- University of Evansville to Compete in Track and Field
by Daniel Allar October 2016
Don Walters has had track and field equipment waiting in storage for nearly a decade. The 17th-year University of Evansville cross country coach will finally get to dust it off. UE announced on Wednesday it would compete in men's and women's track (indoor and outdoor) beginning in 2018. The school plans to join the Missouri Valley Conference.
- Regents Vote to Demolish Historic Buildings for Sports Complex
by Brian Johnson October 2016
Towering over a 5-acre patch on the edge of the University of Minnesota campus, the Electric Steel Elevator complex has been called “historic,” “inspiring” and “truly Minneapolitan” by those who want to preserve it. Even so, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted Friday to demolish the historically significant grain elevator complex at 600 25th Ave. SE in Minneapolis.
- Athletic Trainers to Strike While Sporting Events Go On
by Jason Scott October 2016
Earlier this week, faculty at 14 universities owned by the State of Pennsylvania went on strike, and the impact of the walkout could extend beyond the classroom to the playing field.
- McMurry U. to Begin Varsity Softball in 2018
by Sam Waller October 2016
McMurry University announced Wednesday that it will add softball as a varsity sport and will start competition in the 2018 spring semester. The move brings the number of varsity sports offered by the university to 18 (nine men’s and nine women’s) and makes softball one of seven sports offered by all 13 members of the American Southwest Conference.
- Nova's $18M Football Facility Reflects Coach's Legacy
by Mike Kern October 2016
The state-of-the-art facility, which cost $18 million (more than half of which came from an anonymous donor), will be the program's new home base. But it will be so much more, for the entire athletic department.
- Lawsuit Alleges Hazing in Virginia Football Program
by Ricjk Maese and Ava Wallace October 2016
University of Virginia football players staged a gladiator-style fight between a pair of incoming freshmen, a dangerous hazing incident that resulted in a concussion and jeopardized the career of a promising young receiver, according to a federal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. For weeks this past summer, upperclassmen had taunted, bullied and ostracized freshman Aidan Howard, according to the complaint. The teasing that the newcomer faced steadily escalated, and after just one week of training camp, the first under new coach Bronco Mendenhall, players used athletic tape to mark off a ring inside the Virginia locker room and forced Howard to fight another freshman, receiver Hasise Dubois, against his will, the complaint states.
- Opinion: Big 12 Made Fools of Expansion Candidates
by Gordon Monson October 2016
So, at the end of the worst reality TV show of the season, nobody got Bob Bowlsby's rose. Not BYU. Not Cincinnati. Not Houston. Not anybody. Everybody was sent packing. That's not the way the thing was supposed to end, right? Well, yes. There had to be a better finish, a better conclusion, a better payoff. Oh, there was a payoff, all right, but only to the parties who orchestrated the entire faux endeavor. The payoff in this series was to the schools already in the Big 12, which pried more money out of the networks without following through with any expansion. Goal accomplished. Game over.
- Miami Quietly Awaits End of NCAA Probation
by Charleston Gazette-Mail October 2016
Miami's three-year NCAA probation largely stemming from the actions of rogue and now-former booster Nevin Shapiro gets completed on Friday. It satisfies one of the most damning sanctions the Hurricanes were issued, though some aftereffects - scholarship reductions in football and men's basketball, most notably - will remain felt for a few more months. "Nothing really changes when probation ends, because we've already changed our approach, Miami athletic director Blake James said. "We're not going to not be vigilant now. We're going to continue doing all we can to educate our students, our coaches, our fans on the importance of knowing and following NCAA rules to the intent of the law.
- Ex-UNM Ops Director Accused of Theft Fires Back
by Geoff Grammer October 2016
Cody Hopkins, the 34-year-old former basketball operations director UNM says illegally used a team purchasing card, including using it for nearly $54,000 in ATM cash withdrawals between July and December 2015, says his contract not being renewed and UNM's handling of the matter has violated his rights. Hopkins has not been charged with a crime. The Journal this week obtained a copy an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission "charge of discrimination" filed by Hopkins alleging retaliation. It does not address the allegations of missing money from UNM.
- HB2 Spurs SEC Basketball Media Days Move
by Mike Organ October 2016
Media days were originally scheduled to return to Charlotte, N.C., this year and then come to Nashville in 2017. But the North Carolina "bathroom law," also known as House Bill 2, which some perceive as being discriminatory toward LGBT people, led SEC officials to move the event this year.