Podcast, Ep. 10 – Ronnie Woodard on women in coaching, youth soccer madness

  Tennessee Soccer Club’s Ronnie Woodard is a legit women’s soccer pioneer — first scholarship player and goalkeeper at Duke, one of the first wave of women’s soccer players to move into the coaching ranks. She has coached college and elite youth teams, winning 2016 NSCAA Coach of the Year honors, while launching a consulting businessContinue reading “Podcast, Ep. 10 – Ronnie Woodard on women in coaching, youth soccer madness”

NCAAmageddon and the numbers

The NCAA has released updated numbers on how much money is being flushed down the pipes at your local athletic department, and Sports Law Blog relates it to the sure-to-be-landmark O’Bannon vs. NCAA case. I think O’Bannon has a case that shouldn’t hinge on such things. The initial argument was whether O’Bannon was entitled toContinue reading “NCAAmageddon and the numbers”

Is a major in sports really any worse than my music major?

Should athletes have the opportunity to major in sports? Yes, argues a piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education, which recently offered yours truly a special deal for “university professionals” in a reassuring demonstration that advertisers do not know everything about you. And it’s a terrific argument. Add a psychology requirement, and players who don’t make theContinue reading “Is a major in sports really any worse than my music major?”

Soccer shocker in Richmond

Richmond, Va., isn’t just the home of a lot of Civil War history and Carbon Leaf. It has been a legitimate hotbed of U.S. soccer for a couple of decades. The Richmond Kickers won the 1995 U.S. Open Cup. And they’re still around, making a strong run in the 2011 Cup. They’ve also built one ofContinue reading “Soccer shocker in Richmond”

Title IX-related questions

I pride myself on being less cynical than the typical journalist. And I’m certainly not someone to rain on the parade of Title IX’s 40th anniversary. Griping about an anniversary commemoration is like showing up at a July 4 fireworks display to gripe about drone attacks or Guantanamo or all the Native Americans who diedContinue reading “Title IX-related questions”

Anonymous Genius: Fighting elitism with sexism and racism

I went to Duke, but I get it. The country is tired of hearing about how great it is. Ever since the back-to-back titles in ’91 and ’92, they’ve been overexposed and at times overrated. Plenty of reasons to get a little irritated. Then there’s this from “RealTalkIowa,” the latest nominee in our “Anonymous Genius”Continue reading “Anonymous Genius: Fighting elitism with sexism and racism”

Questioning the place of sports in college: Drop football, save academics?

A Chicago-area junior college has dropped its football program. Sad day for student-athletes? A tale of Title IX excess? No, says the Chicago Tribune‘s John Keilman (listed as “reporter” though this is clearly an op-ed). I think a lot of bigger schools would be well-advised to study Harper’s sensible example. What would they discover ifContinue reading “Questioning the place of sports in college: Drop football, save academics?”

How education helps athletes

Monica Gonzalez wasn’t writing specifically about high school and college soccer here, but she makes an argument here that bolsters the notion of keeping the USA’s “school and soccer” combination alive: Education affects sports performance. Think of it as a gym for the mind. Sitting through classes hones concentration. Incorporating studies into life trains disciplineContinue reading “How education helps athletes”

The war on nonrevenue sports, ctd

The argument as laid out in Sports Illustrated: 1. There’s a lot of money flowing into big-time college sports. 2. They should give some of that money away toward charitable causes. 3. But wait, many athletic departments are actually losing money. So … “The first obligation is to restore fiscal sanity by using [the savings in salary]Continue reading “The war on nonrevenue sports, ctd”

Questioning the place of sports in college: Character

Forget about the BCS for a moment. Forget Title IX. Forget conference re-alignment. In the post-Penn State scandal world, we’re seeing something that runs far deeper: People who aren’t sure colleges should be in the sports business at all. They’re popping up a bit more at the Washington Post’s education page, where Jay Mathews bemoansContinue reading “Questioning the place of sports in college: Character”