• Top Two Teams to Title Game in Single-Division Big 12

    by Topeka Capital-Journal October 2016

    The Big 12 Conference will not split into divisions for football and instead will match its first- and second-place teams when its championship game returns next season.

  • NCAA Passes Revenue Distribution Policy for Academics

    by Stuart Goldman October 2016

    The NCAA approved a policy Thursday that will change its revenue distribution model and reward Division I schools for their academic success.

  • BYU, Utah Agree to Extend Football Series

    by Jeff Call October 2016

    BYU and Utah announced Thursday they have extended their football scheduling contract, adding two more games to their home-and-home series in 2021 and 2022.

  • 20-Game ACC Basketball Schedule No Surprise

    by Doug Doughty October 2016

    Opponents of a 20-game conference schedule for ACC men's basketball can't say they were surprised when it became a reality Wednesday. Commissioner John Swofford had indicated in 2015 that a 20-game plan was in the works, and he made it official Wednesday at the ACC's Operation Basketball. The new plan goes into effect in 2019. "Some of our coaches think that's a little over the top in terms of toughness," Swofford said at a commissioner's forum, "but that's what this league is all about. If you're going to play in this league, you're going to have to play tough games.

  • Accused U. of Minnesota Players Barred from Stadium

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    Five University of Minnesota football players barred from their home stadium after being served a restraining order are scheduled to appear again in court on November 2, just three days prior to the Golden Gophers’ next home game.

  • Clemson Purchases Insurance to Cover Coach Bonuses

    by Steve Berkowitz October 2016

    As problems in college athletics go, the one that Clemson's athletics department faced after appearing in January's College Football Playoff final wasn't a bad one. The school had to pay about $2.3 million in bonuses to its coaches and staff, including $1.1 million to head coach Dabo Swinney. And that was on top of travel, game tickets and other costs involved with playing a CFP semifinal in Miami and the championship game near Phoenix. Clemson has ended up enjoying increases in revenue from donations, season ticket sales and merchandise, but that money wasn't available last winter when all those bills came due. "The cash flow issue was real," athletics department spokesman Joe Galbraith said.

  • College Coach Salaries Rising, More Hit $3M Mark

    by Steve Berkowitz, Christopher Schnaars, and Brent Schrotenboer October 2016

    Ten years ago, when USA TODAY Sports first tracked the compensation for major-college football head coaches, making $3million was a singular distinction belonging to Oklahoma's Bob Stoops.

  • U. of Maryland Unveils Sports Medicine Center Plans

    by Anamika Roy October 2016

    As the signature part of the Cole Field House expansion project at the University of Maryland, College Park, the school is partnering with the University of Maryland, Baltimore to build the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance. The center will be a treatment facility for sports-related injuries and a place to study those conditions such as the effects of traumatic brain injuries. The center’s efforts will be paid for in part by a $3 million investment from Mpowering, the state initiative for research that pairs scientists and engineers in College Park with pre-clinical researchers and clinicians in Baltimore.

  • Knight Commission Pushes NCAA to Reward Academics

    by Jason Scott October 2016

    Ahead of a major vote by the NCAA, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics urged the body to pass a policy that would change the organization’s revenue distribution model and reward schools whose athletic teams meet academic expectations with revenue generated by NCAA events.

  • SDSU Names Wicker AD, Will Focus on Football Stadium

    by Bernie Wilson October 2016

    SAN DIEGO - John David Wicker returned to San Diego State as athletic director on Monday, saying his top priority will be to find a better home for the Aztecs' football program.