Not necessarily... Violations of Title IX (sexual stuff falls under this category) can be investigated and dealt with at the University level without also involving law enforcement. It depends on the wishes of the complainant and the circumstances of the situation. If that is indeed what the issue is.
And there are mixed reviews about this effect (which also includes alumni giving in some discussions of it).
It doesn't really help major programs (like Ohio State), it only tends to assist recruitment/branding for a limited time, there are very particular demographics who are most easily influenced in this way (some not ideal college candidates), and can be counterbalanced by negative publicity (NCAA infractions, academic scandals, significant on-field losses, etc.)
It's all a matter of priorities and choices... and, given that for most people "sports" is the word that automatically follows "college" in their minds, it's an easier way of publicity than increased academic prowess.
Or, as The Bear used to say- "It’s kind of hard to rally around a math class."
Really nice work- I just finished a 30 page paper on Athletic Finance for my coursework (humblest of brags), and you've hit the basics pretty hard.
What's even more interesting is when you start looking at other decisions that the University is making as well. Take our pals in Eugene, for instance- while there's a student fee (in spite of the bucket ton of money that Ohio State fans help to send their way by buying the latest pro-combat gear), the University is also raising tuition and cutting majors as the state reduces funding percentages (not total dollars, but dollars per student).
When you also factor in that there's but 1K student tickets available each football game in the "Student section" at that $52 a piece... and realizing that your student fee doesn't let you use any of the facilities that you're helping to subsidize... man, that's enough to make a Duck nice and salty.
The other thing to keep an eye on, particularly as the "power 5" conversation heats up, is that schools like Rutgers are financially killing themselves to keep up with Ohio State. You point out the subsidy and other financial woes in New Jersey... if Rutgers or Purdue or Northwestern is challenged by the Conference to spend a certain amount (say, as a part of the BTN revenue sharing), or leave the conference... it might not be unrealistic to see them take a step back. This is particularly true in the current "what's a college education really worth"? conversation... at some point, I imagine that the spending model for semi-professional athletics will be untenable, particularly if the NCAA loses another lawsuit and the "amateur" model disappears.
And we haven't even talked about Title IX...
This. My god... THIS. I still haven't figured out how having a semi-professional football and basketball program affiliated with the institution (ANY institution) is instrumental in that institution's academic mission. Stupid higher education classes with their learning and changing perspectives and so forth.
With each passing year, I think I enjoy college football less and less. It's definitely not for lack of recent titles for Ohio State. The older I get, the more difficult it is to reconcile that preposterous facade of amateurism and why many prestigious institutions of higher education should be so concerned with this peculiar (albeit multi-million-dollar) entertainment package it now feels compelled to offer. The sport seems to be becoming faster (and more brutal) for young athletes still growing into their body. Notwithstanding recent efforts to promote player longevity through safety initiatives, there is nevertheless no real impetus behind promoting player longevity as long as there exists a large talent pool of high school players that can push oft-injured college athletes to pasture.
A quick stop-gap would be to pay players, though universities clearly do not want to do that and compensation (however justified) creates additional headaches for athletic departments who have to teach an entire roster on how to file taxes and report taxable benefits. Urban Meyer should get a lot of credit for his Real Life Wednesday program. I've heard player parents (almost to a person) speak highly of it. But, contrast that with low graduation rates at other universities for football players. Contrast that with Ole Miss bragging about a team GPA below a 3.0. Heck, contrast that with what happened at UNC, which---seriously---is the most ambitious case of academic fraud committed in American university history and no one fucking cared when it was first reported. College football can be a lot of fun, but at what societal cost? I struggle with this.
Ummmm... Why is there a bike in the locker room?
But what about that all-important long snapper battle? Will we still be a "snaps by committee" team?
Yup- 'cause not reporting things always works out really well for the folks in Happy Valley...
He's always been Bert, dude. Calling him that since 2009 has been my one public good contributed to college football.
I'm pretty sure, as I mentioned on the ol' twitters, that you also brought #Swoon to Buckeye Nation as the only appropriate homage to Aaron Craft, and know for a fact that your "Drive Thru" videos are amongst the finest in the land.
So... yeah. #AllHailKingVico
Nebraska gashed Ohio State in the second half of the game in Lincoln with this formation... yeah, bad times.
Ross- Oklahoma State has used this formation for a while now, and includes it in their "packaged plays" philosophy (each play being a run/pass read). Do you see Ohio State exploring that possibility as well?
Thanks for the great work...
Famously missed the 2007 version of The Game flying back from Ethiopia... no one in the flight crew was willing to contact the tower at JFK to get me a score.
The picture on the left there is my (new) daughter, in the airport, after I finally got my hands on a newspaper.
"Wow. That's impressive."
"Well, I only took out enough to win..."
Great article, Ramzy- I agree that this is a HUGE scandal, since it gets at the very heart of the "Student Athlete" ideal. If the University's very mission is compromised, what is left then?
Another frustration is that this lends credence to those who hold that "African American Studies" programs (and the like) are illegitimate across the board, while not acknowledging the national work of faculty and scholars in this field.
Thanks for shining some light on this.
So, I'm proposing a "Naked Out for Breast Awareness".... Who's with me?
On second thought, many male Wisconsin fans may actually bring more cuppage than some of my exes, so... nevermind.
This. Shock The World!!
My vote is for the "Shock The World" one...
I'd submit one but a) I suck at photoshop, and you don't want MSPaint and b) for some reason I keep typing "Elven Warriors".
If you're interested in a version that includes Legolas, though... say the word.
Whoo hoo!! tBBC finally gets linked (kinda') by Ramzy!! :)
As always, amazing work.
Mr. Cool Ice is even cooler than imagined...
The best part of that Rob Stone video is that he brought one of those peppers into the booth and gave it to Spielman.
Who, of course, bit into it, and didn't break a sweat.
And kept on doing commentary, while Stone just stood there stunned...
The moral, as always- Chris Spielman is a BAMF.