Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples has written an outstanding story on Minnesota wrestler Joel Bauman, whose eligibility and athletic scholarship are in jeopardy because of the motivational music that he produces under his name and sells on iTunes.
Bauman embodies everything for which college athletics should stand. He should be the face of the NCAA. But the NCAA wants to make sure it is the only entity that can make money off Bauman’s face. Fearing an NCAA reprisal, Minnesota officials have asked Bauman to take his name off his songs and remove his image from the videos if he wants to remain eligible to wrestle at Minnesota.
Click here to read this article in its entirety (and if you have time to read one article, it should be this one). Staples reports that Bauman can continue to sell his music under an alias without impacting his eligibility.
Emmert’s Responsibility for NCAA Mess
Warren K. Zola writes on the Huffington Post that “[t]he NCAA has demonstrated worse decision-making abilities than Lance Armstrong, Lindsay Lohan, and, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo combined,” has lost its credibility and President Mark Emmert should be held responsible.
Bobby Valentine to Become AD at Sacred Heart
William S. Paxton of the Connecticut Post is reporting that Bobby Valentine, Stamford native and former manager of the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox, will become the next athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. Valentine would replace long-time athletic director Donald Cook, who is retiring.