February 13, 2015 |
The NCAA last month gave Joe Paterno his football wins back, but the bronze statue of the coach that for years greeted visitors outside Beaver Stadium remains in seclusion. And a lot of people think that's wrong, a new poll shows. Of 1,023 Pennsylvania residents polled by Quinnipiac University, 59 percent said the statue of Paterno with his finger in the air should be restored to a prominent place on Pennsylvania State University's campus. A quarter of those surveyed said it should not. The poll numbers, released Wednesday, landed on the same morning that the state Senate majority leader repeated his contention that Paterno had been unfairly "scapegoated," criticized the NCAA president, and called for new probes into how the athletic association handled the fallout of the Sandusky sex-abuse case.
February 11, 2015
ISSUE | WAR WEARINESS Draft to the rescue There was a jaw-dropping statistic in a recent report that put the average number of suicides among soldiers and veterans at a staggering 22 per day. As a Vietnam-era veteran, I am appalled. The focus on treating vets is great, but it's not the solution - and the real solution, reinstituting the draft, is not popular. It's illogical to think that we can send a man or woman into a war zone for repeated tours, with brief stops back home, and not have psychological consequences.
January 19, 2015
THE LEGAL WORDS have been stacked now with such care. The news releases explaining the legal words have been massaged just so. Nowhere do they say that the NCAA, the pig, has just been slaughtered with its own knife. But that's what happened. The NCAA just wanted to be relevant again, don't you know. The big conferences run everything anymore, and the football behemoth has gone and swallowed the world, and the NCAA is left with its basketball tournament to run - a beloved tournament that, truth be told, isn't a pimple on football's ass. All of which leaves the NCAA with a continuing search to convince people it still needs to exist.
November 6, 2014 |
In the chaotic aftermath of Jerry Sandusky's 2012 arrest on child-molestation charges, the NCAA apparently was so intent on punishing Pennsylvania State University that it overlooked questions about its authority to do so, according to e-mails from the organization made public Wednesday. "I know we are banking on the fact that the school is so embarrassed they will do anything, but I am not sure about that," Kevin Lennon, the NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs, said in a July 2012 message to the NCAA's then-director of enforcement, Julie Roe Lach.
September 11, 2014 |
When football recruiting experts, real or imagined, attach a ranking or stars to a recruit, they're really setting odds. The more stars, the better the odds of a payoff for the school that lands the recruit. That's all it is. In football, more than most sports, evaluating 15- and 16-year-olds, trying to figure what kind of player they'll be at age 21, is a tough and risky business. In addition to the inherent danger of the sport, that's why Division I football teams get so many scholarships.
September 10, 2014 |
The NCAA, which enjoyed the view from its holier-than-thou pedestal when sanctioning the Penn State football program in 2012, completed its self-serving exacta on Monday, as it patted the program on the head and assumed the part of merciful overlord. There's nothing the NCAA likes better than a little grandstanding now and then, particularly when it comes to big-time college football, which it lost control of to the BCS conferences years ago. The NCAA still has a few areas in which it can swing a sword, however, and Penn State gave president Mark Emmert a free shot as a result of the Jerry Sandusky pedophile scandal.
July 30, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Five U.S. representatives from Pennsylvania have asked the NCAA to rescind the penalties imposed on Pennsylvania State University for its leaders' handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. "Continuing these unprecedented sanctions harms innocent student athletes and further erodes the increasingly specious credibility" of the NCAA, the five lawmakers wrote in a July 24 letter to Mark Emmert, president of the organization that oversees college sports. The representatives cited an April 9 Commonwealth Court ruling that sharply questioned the validity of a consent decree between the NCAA and Penn State imposing the penalties.
September 26, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Fourteen months after Penn State was hit with historic sanctions from the NCAA, the program received some welcomed news yesterday. Citing "continued progress toward ensuring athletics integrity," the NCAA dialed back its sanctions. Penn State's football program will gradually see its number of scholarships increase in the next 3 years. That process will begin next season, and the Nittany Lions will be back to a full 85 scholarships by 2016. Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, the athletics integrity monitor for Penn State, said the university has "made a serious, good-faith effort to embrace and adopt the changes needed to change its future.
February 25, 2013
By Saturday, the stars were gone from the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. But still remaining were Ian Poulter and Hunter Mahan , two of the best in match play. Poulter beat Steve Stricker to raise his record in match play over the last four years to 19-3-2. Mahan beat U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson , to put himself in position to join Tiger Woods as the only repeat winners of this World Golf Championship. Poulter and Mahan meet in one semifinal Sunday morning.