POLL QUESTION – MARCH 28
By Leo Haggerty

POLL QUESTION

This week’s poll question is an extremely touchy one.  It especially hits home to people who have a daughter, which I am one, that have been or are college athletes.

So, with what has transpired with the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, the following question had to be asked.  It is:

SHOULD SOME NCAA ADMINISTRATORS BE FIRED FOR NOT THINKING THE OBVIOUS DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN THE MENS AND WOMENS TORNAMENTS WITH WEIGHT ROOM AND FOOD AND GIFT BAGS WOULD SURFACE?

Here’s what our folks are saying about that.  Enjoy.

DAVID ALEXANDRR – AFC WEST CORRESPONDENT
Once again, the NCAA demonstrates its dysfunction as an organization.  We can add this episode to years of indifference to athletes. Close the whole place down!

TRACE CRISP – PHOTO JOURNALIST
If I may, let me restate the question to be, “Should NCAA Admins be fired for not forecasting “When” the discrepancies between the sexes be mainstream news”?  Women have been in collegiate sports since the introduction of Women’s Basketball at Smith College in 1892.  This means it has been an acceptable tradition for just shy of 130 years.  The WNBA started in 1996 with people laughing at it saying, “This will never take off”.  Twenty-five years later, it is a success.  It took a woke society to start pealing back the onion layers of literally everything to find where the Media could poke holes and save their jobs.  Combine that with the stars of the WNBA, who are finally being listened to, for this to emerge as a mainstream story.  Fire the Administrators?  I’m not sure you can pin the tail on that donkey as this goes higher up.  Society itself has accepted this “tradition” for way too long.  As usual, follow the money.

JEFFREY NEIL FOX – PUBLISHER OF ITS SPORTS MAGAZINE
WHOEVER made the decisions should be called out. Woman athletes should have same access as men for training and food.  Not 100% sure administrators should be terminated.   Need to get more details to be a fair juror.

JOHN LENTZ – NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL ANAYLST
No but learn from the situation!

JIM THIES – NFC NORTH CORRESPONDENT
To be fair, there are two distinctly separate championships groups that work these two events.  So it sounds like the left hand did not know what the right hand was doing. But, in the end, that’s not good enough. Communications back and forth between the two groups could have averted the problem.

LEO HAGGERTY – EDITOR OF ITS SPORTS
So far, great stuff from our responders.  “No but learn from the situation” from John Lentz. Agree totally with that.  “Follow the money” from Trace Crisp.  That’s spot on.  “communications back and forth” from Jim Thies.  Novel thought there, huh?  “Dysfunction as an organization” from David Alexander.  Cannot disagree with that one iota.  “Need to get more details” from Jeffrey Neil Fox.  Sage advice for sure.  This is what bothers me the most.  The NCAA doesn’t seem to realize that, in this social media age of instant information, nothing goes unnoticed.  The mere fact that someone in the NCAA office didn’t look at the obvious discrepancies that existed and bring it to the attention of a superior is mindboggling.  Worse, if that occurred, and nothing was done would put a lack of response in the blatant arrogance category.  With all that being said, look for some underlings to be forced to “fall on their sword” for the upper echelon administrators who need to be terminated.