MSU Investigation Highlights Limits and Failings of NCAA Discipline

The NCAA was founded in 1906 to protect the physical well-being of its athletes. In the past few years, hundreds of women have come forward to say they were sexually assaulted by former Michigan State team doctor Larry Nassar. In January, Nasser, who also worked as a physician for USA gymnastics, was sentenced to 40-to-175 … Continue reading MSU Investigation Highlights Limits and Failings of NCAA Discipline

Ledecky’s Decision to Turn Pro Highlights the Risks of NCAA Amateurism Rules

Remember when swimmer Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games?  She finished more than eleven seconds ahead of her closest competitor—a gap that show-cased the then nineteen-year-old’s dominance in the pool and cemented her status as an Olympic superstar. When the games ended, Ledecky packed up her five medals (four gold, … Continue reading Ledecky’s Decision to Turn Pro Highlights the Risks of NCAA Amateurism Rules

[Un]Frozen: The NCAA’s Amateurism Rules Bow Only to Disney

The NCAA is coming down from its high horse on enforcement of amateurism rules, at least for Disney. On Friday, USA Today columnist Nancy Armour reported that the NCAA will allow Arike Ogunbowale (the Notre Dame guard who drilled back-to-back buzzer beaters in the National Semifinals and Finals to lead the Irish to this year's National Championship) to compete … Continue reading [Un]Frozen: The NCAA’s Amateurism Rules Bow Only to Disney

Sister Jean is saving the NCAA from itself

The first Thursday night primetime game of the second week of the NCAA tournament on CBS featured eleventh-seeded Loyola University Chicago taking on seventh-seeded Nevada, while third-seeded Michigan and seventh-seeded Texas A&M were relegated to TBS. In a season marked by the "resolution" of academic fraud at UNC, Louisville's stripped national championship and the FBI … Continue reading Sister Jean is saving the NCAA from itself

A Big Week for the Little Guys

March Madness is nothing without its Cinderellas; and it has been a big week for the little guys. For the first time in the history of the tournament, a 16 seed took out a 1 seed as the UMBC Retrievers outclassed overall number one seed Virginia in Charlotte on Friday. Two 13 seeds shocked 4 … Continue reading A Big Week for the Little Guys

Hey, NCAA, $100,000 can’t buy a Cinderella

But don't blame Ayton for taking it There have always been villains in college basketball going into the NCAA tournament--just ask Duke. But this year, the "bad guys" are that much easier to identify as a result of the current FBI probe into college basketball. Of these bad guys, Arizona stands out as easily the … Continue reading Hey, NCAA, $100,000 can’t buy a Cinderella

Hey, NCAA, the NBA is Taking Charge

After Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller was directly linked to a $100,000 payment offer to his freshman phenom and now PAC-12 Player of the Year, Deandre Ayton, I argued that the pay for play culture in college basketball was the logical consequence of the influx of money the NCAA receives and its unwillingness to accept governance responsibility … Continue reading Hey, NCAA, the NBA is Taking Charge

Hey, NCAA, This is Your Fault

NCAA Division I men’s basketball had a tough week. On Tuesday, Louisville was officially stripped of 123 wins from 2012-2015, including its 2013 National Championship, after an NCAA investigation discovered the program funded the services of strippers and prostitutes for current and prospective student-athletes with university funds. Ironically, this penalty had nothing to do with the … Continue reading Hey, NCAA, This is Your Fault