Archive for June, 2017

Remember the Cal Football Strength and Conditioning Program Review 2.0? The University Is Betting That the Public Won’t

Published June 30th, 2017, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Today is the first anniversary of the announcement by the then-University of California at Berkeley chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, that he was ordering a second review of the football team’s strength and conditioning program. This followed faculty rumbling about the blatant inadequacies and conflicts of interest in the first such review […]

USA Gymnastics Does the USA Swimming ‘Safe Sport’ Two-Step. But Congress Is Needed to Oversee Youth Sports Sex Abuse.

Published June 28th, 2017, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   In a movie we’ve seen many times before, USA Gymnastics has “unanimously” — yea, enthusiastically — accepted “all 70 recommendations” in an “independent report” in the wake of revelations about the sexual abuse of gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and others. But as with the introduction of USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program […]

Donald Trump, James Comey, Vince McMahon — And the Meaning of ‘I Am Not Under Investigation’

Published June 7th, 2017, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick     A little-noticed aspect of retrospectives on the legendary sportswriter Frank Deford is the full background of the early 1990s federal investigation — culminating in the 1994 acquittal at trial — of WWE musclehead-in-chief Vince McMahon. Of course, Linda McMahon, Vince’s wife, now runs the Small Business Administration under our staggering, […]