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.
MEDIAVerizon ousts ESPN; a precursor to unbundling?Clips eFlashVerizon has basically flubbed its nose at cable network titan ESPN, and now the structure of “bundled” cable TV is being directly challenged.
ADPat Haden discusses roles as USC AD, member of CFP committeeThe USC football team returns 16 starters from last season's 9-win team. Maybe Pat Haden will have to recuse himself frequently during next season’s CFP discussions?
CONFERENCESSources: C-USA won't change bylaws to keep UAB without footballUAB dropped football in December and has a study from a consultant expected to be released by May 15 on whether the school made the right decision in cutting the sport.
ACADEMICSNew Rankings Gauge Colleges’ ‘Value Added’ by Measuring Alumni OutcomesThe rankings consider how well colleges’ alumni performed on three economic measures: midcareer earnings, student-loan repayment, and "occupational earnings power," the average salary of occupations in which alumni work.
MEDIAA-10 announces multi-year agreement to televise events on the American Sports Network (ASN)The agreement brings the projected total # of televised A-10 controlled men's basketball games to approximately 174 starting in 2015-16.
ROUNDBALL538/ESPN: "Women's College Basketball is Better Than Men's"Clips eFlashHere's an intriguing, consummately researched and well-written mini-treatise apotheosizing that women's college basketball is "better" than men's. “Better” does not mean men vs. women on the same court.
FACILITIESJames Madison U Announces New Convocation Center ProjectThe 8,500-seat structure will host basketball games, public speakers, university graduation, concerts, conventions and trade shows.
T9Men Accused of Sexual Assault Face Long Odds When Suing Colleges for Gender BiasTitle IX has been used twice in the past month by universities to win lawsuits for sexual misconduct. Accused students have claimed discrimination because they are male.
COACHINGCharlie Strong admits 'I cannot fail' at Texas in uniquely transcendent timeHere’s a coach who nearly gave up on his dream of becoming a head coach, and now he’s standing in the posh office that overlooks the gigantic stadium at the University of Texas — smack in the middle of the best damn job in all of college football.
CONCUSSIONSA Gray Matter Concussion and its consequences are complex, but fear has surged ahead of science. To catch up, researchers funded by the NCAA and the DOD teamed up in the largest concussion study ever.