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CU to lead the nation in the study of sports governance

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  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Rick George has been talking about this vision for a while and it looks like it is going to become a reality.

    http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=600&ATCLID=210616489

    Some snippets:

    BOULDER — Over the last several months, the name of University of Colorado professor Roger Pielke Jr. has appeared in a wide variety of publications and websites, ranging from the New York Times to the Chicago Tribune to NPR to Australian ABC.

    He has been quoted on the recent scandals surrounding FIFA, the world governing body for soccer. He has been sourced as an expert on doping issues in sports. He has moderated a debate between candidates for the FIFA presidency. And, he is earning a reputation as an emerging expert on NCAA governance issues.

    So why is a professor in CU’s Environmental Studies Program increasingly being turned to for expert commentary on sports issues?

    Because Pielke is in the midst of combining three of his passions — sports, science and public policy — into a unique entity that could turn CU into a worldwide leader in an area that he believes has been begging for a platform for years: sports governance....

    All of which has led to the formation of the CU Sports Governance Center, an academic research unit that will be operated from within the CU Athletic Department. The proposal for the center has been fast-tracked and submitted for approval, and has already passed the first round of review. If all goes well, it will very soon move from planning stages to reality.

    “I’m pretty optimistic that soon after the new year, maybe at the turn of the new semester, we’ll be hearing the good news that it’s been approved,” Pielke said recently. “So far, all signs are good. I’m very optimistic.”...

    Once the center gets final approval, it will be the only one of its kind in the nation — and it would establish CU as the “go-to” source for expertise on sports governance issues....

    Pielke has already generated plenty of interest among the faculty at CU. The center has identified 12 “self-selected” faculty affiliates on campus who have expressed a desire to become involved. Some do work directly related to sports governance issues; others simply have an interest in the concept.

    “It’s going to be like any other research center on campus,” Pielke said. “The faculty and the researchers interest will dictate the scope of what we’re working on.”

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    This should also create a field of study that is of huge interest to a lot of student-athletes, so I can see it being of benefit to recruiting. The negative, I think, is that this SGC department will be tackling issues and publishing on issues that put the NCAA and college athletic departments in a bad light at times. This could make CU a target, so if we thought that CU was at a competitive advantage by being too squeaky clean before, then prepare yourself for CU doubling down on being the white knights of playing by the rules.
     
  2. DBT

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    Cool. Will there be a major associated with it or is it just a research function? Isn't Environmental Studies what we consider the Architecture program? I wonder if this would be attractive to some recruits? I'm always looking for an angle. Haha.
     
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    UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO PRESS
    "Intro to Sports Governance"

    By: Hookers N. Blow, Ph D

    Introduction Self Reported, by Ceal Barry
     
  4. SpacemanSpiff

    SpacemanSpiff Club Member Club Member

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    First student to self report infractions gets an A!
     
  5. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    Your move, Kenneth Star.
     
  6. Big Jim

    Big Jim WTF? Club Member

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    Why is the CU athletic department involved with this? It makes sense on the academic side of the house but this does absolutely nothing to make CU a better football program.

    Rick George has done some pretty good stuff at CU these past couple of years. It would be nice to read about a big improvement in the athletes training table, aworld class sports medicine staff build, a PE and health major.

    CU could be such a better football program if they focused on football.
     
  7. rosstr

    rosstr Well-Known Member

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    CU should focus on winning sports, first. You have one job. No one cares about recycling in the stadium, no one cares about the non revenue sports and no one cares about a fake academic committee. Recruit and win or get out of my face.
     
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  8. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    If you can't beat Bama at their own game, then change the game!
     
  9. rosstr

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    I'll win the lottery three times before CU innovates it's way past Alabama.
     
  10. DBT

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    You guys are idots.
     
  11. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    What if innovating means that college athletes have to actually be able to read, write, and demonstrate competency in academics before they qualify to compete in athletics?

    J/K - the SEC would never go for that.
     
  12. DBT

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    Sports governance is about enhancing organizational performance. That does not seem like a bad thing. And I think it would be a really attractive course for someone who has a goal of managing a sports program, practicing sports law, coaching, etc. This could be really attractive to some student athletes.
     
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  13. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    Does CU's B-school offer a Sports Marketing program?
    I'm not clear as to how sports governance would be any more marketable than sports marketing.
     
  14. Big Jim

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    If it falls under the academic side of the University, then great. But Rick George's name was used in the conjunction with this so it isn't clear if it is taking CU AD time and financial resources.

    If CU wanted to be attractive to athletes than a PE/health major and an easier path from the Juco ranks would be valuable to improving the athletic programs.
     
  15. DBT

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    I'd be all for that. For sure. As for the governance course, I'm not sure how it interacts with the AD. I trust RG will not do anything that doesn't improve athletics at the University. But I guess mine is just blind faith.
     
  16. PAHIBuff

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    Sports Governance, national standards, regulation, new bureaucracies, NGOs meddling in sports. What could possibly go wrong?
     
  17. PAHIBuff

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    I honestly can't think of a university with less credibility on "sports governance" than CU. I cringed at the good doctor's quote on scandal. I'm sure the guy is very bright and very sincere but he has no sense of irony, and certainly no instinct for the law of unintended consequences.
     
  18. Clean Undies

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    SMU, Baylor & Penn State breathed a sigh of relief.
     
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    This
     
  20. PAHIBuff

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    Nice point, the difference being that the three schools you mentioned had real scandals.
     
  21. DBT

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    Now CU can lead the charge in cleaning up its enemies. Look out USC! We're coming for YOU!
     

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