• Illinois Announces $132M Football Facility Plan

    by David Mercer October 2016

    Work could begin in early 2018 on a $132 million project to build new football offices, locker rooms and training facilities at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium, athletic director Josh Whitman said Monday.

  • University of North Dakota Mulls Cutting Eight Sports

    by Wade Rupard October 2016

    At least two sports are all but certain to be on the chopping block at the University of North Dakota. A list presented to the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee on Monday identified eight athletics programs that could be cut: soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's swimming and diving, and men's and women's golf.

  • Media-Rules Investigation Clears UND Prsident

    by Archie Ingersoll October 2016

    North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani did not violate any State Board of Higher Education policies in his controversial handling of media rules for athletics coverage, an independent investigator concluded. The investigator, attorney Kathy Perkins of Kansas, found Bresciani did not lie when he said he did not know about the media rules before they were issued, according to a report released Monday.  However, Perkins criticized Bresciani in her 17-page report, saying his communication and decision-making could have been better. The flap over the now-rescinded Bison coverage restrictions came after the higher-ed board delayed the NDSU president's contract extension in late June, in part over concerns about his communication.

  • Supreme Court Won’t Hear O’Bannon Case

    by Jason Scott October 2016

    The U.S. Supreme Court will not consider the Ed O’Bannon antitrust case against the NCAA, it announced Monday.

  • Survey: Majority Against Softening BYU Honor Code

    by Jay Drew October 2016

    A large majority of Utahns, and an overwhelming majority of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, believe Brigham Young University should not adjust its Honor Code so it can be invited to join the Big 12 Conference — a resistance that could keep one of the West's foremost athletic and academic institutions in a league of its own, expansion observers say. A mid-September Dan Jones & Associates statewide survey, commissioned by The Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute of Politics, also showed that a majority of Utahns believe if the Cougars do not gain admittance into a Power 5 conference, they should remain a college football independent and keep most of their other sports in the West Coast Conference. The survey of 820 likely voters in November's election asked two questions related to BYU's athletics program.

  • Rape Survivor Critical of Baylor After Team Meeting

    by Nicole Auerbach October 2016

    Brenda Tracy didn't want to tell this story, not originally. She wanted the focus of her trip to Baylor in July to be on the players, who seemed engaged during her presentation on sexual assault prevention, and head coach Jim Grobe, who had called to invite her there in the first place. She didn't want to highlight the disappointing behavior of an assistant coach.

  • Southern Conference Championships to Remain in N.C.

    by Pete Iacobelli October 2016

    The Southern Conference will keep four league championships in North Carolina despite the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference withdrawing championships because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people.

  • ODU Coach: Listen to Players on Social Issues

    by Harry Minium October 2016

    Old Dominion’s Bobby Wilder warned fellow college football coaches during a national TV interview Friday morning that they’d better start listening to players and how they are reacting to recent police shootings or risk seeing their teams divided. “When I listen to our players, they want their voices heard,” Wilder said on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “And they feel right now like the adults, the politicians, the people that make policy, are not hearing them.

  • Opinion: NCAA, ACC Actions Akin to Political Bullying

    by Deseret News September 2016

    It stands to reason that cowing opponents into submission does not result in goodwill and social harmony, but rather increases resentment, retrenchment and civic discord. There is no more sure-fire way to bring about the demise of true democracy than zero-sum, scorched earth politics.

  • Idaho AD Pushed to Delay FCS Move

    by Josh Wright September 2016

    A week before the University of Idaho announced that it would become the first school to drop from the highest level of college football, athletic director Rob Spear wanted to delay the move.