Character & Christian Laettner

Great, But Disliked Christian Laettner. The name evokes an immediate reaction. For many people, it is a negative one. But, while Christian says he doesn’t care whether you like him or not, I believe he is hoping to change one thing about the way people perceive him. ESPN’s 30-for-30 special titled I Hate Christian Laettner…

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After the Apologies

After the suspension of Marcus Smart, as well as, the apologies from Smart and Jeff Orr, what should we take away from the player/fan shoving incident?

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The Mike Rice Firing: The “Why” is Disturbing

Original Post: April 3, 2013 You’ve seen the video and heard the voice of Mike Rice. The University of Rutgers men’s basketball coach is shown shoving and grabbing his players at practice. He is seen throwing basketballs at them and he is heard belittling them using homophobic slurs. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that…

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Why Recent Controversies in the USC Football Program Matter

Original Post:  November 11, 2012 When you hear the name Lane Kiffin, what’s the mental picture that you see? Is it of the coach whose USC football team still has a chance to win the PAC-12 title after overcoming five turnovers to beat Arizona State Saturday night? Is it a positive image that comes to…

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The Legacy of Joe Paterno

Original Post:  July 13, 2012 My admiration for Joe Paterno had nothing to do with his Hall-of-Fame status, his record number of football wins, or his remarkably long tenure as head coach at Penn State. It had everything to do with his belief in doing things the right way —- from his views on the…

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The Kindness of Dean Smith

It was late December, 1978. Dean Smith was bringing his North Carolina Tar Heels to the Rochester (NY) Basketball Classic. That team featured Jimmy Black and Mike O’Koren. Chuck WilsonFounder & Executive Director Chuck Wilson is an award-winning host, interviewer and commentator. He was an original host on ESPN Radio and was with the network…

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Joe Paterno: A Legacy in Jeopardy

The New York Times is reporting that Joe Paterno’s 46-year run as Penn State’s football coach will soon be over. If so, it is hard to think of a sadder exit for a coaching icon. Chuck WilsonFounder & Executive Director Chuck Wilson is an award-winning host, interviewer and commentator. He was an original host on…

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University President, It’s Up to You: Mission or Money?

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point. You are the president at the University of Miami, Syracuse or Boston College. You have spoken often about the ideals of your school, the meaning of student-athlete and how academics come first. You have said over and over that big money from sports must not influence…

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St. Bonaventure’s Problems

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point. Seven weeks ago, St. Bonaventure University had to deal with perhaps the most embarrassing episode in its history. The school’s president allegedly had overruled the compliance officer and allowed a junior college transfer with a welding certificate instead of an Associates Degree, to play for the…

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