• College Football Playoff Could Regionalize Officiating

    by Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    National college football officiating coordinator Rogers Redding told USA TODAY Sports on Monday that he'll select officiating crews for College Football Playoff games using a similar process as he did for games under the Bowl Championship Series banner.

  • SEC Commissioner Slive Talks of Division IV Possibilities

    by Mark Bradley; Staff June 2014

    The most powerful man in college sports has put the NCAA on notice. SEC commissioner Mike Slive said last week --- and Slive isn't known for voicing idle thoughts, or threats --- that his and the other four major conferences need to be accommodated.

  • Northern Illinois Coaches Hit Road for 'Summer Circuit'

    by Submitted by Paul Palian June 2014

    Northern Illinois University Athletics is loading up its bus with prizes and is hitting the road in June to see Huskie alumni and fans.

  • Basketball Coaches Weigh Charter, Commercial Flights

    by Geoff Grammer Journal Staff Writer June 2014

    Coaches will tell you there are no easy road trips in the Mountain West Conference in men's basketball. And while they're usually talking about the competition on the court, the same easily can be said for the actual travel around the league, especially for the winter sports that often face delays due to inclement weather.

  • College Football Coaches Seek Early Signing Period

    by By Lya Wodraska The Salt Lake Tribune June 2014

    The challenge of recruiting college football players has become as much about holding onto athletes who have committed to a program early in the recruiting period as it is about swaying those who remain undecided late in the process.

  • College Players Offered $40M in EA Sports Settlement

    by Tim Dahlberg June 2014

    The payouts could go to more than 100,000 athletes, including some current players, who were either on college rosters or had their images used in video games made by Electronic Arts featuring college teams. Lawyers for the plaintiffs said it would be the first time college athletes will be paid for the commercial use of their images.

  • Arizona Schools Benefit from College Sports Boom Times

    by Greg Hansen, Greg Hansen Arizona Daily Star June 2014

    In 2014, the M in May also stood for Money in Pac-12 sports. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the league's tax returns for the 2013 fiscal year reported revenues of $329 million, which almost doubled the previous year's $175 million.

  • SEC to Split Record $310M, or Nearly Double '09 Revenue

    by John Adams June 2014

    The annual SEC spring meetings reached a familiar conclusion Friday. And the ending was accentuated by a dollar sign. As expected, the 14 conference schools will make more money this school year than last. Another record-revenue year is business as usual for the SEC. This time, the conference will split $309.6 million. That comes to slightly more than $20.9 million per school.

  • Group Advocates for UNC Academic Whistleblower

    by Wes Platt; 919-419-6684 May 2014

    The leader of a national whistleblower advocacy group has asked Tom Ross, president of the University of North Carolina System, to delve into allegations of mistreatment by learning specialist Mary Willingham.

  • Study: Concussions May Lead to Smaller Brain Volume

    by May 2014

    A new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests college football players with concussion histories may have smaller brain volumes and slower reaction times than players with fewer years of experience.

    The study, conducted by the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR), looked at 25 college football players that already had a history of concussions and compared them to 25 college football players who had not suffered concussions and 25 non-football-playing control participants. Researchers then measured brain function using an MRI machine, while the participants took computerized cognitive tests.

    According to the research, the 25 college football players with previous concussion history had the smallest hippocampal volume when all three groups were compared. 

    The hippocampus is the brain region responsible for regulating emotion and storing and processing memory. The results may indicate that this region of the brain is particularly sensitive to mild traumatic brain injuries. 

    Beyond the impact that traumatic brain injuries can have on the hippocampus, the football players with more football experience also experienced slower reaction times than younger players. While the study itself could not provide any answers to this question, the researchers believe that the physical and psychological stressors that college athletes experience during their careers could be a factor. 

    Due to the small sample size, the study cannot make any definitive claims, but the researchers hope that it will serve as a starting point for further research into the effects of concussions on young athletes.

    “Other studies have evaluated the effects on older athletes, such as retired NFL players, but no one has studied 20-year-olds until now — and the results were remarkable and surprising,” the Director of Cognitive Neuroscience for LIBR, Patrick S.F. Bellgowan, told the University of Tulsa. “Our next step is to assess what caused this difference in hippocampus size.”