• Columnist: BYU's Silence on Miami Brawl Irresponsible

    by Gordon Monson Tribune Columnist September 2015

    When BYU decided to no longer discuss honor code violations, choosing instead to keep those violations private, it was a great move.

  • Opinion: FFRF Should Butt Out of College Athletics

    by Brad Rock September 2015

    The Freedom From Religion Foundation recently issued a news release condemning about two dozen public universities for "allowing football coaches to impose their personal religion on players by hiring Christian chaplains."

  • Kansas State Students Take Sportsmanship Pledge

    by Kellis Robinett The Kansas City Star September 2015

    Before Kansas State students can pick up their tickets to home sporting events this year, they have to sign a sportsmanship pledge in which they promise to “refrain from using profanity and inappropriate chants” and to “show respect for all participating student-athletes, coaches, fans and officials.”

  • University Apologizes for Soccer Players' Blackface Skit

    by Thomas Clouse September 2015

    Whitworth University issued an apology on Facebook on Tuesday after a photo was posted showing five women's soccer players wearing afro wigs - including four wearing blackface - in an apparent attempt to appear as members of The Jackson Five for a skit at an informal event at a bowling alley.

  • Tennessee Gets Word on Preventing Athlete Violence

    by Dustin Dopirak September 2015

    When Kathy Redmond Brown delivered her message about preventing sexual assault and relationship violence to the Tennessee football team in its team auditorium last Friday, athletic director Dave Hart was in attendance and taking notes. So too was coach Butch Jones.

  • South Carolina, Va. Tech to Honor Victims of Gun Violence

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    As the national conversation on gun violence continues, two college football teams in communities that are dealing with shocking instances of violence are paying tribute to the victims.

  • Auburn Athletics Fights to Save Academic Major

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Public administration, a generally unpopular undergraduate academic major in the political science department at Auburn University, was almost eliminated from the school’s offering by a curriculum review committee in 2013.

  • Did Rutgers Coach Interfere with Player's Eligibility?

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood could face suspension or firing because of alleged “impermissible contact” with a university employee regarding the academic eligibility of one of his players.

  • What Did Boise State, Baylor Know About Ukwuachu?

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Former Boise State defensive end Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of sexual assault of a former Baylor soccer player last week. Ukwuachu transferred to Baylor following his 2013 dismissal from the Boise State program. The circumstances surrounding his exit from Boise State have come under scrutiny lately, as many have questioned whether he should have been allowed to enter Baylor in the first place.

  • USA Today: Baylor, Coach Ignored Ukwuachu Red Flags

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    On Thursday, Baylor football transfer Sam Ukwuachu was found guilty in district court of sexually assaulting a former Baylor women’s soccer player.

    USA Today columnist Dan Wolken argues that if Baylor or football coach Art Briles had paid attention to Ukwuachu’s background during his recruitment, he might never have been on campus in the first place.

    According to Wolken, a basic investigation into the details of Ukwuachu’s dismissal and exit from Boise State in May 2013 would have turned up red flags. At that time, Ukwuachu was dismissed from the team for attacking his girlfriend.

    A second chance didn’t change Ukwuachu’s violent tendencies, and only months after his exit from Boise State, he was in trouble at Baylor.

    Ukwuachu’s behavior cost him the entire 2014 season, and he never played a down of football for the Bears. But the way the university bumbled its way through the proceedings is indicative of a larger problem, Wolken suggests.

    Because he could help the pass rush, Briles and Baylor officials exposed their campus community to the risk of violence, and one victim suffered the consequences of that decision. Wolken argues that it’s time for coaches and officials to be held accountable for recruiting decisions that put other students at risk.

    A statement released by the university following Thursday’s verdict reads: “Acts of sexual violence contradict every value Baylor University upholds as a Christian community. In recent years we have joined university efforts nationally to prevent campus violence against women and sexual assault, to actively support survivors of sexual assault with compassion and care, and to take action against perpetrators. We have established a fully staffed Title IX office that employs a Title IX Coordinator and two full-time investigators. Maintaining a safe and caring community is central to Baylor’s mission and at the heart of our commitment to our students, faculty and staff.”

    Ukwuachu is expected to be sentenced Friday.