- Tennessee Explains Hiring of Recruit's Older Sister
by Rhiannon Potkey December 2016
The University of Tennessee football program knew there would be some eyebrows raised when it hired Ashley Smith in July as the executive assistant to coach Butch Jones. Smith is the older sister of Trey Smith, a five-star offensive tackle from Jackson who committed to Tennessee on Tuesday.
- Briles Files Suit Against Baylor Administrators
by Jason Scott December 2016
In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Llano County, Texas, ex-Baylor head coach Art Briles has alleged that three university regents and the school vice president have unjustly harmed his reputation and interfered with his ability to get a job in the wake of an ongoing sexual assault scandal.
- Class-Action Suit Targets Big 12, NCAA
by Courtney Cameron December 2016
The Big 12 will be joining the NCAA as a defendant in a refiled civil lawsuit brought by former members of the University of Texas at Austin football team. Former athletes and their families are seeking damages for brain injuries sustained on the college playing field.
- Temple Expects Assistants to Coach Military Bowl
by Marc Narducci December 2016
Although some Temple assistant coaches are likely to join Matt Rhule at Baylor, an Owls spokesman said Wednesday that all of them are expected to coach in the Military Bowl against Wake Forest on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Md.
- U. of Dayton Sued for Alleged Football Hazing Incident
by Mark Gokavi December 2016
Max Engelhart claims he was forced to chug high-alcohol drinks as part of a "Mad Dogs" initiation to the University of Dayton football team two years ago. Engelhart woke up Dec. 8, 2014 covered in his own body waste and with a concussion.
- College Strength Coaches See Roles, Salaries Expand
by Paul Myerberg, Steve Berkowitz and Christopher Schnaars December 2016
For years, dating to the widespread advent of dedicated strength-and-conditioning programs in the 1970s, strength coaches have been heard but rarely seen. Now, these coaches are taking on far more important roles as co-head coaches and as vitally important, year-round cogs for any successful program.
- NCAA President Would Prefer Eight-Team Playoff
by George Schroeder December 2016
"It's not my decision, obviously," NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday at the Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum. "But I think conference championships ought to really matter."
- Opinion: Playoff Snub Shows Not Every Game Matters
by Paul Woody December 2016
The great thing about college football, we are told, is that every game matters. Except when it doesn't. Penn State beat Ohio State this season. Penn State also won the Big Ten championship, defeating Wisconsin in the conference title game. Ohio State was not in the game because it lost to Penn State.
- Oregon Hopes for Bright Future Under New Coach
by Pac-12 football AP December 2016
Willie Taggart has become known for rebuilding programs at Western Kentucky and South Florida. His next endeavor will be much more high profile, trying to turn around the struggling Oregon Ducks.
- Drake Basketball Coach Resigns After Slow Start to Season
by Luke Meredith December 2016
Drake coach Ray Giacoletti abruptly resigned Tuesday after three-plus seasons, saying it was time for a "new voice" to lead the Bulldogs out of a skid that has them just 1-7 so far this season.