• Pac-12 Officials to Review Targeting via Replay

    by Joey Kaufman July 2016

    Replay officials in the Pac-12 will see greater authority this fall. Among the rule changes detailed Friday at the conference's media days was one that allows the replay booth to review a potential targeting penalty that was missed by officials on the field.

  • Opinion: Penn State Example of Football-Fueled Delusion

    by The Philadelphia Inquirer July 2016

    Perhaps concerned that Penn State's status as a national monument to sports-inspired mass delusion was not completely secure, more than 200 former football players recently petitioned university officials to reerect a bronze likeness of tarnished coaching legend Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium, which was removed four years ago as a sexual-abuse scandal shook State College. Then, just a week after this latest attempt to rewrite Penn State's modern history, a Philadelphia judge unsealed reports that convicted child predator and longtime Paterno assistant Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused children there - and that Paterno and other coaches knew about it - as long ago as the Ford administration.

  • Ex-Vanderbilt Player Sentenced to 15 Years

    by Pittsburgh Tribune Review July 2016

    A former Vanderbilt football player was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of taking part in the gang rape of an unconscious female student. Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins handed down the sentence for Cory Batey after the victim in the case said her life has been shattered as a result of the rape.

  • ASU Stadium 'Reinvention' Includes Reduction in Seating

    by Arizona Daily Star July 2016

    ASU football coach Todd Graham spoke eagerly of the "reinvention" of Sun Devil Stadium during Pac-12 Media Days last week. ASU is spending $268 million and has cut capacity from about 74,000 to 56,232. That's almost exactly the capacity of Arizona Stadium, although when Arizona begins the "reinvention" of Arizona Stadium in a few years, it's likely capacity will be reduced to about 48,000. The downsizing of stadiums is a reflection on the times; younger people aren't as interested in college football as they were 20 and 30 years ago. Late starting times peel away thousands of potential ticket-buyers.

  • Wright State Athletic Budget Deficit Cause for Debate

    by Laura A. Bischoff July 2016

    Wright State spends less per athlete than any Ohio public university offering Division I sports, but paltry revenue totals have caused its athletic department to operate at a deficit for nine straight years.

  • Collegiate Honor Codes Latest Front in Culture Wars?

    by Hal Boyd July 2016

    College honor codes appear to be emerging as the latest culture war du jour. In Canada, Trinity Western Law School is being denied accreditation by legal societies due to its strict "Christian covenant" that only allows sexual relations in a marriage between a man and a woman. The matter is now wending its way through the Canadian court system. In California, the state assembly is considering legislation that, among other things, requires religious schools receiving state aid to provide married student housing for "both married opposite-sex and married same-sex couples."

  • Opinion: Track Offers Lessons Beyond Sports

    by Steve Christilaw July 2016

    If you're a fan of track and field there can really be just one nirvana for your sport, and for the past week, fans have flocked there to watch the United States select its Olympic track and field squad ahead of next month's games in Rio.

  • Freeze Faces Tough Questions on NCAA Investigation

    by Seth Emerson July 2016

    Three-and-a-half years ago, as Laremy Tunsil and other high-pro-file prospects were shocking people by signing with Ole Miss, coach Hugh Freeze sent out a tweet challenging people with any proof of recruiting violations to contact their athletics department.

  • Bathroom Law Creates Hole in Duke Hoops Schedule

    by Laura Keeley July 2016

    Duke released its non-conference basketball schedule Wednesday, but it isn't set because of North Carolina's House Bill 2, the law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

  • Black Athletes' 'Plantation' Comments a Concern at CU

    by Colorado Springs Gazette July 2016

    Some black student athletes on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus call the Dal Ward Athletic Center "The Plantation" because their performance on the football field and on the basketball court helps pay for white athletes to play other sports, like golf and tennis.