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  • Former NCAA Chair Admits to Not Reading Freeh Report Prior to Sanctioning Penn State

    01/15/2015 2:42:52 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 46 replies
    statecollege.com ^ | 1-15-15 | Ted Hozza
    The NCAA received another serious blow to its credibility today. In court documents filed Thursday in the Paterno lawsuit, Oregon State President and then-NCAA Executive Committee Chairman Ed Ray admitted to not actually reading the Freeh Report — the entire basis for the NCAA sanctions — prior to sanctioning Penn State in 2012. In his testimony in the Paterno Family’s ongoing case, Ray said he was unaware that he needed to prep for anything related to the Freeh Report before the organization’s executive board met to discuss possible sanctions on the University. Instead, Ray spent time in Hawaii where he...
  • Con: [MN] Transgender policy defies common sense

    12/04/2014 3:19:30 AM PST · by rhema · 27 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 12/3/14 | JOHN D. HAGEN JR.
    It’s a matter of common sense that putting boys in a girls’ locker room would create confusion, anxiety and discomfort. It’s a matter of common sense that boys, with their greater muscle mass, should not be allowed to compete on girls’ athletic teams. Those norms are self-evident to an overwhelming majority of the public. On Thursday, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) will vote on abolishing those norms of common sense. A pending policy would end the traditional rule of dividing athletes by biological gender. Instead, it would grant boys with a “deeply felt internal sense” of being female...
  • NCAA to Launch ‘Think Tank’ to Promote LGBT Participation in College Athletics

    11/06/2014 5:36:50 AM PST · by PROCON · 35 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) plans to launch a new “think tank” designed to “establish best practices and policies so college athletes and coaches can fully participate in their chosen sport regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.”During a meeting Tuesday and Wednesday entitled “Seeking Common Ground: Creating a Respectful Athletic Climate for Athletes and Coaches of All Religious Perspectives, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity or Expression,” the NCAA will “develop the first-ever suggested guidelines so faith-based schools, public schools, and private secular schools across the country can provide inclusive and respectful athletic...
  • Scholar-Athlete Charade

    11/05/2014 3:16:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Last year's column "Dishonest Educators" (1/9/2013) reported on the largest school cheating scandal in U.S. history. In more than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated, teachers changed student answers on academic achievement tests. Cheating orders came directly from school administrators. The cheating was brazen. One teacher told a colleague, "I had to give your kids, or your students, the answers because they're dumb as hell." Atlanta's not alone. Teacher cheating has been discovered in other cities, such as Philadelphia, Houston, New York, Detroit, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Washington. Rampant academic cheating is not confined to primary and secondary schools....
  • College president calls on Univ. of N. Carolina to lose accreditation over athlete grading fraud

    10/28/2014 7:58:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/28/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    There is no question that the University of North Carolina committed fraud for almost 2 decades by giving fake grades to college athletes taking fake or non-existent course, in order to profit from football and basketball revenues. While the University is blaming a low level administrator, there is plenty of reason to suspect that senior levels knew or should have known of the fraud, as Robert Weissberg points out today on our pages. So far, almost everyone has discussed penalties being exacted on the University’s athletic programs, but today Brian C. Rosenberg, president of Macalester College, writing in the...
  • Paterno Legacy [review of Jay's book]

    08/06/2014 7:34:38 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 212 replies
    philly.com ^ | 8-6-14 | Stan Hochman
    IN HINDSIGHT, Joe Paterno wrote, the day after he got fired with a phone call, he wished he had done more. He had not committed a crime, he had not witnessed a crime, he had reported what sounded like a crime to his superiors. The haters jumped all over that sentence, like it was some kind of a confession that the legendary Penn State football coach had somehow enabled Jerry Sandusky to sexually abuse those kids, while he looked the other way. The haters spent a lot less time debating the note he scribbled on a pad before going to...
  • Suiting Up

    07/02/2014 6:29:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2014 | Rich Tucker
    Brazil is known for many things. Soccer, of course, and its team is keeping its end up, having advanced to the final 8 in the World Cup. Another famed thing is its casual dress code. Visitors to beaches often find that virtually every woman is wearing a bikini, for example. “Body type seemingly had no influence on a woman’s choice of swimwear -- indeed, there were plenty of bikini-clad woman of all ages happily and unselfconsciously sporting bellies, flab, and cellulite,” traveler Michael Sommers wrote a few years ago. “Unlike North Americans, in general, Brazilians tend to be much more...
  • A Dishonest Rewrite of the Duke Lacrosse Case

