Athletic Departments and Student-Athletes Benefit from Changing Opinions on Heckling
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Athletic Departments and Student-Athletes Benefit from Changing Opinions on Heckling

February 27th, 2018 | by Francis Giknis
This past week, both Northwestern and Indiana Universities warned their student sections against taunting Michigan State’s MBB team regarding the Larry Nassar scandal. Citing a desire to represent their schools in a positive...
Are Long-Term Coaching Contracts a Good Idea for College Athletics?
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Are Long-Term Coaching Contracts a Good Idea for College Athletics?

February 15th, 2018 | by Francis Giknis
Ohio State AD Gene Smith spoke last week with media regarding potentially extending head football coach Urban Meyer’s contract through 2022. During that interview, Smith was asked about giving Meyer a contract comparable to...
Legalized Gambling on NCAA Would Accentuate the Worst in College Athletics
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Legalized Gambling on NCAA Would Accentuate the Worst in College Athletics

January 30th, 2018 | by Francis Giknis
Conversations happening on both state and federal levels regarding sports gambling are taking a more serious tack as bills have been introduced in the Indiana Senate and House last week. Furthermore, Adam Silver, commissioner of...
The Power Five Continues to Separate Itself; Could Player Payment Be on Horizon?
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The Power Five Continues to Separate Itself; Could Player Payment Be on Horizon?

January 26th, 2018 | by Francis Giknis
The Power Five conferences approved 11 measures in 35 minutes this past week at the annual NCAA convention in Indianapolis. Four of these measures are significant wins for student-athletes. They include mandatory time off for...
GPA-Tied Transfer Rules Make Little Sense
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GPA-Tied Transfer Rules Make Little Sense

January 16th, 2018 | by Francis Giknis
NCAA transfer eligibility is consistently a hot topic of conversation among college athletic departments. The current rule that requires a “year in residence” for a student-athlete transferring to a new school is...
Look to Post-College Social Sports to Improve Club & Intramural Athletics On-Campus
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Look to Post-College Social Sports to Improve Club & Intramural Athletics On-Campus

January 12th, 2018 | by Francis Giknis
There is clear evidence that demand exists among both men and women for opportunities to compete and socialize after college has ended. Co-ed sports leagues for twenty and thirty-somethings continue to grow in popularity,...
How Do Athletic Departments Allow Sports and Academics to Mix at America’s Top Schools?
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How Do Athletic Departments Allow Sports and Academics to Mix at America’s Top Schools?

December 18th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
The status of athletics at the university level today is fraught with complex issues. Questions of player payment, “paper classes” that subvert the “student” moniker, and diversity involving Title IX compliance all wrack...
Look Closely at the Line Between Traditional Sports and Esports
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Look Closely at the Line Between Traditional Sports and Esports

December 11th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
Walk into nearly any dorm and you’re guaranteed to see a few things. Hopefully, there will be some students studying, probably there will be dirty laundry and unwashed dishes, and certainly, someone will be playing video games....
The Decision to Add Protective Headgear Not Crystal-Clear for Athletic Departments
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The Decision to Add Protective Headgear Not Crystal-Clear for Athletic Departments

November 27th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
Conversations surrounding how to lessen the frequency of head injuries in athletics have thankfully become commonplace in today’s sports media. Primarily focused on the cash cow that is college football, articles hoping to...
Professional Athlete Alums Offer ADs Unique Opportunities
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Professional Athlete Alums Offer ADs Unique Opportunities

November 20th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
Most colleges aren’t lucky enough to have their student-athletes go pro in the sport of their choosing. After all, as the NCAA is constantly reminding us, there are thousands of student-athletes, but only a handful will make...
International Trips for Teams are Expensive & Complicated; Where’s the Value?
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International Trips for Teams are Expensive & Complicated; Where’s the Value?

November 6th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
Georgia Tech men’s basketball will open its season against UCLA on November 10th in the Mercedes-Benz Arena at 11:30 pm. If that looks like the normal information for the tip-off weekend of college basketball season, that’s...
Getting Recruits to Campus Requires Even More Staff/Resources, Widening the Gap Between Haves and Have Nots
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Getting Recruits to Campus Requires Even More Staff/Resources, Widening the Gap Between Haves and Have Nots

October 24th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
Recruits are the lifeblood of a college athletic program. Coaching, facilities, and reputation are all important elements to having success on the field or in the arena, but without talented student-athletes, there is clear limit...
Are Schools Not Hiring Female ADs Because of a Lack of Football Experience?
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Are Schools Not Hiring Female ADs Because of a Lack of Football Experience?

October 9th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
This past week, my alma mater, The College of William and Mary, hired Samantha Huge to succeed Terry Driscoll as athletics director. Huge is the first female AD at W&M since administration of both men’s and women’s sports...

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