• U. of Charleston Uses App to Boost Fan Experience

    by Derek Redd October 2015

    For University of Charleston athletic director Bren Stevens, necessity became the mother of innovation. Searching for an effective way to communicate with and build the Golden Eagles fan base, UC will implement a new smartphone app. It's one that mainly has been the tool of NCAA Division I schools, but Charleston will see if it can be effective on the Division II level. The Golden Eagles athletic department had sought a way to ensure its students and fans would know where and when UC's sports teams would play. On-campus construction of the university's Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center, which will house much of UC's athletic department, had spread those contests around the city.

  • Opinion: Penn State's Stadium Could Use Upgrades

    by Mike Gross October 2015

    The game-day atmosphere surrounding Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor was festive and bustling and very collegiate on my first visit, a decade ago. Live music and talk-radio remotes competed with tailgaters and food vendors for space in the streets of an actual neighborhood, which felt, and still feels, integrated into an actual campus. The ballpark itself? Ehhh....

  • Big 12 Admits Officiating Error in Game at Oklahoma St.

    by Kellis Robinett The Wichita Eagle October 2015

    The Big 12 acknowledged an officiating error occurred during Oklahoma State’s 36-34 victory against Kansas State on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.

  • Fan Experience Drives Penn State Stadium Renovation Plans

    by Bob Cohn October 2015

    Penn State has 18 facilities for intercollegiate sports. Athletic director Sandy Barbour said a master plan to study their uses and recommend potential changes includes them all. But stars get most of the attention, and when it comes to Penn State, Beaver Stadium, the world's third-largest stadium, is the unquestioned star among facilities.

  • Texas Rangers Fire Social Media Staffer for Longhorns Tweet

    by The Virginian-Pilot October 2015

    The Rangers dismissed a social media staffer who accidentally tweeted on the team's official account that Texas coach Charlie Strong should be fired. The tweet "Fire Charlie. (hash) bye" appeared on the account Saturday afternoon as TCU beat Texas 50-7. It was quickly deleted, and the team issued a statement apologizing to Strong and the University of Texas. The team said the tweet was "very inappropriate and insensitive" and was posted by a member of the social media department who wasn't working on Saturday. The staffer is no longer an employee, the team said

  • Did Louisville Lure Recruits with Prostitutes?

    by The Virginian-Pilot October 2015

    Louisville said Friday it has launched an investigation into allegations that former Cardinals basketball staffer Andre McGee paid an escort service to provide sex for recruits.

  • Tennessee Women's Hoops Coach Gets Raise, Extension

    by Dan Fleser Dan Fleser covers Tennessee women's basketball. Follow him at October 2015

    Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart praised Holly Warlick’s leadership in announcing the women’s basketball coach has received a raise and a contract extension. A promotion for Kyra Elzy also was announced in a school release Friday. Elzy, who is entering her fourth season on the basketball staff, was promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach.

  • Boeheim to Use Brown Example During NCAA Appeal

    by The Buffalo News October 2015

    Syracuse University men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim will meet with the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee on Monday in Indianapolis, according to a report by ESPN's Andy Katz that surfaced on Wednesday night.

  • Georgia Football's Title Drought Tied to 'Tighter Ship'

    by Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, USA TODAY Sports October 2015

    Draw a 350-mile circle around this idyllic college town, and within it you'll find seven college football programs that have won a combined 14 national titles since the last time the Georgia Bulldogs reached the pinnacle in 1980. Florida and Florida State have done it with two different head coaches. Clemson and Auburn have had turns at the top, the latter winning with a quarterback who grew up in Georgia's backyard. Tennessee's championship in 1998 was the culmination of a decade-long domination over Georgia, and Alabama has become college football's pre-eminent program over the last decade, directly denying the Bulldogs a chance at the 2012 Bowl Championship Series title game. Even Georgia Tech, with far fewer resources and a significantly smaller fan base, has a shared title as recently as 1990.

  • Minnesota Regents Likely to OK $100M Facilities Outlay

    by Sid Hartman October 2015

    Look for the University of Minnesota Board of Regents to give their stamp of approval on a plan to build athletic facilities and upgrade others when they meet Oct. 8-9. The project will cost more than $100 million. Close to $80 million has been raised for the project, a lot of it by Gophers football coach Jerry Kill. The balance will be raised by floating bonds that the administration might have to back, but will be paid for by revenue earned by the Gophers men's and women's athletic department. The full "athletics village" project has been projected to cost $190 million, but the actual total cost could be lower when new bids come in. The plan will need the backing of University of Minnesota Vice President and Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer Richard Pfutzenreuter, who in the past has rejected some financial plans that would improve the facilities of the athletic department. However, for once the university has a president in Eric Kaler who has proved he will go out of his way to make sure the Gophers athletes can compete with those at other schools.