September 20, 2019

After the firing: What does the Petrino case mean to Arkansas and college football?

“Yet again we fans of college football find ourselves in a quandary, albeit a false one.   We recognize that excellent coaches are tough to find.  Coaches such as Nick Saban, Paul Johnson, or Urban Meyer can have an immediate, dramatic impact on a program.  By going 21-5 over the past two seasons and beginning the upcoming season with a top ten ranking in the perennially tough SEC, Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino surely belonged in that very exclusive fraternity…”

Read the rest of the commentary by Joe Thomas, S-LS Founder and CEO

 

University of North Carolina Women’s Soccer Team’s Core Values – Anson Dorrance (2006)

Every year when I meet with the rising seniors each week in the spring our discussions center around our core values and what they can do to live them and how they can help drive everyone within the culture to live them as well.  Human nature being what it is, some leaders embrace the personal and public challenge of our discussions and some don’t; just like some people within the culture live the core values and some just don’t have the strength.

Original article by Coach Anson Dorrance 2006 (pdf)

Do Sports Build Character or Damage It? by Mark Edmundson

“Do sports build character? For those of us who claim to be educators, it’s important to know. Physical-education teachers, coaches, boosters, most trustees, and the balance of alumni seem sure that they do. And so they push sports, sports, and more sports. As for professors, they often see sports as a diversion from the real business of education—empty, time-wasting, and claiming far too much of students’ attention. It often seems that neither the boosters nor the bashers want to go too far in examining their assumptions about sports.”

Original article by Mark Edmundson (PDF)