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.” *************************** 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.