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Division II Programs Offer Student-Athletes Balance

Gary A. Olson | Posted 02.08.2016 | College
Gary A. Olson

Many student-athletes pursue their goal of playing an NCAA sport in college. While most people who follow college sports are familiar with Division I and its star athletics programs -- Alabama, Kentucky, Penn State -- few can articulate what the organization's three divisions stand for.

Becoming a Division III Athlete for the Love of the Game

Chrissy Scaffidi-Williams | Posted 02.02.2016 | College
Chrissy Scaffidi-Williams

The opportunity to compete at the collegiate level is a special one. Today, competition between young athletes is greater than ever, with specialization (it seems) occurring at a much younger age.

College Athletes Are Choosing Their Battlefields: Mizzou As An Instructive Model

Dr. Eddie Comeaux | Posted 12.11.2015 | Sports
Dr. Eddie Comeaux

Without question, college athletes are finding their way and intentionally choosing their battles in the name of fairness and in the name of basic rights and well-being.

Where's the Big Man on Campus?

Write for the Future | Posted 12.02.2015 | College
Write for the Future

Why did I need to be put in line? Because I needed to be shocked out of my extravagant college expectations, which had been influenced by stereotypical "college" stories told by people reminiscing about their "glory days." My initial expectations had been clouded by this way of thinking: I shouldn't be in my dorm room every night; rather, I should be out partying every chance I get.

Solution Regarding Paying College Athletes or Not is Simple

Ken Reed | Posted 11.13.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

Paying athletes salaries as university employees is impractical, given the complex set of ancillary issues that option raises. However, allowing college athletes to receive money from outside the athletic department is much more straightforward.

Most College Sports Fans Won't Stop Watching If Athletes Are Paid, Poll Finds

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 10.28.2015 | Sports

Americans have mixed feelings about paying college athletes more than the value of a full scholarship, but they likely wouldn’t stop watching b...

Pride or Prejudice?

L. Jay Lemons | Posted 10.25.2015 | College
L. Jay Lemons

It seems it's easier than ever these days to rise up and rail against political correctness. Used as a justification, insult or outright dismissal, it prevents difficult issues from being treated with the complexity they deserve.

Chris Webber Subtly Compares NCAA Sports To Slavery

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 08.18.2015 | Sports

 Retired NBA All-Star Chris Webber thinks college athletes are getting a raw deal when it comes to unionization and compensation.  Webber sp...

Why I Chose School Over Sports

Natalie Kalin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Teen
Natalie Kalin

I have a cross country friend who will be attending a Division I school in the fall, and she barely has half of tuition covered with her scholarship. Though she is a good student and will likely graduate well off, her college time will be sunk running in circles.

The High Cost of College Athletics and Your Tuition

Dr. Philip L. Yeagle | Posted 06.04.2015 | College
Dr. Philip L. Yeagle

To complain about high college tuition is both relevant and popular. College tuition has risen faster than inflation for a generation. For many students and their families, the rise in tuition rates may put access to quality higher education in jeopardy.

Show Me the Money: The Growing Financial Crisis in College Athletics

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 06.01.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

It's time for a conversation about how to find a better fiscal path that prevents athletics from being drawn into the growing consumer tuition sticker price sensitivity battles, competing alumni demands and enrollment priorities.

High School Recruits In All Sports Deserve Better Publicity

Kai Sato | Posted 06.01.2015 | Sports
Kai Sato

Despite the fact that some people are put off by the significant attention paid to recruiting, sports play a large role in American culture, and a high school athlete getting recruited to play at any level of college is at least newsworthy to the local community and alumni.

The Value of Collegiate Athletics: Let's Not Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 01.10.2015 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

We cannot allow the prestige and money that follow top-tier college sports programs to blind us to our overriding purpose: preparing our students to be successful adults and to become the learned and productive citizens our communities, states, and nation need.

Colleges Prepare Athletes for Bad Behavior in the NFL

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 11.22.2014 | Sports
Dr. Alan Kadish

The NFL may be the subject of most of the upsetting headlines, but look closely and you'll see that their understudies in college don't shine in comparison. Many big-sport schools fail to educate student-athletes on proper behavior.

The Biggest Reasons Athletes Make Great Entrepreneurs

Jamilah Corbitt | Posted 11.03.2014 | Small Business
Jamilah Corbitt

Market knowledge and skill is not enough to succeed as an entrepreneur. It takes mental toughness and perseverance to win in this game. Even when you think you don't have anything left in the tank, I guarantee you can push out one more rep.

Big Five Have Changed College Sports Forever

Ken Reed | Posted 10.27.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

The Big Five are now definitely in a league of their own - for better or worse. They got what they wanted: independence and the killing off of the bottom half of Division I. It was a classic power play.

Beginning of the End for the NCAA

Leigh Steinberg | Posted 10.10.2014 | Sports
Leigh Steinberg

That cracking sound you hear is the destruction of the NCAA's control over collegiate athletics as we have known it. The centralized power of this body to dictate rules and standards to universities is being eroded rapidly.

We're All on Our Way Out: 16 Pieces of Advice for Incoming College Freshmen

Laura Slater | Posted 10.08.2014 | College
Laura Slater

I don't have a younger sister, but if I did, this is what I would tell her, and what I wished someone would have told me.

Yesterday's HBCU Pride Is Today's HBCU Irrelevance

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 10.04.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Waiting for HBCUs to "do right" or "do better" before giving our support only prolongs the 'do wrong' culture and resentment of the same.

Hawaii Athletes Slept In Locker Rooms As Summer Funds Were Delayed

AP | OSKAR GARCIA | Posted 06.12.2014 | Sports

HONOLULU (AP) — About 60 Hawaii scholarship athletes were delayed nine days in receiving their summer funds, prompting some to sleep in a locker roo...

UNC Player Speaks Out 10 Years Later

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 08.06.2014 | Sports
Stephanie R. Caudle

I'm a diehard UNC fan. Not a diehard fan to the extent that I defend everything right and wrong with UNC but diehard to am extent that I fully support...

The Power of Bricks and Mortar

Richard V. Hurley | Posted 07.09.2014 | College
Richard V. Hurley

"Learning is a complex, holistic, multi-centric activity that occurs throughout and across the college experience." Learning Reconsidered, a NASPA wh...

The Brave New World of Campus Life

Paul Stoller | Posted 06.17.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) recently released a report that compares faculty and administrator compensation. It comes as...

The Truth About Kain Colter's Stand and Why NFL Players Support Him

DeMaurice Smith | Posted 06.08.2014 | Sports
DeMaurice Smith

The NCAA sells and wants college athletes to be a team everywhere except in a room where they can talk about the issues they care about. The truth is that they do not want a team that demands a response from a system that makes millions from their play.

The NCAA and the Law

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 05.28.2014 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

Those who find the very thought of unions, let alone unions of college athletes, to be an anathema have already expressed their disbelief in these developments. They want the "student-athletes" myth back where it belongs -- at the very center of the NCAA universe.