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January 23, 2014 8:17 PM

Ryan Black commentary: College athletics continue to sacrifice ideals in favor of almighty dollar

AUBURN, Ala. — No one lives under the assumption that college athletics are simply fun and games anymore. Of course, that can be pared down to just two sports: Division I football and men’s basketball. Certainly, the tennis teams and golf squads and the other athletes competing in non-revenue sports want to win just as badly as their hardwood and gridiron counterparts.

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.

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