Pop quiz: A young high school athlete isn't getting much playing time. As a parent, do you a) Encourage your teenager to buckle down and work harder; b) Have a few choice words with the coach; or c) Suggest that, you know, maybe academic decathlon might be a better fit for his or her talents? If yo ... More >>
With thousands of fans expected to flood Arlington in April for the NCAA Final Four, there couldn't be a better time for you to finally open that ticket-scalping business you've always dreamed of, sell your famous canned chili dogs to random people on the sidewalk or try hosting an Occupy Protest te ... More >>
Prime Prep Academy, the charter school that Deion Sanders co-founded last year and was fired from last week, is known for its suspicious tendency to attract some of the top high school athletes in the country. Now, the parents of those athletes say they were misled by school officials and their ki ... More >>
Anyone who has ever watched college sports has seen more than their fair share of those NCAA commercials emphasizing the 'student-athletes who are going pro in something other than sports.' After all, they're shown during every single commercial break. So, I decided to look into some of the NCAA's ... More >>
The remaking of SMU basketball with the game's most persistent coach.
For more than two decades now, SMU's men's basketball program has languished in mediocrity. It saw moderate regular-season success during the Mike Dement era of the late '90s and early '00s but made the postseason only once, and that was a berth in the lowly NIT. Its last trip to the NCAA tournament ... More >>
The important image is Jerry Sandusky down there in the shower-room doing it to kids. Somehow a penalty that involves not being able to play in bowl games just seems terribly out of whack. I do get what's right about it. Sandusky and others in this matter face tough criminal penalties, and that is ... More >>
Via.Yesterday's massive drop-off at the Earle Cabell is but a pit stop. Sooner than later, more than likely, it will head back to Oakland, where, in July 2009, former UCLA basketball great Ed O'Bannon filed the shot heard 'round the sports world: the antitrust suit alleging that the NCAA steals ... More >>
Speaking of great eyes ...Surely you've seen the ESPN 30 on 30 offering Pony Excess, about SMU receiving the NCAA's death penalty in 1987. If not, you must. It was directed by Thaddeus Matula, a Jesuit alum -- who, as it so happens, is also responsible for this short SMU football promo I just stumbl ... More >>
Texas schools earn a couple of mentions in Taylor Branch's explosive article "The Shame of College Sports" in the current Atlantic Monthly. Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-wining civil rights movement historian, piles shame upon shame in calling for an end to the ludicrous fraud of amateur athle ... More >>
Since I'm out on vacation next week let me get to this Fourth of July tradition a little early: Happy Birthday, America. Our country turns the ripe old age of 235 on Monday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I'll make time this weekend remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to have a ... More >>
The NCAA's Postseason Bowl Licensing Subcommittee met today in New Orleans, where it okee-doke'd bowl licenses through 2013-'14 for 32 out of the 35 game played during college football's post-season. (Really? Only 35? Coulda swore it was more like 98.) Anyway. Two of the no-go's were already fo-s ... More >>
SMUSure, it's not the death penalty, but the NCAA just released a statement saying it has accepted self-imposed sanctions by Southern Methodist University on its basketball program. SMU's recommendations included two years probation (March 10, 2011, through March 9, 2013), a reduction of 15 recru ... More >>
No one from the 1980s pay-for-play scandals remains at SMU, but the stigma - and the residue from the NCAA's Death Penalty - remain on the Hilltop. Those wounds may not be re-opened, but they'll certainly be re-visited Saturday night when ESPN presents its latest 30 for 30 documentary: "Pony Exces ... More >>
Patrick MichelsDirector Thaddeus Matula introduces his film.Mustangs young and old turned out at the Lakewood Theater last night, for a very special screening of Pony Excess -- or "Exce$$," if you prefer -- Southern Methodist film-school grad Thaddeus Matula's ESPN-bound documentary about SMU foo ... More >>
Happy Birthday, America. Like tonight's July 5th fireworks show in Dallas, it's better late than never. Right? Our country turned the ripe old age of 234 on Sunday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I tried to spend some time remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to ha ... More >>
Dallas Football Classic officials were in Arizona this week making their final pitch-presentation to NCAA officials. You remember that game, right? New Year's Day? 11 a.m. kick-off? Beginning this January? At the Cotton Bowl? Pits the No. 6 team in the Big Ten against a rotating cast of cast-offs ... More >>
Untitled from DLP Entertainment on Vimeo.A Friend of Unfair Park directed our attention yesterday to the trailer for a documentary called Article 19, about events leading up to and immediately following SMU's football program receiving the NCAA's death penalty in February 1987. I recalled having rea ... More >>
R. Gerald TurnerAn op-ed, co-written by SMU President R. Gerald Turner, has been circulating through the nation's newspapers in recent days; here's yesterday's pit stop in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in which Turner and William Kirwan, chancellor of the University of Maryland system, argue that ... More >>
Robert Bobo/SMUThe SMU contingent stationed in Waikiki this holiday week appears to be having a fine time, judging by director of media relations Robert Bobo's ecstatic Aloha SMU blog. Tonight's the big game: the Hawaii Bowl, kick-off 7 p.m. Maybe not big to most, but huge to some -- say, SMU alu ... More >>
For more than a year, Smokey Joe Barton's been trying to kill the Bowl Championship Series -- most recently, of course, with H.R. 390: College Football Playoff Act of 2009, which would ...... prohibit, as an unfair and deceptive act or practice, the promotion, marketing, and advertising of any po ... More >>
With our alternative to the BCS offered up, nothing else to do than to let it play out. Food expert/football junkie Dave Faries, take it away ... Given its record in other matters, it's unlikely Congress can solve the BCS mess and put in place a viable playoff system. And it's very clear the ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Ho hum, another month of Arbitron PPM ratings and another month of dominance by 1310 AM The Ticket. In the November ratings for the precious Men 25-54 demographic, The Ticket is No. 2 in the Metro ... More >>
God knows the city's been talking about it since forever -- you know, finding another bowl game to stick in the Cotton Bowl, since the actual New Year's Day Cotton Bowl Classic will now be played at the EnormoDome in Arlington, which is about 389 shades of ain't-right, but, whatever. So, maybe yo ... More >>
Thanks to the tip from loyal Sportatorium reader, Luca: If you're not busy Sunday morning and you always wanted to barf on a pew, head down to Ovilla's First Baptist Church. Now appearing at the pulpit: David Bliss. Yep, that one. Actually, the church's website boasts a speaking ... More >>
The NCAA just posted to its Web site a list of host cities for the 2012 through 2016 NCAA Men's Final Fours -- and, no surprise, Jerryworld is indeed included among the sites. The dates: April 5-7, 2014. The host city, incidentally, is listed as "North Texas," with the following parenthetical: " ... More >>
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