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2010 NBA Draft Roundup: Kentucky Steals the Show

The NBA Draft took place in New York last night, and the first overall pick, John Wall of Kentucky, set a tone for the first round. Every time you looked up, there was another Wildcat walking up to the podium.john-wall-washington-wizards

After Wall went at #1 to the Washington Wizards, fellow freshman DeMarcus Cousins went to the Sacramento Kings at #5, junior Patrick Patterson went to Houston at #14, freshman Eric Bledsoe went to the Thunder at #18 and freshman Daniel Orton went 29th to the Magic giving Kentucky an astounding five first-round selections.

It was reminiscent of the 2005 draft, when four North Carolina Tar Heels were selected in the first 14 picks.

When I think about the group of Kentucky players, a thought creeps into my head: has the class designation lost all meaning in D-I college basketball? Read the rest of this entry »

NCAA To Add Two New Bowls Next Season

ncaa logoWith the addition of two new bowls to college football’s postseason next year, 70 of the 120 bowl subdivision teams will see their seasons extended following the regular season.

There’s an economic principle called the Law of Diminishing Returns, which roughly states that at some point, an increase in input leads to smaller and smaller increases in outputs.

While the NCAA, both in football and basketball, focus solely on the input side of the equation, they give little thought to the output.

Increasing the number of teams in the postseason doesn’t make the postseason more valuable; it simply increases the number of teams who can say they made the postseason.

Here’s a quiz: Without looking it up, what team was the winner of the St. Petersburg Bowl last season?

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Facebook Users’ Grades Worse than Non-Users

For college students spending too much time on Facebook, the results will show on your report cards, according to a new study conducted at Ohio State University.facebook-profiles

The study’s co-author, Aryn Karpinski, clarifies that there are “many third variables that need to be studied,” but defends that a relationship does exist. Her study found that students who use Facebook tend to have GPAs in the 3.0-3.5 range and study one to five hours each week, while those who do not use Facebook have GPAs in the 3.5-4.0 range and study 11 to 15 hours each week.

She says Facebook might not be the guilty party, that this could be an indicator that students who in general study less and enjoy their free time will see a hit to their grades. The study also found that those who have jobs spend less time on Facebook, whereas those involved in more social activities and organizations are active on Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »

Salaries of University Presidents are Under Fire

Gordon Gee, the highest paid public university president in the U.S.

Gordon Gee, the highest paid public university president in the U.S.

The average salary of a public university president is more than $425,000 — and many university presidents make quite a bit more.  E. Gordon Gee of Ohio State University is the highest paid public university president — and earns more than $1.3 million a year.  The top third of public university presidents make more than $500,000 a year.  Overall, the salaries of college university presidents have gone up 7 percent in the past year.

Sound like a reasonable salary?  Compared to life in the corporate world, yes, this doesn’t sound like outrageous compensation.  But when you think about students struggling to finance their educations, and the growing reliance on adjunct faculty who teach courses for peanuts, and that professors’ salaries are increasingly below the rate of inflation, well, those numbers seem a bit out of whack, to say the least.


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