- Louisville Charged with Major Rules Violations in NOA
by Marc Tracy October 2016
The University of Louisville confirmed Thursday the NCAA formally charged current and former staff members in its men's basketball program, including coach Rick Pitino, with major rules violations related to a scandal in which a university employee provided prostitutes who performed sexual acts with players and recruits.
- Alabama's Sideline Medical Tent Starts Trend
by Dan Wolken October 2016
When Alabama played for the College Football Playoff title last season, its pop-up medical tent on the sideline was a matter of significant curiosity. There had never really been anything like it before in football, allowing an injured player to be examined privately without having to go back to the locker room. The collapsible tent, which is attached to the base of a trainer's table and then pulled over the top in a matter of seconds, was a fairly ingenious invention both in its practicality and design. And Jeff Allen, who conceived the project and unveiled it last year as Alabama's head football trainer and assistant athletics director for sports medicine, knew it soon would be in demand across football at all levels. Along with two engineering students at Alabama who brought the idea to life, Allen has formed a company called Kinematic Sports to market and sell the SidelinER tent. Allen told USA TODAY Sports this week that they had opened an office in Tuscaloosa and had sold 45 tents to college football programs and another 10 to other customers, including high schools and hospitals. According to the company's website, a basic unit can be ordered for $5,000.
- University of Evansville to Compete in Track and Field
by Daniel Allar October 2016
Don Walters has had track and field equipment waiting in storage for nearly a decade. The 17th-year University of Evansville cross country coach will finally get to dust it off. UE announced on Wednesday it would compete in men's and women's track (indoor and outdoor) beginning in 2018. The school plans to join the Missouri Valley Conference.
- Regents Vote to Demolish Historic Buildings for Sports Complex
by Brian Johnson October 2016
Towering over a 5-acre patch on the edge of the University of Minnesota campus, the Electric Steel Elevator complex has been called “historic,” “inspiring” and “truly Minneapolitan” by those who want to preserve it. Even so, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted Friday to demolish the historically significant grain elevator complex at 600 25th Ave. SE in Minneapolis.
- Athletic Trainers to Strike While Sporting Events Go On
by Jason Scott October 2016
Earlier this week, faculty at 14 universities owned by the State of Pennsylvania went on strike, and the impact of the walkout could extend beyond the classroom to the playing field.
- McMurry U. to Begin Varsity Softball in 2018
by Sam Waller October 2016
McMurry University announced Wednesday that it will add softball as a varsity sport and will start competition in the 2018 spring semester. The move brings the number of varsity sports offered by the university to 18 (nine men’s and nine women’s) and makes softball one of seven sports offered by all 13 members of the American Southwest Conference.
- Nova's $18M Football Facility Reflects Coach's Legacy
by Mike Kern October 2016
The state-of-the-art facility, which cost $18 million (more than half of which came from an anonymous donor), will be the program's new home base. But it will be so much more, for the entire athletic department.
- Lawsuit Alleges Hazing in Virginia Football Program
by Ricjk Maese and Ava Wallace October 2016
University of Virginia football players staged a gladiator-style fight between a pair of incoming freshmen, a dangerous hazing incident that resulted in a concussion and jeopardized the career of a promising young receiver, according to a federal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. For weeks this past summer, upperclassmen had taunted, bullied and ostracized freshman Aidan Howard, according to the complaint. The teasing that the newcomer faced steadily escalated, and after just one week of training camp, the first under new coach Bronco Mendenhall, players used athletic tape to mark off a ring inside the Virginia locker room and forced Howard to fight another freshman, receiver Hasise Dubois, against his will, the complaint states.
- Opinion: Big 12 Made Fools of Expansion Candidates
by Gordon Monson October 2016
So, at the end of the worst reality TV show of the season, nobody got Bob Bowlsby's rose. Not BYU. Not Cincinnati. Not Houston. Not anybody. Everybody was sent packing. That's not the way the thing was supposed to end, right? Well, yes. There had to be a better finish, a better conclusion, a better payoff. Oh, there was a payoff, all right, but only to the parties who orchestrated the entire faux endeavor. The payoff in this series was to the schools already in the Big 12, which pried more money out of the networks without following through with any expansion. Goal accomplished. Game over.
- Miami Quietly Awaits End of NCAA Probation
by Charleston Gazette-Mail October 2016
Miami's three-year NCAA probation largely stemming from the actions of rogue and now-former booster Nevin Shapiro gets completed on Friday. It satisfies one of the most damning sanctions the Hurricanes were issued, though some aftereffects - scholarship reductions in football and men's basketball, most notably - will remain felt for a few more months. "Nothing really changes when probation ends, because we've already changed our approach, Miami athletic director Blake James said. "We're not going to not be vigilant now. We're going to continue doing all we can to educate our students, our coaches, our fans on the importance of knowing and following NCAA rules to the intent of the law.