    05/19/2014 5:59:06 AM PDT · by ladyjane · 39 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | May 18, 2018 | Dorothy Rabinowitz
    In the outpouring of praise for William D. Cohan's new book "The Price of Silence"—a work, remarkably enough, being celebrated as a model of evenhandedness, scrupulous objectivity, etc.—one essential has gone overlooked. Namely, the central point of this tale about the Duke lacrosse case and accusations against three players of rape and assault at a house party. It takes no close reading to see that the book is meant to recast the story so as to nullify the outcome Americans thought they knew—
  • It’s not just athletes — college screws everyone

    04/14/2014 7:10:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | 04/14/2014 | Naomi Schaefer Riley
    In its recent ruling that athletes at Northwestern University have the right to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board cited the case of senior quarterback Kain Colter, who naively thought that he could pursue a pre-med degree while also playing on the school’s football team. When he attempted to enroll in a required chemistry class during his sophomore year, “Colter testified that his coaches and advisors discouraged him from taking the class because it conflicted with morning football practices. Colter consequently had to take this class in the summer session, which caused him to fall behind his classmates who were...
  • College Football and Capitalism

    03/27/2014 7:43:27 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 86 replies
    College football players should not be paid. Plain and simple. But there is no reason why any player should not be given carte blanche to capitalize on his chosen sport. Capitalism 101 rides to the rescue once again. In addition to the free education players get, any player, on scholarship or not, should be allowed to sell and hawk his personal merchandise from t-shirt to jockstrap. He or she should be allowed to put his name and school name/logo on his jersey or helmet or whatever - just like the pros do. A player could sell and trade cards with...
  • What White People Don’t See When They Watch Basketball

    03/20/2014 11:41:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 87 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 3/20 | Jonathan Chait
    A couple of years ago, the basketball team I root for, the University of Michigan, had a player named Zack Novak. Everybody loved his story. He was slow and pudgy coming out of high school, recruited by nobody, and offered a spot at Michigan. Turned out he could play, at least some. He was only six foot three, but he played power forward, compensating for his lack of size and skill with unrelenting effort. He graduated from the business school and became team captain. If you watch college sports, you know the kind of player I’m talking about. Right: a...
  • NC Football Coach Ordered to Cease Leading Team Prayers Following Atheist Complaint

    02/09/2014 7:51:42 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 87 replies
    Christian news network ^ | February 1, 2014 | Heather Clark
    MOORESVILLE, N.C. – A high school football coach in North Carolina has been ordered to cease leading his team in prayers following a complaint by a prominent atheist activist organization. Officials with the Mooresville Graded School District recently told Mooresville High School football coach Hal Capps to stop leading the Blue Devils in prayer, and Capps has agreed to discontinue to the practice. The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had contacted the district last fall after learning of Capps’ practice and asserted that the prayers were unlawful. According to reports, a parent of a student had complained to...
  • Valuation: Freedom vs. Fairness

    02/02/2014 3:07:59 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2-1-14 | Deborah C. Tyler
    Through the course of thirty-five years of practicing psychology, I have come to believe that the key to happiness and success in life resides in the power of valuation. True valuation is the ability to recognize the most important value in every circumstance and to behave in order to actualize that value. The happiest people automatically recognize and act upon true values. Applied psychology has not fulfilled its potential to make the world a better place because it has not focused on the powers of valuation. America's happiness and success as a nation have resulted from the one-pointed emphasis on...
  • Northwestern (University in Chicago) players start union movement in college athletics

    01/28/2014 2:25:01 PM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | January 28, 2014 | Chip Patterson
    Kain Colter and a group of Northwestern players are beginning the process of forming a labor union to represent college athletes. According to ESPN's Outside the Lines, Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, filed a petition in Chicago on behalf of the players with the National Labor Relations Board. If the group is certified by the NLRB, it will be called the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). Huma, Colter and former UMass basketball player Luke Bonner created the group with support from the United Steelworkers. [Snip] According to NCPAnow.org, the group has 11 specific goals. Minimize college...
  • EyeOn College Basketball UNC stops research of academic whistleblower Mary Willingham

