Thursday, November 23, 2017

The NCAA’s latest multi-billion-dollar TV deal is the surest sign yet collegiate athletes must be paid…not enslaved

The rule of thumb for the NCAA when describing signing TV deals greater than that of the GNP of Jamaica or Brunei is that it’s a good thing, for the sport, for the schools and for the conferences. They’re careful not to say it’s good for the athletes. Because it’s not. By Andrew J. Pridgen Imagine for a moment that you run...

The Oregon Ducks will go 5-7 this season. Here’s how (and why)

Hint: It’s not just Mark Helfrich. Well, it’s mostly Helfrich...but not all Helfrich. By Andrew J. Pridgen Every civilization has its rise, apex, then demise. Unfortunately, for reasons he can’t 100-percent control or articulate, Oregon football coach Mark Helfrich will be the man fingered for destroying the Ducks’ unprecedented two-decade run to big-time college football prominence, and—perhaps more importantly for...

Where is the outrage over USC AD Pat Haden’s sanctioned embezzlement?

...Are we that worn out by scandal that we can’t even bring ourselves to tweet about it? By Andrew J. Pridgen On the same day we learned that the presumptive Republican nominee for president’s campaign is as broke as his steak company, we find on the West Coast that USC athletic director Pat Haden similarly has been siphoning off money from...

Oregonian beat writer is wrong: The Ducks are worthy

The Oregonian’s resident Duck expert Kevin Goe characterizes U of O’s football season as a disappointment with blood on the hands of its porous defense and an offense that uses lots of smoke and mirrors to hide its deficiencies. Statistics reveal a different story about how Oregon closed out its 2015 campaign. By Andrew Pridgen Nine wins a failure? Six straight...

16 boring facts about the most boring Sweet 16 ever

...and no, the fact that games are being played in Anaheim isn't even one of 'em.  By Andrew J. Pridgen It’s OK to uncrumple your bracket now. Even if Middle Tennessee and Stephen F. Austin and Northern Iowa aren’t done giving you night sweats, they’ve been vanquished and in their place, a bunch of favorites, a bunch of teams used to...

In Defense of True Amateurism: College Hockey’s Troublesome Heart

College hockey is being held back by it's own blithe spirit of the actual joy of sport. But how long will it stay uncorrupted? An examination. Written by Kyle Magin College hockey displays all the telltale signs of desiring major sport status. New arenas, brawny new leagues, TV deals and rosters chock full of pro prospects make the sport as viable,...

The Imperiousness of the NCAA

It's time to root for the amateurs to get paid like professionals. By Kyle Magin I felt a tiny, cheap thrill when I heard the University of Texas basketball program is under NCAA investigation for academic fraud. A caveman emotion—suppressed like the urge to laugh when somebody gets kicked in the nuts or a cop steps in shit when he’s trying to...

USFS officials are clearly ignoring the fact that they stumbled upon a mass murder scene at Lake Shasta

The 2016 Slaughterhouse Island massacre is second only to obscene data overages caused by Snapchat as a parent’s worst nightmare. By Andrew J. Pridgen The internets grew a new tail Tuesday from posted pictures of a University of Oregon outdoor school field trip turned deadly orgy of careless bottled water discarding on a spit of land called—ready—fucking Slaughterhouse Island at...

Oregon hired its first black football coach. Why that’s important and why it shouldn’t be.

Willie Taggart, 40, is the first coach Oregon has hired from outside the program since 1976. The Ducks’ previous three coaches, Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich, were assistants who were promoted. His goal: Graduate students and be the first black coach to win a national championship. By Andrew J. Pridgen On July 12, 1991, I saw John Singleton’s...

East Coast blasé: How the College Football Playoff selection committee’s early bedtime has resulted in ZERO West Coast representation

The good thing about the BCS before it morphed into a #fourteamplayoff was at least the computer didn’t have to go to bed early/wasn’t too blacked out from the Mississippi State/Ole Miss tailgater to make somewhat lucid decisions not based on whether you say y’all unironically. By Andrew Pridgen Of the dozen College Football Playoff selection committee members only ONE has...