I'm a Tar Heel through and through. When we do poorly, I loyally stand by my university and know that we can do better. Lately, when it comes to college athletics, something isn't right in Chapel Hill, but it's not just at Carolina.
We are not doing student athletes a favor by admitting them into academic programs that they are not qualified for.
The BCS probably couldn't have picked a better year to call it quits, and now college football gets the facelift we've all been waiting for -- or so it appears. As we head toward the College Football Playoff, everyone gets a fair chance, right?
While athletics support a residential learning experience, the number of student athletes contributing to a balanced admissions class, the win/loss record, and the ability to keep alumni interested and involved typically define its value to the institution.
The concept of "pay for play" in college athletics has recently been put under a national spotlight. Meanwhile, many student-athletes still struggle to foot the bills that come with the full cost of education.
We owe it to our children and ourselves to demand higher expectations and a system where all stakeholders, from the state house to the school house are held accountable when it comes to education.
Almost every stat was, at some point, new. Stats are now a part of the mainstream conversation, not relegated to the deep corners of the Internet. That data gives us a better idea -- and more groups are racing to collect it.
Every soccer player knows that he has to run fast and have good footwork, but how does a kid attract the attention of a coach? And, if a student is dedicating himself to sports, how can he ensure that he'll qualify academically for the universities to which he aspires?
As I come to West Maui for another year to cover tournament host Chaminade and deliver another edition of PacWest Magazine, I find myself searching for the next local boy in the stands that may get the chance like me to be on the other side of the rope in a decade or so.
There is another important aspect to this partnership. Vermont, a largely white state, has many students who have not lived or worked with minority populations. That is a handicap in a world that is increasingly diverse.
You're in the news trying to clear your name and say that you're not a monster. Unfortunately for you, millions of people saw the footage, and millions of people know the truth.
The NFL just agreed to pay out $765 million for injury settlements, medical monitoring, and care for former players who suffered concussions and other brain injuries. While the NCAA may be turning a blind eye, college athletes are starting to take notice.
As an educator, nothing thrills me more than to see students expressing their knowledge in creative ways, performing or displaying their artistic craft or competing in an athletic contest for which they have spent hours in preparation.
A new study indicates that college athletes may be at an increased risk for depression today, far more than earlier generations.
To be sure, there is much money swirling around NCAA football and basketball. But the fact that amateurism in NCAA sports is not pristine does not mean that there is exploitation or that professionalizing NCAA sports is the answer.
I'm not saying we should be paying athletes $5,000 or even $10,000 per semester. If each athlete got $2,000 paid over the course of the semester, this would give them some spending cash and an opportunity to start managing their money.