Published OpEds

"Thinking beyond the payoff from a playoff," Chicago Tribune, June 14, 2012.
Major change is on its way to big-time college football after years of debate among fans, sports media, Congress and even President Barack Obama about how the sport crowns its national champion. The conference commissioners, campus leaders and television executives who control the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision appear to be on track to create a playoff to determine a national champion starting with the 2014 season.

The debate has now turned to the obvious issues: how many games will be played, how teams will be chosen and whether current bowl games will survive the transition from the Bowl Championship Series to the new playoff system.

Far less attention has been paid to a much more significant question. How will revenue from the football playoff be distributed, and can it be used to reclaim some of the integrity lost by college sports in recent years? more

"Playoffs not the answer to college football's financial crisis" Washington Post, Dec. 19, 2009
The college football bowl season begins today, with 34 games scheduled from Dec. 19 to Jan. 7. We expect to hear renewed calls from journalists, fans and politicians for a big-time college football playoff. A panel of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee recently moved forward with legislation that is designed to change the current football postseason structure and force a playoff, leaving some with the impression that a playoff is the most important issue facing the 120 college presidents who control major college football. It is not...

"Tackling college football fantasy leagues," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 30, 2008.
This weekend, Terrapins, Trojans, Mustangs and more take to the gridiron, kicking off the college football season. This week also marks the start of a new era in college football, one in which fantasy leagues run by commercial entities exploit college players as their virtual game pieces.  These online fantasy leagues, which use the real names and statistics of collegiate athletes, raise a crucial question for higher education leaders: Is it amateurism in college sports that has become a fantasy?

"Make Academic Integrity Part of Recruiting Process” Miami Herald, Feb. 4, 2007
Somehow our culture has developed an obsession with the college choices made by a handful of students. Those students are not National Merit Scholars. They are blue-chip high school athletes, and the frenzy surrounding the process of recruiting them is reaching a fever pitch this week. ...

"Keep 'pro' out of college sports," Indianapolis Star, Apr. 2, 2006.
March Madness is about to reach its finale. Without a doubt, the tournament in America's favorite amateur sports event. CBS pays the NCAA roughly half a billion dollars a year for the right to broadcast the tournament, and it knows what it needs for that investment to pay off: "if we (CBS) do not embrace amateurism, we will not have a product that people want to watch" ...