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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for August 29, 2017.

What You Missed

Major League Lacrosse leaked personal info of players in what could be a costly mistake. We also did a late night Crossecast.

The doctor who discovered CTE in the NFL cautions parents allowing their kids under 18 play lacrosse.

Lacrosse The Nation

After the MLL incident, this happened to some people last night.

I also got this email, except it came in the morning. No word from LSN on why this happened.

Speaking of LSN, analyst and Boston Cannons midfielder Josh Hawkins said this on the network regarding the leaks:

“I’ve been advised not to talk about this, but that’s part of the issue and the problem with our league. Mistakes happen. They’re going to continue to happen. As players and people that represent the league, we have to continue to support the league office and people of the league to get better. It makes us look worse, it makes our sport looks worse and it makes us look like complainers. We haven’t had anyone come out yet to say their identity has been stolen.”

Take a look at this from former MLL player Jack Reid, which doesn’t bode well for the league:

Other news, former Rutgers Scarlet Knights and San Diego State Aztecs quarterback Chris Laviano has left the Aztecs to pursue playing college lacrosse. Kirk Kenney of The San Diego Union-Tribune has more.

Laviano won’t be providing any depth now, either. On Monday, Laviano informed SDSU head coach Rocky Long that he was leaving the team.

“He came to me and said he wanted his release so he could transfer someplace to play lacrosse,” Long said. “I guess he was a good lacrosse player in high school. His lacrosse coach told him he can get him a full ride Division II scholarship tomorrow from five or six places close to home. He might even be able to get him a Division I scholarship.

“He’s kind of an expert on transferring. He told me his first class wasn’t until 7 o’clock tonight and as long as he didn’t go to class, he could transfer and be eligible. I don’t know that. I would guess he’s right because I’m sure he checked.”

Laviano transfer to SDSU had been rumored for months, but wasn’t official until the New York native graduated from Rutgers in May and enrolled in summer school at SDSU.

A great interview by my KYW Newsradio colleague Matt Leon interviewing MLL Defensive Player of the Year and Johns Hopkins alum Tucker Durkin!

ESPN producer John Vassallo thinks lacrosse has potential as a TV sport in the future, writes Matt Hamilton of US Lacrosse Magazine .

“If you were asking me if the sport was involved and arrived, I’d love to say yes,” Vassallo said. “But I’d never say we’ve arrived, because I’m always thinking about what can make it more telegenic. … Unless your cameras are low and intimate, the ball can look like a Tic Tac. I still think it faces some challenges that ice hockey faces. The senior American sports have gotten the template down and it works. I still think lacrosse is in its infancy in terms of where we are with it.”

Vassallo has seen the numbers of cameras used at championship weekend grew from six in 2001 to 12 this season. ESPN now has a SkyCam and robotic camera inside the goal to offer better perspectives of the game.

Vassallo also said the sport could benefit from having a specific night of the week dedicated to primetime viewing. How does Wednesday night lacrosse sound?

The market for lacrosse will continue to grow, and the MLL could play a big role in that process. “A more popular and growing professional product will help bring college along in its wake, like vice versa has been done,” Vassallo said.

Johns Hopkins officially announced their partnership with Under Armour!

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, which commenced July 1, 2017, Under Armour will provide uniforms, training footwear, apparel and equipment for all of Johns Hopkins varsity teams. The agreement also includes a comprehensive brand association between Under Armour and Johns Hopkins through various on-site, print and digital opportunities.

"We are thrilled to join the Under Armour team and its impressive roster of collegiate partners," [Alanna] Shanahan noted. "Throughout the process, Under Armour demonstrated a commitment to Johns Hopkins University and our goals of academic and athletic excellence. Ensuring our student-athletes are outfitted in the finest performance gear and equipment is among our highest priorities and our partnership with Under Armour not only accomplishes that goal, but also brings together two of the most powerful and recognizable brands in the world."

