As the NCAA’s March Madness begins this week throughout the country, the extent of the scandal sweeping throughout college basketball continues to grow. All four of the tournament’s No. 1 seeds—Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, and Xavier—have been mentioned in some form or another in an FBI investigation. Moreover, about 20 percent of the 68 teams in … Continue reading The Corruption of College Sports
By John Ruberry Last week I wrote this in my own blog about a scandal-plagued state university in Kentucky: "Is Louisville a college with an athletic program? Or is it an athletic program that offers some college classes?" Late last month the shadowy and corrupt realm of NCAA men's college basketball, whose players are nominally … Continue reading Louisville basketball team deserves “the death penalty”
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 Once again my alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is back in the national spotlight--and not for a good reason. The state's flagship university and its corrupt political apparatus are a worthy match for each other. On Friday the head football coach of the Fighting Illini, the inept Tim Beckman, was … Continue reading Not even Illinois’ flagship university is immune from scandal
By John Ruberry Later today a committee will reveal the 68 teams that will participate NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, which is commonly known as the Big Dance or March Madness. All of the games will be televised--and during halftime, public-service ads about the participating teams will air--they will be milquetoast pieces--focusing how each school contributes … Continue reading March Madness: The Big Dance of Radicals
At the Twin city tea party meeting this week Ben Selecky of PANDA (people against the NDAA spoke concerning his groups opposition to the anti-terror rules since 9/11 I'm much more of a hawk than Ben and his group given the state of the world but it's fair to say that an administration willing to … Continue reading Voices of the Activists Ben Selecky of PANDA
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?