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NCAA furloughs general staff in an effort to cut costs, executives stay on

In an effort to cut costs, the NCAA has furloughed its entire staff, which consisted of 600 employees.

Mano Baghjajian, Assistant Sports Editor

September 2, 2020

The NCAA has furloughed their entire staff for three to eight weeks, according to a report by the Associated Press. A memo was sent out earlier today to all NCAA member schools informing them of the decision. The move to furlough roughly 600 employees was cited as an effort by the NCAA to cut costs. ...

Hall of Fame Georgetown coach John Thompson, remembered through the eyes of Jim Harrick

John Thompson with President Bill Clinton.

Andres Soto, Sports Editor

September 2, 2020

When Jim Harrick first moved to Los Angeles in the late 1950s, basketball was an afterthought. The Lakers had just moved from Minneapolis and drew sparse crowds, but that would change in the 1960s. Basketball boomed in popularity in L.A. throughout the decade thanks to the sustained success of the...

How I spent my COVID-19 summer: Climbing Half Dome


Brandon Darmiento, Reporter

August 26, 2020

As I unzipped my tent at 4:45 a.m., I never had as much energy and adrenaline flowing through my veins. The previous night had been spent waking up and repeatedly asking myself, “Is it time yet?” Sleep was an afterthought. My brother, his close friend and I were ready to get the earliest start...

Column: Could a bubble work for college sports?

Professional leagues like the NBA have successfully enforced a bubble environment in order to resume games — a move college sports could possibly make.

Mano Baghjajian, Assistant Sports Editor

August 24, 2020

With the fifth month of the COVID-19 pandemic coming to a close, attending Zoom meetings and wearing masks out in public have become normal parts of everyday life. However, some sectors of old life are starting to return. Although mass gatherings are still prohibited, one of the main comebacks in recent...

NCAA Board approved added year of eligibility and athlete protections

The NCAA voted to allow fall sports championships to be played in the spring on Friday.

Andres Soto, Sports Editor

August 21, 2020

The NCAA Division I board of directors adopted the Division I council’s recommendation of working toward hosting a scaled-back version of fall championships in the spring on Friday. The board met via video conference and also voted to adopt added protections for athletes, including an extra year o...

CSUN men’s basketball attendance down from last season, below average for Division I

The Big West men's basketball attendance for 2019-2020 season varied from school to school, however the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors were the outlier, bringing in more attendance than any other school.

Blake Williams, Contributor

August 18, 2020

Despite CSUN’s men’s basketball having their best record since the 2008-09 season, the Matadors saw their attendance drop by an average of 113 fans per game from the 2019 season to the 2020 season, according to data released from the NCAA. The Matadors finished their 2019-20 season second in the...

CSUN athletes and coaches adjust to delayed fall season

Fall athletics has been postponed until at least the calendar year, leaving athletes to adapt.

Mano Baghjajian, Assistant Sports Editor

August 17, 2020

The foundation of an athlete is structure and when that structure is taken away, it can cause one to become lost and struggle with the new challenges that they are facing. With the world changing all around us due to COVID-19, college athletes had their routines and structured life turned upside down. The...

Ezekial Bishop remembered, honored at Thousand Oaks crash site

Tamika Bridgewater takes a photo of the candlelit memorial at the vigil for Ezekial

Andres Soto, Sports Editor

August 14, 2020

Flowers, candles, posters, glowsticks and white balloons filled up a stretch of Westlake Boulevard just north of Skelton Canyon Circle in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday night. Some people left snacks or items such as Oaks Christian High School hats, footballs, cleats, and a giant plush doll of Winnie...

It’s not just the NFL: three Hart High School alumni advocate for removing Native American imagery

Hart High School, sets out to address Native American mascot

Andres Soto, Sports Editor

August 11, 2020

When Julia Estrada was entering her freshman year at Hart High School in Santa Clarita, she was embarrassed. When Estrada, who has Arapaho and Comanche heritage and grew up going to pow wows, told her family that her school’s mascot was an Indian, they were in disbelief. They couldn’t believe that...

Michael Ou declares for Chinese Basketball Association Draft

Matador sophomore center Michael Ou slams a dunk during a scrimmage against CSU Dominguez Hills on Oct. 28, 2019.

Andres Soto, Sports Editor

August 9, 2020

Michael Ou spent his Matador career as a low-key figure. The 6-foot-9, 230 pounds big man from Guangdong, China didn’t dominate, but he was effective on the boards and at the free throw line. He played sparingly. His name on the roster, organized by jersey number, was toward the bottom. Ou wasn’t...

Lamine Diane listed as potential NBA Combine participant

The Big West has increased the scheduled games from 16 to 20  due to the addition of UC San Diego and Cal State Bakersfield. Games will not be rescheduled if a team needs to quarantine.

Andres Soto, Assistant Sports Editor

August 4, 2020

Former CSUN forward Lamine Diane could be the first men’s basketball player in CSUN history to be invited to the NBA Combine. The 6-foot-7 wing was recently mentioned on a list of 105 potential participants sent to NBA teams on July 27. The list may be cut down to 60-70 players, according to Jonath...

CSUN track athlete Ezekial Bishop dead after car accident, alongside Frank Ocean’s brother Ryan Breaux

Ezekial Bishop. (Photo courtesy of Wes Smith)

Andres Soto, Sports Editor

August 3, 2020

CSUN freshman Ezekial Bishop died in a car accident early Sunday morning. He was 20 years old. According to the Thousand Oaks Acorn, Bishop and friend Ryan Breaux, younger brother of R&B singer Frank Ocean, were involved in a one-vehicle crash when the Tesla they were in veered off Westlake Bouleva...

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