She has to burn the village in order to save it.

Given how impressive Donna Lopiano’s suggestions about improving college athletics have been, her thoughts on the NCAA allowing a pittance to student-athletes’ parents in order for them to attend national championship games should come as no surprise.

She and Mark Emmert deserve each other.

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32 responses to “She has to burn the village in order to save it.

  1. Bard Parker

    I thought it was the CFP, an organization that I believe is not subject to Title IX, and not the NCAA or the schools that were providing the funds. Facts can be troublesome I imagine.

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  2. paul

    The problem is, in regards to Title IX she is actually correct. Where the money comes from is of absolutely no consequence. Which she correctly points out. While it makes sense to you, myself and everyone else to provide such travel expenses to the parents of these athletes, doing so puts the schools in a huge bind with the federal government. It’s the feds that administer Title IX. More specifically, the Office of Civil Rights. Running afoul of Title IX can result in a school losing ALL of its federal funding. It’s a very real and very serious concern.

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    • I’m not arguing she’s wrong. I just think she and Emmert deserve each other.

      Somebody will file a suit, or hire an attorney, and that will be the end of this tiny bit of consideration.

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      • paul

        Hopefully, as PatinDC points out, some sort of equitable arrangement can be worked out that makes everyone happy and isn’t considered discriminatory. But it will, as you say, involve hiring attorneys. Probably a whole bunch of them.

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  3. PatinDC

    I agree with her point also. There are many championship athletes at colleges and all of their parents deserve a chance to attend the finals.

    Maybe the NCAA can set a pool and the schools can distribute it as needed to meet the Title IX regs. Say you are allowed 250 parent slots to championship games. If the football team makes it to the end, then they will get half, and the others will need to be distributed accordingly.
    If not, then all of the team sports will have the opportunity to have the parents/family attend. Just a thought.

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    • Then how do you rank the players’ parents’ deservedness of those slots? Ability to pay? The quality of the player? Playing time? Importance to the team? This is a headache the teams and coaches shouldn’t have.

      The Championships for each sport should pay for this out of a pool proportionate with the tv rights sold for each tourney. Then the schools don’t give benefits to any one team more than the others for this specific situation–the tournaments would. If they can no longer call it NCAA Championship for this to happen–who really gives a shit?

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      • PatinDC

        Scholarship athletes. That is my understanding of the way the Title Ix is reviewed.

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        • “Say you are allowed 250 parent slots to championship games. If the football team makes it to the end, then they will get half, and the others will need to be distributed accordingly.”

          But what if half doesn’t cover all the parents? How do you decide?

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          • PatinDC

            Just throwing that number out to start. I would hope more thought goes into it than my 5 minutes.

            Again, It would seem reasonable, laughing here, to base it on number of scholly’s.
            But what about half scholarships ? you say. well, if it is two per full scholly, than 1 per half.
            What about divorced/single parents? I can’t solve all society’s problems here 😉

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            • It would seem that it would never be fair to the girls because of the roster sizes of the sports.

              I’ve got it–every school with a football team should have the same number of cheerleaders on scholarship as they have football players. Would that somehow meet the letter of the law that this woman is clamoring for to be met–so long as the cheer parents got a check to go to that swimsuit contest or pillow fight–however the hell cheerleaders compete for trophies? Does anyone know?

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              • I know…the competitions have several teams against each other. Your team has to score 9’s and up in all categories in order to win. Ten Cheerleaders in perfect sync…it is a beautiful thing. If an injury occurs during the competition you just have to grin and bear it.

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  4. Russ

    Who is this woman and why do I care what her consulting firm has to say? I didn’t hire her.

    That said, she’s probably correct.

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  5. watcher16

    I guess we should go ahead and just create all female football teams with equal numbers of scholarships

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  6. Uglydawg

    Pandora’s box. What about the parents of the kids that travel on the debate team? The band? The wrestling team…lacrosse, track…etc.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Pandora….she’s the flack who handles PR for the Kharmic Bitches, right?

      As to the debate team, the NCAA would have no dawg in that hunt, would it, it would be up to the school whether family travel expenses would be provided…which probably means no.

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      • paul

        The debate team can do things like have bake sales and other fundraisers. It’s members can have paid ‘internships’ or they can work at meaningless jobs for inflated pay. All the sorts of things athletes are prevented from doing is perfectly fine for non athletes. I’m not saying that boosters are legally lining the pockets of those who expostulate. But they could.

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  7. Scorpio Jones, III

    Oh, and to Blutarsky’s point….Yes, she and Emmert deserve each other, but it does not appear to be a fair fight. Stacey Osburn would have a series of long days.

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  8. South FL Dawg

    She’s right that the NCAA is trying to lessen the pressure about exploitation but there’s a reason why that pressure exists.

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  9. Bulldawg165

    This whole thing would be done and over with if we didn’t have to bow to political pressure and pretend that men and women sports should be treated equally

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    • PatinDC

      Hmmm. Really? Why not? Is football really so “special” that it reserves the right to discriminate against all other athletes across the board? ($$$) I am as big a football fan as you will ever find, but I don’t believe that football is that special.

      I am glad that generations younger than I participate in a society where equity in most things is a normal outcome.

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