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Adding Early Football Signing Period More Complicated Than It Seems

ESPN’s Mitch Sherman on the possibility of an early signing period in football: Susan Peal, NCAA associate director of operations, said the continued acceleration of recruiting has led the Conference Commissioners Association to consider an earlier date to supplement the long-existing date in February, similar to the structure for basketball and other sports. “I think […]

NBA’s Energy Best Spent Before College, Not Instead Of

(Disclosure: I previously worked with a company owned by Mark Cuban on this project.) Mark Cuban made two big mistakes. In his comments about college basketball, the NCAA, the one-and-done NBA age limit, and the NBA D-League, Cuban misspoke once: “I think what will end up happening — this is my opinion, not that of […]

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Why and How the NCAA Should Ban Court Storming

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports on Wednesday: But tradition is never a good reason to continue doing something that shouldn’t be done, and court-storming is something that shouldn’t be done. Beyond the fact that students have been injured during such celebrations, it seems undeniable that eventually we’re going to have an ugly scene that’ll lead […]

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Could Concussion Research Impact NCAA Academic Rules

Concussions are one of two major questions facing the NCAA, perhaps an even larger threat than the arguments for employment, unionization, and professionalization of college athletes. The debate over whether to regulate the management of concussions is currently being fought in the courts. Player safety has becoming a highly charged and politicized issue and will […]

The Missing Link Between Football Substitutions and Player Safety

In the firestorm that has erupted after the NCAA’s Football Rules Committee proposed banning snaps in the first 10 seconds of the play clock outside the last two minutes of each half, there is almost an odd consensus being reached on one issue: “There’s absolutely zero evidence, documented evidence, that is hazardous on the pace […]

Explaining SnapChat in Recruiting

Two days ago the NCAA published an Educational Column on social media in recruiting. The most fascinating part was the NCAA’s Q&A regarding how coaches could mention high schools and coaches of prospective student-athletes on Twitter. But most attention was paid to the mention of a specific company: In basketball and men’s ice hockey, any […]

New NCAA Ed Column Explains Twitter Limits on Coaches

The NCAA recently published a new edition of its social media Educational Column. These have been published fairly regularly since about 2009 (normally every year or so) and build on each other as new services emerge and use of social media evolves, especially in recruiting. These Ed Columns are normally done in a Q&A format […]

The NCAA’s Little Known Run Off Waiver

Now that football’s initial signing day is over, the annual rhythm of the college football season turns to sorting out the rosters for 2014 that coaches have lined up. For some programs, that will be more difficult than others. Roll Bama Roll predicted that Alabama would be over by 10 scholarships. Tennessee wrapped up a […]

Fax Machine Still Simplifies NLI Process

The initial signing day for football is almost upon us which means a time honored tradition is back: questioning why fax machines still play a part.’s Jon Solomon found the questioning of fax machines goes straight to the top: “I think a lot of times people get confused and think we mandate it, and […]

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Graduate Transfer Are Not Free Agency

Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times: “I think we’ve reached a point with the epidemic of transfers that it would probably make sense to have everybody sit out a year regardless of circumstances,” said Arizona State Coach Herb Sendek, whose second-leading scorer, Jermaine Marshall, left Penn State after graduating. “We really have a free […]

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