Misplaced Anger At Heart Of College Athletics Criticism

Straw Man

By Chuck Burton
Publisher/Managing Editor
College Sports Journal

PHILADELPHIA, PA. — If there is one thing that the NCAA excels at, it's the ability for it to be the straw man as to what's wrong with intercollegiate athletics.


Schools and programs can misbehave, and it's the NCAA's fault.  Athletes misbehave, and it's the NCAA's fault.  TV contracts are too big, and it's the NCAA's fault.


When it comes to enforcement of their own rules, the NCAA can seem like the Keystone cops, especially lately.  But when people fall into the trap of drinking the haterade about the NCAA, they can be blamed for everything - which is bad when it comes to framing the debates about collegiate athletics in our time.


It's important, because the problems plaguing college athletics will not go away until people stop focusing on the NCAA and instead talk about the people who really control the purse strings.

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Speed May Kill, But Can Slow Get You Hurt?

Arkansas head coach Brett Bielema 2013

By Dave Bartoo
National CFB Attrition Expert and Analytics Consultant
and Founder of the CFBMatrix

Special to College Sports Journal


PORTLAND, OR - I love assumptions about college football and finding new ways to look at data and information.


The flavor of the year seems to be a focus on the Pace of Play (POP) created by the rising of the Hurry Up No Huddle (HUNH) offenses in college football.


If this ‘fast’ football causes more injuries, why not slow it down?  But if you slow it down, then why not put a number of plays per game limit, reduce the time of the game or lengthen the play clock?


If this fatigue is causing a concern over ‘player safety’, are these same coaches willing to reduce practice intensity and fatigue for ‘player safety’?  Are they willing to cap weight room workouts to reduce fatigue for ‘player safety’?  It now takes 15 games instead of 10 to win a national title.  Are they willing to reduce games played for ‘player safety”?  An injured player has a higher risk of injury in a game so are coaches willing, for ‘player safety’, to sit a guy and not play him when he is hurt?  You see, this ‘player safety’ game is a convenience excuse that can be played over and over and used to ‘control’ the game. Convenient?

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Duke Climbs To The North Carolina Collegiate Football Mountaintop

Duke Head Coach David Cutliffe After Win Over Virginia Tech 2013

By Wayne Otto

FBS Columnist
College Sports Journal 


DURHAM, N.C. — As the North Carolina collegiate football landscape continues to evolve, the Duke Blue Devils have positioned themselves as the top team in the state after nine weeks of the season.  


Coach David Cutcliffe, in his sixth year at the helm of the Blue Devils, has quietly built a strong contender for national honors.


Duke's 13-10 win over #16 Virginia Tech was the first road win over a ranked team since 1971. Last season's Belk Bowl appearance was the first bowl game for Duke since the Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa in 1995. Basketball is not the only passion on the Durham campus these days.


Appalachian State is playing it's final year as a NCAA Division I (FCS) member before transitioning to the FBS level. 


Charlotte launched football this season as a FCS member before moving to the FBS level in 2015. 

UNC Pembroke has only played football for a few years as the have become a NCAA Division II power along with perennial powerhouse Winston-Salem State, who earned a D II national championship game berth last season.


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Notre Dame Shame, Clad in Under Armour

Notre Dame Football 2013

By Kavitha A. Davidson

Special Report

College Sports Journal


(Reprinted by special permission from Bloomberg View.  The original article can be accessed here.)


NEW YORK, NY. — Notre Dame and Under Armour Inc. have signed a 10-year apparel deal worth $90 million that is reportedly the largest in college sports history. Remind me again how the NCAA is still an "amateur" league?


According to Bloomberg News, the company plans to use the university in global marketing campaigns and social media initiatives, benefiting from the popularity of a team of unpaid student-athletes. The contradictions in the deal were reflected in Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick's statement yesterday: “In as much as this represents the largest financial commitment ever made by a brand to a university, it will provide the critical resources we need to enable our student-athletes to compete at the highest levels."

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This Bubble Will Burst: How Greed Will Bring Down Modern Amateur Athletics

End Of Days

Special Report

College Sports Journal


Editor's Note: This article is courtesy of the Casual Hoya Blog, reprinted here with permission. You can see the original story at the following link:






Pardon us as we take a break from our regularly scheduled delusion to provide a brief dose of reality. The news of the past week has perturbed me. Not because I am a Georgetown fan, Big East fan, or college basketball fan, but because something smells rotten in the state of amateur athletics. All this talk of TV contracts, TV markets, and TV valuations in the latest round of conference realignment has made me feel all, well, bubbly.

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