1. The Knight Commission released a report Tuesday urging the university trustees to take responsibility for oversight of athletics on their campuses. “Most (boards) do things right,” John Casteen, the president emeritus of Virginia, and co-author of the report, told the commission. “On the other hand, they are not the ones who end up on Page One.” No one planned to release that report on the day that Jerry Sandusky received a minimum sentence of 30 years. But reformers would rather be lucky than good, too.
2. Another report showed that during the BCS era, turnover among FBS head coaches has risen from an average of 18 per year from 1991-2005 to 22 per year since. That feeds into the general belief that pressures to win have increased as schools are spending more money and as the stakes grow higher. But here’s what’s surprising, over those same two spans, turnover among FBS athletic directors has dropped from 15 per year to 12.
3. Illinois coach Tim Beckman has apologized three times for committing the NCAA violation of chewing tobacco during the Wisconsin game. In the privacy of their offices, where they spend 60 hours a week, coaches chew and dip. Beckman must have forgotten where he was. Football has come a long way from the haze of Chesterfield smoke through which Bear Bryant viewed life. That’s why he died an old man at 69. That’s one reason for the NCAA rule. Not to mention the role-model thing.