Politics and Football

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH This is a summary, provided in the News Hour daily newsletter, of an article titled “College Football and Presidential Politics,” written by Lisa Desjardins for PBS: Last night’s college football championship sparked a nerdy late-night question: If a handful of states can dominate a particular sport, is the same true for…

A Very Uneven Playing Field

BY MARTIN KICH If you need further evidence of the fantasy being chased by the 65 universities in the Football Bowl Subdivision but not in the Power 5 Conferences—that is by half of the FBS programs—take a look at the following chart: The top ten programs on this year’s list signed 148 of the top…

More on the Double Standards for College Coaches and Athletes

  Writing for the Hartford Courant, Sally Jenkins provides a very acerbically satiric, first-person response ostensibly from University of Connecticut football coach Randy Edsell to the furor now surrounding his decision to rescind a scholarship offer to a player recruited by his predecessor: “Over the course of my long and distinctively insincere career, which includes…

The Morass of Big-Time College Football

BY HANK REICHMAN Remember that widely circulated map illustrating how in 39 of 50 states the highest-paid state employee is a public university football or basketball coach?  If you don’t, here it is: According to USA Today‘s annual survey, in 2015-16 some 72 college football coaches were paid over a million dollars annually, not including…