Solomon Jones: It shouldn’t have taken SCOTUS to confirm student athletes deserve to get paid
PHILADELPHIA — In a 9-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with college athletes who argued that the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s rules limiting student compensation was a violation of antitrust laws. Three words: It’s about time. Not just because the NCAA’s century-old business model has grown increasingly exploitative as the money from television contracts and other revenue sources has made college sports into a multibillion-dollar business, but also because college sports, especially lucrative basketball and football, are dominated by Black athletes. In short, the cour...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Writing’s on the wall, NCAA. Pay college athletes
It’s not just mania about college hoops that puts the “madness” in March Madness. Think about the money behind NCAA basketball. John Calipari, coach of perennial powerhouse University of Kentucky, makes $8 million a year. Duke’s famed Mike Krzyzewski makes $7 million. Closer to home, University of Illinois men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood got $3.8 million this year. Before the pandemic, March Madness raked in $1.18 billion in television ad revenue for the NCAA, which also gets $1.1 billion for TV rights to the tournament. How about the man at the top — NCAA President Mark Emmert? Nearly $...
College Football Playoff board discusses next step in possible expansion to a 12-team model
ORLANDO, Fla. — The College Football Playoff took another step toward possible expansion when the group’s Board of Managers authorized a study on the impact of a proposed 12-team model. The board, which is comprised of 11 school presidents and chancellors, met in Dallas Tuesday to discuss the latest proposal put forth by a playoff working group. The recommendation presented by the CFP management group, which is composed of the 10 conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick, would expand the playoff from its current four-team model to include 12 teams. “The four-te...
Mike Bianchi: Florida coach Dan Mullen needs to earn new $8 million salary by beating Nick Saban in Week 3
ORLANDO, Fla. — Sung to the tune of “Danny Boy” — the traditional Irish ballad: “Oh, Danny Boy, the Swamp, the Swamp is calling From every ardent Gator across our peninsula panorama, You make nearly $8 million a year, oh Danny Boy, Now go beat Nick Saban and Alabama!” OK, let me translate those lyrics into plain English for you: If Florida Gators football coach Dan Mullen wants to earn, truly earn, that new $7.6 million-a-year contract of his, he can do it very quickly in the third week of the upcoming football season when the dominant, dynastic defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide...
After walking away, Matthew Wolff returns in a good place at U.S. Open
SAN DIEGO — If anyone seemingly had it all, it was Matthew Wolff. As a freshman in 2018 at Oklahoma State he made the putt to clinch the NCAA team championship. The next year he won the NCAA individual title, then turned pro, and in his third tournament he made an eagle on the 72nd hole to beat a couple guys named Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau. In 2020 he had top-five finishes in two majors, and he finished the year ranked in the top 15 in the world. That all happened before he turned 22 in April. So how was it that when Wolff shot a 1-under 70 to begin the U.S. Open on Thursday at Tor...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Why Mizzou hoops coach Cuonzo Martin exudes confidence in his fresh-faced Tigers roster
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Strolling into Mizzou Arena’s main concourse Thursday afternoon brought an unfamiliar sight. This was true in terms both figurative — the first in-person media availability with MU student-athletes since the pandemic began — and literal: Of the six Missouri men’s basketball players who sat in chairs for interviews, four have never played a game for the Tigers. A team spokesperson even handed out rosters with pictures of each player on them to prevent confusion as to who was who. If it seemed like a clean slate, it was for these new faces, too. “It’s like being a freshman,” said...
The Kansas City Star
No joke: Cal, Stanford or SJSU could play in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl
It’s quite possible that Cal or Stanford will receive an invitation to play in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl in December. Maybe the invitation will be to play against San Jose State. Laughable as it seems, the new bowl game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood will be called the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl in what was referred to in a statement on the stadium’s website as an “unprecedented multi-year partnership to appoint the late-night host the official naming rights partner of LA Bowl.” The late-night talk show host made the official announcement on his program Wednesday night as he unveiled a new logo for the...
The Mercury News
Bob Wojnowski: Victims of Michigan doctor want real remorse, real change, real leadership
Amid all the grotesque reports, amid the blaming and shaming and excuse-making, leaders at Michigan must make painful admissions. It’s clear no resolution in the Robert Anderson sexual-abuse scandal will satisfy everyone. The sheer breadth of the emotional and physical damage suffered over multiple decades, involving football players, other athletes and other students, makes a simple rendering impossible. But someone — some entity — has to be strong enough to stop the carousel, or as one survivor called it, “the circus.” The voices that matter most are the victims of Michigan’s team doctor and...
The Detroit News
Dawn Staley to the NBA? Three reasons why that's unlikely to happen right now.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Get ready to hear these kinds of rumors often. Dawn Staley's star grows brighter by the day, especially as the sport of college basketball experiences a moment of flux, with legends like Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski announcing their retirement. A few weeks ago, Staley was among the names floated around for the North Carolina men's basketball opening. And now again this week, her name is among a list of top candidates for an NBA head coach opening with the Portland Trail Blazers. The South Carolina women's basketball coach is a hot commodity, and rightfully so. She's molded...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Mike Bianchi: Danny White on 12-team playoff he helped create: 'This is huge for UCF!'
It’s certainly been a satisfying last few days for Danny White. He watched from the bleachers a few days ago as the baseball team at his new program, the Tennessee Volunteers, advanced to the College World Series for the first time in 16 years. And he watched from afar as coaches, administrators and fans at his old program, the UCF Knights, celebrated the news that the College Football Playoff will likely be expanded to 12 teams — a groundbreaking development that White himself was instrumental in making happen. If White, UCF’s former athletics director, isn’t the father of the likely new 12-t...