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  1. Navy, Army grapple with sexual assault allegations

    Jeff MacGregor

    The big lie of our elite institutions is that they somehow transcend human nature. That they rise above greed or appetite or weakness, temptation or violence or cowardice. That they curb the worst in us.

    Story | Conversation | June 27, 2013
  2. Sports and pain, lessons and limits

    Jeff MacGregor

    Is pain a means to grace? To clarity? Is it an "instrument for perfecting" ourselves? Where's the line between the instructive and the destructive? What are sports meant to teach?

    Story | Conversation | April 26, 2013
  3. Manti Te'o, love, mistaken identity, deception and the history of...

    Jeff MacGregor

    The elaborate prank that may or may not be Manti Te'o's love life has a long and distinguished history in the annals of comedy.

    Story | Conversation | January 19, 2013
  4. Pinstripe Bowl notebook

    Jeff MacGregor

    College football in New York City used to be the most important thing in America. Maybe 100 years from now people will look back at the Pinstripe Bowl the same way.

    Story | Conversation | December 30, 2012
  5. Coaches, generals, CEOs and executive failure

    Jeff MacGregor

    Why do we insistently mythologize bad leadership and poor decision-making? Why do we treat all coaches with the same mystical regard we treat the best coaches?

    Story | Conversation | November 29, 2012
  6. Penn State still needs to work toward reconciliation

    Jeff MacGregor

    Where's the Penn State effort at reconciliation? The restoration of trust in your community? Where's the contrition? Financial compensation is not by itself restitution. Money alone heals no one.

    Story | Conversation | July 27, 2012
  7. The miseducation of college football

    Jeff MacGregor

    Corruption, fraud, violence, injury, death. The ruin of college football was complete by the end of the century. The 19th century.

    Story | Conversation | May 25, 2012
  8. Sports week in review

    Jeff MacGregor

    The week in review from death to life, from loss to win, from political metaphors to sports clichés.

    Story | Conversation | May 11, 2012
  9. In stories like Bobby Petrino's, the problem isn't values; it's m...

    Jeff MacGregor

    "Family values!" cry the Republicans. And the Democrats. And the newspapers. And the churches. And Steve Harvey. "Family values" are not the problem in stories such as Bobby Petrino's. The problem is men.

    Story | Conversation | April 16, 2012
  10. Australian Open, Patrick Witt, Phil Knight, All-Star Sunday, Sidn...

    Jeff MacGregor

    From the Australian Open to Patrick Witt, Phil Knight, All-Star Sunday, Sidney Crosby and Tim Thomas: legend-making and revisionism, back-pedaling and product placement and plausible deniability.

    Story | Conversation | January 30, 2012
  11. Separating the truths from the legends in the Joe Paterno story.

    Jeff MacGregor

    The late Joe Paterno was a legend even before he passed. And that makes getting to the truth of the man even more difficult.

    Story | Conversation | January 24, 2012
  12. College football underclassmen and the NFL draft decision

    Jeff MacGregor

    The NFL intake mechanism for its raw materials, the draft, requires very young men to make what seem like very important decisions. Its feeder league, big college football, suffers or benefits accordingly.

    Story | Conversation | January 09, 2012
  13. Penn State's awkward appearance in the TicketCity Bowl was ill-ad...

    Jeff MacGregor

    When it was all said and done, that TicketCity Bowl appearance by Penn State was anything but a feel-good story. It never should've happened.

    Story | Conversation | January 04, 2012
  14. Barry Bonds, Jerry Sandusky, Ryan Braun and sports as an example ...

    Jeff MacGregor

    It might be hard this week to remember that justice means more than punishment. Justice is the world's return to equilibrium. Justice is fairness. Balance. And part of the point of sports is to see justice done.

    Story | Conversation | December 12, 2011
  15. Us vs. Them -- illogic of sports fandom spills over into life

    Jeff MacGregor

    Sooner or later, everything in sports -- all the madness and passion and struggle and money -- boils down to "Us" against "Them." And too soon that illogic spills over into real life.

    Story | Conversation | November 21, 2011
  16. Do football coaches mold men, or have we mythologized their decis...

    Jeff MacGregor

    The big lie of big football is that it builds character. Truth is, the coaches make the decisions (i.e., "kick away from Devin Hester") while the players merely act upon them (i.e., "oops").

    Story | Conversation | November 14, 2011