In recent weeks, the Big Ten has discussed implementing a shift in policy which, while legal in the NCAA bylaws, offers the potential to fundamentally change the game of college football as we know it. It, in effect, challenges the essential definition of student-athletes as amateurs, and, when carried to its logical conclusion, only further erodes the values that most programs -- don't let the high profile scandals fool you -- stand on.
The debate over whether college athletes should be given more than just an athletic scholarship has again come to the forefront of issues surrounding collegiate athletics after last week's Big Ten meetings. Here's why college athletes should be paid and why the Big Ten is on the right track.
Samuel Settle might be the most polarizing figure at Penn State.
As president of the campus branch of Young Americans for Freedom, he's been front and center at the group's incredibly visible -- and equally divisive -- rallies, most in front of the HUB. I, for one, have had run-ins with Settle on more than one occasion; it's the very nature of those events that they capture the attention of virtually every passerby, and, often, of the media.
Yet, for his latest venture, Settle has expanded his reach beyond this university, instead focusing his energies on a campaign for a seat on the board of the State College Area School District.