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College Football, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2011

College Football, Richard C. Crepeau

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Staged events are seldom convincing and often offensive. About two weeks ago the President of THE Ohio State University, Gordon Gee decided to stage a public apology for his comments several weeks earlier in which he used the Little Sisters of the Poor as a punch line for criticism of scheduling by lesser football teams than his group of tainted national champions.


More Corruption In College Sports, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2009

More Corruption In College Sports, Richard C. Crepeau

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The story began with this line:

The NCAA placed Alabama's football program and 15 other of the school's athletic teams on three years' probation for major violations due to misuse of free textbooks.


The Bc$; Football's (Non) Diversity, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2009

The Bc$; Football's (Non) Diversity, Richard C. Crepeau

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There is something so right about college football this year. On January 2, nearly a week before the so-called BC$ National Championship game, there is a legitimate national champion already in place. On the 2nd of January in some bowl game somewhere Utah stomped all over Alabama. You will remember the Crimson Tide from earlier this season when they were ranked by several experts, computers, and their fans as Number One in the nation. We know that Utah is the national champion, not because they rolled all over the Tide, 31-17, but because they are the only undefeated team in ...


Silly Season Miscellany, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2008

Silly Season Miscellany, Richard C. Crepeau

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Ohio State Football Inc. announced that Jim Tressel will be getting a raise of over $1M to $3.5M next year. That was before he went out and hammered the formidable Youngstown State Football Inc. on Saturday, 43-0. Certainly this drubbing will require another raise this week or next.


The Draft, New Bowls, Army, And Sportsmanship, Richard C. Crepeau May 2008

The Draft, New Bowls, Army, And Sportsmanship, Richard C. Crepeau

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This is always a difficult time of year for me. I am never sure which leaves me with a greater numbness of the brain, the NFL Draft or grading final exams. This is a question that will have to be resolved by greater minds than mine, particularly in my current mental state.


Bobby Petrino Gets Going, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2007

Bobby Petrino Gets Going, Richard C. Crepeau

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He has been found. Call off the search. We now have the new poster boy for College Football.


Bcs, Coach Buyouts, And Overtimes, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2007

Bcs, Coach Buyouts, And Overtimes, Richard C. Crepeau

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As the college football season comes to its close, there are any number of absurdities and idiocies to contemplate. As usual they will be remarked upon by the fawning press and then passed over in favor of the more serious issues such as, who is number one?


Dying For Football, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2007

Dying For Football, Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the last several months, the newest revenue stream in college athletics appeared in the form of a life insurance scheme. Oklahoma State led the way with this idea which involved taking out $100,000 life insurance policies on major boosters. The idea was to generate a new source of revenue from those boosters dying to help produce winning athletic teams. Other institutions of higher athletics have rushed to put such a program in place on their campuses.


College Football Violence, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2006

College Football Violence, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was an ugly scene last Saturday. Players from both teams were pushing, shoving, and punching one another. Some players were thrown to the ground and kicked by others. Coaches and stadium security, as well as local police, got onto the field to try to gain control of the situation, but as soon as they stopped one fight, another broke out.


Far Reaches Of The Holiday Bowl Lineup, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2005

Far Reaches Of The Holiday Bowl Lineup, Richard C. Crepeau

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Several years ago the good people at the Miller Brewing Company put together the Miller Lite Survey of Sport in America. The survey, greeted by many with a roar of disbelief, found that bowling was the most popular participatory sport in the nation. We are now about to enter the Bowling Zone, a sixteen-day run of college football games with little or no meaning except to close family and friends of the participants, with a few notable exceptions. This is not the kind of bowling that was found in the Miller Lite Survey. These are not events featuring a hard ...


Sport And War Don't Mix, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2005

Sport And War Don't Mix, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Army-Navy football game this year opened when the President of the United States tossed a coin brought in from Fallujah for the ceremony. Much to my surprise there was little comment on the coin, or the story of what led to it being chosen for such an honor. Clearly what we have here is another mixing of the idols of war and the idols of the playing field, a potent mix in many quarters. Teddy Roosevelt found football appealing as a candidate to serve as James' "Moral Equivalent of War," as have many others over the past century. He ...


The Ncaa Winter Meetings, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2005

The Ncaa Winter Meetings, Richard C. Crepeau

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Early January following the conclusion of the money collection phase of college football season comes the time when the NCAA holds its annual meetings. This invariably results in a deluge of unreality from the President of the benighted organization and some futile gestures of reform flowing from the meeting halls. Meanwhile in the corridors and backrooms the real work of protecting and expanding the revenue streams proceeds unimpeded.


New Year's Nonsense, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2005

New Year's Nonsense, Richard C. Crepeau

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As the calendar turns over from 2004 to 2005 we are back where we were a year ago with the BCS. Once again the "C" has been removed. At the end of the regular season there were five undefeated college football teams. In the meticulously constructed world of the BCS only two of those five teams played each other in bowl games negating the claim of a national championship although there certainly is a BCS champion.


Rain, Money, Eligibility, And Gordon Gee: All Problems, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2003

Rain, Money, Eligibility, And Gordon Gee: All Problems, Richard C. Crepeau

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I tuned in Thursday night to see how bad the weather was in Virginia. I wasn't so much interested in Virginia Beach or Pat Robertson's bunker as I was the situation in Blacksburg. Sure enough the Virginia Tech/Texas A&M game was going ahead in wind and rain, not hurricane force, still and all a fairly formidable downpour.