    01/18/2014 7:26:41 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 23 replies
    CBSsports.com ^ | January 17, 2014 | Chip Patterson
    The University of North Carolina has suspended the research of Mary Willingham, the reading specialist who turned over information on student-athletes and academic progress for a CNN report last week. Willingham's research indicated that many football and basketball players at North Carolina are reading well below grade level -- Willingham claims 60 percent of the 183 student-athletes she worked with from 2004-12 were reading at fourth-to-eighth-grade levels -- and the reading specialist believes that the issues are not limited to UNC, but systemic across all of Division I athletics. North Carolina and head basketball coach Roy Williams have disputed Willingham's...
  • BCS gets its not-so-fond farewell

    01/05/2014 1:05:40 PM PST · by Dave346 · 78 replies
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:00 am
    <p>NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — There will be a funeral amid the celebration after the BCS National Championship Game tomorrow.</p> <p>No. 1 Florida State or No. 2 Auburn will be the last team to hoist the $30,000 Waterford crystal football that goes to college football's champion and has become emblematic of the Bowl Championship Series. Then the BCS will be buried in the Rose Bowl after 16 years of revolutionizing the sport — and frustrating so many of its fans and participants.</p>
  • The disappearance of small-town football

    12/31/2013 5:23:13 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 29 replies
    The World-Herald ^ | 12-31-13 | Dirk Chatelain
    On the 407th and final night of Lindsay Holy Family football, a mother bundled on the top bleacher looks out at the 35-yard line, where her son is writhing in pain. At kickoff, Sherri Frisch had cheered so loud you could hear it across the field. "Oh, we're gonna listen to that all night?" said one of the dads. "Shut up," Sherri fired back. "He's a senior. I'm gonna be emotional." Now, seven minutes into the game, she doesn't say a word, waiting for No. 99 to move his left knee. Waiting for Ben to get off the cold grass....
  • The quiet, final hour of Mack Brown's tenure

    12/31/2013 8:22:47 AM PST · by bestintxas · 58 replies
    espn ^ | 12/31/13 | m olson
    The final moments of Mack Brown’s career at Texas were neither triumphant nor tearful. Just quiet. He walked off the Alamodome field surrounded by noise but not saying a word. He gathered his team for his final locker room speech. And one hour later, he was gone. He left the building as Texas’ former head coach, his hellish 16th season finally complete with a 30-7 loss to No. 10 Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl. And there was unmistakable finality to this. Mack Brown congratulates QB Case McCoy after a first-half TD, but little else went right for Brown and...
  • Kids flee football in light of NFL violence, Pop Warner participation plummeting

    12/01/2013 8:03:42 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 138 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, November 28, 2013 | Nathan Fenno
    For Eddie Mason, the decision wasn’t difficult. The NFL veteran’s 10-year-old son, Tyler, won’t play tackle football until high school. Mr. Mason’s decision wasn’t a result of the burgeoning national discussion about football’s role in brain injuries. Instead, he believes children should learn the game’s fundamentals without tackling. Mr. Mason, who played three seasons at linebacker for the Redskins before retiring in 2003, sees a problematic culture infecting football’s lowest levels that’s inextricably connected to the safety concerns. “This brash kind of mindset, the underdog mindset,” Mr. Mason said, “this hard-core attitude kind of deal about who hits the hardest...
  • The Ugly End of the Duke Lacrosse Story

    11/29/2013 4:43:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    On Nov. 22, with the national media focused on the 50th anniversary of former President John F. Kennedy's death, few noticed the story of a jury in North Carolina convicting Crystal Mangum of murder in the 2011 kitchen stabbing death of her boyfriend Reginald Daye. Why should that fact fixate the national media? On its own, it shouldn't. But in 2006 and 2007, Mangum's false charges of rape against three Duke University lacrosse players caused a national tsunami of media sensation, an angry wave of prejudiced coverage presuming the guilt of rich white college boys when being accused by an...
  • Obama booed at college basketball game

