In a shocking development, the NCAA brought the hammer down on Syracuse because of the school's student athlete academic violations, resulting in lost scholarships and vacated wins. Al Martin tackles this hot topic and gets responses from a variety of callers, including a professor to offer her take on whether athletes receive preferential treatment. Michigan State basketball has had a busy week, for both the men's and women's. Tune in to hear the latest on both of the Spartan teams. Finally, no week is complete without a weekly reflection, so tune in to hear what you missed earlier in the week.
On today's show, Al discusses the hot issue of whether student athletes receive special treatment in the classroom. He brings up his own personal experience from his time at Michigan State, but also uses the findings from the NCAA report. Then, for the last half of the show, MMA champion fighter and amputee Ronald Mann, joins Current Sports to discuss his latest victory over Jimmy Milton.
WKAR's Al Martin reports from Spartan Stadium on the aftermath of MSU's defeat to Ohio State, 49 to 37 the final. The four-team playoff hopes of the Spartans have now vanished, and the Spartans now try to lick their wounds and find other motivators to finish the season strong. The Buckeyes have not lost at Spartan Stadium since 1999 and have defeated Michigan State four times in the past six games.
As Penn State's ban is uplifted, the heated debate continues between Al and Alex regarding the NCAA's recent actions. Ray Rice is still a hot button topic, and the tandem debates if Roger Goodell should keep his job. Later, a sneak peak to Current Sports TV is revealed, and the crew remembers where they were on on September 11, 2011.
Matt closes out the week with NCAA Final Four Analysis and some more allegations against NCAA coaches and programs. He also breaks down the legacy of Jason Hanson, as he retires after his 21-year career in the National Football League. Finally, Matt closes the show with Opening Day baseball talk for the Detroit Tigers.
Matt and Alex welcome back former Tiger pitcher Jose Valverde with opinions and analysis, and also welcome another Pitino into a higher reigns of NCAA coaching. The duo also discuss the possibility of a female in the NBA, and the recent allegations against the Auburn football program. They end the hour discussing Detroit Tiger baseball and the future of women's basketball.