• 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." 


  • UNC Consultants Can't Reproduce Athlete Illiteracy Data

    by Wes Platt April 2014

    Overall, the trio of academics hired by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill backed up assertions that Mary Willingham's data about student-athletes didn't support claims of widespread illiteracy.

  • Mankato Football Coach Returns, Players Boycott Practice

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

    At 3:29 p.m. CT Wednesday, Todd Hoffner walked onto the football practice field at Minnesota State Mankato for the first time since August 2012. Hoffner was accompanied by athletics director Kevin Buisman.

  • NY Times: Winston Rape Investigation Seriously Flawed

    by Super User April 2014

    Early on the morning of Dec. 7, 2012, a freshman at Florida State University reported that she had been raped by a stranger somewhere off campus after a night of drinking at a popular Tallahassee bar called Potbelly's.

  • U. of Utah, Northern Ute Tribe Ink Formal Nickname Pact

    by Super User April 2014

    After five years without a formal agreement in place, the Northern Ute Indian Tribe and the University of Utah inked a new deal Tuesday that will allow the school's sports team to continue using the name Utes.

  • Legislation Would Open Up Athletic Resources for Universities

    by Mike Jensen; Inquirer Columnist April 2014

    The coaches at West Chester University are not looking to upgrade to Division I or to leave the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The real hope is that West Chester gains autonomy in making decisions regarding athletics, and maybe that could result in more resources.