    11/18/2013 7:01:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    While families across the Midwest were reeling from tornadoes and storm damage, President Obama spent four hours playing golf Sunday (his 151st round of golf as president) and then took in a college basketball game at the University of Maryland.  The Maryland Terrapins were taking on the Oregon State Beavers, coached by Michelle's older brother Craig Robinson. What a great day for the president! His two favorite sports in one day. What, me worry? But it was not all sweetness and light. You see, the fans actually booed him. And people were Tweeting about it. (via Fire Andrea Mitchell):
  • Rutgers University football player claims he was bullied by coach

    11/17/2013 2:09:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 76 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 17, 2013 | Mike Jaccarino
    A New Jersey family is calling for an investigation of a Rutgers University football coach over an alleged bullying incident in which the coach berated a scholarship player during a study hall and threatened to head-butt him. NJ.com reports Mark and Clarice Tyree say Rutgers Defensive Coordinator Dave Cohen established a pattern of verbally abusing their son, Jevon Tyree – a defensive back – during practices and team functions before their relationship escalated into threats of violence during a study hall in the spring. “He was just trying to really make me feel as if I was soft,” Jevon Tyree...
  • Policy keeping girls off boys' wrestling team prevents 'undesired contact of sensual body parts,'

    11/12/2013 1:06:25 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 159 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | November 12, 2013 | John Beauge
    Full Title: Policy keeping girls off boys' wrestling team prevents 'undesired contact of sensual body parts,' says Line Mountain High School WILLIAMSPORT — The prospect of co-ed wrestling presents dilemmas, such as how an adult male coach demonstrates techniques on a middle school-aged female, the Line Mountain School District claims. That is one of the arguments the Northumberland County school district makes in urging U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann not to make permanent the order he issued Oct. 31 that allowed a seventh-grade girl identified only as A.B. to sign up for the middle school wrestling team. The...
  • Boys could be spiked from New York high school girls' volleyball team

    09/27/2013 10:41:59 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 46 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 27 Sep 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Two boys playing on a girls’ volleyball team at a New York high school could see their playing time spiked when league officials consider modifying a rule that allows them to play with the fairer sex. Seniors Andrew Lafortezza and Jason Elbaum both played for the co-ed volleyball club last season at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua. But due to budgetary constraints, the Quakers were unable to field a boys’ team this year, prompting the teens to seek a spot on the girls’ squad, which they earned after receiving approval from league officials in August. ... Kim Cleary, the...
  • The Case Against High-School Sports

    09/19/2013 12:40:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 19, 2013 | By Amanda Ripley
    The United States routinely spends more tax dollars per high-school athlete than per high-school math student—unlike most countries worldwide. And we wonder why we lag in international education rankings? Sports are embedded in American schools in a way they are not almost anywhere else. Yet this difference hardly ever comes up in domestic debates about America’s international mediocrity in education. (The U.S. ranks 31st on the same international math test.) The challenges we do talk about are real ones, from undertrained teachers to entrenched poverty. But what to make of this other glaring reality, and the signal it sends to...
  • Cheerleading 'most dangerous sport for US women'

    09/15/2013 10:49:38 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    Cheerleading 'most dangerous sport for US women' Cheerleading causes two thirds of the very serious sports injuries suffered by girls in the United States and many concussions are not reported, according to a new study. By Nick Allen, Los Angeles 5:12PM BST 15 Sep 2013 Researchers found that the number of visits to casualty resulting from high school and college cheerleading injuries rose from 4,954 in 1980 to 26,786 in 2007. The sport accounted for around 66 per cent of "catastrophic" injuries – those resulting in permanent disability or medical conditions – to girls, research published in the Journal of...
  • Hillary Tweets to Diana Nyad - You Remind Me of Me!

