- Challenges Face New Big Sky Commissioner
by Jim Allen May 2016
New Big Sky Conference commissioner Andrea Williams will count on her "transformational and collaborative" management style to carry the league forward, she said Tuesday. "It will be important to get everybody involved in the growth of the Big Sky," Williams said during a wide-ranging telephone interview.
- Coach Lifts Restriction on College Hoops Transfer
by Jacob Thorpe May 2016
Washington State men's basketball coach Ernie Kent lifted his restriction on transferring center Valentine Izundu and will allow him to visit San Diego State, per a source.
- VCU Could Revive Richmond Baseball Stadium Talks
by Michael Paul Williams May 2016
Only the foolish would embrace optimism in the face of so many failures to build a stadium to replace The Diamond. But this latest proposal, lean as it is on details, has a new player with the look of a game-changer: Virginia Commonwealth University.
- Trustees Dismissed from Student-Athlete Lawsuit
by Jennifer Feehan May 2016
Trustees at the University of Findlay have been dismissed from a federal lawsuit brought by two former student-athletes who were expelled following an alleged sexual assault. U.S. District Court Judge James Carr this week dismissed the board of trustees from the lawsuit brought by JustinBrowningofDetroitand Alphonso Baity II of Henderson, Ky., finding that trustees at a private university such as UF do not have "the capacity to sue and be sued. That capacity lodges, rather, within the university."
- Opinion: UNC Situation Shows NCAA Favoritism
by Dan Thomasson May 2016
A week or so ago, the NCAA's powers who have life or death over college and university programs softened things dramatically by issuing a new complaint that eliminated the words "particularly in the sports of football, men's basketball, and women's basketball," they had included in the original. The change came shortly after North Carolina lost to Villanova in the national championship basketball game.
- C-USA Commissioner Looks to Navigate TV Landscape
by Harry Minium May 2016
Conference USA’s football and basketball TV profile will kick up a notch in 2016-17, commissioner Judy MacLeod told the Norfolk Sports Club on Monday. “The TV exposure,” she said, “will be fantastic.” But the money won’t, and she acknowledged that remains a vexing problem for C-USA and other mid-major leagues.
- Is a Beach Volleyball Boom on the Horizon?
by Justin Meyer May 2016
Indoor volleyball has produced many future beach volleyball pros, but a change by the NCAA might make it easier for athletes to get started in the beach game at an earlier age. The first NCAA beach volleyball national championship starts Friday in Gulf Shores, Ala., with Alabama at Birmingham hosting. Eight teams will participate in the double-elimination tournament that ends Sunday. Coverage will be shown on truTV and TBS and NCAA.com beginning Friday. Todd Rogers, Cal Poly's head coach and a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, says a championship further validates the sport.
- Opinion: Tunsil Debacle Shows Need to Pay Collegians
by Sam Donnellon May 2016
Last Thursday the NFL inadvertently and unintentionally made a case for paying college players. Minutes before he was expected to go within the top three or four picks in the NFL draft, Laremy Tunsil found out both his Twitter and Instagram accounts had been hacked, sharing with any potential future employer a two-year-old video of him smoking out of a gas mask bong and messages suggesting he was paid under the table while playing for Ole Miss. Tunsil tumbled to the Dolphins as the 13th pick overall - the Eagles' original draft position - costing the offensive tackle by, even modest estimates, more than $8 million in lost wages.
- Breaking Down Possibility of Big 12 Expansion
by AB Staff May 2016
Will the Big 12 eventually live up to its name, add two teams and become a 12-school league? Will the University of Memphis athletic program be among the ones invited? Those, basically, are the questions tugging at the purse strings of U of M officials and the heartstrings of Tigers fans, those thirsting for the program’s inclusion in a Power Five conference and the riches (i.e., league revenue distribution) membership entails. In the waning days of former athletic director R.C. Johnson’s administration, fans celebrated an invitation to the Big East and the potential financial windfall it would provide. But, to the U of M’s dismay, the league disbanded as an all-sports conference shortly after the announcement and the Tigers found themselves, once again, on the outside of college athletics’ upper tier. When the Big 12 holds its annual spring business meetings next month, expansion is likely to be discussed. Memphis possibly will be among those programs mentioned as potential targets. There will be, and have been, other schools seeking moves from Group of Five leagues to the Big 12 and they have been lobbying behind the scenes using any and all connections to bolster their campaigns.
- Big Sky Names First Female Commissioner
by Jim Allen May 2016
The Big Sky Conference is making big news this week. On Thursday, it was the return of Idaho as a football member; on Friday, the conference announced the hiring of its first female commissioner.