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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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DeLoss demonstrates deliberate & demure demeanor

Texas AD DeLoss Dodds is on top of the college athletics world, but if you met him at a cocktail party he’d talk about gardening. ... posted 2-6-06

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

A rose is a rose . . . .

What’s in a name indeed? The Univ. of West Georgia has completed a thorough and scientific process to arrive at a new nickname and mascot that will instill passion and emotion. ... posted 1-23-06

Clips movie review: “Glory Road”

The entire Clips Movie Review Squad took in Glory Road last night. We gave it five stars. ... posted 1-21-06

Clips doesn’t do scores, but . . . .

I stayed up too late, and saw too much. So how could I keep mum about last night’s thrilling Rose Bowl game? ... posted 1-5-06

Sage seer ranks sports spectacularly

Jeff Sagarin is #1 in the rankings game. ... posted 12-19-05

The consequences of running up the score

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

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

Penn State U is Linebacker U once again

From 1989 to 2000, 29 of Penn State’s linebackers were selected in the NFL draft. Then nothing. ... posted 11-29-05

Holier than thou?

Holier than thou? ... Nick Infante - also known as the “Clips Editorial Board” - floats a series of thoughts on the right and wrong associated with running college athletics programs.

From Papa Bear to Baby Bear?

The U of Arkansas-Little Rock moves to a luxurious new arena this year. But is the 5600-seat facility too small? Depends on who you ask. ... 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

Southern College Football Pioneers

Integration of southern college football took a long time, and the first black players endured amazing hardships. ... posted 11-4-05

Hokies’ success spotlights sad state of affairs for Northeast FB

Although never a hotbed of college football interest, Metro New York has millions of fans. Undefeated Virginia Tech - 500 miles distant - is the closest Top 5 team. ... posted 11-4-05

Messiah Coaches, Football Frenzy, the Religious Right and a Muslim Running Back

College football has increasingly become a more visible home for the Gospel, and some people don’t like that. ... posted 11-1-05

What’s a “third world country in college athletics?”

Well, it used to be Wichita State, but not anymore. ... posted 11-1-05

Lack of Losing in LA-LA Land

UCLA football has suffered these past few years, but now they’re 7-0 and taking the measure of cross-town rival USC. .... posted 10-28-05

Work . . . . and life outside work.

Work-life balance took center stage at the recent NACWAA convention. .... posted 10-28-05

College Athletes Optimistic About Financial Future, But Survey Shows Unrealistic Expectations

College student-athletes are bullish on their future but more than one-third lack the confidence to manage their finances. .... posted 10-25-05

For Better or Worse

Wives of college football coaches endure enormous pressures and hardships. But - no matter what - they stand by their coaches. …. posted 10-21-05

Injury-prone hoops player boycotts adidas

Arkansas State’s leading scorer refuses to wear adidas because that’s what he was wearing when he blew out his knee. ... posted 10-19-05

College athletics officials respond heroically

Commissioners and ADs from Conference-USA, the Sun Belt Conference and the SEC learned plenty from the recent hurricane disasters. ... posted 10-11-05

Lifetime Lobo devotees restore faith in fans

Veteran New Mexico fans bring an entirely different dimension to the term “boosters.” ... posted 10-6-05

Rutgers Rebranding Really Necessary?

New Jersey’s state university suffers from a ho-hum image across the state, and it’s worse from out of staters. What to do? Call an image consultant.