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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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Milking donors for all their worth

Fundraisers at Wisconsin (known as America ’s Dairyland) will milk donors for $17.8 million this year. ... posted 12-26-05

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

Black, white, gray . . . . and full color

Black, white, gray . . . . and full color ... Clips Editor Nick Infante writes of innocent boyhoods of the 50s and 60s, color TVs and what’s good and bad about college football / basketball (especially the 3-point shot). ... posted 1-18-06

NCAA rejiggers grad rate computations

Transfer students will no longer be assigned to the twilight zone for grad rates. The new rates take a steep hike. ... posted 12-21-05

Bigger risks for steroid use in NJ

Random steroid testing for HS athletes in post-season play will start next year. New Jersey is the first state to take the step. ... posted 12-21-05

Form or function?

American sports architecture has been roundly criticized as too homogenized, formulaic and uninteresting. Is it? ... posted 12-19-05

Sponsorship Management: A Status Report

This paper provides a contemporary view of sponsorship theory and its significance in management theory. ... posted 12-19-05

Sage seer ranks sports spectacularly

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

Football trickle-down is in full swing

High school football has become big-time. Booster clubs are raising millions, stadiums hold 20,000-plus and many coaches’ salaries exceed $100,000. ... posted 12-19-05

2005-2006 Initial Bowl Rankings

Which bowls are the ones to see and which ones can be missed? Pete Fiutak provides his reasoned expertise. ... posted 12-19-05

Rape Tape

A new video from Rutgers University employs shock value to convince student-athletes that sexual assault cannot be tolerated. ... posted 12-19-05

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

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

Study: “Necessary Education for the Success of ADs: NCAA Presidents' Perceptions”

SUNY Brockport professors Robert C. Schneider and William F. Stier Jr. have compiled a must-read study on educational perceptions of college presidents for ADs. Aspiring ADs take note. ... posted 12-14-05

High-Visibility Athletic Programs and the Prestige of Public Universities

Professors Michael J. Lovaglia (U of Iowa) and Jeffrey W. Lucas (U of Maryland) delve into the question: Do high-visibility athletic programs add value to a university education? ... posted 12-14-05

We don’t do scandals . . . .

But this one we just couldn’t ignore. The University of Colorado is becoming the poster child of all that could go bad with an athletics program. The latest? $117,400 worth of questionable expenses. ... posted 12-13-05

College-licensed items still growing significantly

You are what you wear. Or sit in. Or drink out of. Or eat from. ... posted 12-11-05

My Wednesday in Manhattan . . .

In which your intrepid Clips editor schlepped into Manhattan for an eye-witness report of the Intercollegiate Athletics Forum. ... posted 12-11-05

APR and Grad Rates for '05-'06 Bowl-Bound Teams

A study by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport shows that a significant gap remains between African-American and white student-athletes. ... posted 12-5-05

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

D3 athletics / academics excellence: mutually exclusive?

A case study at Haverford College explores the challenges of maintaining academic credibility while establishing athletic competitiveness. ... 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

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

Beware the Evil Caffeine

Sales of caffeinated energy drinks grew at a torrid 61% in the US last year. But critics are coming out of the woodwork, and the drinks have been banned in four countries. ... posted 11-26-05