No One Solution to Football and Basketball Issues

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Michelle Kaufmann, columnist for the Miami Herald, has a take on Johnny Manziel that is not without controversy but is squarely in the mainstream. Kaufmann’s arguments can be summed up: Rules and rules and if Manziel broke the rules, he should be punished. Those rules are unfair and outdated. Athletes receive enough that they are […]


End-Game Behind Super Division Appears Limited

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In yesterday’s NCAA teleconference following the Division I Board of Directors meeting, three key points were addressed. Two were completely snowed under by a third: that the NCAA will shut down an online store which sold jerseys and other athlete memorabilia. Not 48 hours after it was revealed that the store linked items to athlete’s […]


What Will Phase II of the Rules Working Group Look Like?

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In theory, we should be exactly two weeks from a fairly momentous day in NCAA history. In 2011, after the Presidential Retreat, the Rules Working Group began their task of slimming down the NCAA Division I Manual. That effort finally bore some fruit in January 2012, when 25 deregulation proposals were adopted. But, again in […]


Power 5 Conferences Could Have Gotten Stipend Done

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As Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated noted, talk of overhauling NCAA governance has moved on from just complaints about the lack of a stipend or cost-of-attendance scholarships. Upcoming legislative disputes, the need to overhaul the enforcement model (again) and the threat of even bigger changes being forced upon college sports have added to the need […]


Horse Has Already Left the Barn with Grand Canyon

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When Grand Canyon’s move to Division I was announced late last year, I took a look at the controversy surrounding the addition of a for-profit school to the NCAA’s top division. The conclusion was that letting Grand Canyon’s athletic department into the Division I was far from a ridiculous proposal. The only big objection might […]


NFL Should Go In For A Pound With Academic Eligibility Idea

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In law, there is a concept where a statute can be both overly broad and overly specific. Vagrancy laws are a good example. They are overly broad in that they capture a lot of activity which cannot be prohibited by the government. But they are also overly specific in that they fail to capture a […]


Have Baseball’s Academic Reform Efforts Worked?

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In 2007, over the vicious protests of the baseball community, the NCAA membership passed three proposals: 2007-7, 2007-8 and 2007-9. These proposals were a first-of-its-kind package of academic reforms targeted at a specific sport. The legislation touched on academic eligibility, transfer eligibility, financial aid, and squad sizes. To quickly recap, the NCAA made the following […]


Meet the New Division I, Same as the Old Division I

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Warren Zola’s ideas for some of the rules in a theoretical new top level of college athletics sound nice. They touch on a lot of the buzzwords and pain points that have become prominent over the last few years. And increased financial aid, in the form of stipends or full cost-of-attendance scholarships, is the driving […]


Picking the Right Thing to Be Mad At with the NCAA

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On the face of it, Donte Hill’s waiver case looks to be a harsh decision. Hill played one season at Clemson before transferring midyear to Old Dominion the following year. But before that transfer, he played eight minutes in a closed scrimmage, which for everyone but incoming freshmen counts as a season of eligibility. Hill […]


Law and Order: NCAA

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Julie Roe Lach’s first public statement, an article for Yahoo! Sports that reads like an open letter, does not sound like the words of how Roe Lach has been portrayed following the Miami investigation scandal. The article is surprisingly positive about the direction of the enforcement program, and has none of the hallmarks of someone […]



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