COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Parents of college recruits and athletes need to continue to love and support their kids

by Kent Sterling College coaches are paid to win.  That’s where their priorities begin and end.  Just win, baby! Yes, coaches are also held accountable for metrics like graduation rates, NCAA compliance, and Academic Progress Rate, but the primary responsibility is to recruit, train, and motivate athletes to win.  Minus winning, jobs are lost, and [...]

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College Basketball – Freshmen ineligibility was always idiotic – as a proposal of “discussion piece”

by Kent Sterling Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany was either being very silly or very funny as he proposed the re-enactment of freshmen ineligibility for men’s basketball and football players. College basketball and football at the major conference level aren’t simply minor league developmental portals for the NBA and NFL; they are revenue generators and [...]

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Illinois Football under siege for abusing athletes – what the hell is wrong with Illinois athletics

by Kent Sterling Illinois serves as a wonderful counterpoint to Indiana in so many ways.  For the last two days, I spent a considerable amount of time talking on the radio (3p-6p on CBS Sports 1430) about IU basketball player Devin Davis being cited for weed possession.  Then I start reading about the University of [...]

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Pacers must capitalize on good fortune tonight; Lawrence Phillips kills cellmate in latest slip; Cubs slide into first place

by Kent Sterling The Chicago Bulls hammered the Brooklyn Nets 113-86 last night to help the Indiana Pacers gain control of their own playoff fortunes.  A win tonight against the Washington Wizards couple with another tomorrow at Memphis, and the Pacers are in. After winning five straight, the Pacers appear to be rolling, but they [...]

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Mary Willingham finally gets paid by UNC-Chapel Hill for doing the right thing for student-athletes

by Kent Sterling Mary Willingham, the former academic advisor for the University of North Carolina’s athletic department, saw a wrong and tried to right it.  For that she was dispatched, and now she will get paid. Sometimes life actually is fair. Student-athletes were admitted to UNC minus the basic classroom skills needed to survive the [...]

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Indiana Football Signing Day wins vs. D’Qwell Jackson arrested for punching pizza delivery guy

by Kent Sterling There are only so many hours in the day, and writing about more than one topic is just about impossible given the time needed to prepare for a three-hour radio show where relevant sports information is presented in relative bulk. This morning, when I would normally be writing, I was in Bloomington [...]

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Ohio State’s Cardale Jones makes the right decision because it was his decision

by Kent Sterling Who are we to judge? What do we know of the desires and needs of Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones?  Two months ago, 99.44% of sports fans in America had no inkling who this third-string quarterback was. After three games leading his Ohio State Buckeyes to the Big Ten Championship, a Sugar [...]

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At Alabama, football staff gets rich while athletes get a $50,000 education

by Kent Sterling At the University of Alabama, head football coach Nick Saban is paid over $7,000,000 per year.  His assistant coaches earn an additional $5.2 million.  The support staff makes another $2.9 million. Players get an education worth $12,591 (in-state) per year, and if they exercise some initiative to monetize their brand, the NCAA [...]

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Jim Harbaugh signs to coach Michigan, and I feast on my own words

by Kent Sterling There have been a few times among a long line of accurate predictions where I have erred, and Jim Harbaugh agreeing to become the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines has made me as wrong as I have ever been about anything. To the end, I said over and over that until [...]

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Not buying Jim Harbaugh’s six-year, $49 million offer from Michigan – or his interest

by Kent Sterling For an in-demand guy trying to get hired as a coach, setting the price is easy – leak an offer that may or may not be real for a job in which you have no interest. Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers are going to part ways after this season.  Under [...]

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