RECENT ARTICLES
  • Schools Strategize to Increase Student Football Attendance

    by Paul Steinbach June 2013

    Ohio University students traversing campus in the fall can't help but notice the posters and flyers promoting the Bobcats' next home football game. Sidewalk chalk and a graffiti wall reinforce the message. Student Facebook pages and Twitter feeds are likewise plastered with daily reminders and paid advertising during game week.

  • Gov. Proposal Gives Towson Baseball Save Opportunity

    by Paul Steinbach April 2013

    It appears the Towson University baseball program has been presented with a save opportunity.

    The team, which protested an earlier announcement that Towson was cutting baseball by obscuring the university name on its jerseys with tape, would receive $300,000 in state funds to operate over two years while funds can be raised to keep the program viable long-term, according to a 2014 supplemental budget proposed by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. The proposal, announced Monday, awaits approval by the Maryland State Legislature.

  • Sports Injury Expert Dawn Comstock Talks Concussion Prevention

    by Paul Steinbach March 2013

    There are few better brains to pick on the subject of prep sports injuries than the one residing in Dawn Comstock's head. Eight years ago, the injury epidemiologist joined the faculty at Ohio State University and established as her first major research initiative the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance System - an NFHS-endorsed online tool that hundreds of certified athletic trainers across the country use weekly to report injury exposure and incidents, logging up to 300 distinct variables for each injury in the process.

  • Intramural Coed Basketball Playing Rules Vary Greatly

    by Paul Steinbach January 2013

    Suppose for a moment that you're a recreational basketball player at Gonzaga University - and a woman.

  • Athletic Departments Apply Disney Principles to Game Day

    by Paul Steinbach January 2013

    A young boy attending an Arizona State University football game last fall slipped and skinned his knee. Nothing unusual about that, except for what happened next. An usher at Sun Devil Stadium flagged down Sparky, the ASU mascot, and introduced him to the child at a first-aid station. The costumed character promptly cleaned the wound, applied a bandage and escorted the boy to field level for a photo.

  • Parkour Is Finding a Foothold in United States

    by Emily Attwood December 2012

    Less than two minutes into the opening scene of 2006's "Casino Royale," James Bond is chasing a bad guy through a construction site in Madagascar, racing across beams high above the ground, climbing steel cables and leaping from cranes.

  • Stanford Professor Talks Sleep Deprivation Among Athletes

    by Paul Steinbach December 2012

    William Dement wakes up students who doze in his class (there's at least one every day) by targeting them with a squirt gun, often after classmates in a lecture hall of 300 have pointed the person out.

  • Blog: Why Do College Kids Whine About Swimming?

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor December 2012

    Given the excitement surrounding the Athletic Business Conference & Expo last week, you might have missed a front-page story in Thursday's Wall Street Journal about colleges and universities requiring students to either pass a swimming test or take a beginner's learn-to-swim class in order to graduate. Not everyone is a fan of the prerequisites. "I guess it's a noble skill to have," 21-year-old Jessica McSweeney, a senior Human Development major at Cornell University, told reporter Melissa Korn. "But I don't intend to be a water-going person."

  • UT Athletics Suspends Support of Campus Academics

    by Paul Steinbach November 2012

    Perhaps the clearest anecdotal evidence of the impact escalating coaching salaries is having on higher education at large comes to us from the University of Tennessee, which announced Tuesday that its athletic department will not subsidize academic initiatives on the Knoxville campus for at least the next three years. The reason? The athletic department needs to stabilize its own budget in the midst of a football coaching change.

  • NCAA Institutes Indexing System for 2012-13 Indoor Track and Field

    by Emily Attwood November 2012

    While the idea of building an outdoor competition track in any length other than 400 meters is preposterous, no one bats an eye at the variation in indoor track lengths.