Playing Lots of Sports Before Specialization

We came across a quote from Bob Bowman that we wanted to share with our readers. For those not familiar with Bob Bowman, he is one of the great swimming coaches of all time. In fact, he coached Michael Phelps from when he was a little tyke all the way … 

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Admissions Preference for Athletes

Is it time to end preferential treatment in college admissions towards recruited athletes? We came across a column penned by Jim Jump for Inside Higher Ed entitled “Ethical College Admissions: Is It Time to End Admissions Preferences for Athletes?” that we figured we’d share with our readers. In the column, … 

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UPenn Basketball Scandal

A couple of weeks back, we reported on the scandal brewing at the University of Pennsylvania over an alleged bribe paid to UPenn’s former head men’s basketball coach in exchange for his recruitment of a then-high school student from Florida (and current UPenn undergraduate), Morris Esformes. In short, this question … 

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Yale University Claims NCAA Lacrosse Title

We’re a little late to the game reporting on this feat but we figured it’s better late than never. For the first time since the beginning of NCAA play, Yale University has claimed the NCAA Division I title in men’s lacrosse with a 13-11 win over Duke University in the … 

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Scandal Brewing at University of Pennsylvania

More information has come to light in the scandal brewing at the University of Pennsylvania. As we reported yesterday, allegations are swirling that the former head men’s basketball coach at the university, Jerome Allen, accepted payments (and trips to Miami) in exchange for flagging a college applicant as a basketball … 

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UPenn Basketball Coach

Did the former head coach of the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team — who is now an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics of the NBA — accept bribes in order to help a Florida businessman’s son earn admission to the Ivy League university? As our regular readers know well, … 

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NCAA Basketball and Admissions

Is there a correlation between how far a university’s basketball team advances in March Madness and how many applications that university receives the subsequent admissions cycle? You bet there is. Indeed we’ve been writing about the impact of a school’s March Madness run on admissions figures for many years — … 

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Sports Bore College Admissions Officers

Does playing a sport or multiple sports at the varsity level in high school improve a student’s case for admission to a highly selective college? In short, unless that student is being recruited for any one of those sports, the answer — to the tune of the late Amy Winehouse … 

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The Upset of Upsets and College Admissions

In one of the great upsets in the history of sports and in the greatest upset in the history of the NCAA Tournament, #16 seed University of Maryland, Baltimore County defeated #1 ranked University of Virginia this past weekend. And UMBC did so in fashion — by a margin of … 

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Shame on the NCAA for Letting UNC Off

Three years ago, we shared word that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was under investigation by the NCAA for creating fictitious courses for star athletes. One of America’s most prestigious public universities and one of the nation’s behemoths in the arena of college sports had been caught … 

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