• One Campus May Host Eight Conference Tournaments

    by Greg Hardwig July 2014

    On Friday, the conference officially announced that Florida Gulf Coast University will be home to the volleyball, sand volleyball, baseball and softball tournaments for the 2014-15 season.

  • Fired Strength Coach Ultimately Cleared in UM Probe

    by Matt Porter Palm Beach Post Staff Writer July 2014

    After a report connected him to the Biogenesis scandal, Jimmy Goins was fired by the University of Miami. After a lengthy investigation, Goins was cleared Monday by Miami, where Goins was employed for nine years as a strength and conditioning coach for the Hurricanes baseball and track and field teams. UM said it found no evidence he was supplying its athletes with performance-enhancing drugs. His lawyer believes UM fired Goins for no reason.

  • Rutgers Officially Joins Big Ten, Starts Playing Catch-Up

    by Joe Juliano; Inquirer Staff Writer July 2014

    With Rutgers celebrating its official entry Tuesday into the Big Ten Conference, coach Kyle Flood saw nothing wrong with his players looking at the big picture, which includes eight new league opponents.

  • NCAA Reopening 2011 Examination of UNC 'Irregularities'

    by Harold Gutmann, The Herald Sun July 2014

    The NCAA isn't done investigating UNC-Chapel Hill after all. UNC athletic director Bubba Cummingham said Monday that the NCAA is reopening its 2011 examination of "academic irregularities" at the school. "The NCAA has determined that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might now be willing to speak with the enforcement staff," Cunningham said in a statement. The NCAA concluded its initial investigation into academic misconduct and impermissible benefits involving the Tar Heels football program in 2012 and handed down penalties that included a one-year postseason ban.

  • Editorial: IU Makes Athletes Students in a Fuller Sense

    by The Journal-Gazette July 2014

    Indiana University officials are justly proud of their newly unveiled plan to guarantee their athletes four-year scholarships and the ability to come back and finish their degree later in life. Scholarship athletes at IU will no longer have to fear that if their performance in their sport is deemed inadequate, their college career is over. That may be a first for a major institution. The lifetime guarantee of eligibility to earn a degree almost certainly is, Emmett Gill, the national director for the Student Athlete Human Rights Project, told The Journal Gazette's Chris Goff. "Not only have they looked beyond one year," Gill said, "they've looked beyond four years. For student athletes, that's just tremendous."

  • Vacation Time for College Coaches as Dead Period Begins

    by Ryan Callahan July 2014

    Several members of Tennessee’s staff were out of town on vacation last week, and the Vols now won’t host any visitors for the next two weeks as a part of the NCAA’s new dead period for recruiting.

  • Indiana U. Unveils New Student-Athlete Bill of Rights

    by Rexford Sheild June 2014

    The Indiana University athletic department has taken bold measures to ensure its student-athletes will be fully taken care of throughout their entire athletic stay in Bloomington. IU vice president and director of athletics Fred Glass unveiled the IU Student-Athlete Bill of Rights on Friday, claiming it to be the first of its kind in the world of college athletics. 

  • Utah's Compliance System Considered Unique by AD Hill

    by Dirk Facer, Deseret News June 2014

    By Dirk Facer Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY - When it comes to NCAA compliance, the University of Utah has a plan in place. Actually, it's more of a system - and one that Athletics Director Chris Hill considers unique. It's set up for outside checks and balances by the school's legal department. Utah compliance has a dotted line to Robert Payne of the office of general counsel, who reports quarterly to university president David W. Pershing. Both Hill and Payne receive compliance notifications. "So when I speak to the coaches, how many times do you think I want Robert Payne to talk to the president and then have the president call me?" Hill said. "Zero."

  • Study: Many Big Ten Schools Could Afford to Pay Athletes

    by Jared S. Hopkins and Alex Richards, Chicago Tribune June 2014

    Chicago - Like a five-star high school recruit in his senior year, college athletics is at a crossroads. Pressure from current players, former players and lawsuits means a system of paying college students to play sports is finally getting serious attention. Those pushing to pay athletes argue that schools - and their coaches and administrators-take in billions while the students themselves are left with nothing. The NCAA and school officials have steadfastly rejected that argument, saying most schools can't afford to pay students and doing so could tarnish the principle that players are students first. But the contentious philosophical debate also leads to some basic math questions. Could schools afford to pay their athletes, and how much? An examination by the Tribune of athletic department budgets over the last five years for Big Ten Conference schools shows that they generate tens of millions of dollars in operating surpluses.

  • UT Files New Motion to Keep Lawsuit Docs Out of Media

    by Dan Fleser June 2014

    The University of Tennessee filed another protective order Friday in district court, seeking to prohibit “extrajudicial use or disclosure” of documents and information developed in discovery pertaining to Debby Jennings’ lawsuit against the university and athletic director Dave Hart.