Coaches and Mentors: Do They Differ?
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Coaches and Mentors: Do They Differ?

November 18th, 2015 | by Karen Gross
A recent article in Fortune Magazine focused on the difference between coaches and mentors in the business context.  The author treats these two roles as if they serve very different purposes; mentors may not be experts in the...
History Shows Us That Athletes Have The Power To Enable Change
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History Shows Us That Athletes Have The Power To Enable Change

November 11th, 2015 | by Karen Gross
Much ink has already been spilled and much will continue to spill with respect to the racial unrest, hunger strike, leadership resignations/reshuffling and the unified, coach supported, football protest at the University of...
Learning From Pat Haden’s Decision To Fire Steve Sarkisian
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Learning From Pat Haden’s Decision To Fire Steve Sarkisian

November 10th, 2015 | by Karen Gross
In truth, we will never really know the thought process behind USC’s choice to hire and and Haden’s decision to fire Steve Sarkisian. That truth will remain buried in Haden’s psyche. The same could be said for...
Helping College Students “Roll:”  A Strategy for Improving Academic Success and Physical Well-Being
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Helping College Students “Roll:” A Strategy for Improving Academic Success and Physical Well-Being

November 3rd, 2015 | by Karen Gross
By: Alison Blake and Karen Gross A recent article in the New York Times suggested that college student stress levels are so high, they are being allowed to bring pets to live with them on campus.  It is true: animals can help...
CHEATED: Our Response To The UNC Scandal And Beyond, Part 2
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CHEATED: Our Response To The UNC Scandal And Beyond, Part 2

October 27th, 2015 | by Karen Gross
This article is is a continuation from a post last week. The original article can be found here.   Suppose we change the eligibility rules for college athletes in the moneyed sports.  Instead of having not had the current...
CHEATED: Our Response To The UNC Scandal And Beyond, Part 1
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CHEATED: Our Response To The UNC Scandal And Beyond, Part 1

October 20th, 2015 | by Karen Gross
I recently completed Jay Smith and Mary Willingham’s relatively new book, Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports (2015). Well, it is quite the read. Even if only half of...
Reactions to “Breaking Cardinal Rules” and the Louisville Basketball Debacle
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Reactions to “Breaking Cardinal Rules” and the Louisville Basketball Debacle

October 8th, 2015 | by Karen Gross
I have now read the just released book Breaking Cardinal Rules by Katina Powell and Dick Cady. I have also read many of the news stories on the alleged “prostitution scandal” involving players on, and recruits interested in,...
Where are the Voices of University Presidents?
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Where are the Voices of University Presidents?

September 28th, 2015 | by Karen Gross
Here’s the simple truth: there are numerous problems with collegiate athletics.   The current issues differ in scope and depth but here is a sampling: student-athletes are not succeeding academically and there have been...
Unique Ways College Athletes Can Contribute To Their Community
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Unique Ways College Athletes Can Contribute To Their Community

September 22nd, 2015 | by Karen Gross
The idea is not new: A sizable number of collegiate athletics teams work to better the communities in which their colleges/universities are located.  The athletes visit food pantries.  They serve at soup kitchens. The teams...
Why Do Scandals And Issues In College Athletics Seem To Be More Prevalent Lately?
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Why Do Scandals And Issues In College Athletics Seem To Be More Prevalent Lately?

September 15th, 2015 | by Karen Gross
Perhaps it is my just imagination but the number of “bad acts” by collegiate athletes, coaches and AD’s seems to be rising as we start the 2015 – 2016 Academic Year. Here are some of the affected institutions: Rutgers...