- Ken Starr Reportedly Out as Baylor President
by Stuart Goldman May 2016
Despite reports that the Baylor University board of regents has removed President Ken Starr from office in the wake of Baylor’s handling of rape and sexual assault convictions and allegations against Baylor football players, the chairman of the board of regents said Starr remained Baylor’s president.
- UCLA Inks $280M Apparel Deal with Under Armour
by Thuc Nhi Nguyen May 2016
UCLA and Under Armour announced a record-setting 15-year apparel and shoe deal Tuesday worth $280 million. It is the richest in the history of college athletics, surpassing a 15-year, $252 million deal Ohio State inked with Nike in January.
- Opinion: Big 12 Will Wait on Expansion
by Brad Rock May 2016
Given recent comments by one Big 12 insider, it seems likely there's more hand wringing in store for BYU. Oklahoma President David Boren is the Cougars' new best friend, having said it was imperative that the Big 12 expand. This was great news for BYU, knowing Oklahoma is the second-most influential school in the conference.
- Pac-12 Proposes Easing Time Demands on Athletes
by Steve Berkowitz May 2016
The Pac-12 Conference stepped into the debate about how much time major-college athletes spend on their sports by issuing a 22-page report Tuesday that includes a series of ideas aimed at reducing demands on athletes through changes in NCAA or conference rules. The document is based on previous surveys of athletes by the NCAA and the Pac-12 as well as a recent series of meetings Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and his staff had with groups of athletes at each conference school -- more than 250 athletes altogether, according to the league.
- With Confederate Flag Down, S.C. Vies for NCAA Events
by email@example.com May 2016
Earlier this month, a traveling party from the S.C. Sports Alliance journeyed to NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. Its mission: To scout out hosting opportunities for NCAA championship events. It was interesting, because it was the first time any of us had gone there in 15 years, said Kathleen Cartland, executive director of the Charleston Area Sports Commission. Indeed, for 15 years there had been no reason for sports commission types to bother with the trip to the NCAA s symposium on hosting championships. With the Confederate flag flying on Statehouse grounds in Columbia, the NCAA s ban on holding pre-determined events in South Carolina rendered pointless any such trips.
- Opinion: Firing Briles Should Be Consideration for Baylor
by Abilene Reporter-News May 2016
There are now but two solutions for Baylor and its Board of Regents. 1. Hunker down with head football coach Art Briles and be prepared to ride this hurricane of negative publicity and hope that nothing else happens. 2. Fire him. The board is expected to keep Briles but two sources indicated firing him is being considered as the final solution to a scandal that continues to be a nightmare for the entire school for what is now approaching a full calendar year.
- Coach: Fantasy Sports May Put Student-Athletes at Risk
by Mary Hansen May 2016
A suburban baseball coach warned Illinois lawmakers that fantasy sports contests are wagering in the eyes of the NCAA and put student athletes who participate at risk of being suspended.
- Tennessee's Bill for Discrimination Lawsuit Tops $1.2M
by Jamie Satterfield May 2016
The bill for claims the University of Tennessee’s athletic department discriminated against women’s sports employees climbed Wednesday to just more than $1.2 million. UT earlier this year agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a 2012 federal lawsuit alleging pay discrimination and retaliation, filed on behalf of three staffers — two women and one man — in the athletics department. But the university quarreled over attorneys’ fees for the women’s defenders, seeking to cap costs at $300,000. The attorneys, including lead counsel Keith Stewart and Lisa Banks, sought $475,000.
- Report: Waco Police May Have Protected Athletes
by Dan Wolken May 2016
While Baylor is doing everything it can to present a public image that its football program is proceeding normally, the off-field stories that continue to trickle out get more disturbing. And it's hard to imagine that apologies and procedural changes will be enough to answer for what now appears to be a full-blown, systemic scandal within the culture of Baylor football.
- Jerry Kill Takes K-State Associate AD Job
by Joe Christensen May 2016
The former football coach made no secret he wanted to stay at the University of Minnesota in an athletics department role.