Lawsuit: NCAA Athletics Violate Labor Laws

Add this to the growing number of legal shots fired at the NCAA: A lawsuit filed in federal court says the current setup violates federal labor laws and athletes should be paid. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Indianapolis. The crux of the lawsuit's argument is this: Students in work-study programs—including those… » 10/24/14 7:26pm Yesterday 7:26pm

Even The NCAA Says SI's Oklahoma State Story Was Pointless Horsecrap

Hard to believe it was 13 months ago that Sports Illustrated released a five-part behemoth on alleged misdeeds at Oklahoma State and everyone responded with a collective, nationwide "meh." Today, the NCAA and an independent investigator hired by OK State released a joint statement following their own probe, and they… » 10/21/14 5:02pm Tuesday 5:02pm

The Todd Gurley Snitch Was A Spiteful Memorabilia Dealer

Georgia on Thursday suspended superstar tailback Todd Gurley indefinitely, pending, in its own words, "an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules." By multiple accounts, Gurley is alleged to have received money from at least one memorabilia dealer for signing autographs. A series of emails… » 10/10/14 1:17pm 10/10/14 1:17pm

University Of Alabama Relents, Daisha Simmons Will Play At Seton Hall

The saga of former Alabama basketball player Daisha Simmons looks like it is finally coming to an end. The University of Alabama announced Tuesday night that they had changed course and were supporting Simmons's waiver request to be able to play basketball at Seton Hall this upcoming season. If you're unfamiliar with… » 10/07/14 10:00pm 10/07/14 10:00pm

NCAA Relaxes Penn State Sanctions, Continues Power-Mongering

Today, the NCAA announced significant reductions in its punishments for Penn State stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Specifically, the school's four-year bowl ban has been lifted immediately, and starting next season, it will have all 85 of its scholarships restored. This, like all power moves by governing… » 9/08/14 5:12pm 9/08/14 5:12pm

Penn State To Alums: Please Stop Being Crazy Truthers

Most of the country has moved on from talking about the Penn State scandal, accepting that university administrators and former head coach Joe Paterno made grievous errors in judgment upon becoming aware of Jerry Sandusky's crimes. According to a letter that was sent today by the university to a massive listserv of… » 9/05/14 1:42pm 9/05/14 1:42pm

NCAA: Geno Auriemma's Phone Call To Mo'ne Davis Was A Violation

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma called little league pitcher Mo'ne Davis last month to congratulate her success with the Taney Dragons. Someone anonymously reported the call to the NCAA as a recruiting violation, because Davis, who is 13 years old, also plays basketball. The NCAA actually took the report… » 9/04/14 11:28pm 9/04/14 11:28pm

Texas Athletic Director Channels Donald Sterling

The millionaire administrators who prop up the NCAA often say deeply, deeply stupid things when defending their right to make millions of dollars off of the unpaid labor of athletes, but what University of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson said in this month's issue of Texas Monthly deserves special recognition. » 8/19/14 11:28am 8/19/14 11:28am

Don’t Let Anyone Tell You The O’Bannon Ruling Conflicts With Title IX

I'm already starting to see rumblings out there that the recent ruling by Judge Claudia Wilken (of which I present a broader, preliminary analysis here) is somehow incompatible with the existing obligation of universities to comply with Title IX. That's simply false, and it's important to understand why before that… » 8/13/14 4:46pm 8/13/14 4:46pm

West Virginia Coach Tells Truth, School Pretends It Never Happened

In the wild world of the NCAA, we're forced to swallow a lot of crap from coaches about educating the future, turning boys into men, etc. So honesty is pretty refreshing on the rare chance that it occurs. Today, West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen gave us an unfiltered peek into the world of recruiting, an … » 8/12/14 3:40pm 8/12/14 3:40pm

In The O'Bannon Decision, Truth Wins Out Over Rhetoric

Let me start by apologizing. Because of my own involvement in the Ed O'Bannon case, and because of past situations in which the NCAA has misquoted my own personal statements as if they represent the official opinions of the plaintiffs in the case, I can't be quite as analytical here as I might like, especially since… » 8/11/14 10:11am 8/11/14 10:11am

Hey, ESPN Sorta Asked Bob Bowlsby If He Works Harder Than His Secretary

This is pretty cool. On Thursday, I offered a leather-bound edition of Das Kapital to any reporter who asked Bob Bowlsby just one little question. Bowlsby is the Big 12 commissioner who, in an act of face-melting chutzpah, recently decided to wrap himself in Marx's labor theory of value as intellectual cover for not… » 8/09/14 10:03am 8/09/14 10:03am

NCAA Deadenders Are Running Out Of Arguments

On the heels of the NCAA's Division I board voting to allow the "Power Five" conferences to make some of their own rules, our man Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 commissioner and managerial-class Marxist, inadvertently made the best argument for why football and basketball players (at most schools) should be treated differently… » 8/08/14 3:35pm 8/08/14 3:35pm