• Atlanta Locks Down Bowl Game for Six More Years

    by Tim Tucker; Staff April 2014

    Atlanta's college football bowl game celebrated its renaming Monday by dropping a large Chick-fil-A Bowl banner to the floor and revealing what hung behind it: the new logo of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

  • UMaine AD Exploring Ways to Up Hockey Attendance

    by Larry Mahoney BDN Staff April 2014

    Maine's average attendance of 4,092 this past season, which included 15 regular-season games and the Hockey East playoff win over Merrimack College, was the lowest since the 1991-92 Black Bears drew 4,024 per game.

  • Is an All-Night-Games Schedule in OSU's Future?

    by Bob Hunter, The Columbus Dispatch April 2014

    If former athletic director Rick Bay had been asked in 1985 whether he could foresee when there might be as many as five regular-season night games, which could happen this year, he might have been just as sure as Smith that it wouldn't happen.

  • Opinion: End the 'One Year of College Basketball' Charade

    by RICK MORRISSEY. | @MorrisseyCST April 2014

    Jabari Parker's decision Wednesday to turn pro had all the suspense of a sunrise. I knew he was leaving Duke, you knew he was leaving Duke and your pet goldfish knew he was leaving Duke. It was the right move. And if the silly rule that requires all players entering the NBA draft to be at least 19 and one year out of high school hadn't been in effect, he would have turned pro out of Simeon last year.

  • After Debut Season, Hockey League Eyes Playoff Tweaks

    by Joe Paisley April 2014

    Commissioner Josh Fenton said the eight member school representatives asked the Colorado Springs-based league office staff to develop new playoff formats and present them for a possible vote at the league meetings in about two weeks.

  • Mankato Reverse: Team Will Play for Reinstated Coach

    by George Schroeder, @GeorgeSchroeder, USA TODAY Sports April 2014

    The boycott is over. A day after refusing to practice to protest a coaching change, the Minnesota State-Mankato football players have agreed to accept Todd Hoffner's return as head coach.

  • Air Force Athletics Eliminates 21 Staff Positions

    by Brent Briggeman, by Brent Briggeman - April 2014

    The Air Force athletic department informed 21 individuals on Wednesday and Thursday that their positions will be eliminated as part of the Air Force-wide budget cuts announced in early March.

  • Petition Aims to Save San Bernardino Water Polo Program


    The decision to drop women's water polo and add women's track and field at Cal State San Bernardino, announced March 21, seems to be a done deal. But parents and friends of the program have not given up the battle.

  • Opinion: Pay Raise Proves UT Football Not About Winning

    by John Adams April 2014

    For those who think college football is all about winning, allow me to introduce Tennessee linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen. He is part of a defensive staff whose student-athletes managed to hold Oregon to 59 points last September. After two months of coaching and practice, they held Auburn to 55. In between, Alabama hit them up for 45.

  • NCAA Leans Toward Unlimited Feeding… Now What?

    by Paul Steinbach April 2014

    The NCAA legislative council approved Tuesday the removal of rules limiting Division I member schools as to what and how often they can feed student-athletes, satisfying sports nutritionists who had long lobbied for such action. Still, the decision caught Dave Ellis, a past president of the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association, by surprise. He feels the NCAA was likely swayed by University of Connecticut men's basketball player Shabazz Napier's oft-quoted admission earlier this month that he and his teammates frequently experience "hungry nights."

    "The NCAA needs a 'W' on the student-athlete welfare front," Ellis told AB via e-mail Tuesday night. "Maybe we had a little influence, too. It's all good. A historic day for fueling."

    The question remains as to what schools will do with this new feeding freedom, which still must gain NCAA board of directors approval April 24. Those athletic departments with sufficient resources will certainly take advantage of one more means to gain a competitive edge — or at least keep pace — with rival schools in recruiting and on the field. "We do need to see if the ADs follow through," Ellis says, cautioning that the new ruling "could get pushback from member institutions."

    Reached for further comment today, Ellis adds that the ruling has the potential to draw several athletics administrators (beyond registered dietitians, if a given school even has one) closer to the training table — from marketers seeking cost-efficiencies from vendors to development officers linking donations to expanded food supplies. "Where there is no Sports RD, you simply have overworked people saying, 'Who is going to manage?' At financially overstretched schools, you have people saying, 'How are we going to pay?' " Ellis says. "At schools where you have a Sports RD, they are saying, 'Let's get started and here is a first step. Here is how we are going to get more for our money, and here are our priorities over the next three years.' "

    Regardless of their given circumstances, all athletic departments should be thinking along the same lines, according to Ellis. " 'Longterm, here is what we are going to do out of our own dining hall so we can better meet the needs of our athletes who compete and eat on weekends and holidays and during late hours,' " he says. "It becomes a simple exercise when someone in athletics shows some vision and leadership on a fundamental underpinning of student-athlete welfare versus flinching like the sky if falling."