• Student Fees Fund College Sports

    by Janel Davis November 2015

    In the South, football --- particularly college football --- is almost more American than apple pie. The pageantry of the game and the surrounding events, from pre-game tailgating to the post-game performance of the school song, have become an almost required college experience. But games and teams and coaches and stadiums come with a price, and at many colleges the cost is borne by students who will never play a single down. A recent study by the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Huffington Post found that over the past five years public universities have poured more than $10.3 billion in mandatory student fees and other subsidies --- including institutional and state contributions --- into their sports programs.

  • South Carolina Gets Initial Approval for $50M Facility

    by November 2015

    COLUMBIA South Carolina would move its football operations from Williams-Brice Stadium to a new $50 million building adjacent to its practice facility under a plan outlined Friday to the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the USC Board of Trustees.

  • UNC Building Indoor Football Practice Facility

    by John McCann November 2015

    Build stuff for kids. They'll come, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. The Tar Heels are on the verge of getting a new playground, an indoors facility for practicing football. Things like that attract good football players, Fedora said. Right now, the Duke Blue Devils and N.C. State Wolfpack - both have football-specific places to practice indoors - can tsk-tsk UNC when talking with high school recruits about facilities: Yeah, the Tar Heels have a nice-enough football center where they can lift weights and run on treadmills; but heaven help 'em when Mother Nature goes overboard watering the lawn.

  • Iowa Smashes Wrestling Attendance Record with Stadium Meet

    by Takara Scott-Johnston November 2015

    In a historic meet, the Iowa Hawkeyes wrestling team recently beat top-ranked Oklahoma State 18-16. The meet was the first wrestling match held in a division I football stadium, and shattered the NCAA attendance record by having 42,287 fans in attendance.

  • Opinion: U. of Buffalo Should Shift Football Resources

    by The Buffalo News November 2015

  • FSU Coach: Games Against FCS Teams Benefit Smaller Programs

    by Tom D'Angelo November 2015

    Jimbo Fisher has no problem with college football's powerhouse programs scheduling one game a season against teams such as Chattanooga. And not because it usually means an automatic win. As a coach who made his bones on the I-AA level (now the Football Championship Subdivision) at Samford, Fisher appreciates the opportunity players from the FCS have being on a big stage and, as importantly, the financial benefit for those programs. Florida State will write a check for $550,000 to Chattanooga for coming to Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday. Money like that goes a long way to help sustain programs on the FCS level.

  • U. of North Dakota's New Nickname: Fighting Hawks

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel November 2015

    University of North Dakota backers have selected Fighting Hawks as the school’s new nickname, the school announced Wednesday. The predatory bird mascot received 57 percent of the vote compared to 43 percent for Roughriders in the two-name runoff. The new nickname replaces Fighting Sioux, which was retired by the state Board of Higher Education in 2012 because the NCAA deemed it “hostile and abusive.” “I think this name underscores the tremendous competitive spirit of our athletic teams, our student athletes and the entirety of the University of North Dakota, expressing our state spirit and the fact that UND continues to ascend to new heights on a daily basis,” President Robert Kelley said.

  • School Constraints on Scouts Hurt Programs Own Players

    by Tom Pelissero November 2015

    Alabama coach Nick Saban, shown Nov. 7, sees advantages in giving NFL scouts unrestricted access. For NFL scouts, there is no better campus to visit than Alabama's. Tape is available starting at 8 a.m. every day. Practices are open from fall camp through the regular season. The entry on the NFL's secure website says it all: "No restrictions." "We feed them lunch and everything," Alabama coach Nick Saban told USA TODAY Sports recently. "We treat them good."

  • Buffalo's Danny White to Become AD at Central Florida

    by Mark Gaughan November 2015

    Danny White's upwardly mobile career as University at Buffalo athletic director will be over after three and a half years. The 35-year-old White has agreed to become new athletic director at the University of Central Florida, according to a Florida source and numerous Florida media reports. White was viewed as a rising star in collegiate athletics and a man destined for bigger things when he was hired by UB in May 2012. He was at the time the youngest athletic director among the 128 schools that compete at the top level of college football.

  • Lutheran School Latest to Drop 'Crusader' Nickname

    by Earle Cornelius November 2015

    To leaders at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, the term "Crusader" has a negative connotation. So much so that the school has opted to replace it as the school's nickname.