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Keith Strudler: The College Football Playoff Dilemma

Nov 30, 2016

Before this past weekend, things seemed pretty okay. It was all falling into place, more or less. I’m talking about college football, not America. Before Thanksgiving, we had four logical teams to take the four top spots in the college football playoffs, which were created to end our endless bickering about the BCS – a computer driven model of picking the two top teams for a winner take all finale. But then a funny thing happened. Michigan lost to Ohio State, which meant that the logical Big Ten representative could be on the outside looking in. And Ohio State, now the only Big Ten team with only a single loss, is not playing in the Big Ten Championship game this weekend, which pairs Penn State against Wisconsin, both two loss teams that will finish behind Ohio State in the playoff standings, even though one won the conference and Ohio State didn’t. And all of them will point a finger at Washington of the Pac-12, who with only one loss likely sits in the fourth and final spot, despite the perception that they just aren’t that good, at least not relatively speaking.

Keith Strudler: Playing Up To Your Competition

Sep 21, 2016

Maybe the worst college football play last weekend – and there were a bunch – came with South Carolina State already down 14-0 mid-way through the first quarter to national juggernaut Clemson, which shares state boundaries and nothing more. Catching the ball in the end zone on a kickoff, State return man Ahmaad Harris threw the ball towards the ref before he took a knee. Which meant it was a live football, and wouldn’t automatically be put at the 20 yard line like Harris thought. Clemson defenders dove on the ball, and like that it was 21-0. It continued through the first half, which mercifully came to a conclusion with Clemson up 45-0. That led the officials to ask both head coaches if they could shorten the second half just a bit, which both agreed to. So instead of 15 minute quarters, they got 12 minute ones. Even that was probably too long. The second and third stringers only scored two touchdowns in the shortened second stanza, making it 59-0 in a game that oddly wasn’t as close as the score indicated.

Keith Strudler: The NCAA And North Carolina

Sep 14, 2016

If five years ago someone told you that in 2016, the NCAA would boycott one of the two American Carolinas, you’d bet the farm it was South Carolina. You know, the one that flew the Confederate Flag at the statehouse. The home of Strom Thurmond. The one the NCAA already boycotted since 2001. And you would be wrong.

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A former basketball coach of a community college in the Hudson Valley has been indicted on charges he used forged transcripts to help star players transfer to NCAA Division I colleges.

  How can the NCAA blithely wreck careers without regard to due process or common fairness? How can it act so ruthlessly to enforce rules that are so petty? Why won’t anybody stand up to these outrageous violations of American values and American justice?

In the four years since Joe Nocera asked those questions in a controversial New York Times column, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has come under fire. Fans have begun to realize that the athletes involved in the two biggest college sports, men’s basketball and football, are little more than indentured servants. Millions of teenagers accept scholarships to chase their dreams of fame and fortune—at the price of absolute submission to the whims of an organization that puts their interests dead last.

Nocera's new book is Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA.

Keith Strudler: Political Football In Louisiana

Feb 17, 2016

For the citizens of Louisiana, this is not just a budget crisis. It’s truly an existential one. It’s the end of days, the apocalypse, cats and dogs living together. Because according to Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards, if the state can’t find a way to close a $940 million budget deficit, then higher education – and its solvency – is on the table. And that could mean for next season, no LSU football. That’s right, forget the prospect of cutting classes, no diplomas, and no grades assigned. Next fall, according to the highest ranking state employee, Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, the Mecca, Taj Mahal, and Wailing Wall combined, could remain empty. So instead of a mini-Mardi Gras event other Saturday, as the Tigers take on Alabama, or Ole Miss, or really anyone, Louisianans will have to find other pastimes for the Saturday morning into late night.

Keith Strudler: Pay The Men, Shirley

Apr 15, 2015

There’s no better feeling than putting your hands in your jeans or jacket pocket only to find a $20 bill you didn’t know what was there. I suppose finding a $100 bill, or maybe a winning lottery ticket would be better. But we’re talking in scope of reality. That $20, or even $5 is found money, an unexpected boost to your personal economy. It’s why I used to stash Monopoly money in my sock when I played as kid. I hoped I’d forget, which I never did, and find it serendipitously when I hoped to make a small hotel investment on Broadway.

