Dani Tyler, one of the most decorated student-athletes in Drake University history, will earn another honor this spring when she is inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame.The 21st MVC Hall of Fame class includes Tyler, two long-time administrators in Bill Rowe (Missouri State) and Lois Patton (Evansville); two former track/cross country standouts in Mary Ellen Hill-Schupbach (Bradley) and Christian Goy (Illinois State); and Southern Illinois’ Darren Brooks.The league will conduct its annual Hall of Fame ceremony as part the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Championship next March 1-4. The March 2 festivities will begin with an 8:00 a.m. breakfast, followed by the induction ceremony at 8:30 a.m.Tyler, a native of River Forest, Ill., is the most recognized softball player in Drake and Missouri Valley Conference history, and she became first MVC player selected for the U.S. Olympic Team (1996).She helped lead United States to its first-ever gold medal in softball in 1996, hitting a home run against Australia and was also a starter on the USA team that earned a gold medal at the 1994 Pan American Qualifier. Tyler was a member of the USA Softball National Team from 1994-2000 and was also an alternate on the US Gold Medal Olympic Team during the Sydney Olympics in 2000. The Women’s USA National Team won gold medal in the 1998 World Championships.Tyler was a three-year starter for Drake and powered the Bulldogs to consecutive MVC Tournament titles (1993 and 1994), the first time in MVC history that had been accomplished. She was named Missouri Valley Conference Rookie of the Year in 1993; and was a unanimous first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection in 1994 and 1995. She was a member of the 1995 MVC All-Tournament team after hitting .556 and twice earned All-Midwest Region honors (1994 , 1995).As a sophomore in 1994, Tyler paced Drake to its second-consecutive MVC Tournament crown and the Bulldogs’ first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. That year she set then Bulldogs and MVC single-season records for home runs (9), RBI (50), hits (73), at-bats (190) and fielding assists (169). She remains Drake’s single season record holder for RBI, hits and at bats. She also established then Drake career marks for homers (21), batting average (.395), RBI (115) and assists (444). Tyler is Drake’s all-time leader in career batting average and assists, and she is second in RBI and sixth in home runs.She was the recipient of Drake’s Jerry Howlett Award in 1994 as Drake’s most outstanding overall athlete and is a member of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.Tyler, who received bachelor of science degree in business administration (accounting) from Drake in 1997, also was honored by the school with the Drake Double-D Award in 2012. She currently is a Partner at the CPA firm of Bansley and Kiener, LLP in Chicago. She has won numerous athletic and humanitarian awards throughout the United States, has been a motivational speaker for several organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, and she is actively involved in several charitable and civic organizations throughout the Chicagoland area.”The Missouri Valley Conference has always been recognized for the great success of its athletics programs, with a rich history that dates back more than a century,” said Commissioner Doug Elgin. “Our MVC Hall of Fame has provided us with an opportunity to honor the student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors who have played important roles in the Conference and in intercollegiate athletics.”The individuals we will be honoring in the Class of 2018 are representative of the men and women who have preceded them in our Hall of Fame. They’ve brought significant honor to themselves, their institutions and to the Conference. We are truly humbled to have this opportunity to salute them for their achievements. In a year in which we are celebrating 25 years of women’s athletics in the MVC, we’re excited to announce our six-person class, which includes three women who positively impacted women’s athletics at their institutions.” Print Friendly Version
Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones (55) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) So, this is what happens when you beat a good team?The Arizona Cardinals scored their most impressive win of 2017 by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-24 at University of Phoenix Stadium last Sunday. Jacksonville came into the game riding a four-game winning streak powered by the league’s best defense and running game. The Cardinals were able to move the ball against the Jags while bottling up Leonard Fournette, who managed only 25 yards on the ground. Ultimately, Arizona is an average team that is going to struggle to maintain consistency down the stretch. That stretch is tough, and I don’t see the Cardinals getting back in the playoff hunt this season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact As you’d expect, the pundits noticed the Cardinals’ win.Here’s a look at where Arizona lands in NFL Power Rankings from around the country. NFL Power Rankings: Chargers are in mix for AFC West crown after 0-4 startCardinals rank: #22 (▲5) Like Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said: They are still alive. But they face a must-win against the Rams this week. NFL Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Stand Heading into Week 13?Cardinals rank: #23 (▲4)This was the perfect matchup for the Arizona Cardinals to steal a win. When the Cardinals can run the ball with some consistency, they can be tough to stop. Bruce Arians is going to find creative ways to throw the ball downfield. The problem is they haven’t been able to run consistently this season.Fortunately, the Jaguars’ biggest defensive weakness is against the run. This helped open the passing game up for Blaine Gabbert, who does have some arm talent and who can make some nice throws.It also helped that the Jaguars have a one-dimensional offense. Arizona was able to sell out against the run and put Jacksonville in a lot of unfavorable situations. Cardinals rank: #22 (▲4)Beat the Rams on Sunday, and the Cardinals could be on to something. 4 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo NFL Power Rankings Poll: Chargers Making Their RunCardinals rank: #22 (▲4)Boy, it was nice to see the Cardinals win a game on special teams play rather than lose one. Though, as they surely know, Blaine Gabbert as a quarterback means they are prohibited from a top-20 spot in the Power Rankings Poll. Top Stories NFL Power Rankings: Mike Tomlin’s Super Bowl proclamation wasn’t wrongCardinals rank: #21 (▲1)Have the Cardinals unearthed a gem in Ricky Seals-Jones? Seals-Jones was a big-time wide receiver recruit to Texas A&M but didn’t do much there. He never had more than 560 yards in a season. As a senior he had 333 yards and one touchdown. But he switched to tight end with the Cardinals after not being drafted, and after starting the season on the practice squad and not catching a pass before Week 11, Seals-Jones has 128 yards and three touchdowns the last two weeks. He has a great size-speed combination (6-foot-5, 243 pounds, ran a 4.69-second 40-yard dash at the combine) and we might be seeing the start of a really fun breakout.USA Today Power Rankings – Week 13Cardinals rank: #20 (▲9)Dare we ask if Bruce Arians is making a legit quarterback out of Blaine Gabbert, who’s looked un-Gabbert-like against two quality defenses? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: Eagles keep soaring; Falcons, Ravens rise upCardinals rank: #22 (▲1)Blaine Gabbert got some type of revenge on the Jaguars and earned more opportunities to be the Cards’ starting quarterback. The team still needs to look at a QB early in the 2018 draft, but it’s good for Bruce Arians to get a long look at what the 2011 first-rounder can still do. – / 51 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Week 12 power rankings Arizona Sports Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: Top two the sameCardinals rank: #19 (▲6) Gabbert should start the rest of the season. He has shown great upside. — Mike JureckiWeek 13 NFL Power Rankings: Where every team ranks No. 1 (well, almost)Cardinals rank: #18 (▲3) Punters need love, too. Cardinals punter Andy Lee continues to be one of the best in the league. He has pinned opponents inside the 5-yard line five times this season, most in the NFL.NFL Power Rankings, Week 13: Chargers hit top 10; Chiefs dropCardinals rank: #21 (▲6)Gotta hand it to Blaine Gabbert, who spread clutch passes around in the fourth quarter as easily as he purportedly spread blame around while in Jacksonville. While myriad factors played into the former No. 10 overall pick’s failures with the Jags, Gabbert is a different player now. Despite seemingly never getting any credit, Gabbert always competed in San Francisco — and had a few moments of glory — before eventually being overshadowed by the Colin Kaepernick question (pre-kneeling). Gabbert clearly outplayed Kap in 2015, before giving way last season. When I saw him perform in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton this past August, I thought some folks might have bailed on him too early. Gabbert was 9 years old when Phil Dawson started launching field goals in 1999. What a kick.