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The Myths of Presidential Control

Andy Staples excellent reporting of the frustration of athletic directors over the current legislative agenda and process of the NCAA appears to be the final step in picking a scapegoat for the NCAA’s troubles. It is all the fault of university presidents. Whether it is the university presidents who decide to change conferences, university presidents […]

Full-Time Legislature Only Option if Presidents Are Out

College presidents appear to have reached the “be careful what you wish for” stage in their control of college athletics. Outgoing North Carolina-Chapel Hill chancellor Holden Thorp has suggested that presidents are ill-equipped to control college athletics. And more direct presidential control through the Presidential Retreat and working groups that have been governing the NCAA […]

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NCAA Wins Battle of Words Thanks to Lower Bar

“Egregious”. “Meritless”. “Reckless”. “Offensive.” Those are just a few of the words tossed back and forth between the NCAA’s enforcement staff and the University of Miami in their opposing briefs regarding Miami’s motion to dismiss its infractions case. If it was not clear that lines have been drawn and that neither side intends to back […]

Paying Young Basketball Players

This is the second in a two-part article responding to Jason Whitlock’s pay-for-play plan for college basketball players. Be sure to read Whitlock’s plan and part one from yesterday “Should college athletes be paid” is a bad way to frame the pay-for-play debate. It assumes that future pros have to be in college. That requires […]

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A Pay-for-Play Plan That Costs Players Millions

Kudos to Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock for having a plan. Most pay-for-play advocates get as far as “athletes should be paid” and leave it to the NCAA or others to figure out the details. And kudos to Whitlock for having a plan that touches on many of the issues with the current development structure in […]

Stipend Should Divide Division 1

Brad Wolverton has another look at the NCAA’s failed attempts to get a stipend passed. Progress so far has been minimal: But after a series of failed attempts to carry out the proposal, the NCAA is essentially back to the drawing board. The group charged with reviving the plan intends to gather feedback on a […]

The Eligibility Center Should Stop Certifying Athletes

In the original version of the NCAA’s initial eligibility rules, at least original going back to 1983 when something that looked like the current system was put into place, there was no Eligibility Center. The NCAA required a 2.0 GPA in 11 core courses and a 700 SAT. But there was no common definition of […]

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Preparing for O’Bannon

Pat Haden made headlines when he said to Sports Illustrated’s Stuart Mandel that the O’Bannon lawsuit was not a slam dunk for the NCAA and that schools needed to start preparing for a loss: “The context of the lawsuit has changed. What do we do if we lost?” Haden said of the NCAA’s side. “All […]

Sunshine Only Solution for SEC Oversigning Problem

I am generally not a fan of the idea that sunshine and transparency is the universal disinfectant, especially when it comes to college athletics. There are too many justifications, rationalizations, and rose-colored glasses to go around. Simply requiring that athletic departments air dirty laundry works selectively at best, rarely at worst. But the SEC is […]

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Why the Big Ten is Afraid of the SEC and Deregulation

When a deregulation proposal gets significant opposition, it almost always is the result of the conflict between haves and have-nots and the gap in revenue. But with two recent proposals, RWG–11–2 which allows any staff member to perform some recruiting activities and 13–5-A which allows for unregulated mailings to recruits, drew significant opposition from major […]

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