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The Future of the NCAA: ‘The System Will Come Crumbling Down’

By Tom McMillen |

by C. Thomas McMillen In “The Shame of College Sports,” Taylor Branch writes that the NCAA has “an unmistakable whiff of the plantation” and that student-athletes are denied their Constitutional right to due process. Agree or disagree? How to Fix College Sports I agree with his assessment that the NCAA operates a paternalistic system in […]

Accountability on the Quad

By Tom McMillen |

by C. Thomas McMillen A SERIES of recent scandals involving players receiving money, cars and other improper benefits, along with violations by recruiters and sports agents, has debased the already tarnished reputation of college sports. Schools like the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina and the University of Southern California, to name just […]

End the Chattel System for Student-Athletes

By Tom McMillen |

by Tom McMillen Fairness Demands That College Athletes Be Allowed Adequate Representation in Pro Negotiations Last week, longtime University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams announced his retirement, and very quickly Maryland announced that Texas A&M Coach Mark Turgeon will replace him. No one doubts that during contract negotiations, Turgeon had lawyers advising and representing […]

Hold Coaches, Athletic Directors Accountable

By Tom McMillen |

by Tom McMillen Universities should be able to ‘claw back’ compensation when athletic programs face sanctions It’s a drearily familiar cycle: Successful colleges coaches sail away from one job to another, leaving in their wake a university with a tarnished reputation and an athletic program facing multiple NCAA sanctions. Take John Calipari, former coach at […]

Ministry of Sports to Combat Childhood Obesity

By Tom McMillen |

From The Hill by Tom McMillen The nation’s childhood obesity epidemic is finally beginning to draw serious attention, and not a moment too soon. However, our efforts to deal with this epidemic are far too focused on what kids eat and not enough on getting them up on their feet. Over 25 million American children […]

March Madness Really About Frenzy for Money

By Tom McMillen |

From USA Today by Tom McMillen The NCAA scored big: a $6-billion television contract, which finances the NCAA and participating athletic programs. In addition, universities ponied up another $4 billion for new facilities during the past few years, even though the majority of athletic programs lost money. And 40-plus coaches hit the jackpot with $1-million- […]

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