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THE POWER OF THE PRESS … “It’s a disaster. I’m finishing up everything, and I’m going back into retirement.” … Stanley Simmons, founder of University High School, a shady diploma mill in Miami that had no classrooms, teachers or teams but helped numerous athletes quickly earn diplomas. The “school,” which graduated at least 14 students who signed with D1 football programs during the past two years, was pilloried in a lengthy New York Times feature a couple weeks ago. … New York Times, 12-23-05

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

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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A long time coming: the integration of U-Texas football

Though not as famous as Jackie Robinson (MLB), Larry Doby (AL), or even Willy O’Ree (NHL), Julius Whittier was the first black football player at the University of Texas. And that was BIG. ... posted 12-26-05

Bigger risks for steroid use in NJ

Random steroid testing for HS athletes in post-season play will start next year. New Jersey is the first state to take the step. ... posted 12-21-05

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

2005-2006 Initial Bowl Rankings

Which bowls are the ones to see and which ones can be missed? Pete Fiutak provides his reasoned expertise. ... posted 12-19-05

Rape Tape

A new video from Rutgers University employs shock value to convince student-athletes that sexual assault cannot be tolerated. ... 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

We don’t do scandals . . . .

But this one we just couldn’t ignore. The University of Colorado is becoming the poster child of all that could go bad with an athletics program. The latest? $117,400 worth of questionable expenses. ... posted 12-13-05

My Wednesday in Manhattan . . .

In which your intrepid Clips editor schlepped into Manhattan for an eye-witness report of the Intercollegiate Athletics Forum. ... posted 12-11-05

If Rodney Dangerfield was a D1-A Coach

He’s not bug-eyed, and he doesn’t do beer ads, but Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach is used to not getting respect. ... posted 12-5-05

Of Polar Bears, Michelin Men and Toy Soldiers

Fresh back from a road trip to Philadelphia, a Plebe Parent offers his take on the pageantry and spectacle that is the Army-Navy game. ... posted 12-5-05

D1 MBB: Projected field of 65 teams

Football’s not over, but basketball is here. We offer the expert opinion of the Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Huguenin on who will be the 65 contenders in NCAA MBB. ... posted 12-1-05

Beware the Evil Caffeine

Sales of caffeinated energy drinks grew at a torrid 61% in the US last year. But critics are coming out of the woodwork, and the drinks have been banned in four countries. ... posted 11-26-05

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

Cheerleading: a stepping stone to drug sales success

Overworked, mid-life crisis-prone 45-plus male doctors. Pert, vivacious, attractive, under 30 female drug reps. Hmm. ... posted 11-29-05

NCAA D1 Volleyball Pairings Announced

The 64-team women’s volleyball tournament seedings have Nebraska on top of a strong field. ... posted 11-28-05

From where they hail, part 2 . . .

In a previous summary (on Nov. 13) we provided a list of domestic NBA players state by state. Now, here’s the international version, country by country. ... posted 11-21-05

Gambling is just a couple clicks away

Online gambling is projected to reach $12 billion this year, a whopping 50% increase over last year. ... posted 11-18-05

The point-counterpoint of alcohol on campus

Here’s something that we all already knew: too many underage drinkers are drinking too much. But it’s well worth repeating. ... posted 11-18-05

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

From where they hail . . .

Ever wonder where the NBA players hail from? Here’s a list by state. ... posted 11-14-05

Hiring Report Card Results: Progress Not Made

The latest report from the Black Coaches Assn chronicles negative progress in the hiring of minorities as D1 head football coaches. ... posted 11-10-05

Beefy, Big and Brawny

With visions of the NFL in their heads, college offensive linemen have added poundage prodigiously. ... posted 11-10-05

For some, a football season not like it was supposed to be . . . .

Injuries, trick plays and Lady Luck all conspire to sabotage pre-season picks. We list some of this year’s disappointing surprises. ... posted 11-8-05

It's so obvious Big East doesn't belong in BCS

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel calls a spade a spade, and refers to the football-deprived conference as the “Big Deceased.” ... posted 11-8-05

“Angel of Death” turns Penn State football upside down

A consultant hand-picked by Coach Paterno has become the maestro of the renewed symphony of Penn State football. ... posted 11-8-05