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3 ATHLETICS On a sunny afternoon in 1852, two groups of oarsmen— one from Harvard, one from Yale—raced against each other on Lake Winnipesaukee. The students may not have known it, but they were participating in the first intercol- legiate sports contest in the United States. Even then, al- though there were no paying spectators and no television crews, the event had definite commercial overtones. The race was the brainchild of a railroad owner and real estate developer who hoped to attract the public’s attention to the charms of Southern New Hampshire by staging

Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports Manuscript 1434 Comparing and Forecasting Performances in Different Events of Athletics Using a Probabilistic Model Brian Godsey, University of Maryland School of Medicine ©2012 American Statistical Association. All rights reserved. Comparing and Forecasting Performances in Different Events of Athletics Using a Probabilistic Model Brian Godsey Abstract Though athletics statistics are abundant, it is a difficult task to quantitatively compare performances from different events of track, field, and road running in a

performance gains for female Olympic medalists in athletics or swimming events. However, these findings do not necessarily contradict previous work on gender differences in performance gains for world records because we did not limit our analyses to record-setting results but instead included all change in medal-winning performance with each Olympic year. The evidence of female athletes outpacing males in world record gains for some Olympic events while having no mean advantage in performance gains between Olympic years suggests that relative improvement for female athletes

1 Introduction The subject of records and running performance has been of considerable long-standing interest to the statistical community. Most publications focus on the relationship of records over different distances, or on the improvement over time of running performance for a particular distance. In this article we propose a global model to fit athletics data over all Olympic distances and all times, allowing us to identify and rank the best athletics track performances in history. The model incorporates parameters to model the size of a conceptual

|  | !@ QW 5 INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Bob Mulcahy was at his best on the afternoon of June 17, 2003. He and I held a press conference to explain the University’s violation of the rules for certify- ing the academic eligibility of student-athletes, a “major” violation that the NCAA had formally announced earlier in the day. Although the announcement was embarrassing to Rutgers and the penalties (two years of probation and the loss of twenty scholarships in ten sports) were quite severe, the entire episode actually

Athletics in Southeast Asia J O H N H . J E N N Y * ALTHOUGH the substance of this topic deals primarily with Thailand, there are far-reaching effects in all of Southeast Asia. My involve- ment in the program as Consultant in Physical Education and Recre- ation to the Government of Thailand began with the extreme interest of the Asian peoples in the Southeast Asian Peninsula Games. The SEAP Games were just over and the Thai sports world was saying "well done" and "good-bye" to Gordon Fisher, University of Indiana track coach, who had successfully drilled

CHAPTER XXVII Intramural Athletics THERE have been many references in the preceding pages to the Interfaculty contests in the several athletic activi- ties. A brief resume of the conditions which contributed to the building up of the present programme may not be out of place. An impression prevails that Interfaculty or Intramural competition is a comparatively new thing in the University. The contrary is the case, for even before the formation of an Athletic Directorate in 1893 and before cups were donated by generous friends of athletics, inter

7 REFORMING ATHLETICS In 1987, after thirty-six years of service as the executive di- rector and principal architect of the modern NCAA, Walter Byers retired and began to write about his long career pre- siding over intercollegiate athletics. One might have thought that the resulting work would be another memoir rich in anecdotes about the author’s exploits and the famous sports figures he had known. The book that finally emerged was nothing of the kind. What Byers wrote was a lengthy indict- ment of the entire system of big-time college sports, accus- ing it of

Invited Featured Article Journal of College & Character VOLUME 12, No. 3, September 2011 The Problem of Ethics and Athletics: An Illegitimate Stepsister Sharon Kay Stoll, University of Idaho1 Abstract The purpose of the article is to discuss the glittering, bejeweled, daring, illegitimate stepsister of questionable character in the collegiate environment: the department of athletics. The author argues how this stepsister might become legitimate if the product of athletics were viewed and valued differently. An argument is presented that if football or all other

ATHLETICS AND HEALTH ATHLETICS AT HARVARD One characteristic of Harvard athletics at the present time is an increasing number of students who are interested in athletics purely as recreation and not as a means of competing for a team. This tendency of laissez-faire athletics at Harvard has been a growing antidote to overemphasizing the results of competitive athletic con- tests. The three kinds of athletic activity — competitive, recreational and required — obviously overlap. The term "required" applies only to the Freshman physical training. Most of the