Archive for January, 2013

In most cases where the NCAA is involved in issues regarding scandals or negative news, it is the NCAA themselves cracking down on teams, coaches or players. Representatives from the NCAA are the people who control the punishments and mandate the collegiate sports law.

But not in this case.

Penn State vs Akron 2009. The author of this photo is William F. Yurasko and this file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Penn State vs Akron 2009. The author of this photo is William F. Yurasko and this file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett is choosing to challenge the NCAA by filing a lawsuit on behalf of the state in federal court. When the dust finally settled on the Jerry Sandusky case and a punishment was given, Penn State University accepted the NCAA’s sanctions for the school’s involvement. Now, Corbett is filing the lawsuit based on antitrust law, with the main argument being the NCAA and its member institutions collaborated to punish Penn State on grounds “outside the NCAA’s regulatory authority.”

This action by Penn State against the NCAA may be the starting point for a wave of newfound power against the once dominant authority of college sports’ governing body. After the Sandusky scandal, many Penn State supporters and NCAA critics have been pushing for judicial review of how the NCAA reaches its conclusive punishments.

If this lawsuit is successful, it could erase expunge some of the unprecedented penalties against Penn State, potentially including the $60 million fine, ban on any post-season play for four years, major scholarship reduction and erasing the 112 wins from 1998-2011. A possible win might also mean the NCAA would have to pay Pennsylvania taxpayers millions of dollars.

Penn State itself is not a party to the lawsuit after contractually waiving the right to sue the NCAA as part of its consent degree.

To further look into the lawsuit and the NCAA’s likely defense, check out this Sports Illustrated article that breaks down the in’s and out’s of the lawsuit and many potential outcomes.

Is this lawsuit fair? I guess we will have to wait and see.

On Sunday, Jan. 28th the Northeastern Huskies continued their winning streak in the CAA by defeating the George Mason Patriots. With that win the Huskies improved to 8-0 in the CAA and continue to hold the first place seed in the conference.

But more important than the actual game was the great cause being endorsed by the collegiate teams. Sunday’s match marked the 10th annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers game. All coaches and staff members wore sneakers with their suits to raise awareness for cancer research. Coach Coen, head coach of Northeastern University, also donated $1 to the American Cancer Society for every Northeastern student in attendance. Viewers watching the game from home were also able to make a $5 donation by texting the word ‘Coach’ to 20222.

And yes, as a sideline reporter for the game, I rocked my sweet running kicks with my suit too.

This game was one of the most physical the Huskies have seen all year. Multiple players from each team found themselves in foul trouble and the Huskies were forced to risk playing their big men, Reggie Spencer and Dinko Marshavelski, with 3 fouls each. With it being a low scoring game at first the Huskies managed to go on a scoring run right before the end of the 1st half.

Co-captain Joel Smith continued his red hot scoring streak posting 15 points and Quincy Ford chipped in with 15 of his own. Here are some tweets from the game as I sat on the baseline and reported court side.

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If you were to ask me 2 years ago if I had twitter, I would have most likely laughed and replied, “No way, not me.” For some strange reason, I was totally against the idea of following a bunch of celebrities to stay informed about what they ate for breakfast or how annoyed they are at the paparazzi for chasing them down the street to get a picture of their dog.

But then, like everyone, I finally cracked.

And although I do have quite the guilty pleasure when it comes to the Kardashians, I find that Twitter has been the main source of my news consumption for quite some time now. Every morning, I wake up and check my Twitter feed to see what important things have occurred throughout the world. Whenever there is anything major going on whether it be super-storm Sandy, the Presidential inauguration or the BCS National Championship, Twitter is all over it.

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Specifically for this class, I have found a bunch of awesome Twitter handles that keep me up-to-date on anything going on in the NCAA. I follow many sports writers, NCAA specific handles and sports law handles that constantly tweet about the happenings of NCAA reform. Here are some of my favorites:

@CoSIDAnews – CoSIDA news is the official source for College Sports Information. This handle constantly tweets articles about the latest communication and public relations news related to college sports.

@bylawblog – Personally, this is my favorite source when it comes to NCAA reform. The BylawBlog is always searching for NCAA compliance and recruiting articles and whenever there is any controversy or scandal involved with athletes and compliance, this Twitter handle will pull all the information and link to the most informative articles.

@InsidetheNCAA – The NCAA will generally steer clear of tweeting anything “bad” or “controversial” about themselves, but @InsidetheNCAA is a great source for me to find scores and other NCAA news to include in my blog posts. It is the official Twitter feed for the NCAA, so all information tweeted is 100% accurate.

