Watch Knight Commission and Arne Duncan Go Off the Rails Again Tomorrow

Foundations are endowed by capitalists who had a lot of excess cash when they died and who, before they died, wanted to make sure that a good chunk of the cash they made off the labor of others might ‘pay forward’ to others, perhaps even the offspring of those whose labor built that capitalist’s fortune.

The Knight family wanted to do good when they endowed the Knight Foundation. And their money has done some good for college athletics. But KF has gotten co-opted. They actually think that the current operation and structure of the NCAA has merit.

Their vision is limited. They can’t tell that the current NCAA structure is a con. The Power 5 conferences basically pulled out, within the last couple years, and Knight didn’t even know it. Nor does Knight recognize why the Power 5 didn’t completely pull out of the NCAA – they could have easily – for two reasons: 1) they need the non-Power 5 conferences, but also all the non-D-1 teams, as a counterweight, as the Power 5 teams (the real-party-in-interest) litigate the O’Bannon, Alston, and many other cases which challenge the NC AA’s Shamateurism. They need those teams and divisions to allow the Power 5 fellows to claim that education and academics are, in fact, a central part of today’s college sports business model; and 2) they couldn’t walk away from that $1 billion windfall which is the NCAA March Madness tournament.

And the Knight people, Amy Perko, even Arne Duncan, they fall for all this. Duncan comes out with high-minded pronouncements about how it is mandatory that the college athlete be able to get earnest, legitimate education, as a part of the “scholarship” which he is paid for his work.

Sure, I suppose that Duncan wouldn’t have gotten this job as titular head of the Knight Commission, if he did not parrot this party line.

But Duncan, Knight, and Amy Perko are lost at sea. The major problem is not whether some black player who funds all of Division 1 football and basketball is getting good grades, and whether those grades are legit. That’s what they think the issue is. And white guys like Duncan, or Perko, and Sandy Barbour, or Tom McMillan, will debate this issue for the next decade, trying to fine-tune and constrain the un-constrainable and un-fine-tuneable: the freight-train of academic racketeering driven by the Bull of Triumph (and Profit) which now rules college athletics.

As these idealistic Knight-types debate, over the next decade, the academic purity and regulation of big-time college sports, there are many black Power 5 basketball and football  players whose families – having sent their wildly talented sons off to the big business which is college sports – still struggle to pay the rent — not ten years from now, but next month.

So tomorrow, May 1st, 2017, we’ll see some high-minded posturing by white guys about the need for these black players to get a degree, which “is worth a million dollars, lifetime.”

Knight – Duncan, McMillan, Perko – ought to look at two things: 1) the Rule of Thumb for split of gross income in pro sports, which is 50-50, between owner and players; and 2) the gross revenue at Texas A&M, which was about $190 million. They would then recognize that the primary issue in college sports is not whether some poor black, fabulously talented running back is having his papers written for him, or whether he attends class. Those are really neato-keeno issues for those of us who have grown up in UChicago, or Harvard, or other bastions of academic idealism.

Those issues have nothing to do with the issue which the Knight Commission pretends does not exist: how does my poor black son get at that $95 million which he and other basketball and football players at, for example, Texas A&M, would get if they were employees?

While the white guys at Knight Commission fiddle and diddle, write position papers, and get it all perfectly figured out over the next decade, there is a mammoth Whoosh of Capital Accumulation which annually occurs at every Power 5 school, as one class of basketball and football recruits signs onto their NLI’s, collectively, and their assets are then immediately — and brutally — seized by the Power 5 schools. Each and every year. And this whoosh?  — it’s sector-based, with the sector being defined by the thief who robs that sector: the NCAA. The sector is all the high school players who sign that NLI, at the same time, each year.

The Knight Foundation will say they have no dog in this fight, because their mission is educational. All the education, though, which the Knight Foundation purports to monitor, is funded by this NCAA and school Theft of Capital. Watch, though, tomorrow, at the Knight meeting on May 1. It will be civilized. It will be silk ties, smiles, smooth. No worries. Because none of them have any worries. The predominantly black Power 5 basketball and football player will not be there. Never has been, never will be.

The Knight Foundation is, right now, the sole potential source for sector-based voice for the athletes shut out of decision-making and voting authority for his sports. But Knight is AWOL.

