ncaa en Tackling the student-athlete double standard <p>What happens at the intersection of college athletics and college academics?&nbsp;</p><p>To what degree are student athletes allowed to get by with a lighter academic load, enabling them to play the games that are such moneymakers for the school and the NCAA?</p><p>That question is being asked more frequently today, often to the great discomfort of those who run colleges and universities, and their athletic programs.</p><p>To talk about the student-athlete double standard, we welcomed Paul Barrett of Bloomberg Businessweek. His recent piece is titled, "<a href="">In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletes – and Whistle-blower</a>." &nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:31:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 17223 at Tackling the student-athlete double standard Viva la bearcat! The most wonderfully bizarre mascots of the NCAA <p>The Madness of March has officially commenced, bringing along its usual mix of bracket trash talk, early upsets, and billion-dollar promises.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, of course, mascots.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For Michigan fans, March Madness has brought out our usual suspects: the Wolverines, the Spartans, and, for a fleeting moment, the Broncos.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And while many (</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">including the president</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">) think that the Great Lakes State has some winning teams, on a mascot level, we sure don’t compete.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Louis </span>Billikens<span style="line-height: 1.5;">? The Tulsa Golden Hurricane? And what in the name of all things sports is a </span>Bearcat<span style="line-height: 1.5;">?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So here it is, in all its glory — a glimpse of some of the mascot heroes of this year’s &nbsp;March Madness.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How a vaguely scary good-luck charm became a fifth-seeded mascot</span></strong></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:45:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16932 at Viva la bearcat! The most wonderfully bizarre mascots of the NCAA Pressure builds on Michigan Football as Athletic Department's budget grows <p>I’ve often joked that some Michigan football fans aren’t happy unless they’re not happy.&nbsp; But after 11 games this season, even they could be excused for having plenty to be unhappy about. A week ago, the Wolverines were 3-and-4 in the Big Ten, with undefeated Ohio State coming up next.&nbsp;</p><p>The Wolverines had been surprisingly bad all season -- until the Ohio State game, when they were suddenly, surprisingly good, falling short by just one point in the final minute.&nbsp; It was the first time I have ever seen Michigan fans feeling better after a loss than before it.&nbsp;</p><p>Still, the heroic performance was bittersweet.</p><p>Where was <em>that</em> team all year?&nbsp; Which team will return next year – the one that got crushed by Michigan State, or the one that almost beat the Buckeyes?</p><p>But Michigan’s bigger problems are off the field, not on it. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:42:52 +0000 John U. Bacon 15552 at Pressure builds on Michigan Football as Athletic Department's budget grows Creating a minor league for football and basketball could save college athletics. Here's why. <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Big Ten Commissioner Jim </span>Delany<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said last week that football and basketball might work better if they had minor leagues, so players who didn&rsquo;t want to attend college had somewhere else to go. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p>I came to the same conclusion several years ago, though for different reasons.&nbsp; Most of the problems with college football and basketball can be traced back to their beginnings.&nbsp; Unlike most sports, football and basketball developed on college campuses.&nbsp; When the NFL and NBA opened decades later, they didn&rsquo;t have to start their own minor leagues, they simply used the college teams to develop their players.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:43:43 +0000 John U. Bacon 14726 at Creating a minor league for football and basketball could save college athletics. Here's why. Students aren’t leaving Michigan football - Michigan football is leaving them <p>For decades, students at Michigan games were assigned seats, with the seniors getting the best ones. But for some games last year, a quarter of the 20,000 or so people in the student section were no-shows.</p><p>So, athletic director Dave Brandon decided to switch them to general admission – first come, first seated -- to get them to show up on time -or, at all.</p><p>The students went ballistic.</p><p>Yes, some can display a breathtaking sense of entitlement, and they won’t get much sympathy from the average fan, who has to pay three or four-times more.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 13:59:23 +0000 John U. Bacon 12386 at Students aren’t leaving Michigan football - Michigan football is leaving them Wolverines headed to the Final Four <p>There will be one Michigan team playing in the Final Four in next weekend’s NCAA’s men’s basketball tournament.