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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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Sports in America 2005: Facing up to global realities

Once again Frank Splitt - thinker, writer, engineer, educator, advocate - provides a thought-provoking perspective on American sports. If you never heard of a “STEM” before, read on. ... posted 12-13-05

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

A Statement on Academic Retaliation

There seem to have been some shenanigans going on in the untimely and unceremonious dismissal of Drake Group member Frank Splitt from his title as Faculty Fellow at Northwestern University. Mr. Splitt takes up his own defense in asking a series of probing questions about the motivations and timing of the removal of his title. ... posted 12-5-05

Postseason Blues

FAR Extraordinaire Paula M. Krebs of D3 Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. explores the special challenges associated with D3 postseason competition. posted 11-25-05

It's more than just a cheer and a sidelines mascot . . .

Tara Singer, VP for University Advancement at the University of West Georgia, thoroughly details her institution’s approach to the development of a new athletic marketing identity. ... posted 11-18-05

Contracts, classic November clashes and cribs

In one of the more humorous pieces that we’ve run across lately ESPN’s Pat Forde says his piece on a wide range of college athletics issues. ... posted 11-8-05

Passing judgment

Passing judgment . . . DeBerry was insensitive, but was he inaccurate? . . . John Walters takes an objective, numbers-don’t-lie look at what truth there is to Fisher DeBerry’s slip of tongue remark.

OCR survey sets off hysteria

Despite point and counterpoint and on and on regarding the infamous Title IX online survey, there’s always room for another well thought out, well-articulated viewpoint. posted 10-28-05

Salt in wounds

Anthony Mague writes with pizzazz and passion about that issue that won’t go away - Native American team names and mascot. ... posted 10-21-05

College Sports Reform: Beyond the Knight Commission

The prolific Frank Splitt, one of the loudest and bravest voices advocating college athletics reform, weighs in with a sobering analysis of the shortcomings of the Knight Commission. ... posted 10-14-05

Colonel Ebirt is No More

From the Student newspaper of Virginia’s D1 College of William & Mary comes an item that is truly a sign of our PC times

Best of college sports seen in hurricane’s aftermath

Blair Kerkhoff’s uplifting commentary details an outpouring of good in college athletics that has arisen from the devastation of Katrina.

Our Side Of The Issue: Beer Industry Counters Criticism

The Beer Institute rebuts an earlier commentary in Clips about March Madness.