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During class on Friday we had the pleasure of having a guest speaker discuss how she made the most of the opportunities she was given. Rachel Kossman, a recent graduate from Northeastern University, showed us how she went with her gut instincts in terms of her career path and how successful she has been from it.

Kossman was able to partake in three co-ops during her undergraduate experience at Northeastern. One of those internships enabled her to get a full-time job out of college at TechTarget where she a website editor and content contributor. Kossman also worked as a nightlife blogger for Boston.com. But after a year of both jobs, she woke up one day and quit.

Some may think that it is a drastic move for a young adult right out of college, but for Kossman it worked out well. She realized that she was young enough to experience life and really find out exactly what she wanted to make of it—so she did. Kossman packed up and traveled to South America where she spent 6 weeks traveling, all while taking pictures and blogging about her life-changing experiences.

When Kossman returned, she realized that she hadn’t had enough of her travels and decided to go back. This time however, it was for a much longer period of time. Because of the difference in culture and amazing geography, Kossman was able to make a great blog that showcased not only her travels but her writing and journalism skills as well. The skills she learned from TechTarget enabled her to create her own website and take her to another level of journalism.

It was reassuring to hear how a young woman was able to take what she is passionate about and turn it into a career. Kossman shows that we can take the skills we learn and combine them with our interests and we can truly make a life for ourselves. Although the age of newspapers may be slowly dwindling away, journalism itself is better than ever and it is up to us young journalists to take the ball and run with it.

My Go-To Links

Posted: January 21, 2013 in Class Assignment
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In order to keep a sufficient blog, there are links that every blogger visits on a daily basis to find the most up-to-date information. After experimenting with many different sports websites, I finally settled on several URL’s that I could always rely on to find reliable, speedy news. Let’s take a look at my go-to links.

Bleacher Report – The Bleacher Report’s website is a standard sports website that covers mostly professional sports rather than the NCAA. But the reason why it is so helpful in my case is because writers for the Bleacher Report will often report on any big issue regarding the NCAA and will include it in their group of professional stories. They also include a list of blogs for almost every single sport, and they have a great media base for picture and video highlights.

ByLaw Blog – The ByLaw Blog is a compilation of NCAA Compliance and recruiting articles. The blog breaks its posts down into topics such as NCAA Events, NCAA Investigations, NCAA Legislation, NCAA Violations and NCAA Waivers. With NCAA reform making the headlines quite often, this makes it easy to search for the newest stories under these specific topics. The Bylaw Blog is written by John Infante, a former compliance officer at NCAA Division I schools. His knowledge of the subject has been featured on ESPN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and many other media outlets, so the information provided is reliable.

The author of this photograph is Rob Poetsch and this file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

The author of this photograph is Rob Poetsch and this file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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Back by popular demand, in my own mind at least, is the world’s best sports blog! Again, in my own mind. But either way, The Road to Change is back in action after a brief hiatus from covering the world of NCAA athletics. In previous posts, this blog focused specifically on issues related to the reform of the NCAA, first starting in the summer of 2011. Let’s rehash some of the major topics that circulated the sports world, some good, some bad and some just plain ugly.

Stipends

The first major issue at hand, in terms of NCAA reform, was whether or not student athletes should be granted stipends in return for the hard work and dedication they put forth every day. Some critics felt that paying student athletes $2,000 a semester would result in college sports turning into a more professional type of atmosphere and would take away from what college sports has been defined as for decades. Others felt that athletes work above and beyond and deserve some sort of pay to compensate for their inability to have a job with their already busy schedules. The debate still continues and it is unclear as to whether or not there will be a concrete conclusion anytime soon.

Scandals

Whether you are a sports fan or not, any type of scandal that occurs in the sports field almost always makes national news. There are cheating scandals, substance abuse scandals, domestic abuse scandals. Key word: scandals. It is something that unfortunately occurs all too often in the NCAA and changes the way people view players, teams and the NCAA as a whole.

Gateways

Another issue that got much attention within the past year is the fact that the NCAA is seen as simply a gateway to the professional game. Some people think it is necessary to have players develop throughout their college careers to be able to succeed at the next level. Others, however, feel that the “student” portion of student-athlete isn’t highlighted enough and athletes are taking advantage of their academic opportunities to simply play a few years of college before taking their game to the next level.

Like every year, 2013 will undoubtedly bring more NCAA news to the table. We always hope for the good news to win at the end of the day, but in college sports, anything can happen. Stay tuned to another semester of NCAA coverage.