NEC Student-Athletes Using Worldwide Web to Display Talents/Achievements

We here at Overtime! happen to follow @RMUcoop44 on Twitter.

For those of you who don’t know him by his Twitter handle, you may know him as a starting linebacker for Robert Morris football.

Kyle Cooper started all 11 games of the 2011 season for the Colonials, manning an inside linebacker spot in their 3-4 defensive scheme.

Off the field, the colorful Cooper seems to have taken a liking to Twitter.

He has been known to use Twitter as a means for inspiring his teammates as well as professing his strong support of Robert Morris men’s basketball.

But earlier this week, the linebacker, who can be found dwelling amongst the Colonial Crazies’ student section during every RMU basketball home game, tweeted something non-NEC sports related.

On April 30, the student-athlete’s Twitter page read…



As you can see, Cooper fulfills the meaning of both student and athlete, and he isn’t alone.

As it turns out, Robert Morris has a rather brainy defensive front. 

Starting defensive ends Nolan Nearhoof and Stephen Mitchell both qualified for the NEC Academic Honor Roll this past fall, a feat that requires a minimum 3.2 GPA.  In fact, the former is a two-time ESPN the Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team selection. 

Nearhoof, who joined former RMU defensive lineman Ray Gensler (2003-06) as the only players in school history to be named an Academic All-American on multiple occasions, also won the NEC Scholar-Athlete award.

The Next YouTube sensation?
Callan Taylor made a career of pulling down rebounds and winning games.  Now, that her NCAA eligibility has been exhausted, the 2012 NEC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year may want to pursue a future in public speaking. 

Taylor addressed her peers during Sacred Heart’s 20th annual All Sports Awards Banquet, and the effort has received nothing but rave reviews.

The humble Taylor doesn’t give herself much credit as an effective public speaker, but follow the crowd’s reaction while watching her speech and you decide.


– May 3, 2012 –


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