“The Southland and its member institutions are focused on the academic and competitive well-being of these individuals as the work toward graduation and lifelong success.” The Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll acknowledges participants in all sports sponsored by the league and its member institutions. The honor roll recognizes student-athletes who maintained a minimum 3.00 GPA. Student-athletes must have been eligible to compete in a conference sport during the academic year in which the nomination occurs. UIW named a total of 97 student-athletes to the list, followed by McNeese (81), Sam Houston State (80), Stephen F. Austin (79), Southeastern Louisiana (78), Houston Baptist (75) and Nicholls (70). Lamar (69), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (56) and New Orleans (22) rounded out the Fall 2017 Honor Roll. The Fall Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes in the sports of men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, soccer and volleyball who maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average in the semester of their sport. Central Arkansas leads the conference with 127 total honorees, followed by Abilene Christian with 123 and Northwestern State with 101. Of the total student-athletes named, 236 posted perfect 4.00 GPAs during the fall semester. Fall 2017 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (PDF) | 2017-18 Southland Academic AwardsFRISCO, Texas – A total of 1,058 Southland Conference student-athletes were named to the Fall 2017 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the league announced Tuesday. This year’s honoree total is a marked improvement from fall 2016, when 1,008 student-athletes earned the distinction. “We are very honored and pleased to see so many Southland Conference student-athletes continue to succeed academically,” league Commissioner Tom Burnett said.
1 Arsenal have made a last-ditch attempt to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to reports in Italy.As talkSPORT told you on Tuesday, Barcelona are chasing the Argentina international and are close to an agreement.The former Napoli man’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is ready to leave PSG on a free in search of a new challenge.But now, according to Calciomercato, Arsenal have made an 11th hour bid to snatch Lavezzi away from Barcelona.Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly a big fan of the 30-year-old and believes he would be an astute signing if secured on a free. Ezequiel Lavezzi
The striker stood to make a fortune if he moved south and the Gunners were prepared to pay through the nose to land him.McGrory had just scored 62 goals in the 1927/28 season, which included eight goals in a 9-0 win against Dunfermline in January, and with Arsenal on their way to becoming the best team in England the two appeared to be the perfect match.Except McGrory had no intention of leaving, even if Celtic were prepared to cash in on their prized asset and take Arsenal’s whopping £10,000 offer. As a boy growing up in Glasgow he had dreamed of emulating his hero, Patsy Gallacher, and pulling on the famous shirt. It meant everything to him.So keen were Celtic to conclude the transfer, though, that the board and manager Willie Maley led McGrory to London under false pretences so the Londoners could put their proposal to him.McGrory was accompanying Maley on his holiday to Lourdes, but the train would pass through the capital first where, on arrival, they were met by Highbury boss Herbert Chapman.“He offered me everything but the moon,” McGrory said. Although immensely flattered by the compliments Chapman bestowed on him the answer was thanks but no thanks.And so off he went to Lourdes, the place of miracles – the fact it would take one for Chapman to get his way was not lost on the striker – but the manager wasn’t ready to give up. On McGrory and Maley’s return, he intercepted the duo at the station once more, but the player still couldn’t be persuaded.“I just wish I had players as loyal and as enthusiastic to their club as you are to Celtic,” an exasperated Chapman said when finally conceding defeat.Not that McGrory was rewarded for his loyalty by Celtic’s top brass. He later found out he wasn’t even the top earner at the club and while many of his team-mates were on £9-a-week, the most he ever took home was £8.No doubt the board were angry at missing out on a massive windfall and the chance to buy some new plus fours.“Jimmy McGrory of Arsenal would never have sounded as good as Jimmy McGrory of Celtic,” the player insisted. 3 Former Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman attempted to sign Jimmy McGrory in a £10,000 transfer 3 In 1928 Arsenal were looking for a striker and manager Herbert Chapman had his eyes on one of the deadliest around, as Retro Football Blog explains.News of Jimmy McGrory’s goal scoring talent quickly spread after breaking into the Celtic first team in the early 1920s and by the time Arsenal made their move he was on another planet. Arsenal eventually spent their cash on Bolton’s David Jack, who won three league titles and scored 124 times in 208 matches for the club.McGrory, meanwhile, remained at Celtic and scored 468 league and cup goals for the club before retiring in 1937 and later managing them.READ: When Arsenal’s big spending appalled the FA!@retrofootballblog 3