All anyone watching The Hunting Ground really wants from our universities, including the venerated Harvard Law, is to say yes, there is a problem here. We are going to address and fix it, for the sake of our students.
As the credits begin to run for Spotlight you are presented with hundreds of cities, states and nations affected by the Church's denial. But as Robbie points out -- everyone knew something was going on.
When the media writes about rape allegations as merely an "off-field distraction," or refers to Jameis Winston only as a "controversial player," it's minimizing the impact of sexual violence. Rape is more than an off-field distraction, and to define it as such does an injustice to survivors.
In many ways, Winston represents the perfect reputation zeitgeist for the NFL. He's an awesome football player with perceived character issues. That makes him less likable, and in the case of some Tampa Bay fans -- particularly women -- he hurts the overall experience.
As the 2015 NFL Draft quickly approaches, the same troubling question seems to permeate the potential pool of prospects every year: how well can one actually judge the character of a college student?
If you still think rape culture is some sort of exaggerated feminist faux-conspiracy, The Hunting Ground will dissuade you of that belief.
If I was an NFL GM, I'd steer very clear of drafting Winston in the fear that he will be a bust... on and off the field. I'd even argue that if he's selected with that pick, he will become the biggest bust in the history of the NFL, based on all of the hype he will receive.
I would suggest that the NFL demand full copies of the investigation and the judge's rulings and demands that Winston answer questions posed by NFL lawyers before it authorizes the presence of Jameis Winston in the 2015 draft.
Justice Harding was a fine jurist, and it is unfair to besmirch his reputation by the suggestion that he was motivated to insure that the university would not lose its quarterback before the big game. His ultimate judgment, however, does warrant review and, if found failing, criticism.
This was a Rich Kotite type of a season, punctuated by mistakes, turnovers, missed opportunities and, above all, losses. Will the Jets fly again? There is some reason for hope, but a lot of patience will be required first.
The avalanche of stories related to the misdeeds of athletes tend to focus on one actor: the player.
The prevalence of assaults within sports and college culture reflects the dire need to discuss ethical consent. University coaches, leaders, policy makers and legislators should require multi-session, leadership training for students.
The Hurricanes have flown under the radar for most of the season in the relatively unheralded ACC. All three of their losses have come on the road to teams that have combined for just six losses on the season.
What if the committee said to FSU... at least for this one week, "No you won't be our top team, or even our bottom team. We are going to leave you out of the rankings all together."
If you were the general manager or coach of an NFL team in charge of personnel decisions, especially due to current events, why would you ever take the risk of drafting Winston? I certainly wouldn't. Who could possibly trust the guy?
September is usually a time in American sports when devoted sports fans are treated to both baseball pennant races and the start of the NFL season. Traditionally, it's a time when stars are born and veterans build their legacies.