• U. of Utah Investing $36M in Basketball Facility Upgrades

    by Super User May 2014

    Wen Larry Krystkowiak was hired as the men's basketball coach at the University of Utah in the spring of 2011, he felt everything was in place to return the program to national prominence except one element: there was no basketball-specific facility for his team to be able to practice and train in. That's about to change.

  • Will SEC Scheduling Rule Shut Out Lesser Leagues?

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Though the scheduling format released by the Southeastern Conference last week included practically no substantive changes, one stipulation caught the eye of several officials in lower-level conferences.

  • NCAA Grants Waiver to Muslim Wrestler with Beard

    by Jay Tokasz; News Staff Reporter May 2014

    Muhamed McBryde has loved wrestling ever since he can remember, but when he had to choose between shaving his beard and competing for the University at Buffalo, the decision was easy. McBryde sat on the sidelines. The pre-med student believes shaving the beard would compromise his faith. He is Muslim. Even though NCAA rules clearly state that all competing wrestlers must be cleanshaven, the 17-year-old junior said he never considered getting rid of his facial hair. "My religion says you're supposed to keep a beard," said McBryde of Buffalo.

  • College Hockey League Opts Against Playoff Tweaks

    by Joe Paisley May 2014

    The National Collegiate Hockey Conference retained its playoff format and celebrated a financially sound inaugural year at its meetings in Florida over the weekend. The Colorado Springs-based nonprofit league generated enough revenue to expect a surplus when the financial year ends Aug. 31, conference treasurer and Colorado College athletic director Ken Ralph said. Specific numbers were not available, but that did little to diminish Ralph's enthusiasm.

  • PSU Coach Had Contact with Alleged Vandy Rape Victim

    by Mike Jensen; Inquirer Staff Writer April 2014

    Penn State football coach James Franklin contacted an alleged rape victim after four of his Vanderbilt football players had been arrested and charged with the crime, the Tennessean reported, citing court documents that were filed Tuesday.

  • How Will Restructured NCAA Play Out for Members?

    by Dave Hickman April 2014

    Nothing suggested last week by a seven-member NCAA steering committee looking into the separation of the haves from the have-nots is etched in stone. A lot of it, though, is fascinating.

  • Schedules Beef Up in New Playoff Era of College Football

    by Chuck McGill April 2014

    The SEC, which produced seven consecutive national champions from 2006 to 2012, moved Sunday to force schools to schedule at least one non-league game against a program from another power conference - the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 - for every season starting in 2016.

  • Video: K-State Reveals More Football Facility Upgrades

    by April 2014

    During the team’s annual spring football game Saturday, the Kansas State Wildcats revealed plans for a $65 million upgrade to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

  • NCAA Leans Toward Unlimited Feeding… Now What?

    by Paul Steinbach April 2014

    The NCAA legislative council approved Tuesday the removal of rules limiting Division I member schools as to what and how often they can feed student-athletes, satisfying sports nutritionists who had long lobbied for such action. Still, the decision caught Dave Ellis, a past president of the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association, by surprise. He feels the NCAA was likely swayed by University of Connecticut men's basketball player Shabazz Napier's oft-quoted admission earlier this month that he and his teammates frequently experience "hungry nights."

    "The NCAA needs a 'W' on the student-athlete welfare front," Ellis told AB via e-mail Tuesday night. "Maybe we had a little influence, too. It's all good. A historic day for fueling."

    The question remains as to what schools will do with this new feeding freedom, which still must gain NCAA board of directors approval April 24. Those athletic departments with sufficient resources will certainly take advantage of one more means to gain a competitive edge — or at least keep pace — with rival schools in recruiting and on the field. "We do need to see if the ADs follow through," Ellis says, cautioning that the new ruling "could get pushback from member institutions."

    Reached for further comment today, Ellis adds that the ruling has the potential to draw several athletics administrators (beyond registered dietitians, if a given school even has one) closer to the training table — from marketers seeking cost-efficiencies from vendors to development officers linking donations to expanded food supplies. "Where there is no Sports RD, you simply have overworked people saying, 'Who is going to manage?' At financially overstretched schools, you have people saying, 'How are we going to pay?' " Ellis says. "At schools where you have a Sports RD, they are saying, 'Let's get started and here is a first step. Here is how we are going to get more for our money, and here are our priorities over the next three years.' "

    Regardless of their given circumstances, all athletic departments should be thinking along the same lines, according to Ellis. " 'Longterm, here is what we are going to do out of our own dining hall so we can better meet the needs of our athletes who compete and eat on weekends and holidays and during late hours,' " he says. "It becomes a simple exercise when someone in athletics shows some vision and leadership on a fundamental underpinning of student-athlete welfare versus flinching like the sky if falling." 


  • Looking Back to 1989: Future Games

    by Rick Berg April 2014

    A March court ruling granting football players at Northwestern University the right to unionize has left everyone speculating about the future of the NCAA, but such speculation has been floating around longer than most of today’s college athletes have been alive. Check out the predictions about the NCAA’s future set forth in this AB article from December 1989.