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.
The NCAA can be an active participant in changing the landscape of how we view, educate and position for success athletes of the future. It all depends on if athletic inequity is a matter of acknowledgement, or improvement.
For many people the debate comes down to one question: tribute or stereotype? But there's also another, arguably more compelling way to answer this question: look to the data.
When our students march across the stage in three weeks to graduate, there will be a personal story for many of them that will come to my mind as I shake each one of their hands.
The revenue per team in the NFL dwarfs what we see at the college ranks. And yet, the salaries of top coaches in both places are similar. How is this possible?
College basketball, particularly here in the heartland, really does matter. And flaws and all, big-time, big-money college roundball is not only the people's sport; it's also good public policy.