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Hey Morgan Burke – getting students to come to Boilermakers football games isn’t that hard

by Kent Sterling In a USA Today piece posted yesterday afternoon several athletic directors representing Big Five conference universities spoke of the difficulty of drawing students to football games.  Purdue’s Morgan Burke was one of them. Burke’s comments were certainly reflective of the collective mindset of those facing the challenge of compelling students to part [...]

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Breakfast with Kent – Chicago Cubs grounds crew posts win last night; ND coach Brian Kelly talks the talk

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Breakfast with Kent – Empathy for all at the Indianapolis Star; Joy for Rory at Valhalla; Pain for Tony Stewart

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NCAA Football – Big Five autonomy to bring increased agility and logic to management of college sports

by Kent Sterling The fewer people at the conference table, the better the chances for a good strategy being enacted.  That’s a pretty good rule of business.  Yesterday, the NCAA voted to allow members of the Big Five conferences to sit at their own smaller table. That move will allow members of the ACC, Big [...]

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Attacking Mary Willingham’s credibility won’t change UNC-Chapel Hill’s guilt in using athletes

by Kent Sterling In the midst of an academic scandal, fans of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are borrowing liberally from the disgraceful and unprincipled playbook of the Richard Nixon presidency. Last night, I was watching the excellent “Nixon by Nixon – In His Own Words” documentary on HBO as my iPhone [...]

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Indiana Football – Doormat of the Big Ten looks to get up, fight, and win

by Kent Sterling Winning press conferences is not too tough.  You state your goal, talk about how it will be achieved, and then walk confidently from the room.  Indiana Football coaches have won a hell of a lot more press conferences than games over the past 20 years, but things feel different in 2014. The [...]

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Despite Bob Bowlsby’s yammering, NCAA is right to avoid enforcing soon to be obsolete rules

by Kent Sterling Allowing bureaucrats unfettered access to a microphone is always an adventure, and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby took advantage with a rambling diatribe that accused the NCAA enforcement staff of being inert in the battle against cheating. “Enforcement is broken,” Bowlsby said. “The infractions committee hasn’t had a hearing in almost a [...]

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Time for tiptoeing toward glacial progress is over; NCAA needs radical relaunch to benefit for-profit athletes

by Kent Sterling College football and men’s basketball players who toil for programs belonging to the Big Five conferences (SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and ACC) are being exploited to the tune of billions, and many are being forced into sham classes and majors that serve as worthless compensation for the money their athletic [...]

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NCAA President Mark Emmert testifies that athletes are “protected” from exploitation thru amateurism

by Kent Sterling NCAA President Mark Emmert has been dealt a bad hand – the kind of hand that Phil Ivey could not bluff into a winner.  He is forced to spew blather that defies logic in an effort to perpetuate the bold lie of amateurism in collegiate sports. As the head of a member [...]

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O’Bannon Case against NCAA “amateurism” cartel begins Monday; College sports may be forever changed

by Kent Sterling For the majority of college athletes, the NCAA does its job quite nicely.  Athletes earn degrees and learn the incredibly important lessons that the adversity of competing provides.  The school gets notoriety, a marketing platform, and a campus esprit de corps.  Players get education.  Nice. But rules aren’t written to provide cover [...]

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