• Former U. of Utah Apparel Provider Sues University

    by McKenzie Romero, Deseret News May 2014

    By McKenzie Romero Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY - A clothing company claiming fraud, breach of contract and "retaliation for whistleblowing" has filed a $2 million lawsuit against the University of Utah.

  • Dayton's NCAA Revelry Cost $57K in Police Overtime

    by Steve Bennish and Jessica Heffner May 2014

    Miami Valley taxpayers shelled out more than $57,000 in overtime to fund police officers from 13 jurisdictions to control crowds at the University of Dayton as its men's basketball team made a historic run in this year's NCAA tournament.

  • Congress Questions Academic Rigor of Student-Athletes

    by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Congressional scrutiny of how well the NCAA is meeting the educational needs of student-athletes vs. building the business of college athletics will be increasing again today.

  • ADs in Big Five Conferences Brace for New NCAA Era

    by Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Kevin White is a college athletics lifer, a man who proudly calls himself a traditionalist and conservative player in his desire for the future. He also represents, as Duke's athletics director, one of the most pristine brands in college sports and an institution that takes the so-called student-athlete model more seriously than most.

  • Pac-12 to Stage Football Title Game at Levi's Stadium

    by Dirk Facer, Deseret News May 2014

    By Dirk Facer Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY - Utah won't get a chance to host the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, at least not for the next three years. Conference officials announced Thursday that the annual title tilt between the North and South division champions will be played at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the new $1.2 billion home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. The first three Pac-12 championship games were played at home stadiums instead of a neutral site.

  • Behind Georgia State's Bold Move on Turner Field

    by Janel Davis, J. Scott Trubey, Katie Leslie; Staff writers May 2014

    Georgia State University President Mark Becker's sparse Auburn Avenue office peers out over dorms and classrooms the school stitched together from overgrown lots and aging skyscrapers as law, accounting and other white-collar firms fled downtown.

  • Northwestern AD: Athletes Deserve Vote on Own Welfare

    by Super User May 2014

    Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips says college athletes need more than just a voice when it comes to issues that affect them. They need a vote.

  • Temple Baseball Program Facing Its Final Out

    by MIKE KERN; Daily News Staff Writer May 2014

    Last December, the program abruptly learned it had become the victim of athletic-budget cuts that also claimed softball and men's indoor and outdoor track and field.

  • Study: Concussions May Lead to Smaller Brain Volume

    by May 2014

    A new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests college football players with concussion histories may have smaller brain volumes and slower reaction times than players with fewer years of experience.

    The study, conducted by the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR), looked at 25 college football players that already had a history of concussions and compared them to 25 college football players who had not suffered concussions and 25 non-football-playing control participants. Researchers then measured brain function using an MRI machine, while the participants took computerized cognitive tests.

    According to the research, the 25 college football players with previous concussion history had the smallest hippocampal volume when all three groups were compared. 

    The hippocampus is the brain region responsible for regulating emotion and storing and processing memory. The results may indicate that this region of the brain is particularly sensitive to mild traumatic brain injuries. 

    Beyond the impact that traumatic brain injuries can have on the hippocampus, the football players with more football experience also experienced slower reaction times than younger players. While the study itself could not provide any answers to this question, the researchers believe that the physical and psychological stressors that college athletes experience during their careers could be a factor. 

    Due to the small sample size, the study cannot make any definitive claims, but the researchers hope that it will serve as a starting point for further research into the effects of concussions on young athletes.

    “Other studies have evaluated the effects on older athletes, such as retired NFL players, but no one has studied 20-year-olds until now — and the results were remarkable and surprising,” the Director of Cognitive Neuroscience for LIBR, Patrick S.F. Bellgowan, told the University of Tulsa. “Our next step is to assess what caused this difference in hippocampus size.”

  • UW Students Decry Simultaneous Rec Center Closings

    by By Pat Schneider , The Capital Times May 2014

    Student leaders at UW-Madison say athletic department officials did not disclose the full picture of their plans for campus facilities when students threw their support behind a March referendum that approved a $223 million upgrade of recreational sports facilities.