State-by-State Legislation on College Athlete Name/Image/Likeness – A Drake Database The Drake Group is maintaining a state-by-state database tracking all state legislative actions recognizing the rights of college athletes to monetize their own names, images and likenesses (NILs) via employment and endorsements outside their collegiate institutions. Questions should be directed to Drake member Julie Sommer […]
PRESS RELEASE – MARCH 9, 2020 For immediate release For more information: Dr. B. David Ridpath, Ed.D. President The Drake Group www.TheDrakeGroup.org 740-677-2642 Another Reason Why Congress Must Help Intercollegiate Athletics… NEW HAVEN, CT. – On March 8, 2020, NBCNews.com broke a story on the extent to which college students were subsidizing athletic programs at […]
Listen to Karen Weaver’s conversation with Donna Lopiano, President-Elect of The Drake Group and President of Sports Management Resources, former women’s athletics director at the University of Texas, and former CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation. The podcast addresses college trustees and presidents responsibilities related to the conduct of intercollegiate athletics.
PRESS RELEASE – FEBRUARY 26, 2020 For immediate release For more information: Dr. B. David Ridpath, Ed.D. President The Drake Group www.TheDrakeGroup.org 740-677-2642 The Drake Group Calls for ‘Honest Broker’ to Oversee College Athlete NIL Deals NEW HAVEN, CT. – Today, The Drake Group issued a revised position statement on college athletes’ rights to independently […]
By Jon Ericson
Pageantry, tailgating, alumni gatherings, color, excitement, sex, violence, . . what’s not to like about college football?
Okay, there’s the pretend courses, the faux patriotism, noise piped in someone, somewhere thinks is music, drunk fans, high prices, uncomfortable seats, and the ubiquitous TV commercials and plays under review.
PRESS RELEASE – DECEMBER 19, 2019 For immediate release For more information: Dr. B. David Ridpath, Ed.D. President The Drake Group www.TheDrakeGroup.org 740-677-2642 The Drake Group Echoes Congressional Calls for the NCAA to Address Athlete Violence NEW HAVEN, CT. – On December 12, Kenny Jacoby of the USA Today Network reported on the Network’s investigation […]
An Ongoing American Tragedy in Higher Education: Where is the Outrage and Where Are the Governing Boards?
By Frank G. Splitt
The present commentary is still another attempt to illuminate what’s really going on in the continuing erosion of higher education in America. It also serves as a challenge to members of college and university governing boards to rise to the occasion and recognize that they are directly responsible for the actions of the leadership at their institutions—leadership that has led to an ongoing tragedy in higher education—excessive commercialization, the lowering of standards, and the graduation of students who can’t write or think critically and who won’t be able to compete in the global marketplace.
PRESS RELEASE – DECEMBER 4, 2019 For immediate release For more information: Dr. B. David Ridpath, Ed.D. President The Drake Group www.TheDrakeGroup.org 740-677-2642 College Athlete Medical Decisions Must be Free of Athletic Department Interference and Control NEW HAVEN, CT. – Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, ESPN reporter Paula Lavigne penned an outstanding expose entitled Documents, […]
By Tom O’Mara
The correspondence below tells of my experience as a Division I athlete. I wish I could have met someone like me at the time, someone who had gone through the system, and was willing to be honest about it. At least then I could have made an informed decision on whether I wanted to play or not. I hope this can serve as a cautionary tale for prospective athletes and their parents.
It should be noted that Notre Dame has experienced several incidents of academic cheating this past decade which have resulted in suspensions from the football and basketball programs. It is not alone among major colleges in this regard. The problem has yet to be “cleared up.”
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