Our first reaction was laughter, though that hardly seems fitting. Hypocrisy is rarely funny. After two years full of questions but absolutely no answers, the NCAA just dropped the figurative hammer on itself. Let's review the facts, or lack thereof.
What does it say about a university when the facilities are better than those for the athletic students who do not play competitive sports? Can any university defend a $100,000 per student cost in light of the sea changes washing over higher education?
Division III athletics is much more than terrific entertainment for fans and spectators, or a primary reason for a student-athlete to enroll. It is an integral part of the overall development of young adults well prepared for lives of high career achievement, leadership, and fulfillment.
In the eyes of the education world in and around the greater Philadelphia area, Saint Joseph's Preparatory School is a lost gem found in a pile of stones.
Not only is there an epidemic of child abuse in the United States, but there's an unabashed push back on those who try to punish the abusers and the accomplices who protect abusers.
Fifth time must be the charm. Temple University defeated No. 3 Syracuse University, 83-79, at the prestigious Madison Square Garden during the Gotham...
Support for athletics programs from important constituencies can overshadow support for the institution itself. Yet the disproportionate growth of athletics relative to educational purposes must be checked, as the reputation and public standing of higher education are in jeopardy.
In the midst of college conference realignments and billion dollar media deals the plight of student athletes sometimes does not receive the focus that it should.
Last month, I joined the NCAA Division I Board of Directors. My goal there is to help shape NCAA regulations in a way that makes sense for our student athletes. We need to respect (and protect) their role as students every bit as much as, if not more than, we respect their role as athletes.
Here is hope that his coaches and teammates rally, think of the positive times and not only play inspired the rest of this season but take a piece of Tim forward in their lives.
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.