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B. David Ridpath

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Associate Professor of Sports Administration
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B. David Ridpath, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor of Sports Management at Ohio University. He has several practical experiences working in intercollegiate athletics (ICA) and higher education. 

He is often cited in major media as an expert on college sports matters. He teaches classes in sport governance and ICA. 

See David Ridpath's Curriculum Vitae for additional information



  • EdD, Doctor of Education, Higher Education Administration, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, 2002. (Dissertation Title: “NCAA Division I Student Athlete Characteristics as Indicators of Academic Achievement and Graduation,” Major-Educational Leadership, Minor-Sport Management.)
  • MSA, Master's of Sports Administration and Facility Management, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1995
  • BA, Bachelor's of Arts, Speech Communication, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1990

Research Interests

The study of intercollegiate athletics administration, governance, rules compliance with an emphasis on student athlete academic achievement and graduation rates. Also study the ethics and components of the NCAA legislative, enforcement, and governance process and the intersection of educationally-based sport development and delivery in the US with other developmental programs throughout the world.

Professional Experience


  • Associate Professor of Sports Business, Ohio University, 2018-Present
  • Associate Professor of Sports Administration and Kahandas Nandola Professor of Sport Management, Ohio University, 2012-2018
  • Assistant Professor of Sports Business, Ohio University, 2006-2012
  • Assistant Professor of Sports Management, Mississippi State University, 2004-2006
  • Director of Judicial Programs, Marshall University, Nov. 2001-July 2004
  • Assistant Athletic Director, Compliance and Student Services, Marshall University, 1997-2001
  • Director of Athletic Compliance/Event and Facilities Manager, Weber State University, 1995-1997

Selected Publications


  • Ridpath, B., Harris, S., Smolianov, P., Ishac, W., & Akindes, G. (2019). Case Studies of Worldwide Sport Development Systems and Access to Education. World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE). Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development
  • Ridpath, B., Rudd A. & Stokowski, S. "Perceptions of European Athletes That Attend American Colleges and Universities for Elite Athletic Development and Higher Education Access". Journal of Global Sport Management (Accepted for publication, Fall 2019 issue).
  • Rudd A. & Ridpath, B. Education Versus Athletics: What Will Division I Football and Basketball Players Choose? Journal of Amateur Sport (Accepted for publication, May 2019 issue).
  • Tudor, M. & Ridpath, B. Does Gender Significantly Predict Academic and Athletic Motivation among NCAA Division I College Athletes? Journal of Higher Education Athletics and Innovation (Accepted for publication in the Spring 2019 issue).
  • Tudor, M & Ridpath, B. (2018). Does the Perceived Motivational Climate significantly Predict Academic and/or Athletic Motivation among NCAA Division I College Athletes? Journal of Contemporary Athletics. Vol. 12, Issue 4, pp 291-307.
  • Ridpath, B., Smith, J., Garrett, D. & Robe, J. Shaping Policy and Practice in Intercollegiate Athletics: A Study of Student Perceptions of Resource Allocation for Athletics and its Effect on Affordability of Higher Education.  The Journal of Sport. Vol. 4, Issue 1, July 2015, pp. 19-46.
  • Ridpath, B. Outlook: The Real March Madness. Why finally reforming college sports may require Congress—or the courts—to act? Currents Magazine: Council for Advancement and Support in Education (CASE). March 2014 Issue.
  • Ridpath, B., Chapman, M. & Denhart, M. An Examination of Increased NCAA Division I Athletic Department Budgets: A Case Study of Student Perceptions of Fee Allocations for Athletics. International Journal of Sport Management. Vol. 15, Issue 1, Jan. 2014, pp. 25-48.
  • Ridpath, B. Amateurism Must Die and We Must be Prepared. Journal of NCAA Compliance. July-August 2013.
  • Ridpath, B., Fattlar, D. & Yiamouyiannis, A.  An Examination of NCAA Athletic Department Revenues and Expenditures and Their Effect on Athletic Success in a Mid-Major Athletic Conference. The Journal of Sport. Vol. 1, Issue 1, Summer 2012, pp. 57-93.
  • Ridpath, B., Perceptions of NCAA Division I Athletes on Motivations and Individual Desire Concerning the use of Specialized Academic Support Services in the Era of the Academic Progress Rate. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics. (Winter 2011)
  • Ridpath, B., Zullo, R. & Gill, N. Gender as an Indicator of Academic Progress and Graduation for NCAA Division I Athletes. Athletic Academic Journal. The National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) Journal. Fall 2009 Issue.
  • Ridpath, B., Lawrence, H., Yiamouyiannis, A. & Galles, K. Changing Sides: The Failure of the Wrestling Communities Challenges to Title IX and New Strategies for Saving NCAA Sport Teams. The Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, December 2008, Vol. 1, Issue 
  • Ridpath, B. Can the Faculty Reform Intercollegiate Athletics. The Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, Spring 2008.
  • Ridpath, B., Southall, R. & Nagel, M. New Rules for a New Ballgame: Legislative and Judicial Rationales for Revamping the NCAA’s Enforcement Process. The Entertainment and Sports Law Journal Symposium Issue on College Sports and the Law. Spring 2008.
  • Ridpath, B, Kiger. J., Mak, J., Eagle, T., & Letter, G. Factors that Influence the Academic Progress and Graduation of NCAA Division I Athletes. Sport Management and Related Topics Journal (SMART) Fall 2007, Volume 4, Issue 1. 
  • Ridpath, B., College Athlete’s Perception of Coach’s Emphasis on Academic Progress and Graduation. Sport Management and Related Topics Journal (SMART). Fall 2006, Volume 3, Issue 1
  • Staurowsky, E. & Ridpath, B. The Case for a Minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average for College Athletic Eligibility. (Winter 2005 Symposium Issue). The Journal of Law and Sport. 

