“Schools, not NCAA, standing in the way of positive scholarship change”
Andy Staples of SI.com has a great article on how colleges and universities are balking at the NCAA’s attempt at reform. The NCAA recently decided to allow schools to provide student-athletes with a $2,000 stipend and to offer multi-year scholarships. A number of schools, however, are attempting to override the new rules leaving many to wonder who is looking out for the student-athletes:
[Boise State's] override request wasn’t the worst by a long shot. That title belongs to Indiana State, which provided the following rationale for keeping scholarships at one year. “…the new coach may have a completely different style of offense/defense that the student athlete no longer fits into,” the Sycamores’ override request read. “Yet, the institution is ‘locked in’ to a [five] year contract potentially with someone that is of no ‘athletic’ usefulness to the program.” Remember, the athletically useless player — whose National Letter of Intent stressed he signed with the school and not the coach — will have to sit out a year if he wants to transfer.
For more on Tressel, see my article Lessons for Coaches from the Case of Jim Tressel.
Dan Davis Retires from ESPN
On Mike & Mike, I learned that ESPN’s Dan Davis was retiring. Davis provided the radio call for the Boston College-Miami game in 1984 – won by Doug Flutie’s hail mary pass to Gerard Phelan. Here’s a video of the play and Davis’ memorable call: