• End-of-Game Gaffe Earns Officials Suspensions

    by The Boston Herald September 2016

    The eight-man officiating crew that botched the end of the Central Michigan-Oklahoma State game has been suspended for two games, the Mid-American Conference announced yesterday. And the Big 12 announced that the two-person video replay crew that worked the game also has been suspended for two games. In addition, the replay crew will be prohibited from working postseason games this season. 'The crew missed an opportunity to advise the MAC officiating crew of the misapplication of the penalty giving CMU an untimed down that resulted in its game-winning touchdown,' Big 12 coordinator of officials Walt Anderson said in a statement. 'NCAA rules permit instant replay to correct egregious errors and it is unacceptable that it did not occur in this situation.'

  • Officiating Error Costs Oklahoma State

    by The Commercial Appeal September 2016

    A mistake by the officials that extended the game when it should have been over allowed Central Michigan to score the winning touchdown on a Hail Mary and lateral for a 30-27 upset of No. 17 Oklahoma State on Saturday. Oklahoma State tried to kill the final 4 seconds by throwing the ball away on fourth down but was penalized for intentional grounding, which is a loss-of-down penalty. Rules state that the game cannot end on an accepted live-ball penalty, official Tim O’Dey of the Mid-American Conference, CMU’s league, said. “There’s an exception to the rule that says if enforcement of the foul involves a loss of down, then that brings the game to an end,” O’Dey told a pool reporter after the game. He said that after conferring with the national rules editor, officials determined the “extension should not have happened.”

  • AD Byrne Spurns Florida, Will Remain at Arizona

    by Arizona Daily Star September 2016

    Some have speculated that the Florida job is imposing because their legendary AD, retiring Jeremy Foley, will remain on the scene in an emeritus role. Byrne said that was no factor, and that he would've enjoyed Foley's presence and his insight.

  • Opinion: Briles' Apology Self-Serving

    by Abilene Reporter-News September 2016

    The Art Briles Apology Tour began Saturday, and it lacked a rather important piece: A genuine understanding of what he was apologizing for. Briles, in an ESPN interview, appeared to realize that he needed to apologize for something in order to be back in the mix for a head coaching gig next season. But he didn’t say what he was apologizing for, nor did he seem to understand the seriousness and life-changing effects of the violence against women perpetrated by his players at Baylor.

  • Reports: Players Suspended for Misuse of Scholarship Money in Bookstore

    by Stuart Goldman September 2016

    Several Charleston Southern players — 14 to be exact — will be suspended for Saturday’s game at Florida State because of a possible NCAA violation for misuse of scholarship money in the campus bookstore.

  • Florida AD Position Still Unfilled

    by Dan Wolken September 2016

    When Jeremy Foley announced his retirement June 13, it seemed Florida would have plenty of time and numerous options to replace its legendary athletics director before his expected Oct. 1 departure. But with that date looming and no hire in place, speculation around college sports has begun to bubble about Florida's process and whether Foley might end up staying slightly longer to facilitate the transition. Even if the school announced a hire in the next few days, it would be difficult to have someone in place by the original target date. The question is why the process has dragged out, especially considering Florida had significant dialogue with candidates as early as mid-July, multiple people with knowledge of the process told USA TODAY Sports. Also according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the search process was supposed to be private, the school nearly hired North Carolina's Bubba Cunningham last month. Cunningham, however, pulled his name from consideration the night before he was supposed to arrive in Gainesville to finalize the deal and stayed at North Carolina, to the bewilderment of several of his colleagues in the industry.

  • Minnesota Wrestling Coach Fired Amid Drug Probe

    by Marcus Fuller; Joe Christensen September 2016

    The maverick wrestling coach who won championships playing by his own rules lost his job of 30 years by doing just that. J Robinson was fired from the University of Minnesota on Wednesday by athletic director Mark Coyle. Coyle, who took over in June, had on his first day on the job banished the 70-year-old coach from campus and begun an investigation of Robinson's handling of an alleged drug ring involving more than a dozen wrestlers. The firing ends a coaching career that is among the most decorated in Gophers history. Yet Robinson's run was as controversial as it was successful. He'll be remembered for questionable behavior and divisive comments, as well as for his drill-sergeant leadership of a program that won three national championships. Ultimately, it was Robinson's unwillingness to reveal details of the use and sale of the prescription sedative Xanax by Gophers wrestlers, and his alleged self-policing of the issue, that led to his fall.

  • Bristol Motor Speedway Transforms for Football Game

    by Steve Megargee September 2016

    The speedway that calls itself the "last great Colosseum" now will be temporarily transformed into the world's largest football stadium. Tennessee and Virginia Tech meet Saturday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway, located approximately halfway between the two campuses. The showdown dubbed the "Battle at Bristol is expected to draw over 150,000 fans, which would shatter the current NCAA single-game record of 115,109 at Michigan Stadium when the Wolverines beat Notre Dame in 2013. "It's something that will live with these individuals for the rest of their lives, Tennessee coach Butch Jones said.

  • C-USA Braces for Mountain West Expansion Threat

    by Harry Minium September 2016

    Conference USA is not only threatened by the potential fallout from Big 12 expansion, it also could lose Rice and UTEP to the Mountain West Conference. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson told the Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend that his league will consider expanding regardless of what the Big 12 decides. “Do we look east? Do we look at the state of Texas, for example?” he said. “That’s probably going to be something we have to confront this year.”

  • Tyndall to Appeal Ban, Fallout Could Impact All Coaches

    by Dan Wolken September 2016

    Former Tennessee and Southern Mississippi men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall will appear in front of the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee on Thursday and ask it to overturn the most severe penalty handed out to a coach in NCAA history. Having lost his $1.6 million-per-year job at Tennessee and his reputation -- an NAIA school recently rejected him, he said, after the school president overruled the hiring -- Tyndall understands the case, which centered on accusations of academic fraud, has damaged his career to the point where he'll likely never coach at the highest level again. "Every day, it's all you think about," he said. But Tyndall's case also represents a situation that his attorney, Don Jackson, thinks should send a chill down the spine of every coach in college sports.