- Sandusky to Take the Stand in Bid to Overturn Conviction
by Jeremy Roebuck August 2016
With the world watching four years ago, Jerry Sandusky kept silent, opting not to testify in his defense before a jury that labeled him a serial sexual predator. He is to return to the same Centre County, Pa., courtroom Friday in a bid to overturn that conviction. But this time, the former coach has vowed to take the witness stand - and force his victims, prosecutors, and defense lawyers to do the same. Sandusky's lawyer says their testimony will expose the case as a "modern-day Salem witch trial" that he says led to the conviction of an innocent man. The arguments aren't novel, and the odds of success are long. But the hearing could be remarkable for its behind-the-scenes glimpses into one of the most thoroughly chronicled sexual-abuse cases.
- Switch from Speedway to Football Field Expected to Be Fast
by Norm Wood August 2016
About a week and a half ago, Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell showed Butch Jones around the race-track-soon-to-be-football stadium where Jones’ Tennessee football team will play Sept. 10 against Virginia Tech. Jones marveled at the giant, suspended videoboard support hovering above the track’s infield. Caldwell said Jones told him the scoreboard is a “game changer for facilities, for venues.”
- Charleston Southern Getting New Outfield Surface
by Staff report August 2016
Charleston Southern is installing a new playing surface in the outfield and along the foul territory at CSU Ballpark. The $250,000 project is expected to be completed in early September, according to Charleston Southern baseball head coach Stuart Lake.
- Alabama Finally Releases Player to Transfer to Georgia
by Seth Emerson August 2016
Alabama coach Nick Saban had been declining to release Maurice Smith, who informed Saban in late June that he wanted to go to Georgia. That led to a fight behind the scenes that finally became public last week.
- BYU's Big 12 Controversy: Questions for Both Sides
by Peggy Fletcher Stack August 2016
All sides agree that discrimination is at the root of the battle over whether Brigham Young University should be excluded from the Big 12 over the Provo school's gay policies. They just differ over who is facing discrimination. BYU, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, views its potential barring from the athletic league ccc because of the school's religiously based rules about sexual behavior ccc as discrimination.
- Study: Most NCAA Violations Involve Big-Money Sports
by Eric Olson August 2016
Big-money sports football and men's basketball were involved in 83 percent of NCAA Division I major infractions cases from 1953 to 2014, according to the first study of its kind released Tuesday. Probation and public reprimand and censure were the most common penalties.
- Georgia Tech Shocked as AD Leaves for Purdue
by Ken Sugiura August 2016
Monday, while on his way to Purdue and his new job, Georgia Tech Athletic Director Mike Bobinski looked out the window of his airplane as it flew over central Indiana, a landscape of farmland and grain silos. It was far different than the scenery he might have seen as he flew to Atlanta 3½ years ago from Cincinnati for his introduction at Tech. "It was back to what I'm familiar with," he said. "It was awesome."
- NCAA Part of $1.2M Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit
by Stuart Goldman August 2016
The NCAA and other defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit will pay $1.2 million in a settlement with the parents of a college football player who died in 2011 from a head injury suffered in practice.
- Trouble Looms for Ole Miss Despite Rosy Outlook
by David Brandt August 2016
These should be grand times for Mississippi's football program. And in many ways during Monday's first preseason practice, that's exactly how it felt. After all, the Rebels are coming off a 10-win season, including a Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma State, and are now a program that's viewed among the upper tier of the loaded Southeastern Conference. Senior quarterback Chad Kelly, a longshot Heisman Trophy candidate, was zinging passes. Talented defensive linemen like Breeland Speaks and Marquis Haynes looked imposing during drills. At almost every position, the Rebels had the look and feel of an elite program.
- Opinion: Politics Shouldn't Sway Big 12 Expansion
by Brad Rock August 2016
It was no surprise on Monday to see BYU end up here, in this place, where sports meet the politics of sexual identity. The issue isn't about the university's worthiness to join the Big 12. It's not even about the theory that BYU could be left out because of a "compromise" between the presidents at Oklahoma and Texas. Now it's a matter of whether the Big 12 wants to deal with the political football called BYU, and which claim the conference wants to address: potential discrimination against sexual identity and gender identity or discrimination against deeply held religious belief.