Keith Strudler: Blame The Refs

Apr 8, 2015

You can make several superlative claims about Monday night’s men’s NCAA Division I basketball title game, where Duke defeated Wisconsin, and the entirety of this year’s men’s Final Four, which saw the end of Kentucky’s undefeated season. For example, it was one of the most intensely played series in recent memory, at times resembling a football game more than the game Naismith envisioned. It was also one of the youngest, at least for Duke and Kentucky, which were constructed primarily of first-year players headed straight for the NBA, or one-and-done as the common pejorative vernacular goes. And it was one of the most competitive events in recent times, with two of the three games essentially a toss-up.

Keith Strudler: March Madness In Indy

Apr 1, 2015

  For the NCAA and its vaunted Final Four of the men’s basketball tournament, the timing could have been better. Essentially on their way to Indianapolis, the site of the decisive three games of the 68 team tournament, it would be hard for any of the four remaining universities – Kentucky, Duke, Wisconsin, or Michigan State – to change their travel plans. And it would be even more difficult for the NCAA to change the site of these college basketball games, held in a football stadium, at the 11th hour, especially since Indianapolis is also the home of the NCAA headquarters itself and the site of many of its national championship tournaments. Not to mention the thousands of fans who are Indy bound for this Easter pilgrimage of sorts.

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team came through Albany over the weekend en route to its eighth straight Final Four. Downtown businesses are hopeful major NCAA events will continue coming to town.

College basketball is big business — and good for local business. Times Union Center officials — whose recent bid to host the NCAA men’s tournament in the next few seasons was denied — are hoping the success of the regional women’s tourney final could set the stage for the rights to host future tournaments.

3/23/15 Panel

Mar 23, 2015

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include: IS Military Threat, Ted Cruz announces Presidential run, Governor Andrew Cuomo's biography by Michael Shnayerson, NCAA Sweet 16.

Keith Strudler: NCAA Football Playoff Aftermath

Jan 14, 2015

The easiest way to ensure victory upon exit is simply to declare it so. Especially when success is a question of perception, it never hurts to proactively write history. It’s kind of the opposite of cut and run. It’s cut and win.

Keith Strudler: The South Rises

Oct 29, 2014

For all that say the south will rise again, perhaps you need wait no longer. Because right now, they’ve already risen to the top of the college football playoff rankings, with three of the four top teams hailing from Alabama and Mississippi, all three from the western division of the Southeastern Conference. The fourth team currently in that mix is Atlantic Coast Conference leader Florida State, located in the north Florida town of Tallahassee, a state where the more north you go, the more south you go. So if the season were to end today, which it won’t, the four team playoff would consist of schools that could meet for lunch and still make it home for tea.

Keith Strudler: College Sports And The Law

Oct 15, 2014

I have long understood that college is a kind of suspended reality from the real world. It’s four years of limbo that separate the parental control of adolescence to the crime and punishment model of the adult world. In college, you are privileged – encouraged, even – to make mistakes. In some cases, that’s good. Like taking an acting class, or finding out you’re not good at fly fishing. But that latitude often extends beyond the benign to more questionable. Things that in the real world would earn you an arrest or even a conviction – and all the downside that comes with that. That’s what happens in the grown-up world. You commit a crime, and you suffer the consequences.

8/8/14 Panel

Aug 8, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Ray Graf, political consultant Libby Post and Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick.

Topics include:
ISIS Airstrikes
Montana Senator Drops Out
NCAA
Smoker's Happiness
Hot Car Death

Thompson Trio Putting UAlbany Lacrosse On The Map

May 1, 2014
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On a recent day, the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team scored another goal against Capital Region rival Siena, adding to the total of the number No. 1 offense in all of Division I lacrosse.

Keith Strudler: Masiello Limps Back To Manhattan

Apr 9, 2014

The last few weeks have been rocky for Steve Masiello, to say the least. It started back in early March, when the Manhattan College head men’s basketball coach led the Jaspers to a berth in the NCAA tournament, where they almost upended the highly regarded Louisville Cardinals. On the backs of that, Masiello was offered the head coaching spot at the University of South Florida, a step into the big leagues for the high rising 36-year-old.

