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Every day, Mike Rhoades wears a custom-made black rubber bracelet that says “Lots of love and faith — with no excuses.” Rhoades swears by this motto, and he hopes to bring his philosophy to the Rice University men’s basketball team as the new head coach.
When you ask “Why baseball?” and he proceeds to explain for the next 10 minutes the intricate ways that baseball has shaped both his life and society, it makes sense why Wayne Graham would have wanted to coach baseball for the past 42 years.
The Rice University baseball team opened its 2014 season against No. 25 Stanford University this weekend with a strong showing at the plate. Rice earned a total of 29 hits and 18 runs in their three days at Palo Alto, Calif.
The Rice University women's swimming team split a win and a loss in Arkansas this weekend, falling to the University of Arkansas on Saturday and defeating the University of Arkansas, Little Rock on Sunday. These meets were Rice's first events since facing Texas A&M University on Dec. 20.
Junior Casey Clark seems like just another Rice student at first glance, but she actually holds three Rice women's swimming records and has represented Rice in the Olympic trials. With her easygoing, friendly demeanor, Clarke does not seem like a high-profile athlete, and yet she helped bring Rice back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years.
This weekend, Rice University women's tennis team, which is ranked 22nd in the nation, will kick off its 2014 season. Two years ago, the team began the season 71st in the country, and the Owls climbed to No. 30 by the beginning of last year.
Two students revived the Rice University women's rugby team this year after its dissolution in 2011. Duncan College senior Courtney Applewhite and Sid Richardson College junior Stella Keck teamed up to get the club sport going again last spring, and the team has since grown to have 14 members and two head coaches.
The Graduate Student Association and Will Rice College won their quarterfinal matchups with a single score late in the second half of their respective games. As they move onto the semifinals this weekend, GSA will take on Sid Richardson College, and Will Rice will face McMurtry College. Both Sid Rich and McMurtry had a first-round bye, but all four teams are now one win away from making it into the championship game.
GSA vs. Duncan (19-0)
Ever since he put on a Rice cross country jersey 25 years ago, Head Coach Jon Warren (Jones '88) has been involved in Rice Owls' track and field. After setting university records in both the mile and the 3,000-meter distances during his four-year career, Warren began volunteer coaching at age 23.
For many students at Rice University, powderpuff is more than just a game. Every week, women across campus strap on their flags and battle for their respective residential colleges alongside coaches, spectators, water boys, referees and cheerleaders. However in addition to the fun and competition, injuries are taking a toll on players across campus.
Rice University's reputation for unconventional wisdom ranges all the way from the classroom to its Division I athletic program. Joe Karlgaard, the future director of athletics for the Rice Owls, is prepared to utilize his diverse athletic background to not only strive for athletic success, but also integrate himself into the Rice community. President David Leebron announced Karlgaard's hiring for the position Sept. 9, and Karlgaard will assume his role in Houston Oct. 7.
Brown v. Wiess
With aggressive routes and bounding leaps, wide receiver Jordan Taylor has earned a spot as the top receiving target for the 2013 Rice football team. Taylor, a redshirt junior, had at least three catches in 10 of 13 games last year and had receptions in every game but one. He led the Owls in the 2012 season with 826 receiving yards and 57 total receptions, tying for the seventh most receptions in Rice history.
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