- Pitino: Maybe More Punishment for Suspended Players
by Amelia Rayno March 2016
Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino delivered his strongest hint yet that the punishments for three suspended guards might not be final, when he reiterated Tuesday that he said he will "re-evaluate" their statuses after the season. Guards Kevin Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer were suspended March 1 for the remainder of the season - three games plus the Big Ten tournament - after sex videos appeared on the social media accounts of Dorsey. But Pitino's comments, first said on his radio show Monday night on 1500-AM, revealed there could be more punishment.
- Purdue Starts Crowdfunding Campaign for LED Lights
by Stuart Goldman March 2016
The Purdue University athletic department has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise a portion of the costs for new LED lights at Mackey Arena.
- Tennessee Expects More Than 75 Witnesses in Lawsuit
by Dustin Dopirak March 2016
The University of Tennessee has identified “more than 75 witnesses” who could be called if a federal Title IX lawsuit claiming a “hostile sexual environment” goes to trial, according to court records filed Tuesday.
- New College Football Rules Empower Replay Officials
by George Schroeder March 2016
The use of technology in college football games has been significantly expanded after the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved several proposals Tuesday. Replay officials will have the authority to make targeting calls from the booth and to determine whether there was intent to target. Collaboration by replay officials with a centralized conference command center also will be allowed. In addition, the technology including tablets, laptops and video will be allowed in coaches' boxes and in locker rooms, though not on the sidelines.
- Dayton Readies for NCAA First Four, Economic Boost
by Brian Kollars March 2016
The event shines a national spotlight on the city, pumps money into the local economy and is a rite of spring for area sports fans.
- Police Investigating UNM Player for Alleged Rape
by Elise Kaplan March 2016
University of New Mexico police executed a search warrant of a room at Lobo Village last month after a young woman said she had been raped there by a fellow student, who is a member of the UNM football team. The two had had a relationship, but it had ended, she told police.
- Iowa AD Barta Sued Over Gender Discrimination Claims
by Knoxville News-Sentinel March 2016
A lawsuit filed Monday accuses Iowa athletic director Gary Barta of unfairly removing female coaches and the top women’s sports administrator during a decade-long tenure stained by gender bias.
- Opinion: Race May Play a Role in Protecting Football Players
by John M. Crisp March 2016
The National Football League has gradually paid more attention to player safety and well-being. But professional football is a deeply beloved, $10-billion-per-year institution that depends on body-shaking violence for its appeal.
- Jones Downplays Lawsuit at Vols Spring Practice
by Dustin Dopirak March 2016
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones refused to elaborate Monday on his previous statement denying allegations made by former wide receiver Drae Bowles as part of a federal Title IX lawsuit filed against the university in February. “I made a statement and will stick behind the statement,” Jones said at a news conference for the start of spring practice, which began Monday afternoon. “I’d appreciate it if you could keep it to spring football today. That’s what this press conference is all about.” The lawsuit alleges that Tennessee violated Title IX and other federal law in its handling of sexual assault allegations, especially those made against student athletes and football players in particular.
- Opinion: Lovie Smith Hire a Risk that Could Pay Off
by Rick Morrissey March 2016
Hiring a name like Lovie Smith is a coup for Illinois. Hiring a coach like Lovie Smith is a risk for Illinois. Those two statements might seem at odds with one another, but they're not. Illinois gained credibility by getting someone who has been an NFL head coach in Chicago and Tampa Bay. But it rolled the dice by hiring a man with mixed results as a coach, with in-game-adjustment difficulties, with an outdated defensive scheme and with huge questions about his ability to recruit.