In my last official post for 2010, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support of Access Athletes and our mission to educate athletes. It was a big year for us, as we published a number of high-profile interviews on this site and have had a tremendous amount of success forming invaluable relationships with many like-minded inviduals in the sports industry. With the solid foundation we have built over the past year, I am extremely excited for what 2011 has in store for AA. 

In 2011, we will officially relaunch the revamped Access Athletes website. We will be introducing several new expert contributors who will cover a wide-variety of new topics. We also expect to roll out an educational program for elite athletes that we have been working tirelessly on for the last few years. We will continue to serve as an unbiased resource of information for elite athletes and further solidify our role as Trusted Athlete Educators.

I have included some great links from the last couple of weeks below.

Athlete Development
  • More from the NCAA... On the heels of Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly being suspended by the NCAA for accepting discounted clothing at a department store, Senior Writer, Gary Parrish, has a message for student-athletes - Stay clean or go big. I'm not condoning his message at all, but his thought-provoking column is definitely worth a read. [Message to athletes: There's no benefit in taking small gifts]
  • Should I stay or should I go now? The question is even more difficult this year with uncertainty surrounding the labor situation in the NFL and NBA. Nick Saban has some thoughts for his players. [Nick Saban cautions Bama's juniors]
  • Former NBA player Junior Bridgeman now owns 282 restaurants that have generated over $507 million in revenue. Athletes, this is a great example of how to be successful in your post-athletic career. [Junior Executives]

Human Relations

  • Renardo Sidney's career at Mississippi state has been nothing short of an unmitigated disaster. This kid needs some serious psychological intervention. I hope that he gets some help and follows Dick Vitale's advice. [Renardo Sidney's wake-up call