Jim Delany and the New Robber Barons

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The robber barons were the men who helped grow the American economy into the world's giant. Many of our finest universities bear some of their names -- Duke, Stanford, Vanderbilt. They just happened to build it on the backs of underpaid immigrants and the occasional child laborer, which was all fine ...

North Dakota Residents Vote Overwhelmingly To Eliminate Fighting Sioux Mascot

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

One of the last real fights about Native American mascots in college sports is coming to a close. Residents of North Dakota voted in June by a margin of 67 percent to 33 percent to essentially allow the University of North Dakota to phase out its "Fighting Sioux" name and ...

2011 Losers Of The Year

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Last year, we began what we hope becomes a tradition here at Rumors and Rants and tipped our hats to Cheap Trick by naming the losers of the year in every sport we pay attention to. In case you are wondering, there is no scientific formula to being named loser of ...

This Week In Dumb Proposals To Fix The NCAA….

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

A study just came out that more or less proves that the college athletes so many people love to watch and gush over (especially in keeper leagues, which I only recently extricated myself from) mostly live below the poverty line because of the way their scholarships work. That isn’t to ...

The SEC Has Some Ideas For The NCAA

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The SEC submitted its suggestions for changes to NCAA rules regarding recruiting athletes. And surprise, surprise, the SEC's representatives want to make their own jobs easier. While I'm definitely not here to defend the NCAA's byzantine policies regarding everything, it's still pretty funny that there aren't a whole lot of ...

The NCAA Cares More About Mascots Than Ohio State At The Moment

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

It has been five years since the NCAA enacted a policy that essentially prohibits member institutions from using Native American mascots and logos. This policy supposedly affected many schools including well-known ones like the Florida State Seminoles, Utah Utes, and Illinois Fighting Illini. Illinois even got rid of Chief Illiniwek, ...

Mike Garrett Finall Out, Pat Haden Finally In At USC

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

It's been obvious to anyone with a brain that former Heisman Trophy-winning running back Mike Garrett has always been completely out of his depth as the Athletics Director at the University of Southern California. That fact has become more and more evident over the past few years as Garrett has ...