October 25, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - As seismic conference shifts and what he termed "scandals du jour" continue to rattle and reshape the college sports landscape, NCAA president Mark Emmert promised reformers Monday that drastic responses were both necessary and near. "The normal course of business is not enough anymore," Emmert told a meeting of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. "Student-athletes are students who happen to be athletes, not the other way around. " While conceding there was little the NCAA could do to stop the ongoing "conference panic" - the money-driven transformation of such long-stable conferences as the Big East and Big Twelve - Emmert said the NCAA would address such other hot-button issues as poor graduation rates, freshman eligibility, academic reform, and increased compensation for athletes.
March 17, 2002 |
It's March Madness time. The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is quickly becoming, if not the premier sports event in the United States, certainly right up there. In the tournament, you'll see an incredible array of athletes displaying skills that, they and their families and their agents hope, may land them a professional contract. The question is, should college athletes be paid for their labors? Many of them believe they should. And so do I. The recent Knight Commission report shows that intercollegiate athletics today is one part altruistic sport-for-its-own-sake and many more parts commercialism, quasi-professionalism, and exploitation.
April 1, 2009 |
In the cash-strapped context of the Big Five, it's not surprising that Villanova has been the only Philadelphia team to reach the Final Four since 1980. The Wildcats, who will play North Carolina in a national semifinal Saturday night, spent $4.9 million on men's basketball last season. That was $2 million more than St. Joseph's, $1.9 million more than Temple's, and nearly seven times what Penn spent. But nationally, where Division I-A football schools tend to dominate in basketball as well, the Wildcats' appearance in Detroit this weekend is something of an oddity.
May 2, 2004 |
Embarrassed by dismal graduation rates, concerned by growing public cynicism and threatened with congressional intervention, the beleaguered NCAA last week unveiled its latest attempt at academic reform. At a meeting in Indianapolis on Thursday, the governing body for college sports approved new rules that, beginning in 2006, will take away scholarships and postseason eligibility from athletic programs that fail to hit still-unspecified graduation targets. According to the 2003 NCAA Graduation Report, only 44 percent of basketball players and 54 percent of football players graduated within six years.
September 8, 2004 |
An analysis by an economics professor at Cornell, released yesterday by the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, found that success in big-time college sports has "little, if any, systematic effect on the quality of incoming freshmen an institution is able to attract" and that success also is unlikely to have much impact on overall donations to a university. "I was surprised in general at the findings," said Cornell professor Robert Frank. "Like so many other people, I had heard the anecdotes of the supposed benefits of big, big athletics and there really isn't much to support that.
February 8, 2005 |
A jury in St. Paul, Minn., awarded three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond $3.46 million in his contract dispute with a bicycle accessories maker. PTI Holdings Inc., of New York, dropped LeMond's name from its helmets, seat covers, locks and other items after deciding his celebrity status had faded. His contract called for a 10-year deal, but PTI dropped the LeMond accessories in 2002 before it expired, choosing to sell products under the Schwinn name instead, said one of LeMond's attorneys, Margo S. Brownell.
January 31, 2006 |
A panel of the Knight Commission, which promotes reform in college sports, heard some sobering comments yesterday in Washington about summer-league basketball coaches. Joe Wootten, who has coached three state championship teams at Bishop O'Connell High in Arlington, Va., told the panel of summer-league coaches who offer players up to $15,000 or seedy trips to Las Vegas to join their teams, all in violation of NCAA rules. "They probably recruit 10 times more than any college coach ever does," Wootten said.
February 3, 2004 |
Colleges and universities should revive their policy of banning freshmen from varsity sports, former men's basketball coaches Dean Smith, of North Carolina, and Terry Holland, of Virginia, told the Knight Commission yesterday. The NCAA's ban on freshman eligibility was eliminated in 1968 for all sports except football and basketball, and in 1972 for football and basketball. "Say, 'You have to prove you're a student first, before you can have the privilege of playing basketball,' " Smith said.
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.
November 2, 2011 |
If you are puzzled by the large-scale game of musical chairs underway in the nation's top college sports conferences, here's a simple explanation: Fourteen billion dollars. That's the aggregate worth of the five major football leagues' current TV contracts, the fevered pursuit of which has prompted the process of massive conference realignments. Those deals guarantee the participating schools $1.1 billion annually over the next 14 years. Penn State, for example, will reap $19.3 million a year from Big Ten agreements with ABC, ESPN, CBS, and its own Big Ten Network - and much more should that conference channel exceed expectations.