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MACK WITH TACT … “I’ve been planning this speech for 33 years, but right now I don’t really know what to say.” … Texas coach Mack Brown, to his players in the locker room after the Longhorns’ thrilling victory over Southern Cal at the Rose Bowl. … Sports Illustrated, 1-9-06

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.

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Intercollegiate Athletic Corporate Sponsorships and the First Amendment ... ADs might be eager to welcome with open arms corporate sponsors with open checkbooks. But at times a corporate sponsorship could portray a negative image on the university. Providing sponsorship opportunities to certain companies while refusing others could implicate the right to free speech under the First Amendment. Eric Bentley, Assistant General Counsel for the University of Houston System, weighs in with an update.

Clips Editorial

The consequences of running up the score ... Clips Editor Nick Infante opines on the after-effects of sports blowouts: the agony (and exultation) of losing (and winning) big. ... posted 12-26-05

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Troy University: investing for the long haul

Jumpstarting an upstart D1-A program requires powerful backers. ... posted 1-13-06

Darwin said fittest, not biggest

The ongoing debate over football haves and have-nots is getting uglier all the time. ... posted 1-10-06

The Mother of all College Athletics Programs?

The numbers are in from last year. Revenues for No. 1 Ohio State were $89.7 million, with 900 student-athletes in 36 sports. ... posted 1-5-06

Golden Gophers take a reality check

Poor Minnesota: a huge program but only mid-sized in the outsized Big Ten. What to do? Why, step it up, of course! ... posted 1-5-06

Milking donors for all their worth

Fundraisers at Wisconsin (known as America ’s Dairyland) will milk donors for $17.8 million this year. ... posted 12-26-05

Form or function?

American sports architecture has been roundly criticized as too homogenized, formulaic and uninteresting. Is it? ... posted 12-19-05

Football trickle-down is in full swing

High school football has become big-time. Booster clubs are raising millions, stadiums hold 20,000-plus and many coaches’ salaries exceed $100,000. ... posted 12-19-05

High-Visibility Athletic Programs and the Prestige of Public Universities

Professors Michael J. Lovaglia (U of Iowa) and Jeffrey W. Lucas (U of Maryland) delve into the question: Do high-visibility athletic programs add value to a university education? ... posted 12-14-05

Spending like there’s no tomorrow . . .

It’s not news, but it bears repeating: a spending analysis from USA Today confirms that the D1-A arms race continues unabated. ... posted 11-25-05

Big schools bidding out marketing to experts

Some 80% of BCS schools have gone to outsourcing marketing agreements. ... posted 11-10-05

“Big” is really big in the Big Ten

A comparison of EADA stats shows the University of Wisconsin at the top spending levels in most categories. ... posted 11-8-05

From Papa Bear to Baby Bear?

The U of Arkansas-Little Rock moves to a luxurious new arena this year. But is the 5600-seat facility too small? Depends on who you ask. ... posted 11-8-05

Posh Irish Athletics Complex Opens

The new home of Notre Dame football is as big, grand and opulent as any in the land. 18-year old recruits will be dutifully impressed. ... posted 10-15-05

Service academies march to their own drummers

The athletics programs at Navy, Army and Air Force are facing unprecedented evolutionary challenges to maintain their competitiveness. … posted 10-12-05

Billion Dollar Babies: Jumbo Fundraising Campaigns

University fundraising campaigns now regularly exceed goals over a billion dollars.

Ohio State: as big as college football gets

The Buckeye Nation consumes the entire state. And Ohio is a big state.

Sunshine State Football is Partly Cloudy

Texas is not the only football crazy state. Floridians have three great college teams to follow: Hurricanes - Seminoles - Gators.

Perceptions and Realities: Media Guide version

The “208 Rule” has leveled the playing field (sorta), but there are plenty of techniques to jazz up guides other than the number of pages.

UNT FB program’s ambitions are Texas big

The “guns or butter” spending decisions from Eco 101 are especially tough for Mid Major football programs. Coach salaries or new weight facilities? Coach salaries or new practice field?

Coming: more sizzle for Phog Allen show

Although the KU Jayhawks have won over 90% of their home games since ‘89, they’re installing state-of-the-art video and sound that will wow and bedazzle the fans.

Arms Race D2 Style

Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. debuts W. B. Mason Stadium on Sept. 10 - the newest facility in all of college athletics.

Are they ‘new old’ stadiums or ‘old new’ stadiums?

College football stadium renovations are keeping sports architecture firms plenty busy these days.

Pacific NW schools investing in the future

After letting their facilities lie fallow for several decades, Pac NW schools are making up for lost time.

Guaranteed Football Games Becoming More Popular

Host schools guarantee opponents a certain sum of money for being the visitor, instead of offering a home-and-home series. Sums range considerably.

NC State Unveils Posh Premium Section

$39 million Vaughn Towers features 51 luxury suites and 1004 club-level seats.