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When is it Time to Get the Hook?

Unconscious

Have you ever seen a boxing match or gone to an MMA fight? OK, if neither is your cup of tea how about a ski  jump competition, downhill, a hockey game or even a soccer match? In any of those events if a player is knocked out or badly concussed, they are generally out of the competition. Is that a fair enough scenario? Have you ever seen a boxing match or gone to an MMA fight where a fighter was in such bad shape that the referee stopped the fight? Of […]

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Given a Choice, We Believe the Kids

Jerry Sandusky

Given a choice, we believe the kids – and though we don’t want to create a firestorm, we believe the voices of the boys who have endured sexual abuse and have been silenced by bullies, predators, big money and idiots. Who we don’t always believe are over-invested, over-hyped alumni fanatics. We love our colleges and universities and the aspects of those institutions that have made them great. We appreciate children even more. Ethically, we never try to confuse what is important from what is “nice.” We have long admired Joe […]

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Sports Ethics Story of 2016 (So Far): Laremy Tunsil

 Laremy Tunsil, the highly touted Ole Miss Tackle drafted #13 by Miami, could be the ethical story of the year, providing this year’s presidential race doesn’t get any more idiotic. In fact, we would dare say an entire sports ethics course could be written on Tunsil. It’s not over of course, there will be other players who will emerge in this ethical play, but so far its been over the top interesting. The Video The focal point of the 2016 draft, it seems, was Tunsil sucking on a bong while […]

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Seriously, Are We Back to Deflategate?

Concussion

Always strange to us how we can connect dots to seemingly different, but connected sports stories on any given day. On this date (March 3, 2016), there is a movement afoot to eliminate the chop block (sort of a simultaneous high and low football block that can crush a career), along with the Ivy League wanting to eliminate tackling in practice, plus soccer legend Brandi Chastain volunteering to donate her brain to science for CTE research. The chop block is not without its share controversy, but it does highlight the […]

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Herm Edwards is a Sports Ethics Hero

Herm Edwards Teaching

“Don’t think you’re not replaceable…The name on the back of that jersey belongs to your parents, and you don’t screw it up. It don’t belong to you.” ─ Herm Edwards, Under Armour High School All-American Game Practice (December 31, 2015) There is a back story to Herm’s quote, just as there always seems to be whenever great passion arises from a situation where bad choices are made. The athlete in question is TCU (ex) quarterback Trevone Boykin. In the small hours of the morning on December 31, 2015, Boykin assaulted […]

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Peyton Gets His Turn in the Barrel

Peyton Manning

The story we were greeted to the other day was that Peyton Manning and his wife were supplied with HGH. Here is a quote directly copied from the Huffington Post (December 26, 2015): “An Indianapolis anti-aging clinic supplied quarterback Peyton Manning with human growth hormone, a performance-enhancing drug banned by the NFL, a pharmacist who once worked at the clinic asserts.” The article paraphrased investigative research that was supposedly uncovered by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit. Peyton Manning vehemently denied the charges. What followed on December 27, 2015 was a follow-up […]

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Steve Sarkisian Makes It to the Dance

Steve Sarkisian

It is terribly easy for us to get angry at Steve Sarkisian. We have talked about him before. When USC terminated their former head coach for being a drunk, they must have thought he would slink off into the night or possibly to the corner bar. In an article for ESPN (December 8, 2015) entitled: “Steve Sarkisian files wrongful-termination lawsuit against USC,” we learn that Sarkisian did not slink off, but lawyered up: “Steve Sarkisian filed suit against the university Monday, saying the school ‘kicked him to the curb’ and […]

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Barrett: One Game Suspension = A “Lucky” Break

Barrett

In the Ohio State bye week, starting QB J.T. Barrett not only managed to get himself a citation for operating a vehicle while under the influence, but he recklessly tried to escape the check-point by backing his way out of it. He got caught. He is also underage. If the law wanted to do so, whoever gave him booze could also pay a penalty. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer suspended Barrett for one game and Barret is forfeiting his 2016 summer term scholarship. The loss of a summer scholarship may or […]

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Steve Sarkisian – not alone on Many Levels

Steve Sarkisian

There is little more to add to Steve Sarkisian’s situation than the obvious; the former USC coach (he was fired today) is an alcoholic, plain and simple, and he has hit what is obviously the lowest point of his life. Anyone who views his predicament with arrogance or smugness is a jerk. If you can’t appreciate the long and uphill battle he faces you have no heart. I have had family members who have succumbed to alcoholism. I don’t know the man, but I feel lousy rotten for him. However, […]

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Suppose Leonard Fournette Likes Chihuahuas?

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This blog needed a strange title if, for no other reason, to encourage many of us to stop in our tracks, get out of our predictable ruts, and let college students, both young men and women, live their lives. I draw inspiration for this blog from a nicely written piece by Barrett Sallee for Bleacher Report (October 1, 2015) entitled: SEC Extra Points with Barrett Sallee: Enough with Leonard Fournette NFL Talk. I must compliment Barrett; ethically, he was right on the money. The short piece was written in response […]

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