The moon had only a sliver of light on the bottom the other morning as I walked along Wildcat Boulevard. I stared at the moon in the clear sky and could not help but think it appeared to be smiling. I thought how could my day be bad if the moon smiled on me for over an hour on my walk that morning.

The moon had only a sliver of light on the bottom the other morning as I walked along Wildcat Boulevard. I stared at the moon in the clear sky and could not help but think it appeared to be smiling. I thought how could my day be bad if the moon smiled on me for over an hour on my walk that morning.
I read most anything that I happen to get my hands on. Recently, I read a July 25 copy of The Miami News-Record. In the sports section was a story about Mike Glazier, one of the preeminent college sports lawyers in the United States.
My eyes widened as the article said…”Who was born in Neosho.”  I was interested and called several people in town who I know would be into sports and were about the age of Glazier. No one knew him.
I researched his name and learned his dad was a football coach, but moved on to Aurora and Mexico, Missouri. Frazier ended up playing his high school days at Kankakee, Illinois. He then went on to play for Northeastern Oklahoma Junior College in Miami, Oklahoma, and on to Indiana University. After college days, he signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs, but was cut in the 1973 preseason.
In time, Glazier took the law school entrance exam and eventually enrolled in the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. After graduation, he decided he did not want to go into a regular law office and used his coaching connections to begin working with the National Collegiate Athletic Association(NCAA).
Later, Glazier became a part of Bond Schoeneck & King Law Company in Overland Park, Kansas. This firm is called when there are violations of NCCA rules by schools, coaches, or individual players. At one time or the other has represented Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Miami, Washington, Syracuse, Florida, Florida State, Minnesota, Villanova, and Iowa State.
For example, he worked with Kelvin Sampson, who was then the basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma, for making some “impermissible telephone calls.”
In the article, Glazier went on to say there are many rules put out by the NCCA, but most are written for a purpose, and most schools and coaches try to abide by them. When a school has trouble following the rules or is accused of not following the rules, people like Mike Glazier are called into the action.
Glazier has been called one of the 50 most influential people in sports by the Sporting News.
I am often surprised to learn that certain people who have succeeded in life are born in small towns like Neosho. America still offers the opportunities for people to succeed, if they work hard and sometimes are lucky. Many times it is not where you are from, but what you make of your situations of life. Hard work always seems to help.
Take a walk, look around, work for what you want in life, use those signal lights, watch for pedestrians, and see what you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.  
   
 
Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.