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Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes Interviews Marvin Miller about a Final Four Players’ Strike

(Below is an entirely fictional interview, conducted by Wisconsin basketball player Nigel Hayes, of the late, great economist and sports labor pioneer Marvin Miller, on the question of a March Madness Final Four Player’s Strike.)

Nigel Hayes: Well, Mr. Miller, I know you’ve only been gone for three years, but you’ve probably been keeping an eye on things, so you probably know that there’s been a lot of unrest and talk about giving big-time college athletes more power, and even pay. What do you think we should do?

Marvin Miller: Call me Marvin. It’s odd, really, you big-time college players, right now, in so many ways, you’re just like my major league baseball players when they hired me on a shoestring back in ’67. No money. No power. No leader. Lots of country-poor blacks, doin’ all the work. They couldn’t pay me, so I ginned-up some money through their baseball card contracts – which paid ’em only $125 a year, believe it or not. Bought and sold and bullied — that’s what they were.

Hayes: So you know about some of the talk over the years, about March Madness player strikes. UNLV players under Tark in ’91, they were going to strike the final game, after they beat Duke – then they lost to Duke.

Miller: Yea, there’s been some scratching around, just like Curt Flood scratched for us, just like you’re scratchin’ now for your players. I know back in ’85, Tennessee running back Charles Davis, he did summer workouts with Dick DeVenzio, that ex-Duke basketball guard did a whole lotta scratching for NCAA players, he was barkin’ at an NCAA moon long before any other dogs started in, and he saw through this whole wacko NCAA profit machine — what I call Shamateurism. And Charles Davis was gonna strike, but his trainer got wind of it, so Davis knew his coach knew too – so Davis’d never even get on the field. PT – Playing Time – those college players, they’re all slaves to it. So that strike never happened.

Hayes: —  Shamateurism – I like that. And you probably saw Mizzou, a couple years ago – the team made a demand, and two days later, the university president was gone.

Miller: Yup. And a year ago, basketball players at Queens College in New York city, they refused to practice until the school got rid of their abusive head coach – and the school got rid of him!

Hayes: So if some Final Four players are thinking of striking, how much money should they demand before they go out on the court and play?

Miller: Zee-ro.

Hayes: Uh – don’t ask for any money?

Miller: Not a penny.

Hayes: I, uh, I guess I don’t understand.

Miller: Sure, you can try it, but money — that’s not your first problem. Don’t get me wrong, Nigel, you Revenue players need and deserve money. Lots of it. And you need a specific demand — as Frederick Douglass said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will.”

Let me explain. When I started in ’67, baseball players had no power. Nothing. I couldn’t even get a meeting with the baseball owners. They didn’t care about me, and they didn’t care about their players. They did whatever they damn well pleased with my players. What happened was, eventually, they had to meet with us, cuz of labor laws and other pressures we put on ’em. And pretty soon, we got into their Board Rooms. That’s what you Revenue players need. In the law books, they call that Sector-Based power and negotiating. For me, I just called it Getting into their Board Rooms. So you can get a seat at the table, and they gotta talk to you.

Hayes: Well, the NCAA voted a couple years ago, after O’Bannon got them all nervous, to let one player on its 24-member Board of Directors, and two players on the 40-member D-1 Council.

Miller: So now we’re getting’ down to it. Yes they did. But those players on those Boards have always been from Non-Revenue sports. Nigel, if I’d had to fight for my major league player’s rights and money by using minor league players, I’d be dead now, and they’d still be paying some other executive director with a small skim off of baseball card contracts, with no player power or money in the end. It’s the same with those Student-Athlete-Advisory Committees on every campus. Those few Non-Revenue board members, those SAACs – they’re just the owner’s captive unions.

Let me talk dollars a sec, Nigel. First, the NCAA gets $1 Billion from that 3-week March Madness tournament – every year! And there’s 64 teams, 768 players. Second, the NBA, NFL, MLB – they basically split revenues 50-50 with the players – that’s been the rule of thumb for years. Third, if you March Madness players went half-sies on that $1 billion with the owners, you players would walk away with $651,042 – each. That’s what O’Bannon Judge Wilken called the “Real Money At Issue. And that money’s why they call you Revenue players.

Hayes: But I thought you didn’t want us to strike for money?

Miller: I don’t, I’m just trying to lead where you need to go. Here’s what you should strike for: Full, complete voting membership in the ‘ole En-Cee-Two-Ay.