    09/03/2013 12:58:03 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 9-3-13 | Jack Coleman
    Hardly a week passes without Hillary Clinton providing yet more evidence that she intends to run for president. Clinton yesterday tweeted what was presumably intended as congratulations to Diana Nyad for her extraordinary feat of swimming 110 miles from Cuba to Key West, the first person to do so without the safety net of a shark cage. Here is what Clinton tweeted after Nyad reached Florida -- Flying to 112 countries is a lot until you consider swimming between 2. Feels like I swim with sharks - but you actually did it! Congrats! Best example of a humble brag in...
  • Russian world champion condemns homosexuality (pole vaulter)

    08/16/2013 2:56:02 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 39 replies
    My FoxNY ^ | 8-15-13 | CHRIS LEHOURITES
    Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality Thursday after criticizing fellow competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia. The Russian, who won her third world title Tuesday in front of a boisterous home crowd, came out in favor of the law which has drawn sharp criticism and led Western activists to call for a boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in the Russian resort of Sochi. "If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about...
  • Matt Kemp wants Justin Braun stripped of NL MVP award following drug suspension

    07/23/2013 5:25:22 PM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 23 Jul 13 | Kathy Willens/AP
    Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who finished runner-up to Ryan Braun in voting for the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player award, thinks the suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger should be stripped of the honor. Braun finished with 388 points and 20 first-place votes, to 332 and 10 for Kemp. Major League Baseball attempted to suspend Braun following a positive test that October for elevated testosterone, but the penalty was overturned by an arbitrator who ruled Braun’s urine sample was handled improperly.
  • NCAA CWS Championship, UCLA V Mississippi St (Jun 24- Jun 26) Best of 3

    06/24/2013 3:16:56 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    Game 1: UCLA V Mississipi St Jun 24 8pm EDT Game 2: Mississippi St V UCLA Jun 25 8pm EDT Game 3: If necessary - Last at Bat to be determined by coin toss. Jun 26 8pm EDT
  • Big Ten adds lacrosse, Johns Hopkins men

    06/03/2013 10:31:00 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 7 replies
    Big Ten Network ^ | 6-2-13 | n/a
    The Big Ten Conference announced Monday that men’s and women’s lacrosse will become the conference’s 27th and 28th official sports and that Johns Hopkins University has been accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse only beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. Big Ten competition in both sports will feature Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers, with Johns Hopkins participating in men’s lacrosse and Northwestern competing in women’s lacrosse. Big Ten rules allow for a conference championship when six institutions sponsor a program in any given sport. [ BigTen.org: Big Ten announces lacrosse as official sport, addition...
  • Fox's Eric Bolling: Firing of Rutgers tough coach 'wussification of American men'

    04/04/2013 8:39:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/04/2013 | By DYLAN BYERS
    Rutgers University basketball coach Mike Rice was fired today for hitting, kicking and verbally abusing his players during practices — a decision that has met with widespread praise from many commentators in the news media, who found his actions abhorrent. Not so Fox News co-host Eric Bolling, who said the decision to fire Rice was evidence that American culture was in decline because of the "wussification of American men." “We’re in the midst of political correctness crushing our ability to teach kinds, to discipline kids, to disagree with people or one another or kids,” Bolling said on today's edition of...
  • Mike Rice fired at Rutgers after abusive behavior on practice tapes comes to light

    04/03/2013 8:55:34 AM PDT · by deport · 52 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | 4-03-13 | Brendan Prunty
    Mike Rice's three-year run at Rutgers has come to an end. The university terminated Rice's contract this morning following a meeting with athletic director Tim Pernetti in his office at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Rice's job status became tenuous when videotapes of his actions during practices from his first and second years on campus were made public by ESPN's "Outside the Lines" program on Tuesday. Rice was seen throwing basketballs at players — including one instance, throwing it at a player's head — as well as shoving players during a practice. He was also heard using the term "f------ faggot"...
  • Arne Duncan wants to fine basketball coaches whose players don't graduate

    03/21/2013 12:11:59 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan is calling for the imposition of financial penalties on college basketball and football coaches whose players don't graduate. Duncan argues in a USA Today op-ed that too many coaches get bonuses for athletic performance that far outpace the bonuses for academic achievement. "If universities and colleges want to readjust a coach's priorities, they need to change the penalties and incentives they offer coaches," he and co-author Tom McMillen write. "...Poor academic performance means the team or the individual player — not the coach — gets punished. But no coach should receive financial bonuses when much of...
  • Duke settles federal case with former lacrosse players

    02/28/2013 8:09:31 AM PST · by AppyPappy · 26 replies
    DURHAM — Duke University and 38 members of its 2005-06 men’s lacrosse team notified a federal judge on Wednesday that they’d settled the players’ lawsuit out of court.
  • Texas Football Coach's Affair With A Student Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

