DOJ and Treasury Schooled by College Athletes

By: Saturday August 9, 2014 9:00 am

First it was former Northwestern University quarterback Kain Coulter and his football teammates taking a chunk out of the NCAA, and yesterday it was former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and 19 other former college players. They did what few thought possible in going after a Too Big to Challenge institution, and won.

You know, the president is a sports-loving guy. Imagine what would happen if he called the attention of the DOJ and Treasury to these college athletes: “This is how you go after Too Big To Challenge institutions.” . . .


Penn State Sanctioned Harshly by NCAA for Sandusky Sex Abuse Scandal

By: Monday July 23, 2012 10:08 am

The NCAA has banned Penn State from college football bowl participation for four years, fined the university $60 million, vacated 110 victories from 1998 to 2011, and enabled all football scholarship athletes at the school to transfer without having to sit out a year. Except for banning, this is perhaps the most that could otherwise be done in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

Penn State President Graham Spanier in His Own Words

By: Monday July 16, 2012 3:30 pm

Since last November, when the Jerry Sandusky saga propelled Penn State into the headlines, I’ve wondered about Penn State’s former president, Graham Spanier. After reading the Freeh Report in its nauseating detail, I did more than wonder — I started digging for Spanier’s own words on what it means to be a university president.

What I found does not make for a pretty picture.

Late Night FDL: Saturday Night Norts Spews

By: Saturday October 1, 2011 8:00 pm

Tonight, I’m going to take a break from my usual attempts at making sense of the senseless, aka the US economy. No snarking on the greed and whining of the banksters although a bit on the schadenfreud of watching some corporate greed backfire in the sports world. It will be time enough tomorrow to start wondering and worrying about how the corporatist SCOTUS will manage to screw us in decisions when they open their new session on Monday.

The New Know-Nothings

By: Sunday May 1, 2011 9:30 am

Texas, the extreme right’s political mushroom factory, is at it again. Americans had better look out, especially if they still care about knowledge, truth, curiosity, the exploration of new frontiers, the power of literature, art, and, especially, real science.

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