• Artist Creates UND Fighting Hawks Logo Just for Fun

    by Anna Burleson February 2016

    Bennett Brien posted his first rough sketch of a hawk logo to his Facebook page last week, and two days later he posted the finished image of a fierce bird looking to its right. Despite the design could easily be a logo, Brien said in an interview that he is designing the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawk logos for himself. The university hasn’t asked for input from the man who designed the beloved Fighting Sioux logo. “It’s just good to keep your game going, keep your brain working, to see if you can come up with something new, you know?” Brien said.

  • Opinion: Tennessee Should Settle Federal Suit

    by Mark Wiedmer February 2016

    I am not a lawyer. Never have been. Never will be. So I cannot reasonably argue against the University of Tennessee legal counsel's decision to challenge the federal lawsuit filed by a number of Jane Does charging the school with promoting a "hostile sexual environment" on the Knoxville campus. But having been a sports writer at this paper for the past 33 years, I can talk about spin-doctoring and image and reputation. And like it or not, fair or not, in situations such as this you far too often are who you appear to be rather than who you are.

  • Opinion: Too Much at Stake for Tennessee to Settle

    by John Adams February 2016

    Once I read that the University of Tennessee was the target of a federal lawsuit, I responded as any self-respecting sports columnist would. I asked myself: “What would I do in that situation?” Admittedly, I would prefer a different question. Something along the lines of: “What would I have done?” It’s just so much easier to address a question about something that has already occurred, such as a coach’s decision to go for one or two points after a touchdown or whether to run or pass when a crucial first down is hanging in the balance. Hindsight is a beautiful thing.

  • Students, Protestors Rally Against Tennessee Culture

    by Megan Boehnke February 2016

    Chants of “Vols Support Jane” echoed through the lobby of the Brenda Lawson Athletic Center on Thursday as University of Tennessee students protested what they called a “rape culture” on campus.

  • Opinion: Tennessee AD Hart Voices True Concern

    by Mark Wiedmer February 2016

    UT athletic director Dave Hart was quick to encourage folks to "talk to our custodians, talk to our clerical people," about the culture inside the athletic department building.

  • Arizona's Miller Fed Up with Court Stormings

    by Nicole Auerbach February 2016

    Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller devoted more than half of a postgame news conference to the issue and delivered a thoughtful, forceful message -- one that raises all the right points.

  • Blog: Attracting Donors for Campus Rec Projects

    by Alex Peirce February 2016

    Editors' note: In March 2014, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison approved a $223 million referendum to overhaul the campus recreation facilities, badly in need of improvement. Since then, the recreation program has been busy planning, fundraising, vetting architects and much more. As the project progresses, Alex Peirce, UW-Madison Rec Sports Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, will be offering an inside look at the process of coordinating such a monumental planning effort.

    Once our project received all of the necessary approvals for it to move forward, our attention shifted to working with the architects, engaging students in the design process, and securing gift funding for the new facilities. Approximately 25% of the cost for our entire Master Plan (two indoor facilities and two outdoor playfields) will be funded by gifts and donations. We work closely with the University of Wisconsin Foundation to identify and connect with interested donors, a process that has greatly increased my understanding of how to navigate and prepare for those impactful (and very important) relationships.

  • Opinion: Remarks to Ex-Player Put Jones on Hot Seat

    by Mark Wiedmer February 2016

    Could the words of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football player Drae Bowles end the University of Tennessee coaching career of Butch Jones? If the sworn declaration Bowles submitted as a new filing in the ongoing federal lawsuit charging the UT athletic department with promoting a "hostile sexual environment" is proven true, that potentially sad, sorry conclusion to the fourth-year coach's career with the Volunteers would certainly seem plausible. According to the document, Bowles -- who transferred to UTC from UT following the 2014 season -- claims Jones told him that he "betrayed the team" for helping a fellow UT student-athlete after she claimed she had been raped by two of his teammates in November 2014.

  • Amended Lawsuit: UT's Jones Called Former Vol 'Traitor'

    by Patrick Brown February 2016

    Amendments filed Wednesday to the federal lawsuit against the University of Tennessee include allegations from a former football player that head coach Butch Jones told him he'd "betrayed" the team for helping a woman who accused two other players of rape. Wide receiver Drae Bowles, who transferred from the Volunteers to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga after the 2014 season, also said he was punched in the mouth by teammate Curt Maggitt for helping the woman, according to court documents.

  • Texas Athletics Names High School Relations Director

    by Stuart Goldman February 2016

    The University of Texas athletic department recently appointed former Longhorns assistant football coach Hardee McCrary to the newly created role of high school relations director.