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BC IS IN GREENLAND … “What is Boston College doing in the ACC? The nearest lodge brother is Maryland, which is a seven-hour drive if you’re lucky. We’re like in Greenland, sitting up here. No more drives to see games at Providence and UConn. No more New York City for the Big East (tournament). We don’t fit.” … Bob Ryan, longtime columnist for The Boston Globe (and BC grad), bemoaning the geographic illogic of BC’s departure to the far distant ACC. … The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), 2-11-06

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

Alma College sports don’t bring in big bucks ... Despite (because of?) no scholarship money, no shoe deals, no agents and no national TV, the passion and commitment to intercollegiate athletics at the D3 level is impressive. Here’s the rundown on Michigan’s Alma College from Matthew B. Mowery of the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun. ... posted 2-15-06

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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Latest NCAA participation and sponsorship data released

Total athletes now 385,000, with over 17,000 D1-2-3 teams. Further proof that intercollegiate athletics are big and getting bigger. ... posted 2-15-06

Study: Women in Intercollegiate Sport

As comprehensive and detailed as ever, the study looks at women’s participation gains (and losses) as athletes, coaches and administrators over a 29 year time span. ... posted 2-7-06

Group decries “bean-counting exercise”

Project 21, a black leadership network, says the focus of “Racial and Gender Report Card” studies should be on black grad rates, not the number of blacks in leadership positions. ... 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

Email survey is “notoriously unreliable”

Title IX advocates met with a US Senate Committee to extol the virtues of gender equity and to rail against the DOE email survey. ... posted 2-3-06

Survey: Diversity at D1-A Programs

A study from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the Univ. of Central Florida has revealed that the ‘old boys’ networks are still strong. ... posted 1-26-06

Loquacious Lopiano lauds advances, bemoans failures

Gender-equity advocate touts advances, then lays into football. ... posted 1-27-06

One-state, 3-year study reveals Title IX deficiencies

A massive study by the Women’s Law Project has revealed a series of shortcomings in athletics gender equity across Pennsylvania’s 112 institutions of higher learning. ... 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

Hiring Report Card Results: Progress Not Made

The latest report from the Black Coaches Assn chronicles negative progress in the hiring of minorities as D1 head football coaches. ... posted 11-10-05

Title IX: Social Engineering or Government Meddling?

Former Senator Birch Bayh spoke at URI Honors Program: Title IX was the topic, and hyperbole reigned. ... posted 11-10-05

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

Work . . . . and life outside work.

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

Happy 25th Birthday to NCAA Women’s Championships

Inheriting a solid foundation from the AIAW in 1981, the NCAA has helped make women’s athletics bigger and better. … posted 10-25-05

Report: College athletics job prospects bleak for women and minorities

The 2004 Racial and Gender Report Card has not been one of the better performances in the 16-year history of the publication. .... re-posted 10-25-05

Blacks as QBs in greater numbers than ever before

28.6% (34 of 119) of D1-A QBs are black. Not bad. Only 2.5% (3 of 119) of head coaches are black. Not good.

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

Study: press coverage for female athletes lags

Project for Excellence in Journalism study shows that coverage of female athletes in US newspapers has not increased despite higher participation.

Report: Stagnation in numbers of college women coaches

Penn State researchers have identified and analyzed the reasons why women make up less than half of all head coaching jobs for women’s teams.

The NCAA and the A-B-Cs of the SWA

All three NCAA divisions are taking steps to clarify the job description of the Senior Woman Administrator position.

Initiative Launched to Improve Cheerleading Safety

NCAA / Varsity Spirit Corp. programs will include mandatory coaches’ education, improved training, insurance coverage, and improved safety procedures.

NCAA name ban unleashes waves of comment

No one’s talking about compromise now. The NCAA’s unilateral decree on Native American team names has caused the battle lines to be re-drawn.

Official Statement: “NCAA action isn't popular, but it's correct”

A damage control statement from the NCAA’s VP of Diversity claims that last week’s ruling on Native American team names “was not political correctness” and that the association has “authority to control.”

Give us your tired, your weary, your athletes yearning to matriculate

There were over 7000 foreign student-athletes in D1 alone last year; foreigners comprised more than 20% of tennis and hockey rosters.

From Delaware: A Man Bites Dog Story

Delaware State University, an historically black college, has hired a white male as its new AD. Many eyebrows have been raised.