Blog Topic: NCAA

The NCAA Up In Smoke

Would you mind if I took this moment to compare Johnny Manziel to a joint, a spliff, or even a dime bag of marijuana? And would you stay with me as I attempt to explain that this is not a derogatory comparison, to relate the charismatic Heisman Trophy winner to a (currently) illegal substance? Cannabis, […]

Why Does Mark Emmert Get the Blame?

Why Does Mark Emmert Get the Blame? The public reaction to NCAA screw-ups, scandals, and unpopular rulings since Mark Emmert has taken over as president almost universally seems to be to blame Mark Emmert personally. Here is an illustrative example from SB Nation: Mark Emmert wants the privilege of making the law. That means someone […]

Mr. Williams Goes to South Bend, Or Does He?

Now, on to the quandary presented by Monroe (Ga.) George Walton Academy running back Stanley Williams, a high school junior, whose story poses the age-old question, Just how many official non-visits is a recruit allowed to take? For the uninformed, an official non-visit is exactly like an official visit with the minor exception that it […]

Of Sills and Silliness

Do you remember David Sills? On February 5, 2010, Sills made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Southern California and to play football for coach Lane Kiffin. Sills’ pledge gained national attention for one reason: he was a 13 year-old seventh-grader at the time. The recently concluded NCAA Convention in Grapevine, Texas, will […]

Why Syracuse and Not North Carolina

It was certainly surprising to learn that Syracuse men’s basketball player James Southerland was suspended because of an NCAA investigation into possible academic fraud. Mike Waters of the Post-Standard is reporting that Southerland was suspended because of questions surrounding a term paper and whether or not a tutor wrote a portion of it. If this […]

What Unlimited Phone Calls and Texts Mean for Recruits

On January 19, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors is set to vote on 26 pieces of legislation, some of which will have a direct impact on recruiting.  If passed, Proposal 13-3 will directly impact how coaches communicate with recruits.  Proposal 13-3 seeks to allow school officials and coaches to make unlimited phone calls […]

Which Pac–12 School Should Start a Men’s Soccer Team?

The announcement that the WAC is sponsoring men’s soccer starting in 2013–14 would not seem to have a big impact on the Pac–12. “Wake me when the Big 12 expands or Texas comes around to our way of thinking” might be the prevailing attitude. But the move could have a big impact for Pac–12 soccer […]

Long Term Impact of Tom Corbett Suit On NCAA Is Limited

Another day, another lawsuit against the NCAA. If you go back to the landmark decision in NCAA v. Board of Regents, I think you would find that since that day, little time has passed that the NCAA was not defending itself against an antitrust suit. And for good reason. The NCAA lacks any sort of […]

How to Make 2013 Your Best Recruitment Year Yet

Seniors, This Means You As part of any successful recruitment, athletes need to be working hard consistently to gain the attention of college coaches. As we have been stating all year long; unless you are one of the top 1% of athletes in the country, you will not get an athletic scholarship handed to you. […]

Doomsday Recruiting: Would You be Recruited Before the World Ended?

According to the Mayan calendar, today might have been the “end of the world”. Now, since that obviously isn’t happening, it gives us a chance to reflect on what we are doing and what our goals are. The goal of many high school athletes is to get recruited to play college sports. Being a collegiate […]

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