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Don’t Blame ‘Big College’ Coaches for Creating Institutionalized Corruption

Clemson’s win over Alabama in college football’s national championship game didn’t impress sports writer Dave Zirin. But his scathing critique in The Nation missed the point.

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Players’ Decisions Not to Participate in Bowl Games Could Be Start of a Revolt in College Football

LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and Baylor’s Shock Linwood do not want to risk their pro football futures. Their decisions to sit out the postseason make sense and could become a trend.

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Robert Scheer and Petros Papadakis Discuss the Joys and Dangers of College Football

The former USC college football captain and current analyst for Fox Sports tells Scheer, Truthdig’s editor in chief, about the lure of the game for young people. They also debate whether politics belong on the field and in the locker room.

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Understanding Trauma Is an Important Part of Every Sexual Violence Story

To have a better conversation about the problem, within college football and beyond, we need to examine how trauma affects the brain. The Jameis Winston case works well for this.

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Penn State Keeps Doing the Wrong Thing

The university plans to honor the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first game as head football coach. Have those taking this let-bygones-be-bygones attitude forgotten about the sex-abuse scandal that happened on his watch?

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College Football: The Game Is Big Business

UCLA signed a 12-year, $280 million deal with sports apparel company Under Armour before the season began. It is the most lucrative apparel contract in sports history, but in the competitive world of endorsement deals, don’t expect the Bruins (head coach Jim Mora, pictured) to stay No. 1 for long.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Filmmaking Team and Subjects of ‘The Hunting Ground’

The documentary shines a light on the prevalence of rape and other sexual assaults on campuses across the nation, and puts faces and voices to the pain-filled stories we hear so frequently.

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Comedian John Oliver on How the NCAA Takes Advantage of Student Athletes to Make Billions

Just in time for March Madness, the “Last Week Tonight” host reveals just how much bullshit the National Collegiate Athletic Association makes student athletes go through. The organization exercises enormous control over their lives—and rakes in billions from corporate sponsors—without paying the athletes a penny.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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College Football Labor Unrest Threatens University Profit Model

Last week, a regional office of the National Labor Relations Board became the first government agency to officially acknowledge what everyone in the country outside the NCAA already knew: College athletes are cheap labor for a $16 billion business disguised as a nonprofit educational enterprise.

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Ruling: Student Athletes Are Employees, Can Join Union

Northwestern University football players have asked for the right to join a union, and Wednesday the Chicago region of the National Labor Relations Board decided they could.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Not End College Athletics Altogether?

An effort to form a players union in college isn’t about money—yet. Nevertheless, it’s naive to think that giving the athletes a tiny percentage of the proceeds will clean up so corrupt a system.

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Manti Te’o Gives First Interview After ‘Dead Girlfriend’ Hoax Revealed

Manti Te’o had no involvement in the bizarre hoax involving his “dead girlfriend,” the Notre Dame star linebacker insisted to ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap in his first interview since the story broke Wednesday.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Notre Dame Football Star Says He Was Victim of ‘Girlfriend’ Hoax

The emotional and heartbreaking story about the beginning of college football star Manti Te’o's season is well known by now. On Sept. 12, Te’o's grandmother and girlfriend died within six hours of each other. Te’o said that the deaths helped inspire him to play better. The problem with the story: The girlfriend did not die. In fact, she wasn’t even real.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE


Coaches Over the Common Good

This is the microcosmic lesson of the University of Colorado’s recent decision to pay a new football coach $2 million a year. The move - and the reaction to it - is a perfect illustration of America’s values, or lack thereof.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Penn State Penalized for Sandusky Scandal

The NCAA, college football’s governing body, hit Penn State with unprecedented penalties on Monday for not taking action after discovering that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting young boys.

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Lessons of JoePa, in Case the Next Witch We Hunt Doesn’t Drop Dead

Unfortunately, most people will insist they were the ones insisting this was a witch hunt all along, and believe it.

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Joe Paterno Gets Due Process of Us

These days you don’t get due process of the law until long after you have gotten due process of us ... and the “us” isn’t our rational side, but our bloodthirsty one, as presented by media.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Paterno’s Exit Sparks Student Riot

Angry at school officials and the media for ousting football hero Joe Paterno, thousands of Penn State students poured into the streets of their college town Wednesday night, clashing with police, chanting and taking their frustrations out on local property and a news van.

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Sex Scandal Sacks Joe Paterno

Since 1950, Joe Paterno has been a fixture at Penn State’s football program and a legend in college football. He sent more than 250 players to the NFL and ran as clean an athletic program as may be reasonably accomplished, but now he has to end his career on a low note.

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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