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In an age where athletics is often marred by acts of poor sportsmanship, Dr. Colby Jubenville has the remedy.

The Sun Belt Conference (SBC) began implementation of the platform for a five-year period, starting in 2010. Findings released from the Center for Sport Policy and Research at MTSU are based on data collected from 478 SBC coaches and 3,476 SBC athletes. The results indicate that the platform “significantly impacted several perceptional and behavioral aspects of coaches and student-athletes regarding sportsmanship.” Jubenville notes that his research uncovered an important sportsmanship paradox—as the skill level increases, the ability to understand and implement sportsmanship decreases. Fortunately, the Real Sportsmanship program provides a means by which coaches and athletes can bridge this divide between skill and behavior before it grows too wide.


Real Sportsmanship asked questions and administered a pretest, then followed up with more questions and a post-test. The issues discussed include the realities that both student-athletes and coaches face, which include drinking, partying, sexual activity, cheating, and gambling. Participants are asked to reflect on their experiences and decisions as they relate to those issues. Jubenville, himself a former college athlete, says participants should better understand how to handle new situations and assume leadership roles on their teams and in life.

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Jubenville, professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance and director of the Center for Sport Policy and Research at MTSU, created Real Sportsmanship, an online program platform focusing on the coach-athlete relationship especially for the collegiate level.

by Randy Weiler

Professor Cliff Ricketts’s lifetime of alternative fuel research remains on course as he plans a 2,800-mile cross-country drive this fall using only 10 gallons of gas or less. In October, if all goes as planned, the longtime MTSU School of Agribusiness and Agriscience faculty member will drive a 2008 Toyota Prius from Wilmington, N.C., to a Pacific Ocean beach near Los Angeles. Besides a few drops of gas, his fuel will consist of sunlight and hydrogen from water. Ricketts calculates that the journey, which will take five days to complete, will require 3.73 tanks to achieve 750 miles per fill-up (100 miles with solar electric, 200 miles with hydrogen, 350 miles with 95% ethanol and 5% gas, and 100 miles with on-board regeneration). His perfect-world formula: Make the drive using only 1.87 gallons of gas. But he will take 10 gallons just in case his calculations are off. “My whole passion is sun and water,” says Ricketts, who considers himself a modern-day Davy Crockett:“a frontiersman with energy” who has “blazed a trail with ethanol, blazed a trail with hydrogen, and blazed a trail with sun and water.”

Besides a few drops of gas, his fuel will consist of sunlight and hydrogen from water.  MTSU

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