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The end of her gymnastics career hit Jordyn Wieber suddenly. Luis Gonzalez Jersey . Too far removed from high-intensity training and ineligible to compete in college because she turned pro in high school, the 2011 world champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist needed a place to vent.So Wieber -- at the time a student manager for the UCLA womens program -- made her way to the office of Bruins coach Valorie Kondos Field and wept.She kept asking, `Is there a way to give the money back? Kondos Field said.Wieber insists the reaction was the byproduct of the emotional decision to formally retire nearly three years after helping her Fierce Five teammates overwhelm the field in London. Though she understood what she was giving up when she opted to turn professional at 17, that doesnt necessarily mean she believes its fair.Its kind of a bummer, said Wieber, now a 21-year-old volunteer assistant coach with the Bruins. Gymnastics should be the exception. Its too bad girls cant do both because gymnastics is so unique.The dilemma Wieber faced five years ago -- one current U.S. Olympic womens gymnastics team members Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian also face as they prepare for Rio de Janeiro next month -- is different than the one other young athletes wrestle with when deciding whether to sign away their amateur status.For top football and basketball players, turning pro means a chance at a signing a lucrative contract and competing at the highest level. Many arent finished products but are drafted based on raw ability that can be molded as they mature.Its not the same for elite female gymnasts like Wieber, who typically reach their prime in their late teens and who view the team-oriented nature of college gymnastics as a fun escape after years of trying to survive the sometimes lonely grind of training for the national team. Their biggest paydays as professionals dont come from player contracts or performance bonuses, but endorsements.Theres money to be made if you end up standing atop the podium at the Olympics with The Star Spangled Banner playing and your sports most coveted prize draped over your neck. The key is figuring out whether its worth sacrificing a college scholarship.Its a leap three-time world champion and heavy Olympic favorite Simone Biles opted to make last year when she pulled out of an offer from UCLA to sign with an agent. Biles was committed to joining the Bruins -- there was even a plaque in the gym her family owns that featured Biles wearing a blue UCLA-inscribed polo -- before the math became blatantly one-sided. The coach pleaded her case to the Biles family, but figured its akin to a college basketball coach asking LeBron James to do the same back in 2003.I had to try, Kondos Field said. With what shes looking at, though, you cant blame her.Biles is already pitching everything from Nike to United Airlines as part of a pre-Olympic rollout that could make her one of the faces of the 2016 Games if she heads back home in August with her backpack stuffed with gold.The choice also was easy for reigning Olympic champion Gabby Douglas and three-time medalist Aly Raisman, who both turned pro before the 2012 Games and have created a healthy living for themselves since London while also carving out return trips to the Olympics.For their less heralded teammates, things are dicier. The window to cash in is short. For those that turn pro but dont have a breakthrough moment at the games, any potential windfall can be meager by comparison to those who repeatedly have their triumphs broadcast into living rooms across the world. How much? At least $1 million in the first year after the games.When youre No. 1 or No. 2 its absolutely something you should do, said agent Sheryl Shade, who has spent more than 20 years representing high-profile Olympic athletes, including 2008 all-around champion Nastia Liukin and four-time medalist Shawn Johnson. When youre No. 5, the opportunity might not be there.Liukin and Johnson became household names after they combined for eight medals in Beijing in 2008, each appearing on Dancing With The Stars and carving out comfortable post-Olympic lifestyles while also saving enough money to pay for college. Liukin just completed her degree at NYU; Johnson is working toward one of her own.Yet the risk/reward balance is better measured by the path of one of their Olympic teammates.Bridget Sloan earned a team silver in Beijing as 16-year-old then captured the all-around title at the 2009 world championships -- a big accomplishment, but not one thats going to have agents trying to friend her on Facebook in a non-Olympic year. Her parents told her she could explore her options. She just needed to be sure she was going to earn enough to pay for college ... twice.I mean, I was never a superstar. I was good but Id gone to the Olympics just once, Sloan said. In the real world, I was still a 17-year-old. You have to look at the big picture. At 17 thats really hard to do.So she remained an amateur, and the only payment she ever received was the 2008 Jeep Patriot her parents paid for as a reward for a world title. Her bid to make the 2012 Olympic team ended due to a hand injury at Olympic Trials, though she hardly pouted. Sloan practically sprinted to Gainesville, Florida, where she led the Gators to three NCAA titles while earning two all-around crowns for herself before