Hayes: Well, uh –

Miller: Full NCAA membership. Not for some tennis player, or some golf guy, but for the guys who make all of the money for the NCAA. The NCAA — all those silk-tie guys — they spend OPM — ‘Other People’s Money.” And you, Nigel, and the other 816 players – you make that money.

Hayes: But we can’t, well, I mean we’re not, like, coaches, we’re not AD’s — we’re not even adults, you can’t just hand over the NCAA to a bunch of kids.

Miller (rising out of his chair, face flushing with color, now peering down at Hayes next to him): I am, without permission, going to call you Mr. Hayes from here on in – and here’s why. You are not a kid. None of you players are kids anymore. That went out the window by 1980, but the NCAA, coaches, AD’s – all of ’em – they all pretend that every judge in this country never threw out that old in loco parentis doctrine by 1980. Before that, the college was the student’s nanny, operating “in place of the parent,” and could control the student just about any old way it wanted.

And the NCAA still pretends that the 26th Amendment never got passed in 1971, and pretends that, by 1980, every state did not lower the age of majority from 21 to 18. Mr. Hayes, that whole Nanny-College thing got chucked out the window by 1980, and after that, every player was an adult, with rights, and the right to engage in activities that adults engage in. But you’d never know talkin’ with these NCAA guys, they’re as clueless – and devious – as Bowie Kuhn. And Mr. Hayes: they love to dress up in Mary Poppins costumes, and talk to you like they’re just minding your sandbox for you

Hayes: Well, yes, Ok, Ok, would you please, um, sit down again, please, Marvin. But what’s some Mary Poppins costumes have to do with it?

Miller: Here’s what, Mr. Hayes. When they threw that Nanny-College thing out the window, all those schools, and the NCAA – they lost every basis for excluding you and your Revenue brethren from being full-fledged NCAA members. And that’s what you strike for: full-fledged, full voting-rights NCAA membership for all 768 March Madness players And those players vote to select one player from each school to be a voting representative to the NCAA. Those 64 chosen then serve —  24 player-reps on the Board, and 40 player-reps on the Council. And Boom! — you’ve Gotten Into the Board Room, you’re at the table, and you’ve got shared voting rights. 24 player reps, with 24 school reps. 40 player reps with 40 school reps. And you don’t even need a union to get there!

Hayes: Dude! Yea, I think I’m likin’ this. Yea, this is cool.

Miller: Let me give you another tiny hint. These NCAA chnuckleheads have seen 25 years of revenue increases that would make Warren Buffet blush –but they won’t give you independent arbitration, truly independent medical care, they won’t even pay for the same quality of insurance that they place on their buildings! That’s the kind of thing you act on, things that no decent human being (other than those chuckleheads) would ever possibly allow, and you take those to vote. And remember that $651,042 per-player payout I told you about? — you vote on that. No more taxation without representation, Mr. Hayes.

And then, Mr. Hayes, you’re gonna need some staff, once you’re on those Boards. Do what that Athletic Director’s powerful lobbying group (LEAD1) is doing these days: accept $75,000 gifts from vendors who sell to their own schools. It violates almost every public school’s state anti-bribery statutes, or school regulations – but if it’s ok for them, it’s gonna be just fine for you, Mr. Hayes, when you are in the Board Room, with a seat at the table, with equal voting rights, and some staff. Think of yourself, and all of the other 767 March Madness players, as Adults. Board members. And owners.

Hayes: Whoa. Yea. Whoa. Dude, how I can thank you?

Miller: Mr.. Hayes, when all 64 of your guys sit down at the Board’s conference table, just make sure the name plates say ‘Mister’ on them – just for me. You’re all adults. Board members. Owners. And remember — I’m watching.

copyright 2017 William Wilson

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Why Michigan’s Beilein Should Be Calling Ten Other Coaches With $20 Million Contracts

A confession: It’s been hard for me to abide Michigan’s head basketball coach John Beilein. It started when I attended a Harvard-Michigan game six or seven years ago at tiny Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge. It’s a small venue, no bigger than the Ann Arbor high school gym. I sat directly behind the Michigan bench and watched as, three or four times during the game, coach Beilein insisted upon loudly, and with much remonstration, addressing and grandly instructing some player he had just pulled from the lineup, using elaborate hand-and-arm gestures, to make clear to that pulled-player how badly he had just executed some fine art of basketball upon which Beilein had surely – the little sideline skit was meant to tell the crowd – previously repeatedly instructed that player.

