Courage was lacking among key figures in positions of power and authority at Penn State and its football program. The 20th-century theologian Paul Tillich comes to mind when I reflect upon this.
While the scandal at Penn State remains in the headlines, with good reason, we should also focus attention on a significant problem facing student athletes: concussions in college football.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. ~ Albert Ein...
Sure Joe Paterno is the winningest coach history. Sure he has collected a few national titles. Sure he has developed Hall of Fame players. But that's not what makes this whole wretched ordeal so devastating to the game.
The Penn State case does not involve the core of what is rotten about big-time college football, but it may be sufficient to tumble the house of cards.
Sports Illustrated claims there is no way to pay athletes what research indicates they are worth. After all, college athletics doesn't generate a profit. The problem with this approach is that decision-makers in college sports don't have much of an incentive to generate profits.
Every community has many more things to be proud of than a young person's ability to run, jump, throw, and catch. Sport does not build character, it puts character at risk. Sport is just fun.
The board's handling of Paterno's dismissal raises very serious questions about their understanding and capacity for leadership, the lack of which is precisely what got Penn State into this mess in the first place.
More than anything, the videos of Penn State students singing fight songs while the list of victims grows is just sad. It's sad for them, it's sad for Paterno, and it's another embarrassment for the education system in this country.
This article will only strike a loud, melodious chord with 3 types of people -- people who love duck confit, people who love Stanford football and people who hate the Oregon ducks.
Some will defend Joe Paterno as a scapegoat in this scandal. But, if the details are as they've been reported, Joe made a choice. He had a choice. The victims didn't. Football may be about winning. But life is about choices.
Joe Paterno was an idealized father-figure, a loving, strong protective model for his young football players and Penn State students. Unfortunately, he failed to follow his own advice, to maintain civility, by protecting his own students.
Saturday night's clash between the #1 Louisiana State University Tigers and the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide was among the most memorable games in college football history. In the end, LSU won in Bama's house in overtime, 9 to 6.
Lane Kiffin was once seen as an earnest and bright young coach. He is handsome and well spoken -- the perfect guy to send into a recruit's home. His lineage, thanks to legendary father Monte Kiffin and the famed "Tampa 2" defense, is pristine. Yet, Lane Kiffin has not won.
I've tried to root for both the University of Colorado Buffaloes and the Denver Broncos in the No Fun League -- and it's been no fun at all. It's not just that they lose because losing I can live with.
Since College Gameday first aired in 1987, it has grown into a national event, and a weekly glimpse into collegelife in the throes of a sports, media ...