With fire power like this, no wonder Rutgers is willing to bankrupt itself for its football team!

Talk about a receiver who gives as well as he gets! Bravo, Rutgers. Your money is well-spent.

“[The University of] Nebraska’s moving in on a record the NCAA doesn’t recognize: Number of murderers produced by a football program. Right now, it’s only one, but it’s trending three.”

Of course it’s not just murderers; for decades, Nebraska has produced manifold themes and variations on Richie Incognito.

What UD finds especially amazing is that whatever you do, the University of Nebraska will continue to celebrate you on its webpages. Look up anyone: Incognito, Povendo, Phillips, Thunder Collins… They’re all still there, worshipped as gods on the Huskers site.

With the Waco biker shootout on everyone’s mind, Nick Povendo’s a particularly interesting Nebraska product. He was actually Incognito’s backup on the University of Nebraska team! But he has now surpassed him. Povendo graduated to criminal biker gang stuff – the same stuff that shot up Waco. He’ll be on trial for murder soon.

UD asks: Why isn’t everyone talking about the University of Nebraska football team? Why aren’t we having a national discussion about what’s wrong with the state of Nebraska?

“I think overall it’s good for business, I really do. It’s those little instances you have that make the weekend look bad.”

Ah, America. The head of the Myrtle Beach Merchants Association, gearing up for this year’s Memorial Day crowd, touches delicately on last year, when “three people died and seven were injured in eight shootings.” And still those little things remain

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Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. The Spinnaker Club in Panama City Beach. These places, and whatever place this year’s melees in Myrtle Beach will choose, are emerging as icons of a peculiar form of capitalism — the form you get when you combine a society of the spectacle with guns and a totally unhinged profit motive.

It’s odd. The rhetoric of these massive motorcycle rallies is one of personal freedom, yet the events instantly turn their locales into police states. Read the details of the security presence and restriction of movement in Myrtle Beach.

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People are starting to notice the same thing at university football games. Because the drunken crowd is so nasty, everyone’s under heavy surveillance.

Hm. Let’s see if we can follow this latest dispatch…

… from America’s colleges. It’s a little complicated, because it involves a football team/fraternity synergy… But okay. Let’s go.

A fraternity at Cal Poly has been suspended because the frat is a cover for a drug dealing operation. Nothing new there. More than a few frats have figured out that they’re supremely – UD would even say unbeatably – well-situated as far as the drug trade goes. Recall the federal raid of a bunch of San Diego State fraternities/drug houses. The raid netted guns along with drugs. These boys don’t fool around.

This latest thing, the thing at Cal Poly, also involved guns as well as drugs. Here’s the rather complicated first paragraph of an article about it:

Cal Poly has suspended the fraternity targeted in an attempted armed robbery last summer for violating student conduct policies, after the university determined chapter members knew illegal drugs were sold at the house and failed to take action.

See, what blew the cover of this frat’s operation was the school’s football team. A group of players wanted drugs, and they knew where the campus drug market was, and, well, something went wrong.

The Delta Sigma Phi house at 244 California Blvd. was the target of an attempted robbery on Aug. 10 allegedly committed by a group of Cal Poly football players believed to be looking for drugs.

I guess the football players didn’t want to buy the drugs; they didn’t seem to understand that the frat is a drug market, not a free drug distribution center.

So. To recap: You’ve got university football players committing armed robbery for drugs against a university fraternity.

Cal Poly: Keepin’ it all in-house!

“It is not in any team’s competitive or financial interests to care too much about the criminal backgrounds of men who are good at the sport, aside from avoiding negative coverage.”

And I’m not too sure they care much about negative coverage.

When UD wrote “The Faculty Bench,” back in 2006…

… she pointed out that one of many reasons professors don’t fuck with their universities’ often fucked up athletics programs has to do with simple abuse. Criticize campus sports and every yahoo from the chair of the board of trustees to the local wino who doesn’t go to games but joins fellow drunks to trash the town during tailgates is going to come after you. You’re going to be called names six ways to Sunday.

Few people want to spend their lives dealing with dicks. So few people squawk about sports.

But over the years this blog has accumulated a pantheon of professors, a handful of heroes, who have been willing to stand up to the abuse. (Some of them are here, here, here, here, and here.)

Mark Killingsworth, an econ professor at Rutgers, is one of these. As that absurd school sports itself to death, Killingsworth hammers away at the obvious point that it ain’t got no moolah. “I have to assume that so far the plan [to expand athletics] is to keep [the] status quo, to keep taking money out of academics,” says he, and ain’t it the truth. But no one else in the state of New Jersey (with the exception of Killingsworth’s father-god, William Dowling) cares, and indeed if you go by most of the comments on all the articles about Killingsworth in the local press it’s pretty clear that many people in New Jersey think poorly of Killingsworth.

Moral: Think twice before getting between a boy and his concussion.

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Update:

Rutgers is an enormous public institution, with an annual budget of $3.6 billion. It is responsible for educating 65,000 students. Why isn’t that more important that competing in the Big Ten?

“FAMU athletics is in a good place. It’s growing in a good place.”

Just how good?

FAMU fans want to know when the football and basketball teams will be eligible for postseason play again. [Both are currently under academic sanction.] They want to see how [the coach will] tackle a budget millions of dollars in the red. Above all, they want to know if the athletic department is moving in the right direction after eight years with six different people … at the helm.

