Archive for April, 2012

Student-Athlete Ineligibility

Posted: April 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

NCAA Reform has been pushing for a stronger hold on academic policies regarding ineligibility with student-athletes in post season play. The standards for academics are rising and sometimes, it’s hard to keep up. Here is a video I have been working on for the past month regarding the ineligibility of student-athletes and the pressures of being a Division-1 athlete. It’s not all fun and games and it’s imperative that these pressures are understood. Enjoy!

 

This Week’s Links

Posted: April 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Here are some more links to the headlines in the news this week. NCAA reform is continuing to make waves in the college sports community. Enjoy!

Duke’s Coach K: ‘NBA controls college basketball’ – Coach K discusses his thoughts on what needs to change in the NCAA to make the game better for players and coaches. After thinking about it, he realizes he is not a fan of the one-and-done rule, and feels that perhaps two years would be more beneficial.

Cal’s Football-Stadium Gamble – A $321 million renovation would make Cal Berkeley’s football stadium one of the most expensive renovations in college sports history. But with a failed effort to raise enough money, the university will have to borrow the rest of the money to be able to renovate. The article states, “The idea that money for the football stadium could come from campus funds, which include student fees, is an admission likely to stir outrage.”

Wisconsin misplaces Jarrod Uthoff’s appeal letter; Uthoff confirms meeting with Barry Alvarez – Jarrod Uthoff, a freshman at Wisconsin, sought a scholarship release last week. Any student-athlete wishing to transfer must file an appeal within two business days if a potential transfer location is initially rejected, and sources are saying that Uthoff had yet to appeal. Was this letter misplaced?

Jarrod Uthoff’s roadblocks in transferring from Wisconsin is latest example of NCAA hypocrisy – Another article on the difficulties Jarrod Uthoff is facing while attempting to transfer schools.

Reactions as Pat Summitt steps aside – Pat Summitt, the coach who holds the record for the most wins ever in college basketball, has retired. A phenomenal legend in the game, people across the nation voiced their thoughts. Here are some touching testimonials.

Baylor Bears on Blast

Posted: April 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

Fresh off of a national title, what better way to celebrate than taking part in an NCAA investigation for recruiting violations. Unfortunately, that is exactly where the women’s basketball team at Baylor University stands. They’re not alone, however, for both the women’s basketball team and the men’s basketball team at Baylor are facing possible NCAA sanctions thanks to an investigation into numerous recruiting scandals.

Women’s coach Kim Mulkey, men’s coach Scott Drew and their respective staffs were involved in numerous recruiting violations such as phone calls and text messages during blackout periods. Due to the NCAA enforcement staff investigation, Baylor self-imposed a number of penalties after the enforcement committee sent a summary of what they found in October. Aside from the head coaches, men’s assistant coaches Paul Mills and Jerome Tang and women’s assistant coach Damion McKinney were included in the report.

There were a number of secondary violations against the programs, however the focus was on the phone calls and text messages due to how often they occurred. There were 738 text messages and 528 phone calls, all classified as impermissible, over a 2.5 year period. The search also concluded that former men’s assistant, Mark Morefield, tried to get two AAU coaches to give the NCAA false information about a series of text messages.

When speaking with Heath Nielsen, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications at Baylor University, he passed on the information from the official release regarding the investigation and said that, “There will be no further statements from Baylor outside of what is included.”

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What’s In The NCAA News?

Posted: April 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

As always, there is a ton of information circulating the news when it comes to the NCAA. Here are the links of some top stories to keep sports fans up to date! Enjoy.

After Title Run, the Starting 5 Rush for the Exit – Pete Thamel and Greg Bishop discuss how the “one & done” rule will affect the Kentucky men’s basketball team. After winning the national title, the starting five are heading towards the exit in the hopes of fulfilling their dreams in the NBA.

NCAA Schools Have Bloated Athletic Departments And Spend Like Drunken Sailors On Facilities – Jay Bilas writes this piece off of the “Great Debate” article posted last week. His issue is the NCAA characterizing collegiate athletes as “amateurs” and the problems behind not paying college athletes.

Let’s Compensate College Athletes By Making Sure They Graduate – As the president of the National College Player’s Association, Ramogi Huma addresses the point that the NCAA has no problem paying college players, seeing as they do so with scholarship. The real problem, according to Huma, is that they don’t want to increase the payment outside of the scholarship.

Kentucky Fan Offers to Let Top Recruit Take Home His Wife – Jeff Eisenberg writes how Kentucky is desperate for players with their starting five leaving for the NBA draft. Kentucky fans are even more desperate. And desperate in very strange ways.

Baylor men’s and women’s basketball teams facing possible sanctions after NCAA investigation – Perhaps the biggest news in NCAA talk as of late is how both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Baylor University are facing possible sanctions for NCAA violations. The Associated Press reported that coaches made more than 1,200 impermissible calls and text messages. Conveniently after the women’s team wins a national title?

One & Done

Posted: April 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

The NCAA is currently in the midst of another change that has individuals affiliated with men’s college basketball displeased. The general thought process about the NCAA, up until this point at least, is that when young athletes sign into the world of college athletics they can breathe a sigh of relief knowing their best interest is being protected. Why? Because the NCAA puts the student-athlete first when formulating rules and regulations, right?

Lately, the answer might be seen as: wrong.  Extremely wrong, actually.

The NCAA has been the culprit in what both student-athletes and many sports fans view as a greedy and exploitive system. Putting up a deceptive front, the NCAA preaches an “it’s all about the student-athletes” attitude, only to devise loopholes in the system that trap aspiring professionals right in their tracks. Perhaps it’s time they forgo the facade and just admit that it’s all about the money. The gig is up, and it’s more apparent now than ever.

“I have no problem trying to rid the basketball world of outside negative influences,” said Marc Isenberg, author of the book Money Players: A Guide to Success in Sports, Business & Life for Current and Future Pro Athletes and advocate for student-athlete rights. “But first, we need to agree on who exactly these negative influences are.”

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