1st Edition

Scandals in College Sports

Edited By Shaun R. Harper, Jamel K. Donnor Copyright 2017
    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    Scandals in College Sports includes 21 classic and contemporary case studies and ethical dilemmas showcasing challenges that threatened the integrity and credibility of intercollegiate sports programs at a range of institutional types across the country. Cases cover NCAA policy violations and ethical dilemmas involving student-athletes, coaches, and other stakeholders, including scandals of academic misconduct, illegal recruiting practices, sexual assault, inappropriate sexual relationships, hazing, concussions, and point shaving. Each chapter author explores the details of the specific case, presents the dilemma in a broader sociocultural context, and ultimately offers an alternative ending to help guide future practice. This timely book highlights the impact that sports have on institutions of higher education and guides college leaders and educators in informed discussions of policy and practice.



    Chapter Structure and Section Overviews


    1 Bad Sportsmanship: Why College Sports Are So Scandalous

    Shaun R. Harper and Jamel K. Donnor


    Recruitment and Compensation Scandals

    2 Till Death Do Us Part: The Rise and Fall of Mustang Mania at Southern Methodist University

    David Horton Jr. and Justin L. Davis

    3 Nevin Shapiro’s $930 Million Ponzi Scheme at the University of Miami

    C. Keith Harrison and Scott Bukstein

    4 University of Alabama Albert Means College Recruiting Scandal

    Louis Harrison Jr., Albert Y. Bimper Jr., Langston Clark, and Martin Smith

    5 Sports Agents and the Recruitment of Reggie Bush to the University of Southern California

    Timothy Davis and Kenneth L. Shropshire

    6 Football Memorabilia, Tattoos, and the Fall of Jim Tressel at Ohio State

    Jamel K. Donnor and Collin D. Williams Jr.

    7 Suspect Recruiting: The SUNY Binghamton Basketball Scandal

    Collin D. Williams Jr.

    8 Covering Up Murder: The Death of Patrick Dennehy at Baylor University

    Karen Weaver


    Competition Schemes, Academics, and Unfair Advantages

    9 University of Toledo Point-Shaving Scandal

    Eddie Comeaux and Mercedes Rosado

    10 Academic Misconduct at Florida State University

    Joy Gaston Gayles and Christopher Faison

    11 Fake "Paper Classes" at UNC Chapel Hill

    Timothy Zimmer and Shaun R. Harper

    12 The NCAA on Drugs: Players, Performance-Enhancing Drugs, and the Need for Tougher Testing Policies and Practices

    Ross D. Aikins, Marc E. Christian, and Shaun R. Harper


    Abuse and Harm to Student-Athletes

    13 The Bobby Knight Player-Abuse Scandals at Indiana University

    James Soto Antony, Jennifer Lee Hoffman, and Jacob Houston

    14 Praying to Play: A Coach’s Control of Players’ Spiritual Lives at Oakland University

    Demetri L. Morgan, Horatio W. Blackman, and Shaun R. Harper

    15 No Drinking, No Drugs, No Lesbians: Coach Rene Portland and the Culture of Homophobia in Women’s Basketball at Penn State

    Edward J. Smith

    16 Hazing on Women’s Sport Teams at Three Colleges and Universities

    Marc E. Christian

    17 "Numerous and Repeated Concussions" at Eastern Illinois University: Adrian Arrington’s Lawsuit Against the NCAA

    Whitney N. Griffin


    Sexual Misconduct and Gender Discrimination

    18 Wrestlers Gone Wild: Gay Porn Starring University of Nebraska Student-Athletes

    Shaun R. Harper and Charles H.F. Davis III

    19 Illegal Contact? Player-Coach Sexual Relationships at LSU and Boston College

    Willis A. Jones and Neal H. Hutchens

    20 Protecting the Pride: The Penn State Jerry Sandusky Child Sex-Abuse Scandal

    Andrew Howard Nichols and Emil L. Cunningham

    21 Sex Discrimination and Abuse of a Female Kicker on the University of Colorado Football Team

    Frank Harris III

    22 Gender Discrimination and Retaliation Under Title IX at Fresno State

    Jennifer Lee Hoffman, Jacqueline McDowell, and Valyncia C. Raphael

    Editors and Contributors



    Shaun R. Harper is the Clifford and Betty Allen Professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, USA. He is also Executive Director of the USC Race & Equity Center and President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

    Jamel K. Donnor is Associate Professor of Education at the College of William and Mary, USA.

    "This is a scholarly compendium of scandals that have raised our collective ire over the past 30 years. Authors demonstrate the causes and effects of commercialization on unethical and sometimes unlawful conduct in intercollegiate sports."
    — Kevin Blackistone, Opinionist at ESPN and The Washington Post, and Professor of Journalism, University of Maryland

    "Harper and Donnor explore the underbelly of major college athletics and how skyrocketing revenues, salaries, and expectations have led many to lose their moral compass. College sports is more than March Madness and Saturday pageantry; fans owe it to themselves to learn the full story from this excellent book."
    — Adam Rittenberg, National College Football Reporter, ESPN

    "It is all fun and games until teams get penalized for violating NCAA policies. The authors analyze college sports scandals with surgical precision in this fascinating book."
    — Don Bell, Sports Director, CBS Philly