Academic Fraud Investigation Underway At Notre Dame

Some shit appears to be going down at Notre Dame. Earlier today, rumors about four Notre Dame players being expelled and the entire 2012 season being vacated began to swirl on message boards, Twitter, and Reddit. We still don't know exactly what is happening, but Yahoo's Pat Forde is reporting that an investigation… » 8/15/14 1:50pm Friday 1:50pm

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

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

FSU Paid For Jameis Winston's Insurance Policy On His Draft Stock

Florida State QB Jameis Winston is eligible for the NFL draft after this season, and barring catastrophe, will go very high and will make a lot of money. But what if something catastrophic does happen? There's insurance for that, and it emerged yesterday that Winston won't be footing the bill alone—FSU is paying about… » 8/05/14 12:40pm 8/05/14 12:40pm

Dumb Person Has Bad Idea For How To "Control" College Athletes

This, by Matt Hayes at the Sporting News, was actually published yesterday, but since I haven't seen any angry reaction to it yet, I can only assume it's because we're all still so taken aback by the strangeness of a screed that wouldn't be out of place scrawled on a bathroom wall in feces. But you need to see it.… » 7/30/14 6:54pm 7/30/14 6:54pm

Oklahoma State Avoids APR Penalties Thanks To Player From The 1990s

One of the NCAA's favorite weapons in its PR battle to classify amateur athletes as "student-athletes" is Academic Progress Rate, a formula which provides academic benchmarks programs must achieve to avoid penalties. How meaningless is APR? Oklahoma State football only managed to clear the bar by including a student… » 7/29/14 2:07pm 7/29/14 2:07pm

NCAA Head Injury Lawsuit Settled With $70 Million Brain Evaluation Fund

The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit by agreeing to set up a $70 million fund to evaluate current and former NCAA athletes in a variety of contact sports for brain trauma. Unlike the NFL's maligned but needed settlement that's still evolving, this seems at first blush like an OK deal for NCAA athletes, since it… » 7/29/14 10:18am 7/29/14 10:18am

NBA Draft Prospect Skips College For China (And $1.2 Million)

Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay has the potential to be a lottery pick in next year's NBA draft, but he won't be spending a year in college before going pro. Mudiay's taking his talents to China for the required year between high school and the NBA, and he's getting a hefty chunk of money for his efforts. » 7/22/14 12:44pm 7/22/14 12:44pm

Big 12 Commish Is Full Of Shit About Pay-For-Play Killing The Olympics

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby spoke to reporters during a press conference this morning, and spent a good deal of time painting a bleak picture of the future of college sports. What does Bowlsby see on the horizon, in a post-O'Bannon world? Athletes unionizing! Massive program cuts! The death of the Olympics! » 7/21/14 12:40pm 7/21/14 12:40pm

Ole Miss QB Says Players Go To Bed Hungry

In late March, UConn's Shabazz Napier caused a stir when he said there were some nights he went to bed hungry. People scoffed at the idea of a star player not being able to find an open dining hall or afford food on his own, but a couple weeks later–total coincidence on the timing–the NCAA changed its rules to allow… » 7/18/14 4:17pm 7/18/14 4:17pm

What Everyone Should Know About The NCAA Trial

You remember the highly anticipated Ed O'Bannon trial, right? Well we're nearly two weeks in — do you know how it's been playing out in that Northern California courtroom? This guide is about making you look smart the next time you get in a barstool argument about the merits of the case. Or at least as smart as your… » 6/26/14 3:37pm 6/26/14 3:37pm

​Rashad McCants Made The Dean's List At UNC Without Attending Classes

Rashad McCants, who starred on the 2005 North Carolina championship team, comes clean about his experience at UNC—and says academics could hardly have been more of a sham. He claims he skipped classes, had his papers written for him, and that Roy Williams and the athletic department "100 percent" knew what the school… » 6/06/14 10:36am 6/06/14 10:36am

EA Sports And CLC Finalize Video Game Settlement With Former Players

Four class-action suits brought by former NCAA players against EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company were settled back in September 2013 for $40 million, but aside from the amount, most of the other terms needed ironing out. On Friday night, the parties filed a settlement with the U.S. District Court for… » 5/31/14 10:43am 5/31/14 10:43am

The Competitive-Balance Argument Against Paying Athletes Is Bullshit

High on the list of myths thrown out as excuses to delay or prevent the advent of pay-for-play is that the price-fixing engaged in by the 351 schools in Division 1, and especially the now 128 schools in FBS who play football, is necessary to ensure competitive balance across the sport. » 5/15/14 2:16pm 5/15/14 2:16pm