Updated Feb 10 5:41am 2006 EST


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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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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