The NCAA is Implementing the Student Athlete Stipend by Stealth

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When King James VI of Scotland ascended to the English throne in 1603, he united the crowns of England and Scotland. James then attempted to unite the actual countries into Great Britain, but the English parliament thwarted his attempt. James then decided to go around parliament in areas he had total control: Having failed to […]


Is Julie Hermann The Right Candidate To Restore Integrity At Rutgers

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It has been a tough spring for Rutgers University and its athletics department.  Less than two months after parting ways with former men’s basketball coach, Mike Rice, and athletics director, Tim Pernetti, amid allegations that Rice verbally and physically abused Rutgers basketball players and Pernetti did not fire him upon learning of the allegations, Rutgers […]


Where Do Transfer Regulations Go From Here?

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Back in January, when the Leadership Council was looking at major changes to the transfer model, there was a clear idea where permission to contact might go. By expanding the pool of athletes who would be eligible to play immediately, tying permission to contact to competition rather than financial aid made sense. Athletes would still […]


NCAA Seeks to Reverse Initial Eligibility Standards for Division II

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According to the NCAA, since 1986, Division II institutions have utilized an initial academic eligibility rule under which, incoming Division II student-athletes must have at least an 820 SAT score and 2.0 GPA to be considered a “qualifier.”  This standard is notable, because it contradicts with the eligibility standard for Division I.  Since 1992, Division […]


It Takes a Village To Cut a Scholarship

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The story of how Jared Drew is leaving the Saint Louis men’s basketball team will be spun as one of the improper leverage and power of coaches. That is the angle Eamonn Brennan took, mentioning Mike Krzyzewski’s almost $10 million in compensation from 2011 compared to Drew’s one-year renewable scholarship. Coach K obviously had nothing […]


Fixing the NCAA’s Approach to Non-Athletics Aid

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Anyone with even the slightest interest in college athletics knows that the NCAA limits the amount of athletically related financial aid that can be awarded to both individual athletes as well as collectively to a team. An athlete’s athletic scholarship may only cover the costs that make up a full grant-in-aid, i.e. tuition, mandatory fees, […]


NCAA’s Role in Baseball Development

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Jim Hendry, former general manager of the Chicago Cubs, faults the NCAA for the dearth of American baseball talent: But Hendry said the NCAA only allots 11.7 college scholarships per 27 players, a number that is dwarfed by football in particular. A college used to be able to get up to 30 scholarships, he said. […]


How to Spot an Impossible Coach

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In the wake of the Rutgers men’s basketball scandal and allegations facing the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay’s head basketball coach, prospective student-athletes may wonder how they can be assured that the college coach they choose to play for will treat them with respect.  Given the limited amount of time a recruit can spend […]


Is Reclassification Unfair to Student-Athletes?

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Generally when a program reclassifies to another division or joins the NCAA from another association, it is a happy day for the university. With rare exceptions, these are moves up. Even the last few years of realignment brought more schools up despite the threat of superconferences leaving everyone behind. Moves by the biggest conferences trickled […]



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