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It sure seems like the University of Miami is up to its ears in corruption — mostly about its football and basketball teams. I wrote my Thursday column about the Hurricanes’ scandal and its implications for big-time college sports. The implications are not very good. I say Miami should get out of the football business and go back to being just an institution of higher learning. I don’t mention others schools that should do the same but I bet you can think of some. To read my column on Miami click here. FYI, it felt good to write about something other than the 49ers. They have a way of taking over.

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  1. KauaiRobert

    I totally agree.
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    This is 100 times (or 72 times to be specific) worse than USC.
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    And fans should remember that Frank Gore was one of the recipients of the ‘gifts’ in question.
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    I’m just saying…
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    -ALOHA-

    August 17th, 2011 6:54 pm

  2. Mel James

    A blog entry without a mention of how bad Alex Smith is?
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    Pass me the smelling salts!

    August 17th, 2011 7:48 pm

  3. Tiburon Dave

    Bravo Lowell…
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    Big Time College Sports is nothing more than modern indentured servitude…young men and women sacrifice their bodies so a priviledged few can pocket millions…
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    Only about half of these “student athletes” actually graduate and many of them limp their way off to menial jobs and substance abuse…
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    It’s a national disgrace with no redemptive qualities…

    August 17th, 2011 7:56 pm

  4. bigandbold

    Agreed… and not surprised… “The U” has been a pit for years.

    August 17th, 2011 7:56 pm

  5. lance w

    a) nobody is pointing a gun at someone to play sports in college; b) we the fans aren’t forced to pay for a ticket sometimes double of that of the pro sport (basketball and football); c) when was the last time “scholar athlete” emphasized on ESPN?; d) why should Miami give up its millions in football revenue that will just be eaten up by another college? Are there issues in college sports? Absolutely. Anytime money is involved there are issues. No offense Lowell, but as a sports writer, your job kind of depends on college sports. Don’t bite the arm that feeds you.

    August 17th, 2011 10:12 pm

  6. Dennis

    You are right, you are taking a pretty simplistic view of it. There is just too much money involved for the schools and not enough for the players. If you want to bring back the morailty they need to take away the rights to broadcast the games. No bowl games for football and no March Madness for basketball. Sports writers, blogs and outlets won’t have as much to write, talk or broadcast about, thus less revenue to pay everybody with, but hey we are talking about moral standards here.
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    As you like to say – please!
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    If you really want to talk about morals in college sports start with the NCAA. There is just too much money being thrown at it and not enough realistic oversight. Take the money away and you will get what you are looking for – of course, you may not like it once you find it.

    August 17th, 2011 10:57 pm

  7. Albert Park

    Bravo, Lowell! I don’t think your column will change a damn thing – too much money involved – but thanks for saying it out loud!

    August 17th, 2011 11:51 pm

  8. Zach

    Lowell,

    It’s all about the money. In its entirety, college athletics are not wrong or corrupt…college sports and college programs involved in making money are corrupt. I believe thousands of collegiate athletics play for the love of the game, study hard, and become better men and women for it. When you start chasing the bottom line, cheating ultimately follows. It’s just the way it is.

    August 18th, 2011 1:03 am

  9. Stan

    I think its interesting that according to Wiki,Miami considered dropping the program in –1977!. So,its been a corrupt even bigoted (see 1977 throwing a Jewish guy into a lake incident) program for decades. And the last three head coaches..should be sent to jail.
    Well,none of the bankers who nearly sent us into a economic collapse spent a day in jail..football coachs in the south have even more power.

    August 18th, 2011 6:15 am

  10. I Like Eat Crayons

    Lowell, why single out Miami? You know this happens at every program. Miami just happened to get caught. Like one of the posters mentioned above, the main issue is that college sports is about making money$$$$. And that’s going to be very hard to change……the exclusive broadcast rights, memorabilia sales, etc.

    August 18th, 2011 8:18 am

  11. Mike

    Intercollegiate sports probably started as all-star teams from intramural teams going off and playing a similar group from another school. A beautiful thing. Then, of course, hyper-competitive coaches and alums started recruiting for schools Guys like Knute Rockne and Bear Bryant became gods. Win at any cost corrupts so much of our culture, and college sports fits right in.

