- Georgia State Makes Play for Turner Field Site
by J. Scott Trubey, Katie Leslie November 2015
When the Atlanta Braves announced plans in 2013 to leave for Cobb County, Mayor Kasim Reed promised Turner Field would be replaced by one of the largest developments for the middle class the city had ever seen. In the time since, he's said multiple suitors --- from California to the Middle East --- have inquired about the site. But it was revealed late Monday that only three groups, including the highly-touted partnership between Georgia State University and real estate firms Carter and Oakwood Development, made a play for the downtown ballpark. Only the Georgia State team appears to have a credible shot.
- Following Snowball Incident, Wisconsin AD Addresses Fans
by Kyle Thele November 2015
When Northwestern beat Wisconsin in Madison Saturday, it was a statement win for the Wildcats who are enjoying a surprisingly good season. For Wisconsin, however, it was the low point in what is becoming a disappointing season.
- Cal Seeks Bowl Eligibility Waiver from NCAA
by Steve Berkowitz November 2015
In a new twist to the question of whether enough teams will meet the NCAA's normal qualifications for bowl participation to fill all of the spots in 40 postseason games, the University of California has asked the NCAA football oversight committee for a waiver that would let it count its win against Grambling among the six needed to play in a bowl game.
- Audits of Minnesota Athletics Department to Be Released
by Dan Browning, Emma Nelson November 2015
The University of Minnesota will present the results of two separate investigations into its athletics department at a special Board of Regents meeting on Dec. 8, the Star Tribune has learned. One report will detail an external review commissioned by the U into sexual harassment and equal rights complaints in the athletics department, and the other will show the results of an internal financial audit under former athletic director Norwood Teague, said regents Chair Dean Johnson. Johnson said he doesn't know anything about the contents of the two reports but that whatever needs fixing will be fixed. "We're going to have a cleaner, more accountable department of athletics - as we would expect of any college or department at the university," Johnson said Monday. Gail Klatt, the U's internal auditor, declined to comment Monday on the financial audit. "It's a work in progress," she said. "It's not complete."
- U. of Hawaii Seeks Answers for Falling Football Attendance
by Ferd Lewis November 2015
Last week athletic director David Matlin sought to educate the University of Hawaii Board of Regents on the department's fiscal plight with a colorful slide show of charts and graphs. Turns out maybe all he needed to show them was the sobering image of the ghost town that the once-rollicking Aloha Stadium has become on a Saturday night.
- Former Arizona Track Coach Sued Amid Rape Accusations
by Stephanie Innes; Yoohyun Jung November 2015
The University of Arizona failed to protect a track and field athlete from repeated rapes by coach Craig Carter, says a lawsuit filed Friday in Pima County Superior Court. Carter, who resigned from his post as UA throws coach rather than be fired, faces criminal charges for suspicion of choking the athlete when she told him she'd no longer have sex with him, and for threatening her with a box cutter and dragging her out of a classroom. Carter has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of domestic violence-aggravated assault, stalking, and interfering with an educational institution. Along with Carter, the lawsuit names as defendants the UA, the Arizona Board of Regents, head UA track and field coach Fred Harvey, and UA athletic director Greg Byrne. "As a practice, we do not comment on pending litigation," said a statement emailed by UA spokesman Chris Sigurdson. "I can say that once we were aware of the coach's misconduct, we acted immediately to inform law enforcement and remove him permanently from the university."
- Interim College Coaches Face Difficult Situation
by Brad Senkiw November 2015
When Tommy Bowden stepped down as head coach of Clemson on October 13, 2008, then-athletic director Terry Don Phillips walked into a room, looked at Dabo Swinney and said, “You’re the coach. See me in five minutes.” It’s a moment Swinney will never forget, and it led to him becoming the permanent head coach and leading the Tigers to five consecutive 10-win seasons and a No. 1 ranking this year with two games left before a spot in the College Football Playoff is clinched.
- Heisman Candidates Campaign on Social Media
by Nicole Auerbach November 2015
Baker Mayfield loves video games, but not exactly the same way other college athletes love video games. He loves them so much he once considered quitting football and becoming a professional video gamer, an anecdote uncovered in a story published in October on Oklahoma's athletics website. The story included complementary multimedia elements, from a video to infographics on gaming and a pixelated, 8-bit version of Mayfield in a Sooners uniform. At first, it remained just a drawing. Then, Oklahoma's digital media department came up with an idea based on a YouTube video of Mayfield dancing that went viral over the summer. Thus, #ShakeNBake GIF 1.0 included a dancing video game character Mayfield. The real Mayfield has postponed his gamer career in favor of a football career. And since GIF 1.0, he has became the most efficient passer in the country (he ranks first in the Football Bowl Subdivision with a 180.7 rating) and one of the most productive quarterbacks (he ranks 14th with 322.9 yards of total offense a game).
- South Carolina AD Gets Back To Recruiting
by The Charleston Post and Courier November 2015
South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner was an excellent recruiter during his days as a baseball coach at N.C. State and USC. He s now putting those skills back to work on two fronts recruiting a new head football coach and recruiting the current 2016 Gamecocks commitments to hold to their pledges. Two of those commitments, offensive lineman Lloyd Cushenberry and quarterback Brandon McIlwain, confirmed they have received calls from Tanner updating them on the search and encouraging them to be patient while it plays out. He was just saying they ll be trying to make a decision probably in about three weeks, and he hopes I stick with them but still keep my options open and make the best decision for me, said Cushenberry, who spoke to Tanner last week. I am committed but keeping my options open, just seeing what goes on.
- North Dakota Nickname Acceptance Could Take Time
by Wade Rupard November 2015
Almost two decades ago, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, retired its American Indian nickname, Redskins, after years of controversy. Initially, there was pushback. Angry alumni vowed to never donate another dollar to the university because they would be Redskins forever, off-campus bookstores continued to sell Redskins gear even years after the school became the RedHawks, and harsh letters to the editor filled the opinion section of the local newspaper. But today, the climate is much different from when the new name was adopted in 1997, said Claire Wagner, the director of university news and communications at Miami. "I don't hear the Redskins name anymore," she said. "But does that mean some alumni don't get together and use it? Maybe they do privately, but it's not something you hear."