• Baylor Tailors Plans for Athletes Using DNA Analysis

    by Paul Myerberg March 2016

    In an unassuming area nestled inside Baylor's weight room sits the university's Department of Athletic Performance, which attempts to balance the football program's strength training with equipment and data-collection tools rooted in a more scientific approach. Players run, lift weights and exercise, as at every other school in the Football Bowl Subdivision, only with gear meant to augment more traditional methods. One tool, called Omegawave, allows the Bears staff to track a player's heart rate and general athletic readiness. Players practice with a GPS monitor placed between their shoulder blades, with the goal of tracing the total distance traveled and at what velocity.

  • After Disappointing Tourney Draw, SEC Hires Hoops Advisor

    by March 2016

    NCAA Tournament snubs like the one which befell South Carolina this season have led the SEC to add a new advisor the league hopes will boost its flagging reputation in men s basketball.

  • Harassment Investigation Leads to Cal Assistant's Firing

    by Jeff Faraudo and Katy Murphy March 2016

    Four days before his team begins play in the NCAA Tournament, Cal head men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin announced the immediate firing of assistant Yann Hufnagel after a campus investigation found he violated the university's sexual harassment policy.

  • Lawyer: Yale Unfair to Expelled Former Hoops Captain

    by Erik Brady and Nicole Auerbach March 2016

    An attorney for the former senior captain of the Yale men's basketball team released a statement Monday that said Jack Montague was wrongly accused of non-consensual sex and the school's decision to expel him last month was "unfairly determined, arbitrary and excessive." Yale said in an emailed statement to USA TODAY Sports it does not comment on specific cases of discipline but its "procedures for addressing allegations of sexual misconduct are thorough and fair."

  • Original First Four Floor Has "A Lot of Life Left"

    by Laurel Pfahler March 2016

    The 60-foot-by-116 -foot First Four floor is broken down into 236 panels, then the 45,000-pound, $100,000 floor is stored away after the tournament. It takes 14 people about five hours to install the custom-fit floor every March at UD Arena. The shiny new floor that Connor Sports moved into UD Arena last week for the First Four has spent most of its short life in storage.

  • Pac-12 Tournament to Move to Larger Venue in 2017

    by Mike Sorensen March 2016

    After four years at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Pac-12 Tournament is moving to a new venue for next year's tournament. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott made the official announcement Friday that the tournament will be played at the new T-Mobile Arena, which is set to open next month, not far from the MGM Arena, across the Las Vegas Boulevard between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo hotels,. Scott said the league has created one of the "very best post-season tournaments in all of college basketball" since the tournament was moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 2012 and that "fans have responded and "atmosphere has been electric" over the past four years.

  • Opinion: Rick Pitino Shouldn't Have a Job

    by Rick Morrissey March 2016

    As we eagerly await the NCAA Tournament, one question refuses to go away: How does Louisville coach Rick Pitino still have a job?

  • Leaked Tournament Bracket Bursts Midmajor Bubbles

    by Nicole Auerbach March 2016

    Midway through the CBS Selection Sunday show, a copy of the complete NCAA tournament bracket leaked on Twitter. As each region was unveiled on television -- slowly, over a two-hour studio show -- the selected teams perfectly matched the leak. Social media-savvy fans could get a jump-start on their TV-watching brethren in booking flights and hotels. The NCAA released a statement on the leak that read:

  • Former Coach Sues Student He's Accused of Assaulting

    by Stephanie Innes and Yoohyun Jung March 2016

    Former University of Arizona assistant track coach Craig Carter is suing the student athlete he is criminally charged with assaulting and stalking. Carter, 48, is accused of choking a female student athlete he was coaching and of threatening her with a box cutter last spring. He is also accused of trying to drag her out of a UA classroom, UA Police Department records show. Carter resigned from his job as a UA throws coach on May 20 in lieu of termination. His criminal case is pending in Pima County Superior Court. Police reports say he waived his Miranda rights and that he admitted to choking and threatening the student athlete. In a counterclaim to a civil suit associated with the case filed in Pima County Superior Court, Carter and his wife, Jo-Anne Carter, accuse the student athlete of causing them emotional distress.

  • Angelo State Baseball Unveils New Home Field

    by Paul Harris March 2016

    After a 17-game road trip to start the season, Angelo State University will at long last make its debut in its renovated home, Foster Field at 1st Community Credit Union Stadium