• Schools Somehow Find Money for Athlete Stipends

    by Bob Hunter August 2015

    A little over a year ago, doomsayers from college athletics began warning us all about the Armageddon that would follow cost-of-attendance payments to student-athletes. Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12, said that if you like college athletics now, "you're going to hate it going forward." He predicted the end of Olympic sports -- those that do not generate revenue for their schools -- and a wider divide between the haves and have-nots. "I think (cost of attendance is) great," Bowlsby said in July 2014. "I think there are ways that it costs more than room, board, books, tuition and fees to go to school. But even in an environment where we have some additional revenue coming in, from television resources primarily, it is going to be very difficult for many institutions to fund that."

  • Inaugural Year of College Football Playoff Huge Success

    by Brad Senkiw, August 2015

    Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford recently called the College Football Playoff’s first run more successful than “anything I’ve ever witnessed in college athletics.”

  • Struggle Over Paterno's Penn State Legacy Continues

    by Frank Fitzpatrick August 2015

    Along one side of College Avenue, striking new classroom buildings and residence halls lend this edge of Penn State's campus a 21st-century glow. But on the opposite side of the town's busiest thoroughfare, it feels like 1985.

  • College of Charleston Weighs Football Program Launch

    by Andrew Miller; August 2015

    College of Charleston athletic director Joe Hull can't seem to go anywhere without running into students, faculty members or alumni all wondering the same thing: Will the College of Charleston ever have a football team?

  • Player Abuse Probe Leads Illinois to Fire Football Coach

    by Jordan Wilson August 2015

    Around noon on Friday, Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt received a text message in class that told him there would be a team meeting at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. His first thoughts were that someone was getting in trouble.

  • Auburn Athletics Fights to Save Academic Major

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Public administration, a generally unpopular undergraduate academic major in the political science department at Auburn University, was almost eliminated from the school’s offering by a curriculum review committee in 2013.

  • How Did Florida Know About Rapist, But Baylor Didn't?

    by Naples Daily News (Florida) August 2015

    One question for football coach Art Briles and the administration of Baylor University: How is it that the Florida Gators had enough common sense to steer clear of recently convicted rapist Sam Ukwuachu, but you didn’t?

  • Changing Team Cultures, One School at a Time

    by Nicole Auerbach, @NicoleAuerbach, USA TODAY Sports August 2015

    It often takes something approaching a catastrophe for a college football program to call Kathy Redmond Brown.

  • Opinion: 8-Team CFP Would Be Watered-Down Burden

    by Dan Wolken, August 2015

    Guessing what year the College Football Playoff expands to eight teams is practically a sport within a sport by now, having started the moment the four-team playoff was conceived and rising almost to the level of foregone conclusion after Year 1. Hardly anyone in the industry except Playoff executive director Bill Hancock talks seriously about whether the Playoff is going to get bigger, only when: at the end of the 12-year CFP contract, halfway through or maybe even sooner?

  • Virginia Tech Scraps Plan to Fine Football Players

    by Andy Bitter August 2015

    Nearly as quickly as the Virginia Tech football team's idea of fining players as a disciplinary measure came, it went. The Hokies created a brief firestorm Wednesday night by saying they were looking into fining players, possibly from their cost of attendance stipend, as a form of punishment for frequent misbehavior in a variety of areas.