Time to End Summer Basketball Certification

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The NCAA’s rules on outside competition are old enough that it is hard to go back and find their origin. The current version of Bylaw 14.7.1, which bans outside competition by student-athletes subject to the exceptions in the rest of the bylaw, was adopted in 1991, and revised three times since then. The last revision, […]


New Governance Plan is the First Step Toward Division I Split

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Cooler heads have prevailed and after a summer where a split of Division I into separate divisions or subdivisions seemed inevitable, it now looks like more incremental change is likely. Most of the NCAA constituents seem to agree that Division I should stay together and that many of the core rules should stay the same. No […]


The NCAA’s Responsibility to Youth Sports

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The San Francisco Chronicle ran a three-part series last week on issues in youth sports arising from specialization and elite sports clubs. Their conclusions were that these clubs which pushed athletes to participate in one sport year-round were causing more injuries, harming high school athletics, pricing low-income and minority athletes out of the system and […]


Coaches Need Skin in the Game With Transfers and NLI

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There seems to be a lot of hope, even momentum, behind a comprehensive solution to some of the problems with transferring and the National Letter of Intent. The NCAA may be proposing elimination of the permission to contact requirement for transfers. And a number of high profile battles over the NLI may prompt changes to […]


Case Against High School Sports Transfers Well to College

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The Atlantic Magazine has a comprehensive look at the case against high school sports. The arguments go beyond talk about corruption and dumb jock stereotypes and look at the impact of focusing resources and attention on sports programs in high school. Some of the key points: The primary justification for high school sports, that it […]


Tulane Baseball and Legislative Scholarships – 2013-10-03

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https://www.collegesportsscholarships.com/student-athlete-ncaa-education.htmThe Advocate, based in Baton Rouge, LA, has a story about Tulane University’s Legislative Scholarship program. The article asks what sounds like a simple question: If the school were found to be using the legislative scholarship program to augment its allotment of athletic scholarships, Tulane could face sanctions from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The […]


NCAA Rules Working Group Process Undergoes Overhaul

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Despite the ongoing governance review and the rising objections to presidential control, one of the outcomes of 2011’s Presidential Retreat continues on. The Rules Working Group’s review of the Division I NCAA Manual is chugging along, despite the fits and starts and the slower than expected progress. But now it looks like the NCAA has […]


Football Nine Hour Rule Stays Quite Once Again

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When the NCAA passed its new rule requiring football players to earn nine credits in the fall semester to be eligible for every game the following year, it was not surprising that not much was heard from it last year. Only one player might have missed the mark, and even that was debatable. But the […]


Kevin Short and Being Ruled Ineligible

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Kevin Short, a junior college transfer in his first year at Kansas, will not play for the Jayhawks this year. In the words of Kansas head coach Charlie Weis, this was the NCAA’s decision: He was admitted to Kansas as a regular admit with grades and transferable hours exceeding entrance requirements, yet the NCAA ruled […]


Donte Hill and the NCAA Supreme Court

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Back in April when Donte Hill’s eligibility issue first came up, I was not optimistic about his odds for success, and remain skeptical he will get to play. The fact that I am skeptical is why many have advocated that the NCAA stop with staff decisions, guidelines, and subcommittee appeals and instead just have one […]



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