- Athletic Dept. Investigation Largely Clears Minnesota
by The Bismarck Tribune, December 2015
Top University of Minnesota officials didn't know about athletic director Norwood Teague's conduct before he abruptly resigned for sexual harassment, according to an external review Tuesday that also found no fault with the "general climate" around the issue within the sports department. Teague stepped down in August after two high-ranking university administrators reported he sexually harassed them at a senior leadership retreat weeks earlier. Teague acknowledged improper behavior and alcohol abuse in resigning.
- Big 12 Makes Move Toward Tougher Schedules
by Jimmy Burch December 2015
It seems destined to be remembered as the "Baylor rule."But the bottom line to Tuesday's edict from the Big 12 office, mandating that league members play at least one nonconference football game against an opponent from another Power 5 league or Notre Dame, will impact far more than the Bears' soft September schedules.
- Air Force Stirs Public Prayer Controversy
by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015
The Air Force Academy’s Football team has stirred controversy with its pre-game activities. An advocacy group recently complained about the Falcons praying in the end zone before games, accusing the academy of proselytizing.
- Opinion: Changes to College System Changes Fail to Remove Controversy
by John Adams December 2015
You probably have figured out by now that college football is addicted to polls. So no matter what changes are made, the polls remain. You got the BCS national championship game in the late 1990s. You got it with polls attached, though. And you got a four-team College Football Playoff last year. But that didn’t eliminate the polls from the process.
- Mayor Elect's Opposition Halts Temple's Stadium Plans
by Susan Snyder and Marc Narducci December 2015
Temple University postponed plans Tuesday to study building a $100 million football stadium on its North Philadelphia campus, following opposition from Mayor-elect Jim Kenney. Patrick O'Connor, chairman of Temple's board of trustees, said university officials would meet with Kenney and his team within the next week to talk about the university's interest in placing a 35,000-seat stadium at the northwest corner of campus. O'Connor's announcement came at a meeting of the trustees. Outside, about 50 students, faculty, and community members protested against spending money on a stadium rather than on students and teaching.
- Court: NCAA Disregarded Facts in Reggie Bush Case
by Brent Schrotenboer December 2015
The NCAA disregarded the truth in the Reggie Bush case to reach a predetermined conclusion against the Southern California football program, according to a ruling by a California appeals court, casting new doubt about whether the Trojans should have been slammed with penalties in the case. At issue was whether former USC running backs coach Todd McNair was aware of NCAA violations involving Bush when Bush was a Trojans running back.
- Collegiate Club Hockey Growing in California
by Mirin Fader December 2015
"I gotta be really honest. I didn't see this coming in 1988," National Hockey League legend Wayne Gretzky told CNN in January 2014, before an outdoor hockey game between the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings in Los Angeles. A historic '88 trade sent Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Kings and ultimately led to the emergence of West Coast hockey. "Over the years, the organizations between the Kings and the Ducks and the San Jose Sharks have really done a tremendous job of promoting and expanding the sport of hockey in the state of California," Gretzky said. The Ducks (2007) and the Kings (2012, 2014) winning the Stanley Cup, plus the establishment of junior and high school leagues sponsored by those teams, have boosted participation rates in California.
- Mountain West Lashes Out at Arizona Bowl
by Colorado Springs Gazette December 2015
Colorado State was snubbed again, and this time the Colorado Springs-based Mountain West is ticked off at the reasoning.
- Wandering Eye the Norm in College Coaching
by Greg Hansen December 2015
When Will Parks shopped for an outfit to wear to Arizona's football banquet, he bought a red bow tie and a navy blue jacket at JC Penney's. "I would've preferred Hugo Boss," he said Sunday, smiling. "But that wasn't in my budget." A day earlier, Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez pursued a coaching vacancy at South Carolina that would've required him to forfeit a UA retention bonus estimated at $6 million.
- Sarkisian Hits USC with Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
by The Daily News of Los Angeles December 2015
Pat Haden worked hard to become a partner in a private equity firm. He returned to USC to become the athletic director at a particularly knotty time and at a fraction of his salary. One can only guess how many days he has second-guessed himself for that. Monday had to be one of them. Seven days earlier, Haden glowed as he introduced Clay Helton as his real, live, permanent, no-strings, no-drama, I-really-mean-it head football coach.