- Calipari: SEC Should Reschedule League Hoops Tourney
by Seth Emerson June 2016
John Calipari, long an opponent of holding the SEC basketball tournament, has moved on from wanting to eliminate it. Now he just wants to move it to November.
- Decision on Big 12 Expansion Unlikely at Meeting
by Phil Stukenborg June 2016
When the Big 12 Conference’s athletic directors and board of governors (the league’s presidents and chancellors) meet at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas, expansion will be among the primary topics. What won’t be a priority is reaching a decision regarding expansion this week.
- Ole Miss's Freeze: 'Mistakes' Made, Players Never Paid
by From Our Pr The Commercial Appealess Services June 2016
Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze is “owning the mistakes” made during his tenure, which now includes NCAA violations, but said neither he nor his assistants knowingly did anything wrong. Speaking at the Southeastern Conference’s annual meetings Tuesday, Freeze delivered a lengthy, prepared statement and then took several questions about violations involving first-round NFL draft pick Laremy Tunsil. “I stand here owning the mistakes, but that is what they are, not some staff out trying to buy players,” Freeze said. “There’s not a single charge in our letter that charges a coach with (being) out buying players. While I have struggles in life that I don’t always get right, breaking the rules in recruiting is not one of them. I won’t do it.”
- SEC Coaches Welcome Centralized Replay Experiment
by From Our Press Services June 2016
Much like the Atlantic Coast Conference, the SEC will use collaborative replay in 2016. All replays will be looked at by a replay official in the stadium and the league's "Video Command Center" in Birmingham. The three-person command center will assist the replay official in deciding whether to uphold or reverse calls.
- Pac-12 to Run and Broadcast e-Sports Competition
by Jason Scott June 2016
In recent years, e-Sports have made major strides toward legitimacy. Broadcast television has turned e-Sports into a commercial product, some schools have begun giving e-Sports scholarships, and now a major collegiate conference is poised to take the e-Sports movement even further.
- Opinion: College Football is Out of Control
by Doug Robinson June 2016
Need further proof that college football has spun out of control and that universities have lost their way in their drunken, slobbery devotion to the big business of football? Recently, we learned that Jim Harbaugh blew a ton of cash on Michigan's Florida Spring Break Vacay, Ole Miss fell on the sword for NCAA violations, and Baylor officials, oblivious in the post-Ray Rice era, looked the other way - if not worse - while their players preyed on women. It was another banner week for the college game.
- Nick Saban Rails Against Satellite Camps
by Dustin Dopirak June 2016
By the time Nick Saban was through with his rant against satellite camps, the Alabama football coach was pounding his hand on the lectern. Saban went through a litany of objections at the SEC spring meetings Tuesday to the concept of having college football coaching staffs working camps away from campus, but his central argument was that it leaves open the same potential problems that basketball had as the AAU and summer travel circuits became a bigger part of recruiting.
- UGA Provides Rapper with Alcohol, Not Fans in Stands
by George Mathis June 2016
Should UGA apologize for supplying liquor and condoms to a musical performer? Alcohol isn't sold at UGA games, but it is served in suites at Sanford Stadium. When UGA plays in other venues, such as the Sept. 3 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against North Carolina in the Georgia Dome, suds will be flowing.
- Jones Defends Tennessee Amid Baylor Comparisons
by Patrick Brown June 2016
It's been nearly two months since the last real bombshell dropped in the Title IX lawsuit facing the University of Tennessee, but the fallout from the scandal that last week prompted the firing of Baylor football coach Art Briles includes some fans and media correlating that situation to Butch Jones and the Volunteers. At the center of both cases is how major universities and big-time football programs are handling sexual assault and domestic violence cases involving players, but the differences between the Vols and the Bears outnumber the similarities.
- Nebraska Program Helps Athletes Find First Jobs
by Nicole Auerbach May 2016
College athletes' well-being, particularly the time demands from their respective sports, has never been a greater focus than it is today. In light of those concerns, Nebraska's PEO program launched last year with simple requirements for athletes to become involved: Any athlete who had exhausted his or her sport eligibility, completed his or her bachelor's degree and earned a scholar-athlete ring is eligible once he or she attends an introductory workshop.