National Collegiate Athletic Association

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    July 22, 2014

    Why Prime Prep Closing Would Be Good News for its Remaining Star Athletes

    Whether Prime Prep manages to stay open or not doesn't matter to Emmanuel Mudiay. The kid who would have been king, the explosive, rangy point guard, is not going to SMU, whether he would have been eligible to play for the Mustangs or not. Athletic apparel company Under Armour -- which sponsors both ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Dallas Lawyer Sues Large Chunk of North Texas Lacrosse Community For Not Playing His Son

    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 >>

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    January 30, 2014
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    December 16, 2013

    Arlington Passed an Ordinance to Promote a "Festive Image" during the NCAA Final Four

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Prime Prep Board Tries, Fails to Fire School Superintendent Who Fired Deion Sanders

    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 >>

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    November 21, 2013
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    June 17, 2013

    College Athlete-Rappers: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    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 >>

  • News

    March 14, 2013

    Larry Brown Just Can't Stop

    The remaking of SMU basketball with the game's most persistent coach.

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Larry Brown Has SMU Basketball 7-1, Which is Good Enough for the Wall Street Journal

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Fake Penalties for Penn State, Fake Grades, Fake Success: Learning Nothing from a Scandal

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    NCAA Antitrust Case Hits Dallas Federal Court After Conference USA Won't Turn Over Docs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    The Director of Pony Excess Comes Full Circle With New Promo For SMU Football

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    It's About Time We Pay College Athletes and Get Them Off the NCAA's Plantation

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Why We Love Sports in America: 2011

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    NCAA Delays Reupping TicketCity Bowl License

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    SMU Men's Basketball Program Slapped With Two Years Probation For Text Messages

    SMU​Sure, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    SMU and "Pony Excess": The Scars Remain

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    At the Lakewood Last Night, A Home-Field Look at SMU Football Doc Pony Excess

    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 >>

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    September 2, 2010
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    July 5, 2010

    Why We Love Sports in America

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    It's Official, Finally: Coming to a Cotton Bowl Near You, the Dallas Football Classic

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Doc About Life After Death Penalty at SMU Gets Held Up. "In a Good Way."

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    SMU's Turner: College Football Doesn't Need Playoffs. It Needs "Sensible Fiscal Reform."

    R. Gerald Turner​An 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    SMU in a Bowl Game, a Christmas Miracle

    Robert Bobo/SMU​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    If Joe Barton's BCS Bill Is All About Making Lobbyists Some Dough, Then Good Work

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    BCS Playoffs: Round 1

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Whitt's End: 12.4.09

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Dave Bliss Still Alive. Praise Jesus?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    It's a Final (Four): Jerryworld in 2014

    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: "Arli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2008

    God Bless America. And Sports.

    Happy Birthday! Our country turns the ripe old age of 232 tomorrow. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, let us not forget how fortunate we are to have a variety of sports and the freedom to choose which ones we love and loathe. In honor of the Fourth of July I started jotting down reasons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2008

    Scooch a Bit SMU, You (May) Finally Have Company

    The NCAA might wipe off the SMU dust and fire up ol' Sparky one more time. Since the NCAA sentenced SMU’s football program to the death penalty 22 years ago, the organization has admitted its error by pardoning more than 30 schools that committed similarly egregious violations. Thanks to ... More >>

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    March 20, 2008
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    January 21, 2008

    How Mark Cuban Would Fix SMU (No, Not Like That)

    Speaking of local sports team owners, in the February issue of GQ, Mark Cuban sits down for a Q&A inside his Dallas office -- "a room filled with pictures: Cuban playing rugby; Cuban in front of his private plane; Cuban presenting an award to Don Nelson, the former Mavericks coach whom Cuban loved, ... More >>

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    November 1, 2007
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    October 10, 2007

    SMU Can't Cheer Up or Pony Up

    The Washington Post reports this morning that the NCAA's "death penalty" is dead -- thanks to what it did to SMU, which hasn't been to a bowl game since 1984 and is a woeful 1-4 this season. Coach Phil Bennett, who is 17-42 during his six years on the Hilltop, describes the punishment as "the Scarle ... More >>

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    March 15, 2007
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    December 28, 2006
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    November 10, 2006
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    August 4, 2006
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    May 10, 2006

    The Texas Tornadoes

    Went to my 9-year-old son's baseball game in McKinney last night and came away with two revelations: We really shouldn't name our sports teams after natural disasters, and people, even coaches, are stupid. You've heard all the uproar and NCAA mandates that universities no longer use "Indians" or va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2006

    Close Shave

    As the NCAA men's basketball tournament grips Dallas today at the American Airlines Center, its fun to ponder all of the money and cheating that will be following the bouncing ball. Cheating? According to economist Justin Wolfers assistant professor of business and public policy at the Wharton Schoo ... More >>

  • Film

    January 12, 2006

    Bet on Black

    Glory Road relives the season college hoops smashed the color barrier

  • Home Entertainment

    January 5, 2006

    Full Court Pressure

    College Hoops 2K6 will bring out your inner Bobby Knight.

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    September 15, 2005
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    December 18, 2003

    Make a Run for It

    Bikers give kids some toy joy

  • News

    March 20, 2003

    The Back Page

    I would tell you about the Big 12 tourney, but my stomach hurts

  • News

    February 19, 1998

    Not as dome as you think

    Dallas attorney Darrell Jordan wants to cover the Cotton Bowl--anyone got $150 million to spare?

  • News

    January 12, 1995

    Fast Times at UTA

    Ryan Amacher says he's leading the University of Texas at Arlington into a glorious future. But his critics fear his passion for pomp and party will run it into the ground.

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    November 24, 1994
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