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College Sports Insider with Jack Ford

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In this weekly podcast, journalist Jack Ford (“60 Minutes Sports,” “Good Morning America,” NBC News) interviews individuals who have unique insight into the world of college sports. Produced by the NCAA and Champion magazine, episodes delve into the most pressing topics of the day and offer behind-the-scenes points of view from those who shape college athletics.

Latest Episodes

Safety on a Smaller Scale

As the NCAA has released a slew of new guidelines regarding mental health, concussion and catastrophic injury, among other vital topics, small schools with limited resources are doing all they can to keep pace. A Division III athletics director with an athletic training background discusses how schools like hers are adapting to the ever-evolving health and safety environment and articulates the challenges she and her peers are facing. Jack Ford with Stevie Baker-Watson, DePauw associate vice president for campus wellness and director of athletics and recreational sports.

19 MINSEP 16
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Safety on a Smaller Scale

Doubling Down

In May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court abruptly scuttled the federal law that prohibited sports wagering. An article in the Summer 2019 issue of Champion magazine chronicled what the NCAA and its schools have done to adapt to legal betting’s expanding playing field and mitigate innumerable new risks. Jack Ford with Brian Burnsed, NCAA Champion magazine associate editor.

19 MINSEP 9
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Doubling Down

After the Game

Five years ago, the NCAA established its After the Game program, designed to equip college athletes with the tools they need to transition to life after college sports. How has it fared since its inception? The program’s architect highlights early successes and what’s next. Jack Ford with Monica Miller, NCAA associate director of strategic and former student-athlete outreach.

21 MINSEP 2
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After the Game

A Trip to Summer Camp

In response to sweeping changes recommended by the Commission on College Basketball, the NCAA this year implemented summer basketball recruiting academies. They took place in late July at four regional sites, where coaches were afforded the opportunity to watch players go through drills and compete. How did the first iteration of these camps play out? Jack Ford with Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball.

24 MINAUG 26
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A Trip to Summer Camp

A Pearl in the Storm

In 1999, a former multisport college athlete became the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She wrote a book about the experience and is now a Division III college president. A look inside her fascinating journey. Jack Ford with Tori Murden McClure, Spalding president.

21 MINAUG 19
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A Pearl in the Storm

Why They Play

No scholarships. Small fan bases. Long hours at practice and in the library. Why do Division III student-athletes do it? And what do they gain from the experience? A four-year Division III athlete offers her perspective. Jack Ford with Maddie Burns, Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee chair and former Randolph-Macon student and soccer player.

24 MINMAY 20
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Why They Play

Inside Division III

Tensions in Division I may elicit headlines, but the NCAA encompasses more than just the largest schools that draw the spotlight. Division III schools, typically smaller and with thinner athletics budgets, navigate an entirely different set of issues. The man who long has been at the helm offers perspective on all things Division III. Jack Ford with Dan Dutcher, NCAA vice president of Division III.

23 MINMAY 13
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Inside Division III

Enforcement’s Evolving Environment

While NCAA enforcement staffers are charged with investigating potential violations, they share information and collaborate with NCAA members as much as possible through the course of an investigation. How does that process take shape? And what has changed in the wake of the Commission on College Basketball’s recommendation to handle the most complex cases differently? Jack Ford with Jon Duncan, NCAA vice president of enforcement.

28 MINMAY 6
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Enforcement’s Evolving Environment

Upon Further Review

Video replay, used in 17 of the NCAA’s 24 sports, promotes fairness but disrupts competition. As technology grows sharper but some schools struggle to keep pace, how far will college sports go in pursuit of perfectly officiated games? A Champion magazine reporter tackled that question in a feature story in the Spring 2019 issue. Jack Ford with Greg Johnson, Champion magazine associate editor.

22 MINAPR 29
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Upon Further Review

Coming Out — on the Gridiron

A handful of college football players have come out to their teammates and coaches. It’s an announcement typically beset by apprehension — but often met with acceptance. One Division I football player shares his story. Jack Ford with Xavier Colvin, former student-athlete on Butler’s football team.

