- Are TV Partners Manipulating Conference Realignment?
by Scott D. Pierce August 2016
Maybe no one at ESPN or Fox has issued -- or is issuing -- direct orders to anyone at the ACC, Big Ten or Big 12. But ESPN and Fox are certainly making their wishes known. Making it clear that they would prefer School A to School B. Two schools to four sc
- FCS Playoffs Tweaked to Be Less Regional
by Eric Peterson August 2016
If five Missouri Valley Football Conference teams make the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs this season, there won't be a repeat of last year, commissioner Patty Viverito reiterated Tuesday. The five MVFC teams that made the postseason a year ago were placed in the same side of the 24-team bracket, causing an outcry from the league's fans, coaches and administrators last November. "This will not happen again," Viverito said during the annual MVFC media teleconference. "We really want the playoffs to be more national in scope rather than regional."
- North Dakota State Rescinds Restrictive Media Policy
by Tu-Uyen Tran August 2016
North Dakota State University athletics' controversial rules that would have limited access for media outlets that didn't have a deal with the university will be rescinded, the university said Tuesday.
- NCAA Accepts Mizzou Sanctions, Adds Probation Year
by Topeka Capital-Journal August 2016
The NCAA infractions committee panel's findings over what it said were roughly $11,400 in improper inducements and benefits given to players and a recruit by two boosters was released Tuesday, nearly seven months after Missouri admitted NCAA violations dating to 2011.
- AAC Head Acknowledges Looming Big 12, Touts League
by Tom Schad August 2016
American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco didn’t shy from what he called “the elephant in the room” at the conference’s media day Tuesday. In fact, after running through a long list of thank-yous at the beginning of his annual address in Newport, Rhode Island, he cut right to the chase. “I cannot stand here this morning,” Aresco said, “and ignore the recent Big 12 news regarding realignment.”
- Temple Officials Would Listen if Big 12 Called
by Marc Narducci August 2016
With the Big 12 Conference's recent vote to pursue expansion, there will be plenty of schools more than willing to be part of the process, including Temple.
- Olympics an Opportunity for NCAA Athletes to Cash In
by Steve Berkowitz August 2016
Kyle Snyder couldn't get much more than an athletic scholarship from Ohio State this past school year, when he won an NCAA wrestling title for the Buckeyes as a sophomore. But he did get paid by somebody else to wrestle. In addition to $50,000 for winning a world championship in September, USA Wrestling has been giving Snyder $1,000 a month to cover training expenses -- both without running afoul of NCAA rules. "We dot the I's and cross the T's," said USA Wrestling national teams high performance manager Cody Bickley, who added that his organization discussed Snyder's situation with members of Ohio State's athletics compliance office and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee staff. "You don't just write an NCAA athlete a check. They have questions on how it works. We made sure that Ohio State understands what the NCAA and the U.S. Olympic Committee has offered up." What they've offered is an opportunity for world-class athletes in Olympic sports to keep playing for colleges even as they receive outside benefits worth hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
- New Mexico Athletics Department Deep in the Red
by Geoff Grammer August 2016
The University of New Mexico athletics department recorded a deficit of $1.54 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30 — the most red ink in a decade as athletics missed its ticket revenue projections by nearly $1 million. "We've got to do a better job of managing our funds, but we also need help," said Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs. "We need help from our fans to continue to support us and I think we're going to have to continue discussions with the university. Are there other ways that we can get additional support like our peers do?" Asking for more support from the rest of the cash-strapped university could be a challenge. "We're not happy," said UNM President Robert G. Frank, who for the past two years has pledged athletics would make budget. "That's a concerning number and we're going to have to work harder to fix it."
- Big 12 Expansion Plans Irk League's TV Partners
by Jeff Call August 2016
The Sports Business Journal reported that ESPN and Fox Sports, the league's television partners, aren't happy with the Big 12's potential expansion plans.
- Recruiters Ramp Up Retweets as New Rules Take Effect
by Josh Barnett August 2016
The retweeting — and the race to retweet — is on. Under new NCAA rules that went into effect early Monday morning, college football coaches are allowed to retweet, like, share, repost or otherwise approve the social media activity of a recruit. They are not allowed to comment, tag or retweet with comments. As the clock ticked down to midnight in each time zone, it was clear the coaches -- or whoever is running the Twitter accounts of the coaches -- were ready. Within hours of the rule going into effect, Tennessee coach Butch Jones' account had retweeted more than 100 recruit tweets. TCU noted that coach Gary Patterson was in the office Sunday evening and he was retweeting deep into the night. Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck, Miami (Fla.)'s Mark Richt and Nebraska's Mike Riley were among the early prolific retweeters.