Against the backdrop of the increasing politicization of football, the sports journos and announcers have failed to note some important issues during the national championship series. The game between Alabama and Washington was played in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the conservative company liberals love to hate. The company’s leadership donated money to oppose same-sex marriage … Continue reading Politics and Football
By John Ruberry One has to wonder if college football is headed to an every-participant-gets-a-ribbon level of competition. Not including the NCAA championship face-off, there will be a record 40 college bowl games this season, which means 63 percent of FBS programs will play in a bowl contest. And despite some of these teams fattening … Continue reading College football: Bowling for mediocrity
By John Ruberry Last week the NCAA agreed to restore the 111 victories it forced the Penn State Nittany Lions football team to vacate as part of its penalty for covering up the child sex abuse crimes of the team's longtime defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky. Once again Penn State's College Hall of Fame coach, Joe Paterno, … Continue reading Joe Paterno’s glass wall stronger than ever
By Steve Eggleston For decades, there has been a major criticism of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division 1-A); namely, that it didn't have a playoff to determine a champion. That is a legacy of two things - the bowl game regime, and the fact that the … Continue reading College football – still all messed up
This story doesn't do a thing for me: In interviews with Yahoo! Sports, a former Miami booster named Nevin Shapiro said that while he was cutting checks to the university of from 2002 through 2010 he was also providing impermissible benefits to 72 athletes -- most of them football players, including 12 on the Hurricanes' … Continue reading Why is anyone bothered by this NCAA story?