CONFERENCESWho's better off after realignment? Texas A&M or Texas?Clips eFlashSome say that Texas A&M's decision to join the SEC represented a seismic change in the landscape of Texas college football. After all, in football especially, you're only as good as the teams you play.
BOWLSThree new bowls added to already crowded postseason landscapeThere will be 82 teams in 42 bowls. The CFB National Championship does not count as a stand-alone. Approximately 64% of the FBS (aka: D1-A) will now be bowling.
CFPHow a conference title game could affect Big 12 national title hopesEven if it were to add a championship game, the Big 12 could still be affected by the “square peg in round hole” syndrome (i.e.-five big conferences but only four playoff slots).
DIVERSITYStudents pass bill to diversify Rutgers' Scarlet Knight mascotRutgers Student Assembly passed a bill supporting ethnic and gender diversity by adding many Scarlet Knights that could be black, Latino, Asian, female or third gender in addition to the existing Caucasian Scarlet Knight.
MEDIACal State Northridge to launch Sports NetworkThe CSUN Sports Network multimedia platform will create and showcase extensive video content and more on GoMatadors.com and the Matadors’ social media handles.
LEADERSHIPSan Diego State AD Jim Sterk: ‘(It’s a) fun time to be an Aztec’Now nearing the end of his fifth year, SDSU AD Jim Sterk has had the most successful four-year span of any AD in SDSU history, winning 24 conference championships.
BOWLSOhio State spent $4.4M, Oregon $3.8M on College Football Playoff tripsNo school spent more money on a single playoff game than Alabama, which accumulated almost $2.6 million in expenses for its semifinal loss to Ohio State in nearby New Orleans.
TRANSFERSNCAA, officials show more concern for themselves than student-athletes ... againNCAA officials, college admins and others are scandalized by the fact that student-athletes who fulfill the student part of the equation by earning bachelor's degrees are actually exercising freedom of transfer movement in record numbers.
GOVERNANCEDivision I to hold strategic summitThe D1 Board of Directors on Thursday decided to convene the D1 Strategic Summit for about 50 leaders from various governance bodies.
CONCUSSIONSStudy: FB concussions more likely during practice in HS and collegeA new study released Monday 5-4-15 by JAMA Pediatrics has found that 42% of concussions occurred during games, and 58% during practices.
CFP $College Football Playoff Made Every Conference Richer, Except OneThe first year of the College Football Playoff was financially beneficial for (almost) all conferences.
QBMariota Projected To Be Better Than WinstonThe goal of the model is predicting a player’s Total QB Rating for his first 4 years, the length of his rookie contract. The main inputs are college stats (adjusted for defenses), combine/physical measurements, scout grades and play-type frequencies.
BRANDINGA “Secret” Visit to Under ArmourClips eFlashThe University of Michigan made a pilgrimage to the Good Ship Under Armour this week. It was supposedly hush-hush, but everybody knew about it the next day.
FB DRAFTAre Some Positions Riskier To Pick Than Others In The NFL Draft?There’s no way to prove which positions consistently offer good returns on draft investment — at least not with data in its current state.
LEADERSHIPSEC commish-select Greg Sankey talks playoff, freshman eligibility and moreClips InterviewSankey said he is a proponent of keeping college football a one-semester sport, and agreed that college basketball is a cautionary tale for how the postseason can devalue the regular season.
FB DRAFT2015 NFL Draft 1st Round Rookie Salary ProjectionsCompensation for 2015 NFL rookies is based on two different factors: the league’s Salary Cap and its Rookie Compensation Pool.
COACHINGWhy defensive coaches aren't landing top jobs Declining attendance is the biggest driver for hiring offensive coaches as head coaches. Engaging fans is paramount, and offense sells.
FB2015 spring game attendance standingsOhio State sets a record and the Big Ten dominates.
NCAAWill a duplicity of wordage lead to the NCAA’s demise?Clips eFlashWords matter. Sometimes (albeit a small percentage) the NCAA trips over its wordage. Hey, they’re human.
SPORTS LAWNCAA, conferences: Scholarships would be cut if players are paidThis is one of several arguments the NCAA and the conferences made in court documents filed late Thursday night opposing a pair of scholarship lawsuits from becoming class actions.
TRANSFERRINGThe NCAA'S latest petty move to screw over athletesChief among bad ideas is eliminating the graduate transfer rule, which allows athletes who have completed their undergraduate coursework before the end of their athletic eligibility without sitting out a year.
NCAABoard completes restructure of major governance bodies Presidential Advisory Group (now Presidential Forum) reconfigured to include all 32 conferences.
COACHINGWhy Billy Donovan's departure to the NBA is another big blow to college basketballDonovan is on the very short list of the best coaches in college hoops – has been for a while, and could have been for another 15-20 years if he had chosen to stay at Florida.
NCAAO'Bannon/UNC attorney asks senators to keep examining NCAAThe NCAA has said it has a role in “providing a meaningful education for athletes” . . . but it has also said it has “no role.” Attorneys representing former UNC athletes in an academic fraud lawsuit want a Senate committee to determine which it is.
T9The Strain on the Education Dept.’s Office for Civil Rights, in 2 ChartsClips readers like charts, so here are two interesting charts from the OCR.