    02/02/2013 1:43:08 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/2/13 | Cork Gaines
    University of Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and the school's athletic director released a joint statement on Friday night acknowledging that Applewhite had an "inappropriate" relationship with a student during the team's trip to the 2009 Fiesta Bowl. Beyond the cheating on his wife while she was apparently nine months pregnant*, the timing of this announcement raises a lot of questions for the University of Texas and how it handled the affair.
  • Prediction: Notre Dame wins BCS title, and it'll echo through ages

    01/07/2013 11:30:03 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 113 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | BILL PLASCHKE
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The images will be vivid, history will be haunting, ghosts will be everywhere.This is Knute Rockne versus Bear Bryant, Touchdown Jesus versus Dreamland Bar-B-Que, Four Horsemen versus Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Montana versus Joe Namath, and, of course, in the battle of the little guys, Rudy versus Nick.It will be a football game bathed in a complicated mess of legend, religion and roughhousing, but most folks think Monday's BCS national championship heavyweight fight between Alabama and Notre Dame can be symbolized by a single disparity.
  • Transgender player attains college basketball first

    12/15/2012 10:49:37 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 45 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/14/2012
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The women’s basketball team at Mission College expected the bleachers to be full and the hecklers ready when its newest player made her home court debut. In the days leading up to the game, people had plenty to say about 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound Gabrielle Ludwig, who joined the Lady Saints as a mid-season walk-on and became, according to advocates, the first transsexual to play college hoops as both a man and a woman.
  • Student-Athlete with Down Syndrome, Originally Denied Chance to Play, Becomes State Champion

    12/01/2012 2:54:29 PM PST · by lyby · 48 replies
    HLI World Watch ^ | NOVEMBER 28, 2012 | ADAM CASSANDRA
    Student-athlete Eric Dompierre is a state champion football player, winner of Sports Illustrated’s “Underdogs” contest and an all-around inspirational young man. And he has Down syndrome. ----- Eric and his father, Dean, fought for two years trying to convince the MHSAA to create a waiver policy allowing student-athletes with disabilities to play one year past the current maximum age. ----- “I’m very excited,” Eric said after learning that he would be allowed to play football. ----- His football team, the Hematites, went on to win the MHSAA Division 7 state football championship last Friday with a near flawless season record....
  • VCU volleyball coach James Finley says he was fired because he is gay; team finished 25-6

    11/30/2012 7:15:31 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    Associated Press, ^ | November 30, 2012
    RICHMOND, Va. — VCU women’s volleyball coach James Finley is fighting to get his job back after he says he was fired because he is gay. Finley, 52, has filed a complaint with VCU’s Office for Institutional Equity. University spokesperson Pamela D. Lepley said an investigation is being conducted and must be completed within 45 days.
  • Auburn Football Coach Gene Chizik is out.

    11/25/2012 4:43:08 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 88 replies
    email | 11/25/12 | Gene Chizik
    To the Auburn Family: I am very grateful for the opportunity that I had during the last four seasons to serve as the head football coach at Auburn University. I’m extremely disappointed with the way this season turned out and I apologize to the Auburn family and our team for what they have had to endure. In my 27 years of coaching, I have gained an understanding of the high expectations in this profession. When expectations are not met, I understand changes must be made. While we experienced a tremendous low in 2012, I will always be proud of the...
  • University of Tennessee Refuses to Ban Pre-Game Prayers

    09/20/2012 5:44:53 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 37 replies
    <p>It’s football time in Tennessee where longtime gridiron traditions are cherished – from Rocky Top to the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. At the start of every game inside the colossal Neyland Stadium, thousands of the football faithful rise to their feet, remove their hats and pause for the pre-game prayer.</p>
  • The 1904 Olympic Marathon May Have Been the Strangest Ever

    08/08/2012 10:13:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    America’s first Olympics may have been its worst, or at least its most bizarre. Held in 1904 in St. Louis, the games were tied to that year’s World’s Fair, which celebrated the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase while advancing, as did all such turn-of-the-century expositions, the notion of American imperialism. Although there were moments of surprising and genuine triumph (gymnast George Eyser earned six medals, including three gold, despite his wooden leg), the games were largely overshadowed by the fair, which offered its own roster of sporting events, including the controversial Anthropology Days, in which a group of “savages” recruited...
  • Penn State Football: DE recruit Webb decommits from Penn State [Others to follow?]

