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UVA Lacrosse Player Guilty–Defense mistake and a Juror speaks out

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As has been widely reported, a University of Virginia lacrosse player, George Huguely V, was found guilty last week of second-degree murder after lengthy deliberation by a jury in Virginia. The conviction is less than prosecutors were seeking which was first-degree murder. The case concerns the slaying of Yeardley Love, Huguely’s ex-girlfriend. The motive for… Continue Reading

College Athletic departments move to monitor athletes’ electronic activities

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According to a recent article that appeared in the Harvard Crimson, athletic programs across the country have taken on a new task: monitoring the electronic behavior of their students. As many programs suffer under the weight of increased media attention, watching over Twitter and Facebook accounts has taken on a special importance. Harvard’s head men’s… Continue Reading

The Problem With the NCAA and Money-Losing Athletic Departments

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The NCAA and the major athletic departments under their purview have been the subjects of many recent articles criticizing their outsized influence on campus life and university budget priorities. When the articles mention these athletic programs they focus on the teams that rule their schools and garner tremendous media attention, schools like Alabama, Penn State,… Continue Reading

Salaries in the NCAA

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This post is a follow-up to a previous piece found here, and to a post from last week concerning an in-depth article in the New York Times which ripped the NCAA for its treatment of student athletes. Joe Nocera’s article is thorough and insightful and demands several posts to fully flesh out the issues, today’s post deals with… Continue Reading

$2,000 NCAA Stipend Represents Failed Attempt at Change

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The NCAA has been on the receiving end recently of some harsh and quite deserved criticism. First, Taylor Branch’s Shame in College Sports, an indictment of the NCAA , in The Atlantic (written about on this blog here); and, now Let’s Start Paying College Athletes , by Joe Nocera in the New York Times excoriates the NCAA for its treatment of… Continue Reading

Penn State Scandal Moves Forward

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A  judge in Pennsylvania ruled Friday that two former Penn State officials will stand trial on charges of lying to a grand jury about what they knew and when regarding sexual abuse allegations against former coach Jerry Sandusky. District Judge William Wenner held there was enough evidence against both former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and… Continue Reading

Sandusky Denies Discussion of Plea Deal

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According to reports as varied ideologically as the New York Times to Fox News, moments before he slipped into a waiting SUV, a defiant Jerry Sandusky said that he fully intends “to put together the best possible defense and stay the course for four full quarters.” About an hour later, outside the local courthouse his attorney… Continue Reading

Sandusky lawyer chooses to waive preliminary hearing

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Joseph Amendola lawyer for Jerry Sandusky waived a preliminary hearing today in a move that is portrayed in media outlets as unusual. The New York Times reports, “On Tuesday, in an hour long exchange with reporters outside the Centre County Courthouse, located 10 miles northeast of the Penn State campus, Amendola described the last-minute decision… Continue Reading

Paying College Athletes

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The issue of paying college athletes for their professional services is gaining momentum as this recent WSJ article describes. After the stir created by Taylor Branch’s article in October’s Atlantic, other major publications are joining the debate and many are coming down on the side of paying college athletes for their talents. Those who favor… Continue Reading