August 23, 2014
Earlier this week, antitrust economist and consultant for the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit Andy Schwarz wrote about two very different reform camps within the NCAA: The first, whom he pins “Team Change,” wants the NCAA to drastically reduce their salaries and expenditures to be more like club sports; the second, “Team Market,” believes that the NCAA should respond to market demands and pay its athletes accordingly. He joins us in studio this week to talk about his article in Deadspin, his work in the O’Bannon case, and how he thinks the NCAA should move forward.
August 16, 2014
Two major events rocked the collegiate athletics world this past week: The ruling on the Ed O’Bannon case that prohibited colleges from denying payments to athletes and the NCAA’s decision to allow the “Big Five” conferences to exercise more autonomy. Separately, these events are already major news, but acting together, they could flip the structure of college athletics as we know it. In the studio this week to discuss these developments is Ellen Staurowsky, Professor of Sports Management at Drexel University.
August 9, 2014
When the words “high school football” come up in conversation, most people think of “Friday Night Lights,” pep rallies, school spirit, and Homecoming, but they never think to include traumatic brain injury. In the studio this week is Davis Whitefield, Executive Director of the NC High School Athletic Association, to talk abut the heightened emphasis on traumatic brain injury in high school football and what schools around the state are doing to better protect players.
August 2, 2014
Last week, UNC Chancellor Carol Folt announced a new program, “Complete Carolina,” that would aid former student-athletes that did not finish their degrees at the University. This week, Professor Tuggle talks with Athletic Director Cunningham about the (not-so) new program and the future of athletics at Carolina.
July 25, 2014
On July 9, 2014, Richard Southall, Professor of Sports Management at the University of South Carolina and Director of the College Sport Research Institute, appeared before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to “examine promoting the well-being and academic success of
college athletes.” Being the last speaker, he shared with the committee that he was “disappointed” that the Senators as well as College Athletic leaders in general did not seem to be interested in taking an honest, critical look at the current Collegiate Athletic model in the US. He joined Professor Tuggle in the studio this week to expand on his concerns with the NCAA and what should be done.
July 12, 2014
Life as an NFL player can be fast, glamorous, and uplifting, but what happens to the players physically and psychologically after their football career is over? Joining Dr. Tuggle this week is Dr. Karla Thompson, assistant professor, UNC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a neuropsychologist at the Brain and Body Health Program Program at UNC, a program to asses health needs and medical care to former NFL athletes.
July 5, 2014
This week, Professor Tuggle is joined by John Shelton Reed, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at UNC, to talk about the NCAA’s decision to re-open its investigation into UNC’s athletic program.
June 28, 2014
Last week, the Wainstein investigative team released a public statement broadly detailing the progress of their inquisition into the ongoing academic scandal at UNC. Hodding Carter III is a Professor of Leadership and Public Policy at UNC and President Emeritus of the Knight Foundation and joins Dr. Tuggle this week.
June 21, 2014
As the Kenneth Wainstein investigation into UNC Athletics rolls on, more and more speculation and conspiracies begin to surround the embroiled program. Joining Dr. Tuggle this week to talk about the recent scandal and its effect on UNC’s faculty is Jay Smith, History Professor at UNC and one of their most outspoken critics.
June 14, 2014
This past week, former UNC Baksetball player Rashad McCants appeared on ESPN’s program Outside the Lines to allege that not only did he commit academic fraud by taking “paper classes” at UNC and having his work completed by tutors, but also that Head Coach Roy Williams actively encouraged it. Joining Charlie this week to discuss the implications of McCants’ allegations is Robert Silverman, a freelance writer based in New York whose work has appeared in The Daily Beast and ESPN.