| Apr 6, 2013
Nobody could be more defensive at the 2013 Final Four than Mark Emmert, but Syracuse and Louisville are going to give it a try.
The way the beleaguered NCAA president went after Dennis Dodd of CBSsports.com and a few others during his annual news...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 12:47 PM
(No, wait! That's not what I meant. There will be no mention of Katee Sackhoff in her "Starbuck" combat outfit anywhere in this column — uh, other than just now. We're talking fantasy for the sports nerd in most of us.)
| Mar 10, 2013
| 2:59 PM
What's in a name?
For the schools of the Catholic 7 — Georgetown, St. John's, Villanova, Seton Hall, Providence, Marquette and DePaul — it's everything.
With no maiden name to fall back on, the Catholic 7 members were forced to do the next...
| Jun 17, 2013
The thinnest line in sports writing has less to do with winning and losing, and certainly much less to do with any degree of criticism. It strikes me on this great Father's Day sports weekend that the thinnest line is the one between the appropriate...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 4:08 PM
Bill O'Brien remembers the moment clearly.
It was July 23, 2012 — five months after he was hired — and the 43-year-old O'Brien was sitting in his office watching the television. There on the screen was NCAA president Mark Emmert, somber...
| Feb 24, 2013
| 11:01 AM
The Southeastern Conference needs to go on a diet.
Forget the cabbage. Put away the watermelon. Leave the grapefruit for the health nuts. What the SEC needs to avoid is the cupcakes.
Not the sugary sweet ones that you find next to the deli at the...
| Feb 26, 2013
Come to find out, the creators of the dreaded "lack of institutional control" have been throwing stones from inside their own glass house.
The NCAA, short for the National Collegiate Athletic Assn., is now in the kind of damage-control mode that it so...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 5:35 PM
If you think it's bad now, just wait.
If you think college football recruiting has become too big and too time-consuming and too insanely excessive, just wait.
If you think 17-year-old high school football players have become too self-important, too...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 4:17 PM
At what point does one university president mutter over a burner phone to another university president, "Can we give the NCAA the death penalty?"
Hopefully it's after reading page 22, footnotes 33 and 34, of the report on the investigation of the NCAA's...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 3:14 PM
As confusing, as surprising, as embarrassing, as unbearably long as this NCAA investigation of the University of Miami seems from the outside, an official on the inside adds another word.
"Unprecedented,'' an NCAA investigator who worked on the Miami...
| Feb 3, 2013
| 2:57 PM
These are dark times for the NCAA.
As an organization in charge of monitoring all things college athletics, the NCAA has prided itself with creating a certain brand of integrity. That integrity, however, has taken a big hit as of late.
From the way it...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 4:23 PM
After the NCAA announced Tuesday that it was restoring scholarships to Penn State's football team, USC sought to address its own sanctions. The NCAA rejected the school's proposal. In a statement provided Friday to USA Today and ESPN, the NCAA......