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March 26, 2019

"When ASU President Michael Crow signaled to the university community with the launch of the Global Sport Institute in 2017 that sport matters, faculty whose academic curricula explore the topic took heart.

“We felt emboldened that our work was indeed legitimate and intellectually sophisticated, and we began to make connections across ASU to find others like us who study and write about sport and society,” said School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Lecturer Victoria Jackson."

March 25, 2019

Eric Hyman said he was stunned to learn of the college admissions scandal. In more than 30 years of working as an athletic director of college sports, from Virginia Military Institute to Texas A&M, he’d never heard of someone outright buying a position on a team.

But that is the reality of a college admissions bribery scandal that helped children of wealthy parents enter numerous elite educational institutions, like Yale University, Stanford University and the University of Southern California. Students’ parents essentially purchased slots for them on teams that play nonrevenue college sports that appeal to families with higher incomes — like crew, soccer or lacrosse.

 “One of the issues here is whether people at the top of the universities bear some responsibility,” said Kenneth Shropshire, the Adidas distinguished professor of global sport and CEO of the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University. “If this was the English department or history department or the music department, would it stop there with the professor or would you look to the person ultimately in charge?”

And many more athletic departments could be susceptible to this kind of fraud, Shropshire said, as long as coaches have the power to provide a list of students that they want admitted to the institution without anyone second guessing their choices.

But some noted that major academic institutions cannot micromanage their massive athletic departments.

February 22, 2019

"Kenneth ShropshireCEO of the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University

"Without a doubt, my favorite fictional Black athlete — from the movie 'Cooley High' (1975) —  is Cochise. It's the first movie, in my opinion, in a long line of movies where there's a Black athlete who's about to make it — and, spoiler alert, gets killed off some way in the end. For those a little bit young, think 'Boyz n the Hood.' Same story has been told over and over again. But this one was really the lead in this. And for me, too, it was impactful. I saw it with a bunch of guys I had gone to high school with, and we spent the whole time afterwards talking about who was who in the movie. And me and another guy, a basketball player, were the guys who had gone off and gotten scholarships and gone off to college. So we got labeled with the Cochise title. Although I played football, not basketball."