COLLEGE FOOTBALL

O’Bannon Case Moves Forward; Pay for College Players and Trust Fund for Licensing Cash Is Coming

by Kent Sterling In all things, what’s right gets done eventually.  It never happens as quickly as logic would dictate, but right always wins the debate in the end. “They should be happy with their scholarship!” as a retort to those advocating for the payment of collegiate athletes is falling out of favor with every [...]

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Michael Sam’s Dad Speaks, Gives Reason for Us to Be Extra Nice to Michael

by Kent Sterling Honesty can be a lot of things – funny, terrifying, validating, misery inducing, and touching among them.  When I read the quotes attributed to Michael Sam’s dad about his son’s recent public comments about his sexual preference, I immediately laughed, and then tried to imagine what Sam felt. Funny how empathy ruins a [...]

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National Signing Day – The Last Day the Players Have Any Power or Freedom

by Kent Sterling The thousands of high school seniors signing their letters of intent today to play football at FBS schools across the country need to smile broadly and feel very good about their decision today because once the letter is faxed, their lives will change forever. Once today is over, the schools and coaches [...]

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Indiana Football – Signing Day Looms; Fred Glass Expresses Optimism in Kevin Wilson’s Program

by Kent Sterling Rebuilding college football teams can take a lot of time.  The spoils of the first recruiting class of a new coach can’t really be assessed until the coach’s fourth year on the job.  Guess what year Indiana coach Kevin Wilson is looking toward. This is the year of reckoning – the year [...]

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Northwestern Football Moves Toward Unionization – Is Pay for Play Next?

by Kent Sterling The debate is simple.  College athletes should either be paid to their value, or they should be happy with the educational opportunity they already receive as a scholarship athlete.  The tough part of deciding which side you support is understanding the consequences of changing the financial structure of college athletics. Northwestern quarterback [...]

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Filling in for Dan Dakich – Nothing But Fun and a Discussion About Athletic Department Money

by Kent Sterling Talking about sports used to be so easy.  Who won?  Who lost?  Why did one team win, and the other lose.  Is Peyton Manning the best quarterback of all time?  Will the Pacers win a championship?  Will an Indiana team earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament? Questions without black and white [...]

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Mary Willingham Says Her Research on Academic Levels of UNC Chapel Hill Athletes 100% Accurate

by Kent Sterling Mary Willingham is a polarizing person in the college athletics world. Her research shows 60% of the University of North Carolina football and men’s basketball players with whom she worked as an academic advisor read and write at anywhere from a 4th to 8th grade level, and 10% don’t fare quite that well. [...]

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NCAA Convention to Plot Course to Pay Players and Institute Other Overdue Reforms

by Kent Sterling The fuss is perplexing to me.  The just course is so clear.  The debate is silly.  The American way is to reward those who provide value. Coaches get paid more and more money.  Nick Saban makes more than $7 million for coaching football at Alabama.  That’s a lot of cash for a [...]

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UNC’s Mary Willingham Is the Student-Athlete’s Best Friend for telling the Truth About a Broken System

by Kent Sterling To compensate student-athletes for their participation in a revenue sport through a scholarship that provides an education he is not ready or able to use is immoral. That’s Mary Willingham’s position as she tells the truth about the reading level of North Carolina football and basketball players.  She says that as a [...]

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IU Football – Doug Mallory Fired as Defensive Coordinator

by Kent Sterling Someone had to pay for a defense that had no chance to stop Navy – or anyone else, and defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and defensive line coach Jon Fabris  became those people this morning. The leader of a defense that ranked last in the Big Ten the last three seasons, and 120th [...]

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