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College athletics in America faces a crisis. This past August, former NCAA basketball star Ed O’Bannon won a suit against the NCAA over the latter’s use of his likeness for commercial purposes. The NCAA currently forbids players from receiving financial compensation during their collegiate careers, but the ruling on this case would permit schools to set up funds in order to compensate players for the usage of their names, images and likenesses.
Of late, the NFL has come under fire for its disciplinary policies, which have been noticeably light for players who have committed domestic violence against their significant others. Since 2002, the average suspension length for players with personal conduct issues — off-the-field issues — has been 3.0 games. Domestic violence infractions, considered personal conduct issues, have only received an average of 1.5 game suspensions.
Let’s talk about Donald Sterling.
Andrew Wiggins — born Feb. 23, 1995 is a 6-foot-8-inch small forward who most recently played for the Kansas Jayhawks and could very well be the No. 1 overall NBA draft pick come June. He possesses extraordinary quickness and athleticism and has tantalized scouts with his potential even from his time in high school.
An unprecedented move in NCAA history, the Northwestern University football team sought legal recognition as a worker’s union, attempting to become the first collegiate organization to do so. The case was first brought to a regional board of the National Labor Relations Bureau in early February, and as of this past Wednesday, an NLRB official deemed the players eligible to form a union. The argument provided to the board largely hinges around the heavy commitment required for Division I football and the perception of athletic scholarships as a form of payment.
To anyone unfamiliar with the cultural phenomenon that is March Madness, welcome. You get to see Americans in a sports craze unmatched at any other time in the year (save, perhaps, the Super Bowl). Prizes may be won, friendships may be lost and, most importantly, brackets shall be busted throughout the month of March.
Coming out of its best weekend of the season, the Princeton men’s basketball team looks to build off of last week’s success as the Tigers commence the hunt for joint third in the Ivy League. After a season filled with close losses and disappointment, the Tigers (17-8 overall, 5-6 Ivy League) now have a chance to end the season strongly and put themselves in postseason consideration.
There is certainly no rest for the weary. Fresh off of a disheartening loss to Harvard, the men’s basketball team must start the second half of their home-stand against two of the Ivy League's best: Yale and Brown. Though out of league contention themselves, the Tigers face off against two teams still in the hunt for the No. 1 spot.
Two weeks ago, Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam announced that he is gay, and thus will become the first openly gay player to enter the NFL draft. Sam, voted co-Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, recorded 19 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks in his senior year, breaking the Missouri record in the process. Not seen as a game-breaker in the upcoming draft, he is projected to go somewhere between the thirdand fifthround.
Two weeks ago, Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam announced that he is gay, and thus will become the first openly gay player to enter the NFL draft. Sam, voted co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, recorded 19 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks in his senior year, breaking the Missouri record in the process. Not seen as a game-breaker in the upcoming draft, he’s projected to go somewhere in the 3rd and 5th round.
Coming off a rough homestand, the Tigers head out for what looks to be their toughest weekend of the season. After going 1-1 against two of the weaker teams in the Ivy League, Princeton (13-6 overall, 1-4 Ivy League) now stand at seventhin the conference and must take on some of the best and (literally) biggest of the Ivies, Brown and Yale.
Feb. 3, 2008: Eli Manning and the New York Giants go on one of the most thrilling game-winning drives in one of the most heart-pounding games in football history, defeating the then-Goliaths of the National Football League, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The victory was all the more stunning since the Patriots entered the game looking to become the second undefeated team in NFL history.
At big time college programs, there is plenty for an incoming freshman athlete to be worried about. Aside from concerns every freshman has, an athlete needs to adjust to a new system as well as more time constraints than he has ever faced before. Indeed, there are some (albeit few) who would like to have freshmen be ineligible for NCAA competition their first year on campus, allowing them to play only after spending a year adjusting to both new surroundings and new systems.
Feb. 11, 1983: Pete Carril secures his 273victory as Princeton’s head basketball coach, becoming the Tigers’ all-time leader in wins. Carril, whose name is now synonymous with Princeton basketball, currently holds the highest winning percentage of any Ivy League head coach ever (.658). Much of his success was due to his capacity to develop less-than-stellar players within his system, as well as his stalwart defensive scheme, which, at one point, allowed the fewest points of any team in the nation for eight years in a row.
Princeton’s dual history as an athletic as well as academic powerhouse is well-documented. Like its fellow Ivy League schools, Princeton promotes the coupling of these two fields, aiming to foster great minds and physical fitness among its students. It’s no wonder that the Department of Athletics underGary Walters ’67has adopted “Education through Athletics” as its slogan, since the former is considered an integral part of the latter. At the very least, Princeton’s academic requirements speak to this commitment.