The Morning Stake | 2020.06.01

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Texas Tech released a statement on the racial violence and social injustice of African Americans. I’ll stay away from the hot-button issues because even I have to follow my own rules. Maybe the best way to do this is to give some fatherly advice. Most of you know that I adopted two beautiful boys from Africa. They are the joys of my life. We have talked a lot more about racism recently because I’d rather that they hear it from me than from somewhere else. We’ve had some difficult discussions over the past few months. My fatherly advice would be to talk to your kids about race and racism. Explain as much as you can. Maybe your kids are older, grown up, whatever, it doesn’t matter. There may be one day that one of you will need to stand up for my kids if I’m not around and I’m counting on each and every one of you being the one that stands up for them. Because my kids and your kids (and one day they will be adults, but they will always be my kids and your kids) will need our help sometimes. And if it isn’t you, then I’m counting on your kids to do it because you’ve taught them that they have a duty to speak up for what is right. It can be incredibly tough, being the guy or gal that says, “No, this is not right,” but that is your forever duty. That’s part of the deal we made.

I promise I’ll do it for you and your kids.

DallasNews’ Chuck Carlton writes about how on Friday, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bolwsby announced that the Big 12 would distribute $37.7 million per university, which is down about $1.1 million from last year. The reason for the decrease was the lack of March Madness, which almost assuredly would have allowed the Big 12 to have a terrific year. Such is life in a pandemic.

CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd writes about how if there is no NCAA Tournament next year that there’s a very good chance that the Power Five would be a separate entity because of the disparity between Power Five institutions and those that are not. The kicker here for me is that this may be done without the NCAA, basically the Power Five could tell the NCAA to take a hike and they would do their own thing:

In other words, they — not the NCAA — are the game.

“The NCAA is becoming less and less relevant,” said one Power Five president who did not wish to be identified. “I could see the Power Five conferences creating their own version of the NCAA.”

Thompson calls it a “grand reckoning” between the NCAA’s amateur ideal (the so-called “collegiate model”) and athletic departments’ for-profit business model.

“That is the greatest inherent friction of all time,” Thompson said. “Those two [things] can’t serve the same master mutually.”

That forced modernization of college athletics may force the NCAA to either remake itself or be left behind.

I’m absolutely intrigued about something other than the NCAA and I am also intrigued by the Power Five figuring out the amateur vs. professional situation.

After being a graduate assistant for the past two years, Ronald Ross has decided to go into the non-coaching world for future employment. Congrats on making that decision and we wish you the absolute best moving forward.

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