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Michigan Wolverines jumped to a double digit lead early in their Elite Eight game against the Florida Gators on Sunday. And they never relinquished their lead. The final score was 79 to 59.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Michigan is the only Big Ten team to reach the Final Four. Michigan State and Ohio State both lost tournament games over the weekend.</p><p></p> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:55:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 11948 at Wolverines headed to the Final Four Jim Tressel and Ohio State: Cheating is excused. Losing is not <p></p><p>The Jim Tressel era at Ohio State started on January 18, 2001.&nbsp;</p><p>It so happened the Buckeyes had a basketball game that night against Michigan, so it was a good time to introduce their new football coach.&nbsp; When Tressel stood up to speak, he knew exactly what they wanted.&nbsp;</p><p>He was hired on the heels of John Cooper, whose record at Ohio State was second only to that of Woody Hayes.&nbsp; But Cooper&rsquo;s teams lost to Michigan an inexcusable ten times.&nbsp; Can&rsquo;t do that.&nbsp; And you can&rsquo;t say, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s just another game,&rdquo; either &ndash; which might have been his biggest mistake.&nbsp;</p><p>Knowing all this, when Tressel told the crowd, &quot;I can assure you that you will be proud of your young people in the classroom, in the community, and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the football field.&nbsp; The place went nuts. &ldquo;At last,&rdquo; they said, &ldquo;somebody <em>gets</em> it!&rdquo; Fri, 03 Jun 2011 11:27:08 +0000 John U. Bacon 2739 at Jim Tressel and Ohio State: Cheating is excused. Losing is not Wolverines lose NCAA hockey title game in overtime <p>The University of Michigan men&#39;s hockey team fell in overtime to Minnesota-Duluth in last night&#39;s NCAA championship game.&nbsp; The Associated Press reports:&nbsp;</p> Sun, 10 Apr 2011 16:51:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 2005 at Michigan Wolverines crush Tennessee in 1st round NCAA game <p>The Michigan Wolverines crushed the Tennessee Volunteers in their opening round game in the NCAA men&#39;s basketball tournament.&nbsp;&nbsp; The game was close at halftime.&nbsp;&nbsp; But U of M cruised in the second half to a 75-45&nbsp;victory. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Wolverines will play Sunday against the winner of the matchup between 16th seeded Hampton and&nbsp; top&nbsp;seeded Duke.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:54:52 +0000 Steve Carmody 1712 at Michigan Wolverines crush Tennessee in 1st round NCAA game Oakland University falls to Texas in the NCAA tournament <p>Oakland University&#39;s Golden Grizzlies kept it close.&nbsp; But, in the end, the Texas Longhorns prevailed.&nbsp; The 13th&nbsp; seeded Golden Grizzlies rallied throughout the first round tournament matchup with the 4th seeded Longhorns.&nbsp;&nbsp; However, Texas pulled away in the final minute to win 85 to 81.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:27:51 +0000 Steve Carmody 1707 at Oakland University falls to Texas in the NCAA tournament NCAA basketball teams called out by education chief <p>U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says NCAA basketball teams that are not on track to graduate at least half of their players should not be allowed to compete in the NCAA Tournament.</p><p>Duncan used to play basketball himself. He says his personal experience is what is driving his call for the measures.</p><p>Duncan wrote an op-ed piece in the <a href="">Washington Post</a>:</p><blockquote><p>As a kid on the South Side of Chicago who loved basketball, I got to see the best and the worst of college sports. I spent time on the court with inner-city players who had been used and dumped by their universities. When the ball stopped bouncing, they struggled to find work and had difficult lives. Some died early. The dividing line for success was between those who went to college and got their degrees, and those who did not. If a team fails to graduate even half of its players, how serious are the institution and coach about preparing their student-athletes for life?</p></blockquote><p>Duncan wrote that 10 men&#39;s teams in the NCAA basketball tournament are not on track to graduate more than half their players. Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:06:58 +0000 Mark Brush 1704 at NCAA basketball teams called out by education chief MSU fans wearing Spartan green & white this St. Patrick's Day <p>The <a href="">Michigan State Spartans</a> tip off their 2011 NCAA Men&rsquo;s basketball tourney tonight in Tampa against the <a href="">UCLA Bruins</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The tenth seeded Spartans stumbled into the tourney compiling a 19 win-14 loss season.&nbsp; &nbsp;The seventh seeded Bruins posted a slightly better 22 and 10 record.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:04:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 1689 at MSU fans wearing Spartan green & white this St. Patrick's Day Ohio State's Jim Tressel and the NCAA: the sheriff is now the saloon keeper <p>It looks like Jim Tressel has gotten himself into a bit of <a href=",0,3621588.story">hot water</a>.</p><p>That&rsquo;s why his boss, athletic director Gene Smith, flew back to make sure everyone said they were &ldquo;taking responsibility&rdquo; &ndash; a phrase which changed some time in the last decade, and now means the exact opposite.</p><p>It was fine theater.