UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

May 25th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
The University of Minnesota has confirmed its wrestling team is under investigation for dealing and using Xanax. Four Gophers wrestlers were allegedly dealing the drug. Another 10 wrestlers are suspected of using it. The Fox 9...
Athletic Departments Must Start Planning for New FLSA Pay Mandates
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Athletic Departments Must Start Planning for New FLSA Pay Mandates

May 23rd, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
With the additions of cost-of-attendance payments and unlimited food provisions for student athletes, the expenses of running an athletic department seemingly grow by the month, and it appears financial challenges aren’t going...
Dannen and Swann Illustrate Different Approaches Needed for New ADs
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Dannen and Swann Illustrate Different Approaches Needed for New ADs

May 16th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
The growing presence of athletics in university environments means schools are constantly clamoring for leadership, and, as a result, the employment carousel in athletic departments spins quickly. College AD posts dozens of job...
Beach Volleyball Offers Upside to Athletic Departments
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Beach Volleyball Offers Upside to Athletic Departments

May 9th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
According to psychology-textbook/bar-argument-settling-website Wikipedia, frequency illusion is “the illusion in which a word, a name, or other thing that has recently come to one’s attention suddenly seems to appear with...
The University of Idaho FCS Move Should Be Lauded and Considered
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The University of Idaho FCS Move Should Be Lauded and Considered

May 2nd, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
This past week, Chuck Staben, president of the University of Idaho, wrote an explanation for why the Vandals are moving down one click from the NCAA’s highest DI football collective, the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Vandals,...
Texas A&M Climbs Revenue List on Back of Massive Contributions
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Texas A&M Climbs Revenue List on Back of Massive Contributions

April 25th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
This past week saw the arrival of a new leader on USA Today’s list of college athletic budget rankings. Texas A&M, which surpassed in-state rival Texas for greatest total NCAA revenue for the 2014-2015 year with...
Is Physical Activity as Punishment Acceptable in College Athletics?
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Is Physical Activity as Punishment Acceptable in College Athletics?

April 18th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
This past week, UC Berkeley settled with the family of Ted Agu over the football player’s death in 2014, a case in which negligence by Cal officials was a “substantial factor.” Agu collapsed during a strenuous...
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...