February 1, 2014
Ever since the NBA enacted new age-restrictions for draft eligibility in 2006, many young basketball players who would have normally gone straight into the pros from high school must attend college, but only for one year. This so-called “one-and-done” rule has been controversial, especially from the standpoint of colleges who admit these student-athletes with the expectation that they will leave as soon as they are draft-eligable. Is it even fair to calls these players “student-athletes”? Joining us to discuss the topic are Leonard Elmore, attorney and basketball analyst for ESPN, and Chris Ekstrand, former sports writer and current NBA scout.
January 25, 2014
This week we continue our discussion of academic achievement among student-athletes in light of a CNN investigation alleging that many athletes in the revenue-generating sports (Football, Men’s Basketball) are reading at an eighth level, and some as low as a fifth grade level. Joining us to continue the discussion are Scott Hirko, professor of Sports Management at Central Michigan University and Mary Willingham, a former learning specialist and tutor with the Academic Center for Student Athletes at UNC, and a key source in the CNN report.
January 11, 2014
On January 6, Florida State became the latest, and last, school to win the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) Nation Championship game. Next year, for the first time ever, the college football’s national title will be awarded using a playoff system. Throughout its entire 14-year run, the BCS was a controversial system. So why has it taken so long to develop a different way of determining a national champion? Why has college football avoided a playoff when most other professional and collegiate sports have them? Also, will the four-team playoff system that begins next year be enough, or will the system continue to expand? Joining us to discuss these questions and more are Bill Curry, former coach at Georgia Tech and the University of Alabama, and Tim Crothers, a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated.
December 21, 2013
How much are major colleges spending on athletics? How does this compare to academic spending? What about the spending per athlete and per student? These are just a few of the questions that a new project by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics hopes to answer. The project is a spending database for all NCAA Division I schools and it is the topic for this weeks show. Joining us to discuss the issue are Amy Perko, executive director of the Knight Commission, and Bubba Cunningham, athletic director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (The database can be found at: http://spendingdatabase.knightcommission.org)
December 14, 2013
Join Host Charlie Tuggle and his guest Dr Jim Taylor Dr Damon Burton of the University Of Idaho as they discuss competitive anxiety in sports and the psychology of coaching in wake of recent health problems with high-profile professional football coaches.
October 26, 2013
There’s little doubt that professional and collegiate sports fans are passionate. But where does that passion come from? And how are the professional leagues and college conferences capitalizing on this devotion. Joining us this week are Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Tim Sutton, a sports media producer who has worked with both the Big 10 and Pac 12 networks.
October 19, 2013
With college athletics expanding exponentially in the last few years, can an organization like the NCAA, relatively small in size and power, maintain control? Do the big power conferences and schools even need the NCAA? Joining us to discuss the future of this beleaguered institution are Dr. Steve Hirko, professor of sports management at Central Michigan University and an associate with the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and Dr. Mark Nagel a professor in the Department of Sports and Entertainment Management at the University of South Carolina.
October 12, 2013
This year, Duke University Men’s Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will make $7.2 million dollars. Nick Saban, head football coach at Alabama will make $5.4 million. The highest paid public employee in 40 states is a basketball or football coach. Do these coaches and others like them deserve to make these enormous salaries or is something wrong with the system? Joining us to discuss this topic are Greg Doyel, columnist for CBSSports.com and “Ricky” Lefft, a sports attorney and agent whose clients include former Kentucky and Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith.
October 5, 2013
A new book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth is being called by Sports Illustrated “the book the NFL doesn’t want you to read”. How does an inherently physical and violent sport like football deal with the ongoing issue of concussions and head trauma among its players? What sort of responsibility do leagues like the NFL have to current and former players? Joining us this week to discuss the issue are Dr. Jason Mihalik, a professor of Exercise and Sports Science at UNC-Chapel Hill who specializes in head trauma and traumatic brain injury and Jamal Brooks, a linebacker and special teams player who spent seven seasons in the NFL.
September 28, 2013
Last weekend players from Georgia Tech, Georgia and Northwestern took the field with the letters APU written somewhere on their uniforms. APU stands for “All Players United” and player advocates hope it is the beginning of a organized protest by players against the NCAA. This week Sonny Vaccaro, longtime NCAA critic and sports marketing pioneer, and John Sweeney, professor of sports communication at UNC-Chapel Hill, join us to discuss the implications of this movement for athletes, the NCAA and college athletics in general.