Arrest rates for Top 25 football programs. A CBS News and Sports Illustrated investigation released Wednesday claims that 7 percent of football student-athletes for last season’s preseason Top 25 have been charged with or cited for a crime.
College football and crime (CBSnews.com)
NCAA president “concerned” over investigation (CBSnews.com)
Explaining crime in college football (SI.com)
New scrutiny for recruits? (Sports Illustrated)
The Top 25 (Sports Illustrated)
Methodology (Sports Illustrated)
“[It is] a set of facts that obviously should concern all of us,” NCAA President Mark Emmert told reporters Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian. “Seven percent, that’s way too high. I think two percent is too high. You certainly don’t want a large number of people with criminal backgrounds involved in activities that represent the NCAA.”
Vive la difference – or not? The student newspaper at Northwestern, the Daily Northwestern, produced a good story Tuesday on whether coaching styles relate to gender.
Male and female coaches: Is there a difference? (Daily Northwestern)
The story led with the comments of Wildcat player Tailor Jones, who transferred to Northwestern after her freshman year.
“The reason why I wanted a male coach is because I’ve been coached by a male my whole life,” said Jones, who claimed that male coaches are more likely to instill an aggressive approach. “I just responded to them better than I did a female. I had a female coach my junior year when I went to Whitney Young (Magnet High School), and it just wasn’t the best situation, so I knew that if I were to transfer, that one of my things that I would look for is being coached by a male.”
Northwestern coach Joe McKeown didn’t take the bait. “Coaches just coach the way they know,” McKeown told the newspaper. “I can only speak for me and the places I’ve coached, but we just tried to coach the team in front of us and tried to adjust to the players that we had.”
Melissa Jones. There have been no updates today out of Waco, Texas, about the condition of Baylor women’s basketball player Melissa Jones, who suffered a nerve injury to her right eye at the end of Sunday’s game at Oklahoma.
Jones lost vision in that eye after striking her head on the floor. As of Tuesday afternoon, her sight had not returned. Baylor Athletic Trainer Alex Olson told reporters that he was “cautiously optimistic” that Jones would recover her vision as the swelling around the optic nerve subsides. “That may happen, and it may not,” Olson said.