• Accused U. of Minnesota Players Barred from Stadium

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    Five University of Minnesota football players barred from their home stadium after being served a restraining order are scheduled to appear again in court on November 2, just three days prior to the Golden Gophers’ next home game.

  • Clemson Purchases Insurance to Cover Coach Bonuses

    by Steve Berkowitz October 2016

    As problems in college athletics go, the one that Clemson's athletics department faced after appearing in January's College Football Playoff final wasn't a bad one. The school had to pay about $2.3 million in bonuses to its coaches and staff, including $1.1 million to head coach Dabo Swinney. And that was on top of travel, game tickets and other costs involved with playing a CFP semifinal in Miami and the championship game near Phoenix. Clemson has ended up enjoying increases in revenue from donations, season ticket sales and merchandise, but that money wasn't available last winter when all those bills came due. "The cash flow issue was real," athletics department spokesman Joe Galbraith said.

  • College Coach Salaries Rising, More Hit $3M Mark

    by Steve Berkowitz, Christopher Schnaars, and Brent Schrotenboer October 2016

    Ten years ago, when USA TODAY Sports first tracked the compensation for major-college football head coaches, making $3million was a singular distinction belonging to Oklahoma's Bob Stoops.

  • U. of Maryland Unveils Sports Medicine Center Plans

    by Anamika Roy October 2016

    As the signature part of the Cole Field House expansion project at the University of Maryland, College Park, the school is partnering with the University of Maryland, Baltimore to build the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance. The center will be a treatment facility for sports-related injuries and a place to study those conditions such as the effects of traumatic brain injuries. The center’s efforts will be paid for in part by a $3 million investment from Mpowering, the state initiative for research that pairs scientists and engineers in College Park with pre-clinical researchers and clinicians in Baltimore.

  • Knight Commission Pushes NCAA to Reward Academics

    by Jason Scott October 2016

    Ahead of a major vote by the NCAA, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics urged the body to pass a policy that would change the organization’s revenue distribution model and reward schools whose athletic teams meet academic expectations with revenue generated by NCAA events.

  • SDSU Names Wicker AD, Will Focus on Football Stadium

    by Bernie Wilson October 2016

    SAN DIEGO - John David Wicker returned to San Diego State as athletic director on Monday, saying his top priority will be to find a better home for the Aztecs' football program.

  • Air Force Tracking OSU Athletes' Performance, Recovery

    by Barrie Barber October 2016

    The Air Force Research Laboratory will expand the number of Ohio State University athletes whose performance it is analyzing to gain data airmen may use on the battlefield and push athletes further on the field, a researcher says. More than 100 wrestlers and men's and women's lacrosse players will join the research roster that already includes Buckeyes football players, OSU and AFRL officials said.

  • Column: Has Penn State Learned from Mistakes?

    by Mark Wiedmer October 2016

    James Franklin is the Penn State football coach, which means he is paid to win football games. If he influences young adult males for the good during their four or five years under his watch, if they graduate with meaningful degrees and become solid citizens, all the better. But as college administrations prove time and time again, developing character, ethics and morality in student-athletes is almost always a distant second or seventh to producing athletic victories.

  • Displeased with Grades, AD Ties Coach Bonuses to GPA

    by Lana Sweeten-Shults October 2016

    Student-athletes push themselves to excel on the field, but it’s in the classroom where Midwestern State University is hoping to score more winning numbers. It’s why the university decided to start offering bonuses to its coaches, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, to improve their student-athletes’ academic performances. According to an athletics report presented to MSU’s board of regents in August, the university’s 312 student-athletes in 2015-16 earned a cumulative grade-point average of 2.72, which translates to a B-. The retention rate for student-athletes was 76.2 percent, and the six-year rolling graduation rate from 2010-2015 was 57 percent.

  • Is Independence Unsustainable? What's Next for BYU

    by Jay Drew October 2016

    Provo - It was in the spring of 2014 when then-BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall began to warn fans and media members that it would be difficult for the Cougars to maintain their level of play in football if they were not invited to a major conference. "Independence is not sustainable," Mendenhall famously uttered, and months later BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe acknowledged his coach's comments were on target, even though Mendenhall's pleading to the Big 12 Conference for admission back then ccc via an interview with the Austin American-Statesman ccc caught school administrators a bit off guard.