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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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NCAA rulebook: Ambiguity, loopholes and special exceptions?

Within those burgeoning 500-pages are rules that have begotten new rules to plug loopholes created by the lack of specificity in the original rules. ... posted 2-10-06

Radical Surgery

Already shaky before the hurricanes, Tulane’s athletic department cut eight teams to “rationalize its revenue outflow.” (read: save money) ... posted 2-9-06

And then there were 18 . . . .

An update on the 18 schools with Native American nicknames, mascots or logos deemed “hostile and abusive” by the NCAA. ... posted 2-7-06

No 'Glory Road' for blacks in sports leadership posts

Rus Bradburd coached basketball with Don Haskins at UTEP for eight years, so his take on “Glory Road” is especially interesting. ... posted 2-3-06

Athletes got paper to sign in 1960s

Widely considered one of the most important innovations in college athletics, the National Letter of Intent provides clarity for both recruit and university. ... posted 2-3-06

Sneaker Skirmishes Go Asian

Nike and Adidas-Reebok are scrambling to put sneakers, er, athletic shoes, on hundreds of millions of Asian feet for the first time. ... Posted 1-31-06

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

Recruiting for pay

Good? Bad? Inevitable? Old-style recruiting has given way to slick and scientific - and often expensive - recruiting services. ... posted 1-30-06

Cheerleading update

Cheerleading injuries have increased 110% in the past 12 years while participants have increased only 18%. What’s going on here? ... posted 1-27-06

Brand charts course for NCAA's next century

A clip this is not; this is the full text of Myles Brand’s State of the NCAA speech from the Jan. 7 session of the ‘06 convention in Indy. All 5625 words of it. ... posted 1-23-06

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

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

Hazing in Sports: The Effects and Legal Ramifications

NOTE: this summary is being retooled. Sorry for the convenience. ... re-posted 1-30-06

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