Lawyer Who Aided NCAA's Miami Investigation Faces Ethics Charges

Yesterday, the Florida Bar formally filed ethics charges against Maria Elena Perez, the attorney who represented booster Nevin Shapiro and helped the NCAA illegally obtain evidence against the University of Miami. Perez is accused of 15 separate violations of Bar rules, in providing help for the investigation that… » 4/15/14 11:56am Yesterday 11:56am

Alabama Athletics Earn More Than All 30 NHL Teams

The Alabama Crimson Tide athletics department earns revenues of $143 million dollars. According to Marc Edelman, a professor of sports and antitrust law at CUNY, that is more than all 30 NHL teams and 25 NBA teams. While not the craziest thing you've ever heard, it does crystallize something you've probably always… » 4/07/14 9:39pm 4/07/14 9:39pm

UNC Athlete Did Not Receive A-Minus On That Awful Rosa Parks Paper

This picture, which became the thumbnail for the whole UNC academic scandal, is not a picture of an A-minus paper. It's not even a picture of a completed paper. According to Mary Willingham, the whistleblower from the Outside The Lines piece in which the paper was shown, it is probably a draft paragraph, to be used as… » 4/05/14 7:32pm 4/05/14 7:32pm

Which NCAA Scorekeepers Give Out The Most Assists?

Over on FiveThirtyEight, Carl Bialik has an interesting article on how NCAA assist rates vary from court to court, since scorekeepers are given considerable leeway in deciding what counts as an assist and what doesn't. Ken Pomeroy tackled the same subject back in 2007, and both identified Sam Houston State as a… » 4/04/14 2:05pm 4/04/14 2:05pm

How Steve Fisher Built An Unlikely Powerhouse At San Diego State

When he took the job at San Diego State University, in the fall of 1999, Steve Fisher didn't promise that he'd turn things around overnight. He signed a seven-year contract, as if to prove the point, and spent the first few months of that deal barnstorming dozens of San Diego businesses and social groups to sell… » 3/27/14 6:39pm 3/27/14 6:39pm

This UNC Athlete's Paper Is A Joke. Who's To Blame?

On Tuesday, Outside the Lines broadcast a piece on the academic scandal unfolding at North Carolina, which according to a whistleblower funneled athletes into sham classes with minimal standards and workloads. The internet's big takeaway was this screengrab of one athlete's final paper, which reportedly received an… » 3/27/14 11:35am 3/27/14 11:35am

Mitch McConnell's UK Campaign Ad Goes From Bad To Worse To Deleted

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is up for reelection this fall, and yesterday he released a campaign ad to much fanfare. It featured some of the things that make Kentucky great, including what were supposed to be highlights of the state's two basketball teams celebrating championships. It didn't work out that… » 3/26/14 8:46am 3/26/14 8:46am

Cash Rules? Breaking Down The Budget Mismatches In The NCAA Tournament

Inequality of college athletic spending is something we all know exists. But strangely, it's not a common topic of conversation in the lead-up to today's hysteria of March Madness and its bracketful of would-be giant-killers. So let's take a look at who's bringing a knife to an Aston Martin fight. » 3/20/14 12:40pm 3/20/14 12:40pm

Is Being Cursed To A "First Four" NCAA Game Actually A Blessing?

The NCAA men's Division I basketball tournament starts tonight in Dayton with two games, as it has since 2011, with another two tomorrow night. The "First Four"—imagined as a parallel to the Final Four, even though the former features eight teams and the latter, uh, four—has traditionally been seen as a wasteland of… » 3/18/14 5:55pm 3/18/14 5:55pm