Athletic Departments

New Football Rule Changes Should Benefit All Parties
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New Football Rule Changes Should Benefit All Parties

April 24th, 2017 | by Javier Morales
Football Oversight Committee Chair Bob Bowlsby and DI Council Chair Jim Phillips discuss today’s package of football legislation. pic.twitter.com/MigdMUblTf — Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) April 14, 2017 The latest...
Would Mandating Recruiting Dead Periods Affect Coaches’ Work-Life Balance?
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Would Mandating Recruiting Dead Periods Affect Coaches’ Work-Life Balance?

January 16th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
Jeremy Crabtree of ESPN posted an interesting article this past week about a little-discussed and probably-overlooked amendment to a college football recruiting overhaul being proposed and voted-on in April. In the piece,...
Package Deal? The Sometimes Sordid Practice Of Hiring Recruits’ Friends And Family
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Package Deal? The Sometimes Sordid Practice Of Hiring Recruits’ Friends And Family

December 12th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
The NCAA regulates text messages, emails, phone calls, donor contributions, and a myriad of other ways for coaches to entice a recruit. Athletic departments host massive recruit-centered weekends, and sometimes the events can...
The NCAA’s New “Enhanced” Targeting Rule Fails Its Initial Audition
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The NCAA’s New “Enhanced” Targeting Rule Fails Its Initial Audition

September 20th, 2016 | by Jeff Troxclair
It’s not hyperbole to suggest that no issue threatens college football’s long-term viability – not conference expansion, or the oft-rumored breakaway of the Power Five, or even shifting spectator demographics –  more...
New Twitter Recruiting Rules Only Perpetuate An Entitled Culture
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New Twitter Recruiting Rules Only Perpetuate An Entitled Culture

August 3rd, 2016 | by Javier Morales
We are officially into the era of instant gratification with social media – will a certain coach like my tweet or not? – and that will make the recruiting game worse. On Aug. 1, per NCAA Proposal 2015-48, also known as the...
The Advantages To Self-Reporting Violations Are Abundant
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The Advantages To Self-Reporting Violations Are Abundant

July 13th, 2016 | by Javier Morales
Reporting secondary violations to the NCAA has become a way for athletic departments to save face with the governing body. The hope is the NCAA views the self-reporting as institutions paying close attention to detail and being...
Power Five Conferences’ Academic Suggestions a Positive but Sadly-Necessary Step
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Power Five Conferences’ Academic Suggestions a Positive but Sadly-Necessary Step

July 11th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
The seeming tension between academics and the growing athletics apparatus at Power Five schools is a constant source of dialogue for athletic department and university administrators. The latest word in this discussion is a broad...
Now That Text Messages Are Unlimited, The NCAA Should Allow Recruits To Sign Early
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Now That Text Messages Are Unlimited, The NCAA Should Allow Recruits To Sign Early

May 11th, 2016 | by Javier Morales
The recent controversial Twitter rant about loyalty and accountability by Texas A&M assistant coach Aaron Moorehead after a high-profile high school quarterback recruit de-committed is enough to make every administrator and...
The NCAA Needs To Reject Unjust Self-Imposed Penalties
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The NCAA Needs To Reject Unjust Self-Imposed Penalties

February 16th, 2016 | by Javier Morales
Louisville’s self-imposed penalties stemming from alleged interaction with an escort service victimize the innocent. In this case, senior graduate transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, now unable to conclude their careers...
Changing Laws And Perception Of Marijuana Use Warrant Changing Policies
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Changing Laws And Perception Of Marijuana Use Warrant Changing Policies

January 13th, 2016 | by Javier Morales
An Associated Press report last week indicated more Power 5 institutions are reflecting societal changes of marijuana acceptance by reducing penalties for athletes who test positive for the recreational drug. Some may find the...
A New Year And New Eligibility Rules Bring New Problems
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A New Year And New Eligibility Rules Bring New Problems

December 31st, 2015 | by Karen Gross
Some people almost laugh when you say the phrase “student-athlete.”  When the phrase “scholar-athlete” is used in its place, people are more than a tad bemused.  The expectation is that collegiate athletes, especially...
‘Tis The Season For Violations Of Team Rules And Reflecting On What We Can Do Better
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‘Tis The Season For Violations Of Team Rules And Reflecting On What We Can Do Better

December 30th, 2015 | by Matthew Monte
The news came down like a completely expected ton of bricks. Clemson, the top ranked team in the country, would be sending three players home and suspending them from playing in their semifinal game of the playoff. The cause is...
Monmouth’s Hawk’s Nest Showing That A Little Celebration Is A Good Thing
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Monmouth’s Hawk’s Nest Showing That A Little Celebration Is A Good Thing

December 23rd, 2015 | by Javier Morales
What is the difference between the antics of Monmouth’s Hawk’s Nest and that of a football player celebrating a touchdown? In the grand scheme, not much. The theatrical Monmouth bench, known for its choreographed response to...