Tuesday, January 10, 2006
And Why Is This the NCAA's Chief Concern?
The NCAA convention is going on between much-needed breaks for cocktails in Indianapolis. We don't want to bore you will all the convention snooze, er news, but there was a tidbit Monday that caught our eye. The NCAA's controversial Native American mascot policy has a backlog of appeals, causing the organization to delay the Feb. 1 implementation for some schools. This is good news to fans of a handful of teams, including Illinois, which is expected to appeal to no end to keep its Chief Illiniwek. It appears little will be done with the backlog until the executive committee meets again on April 27. Now doesn't the NCAA have more important issues, like doing something about the incredibly low number of black head football coaches? All we get from NCAA president Myles Brand is more rhetoric. ... Brand did say the NCAA will become even more aggressive commercially, something that's appropriate as long as it's done within the "principles of higher education." But gee, let's not share any of those record profits with the workers, i.e. "student-athletes." Oddly enough, many of those "student-athletes" just happen to be black (some registration).
Posted by dawizofodds at 3:09 AM