• Citing Poor Health, Ohio State's Matta Resigns

    by Mitch Stacy June 2017

    Thad Matta led Ohio State to two Final Fours in his 13 seasons, finishing with a 337-123 record. He will help the Buckeyes in their search for a new coach. As for coaching again, he said, "Never say never."

  • FBI Investigating Possible Minnesota Ticket Fraud

    by Marcus Fuller June 2017

    Earlier this year, the University of Minnesota's office of internal audit discovered some discrepancies in ticket records, a source said. After taking action of its own to address the situation, the university turned over those findings to FBI's Minneapolis office.

  • Ex-Arizona Athlete Fearful as Coach's Trial Approaches

    by Caitlin Schmidt June 2017

    More than two years after her former track coach at the University of Arizona was arrested after she was stalked and threatened with a box cutter, Baillie Gibson says she still fears for her life. In March, a Pima County Superior Court judge allowed the former coach, Craig Carter, to move to Utah, fewer than seven hours away from Gibson's new home in Wyoming. In a recent deposition, Carter refused to answer whether he'd ever been to Wyoming or visited Gibson's home there. As a result, the Pima County Attorney's Office has asked the court to conduct an inquiry to see if Carter is complying with his conditions of release.

  • College Teams Facing Charter Plane Shortage

    by Jason Scott June 2017

    As demand for travel increases among the general public, some airlines are cutting back on charter flight offerings for collegiate athletics programs. In today’s sprawling athletic conferences, some programs are scrambling to find reliable travel.

  • Opinion: College Football Eligibility Should Be Five Years

    by John Adams June 2017

    Player eligibility surely will be a topic of conversation among SEC football coaches when the conference's spring meetings begin Tuesday. But that's nothing new. The subject has been popping up for several years now. It gained momentum earlier this year when the American Football Coaches Association announced a proposal that would allow players to play in as many as four games in a season without losing a year of eligibility. Under current rules, a player has five years to play four seasons and could lose a year's eligibility by playing in a single game, unless he was injured.

  • Auburn AD Proposes Swapping Divisions with Missouri

    by Mark Long June 2017

    One Southeastern Conference athletic director wants the league to swap Tigers. Auburn's Jay Jacobs made it clear Wednesday that he would like his program to change divisions with Missouri, a trade that would make financial and geographical sense and likely provide the league with more competitive balance. The Western Division has won eight consecutive SEC title games, including the last three by powerhouse Alabama.

  • SEC Could Relax Penalty for Graduate Transfers

    by David Paschall May 2017

    The Southeastern Conference continues to wrestle with the NCAA's graduate-transfer rule, with Tuesday's opening of the league's spring meetings in Destin, Fla., providing the latest evidence. League policies currently penalize programs for multiple years after graduate transfers fail to meet academic benchmarks, but that could be relaxed later this week when SEC athletic directors gather with conference commissioner Greg Sankey. Football coaches took turns Tuesday discussing the issue. "What is the intent of the rule to start with?" Alabama's Nick Saban said in a news conference. "I think the intent of the rule to start with was based on somebody changing schools for academic reasons. That was the intent of the rule to start with, and now that doesn't matter.

  • Coach Reviews Mixed for NCAA Early Signing Period

    by David Paschall May 2017

    An early signing period in college football has gone from proposal to reality. For the 2018 recruiting cycle already underway, that means a 72-hour signing window beginning Dec. 20, and then the traditional signing date on the first Wednesday in February. It's a great unknown for Southeastern Conference coaches, who typically dominate the recruiting landscape. "It's going to be different because of the manpower and the hours that it takes," LSU's Ed Orgeron said. "It's a war out there, and now you have two of them. A lot of teams will be practicing for some very important bowls, so you've got to balance your time between the new signing day and the practice and preparation."

  • NCAA Basketball Graduate Transfers Stir Controversy

    by Ed Miller May 2017

    With a year of eligibility remaining, James Daniel did what an increasing number of college basketball players are doing: He entered the graduate transfer market. The experience was nothing like his recruitment coming out of high school.

  • College Conference Disparity Shows Broken System

    by Scott D. Pierce May 2017

    If you've paid any attention to college sports whatsoever, you know that there's a vast disparity between the television revenue brought in by schools in the Power Five conferences and what the Group of Five members get. But here's a look at a few numbers that emphasize the point. Here's the estimated TV revenue (on average) for each member of a Group of Five conferences for the 2016-17 school year: