REFORMNY Times article: For Sonny Vaccaro there is no grayClips eFlashThe former sneaker impresario has morphed into an advocate for college basketball/football players.
RACE60 black high school students subjected to racial slurs by Texas A&M studentsA&M President Michael K. Young said, "I am outraged and tremendously disappointed.”
SALARIESWill you be outraged if Nick Saban is college football's first $8 Million Man?What used to be a bidding war with the pros isn't so much anymore.
PLANNINGCan Berkeley Stay Berkeley?University announces major strategic planning initiative to address long-term budgetary concerns. Is it a canary in the coal mine or will it emerge as a model for other institutions seeking similar solutions?
FINANCESCal athletics: Rising debt, cost-cutting measures and a cash influx looming Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced a strategic planning process Wednesday to confront what called a “substantial and growing structural deficit, one that we cannot long sustain.” Yikes.
FAIRNESSLouisville’s postseason ban might be unfair to its players, but it’s fair for college basketballSomehow, the Cards have gone from villain to victim.
LEADERSHIPPitino: A Provocateur or a Pinocchio?Clips eFlashFinger-pointing, denials and lapses of memory abound in this twisted tale from Louisville.
LEADERSHIPHow the athletic creativity of AD Ray Anderson has turned around Arizona State athletics In less than two years Anderson has hired a diverse staff of professionals with NFL experience, headed a new football stadium renovation and brought in three new varsity sports.
ACADEMICS'We Are All Bunnies'The president of Mount St. Mary's, with regard to identifying which at-risk students might be encouraged to drop out, said (kiddingly we hope), "drown the bunnies . . .put a Glock to their heads."
NCAAAcademic and membership affairs makes changes to senior leadershipNew managing directors are named.
F40Forde Minutes: Will these five 'contenders' deliver in March?40 names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college basketball (tickets to the SMU-Louisville Asterisk Invitational sold separately).
PENALTIESLouisville coach Rick Pitino discusses escort scandal, postseason ban, moreIn an interview with SI.com Rick Pitino made a case for shielding players from penalties by fining the school and coach instead.
CONCUSSIONSNY Times editorial blasts the NFL for too little too late on concussionsThe mighty Times has used one of its very valuable editorial slots on the very day of the Super Bowl to criticize the league for dragging its feet on safety.
NFLNY Times article: NFL good for owners, bad for playersClips eFlashThe author critiques “the Shield” (the NFL mark) and “the Membership” (the 32 mostly ultra-rich magnates who own the NFL teams).
STADIUMSIf you renovate it, will they come?Here are excerpts from a Center Daily Times interview with Penn State AD Sandy Barbour.
RACEOn the curriculum in Oakland, Cal. Public schools: Manhood Development Oakland, California has long been plagued by negative cultural stereotypes and expectations for black men and boys.
ADMontana St. AD gone; 51 D1 ADs out in the past year?Clips eFlashRare it is that an AD lasts 10 years at one school.
AD EXTRAORDINAIREUSC AD Pat Haden to retire June 30Clips eFlashHaden steadied a wobbly ship and has kept it straight and sure ever since.
P4PBroncos, Panthers took different approaches to build Super Bowl rosters within salary capYes, the NFL is not college, but a salary cap is one of the credible possibilities being touted for compensating student-athletes (thanks Joe Nocera).
RECRUITINGWant a National Title? Sign Top Ten ClassesHow much do recruiting rankings matter? They're everything.
SUPPORTOpen Letter From Jeff LongIn a great example of reasoned, compelling and short-&-sweet verbiage, the Arkansas AD thanks fans for past support, and asks for future support.
DYNASTY5 of the greatest families in hoops historyThe five families below have a minimum of three members who have either played or coached college basketball.
REFORMFrank Splitt’s Odyssey: A worthy addition to public and university librariesBook ReviewThe book is an opus not to be read for pleasure, but rather studied for its wealth of information/insights on provocative subjects in education, including reform initiatives.
TITLE IXOpen letter to Ken Starr: Stop stonewalling about Baylor rapesThe forcefully written letter details several Title IX failings at Baylor.
CONCUSSIONSNFL donations to brain research benefit league-linked doctors, raise worries about influence on scienceThe NFL maintains a powerful role in science that could affect millions of people and the well-being of their league.