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It was a petty little performance. And the faces on his team when, for example, they were assembled for a time-out ‘huddle,’ seemed bemused, distant, but wary of provoking Beilein’s wrath – and also ever-so-slightly contemptuous of his sanctimony. The great Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics always insisted that all coaching instruction be reserved for practice days; on game days, he wanted his players to perform. Mack, a hard-nosed man of dignity, grace, and compassion, was also aware that -in-game correction or instruction of players could easily be interpreted by attentive fans as an effort to show-up that player.

And then I heard Lukey Bonner describe his experience a decade ago as a freshman player at WVU years ago, when Beilein was the head coach there. Out of the blue, toward the end of the year, Beilein came to him and requested, with a straight face, that Bonner ‘take a red-shirt year.’ As Bonner described it, he said ‘NO!’ He’d never once heard the notion of red-shirting before, and he had no intention to do it then. Bonner later transferred. The story confirmed for me: Beilein, an approximately decent man, succeeds because he can don that hard-heart, which demands that he confront and pressure a young player suddenly to red-shirt, or openly scold a player before a crowd. But also, I’ve recently learned, ignore the patent duty of care he owes to his players — and his duty to react with moral force, in the face of revealed adversity.

Beilein has continued to engage in those little grandiose sideline skits which, apparently unbeknownst to him, make obvious to the public that he has some need to demonstrate that he’s not to blame for foul-ups by his players. He used this same overt, in-game show-up of his players during Michigan’s defeat of Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game on March 11th.

But I will take an entirely contrary position about the need for immediate instruction, if not scolding, correction, or sanction, when it comes to obvious errors in the conduct of sports administration, particularly as regards endangering the lives of players. Specifically, with regard to the airplane accident in which the Michigan team was involved at Willow Run airport in Ypsilanti as they were attempting to fly to Washington DC for the first round of the Big Ten Tournament last week, in which the winds were 60 to 70 miles an hour. The tower at the airport was shut down. There were no good reasons for any prudent person to allow that plane, containing very valuable, high-profile big-time college players, to travel to the Big Ten Tournament.

But there were very strong personal, financial and professional reasons for characters like John Beilein and his boss, Warde Manuel, to have that plane give it a rip, and try to take off, to get to DC, despite that extraordinary storm — even though doing so meant that they needlessly endangered the lives of their players. Both men get bonuses for winning the Big Ten tournament, and for qualifying for the NCAA tournament. No bonuses are given for the players on the court who do all this ‘qualifying.’

The plane lifted off, and the wheels went up. But then the wheels went down, and the plane skidded across the runway. Some players were injured – none seriously, thank god. All players were shaken.

It was the Mad Bull of Triumph and Profit, in the person of Coach Beilein and AD Manuel, which attempted that lift-off. Somebody should be subject to serious sanction for having subjected those Michigan players to that risk.

If you think that I make this conclusion merely because of the obvious, if not terrifying risk to which Manuel and Beilein subjected their players, then you are wrong. It is also because Manuel (who might have been on the plane) and Beilein (who surely was) carried massive amounts of their own life insurance, provided as a part of their employment contracts: millions of dollars in life insurance.

Do you know how much life insurance Michigan procures for each of its players whose lives were risked last week? — $25,000. A dipshit, shit-ass, spit-in-your-eye $25,000 life insurance policy. That’s all.

Let’s take a quick breath. The NCAA makes a billion dollars on March Madness — the same March Madness tournament which propelled Beilein and Manuel to make the cavalier, devil-may-care-but-also-may-get-March-Madness-invite decision to make that plane aim to get airborne.

And as these sordid events unfolded at Willow Run, the Michigan loyal fans were engaged in some odd fund-raising mechanism, which was directed toward increasing by $100,000 the amount which might possibly be pledged to the ‘Chad Tough’ campaign which has long operated, to fund a UMich hospital effort to fight the kind of cancer which killed former football coach Lloyd Carr’s grandson recently. The $100,000, all literature and tweets suggested, was somehow to be atributed to that saintly Michigan coach: John Beilein. This is all decent, noble, and kind. It is also a process fed by the ego and narcissism of John Beilein.  

