• Ex-Student Claims Baylor Knew of Violence, Did Nothing

    by Jonathan Lehman June 2016

    A graduate of the scandal-drenched university has gone public with the allegations of repeated domestic violence she says she made against a Baylor football player in 2014, telling reporter Joe Schad that former head coach Art Briles and other university staff had knowledge of her case and tried to downplay it.

  • Tennessee Athletics Bring Millions in Economic Impact

    by Dustin Dopirak June 2016

    Tennessee’s athletic department generates $618 million per year in economic impact on Knox County and $464 million of economic impact on the state of Tennessee, according to a study commissioned by UT. The study, conducted by the Pittsburgh-based consulting firm Tripp Umbach, also found that the athletic department has an employment impact of 6,500 jobs in Knox County and 4,456 jobs in the state of Tennessee. The study, which cost the athletic department $72,000, was a nine-month project that began in September of 2015. Tripp Umbach collected data that included financial expenditures, employment numbers from the athletic department and visitor and fan spending connected to UT athletics events to determine economic and employment impact.

  • C-USA's TV Revenue to Plummet

    by Harry Minium June 2016

    The value of Conference USA's television contracts has eroded even more than earlier reports indicated. The league will receive about $2.8 million in TV revenue in 2016-2017 from four broadcast networks, according to documents The Virginian-Pilot obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

  • Opinion: Big 12 Divisions Should Go Beyond Geography

    by Paul Myerberg June 2016

    Bob Stoops took Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff last season but the Big 12 Conference hasn't always fared so well. Splitting the Big 12 Conference into two divisions - a move portended by the league's revival of its championship game last week at its spring meetings in Irving, Texas - is a move done merely for show, seeing as it does little to alter the championship structure set in place by the NCAA in January. It was earlier this year that the Division I Council enacted legislation deregulating conference championship games, a decision that allowed the Big 12 to add a title game at the conclusion of the regular season under a single criteria: Football Bowl Subdivision leagues with fewer than 12 teams might hold a title game as long its teams play a round-robin regular-season schedule.

  • Emails Show Michigan Stalled on Providing Documents

    by Charleston Gazette-Mail June 2016

    The University of Michigan has repeatedly requested delays in turning over thousands of documents sought by federal investigators looking into sexual assault complaints on campus, emails obtained by the Detroit Free Press show.

  • Harbaugh Helps Draw Players to ODU Satellite Camp

    by Harry Minium June 2016

    More than 300 high school players worked out for three hours in a stifling heat, and judging from the license plates in ODU's parking lots, a majority were from out of state.

  • Inside a College Football Recruiting Trip

    by Tom Schad June 2016

    University of Memphis' inside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Dan Lanning has six scheduled stops, the first to watch a 2018 quarterback prospect at a 6 a.m. practice. There are 110 days until the Tigers' season opener against Southeast Missouri State, and 261 days until National Signing Day in February. It's the middle of the offseason - though any coach, Lanning included, will tell you there's really no such thing.

  • Opinion: Football Coaches Need Someone to Say 'No'

    by John Adams June 2016

    If I became a college football head coach, the first person I would hire wouldn’t be an offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator or recruiting coordinator. My first hire would be someone to tell me "no."

  • College Closing Leaves Athletes Hanging in the Balance

    by Steven Marcus June 2016

    While negotiations aimed at saving Dowling College resumed Friday, an estimated 240 student-athletes already have started looking for new schools after an earlier announcement by the college that it will close because of financial reasons. Unless outside funding can be arranged, the administration said it will close on Wednesday. East Coast Conference commissioner Robert Dranoff, who was the athletic director at Dowling from 1992-2004, said the ECC has heard from "seven or eight schools asking for information'' on potential transfers from Dowling. All the athletes at Dowling have been given their releases, Dranoff said. He would not speculate on the status of those releases should the college resume operations.

  • SEC Debates Application of 'Misconduct' Rule

    by Dustin Dopirak June 2016

    The SEC appeared ahead of the game last year when it approved a ban on the acceptance of transfers who had been punished through the legal system, or another university or athletic department for “serious misconduct,” defined as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.