Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! This whole FIFA business is pretty crazy, but what's really astounding to me is that the Evil Empire's leader isn't be indicted (at least not yet). Also, how about Nike basically acknowledging wrongdoing? Not that I'm totally shocked given their reach and seemingly endless supply of cash, but still.
And now, the "news."
Four teams banned from 2015-16 postseason for low APR scores | Yahoo Sports
For a third straight season, none of the programs impacted are from major conferences.
BIG EAST Digital Network to expand in 2015-16
In its second year as the BIG EAST's branded channel on FOX Sports Go, the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) announced that its 2015-16 broadcast plan will expand to 225 live events for the upcoming season. Highlighted BEDN programming will include all regular season BIG EAST league women's basketball games, 36 Championship events and expanded coverage of the men's and women's soccer league games.
Mullin Doesn’t Sound Optimistic About Rysheed Jordan’s Return | ZagsBlog.com
The new coach is waiting on Jordan's grades, and it looks like Marcus LoVett will get the keys to the team from day one.
FIFA's huge corruption and bribery scandal, explained | Vox
Why seven officials have been arrested — and what it could mean for soccer.
What will the FIFA arrests mean for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups? | Stars and Stripes FC
The U.S. bid on the 2022 World Cup, but lost to Qatar. What will happen now that FIFA officials have been arrested, in part due to corruption in the 2022 process?
UEFA considers boycott of FIFA congress and presidential election | SBNation.com
The European confederation isn't pleased with FIFA's attitude that the show must go on.
The World Cup’s biggest issue: modern slavery and dead workers | Vox
The FIFA corruption scandal is bad, but Qatar's World Cup is being built by a construction sector notorious for literally killing people.
...and here's a doozy:
Garrick Sherman Goes On Alcohol-Fueled Anti-NCAA Twitter Rant | Deadspin
Garrick Sherman played two years of college basketball at Michigan State, before transferring and playing his final two years at Notre Dame. He graduated in 2014, and now plays professionally for Dinamo Tbilsi in Georgia (the country).
Michigan State Spartans Basketball: Garrick Sherman's Twitter Rant | The Only Colors
Sherman's Twitter rant should probably make you like him more
AND if that isn't enough Garrick Sherman coverage for you: check out his Twitter feed, for the full (un-"curated") rant.
The Cost of an Adjunct | The Atlantic
The plight of non-tenured professors is widely known, but what about the impact they have on the students they’re hired to instruct?
Daredevil selfie on Hong Kong skyscraper | Business Insider
Absolutely, completely, nonsensically stupid. Right? Please tell me nobody else would actually do this...