Books and Book Chapters


  • Ridpath, B. (Spring 2018). Alternative Models of Sports Development and Delivery in America: Proposed Solutions to Combat a Crisis in Education and Public Health. Ohio University Press and Swallow Books, Athens, OH.
  • Lee, J.W., Polite, F.G., Waller, S., & Ridpath, B. in Lee, J. & Hardin, R., eds. (2015). Policy and Governance in Sport: Issues, Organizations, and Practical Application; Chapter 10: Human Rights, Fairness, and Personal Freedoms in Sport: Further Perspectives. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.
  • Ridpath, B. (2015). Introduction to Intercollegiate Athletics in American Higher Education-Recruiting Chapter. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Ridpath, B. in Sailes, G. ed. (2013/ Revised 2017). Sports in Higher Education: Issues and Controversies in College Athletics: Chapter 3, The Administration and Governance of Intercollegiate Athletics. San Diego, CA: Cognella.
  • Ridpath, B. (2012). Tainted Glory: Marshall University, The NCAA, and One Man’s Fight for Justice. Published and Grant Funded by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. iUniverse Publishing.
  • Ridpath,B. & Abney, R. in McClellan, G., King, C. & Rockey, D. (2012). The Handbook of College Athletics and Recreation Administration: Chapter 7-Governance of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Ridpath, B. (2011). Encyclopedia of Sport Management and Marketing: Chapter-Contracts/Venue. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Published Monographs


  • Kahler, J., Ridpath, B., Moran, P., Pfahl, M. & Davis, C. The 2010 National Sports Forum Corporate and Industry Survey. The National Sports Forum, Seaver Marketing Group, 2010. 
  • Kahler, J., Ridpath, B., Moran, P., Maestas, A.J., Francis, S., Payne, R., Migala, D. & Petzold, A. “Brought to you by…The 2008 National Sports Forum Corporate and Industry Survey. The National Sports Forum, Seaver Marketing Group, 2008. 

