- ACC Coaches Push for Improved Use of Replay
by Matt Porter May 2016
Not surprisingly, Duke coach David Cutcliffe is among those who would like to boost the ACC's video review capabilities. Cutcliffe was angry after Miami's thrilling upset of his Blue Devils last Oct. 31 -- a result that the conference determined should not have counted. At the league's spring meetings, football coaches voted Wednesday in favor of creating a centralized office with increased technology. "The NFL model is working as you get better equipment and more eyes," Cutcliffe told a group of reporters, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "I don't think it's going to be a drastic change. But if it gets one thing right, I think that's critically important."
- Schools Want Way to Welcome Back Undrafted Athletes
by Tom D'Angelo May 2016
Of the 107 underclassmen who forfeited their final year of college football eligibility to enter last month's NFL draft, 30 were not selected. That number will be even greater following next month's NBA draft. The league received 117 letters from players wishing to enter the draft before their college eligibility expired. Yet, the draft consists of two rounds -- 60 selections -- of which many will be seniors and international players.
- Opinion: Penn State Fumbled Latest Sandusky Response
by Christine Brennan May 2016
Penn State is back in the news for all the wrong reasons. There are new allegations that longtime football coach Joe Paterno was aware of sexual assault complaints against convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky in the 1970s, which, if true, would reach much further back than originally thought.
- New Mexico to Sell Beer and Wine at Football Games
by Chris Quintana May 2016
It appears Lobo fans will be able to enjoy a brew and cup of wine - legally - at University Stadium this fall. University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs wants to sell beer and wine during football games to lure more fans and revenue, and he has the support of UNM President Bob Frank and Board of Regents President Rob Doughty. "There is revenue to be made and it would help us to increase attendance," Krebs said Tuesday morning during a presentation to the regents' Finance and Facilities Committee meeting. He said the university already has the proper state licenses to sell alcohol to the public at both University Stadium and WisePies Arena, aka The Pit.
- FedEx Throwing Weight Behind Memphis Big 12 Bid
by Phil Stukenborg May 2016
FedEx is vowing to sponsor a Big 12 Conference football championship game and offer other incentives to bolster the University of Memphis’ bid to become an expansion member of the Power Five conference, company chairman Frederick W. Smith said Tuesday in confirming a national report. Smith told The Commercial Appeal the Tigers in the Big 12 would be “a great thing for U of M and the city.”
- Georgia Colleges to Cap Student Athletic Fees
by Janel Davis May 2016
Georgia State University would have to cut the amount of student fees and tuition that fund its athletic programs by about $700,000, according to a new policy adopted by the state's Board of Regents on Tuesday. The Regents set limits on the amount of money from student fees and tuition that can go toward athletic programs at the state's public colleges and universities. The cap will be between 65 percent and 85 percent of the athletic budget at most schools, depending on each school's athletic association. The new rules come as a national review of the high cost of athletics at some schools has led to debate about rising college costs and whether students get a good return on their investment when they foot the bill for sports. The goal is for Georgia colleges to seek money for sports through fundraising and other revenue sources beyond what students pay.
- Proposal: Let College Athletes Sign Endorsement Deals
by Steve Berkowitz May 2016
A Tulane law professor who also serves as the university's associate provost for NCAA compliance has offered an extensive proposal under which college athletes could be allowed to use their names, images and likenesses to make regulated endorsement deals while playing their sports in school.
- Opinion: Arrest Underscores Minnesota's Problems
by Chip Scoggins May 2016
A Gophers basketball player was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. That's all the public knows at this point. Reggie Lynch remained jailed in Minneapolis on Monday but had not been charged. Until the county attorney announces whether charges will be brought against him, Lynch deserves presumption of innocence.
- Mississippi State Student Dies in Stadium Fall
by Jason Scott May 2016
A 21-year-old student at Mississippi State University died Saturday when he fell through the roof of the video board at Davis Wade Stadium.
- Athletes Differ with Coaches, ADs on Time Demands
by Steve Berkowitz May 2016
Faced with a number of proposals intended to reduce the amount of time athletes spend on their sports, the schools and athlete representatives tabled those concepts in favor of a resolution to study the issue and develop new proposals for the 2017 convention.