“Jones is the fifth Alabama football player to be arrested in 2015.”

And it’s only May.

This sort of team record doesn’t come cheap. Nick Saban’s currently at seven million a year.

A football coach whose salary is the talk of the town.

A team whose arrest record is also the talk of the town.

Bama!! Life of the mind, Bama!!!

Just when you think Marshall University can’t go any lower…

… they recruit to their already arrest-ridden football team a person with a long and ugly police record, and then they finally suspend him after, er, let’s see…

The charges stem from the April 5 beating of two men, moments after they kissed at 5th Avenue and 9th Street in Huntington. Criminal complaints charge Butler witnessed the kiss, exited a passing vehicle and proceeded to shout derogatory words toward both men related to their sexual orientation. Butler then struck the face of both victims with a closed fist, the complaints charge.

Put Marshall University in this blog’s search engine to feast your eyes on one of the scummiest campuses in Christendom. I mean, it’s not just the sports-only nature of Marshall. Marshall is hideous all around. Pity its poor faculty.

A Michigan Man!

Football hero, gentleman. And now that Frank Clark’s in the news all over the country, all the glory goes to Michigan as he is universally described in these accounts as a University of Michigan player.

Why pick a player in round 2 (Michigan defensive end Frank Clark) who was kicked off his college team because of a domestic violence charge, a player who also was convicted of felony theft for stealing a laptop?

You might as well ask why Michigan held onto him as long as they did. Why his bio is still emblazoned on UM’s Go Blue site. If Michigan didn’t give a shit, why should the Seahawks? After all, you’re looking for a guy who can hit.

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Just Another Stat

But this is the sort of writing that makes it all worthwhile. See if you can spot the domestic violence charge!

Start with this.

Start with this account of Shirley Willihnganz’s catastrophic tenure as provost at one of America’s most sordid universities, the University of Louisville.

Then read of the great reward she reaped:

Late last year, tax filings for 2012 revealed that the nonprofit [University of Louisville Foundation] had awarded University President James Ramsey $2.4 million in deferred compensation, along with $1.8 million for the school’s outgoing provost and $1.3 million to Ramsey’s chief of staff. These payments dwarfed the administrators’ reported salaries by up to 4,000%. Provost Shirley Willinhnganz, for example, earned $45,646 in base wages from the foundation in 2012 — a package that climbed to $1,925,108 when the deferred compensation was accounted for.

Now see this here foundation of ours, which manages the school’s big ol’ endowment, operated perfectly well – perfectly well – for years. That is, until some fucking newspaper started getting nosy.

The foundation operated in secret until 2008, when the Kentucky Supreme Court [ruled] that its records are public after a legal battle with [a] newspaper.

But that ain’t bad enough. Oh no. Now some U of L trustees up and wrote a letter to the state auditor asking him to audit us!

The nerve! Why if you just type LOUISVILLE in this blog’s search engine, you’ll see we’re as pure as the driven snow down here.

Like the running of the bulls…

… the running of the university athletic program numbers is an annual display at once shocking and idiotic.

Cleveland State University’s numbers are typical: Almost no students attend the school’s games, but “[a]n estimated 89 percent ($9,361,508) of the athletics budget is paid for by CSU’s students.”

Men’s basketball, without a doubt the most popular CSU sports team, averaged an attendance of just 1,996 people at their home games in the 2014-15 season.

The Wolstein Center, their home arena, has a capacity of more than 13,000. The 2015 budget projected that the Wolstein Center would operate at a $917,000 deficit this year.

You and I know what the next step is at CSU. We’ve been following university sports for a long time, yes?

CSU will announce that they’ll spend 60 million dollars to expand the arena and add 30,000 seats.

Kick Me Again

Lucye Millerand, president of the [Union of Rutgers Administrators], pointed to the $1.2 million in severance pay Rutgers made to Mike Rice, a former men’s basketball coach, Tim Pernetti, former athletic director, and John Wolf, former interim senior vice president and general counsel, after their departure following a public outcry over a video that showed abusive behavior by Rice toward players on the court.

“Rutgers’ budget seems to have money for crazy priorities,” Millerand said. “That 1.2 million would be about a 1 percent raise for my entire union of 2,300 people. If there is money to reward people that embarrassed the university so badly they had to go, why does management tell us they don’t have that much money to bring an equivalent settlement with Rutgers’ faculty.”

Rutgers’ masochistic relationship with its coaches draws some criticism.

Swiney

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney on Wednesday reiterated reservations about how schools will implement the oncoming trend of providing “full cost of attendance” to scholarship student-athletes. He said that while he’s all for “modernizing the scholarship,” he opposes “professionalizing college athletics.”

Mr. Swinney’s defense of the amateur-athletics ideal would sound more convincing if he weren’t making $3.3 million this year to coach Clemson on a contract that runs through the 2021 season.

“If there is no fall semester at LSU, would the school be able to field a football team?”

Absolutely. UD has said it for years – in the United States, you don’t need a university to have a university football team. Several American universities already are, for most purposes, football teams. Their presidents are their six million dollar a year coaches. Their trustees are ex-football players or football boosters.

So she’d suggest posing the question about the possible bankruptcy of Louisiana State University like this:

If there is no football team, would the school be able to field a fall semester?

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