through the NCAA compliance processes.”

Newman athletic director Vic Trilli said Thursday that Green served a one-game suspension Dec. 17, lost two book scholarships, had the amount of recruiting visits reduced from an unlimited number to eight, must attend an NCAA compliance seminar in May, and must meet with Newman’s compliance director twice per semester.

Trilli said he learned about the allegations last January and reported them to the NCAA in March. He said the NCAA has yet to make a final ruling, which is classified by Newman as a secondary violation.

“As soon as we had the information in hand, we went to the Heartland (Conference) and to the NCAA,” Trilli said. “We feel like we did everything we could.”

White and Zackery came to Wichita to play for the Jets, but White left school before playing a game and Zackery was suspended earlier this month after a drug arrest and sat out most of last season with a knee injury.

Trilli corroborated the accounts of the former player, who talked to The Eagle while asking her name not be used.

“She (Green) told me to keep quiet about it,” the former player said. “She said she’d pay me back in cash but I shouldn’t say anything because it could get her in trouble.”

After the tickets were paid using the player’s credit card — $328 at Central Florida and $40 at South Carolina — a current Newman player, Samantha Soyez, approached the former player and handed her $500 and said she’d decided to pay the tickets herself. The former player gave Soyez back the difference.

Soyez is the daughter of Newman women’s assistant Gayla Soyez.

Trilli would not say if Newman’s investigation determined who actually paid the parking tickets, other than he gave the NCAA bank records for Gayla Soyez, Samantha Soyez and Green dating back to 2007.

Green and Gayla Soyez were issued letters of reprimand.

“Overall, I am pleased with how the athletic department has handled this incident. They addressed the matter head on,” Newman president Dr. Noreen Carocci said. “They sought out and received guidance from the NCAA, conducted a thorough internal investigation and issued a report to the NCAA which included self-imposed sanctions. I appreciate their initiative to deal with the issues honestly and as quickly as possible. We have yet to hear back from the NCAA following our report submitted last March.”

Tony Adame covers small-college sports. Reach him at 316-268-6284 or

Butler CC running back Jasper Sanders commits to South Dakota


I just heard from Butler Community College running back Jasper Sanders, who informed me that he’s committed to play for the University of South Dakota. Sanders, a 1st team All-Jayhawk selection this season, led the Grizzlies with 938 yards rushing and 13 TDs in a backfield with two other rushers that went over 600 yards in Derrick Thomas (782) and Dreamius Smith (685).

Sanders, 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, went 22-2 in his two seasons at Butler and scored the game-winning touchdown in the Citizens Bank Bowl against Trinity Valley as the Grizzlies finished No. 2 in the final NJCAA poll. One unique thing about him is that he played quarterback at KC Piper in high school and has worked really hard at learning the tailback position the last two years … but still gives you the option of running the Wildcat succesfully if you’ve got him on your team, which Butler did at times. I know Maryland showed interest toward the end but did not need another juco running back.


Two Newman University women’s basketball players suspended after drug arrests

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The Wichita Eagle

Two Newman University women’s basketball players have been suspended after their drug arrests earlier this month.

According to a Sedgwick County daily booking report, Kellindra Zackery and Alex Adekunle were both arrested Dec. 7 on suspicion of unlawful cultivation or distribution of a controlled substance — Zackery on four counts and Adekunle on three. Zackery was also arrested the next day for driving on a suspended license.

“Newman University officials are cooperating with the legal authorities and have immediately implemented the university’s internal disciplinary procedures which will fall in accordance with the outcome of the investigation,” said Newman director of communications Kelly Snedden. “Both individuals have been suspended from any activity with the team until further notice.

“As an institution that takes very seriously its mission and core values, we are disheartened by this news and are keeping the students and their families in our prayers.”

According to Sheri Boeken with the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office, law enforcement authorities have yet to present evidence in the case to the DA to determine if charges will be brought or not.

“We’ve had some issues, that’s all I can say,” said Newman athletic director Vic Trilli, who referred further questions to Snedden.

Zackery is a 6-foot-1 senior forward from Newark, N.J., who transferred to Newman from Labette Community College, where she played for current Newman women’s coach Jamie Green. Zackery started her college career at Rutgers, then transferred to South Carolina before landing at Labette.

Adekunle is a 6-foot junior forward from Arlington, Texas, who transferred to Newman from Oral Roberts.

Contributing: Stan Finger



Today, in Florence, Ala., Nate Dreiling took his place among the greatest players in NCAA Division II history.

Pitt State’s sophomore linebacker and the MIAA defensive player of the year had 15 tackles and blocked a punt in the Gorillas’ 35-21 win over Wayne State for their first NCAA D2 title since 1991. Chuck Broyles told me an interesting story about Dreiling’s recruitment for a story in today’s Eagle, and I’m not sure what else I can say about the 6-foot-4, 228-pound Hutchinson High product that hasn’t already been said. His ability to lead on and off the field is unparalleled.

So let’s talk about the future.

If you know anything about Dreiling, this one title isn’t going to be enough. And with PSU’s best offensive player back in John Brown, a repeat or three-peat isn’t out of the question. Without a doubt, they’ll be the preseason No.1  next year.

Possible pitfalls? Living a normal life in Pittsburg or anywhere else in the state for that matter is going to be impossible for Dreiling & Co. for the rest of their time in Gorilla uniforms. On one side, you’ve got a crazy/rabid fanbase that is going to be dissecting their every move and the amount of love they’re about to be showered with … wow.

On the other side you’ve got expectations that will be almost impossible to live up to … not to mention every single football player in the MIAA right now is dreaming of when they get their shot at PSU next season.

I’m not placing any limit on what this group is capable of. When you’re picked to finish 5th in your conference and you win the national title, you’ve shown everyone that anything is possible.

Congrats to the Gorillas and all their fans — this is a day you’ll remember for the rest of your lives.


PS. Thought this song was fitting

How Pittsburg State came back from the dead

Picked to finish fifth in the MIAA, the Pittsburg State football team will host Delta State on Saturday in the NCAA Division II semifinals, just one win away from putting themselves in an unthinkable spot … playing for a national title one year after going 6-6 and two years after posting the team’s first losing record in over 3 decades.

I was at the Gorillas’ 41-16 quarterfinal win over Northwest Missouri on Saturday, the third time I’ve watched them play this year. Two years ago, if you remember, this program was bottoming out.

Here’s 5 reasons Pittsburg State was able to come back from the dead:

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