• Could Weather Be to Blame for Tennessee's Turf Woes?

    by Dustin Dopirak November 2015

    Tennessee has had two weeks to try to repair its field after it appeared extremely choppy in the last home game against North Texas on Nov. 14. However, spokesman Ryan Robinson has told the News Sentinel repeatedly that UT athletic officials do not expect to be able to make much progress with the state of the field before Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.

  • NCAA Committee to Provide Procedures for Filling Bowl Games

    by Dayton Daily News November 2015

    The NCAA football oversight committee will provide guidelines for matching bowls with sub.-500 teams if there are not enough bowl-eligible squads to fill the record 80 postseason spots available this year. Bowl officials are hoping the committee, which is led by Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, can provide some order to a potentially disorganized situation. "I think we'll still get to 80. If we don't, I have confidence the NCAA will work out all of those details," said Wright Waters, executive director of the Football Bowl Association.

  • Likeness Lawsuit Opens Way for Sham Jersey Sales

    by Brian Kollars November 2015

    It's easy to find OSU jerseys at a Buckeyes game, but this year the school sanctioned only two numbers: 1 and 15. Ohio State fans looking to buy team jerseys this year will find them available in only two different numbers, and the future selection is likely to be just as limited. Your kid wants an Ohio State football jersey for Christmas, specifically a replica of one worn by All-American defensive end Joey Bosa. One problem: OSU does not sell that jersey. Option B: Purchase a knockoff Bosa "97" jersey from an online outlet, likely based in China. But that apparel is counterfeit and not officially licensed by the university.

  • Georgia State Makes Play for Turner Field Site

    by J. Scott Trubey, Katie Leslie November 2015

    When the Atlanta Braves announced plans in 2013 to leave for Cobb County, Mayor Kasim Reed promised Turner Field would be replaced by one of the largest developments for the middle class the city had ever seen. In the time since, he's said multiple suitors --- from California to the Middle East --- have inquired about the site. But it was revealed late Monday that only three groups, including the highly-touted partnership between Georgia State University and real estate firms Carter and Oakwood Development, made a play for the downtown ballpark. Only the Georgia State team appears to have a credible shot.

  • Following Snowball Incident, Wisconsin AD Addresses Fans

    by Kyle Thele November 2015

    When Northwestern beat Wisconsin in Madison Saturday, it was a statement win for the Wildcats who are enjoying a surprisingly good season. For Wisconsin, however, it was the low point in what is becoming a disappointing season.

  • Cal Seeks Bowl Eligibility Waiver from NCAA

    by Steve Berkowitz November 2015

    In a new twist to the question of whether enough teams will meet the NCAA's normal qualifications for bowl participation to fill all of the spots in 40 postseason games, the University of California has asked the NCAA football oversight committee for a waiver that would let it count its win against Grambling among the six needed to play in a bowl game.

  • Audits of Minnesota Athletics Department to Be Released

    by Dan Browning, Emma Nelson November 2015

    The University of Minnesota will present the results of two separate investigations into its athletics department at a special Board of Regents meeting on Dec. 8, the Star Tribune has learned. One report will detail an external review commissioned by the U into sexual harassment and equal rights complaints in the athletics department, and the other will show the results of an internal financial audit under former athletic director Norwood Teague, said regents Chair Dean Johnson. Johnson said he doesn't know anything about the contents of the two reports but that whatever needs fixing will be fixed. "We're going to have a cleaner, more accountable department of athletics - as we would expect of any college or department at the university," Johnson said Monday. Gail Klatt, the U's internal auditor, declined to comment Monday on the financial audit. "It's a work in progress," she said. "It's not complete."

  • U. of Hawaii Seeks Answers for Falling Football Attendance

    by Ferd Lewis November 2015

    Last week athletic director David Matlin sought to educate the University of Hawaii Board of Regents on the department's fiscal plight with a colorful slide show of charts and graphs. Turns out maybe all he needed to show them was the sobering image of the ghost town that the once-rollicking Aloha Stadium has become on a Saturday night.

  • Former Arizona Track Coach Sued Amid Rape Accusations

    by Stephanie Innes; Yoohyun Jung November 2015

    The University of Arizona failed to protect a track and field athlete from repeated rapes by coach Craig Carter, says a lawsuit filed Friday in Pima County Superior Court. Carter, who resigned from his post as UA throws coach rather than be fired, faces criminal charges for suspicion of choking the athlete when she told him she'd no longer have sex with him, and for threatening her with a box cutter and dragging her out of a classroom. Carter has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of domestic violence-aggravated assault, stalking, and interfering with an educational institution. Along with Carter, the lawsuit names as defendants the UA, the Arizona Board of Regents, head UA track and field coach Fred Harvey, and UA athletic director Greg Byrne. "As a practice, we do not comment on pending litigation," said a statement emailed by UA spokesman Chris Sigurdson. "I can say that once we were aware of the coach's misconduct, we acted immediately to inform law enforcement and remove him permanently from the university."

  • Interim College Coaches Face Difficult Situation

    by Brad Senkiw November 2015

    When Tommy Bowden stepped down as head coach of Clemson on October 13, 2008, then-athletic director Terry Don Phillips walked into a room, looked at Dabo Swinney and said, “You’re the coach. See me in five minutes.” It’s a moment Swinney will never forget, and it led to him becoming the permanent head coach and leading the Tigers to five consecutive 10-win seasons and a No. 1 ranking this year with two games left before a spot in the College Football Playoff is clinched.