    07/22/2012 6:41:08 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 37 replies
    Centre Daily (State College, PA) ^ | July 21, 2012 | Travis Johnson
    UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s 2013 recruiting class lost one of its commitments on Saturday. New Jersey defensive lineman Greg Webb withdrew his oral pledge to attend Penn State in favor of North Carolina. UNC recruiting sites reported Friday that Webb had reopened his recruiting and planned to visit the Tar Heels’ Chapel Hill campus on Saturday. Webb — a 6-foot-1, 295-pound defensive tackle at Timber Creek High School in Sicklerville, N.J. — indeed visited UNC and committed when his high school teammate Dajuan Drennon also committed to the Tar Heels. A four-star recruit by Rivals.com standards, Webb was one...
  • The woman who stood up to Joe Paterno

    07/16/2012 4:36:36 PM PDT · by Third Person · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | July 15th, 2012 | Ann O'Neill
    (CNN) -- Vicky Triponey knows all too well the power Penn State's late football coach, Joe Paterno, held for more than half a century over the insular slice of central Pennsylvania that calls itself Happy Valley. She experienced firsthand the clubby, jock-snapping culture, the sense of entitlement, the cloistered existence. It's what drove her five years ago from her job as the vice president who oversaw student discipline. She was told she was too aggressive, too confrontational, that she wasn't fitting in with "the Penn State way." She clashed often with Paterno over who should discipline football players when they...
  • Memorial Day: Athletes Killed In Action(PICS)

    05/26/2012 12:25:34 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 6 replies
    Memorial Day is all about honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, and pro athletes have been part of that mix since World War I. Here's a look at some of the more notable athletes who lost their lives in service: In addition to former Giants infielder Elmer Gedeon (featured in slide No. 8 above), there was one other MLB player killed in World War II. Harry O'Neill appeared in one game as a catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1939. O'Neill joined the Marines and was killed on Iwo Jima in 1945. The Big Ten's football...
  • Donald Driver is a man in demand now

    05/25/2012 6:47:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    JS Online ^ | 5-25-12 | Don Walker
    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver has always been a fan favorite in Wisconsin. But after his win on "Dancing With The Stars" with his dance partner, Peta Murgatroyd, Driver's national profile has increased markedly. That's the word from Brian Lammi, who runs Lammi Sports Management. Lammi has been working with Driver for 10 years to develop his marketing career and recently inked a new 25-year deal to work with the Packers star. "We certainly have felt an immediate increase in PR requests and national media requests," Lammi said. "We also had a number of requests for national speaking...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Family says former Penn State coach Joe Paterno has died — AP

    01/22/2012 7:34:30 AM PST · by Perdogg · 225 replies · 1+ views
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  • ESPN Sat on Molestation Tape Since 2002

    11/28/2011 12:38:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 28, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So this assistant basketball coach at Syracuse, this guy -- Fine is his name, Bernie Fine -- has been accused of sexually molesting boys and students for a whole bunch of years. It turns out that ESPN had a tape since 2002 with evidence. ESPN has sat on evidence for nine years because they say they couldn't corroborate it. On the tape the guy's wife cops to it, saying she witnessed it and a ball boy admits it. They say they couldn't corroborate it. I wonder if the coach's name had been Paterno if ESPN woulda sat...
  • Who is Jerry Sandusky?

    11/06/2011 5:18:43 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 124 replies · 1+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/06/2011 | Bill Lyon
    So what manner of a man is this Jerry Sandusky? On Nov. 13, 1999, he received a standing ovation from a crowd of 96,480. It was the occasion of his official retirement as dean of Linebacker U's impenetrable defense. For a long, long time, he was thought to be the successor to Joe Paterno. When he finally decided to leave the fold, after 32 years of unswerving loyalty and uncommon patience, --snip-- It has been over 10 years since Sandusky left Penn State to devote all of his time to the Second Mile, a charitable organization he and his wife...