- USC AD Pat Haden to Retire in June
by Rich Hammond February 2016
USC athletic director Pat Haden, who guided the high-profile department through six years of internal and external turmoil as he battled health issues, will retire at the end of June, the school announced Friday. Haden, who turned 63 last month, guided USC through crippling NCAA sanctions and oversaw substantial success in academics, fundraising and facility improvements but also endured a difficult final year that included health-related restrictions and the controversial firing of football coach Steve Sarkisian. After his June 30 retirement, Haden will remain at USC for one year and spearhead the school's fundraising campaign for Coliseum improvements. USC has pledged $270 million to upgrade the football stadium. "For a variety of reasons, it was the right time," Haden said in a radio interview on 710-AM. "I wanted to spend a little more time with the grandkids. I've got a lot to do over the next six months. I'm not giving up until June 30, and then I'm going to help the president with the Coliseum as well."
- Louisville Self-Imposes Postseason Ban for Scandal
by Chris McGaughey February 2016
The president of Louisville announced a one-year postseason ban Friday for the Cardinals men's basketball team amid ongoing investigations into a sex scandal, a decision that stunned coach Rick Pitino.
- U. of Wyoming Defends Athletics Funding
by Trevor Brown February 2016
The University of Wyoming's athletics department is firing back against criticisms of a controversial proposal to use $8 million in state taxpayer funds on the university's NCAA programs. UW football coach Craig Bohl, men's basketball coach Larry Shyatt and women's basketball coach Joe Legerski penned an open letter Tuesday "to the people of Wyoming" that argues there are misconceptions surrounding the proposal.
- Facilities Play Big Role in Division II Football Recruiting
by Derek Redd February 2016
Among the arms races that most influence college football recruiting, the quest to build the newest and the swankiest facilities has become one of the most crucial. Like anyone else, student-athletes seek comfort, and colleges have done their best to provide, from the barbershop in the University of Oregon football facility to the waterfall and bank of high-definition televisions in Ohio State's locker room. In his travels over last summer, University of Charleston football coach Pat Kirkland was reminded that the battle for the best facilities isn't reserved solely for the sport's titans.
- How Players React to Their First Recruiting Letters
by Jodie Wagner February 2016
Shawndarrius Phillips didn't watch much TV as a kid, and even less football. So when the Atlantic running back received his first recruiting letter from the University of Nebraska -- a five-time national champion -- his reaction was muted. "I wasn't really into TV, so I really didn't know much about Nebraska," recalled Phillips, an FIU commit. "I didn't know what conference they were in until I asked. I didn't know anything. People told me this was awesome. I was a freshman, and Nebraska was a big-time school. I wasn't clear with what it was."
- Mercer Football Signees to be Shown at Times Square
by Nicole Auerbach February 2016
Mercer University is aware it is best known nationally for its upset of then-No. 3 seed Duke nearly two years ago in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. It knows most people aren't aware it has a Football Championship Subdivision-level college football program, one it reinstated in 2013 after a hiatus that began during World War II.
- Kansas to Construct Apartments for Athletes
by Jesse Newell February 2016
Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger confirmed Monday that KU will be constructing a state-of-the-art apartment complex that will house all athletes that are not men's basketball players.
- Teams Toe Thin Line with Negative Recruiting
by Bob Cohn February 2016
All agree the practice is widespread, if not universal, and hardly new. But what exactly is negative recruiting? The obvious cases (scare tactics, lying, character defamation, lying) are easy to spot. But negative recruiting often is perceived as less egregious, more subtle, open to interpretation. Even then, it is something people believe they know when they see it. Or as they see it.
- Temple President to Proceed with Stadium Plan
by Jack Tomczuk and Susan Snyder February 2016
Temple University's board of trustees will hold a special meeting Monday to consider plans to move forward on a campus football stadium. President Neil D. Theobald told student government leaders at a packed meeting Monday that he would recommend that the project proceed.
- How College Football Programs Use Redshirting
by Paul Myerberg February 2016
Twenty-five prospective student-athletes signed with Ohio State's football program last February, part of a recruiting class ranked by most major services as one of the best in college football. Of this group, just four saw action during the Buckeyes' 2015 regular season. The rest of the signing class participated in every team activity, from practice through film study, but did not play in a single game, maintaining a season of eligibility while acclimating themselves to their new surroundings. It's a process known as redshirting, and it's the most common tool used by coaches and programs to prepare student-athletes unfamiliar with a far higher level of competition.