This spring, the Michigan athletic department admitted what many had long suspected: Student football ticket sales are down, way down, from about 21,000 in 2012 to a projected 13,000-14,000 this season. The department has blamed cell phones, high-definition TV and student apathy sweeping the nation. All real problems, to be sure, but they don't explain how Michigan alienated 40 percent of its students in just two years -- and their parents, too.
Lessons learned? No?
Cavalier pitcher Brandon Waddell threw a complete game as Virginia dominated Vanderbilt 7-2 to force a winner-take-all game three tonight to see who wins the College World Series.
The crux of the Ed O’Bannon v. NCAA case involves the use of athletes’ names, images and likenesses for commercial purposes, but testimony over the first two weeks of the trial centered primarily on TV broadcasts and video games. Whether it was the NCAA’s intention or not, Day 12 piqued Judge Claudia Wilken’s interest in the subject of product endorsements.
SI.com has completely changed their site. Honestly, I don't like it. It's too much stuff on one page. It drives my laptop into fits, driving up the CPU usage, makes the fan kick in because there's more processing required and therefore more heat. This is nice in winter. In June, it sucks.
Just wondering what y'all thought of SI's site redesign.
Congressional scrutiny of the NCAA's handling of athletics is growing, with members of Congress asking pointed questions of top officials over the treatment and benefits offered to student-athletes. As bills emerge to force colleges and universities to make good on scholarships that cover four years of education -- and as legal challenges seek financial rewards and union rights for athletes -- NCAA officials should stand warned that lawmakers are pressing for action to address perceived inequities, Rep. Tony Cardenas said in the latest episode of the ESPN podcast Capital Games.
This is exactly what college athletics needs - congress to get involved.
Gary Andersen will coach Wisconsin's outside linebackers in 2014 - Bucky's 5th Quarter
After his first year as Wisconsin's head coach, Gary Andersen will also supervise a young and skilled position group.
Donate To Lift For Life For Our Site's Honor - The Champaign Room
And to help a good cause and all that other stuff too, I suppose.
I've developed a reputation as the local curmudgeon when it comes to Sarpy County's ballpark. I've felt it was unnecessary expense for the local area to build two ballparks when one would suffice. On Friday, people thought it would be fun to razz me over Tom Shatel's column in the Omaha World-Herald, where he points out the booming crowds showing up at the Trailer Park for minor league baseball while the College World Series was underway in Omaha.
I'm linking this because Mike states that he's developed a reputation as a curmudgeon. I am NOT ALONE!
Milwaukee Brewers' Draft pick Monte Harrison homers at rookie ball | brewers.com: News
Outfielder Monte Harrison, the Brewers' third selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, hit his first professional home run Monday, helping the rookie-level Brewers defeat the Indians, 9-1, in the Arizona League.
After two years of unprecedented success at Indiana University, head coach Tracy Smith is leaving for warmer pastures in Tempe, Arizona, where he'll take the same position with Arizona State.
Nice, classy article from our Indiana site to coach Tracy Smith.
Jim Miesle of One Foot Down talks about the Shamrock Series game in Indianapolis.
Notre Dame can go away now, go away from the Big Ten and not come back.
Then this happened:
From CN member and old friend Mike:
Not really Big Red news, but in this match yesterday Italy vs Uruguay, Luis Suarez (plays at Liverpool in the Premier League) bit Italy's Chiellini on the shoulder. This is the 3rd biting incident of his career, and he could possibly be banned up to 24 games or 2 years (if FIFA has the balls!).
Last year in the Premier League, he bit Ivanovic of Chelsea on the arm, and got a 10-game ban from the British Football Assocation. And prior to moving to Liverpool, he played at Ajax Amsterdam and bit Ivanovic of PSV Eindhoven there as well, getting a 7-game ban.
This is the story stream about the Suarez bite heard 'round the world.
You shouldn't bite people - SBNation.com
Uruguay's Luis Suarez apparently bit another player Tuesday afternoon. Here are four reasons why biting people is no good.