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Miller: Beware the Bad News Bears

With Tuesday’s news that the Baylor Board of Regents intends to remove university president/chancellor Kenneth Starr from his post, it is clear the axe sharpened by the steady drip of sexual assault and violence incidents allegedly committed by members of the school’s football team — and the efforts to conceal them — has begun to fall.

Miller: I love my school but hate the system

Over the past year or so, I’ve used this space provided me by The Daily to voice my frustrations about, criticize and occasionally offer some reform-minded suggestions to the system of college athletics governed by the NCAA. Stanford — my school — is a member of that association of higher education institutions, and thus I have, by…

Miller: Olympic model the way forward for college sports

There has been a flurry of activity in the world of college sports since the men’s basketball finale, including massive media rights deals announced by the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference, the provisional elimination of the hotly-contested practice of holding “satellite camps” (a.k.a. the Jim Harbaugh Rule) and the discovery that NCAA President Mark Emmert, despite his $1.8M salary, still…

Miller: The story behind the “student-athlete”

Last Wednesday, less than 48 hours after a thrilling national championship game that saw Kris Jenkins lift Villanova past UNC on a buzzer-beating three, the NCAA and its member institutions celebrated National “Student-Athlete” Day. Conferences and schools took the day to laud the on- and off-field accomplishments of their athletes, and rightly so. The vast…

Miller: Administrators miss the point when discussing athlete compensation

“We provide student-athletes with unparalleled educational and athletic opportunities, and that should be pay enough. We don’t want to directly compensate them, and don’t feel we should have to.” Those were, essentially, the arguments of Pac-12 COO Jamie Zaninovich and Stanford Senior Associate Athletics Director Kevin Blue at last week’s Stanford Sports Innovation Conference hosted…