Yes, Flying Parents To The Final Four Is Paying Players

Back in January, less than a week before the college football championship game, the NCAA announced that parents of players who made this year's College Football Playoff or Final Four were eligible to receive $3,000 in travel expenses. Now, a number of ADs are pushing to make the program permanent. We'd like to remind… » 4/01/15 9:43am 4/01/15 9:43am

John Calipari's Deal Is Bad, Even For Players Whose Knees Survive It

Last week, I wrote about the ways that both pro- and anti-NCAA camps tend to miss the mark when talking about University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. He deserves less criticism for breaking NCAA rules and more for profiting from them, because even his “Players First” arrangement forces players to take… » 3/31/15 10:57am 3/31/15 10:57am

1931 Op-Ed Eviscerates "Hypocrisy ... Utter Cowardice" Of College Sports

It's heartening to realize that the general sentiment toward the scam that is collegiate amateurism seems to have come around to the Death To The NCAA worldview. What's gone unappreciated, though, is just how long the fight to expose the fraudulent governance of amateur sports has been going on. The concept of… » 3/26/15 1:16pm 3/26/15 1:16pm

Dayton Advances To The Round Of 64 On Sketchy No-Call At Home

Dayton beat Boise State 56-55 tonight to advance to the first round proper of the NCAA tournament, but Boise State and their fans will spend the next couple of weeks believing they were jobbed. Boise State's Derrick Marks saw his last second three-point attempt miss badly, but he'll argue that he only missed because… » 3/19/15 12:02am 3/19/15 12:02am

Exciting NCAA Tourney Upsets: Not Brought To You By Enforced Amateurism

Over the next week, a relatively unheralded team from a small conference will probably defeat a blue blood program from a major conference. This will be surprising because we will have expected the more powerful team to win, what with their larger budget, better-paid coach, etc. » 3/16/15 5:42pm 3/16/15 5:42pm

Let John Oliver Remind You That March Madness And The NCAA Are Bullshit

John Oliver dedicated a huge chunk of last night's episode of Last Week Tonight to battering the NCAA. The fact that he was able to go in on the NCAA's exploitative, hypocritical existence for over 20 minutes should tell you all you need to know about the lie that is college sports. You certainly don't have time to… » 3/16/15 10:04am 3/16/15 10:04am

NCAA Suspends Jim Boeheim Nine Games, Revokes Scholarships

The NCAA has handed down its punishment against Syracuse University for a series of self-reported violations that took place over the last decade. In the NCAA's terms, the school is being punished for failing to "control and monitor" its athletics programs, and men's head basketball coach Jim Boeheim specifically is… » 3/06/15 12:49pm 3/06/15 12:49pm

How Did A Texas A&M Recruit's Dad End Up With A Trademarked Hashtag?

Texas A&M is known for promoting both football and its brand to the point of absurdity, and so it was more than fitting that they won the competition to land Daylon Mack, a coveted recruit from the Class of 2015. Mack, you see, managed to come out of the recruiting process not only with a scholarship, but with his… » 2/27/15 12:19pm 2/27/15 12:19pm

Once-Homeless RB Says He's Ineligible For Not Wanting To Be Homeless…

Baylor running back Silas Nacita became a fan favorite last season when he earned a walk-on roster spot with the Bears after spending a year at community college. Nacita got into Baylor with an academic scholarship, and at the time of his enrollment, he was homeless. According to Nacita, he has now been declared… » 2/25/15 12:59pm 2/25/15 12:59pm

Syracuse Conveniently Punishes Itself During Down Season

The Syracuse men's basketball team has self-imposed a postseason ban in an attempt to punish itself for athletic department violations that the NCAA has been investigating since 2007. The ban will prevent Syracuse from playing in the ACC tournament, NCAA tournament, or NIT tournament this year, but there's no reason… » 2/05/15 10:46am 2/05/15 10:46am

Baylor Played An NAIA Team For The Sake Of A Dopey Movie

There's a noticeable oddity among today's college basketball box scores: The Baylor Bears, a nationally ranked Division I team, beat the hell out of the Huston-Tillotson Rams, an NAIA team that has a few Division I schools on its schedule, but has no real business playing against the big boys. The motivations behind… » 1/22/15 9:45am 1/22/15 9:45am