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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 21, 2013/ 15 Elul, 5773

NNCAA reforms can't come too soon

By Dan K. Thomasson




JewishWorldReview.com | In 1960, I watched my university get beaten and battered by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, of which it had been a member since the association's 1906 founding. Indiana University was punished beyond any reasonable fairness and it took years to recover.

The penalty for alleged football recruiting violations included restricting all Indiana University athletic program activities and post-season plays for several years. Newspapers across the country universally condemned the NCAA's action as excessively punitive. As far as I know, a similar penalty never has been handed out since. The cost to the school was horrendous.

Now, the chief athletic governing body of college athletics is facing more challenges than at almost at any time. The promised reform can't come soon enough.

The NCAA now must contend with the possibility of congressional action that would hurry along something it has avoided in a countless past investigations: establishing a semblance of fairness about its disciplinary actions.

Congressional lawmakers from Ohio and Pennsylvania have proposed the national Collegiate Accountability Act, following the Penn State child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and the Ohio State University case in which football players were caught trading memorabilia for tattoos. Among other things, this proposal would force the NCAA to institute a system of due process in its investigations and to protect its athletes from arbitrary punishment.

There is nothing wrong with the NCAA other than its bloated nightmare of a bureaucracy. It's run by academics and their top administrators, with a rules book so large and unwieldy that it takes a battery of lawyers at most of its 200-plus top-division schools to decipher it.



Breaking a restriction is so easy that institutional control is almost impossible. Athletes have been punished for such miniscule indiscretions as appearing fully clothed on a sorority charity calendar or trading a sweatshirt or hat for body ink. The joke is that standing still in the wrong place and waving a pennant is likely to bring a suspension.

Meanwhile, huge payments to star players in major sports go unpunished for years.

The fact is that in the top bracket, the NCAA is anything but what it pretends to be: an overseer of ethical practices designed to benefit both its members and its "student athletes." That term no longer bears any resemblance to reality in major sports such as football and basketball, whose athletes are purely and simply objects of commerce. In basketball, many players stay in college for just two semesters before heading to the pros. They are actually engaged in big business without commensurate benefits, including an education they may or may not finish, and this amounts to very little expenditure for the schools.

Ironically, it was a former Indiana University president, the late Myles Brand, who as NCAA chief executive from 2002 to 2009 preached a philosophy of scholarship before athletics -- but delivered little.

Power in the NCAA rests with Division III schools, where the real student athletes reside. Young men and women play without scholarships other than those provided for most of their fellow students. And these institutions simply have more votes in the NCAA's general assembly, to the frequent dismay of the bigger Division IA and 1AA and Division II schools, which consider athletics major fiscal enterprises.

There has been a growing sentiment that the big schools should form their own organization, one more in tune with their goals, which include raising the money from football and basketball to pay for the shortfall in revenues by sports such as baseball, track and soccer.

One need only review the state -of-the-art stadiums and arenas of the big-money programs to see where all this is headed. The cry for sharing the wealth among the athletes, at least in the form of some small stipend besides room, board and tuition, grows yearly. The argument is that they already are professionals forced to abide by a pretense of scholastic achievement.

Under the circumstances, the old cheer "boola boola" should be changed to "baloney baloney!"

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08/09/13: Military justice system failing in Fort Hood case

08/02/13: Bradley Manning's case offers cautionary tale

07/30/13: Disciplining students requires perspective

07/23/13: Not quite your great-great-grandfather's log cabin

07/12/13: Courting diversity in college enrollment

06/24/13: Post-arrest DNA collection is justified

06/18/13: Tax reform may have effective Dynamic Duo

06/14/13: Stop outsourcing government secrets

06/10/13: IRS couldn't survive one of its own audits

05/31/13: Higher ed gaining more support from states

05/24/13: Does Obama have Plausible Deniability?

05/20/13: Google Glass is progress at a cost

03/25/13: NCAA's March Madness still scores points

02/27/13: School safety radicals make things considerably worse

02/21/13: Wrestling needs a firm hold on Olympics

02/18/13: Obama may be able to do little about gun violence

12/17/12: When is a majority not a majority?

12/12/12: Government snooping's historical precedent

11/13/12: Petraeus learns a lesson the hard way

10/26/12: High court must settle affirmative action

10/16/12: Report confirms SATs flawed indicator

08/20/12: All the news fit to tweet?

07/27/12: Economic disillusionment marks young voters' views

07/20/12: Will Postal Service follow Pony Express route?

07/13/12: Paterno's statue should be covered up

07/10/12: 8.2 jobless rate endangers Obama's job

07/03/12: It's still the economy, stupid

06/19/12: Mitt Romney's chances look better

06/08/12: Pakistan not an ally worthy of the name

06/05/12: Americans have a right to be bloated

06/01/12: Quota system would dilute school's quality

05/27/12: Even now, Memorial Day means summer camp

05/18/12: Is there a public right to know too much?

05/09/12: American exceptionalism --- exceptional generosity

05/04/12: The Edwards trial is a sorry affair

05/02/12: Common sense needs to be taught . . . to school administrators

04/30/12: We must deal with college student debt rate

04/10/12: At least Ryan has a deficit-cutting plan

04/05/12: Celebrate one-year rent-a-teams?

03/12/12: A kinder, gentler day when fists settled disputes

03/05/12: Do conservatives want a victory or a statement?

02/27/12: Hillary vs. Jeb?

02/17/12: Why wait for the until GOP nominating convention?

02/17/12: Prez is not a god, just a cause of O.G. D.: Obama Governmental Dysfunction

02/13/12: Minor tardiness doesn't warrant court action

02/08/12: College rankings aren't always reliable

02/01/12: Millionaire Fans Watching Millionaire Players

01/30/12: Kiriakou case may plug leaks, stifle democracy

01/09/12: Feds need to find if Brit hackers targeted 9/11 families

12/23/11: NIH flu-strain decision endangers us all

12/09/11: U.S. Postal Service may be beyond saving

11/30/11: Do-gooder gets deserved earful

11/24/11: Lawmakers should pledge to think on their own

11/22/11: Iowa: Vital to GOP now, irrelevant later

11/16/11: Pentagon's ‘senior mentor’ service takes hit

11/14/11: With Congress, expect more intransigence

11/08/11: Paterno's illustrious career faces tarnished end

10/31/11: The FBI is burned by its Boston informants

10/18//11: President Inexperienced again picked style and enthusiasm over caution. He must pay

10/10/11: Prosecutors routinely abuse plea bargaining

10/04/11: In Christie,shades of William Howard Taft

09/27/11: One word for Obama's prospects --- ‘bleak’

09/26/11: Obama quickly running out of time

09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

09/22/11: A trip to the dentist cleans out your wallet

09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

08/30/11: ‘Supercommittee’ should meet in secret

08/22/11: Is college still worth it? Some majors are

08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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