August 28, 1986
The Aug. 18 editorial "Maryland earns high five" was unbelievable. As stated, Maryland did bad things. It recruited functionally illiterate athletes, taught them nothing except the sport involved, used and discarded still functionally illiterate students. All this bad stuff, exposed by the Bias scandal, is now finished, you say, "dramatically. " Maryland will now adjust its basketball schedule to facilitate study, and provide a vaguely described academic support system. Bravo! Maryland will lead the other colleges, sinners all, from the wilderness.
March 19, 1991 |
That the fields where college sports are played have been mangled by scandal is the general theme of a report on reshaping college athletics that will be issued today in Washington by the Knight Foundation's Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. The commission is a 22-member panel composed primarily of college administrators and private businessmen. In the 1980s, 109 colleges and universities were censured, sanctioned or put on probation by the NCAA. They included 57 of the 106 universities playing Division I-A football.
January 6, 1996 |
Everyone in big-time college basketball and football seems to be raking in the dough. The NCAA has an eight-year, $1.7 billion contract with CBS for the Division I men's basketball tournament. Teams get barrels of money for appearing on television, or making a football bowl appearance. Dozens of coaches at elite Division I programs basketball make at least $100,000 per year from shoe companies merely for having their teams wear the companies' shoes. Everyone is profiting, it seems, except the athletes, who make the bonanza possible.
March 7, 1991 |
Three out of four Americans think college athletics have gotten out of control, according to a poll made public yesterday. "We have found that some groups who are widely thought to be major stalwarts and boosters of big-time athletics are . . . deeply disturbed at what they see today," said Louis Harris, chairman of Louis Harris and Associates, the New York-based organization that conducted the poll. The poll was ordered by the Knight Commission, a non-profit organization that has studied problems in college athletics since January 1990 and is expected to make reform proposals in a report to be issued later this month.
January 12, 2006 |
There are no unforgettable images of it burned into America's collective consciousness, like that of sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith standing, heads bowed and black fists raised, on the Olympic medal platform in 1968. Nevertheless, the story of the 1965-66 Texas Western basketball team served as a transcendent moment in sports history. Unless you're over 50, you probably don't know much about the scrappy Miners of coach Don Haskins, who not only beat Kentucky to win the 1965-66 NCAA championship for Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso)
June 19, 2015 |
IF YOU have been around college sports as long as I have, you meet every imaginable kind of person - some with agendas, others who are in it just for themselves, overmatched incompetents. You also get to know people like Vince Nicastro, who is everything good about college athletics - honest, fair-minded, reasonable and terrific at his job. When it was announced yesterday that Nicastro, the Villanova athletics director for 15 years, will be leaving his job sometime soon to become the associate director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova School of Law, I felt good for Vince and his family because that is what they want.
July 20, 1993 |
Jim Tarman, the Penn State athletic director for 11 years and an administrator in the school's athletic department for a total of 35 years, announced his retirement yesterday. Tarman, 65, said he would step down as soon as a successor was found, probably by Dec. 31. "I could have done this in 1991, but I wanted to see the Big Ten thing through to its inception," Tarman said, referring to Penn State's entry into the Big Ten, which will be complete this fall when the football team begins conference play.
May 18, 1988 |
Monday's controversy became yesterday's resolution between the University of Kansas and Temple regarding their Dec. 10 basketball date - sponsored by the Showboat Hotel and Casino - in Atlantic City's Convention Hall. Bob Frederick, athletic director at Kansas, released a statement Monday saying that he "had no knowledge of the sponsorship of this game by an outside agency" and "we have obvious concerns about the involvement of casino gambling in college athletics. " "I spoke with him today, and we've cleared things up," said Charles Theokas, Temple's athletic director.
March 4, 2005 |
To restore a sense of integrity to college athletics' poor graduation rates, especially in basketball and football, the NCAA has initiated a new program: the Academic Progress Rate, or APR. Under the leadership of former Indiana University president and current NCAA president Myles Brand, an NCAA committee on academic performance was established. During the committee's most recent meeting in January, an academic performance "cut" score was established to penalize intercollegiate athletic programs that perform poorly on graduation rates, retention and eligibility.
October 16, 2007 |
Despite frequent calls for reform, the disconnect between college athletics and academics remains significant, according to a survey by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics that was released here yesterday. The topic of a daylong discussion at the National Press Club, the nationwide survey of 2,071 faculty members suggested a widespread cynicism among professors over the growth and impact of the $8 billion-a-year college sports business. It depicted an educational landscape in which academics resent the multimillion-dollar salaries paid to football and basketball coaches, believe sports decisions are driven not by college administrators but by the entertainment industry, and feel that athletics get priority over education.