Updated Jan 13 11:19am 2006 EST


Today's Quote

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.

Guest Commentary

Geographically Myopic ... Former Lawrence University lineman Mark Rodman takes aim at yet another bias of the esteemed New York Times.

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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News and Issues

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The NCAA's 25 Defining Moments

The NCAA has selected the “25 Defining Moments in NCAA History.” And Clips has added a few as well. ... posted 1-13-06

Mascot for a Day

Emily Yoffe, Human Guinea Pig, describes being a 10-ft tall inflatable George Washington at a -natch - George Washington U. basketball game. Is Emily the new George Plimpton? ... posted 1-13-06

Hazing in Sports: The Effects and Legal Ramifications

Alyson Peluso, a Masters candidate at the US Sports Academy, provides a thoroughly comprehensive and incisive study on athletics hazing. ... posted 1-11-06

Segregation, integration and a fire-breathing governor

And here a short pause to mark the 50th anniversary of the integration of the Sugar Bowl. ... posted 1-5-06

Hurricane relief effort spotlights a kinder, gentler NCAA

The Hurricane Katrina disaster caused the normally rule-obsessed NCAA to chuck its rules manual right out the window. ... posted 1-2-06

Zany (but remotely possible) predictions for 2006

It was a slow news week, so the Clips Humor Squad [sic] took a crack at parody. Note: these are entirely fictional predictions. ... posted 1-2-06

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