Monthly Archives: November 2010

Michigan State out of BCS luck

With Michigan State’s win against Penn State on Saturday, the Spartans secured themselves an 11-1 regular season along with a share of the Big Ten championship with Ohio State and Wisconsin.

The BCS, however, ranks the Spartans behind their Big Ten counterparts in the standings. And, due to some BCS rules, only two teams from one conference can compete in BCS games, meaning that the Spartans will be left out to dry.

Roger Groves dissects the problem, via SportsMoney.

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The Heisman Voters’ Dilemma: Facts Vs. Faith

Professor Roger Groves discusses the dilemma Heisman voters will face if/when they decide to vote for Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

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The Devilish Details Of The NCAA’s New Genetic Testing Rules

By Roger Groves, via SportsMoney:

No matter how we argue in comfortable air conditioned lecture halls about global warming and climate change, we will still be able to fry eggs on the bleachers while teenagers eager to make the grade as college football players have two-a-day summer work outs. So it was on September 24, 2006, when Dale Lloyd II collapsed after sprinting 100 yards for the 16thconsecutive time during a conditioning workout. He was a freshman cornerback for Rice University. He died the next day. His death was linked to a trait for sickle cell anemia (a blood disease adversely affecting the red blood cells where sickle cells can block the flow of blood through the vessels).

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Group names Irvine high schools in Title IX complaint

The National Women’s Law Center filed a complaint against the Unified Irvine School District, and 11 others, for failing to comply with Title IX requirements.

Professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar says the opportunities for girls to play sports simply do not exist in these districts.

“Our experience, and all our research, shows that if you have teams, girls will participate and in equal numbers. You have to offer the opportunities.”

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Tennessee, coach Bruce Pearl start season under NCAA cloud

Tennessee’s mens basketball team will begin the season under NCAA investigations of violations from head coach Bruce Pearl and his staff.

Though Pearl did eventually come clean to investigators, Center for Law and Sports director Rick Karcher thinks his early lies might mean the NCAA could come down hard on the Vols coach.

via USA Today:

The possibility looms that the NCAA could come down harder on a coach. “I would say (Pearl’s) lying is worse (than Bryant lying),” says Rick Karcher, law professor and director of the center for law and sports for Florida Coastal School of Law. “(Pearl) is a head coach responsible for rules compliance. In Pearl’s case, not only did he lie, he committed intentional rules violations.”

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2010 Northeast Florida Environmental Summit

This year’s Northeast Florida Environmental Summit marked the 12th anniversary for the event.

Initial preparation for the event began with a save the date card, which was used for e-mail marketing and a website landing page. The image eventually was used as a cover for the summit’s program, printed on 100 percent recycled paper.

Various social media marketing efforts were used to promote the event and build its attendee list. All of the event’s panels were recorded in-house as well and, thanks to the Florida Coastal School of Law A/V team, are now available on this playlist via YouTube.

Summit speakers also received two of the Coastal Law ‘Knowledge Bars’.

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Why Wade Phillips had to go

Professor Roger Groves submits his second blog to SportsMoney, this time describing ‘Why Experts Failed To Predict Cowboys’ Failures And Why Wade Phillips Had To Go‘.

Groves states that high expectations have ultimately doomed the Cowboys from the start. It’s simple business principles.

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Flickr sets: SBA Talent Show, Washington D.C. alumni social, Pro Bono Fall Forum

Plenty more photo have been added to the Florida Coastal School of Law Flickr page.

Student photographer Perry Bindelglass snapped photos of the Coastal Law Student Bar Association Talent Show, a local D.C. photographer helped out with shots from the area’s alumni social and Jax photographer Jim LaBranche was on hand to capture the 2010 Pro Bono Fall Forum that was held in the Coastal Law Atrium.

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A level playing field for baseball and softball

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A high school is facing Title IX problems after building a brand new baseball facility at it school, Westside High School.

The facility, described as top-notch by many, is in question because the same school’s girls softball team doesn’t receive the same type of quality. In fact, it plays its games on a city-owned field in Hillside — nowhere near the same treatment given to the boys.

A group of parents have stepped in on the issue. From The World-Herald:

“There’s a heightened awareness about girls softball complexes needing to have some of the same amenities as boys” baseball facilities, said Andy Rikli, Westside’s assistant superintendent for administrative operations.

As part of its research, the district consulted an attorney who specializes in Title IX issues, he said. The attorney concluded that there probably are inequities between the boys’ and girls’ facilities.

The district recognized even before the baseball complex was complete that the facility raised the bar — not just for softball, but for all sports, Rikli said. “Of course we want equitable facilities for all of our students, whether that’s volleyball or football.”

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Can money buy a World Series championship?

Coastal Law Professor Roger Groves asks that question in his first Forbes SportsMoney blog post for the site. It certainly does help if your team can spend a good bit of money, but it’s not the only variable, says Groves.

“Success on the field is still tied to qualitative analysis of draft choices, stocking the minor league talent pool, and matching manager’s philosophy with personnel decisions.”

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