SUBSIDIESThere are subsidies, and then there are subsidiesThere's a $10 billion divide between elite sports programs and all the rest. (Great charts contained within.)
AMATEURISMFormer AAU president received $1.5 million to leave amid scandalAccording to ESPN's Outside the Lines, the compensation of Amateur Athletic Union leadership was anything but "amateur."
TUITIONDiscount Much?How high is too high a discount to offer students? Nearly 10% of colleges have rates of 60% or more. For some it appears to be a sign of distress, yet others see a strategy.
NCAAGlacial pace in eligibility case gives NCAA another black eyeClips eFlashNY Times article by Joe Nocera skewers the NCAA for being slow and sloppy in two high-profile eligibility cases.
SURVEYSportsBusiness Journal/Daily Reader Survey 2015SBJ’s 11th annual survey asked readers about teams & leagues, the state of the industry, media/marketing/sponsorship, etc. The ClipsTruthSquad sifted through the trove for the college-relevant items.
FIRINGIs LSU AD Joe Alleva Sitting On A Hot Seat Of His Own?Hot seats are the hot topic at LSU these days. Most of the talk has centered on LSU AD Joe Alleva’s presumptive plan to have Coach Les Miles escorted off the premises and into the sunset.
BIG-TIMEWash. Post: Big-time athletic depts are taking in more $, and spending just as fast Clips eFlashHere's a Clips summary of a lengthy Washington Post article exploring pros and cons (mostly cons) of bigger dollars in big-time college football. Great charts.
PRESIDENTSThe Priorities of University Presidents: Where Do College Athletics Fit In?Only one person on campus takes full responsibility for the athletics program – not the athletic director as some might presume, but rather the university president.
CFPForde's Fab Four: How Michigan State's win impacts College Football PlayoffForde’s prognostications and predictions are as good as any other—better even. And here’s this week’s version.
BOWLSWith 40 bowls, NCAA to decide Monday how to fill expected vacancies“There's a lot of unknowns as we walk right to the lip of Armageddon and spit in it.” Wright Waters, Football Bowl Association executive director, no stranger to inventive wordage.
TRIBUTESports media wizard Chuck Gerber will be missedGerber, who died on Nov.6, was sometimes thought to be a cantankerous and ornery fellow. But he was actually very different when you got to know him.
COACHINGDo basketball coaches have to yell to win?There’s yelling, and there’s YELLING. Coaches have to speak loudly (aka: yell), but when they do it constantly and they mix in snidely name-calling and derision, they hurt not only their players’ eardrums & self-esteem, but also their own vocal cords.
CFBMaking sense of playoff race after Buckeyes, Cowboys loseSelection Sunday is only two weeks away and we're more confused than ever over who would/should/could make the College Football Playoff.
COACH PICKNew UCF AD Danny White will be judged immediately on football hireThe University of Central Florida is moving quickly to find a coach who hopefully will excite apathetic fans and skeptical recruits. And with the 2nd-youngest AD in major college sports.
REFORMHistory, Words, RacePrinceton becomes flash point in campus protests as students demand end to links to Woodrow Wilson. The same day, institution ends the use of "master" to describe leaders of residential colleges.
BASKETBALLOle Miss’ very impressive Pavilion will open Jan. 7 The Rebels make a big statement with the intro of a posh new $95 million basketball arena.
APPARELTexas-Nike deal shows sports apparel wars heating upMost media rights deals are tied up for a while to come, so apparel deals are becoming the next significant revenue source for athletic departments.
CFPThis week: High-Stakes Michigan State-Ohio State GameThe Buckeyes will go from the playoffs to the bubble if they lose.
CFPNotre Dame Continues To Hold On To A Playoff Spot — But For How Long?The 538 model continues to think an undefeated or one-loss Big 12 champion will most likely surpass Notre Dame.
REFORMUniversity of Missouri Student Protests: Lesson LearnedStudent protests at the University of Missouri, fortified by the threat of a strike by the university's football team, rendered the sought after resignation of the university president.
BOWLSPure confusion: NCAA, schools, bowls not sure how to deal with 5-7 teamsThere is a very real possibility that not enough teams will reach the required six wins to become bowl eligible.
NONCOMFORT ZONEEveryone has to step out of their sports (or other) cocoon eventuallyClips eFlashReacting to the unplanned, the unpleasant and/or unfamiliar is a true test of managerial excellence.
ACADEMICSLet’s treat the philosophy department like the football teamA Murray State University professor takes a swing at the real costs (and benefits) to supporting D1 football.
LEADERSHIP“Endzone: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football”ClipsBookReviewEndzone details the good, the bad and the ugly (mostly the bad and the ugly) of Dave Brandon’s “cup-of-coffee” tenure as Michigan AD.
SUBSIDIESThe $10-billion sports tabHere’s a comprehensive look at how college students are funding the athletics arms race.