LEAD1, 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.”
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.
“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
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
In light of sweatshop labor violations defined at the Nike Hansae factory last April, a group of Georgetown students this morning occupied the school president DeGioia’s office, pressing to have the university cut its ties with Nike. The school’s current contract runs out December 31, 2016. ( Former basketball coach John Thompson Jr. is a member of Nike’s Board of Directors and, according to some reports, current Georgetown basketball head coach John Thompson III has his own direct contract with Nike, apart from his employment contract with Georgetown.)
Nike has refused to agree to follow the university’ Code of Conduct, even though all other Georgetown licensees have agreed to be bound by it.
The Workers’ Rights Consortium released a new November 2016 report on labor violations at the Hansae apparel factory in Vietnam which employs 8,500 workers. Among the abuses found were: forced overtime, under the guise of ‘voluntary’ work; factory floor temperatures above 90 degrees, in the cool season; workers’ fainting from exhaustion and overheating; degrading restrictions on toilet and bathroom access, including managers photographing employees as they leave and enter.
No public statement has yet been issued by Georgetown President DeGioia. A student rally is scheduled for noon today.
According to a recently reported Mass General/Harvard Medical School study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, they assessed 87 college freshman football players, who played between 2008 and 2014, before they started their freshman year. Thirty were linemen; 57 played other positions. All of the players were part of the Harvard Athlete Initiative, an ongoing research project which tracks athletes’ health.
57 percent of the linemen and 51 percent of non-linemen had pre-hypertension upon examination before their freshman year. (Pre-hypertension is a blood pressure reading greater than a normal reading of 120/80.) After their first season, 90 percent of the linemen showed pre-hypertension, while only 49 percent of non-linemen had a blood pressure reading above normal. Continue reading
I’m going to criticize Mother Teresa, your elementary-school’s special ed teacher, and the paraplegic Iraqi war vet — all at once — by taking on iconic Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. Continue reading
(Video can be found here)
This video shows Knight owner Phil Knight in the Ohio State post-game locker room, after the teams 27-24 overtime victory over Michigan, stating:
“Of the top 25 NCAA teams, Nike supplies twenty of them. And none of these teams are we more proud of than this one.”
Nike makes nothing; it is a middleman, which buys services, by written contract, from two different sets of production factories. The first set of factories (overseas) makes shoes and apparel. Continue reading
Nike has been hiring college players to promote for them since 1978. Well, not really, uh, hiring, exactly. Sort of hiring. Well, no. . . it’s actually that the school, like . . . hires . . . well, no sorta, well, just gets the players to do the promoting. Continue reading
On October 4, 2014, Washington State quarterback Conor Haliday passed for more yards in a game (734) than any other quarterback in NCAA history. During his career, he had NCAA records for the most passing completions (59) and attempts (89) in one game. But in late October 2014, 290-lb Southern Cal All-American Leonard Williams fell across Haliday’s leg, causing compound fractures so severe that Haliday’s promising career was over.
This wasn’t Haliday’s only injury: two years earlier, he was speared in the chest by a Utah lineman; causing a 9-centimeter liver laceration – the kind of injury most commonly seen only after a gunshot wound or car accident — and spent four days in intensive care.