Wednesday, April 17, 2013
As a basketball player at Lipscomb University Michael Lusk was known for his moves on the court. He is still on the move, but in a different way. In his work at School of the Legends Lusk finds himself moving in circles with NFL players and personnel. The Super Bowl, the NFL Draft and the Rookie Premier have been, or will be, part of his travel schedule. Michael took a few moments this week to talk with lipscombsports.com.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
"I played basketball at Lipscomb from 2005-2009. My head coach was Scott Sanderson. The assistants were coach Shaun Senters, coach Hubie Smith, coach Jay Walton and coach Pete Froedden.
"I graduated in December of 2009 with a degree in Mass Communications."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"Beating Indiana 74-69 on Dec. 28, 2008 at Indiana my senior year was pretty big. That is probably one of the biggest wins in Lipscomb basketball. Adnan Hodzic, Josh Slater and Mike Teller carried us. I didn't have my greatest game, but I played all right.
"Second would be playing in the A-Sun Championship game at ETSU my freshman year against Belmont. That game went into overtime. It was down to the wire. We got to play in the NIT."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"James Poindexter. When I came to Lipscomb on my recruiting visit he was my host. He showed me a little bit about Nashville. He showed me the school. I could tell that he was really involved with the student body.
"He always encouraged me to challenge the older guys for playing time. Trey Williams and I stepped into starting roles as freshmen. James was always behind me 100 percent. To this day, every time he comes to town we still hang out."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"Graduating…getting a degree at a nationally well-known university. I had my family there supporting me.
"I could serve as a role model to my siblings. I could show them you could be a student-athlete and be successful overall.
"I have to give credit to the coaching staff. We had study halls. They put us in a position to excel in the classroom. Coach Jay (Walton) was the head of academics. He really stayed on top of us.
"Professors worked with our schedules when we were out of town for a road game or a tournament. They didn't pressure us. They would give us a day or so to get back in the swing of things."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"Getting to know different types of people. I got to know people from different types of religion. I wasn't a member of the Church of Christ, but I learned the different ways that people reach out in religious ways. There is not just one right way to introduce Christ into somebody's life.
"I had a great time taking Tom Seals' Bible classes. He made me realize I wasn't put on earth just to play basketball or go to school. We are to be out there trying to change people's lives. We did community service where we would help paint at churches. At the end of my senior year I worked in the Big Brothers program."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"I have four - Dr. Jimmy McCollum, Dr. Mark McGee, Dr. Tom Seals and Ray Harris.
"Dr. McCollum made sure I was on track for graduation throughout my 4 1/2 years in school. He helped me with my internships.
"I loved Dr. McGee's media ethics class. I think I took him for three classes. Being an athlete, a lot of his topics had to do with what I am dealing with now. I am around a lot of players. We talk about social media and what they can or can't say on the Internet.
"In broadcasting Mr. Harris really helped me. His classes were always interesting because he had that experience in filming.
"Dr. Seals didn't make me feel uncomfortable when he spoke about religion. He was real down-to-earth. He was easy to talk to. He was a great listener. He made it fun to learn about the different ways people view religion."
Where do you live now?
"I live in Nashville. I work in Brentwood."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"The School of the Legends (editor's note: School of the Legends is an officially licensed partner with NFL Players). We are an NFL website for current and former players. We have them vote in polls and comment on news stories and trending topics going on in the NFL.
"I am the player liaison. I have been here almost three years. When a player needs help with anything on our website I am here to help them out.
"I deal with players when we go to certain events like the Super Bowl. I am going to the NFL Draft. I am going to the Rookie Premier in L.A. in May. I am a bridge between the players and our company.
"It has given me a well-balanced diet of dealing with the sports world from athletes to agents to different companies."
Tell us about your family.
"I am single."
"My e-mail address is email@example.com."