- Tennessee Associate AD Jumps Ship for Syracuse
by Rhiannon Potkey November 2016
enior associate athletics director Chris Fuller is leaving the University of Tennessee to become the deputy athletics director at Syracuse University. Syracuse director of athletics John Wildhack announced the hire on Thursday afternoon. Fuller has worked at Tennessee for the past 12 years, including the last eight as the senior associate athletics director for external operations.
- Washington Seeks to Extend Football Coach Petersen
by Christian Caple November 2016
SEATTLE - The University of Washington is reportedly in negotiations to keep football coach Chris Petersen at the school for another decade. Citing sources, The Seattle Times reported Thursday that UW and Petersen are in the process of negotiating a potential 10-year contract extension, one that would make Petersen the highest-paid coach in the Pac-12. Petersen is in the third year of a deal that runs through the 2020 season - he signed a two-year extension on Thanksgiving last year - and will eventually pay him $4 million per year. He is scheduled to earn $3.6 million this year before bonuses.
- Minnesota Team's Anthem Absence Not About Protest
by Marcus Fuller November 2016
The Gophers football team no longer stands on the field during the pregame national anthem, a practice that started after the game at Penn State on Oct. 1. Then, as it is now, the debate about what role athletes play in voicing concern about social injustices was making its way coast to coast.
- Opinion: 'Boys Will Be Boys' Excuse Won't Fly for Harvard
by The Bangor Daily News November 2016
It is sadly not uncommon for a university confronted with scandal involving sexual misconduct by male athletes to misplace its priorities -- to care more about winning games and protecting school image than holding wrongdoers accountable and setting an example. So it was refreshing to watch Harvard University's administration and wider community respond decisively to controversy involving its men's soccer team. Let's hope other colleges are paying attention.
- Georgia State Regents Back Turner Field Plan
by Molly Bloom and J. Trubey November 2016
Georgia State University's plan to buy Turner Field and remake it into a Panthers football stadium cleared a major hurdle Wednesday when it won unanimous approval of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. The Regents' approval of the $53 million plan to buy and overhaul the stadium and some surrounding property is a milestone for the downtown university and its development partners, and keeps the purchase on track to be completed by the end of the year. A presentation to the Regents showing what the stadium could look like included new grandstands in what are now The Ted's right and center fields.
- Injured Ex-Lineman Sues U. of Illinois for Negligence
by Courtney Cameron November 2016
On Friday, former offensive lineman for the University of Illinois Anthony Durkin filed a lawsuit against the university, the former athletic director, and two former coaches for breach of contract and negligence resulting in lifelong injury. The suit claims that former head coach Tim Beckman and former tight ends coach Alex Golesh forced Durkin to continue play against doctor’s orders after he suffered a shoulder injury in 2013. Their mistreatment allegedly exacerbated the injury, resulting in the loss of Durkin’s scholarship. According to Yahoo! Sports, Durkin has filed for $250,000 in damages, as well as compensation for his accumulated medical expenses and the loss of past and future wages.
- Wake Forest Basketball Comps Military Personnel
by News & Record November 2016
WINSTON-SALEM — Wake Forest's basketball season opener against Radford at 7:30 p.m. Friday will also be the Demon Deacons' fourth annual Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Classic.
- Opinion: Big Ten's Friday Night Push Is Simple Greed
by Deron Snyder November 2016
Folks at the Big Ten must be asleep on the job, their dreams filled with dollar signs whirling like a slot machine. Administrators clearly aren't paying attention to what's happening in real life, which should jolt them awake in a cold sweat. The NFL's TV ratings are cratering. Saturation coverage has led to viewer apathy. Overexposure has created indifference. More than enough has become too much.
- Texas Tech Converts Racquetball Courts to Fitness Area
by Courtney Cameron November 2016
In keeping with the trend on college campuses of upcycling run-down or underused spaces to accommodate engaging fitness experiences, Texas Tech University has repurposed two of its original twelve racquetball courts into a 1600-square-foot functional fitness training facility.
- Report: Baylor Won’t Get Penn State-Level Punishment
by Jason Scott November 2016
According to a Wall Street Journal report, the NCAA does not plan to levy punishment against Baylor equivalent to that received by Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.