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.
I grew up thinking college was the most fun four years of your life. What I realized is that everyone has a different definition of fun. I had to accept that I'm not the girl who goes out every night. I'm the girl who would rather study film and intern during the week than go out. And once I did that, I was actually happy for the first time in my life.
Just a few years ago, Winston would be called greedy if he demanded more money for his likeness or signature. But it's refreshing to see someone of his generation, tabbed as self-centered, realize that a college education is, indeed a privilege.
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When Michael Sam received the phone call from St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, we watched as tears streamed down his face. We watched him kiss his boyfriend. We even retweeted his message.
The course of American democracy may be decided on the first Saturday of November in the following college football games: Florida vs Georgia, Michigan vs Indiana, Illinois vs Ohio State, and Texas vs Texas Tech.
John is a rare breed of scholar-athlete one we can only hope will become far more common in future years -- and if John has any say, it will.
While there needs to be serious reform in Division I collegiate athletics, I don't believe that unionization of student athletes is a serious step in the right direction to solve the most pressing concerns of student athletes at the highest level of competition.
Interests can make for a richer college, so they can make for a richer application; but if this year's admissions decisions have taught us anything, nothing is a sure bet.
If the NCAA is smart, they'll come to the table and do whatever it takes to avoid a union. If they're not smart, it could be the end of college athletics as we know it. Your move, NCAA.
If the ruling survives all the legal challenges to come, there are several relatively straightforward items that a Northwestern players' union -- or a potential athletes' union at any university -- could bring to the bargaining table quickly.
It is often more attractive or convenient to shoe-horn normative results we want into the legal cases that arise -- in this case, by pretending what the students should be is what they are. But this comes with great costs.
Not to mix metaphors, but as I read it, that National Labor Relations Board ruling that footballers at Northwestern are actually employees of the university and thus can form a union looks like a slamdunk.
When you're paid $7 million to run a football program -- and when college football generates the billions of dollars in revenue it does -- you're no longer a coach. You're a CEO.
This is a terrific time of year for fans of college sports as March Madness takes center stage. But big money, national fame and institutional pride too often overwhelm the best intentions of educators.
It is important that we, as adults, remember to help students see that they can succeed and be happy at many colleges. As they wait for and learn which colleges have accepted them, we need to help them see the powerful of the options they do and will have.