While the emotional and classy press conference announcing the release of Peyton Manning from the Indianapolis Colts immediately led to myriad musings about possible destinations for the future Hall-of-Famer, it still could not cast aside the grim shadow caused by the alleged New Orleans Saints’ bounty program.

In fact, none of the usual NFL offseason obsessions, such as free agency or April’s NFL Draft, have managed to block the bounty program from the forefront of the sports world.


After falling just short of a National Championship last season, the women’s tennis team opened their 2012 campaign in great form over spring break. The Lady Jeffs, who finished as the NCAA runner-up last year, looked very strong and were undefeated in their four contests. They have since begun their NESCAC season, traveling to Williams this past weekend where they lost a closely fought battle.

On Tuesday, March 29, the Amherst LEADS program hosted an event to encourage student-athletes to engage in their community. The event, called “Caring Deeply,” is the fifth part of a year-long series of events directed at first-year student-athletes in the First Year Initiative Program.

The women’s basketball team earned its fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Final Four last weekend after two decisive victories in LeFrak Gymnasium. The Jeffs defeated York College 79-55 on Friday evening before cruising past Emmanuel College, 84-61, in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday.

Propelled by a three-goal outburst in the second period, the men’s hockey team advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four with an impressive 3-1 win over Plattsburgh State at Orr Rink this past Saturday. The victory catapults Amherst (24-3-1) into its first Frozen Four appearance in program history.

The No. 2-ranked Jeffs will travel to Lake Placid, NY this weekend to take on No. 3 SUNY Oswego (23-3-2) in the national semifinals. Top-seeded Norwich takes on No. 5 St. Norbert’s in the other semifinal.

Last Saturday, Amherst lost to defending champion Norwich Univ. in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a score of 5-0.

While Amherst had dealt Norwich their first shutout in almost 70 games earlier in the season, they came up scoreless against Cadet goalie Kelly Fisk.

Stephanie Invernizzi, Renee Lortie and Julie Fortier each contributed a goal for Norwich, with Jillayne DeBus notching two.

Senior goalkeeper Sinead Murphy served Amherst, posting 21 total saves.

Another champion disgraced.

Doesnʼt that phrase sound familiar? The 2004 New England Patriots come to mind first: outside of New England, popular opinion holds this team as a bunch of worthless cheaters after “Spygate” came to light.

Then, thereʼs Reggie Bush, who had to forfeit his 2005 Heisman Trophy because he received benefits from USC that were “improper” by the NCAAʼs definition.