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From athletes to athletes by athletes. What's Next is dedicated to supporting current student-athletes beyond the playing field by broadcasting the stories of those who came before them.


“Human minds rely on stories as the primary road map for understanding, making sense of, remembering and planning our lives- as well as the countless experiences and narratives we encounter along the way.” - Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoe Company, author of Start Something That Matters

Welcome to What’s Next, a look into the lives and careers of former college athletes who have found answers to one of the most difficult questions every one of us faces: What’s Next?. Get ready to dive into an endless and exciting conversation about what lies ahead after our playing days have ended.


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The Stories,The Careers,The Road to What's Next


November 27, 2017

Pride and athletics are synonymous. Pride and college athletics might even be more synonymous. School spirit, epic tailgates, family legacies, national championships, the list can go on and on. As a culture, the pride of college athletics is infectious - there is no de...

November 20, 2017

I always looked forward to holiday breaks during my tenure as a college athlete. I enjoyed the time away from the classroom, obviously. I enjoyed jumping back into my old gym to workout with buddies again. I enjoyed sleeping in and meeting up with high school friends f...

November 13, 2017

There’s a certain allure that comes with persevering, getting to the top, sacrificing it all at all costs. As we’ve consumed sport and participated in it at its near highest level we’ve subscribed to this lifestyle. It has been ingrained in us by most coaches, by us pu...

November 6, 2017


The finality of your athletic career alone is an obstacle that takes time to wrestle with. Couple that with constantly chasing the dragon of trying to find something to insert into your life to recreate the feelings that life as an athlete gave you. The connections,...

October 30, 2017

In Friday’s World Series Game 3 matchup between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers the camera panned into the Astros dugout. What it caught was Astros player Yuli Gurriel making a racially charged gesture where he stretched the ends of his eye-lids across h...

October 23, 2017

We are very excited to publish our first featured article of the Chalk Talk column. Every Monday morning, to help ease your commute and set your mind for the week, we will be releasing a thought-provoking read. Chalk Talk will take a look through the social lens of the...

September 19, 2017

What's Next: Anthony, Kevin, Gary

Guest: Alex Bubnov 

Former collegiate and professional gymnast from University of Michigan. Currently the National Director of eSports Training at Barwis Methods

College Accolades: Back-to-back BIG10 Champions (2013 & 2014), Back-to-...

August 9, 2017

Sometime in 2012 I was sitting in a chiropractor’s office waiting room in Hamden, CT. I picked up the Sports Illustrated like I always did because that's all I really knew. At that time that's what really connected me to well, me. Sports, baseball in particular, was th...

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