College basketball coaches have August 1, 2011 written in red magic marker on their recruiting calendars. That is the day that the NCAA Division I Board of Directors designated as the starting date for unlimited calls and unlimited text messages to high school recruits after June 15 following ... Views: 1414
College football Letter of Intent Signing Day was a couple weeks ago. One recruiting pitch to potential signees is that the school has a strong history of qualifying to play in a bowl game at the end of the season. What is so enticing to a student-athlete about playing in a bowl game at the ... Views: 1155
Well, folks, we have another national championship to attend and cheer for this fall. It's the classic battle to see who is the best EIGHTH-GRADE football team in the nation.
Football University (FBU), the elite invitation-only football camps with NFL faculty designed for football athletes ... Views: 1134
Major college athletics received some heavy jolts to public perception this week. Two high-profile athletic programs were embarrassed and humiliated by actions of the leaders in their most high-profile sports.
At the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, head football coach Bobby Petrino was ... Views: 1098
I was shocked and saddened to learn of the medical diagnosis regarding Tennessee head women's basketball coach Pat Summitt: early onset Alzheimers. It's also scary for me because she isn't 60 years old yet, and I just turned 60 this year. Former head men's basketball coach at North Carolina, ... Views: 1056
My apologies for being a little late with the May 15th edition. I just got back in town from conducting the 2012 Recruiters Institute webcast from the campus of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. I'll tell you all about it in the June 1st edition of this blog.
I just read a great ... Views: 983
With the conviction last month of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on sexual abuse charges, most people around University Park were probably breathing a sigh of relief that the horror story was now over. For the Board of Trustees and upper management, it's only ... Views: 893
Wow, Christmas is 10 days away and I'm way behind in my shopping. I'm not worried. My philosophy is to hit the stores on December 23rd, get what I need, and get home without injury. Let's see what's in the mail bag...
* With football bowl season upon us, I always enjoy the stories that ... Views: 882
I am just sickened by the sex abuse scandal at Penn State. I'm also very angry. When all the investigations play themselves out, I believe we all will be aghast at how many individuals were aware of Jerry Sandusky's pedophilia tendencies and didn't do anything about it. What we are reading ... Views: 770
Happy New Year, everybody! I hope 2011 was a good year for you, and I hope 2012 brings you lots of success and happiness. Let's get to the blog.
Ndamukong Suh, the highly controversial defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions, did not make the Pro Bowl in 2011. That was because players, ... Views: 761
Mentioning Title IX to a college athletic administrator usually makes him/her shiver in their shoes. Since it's birth back in the 1970's, its purpose was to make sure that female athletes get the same treatment and have the same opportunities as their male counterparts. Those "opportunities" ... Views: 706
Ivy League athletics. "What about 'em?" you ask. That's exactly right. What the heck is with Ivy League athletics today? Their teams are among the nation's elite. How did that happen?
For us Baby Boomers, back in the 1950's and 1960's, Harvard and Yale and Princeton used to be the ... Views: 687
It seems like the month of March has been nicknamed "March Madness" because of the popularity of the NCAA conference basketball tournaments culminating in the Final Four extravaganzas for Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. March is also an exciting time for NCAA Division I ... Views: 683
For this landmark 50th blog, I'm going to tell you how proud I am of my kids and how I think sports played into their success. But first, I need to thank my wife's genetics for helping make the kids really smart. They were all Dean's List people during college. Mom gave the kids the ... Views: 660
The NCAA took two of its most prestigious public universities to the proverbial woodshed because of infractions within its football programs. Just this week, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill received its penalty from the NCAA. Ohio State received its penalty in December ... Views: 626
Mike Van Diest is the head football coach at Carroll College in Montana. Beginning his 14th season as the leader of the Saints in 2012, his teams have won six NAIA national championships, been runner-up in three more of those national championship games, and won 12 straight Frontier Conference ... Views: 621
There is good news on the horizon for student-athletes at NCAA Division I schools. It is expected that the NCAA Division I board of directors will act upon a proposal to increase the value of individual scholarships by $2000 in the top-tier schools in Division I, moving them closer to covering ... Views: 591
I'm a season-ticket holder for University of Nebraska Cornhusker football games. Head coach Bo Pelini did not return to the field with his team to begin the second half against Arkansas State yesterday on Saturday afternoon, September 15, 2012. Radio reports indicated that he had fallen ill ... Views: 563
The Enforcement Working Group within the NCAA created a matrix of penalty guidelines that will go into effect for Division I athletics in August 2013. The major focus of the group when developing the guidelines and the penalties that go with the level of infraction was the need to squelch the ... Views: 267