Beilein should be raising money to expand the amount of  insurance coverage available to his players, and also expanding his efforts to  change NC double A regulations to allow such increased coverage. How could I possibly make that conclusion?  

Beilein likes being a charitable icon, if not hero. Everyone likes Chad Tough. But Beilein took his eye off the ball. I want to have a sideline conference with him as the crowd watches, and I wave my arms, and contort my face, as Beilein likes to do, to ask him how anyone in their right mind, in that setting, could do what he’s done. How could he possibly have:

1) allowed that plane to try to take off, in those terrible winds – and did that decision have anything to do with the ‘incentive’ bonuses to which Beilein would be entitled if the team went to the tournament?

2) not immediately become an advocate for radical increase in insurance for big time players. Beilein professes to have been shaken by the plane crash. But he wasn’t. Beilein wears silk ties. He makes big money. He’s an aristocrat, like those same British aristocrats who founded a phony ‘amateurism’ in 1866, and which began paying its players by 1867. Beilein did not emerge from the event as a new man, or with any new insight. It never dawned upon him that he might now be precisely the right person of power and bully pulpit, able to use his sway to lobby for money to fund appropriate, substantially increased, levels of insurance for his players, to whom he had subjected rather extraordinary risk. Instead, Beilein basks in a Chad Tough glow, and waxes eloquent about his player’s toughness in the face of adversity.  

John Beilein? Warde Manuel? Anybody home? Moral outrage? Tremble for your players and their parents, other than little lip service at some fawning press conference? John Beilein, have you been on the phone the last 3 or 4 nights, to ten NCAA coaches who also have $20 million contracts, and massive life insurance policies, to persuade them that immediate new legislation is needed, to provide all players with, not $25,000 in death benefit coverage, but $250,000?

Suppose that that plane had actually took off but then was grounded by the extraordinary storm which had overtaken the Midwest, and that all of Michigan’s 12 scholarship players were then killed in the plane crash – much as occurred when the Marshall University football team went down back in 1971. Maybe John Beilein would think beyond his own bank account, and be a force for change? 

Time for a TO, John Beilein and Warde Manuel. What were you thinking? 

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Why Every College Head Coach Should be Using His Wife’s Cell Phone

The California Supreme Court has just ruled, consistent with the trend of cases from other jurisdictions, that government business conducted on personal cell phones, personal emails, or other devices, generates a public record, which is subject to a freedom of information request.

What does this have to do with big-time college sports? It reinforces what Butch Davis was told, at the time he was head football coach at Carolina: public business is public business, subject to a FOIA request, whether that business is conducted on a cell phone paid by the head coach’s employer, or paid for by the coach himself.

Good coaches play dip-and-dodge, to avoid scrutiny. So if you are a good, wary head coach, at a big-time, public ‘program,’ get yourself a burner phone, or a phone which is under your wife’s name, to do all of your business as a head coach. It’s not iron-clad, but you will make it much harder for anyone to get at the substance of your emails, texts, or other communications, long after the fact.

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Elegy For the Dying College Athlete Employee: NLRB General Counsel, Dashing Out the Door, Gets Valiant

NLRB General Counsel Griffin has obviously been stewing. A year ago, the NLRB had decided they just wanted to keep drinking PBR’s in their banquette out back, up ’til closing time. There wasn’t, they decreed, any reason to do anything at all different. What, after all, their decision on the Northwestern union-cert campaign pronounced, is at all wrong with, well . . . just keeping things the way they are?

Griffin knew, when they did it, how cowardly were those NLRB members. Maybe, even (and we will never know), he might’ve cornered one or two of them, sprinting to catch the Metro: “How,” he might’ve challenged them, “How, ‘could you walk away from this, the way you have?’

But they are hurried. There are other things in their lives. Kids, soccer out in Fairfax County. A great outdoor concert somewhere close by, in all the steam. It’s easy and, really, how important could any of this all, possibly, be?

So General Counsel Griffin decides. It’s late one night, and he knows that he has some slight heft, what he puts out on press release will get a broad read.  A broad read. So he gives it a rip.

Griffin, the flaks then say, says that college athletes are employees. They are so oppressively controlled, Griffins says, that they must be employees of those private colleges.

Griffin is right. But he’s wrong. The arc of governance is now working hard and fast against him, and Griffin will soon be a footnote. He will, a couple years later, maybe have some fellow find him, maybe a law school classmate, out in the left field bleachers at Nationals Park on a steamy DC evening out, or maybe at Wolf Trap — and the guy will pop him, because it’s been a while: what, the fellow with two blue cups in his hands will wonder — what  happened with all the NLRB stuff, and the college player employees?

