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Going on Offense

Going on Offense
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
High school football is character-building for students, spirit-building for schools and community-building for cities and towns.
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Spitting in the Ocean

Spitting in the Ocean
Friday, February 27, 2015
But most times that I laugh at or criticize the blind eyes or bad faith of others, I pause to consider if we might sometimes act in similar ways.
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Holding Back

Holding Back
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I wrote last week in this space about the positive place for disagreement in organizations; and I held back on pushing the topic a bit further.
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Supporting Sports Officials

Supporting Sports Officials
Friday, February 20, 2015
To make a difference of opinion about legislative strategy the litmus test of MHSAA support for officials is misguided at best and manipulative at worst.
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Permission to Disagree

Permission to Disagree
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
If the board is always in total agreement, then management is not bringing the board tough enough topics. The subjects are not serious enough.
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No Easy Fix

No Easy Fix
Friday, February 13, 2015
Before our friends and allies turn their backs on us, they need to turn in the transfer situations where the rules already apply, and the undue influence (recruiting) they can document.
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An Unsustainable Trend

An Unsustainable Trend
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The irony is that in this time of school sports’ greatest inclusion, school sports is on its weakest financial footing. When it is doing the most, school sports is being supported the least.
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Robust Benefits

Robust Benefits
Friday, February 6, 2015
“We also found that former student-athletes tend to donate time and money more frequently than people who weren't part of teams."
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The Investment

The Investment
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
. . . a strong, vibrant society invests in its future by investing in young people. 
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Change of Pace

Change of Pace
Friday, January 30, 2015
That almost sounds like something Yogi Berra would have said – like, “it takes forever for change to occur, and then it doesn’t.” But experience very often teaches us the truth of this sentiment.
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Baloney

Baloney
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
One day, one of the more veteran employees opened his lunchbox and flew into a rage. “I can’t believe it,” he exclaimed. “Baloney again! I hate baloney.”
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Transfer Trends

Transfer Trends
Friday, January 23, 2015
Over the years, some states have relaxed their transfer rule and others have refined their transfer rule. In either case, the transfer rule remains an imperfect rule, an imperfect net.
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Patience

Patience
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Perhaps it is in the DNA of Australians to be patient ... for they are certainly among the most polite populations I've encountered.
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A Different Language

A Different Language
Friday, January 16, 2015
In crossing both the international dateline and the equator last month, I learned a helpful lesson for those of us who try to communicate about school sports.
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Perspectives on Popularity

Perspectives on Popularity
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The NFL’s longest waiting list to become a season ticket holder is found in the NFL’s smallest market, Green Bay, where the waiting list to become a Packer season ticket holder is now 30 years. 
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Story Power

Story Power
Friday, January 9, 2015
More people visit our websites on a typical day than visit our office in East Lansing during an entire year.
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Committee Work

Committee Work
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
It is appropriate for committees to ask: Who was not in the room when this recommendation was drafted? Who will not be served well by this change?
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Rocket Science

Rocket Science
Friday, January 2, 2015
There cannot be a problem of school sports that is more complicated than those of space exploration, except for one feature – which is that our problems deal with people ...
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A Can-Do Response

A Can-Do Response
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The challenge is to balance the negative effects of an “arms war” in high school sports against driving students toward non-school programs. It’s the balance of too few vs. too many rules out of season.
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Growth Industry

Growth Industry
Friday, December 26, 2014
These late, scrambling and sometimes inadequately vetted enrollments are one of the many problems attendant to the increasing numbers of J-1 and F-1 visa students enrolling in Michigan each year.
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