• Top NCAA Tourney Seed to Choose Opening-Round Site

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    Beginning this upcoming season, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA basketball tournament will be able to choose the location of its first- and second-round games, giving the top seed an even greater competitive advantage.

  • Houston AD Reportedly Courting Pac-12

    by Spokesman Review July 2016

    University of Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek met last month with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott while on a trip to the West Coast as the school tries to attract interest from Power Five conferences.

  • Football, Basketball Programs Rarely Successful at Once

    by Mike Strange July 2016

    Which college has the best athletic program in the country? The answer, like an indefinite suspension or the interpretation of targeting, isn’t cut and dried. Some would point to the Director’s Cup, a tally of NCAA competitions across the board. By that measure, Stanford is the winner for 2015-16.

  • Opinion: Baylor Fiasco Produces Tough Talk, Little Else

    by Dan Wolken July 2016

    For two months, Big 12 Conference presidents have been standing up and waving their arms, using every available buzz phrase to tell us they want to do something about Baylor. Transparency! Potential sanctions! Nothing is on or off the table! Heck, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby didn't even dance around it Monday at the Big 12's media days: "There are certainly those among our board that have felt that the image of the Big 12 and the other members of the Big 12 have been sullied as a result of this incident."

  • Pac-12 Officials to Review Targeting via Replay

    by Joey Kaufman July 2016

    Replay officials in the Pac-12 will see greater authority this fall. Among the rule changes detailed Friday at the conference's media days was one that allows the replay booth to review a potential targeting penalty that was missed by officials on the field.

  • Opinion: Penn State Example of Football-Fueled Delusion

    by The Philadelphia Inquirer July 2016

    Perhaps concerned that Penn State's status as a national monument to sports-inspired mass delusion was not completely secure, more than 200 former football players recently petitioned university officials to reerect a bronze likeness of tarnished coaching legend Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium, which was removed four years ago as a sexual-abuse scandal shook State College. Then, just a week after this latest attempt to rewrite Penn State's modern history, a Philadelphia judge unsealed reports that convicted child predator and longtime Paterno assistant Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused children there - and that Paterno and other coaches knew about it - as long ago as the Ford administration.

  • Ex-Vanderbilt Player Sentenced to 15 Years

    by Pittsburgh Tribune Review July 2016

    A former Vanderbilt football player was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of taking part in the gang rape of an unconscious female student. Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins handed down the sentence for Cory Batey after the victim in the case said her life has been shattered as a result of the rape.

  • ASU Stadium 'Reinvention' Includes Reduction in Seating

    by Arizona Daily Star July 2016

    ASU football coach Todd Graham spoke eagerly of the "reinvention" of Sun Devil Stadium during Pac-12 Media Days last week. ASU is spending $268 million and has cut capacity from about 74,000 to 56,232. That's almost exactly the capacity of Arizona Stadium, although when Arizona begins the "reinvention" of Arizona Stadium in a few years, it's likely capacity will be reduced to about 48,000. The downsizing of stadiums is a reflection on the times; younger people aren't as interested in college football as they were 20 and 30 years ago. Late starting times peel away thousands of potential ticket-buyers.

  • Wright State Athletic Budget Deficit Cause for Debate

    by Laura A. Bischoff July 2016

    Wright State spends less per athlete than any Ohio public university offering Division I sports, but paltry revenue totals have caused its athletic department to operate at a deficit for nine straight years.

  • Collegiate Honor Codes Latest Front in Culture Wars?

    by Hal Boyd July 2016

    College honor codes appear to be emerging as the latest culture war du jour. In Canada, Trinity Western Law School is being denied accreditation by legal societies due to its strict "Christian covenant" that only allows sexual relations in a marriage between a man and a woman. The matter is now wending its way through the Canadian court system. In California, the state assembly is considering legislation that, among other things, requires religious schools receiving state aid to provide married student housing for "both married opposite-sex and married same-sex couples."