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  • Cost-of-Attendance Era Begins Amid Great Uncertainty

    by Brad Senkiw, Anderson Independent-Mail (South Carolina) July 2015

    The biggest change this fall for college football — and all collegiate sports, for that matter — is being met with great uncertainty. When Clemson begins school on Aug. 19, Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney’s players will receive their first stipend check toward the full cost of attendance — a hot-button issue that overwhelmingly passed NCAA legislation among the Power 5 conferences in January and integrated a new era of autonomy.

  • UNC Fundraising Rebounds After 'Paper Classes' Scandal

    by Ray Gronberg, The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.) July 2015

    UNC launched a major fundraising campaign in fiscal 2014-15 by securing $447 million in cash donations and pledges, a record surpassing the single best year of its last one. "This old place that we love as much as we do is resilient," said David Routh, vice chancellor for development and a 1982 alumnus.

  • Marketers Aim to Parlay U. of Memphis Football Success

    by Tom Schad, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee) July 2015

    There’s a buzz surrounding Memphis football these days, a sense of widespread interest and excitement as another season nears. Coach Justin Fuente and his team usually try to insulate themselves from such things. “But it’s hard not to notice that people are getting excited,” Fuente said.

  • 'Friday Night Lights' Camp Provides Taste of Ohio State

    by Tim May, Dayton Daily News (Ohio) July 2015

    Josh Myers and seemingly most of his relatives rolled up to Ohio Stadium for the fourth Ohio State "Friday Night Lights" camp Friday night, something they will be doing regularly in a couple of years.

  • As Name List Narrows, UND/North Dakota an Option

    by Anna Burleson, Forum News Service July 2015

    The era of playing as UND/North Dakota may not be over. Days after the University of North Dakota's nickname committee voted 7-4 to remove it, President Robert Kelley announced Friday morning he would consider putting the option of playing as UND/North Dakota back on a list of names that will be voted on by the public in the fall.

  • NCAA Reveals Tyndall Violations in 43-Page Notice

    by Jamie Poole, The Associated Press July 2015

    The NCAA has outlined serious rules violations committed at Southern Mississippi, finding multiple infractions by the men's basketball program during former coach Donnie Tyndall's tenure.

  • The AB Extra: July 24

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Featured in this week's AB Extra is news about an accidental addition to the ACC Football Media Guide, a creative way to dry out the L.A. Angels' field and a gym especially for dogs. 


    A Cry for Help Buried in the ACC Media Guide
    Someone in the ACC is seemingly unhappy about something to do with its media guide. 

    The ACC Football Media Guide was released on Monday and on page 145 beneath Wake Forest's 2014 game results reads the phrase, "F--- this s---." 

    Different media sources have speculated as to why such a message would appear. Some say maybe it's a response to Wake Forest's less-than-stellar season. Another detailed his experiences with media guides, saying just reading them turned his "brain to mush" and he sympathized with whoever had to actually write one.

    It's not known who wrote the message in the media guide, but the ACC has since removed it and released a statement regarding it.

    “We sincerely apologize for the offensive error in the media guide. It has been appropriately updated," the ACC said.


    International Special Olympics Spend Night in LA Gym After Transportation Delays
    Special Olympians arriving in California on Tuesday for the 2015 World Summer Games had to make the best of a bad situation when transportation delays stopped them from getting to their host cities. This resulted in about 1,500 athletes having to sleep on the gymnasium floor at Loyola Marymount University for the night.

    Athletes from the Cayman Islands, Kenya, Norway, Mexico, Norway and Venezuela were those affected by the delays when they arrived in Los Angeles. Despite being tired from a long day of travel, Kenyan swim coach Collins Marigiri told Fox News, "It really wasn't bad... The athletes didn't have any problems."

    According to Marigiri, "They had food. They had water. They had a place to sleep. There were no medical issues."

    Some of the athletes played board games and took advantage of the opportunity to meet athletes from other countries. At one point, a conga line was formed. The Red Cross provided bedding for the athletes and all were able to leave for their host cities on Wednesday. 

    The Opening Ceremony for the Games takes place on Saturday. 


    Controversy Over New Lululemon Beer
    Yoga apparel company Lululemon has another PR snafu on their hands after announcing the release of a Lululemon branded beer with a cartoon totem pole on the can. 

    The company posted a picture of the beer can on Instagram last week and immediately drew backlash with some saying the cartoon was insensitive to Indigenous people. Some also questioned whether producing a beer was the right choice for a yoga company. 

    One Instagram user commented on the photo saying, “The ‘totem pole’ is cultural appropriation and incredibly offensive."

    The beer, called Curiosity Lager, is limited edition and only 88,000 cans will be produced in conjunction with the 2015 SeaWheeze Sunset Festival and Half Marathon in August in Vancouver. It will also be able to be purchased in some liquor stores across Canada.  


    L.A. Angels Use Helicopter to Dry Rain-Soaked Field
    For the first time since 1995, the Los Angeles Angels had a game rained out. The rain soaked the field, forcing the team to take some creative measures to get the field in playing condition for the next day. 

    The organization deployed a helicopter to fly over the field to dry it in time for the Angel's double header against the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

    Despite being a little over-the-top, the field was dry by the time the game needed to start and the teams began play at 2 pm PT. 


    A Gym for Dogs... With a Pool
    Dogs in Tucson, Arizona don't just have to hit the pavement anymore to get in their exercise. Now, they can become a member at A Loyal Companion, a rec center just for dogs, to get in their workout.

    They can hit the pool to get some cardio or climb on inflatables to improve strength and balance. If they need some down time, the dogs can get a massage or reiki treatments or if they're looking to learn, there are options to enroll in obedience classes or therapy dog training.

    Gym owner Kate Titus says A Loyal Companion is a great way for dogs to get exercise because many times, people don't walk fast enough for dogs to get enough of a cardio workout. She says her gym not only gives dogs a different way to exercise that's more complete, but it also allows for a nice bonding opportunity between dogs and their owners.

    Currently, A Loyal Companion has about 50 to 60 members and dues start at $29 per month.


    Check out the AB Extra from previous weeks: 
    July 17
    July 10
    June 26

  • Will C-USA Be First FBS Conference Led By a Woman?

    by Harry Minium, The Virginian-Pilot July 2015

    In spite of the progress women have made in athletics under Title IX, the halls of power in the nation's elite college conferences remain a man's world. None of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences has been led by a woman.

  • Ohio Study Examines Increases in College Athletics Spending

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    As the cost of attending college continues to rise, the price of college sports for many schools is rising at a much higher rate.

  • ACC Lagging Behind Conferences with TV Networks

    by Brad Senkiw, Anderson Independent-Mail (South Carolina) July 2015

    In 2013-14, the Atlantic Coast Conference brought in $302.3 million of revenue, according to a recent report by CBSSports.com. The good news for the league: It was a 30 percent increase from the previous season.