- Leaked Tournament Bracket Bursts Midmajor Bubbles
by Nicole Auerbach March 2016
Midway through the CBS Selection Sunday show, a copy of the complete NCAA tournament bracket leaked on Twitter. As each region was unveiled on television -- slowly, over a two-hour studio show -- the selected teams perfectly matched the leak. Social media-savvy fans could get a jump-start on their TV-watching brethren in booking flights and hotels. The NCAA released a statement on the leak that read:
- Former Coach Sues Student He's Accused of Assaulting
by Stephanie Innes and Yoohyun Jung March 2016
Former University of Arizona assistant track coach Craig Carter is suing the student athlete he is criminally charged with assaulting and stalking. Carter, 48, is accused of choking a female student athlete he was coaching and of threatening her with a box cutter last spring. He is also accused of trying to drag her out of a UA classroom, UA Police Department records show. Carter resigned from his job as a UA throws coach on May 20 in lieu of termination. His criminal case is pending in Pima County Superior Court. Police reports say he waived his Miranda rights and that he admitted to choking and threatening the student athlete. In a counterclaim to a civil suit associated with the case filed in Pima County Superior Court, Carter and his wife, Jo-Anne Carter, accuse the student athlete of causing them emotional distress.
- Angelo State Baseball Unveils New Home Field
by Paul Harris March 2016
After a 17-game road trip to start the season, Angelo State University will at long last make its debut in its renovated home, Foster Field at 1st Community Credit Union Stadium
- Opinion: Jones Must Shape Tennessee Football Culture
by Greg Johnson March 2016
Coach Butch Jones was understandably adamant in his defense of his football program last month when allegations of a "hostile sexual environment" at the University of Tennessee arose in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Nashville implicating football players and the football program.
- UGA Hoops Upgrades May Include Hanging Scoreboard
by Seth Emerson March 2016
Georgia is hoping to undertake a number of internal improvements to Stegeman Coliseum, including the long-awaited center- hanging scoreboard. There is no money figure being put on it yet, and most specifics will wait until the May meeting of the UGA athletic board. But athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed that enhancements will be sought.
- Pro Coaches Taking on College Jobs is Win-Win
by Nicole Auerbach March 2016
Much attention is focused on coaches moving in the other direction, such as Butler's Brad Stevens going to the Boston Celtics, Florida's Billy Donovan to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg to the Chicago Bulls. But the transience between college basketball and the NBA goes both ways, and there are major draws for those headed back to school.
- How On-Court Branding Benefits the Installer
by Danny Ecker March 2016
Turning college basketball courts into billboards is scoring major points for Connor Sports' bottom line. The Elk Grove Village-based company, which has modeled and made nearly every hardwood surface used in the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments since 2005, is riding a wave of major college programs buying and redesigning their floors with more frequency. With more college games broadcast in more locations, court styles are becoming extensions of schools' brands that can showcase sponsors and help recruit top players.
- Temple, Penn to Join $30M Concussion Study
by Sam Wood March 2016
The $30 million research project, paid for by the NCAA and the Department of Defense, also involves 28 additional schools and health-care institutions, including Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. It was launched in 2014.
- Pitino: Maybe More Punishment for Suspended Players
by Amelia Rayno March 2016
Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino delivered his strongest hint yet that the punishments for three suspended guards might not be final, when he reiterated Tuesday that he said he will "re-evaluate" their statuses after the season. Guards Kevin Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer were suspended March 1 for the remainder of the season - three games plus the Big Ten tournament - after sex videos appeared on the social media accounts of Dorsey. But Pitino's comments, first said on his radio show Monday night on 1500-AM, revealed there could be more punishment.
- Purdue Starts Crowdfunding Campaign for LED Lights
by Stuart Goldman March 2016
The Purdue University athletic department has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise a portion of the costs for new LED lights at Mackey Arena.