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My Cat Saved My Son

Posted on May 14th, 2014 at 21:17 by Paul Jay in category: News

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George R. R. Martin Explains Why He Writes Game of Thrones in DOS

Posted on May 14th, 2014 at 18:49 by Paul Jay in category: News

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The Shame of College Sports

Posted on May 14th, 2014 at 12:59 by John Sinteur in category: News


“Why,” asked Bryce Jordan, the president emeritus of Penn State, “should a university be an advertising medium for your industry?”

Vaccaro did not blink. “They shouldn’t, sir,” he replied. “You sold your souls, and you’re going to continue selling them. You can be very moral and righteous in asking me that question, sir,” Vaccaro added with irrepressible good cheer, “but there’s not one of you in this room that’s going to turn down any of our money. You’re going to take it. I can only offer it.”

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  1. “College sports” is too broad. With some exceptions, it’s just college football and men’s college basketball where corruption is so pervasive. You don’t find these problems in women’s college tennis. Bear in mind that football and basketball pay for all of the other sports at the big sports universities. They also contribute handsomely to all of the university’s other departments. Because so much money is at stake, no one is interested in doing anything but minor tweaks now and then. There’s a ton of money in football and basketball. The overwhelming majority of it is going to a handful of NFL and NBA owners, a few college universities, a handful of college and professional coaches, a few agents, and a handful of elite football and basketball players. Major League Baseball is less corrupt because they have a farm system for kids who want to play professionally but aren’t interested in university or ready for the major leagues. Most of those kids turned down the money for a scholarship.

    I had to look at the date. This is a three-year old article you dug up quoting a Penn State official. Penn State has been rocked by a different scandal since … one not normally associated with college athletics.

  2. There’s this myth that colleges and universities are academic cities-on-the-hill and can actually be more decent and less corrupt than the cultures that they exist to serve.

  3. You’re absolutely right, Sue. Even the universities with their noses way up in the air are at least a little pregnant. They can also circle their wagons as good as any of their lesser brethren.