SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2010
Welcome to the Press Box

by Joel Lamp

Welcome to the new blog on JUDolphins.com – From the Press Box.

For those of you that are dedicated readers of the JU football gameday program, you’ve already been introduced to this column.

For those of you who haven’t read it (and I suggest you come to the first game and pick up a copy), From the Press Box gives unprecedented access inside the JU Athletics program while also adding a bit of in-depth analysis.

Our goal with From the Press Box is to supplement our coverage of JU Athletics and give you more than just the stats, facts and figures. The stories behind the stories and how things develop on a grand scale always a great read, including my Pulitzer Prize seeking book about the 2008 JU Football team’s championship season (you can order your copy on Lulu.com by clicking here).

As the editor of JUDolphins.com, I have the luxury of watching at least 100 Dolphin athletic events each year. Entering my sixth year on campus, I can easily say now that nothing will surprise me because just when you think you’ve seen it all, something else comes along to shock you.

Just go back to March 16, 2010.

The Dolphins were trailing Arizona State by five with 20 seconds left in the game. I was hosting our live game day blog and most of the fans were applauding the effort but conceding a hard-fought loss in the first round of the NIT.

There was just something about the team and the energy around it at that point that made you think something special was going to happen.

And I’ll never forget as ASU’s Derek Glasser was going to the line for what became the final free throw attempt of his career, Cliff Warren reminding Ben Smith to make sure that he shot a 3-pointer and to make sure he was behind the line.

The rest as they say is history…

As my sixth fall season at JU begins, I look forward to another exciting Dolphin season starting. There is a lot of excitement around the football team, including Rudell Small’s campaign for the Walter Payton Award. The volleyball team returns a veteran group that is expected to contend in the Atlantic Sun Conference, as well as another strong showing from the men’s and women’s soccer teams.

That’s all before we talk about the defending champions – the women’s cross country team. JU’s dynasty in women’s track & field reached its fifth year this past spring, completing the first “Triple Crown” in A-Sun history. The question before them now is can they repeat?

All of these questions, and many more, will be answered in the coming month and we here at JUDolphins.com will be here to bring it to you.