graduating this spring.Looking back, Sloan believes turning pro would have been the biggest mistake of my life even though she understands not accepting money put her parents on the hook for a large portion of the financial burden it takes to train at the elite level, a bill that can soar into the tens of thousands a year in coaching fees and travel costs. Then again, it can look like wise investment considering the value of a college gymnastics scholarship can reach well into six figures.The futures for this years team are still forming. Kocian, an 18-year-old Texan, says she has no plans to change her mind on joining UCLA, no matter how high she flies in Rio. Hernandez, a 16-year-old from New Jersey, verbally committed to Florida but has several years before shell be heading to college and is in no hurry to figure out her path until after the Olympics.Im sure maybe well talk about it soon but I havent given any thought into the future, Hernandez said after Olympic Trials.Smart move. The vast majority of the pre-Olympic marketing money has already been spent. The coffers may open, however, if Hernandez makes the podium multiple times in Rio. If that happens, the crossroads await. Arizona Diamondbacks Jerseys .C. Lions has come to an end. Banks told TSN on Jan 2 that he had no interest in playing out the option year of his contract with the Lions in 2014, and he again made that clear in a conversation with Lions GM Wally Buono last week. Custom Arizona Diamondbacks Jerseys . 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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- If you are a fan of offensive football, the 2016 Dynacraft Conference USA Championship game was one for you as Western Kentucky and Louisiana Tech combined for over one thousand yards and one hundred points in the Hilltoppers 58-44 victory to secure their second consecutive C-USA championship.But is this the end for head coach Jeff Brohm at WKU?Rumors surround the coach as he has been linked to the opening at Purdue, and while Brohm was asked about his future, he was vague in his response.Well, I think people that know me, especially our players and people that are around me, Im not a big self-promotion guy. I dont get into all that, Brohm said. I think I understand how the process works and a lot of times when your team does well. The head coaches tend to get a lot of credit. When you dont do well, you get a lot of blame.So I think whats going on now is a credit to our players, theyve played outstanding. We have great players and a great team which is a credit to our assistant coaches. Theyve got a lot of experience and have done a great job in trying to find a way to improve each and every year, and I think at this time of the year, myself, and whatever teams are in championship games, these things are going to happen,As for the game, Brohms team was outstanding lead by running back Anthony Wales.Wales rushed for 209 yards and four touchdowns, Mike White threw for 421 and three more scores and Western Kentucky defeated Louisiana Tech 58-44 on Saturday in the Conference USA championship game.The Hilltoppers (10-3) and Bulldogs (8-5), who won the regular-season matchup 55-52 on Oct. 6, combined for 1,163 yards of total offense in the highest scoring championship game in C-USA history. It is the second straight title for Western Kentucky, which is headed to its third bowl in a row and fourth in five years.Following a 1-yard run by Kam McKnight that gave the Bulldogs their only lead oof the second half at 38-34, Western Kentucky would take control in outscoring the Bulldogs 24-6 over the final 24 minutes. Randy Johnson Jersey. Wales would score twice on runs of 15 and 13 yards, with the last proving to be the backbreaker and provided the final margin.Wales also had a receiving touchdown with five catches for 53 yards.Ryan Higgins threw for 502 yards and three touchdowns for the Bulldogs.THE TAKEAWAYWestern Kentucky: Wales was named the Most Outstanding Player after his 36-carry effort, and drew praise from his head coach Jeff Brohm.Hes (Wales) an outstanding player and every game that we have him, were going to be a very good football team, said Brohm. He carries the load for us and even one time today he wanted to come out and I tried to talk him into going back in. Luckily I think we took a timeout and he stayed in. But he carried the load.Louisiana Tech: After coming from behind to take a 38-34 lead with 13:15 remaining in the third quarter, the Bulldogs were outscored 24-6 the remainder of the second half.Losing stinks, coach Skip Holtz said. Give them credit, they made the plays they needed to make, but I though we missed several plays in the second half that we should have made.HERE TO HELPWestern Kentucky became the first team in conference history to host back-to-back C-USA title games and win both on their home field, and in the process set several league and national records.In todays game, the two teams combined for a conference record 1,163 yards and102 points, both conference record. The combined 102 points set an NCAA record for combined points in a conference championship game.UP NEXTWestern Kentucky: A bowl game, with location and opponent to be announced Sunday.Louisiana Tech: A likely bowl game, with location and opponent to be announced on Sunday. ' ' 'rt defensive back Tristan Jackson and import defensive lineman Jay Alford. ' ' '
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