Smart Links – 2/9/2011

First, the chill:

chill

Explanation here. See also this paean to collegiate sports, also courtesy of EDSBS.

Are schools getting better at gaming the NCAA’s rules system? Blutarsky summarizes: “So while major infractions over the past decade maintained the same pace as they did in the 1990s, the NCAA categorized them more mildly (the “didn’t know” defense rears its head again) and punished less severely when they occurred. You can begin to understand why ADs like Mike Hamilton survive the transgressions of the Pearls and Kiffins of the college athletics world. Nobody expects to pay much of a price for them.”

Rewriting the book on libraries.

Negotiating and the FBI.

Did the blog Bruins Nation kill UCLA’s hire of Rocky Seto?

Alastair Campbell on leadership and winning.

Stewart Mandel on Saban’s oversigning defense.

The difficulty of making new discoveries.

Is debt good (for an individual)? Uh, no. For once I side against the theoreticians. Of course the theoreticians were writing in June of 2008, so maybe that’s why.

People believe what resonates with their prior held beliefs, an experiment. I think you can extrapolate this from politics to football recruiting and the incurrence or non-incurrence of penalties against or for your favored team.

  • Black

    In defense of oversigning, coming from a college program that saw a departure of ~25 athletes a year, and the addition of another 25, oversigning is never too big a deal. I know Nick Saban has high standards for his players, and you know you’re spot isn’t guaranteed for 4 years when you sign that LOI.