Gender and Racial Hiring Practices Still Far to Go in College Sports
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Gender and Racial Hiring Practices Still Far to Go in College Sports

April 11th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
The University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) produces a national report card that is “the definitive assessment of hiring practices of women and people of color in most of the...
Is Parity Still an Issue for Women’s NCAA Basketball?
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Is Parity Still an Issue for Women’s NCAA Basketball?

March 28th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
For many, there is only one basketball tournament happening right now believed to be worth watching. The women’s NCAA basketball tournament, happening concurrently with the much more popular men’s tourney, is an...
Incentivizing Education: The Unfortunate Necessity of the Academic Payout
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Incentivizing Education: The Unfortunate Necessity of the Academic Payout

March 21st, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
The basic idea of academic bonuses for head coaches and college ADs is simple: if a coach’s team or an AD’s department meet certain set requirements, they receive additional money on top of their salaries and other...
Turning A Big Week For Wrestling Into Big Success
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Turning A Big Week For Wrestling Into Big Success

March 14th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
Later this week, thousands of people will descend upon “the world’s most famous arena,” Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Although drawn for a championship tournament, it has nothing to do with the ubiquitous...
Student-Athlete Entitlement in a New Age of College Sports
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Student-Athlete Entitlement in a New Age of College Sports

February 29th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
The movement towards providing student-athletes with cost-of-attendance payments has marked the beginning of a sea change in college athletics. The conversation surrounding the fairness of unpaid athletes earning millions for...
Athletic Departments Must Do More to Prepare for Cyberbullying
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Athletic Departments Must Do More to Prepare for Cyberbullying

February 15th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
As social media grows as a greater and greater means of how individuals connect and communicate, so too does its potential for harm. With more people logging-on to social media platforms, one’s potential audience swells, as...
Why Don’t We See More Athletic Directors Helping Recruit?
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Why Don’t We See More Athletic Directors Helping Recruit?

February 8th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
College football’s national signing day has dominated the headlines this past week, what with production values surrounding the commitment process skyrocketing and more people than ever interested in high school recruiting....
How Will New Appointees Affect The Knight Commission?
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How Will New Appointees Affect The Knight Commission?

February 1st, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
As a high school coach and former teacher, I’m continually interested in the balance colleges seek to strike between “student” and “athlete” for their enrollees. Sometimes, it seems as if no balance is sought. After...
Understanding Academics: AAU and Carnegie 1 Designations
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Understanding Academics: AAU and Carnegie 1 Designations

January 25th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
This past week Oklahoma City online outlet NewsOK.com published a very interesting article about the possibilities of the University of Oklahoma joining the Big Ten. In this article, the author discusses the various requirements...
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

January 20th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
Even with the script logo back, new football uniforms debuting this spring and West Virginia back on future schedules, Pitt fans still had plenty of questions for Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes. Barnes answered well over a...
Adding Women’s Sports Is Obvious, Which Sports to Add Is Not
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Adding Women’s Sports Is Obvious, Which Sports to Add Is Not

January 18th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
Female enrollment in college has grown over the past two decades. According to the Pew Research Center, in 1994, 63% of female high school graduates matriculated at a college or university the following year. By 2012, that number...
Creative Venues Bring Attention to Lower-Profile Sports
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Creative Venues Bring Attention to Lower-Profile Sports

January 11th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
From mid-summer through the end of the calendar year, college football dominates NCAA sports discussions, and just when it is concluding, the second juggernaut of the athletic/academic year appears in the form of men’s...
FBS or FCS, You Gotta Spend to Win, But There Are No Guarantees
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FBS or FCS, You Gotta Spend to Win, But There Are No Guarantees

January 4th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
While millions were watching Ryan Seacrest ring in the new year, the FBS playoff dominated sports coverage this past week. One of the more interesting pieces for athletic department consumption was Kristi Dosh’s review for...