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BC IS IN GREENLAND … “What is Boston College doing in the ACC? The nearest lodge brother is Maryland, which is a seven-hour drive if you’re lucky. We’re like in Greenland, sitting up here. No more drives to see games at Providence and UConn. No more New York City for the Big East (tournament). We don’t fit.” … Bob Ryan, longtime columnist for The Boston Globe (and BC grad), bemoaning the geographic illogic of BC’s departure to the far distant ACC. … The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), 2-11-06

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

Alma College sports don’t bring in big bucks ... Despite (because of?) no scholarship money, no shoe deals, no agents and no national TV, the passion and commitment to intercollegiate athletics at the D3 level is impressive. Here’s the rundown on Michigan’s Alma College from Matthew B. Mowery of the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun. ... posted 2-15-06

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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U-Texas is bullish

The Longhorns program is stepping up big time to assure its place among the elite for many years to come. ... posted 2-10-06

Moving back, moving up, moving out

The University of Iowa ticket department is knee-deep in “reassigning” season ticket holders, based on a new point system based on longevity and philanthropic support. ... posted 2-7-06

Masters of the Universities?

Rating agencies are critical to the success of colleges issuing bonds to finance dorms, fitness centers and academic buildings. ... posted 1-27-06

Boosters too big to be missed

Here’s the qualifier: This one is gloves off, straightforward and snappish. It has been imported in from an outside writer (Clips efforts mightily to be a bipartisan site). ... posted 1-23-06

Booster in a hurry

Über booster T. Boone Pickens is 77, so he doesn’t want to wait for Oklahoma State football success. ... posted 1-23-06

The education of Myles Brand and NCAA

Myles Brand morphs into a 21st century Gordon Gekko, telling the NCAA Convention that - this year - “Greed is good.” ... posted 1-18-06

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?