Athens, GA (Dec 16, 2007) - Last year, Niagara University suspended then Junior Guard/Forward Charron Fisher (pictured left) for the first 6 games of the season. He had been involved in a beatdown of a pitcher for the Purple Eagles baseball team. In my November 21, 2007 column on NewsVine, I wrote:
Despite winning 14 of their last 15 games, the NCAA selection committee put Niagara into the NCAA Tournament Play-in Game against Florida A&M. This game was considered a slap in the face by many Niagara fans. For others, who portrayed Niagara as a team of "thugs", this was a "just reward". In a span of 2 years, Niagara had gone from being the "feel good" story of the 2005 NCAA Tournament to being viewed as either victim or thugs, depending on the which point of view you looked at.
The media played a large part in their portrayal of Fisher and the rest of the Niagara team. But it is unclear when or if the media will pick up on the fact that Fisher is now the leading scorer in NCAA Division I basketball this year, averaging 27.4 points per game. Yesterday, he had his third consecutive 30-point game in Niagara's upset of St. John's. In the meantime, Fisher is writing a blog for the Niagara Gazette, entering the brave new world of new media and citizen journalism.
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Photograph Courtesy of Niagara University