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NCAA ‘Code of Silence’? Emmert’s In on It

Mark Emmert is, to paraphrase Robert Penn Warren, full of more s___ than a Christmas turkey. He’s just told the Times’ estimable Marc Tracy (Amid Scandal, N.C.A.A. Forms Commission to Reform Men’s Basketball“) that the recent federal indictments of NCAA basketball … Continue reading

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Louisville/Adidas Payola Scandal, Pitino Chutzpah, Mandate Re-Opening Stripper Case

The announcement this week of ten indictments has rocked college sports basketball. It should rock the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions. The indictments allege, apparently, facts which suggest that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino had direct contact with Adidas marketing head Gatto, … Continue reading

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Hard Cider Recipe for Knuckleheads

  German Hard Apple Cider [“Apfelwein”] for Knuckleheads   Fall is coming on. If you plan right, you can have some excellent hard cider, with little effort, by the time of the 2nd or 3rd weekend of college football. You can’t … Continue reading

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The House of Cards Pitino Built: Louisville Lessons for Coaches and AD’s

Last week’s NCAA decision to sanction Louisville for hosting prostitution and stripper parties in its basketball dorm was more than a sex case, though you couldn’t tell that from the decision issued by the Committee on Infractions. Like the 1930’s-era … Continue reading

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NCAA: UCF Kicker De La Haye Can Promote Nike, Not Himself

UCF football kicker Donald De la Haye has a lively ‘vlog’ where he described his recent encounter with the UCF compliance office, which told him that he can no longer operate that vlog and receive money for it. According to … Continue reading

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Bowlsby’s Bye Bye Ms. Amateurism Pie and NCAA Spooky Action at a Distance

About a month ago I think I glimpsed some NCAA spooky action at a distance – just a momentary flash, really, like some subliminal image across a movie screen. Then it disappeared. Spooky. It happened at the May 1 annual … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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