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The “Booster” Designation Has Outlived Its Usefulness

In the wake of the suspensions to Peter Jurkin and Hanner Perea, people are asking the NCAA a lot of questions. One of those questions, “Did you hammer these kids because you could not prove IU did anything wrong?” will never have a satisfying answer for anyone who asks it. Another one of those questions, […]

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Dysfunctional CHLPA Going the Long Way Around NCAA Rules

A student-athlete union is the holy grail of would-be NCAA reformers. All that is needed is for student-athletes to unionize, the theory goes, and the money and protection will flow undisturbed. In truth, creating a certified union of student-athletes, despite the current legal hurdles, is probably the easiest piece of the puzzle. Winning the collective […]

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Outsourcing NCAA Enforcement Not a Silver Bullet

Stephen Miller’s article about the need for the NCAA to outsource its enforcement efforts has been getting the rounds as the most recent definitive take down of the NCAA. It is good in that it is focused on one aspect of the NCAA, gives a decent example or two, and offers some actionable advice for […]

Could Division II’s Academic Ideas Work in Division I?

NCAA Division I has a big change coming to initial eligibility in 2016. But in Division II, the focus is on both initial eligibility for freshmen and progress-toward-degree rules for continuing students and transfers. Division II will work on these concepts over the next year and potentially vote on legislation in January 2014. Initially, a […]

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A Student-Focused NCAA Needs an Athletics Majors

As part of a larger series on reinventing college, Brad Wolverton of the Chronicle of Higher Education wrote a piece about creating a student-focused NCAA. As arguments for NCAA reform go, it is decidedly on the side of turning athletics back to the core mission of the university rather than embracing the business side. The piece […]

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How the NCAA Banned Cream Cheese

The NCAA is rewriting its rule book over the next couple of years. Starting in January, the Board of Directors will begin voting in actual proposals from the Rules Working Group to slim down a manual that while not actually near the size of the tax code, is still voluminous and unwieldy. When it comes […]

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Which Graduation Rate is the Right Graduation Rate?

One would think “how many football players graduated” would be an easy question to answer. It is easy enough to find the actual number, but calculating the rate football players graduated and whether they graduated is complicated by politics as well as math. At this point there are enough different methods that no matter what […]

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The NCAA Should Help One of Its Biggest Critics Joe Nocera

The news that New York Times columnist Joe Nocera is writing a book about college sports is likely to be greeted with anxious anticipation by those who do not like the NCAA. Mr. Nocera has been one of the NCAA’s harshest and most vocal critics, alongside Taylor Branch and Jay Bilas. Mr. Branch made waves last […]

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Maybe Harvey Perlman Was Right

There is a reason that reaching discovery is a major landmark in any legal case. At the start of a lawsuit, a plaintiff has only a theory of recovery. What appears in a complaint or pleading are just allegations. Discovery starts the process of testing that theory and finding out how many of those allegations […]

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Why is Oversigning Accepted in Basketball?

For the past two or three years, oversigning in football has been one of the biggest hot button issues in the NCAA. It has lead to legislative changes in both of the last two years, with the end result being a stricter set of limits on how many football prospects a school can sign, as […]

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