• Florida QB Suspended for PED Violation

    by Anthony Chiang October 2015

    The undefeated Florida Gators suffered their first loss of the season. It's a big one -- and stunning. Starting quarterback Will Grier was suspended for the rest of the season and part of the 2016 season due to a violation of the NCAA's policy for performance-enhancing drugs. Grier will be suspended for one year and lose one full-year of eligibility, returning midway through the 2016 season as a redshirt sophomore. "I took an over-the-counter supplement that had something in it," an emotional Grier said to reporters Monday. "I did not check with the medical staff before taking it. I really hope that people can learn from my mistake. I'm really sorry to everyone. I'm just really sorry."

  • With Sarkisian Out, Who Should Southern Cal Turn To Next?

    by Dan Wolken October 2015

    We say it so often it has become a cliché, but in this case it's absolutely true. Southern California must nail this hire. Whether it's Pat Haden making the call or the school president or one of the Trojans' big boosters, there is no room for error. If USC gets this one wrong, it risks slipping into a decade of irrelevance. Much like Tennessee, even a traditional power can't just keep cycling through coaches and expect instability to bring championships.

  • "Head Ball Coach" Spurrier Retires, Effective Immediately

    by Dan Wolken, and Thomas O'Toole October 2015

    South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier informed his coaching staff Monday night that he was retiring, effective immediately, a person with knowledge of the matter told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced publicly. Spurrier, 70, will address the decision and an interim coach will be named Tuesday at a news conference.

  • University of Minnesota Approves $166M Athletes Village

    by Jason Scott October 2015

    The University of Minnesota Board of Regents unanimously approved a proposal for a $166 million Athletes Village on Friday, paving the way for construction to begin on the project that has been a top priority for the athletics department.

  • Southern Cal's Sarkisian Takes Indefinite Leave of Absence

    by The Commercial Appeal October 2015

    Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian is taking an indefinite leave of absence after athletic director Pat Haden determined that the troubled coach is “not healthy.” Haden announced the decision Sunday after Sarkisian didn’t show up for practice. “I think it’s the right thing for our team, and I’ve always got to do what’s right for our team and for our school,” Haden said.

  • Opinion: USC Has Itself to Blame for Sarkisian Debacle

    by Dan Wolken October 2015

    It was, in retrospect, the most intellectually dishonest apology Steve Sarkisian could have mustered. He wasn't being fair with himself or his bosses. His bosses weren't being fair with Southern California's football players and fans. So here we are, five games into the season, with Sarkisian on an indefinite leave of absence after not being healthy enough to run Sunday practice and one of the most storied college football programs of the last half-century in the middle of yet another mess, mostly of its own making. And now the questions about who will get the Trojans out of it and how they'll do it become exponentially more complicated.

  • USF Player Arrested After Firing Gun on Campus

    by The Tampa Tribune October 2015

    South Florida freshman reserve offensive lineman Benjamin Knox, who played in all five games this season, was arrested early Sunday for shooting a gun on campus, USF police said.

  • Will Cost of Attendance Stipends Widen Competitive Gap?

    by Mark Emmert October 2015

    A big-picture look at how all the money being generated by college sports is transforming the notion of "amateurism." And how is this forcing small-scale athletic departments like UMaine to keep up? ORONO -- Karlton Creech faced a dilemma this summer involving, naturally, money. Creech, in his second year as athletic director at the University of Maine, had the opportunity for the first time to hand out stipends on top of the scholarships being awarded to roughly 200 athletes on campus. The so-called "cost of attendance" checks are meant to cover everyday expenses that fall outside of what scholarships typically offer, and are available for the first time this year to the 350 universities that comprise Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, including Maine. The money isn't substantial at major universities, but at a maximum of $2,200 per scholarship athlete for Maine, would cost the school $440,000 if fully implemented. The funds would come from the university, not the NCAA, although that organization did dole out an additional $55,000 per Division I school with no strings attached.

  • Do College Sports Run Like a Business?

    by David Moon October 2015

    If you want to ignite the passion of anyone around Knoxville, mention UT athletics in any context. And it’s not just the legions of would-be athletic directors and football coaches who take it personally watching college students hit each other and sweat.

  • Maryland Football Coach Deflects Firing Rumors

    by Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun October 2015

    After two straight blowout defeats and amid a report that his firing is imminent, Maryland coach Randy Edsall reiterated comments he made earlier in the week ahead of Saturday's matchup at No. 1 Ohio State.