"It's a great honor to welcome Johns Hopkins University to the Under Armour family," said Ryan Kuehl, Senior Vice President of Global Sports Marketing, Under Armour. "We share an unyielding commitment to excellence as well as a love of and intense pride in our great hometown of Baltimore. We are very excited to see the Blue Jays represent our city and the UA brand for years to come."

Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy spoke with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott on the future of lacrosse for the conference:

On how daunting a challenge it is for any athletic department to add a men’s sport, lacrosse or otherwise…

The need for careful examination has to do with some of the significant financial challenges that campuses face in general, and some of the significant issues that need to be considered as it relates to Title IX whenever a school considers adding a men’s sport. Their athletics director Chris Hill asked me to speak to the University committee because they thought I could bring a helpful perspective as to how other universities in the Pac-12 and nationally have evaluated this, and they were interested in what my perspective would be about the sport of lacrosse, as well.

So I think they were interested in a global perspective, making sure they were looking at the right issues, interested in learning from other schools’ experiences in a process like this and they were keen to understand the Pac-12 view on this, including my attitude on this from a media coverage perspective, including whether they’d be able to get television coverage and things of that nature.

On his personal attitude toward lacrosse…

I’m very bullish on the sport of lacrosse. I’ve examined it pretty carefully from a few different vantage points. First, keep in mind that women’s lacrosse is a sport that’s recently been added by some of our schools and is coming as a Pac-12 sport in 2018 that’ll have an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament and an end of season Pac-12 championship. Over the last few years in my role as commissioner, I’ve been closely following lacrosse on the women’s side as our schools have been adding it and we’ve chosen to get behind it and make it an official sport. As part of that process, I’ve seen the enormous popularity at a grassroots level, the interest of our schools, and the early success our schools have been able to have from a recruiting perspective, getting world-class coaches, seeing the enthusiasm our campuses have, seeing what a television friendly and attractive sport it is.

I’ve got the additional benefit of having two children who play, a son and daughter. I’ve spent a lot of time on weekends on tournament fields seeing first-hand the excitement, enthusiasm, and witnessing the explosion of growth that’s happening on the grassroots level, particularly on the West Coast, and seeing the deep pool of talent. And frankly the migration as I talk to parents and coaches, I’m seeing the migration from other sports to lacrosse that it’s gaining favor among certain populations. So that’s given me perspective on the future trajectory of the sport I’ve been able to overlay and witness, seeing what’s happened in women’s lacrosse.

Moreover, my team has spent time on due diligence about lacrosse as a television property. I’ve spent a lot of time talking to ESPN executives about their experience with lacrosse, watching the NCAA Championships, and now we’ve had the chance to put women’s lacrosse on the Pac-12 Network, and it’s a hit. I’ve been impressed with the numbers from a ratings perspective when we’ve had big-time lacrosse games at their best and I think it’ll do very well on the Pac-12 Network. These are some of the perspectives I’ve been able to bring to the conversation that’s gone on campus when they take place.

Teams are already back at it!

More freshmen are being introduced:

The Yale Bulldogs announced their Class of 2021.

And other teams are enjoying their first week back on campus:

Peep the new field for the Michigan Wolverines!

The Penn Quakers are preparing for their 100th season:

Wheelchair lacrosse has hit the Buffalo area, as Shannon Shepherd from WIVB in Buffalo explains.

“It is just really great to have it here and see all the teams and see where our team stacks up among the best in the country,” said team captain Adam Page.

The Bandits are made up of familiar faces. Most of the roster comes from the Buffalo sled hockey team.

Adam wanted to bring a summer adaptive sport to the area and after a trip to the midwest, lacrosse caught his eye.

“We have a great group of guys able bodied and disabled,” Page continued. “And, we are having fun out here and seeing how good we can be.”

Philly Jawns

The Philadelphia Eagles traded long snapper Jon Dorenbos to the New Orleans Saints for a 2019 seventh round pick.

World News

Joel Osteen is in some hot water after originally not opening his mega church to help shelter victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Video of the Day

If you missed the big Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight, here’s highlights of it:

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