• Nebraska Gov. to Meet Husker Who Protested Anthem

    by Stuart Goldman September 2016

    Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, who said earlier this week that the decision by three Nebraska football players to kneel during the national anthem was “disgraceful and disrespectful,” plans to meet with one of the players.

    In a tweet Tuesday night, Ricketts accepted a proposal for a meeting by Michael Rose-Ivey, who knelt during the national anthem with teammates DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry before the Cornhuskers’ game at Northwestern.

    The Governor’s Office will provide further details about the meeting, Taylor Gage, Ricketts’ spokesman, told the Omaha World-Herald.

    Ricketts made his comments while responding to a caller during his weekly radio show on Monday.

    “Generations of men and women have died to give them that right to protest,” Ricketts said. “I think the way they chose to protest was disgraceful and disrespectful.”

    Related: Anthem Protests Continue at College Football Games

    The protest also drew criticism from two university regents, Hal Daub and Jim Pillen. Daub said the three players should be kicked off the team for their actions.

    “They know better, and they had better be kicked off the team,” Daub told the Lincoln Journal-Star. “They won’t take the risk to exhibit their free speech in a way that places their circumstance in jeopardy, so let them get out of uniform and do their protesting on somebody else’s nickel.”

    Rose-Ivey, a senior linebacker from Kansas City, Mo., addressed the issue Monday before reporters, detailing the threats he has received since the protest. Here is a clip of Rose-Ivey describing those threats, along with the entire press conference he held on Monday. (Warning: Some of the comments are graphic):

    University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds and head coach Mike Riley support the players.

    “College campuses, as much as any space, must be places where robust, even uncomfortable, debate is welcomed and encouraged,” Bounds said. “Our students, faculty and staff absolutely enjoy the right to participate in these dialogues in the manner they choose under the First Amendment and board policy.”

    Riley said after the game, “Obviously, this is a choice they have made for personal reasons and that’s the beautiful thing about the United States that they can do that.”

    Rose-Ivey’s father, Michael A. Rose, said in a tweet that he is appreciative that his son has the support of Riley and the coaching staff.

  • Report: ACC Football Title Game Relocated to Orlando

    by The Virginian-Pilot September 2016

    The ACC is moving its football title game from Charlotte, N.C., to Orlando, Fla., according to a report from ESPN’s Rene Ingoglia.

  • Cities Bid on 2017 NCAA Tournament Games

    by David Jablonski September 2016

    The University of Dayton announced Tuesday that it has submitted an official bid to host games in the first and second rounds of the 2017 NCAA tournament.

  • Florida Names Scott Stricklin Athletic Director

    by Jason Scott September 2016

    Scott Stricklin has been selected to be the next athletic director at the University of Florida, university president Dr. Kent Fuchs announced on Tuesday.

  • No Charges for Washington State Player in Fight

    by Thomas Clouse September 2016

    Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy on Monday declined to charge Washington State football safety Shalom Luani in connection with a fight at a Pullman Domino's Pizza that left one man with a broken nose and Luani with a concussion.

  • Starr: Art Briles Is an 'Honorable Man'

    by AB Staff September 2016

    Ken Starr, the former president and chancellor of Baylor, is defending former football coach Art Briles by saying he's "an honorable man who conducted an honorable program."

  • LSU Fires Miles, Orgeron Named Interim Coach

    by Brett Martel September 2016

    Les Miles was 114-34 in 11-plus seasons at LSU. LSU fired coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Sunday, and promoted defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to interim head coach.

  • Ohio State Opens $45M Sports Medicine Facility

    by Mark Williams September 2016

    At 116,000 square feet, the new, $45 million Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute takes an across-the-board approach to promoting physical activity — offering everything from surgery and physical therapy and research to programs that help with nutrition and exercise.

  • Anthem Protests Continue at College Football Games

    by Spokesman Review September 2016

    Football players for Michigan and Michigan State, along with a group of students at North Carolina, raised their fists during the national anthem Saturday. The gestures at the games came following a week punctuated by riots in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the killing of an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

  • Bowling Green Arena Manager Pleads Guilty to Theft

    by Jennifer Feehan September 2016

    The former general manager of Bowling Green State University's Stroh Center pleaded guilty Wednesday to grand theft and tampering with records for taking money derived from high school athletic tournaments held at the arena.