Overtime In College Football: The Latest Idiocy In Sport, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2003

Overtime In College Football: The Latest Idiocy In Sport, Richard C. Crepeau

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Would someone please, please, stop the dismal spectacle of overtime in college football!


The English Primeirship: My Introduction To The Beautiful Game In England, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2002

The English Primeirship: My Introduction To The Beautiful Game In England, Richard C. Crepeau

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Outlined on a blue-gray October sky, or was it a September sky? Actually it was both and it was football. The four horsemen of Notre Dame were nowhere to be seen nor was Grantland Rice. It was English Premiership football and now after attending two games and watching others on television I am beginning to get a feel for this sport that makes Americans yawn and the world go into a frenzy.


Steve Spurrier Resigns, Dennis Green Fired, Ty Williamham Hired - More Bcs, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2002

Steve Spurrier Resigns, Dennis Green Fired, Ty Williamham Hired - More Bcs, Richard C. Crepeau

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If the first few days of the New Year there are many indications 2002 could turn out to be much more than simply a palindromic delight. The seismic rumblings out of Gainesville, Florida yesterday overshadowed the Category Five Hurricane that swept from California to Nebraska on Thursday. The totally unexpected resignation by Steve Spurrier as Gator football coach would easily have overshadowed such an action by the governor of the state, and perhaps even that of the governor's brother. It has been front-page news across Florida for two days now, and local television news has been overrun by this ...


Sport And The Theater Of The Absurd, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2001

Sport And The Theater Of The Absurd, Richard C. Crepeau

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There are times when I think that the entire world of sport was put on this earth to amuse me with unending scenes from the theater of the absurd. The last several days brought repeated waves of this feeling.


Football Begins Its Longest Season Ever - Signs Of Opening Football Season, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2001

Football Begins Its Longest Season Ever - Signs Of Opening Football Season, Richard C. Crepeau

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The first football game of the college season took place on Thursday night and there are a number of other games this weekend. Many colleges and universities are not yet in session and some players will play as many as four or five games before they see the inside of a college classroom. Yes, these are the student athletes of NCAA legend.


Celebrating Medicrity At The Bowls, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2000

Celebrating Medicrity At The Bowls, Richard C. Crepeau

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Well, you could have bowled me over with a feather, or perhaps a dot com, when I learned today that four bowl games had already been played. Not exactly stellar match- ups, but bowl games nonetheless. And say what you will; a bowl game is still a bowl game.


The Significance Of The Kicker In American And European Football, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 2000

The Significance Of The Kicker In American And European Football, Richard C. Crepeau

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One of the primary objectives in sport is to win. In American sport winning is too often the only thing. Coaches spend sixteen to eighteen-hour days in seven-day weeks searching for all those little keys to victory that are necessary to success. Owners too spend time, energy and especially dollars in the great quest for the glory that comes with winning.


The Bcs And Florida Election Officials, Richard C. Crepeau Nov 2000

The Bcs And Florida Election Officials, Richard C. Crepeau

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Now that the state of Florida has released its incompetence and corruption from behind the facade of palm trees and beautiful beaches the true story behind the voting at the BCS can be told. The same people who control the voting in Palm Beach County, and indeed those who exercise the imprecise art of counting in Florida, are the same people who control the mysterious BCS voting on college football.


The Xfl: Raslin Come To Football - Drug Testing High School Athletes, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2000

The Xfl: Raslin Come To Football - Drug Testing High School Athletes, Richard C. Crepeau

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Just when you think you've had all the good news you can stand at any one time, Vince McMahon sees his shadow and promises at least six more weeks of football.


Losing Money Going To Bowl Games, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2000

Losing Money Going To Bowl Games, Richard C. Crepeau

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With the barrage of bowl games these past several days one can only marvel at the willingness of sponsors and cities to pay out millions of dollars to universities to provide a few hours of entertainment during the holidays. Last year the University of Wisconsin took away $12.5M for the Big Ten from the Badger's Rose Bowl appearance. The participants at this year's Sugar Bowl, allegedly the national championship game, will take away between $11M and $13M each. Moving down the pecking order to near the bottom the payouts run to about a million dollars.


Bowls Everywhere But None To Match The Poulan Weed Eater Bowl, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1999

Bowls Everywhere But None To Match The Poulan Weed Eater Bowl, Richard C. Crepeau

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I entered a state of deep depression recently when I learned that the folks at Poulan are no longer sponsoring the Independence Bowl. The Poulan Weed Eater Bowl is no more. The irritating, loud and stupid relative of all the bowl games is gone. The Poulan Weed Eater Bowl has whacked its last weed.


Notre Dame On Probation: The Cost Of Selling Your Soul And The Ncaa As Judge, Richard C. Crepeau Dec 1999

Notre Dame On Probation: The Cost Of Selling Your Soul And The Ncaa As Judge, Richard C. Crepeau

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Can we say that the final blow to the concept of intercollegiate athletic integrity has now been delivered? With the announcement Friday that Notre Dame has been placed on two years probation and lost two football scholarships, seemingly the last bastion of intercollegiate athletics has been tarnished. A sense of shame walks the campus beneath the Golden Dome.