Calls for Intercollegiate Athletics Reform Unlikely to Lead to Meaningful Changes
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Calls for Intercollegiate Athletics Reform Unlikely to Lead to Meaningful Changes

November 9th, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
“As our nation approaches a new century, the demand for reform of intercollegiate athletics has escalated dramatically. Educational and athletics leaders face the challenge of controlling costs, restraining recruiting, limiting...
The UNC Decision:  What Happened?
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The UNC Decision: What Happened?

October 16th, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
In August when the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appeared before the NCAA Committee on Infractions (COI) to defend itself against allegations of NCAA violations involving “academic irregularities,” I predicted...
The UNC Infractions Case:  Answering Readers’ Questions
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The UNC Infractions Case: Answering Readers’ Questions

September 6th, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
I recently analyzed the NCAA infractions case against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and predicted the penalties handed down by the NCAA Committee on Infractions (COI) will end up being lighter than expected by...
The UNC Scandal: Will The Penalties Live Up To The Hype?
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The UNC Scandal: Will The Penalties Live Up To The Hype?

August 17th, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is finally appearing before the NCAA Committee on Infractions (COI) to adjudicate its “academic irregularities” case (UNC’s lingo, not mine).  The highly publicized case...
Behind The Scenes Of An NCAA Investigation
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Behind The Scenes Of An NCAA Investigation

July 13th, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
I investigated major NCAA violations for nine years as a member of the NCAA enforcement staff.  The NCAA infractions process is a mysterious side of college athletics that few people understand due to the level of...
The Louisville Infractions Case:  Life Lessons For Student-Athletes
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The Louisville Infractions Case: Life Lessons For Student-Athletes

June 29th, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
The NCAA Committee on Infractions recently punished the University of Louisville for violations related to the actions of a former men’s basketball staff member.  During recruiting visits over a three-and-a-half-year period,...
The NCAA Career In Sports Forum:  A Commitment To Core Values
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The NCAA Career In Sports Forum: A Commitment To Core Values

June 21st, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
According to its website, the NCAA is “a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes.”  One of many examples of the NCAA’s commitment to those principles is the Career in...
NCAA And Conference Transfer Regulations Need To Align With Principles
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NCAA And Conference Transfer Regulations Need To Align With Principles

May 30th, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
It is transfer season in college basketball.  ESPN recently reported that the number of men’s college basketball student-athletes planning to transfer schools this year is nearly 500.  The decision to transfer is a...
It’s Time To Let Baseball Student-Athletes Consult Agents
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It’s Time To Let Baseball Student-Athletes Consult Agents

May 23rd, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
The 2017 Major League Baseball draft will take place in three weeks.  Last year, the NCAA revised bylaw 12.3.1.1 to permit non-college players selected in the MLB draft to use sports agents in contract negotiations without...
These Three Things Are Essential To Making Great Students Out Of Your Student-Athletes
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These Three Things Are Essential To Making Great Students Out Of Your Student-Athletes

May 17th, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
The importance of internships for college students cannot be overstated.  In a survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education and Marketplace, employers indicated that they want new graduates to have real-world...
It Is Time To Take Women Seriously As Men’s Coaches
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It Is Time To Take Women Seriously As Men’s Coaches

May 10th, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
According to the NCAA Sport Sponsorship, Participation and Demographics database, men occupy more than 60 percent of Division I head coaching positions on women’s teams, but women only hold about 3.5 percent of head coaching...
How the NCAA Helped Transform Indianapolis
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How the NCAA Helped Transform Indianapolis

May 3rd, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
Many people working in intercollegiate athletics have visited or lived in Indianapolis.  It is home to the NCAA national office and a regular destination for college sports events.  I suspect many people who have enjoyed...
Evaluating Both Sides of the Pay-for-Play Debate (Part 2)
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Evaluating Both Sides of the Pay-for-Play Debate (Part 2)

April 26th, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
In the first installment of this two-part series, I broke down four arguments often made in opposition to the pay-for-play concept in college athletics. In this second part, I will switch sides to evaluate arguments frequently...