    August 18th, 2011 8:18 am

  12. Stan

    Its not winning so much as these schools presidents and college trustee’s are the greed driven administrations who sanction the corruption..the Sports money pays for the new wing of the Atomic accelerator..or just an elevator for the school prez. ALL the pet projects. Otherwise,it would be impossible for a head coach to cheat. They would be dismissed muy pronto at the first infraction.
    Lowell could write oodles of college politics..and the personaltys that drive it are not the liberal professors. And that’s truth.

    August 18th, 2011 9:07 am

  13. John Sousa

    The NCAA is so full of it, too. They wiped out Michigan’s Final Four appearances from the record book, but every year, AT&T let’s people vote on the biggest moments in Tournament history, and there’s Chris Webber calling Time Out. Give me a break.

    August 18th, 2011 9:14 am

  14. Kay

    You’re so right; the big college sports scene really has become an NFL/NBA minor league. It is pretty unfair to the players that they are the reason the whole show is so wealthy and they can’t get any of the profits (legally). The underhanded rewards are how the schools “pay” them. It’s a vicious cycle… I think the NCAA should have to choose between money and their supposed wholesome goal. It’d be better if the athletes weren’t required to go to college at all before the NFL/NBA. It would dilute the college game, but at least the choice would be more clear between money and education. But that’s probably too simplistic a view of it.

    August 18th, 2011 9:58 am

  15. Stan

    In case some missed it,Gore has no comment he was paid 25-35thou by a booster. Now? Frank spend more then that on his lawnmower,or a soundsystem for the chariot of choice. A moral there.

    August 18th, 2011 10:17 am

  16. Stan

    Watching D.Bruce and Kreuger on Comcast in matching black bowling shirts. My brother back in the 60′s would wear those hipster black shirts with vertical white stripes. He was a playboy type I guess.
    I stuck to t-shirts plain shirts and Polo types as I got older. Not trendy.
    You ever wore trendy clothes Lowell?

    August 18th, 2011 10:30 am

  17. CohnZohn

    I’m a jeans and t shirt guy

    August 18th, 2011 10:51 am

  18. Bray

    Lowell- Can you tell us the “handful” of NCAA D1 schools that have NEVER been “charged” with some sort of athletic\booster wrongdoings? I know that’s not the best choice of words, but it’s 2:30 and I’m dragging a little.

    It was a topic last night on Ralph and Tom, Stanford, BYU and Boston College were 3 that came up.

    August 18th, 2011 1:22 pm

  19. CohnZohn

    I’m bad at this kind of thing. Duke comes to mind. I could be wrong, though

    August 18th, 2011 1:43 pm

  20. Dennis

    If they haven’t been charged it only means they haven’t been caught yet. The NCAA rules on this are like Nancy Reagan’s just say “No” to drugs campaign – not very realistic and definitely not a solution. I don’t think this is a moral issue on the part of the schools. I think this a moral issue for the NCAA because they have allowed this to become more about a very big business and less about the student athlete while pretending the opposite.

    August 18th, 2011 2:10 pm

  21. Kezar Alumnus

    University football players are counseled to find classes that are appropriate to their educational background and skills. Not being an easy grader, I had few players in my classes. The ones who stayed were disciplined and serious. At least one made it to the next level. Swimmers, decathletes, gymnasts are usually serious students. Then there are the rest.

    The gift classes mirror the gifts that are provided outside of class. The system is corrupting of the kids, some faculty, and the institution. A better model is to field club teams with a requirement of modest school affiliation. There is little reason for the athletes to be exploited. Nor is there a good reason for the institution to prostitute itself academically to NCAA rules for eligibility can be met. The small increase in unemployment in Indianapolis is worth it.

    Duke has a dorm and a program designed for its athletes. Their fine graduation rate reflects more than a little help and some reduction in academic rigor.

    August 18th, 2011 2:30 pm

  22. Grimbold Romanavolatature

    This is half right.

    The NCAA should drop football. Basketball too.

    Of course they won’t, because for all their bleating about “student athletes”, they don’t care about the education of the players either. They just hope they won’t do anything too embarrassing before they can cash those fat TV and endorsement checks. Even Congress doesn’t resort to such grubby levels of hypocritical whoredom.

    August 18th, 2011 9:28 pm

  23. Blind Tom

    Hey Lowell-san, how about a prize for the most creative interpretation of the acronym “NCAA?”

    August 19th, 2011 9:53 am

  24. Stan

    ESPN radio and Mel Kiper were saying this morning some steam has actually picked up to give Miami the death sentence should allegations prove true.
    I think Miami is just too big for that.

    August 20th, 2011 10:25 am

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