• Pac-12 Proposes Easing Time Demands on Athletes

    by Steve Berkowitz May 2016

    The Pac-12 Conference stepped into the debate about how much time major-college athletes spend on their sports by issuing a 22-page report Tuesday that includes a series of ideas aimed at reducing demands on athletes through changes in NCAA or conference rules. The document is based on previous surveys of athletes by the NCAA and the Pac-12 as well as a recent series of meetings Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and his staff had with groups of athletes at each conference school -- more than 250 athletes altogether, according to the league.

  • With Confederate Flag Down, S.C. Vies for NCAA Events

    by May 2016

    Earlier this month, a traveling party from the S.C. Sports Alliance journeyed to NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. Its mission: To scout out hosting opportunities for NCAA championship events. It was interesting, because it was the first time any of us had gone there in 15 years, said Kathleen Cartland, executive director of the Charleston Area Sports Commission. Indeed, for 15 years there had been no reason for sports commission types to bother with the trip to the NCAA s symposium on hosting championships. With the Confederate flag flying on Statehouse grounds in Columbia, the NCAA s ban on holding pre-determined events in South Carolina rendered pointless any such trips.

  • Opinion: Firing Briles Should Be Consideration for Baylor

    by Abilene Reporter-News May 2016

    There are now but two solutions for Baylor and its Board of Regents. 1. Hunker down with head football coach Art Briles and be prepared to ride this hurricane of negative publicity and hope that nothing else happens. 2. Fire him. The board is expected to keep Briles but two sources indicated firing him is being considered as the final solution to a scandal that continues to be a nightmare for the entire school for what is now approaching a full calendar year.

  • Coach: Fantasy Sports May Put Student-Athletes at Risk

    by Mary Hansen May 2016

    A suburban baseball coach warned Illinois lawmakers that fantasy sports contests are wagering in the eyes of the NCAA and put student athletes who participate at risk of being suspended.

  • Tennessee's Bill for Discrimination Lawsuit Tops $1.2M

    by Jamie Satterfield May 2016

    The bill for claims the University of Tennessee’s athletic department discriminated against women’s sports employees climbed Wednesday to just more than $1.2 million. UT earlier this year agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a 2012 federal lawsuit alleging pay discrimination and retaliation, filed on behalf of three staffers — two women and one man — in the athletics department. But the university quarreled over attorneys’ fees for the women’s defenders, seeking to cap costs at $300,000. The attorneys, including lead counsel Keith Stewart and Lisa Banks, sought $475,000.

  • Report: Waco Police May Have Protected Athletes

    by Dan Wolken May 2016

    While Baylor is doing everything it can to present a public image that its football program is proceeding normally, the off-field stories that continue to trickle out get more disturbing. And it's hard to imagine that apologies and procedural changes will be enough to answer for what now appears to be a full-blown, systemic scandal within the culture of Baylor football.

  • Jerry Kill Takes K-State Associate AD Job

    by Joe Christensen May 2016

    The former football coach made no secret he wanted to stay at the University of Minnesota in an athletics department role.

  • College Hockey Switches to On-Campus Playoff Format

    by Jason Gonzalez May 2016

    The "WCHA Playoffs" will feature four best-of-three quarterfinal series hosted by the conference's top four regular-season finishers, followed by two best-of-three semifinal series on the campus of the highest remaining seeds. The "WCHA Championship" will be a single game hosted by the highest seed.

  • New Expenses Loom for University Athletic Departments

    by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports May 2016

    After years of sharply raising the compensation for some of their best-known employees, college sports programs across the nation face the prospect of having to make substantial pay increases for many of their less prominent workers.

  • U. of Nebraska Sued Over Gameday Balloon Release

    by Stuart Goldman May 2016

    A man has filed a lawsuit against the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska in an attempt to ban balloon releases after the Husker football team’s first touchdown at home games.