• Police Investigating UNM Player for Alleged Rape

    by Elise Kaplan March 2016

    University of New Mexico police executed a search warrant of a room at Lobo Village last month after a young woman said she had been raped there by a fellow student, who is a member of the UNM football team. The two had had a relationship, but it had ended, she told police.

  • Iowa AD Barta Sued Over Gender Discrimination Claims

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel March 2016

    A lawsuit filed Monday accuses Iowa athletic director Gary Barta of unfairly removing female coaches and the top women’s sports administrator during a decade-long tenure stained by gender bias.

  • Opinion: Race May Play a Role in Protecting Football Players

    by John M. Crisp March 2016

    The National Football League has gradually paid more attention to player safety and well-being. But professional football is a deeply beloved, $10-billion-per-year institution that depends on body-shaking violence for its appeal.

  • Jones Downplays Lawsuit at Vols Spring Practice

    by Dustin Dopirak March 2016

    Tennessee football coach Butch Jones refused to elaborate Monday on his previous statement denying allegations made by former wide receiver Drae Bowles as part of a federal Title IX lawsuit filed against the university in February. “I made a statement and will stick behind the statement,” Jones said at a news conference for the start of spring practice, which began Monday afternoon. “I’d appreciate it if you could keep it to spring football today. That’s what this press conference is all about.” The lawsuit alleges that Tennessee violated Title IX and other federal law in its handling of sexual assault allegations, especially those made against student athletes and football players in particular.

  • Opinion: Lovie Smith Hire a Risk that Could Pay Off

    by Rick Morrissey March 2016

    Hiring a name like Lovie Smith is a coup for Illinois. Hiring a coach like Lovie Smith is a risk for Illinois. Those two statements might seem at odds with one another, but they're not. Illinois gained credibility by getting someone who has been an NFL head coach in Chicago and Tampa Bay. But it rolled the dice by hiring a man with mixed results as a coach, with in-game-adjustment difficulties, with an outdated defensive scheme and with huge questions about his ability to recruit.

  • Integrated Wellness Centers Focal Pieces to Campus Life

    by Heide Brandes March 2016

    When prospective students visit the University of Tulsa, they tour classrooms, dorms, student areas and the TU wellness center. At the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, the wellness center is also a stop on the prospective student tour, a tool in helping to lure those future students to the university. Fitness and wellness centers are also a draw when recruiting staff or faculty to the universities. More and more, wellness programs at colleges are becoming more sophisticated and more important. Gone are the dull workout rooms and random aerobics classes – wellness at higher education now encompasses everything from weight loss to nutritional counseling to stress management.

  • Opinion: Illini Get Father Figure in Lovie Smith

    by Rick Morrissey March 2016

    Deep down, Lovie Smith thinks of himself as a father figure. When he was with the Bears, it was not unusual for him to call people into his office for mentoring purposes. Not just players but staff members, Halas Hall employees and the occasional sports reporter.

  • Ex-Tennessee Player Backing Accuser Has Support

    by Anita Wadhwani and Brandon Shields March 2016

    When former Tennessee football player Drae Bowles was recruited out of high school in 2011, then-head coach Derek Dooley was facing the challenge of rebuilding a team that had faced more than its fair share of off-the-field criminal behavior by some of its players. Bowles was a standout recruit and an accomplished wide receiver. Off the field, Bowles texted Bible verses to friends and coaches, led the singing in the chapel at Jackson (Tenn.) Christian School and liked to take his little brother to Dairy Queen, friends and former coaches told The Tennessean last week.

  • News of Cubit's Firing Leaks on Social Media

    by Jordan Wilson March 2016

    Before 11 a.m., Saturday morning felt normal to Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek, who was attending a weekly yoga session for players at Memorial Stadium to help them stretch and stay loose. A text message sent to the team earlier that morning told Dudek to come back for a mandatory team meeting at 2 p.m., probably to meet athletic director Josh Whitman, he thought, since it was his first day on the job. On the drive home, though, Dudek found out scrolling through Twitter on his phone that Whitman would be there for more than just a meet and greet. Whitman would also be discussing his surprising decision to fire head coach Bill Cubit along with Cubit’s son, Ryan, the team’s offensive coordinator.

  • Athletes Join Diversity Protest During Basketball Game

    by MJ Slaby March 2016

    Dressed in black and carrying signs, roughly 150 University of Tennessee students filled a portion of the student section of Thompson-Boling Arena at the men’s basketball game against Ole Miss on Saturday. During the second half, they walked out, chanting “UT diversity matters.”