3/19/14 Panel

Mar 19, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock and WAMC Newsman Ray Graf.

Topics include:
Crisis in Ukraine
NSA Calls
Heart Disease Link
Malaysian Radar
UAlbany NCAA win

NCAA Basketball Tournaments Start To Take Shape

Mar 12, 2014
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In men’s college basketball, Mount Saint Mary’s beat Robert Morris 88-71 in the NEC title game championship game to earn an NCAA tourney berth. Milwaukee defeated Wright St. in the Horizon League’s title game to head to the dance. North Dakota St. won against IPFW 60-57 in the Summit League title game to earn an NCAA tournament bid.

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The Albany Convention Center Authority was created in 2004. Now,  a decade later, the Albany Convention Center plan is headed toward fruition. The idea for building an Albany Convention Center has been floating around for more than a decade, seeded in outgoing Mayor Jerry Jenning's "Capitalize Albany" plan.

The NCAA is taking another look at Albany, and now city and county officials are scrambling to provide necessary amenities and roll out the welcome mat. 

Albany will play host to two major sporting events in the next few years.

Keith Strudler: NCAA Investigation At Oklahoma State

Sep 18, 2013

Sex, drugs, and cheating. Sounds a lot like a Tom Wolfe novel, right? Only this story isn’t fiction. This is a story about Oklahoma State football in the decade staring in the late 1990’s, where the marginal football program evolved into a national power that finished consistently in the nation’s top ten. The story is pure non-fiction, in fact, at least as reported by Sports Illustrated over the past several days, after a year of in-depth reporting and interviews with dozens of formers players and coaches and program associates, of which there seem to be way too many. Oklahoma State has already done its best to debunk SI’s reporting as myth, which will be about a simple as disproving the moon landing. Even if reporters overstepped here and there, the narrative is fairly indestructible.

Major League Baseball kicked off the 2013 season this week with near perfect pitching, big hits, and big wins.

The LA Dodger’s Clayton Kershaw pitched a complete shut out in his first outing of the season, not to mention his walk off home run to win the game. The powerhouse New York Yankees, depicted on the cover of the New Yorker as geriatric patients, lost to the rival Boston Red Sox. But, the New York Mets won their opening salvo with a commanding 11 to 2 runs scored over the San Diego Padres.

  The NCAA Tournament has captured the nation’s attention in recent days.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Rich Clark, Associate Professor of Political Science and director of the Castleton Polling Institute, tells WAMC’s David Guistina that sports and politics sometimes intersect.

3/25/13 - Panel

Mar 25, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Morning Edition host David Guistina, WAMC Newsman Ray Graf, WAMC News Director, Ian Pickus, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today's topics include:
The High Court and same-sex marriage
Karl Rove says GOP candidate “could” back gay marriage
Bloomberg, NRA Brace for Senate Showdown on Guns
Washington Post Defends Not Running Article On Iraq Media Failure
NCAA – Road to Sweet 16

Keith Strudler: NCAA Tournament Picks

Mar 20, 2013

Yesterday was a two hour delay in our school district. That’s mainly because we’ve already used up all our snow days, so cancelling the whole day would have cut into spring break, and no one wants that. So in our two hours of free time, my five year old son and I did what most families did, I’m sure. We filled out NCAA tournament brackets. I did mine, and Sloan did his. If Sloan wins, he doesn’t have to put his clothes away for a week. If I win, well, there’s nothing on the table, but I’ll probably feel less guilty when I eat half his Halloween candy next year.

3/18/13 - Panel

Mar 18, 2013

  Today's panelists: Alan Chartock, WAMC's Morning Edition host David Guistina and our Capital Correspondent – Karen Dewitt; Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• New York State budget negotiations
• Cuomo calls for consolidation
• Senate plan on immigration
• Iraq war anniversary
• NCAA Brackets announced

Keith Strudler - Pennsylvania v. NCAA

Jan 2, 2013

It seems the topic of the hour is government spending.  So I’ll continue that dialogue, at least as it pertains to the state of Pennsylvania.  The current governor of that state Tom Corbett is angry about $60 million of state funds that are scheduled to be spent largely out of state.  It’s a result of the penalty levied by the NCAA on Penn State for its part in the recent child abuse scandal in its athletics department.