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 15:49:14 +0000 John U. Bacon 1606 at Ohio State's Jim Tressel and the NCAA: the sheriff is now the saloon keeper Ohio State football coach suspended for two games/fined for NCAA rules violation <p><a href=";ATCLID=205112065">Ohio State University head football coach Jim Tressel is facing a two game suspension and a quarter million dollar fine</a> for failing to tell university officials about possible NCAA rules violations.&nbsp;</p><p>Tressel admitted that he didn&rsquo;t tell university officials that some of his players were part of a federal criminal investigation.&nbsp; None of the players were the subject of the investigation. Tressel knew about the investigation last April.&nbsp; But, he didn&rsquo;t say anything until the university was contacted by the U.S. Justice Department in December.</p><p>The Justice Department was trying to confirm whether Buckeye memorabilia in the possession of a Columbus tattoo shop owner was obtained legally. Several players, including star quarterback<a href=""> Terrelle Pryor</a>, admitted exchanging the memorabilia for tattoos. The players were given 5 game suspensions next season. Though, they were allowed to play in the 2011 Sugar Bowl.</p><p>OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith says it was only after that that university officials learned of emails that coach Tressel received in April informing him of the federal probe. Smith says the university was about to complete its internal investigation and send the results to the NCAA, when word of Tressel&rsquo;s actions were reported by <a href="">Yahoo Sports.</a></p><p>Tressel says his decision not to take action back in April was with the players&rsquo; interest in mind, not the OSU football program. <a href="">SBNATION</a> produced a transcript of last night&#39;s news conference.</p><p>The NCAA is reviewing Ohio State&rsquo;s self-imposed penalties. The college sports governing body may accept OSU&rsquo;s self-punishment or impose penalties of its own. Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:41:59 +0000 Steve Carmody 1558 at Ohio State football coach suspended for two games/fined for NCAA rules violation OSU's Jim Tressel on the hot seat <p><strong>Update 7:03 p.m.</strong></p><p>Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel suspended for two games. Tressel&nbsp;did not report potential NCAA rules violates in a timely manner to OSU officials.</p><p><strong>Original post 4:24 p.m.</strong></p><p><a href=";SPID=10408&amp;ATCLID=205111867&amp;DB_OEM_ID=17300">Ohio State University has called a 7pm news conference</a> to address news reports that head football coach <a href="">Jim Tressel</a> was aware of potential NCAA rules violations months before university officials learned about them.</p><p>The violations involved&nbsp;five Buckeye players, including star quarterback <a href="">Terrelle Pryor</a>. The players allegedly traded memorabilia with a Columbus tattoo parlor owner in exchange for tattoos.</p><p><a href="">Yahoo Sports </a>reported this week that Tressel was first notified of the possible NCAA violations last April.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But it was December before any action was taken involving the players. They were suspended from playing during a handful of games next fall. Though they were allowed to play in 2011 Sugar Bowl.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="">SBNATION </a>reports Tressel&#39;s contract does include penalties if his program commits NCAA violations, including termination of his contract. Neither Tressel or university officials&nbsp;have commented on the allegations made in the Yahoo Sports article.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="">OSU president E. Gordon Gee</a> did tell reporters in Columbus that the NCAA has been notified.</p><p><a href="">OSU athletic director Gene Smith</a> was scheduled to be in Indianapolis this evening, but he has flown back to Columbus to take part in tonight&#39;s news conference with Gee and Tressel. Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:03:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 1553 at Former UM football coach Rich Rodriguez speaks <p>Former Michigan head football coach, Rich Rodriguez, just issued this statement:</p><blockquote><p>"I am proud of the dedication and commitment exhibited by the coaching staff and student-athletes who have represented the University of Michigan football program over the last three seasons.&nbsp; While I am disappointed to depart Ann Arbor before we were able to reach the level of success we had in our sights, I am confident that the players who remain have the potential to do great things and to return the Wolverines to greatness.&nbsp; I would like to thank our fans and our student body for their tremendous support. There is great passion for Michigan football and I have made lifelong friends through this experience." Thu, 06 Jan 2011 21:14:22 +0000 Mark Brush 782 at NCAA penalizes the University of Michigan's football program <p><strong>Update 4:15pm:</strong> Here&#39;s the University of Michigan&#39;s response to the NCAA&#39;s announcement. Athletic Director David Brandon says&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;There were no surprises and there will be no appeal, because there is nothing to appeal. Effective today, this process is over and done and we can focus all of our time and energy on the future.&quot;</p> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 19:00:04 +0000 Mark Brush 271 at NCAA penalizes the University of Michigan's football program