Blair Kerkhoff

NCAA needs to be ready to lose Ed O’Bannon case

The testimony in the trial that begins Monday in Oakland, Calif., will shine a light on college sports’ finances. Plaintiffs will detail the huge TV deals. The NCAA will counter with the true cost and value of an athletic scholarship. The public will be stunned by the figures on both sides. The NCAA and its members need to be prepared to lose.

Blair Kerkhoff

K-State President Kirk Schulz helped craft change coming to college sports

The new food rule, college athletes understand that. Three squares a day, up from two, and unlimited snacks will soon be served at their training tables. After that, the guess is that many college athletes don’t have a sense of what’s in store for them beginning as early as the next school year, reforms that Kansas State’s president, Kirk Schulz, had a hand in crafting.

Blair Kerkhoff

Mizzou basketball program far from being pushed to the sidelines

With Missouri’s basketball coaching search in motion, now is a good time to dispel an idea that has gained momentum since about mid-February. That is, Missouri has assumed a full Southeastern Conference flavor, which is to say football is such a priority as to dwarf interest in all other sports, including men’s basketball.

Blair Kerkhoff

Ball bounces SEC’s way, and this one is round

Saturday’s Final Four could become a five-hour infomercial for the conference. The first national semifinal matches league champion Florida against Connecticut, followed by Kentucky against Wisconsin. This from a conference that placed half as many teams, three, into the NCAA Tournament as the Atlantic-10.

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