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.
Table of Contents
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
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.
Featured Author Profiles
"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