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EVIDENCE OF A KINDER, GENTLER NCAA … “I don’t think anyone would be interested in us saying that two friends can’t give each other a gift. It would be somewhat harsh to dictate what two friends could give each other.” … NCAA spokesman Kent Barrett, commenting on what many see as a hodgepodge of enforcement regarding “friends” with “pre-existing relationships.” … Lexington Herald-Leader, 2-5-06

Clips Interview

University of Texas at Tyler Provides Refuge for UNO Basketball Teams ... Clips Editor Nick Infante interviewed Athletic Director and Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Howard Patterson of the University of Texas at Tyler about his school’s kindness in offering safe haven for the University of New Orleans’ men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Guest Commentary

Knight Commission’s work, Richt’s raise: What gives? ... Columnist Paul Woody speculates that Georgia football coach Mark Richt’s 8-year, $16 million contract was a defensive move to ward off overtures from Florida State.

Clips Editorial

Hooray for State U ... although partisanship has its limits, devotion to one’s team is about as loyal as loyal can be. ... a Clips editorial ... posted 1-30-06

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UMass announces 1st PRISM award

After six years of PRISM awards for pro teams, UMass has forayed into the college ranks. ... posted 2-10-06

Group decries “bean-counting exercise”

Project 21, a black leadership network, says the focus of “Racial and Gender Report Card” studies should be on black grad rates, not the number of blacks in leadership positions. ... posted 2-7-06

Knight Commission: conference and poll

Monday Jan. 30 was a busy day for the Knight Commish: a webcast summit conference and the release of a public opinion poll. ... posted 1-31-06

Study: Sport Management Field Experiences as Experiential Learning

Internships have long been recognized as an effective means of learning. SUNY-Brockport Professors Stier and Schneider explore the positives and negatives in a new study. ... posted 1-30-06

Half full? Half empty?

It’s all in how one looks at things. For student-athlete academics, should it be DOE numbers or GSR numbers? Or both? ... posted 1-23-06

Faculty Salaries Report by DOE

In full, it’s called the “Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2004, and Salaries of Full-Time Instructional Faculty, 2004-05.” Clips has captured the essence for you. ... posted 1-13-06

Is there something wrong with going through a loophole?

In what could be a prelude to the fallout to come in more stringent academic standards, the story about a Miami school accused of putting athletes on a “dumb-jock track” won’t go away. ... posted 1-10-06

Study: Americans Support Reforms in College Athletics

A study conducted for the Knight Commission says Americans prefer that an athlete’s college experience should be about academics, not sports. ... posted 1-7-06

“List price,” new term at image-conscious schools?

Price is a bigger factor than ever for private liberal arts schools, and they’re handing out 425% more merit aid than a decade ago. ... posted 1-2-06

NCAA rejiggers grad rate computations

Transfer students will no longer be assigned to the twilight zone for grad rates. The new rates take a steep hike. ... posted 12-21-05

Study: “Necessary Education for the Success of ADs: NCAA Presidents' Perceptions”

SUNY Brockport professors Robert C. Schneider and William F. Stier Jr. have compiled a must-read study on educational perceptions of college presidents for ADs. Aspiring ADs take note. ... posted 12-14-05

APR and Grad Rates for '05-'06 Bowl-Bound Teams

A study by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport shows that a significant gap remains between African-American and white student-athletes. ... posted 12-5-05

D3 athletics / academics excellence: mutually exclusive?

A case study at Haverford College explores the challenges of maintaining academic credibility while establishing athletic competitiveness. ... posted 12-5-05

Different Paths to the Corner Office

Some schools excel at football and some at basketball. And some at Fortune 500 CEOs and senators. ... posted 11-28-05

Saga of a high school diploma mill

It never ends. The NCAA implements new academic rules, and cheaters concoct new loopholes to bypass them. ... posted 11-27-05

Latest Report: decrease in foreign student enrollments

The post 9-11 world has wrought changes in the mosaic that constitutes US campuses and sports programs. ... posted 11-18-05

Results of College Presidents’ Tell-All Survey

A largest-of-its-kind survey of 764 college presidents has revealed many nuggets of knowledge. And some yawners too. ... posted 10-31-05

Surveys: college costs up, but at slower rate

College Board surveys reveal a slower rate of increase, but poorer students are falling behind. …. posted 10-25-05

Knight Foundation provides $1.5 Million Grant to Penn State

Grant will establish an endowed chair at the school’s acclaimed Center for Sports Journalism.

Study: athletes take different majors than non-athletes

We’ve always suspected it, now a U-Minnesota study reports that athletes matriculate differently than the rest of the student population.

Big man in a little state

President Allen L. Sessoms has attracted a bipolar constituency in his two years at historically black Delaware State University.

Where Coaches Recruit for Grades as much as Athletics

There’s D3, and then there’s D3. At the high end there’s recruiting savvy and rigor that’s positively D1-like.

Education projections through 2014 released by the DOE

What we’ve all been waiting for: the latest “Projection of Education Statistics.” Chock-full of numbers, tables, charts and graphs, it has it all.

The business of America is business; the business of the NCAA is . . . .

It’s hard to deny that college athletics is a business. A lengthy article from the NCAA touts commercial balance, but negative perceptions persist.

Pondering college athletics issues as a new year begins

The profound issues of our time: conference switching, have-not D1s, APRs, D3 caps and poor behavior by student-athletes.