- Ex-Ohio State Player Sues School Over Use of Likeness
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins July 2017
One of Ohio State's most famous football stars sued the university Friday over a marketing program he says used athletes' images without permission and robbed them of compensation.
- Opinion: Ignorance No Defense for College Coaches
by Maine Robinson July 2017
College coaches wield immense power over personnel. They can control the daily schedules of 100 players. They can control...
- Coaches Hope Recruits Play Poorly for Other Coaches
by Zach Braziller July 2017
Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels touched on the subject before the start of the first period on Wednesday, tweeting, "Little known fact during the live periods: More coaches hope their recruits play bad in front of other coaches, than well."
- Commissioner Addresses ACC’s Scandals in Press Event
by Mark Berman July 2017
ACC commissioner John Swofford has plenty to boast about, but his league is also dealing with ethical embarrassments.
- Wisconsin Seeks Contractor for $96.5M Rec Facility
by Alex Zank July 2017
The state is looking for a general contractor to build a new Southeast Recreational Facility at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a project that carries a $96.5 million price tag. Wisconsin’s Department of Administration recently posted an advertisement soliciting bids from both general contractors and mechanical, electrical and plumbing subs. According to bid documents, the work will include demolishing the existing 170,145-gross-square-foot recreational center and replacing it on the same site with a 240,560-gross-square-foot building. The new center will remain connected to a nearby arena, the LaBahn, using a skywalk.
- Ex-Ole Miss Coach Nutt Alleges Defamation in Lawsuit
by Dan Wolken July 2017
Former University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt filed a federal lawsuit against his former employer Wednesday, alleging key figures including current coach Hugh Freeze and athletics director Ross Bjork violated the school's 2011 severance agreement with him by pushing a false public narrative that the bulk of its ongoing NCAA infractions case involved violations that occurred under Nutt's watch.
- Audit Reveals Conflict of Interest Between AD, Coach
by Marc Perrusquia July 2017
A long-delayed state audit has found University of Memphis Athletic Director Tom Bowen had a conflict of interest when he renegotiated then-basketball coach Josh Pastner's controversial contract in 2013.
- How Mormon Athletes Balance Service, Sports
by Lynn Worthy July 2017
Once an athlete returns and acclimates to the old surroundings that have become new again, the hard part begins. Returned missionaries such as Miller must retrain their bodies and relearn the skills that made them elite in their sport.
- MSU Doctor Accused of Child Exploitation to Plead Guilty
by Courtney Cameron July 2017
Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar has signed a deal agreeing to plead guilty to three federal charges relating to child pornography.
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- Missouri Slashes College Athletics Budgets
by Andy Berg July 2017
Missouri is slashing state funding to higher education and much of that money is coming from the state's college athletics programs.
In order to balance Missouri’s state budget, Governor Eric Greitens cut $251 million in spending, $36 million of which was gouged from higher education.
According to a report from the Kansas City Star, public colleges and universities at all levels will feel the pinch. Missouri State has cut its field hockey team and UMKC will be without cheerleaders.
In 2016, UMKC had an athletic budget of $14.7 million. This year, the school will have to trim $1.5 million from its athletics budget. Dropping the cheerleading squad will trim $45,000 and affect 20 squad members.
Cheerleading coach Dawn Todd told the Star she was “shocked” by news her program was being cut. “It wasn’t just losing a team, it’s been part of my life,” she said.
After eliminating five full-time positions, UMKC is also looking at ways to shore up travel expenses. As part of the Western Athletic Conference, UMKC competes with schools on the West Coast, including California and Washington. Athletic Director Carla Wilson said the cuts have been difficult. “It’s been very tough work, and it’s not over. Resources are tight. We’re working on this every single day,” Wilson said.
Missouri State, which had a 2016 budget of $26.2 million, is also being squeezed. The school has reduced expenses in each of its athletic programs by 7-12 percent. It’s also cut scholarships and restructured some aid programs for student athletes.
Missouri State also cut its field hockey team, which saved about $1.1 million and included a roster of 17, including 12 scholarship athletes. Athletic director Kyle Moats said, “Cutting a sport is the worst thing you can do as an athletic director. It’s the toughest thing to do and there was nobody who wanted that.”
Mizzou, which enjoyed $97 million in revenue from the SEC in 2016, is also looking at ways to save. The Tigers are cutting some technology upgrades and other equipment purchases, which will shave about $1.4 million in spending in the coming year.