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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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Coaches: answer tough questions at your peril

Coaches, presidents and ADs take heed: Joe Paterno is the latest to be condemned for comments deemed insensitive to others. ... posted 1-11-06

Geographically Myopic

Former Lawrence University lineman Mark Rodman takes aim at yet another bias of the esteemed New York Times. ... posted 1-8-06

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.

Welcome To The Pharmacology Olympics

Dr. Gary Wadler, preeminent expert in performance-enhancing drugs, has selected “Pharmacology Olympics” as his tongue-in-cheek theme. Not only are athletes competing with one another, so are pharmacologists. ... posted 6-15-04

Our Side Of The Issue: Beer Industry Counters Criticism

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