- ACC Follows NCAA, Relocates North Carolina Events
by Pete Iacobelli September 2016
The Atlantic Coast Conference has followed the NCAA's lead and is removing all its athletic championships from North Carolina over a state law limiting protections for LGBT people.
- Opinion: Honoring Paterno Shows PSU Still Doesn't Get It
by Christine Brennan September 2016
This Saturday, in what is believed to be a first in college football history, a university will hold a game-day ceremony to honor the enabler of a child rapist. Penn State, what in the world are you doing? At some point before, during or after its game with Temple, the university plans to publicly commemorate the late Joe Paterno for the first time since he was fired in November 2011 in the midst of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
- Student Claims UNC Protected Player Who Raped Her
by Hannah Withiam September 2016
A University of North Carolina student is the latest alleged rape victim to accuse her sports-mad school of putting its football players above the law. The Daily Beast reported Delaney Robinson decided to go public Tuesday with the details of an alleged rape once she felt the school had failed to give her case its due diligence.
- WSU Coach: Football Players Unfairly Targeted
by Jacob Thorpe September 2016
Mike Leach held a folded piece of paper covered with red ink as he read a statement in which he accused the media and local police of unfairly targeting Washington State football players during the aftermath of three recent incidents that led to assault investigations. Leach's statement comes on the heels of Monday's revelation that starting rush linebacker Logan Tago was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and second-degree robbery, both felonies. Two fights during the summer led to the arrests of football players, though none have yet been charged by prosecutors.
- Big South, Atlantic Sun Form Football Alliance
by Post & Courier September 2016
With its membership for football down to six programs, the NCAA minimum for an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs the Big South Conference has been seeking ways to solidify and expand its membership.
- Junior College Player Apologizes After Punching Ref
by Jason Scott September 2016
After being arrested for suspicion of assaulting a referee, a Mount San Antonio College football player is apologizing and claiming he never intended to hit the official.
- NCAA to Relocate Championships from North Carolina
by Scott Gleeson September 2016
The NCAA announced on Monday the relocation of seven previously awarded championship events — including NCAA tournament games in Greensboro — from the state of North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year as a result of the state’s House Bill 2 that discriminates against members of the LGBT community.
- End-of-Game Gaffe Earns Officials Suspensions
by The Boston Herald September 2016
The eight-man officiating crew that botched the end of the Central Michigan-Oklahoma State game has been suspended for two games, the Mid-American Conference announced yesterday. And the Big 12 announced that the two-person video replay crew that worked the game also has been suspended for two games. In addition, the replay crew will be prohibited from working postseason games this season. 'The crew missed an opportunity to advise the MAC officiating crew of the misapplication of the penalty giving CMU an untimed down that resulted in its game-winning touchdown,' Big 12 coordinator of officials Walt Anderson said in a statement. 'NCAA rules permit instant replay to correct egregious errors and it is unacceptable that it did not occur in this situation.'
- Officiating Error Costs Oklahoma State
by The Commercial Appeal September 2016
A mistake by the officials that extended the game when it should have been over allowed Central Michigan to score the winning touchdown on a Hail Mary and lateral for a 30-27 upset of No. 17 Oklahoma State on Saturday. Oklahoma State tried to kill the final 4 seconds by throwing the ball away on fourth down but was penalized for intentional grounding, which is a loss-of-down penalty. Rules state that the game cannot end on an accepted live-ball penalty, official Tim O’Dey of the Mid-American Conference, CMU’s league, said. “There’s an exception to the rule that says if enforcement of the foul involves a loss of down, then that brings the game to an end,” O’Dey told a pool reporter after the game. He said that after conferring with the national rules editor, officials determined the “extension should not have happened.”
- AD Byrne Spurns Florida, Will Remain at Arizona
by Arizona Daily Star September 2016
Some have speculated that the Florida job is imposing because their legendary AD, retiring Jeremy Foley, will remain on the scene in an emeritus role. Byrne said that was no factor, and that he would've enjoyed Foley's presence and his insight.