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Does the Best Team Win? Do You Care?

Anyone who has ever taken the bar exam, the CPA exam, or even the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) understands one axiom: Some games are bigger than others. To attend law school is to know that a semester’s worth of study can unravel in just a day or two – a few hours, really – […]

The Statistics of a One and Done Player

Throughout the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, many commentators will reference the “one and done” nature of some of the country’s top basketball programs.  Coaches, like Kentucky’s John Calipari will face the scrutiny of Americans for their players’ decisions to leave college after only one year to pursue a dream of playing in the NBA.  While […]

I Need Dollars. Dollars Is What I Need

The dimes, they are a changin’… Earlier this week Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples that if a federal court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in the case of Ed O’Bannon vs. the NCAA, a ruling that would compel participating schools to share television revenues with student-athletes, that he could […]

Disdain of Spain Falls Mainly on This Brain

One of the many amazing aspects of social media in general, and Twitter in particular, is that it allows you to make enemies of people whom you have never met. I seem to have succeeded in that regard this week, and I thought that my experience might provide a valuable lesson for all of us. […]

Eat A Peach (Basket)

“Crossroads, seem to come and go, yeah”                              “Melissa”, The Allman Brothers Band It happens every March in Manhattan. The Big East tournament invades Madison Square Garden while some 42 blocks uptown at another hallowed New York City landmark, the Beacon Theater, the Allman Brothers Band take the stage. Neither event is a one-night stand. […]

Proposed NCAA Recruiting Rule Modification Hit Snag

The NCAA’s plan to simplify its bylaws hit a snag last week when the NCAA Rules Working Group suggested that two proposals related to recruiting be modified.  In January, proposals were brought forward on a number of matters, some of which were aimed at deregulating recruiting.  The goals of these proposals were to eliminate clutter […]

Are We There Yet

Prepare to hear and read the term “The Road to the Final Four” plenty the next month, even though for most of the 68 schools who will be invited, it is a misnomer. The road to the Final Four is actually a series of runways, as teams bounce from, say, Salt Lake City to Indianapolis […]

How Academics Impact Your College Basketball Recruiting

With March Madness approaching, it is almost time for the airwaves to be flooded with commercials reminding us that most student-athletes go pro in something other than sports.  In recent years, the NCAA has fallen victim to a number of academic scandals at some of its perennial institutions.  To combat against this, this year was […]

College Basketball is a Religion

Either Pope Benedict XVI is not a fan of college sports, or the recently retired pontiff has a horrendous sense of timing. Why? Because last week he made his exodus as the head of the Catholic church right in the midst of a landmark academic year for Catholic institutions in intercollegiate sports. Yesterday Gonzaga, a […]

What To Do If You Can’t Play for a Travel Team

In recent years, the NCAA recruiting model has changed in a way that dramatically increases the importance of recruits participating in travel and competitive leagues.  Arguably, the sport that relies the heaviest upon travel and competitive leagues for recruiting is men’s basketball.  The July evaluation period for men’s basketball is centered on numerous tournaments in […]

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