Archive - January 2015

  1. Column: Deflategate a Tempest in a TeapotJanuary 25, 2015

    According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a tempest in a teapot is “a great commotion over an unimportant matter.” So far, that’s the best way to describe Deflategate, which is perhaps the worst word ever created. The whole did-they-or-didn’t-they – Coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady, or another member of the New England Patriots – intentionally let air out of the footballs used during the first half of the Patriots’ thrashing of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game has already taken up more time and space than it warrants. And unfortunately, we haven’t seen the end of the soap opera yet.

  2. Column: NCAA Admits Defeat in Restoring Paterno WinsJanuary 19, 2015

    The biggest news emanating from the recently concluded NCAA annual convention wasn’t the new rules enacted by the Big-5 Conferences, which further distances themselves from the realm of amateurism. As significant as that news was, it took a back seat to the agreement by the NCAA to restore 112 wins to the Penn State University (PSU) football team, 111 of them by legendary coach Joe Paterno. Paterno’s record reverts to its legitimate total of 409-136-3 and restores him to his rightful place as the winningest coach in major college football history.

  3. Column: NCAA Drug TestsJanuary 13, 2015

    The short-handed Oregon Ducks lost to Ohio State 42-20 in Monday’s first ever College Football Playoff (CFP) national championship game. Two Oregon players, wide receiver Darren Carrington and running back Ayele Forde, were forced to sit out the game after failing drug tests mandated by the NCAA. Carrington tested positive for marijuana although Forde’s specific violation is unknown. The players were tested prior to the Ducks’ victory over Florida State in the CFP semifinal game the previous week. As with most things involving the NCAA, their role in the drug testing process is controversial.

  4. Column: College Football Like NFLJanuary 5, 2015

    With the first ever Division 1 – Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) – playoff currently underway, perhaps it’s appropriate to ask the question: Is college football now just like the NFL? The answer is… yes and no. No doubt there are similarities between the two. Each strives to maximize revenues but overall the NFL has done a much better job of that than college teams. This year the NFL grossed $10 billion in revenue compared to approximately $3.2 billion by the 120 FBS teams according to the website The Business of College Sports. The figure for colleges is decidedly understated as not all schools report financial data and others don’t include revenue from all sources. Service academies and private schools are not bound by disclosure requirements. In addition, revenue used for college athletics may be intertwined with other University revenue – such as student athletic fees - and some athletic revenue, especially for football, is independent of the University.