Judge says NCAA “malicious” during investigation of USC football

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Former USC running backs coach Todd McNair essentially had his career ended by the NCAA's punishment of the school's football program. The NCAA ruled that McNair "knew or should have known" about payments from a wannabe sports agent to running back Reggie Bush, despite a serious lack of evidence. Now McNair ...

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 ...

New Jersey move another NCAA miscue

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

From our waistlines to our politics, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and I have very little in common, although a mutual love for The Boss is a nice thing to fall back on. I bet he likes farting, too. But one thing Christie and I definitely see eye-to-eye on, besides bacon's ...

Penn State: Mark Emmert can’t seem to stop pointing out his own hypocrisy

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

NCAA President Mark Emmert said recently that he hopes he will never have to punish another school in the manner he punished Penn State. Some may think this means he doesn't want to ever be as harsh again, but what he was referring to was the unprecedented powers granted to ...

NCAA football helmet rule is predictably backfiring

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

After the 2011 college football season, the NCAA created a number of rules to augment safety in the game. They moved up the kickoff spot to the 35 yard line and allowed touchbacks to come out to the 25 instead of the 20 yard line. They also instituted the so-called ...

Penn State to Respond to NCAA Request “Within Days”

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Penn State said Tuesday that it plans to respond quickly to the NCAA's demand for information concerning the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. The university says it will respond to the NCAA "within days" as the organization decides whether or not to levy penalties against the school. The NCAA is in ...

What If The NCAA Had No Idea What It Was Doing?

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Food Inc. and other books and documentaries, not to mention the "pink slime" controversy, have pretty well driven the point home that it probably isn't a good idea for the food industry to police itself with little intervention from the government. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was caused, at least ...

North Dakota’s Nickname Is Sticking Around A Little Longer

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Back in June, I wrote that the NCAA was coming down harshly on the University of North Dakota for its "offensive" mascot simply because the NCAA was too afraid to go after the more powerful member institutions and too weak to actually enforce its own rule. Since then, laws have been ...