PPD: The NCAA's Hyperextended Summer

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John Shipley attempts to connect the ACL's:

Coaches are always lobbying for more time to work with student-athletes, whether it’s trying to recruit more or prepare the current ones for the season. After the past month, one wonders how productive it is to have them practicing all summer.


When Gophers women’s basketball began summer workouts on June 13, Whalen remarked that when she played at Minnesota from 2000-04, she spent her summers working with her father at the 3M plant in Hutchinson and playing pickup games — the point being it’s a lot different for DI student-athletes these days, and presumably better.

But it was just a month later that Whalen announced via news release that Niamya Holloway, a forward from Eden Prairie and one-fourth of a nationally ranked recruiting class, will miss this season after injuring her knee during practice. Last Monday, Johnson announced that Isaiah Ihnen will miss this season because of a season-ending knee injury suffered in July, a few weeks after Parker Fox was lost to a knee injury during practice.
 




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