REALIGNMENTOpen records documents detail Cincinnati’s conference “lobbying”Realignment drama is building, but there has been no expansion announced by the Big 12.
CONCUSSIONSUniversities sending mixed signals on football concussionsPaul Tagliabue’s Knight Commission appointment is at issue due to problems regarding concussions during his term of office.
AD HIREPac-12 affairs: Why USC’s AD search matters to your school whether you like it or notA strong case is made for hiring a new AD without USC ties.
DISTRACTIONOklahoma president's bluster distracting from Big 12 basketballOur outspoken guest writer takes swipes at President Boren’s boorishness. Hmm, “Boren’s boorishness,” it has a ring to it?
DOOMSDAYLouisiana Governor threatens college football In budget impasseHere are tongue-in-cheek (pen-in-cheek?) Travis-isms about CFB and the Louisiana governor threatening football.
MBKKris Dunn’s improvisational brilliance is good for Providence — and for college basketballProvidence’s Kris Dunn is one of the most thrilling players in the country.
VINTAGEThe first intercollegiate basketball game was played on Feb. 9, 1895There were nine men on each team, there were peach baskets, and it was very different from today’s game.
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.