Questions About U. of Minnesota's Title IX Commitment
by Maura Lerner; Brandon Stahl August 2015
The month before he lost his job in a sexual harassment scandal, Norwood Teague was publicly professing his commitment to the law that forbids sex discrimination in college sports.
USC Coach Apologizes for Actions at Booster Event
by Dan Wolken, @DanWolken August 2015
Southern California football coach Steve Sarkisian apologized Sunday for his appearance at a booster event the night before in which he allegedly appeared under the influence of alcohol.
Michigan State AD Says Much to Learn from Failures
by Joe Rexrode, @joerexrode, Detroit Free Press August 2015
Of the failures that came to mind, Mark Hollis was close to settling on a recap of the redesigned Spartans head logo -- introduced in 2010, vehemently scorned and quickly withdrawn -- when he looked out at his audience of college kids.
Ukwuachu Rape Case Raises Questions About Briles
by Blair Kerkhoff August 2015
Two weeks before the college football season opens, one of the ugliest stories in the sport is unfolding in Waco, Texas. Talk of Baylor football centered on its prospects as a national championship contender, until Thursday, when Sam Ukwuachu, a defensive end who has never suited up for the Bears, was convicted of second-degree sexual assault in an October 2013 attack on a Baylor soccer player.
USA Today: Baylor, Coach Ignored Ukwuachu Red Flags
by Jason Scott August 2015
On Thursday, Baylor football transfer Sam Ukwuachu was found guilty in district court of sexually assaulting a former Baylor women’s soccer player.
USA Today columnist Dan Wolken argues that if Baylor or football coach Art Briles had paid attention to Ukwuachu’s background during his recruitment, he might never have been on campus in the first place.
According to Wolken, a basic investigation into the details of Ukwuachu’s dismissal and exit from Boise State in May 2013 would have turned up red flags. At that time, Ukwuachu was dismissed from the team for attacking his girlfriend.
A second chance didn’t change Ukwuachu’s violent tendencies, and only months after his exit from Boise State, he was in trouble at Baylor.
Ukwuachu’s behavior cost him the entire 2014 season, and he never played a down of football for the Bears. But the way the university bumbled its way through the proceedings is indicative of a larger problem, Wolken suggests.
Because he could help the pass rush, Briles and Baylor officials exposed their campus community to the risk of violence, and one victim suffered the consequences of that decision. Wolken argues that it’s time for coaches and officials to be held accountable for recruiting decisions that put other students at risk.
A statement released by the university following Thursday’s verdict reads: “Acts of sexual violence contradict every value Baylor University upholds as a Christian community. In recent years we have joined university efforts nationally to prevent campus violence against women and sexual assault, to actively support survivors of sexual assault with compassion and care, and to take action against perpetrators. We have established a fully staffed Title IX office that employs a Title IX Coordinator and two full-time investigators. Maintaining a safe and caring community is central to Baylor’s mission and at the heart of our commitment to our students, faculty and staff.”
Ukwuachu is expected to be sentenced Friday.
Baylor Football Team Blends Technology, Training
by Paul Myerberg, @PaulMyerberg August 2015
In December, as Baylor celebrated another Big 12 Conference championship, members of the athletics department's Applied and Athletic Performance staffs were at NASA headquarters in Houston, studying space travel.
UTC Offering Season Ticket Deals Based on Temps
by Gene Henley August 2015
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic department is holding an "Under the Weather" promotion today for new football season tickets.
More Complaints Against Ex-AD Teague Emerge
by Brandon Stahl, Eric Roper August 2015
The University of Minnesota confirmed Wednesday that "additional reports have been received" in relation to former athletic director Norwood Teague since his abrupt resignation on Aug. 7. In a brief statement, the U said the new complaints had come in through EthicsPoint, a service it uses for confidential reporting. "Not all reports allege the same conduct," the statement said, but it provided no further details, "in fairness to those who have reported and others who may do so."
Two Away Games to Pay UMaine Football $725K Sum
by Mark Emmert August 2015
UMaine will make $725,000 for trips to Boston College and Tulane this fall University of Maine AD Karlton Creech made "guarantee" games a priority for his football team, and it is paying off.
UNM Hires Former State Employee to Oversee Budget
by Mark Smith August 2015
The University of New Mexico has hired a new administrator to help oversee the athletic department budget.