Other Publications/Editorials 


  • Ridpath, B. NCAA's APR Release Should Be Looked At With A Very Skeptical Eye. Forbes SportsMoney Blog, May 10 2017.
  • Ridpath, B. Part Time Students, Full Time College Athletes-Not A Bad Idea But Also Not A New One. Forbes SportsMoney Blog, January 19, 2017
  • Gurney, G. & Ridpath, B. Why the NCAA Continues to Work Against Athletes’ Best Interests. Chronicle of Higher Education, February 29, 2016.
  • Ridpath, B. North Carolina Major Infractions Case Takes Another Curious Turn. Forbes SportsMoney Blog, October 26, 2016.
  • Ridpath, B. In College Sports it's either about Education or Free Market Economics-Not Both. Forbes SportsMoney Blog, September 25, 2015.
  • Ridpath, B. Like it or Not, Ralph Nader is Right. College Sports Business News, Apr. 2011.
  • Ridpath, B. Spotlight Shines on the Propriety of Student Fees for Sports. College Sports Business News, March 2011.
  • Ridpath, B. New Approaches to Economic Realities and Enforcement of Title IX.  High School Today: The Voice of Education Based Athletics and Activities, November 2007.
  • Ridpath, B. Force Fanatics: Who are they and why do they come? The Migala Report, July 12, 2007.
  • Ridpath, B. NCAA News Editorial. Reform Effort Dismissed as Rhetoric. NCAA News, June 4, 2007.
  • Ridpath, B. NBA Age Rule an Exercise in Futility. Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal, May 14-20, 2007.
  • Ridpath, B. NCAA News Editorial. Don’t Mess with Post-Graduate Choices. NCAA News, July 17, 2006.
  • Ridpath, B. NCAA News Editorial. Change not Dependent on Structure. NCAA News. June 20, 2005.
  • Ridpath, B. The Way Things ought to be in College Sports. College Athletic Clips. March 31, 2005.
  • Ridpath, B. Ridpath Argues NCAA Infractions and Enforcement Process IS Broken. Legal Issues in College Athletics and Sport Litigation Alert. October 28, 2004.
  • Authored over 200 sports and feature articles for various media publications including the Dallas Morning News, Forbes SportsMoney Blog, the Rocky Mountain Collegian, and the Fort Collins Fitness Magazine. 



  • Ridpath, B., Rudd, A. & Stokowski, S. Education v. athletics: What would NCAA Division I athletes choose? College Sports Research Institute Annual Conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, April 3-5, 2019
  • Academic oversight of academic support functions for college athletes: A case study of a mid-major NCAA Division I institution. College Sports Research Institute Annual Conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, April 12-14, 2018.
  • Ridpath, B, Johnson, R, Weight, E. and Gurney, G. Panel Presentation on College Sports Reform. College Sports Research Institute Annual Conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, April 12-14, 2018.
  • Tunessen, D. & Ridpath, B. Sports Embedded in the United States Educational System – Is the System a Benefit or Burden to European Athletes? College Sports Research Institute Annual Conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, April 12-14, 2017.
  • Ridpath, B., Husted, J., Hite, C., Snodgrass, J. & Grant, S. Pay to Play: Who's In, Who's Out and How Much Panel Discussion. Ohio State Sport and Society Initiative, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, February 26, 2016.
  • Abromeit, T. & Ridpath, B. Analysis of Critical Success Factors for a Global Expansion of the National Football League in Europe. Play the Game 2017 Conference. Eindhoven, the Netherlands, November 28, 2015. 
  • Ridpath, B. Alternative Models of Sports Development in America Outside of the Educational System: Can it Work to Prevent an Educational Crisis? Play the Game 2015 Conference. Aarhus, Denmark, October 28, 2015.

Service Areas


  • President of The Drake Group, 2005-2008 & 2016-2018
  • College of Business Faculty Senator, 2017-Present
  • Co-Editor and Editorial Review Board, Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 2007-2014



  • Keystroke Catalyst Award Winner (1200 plus media placements), Ohio University, 2016
  • Keystroke Catalyst, top five award winner, Ohio University, 2015-2019
  • College of Business Outstanding Scholar Award, Ohio University, 2016-17
  • Fulbright teaching and service scholarship, University of Bayreuth, Germany, 2014-15
  • University College Outstanding University College Advocate, Ohio University 2011
  • Dr. James A. Lavery Scholarship Award Winner, Ohio University, 1995
  • ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, Colorado State University, 1990
  • ROTC Distinguished Military Student, Colorado State University, 1986-1990
  • Honor Graduate, Army ROTC Advanced Camp, Fort Lewis, WA, 1986
  • Region Commanders Leadership Award, Army ROTC, Colorado State University, 1986