Updated Dec 27 8:01am 2005 EST

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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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Thumbs up for Brand's 1st year in office

NCAA president Myles Brand is getting overall approval ratings after his first year in office.

Perception of paltry compensation for student-athletes

The NCAA makes a half billion dollars per year on TV rights; plus bowl games generate another $184 million. Meanwhile, many student-athletes (the only amateurs in the system) struggle to pay for food, clothing and family emergencies.

Supplemental payment to cover cost-of-attendance?

Proposal would provide $2000 for laundry, phone, travel home and pizzas. But how would schools find $2000 for all scholarship athletes?

Coach unrepentant after 70-point rout