The notion that the profit motive is not a major engine driving intercollegiate athletics is laughable. It is the primary engine, and perhaps the sole engine, moving the juggernaut forward.
It was sixteen summers ago. I had just had my first child and was working my way back into my job with NBC sports. Baby in tow, I travelled to the NBA Finals with bottles, stroller and crib, chronicling Michael Jordan's heyday while just beginning to comprehend the delicate balance of work and motherhood.
Being a recruited athlete is an easy way to "get to the front of the line" in the admissions process. However, the recruitment process is tedious and requires a significant time commitment on the part of the athlete -- to say nothing of the time which must be committed to the sport itself.
The formalities were already covered by a series of phone calls between Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens. It was time to sit down and finalize a deal to make Stevens the 17th head coach to walk the sidelines for the storied franchise.
Far too many college basketball players, especially players of color, leave college without an NBA contract and without another crucial ingredient for success: a college degree.
While it's unlikely that college baseball will be able to contend with the dominance of football and basketball anytime soon, the market is growing steadily.
The bold move of hiring Julie Hermann as the new athletic director of Rutgers University signaled an important recognition in the sports world: not only can women do a 'man's job', but a female touch may be just what that world needs.
So now where do we athletic wannabes and weekend warriors turn to find inspiration? The answer just might be found next door or across the street.
Basketball fans know it is possible to break a full court press, get down the floor and score. But right now, small business America and corporate coaches are failing to draw up plays to break the blistering press and are thus failing their team.
Congrats, never again will a kid get kicked in the ass by a head coach. Instead they will continue to be kicked in the ass by this corrupt system.
What did the president know and when did he know it? If the answer is absolutely nothing, then the president cannot lead.
As Kevin Ware suffered the injury, the outcome of the NCAA tournament might've shifted on its axis.
Intercollegiate athletics has been horribly corrupted and one is as likely to be exposed to bad characters and unethical behavior as you are to be taught all the good lessons of life.
As people tried to make sense of why he thought it was OK for a documented serial abuser to keep coaching young athletes at Rutgers, Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti dissembled, side-stepped and evaded both responsibility and the truth.
Survive and advance is one mantra of teams in the NCAA basketball tournament culminating in the Final Four. One strategy for churches struggling in a sports-obsessed culture may be a similar strategy: Adapt and advance.
The Miami Heat had their 27 game winning streak snapped by Chicago 101-97. The '71-'72 Lakers record of 33 straight wins is safe.