• Opinion: Tunsil Debacle Shows Need to Pay Collegians

    by Sam Donnellon May 2016

    Last Thursday the NFL inadvertently and unintentionally made a case for paying college players. Minutes before he was expected to go within the top three or four picks in the NFL draft, Laremy Tunsil found out both his Twitter and Instagram accounts had been hacked, sharing with any potential future employer a two-year-old video of him smoking out of a gas mask bong and messages suggesting he was paid under the table while playing for Ole Miss. Tunsil tumbled to the Dolphins as the 13th pick overall - the Eagles' original draft position - costing the offensive tackle by, even modest estimates, more than $8 million in lost wages.

  • Breaking Down Possibility of Big 12 Expansion

    by AB Staff May 2016

    Will the Big 12 eventually live up to its name, add two teams and become a 12-school league? Will the University of Memphis athletic program be among the ones invited? Those, basically, are the questions tugging at the purse strings of U of M officials and the heartstrings of Tigers fans, those thirsting for the program’s inclusion in a Power Five conference and the riches (i.e., league revenue distribution) membership entails. In the waning days of former athletic director R.C. Johnson’s administration, fans celebrated an invitation to the Big East and the potential financial windfall it would provide. But, to the U of M’s dismay, the league disbanded as an all-sports conference shortly after the announcement and the Tigers found themselves, once again, on the outside of college athletics’ upper tier. When the Big 12 holds its annual spring business meetings next month, expansion is likely to be discussed. Memphis possibly will be among those programs mentioned as potential targets. There will be, and have been, other schools seeking moves from Group of Five leagues to the Big 12 and they have been lobbying behind the scenes using any and all connections to bolster their campaigns.

  • Big Sky Names First Female Commissioner

    by Jim Allen May 2016

    The Big Sky Conference is making big news this week. On Thursday, it was the return of Idaho as a football member; on Friday, the conference announced the hiring of its first female commissioner.

  • Neyland Upgrade Could Include Downsized Capacity

    by Mike Strange May 2016

    The renovation will come with a terrific cost. Not all of it is necessarily payable in dollars. Some day when the ribbon is cut, the new-look Neyland Stadium will likely have shrunk. As in fewer seats.

  • Ole Miss to Investigate After Tunsil Says He Took Money

    by AB Staff May 2016

    Former Rebel Laremy Tunsil said he accepted money from a football staffer at the NFL draft, and now the university is launching an investigation into his time at the school. Now, the former Rebel offensive lineman only wants to talk about his new team, the Miami Dolphins.

  • Motion Urging UMass to Drop Football Defeated

    by Stuart Goldman April 2016

    The University of Massachusetts Faculty Senate defeated a motion urging UMass administration to drop football down a level or eliminate the program altogether.

  • NCAA Adopting New Anti-Discrimination Measures

    by Evansville Courier & Press April 2016

    The NCAA Board of Governors adopted an anti-discrimination measure Wednesday that would affect the way the governing body evaluates bids to host sporting events. The NCAA said the decision came during the board’s quarterly meeting in Indianapolis. In a news release, the NCAA said it requires sites that are hosting events or bidding on them “to demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination.” The NCAA said the decision follows actions of legislatures in several states. While the NCAA didn’t specify which states, Mississippi and North Carolina have recently passed laws that critics say can allow discrimination against members of the LGBT community.

  • Opinion: Idaho President Made Right Call

    by John Blanchette April 2016

    The FBS faction had two decades to make it work - to marshal the right allies, generate the resources to show that they belonged and were enough of an asset to a conference to overcome the geography. They never did.

  • NCAA Rescinds Satellite Camp Ban

    by Post & Courier April 2016

    The NCAA s Division I Board of Directors rescinded the ban on satellite camps for Bowl Subdivision football teams. The board s decision Thursday came almost three weeks after the Division I Council approved a proposal barring FBS coaches from holding or working at camps and clinics away from their schools. The camps drew a high profile recently as Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh held camps in the South.

  • Texas A&M OKs $68M for New Track, Softball Stadiums

    by Stuart Goldman April 2016

    The Texas A&M Board of Regents approved new stadiums for the track and field and softball teams Wednesday that will cost a combined $68 million.