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Graduation tickets for my loved ones

A University of South Carolina graduate looks to his family during the school's commencement ceremony in Columbia, South Carolina, on Friday, May 10, 2013. (Gerry Melendez/The State/MCT)

Pete D. Camarillo

May 14, 2015

“I made it!”After all the term papers, scantron finals and group presentations, I am finally getting my bachelor's degree. Even though I was the one doing all the work, saying “I made it!” neglects all the other contributions people made along my five years of college. Five long...

Winners and losers of the 2015 NFL Draft

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota passes against FSU during second quarter during the Rose Bowl College Football Semifinal game on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 in Pasadena, Calif. Oregon led 18-13 at the half. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Pete D. Camarillo

May 1, 2015

Every year, the NFL Draft brings the best reality television. People laugh and people cry, and the spectacle was brought to Chicago for the first time ever. Here are some of the best and worst moments from Day One before the second round gets underway at 4 p.m. Worst Picks No. 10 St. Louis - Todd...

Walking on through the coach’s eyes

How do administrators and coaches handle unrecruited athletes?
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Pete D. Camarillo

April 22, 2015

Jason Flowers, CSUN women’s basketball head coach, recalled his own high school coach allowing him to use his UCLA season tickets to watch basketball games before he concluded his high school basketball career. The young Flowers sat at the top of the arena, but still watched in awe as the UCLA teams...

The unrecruited trail: Walk-ons

The unrecruited trail: Walk-ons

Pete D. Camarillo

April 15, 2015

At CSUN, there are more than 365 student athletes across 19 Division I sports, but only 216 are on athletic aid, according to Julie Sandoval assistant athletic director of compliance at CSUN. How are these more than 100 student athletes chosen to continue their athletic experience into secondary education? According...

Winners and Losers of Free Agency

Pete D. Camarillo

March 24, 2015

Most of the big name and key contributors already inked new deals with NFL teams in the opening weeks of Free Agency. Winning free agency does not translate to Super Bowl victories, but that does not stop teams from trying. Here are a few teams who will be impacted most by Free Agency. Helped their stock Seattle Se...

CSUN reacts to possible Los Angeles Stadium

The St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders are the best candidates to host the possible Los Angeles football stadium.

Pete D. Camarillo

March 23, 2015

CSUN students reacted to the possibility of a NFL franchise returning to Los Angeles for the first time since 1994, as NFL owners flocked to Arizona for discussion about league business, including placing a team in the No. 2 largest market. What will be different at this year's owner meeting, is the Los Ange...

Pro Days have become a full-fledge media circus

USC's Leonard Williams sacks Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib in the fourth quarter in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Saturday, September 8, 2012. USC defeated Syracuse, 42-29. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Pete D. Camarillo

March 14, 2015

This past week some of the nation's top universities opened their campuses to showcase their top athletes to NFL scouts for Pro Days. USC's Leonard Williams, Alabama's Amari Cooper, and Oregon's Marcus Mariotta were only a few of the high profile names who were reevaluated at Pro Days this week. Mayb...

Early retirement becoming a norm in the National Football League

San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (52) headlines a growing faction of National Football League players who have chosen to retire in their prime. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/MCT/2013)

Pete D. Camarillo

March 13, 2015

NFL Free Agency began March 10 but a few notable players made headlines by electing to not sign their next big contract. Among other notable names, Pro-Bowl line backer Patrick Willis retired at age 30, making retiring in ones prime a new trend that gives the power back to the players.Why would anyone walk away from the game with the potentia...

Big Sean enters paradise

Big Sean enters paradise

Pete D. Camarillo

March 2, 2015 In Sean's new album, "Dark Sky Paradise" he brings the hard hitting punch lines on gritty beats that fans are accustomed to, and he balances it with smooth harmonies easy on the ears. Simply put, the artist not only finds his sound and emerges from Kanye's...

Stock Up, Stock Down: Putting the NFL Scouting Combine in Perspective

Florida Gators defensive lineman Dante Fowler Jr. was among the few that impressed at the NFL Combine last week as college athletes showcased their talents to NFL scouts. Photo courtesy of TNS.

Pete D. Camarillo

February 26, 2015

Now that the dust has settled on the NFL Scouting Combine, it is time to look at who helped their stock and who hurt it the most in Indianapolis. This years' story-lines included the always charismatic Jameis Winston absorbing media attention and Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones setting a world...

Chargers and Raiders not bluffing on Carson Football Stadium

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Pete D. Camarillo

February 24, 2015

Any time the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders join forces, it's bad news. This is especially true when the two franchises released a joint statement announcing they were working toward sharing a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson. Both teams have been trying to update their facilities for years and ar...

Drake Surprises Fans With New Album

Drake Surprises Fans With New Album

Pete D. Camarillo

February 19, 2015

Call it an album, call it a mixtape or call it an EP, Drake's "If You're Reading This, It's Too Late," will quench fans thirst for new music from the young money artist. What to Expect The Toronto artist took a page out of Beyonce's book when he dropped the project without any real promotion or notice. "If You're Reading This, It's Too Late" is not any more lyrical or vocal than any other Drake album or mixtape. Even though it is less vulnerable than his cult mixtape "So Far Gone," or last album, "Nothing Was The Same," it still has enough catchy hooks and bangers to be a s...

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