Five years ago, Northwestern football and home-field advantage were far from synonymous. Now in 2012, that picture is a faint memory. Visiting fans instantly know that Chicago's Big Ten Team is open for business, with football at the center of its sales pitch.
Stanford's win may not mean much in the long-term, but for me, they made a statement. You don't need extra cash or free cars to build a good football team. Sometimes, good coaching and proper recruiting does the job.
The ACC currently has solid teams all across the board, including Boston College and Virginia Tech. Of course, the conference was nothing without Duke and North Carolina.
The NCAA's decision to forbid the school to play post-season games for the next four years is a move in the right direction. Better still would be to deny the team television coverage for a season or more.
I feel for those who have given their lives to making the university a great place only to have the name tarnished in this way and it sucks for the current students and athletes, but what was the alternative?
I have an opinion, as a student at Penn State, that has gone unrepresented in the media coverage of students' reactions to the sanctions.
I agree with the NCAA's disciplinary decisions and would have supported even harsher penalties against Penn State. The NCAA's actions against Penn State send a clear signal and an important one.
For the first time, we will play and race and lift weights with nothing at all at stake. And although the pressure is lifted, so too goes the feasibility of our ingrained state of existence as one at play.
In football jargon, the NCAA is guilty of 'piling on.' They are not the appropriate institution to mete out punishment in criminal matters.
Following the NCAA's independent investigation into the widespread cover-up of child sexual abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the governing body of U.S. college sports has imposed unprecedented sanctions against Penn State University. Did they go too far?
The impact of immoral behavior is huge. This sad situation is an illustration of why living according to a set of values is crucial to our culture.
Perhaps the punishment will be a real step towards making University leaders and students aware that they are responsible for acting in the legal, moral, and academic interests of their schools and of society.
Rather than dwelling on the past and drowning in anger and sorrow, I hope we seize this opportunity to wholeheartedly fight child abuse. I have struggled with losing an idol, but there is no grey area in the matter of reporting known child abuse.
Student-athletes about to sign NCAA National Letters of Intent may receive multiyear scholarships instead of the one year renewable scholarships that have been the standard since 1973.
For Adidas to promote the athleticism and contributions of a variety of African-American sports legends and then allow such a degrading symbol of African-American history to move toward production and advertisement is insensitive and irresponsible.
In high school, when I came out as bisexual, it seemed impossible to think that I could be a successful athlete and "out" about my sexual orientation. There were simply no role models for young athletes like myself with dreams of becoming pro athletes.