Archive for March, 2012

Links, Links, Links

Posted: March 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

This week was full of articles and op-ed pieces on NCAA reform. Take some time to read up on the latest news and see what people are talking about in the world of college sports!

The Decision to Stay in School or Go Pro – Marc Isenberg discusses different circumstances in which college athletes should contemplate going pro, and offers some advice on the decision making process.

Bob Kravitz: NCAA needs to give IU’s Watford, others more time to weigh NBA options – Kravitz explains how college players have minimal amount of time to decide if they want to withdraw from college for the NBA. His feelings? It’s “all about protecting coaches and the college product.”

AD’s Firing Signals New Era of Expectations – Brad Wolverton writes about how Lisa Love was dismissed as Arizona State University’s athletic director after disappointing losses in football and men’s basketball. The dwindling attendance at men’s basketball games over the past four seasons, contributed to her demise.

Michigan State AD Regrets Tweet – Michigan State athletic director, Mark Hollis, is receiving some backlash after directly tweeting advice to Michigan point guard, Trey Burke. His regret? Directing the tweet to one single player rather than a general tweet to all players going through the process.

Mic’d Up: NCAA must make changes to its outrageous regulations – Micah Bedard discusses the need for the NCAA to change some of their rules. Chris Sciambra, freshman center fielder for LSU, suffered a fractured vertebrae in his neck, and due to an NCAA bylaw, his father wasn’t allowed to travel back with his son on the team plane.

An Agent’s Plan for Fixing College Sports – Patrick Hruby held a Q&A with former sports agent Josh Luchs about Luchs’ new book. The book outlines a plan for reforming the NCAA.

Enjoy folks!

With March Madness well underway, eligibility of student-athletes has been the latest buzz around NCAA reform. The focus is primarily on current collegiate student-athletes staying eligible in order to play, but what about the next generation of aspiring college athletes trying to get into college through athletics?

High school athletes looking to pursue a career in college athletics may generally find the process daunting and overwhelming. But knowing there are numerous resources and outlets to turn to throughout the process will ultimately aid student-athletes to make the most beneficial decision for their sports careers and academic lives.

On March 26th, Northeastern University Athletics hosted an Athletics Admissions Eligibility Seminar in an effort to educate guidance counselors about the eligibility process for high school athletes looking to play a sport in college. Eighty-five guidance counselors attended the event from public, private and prep high schools in the Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire area. This was the first time a seminar like this was conducted in the New England area as well as the first time the NCAA Eligibility Center was invited to participate in an event as such.


March Madness is arguably one of the best times of the year for sports fans. It’s a time for the underdogs and upsets. A time to compete and win championships. And internally, for the NCAA, it’s a time to make money. Lots of money.

Automatic-BCS-qualifying conferences make the most money when it comes to the Bowl Championship series in football, and the same seems to be for the NCAA distributions from March Madness. Last year, the Big East alone made more money, $24.9 million to be exact, from men’s basketball in the tournament than any other conference. The most money a non-BCS conference made was the Sun Belt conference at $6.95 million.

This seems to be the trend, as 14 of the Sweet Sixteen teams are from the automatic-qualifying football conferences, with nine teams from the Big East and Big Ten conferences. So is it better to be a BCS school even in basketball?


NCAA Reform On The Radio

Posted: March 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

As promised, here is my radio piece on NCAA reform and the challenges faced with stipends and multi-year scholarships! The following individuals were featured in this segment:

Peter Roby – Director of Athletics at Northeastern University and member of the NCAA’s Administrative Cabinet

Bill Coen – Head men’s basketball coach at Northeastern University

Jon Lee – Point guard for the men’s basketball team at Northeastern University

Listen up and feel free to comment!

NCAA Reform Radio Piece

Athletics vs. Academics

Posted: March 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

Amateurism continues to be a rising topic within NCAA reform. With change comes controversy and with controversy comes, well, more controversy. For those of you seriously interested in NCAA reform and the battle between athletic compensation and the “sanctity” of college athletics, take some time to watch this video about big time college sports. The panel consists of:

1. Taylor Branch– Journalist and author of  The Cartel: Inside the Rise and Imminent Fall of the NCAA and the Atlantic Magazine article The Shame of College Sports

2. William C. Friday– Served as the head of the University of North Carolina from 1956-1986 and founding co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

3. Charles T. Clotfelter– Professor at Duke University and author of Big-Time Sports in American Universities

The moderator for this discussion is Will Blythe. If you’re as concerned about NCAA reform as I am, it will be an hour and a half well spent.
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The Scandals Continue

Posted: March 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Apropos of last week’s post on NCAA scandals, a surprising—or maybe, not so surprising—story circulated this week throughout sports media involving the Syracuse University men’s basketball team. No, it’s not another Bernie Fine case. This time, Syracuse is being investigated for not adhering to the university’s drug policy, in which 10 former players since 2001 failed tests for a banned substance and were still allowed to play.

The university said that the investigation does not involve any players on this season’s No.2 ranked team. It does however, overlap with the Orange winning their first and only national championship in 2003 under Jim Boeheim.

Syracuse self reported the issue after coming to grips with drug policy violations in two areas: failing to properly count positive drug tests and allowing players to participate when they should have been suspended. But should this year’s dominating team be punished for actions that were out of their control?


The Year Of The…Scandal?

Posted: March 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

The NCAA always has it’s fair share of violations and scandals that plague the reputation of schools, coaches and players. And not to mention, all individuals involved seem to think that they won’t get caught. That they are somewhat invincible and blind to the rules and regulations everyone else follows. So it’s not until their names and reputations are churned through days and months of questioning and investigations that they realize, “Hmm, bad idea?”

“If the NCAA is not hard enough on institutions or coaches that are trying to get away with violations, then all other NCAA members will feel as though they can get away with it too,” said Taryn Provencher, the Assistant Director of Compliance & Student  Welfare at Northeastern University. “The Bylaws were created by all of us member institutions in order to keep us all on a level playing field as much as possible. If we deregulate and take away some of those Bylaws that were voted through at one point in time for a reason, my fear is that it will all come back to whomever has the largest budget. It won’t be pretty.”

The year 2010 through this current NCAA sporting season sparked some of the most famous (and stomach turning) scandals in sports history. Let’s take a look at the scandals throughout these past two years that had every sports fan asking, “What the hell were they thinking?!”