22 MINAPR 22
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Coming Out — on the Gridiron

Latest Episodes

Safety on a Smaller Scale

As the NCAA has released a slew of new guidelines regarding mental health, concussion and catastrophic injury, among other vital topics, small schools with limited resources are doing all they can to keep pace. A Division III athletics director with an athletic training background discusses how schools like hers are adapting to the ever-evolving health and safety environment and articulates the challenges she and her peers are facing. Jack Ford with Stevie Baker-Watson, DePauw associate vice president for campus wellness and director of athletics and recreational sports.

19 MINSEP 16
Comments
Safety on a Smaller Scale

Doubling Down

In May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court abruptly scuttled the federal law that prohibited sports wagering. An article in the Summer 2019 issue of Champion magazine chronicled what the NCAA and its schools have done to adapt to legal betting’s expanding playing field and mitigate innumerable new risks. Jack Ford with Brian Burnsed, NCAA Champion magazine associate editor.

19 MINSEP 9
Comments
Doubling Down

After the Game

Five years ago, the NCAA established its After the Game program, designed to equip college athletes with the tools they need to transition to life after college sports. How has it fared since its inception? The program’s architect highlights early successes and what’s next. Jack Ford with Monica Miller, NCAA associate director of strategic and former student-athlete outreach.

21 MINSEP 2
Comments
After the Game

A Trip to Summer Camp

In response to sweeping changes recommended by the Commission on College Basketball, the NCAA this year implemented summer basketball recruiting academies. They took place in late July at four regional sites, where coaches were afforded the opportunity to watch players go through drills and compete. How did the first iteration of these camps play out? Jack Ford with Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball.

24 MINAUG 26
Comments
A Trip to Summer Camp

A Pearl in the Storm

In 1999, a former multisport college athlete became the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She wrote a book about the experience and is now a Division III college president. A look inside her fascinating journey. Jack Ford with Tori Murden McClure, Spalding president.

21 MINAUG 19
Comments
A Pearl in the Storm

Why They Play

No scholarships. Small fan bases. Long hours at practice and in the library. Why do Division III student-athletes do it? And what do they gain from the experience? A four-year Division III athlete offers her perspective. Jack Ford with Maddie Burns, Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee chair and former Randolph-Macon student and soccer player.

24 MINMAY 20
Comments
Why They Play

Inside Division III

Tensions in Division I may elicit headlines, but the NCAA encompasses more than just the largest schools that draw the spotlight. Division III schools, typically smaller and with thinner athletics budgets, navigate an entirely different set of issues. The man who long has been at the helm offers perspective on all things Division III. Jack Ford with Dan Dutcher, NCAA vice president of Division III.

23 MINMAY 13
Comments
Inside Division III

Enforcement’s Evolving Environment

While NCAA enforcement staffers are charged with investigating potential violations, they share information and collaborate with NCAA members as much as possible through the course of an investigation. How does that process take shape? And what has changed in the wake of the Commission on College Basketball’s recommendation to handle the most complex cases differently? Jack Ford with Jon Duncan, NCAA vice president of enforcement.

28 MINMAY 6
Comments
Enforcement’s Evolving Environment

Upon Further Review

Video replay, used in 17 of the NCAA’s 24 sports, promotes fairness but disrupts competition. As technology grows sharper but some schools struggle to keep pace, how far will college sports go in pursuit of perfectly officiated games? A Champion magazine reporter tackled that question in a feature story in the Spring 2019 issue. Jack Ford with Greg Johnson, Champion magazine associate editor.

22 MINAPR 29
Comments
Upon Further Review

Coming Out — on the Gridiron

A handful of college football players have come out to their teammates and coaches. It’s an announcement typically beset by apprehension — but often met with acceptance. One Division I football player shares his story. Jack Ford with Xavier Colvin, former student-athlete on Butler’s football team.

22 MINAPR 22
Comments
Coming Out — on the Gridiron
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