Last month, the football coach at Rutgers University got into trouble following allegations that he tried to pressure a part-time faculty member into raising a player's grade. Which raises the question: Rutgers has a football team?
The NFL and NCAA have power. Nobody is questioning that. But legitimacy is a question that still needs to be answered. 10, 20, 30 years ago, yes, these two institutions had legitimacy. Things most likely weren't perfect, but there wasn't a public outcry for reform.
Tonight is the official kickoff of the college football season and the best teams in the NCAA will battle it out over the next few months. But off the field, a very different kind of battle is still taking place: the question of whether or not college athletes should be paid.
The economic model of college athletics is going to change in the coming years. But change certainly isn't always bad. In this case, it will be good. The games will remain exciting and, most importantly, college sports will be more fair and just for the athletes creating the product.
The Labor Board appears to be concerned that most big-time, football-playing schools are public entities not covered by the Labor Act. Why should that fact mean that employees of a private university cannot unionize?
The sad truth is, some institutions at all levels are failing children and young adults - in particular those who disproportionately make up the bulk of popular college- and professional-level sports, such as basketball and football: Black and Brown males.
Louisville trial lawyer Sheila Hiestand is 6 foot tall, outgoing and vivacious. She has the total inner confidence that made her a Hall of Fame college basketball player and now one of Kentucky's top trial attorneys.
Millennials and the Gen Z's who follow them are the target of persistent criticism. To draw on sweeping generalizations, they're coddled, entitled, needy, and lazy. They rely too much on their parents and are too tied up in electronic communications. The list goes on... but I don't see it that way.
For Memorial Day, my family and I flew from Philadelphia to Tampa. I fly a lot for work so I am used to the experience. However, my children, who are eight and twelve, always have questions.
It's time for a conversation about how to find a better fiscal path that prevents athletics from being drawn into the growing consumer tuition sticker price sensitivity battles, competing alumni demands and enrollment priorities.
I know Cowherd's job is to attract listeners. And a good portion of his audience probably ate this up. But I cannot believe that the execs in Bristol aren't embarrassed by such an all out attack on logic, minimal standards of evidence and basic coherence.
Who knows if pay for play for amateur athletes will ever come close to being a reality? Who's to say if it will really work or not? Who's to say it will increase graduation rates, decrease recruiting battles, or curb impermissible benefits, among other things?
Growing up in Queens, New York, I played softball at P.S. 144 with "Killer Conlon," whose mother coached, hurling a litany of expletives and wayward cigarettes at all bad calls -- and plays. Only the winners walked off with the hardware.
It's sorta weird. When you get in, you have the typical public perception of it being kind of quirky and not that tough, but it's not like that at all. Let me preface the conversation about college cheerleading with a quick aside about cheerleading in high school.
SNL ridiculed the deeply flawed system that allows athletes to attend college and even receive degrees without receiving an education. We found the skit to be entertaining, but deeply disturbing. Putting academic integrity before athletic success shouldn't be a late night punchline.
Like the USW, the United States is a union. It is a collection of diverse states and diverse people. Standing together, they are stronger.