It might be 2018. Maybe ’19. But the NLRB is no close relative, any longer, of what Griffin knew in early 2017.  There’s a whole new regime, they blew it all up. It was worse than Taft-Hartley in 1948. Mostly, it’s all gone, really. These NLRB guys now, they’re all scared, hedgehogs, running from burrow to burrow, and unions, basically, are dead.

“Employees?” Griffin responds. “Employees? Nah. Not really” It was, he mutters to himself, “it was all,”  thinking of Joni Mitchell –“it was all just a dream some of us had.”

Copyright William Wilson 2017

 

 

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Nike Internships for Jourdan Lewis (Mich), Curtis Samuel (OSU), & D’Onta Foreman (Tx)?

 

Nike’s 2016 contract with Michigan provides for three summer “Student Internships,” described as follows:

Each contract year, Nike will offer summer internships at NIKE”s world in Oregon, to three Michigan students at a minimum cost to NIKE of $15,000 per intern. Nike shall select the interns in consultation with, and from a pool of qualified candidates provided by, Michigan and/or the Athletic Departments.”

Earlier this year, Nike funded a different kind of venture, with ostensible educational purpose, for some athletic directors. Virginia Tech athletic director Win Babcock went on a Nike-funded junket to Vietnam which allowed him, Babcock said, to “venture out of his comfort zone. It was a great trip,” Babcock said,

“and I feel like when you get outside your comfort zone, you can grow. So I think it made me a better athletic director.”

For 38 Years, Nike has been paying-off coaches and athletic directors, not because they do the promotion, but because they negotiate with Nike, or have the power to command that Players wear Nike product.

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LEAD1, Fat-Cat AD’s, Tom McMillen, & the Recruit’s #1 Question

mcmillenLEAD1, the new trade association of Division I college athletics directors, has just announced that it is in the process of forming a Political Action Committee. PAC’s are formed to pool money, to lobby and otherwise influence congress and legislators.

Leaving aside the suspicion that this PAC will just be a stalking horse for the NCAA, questions nonetheless arise about this PAC, and even the LEAD1 trade group itself. Trade group? Really? What is the trade exactly?  I thought athletic directors were, as Penn State’s Sandy  Barbour pompously observed at the Fall 2016 Knight Commission meeting, “really, after all, just educators.”

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Why Minnesota Former Coach Claeys & AD Coyle Have Title IX Culpability: Recruiting Rules Have Changed

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Hidden behind the uproar about the Minnesota football protest, and the alleged September 2 player sexual assaults, are the Title IX culpability of Minnesota head coach Claeys, AD Coyle, and university administration in failing to establish state-of-the-art university recruiting policies and practices which would have prevented the alleged assaults. Based upon the university’s leaked Title IX report, it appears that the school failed to exercise the higher degree of care which they owed to the minor recruit allegedly involved, who was on campus for an official visit that weekend.

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“What you see at a bachelor or bachelorette party is what happens on a recruiting visit,”  former Michigan star Jalen Rose, recruited in the late 1980’s by UNLV, MSU, Michigan and Syracuse, said last year. “And as a 17-year-old kid, if I’m not getting laid, I’m not coming. I’m not signing. Number one, I’m out of the ‘hood, so I’m safe,” Rose said. “Number two, I have access to unlimited funds, because I’m a high school kid who’s not paying for dinners, who’s not paying for anything. And it’s almost like my birthday, because their number one job is to show me a magnificent time — as a matter of fact, the time of my life.” Continue reading

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What Wakey-Leaks Should Make Every AD Do

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Every AD needs to demand media NDAs. Today’s startling news from Wake Forest should make every major college athletic director sit up and take notice. Former 2014 assistant (to then-head coach Jim Grobe) Tommy Elrod, in his new position as radio announcer covering Wake games, apparently engaged in a pattern of leaking game plans, over a period of years, to Wake opponents. It all first surfaced during last month’s Wake game against Louisville.

Elrod’s appalling behavior exposes a weakness in an ‘unwritten rule’ within the industry, which is that home reporters understand that any pre-game information which they obtain is confidential and cannot be disclosed to anyone. Continue reading

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