Auburn Sports Central

Thank you for your interest in the hard work by our advanced sports reporting students. A driven group of 11 journalists spent the spring semester diving into multiple features and are excited to put their work on display. All articles on this webpage were written and produced by them. As you navigate through this site, you will find features on former Auburn athletes, such as running back Peyton Barber, forward Kristen Dodson and tight end C.J. Uzomah. The students later interviewed prominent sports personalities such as Jay Bilas and Dick Vitale for their perspective on the NCAA basketball tournament. They finished the semester tackling controversial topics surrounding our sports world today in both print and digital features, including the topic of paying athletes. We hope you enjoy the read and War Eagle!


The People

The unique and inspiring stories of 11 former Auburn University student-athletes. They recount their personal struggles, triumphs or both during their time at Auburn. They share their memories of their college career and how they grew as a person. These athletes are representations of what being an Auburn man or woman is, and these qualities are shown through their stories.


The Issues

Today's sporting world as we know it is shifting dynamically. Our class undertook in-depth projects that looked at addressing a wide variety of hot topics in sports today. Our topics include compensation for NCAA athletes, the rising concern over concussions in sports, alternative treatments to opioids for injuries and the role of big-money sponsorships in sports.


Oral History of March Madness

Students interviewed renowned broadcasters and former players about their experience covering the NCAA March Madness tournament. Clark Kellogg, Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas were some of the prominent announcers interviewed. An oral history was compiled that compared and contrasted each of their memories of the basketball tournament. An edited version of this was published in Awful Announcing, but this is the unedited transcript with complete comments by all our panel. Big games, upsets and advances in technology were some of the things the students and broadcasters discussed.

The Advanced Reporting students who brought you these stories (from left): Lauren Youmans, Ellie Falconer, Sara Palczewski, Tre Smith, Hector Rios-Morales, Daniel Dupoux, Dr. John Carvalho (instructor), Keith Gambill, Adam Sparks, Lauren Hooie, Caroline Seeman, Will Thomas.
The Advanced Reporting students who brought you these stories (from left): Lauren Youmans, Ellie Falconer, Sara Palczewski, Tre Smith, Hector Rios-Morales, Daniel Dupoux, Dr. John Carvalho (instructor), Keith Gambill, Adam Sparks, Lauren Hooie, Caroline Seeman, Will Thomas.
We would also like to thank Sean Henderson, Webmaster in the College of Liberal Arts, for his expertise, advice and help in putting together this project.